22. I was face-to-face with a bear and her cubs
“Trailing running in southern BC Canada while on mushrooms. Came up from a creek bed and rounded a corner and there was a mother black bear and two cubs. In that moment, I thought it was game over. They were about 30 meters away. The mom stood up to get a better look at me and the cubs ran off into the brush. She pounded the ground two times and I slowly backed around the corner and hightailed it back the other way. I was approximately 10km into my run and was far away from any help. Shit was scary.
In an odd way though, feeling like I was about to die right then and there felt fair. I had stumbled into a situation where I was not the supreme predator at the top of the food chain and disturbed one of the top predators family time. If she would have charged me, I would be dead. Kinda neat.” — iamfreetoexplore
23. The sky was filled with missiles
“Missiles and artillery in the sky above.
There is nothing you can do, only hope one doesn’t land on your head.” — ManOfLaBook
24. I thought I saw a monster from a folk tale
“We have this folk tale in south Louisiana about a rugaroo, some kind of monster that eats kids, but part of the tale says a person can turn into one by committing various bad deeds. When I was about 7-8 there was a wild ram running around the woods near my house, it had been shot with a bb gun and the wound it was infected so the ram was very temperamental. My dad went out to find it and kill it so it wouldn’t hurt anyone, and so it wouldn’t suffer anymore. He came home dragging the dead ram. Part of the Cajun tale is if you cut a rugaroo with a silver knife then it will turn back into the person it was before, but if you tell anyone who the person was you’d turn into the monster. My mom made my sister and I come outside to watch, in case it did turn back into a person, standing there watching my dad slice open that ram was the scariest thing ever. I was so worried it’d turn into a human and I knew I wouldn’t be able to not tell anyone.” — nalonrae
25. We came close to a whale
“We were deep sea fishing when I was about 13. We had tied up near an oil rig that night for the lights, and my friends and I were still fishing.
We saw a what looked like when you first turn the hot tub jets on under the water, and a whale came up on its side like a half circle motion.
The sheer size of it put me in crippling fear.
Like I have seen whales on TV and always thought, ‘Neat!’ But seeing something that big, at night and knowing its alive and could fuck your entire boat up was scary as fuck.” — Saintblack