You feel that chill up your spine and don't know whether it's knives or fingers...
Reddit user, u/UnwantedJason, wanted to hear what still haunts your mind when they asked:
When You're Unsure Of What To Do
There's situations we find ourselves in that immediately send shivers up our spines, but the reasons are immediately apparent. It might take a moment or two to understand what's happening and, more importantly, what's about to happen to us.
You Had A Bad Day
When I worked at a hotel, I was outside just before starting work, and talking with a co worker while she had a smoke. Some guy was walking down the street towards us with a 2x4 in his hand. We didnt notice him until he was quite close and he screamed something about his dead family. He then stormed right up to us and swung the 2x4 to hit my co worker in the head, and I just reacted, stepped between them and raised my arm to take the blow... and he didnt go through with it for whatever reason. He held it ready to swing for a moment, and then stormed off and threw the 2x4 in a garbage can.
I went and picked it up after just incase he came back... and thats when I realized it had a bunch of nails sticking out of it!
When You're Unsure Of What To Do
This was about 10 years ago. I was home alone and there was a knock on the door. I open the main door, there is now a screen door between and the man who knocked. He says, "Hi! I'm doing some work on a house on your street can I use your restroom." (Our big dog comes up behind me. This man isn't phased.) "Oh I see you've got a dog!" I tell him that there is a gas station in very much walkable distance he can use. "I don't know if I can make it. The people we are doing work for locked their door. I get it. I know your husband isn't home-" I cut him off, said no. Closed, locked, chained the door. Texted my husband. I was supposed to leave shortly to go to class that afternoon, I decided to stay home locked inside because I was afraid to leave the house.
Getting Chewed Out In Two Angles
When I was in 2nd or 3rd grade, I was walking home from school. A brown Oldsmobile stopped next to me and the driver leaned over and opened the passenger side door, telling me to get in, that my mother sent him to pick me up. I knew not to get into the car and started to walk away. I was walking on the other side of a ditch because this road had no sidewalk and I knew the neighborhood well enough to run if I needed to, so I wasn't too afraid that I couldn't get away. Not two seconds after I started walking, the man switched his tone and became furious, yelling at me to get into the car. I don't remember his face so much but I do remember he wore a cowboy hat, but this was east Texas in the 90s.
As he was yelling at me, a gray SUV pulled up behind him and blew its horn causing him to peel off without first closing his door. The SUV then pulled up along side me while I was walking and a woman, incredibly hysterical, proceeded to scream at me to never get into a car with a person I didn't know and continued to scream at me while driving alongside me as I walked all the way home.. honestly, between the two of them, I thought I had done something wrong and was too afraid to tell my mother about it when she got home from work.. I walked that same route every day to and from school after that and never saw that man, or woman, again..
Creepy People Gonna Creep
They do, don't they? It's just what they do.
You'll encounter these types of folks out in the world, sometimes in the most unlikely places, but you'll meet them.
And you'll be afraid of them.
Unable To Take "No" For An Answer
Not too long ago I was babysitting my best friend's young baby. She and her husband went out for Valentine's Day. Not even an hour into babysitting there's a knock at her door. I opened the door because they know a lot of people in their neighborhood and I figured it was a neighbor or friend. This guy looks surprised to see me and I ask him why he's there. He said he delivered stuff for them a few days before and he may have some missing items that they ordered and can I call my friend to ask. So I shut the door, locked it, and called my friend. She answers and says "oh my god that guy hit on me the other day and won't leave me alone!" She went on to say that he asked for her number in the delivery app after dropping off her delivery. She didn't answer him. Some time after that he literally came back to ask her out at her door! She obviously said no but he must not have gotten the message.
After talking to my friend I went back to the baby. Next thing I see after walking by their windows is him starting into my soul through the living room window!!! He asked if my friend answered and I told him that there's nothing missing from her delivery and he thankfully went away. I don't think he came back after that and her husband reported him on the delivery app. Extremely creepy.
An uber driver pulled off route in a random part of town saying there was a really nice restaurant down there, I was pretty and he was taking me to dinner.
It was midnight, I had no idea where we were, I just started yelling that my husband was at home and he would call the police if I wasn't there in five minutes.
The driver continued arguing with me for a bit and eventually turned around and went back.
Was driving in the same area with a friend a few days later, asked him where the restaurant was. It was an industrial area. There was no restaurant.
Staying On The Trail
My friend and I went on this trip to Europe with a bunch of other teens as a choir and we traveled to five countries in the span of two weeks. When we went to Venice, I was wrapped up in all of the sites and sounds, and my friend kept pulling me in and out of stores. I had found out later that she was doing that because this guy kept following us for about half the day until we finally lost him. I worked on my situational awareness a lot after that. We were about 16 when this happened
The Inexplicable And Unknowable
Finally, these people seemed to find the most horrifying situations a person could be in. Voices coming from nowhere, haunting images, and souls that may or may not still be in your body are not common but they're out there, waiting for you.
Footsteps Which Nobody Owns
Home in bed and Hear someone open the front door and the unmistakable sound of work boots walking around on tile floor. Figured it was my dad as it sounded exactly like him.
I ask why he's home so early but no response. Footsteps get closer to the bedroom which was at the back of the house and I yell out again asking why he's tying to spook me.
They get up to the door.
I call out again and nothing.
I waited a minute jumped out of bed scared as hell and left for the day until my family got home. Called my dad right after I left the house and he was at work.
I was playing outside of my grandmothers house and heard the biggest male voice calling my name. I say big voice because I felt the call as much as I heard it. PeaPaw was long gone and dead, and She almost never had men over so I went inside to see if it was one of my uncles. Nanny was sitting on the couch watching her "stories" aka soap operas. No uncles just her. I went back outside only to find a pack of coyotes in the same spot I was playing in. (Rural TN) This spooked me something fierce. Still does.
Taking Tolls, Snatching Souls
About 10 years ago I drove to a 7-11 with my boyfriend. I stayed in the car and he went inside to grab cigarettes and some drinks. As I sat in the car I saw this teenage boy walk out the door. He looked at me and we made brief eye contact. His eyes looked completely devoid of anything. Just nothingness. My blood ran cold and I felt frozen in place for a moment. The boy continued on walking away while I sat there shaky. Just completely unnerved. Just then, my boyfriend got into the car and blurted out "I just had the weirdest thing happen. Did you see that kid who walked out of here?...". He told me how he had the same exact experience with that boy inside the store. I don't know exactly how to explain how or why we both felt this way when making eye contact with this kid. We still bring it up from time to time. We call him the soul snatcher. Weird sh-t, man.
Keep your eyes peeled.
Know when you have to run away or call for help. Who knows? It might be the only thing that keeps you safe when these terrifyingly creepy moments come about.
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Oh, the beginning of the interwebs.
Those were the days.
We definitely did not see what was to come.
Maybe it should've stayed simple.
We'll never know.
Computers rule the world now.
Let's see where we are in another twenty years.
RedditorEzucraAaAa wanted to wax nostalgic about the good old days of technology and its humble beginnings.
"Redditors, what's something the internet was crazy about but is now forgotten?"
I miss the simplicity of not having a thousand apps. I'm simple.
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"Search engines before Google existed. Alta Vista, Lycos, Web Crawler..."
"Downloading custom cursors for your computer. I gave my family computer so many viruses back in the '00s trying to click things with a lightsaber."
"Amazing. I had totally forgotten about all the virusy stuff I downloaded to my home computer, purely so the cursor would disappear and reappear. My parents had zero knowhow with computers either, so likely had no idea wtf I was downloading. Cursors were cool though, despite all the malware."
"During the early days of the web, when most websites weren't plastered with advertising... Website view counters."
"Back in the day of counters, one day I went to my website and the counter was in the thousands. I just thought it malfunctioned and ignored it. Years later I learned that my website, which had a MIDI collection, was published in a newspaper in another country. I couldn't say for sure if that was true and whether it aligned with the counter change."
"Yea the internet was simpler too, layout style I mean. I like old style HTML webpage layouts. I personally don’t like hyper modern logos and designs on interfaces. Something about old slightly pixelated designs about them home screens and app logos really made them satisfying. I’ve even went as far as seeing if I could install some extensions that could change the layout of sites, make them feel older, give them that 2000’s html look."
Found ItLooking The Loud House GIF by NickelodeonGiphy
"I used to waste so much time with stumble upon."
What a strange and crazy place the internet was.
notificationBaby Love GIF by LINE FRIENDSGiphy
"Poking on Facebook."
"I had a friend that poked me and I never noticed the notification. He died. I now have this unreturned poke as a reminder that I’ll never be able to poke them back."
"Many flash games are not dead. BEHOLD! The flashpoint project. They have saved thousands of the old flash games in a playable format. Go forth and relive your childhood Also paging u/The_Middler_is_Here"
I will find you...
"There was a rhythm game that I don't remember the name of that me and some friends would challenge each other in, and it had the song Guitar vs Piano 2 which introduced me to Envy, who was a pretty big newgrounds artist at the time. I wanna go check out their stuff again now, I'd completely forgot about them till now."
"Forums. There used to be so many, incredibly active and dedicated forums."
"A lot of the forums I visited were ruined by photobucket when they decided they wanted paid a lot of money from their users. So many build threads and tutorials ruined."
"IMDb had the best message boards back in the day. Chatting with your internet friends around the globe about every nuance in your fave movie. Man I miss that. Reddit is close, but nothing beats the olden days."
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"Do you guys remember those egg things that hatched little creatures after a while? You'd put one on your website and then the artist would update the source url with images of it hatching? There were all kinds of little fun things like that."
Those were the days!
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Not all television and movies are loved by all.
A story and its characters have to appeal to you in order for you to be engaged.
It can take next to nothing for us to lose interest and let the screen go black.
Redditor BarooTangClan wanted to compare notes on all the entertainment we've said "that's enough" to.
"What will make you instantly stop watching a movie or show and why?"
I hate bad acting, writing, storytelling... I hate bad anything.
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"Fight scenes with a million visual cuts. Gives me motion sickness. Contrast the absolutely masterful work in John Wick. long cuts, realistic use of weapons (mostly), 100% skill."
"When the actors whisper the whole movie and you have to crank the volume to hear what's being said - but the soundtrack or some other misc noise starts blaring at a higher volume directly after."
"I basically had to watch Stranger Things up in my attic with the windows and doors closed. I was worried the neighbors would think something was wrong or be annoyed if I watched it downstairs in my single family home. It was ridiculous."
"spice things up"
"Love triangles out of no where in a second or third season to 'spice things up' because studio writers are hacks and their idea of relationship drama is 'potential infidelity' at all times. It's the most tired trope on the go**amn planet and the second I see it rear its head I dip right the hell out."
"The whole concept of a love triangle to begin with an incredibly juvenile. Any healthy functioning adult who found themselves in a love triangle would soon choose to find themselves single."
Save your lips...
"When couples in a movie/show have a fight and one of them instantly goes to a friend and end up kissing her/him after talking for 5 minutes. I cringe so hard i turn it off and never watch it again."
"This pissed me off so much in Manifest. Girl is desperate to get back her ex-fiancé, he finally breaks up with his wife to get back with her and she's like 'nah, it's not fair to your wife, let me do this other dude I just met through a calling and be pissed at you for being jealous.' Michaela was the worst and everyone acted as if she were a saint the entire time."
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"Shows where a single polite conversation could fix everything."
We are going overboard with the witty repartee. Talk normal...
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"Annoying main character, especially if it's a kid."
"Kids who have a quippy, sassy retort to everything, and everyone just kind of crumbles before their wit."
"Shows where kids in high school talk like they are 30 years olds who have done everything, been everywhere, know it all and use a ridiculously flowery and extensive vocabulary in every conversation. Like, have any of these writers ever been to high school? Literally no one talks like that. Even worse is when, in addition to this, all the adults talk normal or are just plain stupid, like so weird parallel universe."
"If the movie is too dark. Not graphic, just literally dark. I lose all sense of intensity in dark scenes and I'm not straining my damn eyes trying to figure out what the hell is going on."
"I've seen about 10 percent of all DC movies recently. I've seen all of the individual films in full, just actually saw 10% of each of them."
"Movies in the late 80s had a lot of dark but you could see the depth because of different shooting techniques. Now you cant see crap because its a CGI fest drowned in black color so you can't see crap because you have no depth in a scene. Compare night scenes in dark alleys in 80's movies and movies now. Utter crap show in the new ones."
Pay Attention Storytellers
"Bad editing would be a big one. A lot of modern horror movies can't help but edit the movies like they're trailers, with added noises to scare the audience because they are afraid the script alone isn't enough to keep people watching."
"I remember this is where the first transformers movie lost me. When the transformers are fighting at the end, it's all a big, jumbled mess of metal and I can barely tell what's going on or who is who."
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"When they go straight to relationship drama right away when it wasn't the selling point of the show."
Do better, Hollywood. It's not that hard.
I fear death.
I wake up in cold sweats dreaming about it.
I think about it in my waking hours.
It's an obsession and clearly, I'm not alone.
But there are more preferred ways to exit.
All we can do is hope to be lucky enough to skip the mercilessly awful.
Please just let me go quick and in my sleep.
RedditorCallMehRiverwanted to hear about all the ways none of us what to leave this life.
"What Do You Think Would Be The Worst Death Imaginable?"
My list of the worst deaths is long. My imagination runs amok.
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"For me? Being trapped in a small tube or cave (like the ones you have to wiggle through) and getting stuck to where you can’t move your arms. And all you can do is wait to die. I’m getting chills just thinking about it."
"The more I hear about cavers that get stuck, the more I think that's a crap way to go."
"There’s a great YouTube channel called Ask a Mortician and this was her #1 worse way to die. I can’t remember the exact details or their names, but two well-known divers went into an underwater cave."
"One of them became entangled and died. Years later, his friend dives back down there to try and retrieve his body, the body itself is rotten and his head comes off and the other guy also becomes tangled and dies. Really sad."
A Long Process
"Believed to be in a coma but coherent through the whole 20 year process until they pull the plug."
"Oh man this just reminded me of a story I read on here about a guy who lost the ability to move and speak but was completely conscious. Had to just lay there and be awake but trapped in a useless body. His family thought he was brain dead or something and he couldn’t communicate to them that he was 'all there.' Crazy"
Slow & Steady
"Being slowly impaled by a growing bamboo. It was a form of torture probably used by the japanese during WW2 against Allied prisoners."
"The scariest part is that once you have symptoms, you 100% will die. A 100% mortality rate has to be a psychological torture in itself."
"Not only that, you feel irrational fear. Your brain is literally being eaten apart by the virus and it fu*ks up everything on it. You can't drink water because it hurts you. You feel dizzy, present a fever, excessively salivate, everything hurts and it only gets worse. I'd rather take a bullet and die when the symptoms are still tolerable."
Why can't we all just go engulfed in calm and quiet?
"Some pulpy sci-fi book I read a while back had one of the best deaths of this real piece of crap bad guy. Left to die in a drowning sea lab under the Antarctic ice, he freezes himself in a state of the art suspended animation pod with some kind cold fusion power source that would keep it running for millions of years."
"But he forgot to inject himself with the drug that would put him to sleep. So basically he is in suspended animation at the bottom of the Antarctic ocean while his mind is perfectly awake and conscious in a near unbreakable machine that won't run out of power for millions of years and nobody knows about it."
"As an RN I have always thought that the worst way to die (natural process) is ALS. Lou Gehrig's Disease."
"My mom and grandmother have Huntington's disease, which is essentially ALS, Alzheimer's, and Dementia combined into one really messed up genetic disease. I have a 50% chance of inheriting it and if I hit 40 and there's still no cure I can't promise I'll feel like continuing on with my life because that disease is absolutely freaking miserable."
"The fact your chromosomes can be so destroyed your body basically lost it's genetic code and with it the ability to make any new cells. It's literally a 'dead man walking' and you slowly rot away in agony. Stuff is so unimaginably f**ked up."
"What's also bad about radiation is that it affects your nerves and brain cells last, so you have everything in place to feel all the pain of the rest of your cells being destroyed."
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"I want to believe anything that slowly kills you painfully to be the worst. Such as slowly being crushed or something where the pain is beyond compare and yet not enough to throw you into shock or unconsciousness."
"Alternatively, being rapidly crushed into goo would probably be the least painful. I'm talking one of those massive industrial hammers they use for large steel work. Basically smooshed before the nerve signals make it to the brain."
Now I'll never sleep again without nightmares of death.
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/
Most Americans think nothing of their humdrum daily activities or amenities available to them.
However, others with a different perspective might romanticize the things that are otherwise commonplace ideas and concepts for US citizens, like going to a diner or riding the school bus.
One Redditor looked to foreigners to hear of their American desires to respond to the following:
"Non-Americans of Reddit: what is an American thing you have always wanted to try?"
The things depicted in film really captivated foreign audiences.
"To visit a diner like in the movies. In the middle of the night, it’s raining and just a few people there with great music from a jukebox."
Iconic Student Transport
"Ride a yellow school bus even if I'm too old. Growing up I always loved seeing them on TV."
Just Like The Ones We Used To Know
"A white Christmas."
"Living in an Australian state where I've never even seen snow in our winter, let alone experiencing that classic Hallmark movie moment of waking up to a street full of it and sitting around a fireplace while opening gifts/preparing a feast."
"Guess it's not strictly American, but the imagery and trope is something I've only really seen from American Films."
They may be ubiquitous for us, but they sure seem to be novel ideas to foreigners.
Let's Be Frank
"One of the hotdogs from those little street cart things."
"A friend of mine from Indonesia said, 'the food chewer in the sink.'"
"Apple Pie made by white-haired grandma, placed near window, who says 'oh dear...' as I levitate towards it."
"Proper tailgating before a ball game, the kind where there's ribs and stuff."
"Deep fried foods at a state fair. I'm from Scotland and we love to deep fry everything and I wanna know if it's just as good or better."
There are places to see!
Places To See
"America’s greatest invention!"
Backpacking In Nature
"I always wanted to hike The Appalachian Trail if that counts. Or see Yellowstone."
"Being able to start a whole new life 'elsewhere' without having to leave my country and going through an arduous immigration process."
My cousin told me she looks forward to visiting a Trader Joe's someday when she visits America for the first time.
Her bucket list option was hardly surprising. My parents used to bring treats from TJs as a novelty souvenir gift item, and my relatives ate it up. Literally.
Let's face it. The snacks at TJs rocks.
Even store locations in New York City would have ridiculously long lines during busy hours because the West-coast-based grocer was a novelty on the East Coast.