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What is the most unusual thing you ever saw someone do?

Asked by DrasticDreamer (23981points) June 21st, 2009

What’s the weirdest behavior you’ve ever witnessed that left you scratching your head?

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peyton_farquhar's avatar

this should be interesting.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

The first time I saw Jane’s Addiction back in the day.
I saw a lot of “strange” that evening.

exitnirvana's avatar

A group of friends and I were spending the night in, playing various drinking games and whatnot—after some time we found ourselves lounging comfortably on the couch talking amongst ourselves when all of a sudden there comes a knock at the balcony door (following the sound of what a body would create after having thrown oneself over a fence and hitting the ground). One of my said friends drunkenly responds to the knock, throwing the door wide open…a random guy barrels in the door swearing up and down he’s at the right apartment to which all of us, buzzing heavily, respond “No dude, you’ve definitely got the wrong place…” and which he counters: “Nah, nah…lemme check your fridge, that’s how I’ll know.” Staring at him and ourselves rather quizzically we let him check the fridge despite the fact that we have no idea who he is and if he were sober, would not have recognized us either. After checking out the fridge he whispers “oh…” barrels back out the door and heaves himself over the balcony railing for a second time.

Needless to say, after shutting the door, we all burst out laughing hysterically and continued our night.

Bluefreedom's avatar

I saw a man on a television program (I think he was a Hindu Mystic (Fakir?) or something) who was 6 feet tall that contorted himself to fit into a plexiglass cube that was 4 feet by 4 feet by 4 feet large. He dislocated his limbs to get inside and when he was sealed in, it was for 30 minutes and this was without an air supply from the outside.

Aethelwine's avatar

I was at a bonfire at a nude beach on a beautiful late spring evening. Plywood was set across the bonfire so “dumbasses” could run across it. One young fellow ran across the plywood. When he was in the center of the fire, the plywood collapsed and he fell into the fire. This man ran towards the ocean, screaming in pain, and jumped into the water. I will never forget the screams once he entered the ocean.

@The_Compassionate_Heretic Jane’s Addiction is my favorite band. Perry is very interesting to watch on stage! The man does like his wine.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@Bluefreedom – I remember seeing something similar. Perhaps the show was That’s Incredible! ?

Aethelwine's avatar

@aprilsimnel
I was a weekly viewer of that show!

Bluefreedom's avatar

@aprilsimnel. Wow, you nailed it. That was the show! We both saw the same episode and probably @jonsblond did too. =)

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

I once saw a live sex act in the basement of a leather shop that un nerved me.

Bluefreedom's avatar

@hungryhungryhortence. Details please. All of them. j/k

P.S. Why were you watching a live sex act in the basement of a leather shop?

dalepetrie's avatar

1) December 1993, I was traveling to Clear Lake, California from Minnesota to visit a sick relative. Shortly after crossing the border into CA we stopped at the Donner’s Pass rest area. We saw a man filling a 55 gallon drum with snow and loading it in the back of his truck. Not sure what he was planning on doing with it or how he thought he’d keep it from melting as soon as he left the mountainous area, but we continued on.

2) Back in the early 80s, while staying over at my aunt and uncle’s house, my dad went to their refrigerator to get a beer. The beer was in the lower crisper, so he had to bend to get it. He bent down, putting his entire head in the fridge, grabbed the beer and started to come up, but didn’t successfully remove his head from the path of the fridge door before slamming it shut, thus slamming his head in the fridge. We all laughed for about 1/2 an hour until some friends came by. My dad started to tell them the story, and he went to the fridge to demonstrate. During the course of his demonstration, he apparently forgot it was a demonstration and did it again. We decided after slamming his head in the fridge 2 times in 1/2 an hour, he probably didn’t need another beer.

3) Though I didn’t personally observe this…this same aunt and uncle from story 2 live in a very secluded, lowly populated area in northern Minnesota and used to leave their doors unlocked. They own a cabin a few miles from their house where they spend the majority of their time during the summer, and one time, after not having been to the house in several days, they came home to dirty dishes that weren’t theirs on the counters, sink and stove, and a turd in the toilet which as my uncle put it was “a foot long and big around as a beer can”. But not a single thing was missing.

BTW, I was a regular viewer of That’s Incredible, and I’m pretty sure I saw that episode too.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@hungryhungryhortence – Was this act part of some regularly scheduled entertainment, or did you happen upon something a bit… furtive?

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

@Bluefreedom
@aprilsimnel

I had a custom belt ready to pick up at the shop so when I got there the clerk told me the was something going on downstairs if I wanted to check it out. Before that day, the only person I’d seen down there was a guy in bondage gear who would work on items behind the plexiglass barrier that went 3/4 around the room. This day was special in that there was a second person in there with him, demonstrating fisting

YARNLADY's avatar

I once saw a man covered in blood riding a motorcycle down the street. I don’t know the beginning or end of that story, but it scared me and I ran into the house.

Aethelwine's avatar

@YARNLADY I once saw a man hold a gun to a young girl’s head in the backseat of a car traveling in the lane next to me. I was 7 at the time. The man looked at me and put his finger to his lips, shushing me. My parents thought I was just seeing things. I don’t know the beginning or ending to the story either, but it sure did scare me more than I’ve ever been scared.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

@jonsblond That’s horrible. :(

Aethelwine's avatar

@DrasticDreamer It’s been 30 years and my heart pounds thinking of the poor girl in the backseat.

Bluefreedom's avatar

@hungryhungryhortence. Wow, I could have gone the whole week without knowing that. Maybe even the whole year. Next time we should be a little less inquisitive maybe…..lol.

MacBean's avatar

@Bluefreedom: How could you possibly live without knowing that? I’m absolutely fascinated. And jealous. I wish I’d been there. XD

@jonsblond: Dude, that’s the stuff of horror stories. Makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Urgh.

@dalepetrie: Maybe the guy in your first story meant for the snow to melt. Maybe that was his method of getting water. (I don’t know. It makes more sense than collecting snow. Sort of. A little. Maybe.)

Jack79's avatar

I once produced a CD for this musician friend of mine. It was a live album, so we spent a lot of time together. I’d follow him around, set up my equipment at his live shows, record everything and then at the end edited the best takes. One day after one of his gigs we were walking along a pier, just chatting casually about everyday things like girls or music. Then suddenly he picks up a bicycle and throws it into the water. Just like that. And then kept talking about whatever it was we were saying. A few seconds later, I couldn’t help myself but ask him: “so whose was that bike?”. “No idea mate” he replied.

Still baffles me as to why he did it.

saranwrapper's avatar

I was on a public bus and looked over and saw a woman giving a hand job to the man next to her. I accidently made eye contact with the guy. He proceeded to smile creepily and whisper to the woman to speed it up. He continued to stare at me. I pushed the button and got off (no pun intended) at the next stop. That was definitely unusual.

augustlan's avatar

As teenagers, my friends and I regularly used a shortcut through a small wooded area to get to our local mall. This shortcut wasn’t in any way ‘wild’. The path was paved, there were benches to sit on and public trashcans. A planned shortcut, you could say.

* So, one summer day, my best friend and I (2 girls under 14) happened upon a man lying in the grass just off the path, pants around his knees, busy with a magazine… if you know what I mean. We ran into the mall, and some male friends of ours ran out to catch the guy. All they found was the magazine, and a baseball hat full of semen. Ewww.

* Part one of The Summer of Naked Men trilogy. Seriously, there were 2 more naked man incidents in the same year!

kfingerman's avatar

@bluefreedom, I feel like there’s got to be something missing/wrong with this story. Correct me if I’m wrong. but couldn’t a 6 foot tall man sit comfortably crosslegged (or with legs outstretched) in a 4×4x4 box sans dislocations…?

Harp's avatar

I once saw a juggler balance a running lawnmower by its push-handle on his chin, then he had an assistant throw heads of lettuce at the whirring blade, spewing shredded lettuce everywhere.

filmfann's avatar

@kfingerman you are correct. I work for the phone company, and had to work in a manhole that was 3×3x3.5 Very cozy.

Jack79's avatar

@saranwrapper I didn’t notice the pun until you mentioned it. Now it’s funnier! lol

filmfann's avatar

This is the internet, so I have seen a lot of weird things. The weirdest thing I ever saw live was just the crowd when I went to see a punk rock show in San Francisco in the early 80’s. Dead Kennedys, X, Naked Lady Wrestlers, Flipper. The crowd was just unbeleivable.

Bluefreedom's avatar

@kfingerman. My memory of the dimensions of the box must be wrong and it must be smaller than what I posted. Since @aprilsimnel and @dalepetrie saw this same feat performed on the same show, “That’s Incredible”, maybe we can ask them if they remember the exact dimensions of the box.

DeanV's avatar

I was in science one day, when in the middle of a lesson, 2 guys in luchador masks came in to the classroom and stood there waiting for the teacher to address them. When he finally did, they asked him where the convention was. Now this was a college campus, so he told them he didn’t really think one existed. Then they said thank you and walked out, masks and all.

Now that may not really be the most unusual thing i’ve seen somebody do, but it was the first that came to mind. I’ll probably post something else later.

And I know it was a joke.

Nefily's avatar

My best friend and I were walking downtown and as we passed the local pantry we saw in the window upstairs from the pantry a very old lady standing in front of the window with a opened thin robe hanging off of her. And she was facing the entire street. My friend and I just cringed and continued our walk to the park. It was very disturbing because she was standing with her hands on her hips which kind of said “Look at me.” My friend and I also later found out this was apparently her daily routine.

Judi's avatar

I used to work in a psych hospital so I have a lot of them. One of the funniest was when a lady was in the isolation room. She screamed out the window, “Jesus loves you you son of a bitch!”

Darwin's avatar

I found our cat in the fridge once. That was strange.

mammal's avatar

my friend came to visit me at my mum and dad’s house
we were in the lounge, he went to the kitchen for some reason
few minutes later there was some heavy banging coming from the kitchen
when we went to investigate, i saw my friend’s head in the top freezer compartment of a fridge/freezer,
apparently he was licking the ice round the sides and his tongue stuck to it, he was in some discomfort, as he couldn’t shout (his tongue being disabled) he banged on the units to gain our attention. We had to pour tepid water on his tongue in order to free it without damaging the tissue.

Judi's avatar

@mammal ; and I thought that was an urban legend! Someone actually did that?!

mammal's avatar

@Judi he most certainly did,
and sober as a judge

dalepetrie's avatar

@filmfann – sorry, don’t remember the exact dimensions of the box, I didn’t really even pay attention to the dimensions you posted, I just remember an acrylic type box that looked painfully small and this guy had to pretzel himself to stuff himself inside…didn’t look like there was a square inch to spare when they closed the lid.

dalepetrie's avatar

Oh yes, and I almost forgot one of my ALL TIME favorite stories.

1999, I went to see Black Sabbath’s reunion show with Pantera and Incubus opening. We had mezzanine level seats, to the left of the stage about 2 sections back and 8 rows up, so it was a pretty decent spot. About 4 rows in front of us there was a group of 8 people, at least 7 of whom seemed to know each other. So imagine where I’m at, looking straight forward, I’m about 4 seats in, so looking 4 rows in front of me from right to left, think of these people as 1 through 8, 1 being the guy to the right of me on the aisle seat, and 8 being the guy to the left of me 8 seats in.

So, Incubus left the stage, and they were a lot more hardcore in those days (they were trying to be Faith No More basically), so it was pretty loud, but nothing compared to the sonic explosion that would await us when Pantera took the stage. So, looking in front of me, guy 1 was shouting across 6 people to guy 8, they were having a conversation about 20 feet apart. 2 & 3 were conversing as were 5, 6 and 7, but guy 4 was just sitting there with his hands in his lap, just sitting straight up in his chair looking straight forward, seeming like he really didn’t want to be there. I don’t know if he was with this crowd or not, or if he didn’t like that kind of music or had a headache, or what his problem was, but he clearly didn’t seem to be having a very good time, seemed almost pained when you got right down to it.

Well, guy 1 and guy 8 left and came back with those huge ass glasses of beer, like at least 44 ounces, when guy 1 decides to play catch with guy 8. Only problem, no ball. Well guy 1, certainly not lacking any ingenuity, just takes off his shoes, pulls off his socks, which look like they might have been white at some point in that decade, and balls them up, tossing them to guy 8. Guy 8 catches, and they seem to be amused by this for a few minutes. Then a woman, let’s call her girl x, comes walking down the aisle, and taps guy 1 on the shoulder. Guy 1 turns his back on guy 8, leaving guy 8 holding the dirty sweat socks, and guy 1 proceeds to have a conversation with girl x.

Well, guy 8 would have NONE of it. He picked up his 44 ounce beer, which appeared to have at least 38 ounces remaining, with his left hand. With his right, sweat socks clenched firmly in hand, he dunks his fist, sock and all into the beer, soaking up at least 24 ounces of the liquid by the looks of the glass when his fist emerges. He sets down the beer and winds up, taking aim squarely at guy 1. He winds up like an MLB pitcher and lobs that sock at a velocity which I’ve rarely seen a non-professional achieve.

Unfortunately, what guy 8 had in speed, he lacked in accuracy. Because rather than follow the planned trajectory…the back of guy 1, the beersock took a downward path. Now, do you remember guy 4? Well, I’ve often seen the word “THWOCK” in print, but I’d never actually heard it, until that pair of rolled up, beer soaked sweat socks connected squarely with guy 4’s left temple. Another thing I’d never heard is about 300 people in the midst of a raucous concert crowd go dead silent at the same time. Well, certainly, that ended guy 1’s conversation as he was one of the many who turned to hear what that noise was. At this point, the crowd sat with rapt attention, waiting to see if there would be bloodshed.

Guy 8 walked over to guy 4 and began to apologize profusely, asking him is he was alright. Guy 4 however decided to simply cradle his now surely aching head (which was about to get positively pummeled with some of the loudest music ever played) between his hands, resting his elbows on his lap. Guy 4 would not interact, he would not accept any pain killers, he simply wanted to be left alone. So, guy 8 retrieved the beer soaked sweat socks, which were now covered with the residue from the floor of a concert arena as well.

Of course, guy 8 could not return the socks to their rightful owner without first drying them out a bit, so guy 8 grabbed the now 1/4 full glass of sweat sock tainted beer, and wrung out as much of the now gray beer as he could…probably doubling the volume of the glass, before gently tossing the sweat socks back to guy 1. Guy 8 now has a dilemma though. Pantera is about to take the stage, and he doesn’t want to miss one moment of the show, but it would probably take several minutes at this point to get another beer. Still, not having beer to enjoy during the show was simply unthinkable. What to do.

Guy 8 looks at his glass of beer. He looks at the crowd, many of whom are still watching him. He looks back at his glass of beer. He looks up to where he’d have to go to get another beer. He again looks at his glass of beer. He then shrugs his shoulders and takes a big gulp of the beer, and sits down, just in time for Pantera to take the stage (and to hear 300 people simultaneously gag).

YARNLADY's avatar

@Darwin I wouldn’t even consider a cat in a refrigerator unusual, ours darts in there every chance he gets. I keep saying some day we won’t notice, and close the door on him.

Darwin's avatar

@YARNLADYHe used to know how to open it himself and would drag things out to eat at leisure on the kitchen floor. However, we could never prove it was him. This time he fell in love with the lunch meat and let the door close on him. After that we put bungi cords on the fridge so he never did it again.

YARNLADY's avatar

@Darwin We have a child lock on ours to keep the child out, and by extension, the cat.

buster's avatar

I seen this kid when I lived in Portland OR on Alberta Street do some weird stuff for spare change. He ate some Ajax powder then tape a hundred pack of blackcat firecrackers to his chest and start whistling Glory Glory Hallelujah and saluted an invisible flag then set them on fire. People gave him some money too.

bea2345's avatar

Many years ago, on Prince Street in Port of Spain, I saw a man kneeling on the ground, hands clasped, in front of another man (who looked embarrassed and angry): and the kneeling man was saying frantically, “Oh god oh god oh god oh god oh!” The crowds of people parted around this odd tableau: I never learned the story.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@saranwrapper ugh, I’d so give him the middle finger

tiffyandthewall's avatar

i was at this great mexican restaurant, zona fresca, and was sitting at the table with a few friends, and my friend’s dad. we were waiting for our order to be brought out, and we see a guy come up on roller skates to the glass door. he opens the door slightly, peels the sticker off the door – i think it was an ‘exit’ or ‘entrance’ sticker – and skates away quickly. we all just kind of stared at the door, and the man who was pretty quickly gone, and when one of the workers came by, my friend’s dad was like, “did you see that?” and the guy was like “no.” and he explained what happened, and the guy was just like “huh.”

also, i was at taco bell with one of my friends, and it was pretty empty. we were sitting by the window, and we saw a van drive through the empty drive through, stop at the window – like normal. then they went around again. we figured they forgot something. an hour later, they were still going around continuously. it was a worker. they weren’t even stopping at the window anymore, at least more than a second. over and over and over. there was a guy sitting a few tables behind us, and he was watching us like we were crazy because we were laughing so much. my friend was like “do you see that lady?!” and he finally caught on haha.

YARNLADY's avatar

@tiffyandthewall Possible explanation for the round and round at the Taco Bell. You say it was a worker, and my son once told me the number of customers that cross the ‘counter’ in the driveway is part of how the chain decides which ones to close and which ones to keep open.

tiffyandthewall's avatar

@YARNLADY oh, that’s interesting! i should tell my friend, because we still muse over that now. thanks. (:

VanBantam's avatar

Downtown Oakland California: I’m driving along in traffic minding my own business listening to the radio. As I’m waiting I see a guy jogging between the parked cars and traffic wearing boxing gloves and is making some punching like motions like he was working an imaginary speed bag. I don’t make it through the light.

The jogging guy catches up with me and doesn’t stop at the light! He keeps jogging through the intersection doing his boxing thing. I look at the cop parked in the bus stop: he just looks at the guy and shakes his head.

VanBantam's avatar

Ok so this guy in college was throwing a get together in his dorm room. Everyone’s drinking and having a good time and all that. The only sources of illumination are Christmas lights he’s got up and the computer screen which was playing several different music videos. Things get a bit hazy at this point. I get up to go to the bathroom. I come back and the room is empty, weird cause I wasn’t in there very long. The computer screen is has a bunch of static, or snow if you will up. Ok wasn’t there a video just playing? I sit down on his couch and continue to nurse my beer when a video starts playing on the computer screen.

The video is of these two black guys hitting on a couple of black ladies. I proceed to watch the rest of the video, I don’t want to ruin it for those out there who haven’t seen it. The video was very strange and for about two years or so I had no clue what it was.

Some time later I was relating this surreal experience to an acquaintance. Based on the few details I remembered he sorted out what it was and downloaded it for me.

Now if you got this far in my post you’ll be saying to yourself “VanBantam there is nothing weird about your experience.” Well my fellow fluthering friend the video was Aphix Twin’s Windowlicker. Go check it out. Then you’ll see that this was one bloody flipping weird ass experience.

Darwin's avatar

@VanBantam – Are you sure you made back to the right room? All those dorm rooms look alike, you know.

Jeruba's avatar

I saw someone attach a pulley hook to the long blond hair of a man who was dressed as a woman and tied to a chair, He hoisted her up to the ceiling of a warehouse that was being used for a kinky party and let her dangle there for about half an hour. That might have been the strangest thing, unless it was the scene with the needles.

I was there keeping a friend company. It wasn’t my thing, but it sure was educational.

Carbonproduct's avatar

Doo doo in my yard at 4 in the morning. A stranger, not anyone i knew. That wouldn’t be strage then.

Open_Your_Mind's avatar

I had just moved to a new town which was surrounded by country back roads which you had to take to get to the next town. On my trip back wayyyyyyyyy out in the middle
of nowhere; there was a man standing in the road by his car waving his arms. As I got closer I could see he didn’t have any pants or underwear on. He was still waving his arms
as I drove by…...........he was NOT in distress. What a welcome to a new place.
hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

MacBean's avatar

@Carbonproduct: It wouldn’t be strange if someone you knew crapped on your lawn? Either you know some very odd people, or you’re a complete jerk…

Open_Your_Mind's avatar

@MacBean….....I thought what carbon said was very funny…...........hahahahahaha
carbon is kinda known for saying funny stuff.
Actually the person taking a poo on carbons lawn was probably the person from the fisting demonstration in one of the first answers. There is a price to pay for talent sometimes.. hahahahahaha

Judi's avatar

When my little brother was about 2 he took off when my sister was supposed to be watching him. He came home bare naked with a lady from around the block following him. He was carrying a toy sand bucket. The lady knocked on the door and said to my sister, Is this yo baby?
My sister, embarrassed, said, “yes, it’s my brother.”
The lady said, Well, This boy, Pooped on my lawn,....... he pooped on my porch,....... and he pooped in this here bucket!”
this happened 40+years ago. If it had happened today my parents probably would have been in jail for neglect!

Carbonproduct's avatar

@Open Your Mind
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ish. ;D

Carbonproduct's avatar

@Open Your Mind
Your tops friend. ;)

Open_Your_Mind's avatar

@Carbonproduct…........ taking a bow….........: )

Carbonproduct's avatar

Eyeballing Open Your Mind all innappropriatly…sweeeeeeeeeet..;+

Carbonproduct's avatar

No, your shiney Cheek Chin >Shiver<

Open_Your_Mind's avatar

@Carbonproduct…......oh that’s HOT T.

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Carbonproduct's avatar

@Open Your Mind….ooooooooooo seems like we both got vanquished….at least we did it together…;0

Open_Your_Mind's avatar

@Carbonproduct——-Yikes…..that’s never happened to me before…...can’t remember what I said now.

Open_Your_Mind's avatar

Oh I remember…........................oops….............

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