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People Describe The Most Unnerving Thing They've Ever Experienced

People Describe The Most Unnerving Thing They've Ever Experienced
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It's late at night. You're relaxing at home.

It's a still night.

It's quiet.

You're in a great mood. Everything seems just right.

What could possibly go wrong?

Well, a lot.

Your perfectly serene evening could go awry... you might hear a sound you can't quite place, only to look outside and see a strange figure on your property.

What could they want?

Redditor harryplaysmusic asked the online community:

"What is your creepiest or most unnerving experience?"

"The key didn't work..."

Was coming home to my place at night when I use to live in the city with my roommate at the time. The key didn't work for the front door so I always had to use the back door that led to our kitchen.

The door had that blurry glass window on it (not sure what that's called) but as I was turning the key I could see a figure walk by real fast. I assumed it was my roommate so I went to my bedroom, then checked his room and couldn't find him. I finally went down to our living room only to find the front door completely open.

I called my roommate and asked where was he going so fast and why he left the front door open. He told me he hasn't been to our place in a couple of hours. So yeah I was walking into my house while someone was snooping around.


"When I was 15..."

When I was 15 I lived on a ranch and cared for my great granny. The only people around were people driving on the highway down the hill, and the neighbor that lived a few miles away.

One night at around 2 am, a man knocked on the door and asked to use our phone. We didn't have any cell service or internet service out there, or a landline. The fact that he knocked on the door meant that he hopped two locked gates and hiked up a hill.

I was so scared I just said "no, go away, I have a shotgun." He left.


"He helped me move..."

Took a photo of my friend on the first day at my new place. He helped me move and then we were just having a couple of beers and chilling. He went home, I went to sleep.

I woke up the next morning cleaned out. TV was gone and my still-unpacked boxes of electronics were all gone too. The door was ajar. I was looking at my photos a few weeks later and I saw a foot sticking out behind my friend in the photo.

It was sticking out from a large overhead storage shelf in a small storage room, which was facing into the room and away from the main space. The robber was hiding there before I even moved in. I have the photo somewhere


That last one was creepy as hell.

The idea of having someone in the space as you—and not knowing it—is incredibly unsettling.

Your home should be a sacred space; stories like this demonstrate how easily some people out there will violate it.

Let's continue.

"This lady jumps off the truck..."

I spent a year in Thailand when I was about 8 years old. While celebrating their new year (Songkran) this big truck of people stopped near where we were standing.

This lady jumps off the truck and walks up to me smiling and grabs my arm really hard and starts pulling me towards the truck and almost got me on when my brother comes running and asks me where I'm going.

The lady let go and the truck quickly drove away. I didn't realise until I was way older that I almost got kidnapped in a foreign country.


"My mom made me go inside..."

When I was eleven, my friend's dad had a psychological episode that resulted in him standing in the middle of the parking lot in his underwear, screaming and crying and repeatedly cutting himself with a big knife.

My mom made me go inside before the police got there, the next day my friends and I went to look at the bloodstains all over the pavement.


That poor man.

We hope he got the help he needed.

Let's continue.

"My dad didn't budge..."

This probably pales in comparison to others' experiences but it stands out in my mind.

I don't remember this super well because I was pretty young. But a contractor that had just replaced the roof on my parents' house apparently didn't pay his employees after my parents paid him for the job.

One of said workers showed up at my house VERY pissed off, yelling and screaming that he wanted money.

I just remember being really scared and comforting my little sister who was crying hysterically.

My dad didn't budge, and finally, the guy gave up and left. We never saw him again.


"I got my dad to call the police."

I've got a lot of these moments, but one that stands out to me is when I was little, I got up at something like three in the morning to get a glass of water, and heard something outside the back door. I went and woke up my mom, and when she opened the door to show me there was nothing out there, she tensed up and said "Hello?"

I got my dad to call the police.

That morning I learn that a druggie had broken into our fenced-off yard, used several needles, broke open our outside freezer, stole a brand new bag of pizza rolls, and tried to cook them in the old broken toaster oven we had yet to dispose of.


"One particular winter night..."

Alright, this story haunts me.

Basically, I was 17 and working at a high-end retail shop in a big shopping centre - literally the last place you'd expect a ghost story.

The shifts used to run quite late over the Christmas period as we'd be open as late as 9 pm, so it was dark and quiet for a long time.

One particular winter night, I was on a late shift with two other co-workers. My two coworkers were on the shop floor and I was out back taking stock and putting away stocks.

If anybody has worked in clothes shops with large stocks hopefully you'll know what I mean when I say the clothes are stored in rolling racks, like shelves on wheels, and each rack is controlled by a wheel on the side which you spin to move it along the rail. You can also lock the shelves so they don't move.

I know that people say this all the time, that they 'know' they did something, but I truly do know that I locked the shelves and I know this because I was climbing the shelves, using each row as a ladder, to reach the top sections. Had they not been locked, I couldn't have done this as the shelves would've rolled.

So I climb down to grab some more stock, and as I turn around the lights turn off. Now the lights are movement triggered, and I was moving in the space, but even so, sometimes they turn off. For some reason though, this plunge into pitch-black raised all the hairs on my neck and I froze in my place. There are no windows out back so no light at ALL.

When the lights flickered back on, all three shelves, all of which I had LOCKED IN PLACE, were rolling towards me on their track, completely unpushed. I have to emphasise that firstly, they were LOCKED! And secondly, if you know what I'm on about, these shelves are heavy - they require pushing and won't move on their own.

It's probably quite unprofessional of me, but I couldn't stand another minute and I dashed out into the shop floor completely unable to speak. Luckily we're a small team and I'm quite close with all my coworkers, and my boss could see me visibly shaking. Once she'd calmed me down enough for me to tell her what happened, she said, 'C'mon let's just go check the security cameras and see what happened.'

Here's where it gets really creepy: we went into her office, brought up the security footage, and all that had been captured was the moment the lights went dark, and then it skipped straight to a minute later and you see the door shut after me as I dashed onto the shop floor. The 30 seconds - a minute where the shelves rolled towards me was completely unrecorded.

Creeps me out just rewriting it.


"I was down the street..."

My friend and I were 11 at the time and were out walking my dog around our neighborhood one night. I live near rural/suburban Illinois so anyone from around there knows what i mean when I say it's cornfields, houses, and just more cornfields wherever you go.

We were ding dong ditching and managed just fine since my dog was pretty chill and never barked/growled. we are alongside the back of the neighborhood now since we walked in a long circle.

It was just a road with about a football field length grass clearing and then more towering corn stalks, parallel to the street. everything was going normal until my friend and I rung a house, then ran into the clearing and dove to the ground. we were about 30 feet into the grass.

Now, important to note that earlier in the week my neighbor's relatively decent-sized boxer had gone missing.

I had been in this clearing before, played soccer and football there countless times but when we sat there waiting for our angry neighbor to come out, something drew me to look away. Not a noise, but rather my dog's intense shaking. She only did that when she was focused so heavily on something I would have to directly touch her eyeball to move. She was turned around staring, and when I turned I noticed something at this wall of corn staring at us.

I thought I was just seeing things, but it was definitely big enough to make out its shape, even without any light other than the moon and street lamp at the far end of the street. Thinking back, there's no way I should have seen it but god damn I somehow did. once I looked, I couldn't take my eyes off of whatever it was. I thought it was a person, but I shrugged the thought off bc they were at the edge of a cornfield at dusk, who does that right?

When I turned to my friend, he was white in the face. He asked if I could see it too, to which I whispered a yes to because i still couldn't make out what I was seeing. We still don't know if it's a coyote, person, bear, wolf, I mean we were really sitting there silently freaking out deciding to run or what to do instead.

We decide to sort of army crawl towards the street and houses and almost at the exact second we turn to start running, we see the figure go back into the corn. We get home and say nothing to my parents, off to sleep and he leaves the next day with no incident.

Later that evening, police show up at the door asking if they had seen a man who was wanted for stabbing his girlfriend to death, along with his 2 sons. My parents turn them away and say they haven't seen anything lately, but luckily I was eavesdropping from the stairs and chimed in.

Now, maybe I shouldn't have been so quick to assume I was 100% correct and tell these cops they had to listen but I'm glad they did. I take them to the field, with my parents and point to where I saw the figure in the corn last night. I was so terrified about last night, I told them I saw him there last night and was sure of it.

Lo and behold they bring about 9 cars out to the street and enter the cornfield. After 15 minutes we hear a scream and one of the officers ended up finding the boxer that went missing above. completely gutted. after about 45 more minutes of searching, I hear a ton of screaming followed by orders and more shouting. Out comes a cop, with this psycho cuffed in front of him. The same guy from the picture. I couldn't believe it.

I was down the street when they were walking across the clearing since I was not allowed to be near the scene. The creepiest part about all of this is he was staring directly at ME the entire time he walked. no variation, head nod, blink, or anything. It was as if he knew it was me, that I told the cops he was there.

I started crying in my dad's arms when I saw him come out, and I have no idea why. it felt like I did something wrong, and that I was going to pay for it eventually. my parents always claimed I imagined that look, but it led to me having nightmares for a few months at least.

Sometimes I still get night terrors/sleep paralysis and I see the figure coming after me, 9 years later. I am the only one here allowed to be legitimately afraid of cornfields.


"In my early 20s..."

In my early 20s, I visited Auschwitz with a close friend who was a prisoner there in 1944-45 and lost his whole immediate family.

He gave me a guided tour of his memories.


There were some sensitive stories here...

...but they were all fascinating. If you're reading this at night, we're going to apologize to you in advance.

We certainly don't mean to make you second guess the next thing you hear go bump in the night.

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People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


Happy Good Vibes GIF by Major League SoccerGiphy

"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



The Light Minnie GIF by (G)I-DLEGiphy

"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
Santhosh Vaithiyanathan/Unsplash

Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.