People tell a lot of outrageous stories online, giving rise to the saying "pics or it didn't happen". But what if you've got a bizarre story AND the pictures to prove it?
Reddit user VanGoghingSomewhere asked "What's your most unbelievable 'pics or it didn't happen' moment, whereby you actually have the pics to prove it happened?"
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About 10 years ago, when I was 17/18 I pulled into my driveway at about 2 am after being at a party. as I pulled in, I saw a MASSIVE brown animal in our driveway. I started freaking out, thinking it was a bear. I live on the outskirts of Birmingham, AL so idk how realistic a bear really was, but I digress.
I started calling my dad from my cellphone, as he was inside dead asleep. he answers and I'm crying saying there's a bear in the driveway and I can't get out of my car. he instantly starts asking if I'm drunk or high and I swear I'm not but he doesn't believe me. after a few more minutes of me frantically crying and begging him to come outside, he finally agrees.
now, my dad just sleeps in his underwear. tighty whities to be exact. so he comes busting out the front door in his whitey tighties and an open robe, with his loaded shotgun in hand.
turns out it wasn't a bear, but a GIANT dead boar. apparently someone had killed boars and were dumping them in random yards around the city. I have no idea why. we didn't know what to do so we called the cops, and they came out, and requested I take a picture of them with it.
it was an old flip phone, so forgive the quality but hey, at least I have pictures of it. wish I had a picture of my dad looking like a stereotypical Alabamian, but I didn't snap a pic of him ????
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I went "magnet fishing", this is where you simple tie a strong magnet to a rope and throw it in ponds and pools until you find some metal stuff on the bottom. Mostly you will find junk and bikes and scrapnel. But I live in Belgium, near Ypres where there have been great battles in WWI, and I just threw the magnet across a small pond just outside the city. And believe it or not, I surfaced a grenade.
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I was eating lunch in the local park when I heard a rustling sound under the bench I was sat on. Then a squirrel ran out from underneath it carrying a full doughnut, sat on the grass in front of me and proceeded to eat the entire thing.
Squirrels are just rats with better PR.
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August 27, 1995 the prisoners of Vridsløselille State Penitentiary in Denmark were allowed into the yard for a barbecue, when a 30 ton Caterpillar 980C wheel loader rammed through the prison wall and created a huge hole where the wall once stood. (photo)
13 dangerous prisoners scaled the rubble and ran to freedom.
Soon after my dad got a call on the phone and told us to turn on the television.
Why? - It was our wheel loader that had been stolen from our family company (a gravel pit) and been used for what is to this date still Denmarks most spectacular prison break.
I remember my dad swearing and cursing (like many dads he can have quite a temper) and being very upset about 3 things.
Some guy had stolen our wheel loader and rammed it into a fucking wall and caused major damage to it!
That guy had also rammed through our company gate, completely trashing it. (Which BTW was totally unnecessary because the dirt barriers that surround the gravel pit keep cars and trucks from passing them, but a wheel loader can easily scale those, so the thief could just have driven around the gate and over the barrier)
As we could now see on live television the police was now driving the wheel loader and using it to clean up the scene - potentially causing further damage to it's damaged hydraulics.
In the months after the prison break, people at my college and elsewhere kept asking me mainly two questions :
Could I drive that thing? - Yes.
Did I drive that thing - No!
I met Muhammad Ali.
We were at an event when I was a kid. Muhammad Ali was there doing a boxing demo of some sort. All I knew was there was a big dude beating people up and I didn't want any part of it.
After, we were mingling around, and he comes right at us, I was crying apparently, my mom threw me into his arms and snapped this pic.
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I was once attacked by a guy on drugs who was dressed in a karate outfit and was wielding two swords. In the end I fought him off with my skateboard.
Really wish I had more pictures. This one was taken from a few stories up across the street where there was a loft apartment building. The yelling and commotion woke most of the residents. The photographer recognized me in a bar a few weeks later and emailed me the picture.
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I rescued a humming bird from my parking structure at work. He was flying against the glass for a long time. Unfortunately to get to him I had to climb across a beam with a really long drop. Once I got him in my hands, and back out where he could fly away safely... He just sat in my hand for a few minutes. He seemed genuinely appreciative of the help.
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I was on the boat with my family in Florida and sat on the edge of the boat to take a picture of me with the water and two dolphins and their baby jumped out of the water and this picture was caught at the perfect time. I have never seen this happen again before, especially in the wild. Pic was Fall 2012 in Tampa Bay Florida, taken by my brother, picture of me.
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Definitely not the most WOW thing ever, but i never got a haircut until i was 13 years old. i had five feet and three inches of hair, right down to my ankles when you pulled it straight (it's wavy/curly naturally). i cut three and a half feet off for my first cut!!
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When I was in 10th grade my high school friends didn't believe that Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen used to be friends with my twin brother and I. We were labeled as compulsive liars and it was brought up whenever we would say anything they could perceive as a lie. We found a picture of them at our birthday party that shut them up.
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When I was a young comedian, Robin Williams stopped in to do a surprise set on a show I was hosting.
Talked to him for 20 minutes after the show. Then I handed my friend a camera (not a phone, that's how long ago it was) and asked Robin for a picture. He gave me a huge bear hug and said "how about now?"
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I won an all expenses paid holiday to Transylvania in a local nightclub's Halloween fancy dress contest, dressed as Zombie Pacman. The last photo is of me on my holiday, standing in front of a church in Cluj-Napoca in Romania (where Transylvania is).
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