These Anecdotes Are Truly Shocking
Throughout history, humanity has been captivated by the mysterious and unexplained, and few subjects have intrigued us as much as the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Real-life accounts of people claiming to have encountered aliens and witnessed UFOs have sparked widespread curiosity, sparking debates and fueling our imagination about what lies beyond our own planet. From the remote deserts to bustling cities, these extraordinary tales of close encounters have transcended cultural boundaries, leaving an indelible mark on the collective psyche of humankind. While skeptics remain, the stories of these eyewitnesses persist, serving as a fascinating window into the unknown and reminding us that the universe is vast and full of potential surprises yet to be unveiled.
20. The Blue Man
Since I started my spiritual journey, I have come across a large number of what many would call paranormal events. The nature of the events and the paranormal “guests” vary and differ greatly, as well as the impact of the experiences. Some scary, some enlightening.
I will focus on a particular one that was of a great positive impact. I was chilling in my friend’s bed and I got into a very relaxed state of mind. I was basically meditating — only it felt different, much different and much better than usual.
It felt like a different strain of calm and energy poured into me. This blue alien being — large eyes, very soft voice — appeared in my mind’s eye and presented itself as a “father”. It wished me “all the best” while giving me a “taste of home” via this energy stream. The sensation was literally like being home. I’ve never felt more at peace and safe.
And it’s just one of many…
19. Through The Window Was A Scary Surprise
When I was a child, around eight years old, I think I had an encounter. I say “think” because after another experience I had later in life, it was highly probable.
I lived in Lake Orion, Michigan. The bedroom I slept in was not on the second floor, but it was higher up than normal. When you entered into my house you had to walk up 3 stairs to be on the main floor, so the windows were not ground level like normal homes, and we also had a basement. The window right next to my bed was the same height as the other windows. Normal people couldn’t look into the window standing on the ground. I would like to guess that it was at least six feet off the ground.
One night, I woke up and I was facing the window. My bed was pushed up right against it as it was a fairly small room. I opened my eyes, and realized I was looking directly at an alien. Where we lived, there wasn’t any light pollution, so it was very dark outside. The moon seemed to have illuminated his head. It was fully in view along with part of its neck. He had typical features of an alien: Big black eyes, white/greyish skin and a small mouth. He had his hand resting on the window with really long thin fingers. Three of them were long, and the fourth was shorter. At the time, I didn’t realize his height as a child because I wasn’t able to rationalize size then. But as I grew older, I realized it had been very tall.
I remember being very scared. I closed my eyes again, hoping it would think I didn’t see it. I rolled away from the window and laid very still. I always told myself it wasn’t real. I have only told a couple of close people about it because it has always sounded stupid. But as I get older, I want to share it.
I have had more than my fair share of NDE’s in my life. This last one I had made me realize life is short, and that I need to talk about my experiences.
18. What Was That?
I was watching the stars, and I saw something that appeared to be an airplane. But, it was way higher than normal airplanes fly. Moments later, I see an actual airplane, lights blinking…and it’s at a lower altitude. I looked back at what I thought was a plane. There are no blinking lights and it’s a lot higher. I’m watching it going in a straight line — then all of a sudden it makes a 90° turn and goes from north to east. It seems to have been flying a lot faster than a normal plane.
Then it just stopped. It looked just like all the other stars around it, blending in as if it wasn’t there, as if I didn’t see anything. What was it? I’ve seen stars do weird things in the past, but I thought it was my imagination. I am now 19 years old and just saw this anomaly in the sky. And I tried to record it, but right as I pointed the camera to the sky, that’s when it stopped. I find it awfully coincidental. As this eerie event happened, a shooting star came by moments later to brighten the mood.
17. A Real Home Invasion
I just signed up to Reddit to share an experience I had a couple of years ago. But I guess I have to get a higher karma score before I can post? I’m very new to this so still figuring it out.
It sounds unbelievable, but I had a direct encounter with an alien in my house. I’m in my 30’s and live in California. Around the time this happened, my dog was starting to panic at night when I went to sleep. She’s getting older, so I thought she was developing some kind of fear of the dark. But one night, she was so restless I just let her leave the bedroom and hang out in the house. I fell asleep and woke up a few hours later. There was an alien standing next to my TV just staring at me. Keep in mind, this whole episode lasted about 15 seconds. I got the feeling as soon as I woke up, that I wasn’t supposed to wake up. And I wasn’t supposed to see this thing in my room. It was about 80% the size of an average male. What struck me instantly was that it had human proportions. It didn’t have some giant head. The head was the same as ours except it did have larger black eyes.
The tone of its skin was this very dark marbled grey/brown/olive. After staring at each other for about 15 seconds, I just blacked out. And then I woke up very early the next morning, and the room felt very weird. I was honestly terrified. I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced fear like that. And I can’t really explain why.
The other part of the experience was that I did pick up information from it. And again, I got the feeling that wasn’t intentional. It was like accidentally hearing a radio transmission. I just picked up these things all within a few seconds. That’s a more complicated thing to get into.
I too have the same fascination with space. It would be unbelievable to be able to explore if that were possible. I have to tell you, the feeling I got from that being was very ominous. It wasn’t good. And it was not good in a way I didn’t understand. It’s almost like infidelity would mean nothing if you tried to explain that to a horse. There was something bad about this that was not in a human’s realm of understanding. One of the things I did pick up from this experience was that there are numerous species that are similarly capable. And some are better intentioned than others.
Ever since that experience, I do feel some kind of connection. Like I can communicate if I want to. I’m fairly certain I was not abducted or anything like that. I just knew it was a sort of “check up.” And that it wasn’t the first time.
I’ve tried very hard to find any kind of similar accounts but I haven’t found any. So I was glad to see your post.
16. Stay Away From The Blue Light
Yeah, I had a nightmare last night that was pretty much a recap of something that happened 3 years ago. I was up late studying for my midterms and went to sleep around 1 a.m. Around an hour later while falling asleep, I notice a blue light coming through my blinds. I think nothing of it, as we had a light in the backyard that was greenish.
After a short while of trying to sleep, I wake up to tugging on my blankets. At the time, I think it’s my older brother messing with me since he wakes up early to go to the gym (and then heads off to work very early in the morning). It kept going until the tug got much more forceful. I then said in a loud voice “Let me sleep dude, it’s not funny.” The tugging stops immediately as I said it. I turn over to try and hit what I thought was going to be my brother. Instead, straight across from me peering from my bedside was just two blue lights — or eyes the size of maybe two tennis balls on a bulbous silhouette that was a head. I stared at it for some seconds. Whatever it was, it pulled its head back as if confused. I then covered myself in my blankets.
I stayed like this for maybe two minutes. I then hear steps scampering off. This wasn’t like hearing a person walk away, but more like a dog on tile trying to keep its balance. Whatever it was, it sounded like it had multiple limbs it used to move (not bipedal). I then check my phone — which is under the covers as I keep it next to me as I sleep — and I notice it’s about to be 3 a.m. I hear my brother’s alarm, and hear the screen door to the backyard close.
I wait to see that my brother is up as he tends to turn the hallway lights on. I scream out for him to come. Real quick, he comes inside my room and I ask him if he was messing with me. He says he didn’t know what I was talking about, but he then gets mad that I woke him up early by letting the dog inside since he heard it scampering outside his door in the hallway (making noise maybe an hour ago).
I told him it wasn’t me, and I just assumed it was a night terror or something. Each time I see blue lights at night, I tend to get nervous now — since I’m not sure what I experienced honestly.
15. I Was Almost Abducted…Don’t Tell My Wife!
This literally just happened to me this morning. I was sleeping in bed next to my wife and son. My son is just over a year old, and still wakes up throughout the night. So my wife and I have lullabies playing on YouTube all night to help soothe him when he wakes up. As normal, he wakes up and starts fussing, and my wife pulls him in to breastfeed. She taps me and tells me she has to use the bathroom. So she gets up and does her thing. Keep in mind, I’m not drowsy or sleepy or anything at this point, I’ve been awake for at least 45 minutes. Even prior to my son waking up.
Anyways, as she is in the bathroom, I’m laying there with my son on the other side of the bed now back asleep. Then suddenly, I feel paralyzed. I feel as if my body weighs 500 pounds. The sound of the lullaby disappears and is replaced with what I can only describe as rushing winds. As if I’m being shot through a tunnel or vortex or something. My eyes are wide open. I’m fully conscious.
I feel a heavy presence in the room. I hear whispers but I can’t understand anything they’re saying. And it’s so loud. The wind or water rushing or whatever the f*** it was. I was frantically trying to turn over or move, but it felt like I was being held down. I felt a pain in my lower back, but I couldn’t scream or talk or yell or whisper. Then, I f****** saw it. Right there. In front of my bedroom door. A silhouette. But not a dark one. As if it was invisible. Or trying to be invisible.
But somehow the light from the TV reflected off of it. 7ft tall. Slender. Almost oval shaped head. Standing there. Staring. All of this felt like it lasted hours. Then just as I caught the glimpse of it, my wife opened the bathroom door. I was free and it was gone.
I haven’t told my wife yet. She’s very religious, and I just honestly don’t want her to freak out. But it happened.
Disclaimer: This is not a made up story. This literally just happened to me. I’ve had sleep paralysis before, and this was nothing like it. I was WIDE awake. I feel weird telling this story but I’m hoping just putting my thoughts into words on the screen can help me better understand what just happened. Was it an alien? I don’t know. Could it just been a freak incident? Sure. Whatever it was, I’ve never experienced anything like it. Any input is appreciated. Thanks.
14. What…Are These Things?
This was an experience that happened when I was a kid, probably 8-10. ( I’m 22 now for reference.) There used to be this park in the summers my dad would take me to. He would play basketball in the section where the courts were, and I would play in the section with the park equipment.
One day I was on a swing set, and this couple came up and started talking to me. There was a man and a woman with a black stroller (I don’t think I ever saw a baby in the stroller, I remember it always being faced away from me).
This may have been a normal interaction, and eventually interactions, but something felt very off. There was something, like, dreamlike about the encounter(s). I was even able to pick up on it at that age.
The man in the couple was wearing blue jeans, and a red & white plaid/checkered shirt. However, he looked odd? Like kind of clammy, pale, or jaundiced/gray. I also remember his eyes being very penetrating. The woman had on a dress & (I think) had medium length brown hair. I can’t remember her face, no matter how hard I try. She looked more “normal” from what I remember.
The best way to describe the man’s hair would be kind of blonde, ashen, and artificial looking. Kind of sticking up and in a sort of bowl cut style I think.
I can’t remember exactly what we talked about, but I think it revolved around God/religion, & it was a fairly short interaction — probably about 10 minutes.
The weirder part is that I saw them later at a completely different park at a different date (could have been weeks or months), and they were in the exact same outfits with the exact same stroller. It looked like only 5 minutes had passed, but it was a completely different location at a different time. I can remember feeling apprehensive & “off” when I saw them again, strangely, I can’t remember if I talked to them or not a second time.
And the last key to the story: When I told my Dad about seeing this couple multiple times as a kid, he said that maybe they were “angels”. And I remember that intensely freaking me out for some reason.
Now, there could be a perfectly rational explanation for this. With that said, more recently I’ve been doing more spiritual work & growth — as well as scientific (astrophysical/biological, quantum physics/theory, etc.) research. This memory resurfacing prompted me to share it. It’s not the first time I recalled this happening, but it is the first time I feel like I could maybe get some explanation. (Aliens? Interdimensional beings? Otherwise?).
I’d be happy to provide anymore context about my life (if it’s helpful) or the encounters if I can remember! *This happened in the state of Maryland during the daytime!
13. A Secret Room in Germany
My father passed away from dementia and heart issues at the age of 78 in January. Years before the dementia was diagnosed, my dad (who typical of his generation) never cried. However, he came to me crying and told me the story of his “abduction.” He said it was the real cause of his PTSD, and swore me to secrecy — which I kept until he passed.
He told me the story a dozen times since, always with the exact same details. Nothing ever changed, even the small details were exactly the same when he was close to death with Lewy body Parkinson’s dementia.
My dad was in the Air Force between 1963 and 1966 (I looked it up on his dd214). The story he told was that while he was in the military and stationed in Germany, he was abducted/put in some kind of underground facility for about a week. The story goes that there were giant (7-8 feet tall) humanoid people (he called them Nephilim) forcing him and other soldiers there to do some remedial tasks, and they would observe him. He would joke that he’d make mistakes on purpose just to screw with them. He was stripped of his clothing (except his underwear) and kept doing this day after day. He was offered sex with the females but said no, and they didn’t force him.
After about a week, something happened and he was rescued. He said the thick steel doors were blown open and in came a huge amount of some kind of military in unique uniforms with unique weapons but were human. They got his clothing/wallet back to him, and told him to go back to his barracks. He said he went back to the barracks and nobody ever asked him what happened. No questions at all, except an order to NEVER tell anyone about it.
He never told his wife of 67 years until a month before he died. She knew he had PTSD, but no idea why. When mom and I compared stories, the details were exactly the same, even though he had advanced stage dementia… at that time communicating was VERY difficult yet he got the whole story out.
About that time, I went to stay with my dad’s brother for 2 weeks to help take care of him after getting out of the hospital. I mentioned the story to my uncle (who also was in the Air Force the same time as my father) and he already knew the story. He knew the story identical to what I’d been told. Said dad told him back in the 1960’s. He truly believes it happened, exactly as my dad described it because my dad didn’t make up stories, didn’t lie, and wasn’t one to believe in b*******. My uncle added stories of his own, but not abduction related.
I honestly never believed dad. Especially once diagnosed with dementia, I just assumed it was all part of a big dementia fueled delusion. But my uncle knew this story from the 1960’s. Dad had told him the story back then — way before his dementia.
So I wonder — could it have really happened?
Another thing… the last 2 years of his life he was obsessed with watching any and every alien movie he could find. He told me it was because he was searching for anything similar to what he experienced, so he could show me what he went through. I don’t know…we knew he had dementia at that point — but he tried so hard to get us to understand…
Has anyone heard of something similar?
12. Using a Telescope Can Be Scary
On Sunday, July 18, 2021, I was in my backyard with my mom and I wanted to test out the brand new telescope I had just recently bought. It was finally a clear night, so I began setting it up and adjusting the lens and whatnot. After suffering for a few minutes, I was finally able to align my telescope with the moon — and I proceeded to admire all the glorious details on the moon’s surface and how bright it was that night.
I called my mom over to come look at the moon through the small lens. She said she wanted to see Jupiter, but I told her that it might take me a while since I was still trying to figure out how the telescope works lol. As I‘m readjusting the position of the tripod, a weird feeling comes over me. It felt the same way as when you are walking around in public and someone keeps staring at you. It’s almost as if the stare from their eyes is burning into the back of your head.
My instincts told me to turn around, so that’s exactly what I did. As soon as I turned around, I noticed a very large orange glowing orb just chillin in the sky about a block away from my house.
As I stood there in disbelief, my mind was trying to convince me that it’s probably a plane or helicopter. But all logical reasoning was thrown out the window when the glowing orb began to move in a bizarre, zigzag motion. By the way, this all happened within a matter of like 10 seconds or less just to clarify. 🙂
The exact moment when I whipped my head around to look at it, I saw that it became frightened because I noticed it floating there just WATCHING ME.
It freaked out, and started zigzagging around. In seconds, it shot away at the speed of light — gone without a single sound. To be honest, if I had blinked during any of this, I probably would’ve missed it.
I started panicking a little bit because I was so confused. I couldn’t believe what I had just witnessed. I had so many questions…What was that? Why was it watching me? If it was extraterrestrial beings, what were they planning to do?? Every time I think about this experience, it gives me chills — but it also makes me very curious to find out more about what I saw that strange summer night.
11. The Alien Version of Super Mario?
Hi, I would like to start this off by telling a little about my life. I grew up in North Dakota, like, super rural, middle-of-nowhere North Dakota. It was just me, my mother, and my little brother most of the time.
We spent a lot of our summers outside.
We lived near this abandoned farm with all kinds of land, and so we were out there exploring a lot. I was eight when this happened. James was twelve.
It was late, and we were out catching fireflies. When we saw the spacecraft, it was just above the old water silo. Big, red, and shining down into the old wheat field. It looked like a Toad from Super Mario, for real. But just as soon as it was there, it was gone.
10. An Electric Experience in Idaho
My experience was when I lived in a camper in a state park in Idaho for a summer doing biological field work. I just randomly awoke one night and after about 10 seconds, I noticed a dark figure standing next to my bed.
Not very tall — maybe 4 ft. and human-like — but obviously not human. It had larger dark eyes and different features. I initially moved to the back edge of my bed where nothing happened, and I felt sort of in shock. After another roughly another 5 seconds I felt my entire body flex and go into a spasm like I was being electrocuted.
It was the most intense feeling of helplessness, from being paralyzed with simultaneous pain is all I remembered. After that, everything went black. I just woke up the next morning, and there was light out. Didn’t remember a thing after the spasm.
I convinced myself I was just dreaming, but waking up in my bed from a dream is something I never have remembered doing before or since.
9. Can Someone Explain What’s Happening Here?!
I’m in my bed. Covered in sweat. Shaking and scared. This is my second experience with them. The first time, they watched me. We weren’t in the same room, but I could feel them watching me. I saw their light from the space in the door frame…it was greenish yellow. Also, I don’t remember hearing any sound at all during either encounter.
This time was horrifying. I woke up and saw faces on my ceiling. They weren’t detailed, but they looked human. Their features were outlined with a pink light. They’re interdimensional, and are invisible to my knowledge. I felt two of them grab my arms. I struggled physically. (I think they were really latching onto my consciousness, but our auras are humanoid shaped so really they were grabbing the energy in my arms).
I could feel their grip and their strength. They are smaller and weaker than us, but they have large hands and long fingers. I could feel them pulling me.
Although I got out of bed and struggled physically — pulling and jerking my arms out of their grip — in a spasm of defensive flailing against an invisible force, I believe they were trying to separate my consciousness from my body. So in reality, my physical struggle made no difference.
After the struggle, it seemed like about a minute, they let go. I am not on drugs — although mentally, physically, spiritually…I am exhausted. I believe they come for us when we are vulnerable.
I survived my encounter, and was able to share it. But now I wonder…when people die or have heart attacks or strokes or just collapse…were they the victims of alien abduction? Are their corpses just hollow vessels left behind by interdimensional soul thieves?
8. My Alien Friend Named Radio
I struggle with the idea of sharing my experience, mostly because I don’t know if it actually happened or if it was just a dream. At this point I’ve decided I just want to get it out there and see if anyone else experienced anything like it.
One night in the summer, when I was about 10 or 11, I was awake in the middle of the night and I could hear the horses running around the pasture as if something had happened. I decided to get up and go check on things. At that time my family had a massive old barn, and we lived in the middle of nowhere. I walked through the door of the barn and found a very large “man”, as white as snow, climbing into the hayloft. I remember being startled but not scared. He turned around and looked at me, and slowly lowered himself back down. He took a few steps towards before he knelt down and put out his hand (like one would do with a stray animal).
As I looked at him, I felt like he looked sad and tired, and not at all like he would do me any harm. I decided to take his hand and walk him towards our “kids hang-out space” which was just a space in the barn where we had some old couches, a few toys and a radio. As soon as he saw the radio, he became more animated, ran towards it and started messing around with it. That went on for a bit, and I kept asking him what he needed the radio for. He never said a word. Not one word. He wouldn’t give me a name so I started calling him “Radio.” After some time, he sat the radio down and sat down on the couch. I brought over my favorite horse book and started thumbing through the pages, showing him all of my favorite horse breeds. Eventually he gently took the book from me and closed it as if to say “I’m done.”
I got up to put the book away and he laid down on the couch. I remember him being so large that his head was on the armrest while his legs hung over the other armrest, at the knee. He was a giant. Pure white and I don’t recall any hair. His eyes were jet black, but they weren’t huge or angular. If anything, they slanted downward and were beady. After he fell asleep I decided to go back in the house and go to bed, but I put a blanket over him before I went in.
I woke up in the morning and the whole experience came flooding back to me. My feet were dirty as if I had been outside during the night. I grabbed some snacks and ran out to the barn. I ran to our hangout space and found everything as I would have expected it. The blanket was on the floor, the book was sitting on the table, and radio was out of place. But he was gone.
It’s important to know that I had a habit of sleep walking at this time in my life, so it’s possible that this was all just a dream. At first, I thought he was just a very, very, very, strange person — and I hoped he found safety. The memory never left me — and by the time I was a teen, I had decided that I dreamed the whole thing and let it go. Then Prometheus came out and I agreed to go see it with friends. When the tall white alien came on screen, I nearly jumped out of my seat. It wasn’t an exact likeness, but it was like seeing a ghost.
At the time, I knew absolutely nothing about aliens. The only one I had ever heard of was the classic “little green men.” Nonetheless, I forced myself to let it go and move on. That memory could not be real so I must have dreamed it….
As time passed, I started wondering how I could have imagined a being that I had never heard of? Could that have really happened? Could Radio be real?
7. The Bright Blue Light
So last year, I experienced something that was absolutely strange. I just keep coming back to it thinking about what this could have been — and I can’t get it out of my head. I read the text conversation to my fiancé from that night saved on my phone, and also my texts as it was happening. I was describing what I was hearing and seeing. It was just so vivid and real, I couldn’t believe it.
It was about midnight one night and I was in my room at my parents house. There are two windows in this room, one facing the backyard and one facing the side of the neighbors house. I will be referencing the one facing the backyard. This night, my blinds were shut and the overhead light in the room was on, (for context) so it was not dark in the room. All of the sudden, this big blue beam of light comes rushing in through the shut blinds of the window making a swooshing noise as it comes in.
This light was bright blue, I’m talking LED blue bright as day even with the room lights on and the BLINDS SHUT. I am terrified feeling like I cannot move from my bed. As quick as it swooshes in, it swooshes back out. I hear rustling — almost raking of leaves after the light has left and the world is silent otherwise. I could not explain this as anything human or man made. This light was not a headlight. It could not have made it through my shut blinds over the fence and up to the second floor of our house.
The story does not end here. Two weeks later TO THE DAY and at around the same time, the same experience. Same bright blue beam and same swooshing and raking. I told myself I would get up and see what this was this time, but I was in shock that this had happened again. Just like before, I could not move. My biggest regret to this day is not looking out my window either of the nights.
Please, if anyone has any insight into this experience I would be grateful. I want answers or just something to make me feel a little more sane.
6. “I’m Never Camping Again”
My boyfriend and I had planned a camping trip in Canton, Oklahoma for October 27-28th of 2018. We got to our campsite late in the afternoon, and started to set up like usual. Unload the truck, set up the tent, set up our chairs around the fire pit ring and pile the firewood up. I was really excited for the fire later. We had bought a huge log that had one of those holes through the center, and soaked it with some sort of long burning solution.
We got all of our comfy stuff tossed in the tent. We set up our lights and speaker, hung out around the fire ring listening to music, and talked until the sun went down. Then my boyfriend started a fire with the single giant log I was so excited about. As we were sitting in front of the fire with the sun completely down at this point, the speaker started to mess up. It was a weird loud glitchy static that happened several times. I had never heard it do this before. We figured that maybe it was because the internet was spotty, or maybe the speaker was too far from the phone it was connected to.
So my boyfriend went to check it out on more than one occasion, and couldn’t figure out what the problem might be. We had okay cell service. It started to creep me out, and maybe him as well — but he never said a thing even if it did. To change it up, we decided to just leave it alone and ignore the glitchy static. We then opened the Fritos and bean dip we brought, and cracked some glow sticks at the table.
This is where everything ended…
I dipped 1-2 Fritos in the bean dip and opened a pack of glow sticks. Sitting across from me at the picnic table, my boyfriend opened one of the glow stick packs that you make into glasses. He put the connector piece in his nose like it was oxygen tubes. I remember it so clearly. I remember laughing really hard and saying “OMG get that out of your nose!” And the very next thing I remember was waking up in the tent.
I was in a sleeping bag, nearly all the way zipped up, and my boyfriend next to me asked if I’d unzip the sleeping bag and share It with him because he was freezing. And then that’s when we both sort of snapped out of a sleepy daze and looked at each other so unbelievably confused — and honestly really really scared. So we sat there confused and sort of at a loss for words.
So I said “What the f*** happened? Why are we in here?! How?! What the f***…” I didn’t know what to say or think. My boyfriend looked just as confused and scared. He shook his head in confusion and it was all over his face too, just shock and scared. Then he said “I don’t know, I have no idea what the f*** happened. I just woke up a few seconds before you. I was just laying here flat on my back no pillows blankets, nothing.” This for him is weird because he sleeps with a million pillows. We sat there and talked through what all we had done, and what we last remembered.
We remember the very exact same moment of him putting that connector in his nose like a breathing tube and laughing our a** off. I was really freaked out and kind of hesitant to leave the tent. I’ve never in my life felt so confused, so we laid back down and he wrapped his arms around me and we kept going over what had happened. It was so weird that it didn’t feel like we’d been sleeping on the ground all night. It’s pretty typical to wake up from a night in a tent feeling a little achy. So after a while of talking and nothing making sense, I was ready to finally leave the tent. I start looking around for my jeans and couldn’t find them. So I said “What the h*** — where are my jeans?!”
This is not unusual for me to sleep in only a T-shirt, but it didn’t explain where they were. And all of a sudden, I had a really scary flash of the night that I could clearly remember. I was sitting at the picnic table. He was squatted in front of me, and I was panicked, crying hard, and really scared. I was pulling giant stickers/ thorn things from my jeans, and in this memory my boyfriend was trying to calm me down and comfort me. He said “It’s okay babe, you got to grab them just like this.” This very clear memory was like a slap in the face. It had to have been no more than a 15 second memory. So I tried to explain what just came to me to my boyfriend and he said “I don’t remember that at all, maybe it was a dream?” It made me a little irritated because it was so clear and I knew for sure that happened. So he said he’d run out to the truck to grab my bag with clothes in it. I looked out the tent door flap and saw my shoes side by side set there all nice — not flung to the side like I normally would do.
But when I looked at my shoes, my right shoe’s laces were covered in those giant thorn sticker things. So I yelled “Babe it did happen, it wasn’t a dream” and I said again exactly what he said in my memory and it came back to him too. He remembered exactly and clearly. When he came back to the tent, he had already looked even more freaked out and said “Your jeans were folded nicely on your seat in the truck. You really need to come out here.” So I got dressed and step out of the tent and the first thing I notice is everything was left exactly the same as I remembered it on the picnic table.
There was a single Frito in the bean dip. The pile of glow sticks I never broke still in place, and the pack my boyfriend opened with the little plastic connector piece he had put in his nose right on the table with the other parts. All of our firewood was burned (we had a LOT of wood). It was really silent that morning.
We walked to the bathroom and in doing so we noticed again that all the surrounding lawns were beautifully manicured. So, where did the stickers come from? What the h*** happened? How is this even possible??? One thing my boyfriend noticed that was not normal for him was that he had no pain when he woke up. He was 82nd airborne infantry paratrooper, and wakes up with leg and back pain daily. So I guess that’s the silver lining. Were we abducted? Running from something? Why can’t we remember anything? We both believe in alien life, but aren’t sure if this is what we think it is. Thoughts??
I’ve always been so afraid of the dark, and even more so now and I will never tent camp again! Neither of us have had any other memories come back to us — and I almost wonder if it’s better that way. I’m not looking for answers, I just though I’d finally share this here.
5. A Road Trip Gone Weird
When I was a kid (back in the ’80’s), my mom, my brothers, and I were driving from Oregon to New Mexico. It was the middle of the night when a sign had us take a detour into the desert. We drove for a long time, and my mom had to stop to sleep in the middle of nowhere.
I was sitting in the front chatting with my mom. At the time, my brothers were asleep in the back seat. All of a sudden, the area became as bright as day — and the next thing I knew we were back on the highway.
For years, I thought it was a weird memory. I mentioned it to my mom a couple years ago, and she said she had the exact same memory.
I don’t recall any ships or strange aliens — other than the bright light and time loss.
4. This Wasn’t Your Average ‘Netflix and Chill’ Evening
I don’t know where else to go with this right now. I’ll explain what has just happened, and if anyone else has experienced something similar please let me know. So I was sitting in my living room watching Netflix alone.
My Netflix stopped working. It came up with a little loading 51% circle thing. My air conditioning turned off, and then I heard a beep noise. These two big flashes of light came from either side of my living room. They went through the kitchen, and came from outside the blinds. Suddenly, I couldn’t hear anything.
The best way to explain it was like my head was in a microwave, and it was just deafening silence. I tried to say my dog’s name, and couldn’t even hear myself. Then just as quick, the air conditioning came back on. Netflix started playing again, and I could hear. It was the strangest thing ever.
Anyway, this probably makes no sense and I honestly can’t even read it back. I feel like all the energy has been sucked out of me and I need to sleep. If anyone have any insights let me know…
3. Multiple Visits From Aliens
The first time, they landed on my roof and stood on it. I made eye contact with a grey straight through my roof. We looked at each other in a very loud silence for maybe a hour. Then I moved and once I moved, I just walked into the kitchen. It was weird, and I didn’t want to be in my room anymore.
The second time was maybe three years after. I was in my mom’s room and it was late. Out of nowhere we heard the loudest engine noise I’ve ever heard. It was shaking the house. You could hear several car alarms go off and we were scared as f***. We both sat in the bed until finally I walked to the next room to look. Right when I got close to the window, the noise stopped. There were still car horns going off, but I just didn’t see anything. It was really late, so I don’t think it would be anyone working. It wouldn’t make sense with that time of night. I definitely didn’t see anything, but we both felt it was a UFO in very close range.
2. An Uncomfortable Nature Walk in Canada
I was around 12 years old and out for a walk with my friend in Newfoundland, Canada. The sun was starting to set. We started to walk towards a hiking trail that was pretty steep. Near the top of the trail there was a huge rock, and something was sitting beside the rock.
The way the sun was facing made it hard to pick out any details, but we saw its silhouette, and knew that wasn’t an animal or a human. It was either sitting, or it had no legs. It was hunched over picking up something slowly in a weird movement. It’s hard to describe.
It’s arms and body were super lanky and thin, and it’s head was super small. About half the size of a human head. My friend and I just stared at it for a minute and then it stopped what it was doing. It moved its head and stared at us. We both ran home as fast as we could. We didn’t say a word to each other. We decided to draw what we both saw in different areas.
We flipped the pages over and we both saw the exact same thing. If I was alone, I wouldn’t have believed what I saw. But my friend saw the same thing and many years later we both remember that day.
1. A CRAZY Wednesday Evening
Will never forget. Summer before 7th grade. Sometime in July. Wednesday night, early Thursday morning. The evening before, my family had watched the old school show, “Unsolved Mysteries”. I awoke in the night. Lying on my right side. Awake, but my eyes still shut. Completely silent. None of us ran fans back then to aid in sleep. I was awake, and basically waiting to fall back to sleep again. However, I decided to open my eyes.
On the right side of my bed, right there, was a being. Seemingly fixated on a plush bear that I kept in bed with me. And this being fit all of the descriptions I’d ever always heard about or watched on television. Shorter, pale-gray skin. And those awful eyes. Huge, black, slanted. Staring at my bear. Right by my bed. Honestly, I cannot put into words how I felt right at that moment. I was only just about 12 at the time. At some point, I pulled my covers over my head and felt an awful rushing through my body of super warm, then cool, then warm again. Only later in my life did I understand that I was most likely feeling shock.
I couldn’t scream. Felt frozen. Too scared to scream maybe? What if I DID scream? My mother and step father and 2 brothers would hear me. What the heck would THEY do if they came running into my room and saw this thing? What would IT do? Is it going to kill me? Abduct me? What if it already had and they were returning me? All of these thoughts plus a million more just racing through my young mind. Ugh, awful just recounting it all and writing this story here. Again, how could I ever forget something traumatic like this?
So, being such a “brave” 11-year-old, and after what felt like 12 hours, I decided to try and scare it. I decided I would thrash my legs up and down from under my covers as hard as I could. I know, horrifying, haha. I was so petrified though. So, I did this then remained under my covers just waiting.
So, I stayed under the covers. This had to be at least close to going on 2 hours from when I first opened my eyes and saw this thing.
As I lay wide awake, I heard a noise. To this day, I still cannot explain exactly how it sounded. The sound felt as if it surrounded me and was coming from outside. It was a crisp, clean sounding sound. Maybe mechanical but maybe not. Lasting only about 2 seconds. A sound that I definitely had never heard before and definitely have not heard since. As soon as I heard the sound, something in my mind told me, “Oh, they’re gone”. As crazy as it sounds, I firmly believe the sound was their transportation leaving.
Needless to say, I didn’t sleep the rest of the night/early morning. It took me so long to confide in my family about this terribly scary incident. Of course, they did not believe me. However now, from time to time, my mother will mention it and suggest that maybe that’s why I suffer from insomnia now. Very well could be.
This is my first post here in Reddit. Feel free to share any thoughts. Also my first time sharing this story publicly. Would be reassuring to hear any other stories of similar happenings.
These Real-Life Plot Twists Are Truly Shocking
Real life has a remarkable ability to spring unexpected plot twists upon us, leaving us shocked and surprised. These twists can take shape in the most ordinary and mundane aspects of our lives, turning them into riveting stories that captivate our imagination. Picture a seemingly average office worker who, unbeknownst to their colleagues, has been living a double life as a world-renowned spy. The revelation of their secret identity would undoubtedly leave everyone stunned, challenging their assumptions and highlighting the hidden depths within seemingly ordinary individuals.
Another generic yet shocking plot twist might involve a small, close-knit community that appears idyllic on the surface. However, buried beneath the picturesque façade lies a web of deceit, as a shocking scandal unfolds. Perhaps it’s discovered that the town’s beloved mayor, known for their honesty and integrity, has been embezzling funds from public coffers for years. The revelation of their betrayal would send shockwaves through the community, shattering trust and forcing residents to question everything they thought they knew about their town and its leaders.
In yet another twist, imagine a family that has been living a seemingly perfect life. The parents are successful professionals, and their children excel academically and socially.
But beneath the surface, there are hidden secrets and unexpected connections. One day, it’s revealed that the family’s teenage son was switched at birth with another baby, and the true biological parents are completely different from the ones he grew up with. This revelation would not only challenge the son’s identity and sense of belonging but also upend the lives of both families involved, leaving everyone shocked and struggling to reconcile their newfound reality.
20. Kissing Cousins…Oh My!
In primary school, we had a WWI memorial lesson. We were asked if anyone had any relatives who fought at the time.
My friend brought in a picture of his great-great-grandfather with his wife.
A girl also brought in a picture of her great-great-grandfather with his wife.
The teacher said they looked similar. She put them side-by-side and looked shocked. We gathered around and it was the same man who had kept his two wives a secret. Both had been married privately.
They were cousins and didn’t know.
19. A Love For Metal Music Isn’t The Only Thing We Have in Common…
Met a dude at my local 24 Hour Fitness who was wearing a Shark Punch shirt. Since most people have no f****** clue about that band, I immediately decided I needed to talk to him about his particular taste in music (metal). We get to talking, find out he’s a drummer, lives locally and wants to start jam some evil s***. Awesome! Exchange numbers and all that good stuff. Of course however, actually meeting up with reliable musicians is much harder than it sounds, despite the enthusiasm.
Around the same time, I was working security at a local bar, and met this random cute girl who wasn’t from the area. She was totally into me and wanted to hang out. Exchanged numbers and planned to meet up. When we finally did, we hit it off pretty well. She had mentioned that she’s still kind of “dating around” but really liked me and hoped that I was okay with that. I was totally okay with that because I was also doing the same thing. We hung out maybe another time, but then shortly after was hit with the “sorry but I’m kind of dating this other guy for serious” line, and I said I understood and moved on.
When gym guy and I finally managed to get together to jam, a friend of his was there to play bass with us. We get introduced and started talking about random s***. Gym guy happened to mention to the buddy about the girl he was dating. He and I both started sharing our similarities in preference of people we date, and I asked to see what she looked like. He’s like, “Sorry dude, she doesn’t have any social media or anything like that, but I have a video of her at some restaurant we went to a few weeks back.”
Shows me the video.
Me: Ah, she’s cute!
Him: Yeah, I met her smoking outside of some bar in LA.
Me: Dude, she totally reminds me of this girl I was dating not too long ago. What’s her name?
Me: Wait, really? That’s so weird, I was dating a girl named Kim, too. What are the odds? Hold up, she has a snapchat right?
Me: (I start trying to find her on snap) Dude what’s her name on there?
The friend at this time is looking at the both of us like ” oh f*** oh f*** oh f***” and starts laughing. Both of us at the same time say her name: “Kimber-Sleaze”.
Our friend is dying of laughter at this point, and we both come to the realization that we are the same dudes she ended up leaving/staying with.
We still ended up jamming anyways.
18. Living a Double Life
My sister’s boyfriend decided that he wanted to do more with his architecture skills, so he gave his two weeks notice and moved to Haiti to help rebuild after the earthquake. They stayed together. He had bad phone service so they mostly kept in touch through emails. He would send her long emails with photos and stories of what they were doing. This went on for a couple of months
One off-handed tip from a co-worker and a week of sleuthing later, and it turns out he never went to Haiti. He moved to Seattle to be with his fiancé and partner of 9 years.
17. WHAT WAS GRANDMA DOING?!
During the last year of my grandfather’s life, he had dementia. He was having trouble keeping track of reality. Before he was placed into hospice, he kept complaining about a man that was in his house. He would say that he would come around at night, and that he was taking his things and using his stuff. Grandma of course kept reassuring him that she was the only one there. His doctor increased his medications because he was losing touch with reality so badly.
Fast-forward to my grandfather’s funeral, and a man showed up that wasn’t known by more than a few people in the family. Turns out he was an old friend of my grandmother’s who showed up to give his support. In a small town like that, it wasn’t exactly an unusual thing to have random people show up to the funeral home who knew the person at some point.
Well…about a year later my grandmother lets slip that she is seeing someone. It happens to be the guy from the funeral. At this point nothing too odd, they got to talking at church and we thought it was sweet.
Then a bit later, sweet innocent ol’ grandma mentions that it’s their 3rd anniversary.
Grandpa died two years prior. This man was the person that grandpa saw in his house every night. He was the reason that everyone thought grandpa was going crazy, he was the reason that my grandfather was medicated to the point of being a vegetable for the last horrible year of his life.
Grandpa thought he saw someone in his house before he died. It turns out it was grandma’s boyfriend.
16. “Actually Officer…I’m The Criminal You’re Looking For”
The year is 1991. I’m 19, just signed the lease for my first (solo) apartment, and just got the first paycheck from my new job. I deposit the paycheck at an ATM (another first! I’d always gone into the bank to do it). Two weeks later, I get my bank statement in the mail, and see with horror I have only $1.87 in my account. Way wrong, I should have at least $200. I’d been very careful with my spending. I’m freaked, I came within $2 of bouncing my first rent check.
I’m literally reaching for the phone to call the bank when the phone rings. It’s the police, asking if my ATM card was stolen. I check my wallet and the card is missing (my job at a theater pub came with cash tips so I didn’t use the card often), and tell them I was going to call them anyway because I was missing $200 from my account. “Well, we’ve got your card, and your $200, so come down to the police station,” they tell me.
I can’t figure out how they have my card AND the cash. Doesn’t make sense. I drive down there.
Detective says someone (let’s call him Bob) pulled in to use an ATM and saw a man acting suspiciously while he was using it. The man was moving back and forth as if trying to dodge the camera. Bob says the man then left the ATM, got into a car, and drove away at high speeds as if fleeing. Bob then went to the ATM and put his card in, which popped out. Bob then withdrew $200, and then another ATM card popped out. My card. Bob’s card had popped out because the crook had left my card in the ATM before speeding away. Bob realized he had withdrawn the money from my account and not his, so he brought my card and the cash to the police and reported the attempted theft.
The detective gives me the description of the crook. According to Bob, it was a man 5’7″, brown hair, round gold-rimmed glasses. I say out loud “So, about my height, my color hair, and glasses like mine,” before realizing Bob was describing me.
I’d never deposited a check in an ATM before, so I was moving back and forth, following the instructions on the screen, filling out the envelope with my account number, punching the amount in, etc. I then forgot to take my card out, and just left because I’m a f****** idiot. I drove away at high speeds because I was 19 and that’s how I drove everywhere.
Worried the detective might be annoyed, I didn’t tell him I was the crook, I just thanked him and left with the money I stole from myself. Somewhere in a box in my closet, I still have the police report where I’m both the victim and the perp.
15. Stay Off My Island!
I graduated law, and got engaged to the girl I had been with through university. We both applied for the same graduate program and ended up working in the same office in Canberra, Australia.
Three months before our wedding, I found out she was cheating on me with our mutual boss, and I broke it off with her. Long story short, it got really, really ugly — and the two of us ended up in a very bitter court case over property.
Canberra is a pretty small city, and the legal world is pretty small there, too. Everywhere I went, I bumped into my ex. It was beginning to seriously get me down (her too, as it transpired), and I applied for an Australian government overseas development job in Tuvalu — a pacific island with about 11,000 population. It’s quite a prestigious job to get, with only two positions offered for a two-year contract on a rotating basis.
I was successful in the application, and moved on-island to start my posting. I only then discovered that my ex was the other successful applicant.
I spent the next two years sharing a tiny office on a tiny island with the person that I quite honestly loathed more than any other in the world.
14. Grandpa is a Liar
We are at my grandfather’s funeral. He was always a fairly reserved and distant father as far as I understood. Would fit the stereotype of a northern dockworker who comes home expecting dinner to be on the table. He’d then go to the pub all evening via the bookies.
Anyway, an unsurprising heart attack later, we’re all gathered for his funeral. We’re a big, but close family. We know everyone — including his friends. However, one guy turns up, about the same age as my dad and his siblings who nobody knows.
Long story short, turns out he was my grandfather’s son. From another family. From another marriage. That went on for as long as his marriage to my grandmother. My grandfather had maintained two marriages over 40 years, having 7 children with my grandmother and just one (this guy) with this other woman. They knew about our family, kept away, and apparently my grandmother knew about them but kept quiet.
Turns out he wasn’t going to the pub every night.
13. Get a Doctor’s Opinion
The one guy I worked with was having a baby. He told me about his girlfriend, “Yeah she’s pretty big, but she’s amazing — she’s the one for me.” I didn’t know him very well, but as he talked about the pregnancy, I gave him encouraging words and how his life was going to change so much. We ended up bonding a bit. His baby was going to be born right before Christmas. He even missed our office Christmas party because his baby was being born! We expected him to be gone for paternity leave, but he shows up a few days later. I feared the worst, that the baby had died.
It turned out his girlfriend was lying about being pregnant to spend more time with him. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but the fact that he brought up she was fat for no reason must have meant she was so fat you couldn’t tell whether she was pregnant or not. She showed him someone else’s ultrasounds, they talked about what they would name their baby, how they’d handle taking care of it, all that s****.
I don’t know what she thought was gonna happen when nine months passed and no baby. I guess it’s good she came clean, though. A more diabolical person would have faked a miscarriage or something. But that was seriously messed up. Shortly after, the dude left — so I don’t really know how he handled it.
12. Uh…Where is My Brother?
I work at a prison. A lady flew all the way from Nigeria to visit her brother — who was supposed to be incarcerated in my unit. She speaks little English, but we tried to explain to her that the inmate was not in the system anymore. He must have been released. We call a supervisor and it turns out he was released over 5 months before. She walks away confused and come back in with her husband who speaks English much better. We tell him the scenario and he asks, “Well, where did he go? He doesn’t have any friends or family in the US.”
We told him we don’t know where he went. He was released and could be anywhere. The guy, obviously confused, says “Well… he couldn’t have gone anywhere… because he doesn’t have any legs.” So a legless Nigerian ex-felon with no ties is running scooting around the U.S. and no one knows where he is.
11. Bomb Threats Are Never Fun!
My buddy and his girlfriend took a train to London to see a band play. It was a long journey (almost an hour) with a few stops, and once they were one stop away from London they realized they didn’t have the concert tickets.
They got off the train, checked their bags, searched every pocket, checked their bags again and decided to go back home to look there. They got back and found the tickets on the table in the hall of their house, and headed back out again.
When they were arriving at the station for a second time, they had to wait because there was a potential bomb threat. It turned out there was an unattended bag which was being checked over by the bomb squad.
Whose bag? My buddy’s girlfriend bag. She’d left it at the station after looking for the tickets.
10. A True But Sad Story
Maybe this isn’t that big, but here it goes.
I’m a medic, and one morning we had a call for an older woman — 70’s if I remember right. She was having cardiac issues, and was in compensated shock from a very low heart rate. From the time we got to her home to the time we were in the ambulance, she had gotten much worse. We paced her heart, and she was doing well the rest of our hour ride to the hospital.
About 16 hours later, we get called for a rollover car accident. Get there and we have one male in the vehicle — completely unresponsive. The vehicle is upside down off the road. We get him out, he is in very bad shape. Wasn’t breathing, so we intubated him and off to the hospital we went.
Almost to the hospital, which is 30 miles away, and he goes into traumatic cardiac arrest. Unfortunately, he’s dead when we get there.
While we were on the way to the hospital, we looked at his wallet (since we didn’t know who he was). Saw his badge. He was a retired police officer. I remembered from the morning, our patient’s husband was a retired officer.
He was on his way to see his wife. Unfortunately, he stopped by the bar first.
While it wasn’t my job, I went with the nurse to talk to the wife and let her know what happened. She thanked me for being there for her family so much that day.
9. The BEST Sort of Surprise
I have a co-worker Joe — great guy who has an equally great wife named Nina. Over the years, and even prior to meeting Joe, multiple doctors told Nina she would be unable to get pregnant on her own due to problems with her ovaries and Fallopian tubes. She and Joe decided that a child-free life was OK with them. So, she and Joe married and lived happily for 12 years.
When they started out, they didn’t have much. But as time passed, they progressed in their careers and made a nice life for themselves. Finally, they got to a point that they were comfortable enough to buy a sports car for themselves — something Joe always wanted to do. It was the first new, off the lot car they ever owned.
Now, Joe and Nina were in their early forties at this time — and figured they’d just coast on into retirement. Well about six months after they bought the car, winter came. Nina got a case of the flu she just couldn’t seem to shake. She just felt run down and nauseous, just not herself. After about three weeks of this, she went to the doctor. The doctor asked if there was any possibility she could be pregnant.
She laughed at him and said “I’ve been married for 12 years now and haven’t had so much as a scare of being pregnant. Multiple doctors said it’s just not going to happen for me. No way.” But, her doctor said, “Humor me and let me rule it out. Just do a urine test.” Well, wanting to figure out what was actually wrong with her as soon as possible, Nina peed on the stick and — you guessed it — PREGNANT.
So, in their forties and with 12 years of living just the two of them, they were expecting. After the initial shock wore off, they were actually pretty excited even though they had to sell the sports car — since a two-seater wasn’t really going to work for them! A few months later, their son Jon came into the world the usual way as a happy, healthy baby.
So, they became a family of three and they still are today. Jon just finished his first year of high school — great kid and super smart too.
You just never know what life’s gonna throw at you!
8. Am I Seeing Double?
We are living in Florida at the time. My Dad goes to the eye doctor because he is seeing double. In all other respects, he’s healthy. He explains his symptoms to the doctor. This was the early 2000’s. The doctor picks up a medical book on eye problems. He finds the kind of symptoms my Dad is describing. The doctor shows him the book. In the book there is a whole medical page explaining what he is experiencing, and a picture of a kid from the 1960’s. My Dad looks at the picture and says “Doc, that’s me!” The doctor says “Yes, those are the symptoms you are showing.” My Dad says “No, really that’s me in the picture!”
It turns out my Dad had this eye problem when he was a kid — and it was so rare that they took his picture in 1960’s Ohio and slapped him in a book of rare eye problems. He doesn’t remember much about taking the picture, but he did manage to get a copy of it to take home.
7. Where Do We Begin?
My new partner went to the same tiny college (<4000 students) as my crazy ex (literally across the country). I didn’t know until our first date, and carefully tried to figure out if they knew each other. They didn’t, but if they had, I probably would have bailed. They have a lot of mutual friends — which is how I found out he still tells everyone I’m the crazy one. Oh, well. Getting married next summer!
Also, 23andme says my dad probably isn’t my biological father… but I’m still working that one out.
6. A Juicy Unsolved Mystery
Years ago when I was in college, I drove back to my hometown to spend Valentine’s Day with my best friend (as we were both single and lonely). She got a group of people together and made plans for all of us to go ice skating together on V-Day. A lot of people we knew from high school were going to be there, including this one skanky girl my bestie did NOT like. When I asked her why she had invited this girl, she started gushing about how much this girl had grown and matured, and how impressed she was by her. Well great, I thought, I love me a good success story — and I was really excited to see her.
Well, ice skating never happened. That girl had gotten into an argument with her mother and her ex, during which she had threatened to k*** herself. Her mom and ex made the mutual decision to call 911 and have her admitted to the hospital. So my best friend and I went to visit her in the hospital.
Now, apparently when you are a female and you’re admitted to the hospital for mental health concerns, they do a bunch of tests on you — including a pregnancy test. They for sure pregnancy-tested her. She dropped the bomb on us that she was eight-weeks pregnant. We congratulated her, of course, even though a baby was the absolute last thing she needed. And bless her heart, she seemed to be self- aware enough to realize this, and she kept telling us, “No, this is not a good thing!”
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE.
You all thought the pregnancy was the plot twist, right? Well, little did we know there was much more to come. See, after leaving the hospital, my best friend and I decided to hit up the grocery store for some chocolates and sparkling grape juice to enjoy together. While at the grocery store, we ran into a guy that my best friend knew from elementary school. They made small talk for a few minutes. Now, apparently he knew Skanky Girl too, and I can’t remember why, but he brought her up. And here’s where it gets good.
He mentioned that the last time he had seen her was a couple of months ago while hanging out with a mutual friend. My best friend told him that Skanky Girl was in the hospital because she had threatened to commit suicide, and that we had just visited her in there. And get this, she’s eight weeks pregnant. Upon hearing this news, the poor guy’s face went as white as a sheet. He told us that the last time he saw her, which was about eight weeks ago, he had hooked up with her sans condom. A few weeks later, she had called him to tell him that she was pregnant and the baby was his. She didn’t have enough money to pay for an abortion, so he had borrowed $500 from various friends and family members so she could have one. So what he (and we) wanted to know was this: If she was still pregnant, then where did the money go?
It’s been almost a decade and we still don’t know the answer.
5. Taking The Term “Mean Girl” to Another Level
My high school sweetheart’s best friend let me know that my girlfriend cheated on me with multiple guys at a party. I broke things off with her that same day. It was a very nasty breakup.
Years and years later I got a message on Facebook from her best friend. She explained to me that my high school sweetheart never cheated on me. She just wanted to break us up so that she could have me for herself because I seemed like the “perfect boyfriend.”
Her plan backfired because I thought she was ugly inside and out, and as soon as I broke things off with my girlfriend, I wanted nothing to do with her. Between her plan failing, and the guilt of ruining an otherwise great relationship, she decided to keep her mouth shut.
I don’t know if she told her best friend, but I know that I never will.
4. Wait…Who’s My Mom and Who’s My Sister?
I used to work with a guy in his early 20’s. At the time of the story, he was getting ready to go with his family for his first out of the country trip. He was pretty d*** excited, and we were getting the play-by-play of all the things — where they were staying, what they were going to do, what he was preparing…
Specifically, he would need to get a passport. However, his birth certificate had been lost. When the replacement one arrived, his mother’s name isn’t the woman he’s called mom his whole life. Instead, it was his sister. It turns out his ‘sister’ had him super young, and his grandparents basically took him on and raised them as their son. No one ever told him the truth. So his ‘sister’ was actually his mom — and his mom and dad were actually his grandparents. His real dad is unknown.
He took a few days off work to sort himself out. However, he still went on the trip and apparently had a blast.
3. An Eerie Coincidence…
In high school, I often stayed late to work on A/V projects. In December 1998, I was shooting a segment for the school TV channel’s annual holiday special. Specifically, my friend was interviewing students, faculty and staff (those who happened to be around and willing to appear on camera) about their holiday memories.
A particular take was spoiled when a group of students walked past and one of them shouted, “Hey [interview subject’s nickname], your c***’*hanging out!”
Enraged beyond reason, I spun the camera on its tripod, pointed it at the group of students (laughing as they headed out the nearest door) and informed the offender that I had him on tape.
This later became the furthest thing from my mind, when I learned that my mother had been critically injured in a head-on collision. The other car, which had veered into her lane, contained three girls from my school (the driver and two passengers). Tragically, one of the passengers died instantly.
I didn’t know any of these girls personally, but I learned the following day that the one who was killed was the fifteen-year-old sister of the friend who was interviewing people for my holiday segment. That’s not the twist.
A couple of weeks later, when I finally began reviewing and editing the footage, a classmate in the room with me made a startling discovery. Among the laughing students was my friend’s sister. She was on her way to the car in which she was killed about twenty minutes later. I’d unwittingly recorded the last image of her alive and the last time she ever saw her brother.
2. The Worst Email Imaginable
My dad — who was always this quiet guy — SNAPPED. Living and working in Qatar, he wrote my mom an e-mail. After 37 years of being married/together, he said he wasn’t going to come back home. Instead, he said he was gonna go with some other woman from the next town over from where we live.
He said to mom, “I should have won an Oscar for faking my love for the years we were together.”
My mom still hasn’t gotten over it (and this happened back in 2011).
Everything our family built was broken in the amount of time it took him to hit send.
1. Well…This is Awkward
I went to college in Milwaukee, but I took some initial credits at a two year campus in Waukesha — a suburb just outside the city to save money.
The University of Wisconsin has a series of two-year campuses across the state. They did some classes remotely — which included German. The professor was on my campus, however, so he did one in-person session and then another section for the remote students at the other campuses all over the state.
Anyway, we took a field trip one day to a REALLY GOOD old world authentic German restaurant to try some different foods. It was great. He invited all the remote students to come down, but didn’t expect anyone to make the trip.
The day we went, the professor told us one person was coming down from Wausau — almost three hours to the north (and also my hometown). Some of my classmates knew I was from up there and have this perception of it being this small up north town. It kind of is, but the whole metro area is probably around 100,000. Small, but not true small town living.
I explained to them that Wausau isn’t that small, and I don’t know everyone there. It’s not like that. Sure enough, this guy shows up. We look at each other for a moment and he asks, “Hey, aren’t you married to [insert my wife’s name here]?” G********.
Note: Yes, I was married in college. I was still in my 20’s. I was a non-traditional person. We got married when my wife finished college, and then she supported us while I went back to finish my degree. She’s a f****** saint.