Always trust your gut…literally. When you feel something isn’t right physically and or are in a situation where you feel uncomfortable make sure to always trust your instincts!
The stories you are about to read will leave you wondering what you would do in the same situation. Take a look at some of these close calls.
45. The “Safe” Hiding Place
I was with a large group of friends including my brother. We were playing Manhunt outside at night. It is a game just like Hide and Seek, but it is played outside and is a little more complicated. My brother and his friend decided to go into a snowmobile trailer to hide. I told them I would hide under the trailer.
As I was under the trailer, I suddenly got the worst feeling that I needed to get out of there. I can’t even describe the feeling, but I got out quick. Seconds after I got up, I saw that the trailer was balancing on two wheels. They made the trailer unbalanced by getting inside. It crashed exactly where I just was. There was no doubt it would’ve killed me in seconds. I stood there in complete shock. I couldn’t believe I had been so close to death.
44. Call A “Friend”
When I was 19, I was walking home at midnight from a tram stop and got the feeling I should pretend to be on the phone. A minute after doing so, a car pulls up next to me on the empty road. It’s four guys all leering at me, and the one in the passenger side starts saying things like, “How about we take you for a good time?” and his tone is predatory. I try to keep it cool because I didn’t want to look frightened to encourage them that I am a prey, and start telling my “friend” there’s a group of guys in a car harassing me, and I describe the car. I hear the driver say to his mate something about my conversation on the phone and they take off. I ran home faster than Usain Bolt, ready to dial the police should they change their mind and come back.
A couple of months later, I hear on the news that in my area there was a group picking up girls and abusing them. The description matched the car and the guys in it that followed me that night. I had the sense after my encounter to tell my work what happened and I refused to do night shifts anymore unless they paid for my taxi home. I shudder to think what may have happened if I hadn’t pretended to be on the phone that night.
43. Taking The Long Way Home
I was driving home late one evening. I had the strongest feeling that something was wrong. At the time, this meant that I took the long way home because I thought my subconscious knew there would be some speed traps on the turnpike.
The next morning, it turned out that an inebriated driver caused a huge multi-car accident in the exact stretch of road I would have been driving on. The driver and two others died. Another five or so people were injured. I am not a superstitious person by any stretch, but this has always been something that made me wonder.
42. Stranger Danger
This happened almost 30 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I was probably 8 or 9 at the time and had been at the store buying candy for the weekend with the girl from next door, she was one year younger than me. A car stopped and the man inside opened the passenger door and asked me and my friend to get in the car. He told us he was picking us up for our parents. I could not shake the feeling that something was wrong and remember thinking “this is what my parents were talking about!”
I then grabbed my friend’s hand, said that we lived in that house “right over there” and pulled my friend with me. I went to their door, rang the bell, went straight in and told the people living there what had happened. Turned out I was right, we were about to be abducted.
41. A Dream Home Could’ve Been A Nightmare
My wife and I were renting for a few years when we decided to take the steps to buy our own house. We had enough for a deposit and had a mortgage quote arranged. We went to look at a number of houses and found one that we really liked. We decided to put our offer in. We were told that this was most likely going to be accepted, but they were going to wait a couple of days before deciding. That evening, I sat in bed reading when I had a horrible feeling that something was not right. The next day, I told my wife that I wasn’t sure about it and convinced her that we needed to retract our offer. We did.
The following two weeks were a nightmare. Within two days of pulling out of this offer, my wife was made redundant, totally by surprise. She had not been working at her company long enough to get much of a payout. A week later, our car broke down and was beyond repair, barring spending more than the car was worth. We really struggled for the next year or so and would have never been able to pay off a mortgage. We are in a much better place now, but we know that if I had not had that feeling, we would have been in trouble.
40. The Creeper Friend
I came home very late one night. My parents and sister were already asleep. The house felt funny. Dogs were barking in a strange way. I looked around and noticed that my stepmother’s car was not in the driveway, but her purse was in the kitchen. My dad’s wallet was not in its usual place. I caught someone creeping around in the backyard. The commotion woke everyone up. The creeper was one of my sister’s friends.
It turned out that her friends decided to break in, due to the fact that my parents never locked the doors and the dogs all knew them. They stole my dad’s cash and credit cards and took my stepmother’s car for a joyride. Since she drove a Toyota Corolla, I have no idea why they wanted to steal it. We found the car in the next subdivision. But why was creeper-boy in the backyard not with his buddies? He figured he could double back and spend some “quality time” with my sister. My timing was just about perfect. He ended up rolling on his buddies and getting a reduced sentence. His parents were peeved at me more for injuring their little boy than they were at him for breaking into people’s houses and stealing cars.
39. Not Today!
When I was 15, I hung out with some friends after school and got a ride home that night. No one had been home all day, so there were no lights on inside or out. The friend that drove me home didn’t stick around to see if I made it in, so as I’m starting to make my way up the walkway to the front door, I sense someone waiting to meet me there. I calmly stop after taking a couple steps and say “nope!” loud enough for the potential criminal to hear me, then briskly turn around and walk swiftly down the street, cut through a neighbor’s backyard to get to the next street over, make my way to the nearest payphone, dial the police, and tell them I think there’s someone trying to rob the house.
I return with a police officer, and he shines his flashlight around the door and sees footprints in the snow leading from around the house. He follows those and sees they are around the entire house. There was someone waiting for me to open the door that night. I laugh at the thought of their surprise to have some teenage girl acknowledge them from a distance and tell them “not today!”
38. Late Night Dog Walks
When I was in college, I had a really weird class and work schedule that resulted in me usually taking my dog for her nightly walk around three or so in the morning. There was a giant parking structure for the college right by its baseball field. I would usually cut through there and let my dog run around on the field before circling back to my apartment. One night on the way over, I heard a faint humming in the parking garage, followed by some sort of weird alarm-sounding noise. Being the horror movie victim that I am, I started walking toward the sound, which meant walking down to the lowest level, which was one below street level. When I got down to the ramp, my dog started to get visibly stressed, whining and bouncing around, and looking at me repeatedly. I started to really get stressed out at that point but pressed on. When I got down the ramp, I looked around and saw behind it a small golf cart. On its own, it wasn’t that weird because the school’s maintenance staff used them all the time. This golf cart, however, was on and running, which was producing the humming noise, but with no driver. I walked over to it. Behind it was one of the Home Depot buckets, tipped over with trash scattered around.
Before I could really wonder what was going on, I heard the alarm sound again. I went a little further around to the elevators and found a man unconscious inside one, blocking the door, which was repeatedly trying to close but couldn’t. At that point, my dog was going nuts. I put her leash over one of those parking poles and approached the man. I didn’t know CPR at the time, but I checked if he was breathing. He was, so I quickly called 911. Fortunately, I had service and the campus police station was literally a two-minute walk from there. A couple of police officers arrived quickly and began to administer CPR. An ambulance arrived shortly after. I had to hang around for a while and explain what happened. The stressful part was not finding out if he was okay until several days later. I called the campus police station and they said they couldn’t share his specific medical situation, but told me he was OK and would likely return to work at some point. I guessed he had a heart attack, but I will never know for sure. I never saw him again.
37. An Almost Final Destination
I’m already a nervous flyer. One time, I was taking a flight on American Trans Air from Phoenix to Vegas. The engines started up and all of the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. I could swear that the engine on my side of the plane sounded funny.
Just as we started to taxi, the engine blew up. Flames and thick black smoke started coming out of it. They shut down the engines and had us disembark. They offered us an alternate flight. I walked as fast as I could to the rental car counter.
36. Baby Grabbers
Not me but my best friend was driving to California from Arizona with her 2 year old for work, (about 5 months ago) and she stopped at a gas station and just got a weird feeling. She normally doesn’t lock her car when she pumps gas but she decided to do it. During that process, a woman came up to her and started talking all nice and whatnot. She got an uneasy feeling about it and heard a noise like someone trying to open a door. She turned around and saw the woman’s husband trying to get into her car to steal her baby. She told him to get the freak away from her car, and the man tried to play it off. She told them to back off and got in her car to leave.
The couple got in their vehicle and followed her, tried to swerve her off the road and brake check her on the highway for a few miles. She was smart enough to call the cops (this was in Primm Nevada by the way) and they caught up to her and ended up arresting the couple. They had gotten multiple reports that day of issues like that.
35. Destined To Help
About 15 years ago I left work early, like really early, for no reason. I got home and all these kids were standing near my door and they were all staring at me and not saying anything. I went inside and dropped my bag, and it wouldn’t stop weighing on me how weird it was so I went back outside. I spoke to them, asking what was going on, and one kid meekly asked if I could help his friend. A kid I didn’t see was sitting on a curb surrounded by all the rest. They had all jumped the fence next to a nearby pond, except he slipped, impaled the flesh of his inner thigh, and got stuck.
The kids helped pick him up off of it, but he was just sitting there bleeding everywhere with a bunch of meat hanging out. I got him treated and called for an ambulance. He came back a few weeks later with his family to thank me, and said I saved his leg.
34. Just Double Checking
I used to work in a big city as a medical emergency responder/dispatcher. One night, I arrive at my shift, and an hour later I get a very strange call. It’s a man calling for his wife, who was choking on food, and who suddenly started to “feel better” during the call, which made him change his mind and say he didn’t need an ambulance anymore. I could’ve stopped the call there, cancel, or rank it as a low priority. But I had this feeling, and when the man asked me if I wanted to speak to her I said yes. “Ma’am, this is emergency services, are you sure that you don’t need help of any kind?” No answer. “Would you need the services of the police?” She answered, “Maybe.” I asked, “Is the guy beside you dangerous?” She said, “Yes.”
Man, the rush of adrenaline I got. I made her go to safety, and then she told me all about how he had been beating her for a long time, how she had no way to get out, and that she was choking while eating due to the stress of being beside him. I worked with the police, and they went on the scene and probably preventing the woman from being beaten up again. Always trust your instincts.
33. Sudden Urge To Hide
I got off the subway at night; there was one other person about half a block behind me on my route home. This is a normal thing, has happened thousands of times. Totally normal-looking dude, not even following me closely, but I had a bad feeling. Such a bad feeling that, when I turned the corner on my way home, I broke into a dead sprint and hid behind a dumpster in the shadows partway down the street.
By the time he came around the corner, I was well hidden and could see him from my hiding place. As soon as I saw his reaction to the fact that I wasn’t there, I knew I had been right to hide. He started LOOKING FOR ME, muttering to himself, he went up and down the street, looked around corners, I hid and held my breath until he was gone. It was terrifying. I am so glad I had that sudden, inexplicable impulse to hide, and listened to it.
32. It Was On The News
The highway I take home from work had just been repaved. None of the lines were painted on yet, except for the lines between each lane. There were no lines painted for the shoulders yet, but there was plenty of space to pull over to the shoulder part of the highway without impeding traffic. On one particular day, there was a city truck parked in the “shoulder.” I got over to the left lane to give the truck plenty of space. However, I knew that the guy on the driver’s side opened his doorway too wide for being next to (at least) 70 mph traffic and was walking way too close to that traffic. I immediately thought that this would not end well.
When I got home and started watching the news an hour later, I saw that there was a crash on that highway at that very spot I passed, involving the driver of the city truck. Someone hit him. He was dead on the scene. The lines for the shoulders were painted on the next day. Someone put up a memorial of him at the exact spot that I passed him. To this day, I still get over to the left lane when I’m passing the spot. I move over whenever possible and slow down when moving over is not possible. I would rather not be the cause of someone not going home to their family. I’m not sure what happened to the guy who hit the trucker. A quick search of his name revealed that no charges were in the works a few days after the incident happened. I think of the dude daily as I pass his memorial. I hope he did not suffer too bad.
31. The Power Of Friendship
I came back to work after a week off for Christmas vacation and immediately noticed something was off with my friend. I had no clue what it was, I just knew something was wrong with him but I couldn’t explain what it was. I kept asking him if he was alright, and he kept saying everything was fine. On the second day, he came up to me and asked me to explain something that I know he knew how to do because I had trained him on how to do it. I became very concerned at this point. The 3rd day was New Year’s Eve, so we only had a half-day, and he was working on a spreadsheet. End of the day came around, I took one look at it, and I swear I could have printed it out and called it modern art, that’s how horrifying it looked. I called the boss over, and he pulled him off of it, which caused my friend to break down and start crying because he couldn’t understand that he had done anything wrong. I told him that something was wrong and that he needed to get some help.
We came back in on Friday and my friend wasn’t there. I found out that he was in the hospital because of a heart attack. Later on, we learned that during the days leading up to the heart attack he was suffering from mini-strokes and that all of my constant naggings made him question his health too. A doctor later told him that if he had not gone to the ER when he did, he wouldn’t have made it through the night. Because of this, my friend says that I saved his life through the power of our friendship.
30. This Is Why You Should Choose Your Friends Carefully
My buddy used to, stupidly, sell various narcotics to just about anybody he met. I was with him once and he was giving me a ride. He asked if we could make a detour for him to make a quick sale. I said sure, so we went to meet some random guy in the middle of a casino parking lot. We sat there for an hour waiting for the guy to show up. I was getting impatient and, at the same time, started to get an uneasy feeling. Then, the guy showed up and the feeling got even worse.
The guy was obviously an undercover cop. I could tell right off the bat. Right when I was about to tell my friend we needed to get out of there, the undercover dropped the act and pulled out his weapon, along with a swat team that surrounded us. I was 18 years old at the time and just wanted to go home. They were making jokes about how I was going straight out of high school to the “pen.” Luckily, I was released when they realized I was just along for the ride and was not a dealer myself. I complied with the task force and answered their questions with the truth, so they let me go. My buddy, though – I never heard from him again. I’m assuming he did some time.
29. The Man’s Best Friend
I am a vet. I gave a vaccine to a toy breed dog. The dog had this vaccine before with no problems, but immediately after giving the shot, he just looked slightly off to me. Maybe just more quiet than usual. All vitals were normal, but just not quite his typical happy self. My gut said, “Ehhh, this is not right.” I asked the owner to wait 15 minutes before leaving to make sure there was no bad vaccine reaction.
Five minutes later, he had an anaphylactic seizure in my lobby. I was ready for it. Immediate emergency treatment for anaphylaxis and one hour later he is barking head off incessantly in my treatment room to tell me he’s ready to go home.
28. Not The Kind Of Party She Was Looking For
I was a birthday party princess in college. Dress up as a Disney character, sing some songs, help with cake, paint faces, the typical party stuff. I get called to a party that began at 8 p.m., which is unusual but not unheard of in our industry. A lot of Spanish-speaking families will have parties well into the night. I pull up down the street (princesses don’t drive) and begin walking to the house, dressed as Sleeping Beauty with my “party box” of supplies in hand. But when I see the house, I immediately know something is wrong. There are no lights on, no cars, no balloons, none of the usual party indicators.
Against my better judgment, I knock on the door. This super creepy looking guy in his mid-50s answers, in a dirty t-shirt and jeans, and the first thing he says is, “The party’s around back.” I take one look at this guy and book it as fast as I can while holding a box, wearing a ballgown and being mildly crippled, to begin with. I get into my car, lock the doors, floor it to a 7-11, and call my boss. The “party” never called demanding to know where their princess went. No one asked for their deposit back. My boss called police non-emergency, but I don’t know if anything was ever done. I’m 100% sure there was no “party” in that house.
27. Don’t Go Too Fast
On a weekend trip to upstate New York, we entertained ourselves riding an ATV around an off-road “track” the neighbors made. On the last day of the trip, my significant other says he is going to take one last spin on it, and I knew something terrible was going to happen.
I told him exactly how I felt and he dismissed me, as he was leaving the house I said, “Just promise me that you won’t go really fast just because it’s the last ride… I don’t trust it and I think you will lose control.” Luckily, after he went too fast and lost control it was only his ankle that suffered. Finding him on that trail leaning up against a tree was the single scariest moment of my life. Thank God it was just his ankle.
26. The Creepy Greggy
Before my husband and I were married with good jobs, we were young and poor and didn’t care where we lived. We rented out a crummy little house behind the landlord’s place that was clearly a shed poorly transformed into a small studio space. At the time I worked late nights and my husband worked mornings, so I would sleep till around 12 and work all night. The landlord, Greg, was this bald old man with a heavy Russian accent. He was kind of odd but seemed nice, as was his wife. He’d made odd comments and invited me into his house to video chat with his friends in Russia. One time, I complained the chipmunks were crawling into the roof and asked him to patch it up better. He said, “Bah, no need, I take care,” and I swear to God he would snatch them up with his bare hands and break their necks. I wish I was making that up. Weird. He made me feel uneasy, but seemed kind to us. When we first moved in, I kept waking up feeling uneasy when I should’ve been exhausted. I’d feel nervous and get up to check the doors, look in closets, etc.
One week my husband went away to visit his father, so I was alone and literally felt like I was constantly being watched. The bedroom window was facing the yard and it was heavily wooded, so I’d hear crunching of leaves and footsteps all the time. My husband said I was being paranoid because I was alone, and I thought so too. But then that same week my husband was away, I offered to watch my friend’s dog. I got home from work around 2 am and got to sleep around 3-4 am. I woke up around 8-9 am to the dog barking and growling like crazy. Now, because the space was similar to a studio, we had no doors on anything besides the bathroom. I spring up, and see Greg the landlord literally in the living room, hand on the front door, just frozen. He was caught off guard by the dog and I yelled, “What the heck are you doing?!” I thought the house was on fire or something, and I know the front door was locked. I always locked it. He quickly apologized and walked out. When I shook from my sleepy daze, I realized that this might not be a one-time thing. I took a shower, dressed, and walked up to their house. Greg’s car wasn’t in the driveway, but his wife was home. I told her what happened, and asked why Greg would use his keys to go in the house without giving me notice. She was nonchalant about it, and replied, “It’s his house he can do what he wants. He likes to check on things from time to time.” I flipped out on her. Clearly, this was happening often and I’m 10000% sure the eerie feeling I was getting was from Greg literally coming in the house, watching me sleep, and completely invading my privacy when he knew I was alone and asleep. My husband and I got out of there as soon as we could. He actually tried to take us to small claims court for breaking the lease, but I had already reported him to the police and found out the space we were renting wasn’t even up to code or on the books to be rented.
25. Hero Pilot
Airline pilot here! (Warning, do not continue reading if flying makes you uneasy). One day, we loaded up passengers and cargo and everything and we were ready to taxi. I noticed that the nose of the airplane seemed to be higher up than usual while we were sitting on the ground. I told my first officer about it and he agreed. We double checked the weight and balance and everything seemed to be right. I decided to just taxi out towards the runway and see if the wheel struts would go back to their normal positions during taxi. They didn’t. Still felt weird to me. Something wasn’t right. I told ground control we needed to go back to the gate. Called ops and told them we’re headed back because I think something isn’t right with the weight and balance.
After we get back, I ask them to check how much ballast we have in the aircraft. It’s verified on my sheet as 500lb, but I have a feeling… Turns out, yep, they forgot to put it in the plane. So had we taken off, the center of gravity would have been out of whack – way past limits. It could have resulted in an airplane that was impossible to control. Just like that 747 that took off and had the load slide to the back. That was a day that I was really pleased that I had so much experience flying to give me that feeling and that feeling could very well have saved my life along with others.
24. It Wasn’t Just A Feeling
My father started publicly dating a woman shortly after my mother died. I liked her. One evening my father took me aside and asked how I’d feel about him asking her to marry him. I got an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach and felt nauseated. I told my father I didn’t want him to, and he asked why as he thought I liked her. I explained that I did like her but had a bad feeling, and he said, “that’s just a feeling, they don’t mean anything.” He already had the ring and proposed straight away. I got really excited about the engagement, the wedding, moving house, and my impending little sister.
After the wedding, she changed. When my half-sister was born she went crazy. She’s hurting me, my full sister, and later my half-sister. My dad only left her when my doctor told him something was clearly going on with her that was affecting my health (she was putting something that I’m intolerant to in my food and my father wouldn’t believe me and would force me to eat whatever she made). My maternal grandmother told him that if he didn’t leave her she’d go for custody. He accused me of lying for the entire time leading up to that. He never apologized for all of that, or for running over my foot, or for saying he came close to hitting me when I was in the middle of an anxiety attack at age 10. He never asked about what she did to me or what I’d said to the people I’d tried reaching out to for help, which to me says it all.
23. Call Someone
My dad was six at home with a babysitter while his parents were out. He heard a clap of thunder outside and immediately told the babysitter to call someone because “my dad’s (my grandpa) been struck by lightning.”
My grandfather had in fact been struck directly by lightning while play golf with my grandmother. The electricity entered his shoulder and out his ankle. My grandmother resuscitated my grandfather and he lived to be over 90.
22. Mother Knows Best
When my son was around 9 months old, he found a penny and put it in his mouth. By the time I realized what it was, he had already swallowed it. Me being a first-time mom, I completely freaked out. My older family members told me not to worry and that he would just poop it out and that things like that happened all the time. But I knew something wasn’t right. My gut instinct was screaming at me to take him to the ER even though he was acting normal.
So at around midnight, I decided to wake my husband and we took him in. Everyone thought I was exaggerating the situation but once we got to the hospital, they did an X-ray on my son and found out that the penny was lodged. The doctor told us that if the penny had flipped, or moved even in the slightest, it would have blocked his airway and my son could have died. Thankfully they were able to remove it and my son is a happy 4-year-old now. I always listen to my instinct now!
21. Fear Is A Gift
When I was 15, I went on a school trip to Washington, D.C., with a club I was part of at school. It was a peer mentor/anti-bullying type thing. There were about 20 other kids with me. One of them was this kid named Josh, who was a year younger than me. I had known him for years because he had been friends with my younger brother when we were kids, but they had drifted apart so Josh and I did too. Josh and I had started becoming friends again since we were both in the club, but I always got a weird vibe from him that no one else seemed to get, so I ignored it. It is worth noting that Josh was super popular, had tons of friends, was attractive and charming. He was definitely not someone whom you would typically get a bad vibe from, but I just did. I kept telling myself that it was nothing and ignored it. While we were in DC, the elevator in our hotel broke. I didn’t feel like waiting for it, so I said I would take the stairs and asked if anyone wanted to come with me. Josh said he would. Suddenly, I just got OVERWHELMED by this really, really bad feeling. I felt as if I shouldn’t let myself be alone with him. I said I had changed my mind and I wanted to wait for the elevator. Over the next couple of days, Josh was really friendly. My friends kept saying that he had a crush on me, but I kind of ignored it. Even though he objectively seemed super nice and charming, every time I was with him, I got overwhelmed by this awful feeling, like something bad was going to happen. It wasn’t just that awkward this person likes me and I don’t feel the same way thing. It was a genuine-feeling-of-impending-doom type of thing.
On the last night of the trip, because we were dumb teenagers, someone suggested that we all play Truth or Dare in one of the hotel rooms. I went over to the room, but suddenly got overwhelmed by that sick “something is wrong here” feeling. Sure enough, Josh was there. He made all of his questions super inappropriate because, of course, he was. Everyone was daring different people to go into the bathroom alone together and “see what happens.” I had a really bad feeling that someone would dare Josh and I to do it. I told everyone that I didn’t feel well. I went back to my room and watched Netflix. I got roasted by all of my friends for being a loser for a couple days afterward. A year later, Josh was expelled from our school for touching multiple girls. Apparently, no one else suspected anything because he always seemed so nice and charming and was involved in anti-bullying initiatives and such. I remember feeling super sick when I found out and skipped school for a day. It still freaks me out a bit to this day.
20. I Told You So
My parents used to own a convenience store, and we lived in an apartment down the street. For some reason, I really wanted to go home early that day, no reason other than I felt antsy. I tried to convince my mom to take me home.
Well, we went home later, and found that someone had broken in and robbed us. They walked out with a safe box. I wanted to yell, “I told you so,” but I didn’t, and I’m sure my parents felt regret at not taking me home that night.
19. When You Think You Got Food Poisoned
I was pregnant and trucking along just fine. At one point, I ate Chipotle and got super sick and chalked it up to bad food. A day or so later, I woke up with minor pain in my belly. It wasn’t that the pain was that terrible, but something told me to go to the hospital. My mind was actually trying to talk myself out of going — it felt silly. I figured it was probably a GI issue.
After going through some testing, they told me I had a ruptured ectopic at 10 weeks pregnant, and needed emergency surgery. The doctor called me the next day to tell me I was extremely close to bleeding out and dying. I had no I idea I was hemorrhaging, and no typical signs or symptoms that I was having issues other than feeling so sick, but that was easily dismissed. I honestly don’t know to this day why I went in that morning but it saved my life.
18. Please Escort Me Out
I worked as a Shot Girl at a pub. One night I rejected someone who attempted to get my number. Not unusual and he didn’t seem that bothered. The whole exchange wasn’t strange to me. In the early hours after the bar closed, I went to leave through the back door into the car park like usual when I saw the sensor light outside was on. Someone was stood just outside the door. I felt uneasy so went out the front and asked one of the bouncers to walk me round the back to my car.
As we rounded the corner we spotted this guy lurking outside the door holding his belt like a makeshift garotte. When he saw us, he started screaming that I was a freaking witch and I should die. He scampered off into the road and never came back.
17. A Mother’s Instinct
I was 30 weeks into my pregnancy and just felt like something wasn’t right. I couldn’t stop crying. He wasn’t moving enough. I was in a complete panicked state. I remember thinking, “something AWFUL is happening.” My stomach was in knots.
When we got in to see the doctor, my son’s heart rate was at 200 BPM and was going into congestive heart failure. His heart was beating so fast it wasn’t pumping, and all the fluid was backing up into his body. He was born early with a 50% chance of survival. He is 4 now and completely healthy and normal. They told me at the hospital if I waited much longer he wouldn’t have made it.
16. The Nurse’s Gut Feeling
I’m a nurse, and there are a lot of gut feelings, but one that sticks out is this one lady. She was a re-admit from three days earlier. She had laparoscopic surgery. I get the report and I ask about her labs. They never drew blood. Okay… weird. Anyway, they say that she is back because of uncontrolled pain. I listen to her stomach for any signs of movement, but I hear nothing. I look at her stomach and see some redness around her surgical site. I mark the boundaries with a marker. The doctor comes in and looks at her stomach and says that it is gas pain from surgery. He puts in some orders and leaves without even looking my way. A few hours later, I notice that she hasn’t urinated. I ask if she has peed at all, and she says no and that she will try. The tech gets her up to the commode and nothing. Then she starts tanking, blood pressure in the 70s. I call for a rapid response. I try to tell her everything points to sepsis to me, but she physically turns away from me to talk on the phone to the doctor. She gets an order for a bolus of fluids saying that the patient is just dry and needs fluids. The fluids run through and the doc leaves, saying the blood pressure is better. It is in the 80s now.
I come back in to recheck and her blood pressure is now in the 60s. I call rapid again, and luckily I get a different nurse. She comes in and asks me what is going on. I tell her everything I had noticed and she says that since the blood pressure is unable to be stabilized, the patient will be transferred to ICU. I demand that labs need to be drawn. She agrees and the patient is transferred. The patient was septic. She was the sickest patient in the ICU for four weeks. The redness I had marked turned into full-blown blisters that covered her entire stomach. Luckily the patient lived. Always listen to your gut.
15. Almost FriedFighters
I’m a firefighter. We got called out to a tree fire started by fallen power lines. We pull up in the truck and I’m trusting that my driver and crew leader are doing their job and have good situational awareness. We get out of the truck and we’ve parked next to a set of power lines (not fallen). It’s a very windy night and I can see the lines swinging so I voice my concerns to my crew leader who says it’ll be fine.
We get out hose out (risk of the tree fire catching onto a house outweighing potential risk of arcing plus the line disconnected when it fell) and I’m on the branch ready to start putting it out with two others near me when I get a chill. I look up to see the lines swinging violently and yell “everyone freaking move.” As the three of us sprint and dive out of the way, we hear a thwip and crack and sure enough, the line we were under came loose and stayed connected to the power pole. If I hadn’t got that chill chances are we would have had 3 fried firies.
14. A Beary Unexpected Encounter
When I was a little kid, I stepped outside to walk home from my neighbors two doors over. I smelled what I knew was a bear, which is common where I live. If you’ve ever smelled a black bear, it’s not that different from a skunk, which is what my friend’s mom told me it probably was when I asked her to drive me home even though my house was literally right around the corner. The thing is, a skunk’s smell is strong but doesn’t travel.
A bear’s smell is more permeating. Begrudgingly, she drove me, only to see the bear sitting on my back steps outside the door I would’ve tried to enter my house with. Black bears aren’t that vicious, but my friend’s mom apologized immediately about not believing me: I could’ve walked straight into that thing at the age of 12.
13. The Smell Of Fire
I used to work at a gym located in a strip mall. I didn’t want to go to work one night. I just had a feeling in the pit of my stomach, but I went anyway, because of the money. Halfway through my shift, my co-worker asked, “You smell something?” I thought he was kidding, and that he’d farted. And then I smelled it, too – a chemical burning, like printer toner or burning plastic. I looked at the space heater (which I’d always hated because it wasn’t safe, plugged into the extension cord, plugged into a power strip and not a surge protector) and immediately realized that the power strip was toast. There were sparks and a tendril of smoke emanating from the outlet containing the extension cord.
I turned off the heater, unplugged it from the extension cord, and unplugged the power strip, which my coworkers had been content to leave as-is. The power strip was charred in two places, meaning this had probably happened before. Their other power strip, I found later, also had the same charring. Clearly, there are some intelligent people there. I probably stopped the gym, and possibly the whole strip mall, from going up in flames. I quit two weeks later.
12. A Robbery Party
I had a friend who said we should go to this party he was invited to by a classmate of his. We ended driving out to it, we noticed the neighborhood was not too pleasant and sketchy. We saw that the house had some lights on in the backyard but kind of quiet for a party.
I decided that we should not go since something felt really off. My friend ended finding the classmate that invited him got robbed and threatened when he went to the party. It ended up being a fake party.
11. The Old Man
I befriended an elderly man after a middle school project about WWII (he served on the USS San Francisco) and I continued to visit with him weekly or so all the way through high school. His house was on the way home from school and I would often call to tell him I was coming and then drop by after practice. Being a 92-year-old man, he didn’t have a ton going on, but occasionally had appointments and such that took him out of the house.
One day, I called and he didn’t pick up the phone (not super strange, given the aforementioned appointments). But I just had this sinking feeling in my chest that no matter how long I waited, he wasn’t going to pick up the phone. I got a call the next day from my middle school teacher (who also regularly checked in with him) telling me that he had passed away. I got to speak at his service and I’ll always remember our time together. RIP Gene.
10. I Will Follow You
Well, I was walking home. It wasn’t late and I’m from a pretty safe area but it was that time of year when it starts to get dark really early so felt kind of ominous. Anyway, I pass this guy in a red sweater and red tracksuit bottoms and he looks at me funny. Maybe he’s high, maybe he’s drunk…either way something not quite right about him.
I keep going. Look behind me, he’s still there. Cross the road. He crosses with me. As soon as I turn a corner, I sprint to my apartment complex and run into the coded gate and wait. He rocks up a minute later and stares at me through the gate. He just stares at me for a good 10 or so seconds then runs back the way he came. Shivers.
9. Bright Lights
I woke up at 3 am once sitting upright in bed. I felt on alert and my heart raced when I saw that my cat was on alert too, wide awake by my feet with his ears perked up. But I didn’t see or hear anything weird. Something didn’t feel right and I couldn’t relax. So I got up and went to the kitchen. Turned on some lights and ate food even though I wasn’t that hungry. Eventually went back to bed.
We discovered the next morning that someone had stopped while in the process of using some kind of tool to silently cut a big hole in the glass window in the living room. They were trying to break in. Right next to the bedroom. I think the lights I turned on scared them away.
8. Pro-Active Spider Sense
It was 1:30 am, raining, I was riding my motorcycle down a 4 lane road (2 lanes each direction with a middle turn lane). I saw a car approaching a stop sign, perpendicular to me, in the parking lot of a bar and thought to myself “he’s going to turn left in front of me.” I was going 45mph, let off the throttle and about 200-250ft from him, he did exactly what I thought he was going to do. I grabbed my front and rear brakes, back tire locked up and kicked out to the left.
I had maybe 40-50 feet in which I would either high-side in front of the car and likely be ran over, slam into the driver door or rear driver door or jump off to the right in a tuck and roll fashion. I jumped and my motorcycle slammed into the rear driver side of his car. I had a couple of scratches, bruises, and a sore tailbone. But I wasn’t ran over or hanging out in his back seat via the glass window. Thank God for spidey senses.
7. Glad To Help You
I’m a nurse. I had a patient who was doing great after relatively minor surgery and was set to be discharged the next day. I just had a bad feeling about it ever since my shift started. I kept checking in on him and he said he was completely fine.
He went for a walk around the unit with the help of an aid. I offered to walk him myself. Glad I did. The guy passed out just as he was getting back to his room and was in a very serious and dangerous heart rhythm. If I wasn’t there, we might not have been able to save him the way we did!
6. Forcing Herself To Rest
Not me, but my coworker. She got a call last week that her sister-in-law didn’t show up for work and didn’t call or anything. She’s been working three jobs recently and was complaining she needed a good night’s sleep. My coworker said she probably slept through the alarm clock, but her husband insisted that she go home and check on her because it wasn’t like the SIL to just not show up for work. My coworker was annoyed, but did it since her house was only 20 mins away.
My coworker gets there and it turns out she had overdosed on some sort of medication, and then had a heart attack. Oxygen levels were extremely low, and paramedics said that if coworker hadn’t gotten home when she did, SIL would have been dead within minutes. Thank god her husband had felt that something was wrong. Always go with your gut.
5. The Bar Was Shot Up
I was at a bar in October of 13 or 14 if I recall. Any who I lived in a particularly rough neighborhood at the time, and I was enjoying a few drinks and such a day before Halloween night.
I had this horrible feeling of uneasiness looming in the back of my mind, so I told my buddies I’m turning in for the night. They called me the next morning and informed me that the bar had gotten shot up and like 3 people were injured. It was about 2 hours after I left if I recall.
4. Leaving The Job Was The Right Call
I got a job working at a residential treatment center. I had been out of a job for a couple of months, so even though it wasn’t a perfect fit for where I wanted to work, I needed the money, so I took it. After a day and a half of training, I just felt like something was off about the place. They weren’t super strict on following state law, but there were other little things that just felt odd.
I then decided to quit, even though I desperately needed the money. A couple of months later, the place had a big riot which ended with the SWAT team breaking it up and several serious injuries. I can’t say I was surprised when I read the news.
3. The Employee Agreement
I had a job interview, and during a group interview portion, everyone was super deferential to ‘Greg’ with over the top fawning over him with how great a guy he was and how it was an honor and a privilege for work for him. Greg would then chuckle and give a regal wave. The whole thing gave me a bad feeling.
Later, I received an offer and verbally accepted. Then I got the “employee agreement,” which was super one-side and basically said I could not do anything technical/financial outside of work without their written permission and I pre-agree that any violation of the agreement caused the company to egregious financial harm. I looked it up and basically, they took a boilerplate employee agreement and made it psycho. So I refused to sign it with those restrictions but said I would sign the standard agreement. Greg freaked out and sent an email stating to consider the offer rescinded. I sent a polite reply thanking him for confirming my suspicions about him.
2. Everybody’s BFF’s Bad News
I knew this guy in the service with me. We were both military police and pretty good at our jobs. All the higher-ups loved this guy because he was so sharp — uniform was always spot on, knew every code in the book, aced all his quality checks, always the guy that volunteered instead of getting “voluntold” to do something. All the other MPs didn’t like the fact that he one-upped everyone else but he was always throwing parties in the dorms, and most of the drinks were provided by him, so they begrudgingly got along with him. I just did not like him and couldn’t put my finger on why. He didn’t brag or act superior. He was generally nice and chill to everyone. But there was just something.
Flash forward two years and I move to another base and forgot all about him. The base I moved to had a very small corrections facility. So small that all their food came from the chow hall. Every shift, the patrol had to go pick up the food and take it to the facility. One time, I was tasked with this, and so I got the food and went to the facility. I knew one of the officers on duty, so I went inside to chill out for a few minutes and use one of their computers to check my emails and update some paperwork. As I was going inside, one of the inmates was mopping the floors, and I said excuse me, he looked up, and of course, it was the high-speed trooper from my last base. He had been busted using and selling illegal substances.
1. The Little Boys Knock
A few weeks ago I was at home, and I had a weird feeling someone was watching me through the windows. I even texted my boyfriend that morning around 8:30 that I was feeling paranoid that someone was looking at me. Around 4:30 pm, I heard a very light knocking on the back door. I peeked around the corner and saw the little neighbor boy who had just turned 2.
It turns out he had opened his front door and walked right out. His parents had been searching for him for about 45 minutes, and the police were on their way. We live in an area with lots of thick woods, steep hills, and wildlife, so he could have easily been lost or severely injured. If I hadn’t been paranoid and on high alert, I never would have heard the knocking on the back door.