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People Break Down The Spookiest Thing That's Ever Happened To Them

Some people are less easily scared than others.

While some people live off of the adrenaline of zombies jumping out at you in a haunted house, others will jump ten feet in the air at the tiniest sound of a crack in the floor.

Even people who live to be scared, however, have had one genuinely spooky experience that they simply cannot explain, no matter how hard they try.

Managing to disrupt their sleep in a way that slasher films and haunted hayrides couldn't even begin to do.

Redditor Generic_Garak was curious to hear the absolutely scariest thing people have ever experienced which they still can't explain, leading them to ask:
"What is your spookiest or most unexplainable event that has ever happened to you?"

Unexplained Orb

"Sitting at the desk in my basement at my house during college, I saw a ball of light the size of a basketball 'manifest' across the room from me, fly towards me, then veer off and disappear."

"It was the middle of a clear, sunny day."

"Not sure, but given it's the only time something like that has ever happened to me, I would classify it as abnormal, maybe even paranormal."

"Also, immediately after, it was like I could see the air 'flowing' in the room."- milkomeda


"I was a kid but a teenager, old enough to know that Santa Claus didn't exist."

"But one Xmas eve was staying at my uncles old farm house."

"In the middle of the night, I awoke to the sight of an old man looking exactly like the typical Santa."

"I was so confused and scared so I just kept my eyes closed and eventually fell back asleep."

"Told my family about this mysterious Santa visit and to my surprise, no one ridiculed me for thinking I 'saw Santa'."

"Instead they determined I was old enough to know the truth about the former owner of the farmhouse."

"He was a real person who was sadly found dead with suspicious conditions."

"Turns out my uncle had had plenty of odd occurrences throughout his time living there."

"Never anything hurtful or violent but definitely his presence was known."

"What really sealed the deal was when they showed me a picture of said previous owner, Saul, and what do you know...he had a remarkable resemblance to Santa."

"RIP Saul!"- jmvk2018San

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The Others...

"This story is from a childhood friend who told me this and it still unnerves me to this day."

"She was genuinely freaked out and her family even backed up her claims so here goes."

"Basically my friend and her family moved into this rental property which my friend said was haunted."

"It gave everyone an off feeling, those who visited or stayed over would mention it."

"I myself experienced this odd feeling of foreboding whenever I went over there and believed in the consensus that the house was haunted."

"It honestly felt oppressive in the house and you would feel this pitiful dread that is hard to compute into words and was extremely uncomfortable to experience to say the least."

"Anyway this particular inexplicable event, that is the basis of this post, was enough for my friend's family to pack up and stay with relatives until they moved out permanently."

"On this fateful afternoon my friend had arrived back home from the park and heard an argument taking place in the kitchen between her mum and dad."

"My friend thought this was odd as both her parents should be at work so she called out 'Mum?' before unlocking the front door and going inside."

"My friend said the house fell instantly silent: an uncanny silence like all the air had been sucked out of the place and felt stifling and wrong."

"Then her mum said 'hey friend's name we are just in here'."

"My friend was just outside the closed kitchen door at this point and froze beyond opening."

"It was her mother's voice but there was something off like the cadence was missing that made it her mother."

"It sounded flat and unnatural."

"My friend decided to bolt back out the front door and wait outside until her brother came home but she said as she turned back to the house she saw her mother peering at her from the lounge room window."

"But it wasn't her mother."

"The face was the same, everything was the same but her face was devoid of anything that made it her mother."

"There was no recognition on her mother's face, there was no indication that she was looking directly at her daughter, there was no emotion in the expression: nothing."

"The eyes looked unstaring and utterly blank."

"My friend screamed and ran down the street to her mother's work and confirmed that she was there all this time and had never been home."

"Initially my friend's mother reasoned that someone must have broke in but a later investigation proved nothing had been stolen and the back door was locked as was the front door when my friend came home."

"No one could rationalize who my friend saw in the window and why it looked so much like her mother, but not fully human, so that was the deciding factor to nope the f*ck out of there and find somewhere else to live."

"The landlord of the house denied anything like this happening when they lived there but did admit tenants didn't stay long saying there as something was 'wrong' in the house."

"My friend also told me she was the only one who actually saw anything definitively sinister in the house but her family said they definitely felt an evil presence there which manifested into the doppelganger experience my friend had."

"Utterly terrifying."- Mummyto4

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A Lucky Premonition...

"Okay, so once when I was about 9yrs old, it was late at night, I'm asleep in my room and my younger sister (8) is asleep down the hall in her room."

"It's not uncommon for us to run into each other's rooms if we have a nightmare, you know that whole trying to outrun the demons just run and jump into the others bed?"

"Well, this night I literally wake up out of a dead sleep, its dark, the moon is high outside my window, and my sister is standing in my doorway."

"It's not debatable that it's her, her height, her stupid haircut, down to the New Kids on The Block oversized t-shirt nightgown from my mom's youth."

"But she's just standing there."

"One hand on the doorknob, other hand on the doorframe, staring at me."


"I look at her for a minute and then kind of annoyed I throw my blanket open, 'COME ON IF YOU'RE COMING IN HERE!'"

"She doesn't move, doesn't say anything, she's still staring."

"And I'm not even creeped out at this point, I'm just annoyed and sleepy and white trash, lol, so I get up to go hit her."
"I know, it's a garbage pail kid thing to do, but I'm just being honest."

"Our parents didn't teach us self-regulation, it is what it is."

"I'm better now, lol."

"I jump out and stomp over to where she is and stop about arms length in front of her, she's still silent, still staring."

"Now I'm a little creeped out, 'WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!'"

"And I swipe at her overhand."

"She disappears as my hand falls."

"Like not dissipates into nothing, like straight up is just gone!"

"I look back at my bed?"

"I look in the hallway?"


"SO now I RUN TO HER room down the hall because it's that time!"

"Nightmare time!!"


"And when I get there, I notice she is there, thank God, but she's SHAKING violently!"


"SO then I go on the full tilt alarm, run to my parents room turn all the lights on, yelling that sister is having a seizure."

"We go to the emergency room and she gets her diagnosis of childhood epilepsy."

"I also didn't even know what a seizure was when I started yelling about this, which was also weird."

"I honestly think to this day that she Astral projected or something, that b*tch found a way to come get me because she was in trouble in her bed."- aceinnoholes

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One Complicated Panty Raid...

"Was camping with my wife sitting around the camp fire."

"Started to pour rain, so we went back inside the tent."

"Inside the tent the rain was so heavy we couldn’t hear anything over the pitter patter hitting the tent. "

"We decide to change our clothes and call it a night."

"We get into our sleeping bags and turn out the light and hear 'dleet dleet dleet' again 'dleet dleet dleet' like the sound Motorola phone would make when the battery was dying."

"Only thing was we don’t have phones that make that sound and our phones are turned off."

"Miles from anyone."

"Pouring rain."

"Can’t hear if someone is walking up to your tent."

"Can’t tell if someone walked away from your tent."

"We were trapped inside this canvas death trap with only one exit."

"We froze and waited for what seemed like hours."

"Eventually I grabbed my gun and light and made a dash for the door trying to get out as fast as I could."

"Once out I ran around my tent."


"No one."

"Not a sign of life anywhere."

"We grabbed our our valuables and decided to make the 10 minute trek to our car."

"We made it safe."

"Drove an hour home."

"And slept better than we would’ve if we stayed."

"The next day we drove back to get our stuff."

"When we got to our tent it didn’t look like anything had been messed with."

"Nothing out of place."

"Once we got home and unpacked my wife couldn’t find her underwear."

"None of them."

"Literally nothing else was missing from our stuff."

"It was the wildest and creepiest experience of our life."- dktaylor32

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Going through these experiences is enough to make you afraid of spending even one minute home alone.

However, as time goes by, you discover the biggest advantage of having the living daylights scared out of you.

Having a tale to tell...

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!

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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?"


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"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."



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"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.

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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.