Have you ever been in a conversation where the other person says something that makes your blood run cold? Courtesy of Reddit, here are the creepiest stories of schoolmates, coworkers or even total strangers, saying something chilling enough to haunt the person for days, months or years afterwards. Whether they’re concrete warnings, weirdly vague statements or confessions of a crime, here are the creepiest things the people of the internet have ever been told.
1. Backpack surprises
I went to middle school in a not so good neighbourhood, so there were lots of kids were involved in gang activity. One kid I knew had some anger issues but honestly wasn’t a bad person, and we got along pretty well. One day in class he leaned over and asked me: “do you want to see it?” and before I could reply he flashed a gun from his bag. He must have seen my face fall because he smiled and said: “don’t worry, you’re good.”
This obviously could have turned into a much worse situation. Middle school me wasn’t smart enough to tell a teacher, but I did tell him to leave it at home in future since the staff could check our lockers and bags. I wasn’t worried about him using it in school, but in retrospect, I should have been. Thank goodness nothing ever happened.
2. A haircut request
One day when I was in the middle of my retail shift late at night, this middle-aged woman came through my line. She stared at me for a solid minute or so before asking me to remove my face mask so she could see my face. I was super confused but I did so anyway.
She looked at me some more, and then handed me a business card, told me she wanted to cut my hair and then left. It was literally the most bizarre thing to ever happen to me.
3. Betting to lose
I worked taking phone calls for a gambling/betting place while I was travelling, mainly doing the night shift. One of the regulars was winning a lot and kept placing higher and higher bets, which is a red flag so I had to call him. I asked him how his night was going and why he was placing such big bets, and he told me that it was the anniversary of his son’s suicide.
He was trying to lose all his money and do the same thing but he kept winning. After that conversation, he didn’t call again. The police were called and they did a wellness check but the guy was okay and started betting normally again the next week, acting like nothing had ever happened.
4. An unwanted prediction
I was sitting on a train in the Bay Area and some guy dressed in a three-piece suit walked up to me and sat directly across from me. I had my headphones in but he tapped my leg, and gestured like he wanted to ask me something.
When I took my headphones out, he looked me dead in the eye and said “you’re going to have a terrible, terrible life”. Then he got up and walked away. That was four years ago so I’m still waiting for his prophecy to kick in!
5. Lunchtime confession
When I was in middle school this girl who sat next to me at the lunch table showed me that she had carved my name into her arm. She followed that up by telling me that she loved me. I had never said anything more than hi while walking by her before that, and I stopped even doing that.
6. Ghosts in the hot tub
I and a friend were drinking together while on vacation in a cabin in the woods, and my friend turned to me fully serious and said “I see people who aren’t there. Even when I’m sober.”
I replied saying “Do you see them now?” and he replied, “No, but there were others with us in the hot tub earlier.” That messed me up for the rest of the weekend.
7. All washed up
I had a regular that used to come into my work who was always very pleasant. One day he was telling me that a city that he used to live in used to have a problem where people would be found on the shores of the river.
The way he said it just felt as if he was bragging about it. His whole face lit up when he was telling me about it. I didn’t see him after that day, and I put in my notice soon after. It was an unnerving experience with a guy who if you saw on the street you wouldn’t think twice about him.
8. Allergy assasin
Back in middle school, a girl once asked me if I had a peanut allergy. Being the dumb 7th grader I was, I said no and didn’t think much more of it. It later turned out that she was intending to give someone an allergic reaction on purpose.
Thankfully my friend overheard her talking about it and told a teacher before telling me. It’s one of those scenarios which isn’t creepy outright just a little weird without context, but when you know the context, it becomes disturbing.
9. Watching through a window
I used to have this really weird classmate that I only dated for two months because of how much pressure she put me under. One night I woke up to see her outside my window, just staring. She looked up at me, pointed and then fell backwards completely unconscious. Turns out she had a stroke.
After that, she told a load of people that I’d caused her to have a stroke and then a few days later caught me off-guard and told me that I was lucky for being such a light sleeper. I didn’t sleep for days after that. I also didn’t tell anyone what she had said.
10. Mistaken at Disneyland
When I was around 8 years old, I was waiting outside the Disneyland bathroom for my dad. Some guy who looked like a grandfather came up to me and yelled in a shaky voice, “C’mon, Jake! I can’t stand here forever, now!” At first, I thought he was talking to someone else, but he came closer and got irritated, saying, “Jake! Don’t ignore me!” I started looking at him with a clearly confused face, trying to signal that I don’t know who the f**k Jake is, please go away. but he got even closer and grabbed my arm and started pulling me away.
I started screaming but that just made people think that I really was “Jake” and I was just resisting, not that I didn’t even know who Jake was. Luckily my dad came out of the bathroom and pulled me back, and started yelling at the guy. The security got involved and told us that the guy’s grandson was named Jake, and he had had a seizure and died inside that bathroom over a year ago.
11. Puppy love
At work, I had a regular customer, a middle-aged guy who was always polite. We all knew him for years, and he even once invited me to his apartment for drinks after work, to which I respectfully declined. Months later he tells me that he has a puppy outside and wanted to show me, but I respectfully declined again.
Later on in my shift, my stupid a*s forgot he was there. I went outside for a smoke and saw a teenage boy dressed in a dog costume waiting for his owner. This was nowhere near Halloween.
12. A weird compliment
Six years ago I was sitting in the lobby of a building, waiting for my husband to get out of an appointment. I had my infant son with me in his car seat. A random older woman came to me and asked if she could see him.
I say of course because naturally, I think my child is adorable and she’s an older, non-threatening woman. She looks at him and starts commenting on how cute he is and then in a total baby talk voice goes “you’re so cute, yes you are! I’d kill anyone that hurt you, yes I would.” I was horrified.
13. Vampires in Europe
I was visiting a friend in the Netherlands during an exchange Erasmus program. I was meeting new people and we were gathered playing card games and drinking, and having a pretty nice time.
At some point, I cut my finger a little bit on a beer can, and it started bleeding. I was on my way to get a napkin when some dude stopped me and said “let me see”. I showed him my finger, and he held it and licked the blood off my finger, just like that. I didn’t even know how to react.
14. A menacing phone call
A friend of mine got a strange voicemail from an unknown number of years ago. On the voicemail, we heard someone saying “Help! Help!” followed by shuffling and what sounded like someone running, then the call abruptly ended.
We didn’t know what to do, so we just hung up and didn’t mention it again. We’re still not sure if it was a hoax or not, but it was still creepy to say the least.
15. A past life pet
One morning I woke up my five-year-old son to get ready for kindergarten. Still half asleep he asked me “where is Banjo? When are we going to look for him?” This completely creeped me out. Banjo was the name of our family dog, a bull terrier that we had on the farm when I was still a preteen. One day in 1970 there was a flash flood in our area and my little brother was stuck in the middle of the river on a rock.
Banjo jumped in the water to rescue my brother but he got swept away by the powerful current and we never saw him again. I also clearly remember seeing two cows being swept away by the water. My brother had to stay on that rock for a full 11 hours before the water was safe enough for a boat to cross to get to him. I never told my son about Banjo.
16. An awkward opening
My uncle in law joined the family around 2015 when I was about 7 or 8. I was pretty young, and he was always very weird. He just had that “creepy” look and he married my aunt in the mountains with no one there except for his mom and a priest. They then moved about four states away to live in a log cabin.
Every year my grandparents throw a big all-day party and invite all my extended cousins since they live so far away. It’s always a ton of fun, but one year they invited my uncle in law. Shortly after I first met him he said, “Wouldn’t it be soooo funny if you went missing?” then chuckled a bit and did that creepy smile.
17. Asleep in the back seat
My friend and I fell asleep at the back of the bus on the way home from a school trip. My friend shook me awake suddenly and said: “There’s someone in the back seat. Please look behind you.” Mind you there was no light and the seats in the back were all empty. I was s**t scared and asked her if she was joking. She started sobbing saying someone’s behind me and that I should check.
I refused but she begged me to, so I slowly turned my head and of course, nothing was there. I told my friend but she didn’t reply and I realised that she’d fallen asleep. Later on, I asked her what on Earth she was doing and she was surprised and said, “oh s**t did I really said that you. I actually dreamt a woman sitting right behind us and asked you to turn and confirm it.”
18. Sharing the knowledge
I was a barista several years ago and I was working a night shift on the front counter. During the evenings we would have a lot of ‘laptop’ customers in the cafe who would spend hours at a table working, studying, or writing a book. I had a short line of people ordering refills or coffees to go, and I get to the last customer in line.
He was a guy in his early to mid-20s with a textbook under his arm. Before I could ask him what he wanted to drink, he opened the book and started explaining what he’d been studying all night. It was arsenic and how diuretics make your bladder ‘slippery’. Then, he just sat back down. I was so baffled by the exchange that it didn’t occur to me until later that he never placed an order.
19. Off the plane without a parachute
I was a bartender for many years and these two older men regularly came in and talked about their time in the service. They never said, but I assume they had served in Vietnam, as they were in their 60s and 70s in the early 2000s. I always liked to hear their stories until one of the men told me that he’d had a guy in his unit who he really hated.
According to him, they were lining up to jump out of a plane and he grabbed the man’s parachute and ripped it off of his back, then his friend pushed the man out of the plane door. He justified it by saying that the man “had an attitude.” I told my dad (a Korean war veteran) about the story and he just sort of said “yeah, stuff like that probably happened a lot.”
20. A pregnancy prediction
One day, a random old lady ran up to me at Walmart, grabbed my arm and said “Congratulations! It’s your first Mother’s Day, how wonderful.” It weirded me out so much that I bought a pregnancy test on the way home, even though my partner and I were being careful.
She was right, which was crazy because I was so early in the pregnancy that I wasn’t even late for my period yet. My friends and family couldn’t tell for another 10 weeks or so and that was only because they knew.
21. Demons in the cow shed
I worked on our family farm growing up. One night, I went out to milk the cows with my dad and my nephew. I got out to the barn a little late and my dad came up to me, saying that my nephew had told him he was seeing demons in the barn.
I went over to talk to and comfort my nephew, and he was just shaking and as pale as a ghost. I brought him back to his parents’ house and I sat with him for hours until they got back. I’ve never forgotten it.
22. Locked up heart
In middle school, someone put an unsigned note in my locker with a creepy poem about me. I never found out who wrote it, and it made me really uncomfortable even though it was supposed to be romantic.
The only lines I vaguely remember went something like, “your body is the temple where we all worship, your eyes the pools we all drink from”. Urgh.
23. Walk a mile in their shoes
In high school, a guy I had to sit next to in one of my classes routinely told me that he wanted to find out what the inside of my shoes smelled like.
It was creepy because of the total lack of boundaries, and his determination. I’d tell him, again and again, that it made me uncomfortable and he’d just laugh and do/say some other creepy thing related to his apparent fetish. Gross.
24. Guessing correctly
My mom used to work in an eyeglasses store in the mall. There was this guy who would window shop, but he was really just hanging around to see her, even though he was too shy to approach.
Finally, when he had the courage to speak to her he said “wow, your feet are beautiful… what size are you, an eight?” Impressively, and also creepily he was right.
25. Age-old wisdom
“No, you have to age your meat. If I killed you and ate you right here right now, you’d be tough. But if I took you home and hung you up in my fridge for a few days, you’d be soft enough to eat.”
This wasn’t said to me by a murderer, but by a butcher in a foreign country. I don’t know if it sounded so creepy because he was speaking his second language, but that was my first and last time going to a butcher’s while on holiday.
26. Returning home
I was telling my dad that one time when I was about five, I was sleeping in my grandma’s bed with her in the guest bedroom, and in the dawn light I saw a man step out of the closet and stand beside it.
My dad got quiet and asked what the man looked like, and whether he looked like my grandfather who had died. I said no and he asked again, adding: “He died in that house.” I had always known that my grandad had died of a heart attack, but what I did not know was that he had died in the house. I’m still creeped out.
27. In another universe
During gym class in middle school, I befriended a girl who didn’t have many friends. We always had a gym door open that lead to the outside playground.
My new friend leaned over and said: “In a parallel universe, I ran out of those gym doors and no one ever saw me again.” When I didn’t respond she said “do you know what a parallel universe is?” and then went right back to participating in gym class.
28. The invisible doctor
I was in medical school, I was doing a visit in the middle of the night to the pediatric ward with a senior doctor. Everyone was asleep, as it was around two or three AM. When we walked to the door to exit the ward, one of the kids was awake.
She looked at both of us, pointed at us, and then pointed to the air next to us. She counted “one.. two.. three..” numerous times, and then rolled over and went back to sleep. Only two of us were there.
29. A tragic future
I don’t believe in psychics or anything like that at all, but a friend of mine really wanted to go to a palm reader’s stall. We were at a fair of some kind and she dragged me along. The palm reader looked at my friend’s hand and talked about her future love life, her career and how many children she would go on to have.
Then the palm reader took mine, got really quiet, looked at me a little misty-eyed, and said “I’m so sorry, you don’t deserve any of this.” I still don’t believe it, but I definitely felt a little bit weird for the rest of the day.
30. The devil made me do it
When I was in the eighth grade in middle school, I knew a kid who was super weird, mostly because he had an obsession with the devil. He actually wasn’t a bad kid, he got decent grades and never got in trouble, and he dressed pretty average, not like a goth or emo. One day I was hanging out with him on the playground before school started and he said: “Can I tell you something?” I replied: “What’s up man?”
He then goes on to tell me: “The devil told me that my sister is going to die soon. I tried telling my mom but she yelled at me and told me I was going insane.” Well, I told him to tell the school counsellor and they had him talk to some therapist. However, two years later I found out that his sister had indeed died of a spinal tumour.
31. Walking with ghosts
When my twins were about eight years old, they started saying that they were seeing a ghost in their bedroom. My oldest son then said, “Don’t worry! They just aren’t used to seeing people walk out of walls like I am”.
Thankfully the creepiness went away over the course of the same conversation. I was trying to convince my daughter that it was me standing in the doorway and her rebuttal was “No, Mom, the woman was skinny”.
32. Baby blanket psychic
A man once came up to me while I was working in a shop and said, “Are you from Russia by chance? Your name is common in my area.” I replied with: “No, I was born in California, same as my parents.”
The man continued by saying: “Ah so your aunt named you then, do you still have the baby blanket she gave you?” The shocking thing was that my aunt did name me, and had given me a baby blanket for my first birthday that I still kept with me.
33. Black-eyed monster
My son constantly tells me that he is afraid that the “person with black eyes” is going to turn me into a black-eyed person too. I asked him what he meant, and he told me in horrifying detail about a creature with black eyes and a triangle face and big smile that can grab people and hold them until they become just like him.
He went on to say that after they are grabbed, the people aren’t themselves anymore, even though they try to act normal. I still don’t know if he had a nightmare about this creature, or if he managed to see it on TV. I’ve no idea what show he could have seen something like that on though.
34. Flowers at the graveside
The creepiest thing I’ve ever heard anyone say was: “It’s almost time to decorate the graves.” It was said softly and very seriously by a kind-looking older woman buying a LOT of fake flowers from the craft store I worked at.
It was said completely out of nowhere when I was half done with bagging her order. I smiled and agreed politely, finished up as quickly as possible, and she went on her way.
35. Cat and mouse
I planted trees with a group of people for a few work contracts. I met some very shady individuals out there, however, one guy will forever stand out in my memory.
His name was Demetrius and one day when we were all chatting and telling stories at camp. He started going on about how he enjoys smearing peanut butter on cats backs and watching them struggle to get it off. I thought that was a huge red flag and I made sure my tent was nowhere near his after that.
36. The just in case vest
As a teenager, a close friend of mine sold illegal substances, and her future boyfriend who we were both friends with did too. He was always sort of skeevy, but we still hung out at his house pretty often. We were hanging out with him one time, and I noticed that he had an armoured vest slung over the back of his chair.
I’ve no idea why, but I started to pick it up and asked him why he had it. Something about the way he slapped it back down and said “just in case” made me decide that I didn’t want to hang out with him anymore after that.
37. The tag-a-long talks
My brother had a friend with a creepy tag-along little brother called Gideon. His family was ultra-religious and Gideon was super creepy as a teenager. He had gone into the military and had served two tours as a truck driver, and while he was there he was apparently beaten up and bullied by his roommate, so we felt bad for him.
A few months after he got back we went on holiday together, and Gideon tagged along as usual. We were all having a conversation and completely out of nowhere, Gideon said: “I have a kill list, some of those names have a star next to them.” The only thing he killed that day was the conversation.
38. A letter from God
One day I finished work to find out that a woman had left a note for me with my supervisor. That by itself isn’t super creepy, but I was pretty freaked out before I even read it.
When I did look at the note, I found a really long-winded letter about how nice of a cashier I was and how she knew God had great plans to “use me”. Yikes.
39. No impulse control
My old history teacher gave everyone in my class a permanent fear of heights by telling us that as a kid he was never scared of heights, but one time he was standing on a bridge and thought: “what if my body just… jumps off the edge? Without me willing it?”
He went on to say that he has had a fear of heights ever since. The whole class was traumatised, and I can’t get close to edges with steep drop-offs while hiking without that thought coming into my mind anymore.
40. Messing around in the morgue
My mom used to date a Vietnam war medic. He told ten-year-old me about how when he was in medical school, he and his buddies would sneak into the school after hours, get drunk and mess around with the cadavers.
I’ve no idea if he was telling the truth or not, but he said that they would electroshock them, and try and make them hold things. According to him, it was the funniest time of his life.
41. A self-fulfilling prophecy
One day at school, somebody decided it would be funny to sneak into the front office and tell everybody that the maths teacher in room 11 would die soon over the loudspeaker. Nobody took it particularly seriously, but it must have shaken up the teacher because he died of a heart attack the next day.
42. Shrimp school
I was working with a small group of kids doing math facts one day in school. The class was completely silent because it was a timed exercise. One kid stopped, looked up at me, and said while staring straight into my eyeballs… “There are shrimp ALL over my street!” Then he just continued working, and none of the other kids even looked up. I was so dumbstruck I didn’t even ask for more of an explanation.
43. Closing the book on friendship
I was in third grade, sitting with a girl on a hill alone and watching the lake in silence. Suddenly, she said out of nowhere with absolutely no context: “I wrote a book about how to kill your friends.” My heart really stopped beating for a second, but she didn’t do or say anything else. I got up and hung out somewhere else for the rest of the afternoon, and we never talked about it again.
44. A good mom
When I was in college, I was hanging out with my coworker Meg and some of her friends, most of which were guys. One of the guys waited for Meg, the only person there that I knew, to leave the room before turning to me and telling me that I “have good birthing hips.” That was almost ten years ago, and I still don’t really know what he meant by it. But I’ve had one child and currently have one on the way, so I guess he was right?
45. Serious anger issues
A guy I used to talk to would tell me constantly about how insanely jealous he’d get if the girl he liked and was talking with would hang out with other guys. He’d also talk about how angry he’d feel if she was to get with one of the players on the team at their school.
Years after I cut contact with him for being generally toxic and weird, he kept trying to reach out to me. He even tried emailing my boss at my internship to get ahold of me. I felt pretty relieved when he finally seemed to give up.
46. How many sons?
I was working side by side with a woman on her first day. I’d never seen her before working with her and hadn’t had a chance to talk to her, so it was pretty weird when while working, she looked at me and said: “You have two sons.” I told her that I did and asked if she had seen me somewhere with them, but she said no. All she said after that was, “You just look like somebody who has two sons.”
47. Warning a victim
I was walking with my friend one day in downtown Seattle. My friend struggles with schizophrenia, and this was early in his fight, so he was on medication that helped but he was always a little edgy.
We were trying to find a specific hot dog place that I’d been to before when a totally normal looking guy came up to us and grabbed my friend. He said: “I know who it is that’s trying to kill you,” looked him meaningfully in the eye, patted him on the shoulder, and just walked off.
48. Camera shy
At school we had a teacher who was super tall, super skinny and super quiet. We knew almost nothing about his personal life, but he was always super interesting and kind. One day at lunchtime we were sitting in his classroom celebrating a birthday and I decide to take a picture. take out my digital camera and I take a picture of my classmates, then I turn to the teacher and I take a picture of him.
I’ve never seen a man panic so fast. He turned pale, his eyes got super wide, he dashed towards me and whispered with true panic in his voice “please delete it!” I tried to ask why, but he interrupted me and asked me again to delete it.
I deleted the picture in front of him, so he could see, and as soon as the picture was gone he went totally back to normal. He said thank you and smiled in the creepiest way, before heading back to his seat.
49. Sensing a change
I walked into the restaurant kitchen to say hi and start my shift at work, and the apprentice chef was standing about two meters away. She was acting pretty normal, but then instead of saying hi she just sniffed the air. I looked at her quizzically and she quickly turned to me and said “you smell different”. I guess chefs have to have heightened senses but still, how creepy!
50. Dodgy double date
One time when I was around 17, I was being a wingman for my friend and keeping her boyfriend’s weird friend company so she could be alone with her guy. I had just met this guy, but a few minutes after meeting me, he told me that he was glad I have small hands. I didn’t ask or need to know why. I immediately got up, collected my friend, and insisted that we leave as quickly as I could.
51. Taking the blame
When I was 16 I went on a religious retreat, and we were all told to share stories about our greatest struggles. This was right after my older sister died from leukaemia, so I obviously shared how difficult that had been to deal with. However, one of the guys in my group must have taken my story a little differently, because when I finished speaking he looked at me deadpan and said “what did you do with the body?”.
52. Fearful farewells
One time I was out running errands when a little kid around seven or eight years old, broke away from his parents to walk up to me, look me dead in the eyes and just say: “goodbye”. His dad pulled him back toward the family and gave me the stink eye even though I hadn’t done anything, and then they were on their way. Nothing else was said. Just “goodbye” like the kid was some sort of talking Ouija board.
53. Getting what was coming to them
So, one of my friends was making dinner for my friends and me. We ate, had a good time, and then I walked him home. He suddenly said: “Only one of them will make it home tonight.” I wondered what he meant and whether he was talking about our friend group, but no. Instead, he dashed over to the opposite side of the street attacked a group of four people in their late teens.
Three of them fell unconscious on the concrete, and one ran away. Then he carried on walking to my home, and I tended to his bloody knuckles. Apparently, those four had trashed his house a few weeks ago. He told me how he’d been stalking them, and he knew where they worked, what school they went to, where they ate, when they slept. It was.. methodical, planned…disturbing. He’s still a dear friend of mine.
54. Detour from the detour
I was going home from school and I decided to take a detour down a shady street. A random guy rushed up to me and said “Don’t go any further or you’re next”. I turned around and took the long way home immediately, and I couldn’t make out what was happening at the bottom of the street either. It was probably f***** up though.
55. Too close for comfort
Marching band practise had just ended and I was getting my stuff ready to go home, when a new guy came up to me and introduced himself as Doyle. Originally he seemed cool and had some of the same interests as me but as we were walking to the door I feel something caress the back of my shoulder.
Then my arm was lifted up and I realised that the f**king guy was smelling my armpit! He then says: “not bad, could be better”. I came so close to knocking him out but the band director split us up. I refused to go to camp with him so he was removed from band and I never saw him again. Not even in the yearbook so I’m not actually sure if he even went to school there.
56. Blowing things out of proportion
Once a friend in high school leaned over and said “I’m so sorry” out of nowhere. He was always an oddball so we pressed him to tell us what he was talking about. He said, “you’ll see”. Word got around of the strange interaction and the students/faculty became worried he was plotting some kind of terroristic act at school.
The next day the cops were waiting for him and they took him in for questioning. He then proceeded to explain that he farted and he was waiting for us to smell it so he apologized in advance. I think of this every time I see him on Instagram.
57. Train station confession
I was sitting on a train station platform waiting on my own and some dude came up and started talking to me. Now, I’m not shy so I figured there was no harm in letting him talk. Turns out he had just gotten out of prison because he killed someone by accident during a fight over his girl, and then killed the girl as well. He got caught because he hadn’t buried the bodies deep enough in the concrete, which I obviously didn’t need to know.
58. A familial disagreement
I met a guy at a bar in Prague who was from another country. He was really friendly until he started telling us how easy it was to hire hitmen to kill someone you didn’t like and how common it was since his country’s crime rate was out of control. He spent a long time condemning how his mother wanted to have someone killed because he thought that instead, she should just have the person’s hand cut off.
59. Creepy compliments
I used to work at a Pho and Teriyaki shop last year. I have met my fair share of Karens and asshole customers, but this one interaction with a to-go order had me weirded out. It was a dishevelled, sweaty, balding man with a very obvious spray tan who drove in with a crunched up sedan. As in, the front of the car was completely crushed and collapsed inward.
He walked up the front counter, shaky and beady-eyed. He did a quick order, and after giving his wait-time and directing him to a seat to wait, he awkwardly yells “You’re VERY beautiful” while staring at me intensely. Then he left without a word.
60. Dream or prophecy?
When I was in fifth heading into sixth grade I had a nightmare that a kid I knew named Keith killed everyone in our class including me, with a f**king thumbtack. After that, I stood at least ten feet away from him for almost the entire first and second trimesters.
Then one day I was waiting for my parents to come and pick me up and Keith appeared right behind me and said: “I know where you live”. He said this in one of the scariest ways I have ever heard, and it reignited all of the suspicions I’d been trying to ignore.
61. Aggressive questioning
I was invited to go on holiday with a friend and his family in Tennessee. I had a great time until we showed up at a drive-in movie and I went to use the bathroom. I’m was walking back to my friend’s car and I walked past a group of guys all hanging around a white truck, drinking beer. I thought nothing of it until one of them turned back to look at me and said: “hey boy where you from?”
I was kinda taken off guard so I said “visiting from California” and kept walking because I was getting weird vibes. I got back to the car with my friend and his dad and my friend asked about the guy who was watching me, telling me that he broke off from his group and was kinda following me between cars, which totally freaked me out. A few days later my friend’s dad surprised me with a plane ticket back home a few days early. I came to find out that guy was KKK affiliated and was stalking the house about a week after I left.
62. Top of the class
When I was in high school, English was my best subject, and the teacher often praised me in front of everyone because I got straight-A’s, even on days when everyone else really struggled. It got to the point where both my classmates and I were used to him favouring me, so we didn’t think anything of it. Then one day he told me: “If only you were older, I think we’d make a great couple”. The dude was in his 40s and had a whole ass family, it changed the dynamic forever.
63. Keep calm and keep walking
One day a cult walked onto the college campus and were attempting to recruit people. They approached groups of students who accidentally wandered close to their booth, and tried to give out books with what looked like Eastern mythological images on the cover with titles talking about stuff like self-actualization.
For some reason, one of them singled me out and tried to give me some books. I refused, but as I was leaving I heard the man try to explain to me in a quiet voice, “we approached you because you seem so… peaceful.” It sent shivers down my spine.
64. Hair-raising hairstyle
I was once a young teenager shopping in a small grocery market with my mom. I went off by myself to get something from a nearby aisle and saw a man staring at me. He followed me down the aisle and got very close to me, smiling creepily the whole time. Then he reached out and touched my hair and said: “look at your beautiful bouncing ponytail”. Creeped me the f**k out, f**kin weirdo.
65. Getting out of the way
I was sitting in class one day when my friend suddenly looked at me sternly and instructed me to go to the bathroom even if I didn’t need to go. He was a chill kid at home but always called the quiet kid at school, and no one really knew what his deal was.
So I went to the bathroom, terrified of what my friend was doing while I was gone. It turned out all he was doing was shooting spitballs at the teacher and did not want me to get blamed. But still, I was creeped out when he told me to go to the bathroom in that tone of voice.
66. Not too sharp
I got into a drunken street fight one night in San Francisco. My memory is really patchy, but I remember a snippet of a memory where I was face to face with another guy. His arm was extended to the side of my head. Against my temple, I felt was seemed like the tip of a knife. I asked, “Is that what I think it is?” and he said, “yeah”. Then like a wipe in a movie, everything went to black as I saw my eyelids close from the top and bottom. It still freaks me out when I think about it.
67. Under the office table
At one of my first jobs, there was a really awkward bullied kid that gave off unusual vibes, but who I got on okay with for the most part. However one day, out of the blue, he offered to sell me a substance used to make people sleepy and confused on dates.
It was even the undyed kind that doesn’t change colour when dissolved in a drink. I’d never heard of anyone carrying that substance on them, so I said I didn’t believe him and stayed away from him after that. I still wonder if I should have told someone.
68. Skipping the school uniform
For some reason, a total stranger in my class once admitted to me that they had a foot fetish and liked seeing girls who wore leggings and thigh highs all the time. They even told me that they wanted me to send them photos.
I wore jeans to high school for about a semester because I was so uncomfortable around them and after their confession, they never talked to me ever again.
69. Not knowing when to stop
A city near mine had just had a shooting where a guy went back to his former workplace and killed five people, then himself. A guy at my work would not shut up about that incident, desperately trying to engage anyone and everyone in lengthy conversations about it. I shut him down fairly quickly by saying, “What happened was horrible, but I’m not discussing it any further,”
He was so determined to carry on with his yammering, that he just turned to a different person and after a minute or two said, “Now, you don’t have to worry about me doing something like that unless…” and then preceeded to list what he’d be wearing, the weapons he’d have with him, the route he’d take, etc. It was terrifying, and he was let go soon after.
70. Sleepy reassurance
My brother used to have intense sleepwalking and sleeptalking bouts whenever he got sick. One time he got up in the middle of a nap and walked frantically around the house going: “Mom, where is mom? Mom?!”
He then started going through the whole family list twice, making sure everyone was there. Mind you, we were all in the living room standing right in front of him. Then once he was assured we were all there, he hugged us all, cried, said “don’t ever leave me.” Then he walked back to his room and slept.
71. A terrifying reflection
I was in my room with my friend playing video games, and both of us had our backs to the huge mirror that hangs on the wall by my door. My friend dropped his remote and turned around to get it, and as he was bending over he looked at the mirror.
He let out a scream and hauled a*s out of my room, and I followed without looking back. I asked him why he ran, but he just kind of looked blankly at me. We didn’t talk about that for a while. One day, I asked him about it. He looked me dead in the eye and uttered the words: ‘Your reflection was staring at me.’
72. As above, so below
A buddy and I were meeting a group of friends and we all were drinking. However, my buddy had gotten way too drunk and so I left early to walk him home. On the walk back, he told me some things I’ve been trying to make sense of to this day.
He has had a bad history with relationships, usually, he gets dumped after a few weeks. He admitted that he prayed to Satan that he could get into a relationship that lasted longer than a month. The next morning he called me to ask me what happened the night before, as he blacked out. I filled him in excluding the Satan part. I still hope he finds a happy relationship one day.
73. Assisting in the search
16 year old me and my best friend were hanging out, and we decided to get some munchies at Carl’s Jr. We hopped into my car and discovered that a woman was sitting in the back seat of my car. We only noticed after we had got in, and I don’t why we didn’t freak out and run screaming. She mentioned that she was looking for Chris Schnyder, that she had been looking for him all across the state.
She asked us for a ride to the closest motel to see if he had checked in. She mentioned some backstory including the fact that they may have hooked up and he was involved in some sort of touring band. We reluctantly dropped her off at a cheap motel and left. Looking back she was 100% mentally unstable and obsessed with this guy who may or may not have existed.
74. Plainclothes promoters
The craziest thing someone has ever asked me is if I thought I was going to get a promotion at work, but the context of how it happened was the truly weird part. Here’s the important background: I was working at a book/CD/movie store in college, like B&N. One of our department managers was leaving and they needed to fill the position, so I emailed the store manager right away to let him know I was interested.
Then, about a day later, I’m was walking across campus between classes one day and this tall, lanky man came up to me and asked if I thought I’d get the job. I had no clue who this guy was or how he knew I was interested in the job – I hadn’t told anyone other than the subject manager in that one e-mail. About a week later I went through our store roster and knew everyone on it, none of them were him. I still have no clue how he found out and that was over a decade ago.
75. Weather to die for
I was on a city bus when it was snowing pretty heavily, and a guy leaned over to me and whispered, “You know, it snows because of dead people.” I got off the next stop, five stops early, and walked home the rest of the way in the snow. The sad thing was the man who started talking to me was around my age and actually seemed very nice, but for some reason, that one sentence scared me.
76. The weirdest robbery
Two friends of mine were talking in the parking lot outside a grocery store when a weird guy in sweatpants and strange glasses walked up to them. He started saying weird stuff like “hey, I’ve been watching you guys from afar for 30 minutes and I can tell you have a strong connection”… Blah blah “our souls aren’t really in our bodies anymore”…”Can I get a hug”… Etc.
Then two white vans pulled up behind him and some huge men got out of it them, and one of the drivers dropped his keys right next to my friends. Thankfully my friends were smart enough to book it out of there before they got kidnapped or mugged.
77. Tipped over the edge
I was at a golf range with a buddy a few week ago. This dude came along to the tee next to us and we all get pretty chummy. After a couple of hours, we traded phone numbers, packed up, and started to head out. Right at the last minute, the guy said something along the lines of ” Ya’ll are cool people. Looking forward to chilling and talking more. Love to hear ya’ll thoughts on how the world is flat.” We chuckled, but he was dead serious. We both ended up “losing” his number.
78. Angel on her shoulder
There was this chick I knew in high school. She was a nice girl, generally sort of a loner, and I’d usually sit with her at lunch. Eventually, she decided to confide in me that Inuyasha is her guardian angel and told me all about how they were deeply in love. She went on to tell me about their upcoming marriage, and how they would go on to live together. It was pretty harmless all things considered, but it was one of the strangest things I’ve been told.
79. Weird wallet pictures
While standing outside and smoking on my break, a friend of a friend approached me and asked if I wanted to see his baby. I said, “Oh, you have a kid?” “Nah,” he said. I took a moment and said, “Oh, you mean you’re girlfriend? He said no. He asked me to look at it and showed me images of a normal baby, but the picture was all red and distorted.
He told me they were pictures of his ex-girlfriend’s baby, but something was clearly wrong with the images. My anxiety rose a lot after that, just because he was just so nonchalant about it.
80. Church time mind-reading
This guy I knew who was studying theology was convinced he could read his pastor’s mind. He explained it to me as thoughts he wouldn’t usually have popping into his head when he looked at his pastor. I was extremely skeptical but dismissed it because I knew his family was religious to the point of denying traditional medicine.
Turns out a few months later he had a psychosis attack and he’s now diagnosed with bipolar disorder. His family took him out of the hospital to give him an exorcism instead, and during it his sister said she could see a demon coming out of him. A few days later he tried to kill her during an outburst, and now his family are truly convinced that he is possessed.
81. A parental proposition
My wife and I were in a Taco Bell in Tennessee. A younger girl was sitting in the booth behind us and started to make small talk with us, awkwardly. We chatted back as normally as we could, although we were both wondering why this girl was eating alone and making conversation with strangers. A few minutes into the conversation, she mentioned that we would make great parents. When we thanked her for the compliment, she immediately asked if we wanted to keep her baby after she had it.
82. Just trying to get coffee
I once had a drunk crazy guy come up to us in the parking lot of a Starbucks and tell us how the government had put a chip in his head and made him commit all the robberies he just got out of prison for. I basically just nodded along, but something about how frantic he was really freaked me out. Like I honestly didn’t think people believed the whole “government put a chip in my head” thing, and it was just in the movies.
83. Year of the tiger
My mom was helping her friend set up an art show at a small university in our home town. There was a lot of heavy stuff to carry, so a guy, who worked in a bookshop downstairs offered to help them out. He helped them all week, carrying stuff and talking to them. He was kind of a hippy, but he seemed pretty normal, just a friendly, funny guy.
After they were finished, the man invited my mom over to his bookshop and said he had a present for her. The present was a glass pyramid, half a meter tall, with pictures of Jesus and a tiger glued underneath. My mom was obviously pretty confused, but he just laughed and said. “You are the last cosmic element. Everything will be resolved in June”. She never saw him again.
84. No more popcorn
There was an off-kilter man who hovered around the leisure centre near me when I was in my early teens. He once got booted out of the facility for trying to wrestle my popcorn away from me. As they were escorting him out he said “He’s too young! You gotta be 300 before you’re allowed to eat popcorn!” I hope his loved ones helped him, because he really scared me when I was younger, but now I just feel sorry for him.
85. Don’t miss your stop!
I was catching the bus home after work late one night, and at some point during the half an hour journey I realised that I had fallen into a deep sleep. I woke up suddenly thinking I had missed my stop, when the guy sitting next to me said “don’t worry this isn’t your stop, you get off at the next one”.
I had never seen this guy in my life and he knew exactly what bus stop I needed to get off at. I was so spooked that I couldn’t even say thank you, and I got off a stop late to try and convince the guy he was wrong.
86. Not-so-secret handshake
I was attending college one day when a husky guy with an untrimmed neckbeard asked me what time it was. I politely told him what it was, even giving a smile and he responded by sticking his hand out to me. Confused, I shook his hand but he seemed almost startled, and he did all of these weird hand gestures that I couldn’t copy. He whispered “oh s**t, you don’t know the handshake.” before leaving with a worried look on his face.
87. In the presence of evil
I bartend at a pretty rough biker bar. I’m used to dealing with fights breaking out or people making threats, but this was something completely different. A couple of months ago, a quiet guy walked in and ordered a Jack and coke. He looked me dead in the eyes and very calmly said: “There’s alot of evil out tonight”. I quietly scurried to the back and hid for a moment, but he didn’t say anything else that night.
88. Show and tell
I and my little brother were walking through the suburbs to get to the post office and collect a package. When we were almost all the way there, a tall bearded man with wild hair and a dirty pink onesie put himself between us and the post office. He was maybe 50 and looked like a typical “I’ve been an alcoholic my whole life” kind of person. In his arms, he held a wild hare that he somehow had caught.
He said to us: “Do you see this bunny?” We obviously said yes, because we were kids and loved animals. He showed us the bunny close up, and then, with the most sad voice I have ever heard, he said, “Isn’t life just completely worthless?” And then he walked on.
89. The scariest t-shirt
I boarded a bus a few years ago wearing an Iron Maiden shirt, which I think had a few burning skulls and a scarecrow with a scythe on it. I had only just gotten on the bus when a man sitting down started screaming ‘Witchcraft! Witchcraft!’, with what seemed to be genuine terror. He then immediately got off the bus, as if he couldn’t stand to be near me.
90. Strong soul in the supermarket
I was walking down a corridor at Walmart when a can fell out of a pile I was passing by. Without breaking stride or looking, I managed to snatch the can out of the air and put it back on top of the display. I felt pretty cool, but then I heard a creepy voice behind me say: “You have a strong soul”. He didn’t say anything else to me, but I kept seeing him out of the corner of my eye while I was grabbing the rest of my shopping.
91. Mistaken identity
I had a really bad case of mistaken identity once when I was out in a nightclub. I was getting a drink and this guy came up to me yelling Sarah. I’m not Sarah, which I pointed out but the man was adamant, drunk and angry. The next sentence he uttered was ‘why the f**k did you leave me?’. I tried again to explain that I’m not Sarah but he was having none of it.
He then started ranting about how I’m a f**king b**ch and I ruined his life. I get out my driving license to show him and he looked at it then carried on his rant. I was really uncomfortable at this point and I just stood there dumbfounded. He then punched me in the face. It was horrendous. He got thrown out of the club but I obviously couldn’t enjoy my night, I just kept looking for him.
92. Healthy hair
I was in a smoking area of a local nightclub years ago. I had my long hair down and all of a sudden I felt someone touching it. I turned and saw two guys holding and sniffing my hair. I obviously asked what they thought they were doing and they replied “It just looked so healthy and beautiful and like it smells nice”. One of the guys even asked me out. I obviously said no and left, but I’ve thought about what could motivate someone to grab someone’s hair a whole bunch of times.
93. Paper bag secrets
I was waiting at the train station and there was already a train there, but it wasn’t mine. A woman arrived and stopped a few meters away from me, before starting to search through her bag for something. As she was looking, she dislodged a small brown paper bag from her purse, and dropped it on the ground. As the paper dropped on the floor she looked at it, then looked at me and yelled: “It’s your fault…It’s all your fault!” She then ran to the train without looking back. I didn’t check what was in the bag.
94. Returning the batteries
I had a 20 something-year-old man in a fully camouflaged outfit knock on my door and ask if he could take the car battery next to my bin. I said sure and he replied with “it is my mission to return it”. He then tried to get on his bicycle while holding the battery and proceeded to “scoot” down the road with it. I had never seen him in the neighbourhood before that day, and I haven’t seen him since.
95. Apologies out of nowhere
I was in a shoe store in a town where I knew no one, and a woman walked up to me and said, “I just want to tell you, he’s really sorry for what he’s done. He wants you to know how much he regrets how he’s hurt you.” I just looked at her, feeling very confused. She said she had to give me that message and then turned around and walked away. I didn’t even respond, I was so shocked.
96. Familiar but confusing
An older woman once walked up to me in a supermarket and very calmly and quietly said, “You remind me of my dead son.” That isn’t super weird by itself, as grief makes people vulnerable unto themselves. Then; however, she laughed and said, “Oh, no, I’m thinking of someone else. She then gave me a merry wave and walked away.
97. An ominous warning
I was once in a cab in Vegas, about to exit to go to my hotel. The cab driver locked all the doors, turned and looked me dead in the eyes and said: “no one else is coming to save us”. He then unlocked the doors and I went along my merry way, worried about the fate of mankind for at least three minutes, but mostly just happy that I’d made it out of my taxi without being murdered.
98. Learning your purpose
I was reading a book in a Borders, or maybe Barnes and Noble, when I noticed a bizarre lady nervously staring at me from across the room. I tried to ignore her and focus on the book I was reading, but it was very weird and freaking me out a little.
She got up and tripped as she made her way over to me. I looked up at her, and she was violently trembling as she said: “You are the Anti-Christ.” I obviously protested, but she pushed past me and ran out of the store before I could say much.
99. 13 minutes to live
A homeless lady in San Francisco once walked up to me, looked me in the eye and said: “you have 13 minutes to live smiley” before walking off. I knew at the time that she was probably just unstable or trying to mess with me, but it was definitely a long 13 minutes as I walked around trying to get my errands done.
100. Calves worthy of a compliment
I’m a boxer and one morning I was on my way to practice. It was six in the morning and where I live the public transport is almost completely empty at that hour. I made my way up the stairs from the subway when a man startled me by calling “Hey!”
I turn around and looked at him and he said: “I just had to stop you and let you know that you have the nicest calves I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen quite a few.” He gave me a smile, then he simply turned around and walked away. That left me quite confused.