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In re: recent post, aside from the fact that I have recurring and frequent deja vu, the only really creepy experience I’ve had was in second year.

To preface this, I should add that second year was the year I mainlined vast quantities of Marble Hornets and EverymanHYBRID. At the time I had the misfortune to be living over the Mitre, which is a 15th century pub sadly predating modern conveniences such as central heating or double glazing. Sound carries. And this particular night, some wanker downstairs was having a party. Because of said wanker, I could not sleep. Finally, at about 3am, he shuts off his stereo. By this point I am mad with exhaustion. I turn over gratefully to go to sleep.

Whereupon I feel something drag its fingers down my spine. I am talking the exact sensation of having someone come up behind you and run all 5 fingertips straight down your back.

So I’m lying there, suddenly VERY awake, staring at the wall, absolutely bricking myself because there can’t possibly be anything in the room with me, but what if I turn around and there IS?!

Anyway that’s the story of how I was felt up by Slenderman.

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sixpenceee:

A glitch in the matrix is an experience that proves something isn’t right in the world or sometimes your brain. 

Here are some creepy experiences that are supposedly true as reported by these users. 

  • DEAD BUT NOT DEAD

by reddit user 3clipse

I knew my uncle had died.

My mom had called me and told me the news. It was very sad. She told me in the middle of work and I told one of my coworkers. He expressed his condolences on my loss.

A couple weeks later, my sister mentioned my aunt and uncle doing something. I said “but…he’s dead.” And my sister said no, he wasn’t.

I called my mom. No, he wasn’t dead.

To this day I’m still not sure how much of it my brain imagined and how much was real. Did I really talk to my coworker? Was I even on the phone with my mom at all that day?

It still freaks me out knowing that my mind could fabricate so complete and real a memory like that.

  • WHY DID WE TALK LIKE THAT

by reddit user WittyRepost

Several years ago I woke up in bed next to my (now ex) girlfriend and we had a conversation in fluent French. I got up and got in the shower, and as the water started running I realized, neither of us spoke French. When I got out I asked her about it. She remembered it happening but was as confused as I was. I can’t even remember what we talked about because I don’t fucking speak French. Brains are weird.

  • FORGOTTEN 

by reddit user Joevual

My dad has epilepsy and says that he’ll experience this when he doesn’t take his meds. Sort of like a fugue state. He went to Aspen on a business trip to design a ski lodge and he forgot his meds at home. He was supposed to do a big presentation but he never showed up. His coworkers looked for him for hours until they finally found him walking down the highway in the snow, 8 miles from their hotel. Apparently he had completely forgot who he was, where he was, and why he was there. He figured if he just started walking he could piece things together and figure things out. He snapped out of it when he saw the familiar faces of his coworkers.

  • A DIFFERENT PATH

by reddit user A_lot_of_italics

One day I was walking to work and all of a sudden had an urge to walk a different path than usual. I work downtown in a big city. It was a strange spur of the moment urge to walk a different way that changed my life forever.

I turned into an alley I had never seen before. As I remember it, I made it about fifteen feet or so when an actual “glitch” happened. Everything in my mind scrambled. I felt like I didn’t have a body anymore, just that I was a semi-conscious entity floating through some weird dimension. All of a sudden in the array of different colors and shapes a vision came to me. It was a bunch of strange looking people that in my mind resembled businessmen in suits. They looked startled and panicked that I could see them. One of the “people” made a quick movement and everything turned to black.

When I regained normality, I was on a completely different street. It was the same street that I always use to walk to work. I felt sick, and severely disturbed/depressed.

I’ve never done any hard drugs, never experienced any hallucinations, never have had anything like this happen to me. The weird thing is, when the glitch was correcting itself and I could see those “people” watching me like a caged animal I had the feeling that I knew I was being controlled. It still bothers me very much to this day.

  • A SHARP BEND

by reddit user pistacchio

When I was like 10 or 11 I was going to the beach with my aunt and her friends. There were two cars of us. To get there we had to go through a very large industrial area. We didn’t know the direction, so our car was following the other. Suddenly, they did an unexpected turn and so our driver had to take a sharp bend.

In that moment we heard a very clear, loud voice inside the car saying laughing “Sharp bend, hm?!”. The driver immediately hit the brakes. We looked at each other, puzzled: we all recognized it as a voice not belonging to any of us.

In the very same time, we noticed that the other car has stopped as well. The other driver got out of the car with a scared face and shouted to us: “Did… did you hear that as well?”.

They heard the very same thing inside their car. The area around was full deserted.

  • THE SUICIDE DREAM

by reddit user 47attemptslater

When I was a teenager I had two really intense dreams one night. The first one was about an online friend of mine calling me to say she’d broken up with her boyfriend, and I sang a few lines of Seal’s “Don’t Cry” to her over the phone. The second dream was finding a (real life) friend dead body floating in her bathtub.

I didn’t think anything of it up until I logged online that evening and the online friend came online to tell me her boyfriend broke up with her. I immediately asked if I could call her, and she said no. I remember thinking that it meant something, like I could change it. Not long after, my phone rang, and it was Real Life friend from the dream calling me. I was completely freaked at this point, but talked to her normally… she was just talking about school and shit… up until I realized I heard a splash in the background. I asked her, “Are you in the tub?” and when she said yes I felt like my heart had stopped. I asked her, “What did you do?”. She didn’t answer me right away, and then after a very long pause she told me she’d taken an entire bottle of pills and chased it with mushrooms and vodka. She’d gotten scared waiting for it to hit her… so she called me so she’d hear someone’s voice. I hung up and called 911. By the time they got there she was unconscious, but alive. Today she’s a mom to a beautiful little girl, and she’s ok.

  • NO BRUISES OR SCRATCHES

by reddit user mbalsevich

Was monkeying on the hand rails of a balcony on the 4th floor of my building and fell off, as 2 of my buddies watched in horror.

I remember seeing the concrete floor approaching as I fell head first and thinking “oh fuck - I’m going to break my wrist” (Why my wrist? dunno)

Next recollection is seeing my buddies yelling, from up there, “Are you OK!? ARE YOU OK!?”.

I look up, I say: “What happened?”.

They did not see my actually hit the floor, they just ran outside and saw me already standing looking up.

Not a scratch, not a bruise, nothing hurted. I don’t remember hitting the floor, standing up, nothing. No memories exist for those 1 or 2 seconds.

None of us 3 ever understood what happened. But we all saw it and agree on what happened.

  • MY EYES ARE BURNING

by reddit user ClassicJenny

About 15 years ago my friends parents, Steve and Julie, were woken up at 1am to a very loud THUD that rattled the house. Worried that one of the kids had fallen out of the bunk bed Steve went downstairs to check on them but all three kids were sound asleep and safe in their beds. Julie told Steve to check the house in case of intruders so Steve checked the doors and windows before going outside to take a look.

After ten minutes of investigating the noise Steve came across nothing unusual and went back inside to go to bed. He found his wife absolutely worried sick and she demanded to know where the hell he had gone and what happened. Confused and tired Steve told her he found nothing and tried to calm her down before Julie pointed out that it was now 4am and that he had been missing for 3 hours. Julie had even gone outside to check on him and he was nowhere to be found and didn’t respond to her calling his name. Unable to figure out what happened they returned to bed and slept until Steve had to get up for work in a few hours.

Steve owns a painting business and a couple hours after working on a house he noticed his eyes started to feel itchy, then his eyes started to burn, then after a couple hours his eyes burned so badly that he was holding his eyelids open as to not blink because it felt like his lids were sandpaper against his eyes. His employees rushed him to the hospital and Steve was treated for second degree flash burns on his eyes. He was told his burns were equivalent to staring at a welders torch without eye protection for an extended period of time. His eyes were treated and he was lucky to have his vision fully restored.

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So that’s all I got for now. You can view the full thread here

So do any of you have experiences like this? A glitch in the system experience?

Make a post and tag “sixpenceee”! I would love to read them and will be reblogging the ones that really make me go “woah”

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How to prove it

curiosamathematica:

  • Proof by example:
    The author gives only the case n=2 and suggests that it contains most of the ideas of the general proof.
  • Proof by intimidation:
    "Trivial."
  • Proof by vigorous handwaving:
    Works well in a classroom or seminar setting.
  • Proof by cumbersome notation:
    Best done with access to at least four alphabets and special symbols.
  • Proof by exhaustion:
    An issue or two of a journal devoted to your proof is useful.
  • Proof by omission:
    "The reader may easily supply the details."
    "The other 253 cases are analogous."
  • Proof by obfuscation:
    A long plotless sequence of true and / or meaningless syntactically related statements.
  • Proof by wishful citation:
    The author cites the negation, converse, or generalization of a theorem from the literature to support his claims.
  • Proof by funding:
    How could three different government agencies be wrong?
  • Proof by eminent authority:
    "I saw Karp in the elevator and he said it was probably NP-complete."
  • Proof by personal communication:
    "Eight-dimensional colored cycle stripping is NP-complete
    [Karp, personal communication].”
  • Proof by reduction to the wrong problem:
    "To see that infinite-dimensional colored cycle stripping is decidable, we reduce it to the halting problem."
  • Proof by reference to inaccessible literature:
    The author cites a simple corollary of a theorem to be found in a privately circulated memoir of the Slovenian Philological Society, 1883.
  • Proof by importance:
    A large body of useful consequences all follow from the proposition in question.
  • Proof by accumulated evidence:
    Long and diligent search has not revealed a counterexample.
  • Proof by cosmology:
    The negation of the proposition is unimaginable or meaningless. Popular for proofs of the existence of God.
  • Proof by mutual reference:
    In reference A, Theorem 5 is said to follow from Theorem 3 in reference B, which is shown to follow from Corollary 6.2 in reference C, which is an easy consequence of Theorem 5 in reference A.
  • Proof by metaproof:
    A method is given to construct the desired proof. The correctness of the method is proved by any of these techniques.
  • Proof by picture:
    A more convincing form of proof by example. Combines well with proof by omission.
  • Proof by vehement assertion:
    It is useful to have some kind of authority relation to the audience.
  • Proof by ghost reference:
    Nothing even remotely resembling the cited theorem appears in the reference given.
  • Proof by forward reference:
    Reference is usually to a forthcoming paper of the author, which is often not as forthcoming as at first.
  • Proof by semantic shift:
    Some of the standard but inconvenient definitions are changed for the statement of the result.
  • Proof by appeal to intuition:
    Cloud-shaped drawings frequently help here.

(Source: Dana Angluin, Sigact News 1983)

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Went to see the nautical love of my life today and found her attended upon by some sea cadets. 

She’s still looking a bit short, being in the middle of a ten year restoration project. Still looking good for her age, though!

Went to see the nautical love of my life today and found her attended upon by some sea cadets.

She’s still looking a bit short, being in the middle of a ten year restoration project. Still looking good for her age, though!

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imsoconfusedrightnow:

Just got an email titled Collections from my tutor.

"Okay the current plan is that Max and Sophie will do a collection for Concurrency, Alex will do one for Logic and Proof, and Ben will play quidditch or something."

ITT: Ben winning at Oxford.