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Night Owls Break Down The Most Horrifying Thing They've Ever Seen While Up Late

Raise your hand if you're a night owl too.

I feel more energetic at night. Even after a long day, the later I can stay up, the happier I feel. With the rest of the world fast asleep, I'm able to enjoy alone time, late night television, and deep dives into the internet. Ever walk through a city in the dead of night? Magical. But with the dark comes some mystery and things too unusual for the daylight crowd to see. That's why Redditor u/dum-*** called out to the night owls of the world to describe the most horrifying things they've seen at night.

20. Absolute nightmare fuel

"I was talking to some friends on my laptop around 2:00 AM when I felt thirsty. I went down the first flight of stairs and turned my phone light on. The stairs turn at a 90 ° angle, and I stood at the intersection looking down into my living room where I shone my light.

I saw a dark figure hiding at the other side of the couch. At first, I thought it was just a blanket, but the further I went downstairs the more it looked like a face. I was about halfway down the stairs when I stopped and immediately felt sick to my stomach. The figure ducked behind the couch, and that's when I knew what I was looking at was definitely not a blanket. I ran upstairs and locked my door. I got no sleep or water that night.

When I woke up the next morning, I noticed my back door was slightly open. I think someone might have broken into the house. I just hope they didn't have any malicious intentions."


19. This poor little kid

"Moved into a new house. Put the kids to bed that night older kid didn't want to sleep in her bed so we gave up and let her sleep on the floor In front of her bedroom door. Went to finish unpacking and getting things set up. Around 2/3 in the morning we heard her screaming and yelling creepiest sound I have ever heard from her. Went to see what was going on she was kicking and thrashing around in her floor but still sleeping. Tried waking her up to no avail. Apparently she started having night terrors when we moved. Scariest thing I have ever witnessed especially when it's your own kid and you can't do anything for them. This went on for months. I had to go Into Her room and just sit there to make sure she wasn't going to hurt herself while thrashing around and screaming bloody murder. You feel helpless. Thankfully she doesn't have them anymore."


18. Sleep paralysis is no joke

"One of my sleep paralysis episodes where my dad came into my room with a knife laid down next to me in bed and slowly plunged it into my rib cage while staring me in the eyes. It felt so incredibly real and is the only time I have ever screamed while having an episode also he was wearing the exact same clothes when I seen him the following morning which is a bit odd as I didnt see him the night before."


17. This creepy dad

"I was at a friends house when i was about...hmm I dont know 10 or something. It was me, my friend, and another friend that was also invited. We were planning to stay up all night but we ended up crashing at like 3 in the morning. I actually did pull the all nighter I planned to go to sleep but I heard a weird sound. It sounded kind of like a distorted refrigerator hum. It then abruptly stopped. I decide its nothing and I close my eyes. I hear the sound again only its more of a moan type sound. I see my friends dad just staring at me and my friends. I close my eyes and i have a mini heart attack. I open my eyes to see that he is gone. I honestly thought i was going to have a real heart attack. The way he was just...looking at us was creepy. I didnt sleep the rest of the night."


16. This high up knocker

"Something, or someone knocked on my window, it was three consecutive knocks that sounded very precise and clear. Thank god my curtains were drawn.

I live on the 17th floor of my building."


15. The most majestic terror

"A moose looking into my window"


14. A friendly nudist

"Not so much horrified but completely shocked. I left my friends house at around 3 am. She lived somewhere in Santa Monica, California. I'm sitting in my car when low and behold. A naked man walks by my car and I mean completely naked. Only wearing shoes. So what do I do? Start up a convo with the dude. He told me he likes to walk the neighborhood naked on occasion because he can and no one is ever out this late. He said I surprised him when I called him out. Such a weird encounter."


13. Remember the clown problem we had?

"Guy, in a clown costume, walked right down my street, with an axe. Yes this was in 2016, I wouldn't leave my bedroom after 8:30 pm for a month after that."


12. Demon clothes

"Sometimes the clothes I leave on my chair instead of folding look like spooky demons at 3am and that always gets me."


11. Ah, the orbs...

"I do a lot of late night driving alone along empty highways in the middle of nowhere (yay night shifts) and there is a particular stretch of highway and area that is especially creepy. There is no lighting whatsoever, from streetlights or civilisation; and may be lucky to see another vehcile every 50 miles or so.

In the night, especially past 10pm, there are often strange, bright white orbs that hover in the ditance, as if another truck were to be approaching, but they never do. It just hangs around for what seems like an eternity, before disappearing. This happens a lot on this road...."


10. Creepy shadow people

"Was chilling on the porch with my family (aunt, uncle, 2 kids and myself) I go inside to get a beer and see something kid size/shape duck their head into the master bedroom. Thinking the little one is playing hide and seek I go in to look and no one is there. I go back outside and ask who was playing in the bedroom, my aunt says 'we've all been outside, whats up?' So I tell her. She immediately tells the kids to go play because we needed to have a grownups only talk. She basically tells me that the house is haunted and to NEVER talk about it and ignore it because they FINALLY got the 'Shadow people' to chill out. This is coming from a career military family with a 'cut the ******* attitude.'"


9. The night belongs to the bugs

"Just the other night I stepped outside to check on something and came back in. As I sat down I noticed a big roach (palmetto) on the wall above the door I had just used. I turned around to get my shoes again and it was gone. I call to my wife in the bedroom to come help me find it. She appears and I tell her the I turn to start the hunt she says to me, 'It's on you!' and I start to feel its creepy legs scurrying near my neck. I fling and flail trying to get it off and it falls to the floor where I quickly step on it. I guess as soon as I turned to get my shoes it flew off the wall right onto me. Ugh."


8. Surprise visit

"So a while ago some coyote or wolf or something entered my area (Middlesex County) and was roaming around. At approximately 2:30 AM I go downstairs for a drink and snack and see the animal staring at me through my glass patio doors. I nearly **** my pants."


7. A bunch of creeps at a campsite

"Having a tent surrounded by a large group of drunk guys at night

They were yelling out what they wanted to do to me & didn't care about the guy I was with

It was a walk in coastal campsite that we had hiked to

They had arrived there by boat"


6. Absolutely rattling 

"I felt my entire house shake . I was the only one awake to feel and hear it. Turns out there was an explosion a few miles away"


5. Thank goodness for cats

"My cat went missing recently (he's back home now) and I was scouring the neighborhood late at night looking for him. I figured out why my house gets so many cockroaches and it's honestly a miracle I don't have more. There were literally thousands out in the streets, in people's yards, everywhere I looked - cockroaches. Big ones, babies, all sizes, just hanging out. They barely registered me walking by. Thankfully my two cats are cockroach killers, I get 2-3 a week in the house."


4. Deadly animals

"I was walking home at around 2AM or so. I got within 15-20 ft of my front door and then stopped. I had this just weird feeling that something wasn't right. So I took out my phone and turned on the flash light...revealing that about 5 ft away from me was a bull Elk staring right at me.

If I hadn't randomly stopped and done that, I'd have walked into it and could very well have been killed. As it was, I still backed away slowly and found a different way into my home."


3. This could've been even more horrifying  

"I was up late one night in my second story apt that overlooked a fairly low traffic intersection. I happened to be fidgeting with my treadmill settings - which was right next to the window.

I happened to glance out the window and saw a kid on a bicycle (not that strange in this neighborhood). At the same instant a car blows through the stop sign, hits the kid and drags her underneath the car for about 30 feet.

I yelled to the gf to call 911 and ran downstairs to attempt to help? Surprisingly the girl crawled out from under the car, was beat up but ok.

Disturbing, but best case ending."


2. Shadows coming to life

"Well, I was doing my regular staring out the window for no reason thing and I notice something on the lawn. It's dark so it's hard to make out. It's a shadowy figure, but I can't make out details. I watch it curiously to see what this figure will do and it starts moving. It moves through the carport and this is the part that scared me. As it walked through the carport, the motion sensor light turned on. Shadow disappeared the moment it turned on, but I know what I saw."


1. Too near a miss

"This is close enough but when i was younger i went downstairs to lock the front door because we forget to do it sometimes and just a few seconds after i did that somebody tried to open the door we later found out somebody broke into out garage and stole some things and tried to enter the house through the front door if i had not gone downstairs to lock the door i might not be here making this comment"


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
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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.