Being an insomniac or one who lives at night, aka, a vampire, can be an exhausting life or it can be exciting. The world doesn't stop turning in the wee hours, in fact the things that go bump in the night can lead to some fascinating or horrifying stories. While others are shut-eyed and dreaming nightmares at sundown, some of us are living through them. Now none of us will ever get to sleep now so we might as well share stories.
Redditor u/isolatedpsychopath wanted to know what sort of craziness is happening when everyone's eyes are shut by asking.... Night owls, what is the creepiest/scariest thing you have ever seen or heard whilst everyone was asleep?
I was staying at an Airbnb on the first floor and I heard noises outside of my window late at night, so I drew back the window curtains to find myself face to face with some man who I assume was trying to break in. He ran away, but that moment was straight out of a horror movie. personreddits
I had put a surveillance camera in front of my apartment door for various security reasons. As I passed the monitor one night, I noticed that my neighbor fell down the stairs right in front of my door. If no one had noticed it, he probably wouldn't have survived. He had a severe head injury afterwards, but at least he survived. I_am__the_GOLDEN_GOD
I was smoking in the backyard when i heard footsteps on the stones we have around the garden. It was moving around and i could only hear the stones popping like someone was walking on it.
Then i heard a sneeze.
I thought "crap now someone will jump out the bushes to mug me or beat me up." I was creeped out but thought the only good thing to do is approach the firs which are planted in the ground where the small stones lay. Because despite all the sounds, i could see no one, which isnt' that hard. The firs are not too bushy and far enough apart so you would definitely see someone if he was walking there.
So i came nearer and the stone popping got more intense, like something was running away from me. I switched the light from my smartphone on and theres nothing. Then i look down and see a HEDGEHOG! A real sweet and kind of big one, like he looks a bit fat. Has been eating good as it seems.
I started to call him Sonic and he comes visiting nearly every day. Nowadays he even brings a small hedgehog with him which i think is his kid, or at least a good friend. Sometimes i even leave a bit of food for them, but as it seems they don't really need it as they rarely take something from it.
10/10 would poop my pants again if it turns out to be a hedgehog. loreng94
My dog spontaneously barking at 3 am with no reason other than to yell.
I was home alone while my dad was out of town in a new townhome. Had to open the front door and show her nothing was there.
She still barked. Rabid_Pokemon_Girl
I heard a knocking on my door, looked on the space under it and there was no shadow or feet, that's why I keep a hammer beside me from now on. Max_189
If it had no legs or shadow, I don't think hammers work on revenants. 927comewhatmay
The sound of foxes yiffing is literally the screams of Satan himself. SpringyFredbearSuit
Rabbits sometimes sound like infants that were abandoned in the woods. Then you mix in the foxes, and the rabbits screaming bloody murder as they get eaten, and you might need to go find a different pair of pants because this one's got too much crap in it. Outrageous_Disk
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The Graveyard Shift.
I'm a security guard, and I occasionally pull the graveyard shift.
During one such occasion, I was working at a warehouse where they make tractors, where my job was to sit in my car in their parking lot over night, and occasionally walk around the outside of the building to make sure everything was good, and no one had fooled with the tractors that were parked outside.
Now one particular night was foggy as hell. I might have had 10, maybe 15 feet of visibility.
I'm walking through the fog, doing my best to see everything I can, when it starts sounding like there's someone walking behind me.
I spin around, nothing. No one there. I start walking, and after a minute I hear the footsteps again. I stop, and the other footsteps stop. Then I hear what sounds like a tractor door slam.
By this point I'm nearly pissing myself. Procedure is not to confront anyone; call the cops from a point of safety. But the nearest safe point is my car, which is on the other side of the warehouse, which is basically half a mile away since I can't cut through the warehouse itself.
But I can't see the fool making the noise. So I decide to continue heading to my car, and hope like hell I make it there safe.
I go on at a pretty good clip; not out right running, but not taking my time anymore. I make my way around a tower of tractor parts, and come face to face with a man in a KKK hood glaring at me from inside a tractor.
Or at least that's what my mind initially conjured up. After standing there a minute in shocked terror, I realize what I'm seeing is a seat cover put on wrong, causing the cover to take on that iconic shape.
After that I book it back to my car, call the local police, and once they get there they patrol the area. Nothing was missing, broken, or out of place. Best guess on the footsteps was my own echoing back at me, and the slamming door was from another warehouse nearby.
Oh, then there was that time at another site where I was by myself, saw someone walk across the lot, but they didn't appear on camera. Ghost_of_Askreddit
I'm female and live alone, I was sleeping and my radio which was turned off picked up a passing taxi drivers radio, it's gone 3am and all I can hear is some blokes voice accepting a new job/pickup in my bedroom! Needless to say the radio was unplugged and booted out and I had an extremely early start to my day. Joey-Pope
A knock on my apartment door about 10pm.
Look through the peephole, see nobody through it, on the second chain pop it open an inch. Fat at the ready to slam it shut I say stand where I can see you some sketchy woman looking like she needs a fix. She asks to see someone who doesn't live there I say wrong place slam the door and deadbolt.
The next day outside my apartment is a pile of used cigarettes butts. She had stuck around waiting for someone to come out. Phenoix512
Horny feral cats outside my window. Angelicbeeing
Male cats defending territory is worse. famousamos84
Time is not always a friend.
It can systematically destroy everything.
Or is that just humans abusing time?
Everything does degrade naturally...
"What has consistently been getting shi**ier?"
Life in general. Life has gotten worse. Not to be a downer. What happened?
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"My health as I get older. People aren’t kidding when they say 'I turned X age and started falling apart' it actually happens."
"Yeah it used to be all about sharing stuff with your friends. Now it’s all about trying to keep your eyes on it as long as possible so they can show you more ads. The social networks that are about sharing stuff and the actual content either get acquired or die."
"T-shirts. It used to be that you would get a t-shirt and it would last you literally decades. Almost more importantly in my opinion, the shirt also had some 'structure' and shape to it. Now t-shirts are thin, flimsy, and formless. I feel like I’m wearing an undershirt or a pajamas shirt."
"I should note that around the time t-shirts got sh*ttier, all the t-shirt brands started advertising 'THIS IS THE SOFTEST T-SHIRT EVER.'"
"I’m 99% sure the whole 'softness' marketing was to distract customers from the fact that the fabric got thinner and cheaper. Because although the flimsy fabric is legitimately very soft, 'this shirt is not soft enough' was never a complaint I had with old t-shirts."
"Advertisements. Not only the quality of advertisements, but frequency has skyrocketed. For example, when you watch a basketball game, these MFs put an ad in between free throw attempts. Everything is presented by Company XYZ, everything has some sort of advertisement connected to it, and it is infuriating."
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"Fast food. It was always bad for you, but now it doesn't taste as good either, and is more expensive, on top of being bad for you."
Remember when Burger King was only like a dollar? What happened?
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"The quality of furniture. Unless you want to spend $10k, you cant really get something that will last 50+ years."
"Halloween Decorations. Used to be able to buy metal gates, concrete/plaster tombstones, and many other creative decorations that would last you several years - maybe even decades. Now all you can get are flimsy styrofoam and plastic tombstones meant to last only one Halloween (looking at you, Spirit Halloween)."
Try to buy...
"It's ridiculous. Our rent keeps going up, so my husband just said 'Screw it, let's move in with my dad for a year or so to save.' Thankfully he was cool with it, because we seriously never have any extra to save! I don't know how people without help can do it. Rent is so expensive it's impossible to save the money needed to buy a house!"
“the old days”
"Life and perception. As i get older and learn more I consistently yearn for 'the old days' but I’m not actually yearning for old days… I’m merely wishing I could go back to when I didn’t know anything about how life and the world actually operates. Youthful perception is usually more optimistic."
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"Mainstream network television programing."
"I swear to God, at work, most of the crap on TV is either a mediocre drama show about a government organization or firefighters, cringe a** news stations like Inside Edition, game shows or generic 'talk' shows that feel more like advertisements."
Oh, the good ole days. What happened?
When it comes to naming children, there are all kinds of different approaches.
Some parents like to honor the legacy of a late relative, while there are those who prefer naming their baby after a revered fictional character–"Luke" (Skywalker) being one of them.
But let's be honest. Baby naming can get way out of hand, and it's the child who becomes a victim by having to live with a name they might get teased for...like "Blanket."
Curious to hear examples of what some of those might be, Redditor Sarah_Trekkie asked:
"What are some of the craziest baby names you’ve personally been witness to?"
Pity these children with these unfortunate names.
The Three Hs
"Well they weren't babies, but at the summer camp where I worked this summer. 3 brothers: Honor, Heritage, and believe it or not, Henceforth. I felt a little bad for those kids."
"The manager at a shop near me is named Goodenough."
In Case You Missed It A Second Time
"Coworker grew up with a girl named Kelly Kelly Kelly."
"Jam Metallica for a baby girl."
Drugs and babies just shouldn't mix.
"I work in child welfare and it’s actually more common than you would think for someone to name their child after a drug or strand of drug they were using at the time. So with that information, MF Pitbull and Knucklehead were the two that I saw that were pretty bad. Another sad fact is when a child is immediately removed from a family (they have already been proven not to be fit parents) they’ll give them the name Baby Boy/Girl or Infant until they’re adopted."
"Edit: at the time = time of conception"
"Edit edit: 'they' as in the nursing staff, the birth parents often aren’t coherent enough or don’t care to give a name."
Out With The Old In With The New
"I summer nannied for two kids, siblings who had been adopted by a wonderful woman who immediately changed their given names, which were Crystal and Rocky."
"Edited to add that both babies were born addicted to meth. Forgot that little nugget."
It gets worse.
Going By A Gender
"Boy. True story."
What A Pair
"Noodles and papoose."
"I heard these 2 magical names uttered in a single sentence by a woman. 'Noodles! Put papoose down!'"
"Thunderbird, Winter Star, Rainbow, Baby Girl."
"Culturally not that weird, but day to day life outside of the Rez, strong names to live with."
"I met a young man named Jor-El."
"Yes, as in Jor-El, father of Kal-El who became Superman on Earth."
"Were they a clone?"
"Nah, just a carbon copy."
The Pressure Is On
"I was at the park with my nephew last week and a woman started calling for her son to get off the swings. His name was Messiah. That seems like a lot to live up to!"
I would have to say one of the craziest names I've heard of was Otis Payne.
The names individually are actually pretty cool, but when you slap them together and say the full name, well, I can only imagine the amount of jokes this person had to endure.
He probably lost track of the number of times they saw someone doubling over in fake distress–clenching at a problematic part of their body–and saying his full name in jest.
We get it, we get it, "Oh this pain!"
With so many streaming platforms and too many recommendations to watch your friends' favorite shows, how do you prioritize what shows to watch?
Those who can afford to sit in front of the TV all day–because that is the commitment it takes to start making a dent in your viewing playlist–must choose wisely in determining which shows to start binging.
If a show fails to grab your attention from the get go, you might be prone to ditch it and go on to the next one on the list.
The risk of course is you might be missing out on something that is worth sitting through the slow-burn, exposition-y episodes of a show that is trying to establish itself at the beginning but becomes wildly rewarding towards the end.
But who has time for all that?
Apparently, there were many TV show viewers whose patience ran thin.
To find out what shows strangers online thought was not worth their time, Redditor itsamu asked:
"What TV series isn't worth finishing?"
You would think fantasy and action shows can sustain your attention, but they're not all created the same.
Not Having The Time For This One
"Once upon a time. It literally repeats the entire first season’s plot."
"I'm the fastest man alive. Except for the main villain of this season. And the random guy I'm chasing who escaped around the corner of the building, despite the fact I can search an entire square mile in under a minute. Nah, he's gone, no need to check."
One Strong Season
"Heroes. Watch the first season, and then stop."
Can't Kill What's Already Dead
"The walking dead, gave up a while ago. Don't even know if it has finished or not yet."
The Outlook Was Already...
"Grimm. Started off so good, just got worse and worse and worse."
Getting Straight To The Point
"Arrow. It ends at season 2, ya hear me? SEASON TWO!"
Many Redditors recommended cutting the length of a TV season by half.
Wrap It Up
"We really should have more limited series. Some shows have premises that are good for a season or two that get ruined by dragging it out for multiple seasons."
The Brits Get It
"Watch more British shows. Fewer episodes generally so they don’t as often run out of ideas or go off the rails. Fleabag for example, two perfect seasons and done."
Even people who enjoy the pacing of dramas found some in the genre quite tedious.
That Final Season
"House of cards. Just stop watching on the last episode of the penultimate season and pretend the last one is still in the works. The last season is insulting on so many levels."
You Gotta Be Toking
"Weeds. Good for the first three seasons or so. Really f'king comes off the rails after that."
They May Have A Case Here
"Suits. It becomes very repetitive after a while."
"Worst Finale Ever"
"The last couple seasons of Castle were garbage. The finale was the worst finale in the history of finales. Yes even worst than GoT and HIMYM. Such a disgrace for a show that used to be cute, fun and sharply written. I can’t even bring myself to watch marathons when they are on and it was one of my favorite shows when it first started."
I'm probably in the minority here but I had to give up on Game of Thrones by the end of its first season.
I think I was expecting more fantasy and dragons straight away, but as I waited for more action, I found myself losing interest in the characters and patience in keeping track of who was related to whom.
So I put a pin in it and started watching other shows.
When I heard about fans complaining about the letdown of an ending, that was enough for me to remove it from my list permanently.
Hey, to each their own.
There is little more fascinating than learning about popular customs and traditions in foreign countries.
This can include trademark foods and dishes, styles of clothing, as well as country specific holidays and traditions.
But as fascinating as these are to foreigners, locals are often less than impressed by their iconic homegrown brands and traditions.
In fact, the very mention of them might result in yawn or an eye-roll.
"What is something popular in your country that you absolutely don't have interest in?"
Why Not Let It Be A Surprise?
"Gender reveal party."- SuvenPan
Fascinating, But Inhumane?
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There Is Better Coffee In Canada
"Tim Hortons."- dearest-ribwich
Unless Being Coached By Ted Lasso...
"I tag along to matches with a mate from time to time but it really is like the scene out of the IT Crowd."- Philster07
Just How Real Is It?
"Reality TV shows."- silviazbitchangry mtv GIF by HacklockGiphy
Big Money, Big Money... Just Not Mine...
"Everybody uses slot machines but it's not my thing."- runaway_train35
Hot Cocoa In The Lodge Will Do...
"I know how to do it, I've done a lot of it, but no thanks."- RuggiardSaturday Night Live Nbc GIF by HULUGiphy
Not Always Indicative Of Domestic Happiness...
"Marriages that are full of spectacle, instagram stories and tons of people."
"I don't even care about marriage that much, but when I do, I want it to be just with the people I actually care about."
"I don't want to give a show."- RoguishBaron
It's easy to see how something commonplace in one country might not elicit the same level of fascination to locals as it does foreigners.
Though based on the selections above, it's fascinating to note how many pet peeves seem to be universal.
Proving that though oceans and mountains may divide us, we're not so different after all.