‘Ask Reddit’ is one of the
more entertaining and educational features on the user-aggregated website,
encouraging users to post ‘thought-provoking and inspiring questions’.
This week Reddit users were
asked: ‘What is the scariest/creepiest thing
you have seen/heard?
‘My old co-worker had a son
named Hunter that was 4 or 5. She said that Hunter would have bad dreams and
that he would sleep with his dad when he got scared.
‘One night his dad woke up
because he heard Hunter calling him. But he was calling him by his name, not
‘dad’. So he went to his room and he was asleep.
‘He woke him up and said
“Hunter, you were calling me. Is everything okay?” And Hunter said, “Dad, when
they call you you’re not supposed to answer.” and fell back asleep.
‘He asked him about it in
the morning but he said he didn’t remember saying it.
‘I get chills when I think
about it.’ – LumosTheNox
‘There is a thread
somewhere that described a guy taking a scenic route in the middle of the night
to get to a certain town. He was driving up a hill, and came upon a car
accident with two cars on the side of the road and a person lying down on the
‘For some reason he caught
a bad vibe from it, and slowly drove past the scene. He stopped about 100 feet
past it, looked behind him, and the person on the ground was standing up and staring
at him, with about 20 other people coming out of the woods.’ – Newbs280
‘Boyfriend lived in a house
that made no sense–there was a light switch on a baseboard that worked a light
two rooms away, for instance.
‘He decided to see if there
was room in the attic space for some boxes. So Boyfriend opens the hatch-thing,
pulls down the ladder, and goes up. Pulls the chain for the light to come on.
The bare bulb is over a dusty room empty except for a rusty, metal children’s
‘Boyfriend clicked the
light back off, came back down the ladder, and said, “No, we’re never going up
there.”‘ – Kittae
‘Woke up one night around
1am, heard the shower was on… I first thought it was my brother, he works night
shifts, so thought he had came home late and was in the shower… It went on for
about half an hour until I got up and went to see wtf he was doing…
‘No one was in the shower,
my brother wasn’t home yet, I was the only one in the house. Still to this day,
i have no idea how it turned on or who did it..
Almost 5 years later I
still think about it… Even writing this now I feel like turning every light on
in the house ahah whyyy do I do this to myself!!’ - designerlogic
‘My parents bought their
first house back in 1972. It was a fixer-upper, but they decided to move in
right away and fix things as time/money permitted.
‘Within a few days of
moving in, the new neighbours came over to introduce themselves. They also let
my parents know that the previous owners had moved out after a nasty divorce.
They had lost their second baby from SIDS, and their relationship went downhill
‘My parents were horrified,
more so because they were newly pregnant and couldn’t imagine going through
such a thing.
‘They eventually pretty
much forgot all about it. Life went on. They were in love with their new life
and their new house.
‘In preparation for the
baby, they decided to wallpaper the nursery. Now, my Dad told my mom there was
no need in wallpapering the inside of the closet, but she insisted. She was
kneeling down, scraping off old paint inside of the closet when her eyes fell
upon something that made her blood turn to ice.
‘Written in crayon, at
about eye level for a kindergardner, in childish scrawl was: I KILLED THE
BABY.’ – Reddit user
‘The story of Karen Wetterhahn.
‘Essentially, she was a
chemistry professor at Dartmouth. She was working with an organic mercury
compound that was relatively unknown at the time. A drop spilled on her gloved
hand. No big deal usually. Turns out dimethyl mercury penetrates latex gloves
really quickly, and a drop on the hand is a death sentence. She slipped into a
coma about 6 months later and then died.
The really terrifying part
is the description of her coma.
‘One of her former students
described it as not being “… the kind of coma I’d expected… She was thrashing
about. Her husband saw tears rolling down her face. I asked if she was in pain.
The doctors said it didn’t appear that her brain could even register pain.”‘ -
‘This was a few years ago
on a night scuba dive. There were 8 of us in the group including our dive
master and his assistant. We had just finished our dive and were gathered up in
a circle ready to ascend and get out of the water when my dive master freezes.
He takes his flashlight and pointing it outside our circle of divers he catches
something circling us with the beam. Turns out it was a 12 foot long great
‘At this point half of the
group are trying to keep the shark illuminated as it circles us and remarkably
everyone stayed calm. The only things going through my mind were iterations of
these two thoughts, “don’t look like a yummy delicious fatty seal, and that I
hope I taste terrible.”
‘My dive master gets our
attention and slowly puts his thumb up and then makes an upward motion. We all
begin to ascend and the shark kept with us until we were maybe 10 feet from the
surface. Then it turned off into the darkness and was gone. I did not go back
into the ocean for about a week after that.’ - Caboose2701
‘So one day, this girl was
called over to babysit. She did it a lot for these people, so it was routine
for her. Anyways, she was told to put the kids to bed at 9, and she did. After
she put the [kids] to bed, she started watching TV and doing homework, waiting
for the parents to come home. But then, she started hearing some noises coming
out of the basement, like pans falling and stuff.
‘She just ignored it, and
thought it was the washing machine or something. Anyways, a little later, she
starts hearing the noises again. She decides to call the police, and tell them
she was hearing noises coming out of the basement at the house she’s babysitting
‘The lady at the station
told her there’s a patroller in her area, and that he’ll be at the house in
about 20 minutes. Anyways, in about 5 minutes, she hears a knock on the door.
She answers, and it’s a full swat team. She asked, “I thought they were just
sending a patroller..” and one of the guys told her “after you hung up the
phone, we heard a second phone on the line hang up”.
‘Ended up there was a man
in the basement, listening to the conversation. The lady in the station waited
and heard him hang up, then immediately sent the swat team to help. They
went downstairs and caught him.’ – bondmaxbondrock
‘I was about 15 minutes
from finishing the night shift at work when there was a massive crash on one of
the windows in the office so I get up and go to check it out. Someone has
thrown quite a sizable rock through one of the windows on the front of the
‘This is made especially
weird because I’m working in the industrial district at 11:30 at night with
none of the other businesses open. I go back to my desk, put a quick call
through to security to let them know and decide to head home.
‘As I’m leaving the
building I’m freaking myself out about it more and more and end up running to
my car, getting in and taking off. I’m almost home and I’ve started to calm
down a bit when I realise that I didn’t unlock my car when I got in. It had
been unlocked the whole time. I do a quick check with my hand in the backseat
for any possible murderers that might be hanging around there but there’s
‘Fast forward 30 minutes:
I’ve called a friend of mine who says he is out drinking so I decide I’m going
to join him. I jump on my bicycle and start riding over. I’m doodling along the
road on my bike, it’s a nice night and I’m in no big rush, just enjoying the
moonlight when I hear someone riding behind me. I straighten up and stick to
one side of the road. He passes me really slowly and, when he is right beside me,
he shoots me a smile I can describe as purely f*****g insane. I kind of flinch
and am taken aback as he rides on. That’s when I realise. He is riding my mom’s
‘Needless to say, I sprint
home. When I get there, sure enough her bike is missing and one of my car’s
doors is open. The back left one. I was driving, and had no need to open that
door.’ – cranklowza
‘I was on vacation in
Ithaca with my boyfriend at the time. We had literally, I’m talking 10 minutes,
just gotten into town and stopped at a suspension bridge near Cornell’s campus.
I’m terrified of heights and, so, my boyfriend was coaxing me step by step over
the bridge. It was gorgeous and we stopped at the middle to take a picture.
‘On the side we had come
from there was a parking lot with steps leading to the bottom of the gorge but
on the far side there were hiking paths with no barrier. A woman walked past us
and offered to take a picture for us.
‘We declined and she smiled
and walked quickly to the far side of the bridge where she smoothly jumped off
into the gorge. There was not a second of hesitation, it was almost like she
expected the path to keep going. The sound of a person hitting the ground from
a jump like that sticks with you.’ - spectre_alabama