Is it just kids’ imagination that makes everything sound funny or plain creepy?
Reddit user ItsZoeyyy3 asked people in an Ask Reddit thread: “What is an unexplainable memory from your childhood?” Did these things really happen? Were they dreaming? Many of the stories we read in the thread are still mysteries. Here are some of the strangest memories we’ve ever heard so far.
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Revisiting an Old Memory
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This person remembers something their mother denied it ever happened. Whether she preferred to keep it a secret or it actually never happened, nobody knows:
“I have this memory of sleeping in an office block in south London with my mum on an air bed. I recall looking out of the window and feeling sad.
Years later I was driving and got a very strong impulse to stop outside this building and I was 100% certain it was that one. Every time I went past it felt odd.
My mum says it didn’t happen, everyone else concurs. My best conclusion at this stage is that I probably had a very vivid dream that became conflated with something else.” – Reddit user cardboardshrimp
The Classic Déjà Vu
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Many adults experience a déjà vu at least once in their lives, but for a kid to go through something like this is very confusing. We think there actually was a glitch in the matrix…
“When I was about four or five, I was in the foyer by my front door when I saw my father come in the house, put down his briefcase, and then walk to my mother to give her a kiss on the cheek. Then the front door opened again; it was my father (again). I looked next to me where I had seen him put his briefcase; it was gone.
I looked back at him, scared, and said, “you just did that.”
I have never hallucinated in the more than 25 years since this happened, and nothing like it has ever happened since.” – Reddit user FaithWestman
Losing a Good Friend
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Although this person didn’t actually have an imaginary friend, we’re getting goosebumps from his story. It’s like a metaphor for him growing up and losing part of his childhood:
“I could lucid dream when I was a kid. I would actually get really excited to go to bed because I could decide what to dream and then dream it. I had a reoccurring character in my lucid dreaming. He was a boy my age with blonde hair. We would always play in this backyard/playground type setting that has a big brick wall on the edge. One night I dreamt that we really wanted to find out what was on the other side of that wall, so we climbed a tree and the boy climbed onto the wall, looked back at me and waved, and went over it. I never lucid dreamed again after that. It actually caused me a lot of distress as a kid. I legit missed him terribly and tried so hard to lucid dream but just couldn’t do it any more after that.” – Reddit user alexsalad
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This person told his story in the Reddit thread only to learn that he was actually suffering from “exploding head syndrome,” which describes exactly what he experienced when he was a kid:
“I remember being at a playground with my family and seeing lightning strike right in front of me. Didn’t hear any thunder, no one else saw it, but I remember seeing it pretty vividly. […] I remember pleading with my mom to believe that I had just seen a lightning bolt strike right in front of me, and she just ignored me.” – Reddit user kiss_the_siamese_gun
“Humanity On the Brink of Extinction”
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This confused adult recalls the morning when his mom said almost all the people on Earth suddenly died that night. The problem is that she denied it the next morning!
“My mother walked into my room, waking me up to tell me that most of the world’s population was dead. I spent the rest of the day as normal, eating breakfast, going shopping with her, going to a playground, then eating dinner (albeit, acting quite nervous throughout).
The next day, she tried to make it clear that what started the previous morning wasn’t true. I asked her if she remembered, but she told me she didn’t. I’m certain it wasn’t a dream, because I recalled the rest of what happened the previous day to her, only to be met by her confirmation that everything I remembered was correct, right down to how shaky I was and how upset I seemed. All except for the part that humanity was on the brink of extinction. – Reddit user YugoMoomin
Sharing the Same Dream?
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Is there such a thing as sharing exactly the same dream with another person? We don’t think it’s too much of a coincidence! But what is the reasonable explanation in this story?
“My sister and I apparently both had the same dream one night, a scary one. We were staying in this villa where we had to share a room and we both woke up suddenly. The window was open, when it hadn’t been before.
I realised she was awake as well and told her I’d had a bad dream, and as I started to describe it, she started talking along with me, describing the same dream. In it, this black creature that looked like a bull, only it had shiny, scaly, plastic looking skin, was standing in the open window with this weird mechanical device, and it somehow fired a projectile at the lamp in the room, which started rocking back and forth.
Neither of us wanted to get up and close the window in case the thing was actually out there, so we called for our mum and she closed it, reassured us in typical mum fashion, etc. For months we would talk about that incident and we could never figure out how we both managed to have the same exact dream at the same time.” – Reddit user AmunPharaoh
Red Headed Molly
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This person had a childhood friend called Molly, and recalls some of his memories with her. What made the story creepy enough? He talked to her 40 years later and was shocked to hear his story had a slight issue:
“When I was six, I had a girlfriend named Molly. I moved away the next year and never saw her again. For the next 40 years, one of my earliest and most vivid memories was me watching a six year old redhead girl running away from me, up towards her house, yelling, “Mommy, mommy, Jonathan kissed me!”, and her mother’s voice coming back, “We’ll, that must mean he really likes you.”
A few years ago, I’d had a little sangria and decided to see if Molly was on Facebook (I know, I know). There she was! Right name, right age, right hometown, lovely red hair. I PM’ed her asking if she was the right red headed girl. She wrote back that she was definitely the right Molly (and was happy to hear from me) but she’d only started dyeing her hair red after college. Memory’s a trip, man. – Reddit user jobrody
Someone Brainwashed Them All!
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This sounds like it’s part of a movie! As a kid, this person recalls a very strange event that his parents deny. Some theories suggested that they were brainwashed and the kid’s memories remained intact!
“I have a distinct memory of this weird event but my parents have no idea what I’m talking about. I remember being 7 or 8, standing in a smallish crowd (maybe 50 ppl), alongside my parents, staring at the front porch of a white farmhouse at night while a vibrant green light […] shone back in my face.
Someone was speaking intensely, maybe like an angry preacher or the way someone whips up an angry group of people? And everyone was staring and super focused on him. I remember all the adults being mad and feeling like something was coming. I can see this so clearly in my mind, and to this day I associate feelings of fear with this memory. But I have no real idea what it was and my parents swear it never happened? But I still think about it sometimes and it sends shivers up my spine- like I’m forgetting the rest of what happened and it was bad.” – Reddit user PlanetMidnight
The Missing Fort
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This person almost thought he was dreaming when he met two boys in a big fort the found in the woods. But his friend said she recalls the same memory. Get ready to be spooked:
“Once at a summer camp on the edge of the woods me and my friend went a different direction then we normally did and found this fort. Not like an ancient stone one or anything, it was built by a couple boys that were standing in it, but it was really impressive.
I remember having to look way up to see the boys, and we talked to them for a little, until we heard the whistle that meant we had to get back to the main camp area. We never found that fort, or those boys, again despite how hard we looked, and I’d be convinced I dreamt it if the friend didn’t say she remembers it too.” – Reddit user Sprucechicken
Flying In the Air
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It’s one thing to be the only one in the family recalling you could fly, and it’s another thing to hear your brother, after all these years, say the same story:
“I have an EXTREMELY vivid memory of my brother and I standing on top of our backyard tool shed some 13 or so years ago. We climbed up top, and then proceeded to FLY around in the air about thirty feet over the grass.
Eventually we got scared that we wouldn’t be able to land, so we came back down. And of course, we couldn’t do it again.
Here’s the best part: my brother also has this exact same memory, down to all the details. We genuinely don’t know what happened and still wonder it was real. I’m not sure how to account for it.” – Reddit user dawn_jelly
The Moving Black Spot
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This is creepier than it sounds. One Redditor recalls having a black spot on the back of their hand which… then moved! The more details she provided, the weirder it all got!
“I woke up to a black spot on the back of my right hand. As I tried to pick it off, it started moving super slowly over the course of five minutes until it rested on my shoulder. Hasn’t moved since. Nobody believes me, obviously.
But, 3 things make this situation weird: I wasn’t born with a mole on my shoulder. My cousin and my sister both have a mole on the same spot. (Which would be fine, except…) I’m adopted. I’m polynesian, and they’re both white.” – Reddit user firetruck421
Hit By a Car?
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Some people have vivid memories of their childhood that they get flashbacks. This Redditor believes his mother has been lying to him for years and still hasn’t told him the truth. Maybe she was trying to put it all behind them, or was afraid to be judged by her son or family?
“I’m like 95% sure I sort of got hit by a car when crossing the street with my mom. There was a red light and we didn’t cross at a crosswalk. A car inched forward and I remember falling onto the hood? But I was fine. I used to literally get flashbacks. For years. But my mom swears it never happened. I think she’s lying.” – Reddit user threeofbirds121
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Another kid that tried to fly and didn’t fail was this Redditor that was convinced that training would help him fly. His memories of him gliding are still haunting him:
“Sometime before the age of 5, I remember being convinced that if I tried hard enough, and believed in myself, I could fly. So I would practice flying… jumping down the stairs when nobody was watching. I never developed my ability to fly, but I vividly remember basically cannon balling down 14 steps, and just gliding down in mid air. And landing at the bottom totally safe and uninjured. Many times over the years.” – Reddit user wasabi_gem
The Leprechaun in the House
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Some kids think they see magical creatures when it’s actually thieves entering their house. Well, this person actually scared his parents after he yelled that he’d seen someone in the house. Did he tell them it was a leprechaun?
“I remember, very vividly, seeing a leprechaun in the hallway of my house. It freaked me out so bad that I woke my mom up yelling “someone’s in the house!” We walked from room to room with kitchen knives looking for the leprechaun, but never found that shifty little bastard.” – Reddit user scroopiedoopie
The Bad Babysitters
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This Redditor recalls a memory his mom said it never happened. However, the clear images he still has from that time are too real to have been just his imagination:
“When I was really young I was being babysat by a couple of teenage/college age girls that were friends with one of my older cousins. They took me to a party, layed me down in a random bedroom upstairs, and put on a random video tape that definitely wasn’t barney or anything else suited for children.” – Reddit user Bariadorbz9
The Ghost In the House
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A lot of kids are scared by monsters under the beds, ghosts that visit them, but this one kid even had proof a ghost came by one night as he was trying to fall asleep.
“ All of a sudden it appeared that a ghost hand emerged from behind my bookshelf and grabbed the book on the end of the shelf. I was scared out of my mind at first, but then convinced myself it was just a dream so I could fall asleep.
The next day when I woke up, the book on the end of the shelf was missing. I never could find it.” – Reddit user DeathSpiral321
Was He Flying?
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There’s nothing stranger than looking at your younger brother jump on the trampoline and then see him remain suspended in the air for a while.
“When I was about 5 or 6 my younger brother told me he wanted to show me a secret. He was 3 or 4.
We waited until no one was around and he started jumping on tramp. He said “ready? Watch this?”.. and then like.. hung suspended in the air for about 10 seconds.
It sounds crazy, but to this day we both KNOW it happened.” – Reddit user Tionek
Spooky Easter Bunny
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How can one not remember a huge Easter Bunny that came to visit you as a kid? Well, the problem is this Redditor’s parents have no such memory…
“I swear to god one time I saw someone (full sized adult) in an easter bunny costume in our dining room. This was in my first house, so I had to be 3 or younger because we moved after that. My mom and dad swear no one dressed up, but I know I was awake and saw it. I thought it was magical/mystical as a child, but now my adult mind just remembers it and gets creeped […] out.” – Reddit user andrabee88
Uncle Richard, the Mountain Builder
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This memory is pretty cute. A little kid believed the mountains he saw were built by his uncle!
“When I was a little kid, I thought that the mountain ranges on the horizon on the way to Grandma & Grandpa’s house were built by my uncle Richard. I have no idea how this idea got into my head, but I remember that when I figured out that there was no way it was possible, I was pretty bummed out.” – Reddit user dramkar
Summer Birthday Party… and Snowstorms?
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This last strange story happened in a very crazy season… do we have snowstorms in July?
“Only my neighbor was able to make it to my birthday party because of an incredibly strong and sudden snowstorm. I remember the day and the snow so clearly but my birthday is in July.” – Reddit user eggsleggs