29 Confused People Talk About The Freaky Coincidences That Really Fucked With Their Minds

If you search through Reddit, you’ll find plenty of strange stories about coincidences that are almost too freaky to believe. Maybe they’re just flukes. Or maybe they’re something else entirely…
Alex Stoddard
Alex Stoddard

1. My uncle put off his death on purpose

Here’s one that mum told me. A while back, Mum and her family were gathered around her uncle in his home, who had been terminal with cancer, and wanted to die in his home. Anyway, being catholic he wanted to receive his last rites. His breathing pattern was extremely odd until the priest arrived, and gave him his rites. Totally relaxed death and was only 15 seconds after priest arrived that he died. But here’s the weird part.

After roughly 30 seconds of being out of it, he ‘came back’. He turned to his wife and muttered very softly ‘I can’t go yet, it’s too busy’. He then slipped into a state of unconsciousness, and died probably 2 hours later, once again very relaxed death. Next day we turned on the news, and last night at seriously 15 mins after his first ‘death’ was the detonation of the historic Bali bombings that killed many people. I’ve never really been sure on religion/afterlife, but this experience of mum’s has always made me think.

2. My dog knew the exact moment when my friend died

My best friend died via assisted suicide at my house (did an AMA awhile back). After she drank her lethal cocktail, she slipped into a coma and then it took about 40 minutes for her to finally pass. We kept taking her pulse every two minutes or so. Finally, my Great Dane who had been sleeping bolted upright and let out one muffled “woof”, and then stared directly at my friend, then her eyes tracked slowly up from her, through the air, up towards the ceiling. We leaned over to take her pulse again, and this time she was gone.

3. I predicted a major plane crash

When I was about 12 I had a terrible nightmare in which two planes collided in mid-air. It was extremely vivid and I woke up in a panic. My bedroom was right next to the family bathroom and after about 30 mins of lying in bed freaking out I noticed the landing light come on and knew that a parent was heading to the bathroom. Now by twelve I wasn’t the sort to bother my parents about nightmares any more, but I was convinced there was going to be a plane crash, so I rushed out to my mum and told her everything. She said I was being stupid and that I should just read and try to get back to sleep. The next morning my mum comes rushing into my room and pulls me out of bed and has my dad with her. She asks me to tell him about my nightmare and then they both looked freaked out. They insisted that I went downstairs with them to watch the news. I thought they were pranking me or something but when I got down breakfast news was running a story about a plane crash. We later worked out that I’d woken up around about the time the crash itself took place. Nothing like this has happened since.

4. I dreamt of my grandfather the night that he died

A couple years back, I had a dream of my grandfather, who I was not particularly close to by any means. In my dream I saw his casket formally covered by an American flag– he served in the military. He stood next to me in a room full of mourners and held my hand. He told me not to follow him out of the doors when he left. I watched him leave. When I woke up and went downstairs to get breakfast and call my father to tell him happy birthday, my older brother informed me that my grandfather had just passed away in his sleep while I also slept.

5. I found a gravestone with my name on it

I was walking through the woods one day, and I stumbled across a graveyard from the 1800’s 1900’s. I was just walking through and the first one that I saw was a little boy who died on the same day that I was born. The crazy part was that he and I had the same first and middle name.

6. I stumbled across my guardian angel

On my 12th birthday I was on the way to the bike shop to get a new bike, I was with my dad, his girlfriend and my brother. We was still about 10 minutes away from the town center, so no where near the bike shop.

Some random, old, creepy looking guy came up to us, looked down at me and said; “You buying a bike?” I looked at my dad, confused and kinda scared.

We told him that we were on our way to buy a bike. He then started going on about how I MUST get a helmet and wear it ALL the time! We was a little freaked out but we just assumed he was a weirdo and just forgot about it.

A few hours later I was riding through the park on my new bike and I fell off. I didn’t fall very hard and landed on grass so it was cool. As I went to get up brush myself off, I looked up and he was just standing there, looking disappointed and shaking his head. He thing shook his index finger at me and said; “I told you to wear a helmet.”

At this point I just shit myself and rode as fast as I could home!

What is even weirder though is the fact that I have moved about 40-50 miles away since then and I still see him every once in a while. I don’t believe in guardian angels but it just creeps me out.

7. My coworker predicted pregnancies and deaths

I worked with a girl “J” over the summer who told me once that every time someone she knew became pregnant, someone else she knew (however vaguely) would die. She also had almost prophetic dreams and knew when someone was pregnant before they ever told her. Well one day, another coworker comes in and says she doesn’t feel well and J says “You’re pregnant” and then gets really upset because that meant someone would likely pass away soon. Maybe the next day, an older coworker of ours had a stroke and we all really thought she wasn’t going to make it, and I assumed this was the person passing away because of the pregnancy (if that was actually true) and didn’t really think about J’s strange psychic ability any further. A week later, when coming in from her lunch break J said to me in a really funny way, “I’m so sorry…” Few minutes after, I get a call saying that my grandfather was minutes from passing away. The older woman lived, by the way. And to this day I’m still unsure of whether or not this was all some weird coincidence, or if J knew all along.

8. I had a gut feeling I needed to get out of there

When we were kids a group of us used to hang around near a small stream. One night we were there I got a really bad feeling, and told my friends I was going home. I begged them to come with me, but only one did. I practically legged it up the hill from the stream, I was so afraid. The next day I found out the girls that stayed got beaten by a girl gang less than fifteen minutes after I and our friend had left.

Still freaks me how I knew to get outa there.

9. An Oijia board predicted a little girl’s death

My grandpa has always been the type of guy to love science fiction and the paranormal. One time he told me a story that has always freaked me out:

Years ago when my mother and her sisters were little, my grandpa had a ouija board that he liked to mess around with down in their basement. One day, he asked the ouija board questions about himself that the board could answer, i.e., “Where am I from?” “What’s my address?” “Who is my mother?”, just to see what it would say. He asked “How many daughters do I have?” and it responded with “3.” My grandpa said, “I have four,” and the board responded with, “Not for long.”

Two weeks later one of his daughters died in a car crash.

10. A toy from my childhood magically appeared

Six years ago, because of my drinking, I’d been homeless for about 8 months. I’d been at a shelter for a few weeks and one day, as I walked from the library back to the shelter for dinner, I decided I couldn’t take anymore. I was ready to kill myself. That prior August my mother had passed away, so on the street that evening I said to her, “I can’t take it anymore, mom. Help me.” Back at the shelter, after dinner, us bums waited for showers and bedtime. That evening the shelter had more residents than usual and many of them needed clean socks or underwear, etc. On this night, it wasn’t scheduled, but the shelter opened the basement where they kept donated clothes. I didn’t need anything, but I was bored, so I went downstairs. I browsed the racks and didn’t find anything to my liking so I headed for the stairs. That’s where I found ‘LeMutt’. ‘LeMutt’ is a toy, a little stuffed dog, and I’d had one when I was a kid. In fact, I clearly remembered my mother and I in the store, 20+ years ago, buying him. I was in 3rd grade then. I asked a volunteer if he knew where the dog came from. He shook his head. This was, and still is, a men’s homeless shelter. People were not dropping-off stuffed animals for the junkies and drunks. I don’t know where the dog came from, but I kept him. Still got him. Anyway, my life is much better, and different, today. I’m set to graduate with a BFA next month. Life is really, really good. Thanks, Mom. I love you.

11. Strangers knew my brother’s name

My brother’s name is Kelly. A few times, strangers have stopped near him and flatly say, “Kelly.” Then keep walking. A waiter did it once, he stood right behind his chair with a full plate of dirty dishes, stopping to pronounce “Kelly”, then moving along. It happened a lot when we were on our way to work or school.

12. My deceased aunt gave us a sign from the grave

After my great-aunt Lisa passed away, my other great-aunt Cathy was walking home in the rain. Obviously she was pretty sad. She said, “Lisa, show me some proof that you’re still here.”

My aunt Lisa collected these rare things called Indian medicine bags. Somehow, Cathy found one on the ground in the rain. Inside there were six paper dolls- four girls and two guys. One of the girls was wearing pants.

The coincidence? In her family, there are four sisters and two brothers. Aunt Lisa always wore pants.

13. We heard an unexplained noise over the baby monitor

When my cousin and I were babies (we’re just under 2 years apart) we were sleeping in my room while our moms were wrapping Christmas presents since it was around Christmas time. They were downstairs wrapping presents when they hear on the baby monitor a woman saying to my cousin who was starting to cry, “don’t worry, your mom will be here soon”. My mom and aunt run upstairs and no one is there. Plus no one else on the street had a baby so there was no interference.

14. I was followed by a pool of light

When I was 17, I worked at Red Lobster. I closed the kitchen, so I was one of the last people to leave somewhere between midnight and 1 AM. Being as late as it was, some of the city’s bus routes were already done for the day and only the heavy traffic ones were still running. Due to this inconvenience, I had to take a bus that dropped me off several city blocks away from home, leaving me with a twenty minute walk home.

This lead me through a graveyard in the middle of a neighborhood, one of the oldest in the city. It had a small street that ran through it with streetlights, but both ends had a gate stopping vehicular traffic, only allowing pedestrians through and headstones line either side instead of sidewalks. Creepy enough at night, but it was faster than walking around, especially since the cemetery was wide and narrow.

At this particular point, I had been walking through here at least once a week coming home from work, so I grew fairly comfortable there and would even sometimes just check out headstones instead of walking straight home. This one night, however, things changed.

I was walking up to the cemetery’s street, cutting through a grocery store parking lot, just wanting to get home to bed. As I walked up the side street leading to the pedestrian entrance, the streetlights in the cemetery shut off. All of them. At once.

“Weird,” I thought, but I carried on. My bed was calling me. I walk through the gate and the first light turned on, basking me in it’s glow. I slowed, looked around and saw nothing unusual so I continued. Coming to the edges of this lone lamp, the second light flickered on, stopping me in my tracks. I pull my already quietened headphones out of my ears, getting scared and searching for an answer.

Still nothing. I pick up my pace, briskly walking through this second pool of light, noticing that the first pool has disappeared as I leave it behind. Getting up to the third light, it flashes to life while the second one dims out, much like my bravado by now. This continues on all the way through, the lights turning on and off as I enter and leave them, jogging out of fear.

As I make my escape, the lights all off for now, I think about how creepy it would be if they all turned on now… But they didn’t. At least, not until I was across the street from the graveyard, causing me to break into a run for the rest of the way home.

I’ve told this to many friends, and always get the “it was probably just motion sensors”. It wasn’t. I continued to use that path and had a couple of other less freaky experiences, but never again did I have the lights protect(?) me in such a way.

15. My mother dreamt about my friend dying

My mum once had a terrible dream that something awful had happened in the town we used to live in. We hadn’t lived there for 5+ years. Just out of curiosity she checked their local newspaper online and in the obituaries section she saw that my best friend from when I lived there had died of cancer a couple of days previous. Not being one for paranormal/ghost/psychic stuff, this one had me stumped.

16. My grandfather died while I was daydreaming in his truck

When I was 17 my grandpa had a stroke, and was slowly going downhill in the hospital. My grandma figured even if he ever got better, he wouldn’t be able to drive so she gave me his truck complete with camper shell and bed carpeting. He was in the hospital for several months.

One day for no reason whatsoever I decided to sit in the back of the truck and just think a bit. I was back there for about 45 minutes daydreaming about nothing.

When I came inside, my dad told me my grandpa had died 45 minutes ago.

17. I learned about a Holocaust surviver with the same birthday as me

I went to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington when I was 12. When you first go in, they give you this passport thing which tells you the story of someone who lived during the Holocaust. The one that I got had a young man whose birthday was the same as mine, except 50 years prior. The day I went to the museum was 50 years to the day since his death.

18. I had a nightmare about a friend’s looming death

Had a nightmare a few years back that went like this:

I was driving down a long stretch of empty highway and felt very unnerved. It was raining, and a man came walking into the middle of the road from the line of trees by the highway. I slowed the car, though I felt frightened to do so, and when I came close, I saw that it was a friend of mine from college. He looked devastated, and his skin was very pale. I rolled down my window to ask what had happened and when I did he reached out suddenly and grabbed me, at which point I woke up.

Found out the very next day that he had died in the night after driving drunk and crashing his car into the trees by a highway. Never spoke a word about it to anyone, feeling that people would take too much from it, or think I was trying to gain some attention from his death.

I think that I had the dream because I’ve always known him to be reckless, and that the timing of the dream was simply coincidence. It weirds me out nonetheless.

19. We could tell something weird was going on

My friend and I were in the car one night driving to see a movie. I had the most eerie feeling for no reason and it wouldn’t go away so I vocalized it to her. “I have the creepiest feeling right now, no idea why.” She says “me too, what the hell, I’ve been feeling creeped out for the last ten minutes.” A couple mins later her phone rings, unknown number, she answers and no ones there so she hangs up. Rings again, same number, picks up. Then my phone rings, different unknown number. I get on the phone, “Hello? Hello?” I hear my own voice saying hello on her cell phone. We realize we’re talking to each other and get really freaked out and throw our phones in the back seat. Couple seconds later there’s a loud bang on the side of her car door, like someone threw something at the car, but there were no cars or people around. Pull over, get out. There’s a huge dent in the side of her car. Thoroughly creeped out for the rest of the night.

20. His lighter magically returned to him

Well, this happened to a friend of my dad’s but it is definitely a weird coincidental experience.

It all started about 10 years ago when Joe (we’ll call him that), my father’s friend, was at a local gas station and saw a very unique lighter with a skull on it. He decided to buy it to smoke, etc.

A few years later Joe is out in Lake Michigan during the winter snowmobiling and for some reason, he brought his lighter with him. After a long day on the lake he realised his lighter must of fallen out of his pants and knew there was no way to find it out in the ice.

The next year Joe was with his family down in Florida eating at a restaurant. As he’s eating there, he hears the sound a lighter makes go off, and right then and there knew it was his lighter. The reasons was that this “unique” lighter had a very defined sound when lit, and Joe using it for so long must have known that lighter was his. Joe sits there and thinks for a bit and hears it AGAIN, thats when he got up and decided to look around the restauraunt.

As hes looking around he sees another family and a man about 30 – 40 holding the lighter with a skull on it just like Joe’s. Obviously, Joe asks him how he got it and the man says he was out walking in the shallow water of Lake Michigan by his cabin and found it somewhat buried in the sand.

Creepy, huh.

21. We were warned to stay away from a graveyard

I was taking some picture at the graveyard, it was for a class so my friends were there modeling for me, anyways, I ask one of my friends to try to look like she is crying, while I adjust my camera, when I go to taker her picture, I see she is doing a GREAT job, she is sobbing up and crying, I take a couple of pictures before realizing that she is looking at this big family grave… With the exact names and last names as her relatives, there was her dads’ name, mom, sister and brother, exact name with exact last name. Her family lives on another state and they are alive. So that was spooky, but later on we are all in my car, and we are listening to some music one of us had on a usb, we were listening to a song for like the third time, when the sound goes off and a horrible voice says ‘get back from where you came from’, and the song continues where it left off. We were so creeped out we had to stop and catch our breath. To this day I still don’t know what it was, maybe interference from another radio? No idea, but it was creepy.

22. I had the same exact dream as my friend

When I was a kid (maybe around 9 or 10) my friends and I would always hang out in the woods behind our bus stop. There were 4 of us that would always go back there, but my friend Alex and I would go back there most often. There wasn’t really anything inherently weird or creepy about the woods, but I remember feeling very calm back there, despite generally having attention and anxiety problems. I had a dream one night that me and Alex (but neither of the other 2) were hanging out in the woods and an old woman came up to us to tell us that we shouldn’t go back there anymore and that the woods were private property, and then she turns around and walks up into the sky. The next morning I was telling Alex about the dream and I get to the part with the old lady. I say “And she told us not to go back into the woods behind the bus stop anymore” and Alex finishes the sentence “-Because it’s private property. And then she floated away”

Turns out Alex had been having the same dream every now and then for a few months at that point. He’d never told me about it.

We compared a few other details about the dream and what Alex said sounded familiar (ie, it was foggy, there was a green-pained iron gate that didn’t really exist) but these parts I’m willing to chalk up to power of suggestion.

23. My grandmother predicted Mother Theresa’s death

Creepiest coincidence I can think of is when I was in high school, it was around the time Princess Diana had died. I visited my grandmother at her job at a doctors office to have lunch with her. Everyone in the break room was watching coverage of the funeral when my grandmother said, “I wonder if Mother Theresa would get this kind of coverage if she died?” Like clockwork, an announcer came on and told of the breaking news that Mother Theresa had passed away. Everyone did that slow head turn eye contact with my grandmother. To this day, my grandmother says it was a coincidence.

24. I predicted my own father’s death

Last December, I had a bad dream earlyish in the morning that my dad had stopped taking his liver medication and that he was going to die. In the dream, I asked why he had been so careless but he said that it was just his time. When I woke up, my sister texted me that dad was in the hospital. He passed away 3 weeks later due to, of course, liver complications from not taking his medication.

25. I was handed a paper with my aunt’s obituary

My aunt (dad’s sister) died young of cancer on October 3rd, 2007, when I was a junior in high school. In my senior year, I took advanced art and we were working on clay sculptures one day. At the tables of 4, one person was instructed to go and grab a stack of old newspapers from a cabinet that contained hundreds of old newspapers the teacher supplied for protecting the tables during projects. Another guy goes to grab the paper and tosses me some for my area of the table. I begin work on my sculpture and realize my materials are on the obituary section. I read over them for a second and see my aunt’s obituary right where my hand was. The date happened to be October 2nd, 2008, and since 2008 was a leap year it was a full 365 days from my aunt’s death. The stack of coincidences seemed too much for me, I believe it was her trying to give me a sign of something.

26. An Oiji board caused crazy shit to happen

Using a ouija board in an abandoned house. Me, my girlfriend and 5 other friends were using one in the attic of this place when the doorfucking slams shut with no wind. We all glance around thinking one of us had locked us in. Wrong. We were all there. I tried to open the door with no luck. We had to take the doors hinges off to get out. Once we did this, we inspected the door to find there was no locking mechanism or anything blocking us in. We decided it was best if we just left. On our way out through the open back door we all felt a strange ‘resistance and sudden coldness’ when we passed through the doorway. I don’t know what the fuck was in that house, but I don’t want to look into it further.

27. My grandfather dreamed of my dead grandmother

My grandmother died 10 years ago. After she died, my grandfather started saying he was having dreams about her being in a dark place. She was beckoning him to come to her. Two months later he died in his sleep. I guess he decided to go to her.

28. I found an inspirational slip of paper in rubble

Around six or seven years ago, a large portion of my neighborhood burned down in the fires that swept through southern California. While helping my friend’s family pick through the rubble of their home for anything that could be salvaged, I saw a speck of white paper in the midst of one of the more blackened areas. I picked it up and read it–the only text on this bit of paper, left over after the rest of the page had burned away, was “from the ashes, new life is born”.

29. We had the same name and birthday

In high school there was a kid who had the same middle and last name as me, the same birthday, and our parents had the same names. Not even kidding. It blew my mind.

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