When the Truth is Stranger Than Fiction: Redditors Share Unthinkable Stories
We all knew that kid who had unbelievable stories. You know, the ones they were for sure making up. There's no way your uncle is the star of that sitcom, and your cousin isn't Christina Aguilera. But what if they were telling the truth, and the facts were so outrageous we choose not to believe them? Put down your skeptic's glasses for a moment as we dive into these experiences!
1. WE PREFER COBALT
For a few months, I was sweating blue. My clothes, nails, and phone cover were all stained blue. None of the doctors I went to could figure it out. It eventually went away on its own. -PerilousPeach. Chromhidrosis is a condition characterized by the secretion of colored sweat, caused by lipofuscin.
2. STARLIGHT, STARBRIGHT
One day, entirely out of the blue, my eight-year-old daughter started telling me she wanted to see shooting stars. I told her it's rare to see any shooting stars where we live (Yonkers, NY). She was resolute that we look and try to see one, so I took her to our window and looked out at the sky with her.
I swear not 10 seconds had passed when a meteor streaked across the sky - closer than any I had ever seen. The trail it left behind glowed bright red. She was so excited and ran to tell my wife. Unfortunately, wife does not believe that my daughter or I saw a meteor that quickly. I swear on my life it happened. -Artikay
3. HERO OF THE HOUR
Years ago, I worked at a popular theme park in the UK. One of the rides was called the River Rapids. Two drunk lads got on. As their raft neared the end, I could see them running around. The raft hit the wall, and they fell in the water. It happened near the lift section of the ride. If they'd been snagged, they would have been badly injured.
I somehow pulled them both out. They were escorted to the medical center, and out of the park. The same day, I followed a car driving all over the place. The car continued swerving until hitting a curb and flipping onto its roof. I stopped my car, ran over, yanked the doors open, and pulled both people out. It was the two lads from the park. -drewhunter1981
4. GO, FETCH!
I was around 12-years-old and playing with my dog in the back yard. He suddenly stopped and stared at me. A piece of wood was sticking out of my leg. It was around eight centimeters long, and in a 90-degree angle. It didn't hurt, in fact, I didn't feel anything. To this day, I'm still wondering how a stick found its way into my leg. -sevenrandomnumbers
5. DESCENDED FROM GREATNESS
My father was adopted, and he died when I was a toddler. It was a closed adoption, but my grandparents, who adopted him, were told some things about his birth parents (occupation, the country they were from, etc.). The professions sounded made up to me, and I always thought my grandpa was trying to make my dad feel better about the people who gave him up.
Earlier this year, my aunt (also adopted, but from another family) and cousins were doing Ancestry DNA kits. So, I decided to google the occupation and country of origin that my grandparents had been told about, and within 45 seconds, I found a man who looked exactly like my father.
My entire family was floored. It turns out he is famous in his country and won some very well-known awards. I messaged him on LinkedIn, and he confirmed that his child was put up for adoption without his consent. The dates matched, and the resemblance to my father was uncanny.
He always thought that his son would come looking for him due to his fame. We talked for a month or so, but now we don't. The man has other children, and I don't think his wife liked the idea of a random grandchild coming out of the woodwork. I just wanted to meet him, as I don't have any memories of my father, and have always had questions about my heritage. -Suburrbia
6. PERHAPS HE COULDN'T SEE IN THE TWILIGHT?
I live in a small town, between Bruges and Kent. Years ago, when I was a teenager, Robert Pattinson, of the “Twilight” franchise was Brussels for a premiere of the latest “Twilight” movie at the time. During that time, I walking beside the street, not in the way at all.
I was almost run over by Robert Pattinson in my hometown. He was driving a Mercedes, and I assumed he was on his way from Brussels to the hotel on the coast, where he stayed. I'm 100% sure it was him, as he was in the general area at the time. -MrKennefff
7. FEELING PECKISH
I like watching wild birds at work. I once watched a young magpie steal bread from a raven. The little magpie's family attacked it, took the bread, and gave it back to the raven. They were squawking at the young magpie and forced it to the front of the pack, facing the raven.
The adult magpies gently prodded the young magpie until it began singing to the raven. Once finished, the magpies waddled away and went back to hunting bugs. I felt like I had just observed some family magpie discipline to prevent an interspecies bird war. -paperconservation101
8. SCHRODINGER ALSO HAD A SANDWICH
One day after school, I emptied my bag onto my bed. There was a sandwich wrapped in cling-wrap from lunch that I hadn't eaten. It fell on on the floor, and when I moved to pick it up, I couldn't find it. I checked under the bed, in my bag, all over the area and under random items. I never found that sandwich. -smithsonian_95
9. FEELING CRABBY
When I was eight years old, I was climbing out of the bathtub after showering, and since I was wet, my mom wrapped me up in a towel, so both my hands became pinned as well. I tripped over the edge of the bathtub, and face planting onto the ground, where I just laid unconscious for a second. I tried to get up, but couldn’t.
There was blood flowing down my face from a cut in my head and my nose, when my bucket of crabs nearby (this was a seaside resort) toppled over and went all over me. They were in a sort of blood frenzy or something because they pinched me all over. So, I started rolling on the ground, still completely wrapped in the towel.
It was a lovely experience. My family just stared, but eventually rescued me. My nose bled for three hours. I went to the hospital, where we found out my nose wasn't broken. My family refuses to acknowledge any of it ever happened, even though I have a hospital bracelet with that date. It was the oddest thing ever.
10. POLTERGEIST WITH A PHONE PHOBIA
I once left my phone in the kitchen and napped on my roommate's couch. He is a very active gamer and was gaming throughout my nap. When I woke up, I wanted to get my phone, but when I went and got it, I felt a chill run down my spine. Something wasn't right. It had the signal for "SIM not connected" on it.
I opened the phone to look at my SIM, to find the SIM card scratched and utterly destroyed. Of course, I asked my roommate what he did to my phone, but he said he was gaming the whole time and was as astounded as me. To this day, we do not know what happened, but I am positive we have a Poltergeist. -BerlinConst
11. ALFRED HITCHCOCK WOULD APPROVE
I heard a bird war outside, so freaking loud. So, I went to investigate and found birds of all kinds were attacking my dog. She was on the side of the house, and I swear to god there were pigeons, finches, brown and gray birds – I mean all kinds.
They cornered her. I went to grab her and saw a dead bird behind her. I've seen her snatch birds out of the sky before. She was a super high jumper and would pluck them out of their flight. Today they rebelled. They were swooping and screaming at her. Crazy as heck! She didn't learn her lesson. -mcbledsoe
12. ONE FISH, TWO FISH, RED FISH, RABBIT?
When I was around ten-years-old, my brother and I were fishing in a lake. A bunny came along and was getting a drink from the lake not far from where we were sitting. Suddenly, although we were completely alone, we heard this enormous crashing sound.
We turned to see the biggest catfish we could have ever imagined jump out of the water, grab the little bunny and pull the poor thing into the pond. I immediately froze, but my brother jumped in the water and managed to save the rabbit from the catfish. -stray_girl
13. PARTY BOAT!
My friend and I missed the last train home after a gig and wandered around killing time until the next train. A drunk man stumbled out of a building and invited us for drinks on his boat. We drank rum with him for a few hours, and he regaled us with stories about all the intimate parties he hosted on his boat.
We didn't believe him, but we had drinks, so we humored him. At one point he pulled a lever near the front of the boat that opened a secret door. I wish I hadn't seen what was inside. It was filled with all kinds of bondage gear and adult toys. My friend and I quickly left to catch the next train back to London. -UpDownStrange
14. ELON COMES IN PEACE
Several years ago, it was the middle of the night, and I was lying in the grass just enjoying the stars and comets. My older step-sister had just gone inside to grab a drink. Out of nowhere, the entire night sky lit up bright blue for a nanosecond. When it faded, only a blue streak and what looked like a ship were left.
It appeared to be rotating slowly. It eventually disappeared, but the trail was still in the sky. I rushed inside to get people out to see it. By the time they got outside, it had faded completely. Nobody believed me. I later found out it was a Space-X launch, but for years I thought I had seen a genuine UFO. -MrR08070
15. HER PERSONAL WORMHOLE
I knew a girl who contracted a rare African parasite. It was utterly horrific. It caused tiny worms to crawl out of a hole in her arm, and the corners of her eyes. It happened. I'm sure it did. I saw the worms. She held one up and said, "See, I told you, this is what they look like."
I threw it on the floor and burned it with a lighter. I wasn't even on drugs because I had a drug test for probation in the morning. It's like my brain is trying to convince me it didn't happen, but I'm sure of it. -dogfood666
16. YOU'VE GOT SOLE
When I was nine, I was walking around in our flat, and wondering what was itching below my foot. So, I looked, and I had a thumbtack sticking inside my heel. I have no clue why, but it didn't hurt at all. I had a huge shock, though. It's also interesting to note that 12 years later, the thumbtack hole is still there. -TheEnhancedExe
17. DEHYDRATION STATION
I was crossing the border at the golden triangle, from Thailand into Myanmar. I had heatstroke due to dehydration and passed out in the middle of the street right after the passport control. I woke up to a terrifying sight: five armed soldiers pointing rifles in my face.
I don't speak a word of Thai, or any other Asian language. So, I did the only thing I could. I tried to sign, "I need a drink" with my hands. They gave me a Coca-Cola and sat me down in a nearby chair. Crisis averted! -PhedreRachelle
18. A FRENCH CONNECTION
I fell asleep listening to a CD one day. A little bit later, I woke up to it still playing, and at a part where they did a skit before a song. The skit was kind of funny, but there was one part I couldn't hear, so I got out of bed to rewind it.
When it played back, it was entirely in French. I don't speak French, I haven’t been exposed to French, and I don’t buy French language albums. But, I could somehow understand what they were saying clear as day a minute earlier. I don't know what happened. -July_Sandwich
19. ESOTERIC TRANCE
When I was 21, I was going through a lost and stressful time in my life. I'm not religious and don't believe in spirituality or the paranormal, but I was having sleep paralysis episodes. They seemed so real. Hallucinations, panic, it all felt very real.
An old lady next door heard from my mother that this was happening to me. She had me call a man who was a guru with paranormal experiences. He told me that every day before going to bed, I should say to whatever was causing these episodes that it wasn't welcome. So, I decided to humor him in hopes that it would make it stop.
After doing this a few times, I sleep, but - I can't move. I look up, and there are two beings in my room talking in this unknown, clicking language. They notice that I'm awake, and one of them slowly comes over to me on my bed and says to me, "If you would like, we can show you your past, present, and future."
Except it didn't "say" it out loud. It forced this sentence into my mind, and I could "hear" it without hearing it. I'm barely able to shake my head and let out a very weak and scared "No, thank you." They both leave my room, and I have never had another experience like that again. -CatBranchman69
20. LET'S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN!
On my first day of school, I had a sudden feeling of content knowledge that I knew everyone. That feeling you get when you've been there for a while. This didn't make any sense, being the first day of school, and not knowing any of the other kids. The feeling went away as I questioned and I shrugged it off.
During the last week of school, bored and just waiting to leave, I suddenly felt panicked that I didn't know anyone as if it was the first day of school. Then I remembered how I felt on the first day. I think I experienced a time swap. -ROBot_404
21. MAKING MUSIC
"For one week, when I got the flu, my farts would whistle no matter what position I was taking. My dog kept thinking I was calling him." -zerogear5. According to ancient legend, there is a mind- body-spirit technique used to focus the mind. It takes complete concentration to whistle and fart simultaneously.
To pull off the technique you have to completely empty the mind of extraneous worry about the past or future and then let go. After doing the whistle-fart a sense of calm and happiness fills the mind and body and spreads happiness to people in the local area. Kidding! That’s an urban legend.
22. CATCH YA LATER!
It happened when I was 11-yeard-old. My aunt was visiting our house (I lived with my sisters, mom, and another aunt). Both my aunts were catching up, and her son (my six-month-old cousin) was getting fussy. I offered to take him and brought him back to my room to lay him on the bed and play with him.
He was fine for a while but got fussy again, so I took him back. On the way to the living room and kitchen, was our washer/dryer. Someone had taken out clothes from the dryer and left the basket in front of it. I ended up tripping on the basket, and my cousin fell out of my arms and into the air.
It all happened in slow motion for me, but I remember catching myself and leaping forward to catch my cousin just before he hit the floor. Suddenly it's really quiet. My youngest sister was staring from the living room couch, and my aunts were staring, jaws dropped, from the kitchen table. The baby starts screaming, and my aunt rushes over to pick him up.
We told this story to my cousin years later, and he doesn't believe us. We haven't shared it since, but my aunt made a joke about it when I was holding my child, and tripped a little over an area rug saying, "You're clumsy, but I know you won't let that kid hit the floor." -kyle-and-karens-kid
23. ARE YOU YOLKING?
I got an entire carton of double-yolked eggs a while back. It blew my freaking mind. -treacletartinatin
There are two different kinds of chickens that most commonly lay an egg with two yolks. On occasion, they're laid by heavy-breed hens, for which the habit of making double-yolk eggs is an inherited trait. However, heavy-breed hens are not typically used for commercial egg laying because they don't lay many eggs.
24. ONE OF US, ONE OF US
Back in high school, I had a photography class, and we went to Manhattan to take pictures for an assignment. We were walking through Times Square, and there are always people trying to hand out flyers or comedy club promos, bus tours, etc. This pretty girl got our attention, and she was talking to us about a book.
Suddenly she's like, "I have someone who can talk to you about this book in more detail, come with me!" She grabbed us by the arms and started walking us somewhere down 42nd avenue. It ends up being a Scientology church. At the time, I had no idea about Scientology and was just curious about what the heck was going on.
She walks us through the door, and a group of people approached us. She told them we wanted to join. Someone came over, and the girl handed us off. He said there was a special movie for us. We went into a small theater and he left.
After two seconds, my buddy and I go "What the heck" and head for the door. It turns out it's locked. We looked around the room for any other door, but it was dark except for the light from the screen. I was freaked out, plus this video about how we all have superpowers. We left immediately. -WarriorOfTheWord
25. WHAT DO YOU DREAM ABOUT?
I was the oldest of two kids to a single mom. There was a bug going around, my brother got it first. Mom ended up using all her sick leave and vacation time to nurse first, my brother, and then herself. I remained healthy – until my mom had to go back to work, of course.
She had two jobs, no health insurance, two kids, and bills to pay. She left teenage me home. "Stay in bed, drink lots of fluids, CALL ME if you need anything.” While I was sleeping, I heard knocking on the front door. I don't answer the door when I'm home alone, so I roll over and try to go back to sleep.
I heard the door open, and someone call my name. I heard my bedroom door open next, and then felt someone sit on the bed next to me, saying my name over and over. I thought maybe my mom asked our neighbor to check on me, but the neighbor wouldn't have had a key.
The voice got louder, "Call your mom. Get up, call your mom. CALL YOUR MOM!" I rolled over, and there's a woman I don't recognize. I stumbled down the hall and called my mom. My mom says I called her speaking gibberish. I had a very high fever. She lost her job because she walked out to take me to the hospital.
She never left me home alone while sick again. She never asked a neighbor to check on me either. A few weeks later, my mom got a package in the mail from her cousins. It was a few family heirlooms. I recognized the woman in the black and white photograph as the woman who woke me up. It was my great-grandmother's wedding photo.
She was 16-years-old in the photo. Apparently she came back from the grave and beyond to save her favorite granddaughter's kid. Or I had one heck of an unexplainable hallucination, considering I only met my great-grandmother when I was a baby, and she was 94. -DesolateDamsel
26. CONJURING TRICKS
When I was around 14-years-old, I was making myself a cup of coffee or tea – can't quite remember, but I had placed a teaspoon in my mug. As I was turning, I kind of hit/pushed the top of the spoon with my left hand, and it landed on the floor like two feet away from me.
I picked it up, turned around, and the teaspoon was still in the mug; now, I had two teaspoons. To this day, I'm not sure if I had two spoons stuck with one another in that mug, or did I do some weird item-doubling magic? -bubba_alabama
27. FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY
When I told him what happened he looked me straight in the eyes and laughed. He said we spoke at 10 pm and I told him that I would be staying the night at my friend's house. But my friend confirmed that I left at 7 pm, which leaves a 12 hour gap.
During those 12 hours I have no idea what happened or what was I doing. My dad didn't believe me and still thinks I was pranking him. Luckily, nothing like that has ever happened again. Still gives me the chills. -Arteemiis
I was driving home at night, along my usual route. It's a straight road, without streetlights, but reasonably busy. I noticed a light in the sky following me. There's a tiny runway near my old house used mainly by crop dusters, so I assume it's a plane. Then I notice another, then another and another until there are at least ten lights.
They're not in any formation, and it was quiet, except for the sound of my engine. I pull over, and they hover as I get out of the car. They suddenly all move at incredible speed into a single, straight line, and zoom off into the distance. I stood there, stunned for at least five minutes, knowing that no one would ever believe me. -UnusualDoctor
29. MAYBE IT WAS JARED
One day in my freshman year of college, I biked to Subway. Around halfway through my ride there, my chain fell off. I was on campus, and it was crowded, so I just walked my bike the rest of the way and figured I'd fix it later. I got my sandwich and came out to eat it back at my dorm.
I couldn't believe my eyes. My chain was fixed entirely and was perfect. I was in there for less than five minutes; I don't know how it was fixed. My guess is some kind person noticed the chains were broken, and just fixed them on the spot. I was thrilled, but not without massive curiosity. It isn't very extreme; I just wanted to say it. -Cows_Killed_My_Mom
30. WRONG DOOR
One winter morning, the old lady next door passed away. Relatives and neighbors gathered to offer condolences. And, she woke up. When the craziness settled, we asked her what happened. She said that men in black robes came to fetch her, and said it was her time. They took her to their master, who looked at her and shook his head.
He said there was a mistake, and that they got the wrong person. He nudged her shoulder back, and that's when she got up. People were creeped out but still relieved that the lady was alright. That was until we learned that two streets down, a much younger lady by the same name, had passed away of natural causes just around that time. -HairLikeWinterFire
31. SAY IT IN MY GOOD EAR
When I was in high school, a bully punched me in the face. My mom thought he broke my orbital bone, so she took me to the ER. The eye doctor did an exam and said my eye and socket were fine, but that I "need to get that mass behind the jaw looked at.”
Seven years earlier, the lump the eye doc was referring to, was thought to be TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). I was referred to a neurologist and went in for emergency surgery the next day. When they showed me the mass, I nearly lost it. They excised a two-inch tall, one-inch long, egg-shaped mass. Benign, thankfully. It was a freaking, fully formed ear. -shiv11fourty1
32. THOSE BRITCHES DON'T RUN
I once fired my rifle during a firefight in Afghanistan, while holding the arm of my colleague, while my pants were around my ankles. I was doing this, because I had to take a poop, and I was hanging my butt over an edge of a cliff, while my buddy was turned facing the other direction (because I can't poop with people watching).
Well, mid push, we started taking fire, and I was holding his trigger hand. I unslung my rifle, flipped the safety, and began shooting off to my right while still pooping. None of our guys were hurt that day, but I did hold a ceremony for my lost tighty-whities. -mactheattack2
33. IS THERE A LADY IN THE LAKE?
I was rowing in the middle of a lake, after having gone fishing. The lake is flat and still as glass, never a single wave. It was about 11 am. I stopped momentarily, because one of the oars popped out of its socket. I hasd to stand, and it was a pain to fix.
Suddenly something bumped the bottom of boat, hard enough that I fell, landing on my butt. The boat began rotating until it was backward. After three seconds, there was the same dead stillness again, not a single wave. The only non-creepy explanation I can come up with is that there were divers in the lake who decided to mess with me. -Freevoulous
34. LUCK MAY NOT BE LADY, AFTER ALL
I was at a video slot casino, and this old man next to me hit the 'Lucky Ladies Jackpot' for $9,000! His face turned white, and he BEGGED me to claim the prize for him, saying that no-one could know he was there. He said he would split it with me. I claimed it, deducted the taxes and fees, and he gave me $1,700.
But he couldn't have realized how much that day changed my life. I had gotten fired that day. Thanks to the money, I was able to purchase a laptop and get into graphic design work. In the end, I landed a good job and am so much happier now. All thanks to that man and his "Lucky Ladies Jackpot." -tommygunz007
35. WAS HE WEARING A RED COAT?
During a trip to Williamsburg, I woke up in the middle of the night. A civil or revolutionary war soldier (too dark and scared to tell) was sitting on the foot of my bed. He got up and turned around. I swear it was a boy no older than 15 or 16. He had a ragged bullet hole wound just below his neck. I'll remember that image on my deathbed. -Zyklozylum
36. OLD ENOUGH... TO PARTY.
I took a cab home from a work party, and was pretty drunk. I had just moved into a new apartment, and I gave the cab driver the wrong address. I ended up on a block that looked almost the same as mine, in front of a building that looked like mine.
I couldn’t unlock the door to the building though. I went out to look for my car - it wasn't there. That's when I realized I was on the wrong block. I started walking in the direction I thought my apartment was when a police car pulled up. The police asked what I was doing, and I told them, "I'm really drunk, and I just want to go home."
They told me they received a call about someone trying to break into an apartment building. They were super suspicious of me, but eventually, it became clear I was just a drunk idiot and not a burglar. They ran me through the system to make sure I didn't have warrants or anything, and then offered me a ride home.
When we were arriving at my apartment, I tried to tell them it was complicated to get to because of so many one-way streets. The officer driving said, "Who do you think you're with?" turned on the lights and drove the wrong way down the street. I felt like I was with the cops from Superbad. -eDgAR-
I fell off a 35-foot bridge onto concrete and barely even hurt myself. The worst that happened was a badly bruised thigh and a deep graze on my elbow. Whenever I tell this story, people call me out, but it's true. -SamCrossyy
38. THE YOUNGEST SPIES
I was in Washington, DC, on vacation. Our hotel had a conference that weekend, and the lobby and the elevators were packed. My cousin and I decided we'd skip the elevator lines and use the stairs. We didn't realize that the doors in the stairwells are only supposed to let you out on the ground floor.
For whatever reason, the door on our floor was open, so we dropped off our bags in the room and went back down the stairs to make a second trip. When we returned, the door to our floor was now locked. We went down level by level, trying each door with the same results.
We were locked in a stairwell with no cell reception, and we had no way to tell anyone that we were in trouble. At ground level, there was a door and an ominous set of stairs behind that door that led into a level below, with a sign marked "Staff Only."
We eventually reached the ninth floor and saw the same thing. We figured we'd investigate. We went further into the office area, and saw a 10-foot-tall portrait of George W. Bush (This was 2005) and above it, a sign that said "US Department of Homeland Security and Immigration Services."
Then we saw a large African American bodyguard who was shocked at our presence. I look at him, and I said, "I think we're lost," and he said, "You absolutely are." He told us to come with him, and he led us to another elevator that required a fingerprint, code, and key card to open, and another guard.
We ultimately were questioned on how we got into the building. After two hours, they let us go. When we left, we asked where the hotel was, and the guard pointed halfway down the block on the other side of the street. My grandparents were rather upset and thought we were lying when we finally met up with them. . -JamesWhitehead13
39. CORPORAL CONDIMENT
I opened the fridge, and a jar of mustard fell out. It hit the ground, and I automatically thought, "Great, now I have to clean all of it up." But there was something off about the whole thing: I genuinely didn't hear it hit the ground. And when I looked down, there was nothing to see. No glass shards, mustard, nothing.
I looked around for a good five minutes questioning my reality. It turns out, it bounced off the ground and landed on the wine shelf (next to the fridge, like a foot above the floor). Upright. It straight up did a flip off the floor. It dropped a solid 6 feet on hard ground and just bounced. I'm still questioning the laws of physics to this date. -JustCrits
When I was eight or nine, my buddies and I were racing our BMX bikes to school. It was a cold night, and the cars had splashed water all over the sidewalk until it froze into this slick skating rink. I was the lead bike, and as I tried to round the corner, I wiped out on the ice and slid right across the highway.
But that's not even the scary part. I didn't just slide across an empty highway. I slid right under a freaking semi-truck. Popped out the other side unscathed, with the front tire of my bike completely smashed. The truck rolled right over the tire, and completely missed me. -hooks_n_ammo
41. FATE PLAYED A HAND
I was on a train that had the chain to pull in case of an emergency If you pull it for no reason, you can face a huge fine. When I went to the washroom, I got stuck. I used the nearest thing to help me get up, and I ended up pulling the emergency chain, and the train stopped.
People started running out of the train and that's when I realized the awful truth: a compartment of the train was on fire. That's how I survived almost going to prison, by accidentally saving the train. I told this story to a friend, but he would not believe me, so I just let it go. -greeneyeded
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