You can expect someone to say something creepy when you're watching a horror movie, or visiting a haunted house at Halloween. Sometimes people just come out with the creepiest stuff when you're just sitting around and chatting, or passing them on the street, though.
Reddit user Batpresident asked:
*Content Warning: Article contains mention of attempted (but unsuccessful) child abduction*
"One evening, I thought I was alone in the locked cathedral - practicing the organ for a forthcoming recital."
""The sexton came up behind me (I didn't see him coming), tapped me on the shoulder, and said, "Don't let the organ get too big - you'll disturb the bats in the steeple."
Sure enough, after he left and it grew darker, bats started flying around the nave. They had been nesting in the steeple, directly above the 32' pedal pipes (I was using those stops at the time)."
One Guy on Facebook
"There's a guy in one of my Facebook group who's always been desperate for a girlfriend. He's super lonely and self-depreciating to a point where he's definitely putting it on for attention."
"Once he said he buys two cinema tickets and will wait around to see if a "lady" (he always refers to women as ladies; "I want to meet a nice lady") shows up alone and he'll offer her a ticket to watch the movie with him. While this might seem cute at first, I would never accept a ticket from a stranger, let alone then watch it with them!! Definitely made my skin crawl."
"Was working at a preschool for a while, ages 3-5. Most of the kids were normal for their age, acting up here and their but relatively normal. All of them except for Ian our oldest this year. He was a little weird, very quiet, lacked social skills, and just had an unerving oddnes about him."
"One day I was cleaning up an art project we had the kids doing when ian approached me with a sheet of paper with 4 numbers written on it. 4, 7, 2, 1. He hands it to me matter of factly and just stares at me. Best practice tells us to engage with the kid and ask about his picture. So I say to the kid, "Wow, ian these are really good numbers did you write these? are these your favorites?" Ian looks at me weird and replies, "no, the man told me these are the numbers for the bomb" he then smiled, turned and ran over to play with blocks before I could ask him more questions. For some reason it just freaked me the f*ck out at the time."
"Me and my friends were walking back to my house from being at the park the whole day ( we were around 13 ) . It was kinda rainy but it was fine cause we had an umbrella . Then a guy pulled his car over it was some old green estate , he rolled down his window and goes " hey ladies are you okay there you Need a lift " All of my friends stayed silent , so I go " eh no we are okay thx " Things get repetitive and he says the thing again but he said it more aggressively and kinda forcefully me and my friends we terrified so we start to speed walk away ."
"As we start to walk away the guy bumps his car onto the pavement so we almost couldn't get around him on the pavement , and goes again " do you want a lift ladies it's not great weather " I think it was the way he said it that made my friend run but we all followed until we eventually got back to my house . It all happened so fast we didn't remember the number plate . But me and my friends could give a description and we did the police said they couldn't do anything and they would just take note of his details . God knows where this is guy is now but it's kinda scary to think about ."
A Young Woman
"A young woman sat down in my lap and tried to seduce me by telling about a dead body that she and/or her friend had cut into pieces and put in a freezer. This was at a school, so she wasn't drunk or anything."
"She didn't get lucky that night, at least not with me"
"Nobody wants to be the first to die.... hahaha"
"Context: I was at a petrol station and saw a drunk homeless man stumble in and try to buy a cigar. The cashier told him "sorry we don't sell single cigars, just packs". The homeless guy made a gutteral noise and slurring every word said "GIVE ME ONE CIGAR" and the cashier again refused.
So then he muttered under his breath "Nobody wants to be the first to die... hahaha" in a totally sober sounding voice, no slurring. Then he put his hood up and walked in a straight line right out the door with purpose."
"Last week my 6 year old granddaughter said to me, "Papa, you're going to die today" followed by giggles. It was her idea of a joke, I was worried all day. I'm still here, lol."
"Whelp, gotta die someway"
"Spoken by my four yr old neice when an ambulance passed our car with sirens blasting."
Mom Told Me
"Your mom told me to pick you up"
Mom used to pick me up from school, but she works a busy job and if she couldn't be there, she'd hire a driver to pick me up on super rare occasions, or if a coworker/friend was able to they'd pick me up. One day this guy drives up to where I usually wait and tells me he's here to pick me up. I tell him my mom is picking me up. He said she hired him to pick me up and said she told him what I looked like and that I fit the description."
"I am pretty young at this point, but something didn't sit right, so I ask if I could call mom to confirm. The guy is getting more impatient, saying I should just hurry and get in the car. Mom then rolls in in her car right after, and I basically run into her car. I watch as the guy just drives off..."
"My uncle has been watching you through your bedroom window with his binoculars."
"Thank god she told you about it. That's fked up."
"Yes. I loved her to death but lost touch years ago. She saved me from at least from being peeped on. He was 37."
"He was visiting his sister and when she found out all Hell broke lose and I never saw him after that. My friend told me that her mother told him "nothing better happen to that kid!"
"A taxi cab driver during our conversation on my way to work: "You are such a beautiful lady, Good thing I know where you live and where you work."
"I was so shocked that I ended up inventing a story about a boyfriend being in the military."
"I know exactly where you live, it looks like a nice house"
"Said by a customer who randomly thought telling me they knew where I lived would spark up a conversation with me. It did not. Luckily the person they were with read my facial expression of "what the actual f**k!?" And told them to be quiet."
"I was drinking water while in line at a 7/11. And a shady dude told me i must have really healthy kidneys and they might be worth a lot to the right people."
"You're a brave lady being out here all by yourself.."
"Said to me in the laundry room at my apartment complex right after the light bulb burnt out leaving me in complete darkness with a very creepy dude. I was 20 at the time & terrified."
"I woke up to my 2 yo screaming. She had a bad dream and kept repeating "Baby get me! Baby get me!" I told her she was safe that no one was going to get her. Then she gets real calm, stares at the dark open door and says slowly in almost a whisper "baby get you." Gave me nightmares for a week. Thanks kid."
"My little sister turned round to me a few weeks ago and deadpan told me that I was going to have a really bad nightmare that night and that I should keep a big bottle of water by my bed... needless to say I had a lucid dream about my skin catching fire and I swear to god I felt like my skin was burning off, the water helped calm me down when I woke up."
"Hey sweetie? Are you lost?""
"Four guys asked me one day, while i was walking around town at night, waiting for a bus to arrive in half an hour. Was just walking around with headphones on, to pass time, and suddenly, four guys walked to me, one of them reached for my shoulder, and asked that."
"Never has i ever been so scared before."
"Luckily, they noticed my response, stepped back and was like "We just saw you walk by a few times, and wondered, sorry for shocking you" and... they were actually really nice"
"Tucking my little brother in (parents were out, he's five). Go to close the closet and he, out of nowhere, says "He can only see me if it's open." Me - "What?" He doesn't awnser me and just stares at me. I open the closet look through it and find nothing (it only has clothes) Anytime i ask him about it he says he doesn't remember. I couldn't sleep that night."
"I go to a summer camp, and one year I remember one kid had a really bad problem with sleep talking, well muttering really. One night, we all woke up to him screaming, going silent, and then saying, "No one can hear you scream at the bottom of the lake."
"Was staying with a family friends elderly mother (90ish) while they were away. The first night I was asleep and heard her call my name. I went to her room to see what she needed. She said that it wasn't her that called me. It was her friend Ruby. We are alone in the house. I chalk it up as her being old and confused. I start to walk out of her room and hear my name again. But it wasn't the elderly ladies voice. I whipped my head back towards her and she said " I told you it was Ruby. She is waiting for you in Hell." I was 16 at the time and freaked the out! My parents made me stay there. I called and told (begged ) them I wanted to leave. It still gives me the creeps after 30 years."
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The Mandela effect is when multiple people share the same, incorrect memory.
Its name stems from when paranormal researcher Fiona Broome falsely believed that the future president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, died in prison in the 1980s.
A false memory she shared with a number of others.
Our memories have been known to deceive us, as we might frequently forget someone's name or one of our numerous online passwords.
But when we share a memory that turns out to be false with many others, convincing ourselves it wasn't the truth can be a very difficult ordeal indeed.
Redditor Mysterious_Boat_1701 was curious to hear people's most unsettling experiences with the Mandela Effect, leading them to ask:
"Which Mandela effect freaks you out the most and why?"
A mysterious gym
"Just had one personally."
"Went to a mall where there was supposedly a gym, asked around and nobody that worked at the mall knew what I was talking about."
"Looked around and couldn't find it."
"Come back a few months later and it’s right there in front of my face, you'd have to be strung out to not notice it."
"idk how or when it just appeared but it freaked me out."- prex320278
A "fruit"ful logo.
"That the fruit of the loom logo never had a cornucopia."
"What’s crazy about that one is that someone emailed the creator of the logo about it and he said even he remembers it having one."- mrcock2·
Less well intentioned than they thought.
"I Mandela effected my whole family once."
"Years ago there was a football player on a rival team that always did a dumb celebration after he got a sack and my family and I always hated it."
"One night after he did it my family started trashing the celebration and I said as a joke 'we are all going to feel terrible when we find out he is doing that celebration as a request from a make-a-wish kid'."
"Fast forward to years later and our team is playing that team again."
"The player got a sack and did the celebration."
"I rolled my eyes and said 'I hate that celebration so much' my mom instantly turned and said 'don't say that, he is doing it for a sick kid'."
"'I actually like it."
"So I was like 'what?'"
"'No there is no sick kid', my whole family then proceeded to argue with me'."
"They all vividly remembered reading articles about it, seeing special report segments before games about it, and other information."
"Some of them even thought they knew the disease the kid had and even extra details about why the kid chose that specific celebration."
"They all had these shared memories that they were sure were true."
"I was floored by all this and insisted none of that was true."
"So we looked it up.'
'No kid like that ever existed.'
"They still have trouble wrapping their heads around this one."
"Turned out human memory is not near as reliable as we think"
"It was American Football and the player was Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings and his cattle roping sack celebration."
"This was maybe 10 years ago."- AUSpartan37College Football Win GIF by Michigan State FootballGiphy
His eyesight was better than we thought.
"Mr. Monopoly's monocle."- Additional_Day9903
It's not easy being green.
"I have a personal one that to this day a decade later still destroys my mind."
"I had an old(ish) 2001 dodge neon."
"With BLACK SEATS.'
"I drove this car for years and years, like 80,000 miles.'
'All through college."
"I took work breaks in my car, commuted hours every day total, to college and then the opposite direction to work and back."
"I even lived out of this thing on several occasions.'
'The day I go and trade it in, I'm pulling misc things out of the car at the dealer."
'And the seats are GREEN."
"Not even a little."
'Like very unmistakably GREEN."
"In my black Neon, with black interior, that ALWAYS HAD BLACK SEATS."
"My girlfriend then, wife now, goes oh they've always been green."
"EXCEPT THEY F*CKING WEREN'T DON'T LIE TO ME."
"This is still upsetting to this day..... life is a lie and nothing is real."- ZakuLegionWinona Ryder Omg GIFGiphy
An urban legend was born.
"Not a global one, just a family thing."
"Back in 2002 my grandma had her 60th birthday, my father took us home at 10.00pm, ready for bed."
"We, me and brother, were 12 and 14 at this time."
'All went well."
"Over the years, a story was made up that we went missing after visiting the local playground after dinner at said grandma's birthday party."
"Some neighbors help to search us, the whole train of 'missing children in a smal village'-thing."
"Fun fact: we never went missing."
"Dad brought us home, put on 'Toy Story' on tv and left."
"My brother and I heard first about this in 2015.'
"From different people on different occasions."
"'Ah your one of the missing boys'."
"I first thought they were mocking me for a different event.'
"I got lost, but it was 2013, alcohol inflicted, different story."
"But then they ALL tell us the same story about us going missing."
'And the stories are damn close to 'true' in every story my mum is driving around the same neighbors to different locations to search, old wine yard, old mill etc."
"Sometimes I think I got lost on the most brutal way."
"I was lost and changed this plane of existence with another one."
"It sometimes made me think about my whole life."- tjorben123missing kenny mccormick GIF by South Park Giphy
Memories are a fascinating thing.
They can be changed or altered with even the tiniest suggestion.
And making the truth seem less believable than lies.
One last time. One last meal.
How do you chose a last meal?
Let's hope we never have to find out.
People on death row get that option.
Do they deserve it?
Whose to say?
But they have it.
A steak. A pizza... Burger King.
The food world is their oyster.
Oyster. Also an option.
The menu is endless...
Redditor No-Caterpillar4212 wanted to know what our menu choices would be if we faced the end. They asked:
"You're on a death row, you have one hour left, they ask for your final meal - what is it?"
I'd want 2 hours in a Golden Coral with a bar. Covers it all.
Masailor moon cooking GIFGiphy
"Everything my mom has ever made."
"I want a nice filet mignon, medium rare, a baked potato with everything on it, and a nice Cabernet from a good year - I'm thinking 2135."
"'Sorry, we couldn't get the Cabernet from 2135. So instead of what could have been a great wine request from a more plausible period of time, you get this crappy stuff we sourced from Wal-Mart. Enjoy your meal, I hope that maintaining your sense of humor was worth it."'
"Something badly cooked so I will be sick and want to die sooner and have diarrhea so bad it will be a last revenge!"
"Taco bell it is!"
"If Taco Bell makes you poop a lot, it's a sign that you probably need more fiber in your diet."
The Yuck Factor
"A huge bowl of baked beans, a bowl of shredded wheat, a six egg omelette, and a gallon of apple cider. I'm gonna make it awful for everyone."
"Save yourself the hassle of eating all that, just ask for one pack of sugar free Haribo gummy bears. Should make for an interesting time for the folks watching you die."
"You void your bowels when you die too so that should be lovely."
PerfectFried Chicken Scandal GIF by ABC NetworkGiphy
"Fried chicken with some Fanta."
Fried chicken is on the top of everyone's list!
DetailsInterested GIF by Nick CannonGiphy
"150mg of MDMA. I’m dying happy."
"This should absolutely be allowed. If our leaders insist on the practice of capital punishment then the condemned should be able to ingest any substance they damn please."
"McFlurry. Those machine are always broken. I just bought myself some time."
"Is this like an American thing? I worked at a McDonald's in Denmark once and our machine was never once broken when i was there."
"I saw a video about this once. I'm a little fuzzy on the details but I think it has something to do with the contract that was signed in America. Only one company is allowed to do maintenance on the machines and they basically lock out if it's cleaned incorrectly. It's a crap system."
"Cabbage!! Add some cabbage. I don’t know if an hour if enough to take effect but there was an old coworker on a cabbage diet. Omg she smelled, like it was coming out of her pores. She knew she smelled and kept apologizing and reminding us of the diet."
The OG Always
"Olive Garden. Unlimited soup and breadsticks."
"I saw a sketch once, can't remember who it 2qs from. But a an inmate ordered the all you can eat buffet and had been eating for like 8 years. He's constantly on the toilet and takes micro-naps between bites."
"Unlimited for 1 hour. Cool."
How GoldenGolden Girls Dorothy GIF by HULUGiphy
"If my grandma is still alive her potato soup and cheesecake. Hopefully I'd be able to cook said meal with her one last time."
Let's hope none of us has to make this decision.
Most people have friends they've been close to for most of their lives.
But at the same time, friends evolve, and everyone finds themselves losing touch with any number of people they at one point considered their friends over time.
Most of the time, this isn't intentional, but just simply happens.
On rare occasions though, people might realize that their friends were not exactly who they thought they were, and didn't like who they revealed themselves to be.
Redditor One-Refrigerator69 was curious to hear stories of people who realized their friends were not exactly the nicest people to be around, leading them to ask:
"When was the moment you realized that your friends are assholes?"
Compared to others...
"When I started hanging out with better people."- Darklink326
All it took was getting my life together
"When I quit drinking ‘cos it was killing me."
"There were people I literally saw every single day who just disappeared as if by magic."
"12 years ago this week, as it happens."
"I’m not anti-drink, far from it."
"Some people, me included, just can’t enjoy it without it becoming a problem."
"Everyone is different."- bigdaftgeordie
A little perspective goes a long way.
"After I realized that other people don't sh*t on each other on every possible occasion in their circle."
"And that it isn't right when a 'friend' uses every known insecurity as an argument against you when you do not behave the way he/she would want you to."- ViscousPlatemanThe Simpsons GIF by MOODMANGiphy
Lack of respect for other people's things
"I let my friend borrow my ps2 when I went to boot camp."
"When I came back, he said he sold it and gave me $50 I think?"
"This was in 2006."- madmike-86
Lack of mutual respect
"When he does sh*t to me and acts like it’s no big deal, then I do the same back and he gets offended."- Primary-Maybe-2749·
Constantly being taken advantage of.
"They only bothered with me when it suited them."
"I'd rather have nobody than have to deal with that."- zombi33mjhappy eric cartman GIF by South Park Giphy
When they literally revealed themselves to be criminals
"When they robbed me at gunpoint."- Ok_Student8032
When they stopped liking them after a change of situation
"Fourth grade, when my parents economical situation went downhill and suddenly no one invited me to their birthday party."
"Until Seven years later no one had never invited me to their birthday, or to anything at all actually."- Justalittletoserious
Not being able to get a word in...
"When they tell me to shut up when I say anything."- the_golden_cheesela respuesta GIF by Becky GGiphy
Violently playing with emotions
"She got a boyfriend and would let him listen to our phone calls and not tell me, even if I was crying about personal stuff that I would only ever tell her."
"Then they both started lying to me about my crush liking me back, forcing both him and me into awkward positions, telling everyone we liked each other so they'd play along, swapping places constantly to make us sit next to each other, pressuring him into giving me a lap dance, making him kiss the prettiest girl in the room, etc, and encouraged me to shoot my shot more and more."
"All the while they knew he didn't like me, he had told them both directly."
"One night I was crying on the phone cause I was so confused why my advances weren't working, and they just kept explaining it away, blaming some other bullsh*t reason and telling me to try again."
"The next day they told me they were laughing throughout the whole call, because I didn't get it and I was so upset."
"I should add I had no dating experience at all and nobody had ever liked me at this point."- Juliemj
It's always sad when our friends disappoint us.
But when our friends proved to be completely different people than we thought they were, it can be devastating.
As the saying goes, one never truly knows who their friends are.
When visiting any foreign country, one should always be familiar with the laws and customs of the land.
After all, what might be generally accepted on your home turf, might be frowned upon, if not illegal, elsewhere.
For that matter, even locals might need a refresher course on what they can and can't do while at home.
A recent Redditor was curious to hear what tourists and locals alike should avoid doing in the USA, leading them to ask:
"In the United States, what should you never do?"
Stay out of the skies!
"Don't fly a drone in Washington, DC."
"The whole D.C. Area is a no fly zone."
"It's a federal offense."
"Just don't do it."- PeytonCarrK
Cops can't be bribed.
"Don't try to bribe cops when you get pulled over."
"I had some Argentinian friends immediately pull out their wallets and start pooling their cash when they got pulled over once.'
"Fortunately someone in the car noticed and told them to put it away immediately."- PeytonCarrK
"Don't pay off the police."
"My dad has friends from several third-world nations where it is common practice to give the police some cash when you are pulled over."
"However, if you try to bribe a police officer here, you'll get into a lot of trouble."- JohnASmiley
Know your rights.
"Everyone, including foreigners, has the right to be silent and have a lawyer when being questioned."
"Don’t say anything."
"Also, even if you speak English fairly well, ask for an interpreter."- WickedLilThing
Enjoy all that nature has to offer... carefully!
"Don't wander off in the national parks."
"It's very real wilderness and you can get lost and die out there."
"This includes going over railings you aren't supposed to, or off trails."
"People have died accidentally falling into a steam geyser that looked like normal water, mauled by animals or left to the elements."- AlphaOhmeganational parks GIF by Visit The USAGiphy
Allow plenty of time!
"Expect consistency at TSA in airports."- WickedLilThing
Some terminology doesn't translate...
"If you’re from England, they’re called cigarettes here."- Yung_Onions
Make sure your license is up to date.
"If you come from a walkable country don’t come here expecting the same."
"There are some areas with good public transportation and bicycle/pedestrian friendly streets but for the most part, especially outside of cities, the areas are designed to accommodate cars more than anything else."
"The reason a lot of Americans drive everywhere is because, depending on where you live, we have no choice."- The_Cars93Dog Driving GIFGiphy
Wait for instructions.
"Get out of your car and approach the cop when being stopped by a cop unless told to."- hildrash
Whether your'e waling down a street in a foreign country, or the street you've lived on for your entire life, it's always wise to be on guard and aware of your surroundings.
Not to mention, obey the law.