Maybe it's paranormal, maybe it's trauma, but something has at some point shaken you deeply to your core. You know what I'm talking about. Even the thought of it makes your hair stand on end.
u/dontgetsaltyplease wanted to collect some of these stories:
Here were some of the most hair raising.
Two Weeks GoneGiphy
An accident in which I lost 2 full weeks of memory. I have seen pictures where I'm in a wheelchair being pushed around the hospital by my parents and brother, I have my eyes open, I'm laughing, but I remember literally zero of it. Nothing. It's a void.
A Horrible Wreck
I had my back turned to the road when an extremely drunk person jaywalking got hit by a drunk girl in a Jeep Cherokee (it was Halloween in a party town, no one was sober). He was still in the air when I turned around, landed roughly 50 feet from where he was hit. I had never heard that sound before but I knew what it was as soon as I heard it. The kid survived, but his body was pretty mangled. I think the fact that he was drunk and didn't tense up before impact is what saved him. The girl driving was 17 and wasn't charged as an adult. Don't drive drunk, and don't jaywalk in night when you're shirtless in dark green body paint.
I was partially ejected from a car crash in December 2008. I fractured my spine, compression fractures. I was asleep in the back seat of a truck that flipped.
I woke up in horrible pain. I thought I was going to die. I was pleading with the EMS to not let me die. When I got to the hospital they thought I was internally bleeding and had to do an emergency exploratory surgery. I didn't know if I would come out of the surgery or not. I did :)
A group of friends and I were hiking in the mountains near my home one evening and we, being stupid high schoolers, and also stupid stoners, lost track of time. As we were about a mile from the trailhead the sun was already set and it was starting to get dark. If anyone has ever been hiking in the forest at night you know how unnerving it can be. It was especially unnerving after having smoked a bowl.
Well there were four of us and as we rounded a bend in the trail we we're stopped by probably the worst luck possible. Standing in the middle of the trail, about a quarter mile from the cars was a HUGE grizzly bear. Of the four of us, my close buddy and I were probably the least pants sh-ttingly terrified. We hiked here a lot and the trails where I grew up are famous for their bear population and we saw them pretty regularly. But there was something f-cked about this bear.
The way it sat there staring at us was uncommon and to this day I've never seen a predator stand so stock still and loom over me like that. It felt like ages before someone finally realized it's already dark we need to do something and picked up a stick and waved it above his head. Goddamn if bear was fazed at all. Asshole didn't move an inch. Which turned out to be the most telling part of the story. Since it was a dead tree wrapped around a boulder and we were all sh-tting our pants over nothing in the moonlight. We still laugh about that today.
Seeing a women hit by a train and getting splatted was pretty disturbing. Not so much for the aftermath but the noise and the way she looked at me before she jumped has stuck with me
The Shoe's Not Important, LindaGiphy
Was on a date with my fiancé a few years ago, and had just gotten these shoes I had been eying. About to hop off the top of the escalator when lord knows how the heel of my shoe gets caught in the teeth of the escalator and begins to absolutely tear through these leather shoes with a hard-a** rubber sole like butter.
Thank god my first instinct was to yank my foot out instead of worry about that shoe or my foot would be mangled to this day, probably would never walk right again. She was so sad I had just lost my new shoe, I was frankly ecstatic that i went home with a normal leg that day.
Directly behind my house is a huge recreation area with miles and miles of hiking trails. People have gone missing there in recent years and they've found bodies there too. One day about two years ago I fell asleep on the couch accidentally and at like two AM, my dogs went absolutely crazy barking at the front door and they wouldn't shut up so I got up to see what it was. There was a man standing in my doorway with the screen door already opened in his hand- like I caught him the second between opening my screen door and opening the door to my house, which I had accidentally left unlocked because like I said, I accidentally fell asleep. I was totally out of it and still half asleep so the situation didn't really dawn on me and the first thing out of my mouth was "Oh, hey. What do you need?" Then I woke up and realized what the hell was going on and slammed my door shut in his face and locked it and called 911. The dude left and the police never found anyone. I obviously don't know why that man was on my doorstep but the fact that he could have taken me into that park very easily and no one would have known until it was too late shakes me up every time I think about it.
When I was crossing a road and a car came screaming around the corner didn't see me and hit me. This happened right outside my sons school. He saw the accident but didn't know it was me ( I was in all black gym clothes ). Concision, head trauma, obliterated my left shoulder ACL and tore my ACL in my left knee. Huge bruise from hip to lower calf.
Hospital said they only thing that saved me was I didn't see it coming so was not expecting it and was basically a rag doll. Turns out the driver was not insured, suspended license and the car wasn't his.
As a child, around 12, I was walking back to school, from a tennis lesson. The route was around a km and some.
I just started on my way back, and this car soon comes by and pulls over. A senior, possibly in his late 60s is the only occupant.
He asks where I'm going, and if I need a lift. I politely decline, then he started asking other questions. Being oblivious, I answer him, discussing my father's work, what my mother did with her time, and how many siblings I had. Didn't think anything of it for so many years, till around 2 years ago, the memory popped up in my head.
Only then did the gravity of what was happening at the time come home. He was trying to familiarize himself with me, and in some way grooming me to see him as a friend.
I'm still glad to this day that I never got into that car.
A Helmet, PLEASE
About two years back, I saw a live road accident involving a bike and a truck. The biker's head was squished like a water melon. This was too disturbing to see. A human body in a shape like that. I will never forget that sight.
ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET GUYS!
Not as morbid as some of the others in this thread but probably getting stuck in the shower ( technically a wet room) with a black mamba while on holiday aged 8. That was pretty terrifying.
Not The Instrument I Had In MindGiphy
I was going through a hard time and needed money. I saw an ad in a local paper that said "buying musical instruments. Any condition. Call ####." So, I called to sell my guitar. I talked to a man on the phone, and he seemed nice enough. He asked about the condition and what model it was and what not. He said he wanted to buy it and agreed to meet me at a guitar center near by.
So, I meet this guy in the parking lot and I show him my guitar. He asks, "why are you trying to sell your guitar?" I tell him that I am going through a hard time. He then says, "well, you could stay with me if you want." I say, "um, no sir. Are you still going to buy my guitar?" So he asks, "How about you watch me pleasure myself in my car and I'll give you $50." To which I replied, "No! What the F-CK?!" I grabbed my guitar, went into the store and waited inside until he left.
He stayed in that parking lot for a bit too. So dang creepy. I called that paper and got his ad removed.
Seatbelts Are Important
My friend was driving 45 mph and hit black ice which led us swirling off into a ditch flipping once.
Stupid me didn't put on a seatbelt. Luckily I came out with just glass in my hands and a sore back.
Grateful now and I always remember to put on my seatbelt.
An Invisible Stalker
When I was about 10 years old my family lived in this old rent house. My parents were in the process of buying a house from my moms family. One night we came home and there was a bag of candy with a picture of us in our car at McDonald's. We were pretty creeped out but figured it might be some kind of prank from my older sister's friends. We forgot all about it. Then we moved into our new house. It was in the middle of summer. We live in Louisiana so it was also the middle of hurricane season. In late July we came home from school shopping and found a ziplock bag filled with stuff that would have gone unnoticed but we knew was ours. Each item came from a room in our house. Whoever did it went through every room collecting one item and then left it in plain view for us to find. And in that bag was also a picture of us in the front yard. It was a picture that had been obviously taken from far away and without our knowledge. At this point we realized this wasn't a joke and my mom reported it. August came around and a hurricane passed knocking out all the power. To alleviate some of the heat we opened the windows in the house. During the calm part of the storm my sister and I both woke up to someone whispering our names outside of our windows. We went check our parents' bedroom and they were still sleeping. We huddled up together and didn't sleep that night. We still have no idea who was terrorizing us and the cops never found the person. I'm now 28 and my sister is 32. Sometimes we still talk about those creepy months and it still scares me that the person is out there watching us and now our own kids.
Cuckoo's Nest RevisitedGiphy
I ended up involuntary committed to a mental hospital because of two small superficial cuts on my arms. My first night I meet my psychiatrist who had complete control over when I left and what I could do. Still I figured I could trust her. I was upset about being committed and didn't believe it should have happened. Because I trusted her and felt that she could and would help me out I loudly vented my frustration to her. She was across the room from me. I stayed where I was. I never made a move towards her or a threat against her or anyone. She tells me that she was going to figure something it why I was there and see if she could get me out. I was so relieved. She avoided me the rest of the night.
The next day when it was time for her to see me. She is sit out in the main area for people to be and told me she was afraid of being alone with me. She then decided to change my meds and put me on one that I would take twice a day that I had taken before to help me sleep. I told her I wasn't comfortable with changing my meds. I told her I really only trusted my actual doctor that I saw every two weeks. Still she changed my meds. Now when it comes to taking your meds you have the choice to take the full dosage prescribed or not taking the drug at all. She had me over medicated and so I had to stop taking my meds.
Now hospitals have a place where you can make a complaint and also request a change in doctor. My complaint about it her was ignored and my request to change doctors was denied.
They also have times to let the patients outside. When I tried to go I was told my doctor had ordered that I not be allowed outside.
It was a disturbing experience because I had no rights in that week. I was at the will of a doctor I didn't trust and that I felt had a vendetta against me. My stay there taught me to lie. I was in the care of this place that was supposed to help me and all I got was a hellish experience I couldn't get out of.