These 'Glitch In The Matrix' Stories Will Have You Questioning Everything | 22 Words

Little coincidences happen to us every day. You always seem to look at the clock right at 11:11. You move in next door to someone you used to work with. Your significant other calls you at the exact time you're dialing their number. You keep running into that old college friend who you secretly hate. These are enough to weird you out and give you a serious case of déjà vu, but not enough to leave you shaken for days and up all night long.

The following people reveal the one moment that was so bizarre that it left them questioning whether or not their entire life was real or merely a simulation.

From seriously screwed-up dreams to perfectly timed accidents to a car filled with creepy characters (that one really freaked me out!), these stories will give you goosebumps on top of goosebumps. Warning: You might want to avoid reading these at night unless you function just fine on no sleep.

"When I was around 20, I kept having dreams about a woman with long black hair named Aroura."

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"They were different dreams but for some reason, her distinct face and name always ended up in them. It got to the point where I would wake up frustrated and confused, trying to google her name or find out how I was connected to her. After a few months, she stopped showing up and I dismissed it. Fast forward a few years later, Halloween 2009, I'm in the car with a friend stopped at a gas station. I'm about to pull out and merge onto a highway when I get a phone call from a random number, so I stop the car but no one answered. There was a person behind me who grew impatient, honked at me, and then swerved in front of me instead of waiting for 2 seconds for me to move. The second they get on the highway, some silver Civic loses control of their wheel and crashes into the car that swerved in front of me. I called the cops and waited at the gas station for them to come. Turns out the drivers of both cars died. It 100% would have been me if I hadn't of gotten that phone call. I called it back a few hours later out of gratitude and curiosity, and it rang 3 times and went to voicemail. 'Hi, you've reached Aurora, please leave your name and number.' I've never had goosebumps like that in my life. Called it again the next day. Some woman answers and we get to talking. I tell her my entire story including the dreams I had. She tells me she doesn't know how I got her number and that she never called me as far as she remembers. Weird. I ask her if she has facebook to confirm if she is, in fact, the woman in my dreams. Check her facebook, holy f***, it's her."-Sarax11

"Driving home on a stormy day, I see that a side road up to the local golf course is blocked off by flashing barricades."

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"I also spy a Mercedes parked past the barricades with its hazards on. I stop and walk up to the car to see if they need help (I'm an EMT), I shine my light in the back seat to see a man slumped over apparently asleep. Thinking I've got a few drunks, I move up to the driver window and rap on the glass and shine my light in. The driver is sitting bolt upright, unmoving, staring straight ahead. My window rapping and light doesn't cause him to blink, flinch or move. I look over and the passenger is slumped forward onto the dash. This begins to creep me out, so I call down to the Sheriff station and request a Code-2 (no lights/sirens) unit up to my location to help me check them out. While on the phone I walk back to my truck to get my go-bag. As I'm on the phone with dispatch, she asks me to get a license number for the car just as a PG&E (power company) cherry-picker truck comes rumbling down from up the closed road. I move to go around the truck to get the plate number and the car is gone. I talked to the driver of the truck and he said there was an 80-foot tree down across the road, and that he didn't think it'd be open for a day or so. So the question is... where the hell did the car go? Tree up one way, barricades down the other. It's kept me a bit unsettled when stopping at accidents/hazards since then."-markofshame

"This happened to me in third grade, and it scared me so much I started crying and had to go to the office to talk to the principal about it."

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"I was in the hallway for misbehaving, and my neighbor Tad (a year younger than me) came walking out of a class to my right, passed in front of me and headed down some stairs. We said "hi" to each other. About 20 seconds later, he walked out of the same class, passed in front of me, and headed down the stairs. I just stared at him, confused and afraid, and he looked back like 'Why are you looking at me like that?' I never realized how much it was like Matrix deja vu."-klsi832

"At 12 years of age, my mom let me stay in the truck as she went grocery shopping."

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"As I wait I see an old guy walking towards the truck with an indescribable look at me as if I know too much. He stops 5 feet from the truck, looks at me for a couple of seconds, then heads back the exact way he came. It was rather traumatic for some reason and very confusing at that age. About 5-6 years later, my dad is showing me home videos of us at Yellowstone. At old faithful, I noticed the same guy, same look, same clothes peering at us on camera and at me through the TV. I'm freaked out just telling this."-Parrot-Tamer

"I got my wisdom teeth out in 2000 right around the time that the original Matrix came out on VHS."

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"I was bombed completely out of my mind on Percocet after coming back from the surgery, and my Mom basically just dropped me in bed and went and rented the movie for me because I'd never seen it in theaters. I remember being irritated that the sun through the window was making the TV glare but being too out of it to get up. A little bit after the black cat glitch in the matrix scene, I passed out and apparently slept for about eight hours. The tape in the VHS machine kept rewinding itself and playing over and over again. I woke up and the movie was at roughly the same spot as when I passed out, but it was completely dark outside. Zero time lapse for me."-coolhandlucas

"One time I spilled a bowl of Spaghetti-Os, and as I was cleaning them, I noticed that one was on the ceiling. Nine feet up."

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"I didn't even DROP the bowl. I just tipped it over onto the counter by mistake...but sure enough, a single O was right there, stuck to the ceiling."-ProjectZeta

"My dad had this little toy monkey that he used to call his 'favorite child' and tease me and my siblings with it. Not in a bad way, but it was really frustrating nd we spent hours trying to steal it from him."

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"Well anyways, one day we finally got it and threw it into the garbage after drawing on it and mangling it for a bit. My dad laughed and searched for it a bit but basically figured we had thrown it out and gave up after a week or so. Anyways, a few years later, I'm walking down the street in Toronto (I don't live in TO, was just visiting friends) and see this little orange object on the side of the road. When I walk over to it, I pick it up and see that it was the EXACT SAME MONKEY. It even had the black sharpie lines on it from when we drew all over it. I honestly cannot even come up with the chances of that happening, especially considering our garbage is sent to a local dump and is nowhere near Toronto."-matics

"I used to work in a building that had three levels of sub-basements, with the piece of lab equipment I typically worked on in the lowest basement. I had the only key. There was a wired phone in there, and I did work late some nights, but not this night."

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"I was sleeping alone in my apartment when I woke up to a call on my cell phone from my girlfriend at 3 AM. She was in hysterics and asking why I scared her. Apparently, she received a call from that basement phone just a minute earlier, with someone who sounded like me slowly repeating her name, until crackling and fading out. My apartment was 10 miles away from work. I thought she was lying, but I saw the 3 AM call from the basement phone logged on her cell myself."-[deleted]

"My friend used to put up a recurring away message, back in the day when everybody had AIM. She was a Beatles super-fan and put up a sentiment from John and Yoko: 'Acorns for Peace'."

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"Well, one day I was walking around my college campus thinking about it, but failing to remember the full quote. In my mind, I kept thinking, 'Something for peace... something for peace... what the hell is that away message?!' Right then, some chick on a cell phone walks by me and screams out 'ACORNS!!!' I realize this is not a super freaky story, but it made my day at the time. It's not every day someone screams out 'ACORNS' in your vicinity at the exact right time."-hotdogcolors

"I was in class one day, sitting in a group of three people including myself."

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"We were talking and my friend dropped his pen on the desk. I saw it stall in mid-air for a second then drop on his desk. My friend asked, 'Did anyone else see that?' All my friends saw it, and it was just the weirdest thing I've ever seen. To this day I have no explanation for it."-deathmoon68

"In middle school, the entire 8th-grade class had to do this thing called a "cultural fair" where we research our lineage/cultural roots and present it after school at night for all families to see."

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"My buddy and I are cruising the empty halls out of boredom before the whole thing starts and for some stupid reason, I bet him 10 bucks I could open any locker and he gets to choose which one. He takes my bet and picks a random locker. He jiggles the handle and spins the dial a few times to make sure it's locked. I remember it was locker #424. So I look at him, go 'Psssshhh! Watch this...' and spin it 6 right, 24 left, and 34 right. I remember thinking, 'These numbers sound right' in my head. The latch lifts up and it swings open."-Counter-strike

"I was working in a decades-old nursing home out in the middle of the woods in PA as a nurse aide on the night shift. My wife won't come to visit me at work because she insists it, 'looks like a Rob Zombie video'."

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"A resident pulls the mechanical call bell in the bathroom for assistance. I flip it off and help her back to bed. As I'm exiting the only way in or out, the call bell goes on again; I look back and it's not the electronic one in her bedroom, (which blinks slowly). It's the mechanically-operated one you have to physically pull in the bathroom, (which blinks twice as fast). The lady is close to 400 lbs. & non-ambulatory; there is no physical way she could've pulled that bell, I sure as hell did not, and there was no one else around."-direbowels

"Driving to work one day, stop at a red light. "

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"Look to my left, next to me at the light: Beige 2007 Chevy Suburban. Look across the intersection: 2007 Beige Chevy Suburban. Look at the traffic crossing: twp 2007 Beige Chevy Suburbans, going through the intersection. Not so much a 'glitch in the Matrix' moment as it was a 'stuck in Grand Theft Auto' moment."-Conosendaicyberspace7

"Back when my husband and I first got together, we used to work opposite shifts."

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"One day I was napping in our apartment before I went to work. As I was drifting off, I had this strange feeling like he was right there, laying with me. It was really comforting and warm, so I drifting right into a dream where we were napping together outside in the sun. I woke up about 30 minutes later, feeling totally refreshed. My phone vibrated with a text message from my husband. It said, "Just took a nap on my break. Thanks for joining me. Cool, huh?" I decided to marry him in an effort to absorb his powers."-HappyGiraffe

"I was walking up a hill in Portland Oregon and found a pack of American Spirits on the ground, only missing two."

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"A week later in San Francisco CA, I bought a pack of American Spirits, and after smoking two I put the pack in the inside pocket of my jacket. Next time I went to smoke the pack was gone."-robotbigfoot

"At a party in college, I was walking out the back door to smoke a cig when another guy opens the door to come in."

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"We look at each for a split second and I yell 'Tim!' and he yells '****!' and we hug and spend a few minutes catching up, as we hadn't seen each other in years. After five minutes we stop talking, look at each other hard and I say, 'We've never met, have we?' and he responds, 'I have no idea who you are.' But we both knew each others' names."-khaustic

"I was using my desktop computer. The Internet was working perfectly fine and after about 30 minutes it f**** up on me."

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"I lost connection. I tried resetting the router and restarting my computer a couple of times and it did not work. I looked at my router again and noticed that there were only two ethernet cables. One was going to my Xbox and the other was going to the modem. There wasn't a cable going to the desktop. I looked behind the desktop and the cable was connected to it, but the other end was nowhere near the router. Someone had to have moved it in order for it to be where it was (my router is on the floor, it's not on top of the desk). So the way I see it, I was receiving a phantom Internet signal for 20 minutes before it died. My desktop has no wifi capabilities."-fluxuation

"About a year ago, an online friend's cat ran away. He was inconsolable since he grew up with the cat and it was basically one of his best friends."

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"I vaguely recalled him telling me a long time ago that the cat had run away for three days once, and had gotten stuck in a local barbecue restaurant while it was closed for the weekend. I didn't mention it, because I figured it would make my friend more upset. Three days later, the cat comes back, smelling like barbecue sauce because it got stuck in the restaurant over the weekend. My friend swears the cat had never run away before, and I could find no record of the supposed 'cat ran away' conversation in any of our chat logs. He never even mentioned there was a barbecue restaurant near his house."-sunsetr33

"When my drama class went to Disneyland, they took a big group picture in front of the castle."

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"They took three pictures to make sure they got one good one, the first and last photo are normal, but the second has a guy no one's seen before in between two people with his arms around their shoulders. No one noticed him when the picture was taken."-ScaredOuttaMyMind

"I have always had a fear that people can read my mind."

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"I remember I was on my way to my birthday party, and I had just bought a new dress. I wasn't sure about how I looked in it. As I was going up the escalator this other woman was walking down the stairs adjacent to the escalator. I remember thinking 'I really hope I don't look stupid right now' and this woman says 'Well I think you look great!' in this reassuring way. Maybe I just looked insecure, maybe someone else on the stairs in front of her was talking about how I looked stupid, but to this day the experience has amplified my paranoia of mind reading."-saintbabe

"When I was in my sophomore year of high school, there was this cute blonde girl in my history class that quite a few of the guys were interested in. There was nothing super unique about her, she was just a fairly funny, cute, average girl."

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"Anyway, this girl was an exchange student from Germany, and after several months of being in our class, she simply stopped coming. It was odd for a week or two, but after that, I started to wonder what had happened to her. I asked one of my friends if maybe she had moved back, but he said he had no idea who I was talking about, and I soon came to learn that no one did. I still don't know if I had dreamed the whole episode, and maybe my subconscious is playing a trick on me, or if someone actually went missing from my history class who everyone spontaneously forgot."-Igno4

"When I was in first grade I was taking a test when I noticed blood dripping on the desk."

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"It starts to gather and I touch my nose and figure out that I'm having a nose bleed. By now there's a huge puddle on the desk and I'm so embarrassed that everybody will see. So I ask the teacher if I could go to the bathroom (while trying to cover my face). She doesn't really seem to notice anything and says yes. I run into the bathroom and go to wash the blood off my hands but as I put them in the sink I don't see anything. I look up and there's no blood on my face. I walk back to my desk and there's no trace of any blood at all. I have yet to figure out what the hell happened to me that day."-RedHot_105

"In my freshman year of high school, a friend and I were walking to our lunch spot when we found a tennis ball with streamers attached to it."

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"I mention how cool I thought it was and without a thought, my friend picks up the ball and chucks it high into the tree branches above us (we were right under a huge tree). It is nowhere in sight but obviously didn't land anywhere nearby. Fast-forward to senior year and my friend has transferred to the other local high school but I find myself walking by the same tree as I had every day. Right as I am walking under it, the exact same tennis ball with streamers falls down almost right in front of me. After the initial freak out, I thought it was too awesome and perfect that I was there when it fell for it to be coincidental."-Talon4215

"Was with my siblings on vacation, ambling around a French town, got distracted by something and when I rejoined them they told me about a guy who looked exactly like me, walked like me and everything who I'd just missed."

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"Having a theory about doppelgangers, that they never seem to meet each other, I asked where he went. They pointed to the shop he'd just gone into. Excited, I went in. But only the shopkeeper was there, and the shop was tiny."-smorgas_gord

"My sister was married in a city called Hansi in the state of Haryana in India."

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"I went to visit her once and in the evening we were sitting in her home and chatting with her in-laws. Suddenly she asked me to note the constant noise that was there in the background. It was like a mammoth wind-mill operational nearby (there is no such thing there). And as I noticed it she said the noise stops immediately when someone talks about it. Lo and behold, it did. Every time I tried to talk about it the noise stopped. It scared the f*** out of me."-mukeshitt

"I have an overwhelming, terrified reaction to any time I see footage or a recreation of the D-Day invasion of Normandy."

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"I can watch anything about any other type of war/battle/what-have-you, but for some reason, and I don't know why - the D-Day invasion strikes something in me. The worst time was when I watched 'Saving Private Ryan' and my heart felt like it was going to pound out of my chest. I felt a sense of panic that I have never felt, and tears started streaming down my face. I was paralyzed in my seat. I had the strangest 'you've been there' feeling that I've never had before."-the_muchness

"At a friend's party when I was 13 or so, I went out to their driveway and looked up at the stars."

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"Suddenly the brightest one just... fell. Like it was glued to the sky and suddenly came undone. It fell straight down behind the houses on the other side of the street. It was surreal."-GreenGod

"I used to work at a video store. A dad and daughter came in to rent a movie."

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"I jokingly told them they had a late fee of $898.58 on their account. They both looked at me in shock. I told them I was just joking. The dad tells me his daughter just got her first paycheck.She brings it out to show me.

It's for $898.58."-Namelok

"I was sitting in a comp sci class taught by a TA with a poor command of English. No one in the class could understand a word, and it was painful to sit through."

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"After about an hour of staring at my watch, I thought loudly to myself 'TIME COULD NOT BE MOVING ANY SLOWER THAN IT IS...RIGHT....NOW!!' Right as I thought the 'NOW', my heavy crystal watch face split from top to bottom directly down the center. I didn't move or touch it in any way."-atsparagon

"I said to myself once, 'I can't be bothered catching the bus. I want someone to pick me up and drop me home. If this happens now then I am definitely living in a simulation.'"

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"Soon after, a friend picked me up who was heading my way and dropped me on my doorstep."-chronographer