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18 Unexplainable and Creepy Things People Have Found Inside Their Homes

Updated March 15, 2021 985.5k views18 items
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There are many stories on Reddit of disturbing things found in homes. Whether they are found in old houses, new houses, or even garages, these horrifying discoveries make for some creepy true stories. The next time you find what you think is a secret passageway, be careful - you never know what's lurking in there!

  • Found In The Old Garage...

    Redditor evasote wrote:

    "I was at my grandparents' farm; huge, over 1,000 acres.

    We went to where a house my great great grandparents had lived in was once located. Although the house was gone, there was still a garage.

    I was pretty young, so I looked through a hole in the door and saw a car stamped with 'MER' on it.

    I said 'Dad, it's a Mercedes!' to which he laughed and said 'no, it's probably a Mercury, son.' People out there don't drive German sports cars.

    A week later my dad was on the phone with one of the renters on that land and told him that story.

    Apparently, there wasn't supposed to be a car there, but we had found the door locked or rusted shut.

    The renter goes over with a sheriff, and find a teenager frozen to death in the driver's seat. I'm really glad I couldn't open the door.

    The story we heard from the sheriff was that he had run away from home in the fall (this was late winter/early spring) and he had nowhere to go. It's about as remote as you can get, and he probably found the garage and parked his car there to be hidden. He was apparently covered in blankets, frozen to death probably on the first night, but maybe he came and went a few times. I'm guessing it was unlocked, and then rusted shut? I remember yanking it hard a few times with my dad, but it didn't budge, and whats to see anyway? It's just an old rotting garage, so we gave up.

    I don't think it's that he 'couldn't get out,' but I think he just didn't make it. It's northern Missouri, so on the wrong night, it can get very cold on the plains, and he couldn't run his car for heat, he would have died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Come to think of it, that may have been it? I doubt there was an autopsy.

    The family hadn't known anything for months, so a very sad story, but at least (I?) found the body.

    If I had never made that funny little observation, who knows, it could have been years until someone went to that garage."

  • They Found A Noose In A Secret Room

    An anonymous Redditor shared this story:

    "In my sophomore year of college my friends and I decided that we wanted to rent a house. My mom was handling all of my loans at the time (just the paperwork, not the actual paying of said loans) so she wouldn't let me move in, but I hung out there a lot. We were checking out the house and looked behind this big furnace only to find a door that couldn't be seen from the main walkway and the realtor obviously didn't know about it as she didn't show it to us. We went in and the lights didn't work so we brought a flashlight. As we walk in the room we notice it smells really stuffy and it's pretty apparent that nobody had been in there for a long time. Upon further investigation we find that there is a noose hanging from a 1000 lb weight bracing unit on the ceiling and there were all kinds of things written all over the walls (plus a bunch of old junk that had been thrown in there). We're not sure what happened in the house and nobody knew about the room, so we cut down the noose and never went in that room."

  • Floppy Disks Full Of Adult Entertainment On A Shelf

    Redditor ahardfloppy started things off with this interesting tale:

    "Two or three years ago, I was looking through a bookshelf in a very communal and frequently used part of my parents' house, the house I grew up in.

    I found a few floppy disks, which was weird, because it was the mid '00s. Since we still had a desktop computer with a floppy drive (Dell), I popped them in to see what, if anything, they had on them.

    Yeah, it was porn. Still images of several women spread eagle.

    I'm still trying to figure out if it was my brother or my father who created these anti-floppy floppies. I just don't understand why either of them would have left them out in such an obvious and open place. Anyway, my brother is a Redditor, so maybe he'll see this and fess up.

    TL;DR - Rule 34"

  • Odd Things In An Attic

    This one was contributed by jonny_lube:

    "My current apartment was left with all sorts of freaky [stuff]. When I started renting the place, the previous tenant [passed] after living there for 90 years. I was told by my landlord that upon cleaning out the basement, he came across three casks of prohibition whiskey. Pretty [cool] stuff.

    Once we moved in, my roommate and I continued to explore the place to find other relics of a past era. The main floor was fairly empty, however when we found our way into the attic, we encountered all sorts of bizarre stuff. The attic itself has no electricity. It is dark, cold, and the walls are messes of remnants of peeled paint and mysterious stains from ages ago. One room ... consists of a pair of four-foot-long wire bed frames, an old sewing machine, and what looks like a noose made from pantyhose. In the corner is a dresser with four empty drawers, and one drawer that clearly has something in it, but the knobs have been removed and despite our efforts, we have been unable to pry it open.

    The other room in the attic is a little more on the fun end. Other than a pair of disgusting 1940s couches, there is an old Victrola, newspapers from the 1940s (hilarious) as well as an oddly placed dream catcher hanging from a small, 1.5x3 ft 'closet.'

    All in all, there was a lot of bizarre and interesting things left in the house. The most unexplainable however, showed up a year and a half into my residency. I woke one day only to find scribbled in red on the wall of my bedroom, the word 'Miaau.' Nobody has been able to explain what it means or where it came from. Pretty weird stuff."