Fact can sometimes be stranger than fiction, but there's got to be a limit, right?


Reddit user LittleHopeBandit asked:

"What is something completely real that happened in your life that others would think sounds like bullsh*t?"

Sometimes Panic Works

"Was robbed at gun point while sitting in my car, gave the guy the trash that was in my door and he ran away with trash."


"The balls to hand the trash over in the first place lol gun pointed at you and you just handed over the Wendy's."


"I didn’t even realize what I was doing, just glad I didn’t crap my pants."

"Funny thing is I was 20 years old and this happened out front of a liquor store where I was waiting for my 21 year old girlfriend to come out, she came out about 15 seconds after the guy ran off and she didn’t believe me when I told her what happened as I was getting out of there as fast as I could."


Animal Accidents

"I nearly collided with a low flying swan while jogging. I was not near a lake or river, so I have no idea why the swan was in the area. I turned a corner and saw something white flying in my direction. I thought it was a seagull but realised it was a swan at the last second, forcing me to duck and roll (and then swear really loudly)."


"I hit a deer while running. Had to get my leg looked at after and didn't want to tell the doctor what happened."


What Are The Odds

"I am a dwarf/little person and when I was 17 I applied for a place in an art college. To get in you had to submit a physical portfolio of pieces you had made, usually up to A1 (so pretty damn big). So I went into the school to submit my folio, struggling with my massive folder, when another little person appeared from nowhere and helped me out with it. I’d never met another little person before in my life, so it was quite a surprise. Turned out he was a student currently studying there in filmmaking. So we went through the school, 2 dwarfs who didn’t even know each other, carrying this huge leather folder that was bigger than us through the college campus together."

"Sadly I didn’t get a place there. He seemed like he could have been a good friend!"


Must Have Been Fate

"Before cell phones I accidentally misdialed a number but got the person i wanted at the wrong number. She was at her uncles house."


Definitely Not Joking

"When I was 10 I was hanging out with this older kid and he suddenly threw me on the ground then tried to stab me. He was on top of me and the knife was a few inches from my face. I was holding his arms back with everything I had then he suddenly got off me and said he was joking then ran away."


Monkey Business

"I live in South Carolina and when I was young I was out in my backyard playing on my swing-set. I heard some unusual rustling in the trees of the woods and looked up to find…a small monkey! I couldn’t believe my eyes and took off running to the house to tell my dad."

"He didn’t believe me right away, but I finally convinced him to come outside to look. When we walked back to my swing-set, we saw not only the monkey, but now, standing underneath the tree, was a man holding a pistol and a woman holding a banana."

"They saw us and the man began to speak. 'If he doesn’t come down, I’ll have to shoot em'. Pretty much right after that, the monkey saw that banana and headed straight down to the woman and sat on her shoulder."

"And that was that, they left and we found out they were our neighbors from five or six houses down."


It's A Small World After All

"I once went to a big concert (in Glasgow) with my mum and sister, and a family that we met while on holiday in Spain a few months earlier happened to be sitting right in front of us."


Spelling Can Be Important

"I was once hunted down by a detective in a homicide case, but come to find out, he had been tracking the wrong guy because of a clerical error of mistaking a C for a G in my name."


Always Check The Cassette

"My girlfriend (at the time) loaned out her high school graduation video to another friend. Unbeknownst to the GF, her dad had recorded a porn over the video. Girlfriend’s friend sat down with the fam to watch… well.. not the graduation."


"My brother once left a porn tape in the family VCR, my Mum went to watch the show she'd recorded the night before and, well it wasn't the show she'd recorded. She brought it up over dinner whilst trying her hardest not to laugh, and I think my brother just wanted to crawl under the table and die at that point."


Maybe Don't Fake It

"I faked being sick cos I wanted to get out of school. I was absolutely fine, just didn’t want to do maths and sport. Got picked up, driven home planning on a day lounging on the sofa. But as soon as I stepped foot in the door I threw up. I had a severe gastro- vomiting bug. For like two days straight."

"That was the last time I ever faked being sick."


Just because something sounds impossible, that doesn't mean it didn't actually happen. Reality is truly strange.

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