Adults Share Their Strange Childhood Memories, Wondering If They Were Real or Just Their Imagination

Kids have a wild imagination, but as years pass and they become adults, they look back and wonder how much of their memories were facts or just made-up stories. When Reddit user 12sweetdesserts asked people in the ‘Ask Reddit’ subreddit about their childhood memories, he didn’t regret all the strange responses.
“What is a weird childhood memory you have that you dont know whether its true or not?”
If you thought you have strange memories, then you probably didn’t read these people’s stories. Some are pretty scary!

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20. Stuck In The Banister

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“My brother managed to get his head stuck in the scrollwork of an iron/wood banister at a hotel, and in the ensuing panic I wandered off to this wonderful place where there was a table full of cookies and candy. As I’m eating the cookies and the candy and whatever I can find – some really angry adult yells at me, picks me up and carries me out of this amazing room filled with sweets.
I was about 3 or 4 years old. I think I crashed a wedding or a bar mitzvah’s dessert table while my brother was being extracted from the banister. It was amazing, my parents claim it never happened.” – Reddit user dainty_flower
Let’s face it, nobody can forget the time they filled their tummies with cookies and candies. They can say what they want, they weren’t there in the sweet room!

19. Straightening Her Hair

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“When I was about 10 I was at my aunty and uncles house in Sydney for Christmas and my cousin who’s a hairdresser PERFECTLY straighten my crazily curly long hair, which takes over an hour. One of my presents that morning was new pyjamas and I put them on and went to walk out into the garden to show my mum my new pyjamas and tripped and fell into their pool, soaking my new PJ’s and ruining my perfectly straight hair (to my cousins dismay).” – Reddit user kttyfrncs
For someone with stubborn curls, straightening a long curly hair takes hours. It’s safe to say Reddit user kttyfrncs endured all of that like a champ. Except for the part where she fell in the pool. The strangest thing is her mom doesn’t remember it, even though her memory is so vivid!

18. The Bloody Fountain

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“I remember when I was a child there was this fountain in my city that had some kind of spikes at the bottom (some elements of a construction). And I vaguely remember that once my mom and I were passing by the fountain and there was no water in it, but there was a man lying there in a puddle of blood, pierced by the spikes as if he had fallen on them accidentally. And my mom was like “Oh, let’s go, let’s go”.
Now, I asked her about it when I got older and she said “What? This never happened!” I guess, she wouldn’t lie about it and it’s not something she’d just forget, so maybe it never happened, indeed.” – Reddit user choulada
We think this redditor watched an R-rated movie and his imagination made it seem like he was the one witnessing such a bloody event. Why would his mom lie about this never happening?

17. Strange Lightning Bolts

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“There was a thunderstorm one afternoon. I very vividly remember two lightning bolts travelling horizontally and colliding, forming this spherical cage of lightning in the sky. For just a moment.
I can see it so clearly in my mind – the color of the sky, the room I was in, the way the air felt, the shapes the lightning took; but I haven’t found any example of a similar phenomenon anywhere online…” – Reddit user hello_I_am_a_puffin
Thankfully, some Reddit users helped this confused fellow realize that he actually saw a ball of lightning! So it wasn’t only his imagination.

16. Dad’s Car Accident

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“I vividly remember going to see my dad in hospital after he had been in a car accident. I remember the bruises on his chest from the seatbelt and his old school hairstyle. He had a hip to ankle cast as he had broken his leg in three places and I remember that leg wasn’t covered by the blanket so I could see the cast.
My mum was actually pregnant with me when this happened so there’s no chance I could remember it. However, I’m convinced my mum has got her dates wrong.” – Reddit user the_fourth_child
It’s either that or the kid listening to his mother tell the story of how she once visited his dad in the hospital and the kid just imagined being there. Brains are very weird!

15. Someone At The Window

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“I woke up from a bad dream and went to go sleep with with my parents. On the way to their bedroom I had to pass the front door which had a big window next to it. Two guys were trying to break in and when they saw me, they knocked on the window to get my attention and motioned for me to unlock the door.
My mom said it was a dream, but to this day, the image if those two guys at our front window is as real as any childhood memory I have. This happened over 40 years ago.” – Reddit user fuzzy_merkin
What if she lied to him just not to scare him and there actually were people at the window? That’s creepy!

14. Bicho Papão Visits Naughty Twins

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“I have a vague memory of me and my twin brother being visited by the Bicho Papão, a creature that visits naughty children in Brazilian and Portuguese culture, when we were very young, pretty sure a creature like that is not exclusive from my culture.
Anyways, the freaky part is that my brother also have the same memory, to this day we don’t know if it was real or not, but if it was, maybe it was somebody trying to play a prank on us, since we were naughty children indeed.” – Reddit user newtypehero
That’s not how you prank kids, that’s how you traumatize them for life! Stop it with the boogie man, parents. It’s not funny!

13. Just Married

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“I’m tellin’ ya, this is true. I was at home with some cousins over for lunch. We were sitting in our living room which was in sight of the front door and front gate beyond that. I saw a newly wed couple go up to our gate, the man opening it for his bride very nicely, and walked up and into our house. My aunt went up and explained that this is our house, and they walked off. No one who was there has ANY memory of this event, but it is very vivid in my mind.” – Reddit user thedampone
Why would you imagine a newlywed couple walks into your house? And how would nobody recall this strange event? Some things can’t be explained…

12. Munching on the Crib

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“I have a memory from when I was young enough to be in a crib. I remember my mom putting me down and I was scared and teething, so I grinned my teeth on my wood crib and I remember that feeling still. The wood was so soft it felt amazing lol after that I remember laying down on my stomach and falling asleep right away. I had to have been about 1 so I feel like how could I remember something from that long ago. But on the other hand, my mom said me and one of my brothers used to bite the crib a lot.” – Reddit user PhoenixBiscotti
You’d think we cannot remember the time we were just one year old. Well, PhoenixBiscotti clearly remembers how yummy his crib was, and his mom admitting he and his brother biting the crib is quite unsettling.

11. Biking in Your Dream

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“I remember playing badminton in the house with my sister. At one shot, I had to back up quite a bit to get it, I tripped and fell backwards and hit my head. I “dreamt” of myself riding a bicycle and then when I came to, my legs were in the air like I was riding a bicycle. My sister says that never happened.” – Reddit user eilletane
Either eilletane’s memory is false, or his sister didn’t want to admit her sibling hit their head. Maybe they phased that memory out… Who knows?
The next Redditor’s memory is absolutely false, and this is how he knew it.

10. That Never Happened!

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“My very first vivid memory is false. I got a shape sorter for Christmas. When my parents left the living room, my older brother walked over, picked up a block, and threw it in the fire.
I was reminding my mum about this in my early twenties and she laughed. We didn’t have an open fire, and my older brother couldn’t walk yet.” – Reddit user Seyr
So how did Seyr get this memory? Where did he borrow it from? There are so many things that don’t add up. We’ll never know how this person formed such a memory…

9. Pepto Bismol Nightmare

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“I remember when my mom was having a baby my grandma took care of me when I was sick at the same time. My stomach hurt and i was throwing up when she grabbed a bottle of Pepto Bismol and made me drink about 60% of the bottle. I then threw up pink and that scarred me so much that I throw up every time I drink Pepto Bismol.” – Reddit user WhopperJr843
This time, WhopperJr843 didn’t make up this story. It actually happened, but we think that the grandma gave her grandkid the right amount of Pepto Bismol and not more than half a bottle. Maybe they just made up that part, we know most kids tend to exaggerate when it comes to hating something they eat or drink…

8. Rainbows and Bats

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“My most vivid childhood memory is not real. I remember leaving the hospital after I broke my arm in a wheelchair and there was the most beautiful bright sunset I had ever seen. There was also a few rainbows and flocks of bats flying in the sky. According to my mom it was early afternoon and raining. I can still see it so clearly though.” – Reddit user banterdisaster
We don’t know what this kid was given for pain, but seeing a bright sunset, rainbows and bats instead of just plain rain in the afternoon surely was induced by medicine…

7. The Alien Raincloud

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“One time when I was about 5, I was in the backseat of my mom’s car and saw a huge black raincloud right over us. It looked extra terrestrial or like it could be in a movie about the apocalypse or something. It was probably just a normal cloud but the image of it stuck with me and I think about it every so often.” – Reddit user agirlistiredofthis
While most of us like to imagine clouds as different animals, this kid actually thought the raincloud above their car was from an alien or an apocalypse movie!

6. Best Ice Cream Ever

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“I clearly remember my mom telling me as a kid, that if I put vegetables in the freezer they turn into ice cream. I told her now years later how it was a funny joke. But she swears she has never said it.” – Reddit user JoshuaMei
That’s one way to trick your kids into eating their veggies. They’re actually ingredients for ice cream! How did JoshuaMei come up with this memory eludes us and his mom!

5. Squirrel Had a Sweet Tooth

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“I went into the kitchen one morning when I was like 11 and looked out the window to the fence, to see a squirrel, with a mini Hershey’s bar in hand with just enough rapper pealed down you could read Hershey still and munching on it like a human.” – Reddit user Tokeapi
That squirrel should know better! Sweets are not for animals, but this kid found out that even squirrels have a sweet tooth!

4. Raining Over Neighbor’s House

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“When I was around 5 or 6 years old I remember walking outside on a cloudy day and seeing it raining at my neighbors house across the street but not raining at mine. That’s the first time it ever occurred to me it doesn’t rain everywhere when it rains at my house.” – Reddit user Eremiah_Jarrington3
Maybe his neighbors were the Adams family! Yep, that was when most kids wondered if it’s possible for rain to only fall on a house…

3. A Supernatural Power

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“When I was maybe 5 or 6 I remember flipping a coin off my thumb and it rotating for longer than physically possible. Obviously it couldn’t have happened, but I remember it clearly.” – Reddit user FriendlyWisconsinite
Plot twist: the kid had supernatural powers without knowing it, and since he hadn’t practiced, he lost his touch.

2. It Never Happened

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“I stepped on a roofing nail and got a huge hole in my foot that I had to soak nightly for a month. My mom said it didn’t happen, but my dad and sister say it did happen.” – Reddit user lisapisa3
Our memories might fail us, but when two other people remember the same events, it makes you realize that strange moment actually happened!

1. Underwear Roadtrip

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“I remember vomiting all over the backseat of the family car and spending the remainder of the roadtrip to my uncle’s house sitting in the car in just my underwear.” – Reddit user Yoshi6ix5ive
This certainly happened, since many of us as kids had car sickness and we didn’t have spare clothes all the time. It’s not a memory we cherish, though…

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