If you’re someone who is into creepy or scary stuff, there is material for you to enjoy absolutely everywhere. Media, real life, you name it – we’re rife with stuff that will keep you up at night if you let it.
These 18 people stumbled across some truly creeptastic theories, and now they’re here to share them with you – read at your own risk!
18. Not a comforting thought.
The dark forest theory. This explains the Fremi paradox, why we haven’t seen any other advanced life forms despite the vastness of the universe. Other advanced life forms don’t send out signals into the rest of the universe because they’re worried that something more advanced and dangerous is going to find them first. There’s another idea that other civilizations know there’s something out there but don’t send any signals because it has no reason to not wipeout the entire planet.
There’s a science fiction book based on this and I think this quote explains it better than I can:
“The universe is a dark forest. Every civilization is an armed hunter stalking through the trees like a ghost, gently pushing aside branches that block the path and trying to tread without sound. Even breathing is done with care. The hunter has to be careful, because everywhere in the forest are stealthy hunters like him. If he finds another life—another hunter, angel, or a demon, a delicate infant to tottering old man, a fairy or demigod—there’s only one thing he can do: open fire and eliminate them”
17. This is a fantastic story idea.
So the common time travel question is would you go back and kill baby hitler?
Well imagine if that was you, to us in the current timeline you would be a hero that killed someone truly evil before they had chance to corrupt or endanger anyone but to the people of that time you are a monster, a baby killer.
They couldn’t exactly explain to people, I was sent from the future to kill this baby to save hundreds of millions of lives. No-one would believe him and would just assume he was some nutcase, or maybe they’re not allowed to tell anyone as per the agreement with the future government?
It makes you wonder all the people through time that have been called monsters for killing babies, what if they were just heroes from the future saving us all? They couldn’t tell anyone either?
16. I don’t like that.
If you die by being beheaded the last thing you might see is your decapitated body.
15. Definitely strange.
I find numbers stations to be pretty creepy.
Their purpose is technically a theory, as the groups that broadcast them won’t officially confirm even their existence for the most part.
Essentially, spying is still a very real thing for most world governments. One of the most foolproof ways of delivering a coded message is through a one-time code – a code used just once before being discarded. Your spy has the key, you have the message, and once the key is used it is discarded and the next message is sent using a different key. Additionally, shortwave radio is an extremely secure way of sending these messages.
It sounds weird, that a radio station anyone with a shortwave radio can listen to, would be considered ‘secure’. But the beauty of the method is that shortwave radios are ubiquitous, cheap technology throughout most of the world. What looks more suspicious – a person traveling with a radio, or a person traveling with a sophisticated computer or satellite phone? While the signal can be received by anyone, it leaves no record of who received it and can’t be intercepted and traced by a middleman. They don’t care if you listen, because the stream of numbers is nothing without the code, and because you’re using a one-time code, it can’t be cracked as it’s randomly generated and used once. The only time a one-time code has ever been broken was an instance where the code was re-used.
So your spy just tunes in to the radio at a specific time on a specific day, writes down the numbers. Decodes the message, discards the key, and no one is any the wiser. Most stations are identified by a call sign or little jingle, and these can range from kind of cute and cheerful to pretty eerie sounding. If you listen in frequently, you’ll hear messages repeated over and over until one day they change up – it’s believed they’ll repeat the message until their spy can communicate they’ve received it. Essentially, if you have a shortwave radio, you can listen in on highly secret spy communications from countries all over the world. You can also listen in on countries jamming the communication, either by broadcasting state radio on the same signal, or trying to jam it with noise or static.
You’d think the frequency of these transmissions would have gone down after the Cold War, but they’re still going strong! The very first numbers stations appeared in the very early days of radio, during World War I. I find it fascinating, but also super creepy, that all of this secret communication is happening right out in the open, for us to tune in to at any time, without any way of knowing who it is intended for or what is being transmitted.
14. I’d read that novel.
Cosmology can be disturbing.
For instance, I recently learned of dead end trips. There are some destinations that you shouldn’t try for. It’s possible to travel so far away from where you started, that the expansion of the universe will exceed the speed you were travelling at.
You can’t return home, because home is receding faster than you can travel.
You can’t reach your destination, because it too is receding faster than you can travel.
You can no longer get anywhere, only get further away from everything.
You cannot reach any destination, even if you travel forever.
13. And they probably are. Just saying.
That a robot could fail the turing test if it wanted to.
12. Don’t look behind you.
A lot of comments bringing up the Fermi paradox to explain the lack of evidence of extraterrestrial life, when by all accounts we should be seeing alien life all over the universe.
Here’s another, unsettling, explanation: if you’re scuba diving above a coral reef, and you know that there SHOULD be fish all around you, but you don’t see any, it’s most likely that they have learned that for some reason it’s important not to be seen.
And since you’re a newcomer to this environment, chances are it’s not you they’re hiding from.
11. Alternate timeline, for sure.
When I was 20, I moved from Iowa to Boulder, Colorado with my best friend Cory.
We moved there during the month of August, and shortly thereafter I got a phone call from a number I didn’t know. I answered it, and it turned out to be this girl that had attended the same high school as us, Ashley.
Ashley had heard that Cory and I had just moved to Boulder, and she was calling because she, too, had just moved to Boulder to attend CU. She wanted to know if we wanted to get together some time and hang out / party.
Ashley was a couple years younger than us and we didn’t run in the same crowds, so we didn’t hang out much. But I remember her coming over to our apartment to smoke and chill once, then I remember asking her to get us weed–she did. She came with us to a party once, and I also remember us asking her for weed a second time, and her texting me back saying “You guys just message me when you want weed, so no.” After that I don’t think we talked to her again.
Fast forward 3-4 years, Cory and I are living back in Iowa.
One night, I was out with a couple of people I’d gone to high school with, and we went to this dive bar called Thumbs. In the back of Thumbs there is a single pool table, which is where my group went because we had planned on playing.
We got to the pool table, and there’s Ashley, racking a set of pool balls. I was super surprised to see her there, so I walked right up to her and said something like “Ashley, long time no see! What are you doing here? Did you move back from Boulder?”
Ashley just stared at me for a second and then said “What?”
So I repeat myself and say “Did you move back from Colorado? I haven’t seen you since we hung out in Boulder!”
She looked truly confused, and then she said “Um.. what are you talking about? I never lived in Boulder.”
At this point I thought she was f*cking with me because I specifically remembered hanging out with her more than once. So I laughed and was like “You’re f*cking with me, right?”
She shook her head no, and one of the girls I was with (who knew both of us) actually overheard it and butted in to confirm that “Ashley had lived in [our hometown] the whole time”.
I completely dropped the subject to save face, but the experience was so unsettling that I made a beeline for the front door. I walked out onto the sidewalk, pulled my phone out of my pocket, and called Cory. I said “Cory, do you remember when we lived together in Boulder and Ashley came over and hung out with us?”
…and Cory said “No man, that never happened.” He was my best friend so I knew he wasn’t f*cking with me, plus there was a zero percent chance he and Ashley had ever talked to set something like this up. When I pressed the issue, he insisted that no one we had gone to high school with had ever moved out to Boulder, and that we certainly hadn’t hung out with them. Since then, I’ve brought this up to Cory several times and his position has never changed.
To this day, I don’t know what happened. I specifically remember hanging out with her. She wore a tie-dye t-shirt when she came over the first time. And we hung out with her multiple times, I remember it so clearly. I still have those memories, but apparently they never happened. Even though the timeline matches exactly; she would have graduated high school that year and moved to Colorado in August for school.
I know that the human memory is super unreliable, and I’m sure that’s all this is, but that doesn’t change that I am absolutely 100% fucking sure that this happened. 14 years later and I still stand by my story, wrong as it may be.
10. How thoughtful.
The last neuron in the brain can fire up to 72 hours after clinical death. What is classed as still being alive? Your heart stops or your brain activity stopping? As a nurse this plays on my mind, I always talk to the recently deceased as I would do usually.
Hearing is the last sense to go anyway so chances are people can still hear for a short time after death. I have to confirm death on a daily basis, we check heart sounds, breathing, eye response and pain response, but part of me knows that electrical activity is still going on in there. (I’m a hospice nurse and morbid thoughts are what I do best)
9. How have I never heard about this?
September 1979, a US Vela satellite detected a double flash of light over an area of the ocean between South Africa and Antarctica.
The prior 41 double flashes observed by the satellite were from nuclear explosions as this is what they were designed to observe. There also happened to be a typhoon happening in the area at the time so it seemed like someone wanted to detonate it without being caught. Carter administration reported that it was a natural occurrence due to a small meteorite hitting the satellite.
However many other independent sources and even other countries have reported that they did indeed find traces of fallout and radiation. Because of the geopolitical climate of the times, there’s very strong evidence that it was in fact a joint nuclear weapon test carried out by South Africa and Israel, and the US scrubbed the information regarding it because they didn’t want to paint their allies in Israel in a bad light for working with apartheid-era South Africa.
Strangely enough, Israel and South Africa have never denied having nuclear weapons programs, nor have they ever denied a joint test being responsible for the Vela Incident.
8. This hurts my heart.
I always talk to the pets after we have to put them down at work (veterinary hospital) especially if the client declines to be present for the euth procedure. I hold them close and tell them how pretty and perfect they are, how loved they are, we do paw prints too when requested so I usually talk the pet through that procedure as well, I ask for the paw even though I’m the one who is controlling where it goes.
Bagging is the hardest part. I usually tell them how important and special they are and I wish them well on their journey across the rainbow bridge, I tell them that they are going to start to feel better soon and that their illness is over and that they fought well, and when I tie off the bag I give it a little hug and a final I Love You and into the freezer they go
Its difficult but it helps me to talk through it and to treat the animal as if it were still alive and still had their dignity. I had to get my own dog laid to rest back in february and I remember sitting with her long after she passed just so I could tell her how much I loved her and that she will always be my princess and that I was sorry I couldn’t do more to help her, but mostly that I was grateful to have her in my life and that she will always live on in my heart.
I like to think that she could hear me, I know she struggled at the end because she could no longer “work” to protect us by doing perimeter checks and chasing squirrels and pedestrians away and this was my time to talk to her without her mind being clouded by pain.
7. A kill switch.
If the human body senses trauma it is unable to combat, it will switch off metabolism, pump endorphins, and slip into a pain free dissociative state.
In essence, shutting down. Its been seen in air crashes and lots of places really.
Basically your body can switch itself off.
6. We’re the monkeys.
The theory about why aliens haven’t contacted or interacted with us is because they have observed our planet/society and determined that we’re still too primitive and there’s basically no point talking to us. You wouldn’t walk into a rainforest and try to have an intellectual conversation with a monkey because they wouldn’t understand what you’re saying.
I also like the theory that the ufos we see could potentially be of extraterrestrial origin, and they are most likely just advanced drones going around to each planet in the galaxy, recording the data and daisy chaining it back to a civilisation that probably doesn’t even exist anymore.
5. Something to think about.
Fossilization is actually quite rare. It takes extremely specific set of circumstances for a dead organism to even become fossilized let alone survive intact to the modern day to be found by humans. Because of this, there are likely millions of species we will simply never know about because none of them ever fossilized.
For all we know, we might not even be the first intelligent species to evolve here on Earth. There could’ve been a species that formed a civilization at some point and then went extinct later on, but we’ll possibly never know that because there are no fossils that formed/survive today.
(It probably wouldn’t have been an advanced, industrialized civilization like the kind we have today as we would’ve surely found evidence for it by now, but I could easily see something on par with Ancient Egypt disappear completely after millions of years.)
4. One day we’re going to find out.
The Milky Way and many other nearby galaxies are hurtling towards the same point in space, being attracted by… something… we don’t know what because our view in blocked, but it’s pulling GALAXIES towards itself.
Big ones too, the Milky Way is a rather large galaxy. Whatever this “Great Attractor” (as it’s been dubbed) is, it’s insanely massive.
3. This cannot be real.
The man from Taured.
He was going through an airport and when asked for his passport he gave the people a fully legitimate passport except the country he was from didn’t exist. He argued that it was right between France and Spain and had been there over 200 years.
Since the passport was legitimate but the country wasn’t on the map they put him up in a hotel for the night with guards outside his 4 story room.
He was gone, along with all his things the next morning. Not a trace.
2. I’m not sure that’s “fun.”
Here’s something fun to think about:
Draw a circle on a piece of paper and then draw a dot in the centre of the circle. If you stay on the paper there’s no way to get from a point outside the circle to that dot without passing through the circle, but if you can move in three dimensions then it’s easy: just come off the page, move so you’re above the dot, then go back onto the page.
Now imagine this one level up. If you build a room with no entrance or exit in three dimensions then there’s no way for you to get inside without going through one of the walls, but, analogously to the 2D case, someone who could move in 4 dimensions could do this easily. They’d just need to “step to the side” in the 4th dimension (like how we moved off the page using the third dimension), move so they were lined up with the inside of the closed room then move in the 4th dimension again to step back into our 3D world.
1. I hate this fact.
During the Challenger accident from 1986, whenever the shuttle exploded, the ground crews had the astronauts EKG’s and vital scans….after the explosion, the astronauts were still alive.
Theory has it that they were cognizant the entire time until they crashed in the ocean.
I love creepy stuff and I’m honestly a little stunned by some of these. Wow.
If you’ve had an experience that would fit on this list, shock us in the comments!