posted on Nov, 27 2015 @ 08:51 AM
I'm not sure where this post belongs actually, but this seemed the best fit.
All my adult life I've experienced this strange phenomenon for which I have no explanation. Now, I'm not much for paranormal stuff for the most
part, but this is just too unusual not to note. It's not about mentally bending forks or anything like that, though it ranks right up there in my
I think I first noticed it when I was about 18. I'd grown up in the country and hadn't really ever lived in 'the big city' (well, it was big for
me) until I left for college. One thing which defined 'city' for me was all the lights, but streetlights in particular were something I really
noticed; there were just everywhere. There were lights on the highway, lights on the secondary roads; there were even lights on the side streets.
Heck, there were so many lights a person could just drive at night with no headlights on it seemed.
One night I was driving down a main thoroughfare in Salt Lake City; I was tired and just kind of mindlessly driving along to my destination when I
noticed one of the streetlights in front of me blinked out. I thought nothing of it really, but it did kind of catch my 'zoned out' attention.
Over the next few years I would notice this happen on numerous occasions. It wasn't like it was all the streetlights going out, just a single
one...one I happed to be approaching. Every time it was the same thing; I would be driving along sort of in that "zone" we sometimes get into while
driving and (blink), a streetlight would go out. Each time it would kind of snap me out of the zone for a moment. Odd, but mentally I had always
just chalked this up to streetlights being unreliable. I was a physics student at the time and everything had a logical explanation with the simplest
explanation usually being the correct one. To me it seemed perfectly logical, with all the tens of thousands of streetlights, that periodically a
random streetlight would blink out and go dark. I just happened to be there to see it by coincidence. In a random data set, and given the sheer
quantities of data points, this explanation seemed reasonable. I never really thought about it much more for years.
Fast forward about 10 years; I had accepted a job outside the city of Detroit. Wow, talk about a big city! Being early in my career I wasn't making
a lot of money so I wound up renting this duplex which just happened to reside on the service drive of a major freeway. It was convenient because
this freeway led right to my place of employment, so I drove on it every day. As winter approached and the days grew shorter I found myself driving
this same stretch of road at night more frequently. Each night as I drove home I would notice the streetlight just past my exit would blink out.
What was strange was, it was always the same one. That this same light would blink out nearly every night caught more than my casual attention.
Okay, this was kind of weird.
One night while driving, off in my post-work 'zone', I wondered about the light long before I got to it and made up my mind to pay closer attention.
Sure enough, as I got to my exit the same light blinked out, but this time I decided to drive past my exit. The light stayed out. I drove down the
road for a few minutes and exited at a different exit, circled back and came back to the same spot from the other direction. The light was back on
again. Hmmmm... This happened for quite a while and I always just chalked it up to some random occurrence.
It just so happened I could see this same light from my apartment. I'd never really looked at it before out of my window, but I could see it. So
one night I decided to look out the window at the light...and you can probably guess what happened. Yep, the light blinked out! Okay, there's
definitely something to this.
One Friday night while sitting around drinking beer with a buddy we got onto the conversation about weird occurrences in our lives. I told him about
the light, and of course he thought I was crazy. I told him I'd prove it to him. And so the next night I took him along for a ride with me. I had
pointed the light out to him while it was still daylight outside. Now, after dark, we are driving down the road coming up on my exit; sure as
shootin' the light goes out, just as expected. He was incredulous.
Now I need to digress here for a second. I'd noticed this phenomenon with many, many, streetlights; right as I would approach them they would go
out. It just so happened this particular light was easy to use as an example.
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