Studies have shown that around 45% of Americans and 34% of Brits believe in the existence of the supernatural. Personal anecdotes about occasional strange, seemingly inexplicable experiences inevitably reinforce such beliefs, although by scientific standards most such stories cannot be accepted as bona fide proof. However, even in these days of science and rationalism, tales of the unexplained always give us pause for thought. Reddit users have shared their creepiest unexplained true stories, and many of them are likely to give readers that same pause for thought…
1. Dream demon
When I was 13 I moved into my brother’s bedroom, as it is an extension to the original house with an en suite and is far larger than my old room. Within a few weeks of moving in, I’d wake up in the middle of the night to see a figure staring down me, with a white head like a skull and formless black body.
It would slowly move down to the foot of my bed and stare me until I moved, at which point it would sink into the floor. Just sleep paralysis, right? And I’d begged to move into the room and had just got it set up so I wasn’t going to leave. I didn’t really talk about it to anyone, and it gradually became less frequent over time.
Eight years after this, my brother mentioned at a get together that he used to have a sleep paralysis demon when he lived in that room in a half-joking, half-freaked out way to other people when the topic of them came up. He described the exact same f***ing thing. Neither of us mentioned it to anybody else at the time it was happening so we have no explanation for us both experiencing the same thing.
2. A ghostly encounter
I was delivering newspapers on my paper route when a longtime customer pulled his car next to me and asked me to just give him his daily newspaper now because he was going on a long trip. I handed him his newspaper then skipped his house as I continued my route.
The next day I was collecting the weekly fees (you used to have to go collect the money back then, no internet payment yet) and I went to his house to collect my fee. His wife answered and promptly complained that I missed her house on my deliveries the day before. I explained to her that her husband pulled up next to me, I told her what he said and that I gave him the paper.
She started crying, told me that he had died a couple weeks ago and it was obviously not possible that I spoke with her husband the day before. I know what I saw and nearly 30 years later I still think about that situation. I have no way to logically explain what happened and it still give me the creeps.
3. The mysterious children
I used to work in a nursing home where I cared for dementia patients. Every patient on the hall I worked on would steal spoons from dinner to give to “the kids” because “they like shiny things.” It got to the point where once a week I’d have to go through everyone’s room to take back the spoons. I asked the patients about the kids many times but never got a good answer.
I’d hear things like “they just live here” or “they stand outside in the snow and look in the windows” or “they’re my friends who visit.” It wouldn’t be so weird if all the patients didn’t talk about it, but it was everyone, the ones who were still capable of speaking anyways. One time at 3am one of my patients started screaming so I ran in her room and found her laying in bed, seemingly fine. I asked what was wrong and she said “That boy is here again and won’t get out of my closet! I’m scared!”
4. A scream from nowhere
I was at a housewarming party at my aunt and uncle’s new house… two of my cousins were there and one of them had a friend over… All of the adults were out back drinking, and I emphasise, there were only four people inside the house: me, my two cousins, and the friend… With no warnings or no other sounds, every single one of us hears a female voice let out an ear-piercing, gut-wrenching, overall horrifying scream in the bathroom.
It was clear as day and it was so loud and sudden that it made me jump… we all run from the living room into the bathroom. Not a single person is in there, and nothing is displaced because there wasn’t anything unpacked anyway except the toilet paper. We turned back around to see about three adults coming in from the back door because they had heard it too, coming from inside, so it wasn’t any of them.
What gets me about it is this: we have all since entertained the idea that it was a prank no one has fessed up to yet, but in order for it to have been a corporeal being, they would have had to somehow get into the bathroom without me seeing them from the couch, screamed, ran out of the bathroom to either the backdoor (without any of the four kids in the living room seeing) or out a window in one of the bedrooms.
All of the bedroom windows were locked from the inside, so if they escaped that way, someone would have had to lock it and go out the back door, which again, we would have seen… And before you cry “speaker hidden somewhere,” that was one of the first things that my uncle checked for when he ran inside and was told by us that none of us had done it.
I had this neighbour who was around 30 and he was such a sweet guy (lets say his name was Adam)… I was on my way to school in the morning when this absurd scene of flashed in front of my eyes; it was him getting into an accident and dying. It felt so real i almost wanted to cry but then i told myself maybe its because i had watched a movie with a character dying the previous night.
I continued with the day and it was almost 8pm when my parents got a call from someone. I could see their facial expressions change. Once the call ended, they said they needed to go somewhere and would be back in a while. I wasn’t sure what was happening but I felt that something wasn’t right. Next morning i woke up to the worst news of my life; Adam was no more.
Apparently he met with a major accident the previous night and died on the spot. I didn’t know how to react because a few hours before he died, i did have a bad feeling. For days I couldn’t even sleep and I blamed myself because i felt like maybe i could have warned him about it and maybe he would still gonna be alive… I still can’t figure out why i had that sort of a feeling hours before it actually happened and it scares me.
6. Time slip
Driving from Northern California to Southern California through the middle of the night about a decade ago. I was tired, and the scenery along the freeway through the central valley isn’t very interesting. I remember passing an old silo, looking at my car clock and it was 3:17 in the morning. Drove some more, passed a power line, and it was 3:21.
I blinked, shuffled in my seat, and passed that same old silo, and it was back to 3:17. I was in disbelief. I just stared at my clock for a few moments. Drove a little bit more, passed the same power line, 3:21. Don’t know why or how, but I went backwards about four minutes. Never experienced anything similar before or since.
7. Guardian cats
I had a recurring nightmare of a pitch black parasite sucking the life it of me. Sometimes it waited for me in dark corners to go to bed. My cats always slept on my bed during that time. For me it was a very stressful time. I got an itch at the place of my chest where I dreamed the parasite was sucking my life out of me.
I got sick and felt a pea-sized lump. I went to my doctor and they ordered a biopsy of that lump. As it turned out I had male breast cancer at the age of 28. After I got well again, the dream never came back and my cats slept in their places again and not on my bed. The dream was creepy enough… were my cats protecting me?
8. Mystery hand prints
You know on cold days inside your car you can breathe on the window and draw on the glass? I got in my car, and as I look at the windshield I see a few small baby hands. I thought it was strange someone would let a baby play on my car’s windshield. I had an urge to touch the baby prints and as I touched it, I wiped away the hand prints. The hand prints were made from the inside of my locked car.
9. A silent visitor in the wild
I had a schnauzer that could hear a cat stalk across a Persian rug. The slightest noise could wake her from a slumber and set off her constant barking. She made a great tent companion while on backpacking trips. Bears, racoons and skunks would all get fair warning if they came within range of out campsite.
One morning we woke up from a night without interruptions in the back country of SW Colorado and I found my tents central guyline was no longer staked down by the aluminium stake that I had used but instead by a piece of aspen branch that had been carved into what looked like a tiki statue.
Nothing too ornate, but a snarling face with teeth had been carved from the bark and it had obviously been heated in a fire to give it a brown colour. My dog didn’t make a sound and I apparently slept harder than I thought. I scrambled out of the tent and looked around the small alpine lake and saw no other campers nor any sign that people had been around. Cut my trip short and hauled a** the eight miles back to my car. Not a single other car in the lot at the trailhead.
10. Guided by intuition
We had a rescue dog years back, terrier mix. We lived in the countryside on a wooded hillside and owned about five acres of woodland and rough fields mostly wild. This dog loved to be up there chasing rabbits, but loved her home too so would never be gone for very long. One day she went missing. We took our other dogs up there and searched thoroughly but nothing.
We had another friend bring his dogs, nothing. We advertised, put up posters, we did little but search high and low for six days, but nothing. On the sixth day we had pretty much given up hope but I decided to go up one last time because I had a hunch, a tickle in my belly, about one particular area which had already been thoroughly searched.
I took a sickle and a pair of gardening gloves and hacked my way towards the centre of a huge bramble patch… Suddenly I heard a muffled yip. I called her name and then heard her again getting excited. She was deep underground in a rabbit warren. I stayed calling to her until help arrived… amazingly the vet said she was basically ok, had probably been getting enough moisture from eating mud to keep her alive. I am not generally a fanciful person, but I just knew in my ‘knower’ she was there. No explanation for it.
11. Visit from a lost kitten
When I was about eight years old, my kitten… got hit and killed by a car. I was devastated. I had rescued her with my older sister from a box in the rain… Later that night, I was laying in bed and I felt her kneading (or making biscuits as some may call it) on my legs. I looked back behind me, as I was laying on my stomach, only to see not a thing there. I laid back down and the feeling came back again. Every time I would look behind me, it stopped. To this day, I still believe it was her.
12. Phantom footsteps
When I was in 3rd grade I moved to a new house… It was a two story house and the stairs were kind of a focal point for all sorts of creepy stuff. So once you got to the top of the stairs there was a little landing before it went into two bedrooms. At night we would always leave the light on in the landing in case we had to get up to use the bathroom.
Me and one brother shared a room and the other room was for our older brother. I refused to sleep upstairs due to how creeped out I was, so I always slept downstairs on the couch. One weekend my sister, who is older than both my brothers, came to visit and was in my oldest brothers bedroom alone, as we were all at school and my mum was at work.
As she was sitting up there watching TV she heard foot steps coming up the stairs and called out as she had thought my mum was home early from work. No response other than the footsteps turning around and heading back down the stairs. When she got up to look there was no one home and all doors locked. Sounds like I was right about upstairs…
13. Figures in the woods
As a kid I was round a friend’s house after school. It was a sunny day so we went to the park near his house, then through the woods there. (His younger brother was with us as well). In the woods, beside the path, there were red berries on the ground. The berries had been arranged into three stick figures, which was weird as there were three of us.
We got back to the house, and my friend and I decided to go back to take another look (his brother stayed at the house). When we got back there were only two stick figures. My friend snapped a photo on his phone then kicked the berries and we ran back to the house. I have no idea what was going on; was it just some kind of prank being pulled on us?
14. Help from a mysterious stranger
Maybe around age 14, early 90s. We were traveling from TX up to Tacoma, WA. We were about out of money, almost out of gas, no food, stuck in Chico California. I sat in the car while mom took my younger sisters to the restroom at a gas station. I was riddled with anxiety about our situation and looking down. The car door opened and I looked up.
A lady that looked like a brown haired Brady mom sat in the seat and faced me. She said “It seems like you’re down on your luck. Take this and give it to your mom. Tell her to pay it forward some day to someone who needs it.” I looked down into my hand and there was a $100 bill. I looked up and she had disappeared. Nowhere in the parking lot, just vanished.
I cried. When mom came back I told her what happened and she cried. We got gas. … I never saw the lady again but she saved us and we did make it up to Tacoma to start our new life. Thank you stranger lady with invisible powers, we never forgot your kindness!
15. Checked messages just in time
My oldest friend and I went to different highschools but we kept up with holiday messages just to keep the friendship going. The only way I could text her was through my Facebook account but since I only had the account on my old ipod I only checked it every couple of weeks to check in or see if she sent me anything. So anyway, one day I just get this sudden urge to charge up my iPod and see if she sent me anything.
I hadn’t checked for around a month or so so chances are she had – if just a “how are things going” type message. Once I charge it up though, turns out she had sent me a message – literally thirty minutes before. It turns out that she was sent to a mental health institute for youth after attempting suicide and she wanted to call and talk about it.
I went through an incredibly similar situation a year or so previously so we talked for hours about what she was going through. Now she’s in a much better place, that was all around three years ago. I wonder if it was all just a coincidence – to check if she texted me at that point. I don’t really know what to believe but thank goodness I did check when I did.
16. A ghost in the laundry room
My grandma and I both saw a “dead person” in our laundry room once. So, the laundry connected to the kitchen by a doorway. The doorway connected to the living room, too. One afternoon, grandma needed a hamper, so I followed her to the laundry. We saw the “dead person” as soon as we stepped foot in that doorway. It looked to be about my height (I was six or seven-ish) and totally black.
Not as in a black person but a literal black coating on its skin. It was slumped near the washing machine. We only saw it for a split second, enough time to register that it was there, and then it was gone. I remember my grandma saying “did you see that?” and laughing it off. She got the hamper and did her thing, and I just avoided the kitchen for a while.
17. Unknown visitor
In college I was roommates with my childhood best friend for about two years. We are very trusting with each other, we would go into each others’ rooms freely and grab whatever we needed… Our rooms are across the hall from each other, with the hall facing the kitchen. So from the kitchen you could see down the hall where our rooms were.
At the time my friend had very long black hair and she’s very fair skinned. One day, I get home from work, with my headphones in my ear talking to my mom about my day. I go in the kitchen and grab a snack. I see [my friend] walk out of her room and go into mine, leave my room and go back into hers… I didn’t say anything to her since borrowing each other’s stuff was normal.
I’m still on the phone with my mom so I don’t think much of it. I grab my snack, hang up with my mom and go into my room to watch TV… About an hour passes and I go to the kitchen to clean the plate I ate on. I see my friend in the kitchen making something to eat and I tell her, “hey, what did you grab from my room earlier? Did you find what you needed?”
She looks at me like if I was crazy and says, “what are you talking about?” So I say, “yeah earlier when I got home I saw you go into my room and grab something. Did you get what you needed? Sorry I didn’t say hi I was on the phone with my mom.” She asks me if I’m sure I saw her. I said yes 100%… She then tells me she got home maybe 5 minutes before we started talking.
She had spent the night at her boyfriends and hadn’t been home all day. So she has no idea who I saw. I’ll never forget the look on her face when she told me this. Complete fear and panic. She called the cops and they came along with the apartment manager. They checked the whole apartment and found no one. Nothing amiss.
18. A self-locking deadbolt
Once I was hired to load firewood into my aunt’s basement. She lives alone and left the basement door open for me while she went out. I usually swing the interior basement door as wide as I can when I walk in and the door almost never closes completely, but once I heard it close and when I was about to grab another load I saw that the deadbolt locked.
When I walk in my arms are filled with firewood so I wouldn’t be able to lock it myself. I looked out the window and checked the garage to see if my aunt came home but she wasn’t there. The door itself was enclosed so there was no wind to shut it. I tried various ways of slamming the door so it would lock by itself, but nothing worked.
It’s an isolated house so I would have heard someone drive up and it’s highly unlikely someone walked over just to lock the door and leave and time it while I was piling up firewood and there’s wooden steps so I would have heard someone walking down them. It’s the only time I’ve seen a deadbolt lock itself in my life.
19. Vivid dream becomes reality
I have things like this happen to me occasionally. I will dream a mundane conversation or activity and a few months later I will be halfway through said action or conversation when the dream flashes back into my head. Despite knowing what is going to happen next, I am unable to change any of it. The most memorable occurred when I was about 14 or 15.
I played soccer at the time, and I had a dream about being in front of a mirror (like where the mirror and sink are separate from the rest of the bathroom- like at a hotel) and I was brushing my hair and putting it up like I always did before games. I quickly forgot about it, and a few weeks later I accepted a position on a team that would be going to a national tournament in Tennessee.
Flash forward like 6 months and I am in the hotel brushing my hair – exactly like in the dream. The mirror, sink, and room are exactly the same. Nothing else eventful happens and I shake off the uncomfortable feeling and move on with my day.
20. The mother who wasn’t there
I was probably about 16-17 and had just gotten home from high school. My brother was in the kitchen making a ruckus so I started that way. As I passed by his bedroom I saw my mom in there, sitting on his bed with the lights off, facing away from me and towards the wall. I stopped and stood in the door way and asked if she was okay, and what she was doing.
She said really slowly, “Just sitting. Come here, I need to talk to you.” I took about a half step into the room when I heard my mom yelling for me in the kitchen and then saw her setting the table. I looked back to the bedroom and there was nothing there. I don’t think I ever went back into that room by myself again, even 10 years later.
21. Mystery guard dog
One night, I was out running near sundown. I’m at the bottom of a hill that’s behind my apartment so it was near the end of my run. I look up ahead at the top of the hill and notice three guys on bikes just sitting there. Being a 20 year old female, my spidey senses start tingling… I don’t have a phone or anything and nowhere else to go so I tell myself I’ll just run as hard as I can and scream if I need to.
Suddenly, I hear something coming up beside me. I look to my right and see a German Shepherd. He’s running alongside me. I’ve never seen this dog before in my life. I can’t explain it, but I just KNEW I’d be okay now. I continued running up the hill with this random dog beside me. When we’re approaching the guys, this dog gets slightly ahead of me and runs directly in front of me instead of to my right.
He gets to the guys and stops dead in his tracks. I continue running and pass the guys without even making eye contact. Once I’m past the guys, the dog catches back up to me and continues running alongside me. He stays with me until I take the turn into my apartment’s [very well lit] parking lot. He disappears into the trees as quickly as he appeared.
I took that route at the same exact time every single day after that for WEEKS and would drive down that road often, hoping to come across him again. No luck. I never saw him again. My friends are all convinced he was a guardian angel making sure I stayed safe. I’m not really a believer so IDK but it’s the most creepy, bizarre, and awesome thing to ever happen to me.
22. Waking in the bath
I woke up in the bath at a very specific time, like 5.45. Twice. Ten years in between. [Both times the] water was getting cold, I was naked. No memory of getting there, some fragments of like seeing my own hand turning on the tap. No drugs or alcohol or even medication involved. The worst thing was the fear. When i woke up I felt an inexplicable, almost primordial, dread.
Lasted for hours, I was shaking, couldn’t function. Still freaks me out thinking about it. Might have been three times, I can’t remember properly, and I still get the shakes from the memory.
23. A phone call from beyond…?
My nana (great-grandma) and Mum were very close but lived overseas from one another my whole life. They talked on the phone every Sunday… Nana always ended up calling at 8:04am. Also, the caller ID never showed up. Mum called on a Sunday, Nana died on a Tuesday. The following week, we’re sitting at the table eating breakfast, and Mum notices it’s 7:50AM; Nana would have been calling any minute!
She gets emotional, I comfort her. Then at 8:04am, the phone rings. The called ID reads “Unknown Caller.” We look at each other like, what is this some sort of sick joke? She answers — there’s nothing but static at the other line, and some garbled voice recording. The only decipherable words in it are, ”We hope you enjoy your trip to paradise!” (click) Phone cuts off. Absolutely no explanation for that one. Still baffles me to this day.
24. Unseen children
I was deployed to Iraq and we stayed in a former prison in Baghdad. During the night we would see and hear strange things. The base at this time only had soldiers but we would hear children playing from inside the prison. One day we decided to dig deeper to see where the kids were.
When we finally found where the noise was coming from we found a room with the ceiling caved in. We didn’t find any kids but found kids books, toys and kids clothes. Everything looked like it wasn’t moved in weeks. We continued to hear the kids in the year we spent there.
25. Echoes from an abandoned nursery
I worked as a tour guide in an old 18th century mansion, and lots of unexplained things would happen quite regularly. This one time while I was with some guests in the former ballroom, a little boy asked his mother, “mommy, why are there children crying upstairs?”
Of course nobody else could hear it, but above us would’ve been the old nursery where two young girls died in the 19th century. The nursery was on the third floor and the entire level just had a very strange vibe to it. Still gives me the creeps thinking about it.
26. Feline intuition
One of my cats had been missing for a few weeks. I had given her up as gone. While on the phone with a friend 100 miles away (who has never seen my house), he interrupts himself from talking about work and says with a strange urgency, like he was surprising himself as he said it:
“Doug. Open your front door. Your cat is sitting on the porch waiting to come in.” And of course upon opening the door, I find her just casually sitting there. We were both beyond blown away. Between sobs of joy I asked, “how did you know?” and he said, “I don’t know man. That was really weird.”
27. Sounds from an empty cellar
It was around 3am and I was on my computer in my moms basement when I was 17. There was a fruit cellar door next to my desk. All of a sudden I hear three knocks coming from inside of the fruit cellar door. There was no other entrance to the fruit cellar. I freaked out and ran up the stairs and ran outside, thinking maybe some of my friends were playing a joke on me.
But it was the middle of winter, snow was falling, there were no footprints around my house and my mother was fast asleep. I got in my car and drove to my friends house and moved to my own place shortly thereafter. 20 years later and I still won’t go in that basement at night. And who could blame me, given all that weird stuff that happened?
28. Falling through a portal on the stairs
When I was about 5 I was going down the stairs of my house when suddenly there was some sort of mist in front of me. It had what I can only assume were eyes, and all the colors from the room were being pulled into individual strands then sucked into the “eyes” like a black hole. I screamed, and it disappeared through the wall to the other side of the house where my younger brother was. He screamed shortly after I did. My mom was nearer to him, so she went to him first.
When I got into the room where he was he was really scared and he kept on saying “the eyes, the rainbow eyes.” We hadn’t talked, so he didn’t know what I had just seen. My parents knew a priest so they brought him over and he did some sort of a blessing. We never had any issues after that. It was definitely very creepy.
29. Ghostly visitor
I once woke up while staying in an old cabin in a mostly abandoned mining town to find the black silhouette of a little girl standing beside my bed staring at me. I was just like “oh f*** a ghost,” so I stared at it until it faded away, waving my arm through where it was before I got up and walked to the kitchen to check the time. 3:03 AM. NOPE.
30. What spooked the dogs?
Just a normal Saturday night, I was watching TV home alone with my two dogs, when I heard a banging sound coming from the basement. Legit sounded like somebody was just banging something on the appliances we had down there. Now, there is no access into the basement from down there, only through the upstairs rooms that I was in and knew nobody could have come in and got past me.
One of the two dogs who is a meathead and wants to fight everybody also heard the noise and was now bolting down into the basement to investigate. I get down and see that it is my other dog, banging his head into our dryer and chest freezer which are next to each other. My meathead dog is just stood there watching, confused.
So I approach my other dog and calm him down and we all go back upstairs. Now this freaked the heck out of me and upset me as it seems such very strange behaviour for my dog to do. Fast-forward only 30 minutes or so, the banging starts again. I instantly look over to my dog – he is laying down, but now also aware of the noise downstairs.
We run down into the basement and it is meathead now banging his head in between the appliances. Again, I now calm meathead down and we all go back upstairs. Nothing has ever happened again since that night, 3 years now – so that ruled out brain tumours which is what I read on line about why maybe dogs bang their heads ( but 2 dogs, suddenly on the same night, and it only effecting 1 of them at any given time).
31. Disappearing schoolboy computer genius
There was a kid in another class at my school in 6th grade that was genius. I don’t mean like, oh he’s really smart cause doesn’t need to do the homework and still gets a 100s. Like he’s was doing advanced calculus with a local college professor after school. This kid was smarter than everyone. So one day our computer system for the entire school goes down. (I was in a poorer area at the time so this was normal).
This occurred many times, so normally it wouldn’t affect us because we barely used laptops and such. The only class that was affected was the computer class. This kid was in the computer class. Three or so hours later when I’m class with him during social studies. Three guys with FBI jackets on and our local chief escorted him out of the building.
We were told nothing, the parents were told nothing. It never hit the news. To this day we have no clue what he did. Except every single teacher I’ve asked about this says they were also told nothing. I haven’t seen the kid since and I can’t find a trace of him going to another school or ending up in trouble. He just fell of the face of the earth with his parents. (Yeah, I forgot to mention that his parents also disappeared and no one really looked for then after a month or so.)
32. One good turn deserves another
I don’t believe in the supernatural, but I sure do remember this pair of events from over twenty years ago. I was driving down the freeway in a big city after work and my car stalled in the left lane. Some guy immediately came up and offered to tow me to the next off-ramp with a tow strap. He dropped me off, and I tried giving him some money. He declined, telling me to instead do something nice for something else.
A week later, there was a rare downpour as I got in my car (same one, fixed) after work. Two scruffy-looking guys came running up to me and one said, “Hey brother, we missed our bus.” He wanted to know if I could give the two of them a ride. This was not the best part of town, and I wouldn’t have been inclined to let them in, but I remembered what that Good Samaritan had told me. Pay it forward. OK, I said, hop in.
We drove onto the freeway and I made all my usual turns heading home. It was the same way my two passengers wanted to go. After a while we got to an exit where they asked to be let off. It was the same exact spot, in a city of millions of people, where that other guy had unhitched my car from his truck and told me to do something nice for someone else.
33. Checking out
I was working at a hospice, a place where the terminally ill patients can stay until their last day… One patient, a woman who was there for days… [died] while her husband was holding her hand. It was peaceful and I know she was gone. At this moment an other patient made a call (we had phones, which would ring if someone requested a nurse). I excused myself and left her room…
I entered and smiled, “how can I help you?”. The man told me his guest would like to know where the exit was. I was a little confused, because he hadn’t any visitors that day yet, so I asked: “who do you mean?” Maybe I just didn’t see anyone, because I was for half an hour with the dying patient. And he answered: “well, this lady here. She wants to know where she could get out”. I went pale, blood falling into my knees.
I was shocked. I stuttered while opening the window: “ah, er, here is the way to the balcony and right to left, down the stairs is the door. I’ll get you some water.” I left the room, and was hardly breathing, leaning against the wall. I was standing there for five minutes. One of the nurses saw me and asked if I was ok. So I told her what just happened. All she did was smile and say, “yes, that kind of stuff happens a lot here.”
A few hours later I asked the man, if his guest found the way out. He said, “yes she did, and said thank you for everything.” Had to process that for days, weeks, months. I still can’t believe it. But I am sure since then, that we carry a soul.
34. Mysterious masked figure in a photo
This didn’t exactly happen to me, but I got some backlash and bad vibes from it. My best friend and his mom were moving out of their house (they were the only ones living in the house), and he went to take one last selfie in his room. When he showed the picture to his mom, she goes “who is that?” Upon further inspection he notices there was a straight-up white face, almost like a mask, looking over his shoulder from the attic hatch above his room.
He always heard things from the attic but never saw anything. A few weeks later we went on a wrestling trip and stayed in a hotel. He showed the pic around to everyone in our room, and then some spooky things started happening. In our room we began hearing knocks on our door when nobody was there. We also saw flashes or glimpses of a figure in the mirror in our room.
Everyone was a little freaked out about it and thought it could be the demon from the picture, and my friend who took it became so paranoid he played Bible verses to ward any demons off all night. He said ever since he took that picture, he has had weird things happen to him.
35. Daddy comes home – or not…?
My husband recently took an overnights job to help us out during Covid. He’s only been there about two weeks and works evenings/overnights, 9pm-6am. Last night was no different, he left home around 8:15pm. Our daughter, age 11, and I decided to make it a movie night. Around 11pm, I heard keys in my backdoor and the usual sounds my husband makes when he comes home. I creep out to the kitchen to make sure it was him, and it was.
He told me he needed to grab his knee compression sleeve, walks down the hall, says hi to our daughter as he passes the living room, and goes upstairs. He came back down, gave me a kiss and left again. We finished our movie and went to bed. In the morning when he got home I made a joking comment about him forgetting his knee sleeve.
He was genuinely confused as I recalled the previous night. Our daughter confirmed everything I said and he still was acting confused. I pulled up our security motion camera on my phone to show him when he popped in quick. But there was no footage from the night before, or any other night, of him coming home after he’s left for work.
My daughter and I both heard him, saw him, and I touched him. But he was never home during that time. Nothing else out of the ordinary happened that night. We seriously have no idea what happened.
36. Vision of a stranger
When I was in second grade I was getting the mail and when I picked out a letter for me I got a flash [mental image] of this lady who I had never seen before and I was like okay whatever. It turned out it was an image of my second grade teacher before I even met her on the first day of school, wearing the exact clothes I pictured. The letter was a welcome to class letter from her.
37. A creature under the stairs
A few years ago, I took my dog out for a walk at night. The apartment complex I lived in at the time had enough light outside so I was never scared of going out for a little walk. One night, as I walked down the stairs, I noticed a large brown furry thing under the stairs. I know for a fact there were three thin bushes under those stairs, but that night, whatever that thing was, it was in between those bushes.
I was too afraid to inspect it so I walked the dog around the neighbourhood for five minutes. When I got back, the large brown thing was gone. I stood there for a second before gathering up the courage to go up the stairs. My dog, however, refused to go up. I scooped him up and ran up the stairs into the comfort of my own home. A few days later I sat in the living room minding my own business.
From the corner of my eye, I saw something brown and furry crawl from the ceiling into my room. That night, I had a dream I was being attacked by an unknown creature. I covered myself in my blanket and it scratched and tore at it, yelling obscenities at me. I got angry and launched myself at it, punching and scratching at a large brown furry creature. When I woke up my dog was there watching me and whining. I don’t know what to even think this was.
38. Mysterious lights in the sky
So my brother, myself, and our friend were driving through Vermont heading to a cabin to go snowboarding for the week. I was sitting passenger in my brother’s car when I noticed a bright red light in the sky. (It was night.) It was coming from deep in the woods, but was shining in a huge dome shape… There were about 6 other people who seemed to live there also looking at the light.
They were telling us there was no buildings or factories out there whatsoever. As our conversation continued the light seemed to diminish. But then it almost imploded on itself and burst out with a huge white light that lit up the sky and surrounding area. Then about ten seconds after this change, a huge wind gust came at us from the direction of the light… Then the light just began to fade away so we hopped in our cars and kept going. The light didn’t fully diminish for about 10 minutes. Craziest s*** ever.
39. Visits from a ghost cat?
I lost my cat Patches at the beginning of 2018. One of the things that Patches loved to do was unroll the toilet paper from the roller by my toilet. I kept a partial roll on the roller just for her: she’d unroll it, and I would roll it back up again. Since she died, I guess she is still around because I keep having to roll that back up.
No kidding, I’m doing this on a regular basis – even during the months long time I didn’t have a cat. To this day, once or twice a week I still have to re-roll that toilet paper. And the cat I have now has NO interest in the toilet paper at all. I figure it’s just Patches’ way of letting me know she’s still around.
40. Out of body experience
I fell asleep on the couch and got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Once I got there, I realised I didn’t have to go. I headed towards the bedroom but decided to turn around and go back downstairs to the couch. When I got there I saw my body still asleep curled up on the sofa. I don’t remember what happened after, and I know it had to have just been a dream. But, it still freaks me out to this day to think about it.
41. Feelings of deja vu
I used to get deja vu a lot as a child. Most times it was just a weird feeling of living in a memory, but there are two times where I actually felt like I could predict (or did predict) the future. One time I had a dream of driving on a country road I’d never been on before. A few days later I drove down that EXACT same road as the one in my dream.
Another time I was having a conversation with my brother and felt like I had that exact conversation before. I could also “remember” 5-10 seconds ahead of time so I was completing sentences for my brother and he was freaking out lol. One other thing kind of unrelated: One time I had this dream where I got up to use the bathroom.
When I got out, there was a demon standing in the doorway with bright, golden eyes. I told my brother about this dream but when I got to the part about the demon he finished my thought for me and said “…with golden eyes?” Turns out he had the exact same dream as me.
42. A vision of dead relatives
We used to have a night out every Christmas with the lads from high school. We went back to one of the lad’s houses and were all drunk having a good time, when one of the lads pointed into the kitchen and said “who’s that?” …I had my back to the wall where it was and turned to look in: the lights were off and there was no one there.
We all looked and said, “what are you looking at?” He was adamant and just stayed sat pointing and just said “no, who are those two there?” He said “look, that fella is leaning on the worktop and the other is leaning and pointing and laughing at me.” We all kept saying there was no one there. After a back and forth for about 10 minutes, he was describing what they were wearing etc.
When the lad who could see these people realised we couldn’t, he started freaking out, tearing up and shaking uncontrollably, saying he had to get out of the house… Once he had gone and being drunk (no drugs, that we knew of!). we just laughed it off as him being off on one, but the lad who’s house it was said he had described his uncle and grandad who had long since died: exactly how they used to stand and the clothes they were wearing.
I wouldn’t of believed it if I wasn’t there, and honestly I still think he just had a mad episode. We had all met the grandad and uncle before they died, so it could of been some mental moment he had. To this day, anytime we mention it he refuses to talk about it, and doesn’t even entertain any notion of it. Like I said, it sounds far fetched but that is 100% true, I don’t believe in ghosts etc and still think he had a ‘moment’ but it was genuinely weird and unsettling!
43. Strange noises at the window
When I was a kid, I lived in this tiny 2 bedroom apartment with my mom and sister. For whatever reason, I used to sleep on the couch in the living room… one night I’m awake (it was probably around 2 or 3am) and all of a sudden someone starts BANGING on the window and screaming. I mean like, uncontrollably and HYSTERICALLY.
This went on for a good couple of minutes before it just stopped. The weirdest part was it didn’t wake up my mom, my sister or even the neighbours. And when I asked if they heard anything, they told me no. Honestly, maybe it was just my imagination or some crazy old person, but I’ll never know. Another incident that happened to me was when I was in middle school living in a house in the middle of nowhere with my family…
It was a weekend and of course I was sleeping in. My parents always hated that and would wake me up all the time. So when I heard this voice in my ear say “Wake up.” Naturally, I wake up thinking it’s my mom or something. But when I opened my eyes, no one was there or in my room. So I thought, “Maybe they came in a few minutes ago and I’m just now waking up.” Curious, I asked them if they tried to wake me up this morning. They both said no. To this day, I’m not sure if I was just hearing things or what but still freaks me out.
44. Sleepwalking soldier
One time in the army I was out doing field exercises and we were going to “raid” the enemy force during the night. So we hunkered down for an early rest before the sun went down. Next thing I know, I wake up and I’m wandering in the field holding nothing but my rifle and field blanket.
Scared the cr*p out of myself, but somehow I could sense people around me; I thought at the time they were part of my unit. Took me about twenty minutes or so to somehow make it back to the campsite without anyone noticing. Still makes me wonder what could have happened to me.
45. Roadside phantom
My wife and I were heading home from the cottage on a Sunday night. It was dusk on a regional two lane highway, and we see a tall lanky bearded man wearing only running shorts crossing the road in front of us. He appeared out of nowhere and was all of a sudden a few feet in front of the passenger front corner of the car heading to the side of the road.
We missed him by a foot at most and he didn’t even seem to notice us as his stride didn’t break or speed up. This all happened in about a half second. I check the mirrors and I don’t see anything. As I’m trying to process what happened, I’m questioning if what I saw was real or a trick of the light. Then my wife says “Did you see that guy?”
46. Someone standing behind the door
We were staying in an old cottage one summer. Around four days into the trip in the morning my mother asks us why someone was standing outside her bedroom door for about an hour in the dead of night. We were confused because we had all been asleep. My mother asks if we’re sure because she could hear someone walk up to the door and then just stand there for a while. We just told her that none of us were awake and she just said, “ok” and moved on. I really would like to know what it was.
47. Balls of light
Sitting on the back deck one evening with my brother and best friend. Just talking nothing special. No drinks or any other such intoxicants. It is not full dark, but close. We are sitting in a circle when out of nowhere three light orbs about the size of golf balls float right through our circle, and continue on into the trees of the backyard. We all saw them.
48. Lost items returned
In 2009 my wallet and Blackberry were stolen at a gas station. I replaced my cards and moved on with my life. In 2014 I got a new-to-me truck. It was a 2012 fleet truck with about 30k miles, and I was pretty happy with it… The dealership was near my parent’s house, so I took it by there, and my Dad and I were combing through it finding things like the spare tire jack and stuff.
We found my driver’s license under the passenger seat. I figured I’d forgotten to put it away at the dealership and it fell on the floor, so I open up my wallet to put it up. I had a license in my wallet. The license that was under the seat was the one that was stolen in 2009. In a truck from a different state that hadn’t been built at the time of the theft that I happened to purchase 5 years later.
49. A light in an empty hallway
I moved into a new house after a separation, so I was living alone. A few strange things happened, like a knocking on my bedroom door in the middle of the night waking me up. I ended up moving to the bedroom at the front of the house, and the knocking stopped. My bedroom was at the end of a short corridor with the light switch for the upstairs lights outside my bedroom door.
So I turn them off and go into my bedroom: by now I had blackout blinds, and I distinctly remember turning off my bedroom light and using the light of the screen on my phone to locate my bed because it was pitch black. So I get into bed and get cosy, lying on my side trying to drift off, now I’m talking maybe ten minutes after I’m in bed I hear a loud click, a click from right outside my bedroom door, which I thought sounded like the light switch.
I sit up, and there’s the light from the hallway shining through the bottom of my bedroom door.
The fear I felt then I’ve never had before or since. So I’m thinking, that can’t happen on its own but I would have heard someone. I searched the house but I knew there was no way anyone was there. I do the same again, lights out and back to bed, thinking if this happens again I’m away. Thankfully it didn’t, and I decided to move house, but I still think about that click and wonder what was going on in that house.
50. A bad spirit passing through
My uncle was in the loft and all of a sudden the ladder started banging against the loft entrance and then a black ball of mist floated down the stairs, passed my cousin and my aunt let it out the front door. Apparently it was a bad spirit passing through… He eventually showed himself to my uncle at the top of the stairs, like a full on old man.
They knew someone who could cleanse the house so they had that done, couldn’t return to the house for a day or two and could not speak of it really until they moved away, apparently if you speak of the spirit it can bring them back. I don’t know, that is what they were told! Just imagine a naked old man appearing to you in the middle of the night – and it’s not you looking in the mirror!
51. Strangely familiar feeling
I was in 9th grade and my friend (“Donna”) invited me to accompany her and her parents to a barbecue at the “up North” vacation home (it’s a Michigan thing) of one of her relatives. I’d never been there before, had never met these aunts, uncles and cousins. There was a badminton net set up on the property, and since Donna and I had recently had a “badminton unit” in gym class we went into the storage unit/pole barn to search out the racquets and shuttlecocks.
At one point while she was digging through stacks of stuff she commented something like “I think (cousin) Karen’s husband is kinda creepy.” The thing was, I looked directly at Donna and spoke that line completely in unison with her. I’d had a very sudden “flash,” as if I’d been in this exact place and this situation before, and I knew what she was going to say as soon as she paused and looked up at me.
Donna, of course, was stunned and asked me how I knew she was going to say that. “Deja vu”, I replied, still trying to understand it myself. She was unfamiliar with the term other than the literal translation. “Already seen?” she asked. I tried to explain that I didn’t know if I’d seen this scenario in a dream or what, but she was weirded out by it, as was I.
52. A dark shape in the hallway
My mom was on the couch doing a crossword puzzle or something while my dad was sitting on the ground messing with the radio at the opposite side. An unlit hallway connecting the living room with the rest of the house was in the middle. My mom suddenly says to my dad: “honey, can you look at the hallway for just a sec?” My dad turns his sight from the radio towards the hallway and goes completely motionless.
They both saw something. My dad explained that they saw the sihouette of a little boy in the back of the hallway. If that wasn’t weird enough, they told me the cat they had back then also saw something, as he stopped what he was doing and just stared in the same direction. No hissing or anything, just staring. Then my dad suddenly shouted something like “HEY!” to what he thinks he saw, where after it seemingly disappeared in an instant.
53. Nightmare visions come true
Since I was a child, I’d have a nightmare about this haunted house and, specifically, the balcony and upstairs. The upstairs floor plan was such that there was a hallway running horizontally, with each door to the left facing the balcony. I would be so unnerved in my dream, walking down this hallway, the hair on my neck standing up, just feeling the presence of evil.
In 2019, my wife and I went to an architect to design a house for us to build in the Acadian/Creole style. The upstairs floor plan was exactly like the one in my nightmare. We scrapped the plans. And it’s a good thing – we all know how 2020 turned out. I feel like someone was warning me not to build that house since I was a child.
54. Here today, gone tomorrow
I live in West Virginia. While I can’t claim to have encountered any Flatwoods monsters, I’ve had my fair share of oddities. Around the age of 13-16, I greatly enjoyed hiking. I found some pretty neat stuff on my travels, like super old coins, abandoned woodworking projects, and ragged stuffed toys. I’d throw all my findings into an old book bag and come home, slinging it under my bed before brushing my teeth and hitting the hay.
One day, I found a yellowed old bone, probably from a raccoon or groundhog of some sort, with deep, intricate carvings on it. As per usual I put in in my bag and headed home. That same night, I couldn’t sleep at all, and eventually entered a staring contest with a bird perched outside my window before it flew away. The next morning, the carved bone was gone, as if I never took it home with me. That book bag never had any holes in it, and I kept it zipped up and under my bed every night. I know for a fact I didn’t drop it on one of my trails.
55. Poltergeist at play?
I had my own room as a kid and at night strange things would happen. For example, my closet door would slowly open and things would move around and/or fall in the closet; electrical things would also turn on (including my creepy Furby). The blinds in my room would move as if there was a gust of wind (but the windows were closed).
I often felt a strange tugging or pulling on my blankets. Many times these things would all happen at once. One time my hamper just slid quickly several feet across the floor (on carpet). Our dogs would also often just stare at nothing and freak out as if they could see a stranger. Somehow the animals are always the first to know.
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56. A presence in the laundry room
A few months ago i was sitting on the basement floor with dim light since I’m light sensitive, waiting for the washing machine to finish so I could hang the clothes to dry. I was sitting there quietly doing nothing in dim light for about five minutes. When the washing machine had stopped i turned my head to the left and I was almost surprised that no one was there.
I had been alone in the basement all along but it really felt like someone was there. It felt like their presence had just evaporated when I looked over as if they needed time to materialise and I interrupted it.
57. Dad leaves for work – without leaving
I was pulling an all nighter with my now ex girlfriend in the living room at my parents house when we lived there. It was around 5am and my dad walked out of his bedroom and passed us to head to work. He stopped and chatted for a couple minutes but he seemed different, I couldn’t quite tell how but he just seemed a little off so I chalked it up to him being extra tired.
He leaves the house. Not even 10 minutes later and he comes out of his room to leave for work. You know those scenes in movies where the protagonist witnesses some catastrophic event and the shot focuses on their bewildered face while they gasp and mouth “oh my god”? That was me in that moment – I’m not ashamed to admit it.
My entire body went numb and I started panicking. I don’t know why but it really messed my head up. I asked if he just left and came back but he said he just woke up and he didn’t seem off this time, he was normal. Still can’t explain what it was, wasn’t lack of sleep since I’ve don’t the all nighter thing several times before and after with nothing similar ever happening.
I don’t expect to know and I honestly will not search for answers. I chalk it up to a glitch in the system or a divergence from one timeline/reality/strand. Who knows. I sure as hell don’t.
58. Phantom heartbeat
My friend and I were watching TV and just talking, and the subject turned to ghosts for some reason. I told her that I believed that there were something more in this world that we still didn’t understand. She just laughed and said that she had never believed in that kind of stuff and never would. She then shouted for the “ghosts” in the room to show themselves, just to f*** with me.
She waited, smirking, for a few seconds and then we heard what sounded like a heartbeat. Like rhythmic thumping. We looked around for a second and found the source almost immediately. It was my purse. It was laying on the table in front of us, pulsating like a heart. I grabbed it and emptied it but we couldn’t find anything that could have caused the weird “heartbeat.”
59. Footsteps, but no feet
I was at a friend’s house. He had told me on several occasions that he often heard footsteps in his living room, but I figured that it probably was creaky floors or pipes since it was an old house. But one night when my sister and I were at his place, we heard them as well. It was clear as day. Someone was walking, in heavy boots it sounded like, from his kitchen in to his living room and stopped right in front of the couch we were sitting on.
60. Sister walks the hall without leaving her room
Me and my dad were sitting in the living room and watching a movie one night… Both me and my dad saw my sister walk past from her room to the office. We both turned and looked at her. Two minutes later we saw her again, walking the exact same direction. Me and my dad looked at each other and he pointed out how weird it was that we never saw her go the other way back, and if he saw her again he would ask her what she was doing.
And sure enough, a few minutes later she walked again from her room to the office. My dad called out for her and asked her if she was in the office. She then walked out of her room again and said that no, why did he ask? We have no idea who or what we saw that night wandering the same route again and again, and my dad still considers it the weirdest thing he has ever experienced.
61. Ghost successfully summoned?
When I was in grade school, me and some other kids would stay at the school after hours and play “ghost summoning.” It was a rural school and mostly empty besides the cleaning staff that came later in the evening, so we had a few hours where we could have the empty classrooms to ourselves. One afternoon we decided to play “ghost summoning” in the science room. It was cool because there were some animal skeletons displayed and taxidermy animals and stuff like that.
We are playing, and then one of us asked the ghost to knock three times if they are present; we would usually do this and of course usually nothing happened. Well, not that day. As soon as that sentence was spoken, one of the curtains fell along with the curtain rod, as if someone tore it out of the wall. We all screamed and ran.
Of course it might have been just odd timing, but there was no one else in the classroom but us. It still creeps me out thinking about it.
62. Truck crash premonition
I was hit by a truck, no question about it as I’ve been hit by a few before. Yet… I somehow wasn’t? I was leaving the gas station, going left and the street has a freeway entrance like way later (at least a football field or more), so the incoming truck with right blinker on is definitely entering the gas station. As per the DMV law, I proceed.
You guessed it, my car window was fully down, truck left headlight straight to me, my face and felt the heat of long running headlights. I see black – then I am driving as par what I was heading to, like it didn’t even happen. I looked around and the area is completely deserted. Bonus bizarre points: I have a witness in the passenger seat.
63. Furry guardian angel
A random cat on the street once protected me from a man who I didn’t realise was following me. I was (stupidly) talking on my phone while walking home at night. I saw a man who was talking to himself near a park and I deliberately chose to walk down another street to avoid him. In the middle of my phone conversation, this orange cat comes up beside me and starts walking next to me.
We walk in tandem for about three blocks, me telling the person I was talking to how funny this was. Suddenly, the cat starts to turn around and head back the other way. I look and see that same man I’d seen earlier, who had changed his original direction and had been following me for a few blocks. The cat got in between us and howled at him until he turned around and went the other way.
Then the cat and I walked another block together, at which point he peeled off into a yard. I double-checked and the man was had disappeared. I can’t be sure that the man wished me harm, but I know I wouldn’t have noticed him if it weren’t for that cat. I never believed in guardian angels or anything of that sort until I had that experience.
64. Testing fate
Normally I don’t believe in ghosts or sixth sense, but after experiencing this first hand, I sometimes have doubts about my very own belief. So this happened back when I was taking a test in middle school. Normally, we were given enough paper to complete our test; however, on that day, I had this weird sudden urge to ask for extra paper.
So I went up to the teacher’s desk while only halfway through with my assignment. And out of nowhere the ceiling fan fell right at the spot I had been sitting at. I got called into the principal office later and they gave me an A on the test with the promise not to let this be known to anybody. Up until this very day, I still don’t know what exactly went through my mind that day but I do know I am still alive thanks to it.
65. Disappearing answering machine message
I was home alone and heard the phone ring. I let the machine get it, and I heard my name yelled in very high pitch three times and that was the end of the message. I ran outside and waited on the driveway for my mom to come home from the store. I told her about it and when she went to check the answering machine, there wasn’t even a message recorded on it.
66. Messenger birds?
About 10 years ago, my Dad was in the hospital and my Mom asked me one night if I could go and stay with him for awhile the next morning because she had a medical appointment of her own. It was a cold November morning and when I went out to leave, there were starlings swirling everywhere. They were all around me, like a bird tornado.
I headed to the hospital and made my way up to his room. When I got there, he was laying in bed facing the door. He was suffering from dementia and not all in the moment. He saw me and and said “Hey son, what are you doing here?” I said that I thought I would come and keep him company for a bit. He stated, ‘You didn’t have to do that, I sent the birds to tell you.” I felt chills down my neck and turned toward the window.
After a few seconds I asked him how he sent the birds. His response was “what birds?” Just strange, and it still gives me chills.
67. Almost my last ride
I was 18… A friend had just gotten his motorbike modified and recommended that I ‘take it for a spin’. Stupid 18-year old me said sure, left my helmet behind and got on with shorts and a t-shirt. Note here that it was the second time driving that bike and it had no ABS. I was driving for like 10 minutes in a straight, country road and eventually decided to head back.
On my way there, I was really speeding (stupid 18-year old me) and decided to overtake the car in front. Gear down, revving, and just as I am approaching to overtake, the driver decides to do a U-turn out of the blue. I do not recall much from my reaction, I slammed the brakes and then I saw a sort of ‘flashback’ of my family’s faces, thinking that I would never see them again.
Then, some seconds later, I realised that I stopped, literally a yard or two away from the driver’s door and she was eyes-wide, starring frozen at me. I recall the time of overtaking the car and my speed and honestly, I cannot tell how I did not die there. This changed my life, the way I think and gives me the chills every time.
68. A shared delusion?
This happened when I was a kid, can’t remember how old I was exactly but I know I was less than 10 at the time (I’m 28 now). I was playing upstairs in my room when I heard my mum call me from downstairs. I answered her and started to make my way down when my dad stopped me at the top of the stairs before I could make my way down and explained to me that my mum was out.
The strangest thing is that I dismissed it as a dream or something after all these years because I can’t remember what happened next. Last year I joked with my dad about the weird dream I had but what freaked us both out was that he vividly remembers this happening too, but also can’t remember what happened next.
69. Unidentified flying object
Me and my friend were on our porch at 2am.. We were looking up at the sky when this weird light came on to our view, darted around in different directions, we looked at each other to make sure we were both seeing the same thing. It was maybe about 45 seconds that this happened and living in a semi big town we were trying to think of what it could be.
Then as quickly as it came we watched it disappear back in to space. We weren’t high, we weren’t drinking, sober as a bird watched this UFO dart around our city and dip out. I still think about that to this day, that was about 6 or 7 years ago.
70. Sudden paralysis – near miss
My friend was drunk and asked me to come pick him up. He wasn’t too far from where we lived but you’d have to cross these really huge intersections. They’re busy during the day, pretty quiet at night. On our way back, we were at one of those intersections. This one was on an angle where you can’t see too far left, but you can see to the right when you’re crossing it because the roads intersect at an angle that isn’t 90 degrees and there’s a LOT of trees around limiting the visibility of the left side. The light turned green and I intended to start accelerating and I couldn’t.
I was stopped there long enough for my friend to notice and he said “why aren’t you going?” and I replied and said “I don’t know”. Right then a car came speeding (very fast) through from our left side, running the red light. The timing was almost perfect enough that it probably would have t-boned my car. We just sat there, stunned, unsure if we both saw something, but we did. We explained it to ourselves like we just had an angel looking out for us that day… but it still weirds me out that I couldn’t move my foot onto the accelerator.
When I was a teen I was taking a late afternoon nap and I had a really strange dream where my older brother was sat on the floor next to the bed holding his leg absolutely crying his eyes out. I awoke suddenly to to hear commotion in the house and I went a spoke with my mum who promptly informed me that my brother had been involved in a road rage incident and was on the way to hospital with a broken leg.
Some crazed lunatic had tried to run him over and had run over his leg in his 4×4 which had resulted in an open fracture of his lower left leg, exactly the same leg he’d been holding onto in my dream only moments earlier. I can’t explain it to this day and I have never forgotten it. This was around 20 years ago and it haunts me.
72. Pet alarm
Back when I had a dog and 2 cats… our dog gets up, and his hair stands on end, starts growling at the kitchen door (the lights were off in the kitchen), barks like crazy, and just runs into the kitchen like a madman. Then our 2 cats from across the living room start yowling at the kitchen too… We get to the kitchen; nothing. We wrangled the animals enough to calm then down….
The moment we sat back down, all three animals rushed to the kitchen and it sounded like all three of them were trying to fight something. We rush back in. Nothing. The moment we enter the kitchen this time, all three animals just stopped. And stared. Then just went back to what they were doing, which was sleeping. To this day we have no idea what it was.
73. A creature on the back roads
A few years back I was driving to work through a bunch of backroads. I worked at a casino so I was driving through Ojibwe territory. I worked overnights so it was about 10:30pm, completely dark. In the rear view mirror I saw something behind me running down the road. It was large and dark. I thought maybe a bear or a deer, but it was hard to tell, but whatever it was it was gaining on me.
I looked down at my speedometer and I was going 60mph, so nothing should have been able to catch up to me. Out of the corner of my eye I saw movement out of the passenger window. I started to turn my head and I saw a dark furry shape that looked like a head. At that moment I stopped being confused and instead was filled with a sense of dread.
It was keeping up and was staring through the window at me. I had a terrible feeling that if I took my eyes off the road and looked over something bad would happen. It followed for about a half a mile and then dipped into the woods. When I got to work my native friends/coworkers saw that I was freaked out so I told them what I saw.
They said I likely encountered a skinwalker/spirit and it was trying to make eye contact with me. They said they would perform a ceremony for me to attempt to appease it/make it know I was welcome. Whole thing freaked me out. Never saw it again and I drove the same roads for 3ish years.
74. Visions of salvation
I was lost when I was 17 in the Australian outback for 3 days and almost died of thirst. It was 46 degrees Celsius (114.8F) in the day and I was delirious towards the end. I was tripping over constantly, running into trees, falling asleep standing up and waking on the ground and hallucinating. I laid down to die and dreamt of a dam surrounded by cows with weeping willows planted near it.
When I woke up I was totally calm and clear-headed; I also seemed to have strength back so I got up and started walking again. That night I was getting very bad again but made it to the end of a dry creek bed I was following. I was going to turn left but something in me kept telling me to go right. I walked maybe an extra 1km and walked straight into water. I was that bad I was up to my waist in it before I realised I was in water.
That night I drank and drank and kept falling asleep. In the morning I woke up to find I was in a dam, surrounded by thirsty cattle and with weeping willow trees that had been planted around it. To this day I now believe in a higher power because it was identical to my dream. A day later a small helicopter passed over head and I was rescued. I had found the only water source within a 100km radius and made a full recovery after being in intensive care for a week.
75. Fallen roses
My grandma passed away last month. My mom was on the phone talking to my aunt about flower arrangements. She said we should get roses because those were her favourite. As soon as my mom said ‘roses’ the picture of roses in her stairway fell and shattered to the ground. This picture had been hanging on the wall for ten years. She has three pictures of different flowers on that wall and yet the one with roses fell. Still creeps me out.