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Strange happenings

  1. Sep 17, 2004 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Do we have many stories of weird things happening? I don't neccesarily mean ghostly occurences or strange lights in the sky, rather I am thinking of more mundane but still bizarre perceptions and observations. I would really love to hear your stories. Here are a couple of examples of mine.

    When I was very young, one Christmas I was given a rolling, talking, flashing, miniature toy robot like the old Lost in Space TV series bot. After I went to sleep, my dad, or maybe my grandfather, turned the robot on and came in and put it on my bed. I woke to a robot attacking me!!! Being half asleep I couldn't figure out what in the heck I was seeing. I got up really, really quickly. :biggrin:

    Okay, this is a really strange one. I swear that to the best of my knowledge every word is true. I have no explanations. I could swear that I lost half of a large cup of coffee to the aether. This was so weird... I was attending a physics lecture at the UofO and picked up a friend who was interested. This was part of a guest lecturer series for the public so the event was held at night. It was going to be a long evening and I had taken a really tall cup [travel cup but no lid] filled to about 75% with coffee. When we parked , I looked at my cup, and being about half full I carefully place the cup on the floor. We went on in to the lecture.

    When we returned to the car it was dark and I forgot all about the cup. I drove Bill home and as we pulled into his driveway, I remembered the coffee. Crud! Now I have about 12 oz of coffee on the floor. I asked bill to get a flashlight and some rags so I could clean up the mess. When we looked, there was no mess. The coffee cup was lying under the seat but no moisture was found anywhere. I must assume that Bill was playing games, but honestly, I don't see how he could have been. He really didn't have the opportunity. In fact he didn't even see where I put the cup. He couldn't have seen it in the dark. :confused:

    As if this isn't weird enough...I almost hate to tell you...the lecturer was Paul Davies. Less one other experience that Tsu and I both had, this was the strangest thing I have ever experienced. I'm not making any claims but I have no idea what happened.
     
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    okay, I'll give you my one real unexplainable experience, other than the fact that I haven't been beaten up recently.
    When my daughter was little she would sometimes wake up in the middle of the night and try to come out of her room into the computer room, where I usually was. She sometimes had trouble getting the door open. I always left it cracked open, but she sometimes pushed it closed while trying to open it.
    One night I was sitting at the computer and I SAW out of the corner of my eye, my daughter's hand coming around the door, then the door was pushed shut. I got up to open the door for my daughter and saw that she was sound asleep in her bed. I have NO doubt about what I saw. a little girl (or boy) tried opening that door. it was not my daughter. It was a ghost. there is no other conclusion.
     
  4. Sep 17, 2004 #3

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    One night I was lying in bed about to go to sleep when I looked over and clearly saw my daughter walking past my bed heading into my bathroom. (I have a night light so I don't kill myself getting up at night, I'm a klutz). She suddenly hesitated and couldn't seem to move anymore, she seemed like she was leaning forward, but not moving. My first thought was she must be sick. I asked her what was wrong and she didn't answer, so I leaned over and turned on the light and nothing was there.

    I went to her room and she was sound asleep.
     
  5. Sep 19, 2004 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    So Evo, Tribdog feels certain about what he saw. How would you estimate your certainty in all of this? What do you think happened?

    Don't we have any more stories? I know these sorts of things are common. One of the most common stories heard is that of the disappeaing keys e.g. "I put the keys on the cabinet. When I went back later they weren't there. After looking for them for the next twenty minutes, I saw them right where I had looked in the first place."

    My mother has a similar story from her childhood about a disappearing book. Sixty years later it still bugs her.
     
  6. Sep 19, 2004 #5

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    I'm still working on the case of the disappearing socks.

    I had a weird clock thing happen a few days after I moved into my house. I was about an hour off for at least a full day and have never figured out what happened. I was pretty sure I had just moved into a haunted house. Basically, I finally got things unpacked and had a TV set up, so turned it on to watch some show, and found the show that was supposed to be on before it was just starting...my clocks were an hour fast. You can't imagine how disorienting this is when in a new house. At first I thought, okay, TV programs are just on at a different time here than where I previously lived, so I had the TV listings and checked...nope...the time for the show was supposed to be the same. Checked my wristwatch, the clock on my cellphone and the travel alarm clock I had, all had the same time. I had assorted digital clocks, but couldn't recall which of those I had set by my watch or when, so wasn't sure if those matched my watch because I set them to my watch or because they too mysteriously wound up an hour off. See, I first thought it could have been a power outage at night or something that left all the plugged-in clocks with the wrong time (even though the clock on the microwave wasn't blinking...but at that time, I didn't know that's what it does when the power goes out), but it was ALL the clocks, wristwatch, battery operated, etc. Needless to say, my best friend got a phone call that night from one very freaked-out new homeowner! Nothing like that has ever happened since then, and I'm chalking it up to perhaps being so sleep-deprived that I reset clocks to one that had been accidentally changed and didn't remember it. I mean, I know I drive fast, but I certainly wasn't approaching the speed of light with my moving truck to account for this :biggrin: Unless one of the people who helped me move was a practical joker and felt too bad to admit it once they found out how freaked-out I was (then again, I don't know if I ever admitted to them that this happened...at the time, I felt like a nut calling my best friend about it and certainly wasn't up to telling all that many people what happened).
     
  7. Sep 19, 2004 #6

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    Since I was going to sleep, it's very possible it was just a waking dream. I could've started dreaming, but started to wake up. That's the only reasonable explanation. I think there is just so much about how the brain works that we don't understand. Obviously it wasn't a ghost since my daughter is very much alive. :rolleyes:

    That is the most aggravating. :grumpy:

    Of course I live near high power lines and a huge outdoor electrical facility. Remember the ultra low frequency thread?
     
  8. Sep 19, 2004 #7
    why yes i do, it is the most frustrating thing
     
  9. Sep 19, 2004 #8

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    A strange alien dream

    Ivan might like this one:
    I dreamed one night that I had been taken on board a space ship. Actually I didn't know where I was, but when I "woke up" this woman came over and explained this to me. She looked like an ordinary human woman - I remember she had blonde hair and blue eyes, and I believe we communicated telepathically. I asked her who she was and she explained that she was extraterrestrial. I was suddenly very scared and started thinking about grey space aliens all that, but she seemed amused and reassured me that she was not like them, and meant me no harm.
    She went and got this strange thin metallic square orange plate with a bunch of strange symbol-like writing etched into it. She said she'd brought me here to translate the writing for her, which seemed absurd, but somehow when she handed it to me I knew exactly what it meant and I read it to her. I don't remember anything else about the dream - not even what was written on the plate!
     
  10. Sep 19, 2004 #9
    Just recently I spent a couple nights in a hotel with my girlfriend. I wanted to wake up early, and I was in a different time zone than my normal one, so I set the alarm for 7am, which would be like waking at 8am my normal time. I went to bed without adjusting the actual time on the alarm. The alarm went off, and I when I turned it off I noticed that the time was 8am according to the clock. I checked the alarm and it still said 7am. i checked the clock on my phone and it said 8am. Somehow, the alarm changed itself to eastern time and went off when I wanted it to, not when it was programmed!

    As far as sleeping weirdness, I get night terrors (or something else like that, not exactly sure) more often than usual I imagine. What happens is I will wake up, open my eyes, and I am completely paralyzed for a few seconds. I want to move, I try to move, but I cannot move. It happens a lot if I oversleep, and really starts my day off strange.
     
  11. Sep 19, 2004 #10

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    You're not alone. See this thread:
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=40308
     
  12. Sep 19, 2004 #11

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    Here's the funny part.

    I'm one of those guys who messes with everything. I'll change the clocks, especially at work. I'll move the keys in a subtle fashion. I'll do anything to get someone in that what-the-**** mood.

    It's hilarious! I have so much fun.

    For weird experiences in my life, anything that involves intuition. For some reason, I'll just know something, and it kind of freaks me out, but I love the feeling. I always practice picking things up with intuition.

    The craziest was when I was thinking about the square root of a negative, and I came to a rough conclusion that it must somehow take the shape of a circle on the co-ordinate system, without really knowing why. Later on, reading about Gauss, I found that something in Complex Numbers, which involves the square root of a negative, involves a pattern of circles. I did not investigate this, but I think it's really cool that I thought about this.

    I highly recommend anyone to use intuition. You just know what someone will say, or what will happen using some analytical thought. At first you can get fooled by what you want to happen or simliar feelings, and get a lot of things wrong, but with practice you get better.

    No, I'm not saying I am psychic. Simple things. I give you two examples. In grade 9, a friend of mine stole my book(in class of course), and slipped his finger in the book. He told me that if I guess the page right, I'll get it back. I got it! Page 216 and I will never forget that. At orientation week, we were playing a game with words, and there were suppose to pick a letter. I was the actor, and I had to know words starting with that letter, so intuition picked it up, and I had a head start. It happens very often. I can sometimes predict the exact time that I will finish reading at. I'm talking to the exact minute, like 1:53pm. How CRAZY is that!

    Intuition is very subtle and you usually miss it or you don't realize the importance of it. You can walk around, and the number 4 enters your head. You forget about it, than later at night your buddy says pick a number 1-10, and if you get it, he'll buy you a beer. It turns out to be 4! Now that you recall that 4 entered your head, you start to realize how subtle it really is.

    Also, intuition helps at playing mind games with people. :)
     
  13. Sep 28, 2005 #12

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    Any more alien dreams? :biggrin:
     
  14. Sep 28, 2005 #13
    The cloest of came to anything like this that i can remember was a dream that old the future wich i bet many of you ahve had. It was sumple too. I had a dream my younger brothers bike lock was cut and his bike was stolen from his school. I woke up and at about 3 o clock that day my brother had discovered his bike was stolen and the chain that was cut was left behind.
     
  15. Sep 29, 2005 #14
    For me, it's the ominous mystery of the passenger side sun visor.

    It seems that every time I go back to my car from a store or appointment, the passenger side sun visor is inexplicably in the down position.

    Although I use both visors while driving, why would I only put the driver's side visor back up when I park? Were they both down or up when I left the car? I can't ever remember. It just always seems that the passenger side visor is down when I come back.
     
  16. Sep 29, 2005 #15

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    Err, you didn't cross a time zone when you moved did you?
     
  17. Sep 29, 2005 #16
    The other examples you gave could be ascribed to intuition, but this one seems totally psychic to me. How could the number four have entered your head several hours before he even asked the question? Was this is favorite number? What's the "normal" dynamic at work in this example?
     
  18. Sep 29, 2005 #17
    When i was a kid my perants used to do the usuall thing at x-mas of leaving sooty footprints coming out of the openfire, leaving half eaten minces pies, letters from Rudolph etc. to highten the fun.

    Now, me and my sister used to share a room, one easter my sister awoke in the middle of the night shouting, not scared but still it was loud enough to wake the whole family. My parent concerned as to what was happening came rushing into the room. My sister explained that she had seen the easter bunny, now i have to admit i was as sleep and can`t account for the reality of what she saw but on the wall was the perfect outline of a rabbit, made of dust! My Mum, Dad, Sister and myself can all clearly remember this and my folks so this day swear that they never made the print!

    THE EASTER BUNNY EXISTS! :bugeye: :uhh:
     
  19. Sep 29, 2005 #18
    I bought a halloween thing on Firday. Its a man about 3 ft tall, who holds a treat dish. Hes motion activated, and when you stand in front of him, his eyes move and he says things like "Don't ask where it came from, you really don't want to know".
    A few nights ago, he started talking in the middle of the night, so I sleepily thought the cats had set him off, untill I discovered all the animals were in the bed with me. So I encourage the dog to have a look, all is quiet, then the dog starts crying and runs back into the room. With all her hair standing up! For the rest of the night she she stood on the edge of the bed, giving her warning mini-barks.
    The thing has been moved to the shed.
     
  20. Sep 29, 2005 #19

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    Ah geeze hypatia, now you've frightened me. :bugeye:
     
  21. Sep 29, 2005 #20

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    I know dogs have good hearing and eye sight, some times benji will jump up
    from his snooze and stare in one direction intently, normally i only have to
    tap my leg and he will come to me, on these occasions he will ignore every thing, I have searched the area he was staring at and found nothing, he will
    do this for two three minutes , mostly in the living room or my bed room, some
    times his ears will prick up, like when he knows one of us is coming home,
    but on most occasions we are all home.

    :confused:
     
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