Real life is not only stranger than fiction, it can be a lot more terrifying. Sometimes, that fear brings you to the brink, to the point where you wonder if you'll be coming out of a situation at all. Even something that seems minor - like going way too fast downhill on a bicycle - can be terrifying under the right circumstances. The terror of being held at gunpoint, in a car accident, or simply cheating death is something these Redditors will never forget. As you read along, you'll find your heart racing just as fast as their's.
Carjacked By An Escaped Prisoner
"A 6'5" 230 pound guy escaped from police custody by hiding a handcuff key under his tongue, escaping his shackles, kicking out the police van door and then knocking out the woman transporting him. He took her gun, car-jacked my friend and I, and shot my friend point blank in the face with a .357, killing him instantly by severing his carotid artery.
The shots missed me and I ran. He's now on death row."
Found Sister At The Bottom Of The Pool
From an anonymous Redditor:
"When we found my one-year-old baby sister on the bottom of our swimming pool. Apparently she overheard us talking about going for a swim and somehow went in while we were changing clothes. None of us still know how she got to the pool or how she could've gotten past us.
My dad drove like a madman to the hospital.
She's 13 now."
Just Had A Bad Feeling About Something Behind Them
"I went out to eat with some friends. I carpooled with one because we lived pretty close. He drove me home and we wound up just talking in the car outside my house. Suddenly, we both looked at each other and then behind us.
We were both scared, out of nowhere. I said 'Drive. Just go.'
He floored it. I looked behind us again: nothing at all. We both thought for sure we were going to die."
Saw A Grizzly Bear Near The Campsite
"Short and sweet:
I was camping out in the Rockies with some friends during midsummer. Late one night, the fire's out and the last two of us were sitting around by moonlight chatting, talking about going fishing (it was late enough that it was almost early). I got up to relieve myself, got 20 feet from camp and saw a bear.
Not one of those cutesy little black bears either. A huge grizzly bear. The thing was about the size of my car. Clearly it decided I would not taste good and passed his opportunity to eat my face.
I have been in fights, been stabbed, been in car accidents and even had a gun pulled on me, but for sheer awe-inspired terror, the grizzly bear is the scariest thing I've ever encountered."