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Hikers Break Down The Scariest Thing They've Ever Seen On A Trail

Hikers Break Down The Scariest Thing They've Ever Seen On A Trail

There's little more restorative than going on a hike.

Escaping from the hustle and flow, and enjoying the peaceful serenity of nature, and taking in all the beauty around you.

But every now and then, hikers may stumble across something a bit unsettling, even scary.

Making them want to return to civilization all the sooner.

Redditor purple_loves_bread was eager to hear about the creepiest discoveries made by experienced hikers while on the trail, leading them to ask:

"Hikers of Reddit, what's the weirdest/scariest thing you've found/seen during a hike?"

How did it even get there?

"A dolphin skeleton 50 meters from the water on a trail in Costa Rica."- argenntinosaurus

An unwanted visitor

"On a backpacking trip in the Sierra Mountains in California, my buddy forgot to put his toothpaste in the bear bag, which is a bag you put all food and aromatic items in to hang from a tree branch at night so the bears won't eat it."

"At about 2 a.m., we hear him yelling and get up to find a huge black bear on top of him in his tent trying to get at the toothpaste."

"The rest of us had to bang pans and throw rocks to get the bear to leave him alone."- The_Spyre

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Literal grave robbers

"Hiking in Vermont."

"Saw a bright red shirt hanging in a tree off the trail, so I went to check it out."

"Saw a couple of freshly dug graves and a few really old headstones."

"Reported it - turns out it was someone stealing headstones from a local graveyard and relocating them."

"Don't know if they were stealing the bodies, too."- GravityoftheMoon

Improper hiking attire

"Me, my old roommate and a friend went hiking into the woods in Tennessee."

'We were going along minding our own business, then we came up on a stream."

"On the other side of the stream, getting ready to cross, was a group of about 5 or 6 dudes only wearing socks and shoes."

"Naked bros hiking in the woods."

"I'm all about being in your birthday suit or whatever, but it was weird seeing it for the first time and apparently its a thing."- BungJovi

Witness to a massacre

"I stumbled on a poaching dump when I was 14."

"I used to hike trails near our home, way out in the woods."

"I'd explore, and then have to find my way back without a compass."

"I went really far one day, probably 2-3 miles through these old logging trails."

"I started smelling something terrible."

"There was a rocky outcrop right before a steep cliff."

"At the bottom of the cliff, there was a massive pile of dead deer, most were decapitated."

"Some were fawns."

"Had to have been 20-30 of them at varying states of decay."

"The stench was mind-alteringly bad."

"When I thought I had seen enough, I heard 4-wheelers and decided to hide."

"Two poachers in camo rolled up and tossed two more deer carcasses on the pile."

"They smoked, talked, and then left after about 10 minutes."

"I was probably 15 feet from them the entire time, hiding under a hemlock tree."

"I did not recognize either of them, and I knew absolutely everyone on that entire side of town, it was only 15-20 houses in a 5 mile stretch."

"I ran home and told my parents."

"They didn't believe me."

"Plus, they didn't know I was running off to those trails, so I got in huge trouble for that."

"I mentioned it to our neighbor who was big into hunting, he seemed very concerned and brought it up to the game warden."

"They investigated it, found the dump site, but never caught anybody."

"I am 100% certain it was not my neighbor." - User Deleted

Up close and personal with nature's beasts

"Mountain lion came very close to me."

"It didn't seem aggressive but it was curious."

"After a few minutes of us staring at each other and me pissing my pants he finally lost interest and disappeared into the forest while I got the f*ck out of there."- -MultiF0rms


An underground operation

"I've seen mountain lions, I've seen bears."

"The scariest thing I've seen was an elaborate grow operation in Northern CA."

"I crested a hill and walked 20 yards into this valley when I realized there were irrigated pot plants for as far as the eye could see."

"Reservoirs, hoses, camouflaged netting."

"My friend and I noped out of there as fast we could, both expecting to be shot on our way back to our car."- Zmirzlina

Not so itsy-bitsy...

"Hiking early morning in Hawaii and my stomach notifies me that it’s time to go #2 ."

"I find a porta potty near the trailhead and jump in to do my business."

"Once complete, I flipped my headlamp on to find the toilet paper, but instead find a huge, 5” in diameter, banana spider hanging out in the corner of the porta potty."

'Trying not to spook it I slowly reached for the 1-ply."

"As I do, my headlamp shines on this monster and it proceeds to FREAK TF OUT!!! "

"It runs in circles for a bit, both of us losing our minds at this point, and ends up between my legs inside of my underwear!!!"

"I’m at a complete loss for what to do, but eventually begin wiggling back and forth in an attempt to get this spider to remove itself."

"That didn’t work at all! Instead of exiting the premises, this MFer runs up my leg."

"This is the point where I give up and storm out of the porta potty yelling and screaming, pants around my ankles."

"No clue what happened to that spider, but it disappeared in a flash…just like my dignity."- Kamala__2024

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Free spirtis

"This was lower Escambia county in the early 2000's, more likely some rich hippie wanting to get back to nature."- driver_dylan

Major disaster averted

"I was on the 8th grade D.C trip."

"We drove out to a rural historical town in Pennsylvania for the day."

"We had a buddy system going, and honestly they didn’t really care where u went as long as u made it back on time."

"While everyone else was walking around and shopping at souvenir shops, me and by best friend decided to go on a hike into the woods nearby, which i later learned was part of the Appalachian trail."

'I was a little on edge about it, since there’s a lot of bears in the area, and we were completely alone."

"About two to three miles in we both kept noticing noises, nothing too out of the ordinary, sticks breaking, leaves rustling etc, but what really made us stop in out tracks was the sound of a man’s voice coming from the trees."

"The trees were completely overgrown and you would have to go seriously out of your way to even try to go in them."

"We just stood there, nervously looking around."

"We jumped when a man approached us from behind asked what was wrong, I constantly checked behind us to make sure we weren’t being followed and I never saw him while we were walking."

"I said that we just heard a noise and got startled."

"He then proceeded to ask us why we were out there, and that it was dangerous."

"I explained we were out here for school etc."

"We knew this wasn’t a chaperone, because they all wear blue, but what was strange was that he wasn’t wearing any hiking gear, not even a water bottle or backpack."

"Mid-explaining why we were out here my friend just tightly grabs my arm and doesn’t say anything."

"I knew something was wrong."

"The man takes another step towards us and my friend just grabs my arm and yanks it, we sprinted for at least a mile before we were far enough."

"I caught my breath and asked her wtf happened."

"She was on the verge of tears at this point and told me that that man’s voice we heard in the trees, was watching us from the trees making gestures to the man talking to us."

"When we got back to camp we told her mom, who was a chaperone, and also a deputy what happened."

"It was reported, and turns out both of them were part of a sex trafficking ring, and the man talking to us was carrying a knife."

"It’s scary to think what could’ve happened that if we didn’t run when we did."- -i_d_k_·

Did he ever find it?

"Me and a group of about 9 other guys were hiking in Isle Royale leaving camp for the morning to hike up the Greenstone Ridge."

"We came across a guy who had long hair, was barefoot, had one croc and a plastic bag in his left hand, and a Pepsi bottle in the right."

"He looked hungover and didn’t respond to any greetings."

"He had no pack and was at least 20+ miles from any ranger station."

"After hiking for several hours that day while on the Greenstone Ridge, underneath a tree overlooking a beautiful view of the isle southern side."

"Underneath the tree angled like a shrine was the other croc."- Greatfulgrey

Waving through a window...

"Here’s the true story."

"This happened to me when I was 17 years old, 12 years ago."

"I was on a week long Scout trip at a place called Big South Fork up in the Cumberland region on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line."

"We spent the first half of the week backpacking up in the hills, and the second half was spent taking it easy at base camp.'

'This happened our last day in the trail.'

"We had finished eating breakfast and we were ready to break camp and head out."

"Our campsite was at a place called the Litten-Slaven farm."

'We camped in a patch of woods in a little valley where they had once had a cattle pasture."

"At the top of the valley was a small shed, a spring-fed pond, and the old farmhouse."

"It wasn't a big house."

"It was a wooden house, with two rooms on the first floor and a loft on the second floor.'

"I would have loved to go inside and check it out, but nobody was allowed inside so it would be easier to preserve."

"Anyway, after breakfast I realized that I had left my walking stick up at the top of the hill by the old house."

"I went back to get it, and my friend, Chris, went with me."

"Rule #1: always take a buddy."

" We hiked up the hill and I got my stick."

"Then we made the hike back down to camp."

'We were halfway across the pasture when something told me to look back."

"I looked behind me and saw someone in the upstairs window waving at me."

"It looked like a woman dressed in white, but I glanced so quick it was hard to make out the details."

"I turned to Chris and plainly said, 'There's someone in the farm house'.”

"What follows is my thought process that occurred in the space of about half a second."

"There's someone in the farm house."

"There's nobody else here."

'Nobody is even allowed in the farm house."

"There's someone in the farmhouse."


“'There's someone in the farmhouse!' I screamed."

"I took off running as fast as I could."

"Chris had no idea what was going on and ran with me."

"We didn't stop until we got back to camp."

"I told the others what I had seen."

“'You should have gone in', said our scoutmaster, Chris’s dad, 'She probably had breakfast ready'.”- Jaustinduke

Predators are everywhere

"When we were about 11,10, and 9; my brothers, some friends and I, in Arkansas, we would spend a lot of time in the woods."

"About an hour away from any road, we had this cool tree house with a swing that was a set of handlebars tied to a rope."

"This swing was 30 feet in the air."

"Very dangerous... Anyway."

"One day, hiking to the tree house, we stumbled across this guy."

"He did not look homeless, but did look scruffy."

"He tried to convince us to hang out with him, saying he had porn and booze."

"We noped out of there."

"The guy was later arrested for molesting at least one kid."- redfeather1

Everyone needs an escape to the great outdoors every now and again.

Even though one never knows what lies in store, or what they may find.

Making the feeling of coming home all the more comforting.

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Well, it turns out the guy actually hadn't read any of the books, watched any of the shows, or heard of any of the bands he talked about with my friend. I didn't understand why he would lie about all these things until I left the table.

When I came back, he was on the phone with someone and he was telling them he only told her he liked all those things because he liked my friend. When he found out she was in a relationship, he decided he'd let her set us up in the hopes that he could date me until my friend and her boyfriend broke up, and then he could swoop in.

I just walked out and when he finally texted me asking what was up, I told him I overheard him, then proceeded to block him. My friend was mortified to hear about the date, and I decided never to be set up again.

I'm not the only one who has gone on a date and discovered a huge red flag. Redditors have experienced this too, and are eager to share their stories.

It all started when Redditor APT3993 asked:

"What’s the biggest red flag you have seen on a first date?"

Dates Of Relationships Past

"They won't shut up about their ex."

– SiriusGD

"Had this happen to me on a 2nd date."

"Asked if she could use my computer, I said OK. Then she pulls up her ex's FB profile to browse through it, and she spent the next 10 minutes comparing me to him, saying he she thinks that I will turn out to be controlling and manipulative like him because we both grew up on a farm and we both like cars."

"Ummm, wut?"

– alwaysmyfault

"He angrily told me I would “love” his ex wife. Proceeded to cry while talking about her. They’d been divorced for 5 years. I genuinely hope he is doing better."

– TX_Mothman

"She constantly compared me to her ex, and sat on her phone for most of the night, then expected me to pay for her two bottles of wine, plus really expensive meal and desert."

"She asked me out btw, not the other way around."

– Stuspawton

I Know What I Want

"The guy who tried to change my order with the waitress because he didn’t think the drink I’d asked for was sufficiently feminine."

"I ordered beer. I don’t remember exactly what he thought I should have, maybe white wine? It was a long time ago."

"The waitress was looking at me like ‘You heard that sh*t too right?’ and I told her actually I wouldn’t have anything, thanks, and I left."

– MaggieLuisa

"He changed it FROM A BEER TO SOMETHING ELSE!!?! That’s amazing to me. Like it’s bad enough if you ordered an IPA and he said, “I dunno, sweetie, your delicate female taste buds probably can’t handle the hoppiness. Hey, honey, why don’t we get the lady a Coors.”"

– AdaptiveVariance

The Position Of Boyfriend

"We met for drinks after work (since we both work in the same industry) and she showed up with a list of interview questions. She literally had a checklist on her phone for me to fill out. I thought she was joking at first, but the questions were extremely personal, like how many sexual partners you've had, the oldest, the youngest; How much money you made the previous year; If you owned a house, a car, a boat, a plane; Did you have a criminal history; Where do you parents live; Are they alive; Who did you vote for in the last election; All kinds of stuff like that."

"I even proposed that we could just use that as a conversation starter and we could work through them like that as a fun way to get to know each other. I was really trying. She tells me that she's not answering any of them because I'm trying to date her, not the other way around!"

"I laughed out loud thinking she was kidding, then realized she was absolutely serious. I wished her all the best in the dating world, chugged my beer, overtipped the waitress, and left."

– OkFrostina

"Yeah, I would really push that to the limit without getting law enforcement involved. Start with all the times I have ended up in rehabilitation, my abductions by UFO, the wild, kinky sex partners I have had, the millions I have lost before living under a bridge, etc."

– passporttohell

Scary As Hell

"Had a guy who insisted on buying the most expensive pizza at the restaurant despite my protests then kissed my head when he walked past me to use the restroom. After dinner we walked along the waterfront, he kissed me and then immediately tried to choke me "to be sexy". First date, last date."

– Twours1944

"What the sh*t?? Who taught this idiot that choking in public on the first date all without consent is a great get-to-know-you move??"

– villainsimper

Stranger Danger

"This was literally the day of a first date. But I had matched with an older man when I was still on dating apps. We planned to go on a hike on a very beautiful day by the water. On the day of the date, he wanted me to leave my car at his place, while he drove us through the backwoods so we can beat traffic. I said I’ll be happy to drive myself, and he laughed and canceled. His reasoning was he’s been stood up so many times and he didn’t want to waste his time and me not show up. I said “okay!I apologize for the inconvenience. I hope you find what you are looking for. “and blocked him."

"The red flag was when he genuinely got upset that I didn’t want to ride in a car with a stranger through the backwoods for our first date."

– Jesusdoescrack

"You should have said “you fear being stood up, I fear being murdered.”"

– The_She_Ghost

Truly Gross

"He pointed to another woman at the bar and said she was his ex. But she happened to be my lesbian roommate."

"Yes, I told him I knew he was full of it cuz she was my roommate, and I pointed out her girlfriend who was there with her. I don’t remember what he said exactly but he had no choice but to admit he was lying. I wish I had asked why he said it. I assume to make me jealous? Like that’s a good way to start a relationship? Obviously, that was the only date."

– Grapegoop

​Those Who Came Before

"He told me he had been divorced 5 times. I'm taking the advice of 5 women I don't know."

– 13liz

"The way you phrased this killed me 😂"

– CumulativeHazard

Got Her Feeling Emotions

"Does bursting into tears after I told them I didn't like a TV show count?"

– JumboDakotaSmoke

"I'm curious as to what TV show it was?"

– ladydamnation

"Grey's Anatomy."

– JumboDakotaSmoke

"bursts into tears"

– akennelley


"He took me to his house (he lived with his mom) just so HE could eat dinner with his mom while I sat in the living room. I listened to them eat and talk about my looks like I couldn't hear them. Apparently, I was pretty but "needed to be taken down a peg or two." I said my period had started so I had to go home. A future abuser and his enabler mommy."

– BigMcLargeHuge77

Ew...Just Ew

"We went to a movie. He spent the first half with his hand inside one of his socks, then pulling it out and smelling it, putting it back in, repeat, repeat."

"Then he spent the second half trying to hold my hand. With his sock hand."

– Deleted User

Bad From The Start

"She asked if I could order for her because she was uncomfortable talking to the brown waitress.

"Added: Same girl would not stop talking about Kardashian gossip even though I told her I know nothing about them and didn’t care to know."

– CanaDoug420

Stop, Theif!

"He showed up drunk with a bouquet of flowers he admitted he stole from his mother's flower shop."

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"Went to a charity coffee shop for a date. It was “free” coffee where they just ask for donations which went toward their org’s efforts to feed and house people. They explained this to him and asked if he wanted to make a donation for our drinks."

"He said no."

– Shredded_Wheaties

Oh, yikes! I would be so embarrassed!

In fact, I'm kind of losing faith in dating as a concept.

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