Mysteries & the Supernatural

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  1. Perun

    Perun Stepping out bravely Staff Member

    Feel a bit awkward posting this here, but today, for the first time, I've had an experience for which I couldn't find a fully satisfactory rational explanation.

    Some of you know that I occasionally work as a tour guide in a major museum (this one). I had a public tour today and while going through one of the biggest rooms, I spotted my brother. I'd estimate he was about ten metres away give or take. I was surprised to see him, because I'd have expected him to tell me that he would be going there, since I could give him free access (otherwise admission is quite high), and he's not really a regular museum goer. I was in the midst of my tour though, so I couldn't just walk up to him. He was walking past an exhibit looking at it and didn't see me; however, I was sure he'd notice me because I was talking loud and clear and had a large group of people around me. Plus he knows I work there, so I'd guess he'd at least look if that's me there.
    Anyway, a bit later I saw him again, he was walking up the stairs to another section of the museum where I was set to go with my group some ten minutes or so later. There is only this one access to that section, and it would have been almost impossible not to encounter him upstairs. I kept a lookout for him when I was up with my group and thought it'd be easy to find him. He was wearing a bright red shirt that I would have spotted immediately. However, in the twenty or so minutes I was up, I didn't see him anywhere. It wouldn't have been impossible for him to leave without me noticing, but highly unlikely.
    When my tour was over, I went through the entire museum to see if I could find him anywhere, but he was nowhere to be seen. I went outside and texted him, and he replied right away telling me he was home. He lives far out the city and if everything goes smoothly, it would have taken him at least an hour to get from the location of the museum to his place. I called him to see if he was playing a prank on me, but he was home. There was no background noise, and it would have been absolutely impossible for him to get to such a quiet location from the moment I saw him until when I called him. I know this area of the city like the back of my hand.
    Now, the most reasonable explanation would be that I saw someone whom I mistook for my brother. However, I was absolutely certain it was him. He has quite a distinct walk and posture. I actually thought to myself when I saw him how typical his way of going through the hallway was. He had a shirt on that I know very well, a bright red lumberjack shirt that is so dreadfully out of fashion that even hipsters stopped wearing it ironically around five years ago. What's more is that I looked specifically for that shirt all over the museum and didn't see it anywhere, there was only one guy with a red sweater I saw and it was nothing like it.
    I called my partner, who always has very good explanations for this sort of thing, and she suggested that I saw a person who reminded me of my brother so much that my mind added further information that it would have expected to see. I guess that's possible, but if this is so, it is nevertheless a very freaky experience. I'm a bit reluctant with this explanation though, because I saw him twice, and actually looked closer the second time, even though we were still quite far apart. The hallway and staircase are of monumental dimensions in this part of the building. However, the view was clear and I could look directly at him. And moreover, I just can't fathom the odds of someone looking so much like my brother and wearing the same ugly shirt, and then just disappear in a place I know so well.
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  2. Black Wizard

    Black Wizard Cereal Litigator

    Can you ask security to look at the CCTV footage to check how similar the guy was?
  3. Perun

    Perun Stepping out bravely Staff Member

    :lol: Like there's CCTV in state run musea here. Just need to point you to this nugget...
  4. Edington

    Edington More Than Two Problems

    There's a theory that some places "replay" events in time (I'm sure there's a proper term for it), which is why people who see ghosts often report them doing the same thing. Most Haunted (ghost hunting programme that was/is popular over here) had an episode a while back where the cameras caught a figure that looked exactly like one of their crew members walking up a flight of stairs, only for the man in question to appear behind where "he" just was. If your brother has visited this museum before, could be that you saw a "replay" of him.
  5. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    That loonie was a special gift.
  6. Onhell

    Onhell Infinite Dreamer

    I think I just found my second home after the Dream Killing Game lol.

    At any rate A LOT of weird stuff happens to me all the time. So much so that I don't even think it is weird until I tell people about it and see their reactions. Some minor amusing stuff like, a toddler following my then girlfriend and I for about 6 blocks. We were walking to the store and we passed one of the houses in the neighborhood where a party was taking place. Due to the small size of the houses in the neighborhood it is fairly common for people to hold the events in their driveways. We walk by and there was a couple with a boy about 3-4 years old. The boy took one look at us, his face lit-up and started laughing and running after us. He ran right up to me, hugged my leg and before I could hold him so his father could get him he takes off running past us. Then he runs back and hugs my GF's leg, rinse and repeat for about 6 blocks. It went from amusing to right down odd real quick. Also, he completely ignored his father who was walking next to us, calling out to him to come to him. Finally, after said 6 blocks the father got fed-up, ran after the kid, scooped him up and started walking back. The kid just looked back us and with an outstretched hand just started wailing as though he was just denied ice cream.

    Things like that to what most people would right off as coincidences, but the timing and HOW OFTEN they happen to me.... I just doubt it is a mere coincidence. Like, back in college I asked a a classmate of mine out to the movies. She hesitated, clearly not knowing what to do, she didn't want to say, "no," flat out so she told me that her house was up for sale and someone had to be home to show it just in case. If her brother was home, she'd go, if he wasn't she had to go home. She called and no answer. "Sorry, I gotta go," "Sure," I say trying my best to hide my dejection. When I get to my car and turn it on, from the speakers out comes, "Have you heard about the lonesome loser? He gets beaten by the Queen of Hearts every time. Have you heard about the lonesome loser? He's a loser, but he keeps on trying." I just turned to the radio and said, "Really dude? You gotta rub it in like that?" Reminded me of when I was 15 or so and watching MTV with my brother and a friend. Before the video we were watching was over I felt compelled to start singing. The lyrics were something like, "A friend in need's, a friend indeed, but a friend in need is better." Or something like that. The very next video was exactly that. They both just stared at me like, WTF. That kinda thing is on the daily, multiple times a day. I'll move on to the creepy stuff when I get the chance, hehe.
  7. Edington

    Edington More Than Two Problems

    Sounds like Placebo's "Pure Morning". Great song from a great band, though I think you'll find the real lyrics are...

    "A friend in need's a friend indeed, A friend with weed is better"

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  8. Saapanael

    Saapanael "Get a life, punk!"

    That sucks, but considering how many songs are made about being rejected, it's not that improbable, I think :p.
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  9. Onhell

    Onhell Infinite Dreamer

    Yes that's it! lol

    True, yet I should note I haven't heard that song since.
  10. Number 6

    Number 6 Ancient Mariner

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  11. Onhell

    Onhell Infinite Dreamer

    Reminds me of Insidious II.... *shudder*
  12. Edington

    Edington More Than Two Problems

    Don't. Blink.
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  13. Magnus

    Magnus Ancient Mariner

    Clairvoyant Arry confirmed.
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  14. Magnus

    Magnus Ancient Mariner

    was cruel though.
  15. Magnus

    Magnus Ancient Mariner

    Band name envisaging first three frontmen, mystic, supernatural - and scary.

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