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Old 07-11-2003, 12:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Scariest Situation You've Been In

I know we had a "Most Disturbing THing You Ever Saw" thread but I thought I'd throw this one in. This can either be a scary in a way that you were scared for your life or just a situation where you just started thinking to much and freaked yourself out. I.E. after viewing a horror movie and having to walk alone somewhere.

I honestly have a lot of these moments and as i think back at them i laugh at a lot but I can't really think of a particular one that stands out really well. Just like to hear your stories too.
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Old 07-11-2003, 02:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A few buddies and I were on liberty in Trieste, Italy and were heading back to the ship after a hard night of getting "ubriaco" as the Italians say.

We turned the corner by fleet landing, and instead of the ferryboats that would take us back to the aircraft carrier anchored in the harbor... NOTHING.

You want to talk about getting sober in a heartbeat? This was right around the time there was action in Kosovo, and we started thinking things like the ship had to head there (right down the coast from Trieste) to do some bombing or some other emergency, and how the hell were we going to get back there? Plus, those of us who have been in the Navy (or any military branch for that matter) know how serious missing movement is.

Eventually we started noticing other drunk squids showing up expecting to find their ship and having the same reactions we were. Then a Jeep pulled up with a shore patrol guy in it from our ship. As it turns out, the carrier had to pull out of the port, head out to sea past the 15 mile limit to dump the sewage tanks. They were coming right back in the morning.

The most scared I've ever been in my life.

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Old 07-11-2003, 03:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Waking up in hospital and having a doctor tell me "you could loose part of your leg, we still didnt know yet"
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Old 07-11-2003, 05:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hearing that my brother had been hit by a car.
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Old 07-11-2003, 05:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Being in a plane crash and marooned on a rock off of the coast of Labrador for 23 days.
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Old 07-11-2003, 06:08 AM   #6 (permalink)
Location: West Lafayette, IN
having a psycho try to ram me off the road for about 20 minutes. Fucker.

All I did was tell him that he was an ass worshipping rim jobber.
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Old 07-11-2003, 07:37 AM   #7 (permalink)
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On a ship in a hurricane near Guam in the South Pacific. Damn boat was doing all that movie crap. Running through big waves, rolling from side to side.

Lots of folks getting that old time religion all of a sudden.

Rusty old ship creaking and popping, squealing, humming, vibrating.

Navy. It's not a job, it's an adventure.

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Old 07-11-2003, 10:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
Two weeks ago, here in Chicago, buried under a deck, surrounded by screaming people and corpses for a half hour until the firefighters came and cut me out. Looking forward to the day I can sleep with all the lights off again.
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Old 07-11-2003, 10:32 AM   #9 (permalink)
on my racing snowboard. Was bombing down an empty slope at a very high speed. Saw this beginner in front of me. Did an emergency swerve off the trail.

See a pole. A thick wooden pole. No way to avoid it.

Hit it right across my body. Lucky it was pretty dry and old. Broke the pole instead of my bones.....

its that split second before a crash... when you know you can't do anything about it....
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Old 07-11-2003, 11:14 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Having some punks pull a knife on me in 3rd grade and threatening to stab me just for the fun of it.
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Old 07-11-2003, 11:27 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Anytime you're on the brink of crashing in anything or something it seems there is that second of clarity before severe impact.
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Old 07-11-2003, 11:35 AM   #12 (permalink)
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lebell: the same thing happened to me!! fortunately I was in my kung-fu gi and they didn't try anything... it probably wasn't the scariest situation I'd been in, but I knew I was in danger.
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Old 07-11-2003, 12:16 PM   #13 (permalink)
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A couple of years back I was sitting on board a plane flying over Nevada. At a certain point we flew into this massive air hole or whatever you call it, which caused the plain to drop for something that seemed like eternity. I had chest pains for a month after that, even though I was only 15.
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Old 07-11-2003, 02:15 PM   #14 (permalink)
Two things come to mind, one that scared me more than another:

2. Being told that if I was lucky enough to survive a surgery, I would be a quadriplegic. (That obviously didn't happen)

1. Seeing my mother in the ER, not recognizing me after having a Grand Mal siezure and falling down a flight of stairs a couple of weeks ago. That was scarier than anything I've been through.
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Old 07-11-2003, 07:32 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Edit - No, the night I got engaged...

Fortunato became immured to the sound of the trowel after a while.
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Old 07-11-2003, 07:38 PM   #16 (permalink)
Location: Orlando
Went to dinner downtown Riyadh, SA. On the drive back to the embassy, a huge crowd of people started rushing out of buildings, screaming an waving flags and generally looking like a riot, just ran over some feet and bumped a few arabs pretty hard with the bumper of the blazer. Got back to find out that the SA soccer team had just beaten the Iraqi team and they were just celebrating. I thought my young white ass was through.
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Old 07-11-2003, 07:48 PM   #17 (permalink)
Location: universe
waking up from my wisdom teeth being pulled and not being able to see... (they hit a blood vesle and the blood went into my cheeks instead of my mouth, i couldnt see for 3 days...) i thought i was alergic to the medicine and i was blind (the docters didnt know what happend till i came in the next day)
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Old 07-11-2003, 08:21 PM   #18 (permalink)
Location: MN
At 10 years of age, I was riding my bike to a friends house. I turned my head just in time to see the car heading straght for me. The car hit me and I went flying into the ditch. I got up un-harmed. The woman who was driving got out of her car long enouph to move my bike from infront of her car, then she took of. Bitch. I never saw her again.
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Old 07-11-2003, 10:58 PM   #19 (permalink)
Location: St. Paul, MN
a friend threatening to take her life...
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Old 07-12-2003, 06:35 AM   #20 (permalink)
Location: Wisconsin, USA
Originally posted by yodapaul
At 10 years of age, I was riding my bike to a friends house. I turned my head just in time to see the car heading straght for me. The car hit me and I went flying into the ditch. I got up un-harmed. The woman who was driving got out of her car long enouph to move my bike from infront of her car, then she took of. Bitch. I never saw her again.
Damn! Same thing happened to me when I was 16.
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Old 07-12-2003, 07:11 AM   #21 (permalink)
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repo man job... taking car and having owner chase us with shotgun and him firing off a few rounds.
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Old 07-12-2003, 07:33 AM   #22 (permalink)
Location: WI
Two things come to miond. First, I was at my sisters house on winter and decided to take a walk. They lived in a wooded area - 1/4 mile driveway to a 2 mile private road all surrounded by trees. I get about half way down the private drive and I pause to look up at the stars. In that instant my mind suddenly presented me with extremely vivid images of all the nasty monster-things lurking in the woods waiting to jump out and kill me. I froze in place - terrified. I stood there for over 10 minutes before I worked up the courage to move. Then I RAN back to their house.

The mind is a terrible thing when it decides to fuck you over!

Second one was being in an elevator when it decided to go insane. I got in on 1 and pushed 8. It got to about 3, then dropped back down to 2, rose up to 4, dropped down to 3 and so on. I was FRANTICALLY pushing buttons but nothing worked, not even the stop button. When it finally stopped at a floor and opened the doors I flung myself out and dropped to the floor sobbing. I have reoccuring nightmares about elevators now and I get jumpy if I'm in one and it does ANYTHING odd.

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Old 07-12-2003, 01:57 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Balaniki
Two things come to miond. First, I was at my sisters house on winter and decided to take a walk. They lived in a wooded area - 1/4 mile driveway to a 2 mile private road all surrounded by trees....
The mind is a terrible thing when it decides to fuck you over!
I was walking along a dirt road near the house I lived in at the time. I wasn't paying attention and it got dark before I could make my driveway. I started hearing noises behind me like something was following and I kept hearing something grunting. I stood real still for about 5 minutes gathering the nerve to turn around, but before I could, I felt a blast of hot air? breath? on my neck and I took off. I felt something behind me the entire way home. I had convinced myself that if I stopped something bad would happen. I didn't stop running until I was pulling my shovel out of my garage.

The next day, my only neighbor told me he'd seen me run up the driveway and sprint for a shovel. He said he thought about coming out and sharing his beer with me, but I looked a little too crazy waving that shovel around.

I know it was all in my head, but it doesn't make it any less real
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Old 07-12-2003, 07:44 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Falling while climbing. Once took a backwards swan dive while 800 ft. off the Yosemite valley floor. A piece popped and I fell about 40 feet before hitting the end of the rope hanging upside down. All my gear was hanging around my head and the whole world was spinning around underneath me.

That wasn't the scary part. The scary part was I HAD to go back up and climb that section again, this time knowing that I could fall.
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Old 07-12-2003, 07:54 PM   #25 (permalink)
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incredibly irritating one night stand telling me she was late...
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Old 07-12-2003, 11:22 PM   #26 (permalink)
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When my dad told me he had a possibly fatal illness, and if the treatment didn't work, he was going to die. That shit happened when I was 13.

I love my dad more than any person in existence.
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Old 07-13-2003, 01:01 AM   #27 (permalink)
I do a lot of spearfishing and have seen my fair share of reef sharks. But one day I was following a fish a fish near the bottom. All of a sudden it bolts. It got dark too. Like a cloud passing by over the water. A large tiger shark swam right over me. I'm not sure on exact length but somewhere around 10 feet long.

What really stood out more then it could have took me out without me knowing is the wake it generated as it swam by. It was like standing close to the edge of a corner and having a bus or large truck go past. The amount of air moving is the amount of water that was moving as the shark went by.

I didn't feel like diving for a couple of weeks after that. Now I figure that if that's how I die then it's better then a lot of other ways. And the benefits/fun I get from diving make the risk worth it.
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Old 07-13-2003, 06:41 AM   #28 (permalink)
"Being in a plane crash and marooned on a rock off of the coast of Labrador for 23 days."
Yeah, that would do it. Sounds like an interesting story. I'd love to hear the details.
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Old 07-13-2003, 10:19 AM   #29 (permalink)
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I love it when our mind freaks us out. So many situations where I'm just alone and start hearing way too many noises.

As far as that Tiger Shark incident...yes they really are stealthy bastards. Water is not our element for sure!
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Old 07-13-2003, 11:17 AM   #30 (permalink)
I'd have to say being in Southern Lebanon when the Israeli's decided to start hunting out "terrorists" again. I was in the Bekaa Valley, about 1km from the closest Israeli bunker. Bombs and jets and guns, it was a pretty crazy scene.
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Old 07-13-2003, 01:35 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Searching for my missing girlfriend (now wife) in the dead of night in a snowy forrest.

After hours of searching, I found the van she and her photographer drove. It was abandoned.

As I followed all the different tracks leading to and from the van, looking for bllod, drag-marks, or signs of struggle I was terrified.

I was sure something horrible had happened, and that I was too late to help.

Don't worry. It had a happy ending.
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Old 07-13-2003, 07:38 PM   #32 (permalink)
Riding the Bike to school in 7th Grade, after missing the bus.

Waited for the red light before crossing the street(Looked both ways mind you). Proceed to walk the bike across the street from out of no where, a mid-sized sedan, Blew the red light passing a car that was already stopped at the stop light and bent my tire rim at a 90 degree angle. About a foot from being hit at about 50mph.
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Old 07-13-2003, 07:40 PM   #33 (permalink)
Three weeks ago i was robbed at gunpoint on my front porch by two men. That's scary enough for me
Old 07-14-2003, 07:52 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Being hood winked into the massive slums of Bangkok, and finding myself in a game of poker with US$27000 on the table. These guys had guns and machetees and they made sure I knew it. Visions of the 'Deer Hunter' were flying through my head. Anyway I escaped through a rear door and ran like my life depended on it, I must have looked real strange charging through these narrow streets until I hit the tourist areas after about 20 minutes of running. I locked myself in my hotel room for the next 2 days, and I Could'nt eat until I got back to the U.K.
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Old 07-14-2003, 08:13 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Trying to get money for a gig from a bar owner who didn't want to pay us. He kept smashing this big glass ashtray down on the bar and talking about all the bar partons who were out in the street, just waiting to kick our asses on his word. We were in the tiny backwater town where everyone knew everyone and we didn't know anyone. Felt luck to get out of there with 100 bucks (we were contracted for 500).

A few weeks back I took my Mom into the hospital for a routine outpatient procedure. When it was over 20% of her lung collapsed. Watching her in pain and knowing I couldn't do anything about it was pretty damn scary.
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Old 07-14-2003, 08:21 AM   #36 (permalink)
The scariest situation I have been in was when I was scuba diving.

The water temperature was 5 degrees celsius and I started to be undercooled. However we were at 20m deep during a nightdive in a lake where the visibility was less than 2m.

Suddenly, the diving lamps of both my buddy and myself stopped simultaneously and our spares didn't work. This was rental equipment and wasn't charged. Although the lamp meters indicated that they WERE charged. Gross negligence of the diving shop we rent from.

So we were in the total dark and suddenly my buddy and I got stuck in the mud at the bottom (21m) and out of panic he hit my regulator out of my mouth several times. So I had to bring up a very stressed buddy while we were both showing signs of undercooling and in complete darkness.

Not a funny situation.
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Old 07-14-2003, 12:17 PM   #37 (permalink)
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flying for the first time, when i started driving, the spinning swing amusement ride, magneto UFO amusement ride (the one where u are in this thing standing up againt the wall and u spin around)

emotionally scary: a few situations involving drugs
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Old 07-14-2003, 02:04 PM   #38 (permalink)
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1) hearing the words "we'll have to amputate that leg" just before I passed out after a bad accident.... happy ending...still have them both

2) having my Mother call me at work saying my two year old had just been rushed to the children's hospital after a grand mall seizure. I NEVER want to be that scared again.
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Old 07-21-2003, 10:29 PM   #39 (permalink)
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when my ex boyfriend and i were breaking up and he was threatening to kill himself if i didnt take him back and when i tried to elave he shot the gun off then faked that he shot himself just to see if i would come back
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Old 07-27-2003, 10:41 AM   #40 (permalink)
Mine would be a tie between being robed at gun point in the streets of Baltimore and one time when a SGT opened fire on my unit just before we started a 6 mile Brigade run at Ft Bragg.

When it happened, it didn't seem real. All I remember was confusion, and a rush of adrenalin. Afterwards, when I was safe, I heard that 18 soliders had been shot and one died. That is when I felt all of the fear, after I was out of danger.
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