Sometimes the human instinct transcends all reason. These stories are proof that sometimes a coincidence is just too uncanny. Whether these moments manifest through a gut feeling or a dream, follow along as these people expose their most prophetic bone-chilling moments.
1. The Calm And The Restless
I was working as an interpreter for a researcher in one of the most active volcanoes in the world. At around four in the afternoon, I had a really really bad feeling. I felt so restless. At that time, I was a few kilometers from the peak, and I stayed in the last village before the mountain. Everyone in that village was already evacuated.
There were only journalists, photographers, and a camera person for TV stations and some locals. They all told me to chill. I remember when I decided to leave the area, they were still lighting up and drinking coffee and some were eating instant ramen. It was so quiet and calm, but I felt so restless. I left the village at around 4:15 PM. Just a few minutes after 5:00 PM, the mountain erupted, sending lava and pyroclastic flow sweeping the whole village.
All of the guys were crushed instantly. It still gives me chills until now.
2. Could Have Heard A Pin Drop
About a decade ago, sometime in January or February, we were standing outside in downtown Chicago puffing a dart. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, my friend gets this worried look on her face and says, “I don’t like this spot. Come over here.” It wasn’t three seconds after we took a few steps that this giant ice block fell off the building and shattered exactly where we had been standing.
It would very likely have crushed us had we not moved. It was so shocking that everyone on the bustling street just stopped and stared at us mouths agape. You could have heard a pin drop after that. It was insane. I never looked at her the same either. She says she doesn’t know how, but she had some sixth sense thing going on without a doubt.
3. A Little Too Pushy
I was talking to this guy I met on a dating site. We hadn’t met in person yet. He kept asking to meet up and he was rather pushy. Something told me not to. I stopped talking to him. Two months later, he was incarcerated for kidnapping a woman. They found her in his home state. He was originally from down south now living up north.
4. Show And Tell
My wife and I were in a hardware store when a fellow who worked there called us over to show us different kitchen tiles. We told him we weren’t there for that, but he insisted on showing us how durable some of the tiles were by smashing them with a hammer. I mean, he was pounding on them to the point we both stepped back a bit.
I thought he was just a new hire who wanted to do right, but I was unnerved by the zeal evident on his face as he hammered the table and the energy in his eyes. As it turns out, he was the dude who had kidnapped and buried the two missing women in our area in his yard. We put together the picture and his workplace as stated in the news a few months later after the FBI caught him.
5. No Road To Recovery
When I was three, my mom and her friends were getting ready to go out to the bar in the next city over. My mom was super young when she had me, so she was often out on the weekends with friends. So this wasn’t unusual at all. However, on this night, I, a usually super well-mannered kid, threw the biggest tantrum of my life.
I was screaming at the top of my lungs, throwing myself around, and throwing things because she was leaving. She was super mad because she couldn’t leave me with the babysitter like this, especially since she felt something was wrong because this was VERY unlike me as a child. Her friends left and she stayed home with me, still pretty angry at me.
The next morning, she and I walked to my Grandma’s house to use the phone. She called her friend’s house to hear about the night and her friend’s mom answered. They had been trying to get a hold of my mom all night. There was some unspeakable news. There had been a horrific car accident. All of my mom’s friends, except for the driver, had passed. Had she gone, there is no way she would have survived in the car.
It still haunts me to think about this day. My mom never really recovered from it.
6. Told To Kick Rocks
When I was a teenager, my grandmother was sick. She had been getting worse, but there was no cause for immediate alarm or anything. I was driving to my after-school job when my dad called me and said she called and said she missed me and how I should go see her soon. Something in my body just flipped, like I somehow knew internally I needed to go right at that moment.
I blew by work and started driving straight to her house. I called my boss on the way and explained the situation and how something just felt wrong. He told me to come in or get fired. I told him to kick rocks and went to see my grandma. I was the only person with her when she passed that night, and she was able to tell me so many things that she had to say before going.
It was 100% worth being fired over. Screw you, Dave, you were a horrible business owner and I laughed when your awful business inevitably went under a year later.
7. The Evil Feeling
In 2004, my mum had booked a flight for herself and nine-year-old me to visit India for Christmas. We got to the airport and she started having a panic attack. She’s claustrophobic, so I assumed she just didn’t want to get on the plane, but she was yelling and decided to leave. I kind of dismissed it because I was nine and more focused on Nintendogs.
But, I asked her about it a few years later and she said she just had this “evil feeling” about going. It turns out we would have been caught in the Tsunami.
8. Early On In The Ride
In a taxi on the way from a friend’s wedding a few months ago, I had a weird feeling something was wrong early on in the ride. I kinda brushed it off, thinking I was being stupid. About 50 minutes later, we plowed into the back of a Land Rover and smacked it across the entire road so hard that it got wedged into the bank on the opposite side of the road, so the passenger door wouldn’t open at all.
Amazingly, no one was injured beyond whiplash, even with a 95-year-old in the other car, but the taxi was a complete write-off.
9. A Very Bad Day
In my early 20s, I woke up one day with a feeling of absolute dread I could not explain. I called my mom to come over and then called my boyfriend to come drive back home. He was on his way to work. I lost my ability to speak during that second phone call, and the whole right side of my face started tingling. I thought I was having a stroke in my early 20s and that I was going to die.
It turns out that was to be my first ever migraine with an aura with aphasia. When the headache started an hour later, I wanted to die.
10. To Kill A Nerd
When I was 10, I was on a holiday in Patagonia, Chile. I am the biggest animal nerd ever. So, I was out exploring when I found a passed cow. Now, earlier that day, my father told me about how the farmers of this land lay some of their passed cows in the field for the condors, so my over-enthusiastic animal nerd self went almost running over there.
When I was there, I saw some chucks were gone. That’s when the feeling hit me. I remembered that condors are vultures and if you have ever seen vultures eat, you know that this wasn’t how they did things. As I remember this, I hear a growl coming from a nearby bush and a huge cougar comes out and is mad. It thought I was eating its kill, so thank god for my animal nerdiness, because I didn’t run.
I made eye contact and slowly walked away. It was one of the only times I was truly scared for my life.
11. Friends Until The End
This was in the late 80s. I was coming home at about two in the morning and was walking home. Across the street, walking in the opposite direction, was a fabulously dressed-up drag queen obviously heading home from doing a show. Following her were six intoxicated chads. The energy was just “off.” So I crossed the street, walked up beside her, and said, “Hi, my name is flamingwhisk, and I’ll be escorting you home.”
We linked arms and strutted back to her place, with the chads making rude comments and threats the whole way. Sadly, the next day, there were reports of several bashings in the “gay village.” The person I walked home with was my friend for 25 years until their passing. My dad, a tough Italian type, absolutely loved Bibi and would often give her rides home after work.
In fact, when my dad got sick, she came and helped my mom look after him. It was also my dad who INSISTED that Bibi came to his funeral in full drag. We giggled the whole time because nobody could figure out how this tall Irish drag queen knew my dad. My dad had a really twisted sense of humor. They both did.
12. It’s Too Late To Move
As a young kid, maybe five or six years old, my mom and I were at the local KFC. We placed our order and she told me to go find us a table. We were the only ones there, and I picked a corner booth. My mom was walking over with the food and I got up and said, “Mom, we can’t sit here.” She thought I was being a little kid and just wanted to run around the restaurant.
She said something like, “No, you picked this one. We are staying here.” I was persistent and somehow convinced her to another table. Mid-meal, a car on the highway lost control on the highway and crashed through the walls of KFC into the restaurant. They entered through the corner booth. Had we been eating there, we would have been quashed or injured terribly.
13. A Feeling You Never Forget
I was camping with friends at a lake. We went to a party across the lake. The lake was populated, sparsely, with cabins and campsites. Most of us got intoxicated, and we lost track of time. By the time we left, it was dark and we had absolutely no light to navigate our boat back across the lake. Knowing what we were doing was dangerous and stupid, I was already on edge.
Luckily, this story isn’t about a boating accident, just a profoundly eerie experience. We got lost. We spent approximately eight hours on that lake trying to find our campsite. Multiple times, we believed we’d found it, getting off the boat, before realizing we were on someone else’s property, or just wandering into the woods.
The eerie chilling feeling got worse and worse. I felt like I was disassociating. I felt like maybe we’d all passed and were now spirits haunting this lake. We all felt something like this and psyched ourselves out talking about it. By now, we were out of fuel and using our oars. We were straining our eyes, staring into the darkness. Finally, we found our tents.
The night had been so alienating that I was genuinely terrified I was going to open up my tent and a copy of myself would be in there already. Or, more like the real me would be in there. I felt like I was the copy. I’ve never felt such a chilling “wrongness.” But, we worked up the courage eventually, and of course, our tents were empty. I’ll never forget that feeling though.
14. Needed To Bee Rehomed
I was in my backyard when I heard the oddest noise. It made every single hair on my body rise and every ounce of my being said, “Go inside.” I booked it inside and less than 30 seconds later, a MASSIVE swarm of bees descended upon my house. Apparently, a hive at one of my neighbor’s houses decided to rehome themselves.
They were hitting the walls/roof/windows, you name it, as they eventually made their way over my home and continued on their way. But that’s not the worst part. I am ungodly allergic to bees. I get stung and I get an Epi-Pen and a ride to the hospital to ensure I don’t die. If I hadn’t booked it inside and was outside when that swarm descended, I would have been stung and a goner, no question about it.
15. That Crucial Decision
I live in LA, and downtown LA isn’t exactly the best place at night. I was going to a dispensary late at night in 2015, in an area of downtown that’s not heavily lit, and very empty. There were no cars, no people, just a few run-down buildings on Main Street. It was late, around 11 PM, and the dispensary was just closing up. I came out, by myself, and started walking to my car.
I was maybe a couple of hundred feet from my car when I spotted these guys across the street in a huddle. As I started walking closer to my car, I had this feeling they clearly weren’t up to any good. So, I started walking a little faster to my car, and one of the dudes screamed over, “Why are you walking so fast man?” And that’s when they started walking towards me.
Rather than answer and pause, I decided to start running to my car. I unlocked it and got in. As I was starting my car, they had run up to the back of my car and just as I drove off, one of them slashed the back of my bumper with a blade and they screamed, “Good thing you got those white boy instincts.” Sometimes it’s literally a matter of one second and making that crucial decision to not stop that saved my life.
16. All The Signs Were There
I was out walking my dog when I got a funny feeling about my dad. He had heart problems and is prone to heart attacks. I called him a few times and he didn’t respond, so I started to run back. He was slumped in front of the sofa, showing all the early signs of a heart attack. I phoned an ambulance and gave him basic treatment. The paramedics arrived, and they told me the most heart-wrenching truth.
They said if I had been any later he would have passed right there.
17. Felt It In The Bones
On a New Year’s eve many years ago, my girlfriend and I went to spend the night at our former roommates’ new place. They were a gay couple back before it was as accepted as it is today. An hour before midnight, I felt a crazy urge to go home and started a fight about it with my girlfriend, because she wanted to stay as we had planned.
I won the argument and got my way, and we left in such a hurry that we forgot our blankets and pillows. A couple of hours later, a real-life nightmare occurred. In the middle of the night, someone came by and set their house on fire and both friends passed. I’m still torn up about it today because I know that someone came by that night wanting to buy some kind of pills from one of my friends and was quite rudely turned away.
I wasn’t paying attention enough to see their face, so I don’t know who it was, but I know in my bones that’s the guy that did it.
18. A Case For Later
I was managing an overnight shift at a McDonald’s. It was just me and another guy in the store around two in the morning. I noticed a beat-up ford falcon with a mismatching bonnet roll into the car park. One guy hops out of the car and immediately starts casing the place for camera locations and how many people are inside. This immediately raises my suspicions, but I pretend everything’s cool and serve him as normal.
They must have got spooked, because they get in the car and drive off after getting their food. Once they were clear, I called for help and told them what happened, along with the number plate and vehicle description. A few hours later, help comes in and says they’ve pulled the Ford over and found a kilo of illicit substances and merchandise. They later admitted to scouting the place for another couple, who was planning to rob us later that night.
19. Came Out Unscathed
When I was little, I always used to sleep over at my cousin’s house who had an awesome wooden bunk bed that I would sleep on the bottom bunk. When I was seven, I went over for another sleepover. We ate Chinese food with my aunt and uncle, then my cousin and I stayed up late playing video games before going to bed. When I was little, I used to fall asleep right away and sleep deeply.
My family still jokes that not even a car going through the house could wake me up. Anyways, sometime after I’ve fallen asleep, I wake because I have this ridiculous feeling that I HAVE to roll over. I didn’t want to, because I was comfortable and sleeping how I normally do in the middle of the bed with my foot hanging off. I kept arguing with what felt like myself rolling over until finally, I did.
But apparently, it wasn’t enough, because then I had the urge to literally cuddle as tight as I could against the wall. Since I had already rolled over, I figured why not. As I’m trying to press myself as hard as possible against the wall, the bunk bed collapses and a broken metal bar goes straight through the bed where I had been sleeping. I was stuck, somehow unharmed, in that little space against the wall until my uncle could cut me out.
My cousin had fallen from the top bunk when it collapsed but was also unharmed.
20. Grab Valuables And Get Out
It used to be a five-minute drive home from work, and I would always go home and make a sandwich/nap during my lunch hour. This warm September however, in the late morning, there was a fire out in a pasture that had crews already on it. Th
e fire was uncontrollable and had unrelenting winds that gave me a very bad sinking feeling.
After having a quick lunch and reaching out to my roommate who couldn’t make it back, we opted for me to throw all of our valuables in my little Toyota Corolla and get the heck out of there. We escaped just in time. In the matter of an hour, the fire had spread at least a couple miles, and, as a result, our residence and about half the town had succumbed to one of the worst in a series of fires across the state of Oregon. This happened only 17 months ago.
21. A Sense Of Dread
A few years ago, a group of friends and I went out clubbing. We went into this one bar, and the moment I stepped in the door, I felt a sense of dread. Every cell in my body was telling me, “Get the heck out of there!” So, after about 20 minutes, I convinced my friends that something felt really wrong, so we left and went home. The next day, there was a news story about the club—and it made my blood run cold.
Later that night, a group of people had been gunned down in front of the club…The perpetrators had been in the club at the SAME time as me.
22. Not One, But Two
When I was about 15, I took my youngest sister on a quad bike ride through some bush tracks in a “shack community.” We got to the bottom of a large, steep hill on the outskirts, where I felt I had to stop for some unbeknownst reason. It was not even five seconds after I stopped under the hill when another quad bike flew over us.
The guy landed, hit the brakes, slid into the bushes, jumped off, and ran over to us visibly shaken. He was apologizing profusely. He’d been annoying the rest of the community for a couple of weeks, with many complaining about his reckless driving. Well after this incident, he started to drive a bit slower. My parents nearly lost two children that day.
I didn’t tell them about it until I was in my late 20s. Quad bikes are now against the law within that township for unrelated reasons.
23. The Internal Alarm Sounds
I was solo backpacking within Inyo National Forest. I had just set up camp and was walking beyond this lake and up above the treeline. After walking about a quarter-mile up this meadow, the hairs on my neck began to stick straight up. I had instant chills. I didn’t know what the reason was, but the gut reaction was enough for me to return to camp.
The next morning, on the way back to the car, a Ranger asked me to be careful, there had been Mountain Lion sightings in the area. I think I found out why my internal alarm went off.
24. A Few Hours Later
I work in a bar in Southern California and while I was pouring a drink during the day shift, I had this very weird feeling about an earthquake happening. Nothing was shaking or anything…I just got this weird image of everything coming down briefly. Seven hours later, the shift is over and I’m at home on the couch watching TV. I completely forgot about this earlier thought.
WHAM, there was a massive earthquake that hit and knocked a ton of things down in my apartment. It was so creepy to me!
25. Knew What Was Coming
I had a very bad feeling on the day my good friend passed. I had this horrible sense of dread and an overwhelming need to get to him. I was absolutely panicked. I swear I could hear a clock ticking in my head. I had been texting with him hours before and we were supposed to go cut down a Christmas tree together.
I had to threaten the girl whose house he was at to go back to the house and check on him, or I was going to call for help. She had left him there to go decorate a tree at her mom’s. I didn’t have a vehicle and had never been to her house, so I couldn’t even get to him myself. I was on the phone with her when she found him. I was absolutely gutted.
26. Wrong But Also Right
I was hanging out with a friend. He was driving. I thought I saw what looked like skin cancer on his ear. It wasn’t. But, he went to the doctor and they found a melanoma on his forehead. It wasn’t even a mole…I guess it was under the skin. The doctors took an inch out of his forehead and said he was very lucky he caught it early.
27. Just Friendly Enough
I was always uncomfortable around a mutual friend at university. There was nothing specific about him, but whenever he was around, the hairs stood up on the back of my neck. He was friendly enough but always felt off. When there was only a seat left next to him at lunch, I would go eat by myself. He gave me a hug once and it was like touching a limp spider. I felt disgusted afterward—and for good reason.
He ended up being suspended from campus due to multiple assault allegations.
28. Always Trust Your Gut
My sister and I were house-sitting for our grandparents. I woke up and she was gone, and I just somehow knew. I just had that bad feeling. So, I texted her and texted her until she finally answered. My older cousin had convinced her to go riding in the mountains with him with booze. He got intoxicated and got her tipsy. I had woken up and texted her in the middle of her getting harmed by him.
Our parents didn’t even know she was gone. He was only letting her text back so I wouldn’t think anything was amiss. But, we were able to talk vaguely enough for me to help by pretending to be sick. If I had woken up a little later, I wouldn’t have a sister anymore. If I just hadn’t gone to sleep and left her alone, she wouldn’t have gone through that.
She’s in therapy and I still have trouble sleeping and waking up. I have terrible anxiety anytime we’re apart. Trust your gut guys.
29. A Dream Come True
I was working remotely in the Outback and had an incredibly vivid dream about my Nonno, who had passed several years ago, holding a dog leash from our deceased dog. I asked him what he was doing and he said he was waiting for my Nonna. I woke up incredibly freaked out and very distressed. After I calmed down and “woke up,” I went about my day and got a phone call at around 3 PM from my mother letting me know that my Nonna had passed.
30. A Shaky Feeling
I was boarding my plane flight after vacation. It was early in the morning and the second I stepped foot on the plane, I froze and the absolute worst feeling overcame me. I was with my boyfriend and we both had to get back for work, so I made myself stay on the plane. A half-hour later the plane suddenly dipped. Then the pilot got on the intercom, voice shaking, telling us that there was a national emergency and we would have to land at the closest airport immediately. That was 9/11.
It took me four days of hitchhiking and bus travel to get home. I did not fully understand what was happening until I got to work right off the Greyhound and the TV was on. I thought the entire country was under attack.
31. Saved By A Night In
This past spring semester, some friends and I were going to an off-campus party and needed someone to drive us there and back so we could get intoxicated. This guy we sort of knew offered to take us if we gave him some gas money. We all just had a bad feeling about it and just figured we should have a night in watching movies instead.
The guy struck the same deal with some other people going to the party after we left, and it turns out he got intoxicated at the party without telling them, drove back intoxicated, and got in a huge car wreck. The girl in the passenger seat passed on the impact. Everyone else was in the hospital for weeks afterward. If we hadn’t all had the gut feeling not to go, I could have been a goner. That’s the kind of stuff that keeps you awake at four in the morning.
32. Block To Block
In our last year of secondary school in the UK, we had a massive changing room for physical education split into two sections for either side of the year. We’d always used the B block, but this time, about 20 of us decided to follow the lead of one friend who said, “Why don’t we use the A block?” We questioned why and he just replied, “I don’t know, this side is so old and manky compared to A block.”
We were really early, so we were guaranteed space to get changed. Once most people started filtering through the changing rooms, they noticed most people were at A block, so they all hopped on the bandwagon and ditched B block. It was an unbelievable coincidence. B blocks ceiling collapsed 10 minutes later.
33. The Unconscious Prediction
About a month before the event happened, I was becoming really anxious. I was in the shower and randomly had a thought that I had to start preparing for my boyfriend’s passing and funeral, and that I should start writing his obituary that I would read. I was really confused as to why I thought this, so I went out to my mum and told her my thoughts.
We both thought it was strange but just passed it off. A month later, my boyfriend was playing football and got hit in the head by another player’s hip and passed. It was a very confusing time and I did end up speaking at his funeral. To this day, I’m still scared about what happened.
34. Placed Right Into Danger
When I lived in the Falkland Islands, my family and I would often take trips to pretty remote areas or islands where we were the only ones there. The island was pretty dangerous in itself with its drop cliffs and roaming sea life like seals and penguins. Our bedrooms were all in the attic space. One night, I had a really bad feeling.
I couldn’t sleep and so I went downstairs. There was a whole elephant seal pushed against the front door, trying to get in. It sounded like he was headbutting the door, but I’m not entirely sure. As it turned out, a whale had washed up on the beach and had taken up all the space, so all the sea and land life came to our little house. I was so scared. That thing was MASSIVE.
35. Not The First Time
Me and my friends were waiting for a bus when a group of guys came along. One asked us for a dollar, which we gave him, and then they just stayed to chat. They were perfectly nice, but all three of us had a really bad feeling about them. They asked us if we wanted to come to a party with them, but we said, “Oh, no thanks, we have to get home.”
One week later, one of the guys was on the front page of the newspaper. He had just been released from prison for stabbing someone and had done it again that night.
36. Someone Else Always Will
Some acquaintances of mine looted jewelry from a relative of one of their families. I had no clue. They tried to pawn it and get me to sign the receipt. Oddly enough, I saw three cop cars drive by the store when we were walking in. I didn’t sign, so another guy did. As it turns out, they took around 20 thousand dollars worth of jewelry and they put the guy who signed in lockup for nine months.
37. Lifetime Pass Living
Once, my ex-fiancé and I were walking through the Scout camp I worked for. It was late, about 10, and off-season, early fall. As staff, I had a lifetime pass from the camp master. We can be there whenever we want, and it was a beautiful night for a walk. I know those 160 acres like the back of my hand and had never once felt anything weird there until that night.
There was a weird vibe, and the back of my head was screaming, “Get out of here, right now!” So we bail and head to Taco Bell. An hour after we left, this dude was running from some officers, pulled into the camp’s lot, and decided to get aggressive. The authorities took him out.
38. The Birds Are Chirping
When i was a kid, my family moved into a house with a backyard that was connected to a long stretch of woods with a creek running through the middle. I was down in the creek one day when I started feeling uneasy. It was quiet, but then it sounded like the entire bird population started chirping, and eventually turned into a loud droning noise they all made. I heard something heavy in the treeline walking slowly towards me.
This was during late spring, so I couldn’t see anything, and I booked it straight to the house. I’m confident it was a coyote, but at the time, my imagination ran wild and it scared the heck out of me. I will never forget how creepy those birds sounded.
39. All Pancake, No Bacon
I was riding my motorbike in the Himalayas when there was a blind corner up ahead. I had a sudden overwhelming sense that I had to get from the middle to the edge-side of the road. There was a massive truck that was going way too fast and came about six inches from taking me out. It totally would have pancaked me. Further around the bend, my riding buddy had stopped and was looking back with sheer terror on his face.
40. Buyers Beware
Me and two American friends went to this underground bar in Roppongi, the red light district of Tokyo. When we got downstairs, all the guys in the room disappeared and some sketchy-looking girls came and sat next to us. We were not about all that, we just wanted to have some drinks, so we thought we would leave without a drink.
Upon leaving, one of the guys physically had to break free from the girls since they were crazy. The next morning, we met two Dutch guys who were out for a full 24 hours after being drugged and looted in basically the same situation we were in. They lost their passports, cash, and phones. Lucky for us, we left. Beware.
41. Someone’s Looking Out
I was mowing my backyard with a ride-on mower, and I began to get an overwhelming feeling of being watched. I started looking around and thought I saw a figure in the upstairs window. I tried to ignore this as no one was home, and continued with mowing when I started to feel an unbearable sense of dread. This made me immediately stop.
As I did so, the ground in front of me gave way, forming a massive sinkhole. If I hadn’t stopped immediately, I likely would have been crushed by the tractor.
42. Lost Them Along The Way
I had a gut-wrenching feeling the time I noticed three men in a white truck following me. I thought I was being paranoid at first, but when I pulled into a gas station, they followed me. Even then, I was so used to being told I was overreacting that I didn’t call for help. I just kept driving…in the opposite direction from the town I lived in…until they got caught at a stoplight.
I quickly turned into a neighborhood and took a bunch of random turns and drove around some more before heading home.
43. Maybe Was Right
My mom and I were going grocery shopping when my mom asked me if we should go to Walmart or Publix. My first thought was Publix, but out of nowhere my body said, ”Maybe we shouldn’t go to Publix.” Flash forward, it turns out someone brought an explosive to the Publix we almost went to, and it started a huge fire.
44. Not Worth The Money
I was walking home in the early hours of the morning. A guy came up to me with a baseball bat and walked alongside me. He started making weird conversations about how “weirdos come out at this time of night.” He dropped a $5 bill on the ground and dared me to pick it up. I sped up and made my way away from him, but the vibe was undeniably creepy. I didn’t pick up the money.
45. Better Skip It
Back in the day when I was 13, I didn’t feel like going to my horseback riding lesson. So, I stayed home. It turns out one of the horses in my group had a heart attack mid-air over a jump and landed on its face, which threw his owner over his head only to land on his passed body. I’m pretty okay with not witnessing that one. Rest in peace, Dakota, you were our favorite horse.
46. Simply Not Surprised
I had such a bad feeling on the day my gynecologist found a lump in my neck while doing a routine thyroid exam. I just knew it was cancer. She and my primary care provider tried to convince me it was nothing serious. I was the only one not surprised when the biopsies came back as cancer.
47. A Divine Intervention
Country lanes in the UK are pretty narrow and have lots of blind bends. I was driving down a lane and there was a cyclist in front of me, in the middle of the road, not wearing a helmet, and heading toward a completely blind bend. I suddenly thought, if a car swings around that bend they are going to smash into the cyclist and pin him to my car. It was like a “final destination” vision.
I couldn’t hear or see another car, but I saw this accident so vividly in my mind. I immediately slammed on my breaks, honked my horn, and pulled over. The poor cyclist guy shat himself and stumbled to the hedges. Mere seconds later, some idiotic teenager comes speeding out of the blind corner and missed us by inches.
If we were still on the road, this guy would have plowed straight through the cyclist and into my car. I completely freaked out, to the point where the cyclist came over to calm me down. I don’t remember much but I know I was saying, “You were gone,” over and over again. I’m not a religious person at all, but that’s the closest I’ve come to believing in some kind of divine intervention.
48. A Funny Story After The Fact
I do real estate photography. One day, I was alone taking photos in an empty house, which is quite normal. I had this really uncomfortable feeling that I wasn’t alone. I had already checked the whole house before I started taking photos, but I kept getting the feeling that someone else was there. The feeling was so strong that I had goosebumps and felt nauseous.
I’m not a small guy, but I felt like a little kid scared of the dark. I decided to re-check all the rooms to ease my mind, but didn’t find anything. I checked closets, bathrooms, and the bedrooms, but I was definitely the only one there. As I finished photographing the last room in the house, this feeling that someone was with me was so overwhelming that I pretty much sprinted out of the house after I took the last shot.
I felt better when I got outside, but I still had an uneasy feeling. The realtor ended up pulling in the driveway as I was finishing photos of the front of the house and asked if the house cleaner did a good job. I said it looked fine to me, and she went into the house with her husband to prepare it for a showing. When I was photographing the backyard, I noticed them both out of the corner of my eye through a back window—and that’s when I almost dropped my camera.
There was a third person with them. I was confused because they came alone without anyone else. As it turns out, the house cleaner wasn’t finished before I pulled up and came in. She saw a large guy with tattoos come into the house and panic, so she jumped into the kitchen pantry and hid. By the time she realized I was the photographer, it was too late for her to come out without it being awkward, so she stayed in the pantry the whole time.
I’m not sure if maybe I saw her out of the corner of my eye when walking past, or if maybe I smelled her perfume, heard her breathing, and didn’t realize it, but my subconscious was screaming at me that someone was there. It was the most uncomfortable I’ve ever been inside a house like that before and made for a funny story after.
49. Shared Individual Horrors
When my kids went to bed, I used to go out to the barn where I had a bottle stashed. I’d have a drink and ponder the day, think about my late wife, and attempt to decompress. I suffered heavily from PTSD. Add to that, the recent loss of my wife, the stress of raising two children that didn’t really know me, and intense pain from severe burns I had received before leaving the Marine Corps…it’s safe to admit that I was extremely suicidal.
One particular night, I wrote out a long letter to my family, letters to my children, and placed them along with my will, financial documents, etc., on the kitchen table. I went out to the barn with a .40 caliber pistol and had every intention of getting intoxicated and eating a round. I was as low as I’ve ever been in my life.
All of a sudden, my dad walked into the barn. He lived two hours away, and we hadn’t spoken in a couple of weeks. He picked up the handgun, cleared it, and dropped the magazine without a word. I asked him what he was doing there at 10:30 at night, and his response shocked me to the core. He said, “I had a bad feeling. Let’s talk.”
That’s the one and only time I’ve ever seen my dad cry. That’s the only time we’ve ever spoken in detail about our individual horrors of combat. My dad saved my life that night, and I’ve made sure to live my life in such a way, as to make him proud of everything I do.
50. A Wife’s Intuition
I woke up at midnight one night while visiting my mom from out of state. I had this sudden panicked urge to check my house cameras. My phone’s battery was at 0% right as I clicked on the app. I charged my phone and the second it turned on, I went to the app. I caught my husband in our home with another woman. My heart was beating out of my chest from the second I woke up to hours after I saw what I saw and heard what I heard.
It was the weirdest and most horrifying moment of my life.