9 Shaken People Share Their Inexplicable UFO Encounter Stories. This Is Chilling.
Whether you believe there's someone else out there or not, these stories of strange encounters are food for thought.
This piece is based on an AskReddit thread. Link on the last page.
1/9. I can't say for sure what happened to me that night, but here is what I know.
I was driving home for the weekend from school at Indiana University. It takes me about two hours to get home, and I left Bloomington around 10:00pm. At exactly 10:53 I am on a rural stretch of the two lane highway I take home, and I notice what appeared to be flashing lights behind me. I thought, "great, I'm getting pulled over," so I turned onto the next country road about a quarter mile from where I noticed the lights.
As the car came to a stop and I started to open my glove box to get out my registration and proof of insurance, the lights suddenly disappeared, and no car drove past.
Now here is where the story takes a turn for the weird, and I am sure you guys will think I'm just making it all up because it really does seem like something straight out of a typical UFO movie or story. The electronics in my car started to go haywire.
The radio was randomly changing stations while the volume kept going up and down while the dome light and headlights start to flicker and turn off and back on.
This was at 10:56 pm. I start thinking to myself that my battery must be failing, or else I have a short somewhere in the electric system of my car... so I lean down to pop the hood so I can take a look at the battery, and that is the last thing I remember doing.
The next thing I know, I open my eyes and see nothing but the night sky full of bright stars - it was a cold night and it seemed like I had never seen stars that bright in my life.
I sat up and looked around, and I saw absolutely nothing. Nothing at all. I was in the middle of a field, surrounded by corn stalks left over from the recent harvest.
As I started to come to my senses I started to freak out. Where am I? Why the hell am I asleep in the middle of a field? Where is my car? (continued...)
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I got up and started walking toward the distant headlights I could see from a road about half a mile away. Had it all been a dream?
When I got to the nearest intersection I looked at the signs which read 350N and 50W. I was half a mile away from my car which was just right off the main road. I started walking toward the headlights I could see on the main road. I can't say how long it took me to walk the half mile but it couldn't have been more than 10 or 15 minutes.
When I arrived at my car all the lights were out - my battery had died, which struck me as odd because I couldn't have been gone for that long. I looked at my phone which was sitting on the passenger seat, and the time was 2:17 AM. Over three hours had passed since I turned off onto the side road for the flashing lights behind me.
To this day I couldn't tell you what really happened to me that night. All I know is I can't think of any plausible explanation. I have only shared this story with one other person - my uncle.
I am sure people would either look at me like I'm crazy or they would call bull on the whole story. And I can't blame them... if somebody came to me with a story like that, that so closely mirrors the stereotypical encounter story, I probably wouldn't believe them either.
2/9. 1997 Colorado Springs, CO. I was 8 years old, playing in the sand volleyball court at the park down the street from my house. I was engrossed in my activity - burying my collection of Happy Meal toys in the sand, and then digging them back out, repeat. I was looking down, but decided suddenly that I needed to look up because the world around me had lost all sound.
There was no longer any ambient noise. No traffic noise from the busy streets just a block over. No more dogs barking. No more birds chirping.
I looked at the street that bordered the park, and that is when I saw it. (continued...)
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It looked like a stealth bomber turned sideways (nose leading, one wing down toward the road and the other pointed up at the sky). Completely shiny-black in color, as tall as a house, shaped like an arrowhead.
It was cruising the street at 3 MPH. Just gliding over the road....I watched it for maybe 20 seconds. As soon as it had passed behind some 2 story houses and out of my sight - I got my hearing back full force.
I ran home with my pee-soaked pants and never spoke a word of it to anybody.
3/9. I was fighting a wildfire just south of Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah.
We were in fire rigs driving to the incident area, four trucks in close convoy, when we heard helicopters. Eight black military choppers escorted us in formation for like ten miles. We assumed they were just doing drills and using us for fake target practice or something.
A little while later, we are parked and about to start hiking to the fire line when suddenly a thin column of smoke shoots probably about two hundred feet into the sky. It was a good mile away, but the concussion was pretty significant when it hit us and the noise was still ridiculously loud. We thought it was probably no big deal; we knew we were near a strike zone.
A good five minutes later an aircraft like nothing I have ever seen flew by us at maybe five hundred feet. It was flat black and sort of rectangular but with fins and wells on the underside.
It was moving pretty slow and was dead silent so I have to assume it was some sort of stealth glider. It sounds ridiculous but it immediately reminded me of a huge, flying bat mobile, from the Tim Burton era.
After that some military personnel got on our radio frequency and instructed us to leave the area immediately. That was unusual. (continued...)
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When our crew chief asked who was telling us to leave without putting out the fire, a high-up commander came on the radio and simply repeated that we were being evacuated from the area.
They sent us to a completely different fire about a hundred miles to the south and never told us why except that it was higher priority - which was nonsense; it was already out when we got there and we just assisted crews in the mop-up operation.
The thing that confuses me about this is that if the army didn't want us to see whatever was going on, or if it was dangerous, why didn't they keep us clear of the area in the first place?
Either a communications breakdown or they had an unexpected situation going down and had to get us out of there without warning.
4/9. I've seen a couple of weird lights occasionally, but I have no recollection of being abducted. However
When I was 12 or so, I felt something hard and round in my earlobe. I told everyone and they said it was just an under-the-skin zit, pretty normal for someone my age. But it was there for SIX MONTHS.
Annoyed, I decided to do some self-surgery. I could feel it very near the surface and poked a hole in my ear with a sterilized needle. Blood everywhere. I could feel this thing and I squeezed up, towards the hole I just pierced.
Out pops this tiny metal... ball. Maybe half the size of a BB. It was black metal, completely spherical, with an indentation around the center, and teeny tiny golf ball-like indentations.
As I was rolling it around in my blood-covered pictures, it slipped, spun around the sink a couple of times and fell down the drain. At 12, I had no idea what the hell to do with it, and my parents didn't believe a word I said. I have never had anything like it since.
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5/9. I've always felt some encounter stories were real, but what made me truly believe was one night standing outside watching the stars.
It was late, maybe 2 a.m., and I was out in the country so it was dark. There were no street lights, very little moon. I was watching what I thought was a satellite moving across the sky from right to left. I didn't think twice about it as I saw them all the time.
Suddenly, the "satellite" stopped and shot off FAST, at a 45-degree angle from the direction it came, and completely vanished. I have never ever seen a satellite change direction ever.
It startled me so much I stood there for a bit wondering if I really saw it or not. But I did, 100% certain. It's unfortunate no one was there with me that night.
6/9. It happened when I was on a commercial fishing boat. Myself and many other members of the crew saw this thing.
Ten feet above our heads. Silent. Three lights in a triangle pattern. It was perhaps the size of a car.
They were the brightest lights I have ever seen, but they did not reflect off the deck of the boat. They just seemed to hang in mid air - almost like they were sucking light in as much as giving it off.
We watched this spectacle for about a minute, and then it was gone. I have never encountered anything like it since.
7/9. I was traveling back home with my mom from my aunt's house on a warm, sunny afternoon. While I was sitting in the passenger seat, an object just appeared in the sky a little to our left. We both saw it immediately.
The size of it is what was shocking more than anything. It had the classic saucer shape and was shining brightly because the sun was reflecting off of it.
Then, all of a sudden we saw something I still don't believe to this day. (continued...)
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It just vanishes. Disintegrates. Disappears. Whatever you want to call it. I looked back at my mom and I could tell by her expression she had seen the same thing.
Since this sighting, I have always been interested in UFOs and the possibility of other life in our universe. This object in the sky was definitely not a helicopter, airplane, or a flock of geese.
My mom and I still talk about the sighting we had and can't come up with a reasonable explanation as to what we saw that day. This is my UFO story and it is not a hoax or fabrication. Everyone always laughs at me when I tell this story, but that's fine. I know what I saw.
8/9. At band practice. We all saw blinking lights in the sky that moved really fast and would stop and disappear and reappear and move all around like typical stuff.
We recorded it and went on a site and they said those lights went from Washington down to Florida over the course of a few days with thousands of reports. It's hard to argue it was anything when there are hundreds of videos and so many eye witnesses.
9/9. I occasionally suffer from sleep paralysis. It developed in my early twenties, and I've had the alien abduction dream. My dad and I loved to watch shows about aliens, so I assume people who claim they were abducted had some form of sleep paralysis.
It started with flashes of blue light, and I felt myself being lifted out of bed by the chest. I was blinded by a white light, and I could hear a loud mechanical whirring.
When I woke up, I was sitting up in bed with my chest stuck out. My arms were holding me up. The experience was the most intense sleep paralysis dream I've ever had.
I can see how someone else could have that dream, panic, and tell everyone about it.
In most situations, when you're hurt by someone, it can be best to just forgive and forget. However, there are some people that can't help but hold grudges. Sometimes it can just be petty, but other times, it can be for very valid reasons.
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