I saw a few people talk about UFOs on some other threads.
I was just wondering if anyone has real-life experiences with the weird or unexplained. I'm fascinated by real world accounts and would love to hear of yours.
I'll start with my own experience.
I hit a ghost with my car.
I grew up in a small rural farming community. When I was a teenager, I used to work in a nearby town and occasionally had some pretty late nights. On the way home, about a kilometer from where my father grew up there was the remains of a small town named Malcolm. It had been gone for a long time, by the time I was born there wasn't much left of it, just a cemetery and the remains of a one-roomed school house.
One night when I was 17 or 18 years old, I worked until 11pm or so. It was a weird summer night and a thick fog had settled on the area. My headlights illuminated the fog, and it was like driving through a white nothingness. Visibility couldn't have been more than 50m in any direction, it was a slow drive and I was on edge. Lucky for me, it was late enough and remote enough that there were no other cars on the road.
As I came through Malcolm, something suddenly appeared in front of me. It was a featureless black silhouette of a person standing in the middle of the road. It was like something was standing between my headlights and the white, and casting a shadow against it, but there was nothing there. It was probably about as tall as I am, and it wasn't moving. I hit the brakes, but I was going fast enough that I didn't stop in time. I ran right through it before the car came to a stop.
When the car stopped, I took a few deep breaths, checked my mirrors and stuck my head out of the car to see if I actually did hit something, but I was too freaked out to get out.
There was no contact with anything, no thump, or bump, or damage to the car, so I was reasonably sure I didn't make a new ghost. I sat there for a moment trying to calm down, and then hurried on home. I was cold, and it really did feel like my hairs were all standing on end.
When I told my dad about it, he told me a story (from before he was born) about a nearby farmer who was having an affair with a neighbours wife, and he was supposedly hit and killed on that road (by the husband), not far from Malcolm.
I really don't know if that story was true or if he was just messing with me, I couldn't find any corroborating evidence when I tried to research it.