Missouri’s Legend of the Bubbleheads is True, Not What You Think
If you haven't been told the story of Missouri's "Bubbleheads", you likely will someday. It's one of the most retold urban legends in Missouri. What those that tell it may not realize is that the story of The Bubbleheads really is true, but it's likely not what you think.
I won't assume you know about Missouri's "Bubbleheads". This YouTube channel does a good job of explaining exactly what the legend is. I'll summarize.
It's based on a family that lived on a real Missouri road. Carrico Road in Florissant, Missouri that looks like this on Google Street View.
The legend says that there's a reclusive family used to live on that road that had huge heads who would attack trespassers. The stories claim the government knew about their deformities and hid them in this land to cover up how chemicals had caused them to become deformed. Other versions of the story infer inbreeding.
So what's the truth about "The Bubbleheads"?
There really was a family years ago that lived on Carrico Road in Florissant, Missouri that really did have big heads. It's a medical condition known as Hydrocephalus. It's a syndrome that is caused by a build-up of fluid in the ventricles of the brain.
The truth? They didn't attack anyone. If anything, they were the victims.
I saw a conversation on the Missouri sub-Reddit talking the real family that was constantly dealing with explorers trying to investigate the urban legend when they were just trying to quietly live their lives and deal with this medical condition. They would reportedly move away to seek privacy elsewhere and who could blame them?
Once and for all, let's retire this Missouri urban legend. This is one case where the truth is stranger than fiction and also very sad.