People Share The Weirdest Experiences That They Can't Rationally Explain | 22 Words

Weird stuff happens; it's a part of life, right? Only, some people experience weird things that they have no explanation for. That's right: there are real tales of things going bump in the night, premonitions, and so much more! And when you see something you can't explain, as these Redditors found out, it's burned into your mind forever.

So get ready to read some truly baffling, fascinating (and in some cases, spooky) stories. Also, if you're reading this at night...maybe keep the lights on while you do! Because as you'll see from these stories, funny things can happen when the lights go out.

Check out this list of peoples' weirdest experiences that can't be rationally explained!

This person heard the ghost of a song...

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When I was younger, I was staying at a friend's house. His parents made him take piano lessons, so they had a piano in their living room. From the basement, around midnight, we heard a short little melody (5 seconds) play on the piano. His parents did not play, and we did not hear anyone walking around upstairs. Scared the shit out of both of us. My only explanation is that his cat jumped on it and coincidentally played something pleasing. Seems hard to believe though. -Alexanderr1995

We all think we're seeing things sometimes.

At my old house, ever so often I kept seeing this weird shape. It was almost like a floating water cube and every time I would approach it, it would dash into the other room and I never saw it until It happened again. Happened once in a blue moon but it always appeared in the doorway. I can’t even claim it was a ghost because I genuinely cannot comprehend what it was. -MafiaHen

This is seriously spooky!

In high school, I was at a friend's house with another friend and we had just gotten ready and were waiting for her parents to get home to take us to the movies. We were sitting on her bed with her door closed and we all heard the front door open and close and then her stepdad yells all 3 of our names like he always does when he gets home. We all start getting our stuff together and walk out into the living but we don’t see him. We’re confused and look out front and his truck isn’t home so I called him and he said that they were about 10 minutes away...we have no clue how or what that was but it was clear as day and we just ran back in her room and locked the door until they got home. There was no one in the house that they could find and the front door was locked with the alarm on. -bayleyeliz

Ever just...get a strange feeling?

I had this strange feeling in my body an entire day that something really bad had happened. It got so intense at one point that I basically got up from my chair and firmly told myself "cut the crap, nothing bad has happened today". My mom's phone started to ring a few hours later, and she called for me to come out of my room after the call. She then told me my grandmother had just been found dead in her bed.


So what really happened?

To this day, I can't wrap my head around any of it and people never believe me when I tell them about it.

I can only see two logical explanations. One is that it's all just a coincidence, though a pretty creepy one. The second is that it might not have happened the way I remember it. Perhaps the shock I got upon hearing of my grand mother's passing twisted my mind?

My grandmother died back in 2015. I still miss her like crazy.


Active imagination, or creepy instinct?

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Sometimes at night if I was in the kitchen by myself I would get a weird tingly feeling down up my spine. Once the feeling hit the top of my spine by neck would turn around instinctively and I felt like I could see something shrink back around a dark corner. -ToLazyTaLevel

Never turn a morgue into a house!

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When I was a kid, my parents would fix up houses for our landlord. He would lower our rent however much work they did. One house they worked on was an old morgue turned home. Some of the rooms were full of dirt, which I never understood. They were at the end of fixing it up and they stayed late to paint the bathroom. I slept on the floor of the living room while they worked in the bathroom because I had school the next day.

I never slept that night, I could clearly hear a piano playing through the floor. I didn’t even know there was a piano down there at the time. I told my parents and they brushed it off.


But someone WAS playing the piano.

The next day we went over for the last time to pick up trash and do the tiny details. My mom sent me to the basement to collect cans. Well, in the basement was a piano in the center of a dirt room. I started picking up cans and that’s when it began. The piano began to play, and I looked back to find a man playing the freaking piano. He started calling me to play the piano with him and that he wasn’t going to hurt me, he wanted to show me a song.


Do you believe in paranormal encounters?

I screamed, ran out the basement, never returned inside that house. I told mom, and she went to investigate, finding nobody in the basement. Our landlord told mom we could keep the piano if we wanted it, to which she told him absolutely not. She did, however, ask if the piano played on its own like an electric piano. He informed her that no, it was an old classic piano that had been there since the place was a morgue but worked like a charm. He did get told by the previous tenants that they swore it would play on its own, but he didn’t believe in ghost.

Was my imagination that wild or did I encounter a ghost? It’s been something that will never be answered or explained but it definitely freaked me out as a kid.


One case of sleep paralysis led to something else entirely...

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So, this happened to me a few weeks ago and I'm not sure how I feel about it.

Important background first. When I have sleep paralysis, I don't ever have visions or anything like that - there's no demon in the corner, nothing. I'm aware of what's going on around me - for instance, if someone else is in the room watching TV, I can hear them and the TV and identify the sounds - but I just can't move.

So, the other night, I woke up with sleep paralysis. As I was lying there, I heard my bedroom door open. This was unsettling because I live alone in my apartment. I heard footsteps as someone walked to my bed. Then I felt someone kiss me on my temple. As soon as they drew back, my paralysis broke and I sat up to see that no one was there.


This redditor has a theory of what happened:

This happened to have occurred a few days after a long-time family friend passed away. I thought maybe it was him, coming to say goodbye because I wasn't able to see him before his death, as it was somewhat sudden.

Maybe this is totally normal for sleep paralysis and I just happen to have never experienced it before in that way. And maybe I just conflated it with my friend's death because I was grieving and it made me feel better. But it felt extremely real to me and I'm still thinking about it.


This person actually lost hours of their day in the strangest way.

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About 2 years ago, I got home from school at around 3:20, got off my bike, put it in the garage and shut it (same thing I do almost every single day). I was very energetic, not tired at all. Breathing a little heavy from the bike ride so I grabbed a soda, sat down on the couch, plugged in my dead phone and cracked the coke open. I blinked and my phone was phone fully charged, soda flat and room temperature. The sun had set. I have no fricking clue what happened but I somehow blinked and fast forwarded to 10 o'clock. To this day it freaks me out and I have no clue what happened. I didn't fall asleep as the my sleep tracker on my watch did not detect any sleep. -maxmick04

Maybe these kids got a sprinkling of pixie dust?

When I was young, probably around 5 years old, I remember being at my grandparents' house which had a basement. My cousin who is a year younger than me was with me as well. I have a fuzzy memory of knowing how to jump and float down the stairs and teaching my cousin how to do it too. We were having fun doing it and went and told an adult in the house what we were doing. He laughed at us and said it was impossible. I don't remember doing it anymore after that. -Salamanderhead

Whatever happened, it's a shared memory!

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So anyways, I kind of wrote that memory off as maybe a dream and never did talk about it to anyone or my cousin who I'm pretty close with. Years later when I was around 17 I was walking somewhere with that same cousin and she randomly said to me, "Hey, do you remember when we use to float down nan's stairs?". So yeah, really weird. Maybe both of our imaginations were more intense back then and we shared some kind of make-believe memory, I don't know. -Salamanderhead

Some things feel to vivid to be just imagination.

My grandpa passed away when I was 6 years old. We were very close as I was the only grandchild, and he was retired, so we spent every day together while my mom worked. I remember vividly being in the car with my mom on the way to my grandma's house, after my grandpa had passed, and hearing him say “I love you, Sugar Plum" which was what he always called me. -leakaylove

And this was another shared experience!

My mom tells the story a little differently. She was obviously driving and got this feeling like she was being watched and instantly thought of my grandpa (her dad). She looked in the backseat at me and saw my foot start to bounce. She asked what made me so happy. I said, “my papaw just said he loved me." She had to pull over.

We never discussed this until a few years ago (I’m 27 now). I’ve lost two other grandparents since then and never had another moment like this. But once was enough for me to remember forever.


Ever heard of two people sharing dreams?

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I have a 7-year-old daughter. I regularly have nightmares and will be awoken from them by my daughter knocking on my bedroom door in the middle of the night, saying she has just woken up scared from a nightmare. Which I thought was a weird coincidence. I don't tell her about it, because I don't want it to freak her out, or influence her in any way. We don't watch any scary tv (barely watch TV or movies at all) that would influence us both having a scary dream on the same night. But it gets a little more strange.  -kazandramarie

Here's a specific (and creepy) dream:

Last month I had a dream that my son (7yo daughter's twin bro) was in our back yard, but our back yard was flooded. I was trying to get him to wade over to me because I thought I saw a very large snake in the water. All of the sudden I see that Son has been bitten and I go chasing after the snake because it seems like the logical answer is to see what kind of snake it is to see if I can tell if it is poisonous or not, to maybe rush him to a hospital, IDK? I find the snake in the water and I am suddenly really confused because I realize it's not a snake, it's a huge eel. Then there's a knock on my bedroom door and I wake up. -kazandramarie

And guess what happened?

Daughter says she had a bad dream. I walk her back to bed and sit with her for a while and ask if she'd like to talk about it before laying back down (she usually feels better doing so). She said she had a dream that our whole yard was flooded and there was a huge eel in the water and it was really scary. I did not tell her about my dream, I have never been known to talk in my sleep, we did not watch anything on TV or talk about eels or snakes, we both like snakes and are not afraid of them, we had not had any recent heavy rain nor had that yard ever flooded, we spent most of that day apart (her at school, me at work). There have been other instances of this, but this one was the most specific. I guess my daughter and I have a weird dream connection? -kazandramarie

What a crazy feeling this must have been!

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This is not my experience but my friend's. He woke up and reached for his phone to look at the time. It says 3:01am. He got up to pee. He went to the living room to watch some TV, when he turned it on, there was nothing interesting he cpuld watch. He forgot that he left his phone in his bedroom so he went back to his room to get it. This is when it gets weird.

He saw his body there, lying on his bed. Sleeping peacefully. He couldn't believe what he saw. He felt that he should touch his legs to see if it was there. Afte that, he was immediately back to his body. He reached for his phone to check the time it says 3:01am. He checked the living room and the television is still on.

He lives alone.


This sounds like a premonition!

I once had a dream that I went downstairs and was told a friend of a friend of a friend died and we would be attending his funeral, and to put on a sweater. The sweater looked itchy and I didn't want to wear it so I fought with my mom.

When I woke up everything happened EXACTLY as I dreamt it. I didn't know the guy who died, had never seen the sweater, and I didn't typically fight with my mom about clothes like that.


And apparently, multiple people have experienced these strange premonitions!

I will have dreams of my future.

It's been happening since I was a little kid, as far back as I remember. I'll be dreaming and then suddenly it will shift. Everything will feel more real, and it hits me that it is real. After a few minutes, I'll just come to understand that this is something that will happen in my future. It's never more than a minute or two.

I'll usually just kind of forget about it until it actually happens in real life, and then I recall perfectly what happened in the dream. Unfortunately for me, it's never anything important. It's always just some random conversation about nothing or some other mundane thing. Just once I wish it was like lottery numbers or something even remotely important.


When shadows move of their own accord...

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A shadow figure in broad daylight crossing highway. Shaped as 6ft human. No movement other than gliding in upward position only to disappear when it reached the other side. No planes or anything to possibly make a shadow. Scared the bejeezus out of me. -Mdoreenruthclark

The mysterious case of the super-speeding helicopter.

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I work as a flight engineer for a helicopter in the Air Force. Part of my responsibilities involves scanning for terrain, weather, threats and keeping track of the other helicopter in the formation. Once, the other helo was at our 7 o clock for .3 miles. Three seconds later they were at our 10 o clock for 1.5 miles. Our speed is around 2 miles/minute. My mind is still blown as to how they got there. -JosephofDairyland

Something REALLY wanted this Roku remote.

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When I lived alone in my first apartment I'd ALWAYS lose my roku remote & find it in weird places ( like the kitchen). Anyway one night I used it to select a show on Netflix (in my bedroom) and then it was suddenly gone. Like I set it down on my bed and it vanished. I tore my room apart looking for it. A friend came over and I explained the situation so he helped look. We honestly looked everywhere for this remote. We went to McDonald's or something and when we came back the remote was sitting on my bedside table. We both checked the table and the floor around it before we left and it was not there. My friend is still freaked out by that night. -lizzy_in_the_sky

Was this a close encounter of the third kind?

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So roughly nine years ago I was on a flight back home from Phoenix around early afternoon. I had been one of the only people on the flight with their window shades open because it was really sunny and hot outside, but I'm a huge aviation nerd and loved watching the scenery down below. As far as I know, I am the only person to witness what I saw next.

As I was staring out the window, something shiny caught my eye. It was far below us but approached our plane very quickly. As it got closer, I realized it was a flying saucer. Like, a legitimate disc-shaped, metallic craft, roughly 35 feet in diameter with a big hole in the middle.


And that flying saucer kept getting closer...

It looked like a flattened silver donut and traveled at roughly a 45-degree angle toward our plane. Internally I started freaking out as I realized this thing was flying directly at us, and it was going to collide with us.

As it got within maybe 100 feet or so, it quickly flipped on its side and skirted around the back of our plane, very narrowly avoiding a collision. I was absolutely dumbfounded. I turned to my father, who was seated next to me, and said, "I just saw a UFO." The guy on the other side of him sat up from his nap and gave me a weird look.


So what was it, really?

I honestly don't think there were little green men inside of it, as it was only two or three feet tall. It had no lights, no windows, no moving parts, nothing on the surface, no contrail. Just a big, smooth, metal donut showing incredible speed and maneuverability. -NotAllThatGreat

WHOA. This house definitely has a demon in it, just saying.

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This did happen to me but I don't remember it, my mom has just told me a bunch of times as the cause of her believing in ghosts and demons. I was a baby, about 7 months old, my siblings were at friends houses for the night and my dad was at work for a night shift so it was just baby me and my mom in the house and all the doors were locked. She left me on the bed naked during a diaper change (the bed had railings so I wasn't going to fall off) to let things air out while she went to the bathroom. While she was in there she heard all 5 of our cats start hissing and yowling when she heard a loud clap and heard me screaming my head off, so she ran to the room to see what was wrong.  -dman2316

Good thing those cats have protective instincts!

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I was laying on the bed in the same place but there was a huge red and swelling welt in the shape of a hand on my belly and chest as if someone had smacked me as hard as they could, and all the cats had formed a semi-circle around me and were hissing at the closet door as if there was something there and they put themselves between me and the door but when my mom opened it there was no one in there. I think she still has a picture of me on the bed with the welt and the cats forming the semi-circle around me, it's a very odd photo to look at. -dman2316

Attack of the garden gnomes!

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At least 5 times in my life I have seen a little gnome or something dart from one side of the room and go under my dresser. I always saw him out of the corner of my eye, but I have excellent peripheral vision. I’ve even seen him go around corners to get to my room/dresser.

He never had features, he was just a solid shadow, if that makes any sense. He was maybe 6-8" tall. I was never afraid of him either, he didn’t give off an ominous presence. And he was so fast! But, not lightning fast. I could always see him running. I would tell my mom about him, and she sorta believed me because she believes in ghosts and stuff, but I don’t think she took me seriously.


Burn it with fire!

One day when I came home from school she told me she saw the strangest thing, she saw a little shadow man dart across the hall and go under my dresser. This was about a year or 2 after I had seen him most recently, and I don’t think she was making fun of me or anything. This happened from about the time I was 12-17. I haven’t seen him in the last 12 years or so, and a few years ago I got rid of the dresser by destroying it for firewood (it was old and SOLID wood!).

My theory for some time was that maybe he was a Boggart or something but he wasn’t mischievous so I don’t think that’s what he was. I assume he had a “portal" under the dresser. I feel bad if I destroyed his home but since I hadn’t seen him in awhile I don’t know if he was even still there.


This story starts with a simple night in a college dorm...

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I attended a year of postsecondary at a very small, not well-known school, I lived in the dorms for a semester. In the dorms, the doors only locked from the inside, and the hallway lights were on a motion sensor after 10 pm to save power. My roommate and I were in our room with the door locked and I was sitting at my desk writing a paper last minute with only my laptop screen for light because my roommate was trying to get to sleep.

I was proofreading my paper at around 2:15 am and closed my eyes for (what I perceived as) a second to give them a rest and when I opened them my computer screen saver had blacked out my screen (it was set for 15 min).


And this is where it gets CHILLING.

In the dark I heard my roommate thrashing in his bed and gasping into his pillow, it sounded like he needed air, so I said out loud "Hey Mark, you ok?" and as soon as I said it I heard him gasp like he just came up for air in a swimming pool. As I said this I bumped my mouse and the screen came on.

The next 2 events happened so fast that for the longest time I was not sure of the order. Our door slammed open (it had been locked) very hard and I heard footsteps run down on the hallway to the right.


Something was clearly wrong.

Again, these 2 things happened almost immediately after I spoke and the screen came on. I opened the door (as it had closed halfway after slamming into the wall) to see who it was and though I still heard footsteps in the hall, the hall lights were off (nothing had tripped the motion sensors) and only came on as I stuck my head out of the door, the guys across the hall asked he who had slammed a door and was running and I had no answer for them.

When I turned back into the room Mark asked me why I thought it would be funny to hold his pillow over his face and try to suffocate him. Again I had no answer, I explained things as I remembered them to Mark and he got the chills. We both asked to be transferred to another dorm room.


Ever hear of this game?

When I was in middle school, my friend had a slumber party with about 8-10 girls. Someone decided that we needed to play light as a feather. To play this game, one person lays in the middle on their back with their hands crossed across their chest and they need to stay in a stiff plank formation. Everyone else forms a circle sitting on the floor with only your pointer fingers under the person laying down.

One person starts telling a story where you keep repeating "light as a feather, stiff as a board" and everyone joins in on the phrase. You'd say something along the lines of "once there was a girl laying on the ground and she was light as a feather, stiff as a board"


This sounds completely insane...but what really happened?

Every time we repeated the phrase, the girl would raise up just a bit higher. At first, I thought a couple of the girls were lifting her up with their whole hands or something. She eventually was higher than our shoulders and it was clear that all of us were only using our two pointer fingers spaced shoulder-width apart to hold her up. There's no way we should have been able to raise a 120-pound girl that high, and I remember that it barely felt like she weighed anything. As soon as she was at head level, she freaked out, causing all of us to lose our concentration and she immediately fell. It felt like I was coming out of a trance when that happened. It's the weirdest thing I've ever experienced with a group of people, and shouldn't have been physically possible. -cubluemoon

Here's another sleep paralysis tale that we had to share, because it's TERRIFYING.

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I've never told anyone about this. When I was about 8 years old, I had a sleep paralysis event, the only one in my life (at least I think that's what it was).

I was lying in my bed trying to fall asleep. I had an overwhelming urge to turn my head and look towards my closet. A shadowy figure the size and shape of a man with glowing red eyes was staring back at me. The eyes were not human, they were completely circular with a dog-like beadiness to them. The image is burned into my mind like a photograph. 


And the worst part is, you can't do anything about it!

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It was like a flat cut-out of a man, but with those eyes... I was transfixed by this figure and completely terrified. I must have laid there and stared at it for over an hour. The figure gave me a sense of numbing dread in my heart that is hard to explain and one I have never experienced since. The only thing I can think of is that I must have fallen asleep at some point and that it was a sleep paralysis event.

I'm getting goosebumps just recalling this. A small part of me thinks I was visited by some kind of demonic entity. I'm not religious.


Uh...was this CD haunted or something?

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When I was in 8th grade I was really upset one night. My whole family was fighting and I was crying in my room. I was listening to music, and it was the first time I'd cried in a long time. The song switched to 1989 by Smashing Pumpkins. I was listening peacefully for a little bit, and then a loud screeching noise came on. It was a weird sound, it was incredibly loud, and it sounded really human. I freaked out and threw my phone across the room. I could barely catch my breath for multiple minutes. When I picked my phone back up, I kept relistening to the song, skipping to the part where it happened. Nothing happened again. Over and over. I don't know why, I don't know how, but now every time I hear that song I get the shivers. -kingshen1 Has someone you know ever experienced something similar to a story on this list? Share it with them and find out!