The Creepy Things That Have Made Us Question Reality | 22 Words

Do you ever get the feeling that things are just slightly off? If so, you are definitely not alone. Most people experience this sensation at least once in their lives. For some people, it can be as simple as experiencing déjà vu. For others, this "glitch in the matrix" feeling can manifest as lost time. If you start asking around, you might be surprised by the stories people tell you of their own encounters with the paranormal or other logic-defying stuff.

A recent AskReddit thread asked people to share the creepiest thing they experienced — the things that truly made them question reality. Their answers ran the gamut between the silly to the downright horrifying. Here are some of our favorites.

(Note: You might not want to read this right before bed. Or if you're alone.)

Let's start with a creepy story.

About 7 years ago, I was at my mom's house (I live next door) and this white car pulls into the driveway. We weren't expecting anyone so I assumed they were lost and needed directions and went to the door. A white woman in her 50s or 60s got out, along with a 9 or 10-year-old black girl. Surprised me because I expected the kid to stay in the car if they just needed directions. I open the door and the woman kind of nudges the girl towards me, both with big smiles on their faces. I said hi, what can I help you with? She asked if I was [My Name] and I said yes. She told me they went to a neighbor's house looking for me, and they pointed her to our house. They just kind of stared at me expectantly, like I was supposed to know the girl and be happy to see her. When I didn't react, the woman told me they were here to see the dentist. Uhh... no dentists here. Small ranch style house in a fairly rural neighborhood. No, no dentists here. Not anywhere near us. The woman and the girl just kept smiling. They didn't look confused. They just kept saying, "are you sure?" Finally, they left and later I asked the neighbor who directed them to our house and she said she never told the woman my name, that the woman asked for me specifically. It's always kind of haunted me. I really feel like I was supposed to know that girl. Like (if I was a guy) this would be someone trying to introduce me to a kid I didn't know I had. I honestly started wondering if I was nuts and had given up a child for adoption. It was that strange of a feeling! My mom firmly believes the girl will come back someday to tell me what it was about, and I think about it frequently. Drives me insane to wonder what they really wanted.BaggyRaccoon

This one is significantly less creepy.

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I had two bananas, connected at the stem part. Broke them into two, ate one, threw out the peel, came back for the other one and it’s gone. I live alone. Either I have a rotting banana somewhere in my apt or I’ve gone crazy.Rotfled7

The Case of the Haunted Phone.

Once, I woke up at around 2 AM to find that my phone was automatically playing a song. I closed the app, but it happened 2-3 times again. I would have put this down to my phone being weird, but then one of my roommates told me the exact same thing happened to her as well. A few days later, I woke up to a beeping sound coming from my phone and when I checked, it was apparently a sound recording. The duration showed as 0.00 though, which meant that it shouldn't technically play at all. I deleted it immediately.InnocuousCyanide

This next one reminds me of The Prestige.

I used to work in a gas station. One regular customer was like night and day: One day he’d be soft-spoken and shy, the next he’d be obnoxious. His cigarette preference also changed from day to day. But he always came in the same work truck with the same guys at the same time of day. One day, he walked in and went straight to the bathroom. A minute later, he walked in again and came to the counter. Twins. It took me eight months to realize they were twins. And not even identical twins, either. They just looked really similar.OneSixFiveSeven

This one gave me goosebumps!

I'm the type of person who keeps my bedroom door closed and locked all the time, no matter what. Even if I'm home alone. So like a year ago, it was 1 AM and I had decided to get a glass of water before going to bed. After coming back into my room I swore that I closed and locked my door. After about 30 minutes of me dozing in and out of sleep, I suddenly felt all the ambient noise completely dissipate and immediately got that "something feels off" feeling. I got up and saw that my door was wide open. It scared the crap out of me as I was home alone. I've just chalked it up to being a one-time mishap on my part.MyopicInsanity

A shadowy figure.

When I was a kid between 8 or 9, I used to wake up every night to headlights coming through my bedroom window. The lights would then would stop and turn off, not as if a car drove by but as if they were turned off. Then the long shadows of a man, as if he were looking through my window would pass by and stop in front of my window. I would lay really still and pretend nothing happened, every night for months. Eventually, I convinced myself it was imagination. Across the street lived my best friend — whose mom was also single — and she refused to sleep in her bedroom. Her window faced my window. She told me years later it was because every night a man would park in her side yard and walk over to my yard. The long shadows were from the light in her yard. She eventually decided it was my dad checking on us and never told me until I was a teenager. It wasn’t my dad (I asked him). So I thought I was crazy and hallucinating for years and perhaps I wasn’t or two kids were having were odd dreams at the same time every night. Miss_Awesomeness

Two best friends.

My cat hated me for the first seven years we had him. He was a feral that was tamed by my wife, and only accepted affection from her. My wife assured me that this was common for ferals. Then one day he suddenly warmed up to me and wanted me to pet him. We've been best friends ever since. This was approximately four years ago – about the time that my wife's brain cancer was becoming aggressive. Even before we were aware of it. She died two years ago. It's like he knew it was just going to be the two of us one day.jefuchs

So rude!

I worked at a small retail shop that sold mostly small accessories and clothes. I have never really believed in ghosts, but my coworkers always swore the place was haunted. Lights would flicker randomly and canvases would fall violently to the ground despite my efforts of propping them up so that they didn't. The thing that really made me question everything happened when I was closing alone at night. We had a sunglass display in the middle of the store. Just a flat glass shelf with a bunch of sunglasses laid out nicely on top. I walk past it to the register and hear this huge crash. Look back and all of the sunglasses were on the floor. It looked like somebody just took their arm and dragged it across the shelf pushing them all off. There wasn't anything above the display so nothing could have knocked it off. I don't have an explanation for it. It was right as I was about to close too. He was a rude ghost.SourJellyfish

Frans the Wonderdog

I was playing with our dog Frans in the living room. At the time I was around 9 years old. We were doing our usual "only play like this when mom isn't home else she'll tell us to stop" type of playing, so basically playing fetch in the living room. At one point I threw the toy which caused it to ricochet out of the living room into the kitchen. Frans chased it and disappeared around the corner to get it. At that exact moment the front door opened and mom walked in with Frans on a leash after a 2-hour walk over the beach and dunes... I tried to explain, but can't. I played with him for at least 15 minutes.TheFailSnail

Here's another truly unsettling one.

Years ago, my then wife and I would run into the same woman everywhere we went. And I mean everywhere we went. This went on for about a year. Go to the grocery store? She would be there shopping. Starbucks? Yep, sitting right behind us. Walking around the mall? She would pass us walking in the other direction. Movie theater? She'd be behind us in line getting popcorn. The creepiest encounter was while driving on the freeway. My wife looked at the car next to us and screamed. Yep, it was her. She was always alone, never talked to us, and always made eye contact. She had a very unique appearance. She was very tall, very thin, and had very tight skin on her face. It was so unusual that we joked that we were being studied by an alien. It was some serious 'glitch in the Matrix' stuff.ghetto_bird1

I believe you!

I dreamed it was dark, raining and I was in the woods walking toward a campfire. There were 3 men around it whom I had never seen before. One was wearing a shirt and pants with huge white and black horizontal stripes on it such as a prisoner might wear. I could not figure out why I was not scared in my dream. Fast forward 10 months later, we're hunting and camping. A friend brings along 3 of his friends that we had never met before. I have to go to the bathroom (buried a 50-gallon drum and put a seat on it) and my husband walks with me since it's dark. We start back and it starts to rain. We get to the clearing and there are his 3 friends around the fire — one wearing the outfit described above. I wasn't afraid in my dream because my husband was behind me and I just couldn't see him. No one believes me.ScubaTwinn

Stay out of the spooky cave. Got it.

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By my hometown, there was a hiking trail that people went to very infrequently. It was along the side of the Niagara Escarpment so it had some climbable cliffs and some very shallow caves that you could crawl around on. I went with some friends when I was 19/20 and we were crawling around and found a cave that went pretty deep. We had never been in there before, had never even seen it before. So we pushed forward and decided to check it out even though we had no flashlights and this was when cell phones didn't really have a flashlight function. We stepped into the cave and it was easily 20-30 degrees cooler than outside. Upon looking around with which light we had we noticed it was really clean inside the cave, as in it didn't have beer cans littered everywhere as all the other small caves did. While in there we got a really eerie feeling after being in there shortly, hearing weird and strange things. Feeling like we were being touched, poked and pulled and not having any way to figure out who was doing it because it was too dark. We were just using lighters to see what was around us. We were convinced one of us was messing with the others. Although anytime we sparked up a lighter, we were all decently far apart. We decided to high-tail it out of there after only a few minutes, convinced to come back with flashlights. We came out to see that it was now dusk outside. When we entered it was mid-day. Somehow we had lost roughly 3 hours inside of this cave. We went with back with flashlights the next week. But have never been able to find this cave again.Economy_Cactus

Seven days.

I've watched The Ring back in 2003 or 2004. Parents were out and it was late. I love horror movies and generally, I am not the one who is frightened. A couple of minutes after the movie ended the landline rang. 2 AM in the middle of the night. The landline had no display or whatsoever. I tentatively answered but there was no sound, nothing. I hung up and my heart was almost bursting out of my chest. A few moments later it rang again... was my aunt asking where my mum was.cthael


Once, when I was about 8, we were driving along a road in the backcountry, and I was staring out the window, and in the distance, in a field, I saw a silvery/green glowing cloud that was completely unnatural. It suddenly moved, almost ran, towards the road then up a tree just as we were passing it. As we climbed a hill, I saw it "drop" from the tree onto the road and float back into the fields.bludstone

"Dingo cold."

Talking with my son when he was 3 or 4 years old while he was playing with a Darth Vader toy in his mom's lap. Talking about the Wiggles or Barney or whatever. Completely unprompted, he said nonchalantly "Dingo cold. Dingo cold." and goes back to playing with his Star Wars toys. I asked him what he said and he denied saying anything with a giggle. My wife very clearly heard him say "Dingo cold" too. I never told him about my childhood best friend, "Dingo," being killed in an avalanche ten years earlier.sjvmi87

Definitely a superpower.

At least six times in my life I've gone home I know I locked the door but when I'm about to put my key in the door opens like someone was expecting me but no one is there. It's happened at my mom's house my house and other people's houses. I was helping my buddy move into his new house and when we came back with more stuff I had to pee so I ran to the front door and it opened. When he came in he said he locked it before we left. Don't know what it is but maybe it's a superpower.ThatDudeTrees


I always remember this and do not have an explanation for it. When I was about 4 or 5 years old I remember waking up in the middle of the night and walking to the stairs. I remember closing my eyes for a second at the top of the stairs and when I opened them I would be at the bottom of the stairs. I would run upstairs and close my eyes and the same thing would happen again. It happened at least 4 or 5 times until my parents called me to go to bed because they could hear me run up the steps. It’s weird because I was WIDE AWAKE and do not have a history with sleepwalking. I still think about it. And wonder how that was possible.Avengelina1021

You could not pay me enough money to have this job.

I am a TA in our college's Anatomy class, which takes place in the cadaver lab (dead bodies). Late one night, I am working alone in the cadaver lab and I start to hear a noise. It's hard to tell what the noise sounds like, but it's a consistent muffled noise. So I kind of walk around the room and locate it. Now normally the bodies are all kept in these big metal crates, but at the time we had one more body than we had crates, so one body was in a plastic body bag and that's where the noise was coming from. So I am terrified at this point, all alone in the lab, looking down at this plastic body bag that I can see the outline of the body that presumably is coming back to life because it is definitely making noise. I stood over this body for a solid minute, debating whether I should open the bag, and finally, the noise just stops. I got all my stuff together and bolted from the lab. A couple weeks later, the professor tells me to be careful if I ever work on that body because there is a live pacemaker in it so don't cut into that, and it will vibrate and ring every few hours if its low on battery. I let out the biggest sigh of relief that we weren't haunted.jryme

The stuff of (waking) nightmares.

Sleep paralysis. A few years ago, I was dreaming I was talking to a friend of mine, so far, nothing weird. But then, for some reason, I realize that I was in a dream and the person I was talking with technically wasn't my friend. Suddenly, their appearance turned to black and I felt them pushing me down and holding me down in my bed. I couldn't move, I couldn't breathe. At this point, my cat woke up and jumped on me as if to protect me. Then, the dark silhouette or whatever that thing vanished and I woke up. I swear I had red marks my shoulders where that thing was holding me down in my dream.Rukyah


A friend and I were sitting about in my room playing video games etc when out of nowhere there was this insanely loud pop. My ears were ringing it was so loud, we both instantly looked at each other thinking one of us had caused it but neither of us had a clue what happened. It sounded as though it came from thin air in the middle of the room.simmm239

What the fork?

I was young around 9 and my brother was 4, we were in our living room. He was in the middle of the room, and suddenly a fork that was on my couch just flew to him and landed in front of his feet. He laughed and I pretty much pretended it never happened.shiiaco1991

How to save a life.

So, I'm a diehard atheist, but I can't fully explain this one. I have a big family, like really big. At last count, I had around 20 cousins. One day we were all hanging out in the family farm and decided to spend the night, we just did girls in a room, and boys in another, and everything was going fine, it was around 4 in the morning when I woke up to one of my cousins standing by the door. The hallway light was on, and shining on my face, so I could only see his outline, but I knew it was Josh* I asked him what was he doing, and if he needed something, but he didn't move, and my eyes were starting to adjust, I could see more details, but I couldn't see his face. I was really sleepy and confused, when the hallway light, Josh's shape, everything disappeared. It was just darkness and an open door. I knew I was awake because I was sitting down. I decided to get one of my roommate cousins up, and go check on the boys, Josh had an allergy to something, he didn't want to bother anyone, so he took a Benadryl and went to bed. When I checked on him he wasn't breathing. We got my uncle up, he gave Josh some heavy duty medication, and we took him to a hospital. Everyone was fine. Josh told me he knew I was insomniac, and while he was suffocating, unable to make a noise, he kept praying I couldn't sleep and decided to check on him.not_another_one

Thanks, Grandma!

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It was years ago when I was about 17. I had gotten home from school and wasn’t feeling well so I spent the rest of the day just laying on the couch. By about 8p I was feeling even worse and decided I should just try to sleep whatever it is off so I go to my room and get in bed and pass out pretty quickly. I don’t know how long I was asleep, but I suddenly woke up in my pitch black bedroom and all I could think was “I’m going to die right now." My body was so weak, the room was spinning and my body felt like it was on fire. I look over to the edge of my bed and sitting on the edge is my grandmother, who died just a few months ago. She pats my arm and says “It’s going to be ok. Just call for your Dad. Try it. Call for your Dad." So I start calling for him and it felt like an eternity but he finally burst through my door and asks what’s wrong. I look over and my grandmother is gone. After that, he gets me up and takes me to the E.R. where I have a fever of 106F which explains a lot. I had to get a ton of fluids and a shot in my hip but I eventually felt ok-ish. Her being there felt so real. It was so weird. I know logically she wasn’t but it felt so real. That sort of messed with me a little. I loved her dearly and her death was very sudden. We kept her ashes in a nice urn in the house under a painting she had done herself. When I got home and passed by I said thanks to her. I know it was the fever melting my brain and maybe some sleep paralysis still made me question the “afterlife" and those sorts of things.alleekitkat

A nice reminder.

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Two days after my grandmother died, the scent of her favorite perfume just filled the bathroom.crueltyFreeIndia

Have you ever lost time?

My wife and I had a 2-hour drive back from St. Louis to our home during which both of us lost time, "woke up" 3 hours later still an hour and a half away from home only having used enough gas to go that half hour and our GPS showed we had been driving our normal route. We still have no fucking idea what happened but we know we hadn't pulled over and that neither of us had any memory between taking an exit and seeing this one particular billboard for a restaurant we always pass. Still freaks me out.CyperiaRose

Auditory hallucinations seems pretty darn terrifying.

I was driving down a rural really dark road at night. I'm super sleep deprived, drunk several of those 240mg caffeine monster energy drinks, I didn't have the radio on so it was pretty quiet. Then the whispering started, I'm confused and don't understand what it is. Try to focus on it, is my stereo not all the way off? Then it started mumbling louder. Then I hear a very clear "turn here," but my GPS says continue for 12 miles. I turn the radio on really loud and continue home. Next physical I mention it to Doc. Am I insane? "Both sleep deprivation and caffeine have been known to induce auditory hallucinations individually. Combining both it's perfectly normal to hear things. If it happens again come back in." Thought I was going mental.kayonetheus

Time for a new job!

Very occasionally at my desk at work, I hear breathing in my left ear. There’s a wall behind me, a window to my left, but you can't hear any outside noise. I don’t feel a breeze or anything, I just hear it. It’s peaceful and sad, like a sigh. My first thought was air conditioning but it’s such a clear sound that just cuts through everything as if it’s coming from a whole different world to the general office noise. It's very definitely only in my left ear and I never hear it anywhere else. Every time it kicks in I very calmly just get up and leave my desk for five minutes and when I come back it's gone.keeponyrmeanside

At least they were having a good time!

When I was 12 or so and still living at my parents’ house I woke up in the middle of the night to pee. I got to the bathroom and heard what sounded like a party going on downstairs. Laughter, music, the sound of glasses being knocked together for a toast...the whole shebang. I thought it was weird that my parents had friends over so late and hadn’t told me, but I decided to go and see who was there. Opened the door to the kitchen and the entire downstairs completely dark and silent, not even a TV on. I was thoroughly confused but the strangeness of the situation didn’t really register, so I never told anyone. Years and years later I mentioned this to my dad and he said he had heard “them" too. Turns out there used to be a small public bar in their home, which is over 150 years old. I guess some of the patrons decided to hang out for eternity.holejohnny

This has happened to me, too!

One morning I woke up to my alarm going off at 6:30 as usual and got up and cooked breakfast. As soon as I sat down to eat, my alarm went off again and I woke up in bed. I dreamed that I woke up and went about my morning routine. That was easily the most disorienting thing I've ever experienced.spxshark

I hope my dog never does this.

Once woke up to the sound of heavy breathing and felt as if I was being watched. I couldn't move for awhile either. Then I just blurted out my dog's name and kept calling for him. He didn't run over, and as soon as I could get myself to move I went looking for him. Found him sitting in the kitchen doorway, just staring straight forward. I started calling him from right behind him and he wouldn't even turn around. Then I touched his back and he turned to glance at me but went right back to his trance. A year or so after the fact, I found out that the first thing was sleep paralysis. Not too sure about what was going on with the dog though.RoastyTheToastyGhost Share this with someone who loves reading creepy stories!