Shaken People Share A Terrifying Experience They Had That Will Stick With Them Forever.

Have you ever experienced that numb feeling of sheer terror? A terror that paralyzes you to your very bones, a feeling that will forever be etched into your memory? Here, shaken people share a terrifying experience they've had that they will never forget.


1. From zero to a hundred.

When I was little, I was biking with my dad through our a neighborhood a few blocks from our own. While we were riding, I lost my balance and fell of my bike, crashing into a mailbox and knocking it over. I felt terrible, and when the owner of the house whose mailbox I had just ploughed through came out screaming at me, I felt worse.

I tried to apologize. I even offered to fix it. The guy didn't care.

He kept pushing me down, yelling swears at me that I had never heard before given my age at the time. When I did get to my feet, he kept charging me, forcing me to give ground and pushing me every time he got within arms reach. Then he started kicking me. Hard. Hard enough to knock the wind out of me. But what scared me the most were his eyes. Angry, hateful, and pitiless. I honestly thought he was going to kill me.

As I had raced ahead of my dad, he was just turning the corner onto the street at this point. He took one look at what was happening and that was it. He ditched his bike, charged up the street and started pummeling the man. No words. Just fists.

I sat there in pure shock as I watched my dad. Neighbors called the cops and came out to the street, trying to break it up. The whole time I sat there in silence, just trying to piece together some reason or cause for everything that had just occurred.

In the end, my dad was let off with a warning. Most of the neighbors backed him up, as they had seen the mailbox guy beating me around before they'd come out to help break things up.

I vaguely remember a few trips to the police station after that. Answering questions, pointing at the guy who'd beaten me. I remember hearing some neighbor tell me he'd moved away after the neighborhood committee kept harassing him. Some lady told me, "He won't hurt anyone again, sweetie."

Still never forgot though. Those eyes still scare me.


2. Never again.

Being drunk as heck, alone in the absolutely pitch black woods at night walking home from a party taking a shortcut. I then out of nowhere started to get this unnerving feeling that I was being watched that I couldn't quite shake for around 30 seconds straight, before hearing the whistling of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" somewhere very close to me.

Now that sent a chill up my spine like nothing else before in my life, as despite hearing it almost as if the whistling was coming from right beside me I couldn't make out where it was coming from due to how dark it was.

I then bolted. No idea if that man was planning on harming me but hearing that was something I'll never forget, I never take that stupid shortcut anymore at night.


3. That made it ten times worse.

I was on a plane once and we hit some turbulence. The plane shook and the lights were flickering. Then the lights went out for a few seconds and the young girl in front of me, probably 3 or 4, started calmly singing, "the London bridge is falling down, falling down" and I was convinced the plane was crashing.


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4. A lesson learned.

I watched the movie "Predator" when I was younger, and its clicking noise always put me on edge.

So, one night, I was going to the bathroom and it sits at the top of the staircase. When I was finished, I opened the door, and I heard that clicking and froze! It clicked once or twice and I was trying to figure out where it was coming from.

Turns out, my dad had warned me about watching rated-R movies when I was young and wanted to have some fun, so he perfected that damn sound, and was sitting in the pitch black at the bottom of the staircase.

As I started to make out a figure at the bottom, he flashed a laser at me and started running up the steps. I FREAKED out! I ran to my room, slammed my door shut and locked it, and proceeded to bolt into my closet, and shut the doors, burying myself to hide in my clothes.

Mom was pissed at dad for scaring me to death, and I've remembered it clearly since.


5. Sheer terror.

I was driving in a snowstorm, going well below the speed limit. I've got 4-wheel drive so I was doing alright, but I was on high alert just in case.

As I'm driving towards a set of train tracks, the lights go on and the arms go down. I gently push on the brakes, and I don't stop. I push harder on the brakes, and I start to slide. When the train starts to pass, my foot is practically smashed against the brake pedal. But still I slide.

I ended up stopping about five feet short of the train tracks. My front bumper actually hit the railroad crossing arm. But let me tell you, the terror of slowly sliding towards a moving train and not being able to stop is something.


6. Thank goodness she's ok.

The birth of my daughter. My wife was very overdue, and finally got induced 14 days late. Even then it was a struggle, and a c-section was not a good option because of scarring from a hernia operation she had due to Celiac. She was in labor for 36 hours.

At the end, there were frantic doctors and nurses running around, and I didn't know what was going on, they just pushed me away and I could only stand and watch. Having 8-10 medical professionals urgently working on your wife and not knowing what is going on is literally one of the most frightening things I can imagine any expecting parent can go through.

The umbilical was wrapped around my daughter's neck, and my wife's contractions weren't strong enough. They were using a vacuum and hoping that they wouldn't completely strangle my daughter in the process. They got her out, but she was blue, and not moving or breathing. I could only watch, I was terrified and helpless, as was my wife.

They got my daughter on a respirator immediately, and within 10 seconds, got her breathing. Within a few minutes you could see color. Even after she was conscious, she didn't cry. She's been tough from minute one.

We were warned about possible neurological damage. My daughter is deaf in one ear, but otherwise, is a very intelligent and very strong young girl.


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7. A familiar sense of terror.

A really young kid ran out in front of my car several years ago. I slammed on the brakes, hard, but I probably wouldn't have needed to because he darted across the street so fast. I had to pull over because I was shaking so bad, I could hardly breathe, my sight was blurry, and my gut hurt. My little brother died from something similar when I was growing up and it just brought back all those memories. I had nightmares for the next few days about it too, it shook me up so bad.


8. It could've ended so differently.

When I was in the fifth grade I used to live with my grandparents in a very dangerous neighborhood. My mother and I just got back from our school's student concert night. Right when we got close, we heard a loud gunshot.

This scared the crap out of my mother to the point where she swerved to the side abruptly. I myself was a bit unnerved by the sound and situation, but was naive and oblivious to what it all meant.

When we got home, we saw our door with a bloodied handprint and my mother booked it into the house. Inside was my uncle lying down and bloodied with a gunshot wound around his left shoulder. I thought he was dead and started bawling my eyes out (he's like a second father to me). My mom rushed him to the hospital and it turns out someone tried to mug us and my uncle tried to fend him off. When the intruder shot him he booked it out of the area. Luckily for my uncle he didn't have any long lasting side effects and now has a pretty cool scar from the incident.


9. The protector.

"Uncle help me."

My little brother's four-year old daughter called to me from the back deck. She had been cornered by an adult coyote. I charged through the screen door scaring it away. That was he most afraid I have ever been, and I think I cried harder than she did.

She'll be thirty in and few months and at Christmas this year she and her husband introduce the family to their new son. Before she handed him to me she whispered to him, "This one will always protect you."


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10. It's hard to pretend when your mind thinks it's real.

Hallucinations from delirium tremens. What hopefully none of you have or will have to experience about DT's is that even when one knows that you're hallucinating, not only do you see/hear stuff but your mind also tries to make it seem real. So when I saw these ghostly black dogs in my bedroom, it was really difficult to convince myself they weren't real.


11. A blast from the past.

As a kid, I woke up one night during a thunderstorm, and looking at my bedroom window I swear there was a pterodactyl in it.

I was terrified, like literally. I couldn't move, couldn't scream, just sat there staring at it, with the kind of fear you can only get when you just woke up and reality hasn't set in yet.

I have never been that scared since, and I've had a home invasion.


12. Can't erase something like that from your memory.

Waking up to the screams of my three younger siblings as a robber broke into their room in the middle of the night. Jesus, I remember being high and as soon as I heard those screams, I felt the adrenaline running through me.

I dialed 911 on my phone as I ran to the kitchen, looking for anything I could use as a weapon. First thing I saw was a pair of those pitchfork-looking things you use to grill. As 911 answered, I dropped my phone and yelled out my address while running to my siblings' room. The guy had already left from the screams, I suppose. Thankfully the kids were unharmed. I'll never forget how terrifying their screams were. It still haunts me from time to time.


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13. Like something from The Shining.

My brother was at his in-laws' house, went outside at night and there was a little kid, maybe 5 years old, on the balcony at the neighbor's place. The kid said, "Tick tock, tick tock, time is running out," then walked inside. Creeped him out real good.


14. White with fear.

Great White shark dive off of the Nantucket coast. I knew exactly what I was getting into before I got into the cage. But when they started chumming the water and we began seeing really large dorsal fins cut the surface I began to feel butterflies. I still slipped into my dry suit, threw on my gear and ran through my checklist. But by the time I entered the cage my heart was beating at about 140 beats per minute. Holy crap, by the time I had the regulator in my mouth and I maneuvered down the cage a few feet they were circling.

The largest one we saw was well over 12 feet. They bumped and bit at the cage. Dead killer eyes, those huge mandibles of death with hundreds of teeth, bloodied from the fish and chum. They did as much nudging and bumping the cage as they did swimming. More than once the cage was hit so hard you would bang against the bars. I was blowing through my tank at record time and we were only down 20 or so feet max. It was terrifying.


15. Etched into her memory forever.

I am a 911 operator with the Orlando Police. I was working the night of Pulse. I will never be able to forget those calls.


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16. It makes you wonder if it was a dream at all.

A couple months back, I woke up screaming because I had the most vivid night terror (or maybe some sort of sleep paralysis) that there was someone at the edge of the bed, and he grabbed my leg. At the exact same time as me, my girlfriend also woke up screaming. When I asked her what was up, she said she dreamt that there was someone on the edge of the bed.


17. The feeling that this moment is your last.

I unfortunately dozed off while driving and I woke up half a second before hitting a telephone pole. I had just enough time to yell, "Oh crap!' with a voice so full of terror that I couldn't recreate it if I wanted to, thinking I was about to die.

I walked away relatively unscathed and luckily the only other things damaged were my car and the telephone pole (both completely wrecked).


18. Literally burst into flames.

It was an autumn day. Leaves on the ground, a slight chill in the wind. Having a good ol' time doodling sitting up against a tree. Some fool decides he's done smoking his cigarette and flicks it off pretty close to me, I grumble at his being a jerk and proceed to doodle.

And that's when the sound of a fire catching done spooked me right. Turns out that cigarette decided it'd be fun to spark up a pile of leaves, and if you know much about fires, you know leaves catch fast and burn quick, and right quick like there was a big ol' fire right up against my tree. Done scared me that.



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