What's scarier at day than night?
By - HorrorAcrobatic7158
No one in the mall
We have an old, small1970’s built mall. Up until the early 1990’s it was pretty popular, with clothing stores, a few restaurants, and a movie theater. Now the neighborhood it is in has become low income housing, and bigger shopping plazas farther away have made it not very attractive to renters.
For a while in the early 00’s, it only had five tenants, three of which were just offices. I used to work for the supermarket attached to the mall, and would take my breaks in the quiet mall. It was perfectly normal at 12pm for me to be the only person in the entire mall. Just me and some generic Muzak playing over the speakers.
Every time I play Fallout, I’m reminded of that mall.
Getting some /r/liminalspace vibes from this
"The store is now closed. Please exit the building." - SCP 3008 2
I literally just had a nightmare about being trapped in the infinite IKEA.
Are you okay? Maybe don't go to the IKEA for a little... or at all.
Dude, regular IKEA is a nightmare maze. I got legit claustrophobic last time I was in one.
And lights suddenly goes out
*shrugs* "it's free real estate"
Normal at night. Not so much in the day.
So true , I remember the eerie silence during the first lockdown here
Oh gosh the first few weeks of lock down in Los Angeles were terrifying but oddly relaxing. Literally no traffic on most of my route to work... which is the weirdest thing ever. It felt like the apocalypse happened I missed the mandatory evacuation or something.
I did what was normally an 80 minute commute in 17 minutes, and I stopped for gas!
I used to live in hearing distance to a highway then, and I could open all windows and just chill because no one fucking drove anywhere. That was the most surreal moment of the last year for me
If you're in the jungle at night, and everything goes quiet, you're in trouble.
Same goes for the city my friend.
I listened to a podcast years ago that mentioned a city park that dealt with people loitering in a rather novel way.
They had speakers hidden in the plant beds that would play bird sounds and insect noises like you would hear in the woods. And then at random intervals the sounds would just stop.
People would become uneasy, but wouldn't know why, so they would leave the park.
That's weird, right? Aren't parks FOR loitering? Why else do parks exist except that they're one of the only places to just *be* without having to pay?
Generally yeah, but maybe it was set up to deter partying/drinking in the park at night?
Loitering, the age based crime. Younger you are? The more crimey it is.
In this case it was more like "loitering while waiting for potential mugging victims" and less "loitering to enjoy nature" if I remember correctly.
Do parks not close at dusk or whatever by you? All the parks by me close at dusk and have the gates closed.
Where I am at least, a lot of crimes happen in parks at night. It’s a common place for drug deals, and there are often stories of rapes and mugging staking place there.
There's one particular park in a shady part of my city's downtown that was terrible for these things for a long time. The brush and trees were really close to the path, everything was overgrown, and you couldn't see from one side of the park to the other (it's not a huge park, maybe 400m x 200m), so there were plenty of hiding places for muggers and other people out to commit violent crime.
In the 90s (I think, I was a kid and my dad told me this), they finally cut all the brush back, added a tonne of lamps and cleared the space up. There's still lots of drug use, but the violence has largely dropped off since then.
I would really like to hear something like this.
Usually indicates there's a predator nearby.
Look for a slight shimmering from the cloaking device.
I also find the distinctive 'rattle' sound like a crow croaking about can help.
I seeeeee you
I'm not sure what jungle you are talking about but there are several monkey and bird species that are very loud when they detect a predator.
Yeah, I am a teacher and during the school holidays when the rooms and corridors are silent it's un-nerving. Especially as my school is a very old establishment, with mainly Victorian corridors and lots of dark stairwells.
For me, total silence is always scary. Day or night, inner city or middle of the forest. There's always noise, crickets, wind, distant vehicles, airplanes overhead, birds, water, etc. If all of those sounds are absent, cue panic attack.
I’ve noticed this twice in my life: right after 9/11 & the Covid lockdown.
There be a fricken tornado coming
Silence and stillness, yes. No rustling wind, no birds..
And your ears make the humming noise and it’s so annoying.
Surely that depends on where you are?
Definitely. I've been way out west in Australia in the Outback, and sometimes when you pull over on the side of the road, you can't hear anything. No wind, no wildlife, no cars, no people. It's not scary at all, it's quite serene and peaceful. Its nice to experience that kind of silence every once in a while.
Nocturnal animals. Could indicate rabies if they’re active during the day when they shouldn’t be.
I don’t have rabies but I sometimes go out during the day.
I'll make sure to stay far away from you.
Rabies sometimes take years for symptoms to start
Don’t think you can fool us into getting close to you
Bro I’m fine. Just keep that water away from me and we will be cool.
Hey, hey, it's cool. By the way, can you join me out behind the barn?
God yes, finally someone is going to take me out.
Dunno, sounds sorta sus.
Thing with rabies in humans is by the time you know you have it. It's to late.
Went to visit my parents a few years ago and woke up to a coyote standing in the front yard. Not altogether abnormal. But it didn't move an inch for hours. Around 3 in the afternoon my dad went to scare it off and it charged him. Pink mist, man.
My answer is my dad in his underwear with a shotgun.
Rabies is about as close as we (currently) get to zombie shit and it's frikkin terrifying.
Watched an information video on a dog going through all the stages and man...I wouldn't wish that fate on anyone.
There's a theory that the vampire myth came from people with rabies. Aversion to bright lights/strong smells like garlic. Can't cross water. You get it from being bitten by bats. You turn pale and try to bite people. Seems like a lot of simillarities
Once I watched videos of people suffering from end stage rabies I had this exact thought. I bet rabies influenced plenty of vampire myths as well as werewolves (foaming mouths and biting) and zombies.
Zombies, as we know them, were created by George Romero. Prior to "Night of the Living Dead," zombies were generally the slaves of Voodoo Shamans whom would kill on demand, rather than eat human flesh.
That's so cool, thank you for sharing this with me!
Fuck that- check out humans with rabies online. There’s ones of people who are going through that fear of water- imagine having your brain affected that way. Drooling, staggering
True. (I'm not going to find that because my soul can only handle so much.)
I suppose it's somewhat wrong that a puppy-in-pain whimper is just beyond what my squishy American heart can handle. Maybe it's because I assume a human could understand what was happening to them in the beginning whereas an animal is just scared. But then again, we would put down an animal in that situation whereas I don't know how we handle humans who can't be helped.
I saved this text from someone who posted this before, don’t know who. So this is NOT mine, however, I’d like to share:
Rabies. It's exceptionally common, but people just don't run into the animals that carry it often. Skunks especially, and bats.
Let me paint you a picture.
You go camping, and at mid-day you decide to take a nap in a nice little hammock. While sleeping, a tiny brown bat, in the "rage" stages of infection is fidgeting in broad daylight, uncomfortable, and thirsty (due to the hydrophobia) and you snort, startling him. He goes into attack mode.
Except you're asleep, and he's a little brown bat, so weighs around 6 grams. You don't even feel him land on your bare knee, and he starts to bite. His teeth are tiny. Hardly enough to even break the skin, but he does manage to give you the equivalent of a tiny scrape that goes completely unnoticed.
Rabies does not travel in your blood. In fact, a blood test won't even tell you if you've got it. (Antibody tests may be done, but are useless if you've ever been vaccinated.)
You wake up, none the wiser. If you notice anything at the bite site at all, you assume you just lightly scraped it on something.
The bomb has been lit, and your nervous system is the fuse. The rabies virus is multiplying along your nervous system, doing virtually no damage, and completely undetectable. You literally have NO symptoms.
It may be four days, it may be a year, but the camping trip is most likely long forgotten. Then one day your back starts to ache... Or maybe you get a slight headache?
At this point, you're already dead. There is no cure.
(The sole caveats to this are extremely rare natural survivors and some recipients of the Milwaukee Protocol, which left most patients dead anyway, and the survivors mentally disabled, and was seldom done).
There's no treatment. It has a virtually 100% kill rate.
Absorb that. Not a single other virus on the planet has that kill rate. Only rabies. And once you're symptomatic, it's over. You're dead.
So what does that look like?
Your headache turns into a fever, and a general feeling of being unwell. You're fidgety. Uncomfortable. And scared. As the virus that has taken its time getting into your brain finds a vast network of nerve endings, it begins to rapidly reproduce, starting at the base of your brain... Where your "pons" is located. This is the part of the brain that controls communication between the rest of the brain and body, as well as sleep cycles.
Next you become anxious. You still think you have only a mild fever, but suddenly you find yourself becoming scared, even horrified, and it doesn't occur to you that you don't know why. This is because the rabies is chewing up your amygdala.
As your cerebellum becomes hot with the virus, you begin to lose muscle coordination, and balance. You think maybe it's a good idea to go to the doctor now, but assuming a doctor is smart enough to even run the tests necessary in the few days you have left on the planet, odds are they'll only be able to tell your loved ones what you died of later.
You're twitchy, shaking, and scared. You have the normal fear of not knowing what's going on, but with the virus really fucking the amygdala this is amplified a hundred fold. It's around this time the hydrophobia starts.
You're horribly thirsty, you just want water. But you can't drink. Every time you do, your throat clamps shut and you vomit. This has become a legitimate, active fear of water. You're thirsty, but looking at a glass of water begins to make you gag, and shy back in fear. The contradiction is hard for your hot brain to see at this point. By now, the doctors will have to put you on IVs to keep you hydrated, but even that's futile. You were dead the second you had a headache.
You begin hearing things, or not hearing at all as your thalamus goes. You taste sounds, you see smells, everything starts feeling like the most horrifying acid trip anyone has ever been on. With your hippocampus long under attack, you're having trouble remembering things, especially family.
You're alone, hallucinating, thirsty, confused, and absolutely, undeniably terrified. Everything scares the literal shit out of you at this point. These strange people in lab coats. These strange people standing around your bed crying, who keep trying to get you "drink something" and crying. And it's only been about a week since that little headache that you've completely forgotten. Time means nothing to you anymore. Funny enough, you now know how the bat felt when he bit you.
Eventually, you slip into the "dumb rabies" phase. Your brain has started the process of shutting down. Too much of it has been turned to liquid virus. Your face droops. You drool. You're all but unaware of what's around you. A sudden noise or light might startle you, but for the most part, it's all you can do to just stare at the ground. You haven't really slept for about 72 hours.
Then you die. Always, you die.
And there's not one... fucking... thing... anyone can do for you.
Then there's the question of what to do with your corpse. I mean, sure, burying it is the right thing to do. But the fucking virus can survive in a corpse for years. You could kill every rabid animal on the planet today, and if two years from now, some moist, preserved, rotten hunk of used-to-be brain gets eaten by an animal, it starts all over.
So yeah, rabies scares the shit out of me. And it's fucking EVERYWHERE.
This made me so anxious that I looked up rabies statistics for where I live. Thankfully the last case here was recorded in 1903, but I was legit worried for a minute there.
There's a very good reason its taken SO SO seriously.
When I was helping at a wildlife rescue, they explained to us that any animal that bit us and drew blood would need to be euthanized and tested for rabies if a medical professional recorded it. If you couldn't remember / discern which animal it was (like 1 of 5 similar looking raccoons in a cage), they were required to euthanize *all of them*. They have to test for the rabies by decapitating the animal and checking the brain.
We couldn't even accept some species for treatment at all if they're on the state rabies reservoir list - like skunks. Regardless of their condition.
In the animal shelter I'm at now, the protocol is a little different with dogs, since humankind treats their lives as having a higher value. Whereas non pets have to be euthanized, any dog that draws blood has to go on a "bite hold" where they're checked for signs of rabies for two weeks.
That's also because we know how long it takes for an infectious dog or cat to show symptoms of rabies. For all we know a skunk can be infectious a month before they develop symptoms.
I believe you would be plenty scared because you knew what was going on. When symptoms are showing you are already dead, there is no cure. I can only imagine the dread you're sitting with knowing that.
Why’s your dad in his underwear at 3pm outside?
As a man sitting around the house on a Sunday, let me defend his dad. Pretty sure he was just comfortable on a weekend when the coyote happened.
There's a list of things you can put your pants on before going to go do on your lazy day. Coyotes don't care about social norms though, so they don't make that list.
If there was a sketchy coyote that had been standing in my yard for hours, not moving, you can fucking bet that I'd have the thickest, closest to armor gear I own on just in case the shotgun takes more than one blammo.
I’m pretty sure the coyote answers that question.
You've never been to Oklahoma.
It didn't move an inch for hours because that would be too slow
I remember walking a trail along a river once and saw a bat out during the day just flying around in circles and occasionally diving into the water and then back to circles again. Got out of there real fast in case it was rabies
Better safe than sorry! There are some bats that fish, and some that are active in daytime, but rabies is so horrific and incurable that I’d gtfo every time if there wasn’t some wildlife expert standing next to me to tell me otherwise 😂
You can get a shot and you’ll be fine. But you need it before the first symptom occurs.
And that takes a LOT of time (we are talking about weeks here), so no need to worry if you don't get it right away, but a day later. (Not every hospital has it in stock, but they get it usually within 24 hours)
Symptomatic rabies is more or less untreatable outside of the Milwaukee protocol. If you think you contracted it and get treatment right away before symptoms show up, you have a decent chance
Even the Milwaukee protocol isn't really as effective as they had hoped it would be, if I'm not mistaken.
Afaik it's worked once and not worked any other times, to the point where it's up in the air whether or not it actually worked even that one time or if the patient just happened to be one person out of a billion capable of surviving rabies.
Any time they knock you out before giving you ketamine seems like a waste to me.
If I'm gonna go out hard, just give me the K and gtfo.
Also apparently it has worked about 10 times since that first case.
I think that survivor also ended up being really fucked up by the treatment
She was rocked for sure but to have had a disease that is otherwise 100% fatal? I'd take it.
If you get treatment right away you will survive, it's not just a decent chance but almost sure.
not once symptoms start.
The only reason the west has so few rabies deaths is a stringent bite protocol.
If you are bitten by a wild animal or domestic animal without rabies shots you WILL be given rabies shots to nip that shit in the bud.
The WHO estimates 60000 deaths per year from rabies across Asia and Africa, 40% of which are kids under 15. 24000 kids dying the most horrific death I can imagine every year because they don't have access to the same post bite care we do in the west. Heartbreaking.
It could, maybe, but it’s a myth that seeing skunks out during the day = rabies. During breeding season, a mom skunk will spend their normal awake hours taking care of her babies and go find food for herself after they’re asleep for the day. Thinking about all the poor baby skunks out there makes me sad.
My mom shot a raccoon that was not running from warning shots. So mom ended it. She called the animal control and they said to just throw it away. Then she warned all the neighbors.
That's terrible advice. Infected animals carcasses can and will pass it on to anything that eats them. only way to be safe is to incinerate the remains.
The idea of rabies fucking terrifies me.
That shit can stay dormant in a body for YEARS before activating, and once symptoms present you are DEAD, no cure, no treatment, just a rapid decline into terrified oblivion.
the fear of rabies is one of the bigger reasons I won't ever move outside a city. I don't want my kids to get nicked by some fuckin rabid fruit bat while playing outside and forget to say anything until they start foaming at the mouth.
Irrational? yeah, but it still scares me.
Not hearing birds chirping at all.
When there was a solar eclipse the birds silenced, then started singing loudly as the sun re-emerged. It was so bizarre.
“oh shit, i guess it’s time to sleep.”
“WAIT GUYS IT’S DAY FALSE ALARM GUYS WAKE UP!”
I figured my babies were like this too, so I tried to make it as dark as possible in the room when my kids nap/go to bed. They *do* tend to sleep pretty long. It's nice.
Whenever there arent any noises around from animals it means two things,1. Run there's something that could kill you 2. There's no animals there which leads to many more questions
Even your 2 usually means run, there's something that could kill you - and you PROBABLY CAN'T SEE IT.
Moral of the story, dont look for silence
They chirp in winter just not all of them
I live way up north, so there aren't many of them to chirp during the winter.
All the streetlights suddenly coming on.
Oh you mean my good "friend" here phil?
Don't worry about what we were doing btw.
Except if it’s a solar eclipse. Those are always super rad.
Yeah if its a solar eclipse then its pretty badass but if its 9 am and its pitch black and there's no sun...
You're in Scotland, calm down and have an irn bru :)
but if you're an illiterate peasant who doesn't know that, that's also really scary
This never occured to me until now but so many people had to have gotten vision damage due to looking up during a eclipse, not knowing how harmful for the eyes that can be. Crazy to think about.
You can be drunk at 10am and not help too. You can do it, I believe in you.
I work overnights. When I get home sometimes I fire up the grill, make a steak and martini. My neighbor looks at me funny as he’s leaving for work. I love it.
My job thinks I have a boat. I don’t know why. But I use this belief to my advantage.
Whenever they call me and I’m just not in the mood to cover, whether I’m doing something or not, I just say I’m already on the water in some far away lake/river. Works every time.
This got a lot better for me when I discovered the joy of just saying no with no explanation. Just flat "no" or if you're feeling polite "sorry I can't". If you give any kind of explanation as to why they always have an answer for it like "sorry my house is on fire" it's always "you can call the fire brigade from work you can totally come in". But if you just say no- they can't do anything with that.
So so so true. We live on a farm out of town and drive my son to work (he’s not old enough for a license yet). Anyway, we went away for a couple of nights on his days off. His boss calls and asks him to come in, he says he can’t because he has no one to drive him. They send someone out to pick him up. he’s only an apprentice chef, but they were so short staffed they sent a waitress to pick him up.
Realizing you don’t need to give a reason to not want to work extra time was a great realization for me.
“Hey you wanna come in on Saturday?”
“No not really”
*stands there awkwardly until I give an excuse*
“Oh I just don’t want to”
My old job would have me working tons of overtime, but if I showed up late the next day, I caught shit for it. I finally started saying "no" to their requests to stay late and come in on days off & my attendance improved (surprised Pikachu).
Oh my god
Like the sun?
To be honest, I was picturing that if your seeing stars in the day time it means you've been hit hard on the head
Not totally related but recently I went outside to go on a walk and it was almost pitch black(around 10am). Turns out that was just how thick the clouds were and a nasty thunderstorm with hail like bullets hit our county. I first thought it was an eclipse.
There was a partial eclipse the other day so could have been both!
A bat randomly flying around
Also, spotting a racoon during the day.
Hollywood. Everything there looks better/cleaner/safer in low light.
Honestly yeah. I think Hollywood is meant to be a night town, being there in the day feels off
What about Las Vegas? I've never been to either one of them but what you're saying might make sence
Vegas is fine during the day, insanely hot though. The night is definitely when the city becomes more alive.
a giant magnifying glass
Shut up, ants!
What is this?! A comment for ants!?!
The moon. It looks so damn menacing hanging there in the sky during the day.
And Japanese words begun to hover in the sky alongside the Mokn
Better start collecting those masks.
That's no moon...
My mother. She's scariest at her grumpiest and that's when she's awake.
I’m sorry :(
That's why I haven't talked to mine in a decade
Cycling. I cycle long distances, around 50 miles twice a week, and I refuse to ride during the day anymore. During the day drivers are distracted and there’s far more traffic and potential risk when riding. At night time there are very few cars on the road and because each one is easy to spot with their headlights, I am able to better anticipate what they are going to do and adjust accordingly. I’ve been cycling for nearly 15 years and night riding is so much more relaxing.
>and because each one is easy to spot with their headlights
Nice of you to assume that all cars have headlights on at night...
I did a 80-mile race a couple weeks ago and the course was marked incorrectly. We figured out something was wrong around mile 65. So we took out our iphones and mapped our way back to town, however the only way was a very busy road. God it was so scary. 100+ cyclists on a busy highway. I'm shocked nobody was hit.
I normally stick to gravel riding after 2014. That year I lost four riding companions to either drunk drivers or distracted drivers. I only ride on the paved road during a race. Otherwise it's gravel or trail.
the risk of skin cancer
When it’s y’know day time, then suddenly 20 minutes later it’s night. Gives me the jeebies every time for some reason.
Read this in Paul McCartney's voice
fuck you. why does that read so well in his voice!
Seeing someone completely shit faced. Something in their life is probably wrong. It’s 50/50 if they cry it out at you or attempt to beat your ass.
Alternatively, just in college
Never been day drinking before? It's the best
I don't get the stigma against it. Back when I would drink alcohol I'd mark off a saturday and start drinking at 10am, have a nice buzz all day, then be sober by night time.
I always hated going to bed drunk, it fucked up my sleep. So I had to time things so I was sober by the time I went to bed.
In Scotland there's a pretty big drinking culture so it's weirder when you don't see someone fucked during the day.
Depression sucks during the day because I’m awake with countless thoughts and at night I’m asleep
Depression and insomnia is a terrible mix
A fellow club member!
An empty stretch of highway leading into a populous city. The first few images of lockdown were proper creepy.
When you have kids, sleep.
One of those odd mornings where you sleep in till 10 and awake in sheer panic at the thought your kids have been up for 3 hours unsupervised.
The thought that my kids would have been occupied with something nefarious enough to have left me undisturbed for three hours is chilling.
I fell asleep with my toddler one afternoon. I woke up to the phone ringing, my neighbour was on the line saying she could hear my toddler trapped in our caravan which was in the backyard. I ran straight out, he was having the time of his life in the van, and yeah he was trapped, he couldn’t open the door to get out, which was actually lucky as he could have wandered off anywhere. i still have extreme parent guilt over that.
I feel ya. A few weeks into lock down I was working from home and the kids (4 yrs and 16 months) were outside playing in the backyard. I could generally see them but I would still get up every couple of minutes to check on them, when I got caught up in an email to my boss. I got a phone call from the neighbor asking if the kids were supposed to be out front? Nope! Turns out my 4 year old could reach the gate latch. I felt horrified. Luckily we live in a cul de sac and there's not much traffic. There is also a lock on our gate latch now.
When you have kids, silence. They're up to something...
These little bastards plan something
Going to a strip Club.
Depends on the day. I did some surveying in a popular London strip club during the day, and they were all in there rehearsing!
that's a pretty interesting survey.
Murder! something so unsettling about someone getting killed in broad daylight that is scary!
Wow. There is a story here.
Empty churches and plazas
Many answered "sun" why?
Maybe because of sunburn or heatstrokes during the day in some regions where it is really hot.
I used to work overnights and drive home at just before day break. The traffic was super light and very easy at night.
Day time, oh man. People are out for blood. Accidents everywhere. Traffic jams for miles. Idiotic drivers with no end in sight.
Best times to drive: 10:00PM to 7:00AM. (Applies locally, your experience may vary.)
Me naked. Can't see how gross I am in the dark.
Vampires. It would show us that vampires aren't actually weak to the sun and that they are just undefeatable.
My face in the mirror
Looking at the sun
I’d say being able to look at the sun at night would be way scarier
Thats when the problems begin to arise
Or you're in an arctic region
That's when the problems already have arisen.
**AH MY EYES!!!**
fireworks or the sound of fireworks
I often dream of fireworks going off in the daytime over a park. I saw it in reality once as a test run for a festival and they're as vivid in daylight as they are at night. No one believes me. Now I dream about it all the time. Beautiful colours in front of fluffy white clouds against a perfect blue sky. Lovely dreams, but still no one believes me.
I disagree. Fog at night is hella scary
Oh my God the dementors are here
The worst thing about prison was the dementors
Last nights one night stand.
Trying to sneak.
In the bank
Lack of sunlight.
my cell phone
You might not know whether they are still alive~~
They're ways to be sure ..