"And things that go bump in the night..."
An old saying featured in just about every ghost story ever told, be it around a campfire or under a blanket-tent.
But every now and then, all of us do hear an unsettling noise which might wake us up in the middle of the night.
Something that might be an ongoing problem for night owls, who likely hear scary or unsettling sounds on a regular basis.
Redditor PatkaLopikju was curious to learn the creepiest and scariest sounds heard by people who are frequently awake in the early hours of the morning, leading them to take to Reddit to ask:
"Night Owls, what's the creepiest thing you heard at night?"
An unexpected passenger.
"I had herd a loud noise come from the bed of my truck while driving 5 hours north."
" I thought I may have broken something in the rear end so I pulled over, to find out a drunk guy had crawled in the back of my truck and fallen asleep."
"He woke up 5 hours and 450km away from where he fell asleep."- EWood454.
An unwanted visitor.
"Someone tried to open up my front door of my house"- alwaysnar.youtube door GIF by Impulse SeriesGiphy
A cute and loyal disrupter.
"Not a Night Owl, but in my early twenties I would hear a dragging sound just below my bedroom window between 2 am and 4 am."
"Only on Sunday nights, but for weeks."
"It would wake me up, and at first I thought I was dreaming as no sound would be heard, but as soon I doze off the sound would be heard again."
"If I got out of bed, turn the lights and looked outside I would see nothing."
"After a few weeks I resisted sleep and nothing happened, but as soon I would turn the light and sleep, the sound would wake me up."
"Eventually I would let myself go to sleep but be more alert, keep the window not completely shut so that I can turn the backyard lights and peak through it faster."
"That was the plan for Sunday nights."
"I was prepared to try to catch the origin of the sound, It happens, I get up, as I turn the lights to look, I heard steps, running away, but small and fast steps."
"This happened for a few weeks, only on Sunday nights."
"I talked with friends, girlfriend, everyone thought I was joking. I was starting to believe something was wrong with my head."
"Every week I would start with a bad night sleep."
"Until one Monday morning I realized that my faithful and loving dog, a rottweiler, had his kennel door wide open."
"My mom started letting him roam the backyard at night but only on Sundays."
"And without my knowledge he would come sleep under my bedroom window."
"The dragging sound was him snoring and the small feet sound, was him checking out why did the backyard lights did go off."
"I never had a problem sleeping with him there."
"I still miss him to this day."- anunofreitas.
You can't make this stuff up.
"Used to live on the ground floor."
"At 2 am some random person knocked on my window and asked if I had 50 cents for a lighter."
"It should have been creepy, but I found the situation so absurd that I just laughed, gave him the 50 cents and he was on his way." - User Deleted
"Was in the jungles of Brunei during an army training exercise."- PitcherTrap.stephen king film GIFGiphy
From outside my window.
"I was lying in my bed, reading."
"Suddenly I hear loud footsteps right outside the window."
"Sounded like someone was wearing heavy boots and basically thumping their feet and passed my windows."
"Here's the thing. I live on the ninth floor(top floor of my building)."
"The terrace can't be accessed in the night and on the rare occasion that people do walk there at night, it sounds quite different."
"There's no place to walk outside my window cuz it's a nine floor drop."
"And that sound definitely came from beside me."
"Not above."- HighQueenOfFae.
"Just the other day, I heard a strange scraping noise on the wall from the hallway."
"It sounded like someone scraping their hand across it."
"I know for a fact that I locked up, so I casually walk out the room to see what it is."
T"hen there’s a loud as f*ck scrape and something swings out from the corner at my arm."
"After I finish climbing back into my skin, I see that it was just one of the decorative garlands we’d hung up: it had come loose and scraped across the wall, then came loose some more and swung out to greet me at the perfect/not-perfect time."- PeeJayx.
Creepy, crawly critters!
"I am hearing impaired and so was unaware that raccoons had gotten into the crawlspace."
"Then I heard them screeching."
"That's a sound I never needed to hear coming from my walls."- FreedTMG.racoon GIFGiphy
A harmless, terrifying, prank!
"After a night out at the bars some friends came back to my place to hang out."
"I got home first and went into the dark house where I had to walk into the living room to switch on a light."
"While I was struggling to turn the little knob on the lamp in the pitch dark from the corner of the room came this low, slow, wet mixture between a hack and an evil EVIL laugh."
"Like every evil character I’ve ever seen doing the evil laugh COMBINED didn’t compare to the bone chilling slow, guttural laugh that came from the absolutely dark corner of the room."
"B*tch I broke the screen door off my front door running RUNNING out of that house and just screaming like a banshee to my friends walking up to the house."
"I screamed 'there’s someone in the house!' over and over and didn’t understand why we ALL weren’t running at that point but I have a couple buddies who for some BIZARRE reason like to run to danger rather than from it."
"Well, long story in Reddit terms short, if I thought the monster in the corner was laughing hard when I ran out you can imagine how hard he was laughing when my buddies run in with us behind them and click on the light., in one try —and I live there, and find our friend Steve rolling on the floor holding his belly from the pain he’d somehow got ahead of us all then shimmied the sliding glass door open, and then hid in the corner."
"It was just my good luck to be the first person inside to get to experience the sheer terror of a menacing laugh coming from a dark corner 5 feet away."
"THATs The creepiest sound I’ve heard in the dark."- Drnstvns.
Your friends and neighbors
"I was reading a book on my couch, the edge of my couch is right by my front door."
"So about a foot away from my head I hear nails scratching along the door outside."
"And then there came this weird knocking and I said hello and the person on the other side in a really high-pitched voice that was kind of quavery said hello hello hello."
"It ended up being a drunk neighbor who had got fall down drunk peed his pants and couldn't find his way home and, I didn't know that though really scared me those first few minutes."- jenniferandjustlyso.Bom Dia Hello GIFGiphy
"This is happening rn btw."
" I'm hearing things outside, I'm laid on my couch, I have the feeling of being watched like heavy machinery noises too, and it's not windy here."
"I'm terrified, I have a video up on another app of the noises."- scoobymcpoopers
Music from another room...
"Okay, so for context I had just moved to a new house in almost the middle of nowhere."
"Our neighbors were pretty spaced out from our house and most of the property was surrounded by trees. so, it was my first night sleeping in that house, and I couldn’t fall asleep since it was a new place."
"You know the feeling."
"Anyway, around 3 am, I heard what sounded like opera singing."
"Now i wasn’t too worried about it at first, since I know my mom sometimes can’t sleep and watches opera singers in the middle of the night."
"But no, it wasn’t my mom watching stuff."
"It sounded further away than her room, and it sounded like a woman singing opera and crying at the same time."
"it went on for another hour until it was almost sunrise."
"I never found out what it was but it was super creepy for 12 year old me."
"So glad i moved away."- badgradeskidWest End Walking GIF by Official London TheatreGiphy
A figment of my imagination... I hope?
"So it was summer break, and me and my family were staying at a friend's apartment."
"Ok, long story short, one night I randomly woke up in a middle of the night and I saw a black figure just crawling around."
"It looked like a human but wearing fool black with no face."
"BTW, I am an only child and I didn't have a pet back then."
"I was terrified."
"So I started sleeping again hoping that thing wouldn't do anything to me."- COOLMORTALEHYEA1
Might be time to move...
"I have 2 stories."
"One night I was in my living room, just sitting on the couch, watching some show I don't remember, and I hear growling like right on my front door."
"I live in a neighborhood not near any forests so no like wolves, bears, etc."
"So i hear growling and stuff and i just ignore it."
"I go to the store the next morning and see blood on my driveway, and I see a cat across the street and it was messed up, like blood and stuff."
"So I'm guessing a cat fight, cuz I have a couple of cats in my neighborhood."
"My second story, I was in my room and my neighbors are having a party blasting music and stuff."
"A couple minutes later and I hear like a whole f-bomb outside of my house and following that a loud bang."
"I go look outside of my little peeky hole on my door and its my neighbors oldest son walking back to the house with the party."
"I ignore it thinking he kicked the trash bin or something."
"But the next morning, my neighbors have their cameras covered with rags and my car's windshield is shattered and it was their oldest son that hit my windshield."
"I brought it up to them and they said it wasn't, but my friend across the street let me look at their camera footage."- ur_mother6Baseball Bat Smashing GIF by 070 ShakeGiphy
"About a year ago, I was awoken from men talking outside of my window."
"I was confused and thought I was just dreaming."
"The talking was almost inaudible, I couldn’t understand a thing."
"It happened again a couple days after that too."
"I moved my bed away from my window shortly after that."- stayedanonymous
"Ah, so it was around 3 am."
"i woke up in sweats ,so got up had a glass of cold water and was about to sleep."
"Some freak knocked our door so hard and yelled something."
"I was in complete fear."
"My father got up and checked, it turned out it was a drunk guy."- Revolutionary-Car342
"About a year or two ago, I was awake at around 3am and went downstairs because I needed to use the bathroom, but didn’t want to wake up my family by using the one down the hall."
"As a bit of imagery, my house is quite large with a very open entryway so you can basically see right through my house through the front door and I needed to walk through the entryway to get the the bathroom."
"My front doors have windows."
"I got to the bathroom, went and was about to walk back upstairs."
"I wasn’t in the view of the front door at this point, and I suddenly heard this extremely loud knocking/banging on the door."
"I live in quite a quiet area and this has never happened before and I was scared frozen."
"I needed to go back upstairs, but the stairs are in the view of the front door, so I just sat in the bathroom for like 30 minutes before I built up the courage to go upstairs."
"Unfortunately this was before I had security cameras and my parents didn’t Believe me when I told them."
"I know I wasn’t imagining things though and I’ve never forgotten."
"Safe to say I have not used the downstairs bathroom when I’m the only one awake since."Angry Excuse Me GIFGiphy
There are certainly benefits to being a night owl.
But one imagines heavy sleepers and those who go early-to-bed are not feeling envious when reading stories like these.
Don't be alarmed: There are some terrible corporations out there (looking at you, Nestle) but there are also some great brands that are selling decent products.
I know, surprising, right? Maybe we've all just gotten used to brands selling things of questionable quality that when we stumble across something worthwhile it stuns us.
Hold on tight when you find a brand deserving of your loyalty!
People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor spwf asked the online community,
"What brand(s) do you swear by and why?"
"Their cast iron pans..."
"Lodge. Their cast iron pans are super durable and can last a lifetime."
Not just a lifetime. Your Lodge cast iron will outlive you, if (and even if you don’t) take care of it. Even if they get rusty they can be resurfaced. And damn is it satisfying to resurface a forgotten cast iron pan.
Asics, specifically the Gel-Nimbus series. I've suffered from joint pain and unbearable plantar fasciitis from a relatively young age... These shoes are life savers. Very pricey and I don't love the look of tennis shoes of any type but nevertheless I will praise these shoes to the end of days. Hopefully, I will always be able to afford them once a year.
Glad to hear you've found some much-needed relief!
"Warranty and service..."
"Victorinox. Excellent pocket knives, multi tools and their kitchen knives are probably the best ones you can get under 100 USD. Warranty and service is top notch."
Anyone who cooks, but can't afford or doesn't want to invest in a professional-grade chef's knife should get a Victorinox. They aren't nearly as good as a top tier professional chef's knife, but they are night and day compared with everything else in their price range.
"This one brand..."
"This one brand of granola bars called Sunbelt Bakery. Every other granola bar brand is so dry I can't eat them anymore."
Yes, these are so good! An excellent choice.
"Dickies. High quality pants. They're meant to be work pants so they're pretty durable and breathe well. Very comfortable."
"High quality" is right. Those pants last forever.
"It helps clean..."
"Dawn dishsoap. It helps clean dishes and it's great when one of my kids has an accident and I have to wash their clothes. Sometimes leaves a small stain but no smell. It has saved so many outfits."
Fantastic – it sounds like you should be their salesperson.
"They don't use..."
"New Balance. They don't use slave labor to make shoes."
They are comfortable and fit well.
I personally still don't like the aesthetics of many of their shoes, but still recommend them to people who want a good shoe.
"They are a retailer..."
"REI. Stand behind everything in their store. They are a retailer but you can beat something up they sell and they give you a full refund."
Many people use them for shoes, for camping gear... all kinds of stuff. They're very reliable.
"I wear my Timberland boots..."
"I wear my Timberland boots almost every day, I’ve had them for almost ten years, and they’re still just about as sturdy as they were the day I bought them."
These shoes tend to last forever. "Durable" is the perfect word.
"One large bottle..."
"Dr. Bronner's Castile soap. One large bottle lasts me about a year and I use it for everything. No toxic BS in them like pretty much every other soap and they smell fantastic."
"Also when I say everything I really mean it. All purpose cleaner, dish soap, body wash, shampoo, carpet extractor wash, dog shampoo, it’s called 18 in 1 for a reason."
If you're interested in the story behind the company, the documentary Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox might be right up your alley.
See? Not all brands are terrible. After reading about some of these, it might be time to change of your buying habits.
Have some suggestions of your own? Tell us more in the comments below!
You know what would be great?
If society could just stop with arbitrary dress codes. If you're not working with the public, why should you have to dress up so much? If you're a police officer, then it makes sense that you'd wear a uniform that identifies you as a police officer. If you're Ted from IT who sits in the backroom all day, I really don't see why you have to come in every day in a suit and tie.
Let's just toss them out, shall we?
People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor Levels2ThisBrush asked the online community,
"What should be socially acceptable but isn't?"
"Leaving the office..."
"Leaving the office whenever you've finished your tasks for the day."
This is why I'm so glad remote work is the new office.
"And yet, I get it!"
"Taking off sick from work, WITHOUT giving an invasive reason. I supervise a small team and so I see all the OOO emails, and for gods sake I want people to PLEASE not feel the need to explain in detail what kind of diarrhea is afflicting them, or how bad their period cramps are, or how much bad sushi they ate the night before. Just say “I’m under the weather, I won’t be online today.”"
"And yet, I get it! I do it too! I feel guilty or like I’ll be looked at with suspicion if my reason for taking off isn’t sufficiently debilitating enough!"
"But… we need to stop this. As a manager I don’t care, I don’t THINK the people above me who are also on these emails care… let’s just all agree to take sick days without any details from now on!"
I do not miss my retail days where I had to organise someone to cover me and beg on bended knee.
"Cashiers or workers who don’t need to be standing all day not having a stool or chair."
Another thing I do not miss from my retail days. Having to stand for hours and hours only to come home with my feet killing me was not fun.
"Prices on apartments..."
"Prices on apartments and their respectable reasons for such price directly on their websites or advertising without the need for a tour or any secrecy."
I always assume if I have to ask the price I probably can’t afford it.
"Being quiet/not wanting to engage in conversation all the time."
In Finland, if somebody tries to talk to you, they are probably a tourist.
"Choosing not to..."
"Choosing not to have toxic family members in your life."
It feels very liberating once you accept that you don't have to put up with it.
"Employees calling customers out in public for being a**holes."
Absolutely. Many customers get away with treating employees horribly because they know they can do it without any pushback... most of the time.
"The fact that I sometimes..."
"The fact that I sometimes need to take my insulin in public. No, Karen, I am not doing drugs, I need to live."
You’re getting that sweet sweet insulin high… the high of being not-dead.
"Afternoon naps. I’m on team nap. Give me 25 minutes to charge up and I’ll give you back 3 hours of high quality work. Everyone wins. Plus I go home with extra energy instead of dead tired."
Short naps don't work for me. I can't do a 25 min recharge. When I take a nap it needs to be like a solid 2 hours
"Salary transparency. For some reason, in the US, there’s a taboo or stigma around discussing one’s salary. This should be done openly and freely, with zero embarrassment or judgment. The only winners from avoiding these conversations are the corporations that are able to pay people differently for the same roles. Speak up!"
The "for some reason" you're referring to is simply propaganda on behalf of corporations.
It's evident that something's got to change around here, and we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!
Have some observations of your own? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!
As much as many of us don't like to disrupt the status quo, there is only so much time a person can tolerate a miserable situation before things become so unbearable that they ultimately have to peace out.
For some people, it takes a while for them to reach a breaking point. Eventually, there comes a time when they realize their self-worth is more important than continuing to please others who don't appreciate them for the sake of keeping up with appearances.
Curious to hear from people whose patience ran thin and made a strong decision, Reddit Prestigious-Order-62 asked:
"What made you say 'f'k this sh*t im out?'"
The unwarranted reprimanding was something that was never mentioned in the initial job description.
"In the late 90’s."
"One time I got pulled into the Security office at a Department store I worked at. They accused me of constantly using the sales day coupons for people that didn’t present one (we always kept an extra copy at each register). I had watched my own department boss do it many times so I assumed it was okay. We didn’t even collect the coupons to be counted for the cash office, we just chucked them after use."
"They claimed I lost the store hundreds of dollars and had been watching me 'for months' do this awful, unforgivable crime for people spending 90 bucks on already bloated price designer jeans. I’m sure the occasional 10% discount was just devastating. 🙄""I got this huge lecture of how I was LITERALLY stealing from the store and they COULD call the police but would give me a chance to work off the damage. I couldn’t believe how criminal I was made to feel over it. The best part when they called my boss in who pretended to have never done it before to save her own a**."
"I asked if they were firing me. They said 'Yes and No. You will be let go, but you can choose to work off the damages so we don’t take you to court.' I told them I will just quit and asked for my last check. They said they will deduct what I owe from my last check. And I said 'Well then you need to show me all the footage and prove that I was stealing.' They wouldn’t produce footage, finally called the cops, and when the cops arrived, they were just as confused and called it an internal problem and advised them that this was overblown. I think they felt sorry for me. So finally upper management came in and just said 'just issue the last check, I will sign it here.' So much drama over so stupid a thing."
"It was sad because that actual day my Mom and daughter had come to the mall to meet me for lunch and I had to explain I just was forced to quit that job and was never allowed in that store again like I was some awful jerk."
"It was nice a few short years later, the entire chain bankrupted."
"A coworker waited until we were in front of a large group of people to start 'disciplining' me for something 'wrong' I did (I took my lunch 15 mins late to help another coworker) when she wasn’t even my supervisor. Applied for a job transfer the next day and couldn’t be happier where I am now."
"I had a piece of sh*t of a boss. He'd praise you in private but berate you in public. In front of coworkers and customers. Always about stuff that didn't matter."
"He'd also happily break company policy to side with customers after you spent an hour telling a customer you can't give them stuff for free, for example. Any time he was around, everything was miserable."
"My only regret is that I wasn't there to see him marched out by corporate when he got fired, because I had gone on to a better job by then."
Human Punching Bag
"I used to work in a Kitchen at a pub, it was grim work, but I had freinds there and had worked there for 3 years, So it wasn't too bad."
"One Christmas season we were being absolutely pumped, full out functions and busy services. My boss at the time was very stressed and fair enough, We were busy, We were all working overtime and full out. He used any excuse to completely blow up and absolutely scream at me for little to no reason, essentially him yelling at me was his stress relief. But fine, whatever, kitchens are rough places, no appolagies or anything, move on."
"I then go away for 3 weeks over the Christmas holidays and spend the time road tripping around the country having an amazing time."
"First shift back, not pleased being back, he makes a snarky comment."
"F'k this, Im out."
Even though these employees weren't chewed out in front of co-workers, the low salary without room for negotiation made them not wanting to stick around for much longer.
You Only Get One Job
"They cut my hours so I had to get a second job. 3 days before I was supposed to start said second job, my manager at the main job told me that I couldn't get this second job because I had main job first and I needed to make it my priority. That's when I said f'k you and left. I didn't even give a notice, I literally just sent an email saying I wouldn't be coming in the next day, grabbed my sh*t and went home."
"I used to work Retail and after 7 years at the company, I found out I was only making 50 cents more an hour than someone who just started yesterday. I understood if they couldn't pay me more and asked for a good schedule. 7-3 or 8-4 every day and the same two days off every week. I didn't even ask for weekends off."
"I was told that they couldn't give me a good schedule so I quit."
Situations weren't much different outside the work place. Social dilemmas prompted these Redditors to say, "nope."
"Went to a pub because a friend kept asking. When I got there, he was with a group of people I didn't know, so I introduced myself and got the next round. As I come back with the tray, I hear them saying something along the lines of 'why is that b*tch still here? I thought she was just supposed to drop off a bicycle?' 'Ya, we don't want her to come to <this other town with more pubs> and now she is drinking with us?' 'She's so dumb' *proceeds to imitate and ridicule me as I was actively listening and nodding when I was having a conversation with my friend."
"Gave the beer to random people and walked right out after saying good evening to my friend and briefly explaining I did not appreciate being tricked into being a bicycle taxi for people who hate me directly after meeting me."
A Shocking Incident
"I was on my boat fishing for bass. I casted out my line and watched the lure hit the water but the line just floated in the air. Lightning and thunder crashed and the line fell to the water. F'k this sh*t, I'm out."
"She lined my bed with broken glass put the blankets over it and I dove on in lol."
"Edit: She was violent/crazy and on drugs, was like the 20th attack I took and that made me really think lol."– MyLifeForAuir1
Ally For The Ex
"I found nudes of his ex (from ten years ago) that I’d previously asked him twice to get rid of tucked in a pair of MY socks. Our couples counselor asked why he’d kept them and he said, 'You know. In case I ever needed to blackmail her.' He said it like it was a perfectly normal and reasonable thing to plan to do. The therapist and I locked eyes and I noped the f'k out of there and moved out."
Most of these Redditors realized leaving their situation was better than dealing with the consequences of sticking around.
The latter is never a good option. Why remain in a scenario you know is already going to consume your soul?
The lesson for today is–Don't be miserable. Your sanity is worth saving.Besides, you would never know that something better awaits if you just don't get the F out.
As we enter into the summer months, people now have to decide whether or not they want their morning coffee to be hot or iced.
Lucky for them, it's delicious either way.
One could make an argument that foods that are equally delicious hot or cold are perhaps the best, or at least the most reliable.
And this can include foods which are not customarily sold both hot and cold (cold pizza anyone?).
Redditor NectarineOther4989 was curious to hear which foods people enjoy either hot or cold, leading them to ask:
"What is something that tastes good both hot and cold?"
Fresh out of the oven, or the next day!
Chocolate withstands all temperatrues
"Chocolate."Chocolate Satisfying GIF by HuffPostGiphy
Can't go wrong with fruit and pastry
"Apple pie."- Hak_Saw5000
This doesn't only apply to food
"Revenge."- pushthestartbuttonkarine vanasse revenge GIF by HULUGiphy
Let the flavor develop
"2 totally different flavors depending on warm vs cold from fridge."- nonkowledge
So many to choose from!
A matter of textural preference
"Cheese, ya fools."- eat_dontpray_loveCloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs Eating GIFGiphy
Under a hot greek sun, or during a cold winter's eve.
While there's no better smell than a batch of chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven, those eating them the next day likely aren't missing out either.