Couple of people asked me to share one of my experiences, so here it is. Not so dramatic as a full-bodied apparition or ghosts walking around, but
spooky and strange nevertheless. I did post about it in another thread, but decided to be an attention-whore and give it its own thread. Sorry.
did re-write a bit for dramatization (jk?). It's long, but I tried to give detail.
Over a decade ago I was staying with a friend, and while she was working I would babysit her boy who was around eleven. It was after midnight, the boy
was asleep, and I was reading a book (I even remember the book... book 3, King's Dark Tower series). As I was reading, I saw movement in front of me
where the entertainment system (ES) stood. There was a shallow tray on the floor in front and to the side of the ES for their pet box turtle that had
water and food on it. Next to the tray was an iron candle holder with a tripod base, the three legs being these iron spirals... heavy, short, and
squat. Attached to the top of it was one of those clamped reptile lights for the turtle, not much wider than my outstretched hand. The cord for the
light ran down the base of the candleholder and was wrapped around at the bottom of one of the spiral tripod legs and went behind the ES where it was
plugged into a power strip that lied on the floor.
The movement I had noticed was the cord slowly being pulled from behind the ES, snake-like, until it was taunt and started to slightly raise an inch
or so off the floor. As I watched, it seemed to reach maximum tauntness, and the candleholder fell over, like a building tipping slowly over, into the
tray with a clatter, and the cord dropped to the floor limply. The light was not lit, but it was plugged in. The bulb didn't break.
I didn't think much about it at all really, because I assumed the turtle was behind the ES and had gotten entangled in the cords. So I got up, went
to the ES and looked behind it.... and there was nothing there. Turtles don't move too fast, so I figured it was around there somewhere, but when I
found the turtle he was behind the couch I had been reading on, asleep (across the entire 8x10ish room from the ES). If you have ever seen a box
turtle sleeping, well, they look like they're dead... their legs and head are sprawled out, and even their tongues will loll out.
So I stood there stunned because there was simply no way the turtle could have gotten across the floor from the ES and behind the couch without me
seeing it, especially in that short of time. The turtle was obviously asleep. They had no other animals (other than country mice). I checked on the
boy and he was in his room asleep. He also always slept with his light on... not possible for me not to see him pull a trick. The hallway to his room
was in plain view to my right where I sat on the couch.
I was stunned, but I still believed there was some rational explanation. So I went to the light and tried to replicate what happened and I couldn't.
No matter how I pulled the cord, it would only drag the heavy candleholder across the floor (because you were pulling from the bottom of the
candleholder). It never
came close to tipping over (on a shag carpet, no less). It was not top-heavy, but rather very bottom-heavy! The reptile
light weighed next to nothing and the hood was light aluminum. I tried kicking it lightly around a few times, but this thing was like heavy cast iron;
you would have to use force to knock it over.
It was around then that I got a chill and wondered 'what is here?', but I sensed nothing and nothing else happened.
Oddly, the candleholder tipped over in the opposite direction that it was being pulled from, into the tray. It just didn't make sense! I'm still
trying to find a reasonable explanation. Even if it had been the turtle, there was no way it could have pulled this thing over. The turtle weighed
less than a half a pound I would bet. It's entirely possible I missed something, but I have no idea what it could have been. It wasn't the boy or
the turtle or mice, I know that much. To this day I can still see that cord in my mind, slowly being pulled until it was taunt, and the candleholder
just falling slowly over. None of the motions were violent or abrupt. You could believe the turtle was pulling it and that's what happened, but the
turtle was nowhere near the area.
pulled the cord and knocked it over?
Nothing else ever happened there that I was aware of, and my friend and her boy said they had never had anything happen before that. I know what
you're thinking... there has to be a rational explanation other than 'ghosts' or whatever, and it's hard for me not to agree with that, but to
this day I still have no explanation for it. Whatever pulled it still creeps
me out to this day. Nope, no drugs/alcohol. I'm fairly certain
(as you can be) that I wasn't hallucinating or dreaming. It is a possibility, though, I admit. I don't have a history of any serious mental
problems. Anyway, there's my 100% true, non-bias-tainted ghost story from a skeptical believer. Hope someone enjoyed it.
Added irony for fun: I am still skeptical of 'poltergeists', at least the current/past explanations for the phenomena.