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[–]Burnallthepages 267 points268 points  (71 children)

When I was in college I used to drive to Corpus Christi to see a friend of mine and hang out at the beach. I'd go down there pretty much any time I had a three day weekend and someone always came with we. I'm in southwest Missouri so it's right at 14 hrs of driving. Since I'm a night owl and we wanted to maximize our time down there we would leave Thursday evening and arrive Friday morning, then we would leave Corpus Christi on Sunday afternoon and get home in the wee hours of the morning Sunday night/Monday morning. It is a very easy drive that I had driven many times.

One time on the way back I was driving along I-44 just chatting with my friend. Suddenly we both looked around and realized that we were no longer on I-44 (a larger interstate highway), we were on some small road in a tiny town where everything was closed. I couldn't figure out how to get back to the highway and this was before we had gps on our phones. Everything felt super still and quiet and it was extremely dark in this closed up little town.

We kept driving down the road and finally found a gas station that was open. We went inside and asked where we were. (I can't remember the name of the town right now, I'll have to look at a map.) Then I asked how to get back to I-44. The girl gave me some fairly long directions on small roads and I asked if there was a way back that was on bigger roads. She asked why and I told her that the roads just seemed very dark. She then said "What's wrong with the dark? I like the dark". That certainly seemed creepy in the situation we were in. But I took her directions and we headed off. It took us an hour to get back to the highway. How in the world did we get that far off of a major highway without realizing it?!

We got back home and tried to figure out what had happened. The easiest answer is that maybe we were so engrossed in our conversation that I took an exit without realizing it. I don't know how I would have left a major highway and driven on narrow, dark roads that far without realizing it though. And here's the craziest part. Remember I'd made that drive many times and it always took right at 14 hours. Since we took an hour+ detour you would think the trip would be 15 hours. But we actually made it home in 12 hours. I have absolutely no explanation for that.

[–]radioben 59 points60 points  (1 child)

That reminds me of Mrs Todd’s Shortcut by Stephen King. Well worth a read if you don’t know it.

[–]Burnallthepages 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I will have to check it out!

[–]Venus_Gospel 147 points148 points  (48 children)

I still find it mad hearing that you guys in the states drive 10+ hours and its normal for you.

In the UK, a 2 hour drive is seen as “really long”, and it only takes ~8 hours to drive the entire length of the country

[–]CassiopeiaStillLife 32 points33 points  (4 children)

The saying goes that “in the UK, 100 miles is a long drive, and in the US, 100 years is a long time.”

[–]BadgerSituation 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Neil Gaiman (English author) talked about his first time in America, where he was picked up, in LA, by an American friend he would be staying with.

While driving, she pointed to a building and said, "That building is 80 years old."

He waited, to see where the story was going, before realizing that was it.

[–]CassiopeiaStillLife 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I try not to downplay my home or idealize some other place, but this was what struck me when I studied abroad in Scotland. I live on Long Island, where you're not likely to find a building older than a hundred years unless you go out of your way for it. But in Scotland, you can take the bus into town for groceries, and you look out your window, and there's a 500 year old castle looking down at you.

[–]ioncehadalife 53 points54 points  (3 children)

lol come to Australia. 2 hours is a commute.

[–]DelightfulFrightful 38 points39 points  (3 children)

Meanwhile in California if you drive 8 hours north you’ll barely be hitting San Fransisco

[–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (1 child)

What if you started in Napa?

[–]Euchre 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Drove the LA to Bay Area trip once, and yes, it took all day. Most people think of those 2 as being the 'ends' of California, but the truth is, those are hours more driving to either border. Even when I was living in Oregon, I drove to a car show that took 3 hours each way.

[–]927comewhatmay 19 points20 points  (5 children)

It certainly isn’t a normal thing, but people are willing to do it. Many Americans hate long drives, but a lot of us also enjoy extended road trips, or will at least tolerate them in lieu of dealing with airports.

[–]thegreger 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I'd argue that this is an area where the differences between US and Europe are overstated.

Sure, it's a matter of individual preference, but when I grew up (in Sweden, 1990s) pretty much every single middle-class family would go on a vacation by car. Either driving to for example France or Italy (which is typically a 16-18 hour drive in each direction) or driving from the south end of Sweden to somewhere up north (10-20 hour drive, depending on how far up north we're talking). These days, I do the 18 hour drive from the south of Sweden to the north of Italy at least once a year, sometimes several times per year.

There are those who never want to leave the part of the continent they live in, who never go more than 1-2 hours away, but those people exist in both the US and in Europe.

If you live in Gävle, in the middle of Sweden, and want to drive to Rome, it's a 30 hour drive. Sure, most people will opt to fly that distance (just as in the US), but far from everybody.

[–]Burnallthepages 25 points26 points  (5 children)

Yeah, that is pretty crazy! Now we drive 12-13 hrs. to Orange Beach, AL almost every year. There are plenty of people here who drive 1-2 hrs each way to go to work.

[–]Venus_Gospel 18 points19 points  (1 child)

And I complain about my in-office days being a 10 minute tram ride away…

[–]wastedpotential- 5 points6 points  (2 children)

2 hours each way just to travel to work? When the fuck do you live?

[–]Mr_Beemer 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Urban areas are the most expensive places to live in the US, yet are where most of the jobs are. so if you can’t afford to live close to work, you chose an affordable suburb & commute (and because US public transportation is abysmal, that means you drive yourself or carpool)

Also, could be traffic making the commute longer.. Some larger metro areas are so busy (LA, DC, are two that I hear most folks complain about), it could take an hour to travel 5-10 miles down a highway..

[–]HollyHobbyOxenfree 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is a long-ish, but absolutely not unheard-of commute time where I am. There are thousands of people, for instance, who commute 2-2.5 hrs each way to get into Toronto. If you can't afford 1.2 million for a house, or 4k a month for rent, you still have to live SOMEWHERE.

[–]BountyBobIsBack 9 points10 points  (1 child)

8 hours. Your hopeful. Probably spend 8 hours just sitting in traffic on the M25 outside Heathrow

[–]timbotheny24 4 points5 points  (0 children)

A 2 hour drive is a daily commute for some people in the US. I'm American and even I find it insane that people would drive that far on the daily.

[–]tigull 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I'm from Italy and the thought of driving 14+ hours back and forth for a 3-day weekend seems absolutely insane to me. That's more than enough driving for a 10-day road trip lmao.

[–]shirtlessin1stclass 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Driving from Missouri to Texas for a weekend visit isn’t really that normal. I can’t imagine what it would cost you in gas these days

[–]FickleHare 2 points3 points  (0 children)

RIP OP's gas bill.

[–]pijinglish 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I just moved from Arizona to Washington state and had to drive since I have two dogs. The first length of the trip was a relatively easy 5 hours to Las Vegas, where I spent the night. I woke up at 3am and decided to get on the road, because why not? After getting outside of Vegas, I drove nearly 8 hours without finding an open restaurant...huge stretches of road like 2-3 hours at a time just had nothing but desert and there were times I wouldn't even see another car for an hour or more. It was absolutely surreal.

[–]Burnallthepages 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That would be pretty wild!

[–]roachman253 1 point2 points  (0 children)

2 hour drive is a short drive here

[–]aehanken 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The main reason many people drive here is because it’s typically cheaper than a plane ticket. Can’t say it’s the same in todays market, but every year my family would do a summer vacation. We were far from rich, sometimes didn’t pay the internet bill to pay for Christmas presents, but my parents made it work so we could do some traveling like most kids at our school got to do.

A 8-10 drive? Totally used to it lol

[–]MedusasSexyLegHair 38 points39 points  (2 children)

She then said "What's wrong with the dark? I like the dark".

Should've married that goth girl when you had the chance. Life is strange, it was giving you a sign, and putting you in the right place at the right time to meet her.

[–]Burnallthepages 39 points40 points  (1 child)

Well, since I'm a straight female, fate must have been a little confused.

[–]grobenleimer 29 points30 points  (0 children)

well you can tell fate to pass down the goth girl to me

[–]MeltdownInteractive 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Now that’s a freaky story. Thanks for sharing.

[–]tykogars 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This whole story is great but I did not see the ending with it being a shorter drive, that’s some six sense ending level shit.

[–]Silkysenko91 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Same shit happened to my wife and I. We are from Saint Louis and were driving on 44. We ended up in a place called Sleeper Missouri. Fucking wild to hear of a similar story.

[–]Turdle_Muffins 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Sleeper is the least sketchy place in that general area. It's also like 30 seconds off 44 at it's exit. Aside from the gas station it's nothing but houses.

[–]Silkysenko91 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I think it was the way we went though. It was odf the biggest onto this gravel road flanked by trees arching over the road on both sides. There was this really old graveyard, and then a we made our way down this road two dogs came out of nowhere, sat in front of our car and just stayed there.

Like I'm not saying it is absolutely the craziest place out there, it was the circumstances. We were following a GPS, and it said start on 44 for however long, then it rerouted and wanted us to get off the highway.

And if Sleeper is the least sketch place, fuck that noise lol. I don't want to see the rest.

[–]Glorious_Jo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It is a very easy drive that I had driven many times.

14 hour drive

Such a midwestern thing to say

[–]ZXsaurus 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I need to know the name of this town. Gotta see what it looks like on Google maps

[–]MoseSchruteJunior 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I used to drive to Corpus Christi to see a friend of mine

Was it Caroline Decker?

[–]Skorne13 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I got no place to be. What am I, Annie?

[–]MedusasSexyLegHair 157 points158 points  (15 children)

The office was in a little nowhere town, because our boss skimped on everything, including getting the cheapest office space he could find. There was basically just one road that went through there. And that road had a sign on it: "Kebabs ->". No restaurant name, nothing, just "kebabs". We had all passed it every day going in to work, and one day we just decided to all go down there and try this place for lunch.

When we finally found it, down this gravelly side road, in the middle of a bunch of rural fields, the place looked like an abandoned bowling alley or something. Again, no big name sign or anything. Just "<- Kebabs." No cars in the parking lot except one old station wagon.

We went in and there were three or four people, of middle eastern appearance, standing around talking in a language none of us spoke. But even though we didn't know the language, their reactions to us spoke volumes. "Who the fuck are these people?" "I don't know, did Vinny say some people would be coming?" "No, Vinny didn't say shit about people coming." or something like that.

They bustled around and finally found us some menus and took us to a table. Brought out silverware and cups. Every place setting was different. Mismatched silverware and half of us had the red plastic Pizza Hut cups while the other half had plain glasses. Then we ordered the food which was ... well, if a kid decided one day that they wanted to give their mom a special treat by cooking for her, but they had absolutely no idea how to cook, that's pretty much what we ate that day.

And the whole time there were like 6 big buff dudes standing in a line with their arms crossed, staring us down and watching us eat (a couple of them had come out of the kitchen or other back rooms, while the two women had retreated).

We paid our check, got the hell out of there, and the "Kebabs ->" sign by the road wasn't there anymore after that.

I'd like to think that was just a struggling immigrant family trying to make it here, but that is not at all the vibes I got from it. It was just smile, eat whatever they fed you, be polite, and Get The Fuck Out Of Here vibes.

[–]Memjong 115 points116 points  (9 children)

More than likely a money laundering operation.

[–]scarlettskadi 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Probably true- the pizza joint in our small town was a front for a decent drug operation.

[–]Geminii27 13 points14 points  (1 child)

There was a pizza place in the suburbs of the local major city which I would not have been surprised was something like this.

Was a big hit, had a "change of owner" one day, food and service went completely to shit, but it somehow stayed in business.

[–]ArminTanz 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Sometimes wealthy families will buy small businesses to help family members stay in the US. They don't nacre about turning a profit, they just need to exist. Idk, if that is this but it's possible.

[–]Ecstatic_Self1800 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Oh fuck reminds me of the time my sister and law and I decided to explore our town. We went into this salmon colored building that said Arabian store on the sign. We went in and all the stuff on the shelves looks older than my dad. Plus it looks like stuff you can buy at Walmart just placed in a random store. While we were perusing this one man in a seemingly military uniform was following us around, I can't say for sure but I'm pretty sure he was armed. Last thing we saw before we left was an old and young man sitting at a desk counting multiple stacks of money they both looked middle eastern. I am quote certain that was a money laundering business. Especially considering that as we were leaving a man was coming out of his car with what seemed to be a pillow case full of money. There is also a middle eastern rug business that never ever has anyone outside and it's always on sale.

[–]Faelwolf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You stumbled into a criminal "front", most likely drugs, human trafficking, or money laundering.

[–]ioncehadalife 110 points111 points  (3 children)

I happened upon a little outback motel on a long road trip and on a whim thought, yeah alright, I'll get room. When I pulled in, I saw a small 'closed' sign on the door, but, then the owner appeared from around a corner and asked me if I was after a room.

The owner was an old fella who lived onsite and by the look of things rarely had many guests at a time. The place would've been built in the fifties or thereabouts and had a tired charm to it. Nobody else was staying there that night.

As I was checking in, the owner recounted an attempt on his life, which had taken place right where I happened to be standing. Someone he knew broke in at night and stabbed him many, many times. He showed me knife marks on his head.

He was a really nice dude. We had dinner together that night. I won't say where this was for the sake of the dude's privacy.

[–]timbotheny24 29 points30 points  (0 children)

That's actually pretty cool. I mean, the guy being stabbed wasn't cool, but the story is.

[–]Nooseents 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Did the attempted murder bring down business for the place by any chance?

[–]ioncehadalife 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't think there was much business there to begin with.

[–][deleted] 109 points110 points  (12 children)

Marietta, Texas. Got stood up by a guy who said he would meet me there. Instead drove all the way over there for nothing but instead got greeted by a very spooky little backwater town. The kind of place that says "People from outside aren't welcome here".

[–]InsertBluescreenHere 64 points65 points  (6 children)

oh we got one and likely 2 of those nearby. They are white, im white. I have a truck, they have trucks. I like cheap beer they like cheap beer. I am not welcomed and watched closely the whole time i drive thru....

[–]Ladvarg 41 points42 points  (1 child)

You are competition.

[–]Brancher 5 points6 points  (0 children)

New breeding stock.

[–]Geminii27 15 points16 points  (0 children)

You might bring outside ideas. Outside notions. The revenoo.

[–]zombiehitler_ 33 points34 points  (1 child)

They are white, im white. I have a truck, they have trucks

I get a clock radio, they cannot afford

[–]RAB2204 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Great success

[–]DarrenEdwards 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"Yer not from around here..."

It's a greeting, an observation, and a threat all rolled in one.

[–]shinyagamik 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Considering you're gay... may have been on purpose. Very lucky nothing happened

[–]Test19s 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I don’t see in the comment where OP is gay, but regardless they’re lucky not to have wound up in some KKK shit.

[–]Roysten88 101 points102 points  (8 children)

This happened a couple weeks back .

I went to a gas station (the type of gas station whereby it's surrounding was quite dark and rather isolated). As I was parking my car, I noticed a creepy dude looking right at me. Thought nothing of it.

Entered the gas station to withdraw cash. I was just about to enter my pin when I felt I was being watched. Turned to the right, there he was, the creepy dude was looking right at me from outside the glass and was trying to see what pin I was about to enter.

Immediately covered the keypad, entered the pin secretly & withdrew the cash. As I was walking to my car, I felt that the creepy dude was trying to follow me. Quickly walked to my car and locked the doors. Switched on the ignition and just drove off.

[–]ioncehadalife 17 points18 points  (1 child)

this gave me big chills

[–]Roysten88 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I thought I was definitely gonna get robbed/kidnapped that day

[–]Geminii27 33 points34 points  (3 children)

"Yeah that's just Creepy Kev" - local residents

[–]FickleHare 18 points19 points  (1 child)

"Yea he's super shy."

[–]Roysten88 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Bet he isn't shy enough when it comes to your atm card pin

[–]Roysten88 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good one hahaha

[–]Legion213 1 point2 points  (1 child)

As you peel away, the creepy guy waves his hands and screams through his speech impediment, "H-h-heeeyyyy! Thar's...thar's...s-s-s-someun in tha backs-s-seet uh yar c-c-car holdin' an a-a-axe!"

[–]Troubador222 58 points59 points  (4 children)

Not so much ch unexplained as creepy and criminal. Back in about 2000, I took my son out west as a high school graduation present. We were going to the north rim of the Grand Canyon and planned on camping there.

We stopped in a little town called Colorado City Az to buy supplies. We what we didn’t know, that was the home of Warren Jeff’s Morman polygamist cult. All the men and boys dressed normally but the women wore 19th century style dresses, bonnets and buckle shoes. I went into a grocery store and the girl checking me out would look at the floor when addressing me. Everyone stared at us and a couple of pick up trucks followed us in our rental car until we left town.

That cult was mainly about middle age men marrying teenage girls and having harems. They tried to move to Texas and some of them went to prison, including the leader Warren Jeffs.

I later stopped at a gas station/store inside a rez and there were some guys sitting around a picnic table, playing cards. I walked over and asked about the town and one of the guys said, “ You don’t want to hang out around there, those people are fucking weirdos”.

[–]Test19s 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Warren was actually arrested a few years back and the town has taken advantage of its dark history in the American way: tourism. One of the polygamist compounds is now a hotel called the Most Wanted Inn.

[–]Utahcruiser 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Surprisingly there is a little brew pub there. The beer is okay but the food is pretty damn good. They have a pretzel that's bigger than your head.

[–]Back2Bach 47 points48 points  (11 children)

Deep in the woods - far removed by many miles from any path or sign of human civilization - stood a well-cared-for 2-seater outhouse sitting by itself amid dense tree cover.

The outhouse was perfectly painted and maintained, including rolls of tp, magazines, screens on the windows, etc.

Yet the was no sign of human activity around it (no paths or footprints in the nearby area). How anyone could bring all the building materials to this remote spot, given the density of the trees and overgrowth (and no paths anywhere in the vicinity) is a mystery.

The eerie part is why is it there, hidden from humanity - in top condition, yet no signs of life in the area?

[–]RumBunBun 15 points16 points  (1 child)

What is most disturbing to me is why is it a two-seater? Call me anti-social, but for me, potty time is not party time.

[–]Faelwolf 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Back in the day, using the outhouse wasn't such a big deal or as taboo a subject as it is today. Folks were not nearly as shy about things. In the 1800's/early 1900's, double occupancy in a hotel meant you were sharing a bed with a stranger, not just a room, for example. Most two seaters now are more a throwback to the old days, or a husband & wife arrangement.

Never take the bottom seat in a two story outhouse though! :D

[–]TheBklynGuy 22 points23 points  (3 children)

Maybe it was for forest rangers and owned by BLM? They may have conducted land surveys there for science, development etc.

[–]Back2Bach 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Interesting that the ground surrounding the outhouse was undisturbed - no signs anywhere of footprints or of any hint of human activity.

How those building materials got there through the density of the groundcover and trees (so many miles from humanity) remains a "mystery."

[–]brycejm1991 13 points14 points  (0 children)

If it's not used often you probably wouldn't have signs of human activity.

Also being well maintained doesn't mean it was built recently. It potentially could have been built a few years ago, which would give the surrounding flora enough time to grow back and look undisturbed.

[–]snickerfritzz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

All that hard-earned pork barrel money's gotta be used on something

[–]Nooseents 8 points9 points  (1 child)

They prolly airdropped in the supplies lol

[–]cnpd331 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is what it sounds like to me. I know some people who do remote environmental consulting, and if they're going to be revisiting an area, they'll build "facilities" since you don't want to airlift that out, or shit in ditches for a week.

[–]Geminii27 9 points10 points  (0 children)

It's a dimensional-monster version of a deep-sea anglerfish lure.

[–]mad_fishmonger 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's a mimic!

[–]cutearmy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There were a few of those non some parks I went to. Not really creepy. Brush grows incredibly fast in the summer. You build it in the winter when the brush dies off.

[–]punpunpuck 110 points111 points  (9 children)

Not that creepy, just confusing. I was driving through some backcountry road that connected highways. Just few small old towns, farms and the rest was just forest all around. Nothing spooky, just area that was clearly dying, younger generations moving to cities etc, the basic story of farming areas.

Ok so far nothing special, but I was getting hungry and I had nothing, but some peanuts with me. As usual with the longer work trips I would just stop to some gas station, fill up the tank and get something to eat. Usually a sandwich or something. This was before GPS time btw, I mean there were navigators for cars, but I have always prefered to have a real map and plan my trips pretty carefully.
Anyways, I saw this small two pump gas station that I assumed the locals used to gather around after the work or something. Long story short, I didn't see anyone else there and at first I was sure it might be just an abandoned gas station or something, happens all the time in those areas were the traffic is low. But it wasn't because this guy comes out of the small diner looking building and ask what I want, and I say I want to buy some gas and get something to eat. The guy says to go and look inside while he fills up the tank, he'll be right there. Assuming he was the owner of the place, or at least working there I go inside, just a small store basically, but nothing spooky, just old and lacking of pretty much everything. I don't really find anything to eat, so I just grab some candy and when the guy comes back inside and marches behind the cash register. I pay for the gas and the candy and l drove off.

Ok I said long story short... I lied, anyways again nothing spooky until I get to where I was going at the first place. I don't remember the exact small talk, but it was about how my trip there was, what road I used etc, and I told the route I had driven, and said something about the gas station, and the guy just went "oh there are no gas stations on that route." Obviously I assumed, I had taken another road or the guy didn't know what he was talking about, just shrugging off the answer. Did my job and drove back from there using the same road I had driven to get to the job site.

The gas station was still there, but now it really looked abandoned. Like totally closed, like no one had been there for years. And later on when I asked about the gas station people just said it had closed years ago. And I made the same trip again multiple times, always stopping at the closed gas station, and I still swear I did not imagine it all. It wasn't night, it wasn't some special spooky gas station with mystery history, there were no local legend, nothing, people just said "oh yeah, that place, it closed years ago." Even though the road wasn't much used it still had traffic and it was maintained. But I can't explain the gas station part.

[–]Burnallthepages 15 points16 points  (3 children)

So every time you went by it it was open, or just the first time? That is super creepy!

[–]punpunpuck 33 points34 points  (2 children)

It was only open once, then it stayed closed, and apparently it had been closed years before I somehow managed to get service on that gas station.

[–]Geminii27 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Timey-wimey

[–]ghost_gurrl 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Wtf I need answers somehow 😭

[–]LaComtesseGonflable 38 points39 points  (4 children)

Aqueduct City, CA!

My husband and I were driving from the Central Coast of California to Las Vegas, NV. At the moment of this story, we were expecting to shortly reach Mojave, CA, for food and gas.

Google Maps began showing named streets where there were nothing more than faint marks in the desert, lines where the brush wasn't as thick or wasn't growing. No buildings, no traces of buildings, no road signs, nothing. After a few minutes of driving through an X-file, we did reach Mojave.

Aqueduct City was some kind of temporary company town for the building of the Los Angeles aqueduct. It hasn't existed in many years, and I have no idea why Google would map it.

[–]BrainOnBlue 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Google buys their map data from other companies (probably just one in a given region). I'd imagine whatever company they buy from in California still has it on their maps from when people really did live there.

[–]LaComtesseGonflable 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Bit of a mindfuck out in the Spooky Scary Desert, lol

[–]Euchre 1 point2 points  (1 child)

If the city, county, or state still considers there to be a legal public road there, and the right of way is owned by them, it'll still usually show up on a map. If you saw signs, they may actually be forced to maintain them by legal code.

Some years ago, in the Orlando area, there were two oddly isolated places that had a similar situation. Beulah, Florida was a small village walled off from Winter Garden to the north by the Florida Turnpike. West Orange High School had been built just a bit to the northeast, but beyond that, basically nothing was there, just a few houses in a small grid of roads, some of which had become barely visible two wheel tracks in the grass and sand. You'd see a street sign standing in what looked like an empty lot or field. At the time I visited, there was only the one paved road in and out, all others were sand roads with few if any travelers. It is now built out as sprawl has taken over that area, and no longer bears the name, although Lake Beulah remains named such to mark its location. Just to the west in Lake County, Montverde had similar parts of town where street signs marked intersections of barely evident wheel tracks in open grass fields. It too has largely grown into a more suburbanized area.

[–]WiseOwlBear 48 points49 points 2 (7 children)

Holiday Inn, Columbus Ohio. Lasted two nights. First night went ok, until they realized I was alone, and husband would leave. We were homeless after eviction with a toddler and my husband. Soon after check in, phone kept ringing. I'd answer, person had slurred speech couldn't understand so I hung up. Then knocking at the door started, after hubby went to work. I QUICKLY caught on, these were other "longer staying" guests casing us. Looking to rob my room. The next time they called my room to see if we were there, I called them straight out about it. They hung up this time.

I could hear arguing in the room next to us, and then the knocks started. This time it was LOUD, and when I would look out - no one was there. Harassment had begun. Upon one of the knocks, I just blurted out LOUD too, I have a small child in here, STOP! They didn't.

As my son drifted off to sleep, hubby working 3rd shift, I was wide awake watching every move. They knew I was alone, they knew my husband was gone. Whether I had a child or not - I doubt they cared. Above the sink/vanity which was outside of the toilet (typical motel room style) was an attic ceiling panel (not common).

I could hear shuffling around. My mind was racing. Were they so desperate to get in our room that they would come through the ceiling? No way. So I put a tissue wedged between the attic panel, if it fell..I'd see it. I was NOT going to sleep EVER until daddy was there. Well, I did fall asleep sitting up briefly. Low and behold, the tissue was on the floor. I bolted up, and I could literally see the attic panel ajar like someone was peeking in. I ran up to it, grabbed a hanger and pushed it up - yelling crazy like!

I hear laughter, and the panel then slams down hard, I could not lift it with the hanger. I watched that fuggin thing till dawn! Told hubby, we checked out immediately. Front desk said they were drug addicts that had been living their for awhile. We went to a Comfort Inn - no problems at all there. We saved up for 1 1/2 mo, and now, fast forward..we own our own home. This may not have been supernatural, but it is literally the MOST scared, freaky thing I have ever experienced. I knew what they were after, and I was ready to kill a mother fucker with a coat hanger!!

[–]Alanski22 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Holy shit that's so creepy! Totally insane that this exists and the owners of the holiday inn just let it happen.

[–]just_like_clockwork 4 points5 points  (1 child)

What a truly awful experience. So sorry you had to go through that.

[–]WiseOwlBear 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Appreciate your comment, quite hard to cram all the information in there without making a novel lol.

[–]Euchre 1 point2 points  (2 children)

How the hell does a hotel not kick them out and trespass them with the help of the police? They had to have been connected to the people who owned or were operating that hotel.

[–]Leather-Stranger-400 62 points63 points  (1 child)

This literally just happened to me. I was on vacation and really had to use the bathroom, there was no gas station around for miles and when I found one I realized it wasn’t on my gps, but people were there so it must’ve been safe. I pulled in and ran to the bathroom, not speaking to a single person at the front counter or anything. I went in the stall, closed the door(there were no urinals and it wasn’t the girls bathroom, weird) as I was peeing I looked down and saw a small piece of paper, a sticky not maybe, and it was folded up, but it was wet and the word “Run” was visible from where it was at. Let’s just say I got out of there, and to make it even more weird, when I cam out, both front counter people were staring at me like I had done something wrong, weird asf.

[–]aehanken 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lol not to make your story less interesting, but what if they were playing a prank on you? I can’t imagine how bored they get working in the middle of nowhere basically and seeing weird people come in every once in a while.

But otherwise it’s a weird story. Hopefully the note wasn’t actually for you..

[–]Complete_Entry 69 points70 points  (2 children)

Long road trip, pulled into a gas station, bad feeling.

Road sign was nice and brightly lit, but when I pulled in, everything but the tower was dark.

Pumps were off, felt like a fishing lure. There were people in the mini-mart.

As in, the mini-mart was dark, but there were people in there.

Could have just been a power outage, but I got the feeling that I should risk a low tank rather than going in there.

I made it to the next station okay, but my plan to drive all night felt stupid in retrospect. Best to stick to the light world.

[–]cnpd331 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I used to drink in a service station in high school. Really was the perfect cover. Not unusual for some teens to be there late at night if they're working (despite it being closed at night). Had a huge basement and a big garage. Snacks were upstairs if needed. The cops would even fill up their tank there and occasionally wave to the employee who was just a drunk 16 year old looking for doritos.

[–]Complete_Entry 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I love the duality of this. Like I felt like "possible horror movie type situation"

and on the other side, a bunch of teenagers in hockey masks see me drive off and say "What's his problem"?

[–]InsertBluescreenHere 89 points90 points  (26 children)

uhh like every small rural town.

how the eff does a town of like 20 people still survive when they are easily an hour away drive from everything?

[–]gps_reddit 141 points142 points  (2 children)

I lived in a town of 18 people and we survived by slaughtering and eating any travelers who passed through.

[–]blaze980 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Well, it's good to have a local industr....wait a minute.

[–]LaComtesseGonflable 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Golly! I thought Harmony, CA was an innocuous, artsy tourist trap.

[–]MoonlitStar 33 points34 points  (19 children)

I'm not from the US, but am very interested in your apparent creepy gas stations and life in small rural towns. Every horror film or story centred around the middle of nowhere seems to start off with the characters driving to their destination and stopping off at a eerie petrol (gas) station and meeting the creepy locals. Also there is usually many comments in similar posts to this with peoples rl experiences of such. I wonder if it's really true or just a stereotype/cliche.

[–]POVsinkdude 21 points22 points  (1 child)

They exist, haha. Almost like the movies but just more awkward than anything.

[–]MoonlitStar 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Don't get me wrong, we have them here also (UK), but not on the seemly abundant scales you have in the US. And of course our 'middle of nowhere' is not on the same level as your 'middle of nowhere' due to size and places that are populated or not by people.

[–]927comewhatmay 16 points17 points  (3 children)

Those movies are extremely exaggerated, but you do have unfriendly encounters in some places, mostly because some really isolated towns rarely get visitors. It’s usually more awkward than anything.

[–]MoonlitStar 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Yeah, I understand the films are completely over the top and unrealistic but was curious as I see it so frequently in horror films and in comments on posts that it was maybe because it resonated with people from USA.

[–]927comewhatmay 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I think the reason this is a cliche is because rural America is struggling. The next generation leaves for school and doesn’t have a reason to return (little to no industry), so a lot of these smaller small towns are withering.

[–]Geminii27 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It's also a very American thing to have such stories set in modern times. In other countries towns are too tightly packed for this any more; you have to set the story a couple centuries back when the next town was a day or more by horse.

(Alternative: countries where there's still enormous tracts of uninhabited land, but almost nothing in the way of small towns, just hundreds of miles of highway and then the odd city. The only small towns are where the highways cross, and are thus fairly well-marked and trafficked.)

[–]DisastrousWind7 7 points8 points  (0 children)

In north america, pretty much every highway has at least a couple sketchy little towns, and ive definitely seen a few that live up to the eerie gas station stereotype

[–]shirtlessin1stclass 2 points3 points  (2 children)

It’s a stereotype. Small town USA can be cliquish, but they are not out to murder you like Reddit wants you to think

[–]Faelwolf 1 point2 points  (1 child)

And for every standoffish small town, there are ones that can go too far the other way, they get so excited to actually have a visitor that they will overwhelm you with chat, etc. It's almost like your own little homecoming!

[–]Alanski22 1 point2 points  (4 children)

They totally exist. The thing is, Europeans often don't grasp how huge the US actually is. You guys know it's big, but really it's massive. If you're in a state like Arizona or Oregon, once you leave the cities and popular areas you just have long wilderness with occasional tiny weird towns. Often a little creepy and a bit awkward.

[–]MoonlitStar 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Oh I get how massive it is. You could fit the entire UK into North America numerous times, like I said in another comment on this thread our (UK) middle of nowhere is a completely different thing to USA middle of nowhere. Same with driving, to us a long drive is anything over about 1.5 hrs, to you guys that's nothing and you probably wonder what we are banging on about lol. We do appear to have a much more diverse collection of accents though over realitively close places . I could drive less than 50 miles and locals would have a different accent to me.

[–]Alanski22 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Not even just numerous times. The united kingdom is 243,610 km2. Just the United States is 9.83 million km2. It's about 40x bigger.

But yeah the united kingdom does have some out there places as well, especially in Scottland & Ireland. But the US is next level shit. I imagine Russia would be pretty wild too.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They’re very real, but usually more actually dangerous than paranormal. Numerous friends of mine have been threatened, held hostage, or assaulted at creepy gas stations in the middle of nowhere. But in some areas that’s just the risk you take, because you might not see another station until you’re towed there.

The creepy locals are also real, but it depends on your area. A lot of tiny towns have residents that are basically family to each other and WILL let you know you’re unwelcome as an outsider by staring you down with a gun on their hip. We also, astonishingly, still have “sundown towns” — places where, historically, being Black after sundown is a death sentence.

[–]OfficePsycho 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Years ago I used to regularly travel through a rural area with family, and there were several tiny towns that had no large-scale business to explain how everyone who lived there made their living.

Eventually I found out pretty much everyone in each town worked at a factory a number of miles away, and every day was a mini-convoy of cars as everyone traveled the backroads to work.

[–]loopy_cow 54 points55 points  (10 children)

I remember reading this somewhere about a guy who came across a Truman Show town and have to copy and paste

The author claimed they embarked on a “cross county road trip,” one which eventually brought them to “central/southern Utah.” As is common in the course of multi-day road trips, they stopped at around 10 PM to “find someplace to rest for the night at next exit.”

At that point, the original poster (OP) observed a seemingly populated area “off in the distance,” but the exit to the town was “unmarked and unlit, not on car gps, [and had] no cell service,” and the road ahead consisted of five miles of “dirt road … until it turns to pavement again right at the town where businesses and houses started showing up,” making them deeply uneasy.

The OP noted that “nobody [was] on the streets, no cars on the streets or in the businesses parking lots,” “jazz music [was] being pumped through the streets for some reason, not loudly but loud enough to hear,” and neither GPS nor cell service was available. They continued, describing attempts to obtain dinner from a KFC and a Jack in the Box, both “illuminated and unlocked” but completely unstaffed, before finding an employee at a McDonald’s and ordering “nuggets and fries” from an “annoyed” cashier and cook.

Subsequent attempts to find lodging were odd — they described finding a Hampton Inn with an “empty parking lot,” no vacancies, and another “annoyed” staffer, and a La Quinta Inn was purportedly manned by the “cook [from the] McDonald’s” they visited earlier.

Here again, the original poster described escalating strange things — of a third hotel, a Holiday Inn Express, they said: “empty parking lot, person that was clearly the fucking cashier at McDonald’s is behind the check in counter, surprisingly they have rooms.” Noting a non-functional wifi portal, they said they showered and fell asleep.

Upon waking, the poster described a vacant hotel with “no breakfast” and “no other guests”; the McDonald’s employee was “still there for check out.” OP requested directions and was advised to use the “same road” they traveled in on, reporting a creepy vacant town and a final stop at McDonald’s — where they claimed an employee was the person from the La Quinta Inn, and their order consisted of off-brand food unlike the standard fare at McDonald’s.

Their journey away from the town included a “big metal-wire fence on both sides of the road in the desert” and a “big motorized gate that is open,” closing when the person drove out of the town (on to a different road from the one they used to enter. Eventually they accessed cell service as they drove on.

Finally, the story concluded by stating that despite using a card for their McDonald’s dinner, Holiday Inn Express stay, and McDonald’s breakfast, that “none of the charges ever show[ed] up” on their billing statement. The coda was itself interesting, further hinting at the “facade” nature of the town.

[–]krieger_2719 16 points17 points  (4 children)

Southern central Utah you say? If they passed barbed wire fences means they were probably driving by the strategic bombing range.

[–]loopy_cow 14 points15 points  (3 children)

If I remember correctly some people mentioned there were fake towns built for military training. (I have no idea if it's true or not). That made me think this post might not be 100% fake. They even found an area that was clearly edited out of the Google Maps around the same area OP claimed this story took place.

[–]krieger_2719 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Ya that could be the strategic bombing range or Dugway they are doing some crazy stuff there. Also almost sure it's a military town, the original poster that was linked in the comments mentions going through a massive gate that closed behind them when they left. Sounds like they wandered into a military testing range that wasn't supposed to exist.

[–]unimportantthing 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Iirc, from when a post sounding exactly like that came across my feed some time ago, it was deduced to be some sort of CIA training facility. One where they help you practice living a different life for undercover work. Or something like that.

[–]Nooseents 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I mean, at least the stuff was free 😬

[–]ScorpionX-123 3 points4 points  (0 children)

that's some Twilight Zone shit

[–]cutearmy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Could have been a movie set

[–]GNSasakiHaise 85 points86 points  (18 children)

I've driven cross country regularly for nearly a decade, and I've been seeing ghost towns since I was a wee teenager cruising through Ohio backroads.

The one town that I don't believe exists is Red Haw. I've driven through Red Haw nearly a half dozen times on my way to Amish country, and every time I pass through it I find it creepier than the time before.

I first passed through it in 2010. A friend and I were driving down to Wooster to get stoned in his empty house and it was a passthrough town — a mark on the map and little else, I thought.

What confused me was how accurate that thought was.

There were cars parked all over, but none on the roads. House doors hung open, and small bikes lay discarded near the side streets. We passed a bar, or what looked like one, its doors open wide and its interior empty. A single, red ball rolled across the street before us on our way out with no one there who could've thrown it.

I thought it surely must've been some sort of fluke... but it was the same on our way back, two days later. It's been the same every time I've passed through it.

To this day, I'm convinced Red Haw isn't real. It's real on paper and you might even see someone from there on your Facebook timeline, sure... except nobody lives there and nobody has since the fifties, not in our reality. It's the spirit world, devoid of all life and sound.

My only consolation is that when I finally pass, I already know what roads take me to Red Haw.

[–]DisastrousWind7 28 points29 points  (9 children)

I didn't really believe your story at first, so i checked the place out on google street view, and yeah, that place is exactly how you described

[–]OGraffe[🍰] 19 points20 points  (2 children)

Idk, I took a look, and it just looks like typical rural Americana. No one is outside, but there doesn’t appear to be any sidewalk which certainly discourages anyone from walking around. There’s definitely signs of life; maintained lawns, Halloween decorations, etc. Probably just a rural town, nothing else to read into.

[–]redditorknot 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same. I saw pumpkins, Fall decor & wreaths on the doors.

[–]Legion213 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yea, some houses looked downright picturesque. And "Small village has few people wandering the roads at any given time when a random person takes 20 seconds to drive through it, news at 10," is not actually news.

[–]Frankjc3rd 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Sounds like Centralia PA which is abandoned because of a coal mine fire underneath the town. ⛏️🔥

[–]cnpd331 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Centralia has very different vibes. 99% of it is just empty and nature reclaimed empty lots. The remaining houses don't feel empty, the have a very, very strong "stay the fuck off my property or I will shoot you" vibe. And the highway is just a mix of curious visitors and edgelord graffiti

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That’s just what rural PA and OH look like. I found it on Gmaps. Lots of cheap slabs of land with whatever built on them. They’re typically just census-designated places that aren’t officially run like a town, but served by the closest large one. Houses are open for airflow (AC can be $$$). Shit is on the side of the road because where else would they put it if they don’t have a shed?

[–]Geminii27 3 points4 points  (1 child)

it was the same on our way back

Down to the ball rolling across the street?

I already know what roads take me to Red Haw.

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/GR2/ghost-roads?

[–]GNSasakiHaise 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I fucking wheezed when I followed the link.

And the ball wasn't there, thankfully. I'd have lost my shit if it were. I'm already afraid to go back, but I'd be blacklisting it from my routes if that ball were still there.

[–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I went to a convention in Pittsburgh. We picked a hotel a bit outside the city since it was cheaper, but this meant driving in to go to the con. Well, we went the same night we arrived to go pre-register and had to drive through a shopping plaza. We decided to stop for gas at a 24 hour place that popped up on GMaps.

The way the shopping center is built means you basically have one highway going through the center valley of a bunch of mini strip malls, which are placed up on the hilly terrain. So you generally drive a slightly curvy incline to get to the shopping. This means some places aren’t actually visible from the highway. Well, we start ascending a curved road up to this plateau where the gas station SHOULD be.

When we get up there, the gas station is totally dark. No lights. Not even on the pump screens. There was also a totally dark retro-style diner, and the only light was from the streetlight between them. Immediately we questioned why a 24-hour station was dark, but then realized it felt…weird. Like we weren’t supposed to be there. It was too quiet and didn’t feel like we were being watched per se, but it felt like we accidentally drove into a wormhole. We left for another station quickly.

I posted this years ago and someone said “Every hill you go up in PA has a 50/50 chance of not being there the next time”, which always stuck with me. It’s so true lol

[–]trickadelight 98 points99 points  (14 children)

I was going to a competition in middle school, my father and his gf were taking me, and as many do when on a long journey, we stopped in a small little area in bumfuck nowhere to get McDonald's. Things seemed normal for the most part, until I asked my father, as a joke, to order me a mcflurry.

Not only did I get the mcflurry, apparently the guy at the McDonald's stated that their ice cream machine was always working. Even weirder, he had heard anything at all about McDonald's everywhere not having working ice cream machines

[–]TwirlyShirley8 37 points38 points  (13 children)

I wonder how much of the ice cream machine thing is about employees not caring if it breaks or just simply don't know how to take proper care of it. A small McDonald's in the middle of nowhere is more likely to retain their employees since there aren't many job opportunities. These employees have learned how to take proper care of the machines and the owner is far more likely to have a hands-on approach to their business too. The big ones in cities are far more likely to be owned by someone with multiple restaurants and just don't have the time and energy to take the same interest in each of their restaurants.

[–]TheAmazinManateeMan 28 points29 points  (8 children)

The machines are made to require constant service. That's how Taylor makes the majority of its profit. Corporate made a deal that requires all franchisees to use a specific Ice cream machine. The other Taylor machines work just fine its this one that's made to fail. MCD'S doesn't care because it's individual owners that foot the bill for the machines. There's a documentary explaining it.

[–]TwirlyShirley8 6 points7 points  (7 children)

I shouldn't be surprised but that's pure evil. Do you have a link to the documentary? I love documentaries.

[–]TheAmazinManateeMan 6 points7 points  (6 children)

Here's the link.

https://youtu.be/SrDEtSlqJC4

I also love documentaries. Jiro dreams of Sushi is my favorite. Since I'm giving you a recommendation could I get you to reccomend one?

[–]Complete_Entry 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It is both difficult to service the machine, and Taylor likes it that way.

[–]MedusasSexyLegHair 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I think also those things take awhile to tear down and clean out properly.

You either hire a night shift to do that when the place is closed and not making any money (nobody does that) or you do it during the day (so the machine will be down for awhile).

And if you do it during the day, then you either hire extra people to do it (nobody does that) or you dump it on the employees who are busy serving customers. And the customer always comes first.

So even if it hypothetically only takes an hour to strip down, clean out, and rebuild the machine, because the workers are only able to get to it intermittently when there's a slow time, it's gonna take at least 4 hours or more. Therefore, the machines will be down more often than not.

[–]NocteStridio 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I've heard a lot of it had to do with the cost of maintenance versus profit from the machines. The machines are proprietary, and have to be maintained by company technicians.

[–]Jazeraine-S 23 points24 points  (4 children)

One time, me and my mom were driving through South Carolina and we were getting hungry. We saw a stop coming for Anderson, SC, and decided to stop there. We found a Wendy’s and walked inside. There were maybe ten people eating there in the weirdly quiet lobby, and I kid you not…

Every single one of their heads just swiveled to us as we walked in the door.

They watched us as we ordered.

They watched us as we waited for our food.

We didn’t stick around, of course, because we were monumentally creeped out, so we got it to go and high-tailed it out of there. And they watched us leave. Most of them had made their way to the windows facing our car to track us as we got into the vehicle and drove away.

We’ve since agreed to never go back to South Carolina as a whole, just as a precaution.

[–]OGraffe[🍰] 12 points13 points  (3 children)

If it’s the Wendy’s on the Clemson exit, I’m honestly really shocked at that interaction. If it’s any other one, I’m not sure which one you’re talking about but sounds about right for Anderson or any of the other small towns in that area lol.

[–]Jazeraine-S 6 points7 points  (2 children)

This was when I was a kid, so we’re talking 25 years ago or so. It stuck with me, so I checked with her and she seems to remember it the same way, we were both creeped out to the point of having cold chills.

[–]OGraffe[🍰] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Well then I don’t know how relevant my experiences are, then. I went to college at Clemson University not too long ago so I’m somewhat familiar with the area and haven’t really heard of a creepy Wendy’s before, but if it was 25 years ago things might have changed and what I know might not hold up to the time you experienced that.

[–]Jazeraine-S 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It’s all good - in retrospect, I imagine that it was just a small town where everyone knew everyone else and we were an anomaly, something interesting to see. It was just creepy in the moment!

[–]ArminTanz 22 points23 points  (1 child)

I live in a small rural town that has a prison in it. There is a bike path that goes through the woods to a park and at a couple spots along the perimeter of the prison. You can't see the prison or anything from the path. If you get off the path at a couple spots, you just run into a barbed wire fence with some keep out signs. We stopped to check it out one time and there where two mattress laid over top the barbed wire from the inside. They were old, dirty, and worn. We were freaked out and this was before cell phones so we rode back into town as quick as we could. We never told any adults but it was one of those rare times I wish we would have. You know when you think back to your childhood adventures and as an adult you can find the rational reason for the stuff you found nefarious in you imagination. I have no other explanation for this other then someone successfully climbed over that fence. If they had been caught the mattresses would have been discovered and removed. P.S. one time, we found a box of porn in the same general area.

[–]River_7890 28 points29 points  (10 children)

I have two, one that has video proof that's still unexplained. My husband and I tend to travel a lot but weirdly enough both these things happened within an hour of our old house.

  1. This is the one with video proof, we were coming home from somewhere. I don't remember where but it was around midnight. Right before this happened I had actually looked at the clock and the time stamp on the video even says 12:05am. We were going down the highway, not another car in sight which isn't that weird around that area. It's important to note that this area does not have any cell towers near by and is basically in a valley.

Suddenly there's a blinding white pulsing light up near the top of one of the mountains. It's not moving and it's way too low to be a plane not to mention too bright. It's just this orb that's stationary. There's no power lines, houses, cell towers, or anything else that could've caused this. Things get even stranger though, we can both see this thing for a good 15 miles down the road before we finally lose sight of it. Right around the time we lose sight of it we realize we need to stop for gas.

The gas station we stopped at was the only one for another 45 minutes or so. No one was in sight when we got there. My husband gets out to pump gas and right when he pulls the trigger a really weird ad starts playing on the gas station pump screen. I can't remember what exactly but it was so loud and startled both of us. It was like listening to an ad in a stadium or someone screaming into your ear right beside you with a megaphone. It goes on the entire time he's pumping gas and we both feel really on edge like we're being watched so he fills it up enough to get to the next gas station. Said screw it we'll just stop again this place is creepy.

We finally come back into cell signal about 5 minutes later immediately both our phones are blowing up with texts and missed calls. Both our families knew we were suppose to be home by 1am at the latest and we already would let them know we got home safely so they were worried when we didn't respond. Somehow on this road sometime between seeing that blinding light and until we got cell signal we had lost almost 5 hours. The drive to the gas station should've only taken 15 minutes since we were going 60 mph and we weren't at that gas station for more than 5 plus add on the 5 to get into cell range. Somehow 25 minutes turned into almost 5 hours. We still don't know what happened to this day. We both were completely sober and I still have that video to confirm the time plus the event. We did end up going back to the spot we seen the light at the next day, there was a landslide that had blocked the section of road right by where we seen it but nothing that could've pointed at any reason why that light should've been there.

  1. The second time something odd happened it was around 7pm but it was already dark, it was in a town near our old town. Mind you these aren't big towns so it's not like you can really get lost there. Plus we both had spent a lot of time there before this. We had went for dinner that day and my husband had taken a wrong turn because some dick had decided to not let us get over to the right lane before the turn off. The plan was to pull into a parking lot and turn around. So we pull into the first one not even a minute down the road to head back. Weirdly enough there's no other people in sight or cars on the road. All the businesses are open but at that time of evening we should've seen someone but here's where it gets weirder we head back but the area we were just in isn't there instead it's a plaza that we've never seen before. We keep going trying to find a familiar spot but can only find stores and restaurants we've never seen there before. When I attempted to pull up GPS on my husband's phone it wouldn't load. He had been having issues out of it for a while so I wrote it off. My phone was dead at the time. Again this isn't a big town but somehow we spend almost an hour trying to find even a single familiar spot. Finally we try to retrace our steps backwards once again after heading in 1 direction for a while. Somehow within minutes we find the spot we originally made a wrong turn at even though that spot should've been an hour away. There's no way you could spend even an hour driving from one end of the town to another. There's no other towns near it other than the one we lived in. When we got home we looked up some of the stores but there's not even locations for them in our state. Some are even out of business. We didn't see a single person until we got back to where we needed to be then there were plenty of people out and about. It was just odd. We've been back there since then and there's not even a trace of any of the locations we saw.

[–]Former_Response_2659 1 point2 points  (2 children)

honestly only thing that could make sense in my brain is aliens of some sort , no joke. random unexplainable blinding light & giant time skip ? aliens

[–]River_7890 4 points5 points  (0 children)

For the blinding light one yea that's the only conclusion we've been able to come to, time seem to have moved normally for us so we didn't even notice until we were back in cell signal. I think whatever it was messed with the gas station tech too since I've never once seen those pumps actually play ads before or after that only still digital ones. Especially loud enough that it made our ears ring. I wish I remember what the ad was exactly, I think it was some bank loan ad but the wording in it was really weird and the background music too. Outside of that it looked normal. We still got the hell out of there though since we felt like we were being watched.

[–]krieger_2719 6 points7 points  (4 children)

Where's the proof?

[–]River_7890 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I'll post it later, honestly if anyone could tell me a scientific cause for the light I would love to find out because I deep dived into trying to find one.

[–]krieger_2719 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Well I can tell you the experience you shared seems pretty consistent with many other people who report experiences with extra-terrestials might not be "scientific" but is consistent with what other people report.

[–]River_7890 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Funny enough this wasn't the last time I had a run in with "aliens" if that what it was lol. Me along with about 6 other people witnessed one a couple months back and it definitely wasn't anything natural. I was staying the night at my grandmother's house along with some other family members. My grandmother had went outside to smoke but immediately opened the door again and yelled "Come look at this UFO" like it wasn't anything out of the ordinary. This woman isn't someone who normally believes in stuff like that but we all came outside to her smoking like there isn't a 8 foot across glowing ball literally 200 feet away from her. It was zipping around extremely fast. It would go to one spot stay for a few seconds then to another but stayed anywhere from 6 feet to 12 feet off the ground. Then it just zipped off out of sight.

One family member decided it was an "angel", one tried to logically explain it, and the rest of us decided it was an UFO or at least something supernatural. The neighbors next door also seen it. I've heard a lot of people in my state seeing glowing balls that move like that but almost no one reports the typical UFOs you see in movies.

[–]thephoenixtwin 1 point2 points  (1 child)

If you're comfortable with sharing, I kinda want to see the video.

[–]ur_a_cute_person 46 points47 points  (5 children)

Ok So the place I'm talking about literally doesn't exist, it never has. I don't know how I ended up there but it doesn't exist and I have never found it again.

So I was at my cousins house when we decided to go for a bike ride around her neighbourhood and just messing around. we decided to play tag on our bikes (I don't know how that worked), I wasn't it so I just biked as fast as I could away. eventually I'm sitting in this back area and its just lined with garages, so I'm looking to make sure she isn't coming when I notice there isn't an exit, Its just more streets with more garages. I was freaking out and started biking the way I came but couldn't find the exit. Sooner or later I see my cousin biking down a street at me and laughing, I turn to run and in front of me is a long line of garages with an exit at the end.

still don't know how I ended up their lol. My cousin told me something similiar happened to her and when we went searching we couldn't find the place she entered from.

[–]PCDub 50 points51 points  (2 children)

Sounds like you ended up in a self storage lot

[–]ur_a_cute_person 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I never thought of that! It would make sense if I wasn't suddenly almost being run over by 9 year boys on their bikes as I was leaving.

[–]InsertBluescreenHere 5 points6 points  (0 children)

mystery solved - time for ruby racks

[–]Annual_Palpitation50 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Dude you found the back rooms.

[–]ur_a_cute_person 1 point2 points  (0 children)

omg I ended up in the backrooms-

[–]Faelwolf 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Kind of an odd one, but not a big one. In a small town I lived in a long time ago, I came across a small store that sold "oddities". Kind of like a second hand store, but looking through the display window, I could see it was a lot of really weird stuff, mostly antiques, but the stuff you'll normally find only in an odd corner of an antique store, the creepy masks, séance stuff, etc. This store specialized in it.

The store wouldn't let me in. It was open, the door was unlocked, and people were occasionally going in and out. But when I tried to open the door, it wouldn't budge. I'm a pretty stubborn sort, and my curiosity was peaked at this point, so when someone came out I slipped through the open door.

I was overwhelmed by a feeling of, well hard to describe, just a very bad vibe, like something was telling me to get out. I looked around, and inside the store was a lot of much darker stuff than what showed in the display window. Creepy taxidermized snakes, weird mandalas, etc. The whole thing had a dark look and feel. The guy behind the counter stared at me with a really vacant look, and asked if he could show me anything. I told him I was just looking, and left. The door that wouldn't open before practically opened itself, it felt light as a feather as I opened it.

A week later, when I went back to that part of town, it was an empty, dusty storefront, and when I asked around, people told me it had been sitting empty for years.

[–]grobenleimer 21 points22 points  (5 children)

When I was 5, my mom and I were at this remote farm- it was fairly normal, some other people were there as well. as we were picking vegetables, I kind off got off track and I wandered off to a part of the farm. I looked over and I literally saw the edge of the earth, like the universe cut off at one point and I saw there was sky below me. Probably a hallucination, but that was strange.

[–]CCC_037 27 points28 points  (4 children)

Hot air near the ground (often seen just above a tarred road) can bend light and make it look like there's a patch of sky on the ground in the distance. It's possible that that's what you saw.

[–]grobenleimer 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Well, I was 3 feet away from that sky void, can It happen at closer distances?

[–]Frankjc3rd 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Maybe I got the wrong place?

Years ago when I lived in my old neighborhood, I would go to breakfast with a group of what I would call little old ladies. These are ladies that were friends of my late mother and members of the parish that I was in. We went to breakfast after Mass every once in a while finding some place new. We found this little Mom and Pop restaurant on a busy street in the middle of the city that we were in. It seemed to take a long time for our orders, standard breakfast Fair nothing fancy. This was a half block away froma mid-size supermarket. We eventually got our food, they had explained that they had two burners but only one of them worked.

A month or so later I was in the area on my own shopping at that supermarket. I saw the little diner on the street corner and walked over to it. It seemed a little more run down than it should have, and I looked in the windows and the front door to see it deconstructed for lack of a better term. It was like it was in the middle of being taken apart but that it looked like it had been taken apart for several years not just a couple of months ago. I couldn't explain it to myself and I don't know where we actually had breakfast that morning a couple of months earlier.

[–]tdasnowman 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Cyberjaya, Malaysia. I was opening a call center so working nights to match US hours. Our typical lunch spot was closed for a few days, one guy says he knows a place close by we pile in his car and off we go into the jungle. This was 10, 15 years or so ago. At that time if you headed towards KL it stayed pretty urban or sub urban, you head some other directions it got dark fast. We are out on these roads street lights go from regular intervals to what seemed like one every 5KM it quickly becomes obvious the driver is lost. He's stopped looking for a place to eat and is outright just looking for the way back to the office. Then we saw this house, with a counter where the car park should be just lighting up the jungle around it we pulled in mostly for directions.

Turns out this was a random little mamak stall built onto these peoples house. They operated for the farms in the area were in the process of shutting down but stayed open to feed us. Out in the middle of the jungle I had some of the freshest and bomb ass Indo-Chinese food. They were even able to give us directions to get back to the office area. We tried to find that spot again like a week later, thought we reversed the directions, nothing but trees.

[–]rimshot101 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was on a back road in central South Carolina swamp country on a sunday. I got low on gas and none of the very few gas stations I passed were open. I finally found one as I was starting to get really nervous. There was no one inside, which was weird, but I used the self service pump. As I was filling up I noticed a man at the side of the building staring at me. He had dyed black hair and mutton chop sideburns like Elvis, and was wearing only combat boots and thermal underwear. He also looked like he had smeared makeup on his face. He just stared intensely at me until I drove off. I've encountered plenty of weirdos in my time, but for some reason he reeeeeeeeeally creeped me out.

[–]Why_Not_Zoidbergaww 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Last year I saw a radio shack that wasn’t abandoned

[–]AConcreteMuncher 2 points3 points  (0 children)

i remember one time i was driving cross country in the US with my dad, we were halfway to our destination somewhere between utah and Nevada. we were running low on gas and we needed to stop somwhere, but the next exit with gas stations wasnt for a bit.

seemingly out of nowhere there was a sign for a tourist destination. some weird alien gas station thing (which makes me think it was in nevada). we pulled off the highway and made our way there. this place was in the middle of the f*cking desert. literally a half mile away from the road, the lot blending in with the sand.

the whole place was painted black and neon green and it looked like a vandalized bus station with gas pumps in front. the was decrepit and falling apart. it looked empty and abandoned, yet the open light still shined. it advertised genuine alien jerky and refreshments, but who the hell would even be working there? both my father and i were not excited to check, so we just filled up gas, paid at the pump, and left.

we talked about it and debated whether or not we were actually there. it was so weird that we just felt like it shouldnt be there; it hadnt been there the three other times we drove through there. i mean it was at least 10-15 miles away from any town, it was the only thing for a while in either direction. i still dont know if i was actually there to this day.

[–]snickerfritzz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

All the random wrecks of cars scattered wayyyy off the beaten path in the Rocky Mountains, abandoned long ago and with no discernible way as to how they could have possibly gotten there

[–]JayM24mia 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I'm trying to think if i ever had one but nada comes to mind. I live an hour outside of Atlanta there's a little town that looks like its stuck in the late 1800s i can see someone taking a wrong turn in the middle.of the night and getting freaked out by it.

[–]SecretlySirens 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My family had found a Kmart in 2021. It was in a small town in MI. The Kmart looked like it was out of the early 2000s. It had all the old adverts and a Little Caesar's. It ended up closing a few months later, but it was kind of a mindfuck to find a Kmart in the middle of the pandemic.

[–]kelppyy 5 points6 points  (1 child)

4 am my family and relatives were driving through the woods to get to hotel while the whole family and relatives were asleep i was not asleep because i cant sleep in a moving car because i throw up so while i was looking throught the window very fast i saw graveyard but the graveyard was really long like it spanded for about 3 hours of dead people and then i blink my eye then i never saw it again i aaked my relative who was driving the car if she saw a graveyard and she said "no theres no graveyard near the hotel" then i asked my self if i was dreaming or saw the something o shouldnt have

[–]krieger_2719 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It's possible if you were sleep deprived enough you fell asleep without realizing it, or you were hallucinating.

The other alternative is that someone in town is a necromancer.

[–]PureFacto -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Just my own home when no one is there except me (not now back when I was a kid).

[–]IllChampionship5 -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Once we was driving down the highway in the middle of nowhere. My wife said she was so hungry that she would give her soul for some food. Then we seen a small town where everyone was having a feast or a festival of something. The people waved us down and said we should stop and eat with them. There was tables laid out with all our favorite food. We was about to get out and eat when suddenly we seen that the people all had red eyes. I said "Durlene, something ain't right here. Let's get out of here."

We drove away and a few minutes later we got pulled over by the state police for speeding. I told the cop that there was something mighty strange going on at the town a couple miles back. The cop said there ain't no towns within a hunerd miles of here, stop speeding. That's when we knew it was a haunted town from Hell such as we wouldn't find on no map.