One of the best parts about having siblings is the ability to mess with them. Are you even a sibling if you're not playing pranks and messing with their heads?
No. The right answer is no - especially if that sibling is younger and more readily believes your shenanigans.
Reddit user MBTshock asked
Some of these are hilarious, some of these may go a bit far for some people's taste, it really depends on how "evil" you're willing to get with the youngsters in your life.
50. Poor Duped Kid
My mother is fluent in Spanish and I told my brother that "puta" means "I love you" in French and he the next day says it to my mom like 10 times and got grounded for a month
49. To Pass The Troll
There is this iconic troll underneath one of the bridges in Seattle. This troll has a Volkswagen beetle in his hand. When my brother was flour or five, he really likes Hot Wheels cars. Well, eight year old me took advantage of that and told him that the troll had stolen the car in his sleep and will never give it back. I don't know if he still believes it.
48. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo
I managed to convince my sister I could use the remote to zap her into the tv. I would chase her around the house.
I was a jerk and got yelled at a lot for picking on her.
47. Yes, This Is Dad
When we were in middle/high school, my younger brother used to get in trouble at school a lot. Whenever the school called our house to to inform my parents, I would answer the phone and pretend to be my dad.
46. Help Me, Obi-Wan Kenobi
I had a pretty bad hide-and-seek spot so I told my little brother I was just a hologram of myself and I would lead him to the real me. It got boring after like two minutes, but those two minutes were hilarious.
45. One Usage Only
My sister looks just like our mom. Uncanny, really. I had just read House of the Scorpion, so I told her she was actually a clone that my family had created so our mom could uh, make use of her organs when her kidneys failed (I made up a disease).
44. Belgia? I Hardly Know Her!
Not my sibling. But I once convinced my younger cousin (6 months younger than me. When we were in 8th grade) that Belgian waffles were from the nation of Belgia. He believed it for weeks.
43. When Freckles Attack
I once convinced my sister a freckle on her thumb was poop and she had a full on meltdown running around the house screaming "IT WONT COME OFF!". God my mum killed me.
42. The Slender Man Of Vegetables
When we were little our parents were less than super attentive so it usually fell to me to make sure my little brother ate well. One night he was giving me a REAL hard time, so I told him he better eat his veggies or the 'scary man' was going to get him. I was making it up as I went and I think he suspected as much, because he was still refusing to eat and left the table to go outside and play.
So I went into my closet and got this big black hooded cloak I had from a past Halloween and put it on. I went out the back door and came around the house to the front where he was playing, and hid behind a tree. When he got close enough I stepped into view and said in the scariest voice my little prepubescent girl self could muster, "You didn't eat your vegetables."
I never saw a little boy run inside and shovel peas into his mouth so fast in my life.
41. C'mon And Vogue
I'm the younger sibling, but when I was younger, there was a big thunderstorm outside and I was really scared. So my sister said that when there's lightning, it just means that God is taking pictures of us. And then we started to pose like models on my mom's bed in the middle of night.
40. Yer A Wizard Harry
Not me, but my older brother convinced me (~7 at the time) and my younger brother (~5) he was a wizard.
He told us he went to WizardLand every night (like 2/3am) and he'd come back in the morning and tell us all about it. We both 100% believed him.
We were so shocked, we asked so many questions and begged him to take us with him. But he always said it was just wizards and we couldn't go. He said they had wands and did spells and he went through a portal that appeared in his room deep in the night.
Me and my brother started plotting to catch him in the night. We'd pull all nighters waiting for something to happen and when it didn't, we'd accuse him of being a liar. But he'd say it didn't happen because he knew we were hiding and watching. So again, we believed him.
It's not until many years later did we both realise it was an outrageous lie stemmed from too much Wizard101 playing and a storybook he'd come across about a girl who'd sneak off into a magic portal at night and become a princess (she got caught because she'd always come back and leave bits and bobs lying around from her nightly adventures).
Man, did I feel stupid as hell when we brought it back up a few weeks ago and laughed about how naive we were. Honesty, still one of my most favourite things. He dragged on lies like these constantly and he'd do them over the longest periods of time so we could fully believe him.
39. Ya Limey
Am an only child, but my Child Psychology teacher in high school told us about the time she and her siblings were taking a bath. She convinced her brother to drink lime scented shampoo, saying it was lime Kool Aid.
38. When Lies Save Lives
Me and my brother used to eat dog treats as candy sometimes. At some point I figured I would have more if he didn't eat them, so I told him he would turn in to a dog if you ate too much. He never took any after that
37. Dramatically Under The Sea
I accidentally convinced my sister that the sinking of the Titanic didn't happen. She asked me after she saw the movie if the ship really sank, and I sarcastically said "no, they made it up for more drama." She didn't find out I was lying until she came home from school all upset because kids made fun of her for not knowing that the Titanic was real. She was 13.
36. The Worst Kind Of Bilingual People
A friend of mine's father met her mother while he was stationed in Korea, and made the stupid mistake of going to her brother to ask how to say "I love you" in Korean. Older brother was only to happy to oblige, and rattled off a phrase for him to memorize.
Time came to use it, and he discovered that what the brother had actually taught him was a fairly serious insult in Korean. My friend told me that it translated as "Your mother has no pubic hair".
Another friend of mine, who also served in Korea, was once rattling off the various curses that he'd learned while stationed there.
I always found it a little heartwarming that big brothers are jerks, regardless of nationality. We're all part of the same grand, horrible, human tapestry.
35. Poor Mr. Popper
I convinced my brother that penguins don't exist. I started this lie as a joke as soon as he started to learn about animals. I kept it going for 8 years until he got into an argument with his teacher about it. Going to the zoo in that time was really hard though, we always had to avoid the penguins just so I could keep the lie going.
34. Grounded For Life
This isn't a lie I told, but this is still an awesome thing. When my Sis was young, I taught her all the different swear words and when it's valid to use them. I was good for a while until my sister, 5, said "sh**" and when my parents asked where she heard it, she pointed straight at me. Grounded for a week. I was 8. I heard them all through YouTube.
33. The Worst Cocktail
Was probably 10 lil bro was 5 . Convinced him that I put a curse on him, and he had to drink a special smoothie to get rid of it. I had him drink random stuff I found in the kitchen. Hot sauce, mustard, milk, onions, meat. It was nasty, He ended up throwing up and crying to my mom. Good times lmao.
32. Duck Duck Goose
When I was 5 and my little brother was 3 I tricked my brother into thinking I was two different people who looked the same. I would always have a change of clothes with me (I was a messy kid) and would only do this at my grandmother's house and outside, I would wear 1 shirt as me, leave, and come back and play with him as "Duck" (I was 5 and that's the name I stuck with). I stopped doing it after maybe 4 or 6 months and he started getting sad that his friend Duck moved away. I was a mean older brother.
31. Amusement But For Me
When I was around maybe 7 or 8, I convinced my younger sister that she would be teleported to galaxyland (theme park near where we lived at the time) if she went into an empty garbage can and closed the lid. It was one of those old metal stereotypical garbage cans that was hard for a child to open from the outside, nevermind the inside, so cue little sister screaming and crying to be let out and me trying to convince her that it was gonna happen soon. This carried on for about half an hour until out mom came home and I got yelled at for an hour. Now the thing is, soon after I convinced her that the same theme park was actually just a few streets down from our house. She totally believed me and our parents called the police and had to search for her for a while. I somehow managed to talk my way out of it but I really did not like my sister when I was a kid.
30. Kindness Or Cruelty?
I am 8 years older than my youngest brother. When he wanted to play video games as a small child, I would give him an unplugged controller and play with my plugged in controller under a blanket on my lap. These were single player games.
29. The Tooth Fairy
Convinced my sister that the tooth fairy was real after I placed some money under her pillow the first time she lost her tooth. She seemed sad after losing her tooth that day and I wanted to do something to make her happy. So every time she loses a tooth, we put money under her pillow. She still believes in the tooth fairy and I don't think I want to break the news to her.
28. I Didn't Shoot The Sheriff, Or Break The Bed
I was 10 and I was jumping on my parents bed in general being stupid then I broke one of the bed boards, I got so scared to get in trouble I told my then 5 year old little sister that she should play on our parents bed then told her she broke the bed. So she had to tell our parents that she did it, sis if ur reading this sorry it was me
27. Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk
When me and my brother were pretty young ( I was around 4 or 5 and my brother two years younger than me) I spilled a jug of water that my mum had on the bench of the kitchen. I was afraid of getting in trouble for it (which is pretty ridiculous since it was just spilled water). My mum came into the kitchen and asked who spilt it, my brother said I spilt it and vice versa. Eventually it got to the point where we were both in tears, yelling at each other. At this point my mum is fed up and she sends both of us to our shared room and tells us that we were allowed to come out when someone owned up to doing it.
So I know at this point, I will get in trouble if I own up and I'm not willing to do that. I convince/lie to my younger brother who was around three at the time, so not very smart, that mum won't get him in trouble if he owns up. He then proceeds to own up and gets into big trouble for lying to mum about spilling the water. I can't exactly remember what his punishment was, but I remember feeling pretty guilty about it for the following weeks.
26. Goats Only
Telling my lil bratty sis that I bought her for 1000$ in a secret place in Saudi Arabia at the age of 2 when she was a newborn therefore I am her mom so she must listen to me. She doesn't believe me so it's more like convincing. I am trying to brainwash her but im unsuccessful, at present.
And that the plushie toy lions she sees are real and will eat her. When I was 3/4 and she was 1/2. Well, my sis got terrified then one day, our parents gave us 2 plushies but we had to pick one. There was a goat and lion. My sis chose the goat but I wanted it then she said "You tell me that lion is real!!" (In my language). I screamed and shoved the lion in her face which made her cry then in the end I had to pick the lion.
All lies have some sort of consequences, kids.
25. Played Yourself
I'm big sis. Scared my lil sis at the beach, said narwhals were in the water and would come after her. She believed me. What I wasn't counting on was I believed me too. We were both scared to go in ahha
24. Galleria Of Lies
Me and most of my sibs are adopted, my younger brother was about 3-4 and I told him that he wasn't really adopted but that my mother bought him at the mall. Every single time we went to the mall I would say she was going to return him. He would freak out and not want to go so my mom would drop him at grandma's or at daycare so she didn't have to deal with a crying kid in the mall and I would get to go with my mom. To this day he hates going to the mall but doesn't really know why.
23. To Quell
When my brother was little and my mother went out for groceries my brother used to cry and I couldn't get him to be quiet, so I used to tell him the story of the old man. In the place where I lived there was an old man who was mentally ill. Everyone was scared of him and that were mostly kids. I always said to my brother that if you don't stop crying the old man will hear you and will come to take you away so you'll never see mom again. I feel sorry now but I was also a kid so I didn't thing about his feelings at all. The old man was scary but as long as you didn't talk to him or watch him than he did nothing
22. Aural Prison
I once told my little brother that there's a limit on how much noise you're allowed to make over the course of your life. Once you go over the limit, you have to go into a nursing home, because they're jails for loud people. I also told him that he was very close to his lifetime limit because of how loud he is, and if he doesn't want to be the only four year old in the nursing home, he should only whisper from then on. There was more to it, but that was the gist of it.
21. Value Down
My older brother convinced my younger brother that 2p coins were worth more than £1 coins because they were bigger, so my little bro would swap all his £1 coins with him.
20. Air Displaced
Not the older sibling, but I told my younger cousin that every time he smells someone's fart the air that was in their butt is now in his lungs. And told that same cousin that God was just as real as Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, and tooth fairy; and this was before figured out that Santa, tooth fairy, etc didn't exist.
19. Religious Doctrine
I used to tell my sister that Santa only comes to your house if you're Christian and you only go to heaven if you're baptised.
That second one wasn't technically a lie, but she constantly begged our parents to be baptised out of fear of going to hell. We're not even catholic.
18. Ole Kris Kringle
I told my younger brother that I had seen Santa and the Easter Bunny because I was too smart and figured out that they weren't real at the young age of 6, he's also not the brightest so it lasted till he was about 9 because my mum straight up said "Don't tell any of your younger cousins that Santa isn't real because they don't know yet.", I was furious because he didn't know either. I tried really hard to make him believe and my mum did absolutely. Nothing.
17. When It Works Too Well
I scared the crap out of them once by taking them both into their room (they are twins and shared a room at the time) and told them that I'm not actually their brother and rather an assassin/spy sent there to eliminate them if they ever got out of hand or misbehaved. They are 9 now and still slightly believe it even though I told them it was a joke afterwards
16. Nose Strolls
I told my 7yo sister one time that when she went to sleep her boogers would walk out of her nose and go in her hair. She legitimately cried because she was scared so she told our mom and mom had to tell her it was a lie. But let me tell you, the reaction was priceless
15. Regurgitated Food
Not me, but my Dad to his younger brother. He told him that mashed potatoes were mashed by people chewing potatoes up. My uncle has refused to eat mash potatoes since.
14. Snail Sounds
I started telling my little brother that snails said meow and showed him "evidence" videos from SpongeBob. He wasn't too sure at first but my parents found it so hilarious that they joined in and after that he was very convinced for about a year.
13. Holy NipsGiphy
That Jesus had really big nipples. "Read" it to her from a children's Bible when she was four. She still sings songs about it and insists on it whenever the topic comes up. She's going to a Catholic elementary school soon, wish her luck.
12. A Fake Adoption
I made fake adoption papers and "hid" them in my parents' room. My brother had already been asking if he was adopted since he looks nothing like our parents (he looks more like our grandparents). He's not, but I told him I was too young to remember an adoption. I then let him know that our parents "hide" important papers in X location in their room. He found the fake papers, really freaked out and my parents about killed me.
11. Free Gardening
Animal Crossing on GameCube, I let my brother move in to my village. I told him the main goal of the game is to pick all the weeds. My village looked great.
10. An Organization Of Santas
I had my little brother believing in Santa Claus probably until nearly 9 years old because I told him the actual ruse is that its not a single Santa but an organization of Santas worldwide that operate in unison. I told him that mall Santas were local people who had been deputized, but had every bit the authority and jurisdiction of the Santa org and so if you were bad, mall Santa had every right and capability to ruin your Christmas.
He also asked me about squeezing down chimneys, eating cookies and milk, and reindeer. I told him the reindeer were real back in the 1800's, back when there were a lot less people in America ("like 5000 or so") so reindeer made sense for method of transport. Cookies were basically like gratuity for the gift giving. Nothing is free after all!
The chimney one I always just went somber. "Oh no. That one is real. Very very real." But I wouldn't say more.
I told them that birds have mini hands that are hidden on their chest that would hold eggs and enable them to transport it safely.
8. The Terminator Movies
I told my brother that people who die in movies are actors who die in real life for it.
I forgot all about that comment, until months later when my brother commented when watching one of the Terminator movies; "I don't understand these people, why would they die just to get to be in a movie?"
7. The Lion KingGiphy
Growing up I didn't like the Lion King. I was like 5 or 6 at the time. My little sister, however, loved it and would always pick it when it was her turn to choose a movie. I found it way too sad and dreaded watching it. As everyone knows who has seen it, the movie ends the way it begins - with the birth of a lion.
So I would always have it start at the ending sequence. My little sister thought that the Lion King was only 5 min for a long time.
6. The Cool Older Brother
Told my little sister for years as a teenager that I would sneak out every weekend with my friends. It was a straight up lie. I had virtually no friends at the time, and I had snuck out once to a party (only one I ever got invited to) at that point and hadn't done it again. But it felt good to be the cool older brother with a story to tell.
Well, she went and told her neighbor friend that I would do this, and he told his mom who then told my mom. My mom confronted me in front of both of them and I immediately gathered what happened.
Admitting that I lied about it and was lame with no actual friends would have been worse than taking the punishment, so I willingly got grounded for like 6 weeks for something I didn't do just so I still looked cool.
I convinced my brother he had a uterus and he had to name it. He named it Debbie.
4. To The Moon
My dad had some old Apollo 11 memorabilia and and an actual letter from NASA. They sent him some moon maps, posters, some really cool stuff. Anyway, I showed this to my younger sibling at the time she was probably 6 or 7, and I told her my parents planned on sending her the moon when she gets older and that she better start preparing to leave now.
She didn't believe me, until I showed her the map. That's when she started to panic. And then I showed her the letter, and that's when I realized I took it too far because she started to cry. I still bring it up from time to time.
3. Brown Eyes
I convinced my younger sister that she was adopted because she has brown eyes. My brother and I have green eyes. She actually believed it from ages 6-15.
She blew up on our Mom one day, because "You NEVER told me I was ADOPTED." Luckily, I wasn't living at home when that came out. In my defense, I seriously thought she would have realized some time over the years that our Mom had brown eyes.
2. The Bocci Ball Long Con
Oh man, do I have an answer for this! I still bring it up all the time.
I told my younger sister that Bocci Ball is a full contact sport. I told her the rules were that you had 2 teams and point were racked up by carrying the small white ball, the longer your team had the ball the better. The opposing team could get points by knocking the ball out of your hand.
How would they knock it out you ask? Why, by throwing the larger colored balls at you. The opposing team could then grab the white ball and start amassing the points themselves.
Now, if you're not familiar with Bocci ball, the balls are all very VERY hard and playing it this way would easily crush bones.
Anyway, she only kinda believed at first, but I kept to the story any time or reason I could.
Finally, years later, her gym class is going to do a day playing Bocci.
She refuses, apparently making a stink about how she refuses to play because she doesn't want to get hurt and somehow no one seems to ask her why she thinks she'll get hurt. She keeps digging until finally someone tells her the real rules.
Not an earth shattering lie, but it was a good long con and the whole family still get a good laugh out of it.
1. When Pigs FlyGiphy
Told my younger sister that pigs are born with wings but the farmers cut them off so they don't fly away. This is where the phrase "when pigs fly" comes from. I completely forgot about this little lie until a couple years later when she came home from elementary school furious because she's talked about the pigs with wings with her science teacher and got schooled.
25 years later and she still buys me an occasional flying pig as a joke.
Conspiracy theories are beliefs that there are covert powers that be changing the course of history for their own benefits. It's how we see the rise of QAnon conspiracies and people storming the capital.
Why do people fall for them? Well some research has looked into the reasons for that.
The Association for Psychological Science published a paper that reviewed some of the research:
"This research suggests that people may be drawn to conspiracy theories when—compared with nonconspiracy explanations—they promise to satisfy important social psychological motives that can be characterized as epistemic (e.g., the desire for understanding, accuracy, and subjective certainty), existential (e.g., the desire for control and security), and social (e.g., the desire to maintain a positive image of the self or group)."
Whatever the motivations may be, we wanted to know which convoluted stories became apart of peoples consciousness enough for them to believe it.
Redditor Lopsided_Confusion57 asked:
"What's the wildest conspiracy theory you fully believe?"
We can't say any of these are true but sometimes it's fun to speculate.
The time traveling cyclist.
"The Australian cyclist Mick Rogers is a time traveler."
"In the 2002 Tour Down Under, Rogers was in a great position in the breakaway and looking to move into the overall race lead but a collision with a motorcycle left his bike out of commission. With the team service car and mechanics way down the road, it looked like Rogers' chances were gone. Then a cycling fan, who just happened to be at that precise point in the road, offered Rogers his bicycle to continue on. The bike also just happened to be the *exact* model of Colnago that Rogers had been riding. It was the correct size, right down to things like the stem and crank lengths. It even had the same pedal system that Rogers was already using, so he could just clip in and be away. He finished that stage and took the race lead, which he held on to all the way to the end for his only career win in his 'home' tour."
"My theory is that in the original timeline, Rogers didn't win the 2002 Tour Down Under. He quit cycling in anger and devoted his life to theoretical physics and solving the problem of time travel just so he could arrange it to leave himself a spare bike where and when he needed it."
"I'm on board for whatever book or screenplay you write."
"Wait, so if Rogers motivation to find ways for time travelling was losing 2002 race, and if he won, then Rogers never found time travelling and our time line is forever devoid of genius like Rogers who would have found time travelling and attended Hawkins party."
"Yep, exactly. Our timeline is stuck with boring old Mick Rogers, 2002 TDU winner and 3x World Time Trial Champion while some other, much cooler, party timeline gets Mick Rogers, the second coming of Einstein. He probably even cures Covid for them."
The best money making stunt.
"Information is leaked from a studio about an upcoming project that p*sses off the fan base. The studio will then change things to keep the fans happy. The conspiracy is the original leak was just a lie to drum up free publicity for the project."
"This made me think of the Sonic movie. No way in hell were they going to make Sonic look that bad. Put out a fake trailer with him lookin all scary, everyone is talking about it. Wala. Take a bit to say you're fixing his look, put out a new trailer. You just drummed up tons of publicity since people are now following the story."
"I have mixed thoughts to that one."
"I mean 'No way in hell were they going to make him look like that.' Buddy have you seen the cash-grab BS that Hollywood has pulled off before? Hell, when was there a movie based off a game that wasn't exactly as bad as that Sonic looked?"
"I will admit that they may have done that as a publicity stunt, but I also admit that they could have thought it looked fine."
"Have you seen … CATS?"
"100% of the population believes that Putin has had people killed for political reasons but only a very small percentage of Americans believe that American politicians would ever do so."
"I mean, there's a reason the joke/saying is, 'The highest award a journalist can receive is being assassinated by the CIA.' There's probably been a handful who may've found out one too many things on the elites, and then had an accident before they could publish their findings."
"Ohhhh boy then south american journalists in the 60s-80s have been awarded way too much."
"MLK was literally murdered by the government."
"Lots of Black Panthers were too."
'"As part of the larger COINTELPRO operation, the FBI was determined to prevent any improvement in the effectiveness of the BPP leadership. The FBI orchestrated an armed raid with the Chicago police and State Attorney on Hampton's Chicago apartment.'"
"Quote from the Wikipedia article on Fred Hampton."
Conspiracies for the conspiracies to cover up the conspiracies.
"The CIA creates conspiracy theories to provide cover for the real conspiracies."
"It's actually kind of scary how smug anti-conspiracy discourse is used to derail actual conversations. A moment that chipped my faith in humanity just a little was when I was arguing with some people about Guatemala in 1954 and people denied my version of events happened 'because it's a conspiracy.'"
"Like no the parties involved admitted to it."
"If you don't know what I'm talking about and are from the USA you should have a google. But, basically the USA destroyed a democracy because it made a corporation sad."
"What's worse is when people will talk about how corrupt insert what politicians they don't like are, but then when you mention something that is actually confirmed to have happened, they pull the conspiracy theory card and act as if the idea people in power don't want to secure further power for themselves."
"We have been conditioned to think like that from since we started school though (I guess that's my submission for this ask post)."
"I think I remember reading about some CIA agents AMA. Someone asked him the question, 'What's the point of area 51?' The answer was, 'To keep your attention away from area 50 and 52.'"
"Obviously not an exact quote, but the idea of it has always stuck with me."
Extinct animals not actually being extinct for preservation.
"I think it is entirely plausible that the Thylacine still exists in the depths of the Australian mainland and the government knows it."
"It wouldn't be that crazy for misguided scientists to have moved or released a few in the late 1800s. Once the animal went extinct, they certainly couldn't reveal the existence of the mainland population lest poachers and local farmers destroy it. They also may have realized how significant the liability was for releasing large predators into farmland."
"Folks have found hair and scat samples that may be from the animal, but the university lab results always come back and say they are nonsense. That's probably the truth, but I wouldn't be entirely surprised if the government was strong-arming them into reporting BS results. TBH if I was a conservation scientist it wouldn't take much convincing for me to fake a negative test."
Robert 'Curt' Borton Jr.
"I believe in a LOT of really boring conspiracies. Stuff like. 'This person was about to expose corporate/government corruption, and then died suspiciously.'"
"But if you want to go for a more intense one, Robert Borton, who I just learnt about, takes the cake. tl;dr guy disappears in Vietnam and really strange sh*T happens to his family."
"This guy, Robert 'Curt' Borton Jr. turns 19 in 1965, he goes to fight in Vietnam. He lands in 1966 and vanishes 19 days into his deployment alongside 3 other soldiers."
"In 1976, two guys approach his dad and claimed to work for the Department of Defense. They asked him to sign a letter that would change his sons status from 'Missing in action' to 'Killed in action' and he refused. Arguing the military would not confront people in public to sign documents. However, in the following weeks he was approached again by these two guys in public places and eventually signed it out of fear. He later received money for doing so."
"His sister then claims that every time they've seen Curt's official files, the entries keep changing, and his sister claims her phone was being wiretapped. A cousin believes that everyone was being watched, claiming that he was followed to work several times and that two men would follow him from his home to his company and then back. After this went on for a month, he decided to confront them, but they denied following him. After that, for about a month, he was not followed."
"The family is convinced Curt was part of a secret government operation that brought him from Vietnam into the United States. Diane believes that he has tried to contact her and other family members on multiple occasions. She claims that she has talked to a man who is a "secret returnee" and that they are allowed to come back to the United States, as long as they do not contact their families. She believes that this was done because the U.S. government had already claimed that all of the living POWs had been brought home; since they were still left behind, they could not become known to the public."
We may never fully know if any of these are true. Given the track record and history of most governments in the world, maybe some of these aren't so far fetched.
Only you can decide what you believe or not.
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I hate ghosts, even if it's Casper. My life is already stressful enough. I don't need to creeped out by spirits from the beyond. Shouldn't they be resting and basking in the glow of the great beyond instead of menacing the rest of us?
The paranormal seems to be consistently in unrest, which sounds like death isn't any more fun or tranquil than life. So much for something to look forward to.
Some ghosts just like to scare it up. It's not always like "Ghosthunters" the show.
Redditor u/Murky-Increase4705 wanted to hear about all the times we've faced some hauntings that left us shook, by asking:
Reddit, what are your creepy encounters with something that you are convinced was paranormal?
I can't definitively say I've come face to face with the spirits. But I have had some unsettling feelings in the dark. Shadows are just shadows sometimes, but who can be sure.
I hear it...Nbc Wings GIF by HULUGiphy
"I was helping my dad clean my grandma's house after she passed and I went in and was trying to find a song in my phone and before I could I heard a cough plain as day come from down the hallway where her room was. She died of lung and throat cancer it was pretty crazy."
"When I was 5 I remember getting home from my grandpa's birthday party. For context my mom was pregnant with my brother at the time, so my parents had already bought his crib. I woke up in the middle of the night to find a women in a white dress and long black hair standing over my brother's crib. I managed to wake up my dad so he could take me to the bathroom. When I got back it was still there. It was only until morning when it disappeared. Every now and then I see a glance of what I assume is that thing running past the backyard."
"My best friend and his wife had moved to a new apartment. I came over to visit a few times, and each time I'd see the motion of a cat in my peripheral vision. Not the image of a cat, but a sense of how a cat moves. Anyway, one day I finally cracked some joke about the ghost cat in the place and his wife was instantly saying "See! See! I told you we had a ghost cat!"
"I worked graveyard shift in a dementia ward for 4 years and it was anything but quiet. I was working with a nurse one night when we both heard a resident say "excuse me." We looked around and no-one was there. I checked on the resident in question and she was fast asleep in her own room. Many of us also experienced someone whistling in the ward late at night and one nurse even managed to catch a video of it happening. It was unnerving to say the least."
"I once saw someone short walk by me in my house. They walked into the laundry room which only has one way in. I walked into it behind them and they where gone. I thought it was my little brother but I went to his room and he was asleep. I still have no clue what that was."
Now was everyone here positive they were sober? Just asking. Those are certainly spooky moments. I'd like some video footage please. Continue...
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"I was up at 3am when I was maybe 7 or 8. I looked out the window and saw a woman in a white dress run across my yard. I could see through her. She was transparent like the reflections on the window."
"So, my work place is haunted. I was having a really crap day, and as a cleaner, it's normal that me and my co worker will be the only ones left at night. So I was standing on the second floor, leaning on the banister for the stair case, when I heard this male voice say in my ear "you alright?" Clear as day. I turned around so fast and nobody was there and it scared the hell out of me."
"I remember as a young kid I usually use to sit in my bed and watch tv with my room door open while the adjacent guest bedroom next to mine would always have the door shut. I always remember seeing that door fully open and close by itself multiple times a day very slowly and gently. Never really bothered me much now that I think about it… but there were other creepier experiences I had in the same house that made me feel uncomfortable like I was being watched."
"I went to the Betsy Ross House as a really little kid in the early 90s. Normal house but I was confused why the tour guide never talked about the woman on the chair crying at the edge of the bed in Betsy Ross's bedroom. So I asked about it. No one else saw the woman at the edge of the bed. I figured it was just a wax museum since there was a wax statue of a man in uniform rolling bullets in the basement."
"Years later, I was looking at haunted Philadelphia tours to go on with a friend and the Betsy Ross House was on it. I was like "woah! I was there!" and looked into it some more. Turns out there is a woman at the end of the bed crying and a uniformed man in the basement that people have reported seeing. There is no way that 8 year old me would have known about either of these things."
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"I had this hello kitty Balloon In my bed room, it had a string and weight on it. So it was late, I had the lights on just Sitting on my bed. The Balloon turns, faces my door, slowly floats into my hallway and turns and floats into my sister's room. To this day I am scared of balloons."
They are among us and they like Hello Kitty. I'm probably rattling the paranormal cages and they'll come for me next, but I'm ready. I feel like this thread has prepared me.
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The past year brought about much anxiety and it's been a challenge to find the light in what has felt like perpetual darkness.
"What gives you genuine happiness?"
Food brings people together, and that combination brings much happiness for these Redditors.
"Plenty of my favorite food eaten together with fam."
"Harvesting fruits/veggies from plants which I grew myself and then gifting the harvest to others. I love to grow blueberries and hope I will have lots next year."
Compliments To The Chef
"Seeing people enjoy food that I cooked, especially seeing my fiancee smile while she eats my from-scratch chocolate chip cookies."
The Little Things
"It's difficult to tell the difference between genuine happiness and enough distraction. Food, like video games or playing the piano, makes me joyful while I'm eating it. I believe that the things that make me truly happy are the ones that happen infrequently, if at all, and are beyond of my control, such as being complimented or receiving physical contact."
Being alone with our thoughts can be comforting.
Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
"Being outside with no people around. Live in a city and I get up super early and just walk around before everyone else is out. Best part of my day."
In Between Consciousness
"I think it may be the only time I am ever genuinely happy when I am in that state of going to sleep where I think, but at the same time I am neither asleep nor awake. It feels like I am entirely detached from the physical world; free of fear, and pain."
"Don't try heroin."
"I've noticed that some things can make you so happy that they make you happy before (anticipation) and after (reminiscing) you've done them."
Being with loved ones, both humans and pets, can be the very definition of happiness.
"Weekend mornings sitting on the couch curled up with my husband and cat, both of us reading a book. It feels like quality time even though we aren't talking. Just a lot of peace."
"Your comment made me imagine a cat sitting on a couch, reading a book, wearing reading glasses and that made me really happy."
Hide And Seek
"Watching my cat get stuck somewhere stupid, then yelling for help. The best place so far was in a cabinet over the stove."
Our Inner Comedian
"When I manage to make my friends day by making them laugh. I honestly get so happy when they are happy."
What Brings Joy To Others
"I really love to hear about other people's hobbies/passions/interests. It never fails to make me smile."
"Equally, my hobbies/passions/interests make me happy."
I'm a kid at heart.
So it's not surprising that going to a Disney park as an adult brings out the inner kid in me.
Having grown up in Southern California, I get nostalgic about all my trips to Disneyland with my family and friends.
Eventually, I got a job there in entertainment, where I've made lifelong friends and grew as a performer.
My glee quadruples when I bring friends who've never been to a Disney park before and I see the excitement on their faces.
And what brings me pure joy is hearing from these first-time visitors that, after a long day of running around for 12+ hours, they tell me they had the "best day ever."
Walt, you did a good thing.
A lot of talk going on about women's bodies, isn't there?
Not necessarily with women front and center as part of the conversation, unfortunately.
One of the main talking points against these bans and laws being placed on women's bodies is the idea that it would never happen to a man. "If men could get pregnant, there'd be free abortions tomorrow," is a slogan thrown around quite a bit online. Is that true?
Let's ask them.
Men of Reddit, would you take a male contraceptive pill if it was readily available? Why/Why not?
Genuinely, you might find yourself surprised at how many men are willing and ready to do their part in controlling what goes on during contraception.
Click, Click...No Boom.
"Yes. Makes more sense to unload the gun than shoot at a bulletproof vest."
"Without a doubt. I hate the idea of a vasectomy...nervous about the procedure. But I'd 100% take a male contraceptive pill"
Both Parties Are Making A Choice
"Yes. I world prefer both genders have birth control and that both are actively using it to give the best possible chance of no accidental pregnancies."
What Have Women Been Going Through?
"Honestly I would because I hate the fact how it f-cks with my girlfriend's body. And I rather deal with it than her"
"Absolutely ruins my day when I think about what a hormonal disaster the implant has been for her. It doesn't even bother her that much, but why should she have to deal with any of it at all? Saving up for a vasectomy so it can all just be done with."
Some men are not for a male contraceptive.
Hear them out.
"Think I'd probably still rely on rubbers. Shooting a load without one and relying on it being blanks... I'd be too paranoid about it"
"Rubbers will still help against things OTHER than pregnancy too - so, wearing them is still a good idea"
Wait, What Day Of The Week Is It?
"Oh yes 100%. The only reason I'd be hesitant is i'm very likely to forget"
"Yeah my ex couldn't even remember to buy condoms so not sure I would trust him with a pill. I also wouldn't trust myself with it either, hence the condoms :D"
What's It Doing To Me?
"If it had the same side-effect as the female one and affected my mood or my libido? F-ck no."
"Not all methods have that effect on women. There are literally hundreds of contraception, it's finding the best one for your body."
"I imagine that if men were taking contraception there would be triple the research into making sure you guys were A-OK"
It's All In The Conversation
"Personally, I wouldn't take it. The pill messes with your hormones and that's why I don't expect a woman to take it and also, that's why I don't want to take it."
"If she does, because she wants to - ok. If she doesn't, because she doesn't want to - ok, too."
"If I happen to hook up with someone, I'll wear a condom, because pregnancy isn't the only thing to prevent."
"If I am in a relationship and my gf tells me that she doesn't want to take the pill (anymore), I don't have any right to argue with her and that's why I'll wear a condom."
"I don't care if it "doesn't feel so good" - for me, the best thing about sex is the shared intimacy."
However, really, it's the man in all of us that wouldn't mind shouldering some responsibility in the child-baring years of our lives. Cheers to that.
So Long As It's A Unity Effort
"Yes, I have this theory that every man's phone alarm would go off at the same time at the bar, and we would raise our bc pill in the air to cheers all taking it at the same time"
Why Make Them Do Something You're Not Willing To Do?
"Abso-f-cking-lutely YES a million times yes!!!"
"Straight away, it would be a d*ck move if I expected my girlfriend to take stuff if I'm not willing to"
...Is That Pun Or...?
"Yes! My wife has been carrying the burden of birth control for 11 years now. Lots of pain, discomfort and other effects over the years, its time men can share the load."
We won't know what the future brings. Science at this point makes it feel like anything is possible, so in the next century? Who can say?
Be ready, men. It's our turn, next.
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