If you've ever met a human child, you know that sometimes very strange things come out of their mouths. Kids don't have much of a filter, which can make for hilarious moments. A kid I babysat once told me I'd "look better without that wig" but guess what? I was not wearing a wig. (I definitely reconsidered my current hairstyle after that).
They can also say some awkward things– just ask any mom whose face has turned completely red after their kid yelled out something like "Why is that lady wearing so much makeup?" in line at the supermarket.
But kids can also say things that are very creepy. I also used to babysit a kid who would wake up in the middle of the night, point to a dark corner of his room, and just sob. I later learned from his parents that was how he asked to get out of his crib, but for a few nights, I was convinced he was seeing a ghost.
According to a recent post on Twitter, it's pretty common for kids to casually mention some pretty weird stuff.
via: ShutterstockThey've talked about having past lives, seeing ghosts, and a lot more completely creepy things that have made their adult parents want to sleep with a nightlight, too.
Valerie posted a status about a weird thing her kid said as she was putting him to bed.
while tucking in my son he casually told me he lived a life a long time ago where his name was Gerald and he had a… https://t.co/sCS3ZQ14j4— Valerie (@Valerie)1545963610.0
Um, what?This is so specific! And he just casually mentioned it as if his mom is obviously aware of his past life.
Then he followed it up with this:
SON: Cole was so sad we died cuz he really loved our momma but I wasn’t too sad cuz I picked you to be my new momma… https://t.co/Bf044RwOv5— Valerie (@Valerie)1545965873.0
Soon, other people were jumping into the thread with their own weird stories of similar things kids had said to them.
@ValeeGrrl years ago my baby brother passed away and 9 months later i had a little sister born prematurely. when sh… https://t.co/9B289qjJf7— jackie brown (@jackie brown)1546175913.0
Or even things they said as kids.
@ValeeGrrl @MaraWilson When I was a toddler I was watching Mary Poppins with my Nan and I apparently turned to her… https://t.co/sSEM7IS9O3— Coley 🍄💛 (@Coley 🍄💛)1546174125.0
"Oh hey mom, nbd but I died in this exact spot and came back to life as your child."That is a totally normal thing to say.
How did she know this song?
@ValeeGrrl @TessFowler I remember when I was about 4 I would sing this song to help me go to sleep. Much later on i… https://t.co/HkE3dVmDFp— JackJackIsMasked (@JackJackIsMasked)1546180946.0
How do kids know this stuff?
@ValeeGrrl 2 stories of when I worked @ a preschool: 1.) My dad passed in 2016. When I returned to work a 3 yr old… https://t.co/os4ySnu7QD— sadlunagirl (@sadlunagirl)1546280239.0
What is even going on here?
@ValeeGrrl @elle__keane Something similar happened to me when I was younger mum said I started speaking in an Ameri… https://t.co/DFsp6TLd4o— Shan (@Shan)1546210691.0
Apparently, kids have ghost dreams.
@ValeeGrrl @iriepls when i was 5 i had a dream that i was fishing with my grandpa & his friends. i described the na… https://t.co/8eZlxuo6v0— steph 😇 (@steph 😇)1546204751.0
Why do so many of these involve kids remembering how they "died?"
@ValeeGrrl @whomstbitch my roommate from a while back told me that her and her mom were driving past a railroad tra… https://t.co/F21i5kZF7u— (tw) hannah 🎱 (@(tw) hannah 🎱)1546240534.0
But let's take a little break here (you probably need one that this point) and understand if this is an actual thing.Many people do believe in reincarnation, the belief that our soul moves on and inhabits a different body after death. And while this is mostly a religious belief, some scientists think it may be possible.
Dr. Jim Tucker, a psychologist at the University of Virginia, actually studies kids who have reported past lives.
via: ShutterstockAnd he's found that in some cases, kids can describe very specific details from the actual lives of deceased people they couldn't possibly have known but claim to be.
In one case, he worked with a young child who claimed he used to work in Hollywood in the 1930s.The child, who lived in Oklahoma, was able to identify "himself" in a photo of a deceased Hollywood actor, name the person standing with him in the photo correctly, and was able to describe specific details about his life such as the names of several friends, the street he lived on, how many children he had and what his house looked like. That's spooky.
A kid remembering a past life when they are young is surprisingly common.Whether they are really remembering something or just have an active imagination, Dr. Jim Tucker says the best way to handle it is to take them seriously, but not ask too many questions that might confuse or scare them. Most kids seem to forget about their "past lives" by age 5 and never talk about it again.
Ok, back to our regularly scheduled program of more creepy stories from Twitter.Continue being freaked out.
"When I was a big girl"
@ValeeGrrl According to my mom when I was like 3 we were driving down the road and I saw a horse and said “when I w… https://t.co/JC344Xqlt7— Mariah LaFave (@Mariah LaFave)1546223357.0
I don't know why this one made me laugh.
@ValeeGrrl My daughter was about 7 when she informed us that she had been a chef in Australia.— Dorothy Darling (@Dorothy Darling)1546274428.0
@ValeeGrrl My great grandparents died in a car accident on their way to the hospital to see my sister when she was… https://t.co/DXo1FxrokL— pancake prime minister (@pancake prime minister)1546185317.0
This kid claimed she was bored while she waited to be re-born.
@ValeeGrrl My kid pulled this on me when she was just about three. Also, she complained that it took so long for us… https://t.co/edjP3ftRsg— zer0jack (@zer0jack)1546194944.0
She had a lot to say as soon as possible.
@ValeeGrrl My sister, when she was very first talking, told my mum that she used to be a little boy with long hair… https://t.co/MhFQ8AYXEI— Georgie King (@Georgie King)1546306751.0
There are a lot of kids who claim to have "another mommy."Which is very disconcerting.
This one is funny.
@ValeeGrrl @MaraWilson When I was three I told my mom “in my last life I had a penis”— they/them/that b*tch 🌿 (@they/them/that b*tch 🌿)1546184915.0
This is weird.
@ValeeGrrl My little cousin, never having seen the titanic, one day told us that he drowned while the titanic was c… https://t.co/BnEHa9cA1S— samantha (@samantha)1546226733.0
This isn't reincarnation, it's just confusing.
@ValeeGrrl @hippiegrlfriend My mom always tells me about how one time when I was like 4 she was brushing my hair an… https://t.co/IvrCRoRgAQ— eternally salty (@eternally salty)1546201167.0
He can't even drive yet!
@ValeeGrrl I remember when my son in 1st grade, who loved hot wheels, said he remembered when drove one of these ca… https://t.co/m0wMIyWxUM— Thank you, Happy New Year (@Thank you, Happy New Year)1546205125.0
Maybe she's right?
@ValeeGrrl @_Couurtneey My little sister gabby always tells us she had a mom before us that drowned and died that’s… https://t.co/w5Y518lFxy— Jessica (@Jessica)1546217500.0
Are you super creeped out yet?I am!
Some kids don't talk about living lives before, but seem to be able to see people who are dead.
@ValeeGrrl @kalesalad Apparently when I was about 3, my mom saw me talking near the fire place animatedly and asked… https://t.co/1EM6a9I1Wk— fer (@fer)1546228369.0
A lot of dead grandparent stories.
@ValeeGrrl When I was like 4 or 5 I saw a picture of my great grandfather that passed before I was born and I told… https://t.co/e5E6PMNCCQ— haley moore (@haley moore)1546223782.0
Wait, who is ghostie?
@ValeeGrrl My brother had an imaginary friend named ghostie who he played with all the time. My first child also ha… https://t.co/Ff0z6jVURu— Tavia (@Tavia)1546226717.0
This is cute, though.
@ValeeGrrl My mother died 4 years before my son was born. On several occasions he has told me how she sang him song… https://t.co/jCcBdf2hzJ— Sarah Carmody (@Sarah Carmody)1546411901.0
And then this happened:
@ValeeGrrl @QuietAtTheStart Mom told me at 3 during a party... I ran upstairs full speed from the the 1st floor (ou… https://t.co/9SMsF1ky9O— blacklivesmatter (@blacklivesmatter)1546187986.0