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People Describe The Craziest Thing That's Ever Happened To Them

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."


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"Walked to work daydreaming about my store getting robbed and me getting shot. About 30 mins after I opened the store a guy come in, stuck a gun in my back and had me go in the office and empty both safes. Unfortunately I didn't get shot."


Still A Small World

"I dated the same person for 3 years in High School, when we went to different colleges it eventually didn't work out. While at her college my high school girlfriend joined a sorority and part of the onboarding was being matched with someone random to tell them about yourself and see if you were a match for the sorority. My high school girlfriend was telling her match that she just got out of a 3 year relationship and goes on about me. 5 years later I meet a girl in a different city and we hit it off, after a few dates when we are going over people we both know we realize she was the one who was matched with my high school girlfriend. So the guy she was hearing about all of those years ago was the one she was dating now. We've been married 9 years so far."

Sudden Disappearance

"Watched happen - At a concert in a newish dive venue in Leeds (faster pussycast I think). Guy leans against the wall while lighting a cig. The firedoors open and he falls straight backwards through the hole. Doors then close. His friends start looking around for him."


Poor Pooh Bear

"I was in a small plane crash when I was 4-5 years old. I remember being upside down, think we were somewhere in Arizona."

"They cut my favorite pooh bear shirt off in the hospital, but one of the nurses bought me a new teddy bear because I had left mine in the plane. I kept that teddy bear for years but sadly I don't know where it is anymore..."


​Maybe Don't Yell Drunkenly Out Of Cars

"Like 8 years ago my mate and got a taxi to McDonald's at like 4 am after going clubbing, we drove past some guy on his way to work and yelled some drunk sh*t out the window to him. We got dropped off 30 seconds later and as soon as we got out of the taxi he sprints towards us and started swinging at us with a machete, we were running backwards and it was missing us by inches. While he was swinging at one of us, the other one punched him in the back of the head. This happened a few times and he ran away."

"We were pretty drunk so we ended up laughing about it in McDonald's, but I still can't believe it happened lol"


Second Chance?

"Backed out of my grandparents driveway quickly, running late to work. Already on the street and saw a huge truck racing towards me too late. I gasped, clutched the wheel, squeezed my eyes shut and slammed on the brake, bracing for the impact. The only thought I had was 'please let me live'. Then… nothing. I peered one eye open , and felt disoriented to see that the car was back in the driveway, as if I hadn’t moved at all."


Dice Miracle

"I threw dice on a craps table, they went all crazy bouncing all over the place, almost falling off the table, then hit each other mid-air, stuck together, landed on the table with one die on top. The top die was spinning as fast as you could imagine for a good two seconds, and then fell off and I hit nine. 5 and a 4. The number I was shooting for. Had max odds. The dealer said he's never seen that and another player said it's something you'd see in a movie. I just wish I had a physics degree so I could make sense of it."


"Did a lot of physics on my way to a math degree. The explanation is: 'Well, sh*t.'"


Physics High

"When I was like 10 I had dropped a ball (a marble I think?) and it had run away the way that round objects do. I decided that the best course of action was to predict where it gone by "calculating" where it went (i.e how it reflected off walls) and I went through a series of fictitious bounces (around like 10 of them) and the ball was right smack where I had predicted it to be."

"I have been chasing that high ever since but physics is taking a mental toll on me."


More Misdial Miracles

"When I was a kid, I was out playing at the local park with my friends. This was back in the time before everyone had a cell phone, so land lines and payphones were still a thing."

"The payphone stated ringing, after we thought about it because we didn't even know they could do that, I picked it up. It was another one of my friends, calling me. He didn't know I at the park."

"Turns out that payphone had exactly the same number as my house aside from the very last digit was 9 instead of 8. My friend had misdialed the number and through complete coincidence called a payphone about 20 feet where I was, a couple of miles away from my house, and I was the one to pick it up."



"At a family gathering, outside on a fairly average day (little overcast) we saw a large object come through the clouds from the south(coming in from lake ontario), descend to about 400 ft, hover for a while, turning in place, and eventually take off into the sky almost straight up. It didn't appear to make any specific noise, but everyone seemed to 'feel' it, a sort of low tremor like a very mild earthquake. A few people got ill with motion sickness."

"This would have been approx 1993. the object was reminiscent of a mesopotamian ziggurat only it was very large, even with the perspective tilt, it seemed to be almost a 500m wide.
It was witnessed independently by neighbors, young and old, all in all about 40 people in at least 4 completely separate groups spread out across a 5km area."

"I would not believe anyone who told me this story."


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

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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
Santhosh Vaithiyanathan/Unsplash

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.