As someone who spends a considerable amount of my professional life writing about spooky stuff, you’d think that by this point, there wouldn’t be much that could scare me. However, you would be wrong — because I just got lost in an AskReddit thread about the scariest things that actually exist, and you guys? I think I need a hug. Or at least some cat videos or pictures of puppies. Just…something. Something to shake this feeling of unspeakable dread in which I currently find myself trapped. Please send help.
To be fair, threads like u/SkeletronDOTA’s query asking Redditors, “What is the scariest, most terrifying thing that actually exists?” tend to pop up with some degree of frequency; I’m usually the first in line to read them, too. But what I don’t always do is look up each and every item brought up in the thread… which, incidentally, is exactly what I did this time. All I can say is, the truth really is stranger than fiction — and sometimes, that’s the scariest thing of all.
Here are the 12 entries in the thread that wigged me out the most; there’s plenty more where they came from, though, so if you were looking for a reason not to sleep tonight, head on over to AskReddit. Just… don’t say I didn’t warn you.
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