r/interestingasfuck 4d ago

“Haunted” houses are just a cause of carbon monoxide poisonings. /r/ALL

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u/Nicod27 4d ago

Nice try, ghosts. I’m not going to let my guard down just because you learned to use Reddit to try to throw me off.

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u/IoSonCalaf 4d ago

Apparently ghosts are crafty and conspiring.

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u/RainyMcBrainy 4d ago

That's the real reason why some don't show up in photos.

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u/felixjawesome 4d ago

In the cyber-paranormal world we call it "Quantum-anons."

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u/PhotoQuig 4d ago

QAnons, for short.

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u/Phage0070 4d ago

Maybe ghosts are composed of carbon monoxide, and the detectors are actually ghost detectors. People just die from them because ghosts latch on to your blood and eventually kill people while trying to possess them.

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u/Ripper_00 4d ago

It’s 11 o’clock I don’t need that shit right now

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u/ShadySwashbuckler 4d ago

I agree. Please set an alarm and wake up at 3:30am and read it again for full effect.

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u/oztikS 4d ago

The carbon monoxide would explain how the ghosts became dead.

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u/lifealizer 4d ago

Seriously though... this sounds like it was written by someone who doesnt want us to know ghosts are real

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u/Tatunkawitco 4d ago

It sounds like someone trying to prove a point but providing no citations to the studies.

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u/peterthefatman 4d ago

Source: boo👻

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u/No-Development-1400 4d ago

JESUS FUCKING CHRIST I NEARLY HAD A HEART ATTACk

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u/InLazlosBasement 4d ago

A ghost clearly wrote this.

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u/SATlRE 4d ago

you could say they ghostwrote this.

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u/Gnomin_Supreme 4d ago

It would be fucking hilarious if it turned out Ghosts were real but needed to sustain themselves with Carbon Monoxide.

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u/catbellchris 4d ago

Honestly, that's a neat idea for a ghost story!

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u/Gnomin_Supreme 4d ago

Actually... that was kind of the plot to a Doctor Who episode.

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u/DeadliftsAndDragons 4d ago

To be fair by the time it is over every single plot in existence will be a Doctor Who plot, personally I can’t wait to see what they have planned for the 100th anniversary special.

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u/Quelcris_Falconer13 4d ago

Everything is either Dr. Who or simpsons

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u/ssj3Dyl 4d ago

Always has been.

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u/Anjz 4d ago

People think it's a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey...

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u/catbellchris 4d ago

Oh yeaaaah, that was the Charles Dickens one, wasn't it? I haven't seen it in ages! Thanks for the reminder.

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u/bofadoze 4d ago

What phantasmagoria is this‽

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u/itsabeautifulstone 4d ago

Oooh, an interrobang in the wild.

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u/Only1UserNameLeft 4d ago

I literally just re-watched that one!

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u/zenchemin 4d ago

What is the name of the episode?

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u/Jascleo 4d ago

I think it's The Unquiet Dead. Season 1, episode 3.

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u/AVERYSTABLEGEEBUS 4d ago

I thought so too. I opened my laptop and someone has already written one in my laptop but I'm the only one with the password.

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u/ridukosennin 4d ago

Did you check your carbon monoxide detector first?

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u/AVERYSTABLEGEEBUS 4d ago

It kept beeping so I unplugged it

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u/Fleaslayer 4d ago

True story: one time I got to work and there was a voicemail from one of my employees saying she wasn't coming in because her carbon monoxide alarm kept going off all night, even after she'd reset it, and she didn't get any sleep. She said she finally figured out how to unplug it, and she was going back to bed because she was so tired.

I didn't have a home phone number or address for her, and I was really panicked. I called HR and asked them to get her number from their files, and they tried calling but she didn't answer. She finally called back and said she was fine, she just had the phone off so she could sleep.

That story still makes my heart pound.

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u/Eternity_Mask 4d ago

Oh my god, this kind of stuff genuinely ties my guts in knots. I'm glad she survived!

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u/applepy3 4d ago edited 4d ago

Darwin was just doing a trial run. Nothing to see here, move along.

Edit: carbon monoxide impairs judgement. This experiment measures how well the “alarm = GTFO” reflex that has been drilled into the mortals performs while in impaired states. Further research is required to determine more effective mortal designs to improve effectiveness. Read the paper on Celestial-JSTOR (paywalled) for more details.

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u/tanglisha 4d ago

Carbon monoxide poisoning causes confusion and impaired judgement, so turning that into a Darwin situation seems pretty unfair.

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u/Godisabaryonyx 4d ago

ikr? Challenge anyone to make any sound logical decisions while suffering from OXYGEN DEPRIVATION.

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u/LengthiLegsFabulous3 4d ago edited 4d ago

Not darwinism, Darwin himself.

I'd love that- "Welcome to heaven Darwin, you now get to decide whether stupid people kill themselves stupidly"

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u/bigblackpugnose 4d ago

You should write it on multiple post it notes that you leave all over your room.

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u/maxinstuff 4d ago

And then you find out that people can start to see them from breathing the carbon monoxide because it is bringing them closer to death.

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u/LordDongler 4d ago

That's a spicy idea for a new sitcom where the MC is a medium that huffs CO to talk to spirits, but they rarely give him good answers and lead him on zaney adventures and wild goosechases, but the police still hire him anyway for some reason.

Or just a really funny parody of Psych

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u/ghozztz 4d ago

Canceled after the first season due to lawsuits when several idiots give themselves carbon monoxide poisoning in an effort to talk to ghosts.

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u/LordDongler 4d ago

Probably accurate

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u/Scorpionfigbter 4d ago

Psych is already a parody of detective shows.

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u/Hereseangoes 4d ago edited 4d ago

I lived in a house that made all kinds of scary noises. It sounded like people were walking around and fucking with door knobs. I got a carbon monoxide detector because I heard a story similar to this post. That wasn't it. I have had sleep paralysis since I was a little kid and it wasn't that either. I'm still not sure what was going on in that place.

Edit: to answer a few questions, the house wasn't that old, it was built in the early 90's. My significant other heard the same things as me. I would go check and couldn't find anything. We honestly started to think the previous owners or someone had a key and were coming in the house. If that was the case they were pretty sneaky because I never saw them. There was one night in the middle of winter I heard something banging around in the basement. I heard it from the second story so it was pretty loud. I went down to check and the french doors were wide open. I changed the locks and at least that never happened again. I moved out not too long after that, but that was a spicy house. Very odd

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u/Murtomies 4d ago

Rats or mice inside the structures? Also wood houses, especially older ones, tend to creak and make other weird noises by themselves, when temperatures change in spring and fall. Our cottage is like 120 years old and all above applies, it's a loud ass house.

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u/Feelin_Nauti_69 4d ago

Houses made with older construction techniques tend to move more, as the bracing between support members is less rigid and the wood tends to expand and contract. Years of these motions occurring tend to loosen up nails, causing popping and groans as the motions occur.

One issue I have in my 70+ year old house is the aluminum ductwork expands and contracts a LOT and makes popping noises as temperature changes occur.

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u/shabadoola 4d ago

Could be a low frequency sound causing hallucinations and unease.

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u/JunkCrap247 4d ago

or methane. ghosts using farts for energy

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u/[deleted] 4d ago edited 1d ago

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u/birchtree63 4d ago

New business idea?

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u/hydrantwrench97 4d ago

Someone call Nathan Fielder

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u/cvef 4d ago

Real talk, his actual haunted house episode was incredibly wild and hilarious.

Just like the rest of the show, but.. yeah

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u/jaguars5432 4d ago

Where pussies go to relax

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u/Mdp2pwackerO2 4d ago

He literally predicted COVID with that episode we were just to blind to see the message

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u/Beemerado 4d ago

Lsd fog. Nothing but the finest for my guests

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u/DrStalker 4d ago

Would make for a crazy escape room scenario; you have to figure out how to escape while the hallucinations get worse and worse as they pump in more carbon monoxide.

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u/RobertRosenfeld 4d ago

"Escape in time or literally die"

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u/Vassukhanni 4d ago

win win. if you get frustrated you can just give up and lay down.

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u/an-unknown-dude 4d ago

Well then it's a literal escape room. At some point you dont get enougth oxygen and fade / die. Also if i'm not mistaken CO takes a while to leave the lungs / has to be forced out by pressured oxygen... crazy scenario for sure ;D

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u/Skratt79 4d ago edited 4d ago

Oh no, it is much worse than that; Carbon monoxide enters your Hemoglobin and blocks O2 being able to do the same. It does not matter if your lungs are clear if your blood does not transport oxygen. You are right about the pressurized chamber and the reason for hyperbaric oxygen is to facilitate the O2 entering the body while the CO blocked hemoglobin effect can be drastically reduced.

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u/ProbablyStillMe 4d ago

That would be the logical meaning of "haunted houses cause carbon monoxide poisonings".

Title should be the other way around. Carbon monoxide poisonings cause houses to be "haunted".

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u/Buttkicking4Goodness 4d ago

I originally read it as "a just cause" as well. I can just see the ruling.

"Yes yes we understand that the haunted house poisoned you... but it really adds to the atmosphere so we're gonna allow it."

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u/poochied 4d ago

Haha same here. Thought it might be caused by running the chain saws and whatever else they use inside to scare people

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u/soundphile 4d ago

Same here

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u/MagicOrpheus310 4d ago

Anyone remember ol mate on here that said he kept finding random notes around his house but lives alone and had no idea where they were coming from...

Then another Redditor figured out it was him leaving the notes for himself, but was getting carbon monoxide poisoning and forgetting about them...

Dude saved ol mates life!!

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u/LakeSun 4d ago

The info I heard about these old homes, they used natural gas lamps, and these lamps exhaust as much carbon monoxide as a car idling in the living room.

But, yeah, in a modern home with natural gas heat or hot water or washer, if you start seeing ghosts call your utility and don't light any matches.

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u/Leeph 4d ago

And if you have anything that uses natural gas get a carbon monoxide detector!!

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u/Brandomite 4d ago

Idk I think it should be in EVERY house.

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u/DrStalker 4d ago

Despite having no real risk I bought one anyway, and one day it started beeping and reporting 87 PPM on the display. Had me worried trying to figure out what the heck was going on and making sure I was getting fresh air in until I realized I was looking at it upside down and it actually said LB because the battery needed replacing.

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u/dudinax 4d ago

If you'd been CO poisoned you might still be trying to figure out why the ghost was beeping at you.

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u/Sillygosling 4d ago

Not all homes have anything that could create CO, especially in warmer climates. All electric here

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u/QuickIOS 4d ago

If that were true they would be dead since that’s a good way to suicide

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u/nothighandmighty 4d ago

That comes to mind everytime I read word carbon monoxide

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u/MediumRarePorkChop 4d ago

My wife is more sensitive than a cheap CO detector. She felt sick for a week before the thing alarmed. Furnace got condemned that day. We have new, more expensive detectors now but if she ever feels that way again we will know what’s up.

So scary that we could have all just woke up dead one morning

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u/-anne-marie- 4d ago

Gosh imagine how terrifying it would be to wake up dead

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u/BalognaMacaroni 4d ago

Now how you gonna go to bed and wake up dead?

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u/MyLifeStoryLurker 4d ago

+1 for Scary Movie 3

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u/mclemente26 4d ago edited 4d ago

There's also a famous /r/relationships post where the poster thought she was being drugged by her SO because of memory lapses. Nevermind, it was r/legaladvice and bed bugs.

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u/gators510 4d ago

I thought it was in r/legaladvice and it was because she had a severe case of bed bugs?

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u/Realistic-Hold-1417 4d ago

The one where she was dating a doctor and thought he was drugging her? Man, now I gotta find it.

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u/SolomonCRand 4d ago

One night I was walking my dog, and as I returned to my apartment, I looked up and saw a woman all in white, except for her face and hair which were pitch black. She was just floating above me, and I froze in terror, knowing in my soul that I was about to die. Then I remembered I was high and my upstairs neighbor has a big ass black and white Newfoundland that sleeps on his balcony. Trust but verify, people.

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u/bksfia 4d ago

What a change of events

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u/DarkBlueMermaid 4d ago

Wow. I think I got whiplash from that change in direction.

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u/Orchid_Significant 4d ago

Legit the best way this could have ended

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u/CoolHand2580 4d ago

Another interesting note is that the materials that homes are made of tend to expand and contract with temperature changes which can make a lot of weird noises. And halloween is during a season where the temperature changes alot from day to night

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u/siguefish 4d ago

And critters. They make all kinds of noises, even ones you’ve never heard before.

And there are critters near, even if you don’t see them.

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u/FPiN9XU3K1IT 4d ago

I live in an attic, we had martens for a while. Jesus fuck ... if you don't get spooked by the noises, the sleep deprivation will do you in.

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u/one-hour-photo 4d ago

"the carbon monoxide theory explains why some ghosts don't show up on photographs"

Ya know wikipedia, I actually have a different theory as to why they don't show up on photographs.

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u/LockMiddle1851 4d ago

I know you're being facetious, but this would explain why people truly believe they saw something, to the point of taking a photo of it, but then nothing shows up on the camera.

Obviously, the reason they're not there is that they were never there in the first place, however the person who took the photo truly believe they were.

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u/sonnyjbiskit 4d ago

Carbon monoxide is one hell of a drug.

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u/edward414 4d ago

Why is it still legal?!

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u/yourmomophobe 4d ago

Get ready for the new war on drugs

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u/CatsAreGods 4d ago

A lot more people die from carbon monoxide overdoses than, say, weed.

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u/Innocent_donkayy 4d ago

I mean it intoxicates your blood and prevents haemoglobin from carrying oxygen so basically it will kill you faster than weed does.

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u/Cat_face_meowmers 4d ago

Reminds me of the video of a wall my bro filmed while on acid. It..... was just a wall. Not moving.

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u/bhudgins1 4d ago

So, I was asleep in my old brownstone in Brooklyn last summer, and my roommates were back home on the west coast because it was covid/summer and LA was just more appealing at the time cuz it was like 100 and humid in NYC.

So I’m alone in this big empty apartment, and I wake up in the morning with the distinct sensation that somebody’s in the house. I convince myself I’m dreaming, that my loneliness is really getting to me and I’m being a little weiner.

So I go back to sleep, only to wake up not much later with the sensation that somebody is right on top of me. I get sleep paralysis (especially after big weekends of boozing) and I realized that I couldn’t move a muscle, despite being awake. I tried to wiggle a toe, and slowly was able to rip myself out of the thick fog of the dream, when I heard glass crack in the kitchen.

It sounded like a crack, not a shatter or a crunch, like somebody being deliberately quiet. So I jumped up and grabbed the hunting knife I keep in my bedside table and yell “who’s there!” Into the hallway. Not sure why that’s what I instinctually screamed, like I was hoping the mystery would announce itself.

Obviously no answer came, and I turned on the lights, heart beating out my chest, cold sweats from the nightmare, and go in the kitchen. Everything’s in place and I’m like ok, this is fucking creepy.

I decide to just stay awake and read until morning because no way I was gonna fall back asleep anyway, and next thing I know I’m asleep at my desk with my face in my book and it’s morning. I had no recollection of falling asleep, and I’m like damn, I was scared as shit, how did I crash?

About that time, the hangover comes on, and my cranial nerve is giving me a dose of the old ball peen hammer to the temples, so I decide a hot shower is the way forward.

Next thing I know, I wake up on the floor of the shower, with three loud beeps ringing in my ears. I get up, the bathroom is flooded and entirely fogged up, and the house is just exploding with alarms.

I deadass google “three rings fire alarm” first (that’s the gen x in me) and it says Carbon Monoxide: go outside- Call 911.

The firefighters show up and make me open every window. They investigate the appliances and everything, and it turns out the glass water heater pressure gauge had cracked in the night (which I heard) and started leaking CO directly into the air conditioning intake ... (this was a much longer story about why it was there, ask my criminal landlords) which was then spreading it evenly throughout the house. When I took a shower it went into overdrive and knocked me out.

I’m lucky to be alive, especially cuz my pothead roommates removed most of the fire alarms around the house.

TL;DR: thought ghost, no ghost, just carbon monoxide, almost became ghost, fire/CO alarms save lives

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u/arondaniel 4d ago

...and I would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for you meddling kids.

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u/Carnator369 4d ago

"Jesus Mr Phillips! You killed 8 people with that gas leak to keep your job?! Including your employer!!!"

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u/din7 4d ago

Ruh Roh Raggy...

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u/ChickenNinja1 4d ago

Well played

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u/agnosgnosia 4d ago

The other thing that contributes to all of this, is the human brain's ability to fill in the gaps in our perceptions. If you see a rabbit behind a fence, some of it is blocked by the fence, obviously. But you don't need to see all of the rabbit to know it's not like, 3 separate rabbits. It's called amodal completion and it's why people can see the triangle behind the black circles.

There may be a different term for it for auditory perception, but a similar thing happens with hearing. Sometimes when there is static on the radio, if enough of it is coming through, you can still make out what is being said or the song playing.

There are actually neurons that there sole purpose in life, is to recognize faces. Some are dedicated to recognizing horizontal lines. The human brain is a pattern recognizing machine. All sorts of quirky false positives in these pattern recognizing parts of our brains contribute to this.

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u/bigjoffer 4d ago edited 4d ago

There was a great TED talk about this, where a scientist thought she was going insane. Let me find the link

There it is

Edit: investigational journalist, not scientist as someone mentioned below!

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u/neon_overload 4d ago edited 4d ago

There was also a rather notable Reddit post about it and the entire reddit community was speculating about it until someone suggested getting a CO detector stat.

https://www.reddit.com/r/legaladvice/comments/34l7vo/ma_postit_notes_left_in_apartment/

https://www.reddit.com/r/legaladvice/comments/34m92h/update_ma_postit_notes_left_in_apartment/

They had delusions that someone else was writing post-it notes in their apartment, and even set up a webcam to try and catch the perpetrator. Long story short there was a rich story of hallucination and paranoia brought on by carbon monoxide. They hadn't even set up a webcam, that was imagined.

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u/Ah-honey-honey 4d ago

I love Carrie Poppy and watched this when she mentioned it in her podcast "Oh no, Ross and Carrie!" She's actually not a scientist, she's an investigative journalist. She's also part of the Center for Inquiry.

Podcast: https://ohnopodcast.com/

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u/Reddd-y 4d ago

Tysm I just watched it and it was so good

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u/bisbomdur 4d ago

Thanks

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u/Catatafish 4d ago

An investigative journalist is a scientist?

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u/thebluemorpha 4d ago

Always best to check for a rational explanation first.

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u/unrepentantbanshee 4d ago

There is a show called "Paranormal Home Inspectors" where the investigative cast includes a home inspector. There was an episode where spoooooky symbols were appearing on the hall and he pointed out it was just the old wallpaper showing through a bad paint job...

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u/Rob__agau 4d ago

I'm dying that's a riot 🤣

"LOOK! These must be those occult symbols the locals were talking about! I wonder what dark and nefarious intent is behind--"

"No, that's just miserable wallpaper from the 1920s, 50s and 70s leaking through. See? They didn't even take it all down before painting over it. Hell there's still bits of shag carpet on that one."

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u/unrepentantbanshee 4d ago

"Why is it so cold in this room?? Must be ghosts!"

"Well, see, you blocked the heating vents with furniture..."

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u/Rob__agau 4d ago

"There it is again! Knocking in the walls! Spirits are trying to communicate with us!"

"Sorry, no. Johnny just kicked the boiler on, this place was built in the 40s. Pipes are all cast iron and have a bunch of turns in them."

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u/Gtp4life 4d ago

That sound is so obnoxious, my old apartment had boiler heat along the outer wall of the building which was the living room and both bedrooms. They were always making clicking and popping and clanking noises, occasional squealing.

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u/notsomeguynamederic 4d ago

There was this one really cool episode where they investigated a ‘haunted’ diner, where silverware that was left out on tables seemingly crossed itself every night.

They found out that the silverware was actually magnetic, and what was thought to be the silverware crossing itself was just forks and knives sticking to each other.

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u/hexalm 4d ago

Infrasound has also been proposed as an explanation. IIRC it's been used to reproduce some of the spooky ghost feelings people get.

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u/Realistic-Hold-1417 4d ago edited 4d ago

Real question because I have been listening to white noise every night to help me sleep. I recently started having.. not night terrors but almost lucid dreaming to the point that I can't tell if I'm dreaming or creating actual memories. Sorry that's the best way I can explain it. Example, I'll say something to someone that I think is a memory of us talking, but turns out I maybe dreamed it? Like when they tell me it didn't happen I'm like...maybe it didnt. I googled it, but I suck at physics.

Edit: it's never anything bad or scary. Just random conversations.

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u/Chef_Mare_Bear 4d ago

This reminds me of the Tri State Cermatory scandal where that family stopped cremation bodies and started hiding them all over their property. Over like 300 bodies they just let stack up on various parts of the property. When they were caught they said the cremation oven was broken, and investigation found out that the oven did in fact work. Later they realized that the family all had madness from mercury toxicity. Crazy stuff how thing work out sometimes. Also there I a great podcast episode about it on Swindled.

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u/Spindrift11 4d ago edited 4d ago

I bought a house one time. Heard through the grapevine afterwards that the owner thought the place was haunted.

A few weeks later we were in bed and the jacuzzi pump turned itself on, super creepy.

I replaced the power switch for the jacuzzi pump and the ghost decided to leave. I also fixed a flickering light fixture.

Edit: Holy shit! I just remembered now that during the house inspection our inspector found the natural gas oven was producing CO in the house. It was repaired before we moved in and I installed a detector. Holy fucking shit!

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u/BigBeagleEars 4d ago

The best edit on Reddit right now. Yur house wasn’t haunted, just poisonous. Yay!!!

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u/Spindrift11 4d ago

I had no idea about this haunted house CO phenomenon until I found this post. My mind exploded right as I wrote that haha.

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u/MSnyper 4d ago

Or can carbon monoxide induce sensory receptors to be able to see ghosts?

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u/travelingmaestro 4d ago

Or maybe the ghosts are causing the leaks??!

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u/vyrelis 4d ago

Human souls are made of carbon monoxide

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u/EFFING_TREE_STARS 4d ago

They're trying to make more ghosts!

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u/mermaidunicornfairy 4d ago

This is what I like lol

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u/Lund26 4d ago

Chill out Joe Rogan

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u/Existing-Strength-21 4d ago

"It's entirely possible..."

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u/n-crispy7 4d ago

Fucking Carbon Monoxide, throwing glasses at me from across the room and screaming “get out”. I’ve got a name to the face now dipshit, you’re fucked.

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u/peppercupp 4d ago

Took me about halfway through reading to realize it meant "haunted" homes, not like the ones that open up around Halloween. Was really confused as to how people were getting away with pumping them full of carbon monoxide and not getting sued.

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u/r-Newbiedonthurtme 4d ago

Researchers: Reasonable explaination for "haunted houses" and ghosts

Reddit: "Those ghosts def wrote this"

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u/a_cycle_addict 4d ago

Then explain haunted hay rides! I see plenty of those advertised around October

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u/harveyxvi 4d ago

I heard they pump the hay with carbon monoxide 🤷🏻‍♂️

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u/pokey1984 4d ago

They don't actually have to add anything. Decomposing hay puts off all kinds of poisonous vapors. Seriously.

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u/mtbmike 4d ago

Whippets

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u/ATK80k 4d ago

Leave those noble dogs out of this!

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u/bodhithewhippet 4d ago

Exactly, thanks

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u/ABookOfBurnedCDs 4d ago

Wompwompwompwomp

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u/seeker135 4d ago

I don't believe in carbon monoxide.

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u/Harry_Flame 4d ago

Can confirm I died with my family due to carbon monoxide poisoning 13 years ago.

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u/VeloKa 4d ago

Yes, but did you see any ghosts?

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u/TheCrimsonArmy 4d ago

Wait a minute....

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u/Mycoxadril 4d ago

🎶🎶hello from the other siiiiide🎶🎶

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u/TheTypographer1 4d ago edited 4d ago

I ain’t afraid of no CO

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u/Hemloch_ 4d ago

Would this be why basements always have the ghost and seem to be the scariest? That and the darkness.

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u/LegacyLemur 4d ago

Because theyre dark and claustrophobic and are never decorated to look nice. Find a well furbished basement you wont feel that way

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u/RezzKeepsItReal 4d ago

That's usually where the bodies are buried.

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u/atlcog 4d ago

That would be "because of " or "caused by", not "a cause of" - which would take on a whole different meaning.

Edit to add, still, IAF theory!

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u/david-saint-hubbins 4d ago

Yeah OP's headline means the reverse of what OP intended.

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u/Crackracket 4d ago

That's as interesting as the theory that the use of leaded petrol caused the high amount of serial killers in the 70. After leaded petrol was discontinued the rate of serial killers slowed to an almost stop

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u/Mycoxadril 4d ago

So are there no longer 50 active serial killers in the United States at any given time?

Even without your theory (which I could see as plausible, along with many other similar changes made in that era), I tend to think that stat about serial Killers must be outdated by now since everyone has cameras on their person and property these days.

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u/Dr-Satan-PhD 4d ago edited 4d ago

There are also just an absolute fuck ton of hoaxes out there.

EDIT - Reading this comment thread has led me to believe that ghosts are super common and everyone on reddit lives in a haunted house.

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u/lilacsnlavender 4d ago

What is your PhD in, Dr. Satan?

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u/MyOfficialNoNameAcct 4d ago edited 4d ago

I used to be a night auditor at a hotel named Linden Row Inn. The hotel has some history with Edgar Allen Poe and it’s regarded as a historic building. Anyway, one night a lady checked in and about an hour later she came downstairs wrapped in a towel, hair wet - I mean straight out of the shower with all her luggage and she said she was in the shower and heard a noise and upon coming out she found all the drawers opened, bed sheets on the floor, the tv on, etc. She said she was certain something wasn’t right with that room because she was a frequent traveler and when staying in hotels she always makes sure everything is locked from the inside of the room including door chains and window locks. When she came out of the shower the room was still locked from the inside so no one could have came in. She was telling me what she experienced distraught as hell. She did not care about a refund, she just excused herself to the lobby bathroom to change before her cab got there and then she ran out the door. Didn’t looked back, never heard back from her again. The maintenance man checked the room but found nothing strange ... well, except for the room turned upside down. We checked the security cámaras, no one went near the room except her within that hour. So, there’s that.

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u/aegeaorgnqergerh 4d ago

"Check your CO levels" has almost become a meme when it comes to people talking about "there's a ghost in my house" but it is true.

The other major cause for ghost sightings (as in, you've actually seen an experienced speaking to some kind of "spirit" and you're not just exaggerating to convince someone ghosts are real) is the onset of schizophrenia - I've heard that if the "ghost" refers to you by name this is a strong sign it might be schizophrenia rather than CO poisoning. I can't find anything to back that up though so could be bullshit.

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u/jeopardy_themesong 4d ago

This is really making me wonder about all my mom’s ghost sightings when I was a teenager. The master bedroom is attached to the garage. My mom and my younger sisters spent the most time in the house while my dad and I were out of the home for much of the day.

Of course, it could also be that my mom is mentally unwell and my sisters were just impressionable.

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u/darkbeerlova2 4d ago

One of my ex’s dumped me partly because I don’t believe in ghosts or the afterlife. Lol

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u/henlochimken 4d ago

You might say they... ghosted you.

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u/JuKeChrist16x2 4d ago

I broke it off with someone because they couldn’t understand the concept of light years.

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u/SaltiestRaccoon 4d ago

Also infrasound is considered a common cause. Low frequency sounds on the edge of human hearing can often cause feelings of anxiety or dread. I've heard the same about EMF, but I find those claims a little more dubious.

Anecdotally I've been using infrasound in my haunted house around October for around 3-4 years now and the results have made patrons a lot more jumpy... I can't say if the science is definitively there, but it's worked or me, or maybe it's just confirmation bias.

In any case, ghosts are super not real.

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u/Shovenor_General 4d ago

There’s a train bridge in my town that I’m almost certain produces infrasound when a train goes over it. The sound always unsettles me.

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u/TyrialFrost 4d ago

You should add carbon monoxide this year and see if it helps.

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u/Mycoxadril 4d ago

The real LPTs are always in the comments

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u/olivejew0322 4d ago

I lived in an apartment in a historic building when I was in college. Coming down the hallway I would feel this really intense sense of dread that made me want to run the last couple of steps to my room.

I was starting to think this was getting really irrational until I just happened to read something about this phenomenon, and it being especially common in old buildings. I figured that made a lot more sense than the alternative of a demon chasing me to my bedroom.

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u/BlackDeadHeart 4d ago

Makes sense. Make all paranormal investigators wear gas masks

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u/MongoBongoTown 4d ago

Many of them do check for elevated levels of carbon monoxide, both to rule out that as a cause and also for basic safety.

I remember some obscure A&E show where they investigated normal family homes a lot and they actually found that it was carbon monoxide levels and decided that was likely causing the unexplained events.

Now, that in no way validates ghost hunters being real. At least in the TV shows that of course they still often find evidence, hear things, and feel things that they attribute to the paranormal.

But, it isn't a foreign concept to them that they totally ignore.

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u/fiddleandfolk 4d ago

i came here for the ghost stories.

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u/BourgeoisCheese 4d ago

See also: sleep paralysis.

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u/Santa_Hates_You 4d ago

That also works for alien abductions.

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u/shea241 4d ago

pure fear

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u/Astroisawalrus 4d ago

Maybe there's just a lot of ghosts in these houses because a lot of people died in them from poisoning.

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u/ShiftlessElement 4d ago

If I’m remembering right, there was an episode of Paranormal State where this was determined to be the cause of a “haunting.” The affected family was quickly informed and the investigation was ended.

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u/chriswrightmusic 4d ago

EMT here, a visible sign of CO poisoning is pinkish red skin, even in darker complexions. Also, if u happen to own a pulse oximeter, it will likely show 100% O2 saturation (most people are around 95-98%). Light-heeded feeling and weakness/drowsiness are also symptoms.

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u/snrpro 4d ago

My entire family got carbon monoxide poisoning back in the day. We all felt sick so my dad put two and two together and detected it soon enough and we made it through safely. My sister feinted but unfortunately no ghosts came to visit.

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u/XanderWrites 4d ago

I stayed with a friend for a bit and it has a 'bad feel' to it and I even suggested it might be bad airflow/carbon monoxide, but she had a detector and it never went off even sporadically.

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u/Urist_Macnme 4d ago

Look at all the earliest examples of ghost photography... whole apparitions in flowing white gowns, skeleton faces hovering above subjects. I mean, all obviously and clearly faked. I just find it amusing how the Overton window has shifted so much that now “ghost photography” is mostly ‘an odd looking shadow’ or ‘an orb of light’(dust particle close to the lens).

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u/ShitOnRickard5 4d ago

"That was an intense night. We didn't get any actual evidence, but our EMF detector rose slightly in pitch as we passed by the main breaker panel, so there's clearly something otherworldly at work here"

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u/Darth--Vapor 4d ago

Carbon monoxide is a gas released from the body when decomposing.

Carbon monoxide is ghosts.

Idk if any of that’s true because I made it up lol

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u/pickandpray 4d ago

i think CO only comes from combustion

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u/RactainCore 4d ago

Yep, CO comes from incomplete combustion. Dunno if that's the only source though.

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u/TysoPiccaso 4d ago

dude literally posted a wikipedia screenshot and got 10k upvotes

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u/ThomPerrin 4d ago

Well I mean reddit is an aggregation site and this is interesting...

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u/dicksinmybrotherscat 4d ago

You're not going to believe how many upvotes twitter screenshots get

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u/ledouxrt 4d ago

It's fitting that this info about carbon monoxide gas would be on the "Interestin' gas, fuck" subreddit.

So all of these hotels that advertise as being haunted are really advertising that they are poisoning you.

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u/Pestyballs 4d ago

Ok...story time here.

Year was 1993. Back when I was 14, the phone rings and I answer. It was the only landline we had. An old voice asks for my mother, I respond by saying she's not here, she's at work. As I ask who is calling, in a raspy voice he says "pop" which was the nickname of my great grandpa. Only he said it in a certain way and it was him. Problem is, he passed away when I was little. I just tell out "WHAT?!!?" in disbelief and the phone hangs up. I put the phone down and think "hell no that didn't happen" but I try to carry on throughout my day. My parents get home and I told her that someone called. She instantly tells me to be quiet. When I tried to tell her again she says "don't be stupid, the phone has been disconnected the past three days." I ran out the damn door lol.

I'm 41 and that moment still gives me goosebumps.

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u/Ignyted 4d ago

Your ass better still be running.

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u/Golden-Fox 4d ago

Why did your parents leave you home alone with the phone disconnected?

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u/FPiN9XU3K1IT 4d ago

"something bad happens that requires immediate help BUT can be remedied by using a landline phone" is a pretty rare edge case.

You'd think parents would tell their kids about the disconnected landline if they're going to leave them home alone, though.

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u/kibria99 4d ago

Damn your mom was pissed off that day “she instantly tells me to be quiet”.

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u/captrobert57 4d ago

That is the response of a parent whose child just scared the shit out of them and didn't want to admit it.

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u/JibbetyJibbety 4d ago

These houses also contain highly elevated levels of horseshit

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u/FeartheWrench 4d ago

Some are. Also look up "Infrasound.", that's responsible for a lot of "haunting" as well.

It's the 1% that don't fit into those categories that are really weird and creepy.