Stories

Never Hire a Gardener Who Wants to Work for Free

It had been a week since we'd officially moved into our new house when an older, lanky man appeared at our front door. "Who is it?" my husband Joe called out from the living room, busy setting up the furniture. "An old man, probably one of the neighbors," I answered ...
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If You Ever Find a Search Engine Called GenSearch, Don’t Use It

I first stumbled upon GenSearch in an IRC chat room. While most people think IRC is dead and a remnant of the past, it's still very much alive. The user base has shrunk quite a bit though. Most people moved on to more modern platforms. I'm one of those people ...
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I Found Something Very Strange on Instagram… and Now I’m Scared

I really love Instagram. It's probably the app I spent most of my time on. I don't have a big following or anything, but I love to share pictures. Guess, it's pretty normal for a teenage girl like me. In my time on Instagram, I saw my share of weird ...
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There’s Something Strange Going on at My Dorm. I Might Not Be Alone Here After All…

Living at the dorms is always an experience. Since my first semester, I've lived in one of the oldest dorms on my university campus. There are no individual apartments here. Instead, each floor of the building is one giant apartment that people use together. In my case, I lived with ...
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I Looked Through Some Old Family Pictures. Something Doesn’t Add Up…

The wound caused by my parent's death never really healed. I often had days when the pain was too much, and the longing to see them again was too strong. I recently suffered through one of those days. It had been more than two years since my parents had died, ...
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I Found a Weird Chat Bot, but I Think Some of His Replies Aren’t Just Nonsense

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon a strange post on 4chan's x/ board. The OP of the thread said that he found some strange comments under random articles online. No one had reacted to the thread yet, so I decided to check it out. For as long as ...
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The Experience of a Lifetime

It was supposed to be our last big trip before our graduation. So I and my two best friends Nick and Chris set out to have our very own little spring break, albeit in Germany. Soon enough we'd be jailed away in an office at a typical nine to five, ...
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Something Unknown Is out There in the Alps and It’s Coming for Me…

I always liked to have a more secluded lifestyle, reclusive even. It's not that I have social anxiety or anything, I guess I'm just not a people person. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate other people, but I'd rather not be around them. I like solitude and quietness. When ...
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I Wish I’d Never Met the Man Named Ivan Nikolayev

The passing of time is a strange thing. "Uncle Mike's died," mom told me over the phone. I was devastated, but not shocked. My great uncle Mike had been an old man, very old indeed. He was in his mid-nineties when he died. I'd only ever met him when I ...
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The Barn

The barn was the biggest building on the farm my friend Martin in and his family lived. Martin and I go back a long while. We became friends during middle school when he lived in a boarding home and attended my school for a year. The two of us bonded ...
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