These are the best glitch in the matrix stories on the internet. Add your own glitch in the matrix story to the comments!
1. A creepy General Tso’s story
“Me and my friend were at a Chinese Restaurant, and we ordered a General Tso chicken Dinner and a shrimp lo mein dish. When we sat down we took out both boxes and set them on the table about two feet apart. My friend opens the first box and we see a shrimp lo mein dish. It has all the things in there…noodles. Shrimp. Fried rice. He closes the box and opens the other box. Inside that box is another shrimp lo mein dish. Shrimp. Noodles. Fried Rice.
“oh” I think, “they must have mixed the order.” I was just about to say this when my friend says out loud “looks like they made a mistake and gave us two…” as he opens up the first box again. Inside of it is a General tso chicken dinner order. General tso chicken, white rice, and an egg roll. He froze and looked at me…I looked back at him…and we sat in silence.
it took us five or so minutes to collect ourselves. I have no idea what the fuck happened.”
2. Ice cream stain
“I spilled chocolate ice cream on my leg. I wiped it off and there was still a pale brown stain in the shape of the ice cream splotch. I told my mother who said it was a birthmark. I will swear under oath that never before that moment did I have a birthmark there.”
3. The hotel room shifted beneath us as we slept
“Was on a road trip with family once. We stayed at a hotel for a night. Our room was nothing more than 2 beds, and a restroom, with a big-ass mirror on across from the beds. Everyone went to sleep but me. I stayed up playing a mobile game I was addicted to at the time. At about 2 AM I went to sleep. When I woke up, I noticed something was : The mirror was gone, the room had 2 separate bedrooms, and there were 3 beds. Apparently I was the only one who noticed it because my family called my crazy. Still confused as fuck to this day as to what happened.”
4. Her cellphone teleported from one place to another
“My friend and I were talking to our room mate and her girlfriend one night. Room mate had just received her new phone and was sitting in bed using it while the four of us chatted.
So, room mate had sat her phone down while we were all chatting. She goes to pick it back up and it’s gone! Like, she had just sat it down for a few minutes tops before she noticed that the thing has poofed. I call it for her and we can’t hear it. We take the comforter and sheets off the bed and shake them all out. We look under the bed, behind it, EVERYWHERE we can. That phone is GONE. Even though we hadn’t left her room at all during our conversation when the phone disappeared, we tore apart the whole apartment trying to find it.
Finally, we decide to try her car.
It was in the locked trunk.
We lived on the third floor and were all in the same room watching her use it before it teleported.”
5. I saw (and heard) a disembodied hand smacking my nightstand
“I was putting makeup on and from the corner of my eye I saw what looked like the shadow of a hand slap down onto my nightstand. Would’ve dismissed it as my brain playing tricks on me or something, but I it too, and it sounded like a really loud smack.
Was weird but I’ve experienced so many small unusual incidents like this (things randomly falling, or shaking) so I guess I’ve become apathetic to it. That was the first time I ever actually heard the thing too though.”
6. I found a photograph that defies the laws of reality
“I went to camp when I was around 12ish. Took one of those disposable film cameras with me (cell phones were still in flip phone phase and I didn’t have one). Took a picture of two people I made friends with there. One of them appears in the photo twice in two different poses entirely.
Still weirds me out when I come across that photo.”
7. I experienced a moment where time stayed frozen
“When I was a teenager, I was in my room and decided to go the kitchen to make a sandwich. I looked at the clock before I left, 6:48pm. Went to the kitchen, made an awesome sandwich, got some chips, and a drink. This probably took me at least 10 minutes. When I walked back into my room, the clock still said 6:48pm. I stood there for a bit really confused, then it turned to 6:49.”
8. Multiple drivers experienced a time jump on the same street
“Had a friend who was convinced something was wrong with the area between the nearby town and his home. Or maybe it was his car? He claimed that, many times, he’d leave work and somehow be home five minutes later when it was a 15-20 minute drive. It was crazy. He wasn’t the only one to experience it either. Happened to a few friends that rode with him. Definitely weird stuff.”
9. I answered a phone call that the other person never actually experienced
“I was sitting in my office one day, when my desk phone rings, and it is my under sheriff asking me to bring him all the reports/dispatch logs/any documentation ref to a specific so I get it all together, and start towards his office. I meet him in the hallway, and hand him the paperwork. He asked what it was. I told him, ‘It’s the XXXXX documentation you asked for.’
He then swears he never asked me for it. That he had just arrived and had not called my office. He was on his way down the hall to ask me to get it together.”
10. A birthmark materialized out of nowhere
“I spilled chocolate ice cream on my leg. I wiped it off and there was still a pale brown stain in the shape of the ice cream splotch. I told my mother who said it was a birthmark. I will swear under oath that never before that moment did I have a birthmark there.”
11. I knew the words about to be said before they left anyone’s lips
“To this day I can not explain what happened. Was watching tv with friends and we landed on some old 80s movie I used to watch over and over but hadn’t seen in a long time. I had the dialogue memorized and it all instantly came back and I knew what was going to be said next.
Here’s the freaky part we changed channels and kept trying to find something to watch. I noticed that everything we watched was the same—I knew every line of dialogue as if I was remembering it from having memorized it. These were all things I had never watched before!
—it started happening even when my friends were talking. An instant before they said anything, I knew word for word what they were saying. The effect only last an hour or so but it was bizarre!!”
12. The lights flickered whenever I walked inside of a room
“Sometimes I swear that lights flicker in whatever room I’m in. It’s like someone turned all the present lights off simultaneously. I even ask those around me if they saw the lights ‘turn off.’ I don’t recall blinking any time this has happened either. I wonder if I have mini nanosecond blackouts…”
13. I had inside knowledge on strangers that I had never met before
“Sometimes I’ll be talking to someone I’ve never met, and very specific facts about them will pop into my consciousness out of nowhere like ‘this person had a golden retriever that died in 2009.’ Then they’ll inevitably bring up the fact that I mentioned without me saying anything first. Sometimes seconds later, sometimes years.”
14. My sister swore she had a conversation with me that never occurred in our reality
“Every once in awhile I have dreams about places or people I’ve never seen then about 6-7 months later I’m in the place or with the people and have de ja Vu. I also sing random songs even when something else is playing on the radio then the next song that plays is what I was singing. I’ve done this on mine, my best friends and my girlfriends iPods on shuffle many many times and it freaks them the fuck out every time.
One SUPER weird thing though happened in about 2012ish. I was 19 and living at home with my parents and younger sister still. I came home from work from my job at a BBQ place and my sister says to me, ‘Oh I thought you said you were off today?’ I’m confused because I left at 5 am before anyone was awake and I ask her, ‘When did I say that?’ She says to me, ‘Like 2 hours ago in your room.’ She thinks I’m screwing with her so I tell her to smell me cause you can smell the BBQ sauce and smoke on me. Then she gets really creeped out and tells me she had went into my room earlier and seen me in bed with covers up to my neck and had a 15 minute conversation with me. That shit REALLY creeped me out and I never felt comfortable in that room ever again.”
15. My cup jumped from place to place without any reasonable explanation
“When I was about 9, I was eating dinner in my room for some reason. I was sat at my dresser that had a big mirror, and my dad came in to check on me. He asked me if I wanted some more tea, to which I said yes and handed him my cup. I watched him walk out and close the door, looked over to see my cup, full of tea, right from where I picked it up. I asked my dad about it, he said he never came in my room.”
16. He had a vivid hallucination of a car crash that have happened
“Here’s one from my brother. I don’t think our mom believed him, but I certainly do. He seemed spooked when he got home.
He was sitting in the passenger seat, driving home alongside my mom. A bright green car swerved and hit them, knocking bits and pieces of glass into his arm.
He jolted awake afterwards, just in time to see the green car pass them. He claimed he felt the marks the glass left afterwards too.”
17. I watched a man teleport in broad daylight
“I have to preface this with some backstory about a man named Zeus. Now Zeus has a reputation around Knoxville, TN as a bit of an eccentric character. My brother has told me stories about him making people pass out just by whispering in their ear, giving people glass pendants and saying ‘this is the color of your soul,’ just generally unusual stuff. He was thought of as a magic-man of sorts. Well long-story short, my brother and I were walking through the West Town Mall when we saw him. Now let me tell you, this guy is incredibly recognizable. I’m talking 6’5 African dude with a gray goatee, nose piercings, and at least four rings per finger. He always carried a staff and wore a floor-length black duster jacket with huge-ass buckles on the front. This Zeus. We saw him walking just a bit ahead of us and then turn towards an exit. Naturally, we lost sight of him for probably 60 seconds after he turned the corner and left the mall. The weird thing was after my brother and I passed that same exit, and not more than about 30 seconds later, we were coming upon another exit/entrance when all of the sudden out pops, you guessed it, good ole Zeus the magic-man. Now this is a big place, it takes 5 minutes to walk the length of it. There is absolutely no way he could have made it to the opposite side of this place in the time he did. Even if he was sprinting or was somehow able to go up and over building; 60 seconds is just not enough time. This man teleported. There’s just no other way to slice it.”
18. I made a completely random guess that turned out to be true
“I was waiting tables about twelve years ago, and my coworker forgot to put in a food order for a 3 top table. He also forgot what the order was. I was laughing at him stressing out trying to figure it out, and I said it was probably fried mozzarella, a cheeseburger with no onions, and chicken fingers. I was completely joking, and that was their exact order. It freaked me out. I made him let me run the food to the table to make sure he wasn’t fucking with me.”
19. I felt like I was trapped inside of a video game
“As often as every couple days I’ll vividly remember being exactly where I am as it is, but at a different time, like repeating a cutscene in a video game. It’s frequent enough I’ve repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of my existence.”
20. I had premonitions in the form of random dreams
“I had a dream about a hamster running on a wheel, when I woke up my roommate said someone threw a hamster down the trash shoot. I also had a dream about a white rat, and the next day my friend texts me that his white pet rat had died.”
21. Two total strangers had the same dream about meeting each other (which came TRUE)
“This didn’t happen to me, but to my Dad. He works for a heating and air conditioning company so he often has to go out to people’s houses to fix things. About 5 years ago he told me he had a bizarre dream where he went on a call to an elderly woman’s house. He’d never seen the house or this woman before, but he said it was bizarre because of how realistic the whole thing felt. He fixed her boiler in the dream, chatted for a bit, and then left.
About a week later his company gets a call from an elderly woman needing her boiler fixed. They send my dad on the job. When he arrived, he said it was the exact same house from his dream and the same old lady. He knew her name before he even had to ask and knew his way around the house without having gone inside yet. When she opened the door, she said “Hi Gary,” and when he asked how she already knew his name, she said she had a dream last week that her boiler broke and that my dad is the one who came to fix it, so she just knew that would be his name.
Two complete strangers, never having met each other, had the exact same dream that they would meet each other, and they did. The whole thing is so crazy.”
22. I found a location where people would spawn and despawn
“This just happened quite recently, I was heading towards a place from a train station that was being remodeled and there’s a huge chunk that’s under construction. I got a bit lost in the area and my Google maps was telling me that I should go through one path, but I couldn’t since the whole area was basically off limits and I should take a detour. This was some busy underpass with people going to the platforms and there was one big temporary plywood wall with big signs of ‘UNDER CONSTRUCTION’ ‘UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS FORBIDDEN’ ‘NO ENTRY.’
This part got weird.
That plywood wall had a plywood door. And people were entering/ exiting it like a normal busy door. Completely normal looking people that looked like they don’t belong in a construction area, even some old woman entered it. So then I thought that the map is working fine so I decided to go through the door.
And it got even weirder.
On the other side was just a huge empty area, completely under construction. An area of sand, piles of gravel, some pillars and construction in the distance. The edge of the underpass was completely unfinished. I was really confused since I wasn’t far behind the last person who went through the door and I had no idea where the guy went. There was no path, it didn’t seem to look like there was some path where the people would’ve gone. There’s a big gravel road in front of me going a bit to the side and the map was telling me to follow some similar path, so I thought maybe I should check it out a bit. Except fuck no, a big Caterpillar tractor sped up along that road and I wasn’t planning to walk near that. I saw the guy in the tractor looking at me confused, so the next thing I thought was to go back since I shouldn’t even be here. I opened the door and a few people walking away/to a platform looked at me weirdly like I did when I saw people entering the door. No one entered after I went through nor when I came out. So after that, I just had to take the detour since I was in a hurry anyway and forgot about it for the rest of the day.”
23. In the middle of a conversation I heard the words skip
“I was listening to my friend talk and he suddenly like just ‘lagged out’ I guess. He sounded like a static phone and then repeated a couple of words.”
24. In a weird twist of fate, my lie became the truth
“Was going to be late and was coming up with a story in order to avoid getting in trouble. Story I cam up with is that as i was being pulled over by a cop for speeding someone rear-ended him and it hit my vehicle. (had a pretty big dent in my truck but no one knew what i drove yet as i was new to the job.) 5 minutes later I got pulled over for going 75 in a 65 and low and behold someone clipped the cop car and pushed the car into my truck. ticket was excused, boss told me it was okay, got that bumper fixed for free and a grand from the dude’s insurance company. (the one who hit the cop car).”
25. We were in the same vicinity without realizing it
“When I was little (6 years old) my parents took us to Disneyland in Florida, we went to go watch one of those shows with parrots. During the middle, I had to go to the bathroom so my mom took me, and left my dad and my sister to watch the show. When we came back, the entire stadium was empty so we thought the show ended and we went back to the bathroom area to wait for my dad, thinking that’s where he must have taken my sister since it’s the only bathroom station in the area.
We sat on the bench and waited for two hours before my mom gave up (this was pre-cell phone.) The only remarkable thing during this time was that one of those iguana lizard things was fighting a squirrel behind the bench and I watched that with great joy (I actually remember this). We did some other stuff, then went back to the hotel room to wait for them. The entire time my mom was annoyed at my dad, saying it’s so irresponsible of him.
A few hours after we got back to the hotel room, my dad and sister (who is a year younger than me) came back and obviously they started arguing, both saying they were waiting for the other at the bathroom.
Me and my sister on the hand, started telling each other about the lizard and squirrel we saw fighting. Apparently, both of us saw what happened from the same vantage point on that bench. My parents stopped to listen to us and asked us to clarify. We both saw the same lizard, same squirrel, fighting from the same point on the bench.
It was one of those inexplicable occurrences but they didn’t give it further thought until me and my sister brought up the “Remember that time we saw the lizard and squirrel fight?” and my mom was like, yeah that was a weird day.”
26. A footprint appeared without the ground being touched
“I was standing outside work, having a smoke. I was looking at the bike rack and thinking about how it was silly they just placed one there and didn’t bolt it down or anything.
Then a bird footprint showed up. Just one foot print. Like a ghost bird put just one foot down in the middle of the otherwise undisturbed snow. It happened right in front of me, I was looking exactly where it happened when it happened.
Very weird. Most likely the snow just happened to collapse in that shape but still it was strange.”
27. Radar detector
“This happened to my dad so it’s not exactly a personal story. Anyway, my dad was driving down a long lonely highway in Ohio doing about 90 in his z28 with a radar detector. Rolling hills and whatnot meant that cops could hide at the bottom before you could see them and slow down. So, all of a sudden, his radar detector starts blaring an he slams on the brakes. Right over the hill, there’s a squad car running radar. He’s super relieved, but when he looks at the detector, it’s not even on the windshield. It was unplugged and in the glove compartment.”
28. The voice
“When I was like 10 or 11 I was going to the beach with my aunt and her friends. There were two cars of us. To get there we had to go through a very large industrial area. We didn’t know the direction, so our car was following the other. Suddenly, they did an unexpected turn and so our driver had to take a sharp bend.
In that moment we heard a very clear, loud voice inside the car saying laughing “Sharp bend, hm?!”. The driver immediately hit the brakes. We looked at each other, puzzled: we all recognized it as a voice not belonging to any of us.
In the very same time, we noticed that the other car has stopped as well. The other driver got out of the car with a scared face and shouted to us: “Did… did you hear that as well?”.
They heard the very same thing inside their car. The area around was full deserted.”
29. I woke up to random faces on the walls staring right at me
“I woke up from a dream where I died, and when I opened my eyes all I saw were faces all over the walls staring at me. It was terrifying! I got up from my bed and turned on the light. The faces didn’t go away. I left the room and made sure I was awake. I was. I wrote on my computer, drank some water, and when I went back in my bedroom the faces were gone. I believe this is a sleep hallucination, which I had another experience of as well.”
30. I experienced a bizarre glitch in the matrix
“I had a glitch in the matrix just today.
I was doing a damage audit and an inventory audit on our fleet vehicles today. I did the damage audit first. I found a vehicle with significant damage and listed out details. This was among about 10 damaged vehicles inside of about 30 we have on our lot.
Well, upon turning in the damage audit, I’m told this vehicle is not on our lot. Befuddled, I went and checked. And it was not where it was when I inspected it. I searched the whole lot. .
We had no transports today meaning the vehicle was never moved. We also checked the location history of it and it had only been rented and returned out of one location about 20 minutes away. It’s never been on our lot before.
Here’s where it gets creepy. I’m thinking “okay, I just had the unit number wrong.” Nope. I pulled up previous inspections and it had the exact same damage on it that I had written out.
So some how I inspected a vehicle properly that was not, and had never been, on my lot.”
31. JUST STOPPING FOR GAS
My boyfriend told me this one, and his sister and mom confirm it.
He was driving through Texas on his way to visit relatives. It’s dead of night on a tonne lane highway in the middle of no where. He hasn’t passed a gas station in a while, and his tank was getting low, so decided to fill up at the next available station.
After a while he rolls into a small town, there’s a lit up diner on the right and local gas station on the left. All the lights are on and cars filling up so he figures this place is open.
It seems to be exceptionally busy for this time of night, but he really needs gas so decides to wait in line to fill up. There’s only two cars ahead of him so it shouldn’t take long. At this point his sister wakes up in the back seat.
“What’s taking so long?” it’s been like ten minutes and not one car has moved.
Then all of a sudden his sister blurts out “none of the people are moving” sure enough, the people waiting in the cars, the people filling up, the cashier and people in the convenient store. None had moved since they pulled up to the station.
His heart is racing at this point, but he pulls up to get a closer look. Sure enough, ever single person at this gas station is a mannequin.
So basically they peeled outta there, and never looked back. I wish they had taken pictures because I would have loved to see it.
32. VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS
I am from Finland, and that’s also where these things i’m about to describe to you happened. This was some years ago (pre-smartphone/GPS era). It was the end of the summer and myself and two friends were on a camping trip way up in the north, in Lapland. The mosquito season was over, and the weather was cooling down in anticipation of the coming fall. The three of us had packed food and gear for a 10 day trek. The car we arrived in had been left at the parking lot of a visitor center – this happened within the premises of the Urho Kekkonen National Park, a 985 sq. mile stretch of wilderness near the Russian border.
The terrain there varies greatly, from treeless and semi-mountaineous to dense forest of spruce and pine and dwarf birch. There are lots of swamps. Seeing reindeer is not uncommon and some nights you might hear wolves in the distance. You can run into a bear or a wolverine in this place, but of course normally they avoid people. We mostly camped in a tent, but some nights we used shelters and simple huts provided for travellers free of charge. The trip had lasted 5 days, we were at the furthest of any kind of civilization we were going to be on that particular outing, truly in the middle of nowhere – there really is nothing there. There are no villages, towns or industry, the place is a national park after all. Seeing other hikers happened from time to time, you’d see some people in the distance maybe, very rarely would you come face to face with anyone.
So, in the middle of our trip, we were camped in a small clearing, woodland extending around us for a considerable distance in all directions. It was already dark, we had eaten our evening meal and all three of us were jammed in our only tent. It was a bit cramped but we fit. We took turns carrying it during the hikes. We were just exchanging some jokes and crude humour in the dark, like guys in their twenties do, about to go to sleep in our sleeping bags. When we quieted down we began to hear it: talking. And the sound of machinery. Given our location, this was profoundly weird. We camped in a tent because there were no huts nearby. Maybe there was another camp somewhere near us? We couldn’t quite make out what was being said, but it was a human voice, no doubt about it. But nothing really could explain the sound of heavy machinery. It sounded like an excavator or a tank, something big, powerful, and really not too far away. Combined with the sound of talking, we thought “construction yard”. But at that time of night, in an unpopulated, protected nature reserve? We got out of our tent. It was cold and pitch black, the campfire had some coals stll glowing. We took out our flashlights.
My two buddies have always been a lot braver than me. The sound was clearly coming from the north, maybe half a kilometer away. We thought the construction might be going on behind a small hill some distance away. We could see no lights or anything. We still could not make out what was being said. The speaking-like voice was monotonous, and it was impossible even to say what language was being used. Still sounded a lot like a person speaking though. You may be aware of the sort of spooky phenomenon of hearing a human voice in static? Maybe you’ve used a blowdryer and been sure someone is talking – turn it off and it was just something the brain tried to interpret from the steady hum. Maybe it was sort of like that, it’s hard to explain. The machinery-like sound continued, not loud, but you could sort of make out the powerful engine, at times accelerating/adding power, at times at idle. My two friends resolved to go find out what was going on. We put our warm clothes back on, donned boots and i sat next to the dying fire, adding some more wood to it. I would stay at camp while my buddies left to check out this mystery construction yard in the middle of nowhere in the Lapland woods.
So, there i sat. The guys took out their maps, took a compass heading and left and i could hear them make their way through the forest, see the light from their flashlights. Then they were gone. The weird sounds continued, unaltered. They were gone 15 minutes, then maybe 30. Then the better part of an hour. It was odd, judging by the volume of the sound, they should have reached it, checked it out and been back already. I added more firewood, and tried to make out what the person talking was saying but it was too tinny and obscure. The guys had been away for over 2 hours. I figured they had stayed for coffee with the construction guys or something. Then the sound stopped. Just like that. It just ended, all at the same time. The engine sound and the voice both just quit. It was very silent. I waited for another 30 minutes, very worried now that something had happened, that maybe my friends were lost. Should i go and try to find them? I shouted their names several times, and built the fire pretty big. I was scared shitless when suddenly i saw the flashlights of my friends. Apparently they were returning in a hurry.
The guys got back to camp, out of breath. They told me the following: They had followed the sound beyond the small ridge in the distance. There was nothing there and it seemed like they were not getting any closer to the source of the sounds. They had to stop every now and then, be quiet and listen to it to be able to walk towards it. They walked and stopped like this for some time, then realized they were not getting any closer. The sounds did not change in volume at all. They decided to go “just a bit further” several times, when suddenly the sound just stopped like someone pressed a button on a recording. They realized they had been going on for a long time. They were in the middle of the dark woods, alone. They reversed the heading and started back at a brisk pace. Eventually they saw my big ass fire from the top of a hill and found their way back.
The weird thing is, we seemed to think the sound stopped at different times. They had been gone 2,5 hours in total. They said the sounds stopped at around the 1 hour 15 minutes mark after they left, they then started to head back immediately, return trip taking a bit longer even though they kept a good pace, they apparently wandered around a bit. For me, the sound stopped at the 2 hour mark, just 30 minutes before they returned.
We did not sleep that night. Nothing more happened on that trip and we never found out what the weird construction yard like sound was about. When we returned to the parks visitor center some 5 days later, we asked around but no-one knew of any ongoing construction taking place in the whole national park area. Been bugging me ever since…
33. A Dream So Real That It Have Happened
I had a (subjectively) long, involved dream where I was a vendor in a fish market. I remember getting up early, dressing, doing a whole morning routine, going to get tea, heading out to the docks, buying fish, loading them in a cart and going to get ice, then haggling for ice, buying some less fresh fish while I was at it, then going to a market to my stall, setting up and selling fish all day. It was so real. I talked to friends, smoked nasty cigarettes, haggled customers, ate lunch, had tea and just lived through the day. At the end of the day, I cleaned up, counted my cash, paid the stall rent, went home, cooked some of the fish I hadn’t sold, sling with some veggies and rice that I’d traded for. I drank more tea, relaxed for awhile, then drew a hot bath, soaked and smoked some more cigs, then went to bed.
The next morning, I woke up refreshed, …. Except I was in my house, next to my wife, truck parked outside and it was Saturday – no work. My wife and I were getting geared up to go skiing in Oregon and the car was already packed. Weird thing was….
In the dream, I was single. And a smoker (I’m not). And the whole long dream had been in fluent Chinese. The effortless kind of fluency that only comes from a lifetime of speaking it. Oh, and I had Chinese.
I’m a big, hairy white dude – somewhat fluent in Spanish and I know a little bit of Russian, but I’ve never…. It was just weird. I’ve never worked in a fish market.
I wonder who I was. I wonder what that was.
34. Speaking French…When You Don’t Speak French
Several years ago I woke up in bed next to my (now ex) girlfriend and we had a conversation in fluent French. I got up and got in the shower, and as the water started running I realized, neither of us spoke French. When I got out I asked her about it. She remembered it happening but was as confused as I was. I can’t even remember what we talked about because I don’t fucking speak French.
35. Jamais Vu
I’ve experienced deja vu a couple of times when I was younger, and while that is certainly freaky, nothing beats its opposite, jamais vu, which I experienced twice during a period of work related stress a few years ago.
On both occasions I was driving in my car, in perfectly familiar surroundings near my home, when suddenly I had no idea where I was or where I was going. It was like being instantly teleported to a foreign country.
It only lasted seconds, but very creepy nonetheless. Until it happened to me, I had no idea that this even existed.
36. An Odd Night At The Hotel
I work as a security/nighttime attendant at an apartment building. It’s 24 stories and one of the oldest buildings in the city.
One night I’m sitting here when the phone rings at about 3 AM, and I answer “Hello this is Rick at the front desk how can I help you?” the voice on the other end sounded female, but was totally garbled and the only bit I could make out was “23rd floor.” I tried to tell the person I couldn’t understand them, and asked what apartment they were in, but again garbled response and “23rd floor.” After the 3rd time of trying to understand them and the same response, I said since I couldn’t understand them I’d come up and to meet me in the hallway.
So I go to the main elevators, and both are up on the (surprise) 23rd floor. Luckily, we have an older service elevator and it’s only on the 7th floor so I call it down. I get it and hit the button for the 23rd floor, but it won’t move and the inner door won’t close, so I go to unlock the reset panel and boom we start going up, door still open. I’m freaking out, and the elevator is shaking because it goes pretty fast and is old. As I’m going up, I just stay towards the back and finally I reach floor 23.
I step out, door closes just fine, and I look around the hallway. There’s nobody around. I walk along slowly trying to listen for anyone awake who might’ve called, but there’s nothing. So now I head the opposite direction and go towards where the regular elevators are and when I get to them they are just sitting there with their doors open. I was pretty freaked out but I knew it could just be the elevators on the fritz, so I get in and figure I’ll just reset them when I get to floor 1 when I hear the sound of the back stairwell closing.
So I quickly get out and go to the stairwell and lo and behold, no one’s there, but the maintenance door to the machine room is ajar, and at that time I’m the only one in the building with a key. At the top of the building is a large machine room housing all the really really loud machinery that does stuff in the building and allows access to the roof. I don’t like going into it because it’s creepy as fuck and no one ever goes there, so at this point I’m seriously freaked out but I muster up and head in.
I shout “Hello?!” and there’s no response. The lights in this room flicker because they’re shitty florescent so I can’t see well either, but at the end of the room I can make out the roof access door and sure as shit, It’s slightly open. So I slowly continue forward checking the space in between each machine as I walk by, and there’s no one there so I open the roof access door. I can’t see anyone ahead of me on the roof but there is a slight wrap around and if there was a jumper or something I needed to be sure so I step out and leave the door ajar like it was.
Almost immediately, the door is pulled shut. Now I might’ve written it off as wind or something, but this door is hard to shut and hard to open. Really hard. I immediately grab the handle and hank it open, slam it behind me and run straight for the maintenance door. It automatically locks when it’s closed so I slam it shut too and go back to the 23rd floor hallway, get into an elevator (doors still open) and go all the way down to the first floor. I go back to the main lobby and as soon as I sit down, the phone rings. I pick it up, don’t say a word, and sure as hell garbled voice again only audibly saying “23rd floor.” I hung up the phone, turned the ringer off and spent the rest of the evening just staring at the parking garage security monitor.
37. The Dead Uncle Who Didn’t Die
I knew my uncle had died.
My mom had called me and told me the news. It was very sad. She told me in the middle of work and I told one of my coworkers. He expressed his condolences on my loss.
A couple weeks later, my sister mentioned my aunt and uncle doing something. I said “but…he’s dead.” And my sister said no, he wasn’t.
I called my mom. No, he wasn’t dead.
To this day I’m still not sure how much of it my brain imagined and how much was real. Did I really talk to my coworker? Was I even on the phone with my mom at all that day?
It still freaks me out knowing that my mind could fabricate so complete and real a memory like that.
38. The Man With The Dog
About 10 years ago I was walking my dog in the park. It was a nice, sunny morning, lots of dew on the grass, so wherever you walked it would leave a “path” of dark grass where the dew was knocked off the blades. It would be impossible for anyone (or a dog) to walk through the grass without leaving such a trail.
So, Mr. Dog and I are strolling along, he is ahead of me, pissing on bushes, snuffling, etc. when he stops cold. His hackles go up and he looks across the park, growling. I look to where he is staring and there is this guy with a dog about 100 yards away, near a large tree, legs moving like he is walking. Thing is, even though his legs are moving his ground speed doesn’t seem to match up with the speed of his legs. Kind of like seeing someone moonwalk.
Anyhow, I write it off to perspective or humidity or something and keep walking. The dog however won’t walk with me and stays rooted to his spot making this high pitched whine. I walk back to the dog and look over to where the guy was and he is still in just about the same spot, still moving funny.
So I decide to check out this odd walking dude. I hook up the dog to the leash and we start walking across the wet grass to where he is, thinking our dogs might play together.
My dog is not happy. He is clinging to my left leg like velcro as we make our way across the field. As we progress I notice that it appears the guy is actually walking away from me, as I don’t seem to be gaining on him. At this point I still don’t think anything is odd…until I get to the place where I first saw him, the large tree.
I look down at the ground and I see this almost perfect circle about 10′ in diameter of dry, dew free grass. Thing is, there are no footprints leading to or from this circle. The dog on the other hand is flipping his shit and is looking at were we just came from.
I look up and see that the guy isn’t ahead of me anymore. He is back on the other side of the grassy field and he is standing just about where I was standing when I first saw him.
He has a dog. He is staring at me. He hooks his dog to the leash and starts walking toward us.
Needless to say I freaked out and we cut sideways out of the park and down to a populated street. I kept looking back but didn’t see him or his dog again.
After telling this story to a couple friends of mine, they speculated there was some kind of refraction of light or optical illusion which gave me the impression I was seeing another person but I was actually seeing myself reflected in mist or fog or something.
But I think I saw a time warp of myself walking my dog one day and tried to chase it.
39. A Lifesaving Bad Dream
One night, I had a dream of my mom and I dying in a bomb blast. It terrifying and I was sweating like a mad man.
Anyway the next day, my mom and I went to this marketplace to get some of her fabric tailored. It was probably 3:30 in the afternoon when suddenly I got a stomachache. I started to cry and whine about how bad my stomach was hurting. My mom finally gave up with my whining and took me back home.
Back home, I was suddenly feeling okay and went out to play with my friends, my mom thought that I was probably pretending to be sick just to play with my friends but when I return she hugged me tightly and started to cry. A bomb had been detonated in the same marketplace we were in 1 hour ago, And the most freakiest thing is that my mom tells me to this day is that she believes I actually saw the man who placed the bomb and started to cry. But I don’t really remember.
40. A Call From A Friend
I was a total idealist back in high school so when choosing a college I chose to go somewhere that none of my friends were attending so that I could strike out on my own in a “finding myself” sort of way. Well I ended up making a few really close friends my first semester. I mean, these guys became like family to me in a matter of months. One day during winter break one of those guys, my buddy Kimbo, had gone back home to visit friends and family and on his return trip to our college he hit a bad patch of ice and got into a car accident and was killed….it hurt like a son of a bitch for a long time and I still think about him all the time but anyways a few weeks after Kimbo’s accident me and the rest of the guys were getting back from a party off campus and as we were standing outside our dorm building smoking a cig I felt my phone vibrating and when I pulled it out I saw that I was getting a call from Kimbo’s phone! Dumbfounded, I showed my friends the phone quickly and then answered. When I picked up it just went directly to his voicemail which played the same message it always had…..It never happened again and we never really talked about it but for me it was one of those “someone’s looking after me” moments. I hadn’t been doing very well after his death but seeing his name show up on my cellphone screen one final time made me feel a whole lot better for a time and really helped me get out of the slump I was in. I have no idea how his phone could’ve possibly called me and I doubt I ever will but this was one “glitch in the matrix” that I’ll forever be thankful for.
Rest in peace, Kim. But feel free to call again.
41. “Sharp Bend, Hm?!”
When I was like 10 or 11 I was going to the beach with my aunt and her friends. There were two cars of us. To get there we had to go through a very large industrial area. We didn’t know the direction, so our car was following the other. Suddenly, they did an unexpected turn and so our driver had to take a sharp bend.
In that moment we heard a very clear, loud voice the car saying laughing “Sharp bend, hm?!” The driver immediately hit the brakes. We looked at each other, puzzled: we all recognized it as a voice not belonging to any of us.
In the very same time, we noticed that the other car has stopped as well. The other driver got out of the car with a scared face and shouted to us: “Did… did you hear that as well?”.
They heard the very same thing inside car. The area around was full deserted.
42. Into The Future
When I was a teenager I had two really intense dreams one night. The first one was about an online friend of mine calling me to say she’d broken up with her boyfriend, and I sang a few lines of Seal’s “Don’t Cry” to her over the phone. The second dream was finding a (real life) friend dead body floating in her bathtub.
I didn’t think anything of it up until I logged online that evening and the online friend came online to tell me her boyfriend broke up with her. I immediately asked if I could call her, and she said no. I remember thinking that it meant something, like I could change it. Not long after, my phone rang, and it was Real Life friend from the dream calling me. I was completely freaked at this point, but talked to her normally… she was just talking about school and shit… up until I realized I heard a splash in the background. I asked her, “Are you in the tub?” and when she said yes I felt like my heart had stopped. I asked her, “What did you do?”. She didn’t answer me right away, and then after a very long pause she told me she’d taken an entire bottle of pills and chased it with mushrooms and vodka. She’d gotten scared waiting for it to hit her… so she called me so she’d hear someone’s voice. I hung up and called 911. By the time they got there she was unconscious, but alive. Today she’s a mom to a beautiful little girl, and she’s ok.
43. War Stories
When I was 16 I went to California with my mom. We were there on vacation and were doing some shopping in La Jolla. Mom wanted to go into an artist’s studio that I wasn’t too interested in so I decided to wander around the area to see what I could see. I walked past an alley between two shops and saw a figure resting against to a dumpster. From the entry to the alley I could tell he was very likely homeless due to his tattered, dirty clothes, well-traveled shoes, and grungy demeanor. He looked up at me and in a raspy, tired voice asked “Son, might I trouble you to spare a dollar?” I’m not usually the type to approach such situations, but I figured since we were in a relatively active area that I didn’t have too much to worry about. Plus, he’s a human in need. I walked closer to him and pulled a dollar out of my wallet. As I handed it to him I noticed his hat was a Vietnam War Veteran hat with a few pins on it. I asked him if he served and he said that he most regrettably did. He also said that “Since you were kind enough to donate a dollar, I believe that can buy you a story or two.” Now, I LOVE war stories, memorabilia, strategies, anything. Love the stuff. I was more than happy to listen to him.
He began to tell me his story. He was 19 when he first arrived in ‘Nam, under the colors of black and yellow. “Yes sir. I was one of the First. Damned proud of it, too.” He told me the story of how he was a helo-gunner in the Pleiku Campaign and during the Tet Offensive he was the “unlucky sumbitch that had to carry that goddamn meatsaw around.” (He carried the M60) He said his entire squad was wiped out by a 122mm rocket barrage, and that none of them even made it out of the city.
It was at this point that he got visibly distressed and I felt extremely human. I don’t want to experience war like that. The men you’ve done so much with, who all have families and stories of their own…suddenly gone.
He never once mentioned his name.
Anyways, after a few moments of silence, he looked up at me and said “Thank you for listening, and thank you again for the dollar. I promised you two stories, but as I could barely make it through one, I’d like you to have this. You seem like you’d appreciate it more than me.” and he pulled off a pin from his hat and handed it to me. It was a poorly made and weathered M60 pin.
I thanked him for the pin and for the story, and thanked him for his service so that people like me could live our lives comfortably and without knowing the horrors of war.
My phone began to vibrate. I pulled it out of my pocket and answered it. My mom was asking where I was. I stepped out of the alley and flagged her my direction.
When I turned back to the man to tell him it was time for me to go…you know in those movies where the protagonist is talking to some mysterious being, turns away for a second, and then turns back only to find their guest has disappeared without a trace? Just completely gone?
There was nowhere he could have gone, nowhere he could have hid, nothing there but the padlocked dumpster.
I heard nothing, mom didn’t see anyone run past me, nothing.
I told mom about him and showed her the pin, and she agrees it is totally weird.
Later I thought back on it and remembered that he said his entire squad was wiped out and none of them made it out of the city.
None of them made it out of the city.
44. Just A Flash, Then It Happened
I used to be pretty skeptical about most things paranormal, One day while driving home late one night I was passed on the freeway by a car.
In my head I saw clearly the car flipped over in a ditch, the flash was vivid as hell but I shrugged it off.
When I exited the freeway sure enough the car that passed me was at the light waiting to turn opposite way as me.
The light turns he goes, I make the decision to follow him based on that flash, I had waited a few secs and had already lost sight of him.
When I turned, I go about two blocks, sure enough I reach the ditch, and in it is the overturned car.
I get off and help the man out of his car, call the cops, he was drunk as hell.
Anyway that one experience makes me acknowledge theres more out there than we know.
“So, before my husband and I were married we lived separately. He would come over and spend time then leave later at night like 11 or 12. He left one night out my front door which has three locks – a lock on the knob, a deadbolt, and what I call a hotel lock. Its a lock that you flip the long piece over onto a short peg and then the door can only be opened a few inches. Well he left and used his key to lock the knob and deadbolt, but I thought to myself I have to go lock the hotel lock. I come down and its locked already. Absolutely no way he could have locked it from outside.”
“I took a hard news/soft news journalism class in college where one of the assignments was to write an obituary for one of my grandparents. (The professor told us to write it on a deceased grandparent, but if all of your grandparents were still alive we had to choose one. In my case, all of my grandparents were alive.) I procrastinated the assignment until the night before it was due because it seemed like a dumb assignment.
Scramming for an easy grandparent to write about, I gave my mom a call and asked her for some basic biographical information about my maternal grandfather, who was still alive.
As we were talking about my grandpa’s career, my mom couldn’t recall the name of one of the companies he worked at. She lectured me about waiting until the last minute to write the assignment because it was late — 10:30pm my grandpa’s time. However, she said she would give him a call to see if he was still awake and be able to answer that question once my assignment was due the following morning.
When my mom called my grandpa, my grandma answered the phone in a panic. My grandma frantically explained that the paramedics had just arrived and were performing CPR on my grandpa because he had stopped breathing and