Final Cut is an urban legend about a woman who wears a black ribbon around her neck and refuses to take it off, no matter what.
Jane wore a black ribbon around her neck everyday, rain or shine, whether it matched her outfit or not. It annoyed her best friend Johnny after awhile. He was her next door neighbor and had known Jane since she was three. When he was young, he had barely noticed the black ribbon, but now they were in high school together, it bothered him.
“Why do you wear that black ribbon around your neck, Jane?” he’d ask her every day. But she wouldn’t tell him.
Still, in spite of this aggravation, Johnny thought she was cute. He asked her to the soda shoppe for an ice cream sundae. Then he asked her to watch him play in the football game. Then he started seeing her home. And come the spring, he asked her to the dance. Jane always said yes when he asked her out. And she always wore a black dress to match the ribbon around her neck.
It finally occurred to Johnny that he and Jane were going steady, and he still didn’t know why she wore the black ribbon around her neck. So he asked her about it yet again, and yet again she did not tell him. “Maybe someday I’ll tell you about it,” she’d reply. Someday! That answer annoyed Johnny, but he shrugged it off, because Jane was so cute and fun to be with.
Well, time flew past, as it has a habit of doing, and one day Johnny proposed to Jane and was accepted. They planned a big wedding, and Jane hinted that she might tell him about the black ribbon around her neck on their wedding day. But somehow, what with the preparations and his beautiful bride, and the lovely reception, Johnny never got around to asking Jane about it. And when he did remember, she got a bit teary-eyed, and said: “We are so happy together, what difference does it make?” And Johnny decided she was right.
Johnny and Jane raised a family of four, with the usual ups and downs, laughter and tears. When their golden anniversary rolled around, Johnny once again asked Jane about the black ribbon around her neck. It was the first time he’d brought it up since the week after their wedding. Whenever their children asked him about it, he’d always hushed them, and somehow none of the kids had dared ask their mother. Jane gave Johnny as sad look and said: “Johnny, you’ve waited this long. You can wait awhile longer.”
Finally, while his wife lay asleep in bed one night, Johnny was overcome by curiosity. He had to find out why she wore the ribbon. Carefully, without waking her, he decided to go ahead and untie it. With shaking hands, Johnny fumbled for the knot and began to untie the ribbon around his wife’s neck.
The bow became smaller and smaller. The loops of the bow pulled through and only a half-knot was left. Johnny slid his finger under the half-knot and tugged.
The ribbon came free and Jane’s head fell off, leaving just a bloody stump on her shoulders. And as her severed head rolled across the floor, the woman screamed, “You Idiot! I warned you never to untie my black ribbon”.