The world can be a scary place.
One minute you can be walking down the street minding your own business and the next minute you witness a horrible accident or you find yourself in the middle of a sketchy situation.
I’m not trying to get you to barricade your doors and hide inside your houses, but it is important to be aware of your surroundings because it’s wild out there.
Let’s get scary with AskReddit users.
1. This is terrible.
“Junior high school. Was supposed to meet my buddy Nick at the swimming pool.
He didn’t show, so I walked the three blocks to his house to yell at him. His mom let me in and I walked up to his room and opened the door.
Found him hanging from a belt tied to his ceiling fan.”
2. A bad accident.
“Making the long drive home from the lake house, and following behind a tractor trailer* on the highway, in the middle of nowhere way up in the Canadian Rockies .
We round a bend, and out of nowhere a small car coming the other way far too fast for the bend loses control and hits the tractor trailer head on at highway speeds.
Big cloud of car parts explodes into the air, the small car spins violently into the ditch. Instinctively I jump out and run to the small car, shouting at another motorist to call 911. Get to the small car, and there’s basically nothing left of the front – the engine was sitting on the other side of the highway.
I look in what’s left of the car and can’t find the driver. Confused, I look around, and see him in the ditch. I run over, check his carotid pulse, but nothing.
I step back and it’s only then that I realize that his arm is missing. His leg is missing. His other leg is pointing completely the wrong way at the hip and is bent in a number of horrific angles.
They shut the highway down for 8 hours investigating the scene. The image of his mangled body hasn’t faded though.”
“My friend and I got lost in downtown KC while on our way to a concert. We had pulled over and were looking at the directions. Across the street was a very high steep hill with a sidewalk.
I suddenly see a a little girl in a toy car start rolling down the hill toward oncoming traffic. A man is right behind, presumably the father, doesn’t notice immediately. In a matter of seconds this little girl is flying down the hill and her father is sprinting after her.
My friend I are holding our breath horrified at what we are seeing. The road at the base of the hill is bustling with cars. Suddenly, the father launches himself in the air (think superman flying) and catches the handle of the car. It was absolutely insane and terrifying.
But also an incredibly powerful moment. The father gave no thought to his injuries just dove to save his daughter.”
“I was downtown getting eating pizza with my roommate and outside the restaurant, a man attacked a woman and bit her in the face.
He ran off and she ran inside of the restaurant to get help. I could see that he had taken a chunk out of her face and it was just gruesome.”
5. This is bad.
“Worked at a boat and jet ski rental business during the summer. Season was winding down so we only had 2-3 rentals a day at this point, so days were pretty quiet and uneventful.
Some Korean kids, early twenties, take 3 jet skis out for an hour. Normal sh*t, had to constantly tell them to keep the skis away from each other and slow the f*ck down near shore and docks.
I was on my phone during the last ten minutes of their rental, could hear the jet skis buzzing in the background. All of sudden I hear a this and no buzzing. I look out and immediately yell at my coworker to call our boss. I hopped on a spare jet ski and rushed out there.
They had hit each other going around top speed and completely ripped one ski in half. I see one guy with almost no teeth and a swelling face, blood f*cking everywhere. Two others in the water next to him. I pull the guy with the face on to my ski and start screaming at my coworker to call 911.
Guy had broken every bone in his face and lost all but two teeth. I had blood all over me. The other guy broke his leg in three places and had a hole the size of a golf ball through his foot.
We got them back to the dock, EMTs arrived and I had to spend the next three hours pulling the ruined skis out of the water and cleaning a lot of blood.”
“Was at an NFL game sitting up in the nose bleeds.
It was pouring down rain so most of our section had cleared out, but my buddies and I decided to stick it out because we were broke college kids and knew this was probably the only chance we had to see our team.
There were a group of drunk kids behind us (probably high schoolers or freshmen in college) who decided to climb over the seats to get down rather than taking the stairs. One of them slipped and went tumbling down at least 10-15 rows, just bouncing off of seats.
He landed in the first row right where the railing was. We all thought he was going to go flying over the edge to the bottle bowl. It was the most terrifying 7 seconds of my life.”
7. Saw it as a kid.
“Watched an old warbird fighter jet slam into a restaurant and burst into flames while attending an airshow. I was quite young, so I have only a couple mental images from that day, but the emotions attached to each of those images are enduring.
One image, the strongest, is a sea of legs, all running in confusion. Being little, that was my perspective. The emotion was pure terror. I thought my folks had lost me (years later, they said they never lost sight of me), and the pandemonium coupled with being lost scared the heck out of me.
The other image is a column of pitch black smoke. From my vantage point, it appeared to be coming from the top of the control tower. The emotion there was puzzlement, wondering why this big tall building was on fire.”
8. Didn’t see that coming.
“I was eating dinner at a Ruby Tuesday’s with my girlfriend one night, when this guy walked in all casual from the back, didn’t think much of it when a cop rushed in behind him and told him to “Drop to the f*cking ground!”
With his gun drawn as he started to run right by our table another group of officers rushed in and tackled him to the ground and we witnessed them confiscating a gun from him as we were eating our appetizers.
Definitely the scariest dinner I’ve ever had.”
9. A bloody scene.
“I grew up in a pretty small, rural community. Like, no lie, the entire county only has one stop light and 3/4’s of the streets in the county seat are one way.
It’s very much an “everyone knows you and your business” kind of place. So on the day in question, the high school and middle school kids were already on the bus (i was in middle school) and we were circling around the one way streets headed to the funnel of our county’s only stop light so we could eventually get to the elementary school.
As we were waiting to inch closer to the light, we pulled up to the end of a small cross street that had the only 3 bars in town just in time for me to look to my left out the window to see one of my classmate’s dad shoot a man in the face with a double barrel shotgun from maybe 4ft away.
Guy was standing on the sidewalk against the white wall of a small restaurant across from the bars and my friend’s dad was standing on the curb of the same bit of sidewalk. Blew his head about completely off and i will never in my life forget that man’s skull and brains dripping down that white wall on an otherwise beautiful fall afternoon.
After he shot the guy, friend’s dad just turned and sat down on the curb with gun next to him, lit a cigarette, and waited for the cops to show up. I was the only person to actually watch him pull the trigger, everyone else didn’t turn until they heard the blast.
My bus driver got on the radio and called it in but couldn’t move the bus out of the way because of the stoplight bottleneck and one way streets. So a bus of about 20 middle and high school students got a front row seat to a mostly headless corpse for almost 15 minutes while we waited for emergency crews to bust through traffic to the scene and get it moving enough that our bus could finally pull away.”
10. Be careful when riding bikes.
“I was visiting NYC and my friend and I were trying to rent bikes, but they were all gone.
This couple was going back to Europe the next day and they really wanted to go on a bike ride, but they only had one bike. I gave them the one I was going to rent and they were so happy. The excitement on their faces made my day.
My friend and I go to another bike rack like 1/4 of the mile away and get two bikes. As we were riding down the path we hear sirens and a sh*t ton of people are huddled in an area with a garbage truck like 10 feet away.
Apparently the brakes on the rented bikes didn’t work and this person got hit by a garbage truck. There was a trail of blood like 10 feet long and the person on the ground was seizing very badly.
As we got closer, the guy from earlier was hysterical and the person on the ground was his wife. The same couple we made so happy by giving our bikes to them had their lives change forver in an instant.
Honestly, the scene of the accident made it very clear she wasn’t going to survive. It was really bad.
That has f*cked with me for awhile because that was supposed to be MY bike. I was supposed to get the bike with the non-functioning brakes. In what was an act of kindness on my part was the demise of that beautiful couple.
What would have happened if I never gave my bike away? Would I have gotten hit by that garbage truck?”
11. Can’t unsee that.
“Came upon a car accident and went to help. Upside down car with wheels still spinning.
Dude crawls out of back seat with blood everywhere. He looks up at me and his eye is hanging out by the nerve and rolling around his cheek.
Got him clear. Professionals came. I left.”
12. Scary stuff.
“Was walking back to my family’s car after my great grandmother’s funeral. Not exactly casual but it was a quiet sunny afternoon and she had basically died of old age.
We were about 40 yards from our car when we heard the loud snap of wood breaking to our left.
To our horror, a large dump truck had just barreled over a small tree and was heading down a hill directly towards our cars with no one behind the wheel. Two of my younger brothers were already running to our minivan to get the “good seats” and were close to it’s path. I still remember the screams of my parents and uncles/aunts as everyone realized what was happening within a few seconds.
Amazingly no one was hurt. My brothers stopped in their tracks and the truck missed our car but absolutely crushed my grandpas car right behind it and multiple gravestones across the road before finally coming to a stop.
We would later find out the driver had forgotten to engage the e-brake when parking. One of the scariest, most surreal moments of my life for sure.”
13. Saved just in time.
“A wired patient running down a hallway naked, screaming that he was going to kill me before being stopped by a hospital guard.”
14. That’s crazy.
“I left work for lunch walking to a restaurant just 2 blocks away. As I rounded the corner a car accident happens right in front of me.
A lady walking just 10 feet in front of me is hit and pinned between the car and a building.
She was conscious and mad as hell.
Despite her legs being obviously broken she let loose a stream of verbal abuse on the driver about her shoes, her dress, her phone, everything except her injuries.
It was surreal.”
How about you?
What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever seen?
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