I don’t want you to think I’m really paranoid, but it’s true…the world is a crazy place, and believe it or not, it can be really dangerous.
So you have to keep your eyes open, my friends!
What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever seen?
People on AskReddit shared their stories.
“My 20 year old brother s**t himself and I was there when my mom had to identify the body.
The sound she made was like nothing I’ve ever heard.
It wasn’t a scream, it was just this terrible sound that I’ll never forget.”
2. A bad memory.
“My dad and grandma waiting for me at the top of our driveway when I got off the bus coming home from Kindergarten.
My mother had breast cancer and the moment I saw them waiting there together, I knew she was d**d.
We had a long driveway to begin with but that day it felt like it took an eternity to climb. I knew what they were going to say but I still dreaded hearing it. I’ve never felt that kind of terror since.”
3. Wall of fire.
“Watching 3,000 houses go up in flames about a mile east of me.
I had the cats in carriers in the car, ready to go west.”
4. Can’t forget.
“My brother’s body lying in the middle of the street after being g**ned down by the gang he tried to leave.
Some things you can never forget even though you want to.”
“I lived in Russia for two years.
One day my friend and I left our apartment to go to the grocery store and as we’re walking we saw some people standing by a tarp on the ground.
As we get closer we realized that the tarp was covering a body. As we walk past an ambulance pulls up and the paramedics talk to the people so we go on our way.
After we get the food and we’re walking back we get to the same point, the people are gone, the ambulance is gone, but the body is still there under the tarp. I’m still not sure if it was vodka break or if something else was going on, but it was certainly creepy as hell.”
6. On the road.
“My wife and I were driving down the interstate behind a truck that was pulling a trailer full of junk. An old wheel and tire came off, bounced a couple of times and then shot off straight at us.
There have been a lot of times in my life where everything slowed down. Every other time, I’ve been able to calmly collect my thoughts and do what I needed to do. I’m a nurse and people’s lives have been saved by my ability to do that. This was the only time where I just couldn’t think of a single thing to do and started to mentally prepare that this tire hitting me in the face was what was going to end my life.
I turned the wheel a little bit so that I would take the brunt of the hit and not my wife. Then I just waited and hoped the wreck wouldn’t k**l her too. It hit with one of the loudest noises I’ve ever heard as it smashed our windshield.
Thankfully, it also crushed the metal roof which absorbed a good amount of the hit and prevented the wheel from going all the way through the glass. We got cut up some but we lived. Whoever was driving the truck drove off and left us there and were never found.”
7. Close call.
“Pulled my dog out of a pool a couple weekends ago. Been beating myself up about it ever since even though she has somehow fully recovered.
I thought she was a goner for sure since she wasn’t moving and was fully submerged. Was keeping a close eye on her but let my guard down. Couldn’t have been in the pool for longer than 30 seconds but still. She was barely hanging on but I got her breathing again.
She’s now recovering from a separate issue as well and doing just fine. 14 years old and a drowning still couldn’t take her out. But that image of seeing her in the pool thinking I had let her drown haunts me. Luckily she’s a strong one.”
8. Good Lord.
“Saw a girl of about 7 with her innards exposed after her father drove into a telephone pole while d**nk.
Had her in the front seat with a twisted lap belt and it just kind of opened her up. My cousin was an active duty marine at the time home on leave and tried to save her.
She d**d in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.”
9. Skateboarding accident.
“I was at the skate park, and I was trying to land something. But before I could do something else snaked me. (Getting snaked is when someone cuts in the line for a trick, and it is taken pretty seriously at skate parks).
But when he was doing a trick he went on the quart pipe and went huge off of it. On the other side was some rocks. He went off of it and landed on the rocks on his ribs and face/head. When everyone went over he had a compound fraction on his ribs.
He was bleeding everywhere. By the time the ambulance got there they declared him d**d. Keep in mind I was 10 at the time.”
“Going into the living room to find my roommate at the time had overdosed on her**n.
She was lying on the couch with her mouth open and her eyes rolled back and her skin had this bluish tint and it felt so wrong.
I cant even picture things in my head, but that image is still burned in there.”
“I was in a 20 minute stand off with a mountain lion while hiking in the dark.
He would not back down.
It’s the most scared I’ve ever been.”
12. Hit and run.
“I was riding home from a friend’s house late on a Friday night with my brother driving. The road we were on was 3 lanes across, and went for about 15 miles through town.
For several miles there was a guy on a crotch rocket in the lane to our right, and I had been watching him as I stared blankly out the window. I remember noticing he wasn’t wearing a helmet (not required in Florida), and thinking “that’s not very safe”.
Within maybe 2 minutes of that thought, as we approached an overpass, an SUV ran a red turn light in front of us, and the motorcyclist smacked into the side of it. I saw the whole thing, and yelled at my brother to turn around as I called 911. By the time we made it back to him, I had 911 on the phone, and a few other people had pulled over as well.
All my first aid training kicked in, and I found myself taking charge. He was conscious but so confused. He has blood coming out of his nose, and I assumed he would have head/neck damage.
So talking with the operator we made sure he stayed on the ground and didn’t move his neck. He was scraped up but no other obvious injuries. I asked him his name and explained he had been in an accident and help was on the way.
The car he hit took off. I still can’t remember what kind of car it was, or what color. I had to give a statement to the police since it was a hit and run. I’ve never experienced that kind of adrenaline, it could have been so much worse.”
13. My ex.
“After leaving my ex, who was physically a**sive, my friend drove me to attempt recovering my vehicle from our home. Unfortunately, he was already in the vehicle, and proceeded to follow us a few miles.
I was on the phone with 911, and he began to ram our vehicle at a stop light. He got out of the car and punched my window a few times (I was in my friend’s car in the passenger seat), then tried to push us into the car in front of us. The light turned green and we turned down a more residential street – she’s not a master at GTA or anything, I don’t know why she didn’t stay on the main road.
So he rams the vehicle twice more, the last time resulting in a successful PIT maneuver which k**led the engine. He ran out of the car he’s driving and proceeded to start punching my window again, this time with both hands, and the window was bowed in several inches. He went back to his car, pulled out a crowbar of the backseat, and started walking towards us.
I had a moment of clarity as I shifted her vehicle into Park, turned her keys to restart the car, and told her GOGOGOGO!
As we accelerated away, the rear quarter panel of our car knocked him to the ground. He ended up having a dislocated hip and a broken hand from punching the window. I had come to terms with my d**th, I was 8 months pregnant, so I was hoping he would choke me out and not cut me so the baby would live.”
14. Behind bars.
“Another convict begging the COs not to let him d** as he nearly bled out after having his throat cut from ear to ear. It was the begging that I can’t forget.
I had seen someone ki**ed before and it didn’t eafect me nearly as much.”
“I was a receptionist at a trucking company. I was sitting the front desk and all of a sudden there was the loudest sound ever and as I looked out the window I saw a small building fly up in the air.
Found out later that a welder and his helper had tried to weld something and there was an explosion. They both d**d. That was pretty sad.”
16. He survived.
“Finding my husband in a full cardiac arrest.
Thankfully I found him very quickly and was able to commence CPR and save his life. There is a slim chance of survival for cardiac arrest so I’m grateful it happened a couple of minutes after I got home.
Most terrifying moment of my life.”
17. Bumpy ride.
“It was spring of 1995. I was flying back from San Antonio on maybe my tenth trip there. I suppose by this time I had flown probably fifty or so times, so I thought I was a seasoned traveler. I was flying American Airlines.
I flew from San Antonio to Dallas — it’s the hub of American Airlines. Before my connecting flight to Des Moines took off, a nasty thunderstorm came in. Even so, we all boarded the plane and sat out on the tarmac waiting for the tower to let us take off.
Three hours passed. I had a clear view of one of the windsocks, and it was pretty much flailing at 45 degrees most of that time. When the captain announced that we could take off, the windsock was completely, solidly horizontal – and the storm was at its worst.
We took off, buffeted by winds all the way down the runway. Fifteen seconds after takeoff, we dropped for a good five seconds. The plane fought like crazy to attain altitude, and then it would drop again. It was nuts.
I grabbed the bottom of my seat because I thought my seat belt wouldn’t hold (yeah, it was THAT BAD). I remember looking up the aisle during one of the drops and I could see the front of the plane instantly drop like 45 degrees or so, simply because inertia kept my head stationary.
Back then, they had phones in the back of the seats, so after about five minutes of this insanity I figured I’d call my wife to say goodbye. It took a minute or so before I could grab ahold of it (I had to brace one arm with another just to disengage it from the back of the seat in front of me — it took a lot of tries) and after a couple of minutes I was able to clumsily type in the number as well as my credit card information. Of course I got our answering machine:)
We’d fight for altitude like crazy for like 15 seconds, then fall for 5. Constantly. The captain came on and said this was going to last for twenty minutes or so until they broke out of the storm near Oklahoma. Yup, that’s how long it lasted.
After the fun times, somewhere over Missouri I struck up a conversation with one of the flight attendants. She told me that was the worst turbulence that she had ever experienced. She was somewhere in her forties, so I figured it must have been pretty unusual.
I received a letter from American Airlines roughly two weeks later. It was clearly edited by various attorneys – but it was clearly meant to be an apology letter. I wish I had saved it.
Lesson learned: don’t fly out of Dallas in the spring or summer on American Airlines. Don’t. Maybe things have changed now, but I still won’t do it.”
18. Came to terms with it.
“Finding this young dude after he’d been st**bed like 7 times and trying to comfort him.
I knew the guy was going to d** and I think he did too.
About a year of sleepless nights and a moderate case of PTSD later I’ve come to terms with what happened.”
“The Black Saturday bushfires.
We were in a small town where my grandmother lived helping her pack up to get to safety. The fire was moving so fast we had maybe one minute to move if they sounded the warning to leave.
Watching the horizon change colour from black to a dark orange to a full wall of flames in a matter of minutes is f**king intense. The trees exploded from the intensity of the heat making these dull popping sounds amongst what sounded like rain from ash and embers falling everywhere.
It’s worth noting that the town is nestled amongst a bunch of hills in dense bushland with treacherous terrain and we were almost completely surrounded. Every hill glowed for hours.”
20. Can’t believe it.
“When I was 18, I crossed a street and two seconds later a girl on a bike got hit on that street by a bus.
I was too stunned to do anything and luckily other people were on top of it, and I just walked to work.
Went and clocked in and did my shift. A girl’s life ended a couple feet away from me and I was able to just…go about my day. I still can’t believe…any of it.”
21. In recovery.
“Seeing my dad in recovery after heart surgery.
It was only then I really realized how mortal and vulnerable he was, and that he wasn’t going to be around forever.”
“Watching a van full of people wrap around a bridge underpass pillar (the driver fell asleep behind the wheel).
6 of the 7 people d**d – the 7th person was laying in the back seat sleeping and avoided being crushed. Strangely enough, about 5 years after that accident, I was in Basic for the Army and met a girl that lived a few hours north of me.
She KNEW the people who were ki**ed and their funerals were in her high school gym.”
23. Losing altitude.
“I was on a KC-135 returning from a TDY, making our approach into Toledo (180th FW).
We were teasing all of the guys who were afraid of flying. One was literally in tears with anxiety; when the gear came down and locked into place, we were acting like it was an unusual sound, etc. Anyway, there was a sharp headwind, roughly 50-60 kts, when all of a sudden the plane just dropped like a rock. The wind sheer warning went off in the cabin.
We lost altitude really fast, and while I don’t know exactly how close we came to the runway, NW Ohio is very flat and I saw treetops out the tiny little window.
The engines went full throttle, and the plane pulled up hard. We circled around and attempted the landing one more time. A lot better this go around. The entire cabin was silent. Before we deplaned, the pilot came out and said “I did my best not to turn this plane into a big smokin’ hole in the ground”. I was the only one who spoke, and I very quietly said “thanks”.
People were crying, kissing the ground, etc. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that.”
24. Bad accident.
“Dr**k guy riding a bike ran into our car.
We stopped to help him and a bus ran over him.
He d**d there and then.”
Have you ever seen something that really scared the hell out of you?
If so, please tell us about it in the comments.
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