15 Unexplainable Encounters That Had Reddit Users Questioning Their Reality

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  • 1
    4,012 VOTES

    "I Never Found That Library Book, Ever..."

    From Redditor u/dizzylyingdown:

    I was reading a library book before bed one night when I was a teenager. It was something really boring I had checked out for a history project for school and I couldn't keep my eyes open. I fell asleep with it on my bed. I had like a sleep paralysis event happen and I watched this shadowy figure of a man walk into my room, look around, pick up a few knick-knacks and put them back down. It was so terrifying, my entire body was screaming to move but I couldn't - not even my fingers. I just wanted to scream for help- but nothing happened, no matter how desperately I tried. I finally got enough courage to look at the man but he wouldn't come into focus for some reason... he was just a shadow, like he wasn't fully there. He came up to the side of my bed and stood over me, looking down at me for what felt like forever. I was so terrified but I couldn't move a muscle. Then he reached down, grabbed my library book, and turned, walking out of my room. I never found that library book, ever, after tearing apart my room and my house.

    My mom said it was a coping dream for losing the book but I distinctly remember falling asleep reading it that night and I even had sent a text to my boyfriend that night saying that I wished I had chosen a different book because this ome was putting me to sleep. I had to pay a fine and everything!

  • 2
    4,417 VOTES

    "Even Wearing The Same Clothes."

    From Redditor u/dmeyer234:

    After my father passed away, I went to live with my friend and his mom for a little while. Things with my mom were very strained and I didn’t want to stay at my friends house initially. But they didn’t want me alone during that time. Staying at anyone's house always made me feel uneasy for some reason.

    My first night there, early in the morning, I woke up to the sound of my bedroom door opening and a gentleman wearing a red flannel and bib denim overalls came into my room holding a bag of tools. He turned the light on, looked at me and walked through another door way to the utility room. Soon after, I fell asleep again. But when I woke up this time, room was dark. Everything was the same when I went to sleep the night previously.

    Figuring I imagined the whole thing, I went upstairs for coffee and asked my friend's mom if the guy with the overalls is still here. With a weird look, she informed me that it’s been her and I in the house all night. At this point, I’m VERY confused. So I explain detail in detail about what the man looked like. Height, weight, clothes, facial hair. Everything.

    She turns pale white and bolts to her room and retrieves a photo. When she shows me the photo, It’s the man I saw in the basement that morning. Even wearing the same clothes. She tells me that he passed away 30 years ago. It was her grandpa who owned the property previously. He had killed himself to save the farm when he invested his money into horses instead of machines and his investment flopped. 

  • 3
    3,653 VOTES

    "...She Never Forgot What She Saw In The Monitor."

    From Redditor u/Facebuckson:

    I have a really creepy one. So, my cousin, around 30yrs old, had a baby and had one of those baby monitors, with video feed. She was at the living room with her sister, watching TV.

    Her sister gets up to go to kitchen, swings by the baby monitor to take a look at the baby, and goes white.

    She slowly walks up to the mother and says there is a grown up woman, with a white dress, holding the baby. They were both alone in the house.

    They both go running into the bedroom, only to find the baby in the crib and everything closed.

    To this day, the sister never forgot what she saw in the monitor.

  • 4
    3,485 VOTES

    "The Car Was Not Budging."

    From Redditor u/TruFloki:

    When I was around 13, I would sneak out in the middle of the night and take my moms car and drive around. One night, as I was driving down a dark street, the car came to a sudden stop. It stopped so fast it threw my entire body forward. When I sat back up, the car was running and my foot was not on the brake. The car was not budging. I looked out the windshield and couldn’t see anything. It was completely black. As I was trying to figure out what was going on, I started seeing intermittent lights as my eyes adjusted, I realized what I was seeing was a train flying by inches from the bumper of the car. I have no explanation and by all rights should have died that night.

  • 5
    2,575 VOTES

    "I Went Back Downstairs And Refused To Go Upstairs At All Or Even Sleep In The House."

    From Redditor u/SnowyInuk:

    My dad had s*** going on in his house, so much s*** that almost every kid who would come in, myself, my sisters, my brother and my dad have all had multiple experiences in there.

    I remember one time, I was going upstairs to have a shower. The bathroom was the end of the hallway and on the way to it, I had to pass by the room I shared with my sisters when I was over for the weekends. As I passed by, I seen something sit up on the bottom bunk (we had bunk beds in there) out of the corner of my eye. This thing looked like a little girl. She had pale skin, short black hair that was cut in a bob style with straight bangs covering her forehead, and her eyes were these massive circles with large black dots in the center for pupils. She was facing sideways so her right shoulder was facing me when she turned her head, the other half of her body looked like it was under the blankets.

    I remember getting such an intense feeling of fear that I went back downstairs and refused to go upstairs at all or even sleep in the house. My dad had to set up the camping tent in the backyard for the rest of the weekend

    If this occurrence had been nothing/me just seeing things that weren't there, I feel like I shouldn't still remember it in perfect detail at the age I am now (seen it when I was maybe 6 or so. I'm 23 now)

  • 6
    2,754 VOTES

    "No Problem, That Kind Of Stuff Happens All The Time."

    From Redditor u/ether314:

    In Snohomish, WA there’s a bar called the Oxford. It has a violent history as there have been at least 2 or 3 deaths/murders there. My parents have gone a few times to listen to live bands and heard of women being locked in the bathroom and plates shattering in the kitchen when no one was around. One night, my dad had a glass of red wine and headed downstairs to the basement, where there’s pool tables and another bar. He says that the cup part of his glass exploded in his hand and there was a pop sound. He looked down and he only had the wine glass stem in his hand and there was no red wine or glass on or around him. In a bit of a daze, he went to the bartender, handed her the stem and explained what happened and she replied, “no problem, that kind of stuff happens all the time.” And handed him a new glass.