If you’re lucky enough to live a decent amount of time, weird things are definitely going to happen to you. Some will seem strange in passing, some will linger in your mind, but usually, after a while and some thought, you can explain it, at least to satisfy yourself.
There are, though, odd things that happen to you sometimes that you can’t explain – and these 15 people are sharing theirs, so you can be as unsettled by events as they are.
15. They must have been connected.
I will never forget witnessing this moment:
In my physics gen ed last year, we were split up in groups and working on a lab. A guy at another table let out a yell while extending his arms, and fell headfirst off his chair. The very second in between his yell and hitting the floor, a beeping started going off in the room, followed by the words “an emergency is happening in your building. Please evacuate at the nearest exit.” and accompanied by flashing lights.
The guy is having a seizure on the floor, so all we’re focusing on is getting him help. A campus police officer comes in and tells us the rest of the science buildings have already evacuated for the fire alarm. Most of us leave to give some space to the people helping the guy.
While outside, we’re talking amongst ourselves, absolutely baffled by the coinciding events we just witnessed. Did the flashing of the alarm trigger epilepsy? No, because he was already on the floor by the time the lights kicked in. Was there some kind of sensor on him that alerted when his body was experiencing an emergency? No, because it was his first seizure.
Just reading it might sound lame, but witnessing it and working out what was happening in real time was just eerie.
14. They just appeared at the right moment.
In 1996, I had just dropped out of University and was moving home to my parent’s place. My tail was firmly between my legs, I had almost no money and no job prospects. Basically I was screwed.
I had an old Jeep Comanchee with all my belongings in the back and 200 miles to go. I borrowed $20 from a friend for gas and started the trip. I got to a point that was 30 miles from home and was on empty. I pulled into a gas station/rest stop and sort of cried for a minute in my truck. I needed $5 for gas to make it the rest of the way and had nothing. There was no way I could call my dad and ask for help…he was already so disappointed.
After a minute I started searching around my truck for change…anything…I opened the glove box and there were these paper ‘loyalty bucks’ for a gas station that I never used. It turns out it was the exact gas station that I was stopped at. $4.70 worth of bucks. I found another $2.00 in change, put $6.00 in the gas tank and bought a coke.
I made it home.
Fast forward 20 years, I had sorted my crap out and am a lawyer…that Gas Station hired me as their outside counsel…I got to tell this story to the President of the company.
13. That takes talent.
I once shut my ear in a car door.
No idea how, have tried to recreate it and can’t, but my god that hurt!
12. She was seeing things.
As a child visiting my Grandma’s house, whenever I left I’d wave next door to Ken who was always sat in the bay window looking out at the sea.
They lived right on the coast off the North Sea in Hartlepool (UK) We’d never really talk, but just a little wave before I went to get into the car.
One time I’m leaving my Grans house, I’m in front of my Mum who’s stopped at the door to talk to my Gran. So I head down the steps and towards the gate. I turn back and see Ken in the window. Big smile as usual, waving at me. I give him a wave back. He stands up, gives me the thumbs up, and wanders towards the back of the room. My Mum comes walking down the steps and asks “Who are you waving at?” I replied “Ken”.
To this day, I can remember my mam’s face. She just went white, but didn’t say anything to me.
It was only a few weeks later when she plucked up the courage to tell me, that Ken had died a few days prior to our visit to my Grans.
I don’t believe in ghosts, but I know I saw him. I can still picture his striped grey sweater with light stripes across it. Him waving and getting up out of his chair. There was no-one else in the house, he lived by himself.
Brains are weird.
11. Maybe he just had parents with good timing.
This one is strange to me because it was so long ago and I’m convinced I have to be remembering things wrong. I was a young kid at the grocery store and I saw this toy helicopter (like hot wheel sized) that I really wanted for some reason. I, of course, didn’t buy it, but it the memory of it stuck in my head.
A few nights later, I had a dream where I was playing with the helicopter, but I realized it was a dream and stupid young me thought that if I put it under my pillow, it would still be there when I woke up. After that, I woke up and eagerly checked under the pillow to get it. For some reason, it was right where I left it in the dream.
As a kid, I wasn’t surprised to find it there as it all made perfect since to me then, but years later I have no clue how the toy helicopter actually got underneath the pillow.
10. It wasn’t their time.
When I was about 12 years old I went up to Lake Tahoe with my friend and his parents who had a condo in Incline Village. One day, the two of us are walking to the bowling alley and cross a street in a crosswalk. Right before we get to the curb, a car comes really close to hitting us. All of a sudden, we’re both up on the curb, like we were lifted a few feet. We both looked at each other strangely.
“Did you jump?”
“No, did you?”
We spent the next hour kind of dumbfounded. It didn’t feel like a shove or any use of force. We were still in the street, then we weren’t.
9. I would have peed my pants.
At friends house. Friend was in garage working on dirt bike.
Driveway empty because parents left a while ago.
Go inside to grab a soda but decide to look for his cat. Who I haven’t seen all day.
I walk into the office and as Im calling her name, a deep man’s voice goes “Meow” right into my right ear.
I jump and run around the main floor looking for who said that. Didn’t find anyone.
8. Not a ghost, but an angel.
I’m too young to remember this, actually. But my mom always tells this story.
Apparently, when I was younger, like barely able to speak, I was sitting on the floor playing with some toys nonchalantly with my mom when I just said “when I was in heaven, I met a woman who said you’d be the perfect mommy for me.”
I apparently held the belief that I was in heaven before being born, and an angel looked at me and chose the mom I went to. My mom asked me to describe the woman, and I apparently described my mom’s great grandmother perfectly. Down to the eye colour. I had never met my great great grandmother, nor seen a picture of her.
7. This makes me feel icky.
Once, my mom and I were driving to Las Vegas from Santa Clarita. We were just passing Barstow and on the I-15. It was right about high noon and very hot. Not a cloud in the sky. She had a fancy Lexus at the time with a touch screen console on the dash that could play DVD’s while driving. I remember we were on a long stretch of road with a lot of space between cars on the highway. One minute we see nothing ahead of us and then all of a sudden, a woman was walking across the highway right in front of our vehicle.
My mom swerved behind her and barely missed her.
She pulled off to the shoulder and we look behind us, and we see her go all the way across the highway, including westbound traffic.
Then she turned around, and walked all the way across again. Each time, nearly getting clipped by an unsuspecting and oncoming car like ourselves. At one point, a semi truck almost hit her head on missing her by literally one step. Each step she took was a steady and confident step, looking ahead of her and never batting an eye to any oncoming traffic.
She was barefoot mind you and walking on the boiling asphalt with zero sense of urgency.
So my mom calls 911, we’re directed to highway patrol. They say they’ve received numerous reports and they’re headed out to it.
My mom decided after hanging up to slowly reverse down the shoulder to get a better look and see if she’s okay (yes, I know, stupid in more than one way). As we get to a spot behind her now, she’s crossed the highway and is now in front of our vehicle.
This part I will never forget.
The women slowly turns her head and looks at us and is now slowly but steadily walking towards our car.
She was white as day in every way. White night gown, pale, dry, wrinkled skin, white hair, and the palest bluish grey eyes I’ve ever seen and barefoot. Almost looked like a walking dead version of Rose Dawson from Titanic.
I was in the passenger seat, which was on the shoulder. When my mom made eye contact, she froze. Absolutely shut down. I remember the woman walking so close to my door, I could see her eyes make contact with mine. It looked as if she was blind and lifeless but could not just see me, but see into and through me like into my soul. I went cold immediately. She reached for my door handle and I remember screaming at my mom to punch the gas and without hesitation, she came to quick and we peeled out of there. In the back window, I saw her watch us speed off and then continued across the road again.
A mile down the highway, we called highway patrol to see what happened and they didn’t have a clue what we were talking about and said they got no reports of a women crossing the highway. My mom to this day still doesn’t remember the time between when we reversed to when we dipped out.
I have no idea what happened that day except for what I witnessed and experienced.
6. Not in a million years.
When I was 10 years old I didn’t want to go to school one day. I faked a stomachache so my Grandmother would let me stay home. Ive always been a bad liar, so my Gma tried to call my bluff.
She told me if I was too sick for school then she would be scheduling me a Drs Appointment. 3 hours later I was rushed into emergency surgery. My fake illness was actually appendicitis and It was so inflamed that if I hadn’t come in that day my appendix would have ruptured potentially killing me. I felt 100% fine that day.
Faking sick saved my life…
5. No one can explain that.
A car going 50-60 kpm hit both of my knees in 2008 (it was 100% my fault, I wasn’t paying attention when I crossed the road) and not only I didn’t have any broken bone whatsoever, I didn’t even fall. (I did flinch quite a lot, though.)
My knees and leg hurt for about 2 days, but I really can’t explain how a car going relatively fast hit me only got me to have barely more than a couple bruises.
4. Well that’s annoying.
I once was changing pants in my room before work and took off my belt.
After putting on my other pair of pants, I went to put my belt back on but it belt was gone.
No one else was in the room and I spent a good 10 minutes looking for it as I had simply set it on the floor.
It’s been 10 years and I’ve never seen that belt again.
3. A little shaken, though, I imagine.
I hit a patch of black ice in the dark going 60mph down the highway.
At the time, I drove a 1 ton cargo van. It hit the guard rail and flipped.
Not only did I walk away without a scratch, the car was drivable and I was only 30 min late to work.
2. Who could it have been?
I’m a firefighter and we got a call for an overdose around 3 am to a rough part of our district in the middle of winter. Unfortunately the patient was long gone and her dealer or whatever found her like that when he dropped some stuff.
As we were packing up our stuff mind you this is a absolutely trashed mobile home, I hear something down the hall that said “lights?” I ask my partner if he said anything as it was just him and I cleaning up he said no.
I walk to the far end of the trailer where I heard it and shine my flashlight I get a reflection out of the window. They have a small tool shed and it had a flickering light, it peeked my interest so my partner and I go out there. We hear crying and notice the door is padlocked.
We cut it, and this little six year old girl was in there. She said her mom puts her in there when she gets mad at her. She said she got scared when she heard the sirens and didn’t know what to do.
To this day I have no idea what happened or where the voice came from, but I’ll take the win on it.
1. Well this is all terrifying.
One morning I woke up and noticed my camera was on top of the sofa opposite my bed. I knew I didn’t put it there because it was a very expensive camera and it could very easily fall from this place. I had placed it in my cabinet. I went over, picked it up, and turned it on and clicked the button to view photos. There were hundreds of photos of me sleeping, all seemingly taken from the back of the sofa. I was literally so freaked out, I couldn’t stop crying. I lived alone. It was just photo after photo of me sleeping. The photos were taken in “quick snap”, where the camera takes approx one photo per second. I later realised the camera didn’t even have a “quick snap” setting so technically it was impossible for the camera to take the photos at all. The time stamps suggest all photos were taken between 2 and 3am. I’ve never figured out wtf happened, how the camera got to the sofa, or how it is even possible for a camera with no quick snap to quick snap, but I still have a USB with the photos on it and it still freaks me the fuck out.
I am safe. This happened several years ago. I now live with my partner and we have several dogs and a very good home security system.
There was no sign of forced entry to my home
I owned the home, and I had the locks changed when I moved there because I felt uneasy about living alone ( good hunch haha)
I did go to the police. They did not give a shit. They said it’s probably a friend playing a prank.
My mum had a key to the house
Weirdly this thread has actually jogged my memory about something potentially related I had completely forgotten about that was sitting deep, deep down in my memory bank. Approx 12 months before the camera incident I received a letter in my PO Box that was typed (not hand written) and addressed directly to me saying if I did not agree to meet with the sender, they would kill me while I sleep. To be honest, I deadset thought it was a stupid joke because I couldn’t think of anybody that would want me to meet with them and I binned the letter and never told anybody. I got three or four of those threatening letters demanding that I respond but no actual way of responding or no hint about who it was from. The sender wrote like I should know who it is but I did not. One letter did provide a time and place to meet but of course I did not attend. That was the final letter. I did move house and change my postal address shortly after the camera incident though. I am alive right now, so obviously they are all talk, no action haha.
I don’t know what to make of any of these, honestly.
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