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Missing Time Experience

I’d like to relate a personal experience that I had when I was an adolescent in the hope that others might be willing to come forward and share any similar experiences that they may have had.

I’ve titled this article “A Missing Time Experience?” – with a question mark, you’ll notice – because it does not necessarily fit the “typical” missing time scenario of which we hear. It did not happen late at night on a darkened rural road; there was no UFO sighting involved (that I recall). It occurred in the afternoon, on a sunny day, on a relatively busy street in a bustling suburban town in northeastern New Jersey. In fact, I’m not entirely sure that there even was a period of missing time. Yet, it was strange in the extreme and something that I contemplate regularly to this day, more than thirty years later.

The time of year was late winter or early spring – around March or April, I believe, of 1978. I was in junior high school, seventh grade, and thirteen years of age. It was a weekday at about 3:00 PM and school had just let out. I left the junior high school, which is located next to a hospital in my home town of Ridgewood, NJ. Ridgewood is located about 20 miles from New York City, in Bergen County, a very populated area of the state. I walked, as I did most days, home from the junior high (now a middle school). My parent’s home was located about 1.5 miles from the school along a very direct route. Most of the walk was on the street on which the school was located, followed by a left and a quick right toward the very end of the walk. So, I’d normally just walk out the front door of the school, take a left, and proceed straight for about 1.4 miles, the last 0.10 of a mile being that left and the right, at which point I was at our house.

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That was the route that I would normally take, however, I had a run-in with a group of boys that bullied me on a regular basis, so rather than taking a left out the front door of the school and proceeding due south for that 1.4 miles, I’d go left and then take another left at the very first traffic after leaving the school. I’d then walk to the next street over and take a right onto that street, again walking due south. It wasn’t much of a departure from my normal route, as the street ran parallel to the one I’d usually take to get home. I’d been doing that for at least a couple of months in an effort to avoid walking past the homes of the boys who were bullying me. Therefore, I’m confident of the the fact that there was no way I would have become lost or confused of my whereabouts.

However, one day as I began walking home, I noticed that everything seemed strangely quiet, almost muted. The normal noise and bustle associated with the after-school rush of children walking home from school was oddly absent and the quiet was rather eerie. There were still cars and some pedestrians present as I walked down this busy suburban street, but there was an odd, unreal feeling to everything, along with this disturbing muted silence.

The street that I was walking down was called North Pleasant Avenue, and the intersection that I was approaching was at the corner of North Pleasant and Ridgewood Avenue. After crossing Ridgewood Ave, North Pleasant turned to South Pleasant Avenue and I would pass the elementary school that I’d attended the years prior to entering the junior high in September of ’77. At crossing that intersection and approaching the elementary school, I was approximately 0.8 mile from my home. I mention these facts only to continue to emphasize that this was a route and neighborhood in which I was used to traveling.

As I continued south, from N. Pleasant toward S. Pleasant and toward the intersection of Pleasant and Ridgewood Avenues, I saw the traffic light, the same familiar stores at the corner, and the small parking lot in front of the stores. However, these landmarks appeared to be getting further away as I walked closer to them, and still this odd silence persisted. As I continued to walk toward the intersection, these landmarks continued to appear to recede further into the distance as I approached them. I began feeling very disoriented and anxious – and then, nothing; a complete loss of memory. I simply do not remember anything past the point of approaching this intersection and seeing it recede further into the distance as I walked ever nearer to it.

“Get John. He needs you.”

My next memory was of “awakening” – for a lack of a better description – on another street in a different part of town, a fair distance from where I had started from at the junior high school. I remember feeling very shaken and confused and somewhat frightened. What had happened? And how did I end up in this different area, nowhere near where I’d begun walking, and nowhere near where I’d “blacked out”? This is where things get a bit stranger still: within a couple of minutes of “coming to” my mother pulled up in her car, parking along the curb of the street where I was walking. I opened the door and she looked at me with great concern and said “John, are you alright?” Now, normally my mother did not come looking for me if I was a bit late arriving home from school. Remember, this was the late ’70s and parents were decidedly more relaxed about the comings and goings of their children. My mother never picked me up from school unless the weather was very severe or we had some kind of appointment after school, and as long as I was home by dinner my parents didn’t worry or wonder about my whereabouts. If I didn’t come straight home it was assumed that I was at a friend’s house or had some kind of after school activity.

The fact that my mother knew exactly where to find me was surprising, and I asked her how she knew where I was. She replied that she was home, doing chores around the house when a voice in her head said “Get John, he needs you”. She of course asked me what had happened and I told her about the receding intersection, the strange silence, the memory loss, and of waking up to find myself walking in this other part of town. I had no idea what had happened and to this day I still do not, other than a vague memory or feeling of having been told or shown something significant. Who told or showed me what, and where it happened, I cannot recall, although I feel at some point that I will recall the entire incident. I simply feel that this event was significant for a reason that I can’t explain, but it’s meaning will eventually be made clear to me.

Being that this was over thirty years ago, I cannot accurately recall the time that I “awoke” or what time my mother found me. However, I don’t think it was a great amount of time, certainly not more than hour, and probably less than that. Thirty minutes, perhaps? So the time was maybe 3:30 or 3:45 in the afternoon, I’d estimate. It may have been later than that, but not by much, if I recall correctly. I’ve always felt that the strangeness of this incident is compounded by the fact that my mother was somehow involved and “contacted”. If I had simply blacked out or became disoriented and wandered off, I could accept that as being a possibility – although I had no history of seizures or blackouts. But the fact that my mother was told to “Get John, he needs you” makes me believe that there was some outside design and involvement in this, the nature of which I do not know.

This, I should mention, was not the only strange and unexplained incidents that I had as a child (or as an adult). Perhaps I’ll discuss some of the others in future blog posts. Meanwhile, I’d be very interested in hearing from other people who may have experienced similar phenomena.

About John Carlson

John C, A.K.A. "The Paranormalist", is a bipedal primate from New Jersey, USA. He has had a lifelong fascination with all things strange and unexplained and has even had some actual face time with the supernatural on several occasions. John is always eager to hear about the experiences of others who have also had encounters with the unknown.

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  1. I had a strange incident about 10 years ago: I was at the seaside and taking a walk along the seafront with a friend. We knew what time we had set off because we were on a break from some chef work we were doing at the time.

    We stopped to look at some tiny silver fish which were catching the light, wondering what they were, as they just looked like silver glitter in the sea. After watching them for what could have only been maximum 5 minutes we contiued walking. Very shortly after my friend checked her watch and we were both shocked to find that it was about an hour and a half later than it should have been. We are both convinced that we lost an hour, though without any apparent reason for it. The friend in question is a devout Christian, and as we were working on a Christian camp and she was having a spiritually intense couple of weeks she attributes it to that. As an agnostic I have no idea!

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    • Hey Elizabeth – That’s a very interesting story. Thank you for sharing. Interesting also that you weren’t alone, but had someone there that shared in the experience and corroborate. I’m always particularly interested in accounts that don’t fit the typical missing time scenario. I’ll be writing more about that in the future. I have no idea what the nature of these experiences are, but it’s something that I look forward to exploring further. Thanks again!

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  2. Once four friends and I were hanging around town what teens do in high school. We’d stopped by the lakefront and we’re just standing around talking. It was getting a little ‘late’ in the evening for us (the cops had been cracking down on curfew laws at the time.) We noted on the clock tower at the lake front that it was 10:15pm and made comments about how we had plenty of time to stay and talk before having to be home at 11:00 pm. I remember looking off for a second during a lull in the conversation and suddenly we all looked at each other as if coming to from a daze. Then I looked at the clock an was shocked to see that it was 10:45. All four of us were freaking out at this point because we’d lost approximately 30 minutes and we would now have to rush to get home. The whole thing was just odd. I would say that maybe I just had a moment of day dreaming or drifting off and just didn’t realize but all of us had the same feeling at the same time.

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    • Missing time experiences like that become a whole lot harder to dismiss when it happens to more than one person. Like I said in the article, I might have been more likely dismiss the whole thing as some kind of mental lapse on my part if it weren’t for the fact that my mother was somehow mentally/psychically ‘contacted’ and knew exactly where I was. Otherwise, you could more easily make the case that you just drifted off, like you said. Weird! Thanks for sharing that. I’m going to see if I can find a couple of good books about missing time experiences. I’ve read Budd Hopkins ‘Missing Time’, which was great, but it was specifically about UFO abductions.

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  3. I have had a missing time episode while driving home from work,and, like you, it was bright outside and I was driving on a highway with lots of other cars around me. But, all of a sudden, I was suddenly in a place at least two hours away from where I originally had been. I know this for sure because when I called my friend who was watching my daughter to tell her that I was lost, she was really mad at me cuz she was two hours late for work and she was in the military. What I find interesting is how you said “awakening.” When this incident happened to me, it was as if I was in one place and the next second I was in a completely different town. I was not drowsy or sleepy at all, I was just suddenly somewhere else.

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    • Wow! Thanks for telling me about that, Andrea. This is great. I’m so glad people are telling me about these experiences they’ve had. Makes me feel less alone in this. This happened over thirty years ago, but I still think about it a lot, and I feel that whatever happened during that brief period of missing time holds some kind of significance. What that is, I’m not sure, but it’s nagged at me for many years. I’ve never gone for hypnotherapy, but maybe I will someday soon.

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  4. Hi,
    I’ve found this site as my boyfriend and I have just experienced a loss of time today. It has been the most bizarre experience therefore I have been searching the net for an explanation or at least to see if anyone else has experienced this.
    We arrived home today at 3PM. We made a sandwich and watched I TV programme. I checked my watch after this and noted that it was 4.30PM.
    After this my boyfriend went off to do a little work on the other side of the room whilst I watched 2 further TV programmes which both programmes including ad breaks account for around 45mins of our time.
    After this we played a video game for around 30mins (our console can tell us how long we have been playing).
    I then went to the kitchen to prepare for dinner for later whilst my boyfriend organized some of the cables etc on our sound system. We both agree this had taken approx 20-30mins maximum of our time.
    When I returned to the kitchen my clock showed it was 9.45PM. I assumed my clock must be wrong. Also when I looked at the vegetables I had just put on to boil what seemed like 20mins ago they were still firm and not as they would be if they had been boiling for the 3+ hours we had lost. I carried on with making the dinner then I returned to ask my boyfriend to check the time on the TV as I thought my clock was wrong. When he saw that it was 10PM he gasped. I was in
    complete shock so I called the talking clock to check and we checked the news channels etc for the time and it was 10PM. We sat down and checked the programmes I’d watched etc and have worked out that we have lost approx 3 and a half hours which neither of us can explain what has happened.
    We’re both very disturbed and confused about this. I originally put this down to the date as it is the 28th of February as I have always had the idea of us losing time due to us gaining too much time during leap years and time changes etc.
    Now I don’t know what to think!

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    • Hi Jennifer,

      I have no explanation as to what the cause of these types of “missing time” phenomena might be, but I believe that they’re much more commonplace than most people realize. Of course we’ve all heard of missing time experiences within the context of alien abductions, but there seems to be quite a large percentage of these incidents that don’t fit the typical alien abduction scenario – like your story and mine, for example. Mine was in the middle of the afternoon in a very populated area. Yours and your boyfriend’s happened during what sounds like a routine Sunday afternoon at home. It’s very odd, and I’d truly like to understand the nature of it. I know my experience is something that somehow feels significant to me, but I just don’t recall what happened during that missing period of time. I wish I could, because I’ve thought about this for over 30 years and it still bothers me.

      Question for you, if you don’t mind: did you and/or your boyfriend feel at all “strange” or disoriented before the period of missing time? Or did happen almost seamlessly, with no feel of going into or coming out of “it” – the blank spot that was the 3.5 hours that you don’t recall? I definitely felt an odd, slightly disoriented feeling and a strange silence before it happened, but when I “came to” – came out of my trance or whatever it was – it was immediate. I just popped back into my normal waking reality. Prior to it happening, though, I had a weird, unreal sensation. The amount of time that I missed was a lot less than yours, although when I came out of it I was in a different area a couple of miles away from where I blanked out.

      If any details come to mind over the next few hours, day, weeks, etc., I’d love to hear about them if you don’t mind sharing that information. If you’re not comfortable with commenting on the blog, you can email me john@theparanomalist.com if you’d like to. Thank you for telling me about this. One other thought: you and your boyfriend might want to check each other over for any strange marks or rashes, which are sometimes associated with these occurrences.

      Thanks again, and try not to get too freaked out over it. Have a drink and try to relax.

      Take care,

      John

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  5. May I also add that I am in the UK hence why my post is showing 6.41PM instead of 11.41PM which is the time here! It did freak Me out a bit there when I saw the posting time until I realised the site would show your time not mine!

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    • I thought as much! Folks here in the states don’t use “whilst” very often, and we tend spell “programme” as p-r-o-g-r-a-m. Whereabouts in the UK do you live? I’m hoping to get to England and Ireland sometime this year.

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  6. Hi
    Sorry for the delay in response. My boyfriend said he felt as tho he was awakened however I didn’t feel that. We were both very much wide awake after we realised that neither of us could work out what had happened. This is very odd for Me as I wake up very early so I’m usually very tired and almost asleep by 10 however on Sunday I was awake until 1am.
    Neither of us have any strange marks. My boyfriend felt very ill yesterday morning when he woke up.
    One thing I have noted is that neither Sunday or last night I didn’t dream. This sounds silly but I have conditioned myself over years to remember dreams through keeping a diary of them and I very rarely wake up without even a a small memory of a dream. Silly but the only difference I’ve noticed in my life.
    We live in lancashire, north west England. There’s lots of odd goings on in England so I’m sure you’ll find plenty to investigate over here 🙂

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    • Hi Jennifer,

      It’s interesting how you and your boyfriend seem to have had different reactions to the experience. These types of things never seem to be consistent, so it’s hard to draw any conclusions about them and the nature of the phenomena. I wonder if it’s there are just natural “hiccups” in time that occur in specific areas? Although that’s a difficult concept to get ones head around. I mean, if it happened to you and your boyfriend, then it should have happened to other people nearby. That’s not to say it didn’t, though. I can see where people might be hesitant to to talk about something so bizarre. Also, how time itself could hiccup, I don’t know. I don’t even know if that’s possible. That would be a question for a someone like a quantum physicist – which I am most definitely not!

      Well, the whole thing is very weird, that much I can say. But I know it happened to me, and to this day I haven’t been able to come up with an explanation for it. I used to do a podcast show and one of the authors that I interviewed said she experienced something like this too. She was driving somewhere, if I recall, and she lost several hours and ended up very far from her destination. She too had no explanation for it.

      I’ve got a friend who lives in Manchester. We’ve only been in touch over the phone and by email, but I’d like to visit him when I get over there and do a bit of investigating while I’m there. I’m hoping to make that happen this year, if finances allow.

      Thanks again for sharing your experience, Jennifer. If you think of anything else or have any other strange experiences I’d love to hear about them. Or if I get up to the Lancashire area maybe you can tell me where the good places are to go for a few beers 😉

      John

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  7. Hello,
    Im not sure if this qualifies as time loss…I went to my parents house from my sister’s place(2 minute walk), I was getting my telescope from their storeroom for later use…earlier this night I saw 7 fighter jets pass over my house…(just seems significant), So…I go to open the door to my parents house and there is an eerie silence. It’s night time about midnight…So upon entering I got the feeling I wasn’t alone…I was actually a bit scared, which is odd to me since I had made similar trips to retrieve things at their house late at night when they were out of town on several occasions. Anyway, I got the storeroom key and unlocked the door, picked up my telescope, locked the door and closed it…then I realized the key was missing. I dont remember putting it down anywhere, it was in my hand the whole time(I thought). It bothered me so much I had to make a return trip at 2:30am just to double check/retrace my steps…Still no key and still a strange silence.

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    • Missing time or not, it’s certainly spooky and I think a lot of people have had strange occurrences like this that they can’t explain. When you tell someone about an experience like this it may seem inconsequential and easy to explain, but to the person to whom it happened it seems significant and tends to bother them. Just like my experience: I know a lot of people would explain it away as a kid just getting lost in his thoughts and wandering off in the wrong direction, but it felt like it was much more than that to me, and it’s something that I’ve thought about all of these years. The eerie silence that you noticed was also something that was present during my experience.

      Thanks for sharing that, Damon.

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  8. I had one last night at the movie theatre. Me and my friend went to see “hot tub time machine” (i know its not a joke, weird it happened at this movie). He had already seen the movie on the internet but said it was funny enough to pay for and see the real thing. We got there right on time at 7:25. We didnt want to miss the movie so we didnt get any drinks and there were pretty long lines. Before we walk into the theater I tell him i want a drink and lets go back and get one. He tells me the movie is going to start soon and i wont want to miss the begining. So i give him some money for the drink and i go into the theater. I was the first one in the theatre and i sat down in the first row of the regular seating right behind the rail. I start texting my girlfriend. At this point it wasnt even at the previews it was showing the before preview show, the one with trivia and talks about tv shows.
    Anyway the previews start and i’m starting to wonder where my friend is. Its been about 20-25 minutes. Half way through the 2nd or 3rd preview i’m thinking he couldnt reenter the theatre or dropped the drinks or something so i leave to go find him. I walk out of the theater and down the hall to the consession stands. I didnt see him. There wasnt anyone in the hallway and at the consession stands there were like 5 or 6 people getting a drink. So no lines really. I shrug it off i figure he’s seen the movie he went to grab something to eat or had to go to the car or went to the bathroom. I walk back to the theatre and see my girlfriend texted me back. So I texted her. I was into the theatre and the movie already started.
    This isnt that big of a deal. But they make a few jokes i dont understand. I think this is weird because i coudlnt possibly have missed that much of the movie.
    I dont see my friend at all. Somebody is sitting in the front row behind the railing now so i sit in the very front row. Which me and my friend do sometimes anyway.
    After the movie he walks up to me and asks what happened. I ask him the same thing.
    Apparently he walked in about 5 minutes after the movie started and didnt see me.
    Then I walked in about 20 minutes after the movie started.
    This is what i dont understand. I walked down the hall and back looking for him before the movie started, remember i left during the previews. I did not see him. All i did was walk down the hallway and back, i didnt stop for anything else. The whole trip could only have taken 5 minutes max. And somehow down a hallway with nobody in it i had to of walked past my friend and not seen him.
    I checked my texts messages as a reference. The one i sent to her at the door and the one before that, that i sent in the theatre were 5 minutes apart. Which is about how long the walking down the hall and back took.
    So I lost about 15 minutes from the door to the seat.
    Even then it doesnt make much sense. If my friend came in to movie 5 minutes late and i walked out during a preview how did we not pass each other or see each other? He admittantly wasnt looking for me and was carrying stuff so he could have missed me. But i was looking for him and the hallway was empty so i coudlnt have missed him.
    I’ve asked him 100 times if he was just fucking with me or something. But he swears he wasnt. And i would have seen him walk in. He also said he saw me down in front when i sat down.
    The text message i sent my girlfriend was at 7:55. So 30 minutes after the printed start time. Which is about when the movie should start. But when i walked in it was 20 minutes into the movie. I know this because i didnt believe my friend and looked it up on the interenet and watched it till the point that i saw it.
    It really bothers me because i dont remember blacking out and dont know what could have happened.
    My friend chalks it up to me not really knowing when i texted my girlfriend. But i know i didnt text the whole walk until i was about to go back in the theatre and the difference in time from that one to the one before it which is when i was sitting in the theatre is 5 minutes…which is about how long it should have been to walk down the hall and back. And even if you say my times were messed up. How could we not have seen each other walk down an empty hallway to the same theatre. There’s only one path going from that door to teh consessions.

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    • That’s pretty strange. Like my experience, it was a fairly short period of missing time (I don’t think mine was more than a half hour, at most) and it’s hard to explain. Did you notice anything else, like any strange sensations or an eerie silence? When my experience happened everything seemed kind of dull and muted – strangely quiet and kind of unreal. Did experience anything like that?

      Thanks for checking in with this, Jake.

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  9. That’s just it nothing was really strange. I didnt know i had missed time until me and my friend talked about when i walked into the movie theatre. He said that i walked in 20 minutes into the movie. I told him that was impossible that i walked down the hall and back and i left during a preview. I told him that it could only have been 5 minutes tops. I checked my texts it confirmed that.
    It didnt really hit me that i had missed time until we went back to his house and we watched the first part of the movie on the internet. I walked in 18:33 sec into the movie. My friend walked around 5 minutes into the movie. I left during the 2nd or 3rd preview. I figured the preview had a few minutes and maybe another preview after that. When i realized i had been outside of the theatre for at least 20 minutes i really started to feel like i was crazy or that something had happened that i had no idea of.

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  10. These experiences seem like “reality shifts”, a term coined by Cynthia Sue Larson, who has collected about 400 modern first-hand accounts of odd things happening – mostly disappearing / appearing / reappearing events including all sorts of small objects but also larger things such as people, trees, buildings, landmarks, and even towns and mountain ranges. There are also stories of doppelganger sightings, short-range teleportation through obstacles, unaccountable velocity and acceleration changes (e.g. falling slowly), time shifts, lost time, gained time and various other observations of extreme discrepancies. The site lists the accounts in the order they came in, with no tags or subject index, so it will require a bit of reading to be sure you have seen all the stories similar to yours that have been published on the site.

    Cynthia Sue Larson’s site realityshifters.com “Your Stories” section is at:
    https://realityshifters.com/pages/yourstories2.html
    (replace the “2″ in the above address with the page numbers listed below for the doppelganger-related stories. Each page has a few different stories, so the relevant titles are also listed below.)

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    • Interesting, EH, that I’ve been getting a LOT of stories being sent to me lately about these types of strange events, as both emails and comments on the blog. They tend to have a basic similarity that runs through them, but the particulars – time of day, setting, etc. – vary quite a bit. I don’t know what the origin or nature of these events are, or what they mean, but I think it’s too commonplace to simply dismiss. I also believe that it’s further evidence that the nature of reality is far more strange and elusive than we care to admit to ourselves. After over thirty years, I still don’t have any explanation for what happened to me, but it wasn’t nothing. It wasn’t a case of a spaced-out teenager just wandering off in the wrong direction. It was very tangible event that has had a real impact on me. I walked home this way EVERY DAY, and it was a very direct route. There is no way that I could have gotten lost. And the eerie silence, the intersection receding further away as I walked toward it, the blanking out and waking up in a different part of the town – NOT something that can be easily explained. Sorry to all the skeptics, but I’m a sane and rational person, and I didn’t do drugs as a teenager, and I didn’t (and don’t) have any mental problems. Factor in that my mother was somehow telepathically told to find me and because I needed help, and that she knew exactly where I was, it just isn’t an event that can be explained away. And if not, then it has to mean something. What that something is, I don’t know. But it was significant – to me, at least. It also coincides with a number of other very strange events that occurred in my childhood that I haven’t written about as of yet.

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  11. Hi Tom,

    Well, if it makes you feel any better, there seems to be a lot of people that are experiencing the same sort of thing. I’ve been getting a lot of comments on the blog as well as emails about people who have had these type of missing time experiences. I think it’s an interesting point to bring up that many of these occur during daylight hours and in public situations. So much has been written about missing time in relation to the alien abduction phenomena – you know, “I was driving alone down a dark, deserted highway in the middle of the night…etc.” But that wasn’t my experience at all, and I’d wondered how many other people might have had similar daytime missing time episodes. Apparently it seems to be a pretty fair number of folks out there that have gone through this. I don’t know if that’s comforting to you at all, and I wish I could offer an explanation, but knowing you’re not alone sometimes helps. Thanks for sharing that with me.

    John

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  12. Fascinating, John! And PLEASE go to Britain. That’s where the high strangeness for me, at least, happens. I had a time slip experience in Scotland that I would really like to share with you, but my Outlook Mail doesn’t seem to work right. Could you E-mail me at lsmith33@earthlink.net so that I could send you the details? Trust me, this would make a good plot for Twilight Zone!

    Keep up the good work.

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    • Hi Linda,

      Just emailed you, and I’m looking forward to hearing about your missing time experience. Hope to hear back from you soon.

      Thanks for getting in touch,

      John

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  13. hi john, i have another story.. this reminded me of this one, it’s very weird and far out. First i’d like to mentioned that Deja Vu is an experience you felt in a dream then later live. That’s a little beside the point. This is very strange. So it was three of us and we were in Ringwood Nj going to a friends house, i had to make a phone call so we stopped at this pay phone near a park rest stop. i stepped on something. It was a tablet. and when i saw it, i remembered making this thing. (i was a kid when i made it, it was a dream i had where i made this when i was a kid. I discribe how i made it. (i forget the details now, but at the time it was vivid.) It was this plaster flat tablet, and i think i made it with a peice of cloth, and four flat peices of wood that left a near rectangular void when on a flat floor.. Then i let it dry, and then i carved an encrpted code into the tablet. i then colored the letters as part of the code using felt tipped markers. I then broke the tablet into a three peices, and then i attatched a fishing line to two of the segmented peices by putting a groove in the back, and glueing it with clear super glue. The reason why i did this was so when i found it, i would make sure to pick up all the peices and not leave any. Very vivid and clear. i did this. I still remember the dream. but i stepped on this tablet that was in the grass and it broke. i went to pick it up, and i know i wasn’t going to pick up all the pieces.but then i found the fishing line, and the peices came up, so i picked up all the pieces and brought it too my friend. The thing that sucks is , this guy andrew, Whom we all felt seemed evil and strange, he took it and hey, wow, that’s cool, um my dad has a computer at home and it could break any codes. i didn’t even get a chance to really look at it. I thought i could figure out the code, by remembering the dream. I told them, how it was a dream where i made this. It was deja vu. I remember all the things about it. But this kid took the tablet and i never seen it again. I should try to get it back, but i think the kids a demon. That is a weird story. what do you think about that? i have no idea what to think about it. it’s so wierd. I think i was a prisoner or something, and that was to help me escape. It was last ditch effort, and a special favor and longshot. so i could avoid something. very strange right?

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  14. again, it’s like eventually, it will come to heads and make sense. that’s why i gave up the tablet so freely, but i thought i would get it back, but he wouldn’t give it back. His reaction too was weird. it wasn’t like he paid any attention to what i said, or what it actually was, he just wanted to take it away from me. Strange right. think about it though, it’s some kind of strange life. He was an agent of some sort. He knew what it was, he knew he had prevent me from having it. what do you think about it? like we’re in some kind of dream world, being held prisoners by some things. I can still remember the incident. It is so real, so weird. you can see the cloth tecture on the plaster, and i think i used a t-shirt to make it. did i make it real life and put it there? but how would i know i would step on it? and how would i know that i would neglect to pick up all the peices? It was like i did it before, and i had to do it right. but i still failed because i forgot to keep the tablet which i would have decoded.

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  15. that has left me with a weird feeling. i almost forgot entirely about the incident. anyway, thinking back, again, i think i used books and some flat wood to make the thing. the corners of the tablet were rounded. i etched into the cloth pressed face. it just weird. There’s just a host of caustic and destructive demons trying to keep you from God. How did the tablet get there? i couldn’t have really made it, who put it there? why? i’m thinking, this kid andrew, his dad worked for CIA or FBi, he didn’t even know. He just know’s his dad said he was a stock broker but he knows he isn’t. he has all weird stuff, even his house was weird, the steps were an optic illusion which makes them hard to walk up without falling, and they’re designed to make people fall if they try to run up them. maybe he drugged me. maybe i made that thing, while i was drugged, left it by the pay phone so someone could find it. there was i believe a header, etched at the top, a code key etched on the side, and then the body of the tablet. i wish i had this thing. oh boy.

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  16. On thing that was clear, the fishing line, it went from one edge and crossed over to the opposite side of the other edge, both from the back. and then there was a short piece that was went straight on one side to add strength.i saw it from the front 1st, and when i noticed to attacked line, i recalled the detail in making this by grooving a furrow for the line, and filling it with super glue. so i flipped it to see if that was how it was done, and sure enough it was. the super glue is not that strong given those materials, and i think one of the lines broke, or i had the knowledge that it was fragile. the obscurity of the oddness is just so inexplicable.

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  17. I had a strange experience which, for no reason at all, I’m calling “time-dilation.”

    This occurred when I was 11 or 12 years old. I was sitting on my bed during the early evening, I think I was reading a book. I was sitting upright, not laying down or anything. I straightened up, blinked (I cannot stress the “blink” enough) and suddenly it was morning the next day.

    The window was to the left of me with the curtains closed. Before I had blinked, it was rather dark out; afterward, the curtains glowed with the morning sun. I was still in the upright posture and my train of thought was never interrupted! I had been considering getting my Legos out and playing with them for a while…a thing which I was still thinking about now that it was morning.

    There was absolutely no interruption besides the blink. My mom asked me the next morning if I was feeling alright since I had gone to bed rather early. This remark was because I had gone to my room for whatever reason and simply not come out until morning.

    I also noticed that I didn’t feel as though I had slept. I was not tired, not groggy, nothing. It was just a blink and I lost around ten hours. I was also not tired later in the day (that is, I didn’t feel like I had been up all night).

    Any thoughts, anyone?

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    • There’s obviously a lot that we don’t understand about the nature of time. It seems as if we occasionally experience hiccups or ripples in time, but I’ve no clue as to how or why these things occur. Maybe it’s something completely different, although I tend to think it’s a little too easy to just dismiss them as hallucinations or mental aberrations. I’ve been getting quite a few emails and comments on this blog about these strange occurrences, and having been through something similar, I’m not inclined to think they’re all just a matter of “spacing out” for a while or going on autopilot and losing track of time.

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  18. what i’ve noticed is that there seems to be moments or instances where everyone, seem to feel, ‘the week flew by’ or the day dragged on. i think that’s something you will see. I believe the follow each other too. You see a day fly by, you ask people, did the day seem short? and several people would say, yes it did, Or other times, (and it seems like they follow each other within a weeks space, did so and so day seem to be a long day? and then several people say, yes, yes it did seem to be a long day. My theory is that the conciousness is somewhat of the substance of electric pulse that is a medium that transpire the whole universe. That consciousness ripples. Imagine for a second., consider contemplating what you thought about a movie? It would take some time. Imagine if what you could think in an minutes time, or several minutes time, could occur to you in a much shorter period. Through the day, you notice much more things. There hsould be evidence of that, but pershaps its over looked or it doesn’t manifest so smiply as one might expect. People take timed test, and such, Just some thoughts on it, Next time you seem to have a full day that seems long, or one that seems to fly by, ask others what they thought.

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  19. I lost time in 1985 when driving with my girlfriend down highway 299 toward Redding. I was taking her to the bus station in Redding and we were under time pressure to make the trip in a timely manner, and as such, were acutely aware of the time and how much we needed to get to the station.

    Background information: My daughter, then 6, had just undergone brain surgery for a tumor, (craniopharyngioma), and was still very unstable physically. I had to quit my job and stay in my parents country home near Burney while she convalesced. My son who was 5 was with us too. I was recently divorced so my life was a nightmare, needless to say. I also must metion, (sorry as I digress), that this remote property was haunted. We heard sounds of people around, (footsteps, bangs, doors slamming, knocks on wall), but no one was there. One night I awakened terrified of something coming down the hallway and I got up to turn on the bathroom light. The elecricity cut off and, in the pitch darkness, something sat on the bed next to me. The mattress moved, causing me to lean toward the thing that made it go down. I was quite awake when this occurred. Then the lights came back on. As soon as they did, I threw on some clothes, grabbed my kids and drove to town to find lodging but nothing was available – (also very freaky as this was a nothing town). I ended up having to go back to the house.

    Now, to get back to the missing time part: My good friend and her children came up to keep us company for a few days- (it was around the 4th of July), and she had taken the Express bus from San Jose CA to Redding. The day she had to travel home was very hot and I was concerned because I had an older car that overheated frequently. We were also on a tight time schedule and she and I both were very aware of the time we left, how long it took to get to Redding, and when we’d be there in relationship to the bus’ departure. We were happy to be making good time and she was going to be at the station early, (if the good road conditions continued). Suddenly, we had this awareness that it was MUCH LATER. The day looked different: the shadows were longer, the daylight different. I looked at the clock and my watch, and it confirmed time loss of around 2 hours, (maybe more). We were very chagrined and kept wondering how this could have happened. Worse, she missed the one express bus and now we’d have to figure something else out. We decided it made more sense to continue into Redding, go to the bus station so she could buy a ticket and get the next days’ schedule. (the bus only ran once a day). She would have to get a motel room for the night too. When we got to the station and she was buying a ticket, the agent told her the bus had had some malfunction but they had just repaired it! It was going to leave after all, albeit late. To this day she and I scratch our heads in wonder as to what happened to us and our 4 children, (her two and my two). I do have dreams of flying and going very fast. I also have dreams of being in an “elevator” that goes sideways, up and down and tremendous speed. My daughter, now 16, was born around 9 years after this experience. She has always been afraid of aliens and described one to me as a little child. She said it was looking in her window. I chalked it up to a child’s imagination at the time. She also told me about her nightmare of being around aliens and us, (humans), mutating into aliens. She was the only one who was pure human. She said one other person was human, she thought, but then she saw his hand was an alien one. Well, there’s more but my knuckles are tired. I just pray to God that they leave me alone because I like my reality of being on terra firma!! The notion of being abducted does not sit well with me at all. PS Two years ago my brother, at the same country property, (whose location shall remain secret), saw a UFO hovering in the night sky. He said he did not see a craft but saw bright lights signaling another light in the distance, near Mt. Shasta. They were doing some sort of code. Then, a powerful beam of light swept from over the land, illuminating trees, river and fields, and abruptly went dark. There was no noise. Thank you for letting me share.

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    • Hi Paige,

      I just don’t know how to respond any longer to these accounts of missing time incidents. I’ve really been getting a lot of them — emails as well as comments on the blog. I wish I knew what to the heck they were all about. Some seem to have a strong UFO connection, as yours seems to, and others defy categorization. I find it both comforting and disturbing that so many people from different areas and walks of life have gone through this. I have to say, it’s starting to sound almost commonplace.

      The two aspects of your story that I found the most intriguing were the fact that your daughter claims to have had these alien “dreams”. If you’ve read any of Budd Hopkins’s books, like Missing Time and Intruders, he talks about the abduction phenomena often occuring among families and over several generations. The other part that caught my attention was that you had a haunting experience and ghostly encounters. I know the UFO folks don’t like to mingle with the Ghost enthusiasts, but there’s been plenty of anectodal evidence that these supposedly different phenomena are often linked. This just further cements my feeling that a lot — probably all — of these different phenomena are all, at the most basic level, part of the same thing. Probably why I thought Hunt for the Skinwalkers was such an important book. The people at that ranch also experienced hauntings and poltergeist-like activity, as well as UFO sightings and encounters with bizarre creatures. Wow, ghosts, UFOs, and cryptids all in one place? But one has nothing to do with other, right? I’ve really come to believe that this is wrong thinking.

      Thanks so much for sharing that with everyone. Best of luck to you and your family.

      John

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  20. I’ve had memory lapses twice so far in my life and several very wierd and very scary dreams. The first was when I was about 6 or 7 maybe younger and we were just returning home from a long road trip. My dad put me in bed, said goodnight, switched off the light and closed the door. Not 5 seconds later I swear it, he opened the door and turned the light on and said good morning, time to wake up. I remember telling him “but you just left!” and he said “no you were just tired”. I can’t understand it to this day I’ve never experienced anything like that, I always have a sense of time, my body will even wake itself up right before my alarm goes off, I have an amazing body clock…but that just didn’t make sense. The second time was recent last year when I was in Iraq I was laying in bed thinking about something, I don’t even remember what it was anymore, but I was thinking very hard and all of a sudden I had a feeling that I had been thinking for a long time and I looked at the clock and it was 3 and a half hours later and I was completely rested…very wierd. I couldn’t sleep for the life of me. I also had a couple of alien dreams in iraq and saw what I can only describe as a supernova in the sky when I was on night shift. My friend was with me but he didn’t see it, when I saw it it was like there was someone in the sky taking a picture when the bulb flashes and then glows and dims into darkness, it scared me so much I jumped behind him and the blood went out of my face.The first scary dream I had in my life and the only time I’ve ever fallen off of my bed was of me and my teacher in the classroom, her sitting at the desk and me dancing around the room in a big circle, then a creature came out of a plant pot as I passed it and I ran from it around the room but it caught me and dragged me into the pot with it.

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    • Very interesting experiences. Thanks, Amber. What I found particularly interesting was that you saw this supernova but your friend who was with you did not. I think certain people are more in tune with these phenomena. I was camping in NY State a few years ago with some friends and we walked down to a pier by the lake near where we’d set up camp. I saw an object in the sky that moved in an erratic pattern – very quickly, then stopping suddenly and changing direction, then moving off more slowly. My friend was looking at the same strange object (we initially thought it might have been a satellite because it appeared to be quite high up) but when it began to move like that, my friend simply didn’t see its motion. To him, it was just a satellite, but I’ve never seen an aerial object move in that way before. You might be more sensitive to these experiences than most, and I think this whole missing time thing fits in with that, somehow. It appears to be common to people who see and encounter strange phenomena, but that’s just my observation from the contact that I’ve had with people through this blog.

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  21. Reading these accounts makes me realize that experiencing time anomalies is far more common than supposed. I’ve had numerous experiences –day and night — when I lost time. At one point (after seeing “Sybil”) I even worried that these time losses were the result of some sort of multiple personality disorder! But, upon careful reflection, I realized that since at least some of these experiences were in the company of others, I was fairly safe in assuming I was not in the grip of schizophrenia, thank God.

    This particular experience was not a time loss but rather a time GAIN.

    I was about 19 years old at the time, in college at University of Tennessee-Knoxville campus, and had been invited by a boy I had met to visit him at Fort Knox, Ky over New Year’s. My roommate and I debated the trip and decided at the last minute to go. It was very cold, snowing and the roads (this was in ’67) over the mountains between the two places were an icy mishmash of secondary and short stretches of interstate roads under construction, far different from the smooth interstates we travel on now. It took us about 8 (hair-raising) hours to make the trip in our little Volkswagen bug. When we got there, the whole experience of seeing the boy again was a disappointment, so we simply decided to get back in the car and go home even though it was in the wee hours of the morning. I took what I thought was going to be the first leg of driving and found myself slowly creeping over more an and more treacherous icy roads. To my dismay, my roommate had immediately fallen into a deep sleep. After couple of hours I tried to wake her so she could drive for a bit, but no amount of yelling, shaking or cold air with the windows down would wake her. I didn’t think too much about it as she was an early to bed person and a very sound sleeper, so I drove on, thinking sooner or later she would wake up…but no. I continued driving, rolling down the window, playing music and trying periodically to wake her..to no avail. There were no convenient rest stops or eating places back then. No well-lighted roads, and businesses were few and far between, and didn’t stay open all night back then either. I resigned myself to driving the rest of the way with no help, the roads getting worse and worse.
    I seemed to sense myself “fading out” ..like going on “auto pilot” and THEN… I found myself pulling into the parking lot of our apartment complex. at about 7 am–at which time my roommate woke up and asked groggily, “Where are we now?” I told her “Home”. She looked at her watch and said, “That’s impossible.” We had apparently traveled the entire way in less than 5 hours.
    Even weirder, though we both realized how bizarre the experience was, we never discussed it again. It was almost as if it was a taboo subject.

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    • Barbara – Hopefully it’s some comfort to know that so many other people have had similar experiences. I’ve had a number of people telling me similar accounts of covering long distances in an impossibly short amount of time. And as for your roommate’s unwakeable sleep, that’s another common element in missing time reports. If this has happened to you numerous times, then you were likely the target of…whatever it is that’s behind this phenomenon. Your roommate was “switched off”, so to speak, because she wasn’t needed and (whatever it is) didn’t want her to interrupt or interfere. That’s my interpretation based on what I’ve read and the emails that I’ve received.

      Thanks for telling us about this.

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  22. This is an odd experience. Particularly with the whole issue with your mother. It does seem sometimes that people who are close – like you and your mother – can sometimes share a personal energy that connects them but…I certainly don’t have an explanation but interesting story. Wonder if you’ll ever know.

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  23. I don’t subscribe to the idea of aliens taking people as a reason for missing time, I just figured people forgot things, and couldn’t explain them. Then last night, I was sitting on my porch, it was around 12am-1am, I had just gotten out of the shower and was watching a movie on my iPod, when I heard a noise in the field next to my house. I was about 45 minutes into my movie, and assumed it was no later than 2am in my mind. I’ve always had a great sense of time. Being able to accurately guess the aporoxament time fairly accurately without looking at my watch. So when I heard a noise, which sounded like a garbage can getting knocked over, I paused my movie on my iPod, glanced out the screen, saw nothing, then hit play on my iPod. When you touch the screen on an iPod, the play/ff/rewind touch controls come up, and the time is displayed on the top. Glancing at the top I noticed the time said 4:06am. My hair still being damp from my shower, I figured the clock on my iPod was incorrect. I knew I hadn’t been outside for more than two hours tops. I didn’t black out, fall asleep, see any UFOs, or even move. But almost two hours of time passed, and passed as if I skipped over it, instead of going through it. My hair is short and doesn’t stay damp longer than an hour. I’ve had no history of anything that could be attributed to losing track of time.and I can recall everything I did from the time I got out of the shower, to the point I realized it was after four in the morning. So I tried to search the Internet to see if anyone else has had a similar experience, and I can’t seem to find anything that isn’t connected to aliens or angels. Medical problem? Or am I experiencing events that I cannot remember?

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    • John – I have an inbox full of similar stories. While some people are driving or walking (as I was) and find themselves elsewhere with no recall of getting there, many others tell me of experiences like yours: time seems to just “skip ahead”, e.g., one minute someone is puttering around the house in the mid-afternoon, and the next thing they know it’s midnight. They haven’t gone anywhere, it’s just that time seems to have jumped ahead or fast-forwarded.

      I can’t offer you any explanation of why this happens, but it I do know that I hear lot of stories just like yours from people that sound very sane and credible. I’m not convinced that this phenomenon is necessarily caused by “alien abduction”, but I’m hesitant to just write it off as a matter of zoning out or dozing off on your feet. I honestly don’t feel that this was what happened to me.

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  24. At this moment where I live (Midwest US) it’s almost 5AM, Thursday. This past Tuesday I experienced something, which I suppose was some sort of missing time. It wasn’t a shocking or dramatic experience, but it was still quite odd. Bear with me for a moment.

    That evening I was in the kitchen making a snack. Trying out something I had seen on a cooking show, I placed store-bought flour tortillas on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven (under the broiler) to crisp up. For the third tortilla I got the idea to brush it with butter (or rather a healthier “buttery spread”) to help brown it. I put the butter in a small, flat plastic container, melted in the microwave, and brushed it on. The results were good, so I decided next to cut some tortillas into triangles and make chips for my mother. She uses a different butter, though; so I placed the container and brush in the sink, filling it with soapy water. A few minutes later I washed the brush and set it aside. Then I washed the little container, and then…

    And then what? I don’t know. I remember washing it, rinsing it, and then nothing. A few missing seconds –mere seconds!– and I couldn’t find it. I hadn’t set it in the sink, in the drainer, on the counter, or on the table. I looked in the trash can and even in places like the fridge and oven! But it was nowhere to be found. We have other containers exactly like it, but none were in the kitchen (the plastic storage containers are kept in a different room). I called my mother in to help, but we still couldn’t find it. It just vanished! I never noticed or felt anything weird before or after. I just turned the water off and noticed it wasn’t in my hands, or elsewhere. (And I know weird feelings, having had countless freaky deja vu spells throughout my childhood and adolescence that were sometimes physically debilitating.) In the end, I just got another container and went on with preparing the chips. Still don’t know what it was though.

    And I still haven’t found that damned plastic container!

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    • Amanda — I have theory that missing stuff (and sometimes even people) disappear into another dimension. I say that only half-jokingly, because I’ve had the same experience. It’s not like the object is missing, it’s more like it’s vanished before your eyes. Yeah, definitely been through that. I do wonder if this sometimes explains missing persons and children. Can we slip out of our reality and get lost in another? Hey, maybe this will be the subject of my next blog post.

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  25. Hey, thanks for the reply. Yes, I also think stuff like that might happen, and that it might have happened to my container. My mother hasn’t given her theories on it (she probably doesn’t want to think too deeply about it), and only told me not to tell my father – “Because you know what HE’LL say if you tell him!” (Which means: “He’ll automatically conclude it was a ghost and then he won’t shut up about it.” )

    Anyway, it was an interesting little bit of strangeness to be sure, particularly as I’m not used to such things happening to me. Well – I mentioned the deja vu thing, and I have seen many UFOs (and by that I simply mean Unidentified Flying Object, not “alien spacecraft” or even “top-secret military aircraft”… I’ve had ideas about some of them, but I won’t make claims with any utmost certainty), and maybe a couple of other things; but never something quite like this.

    Well I don’t mind a bit of weirdness now and then. Certain things I can do without (I am very glad to never have had premonitory dreams like my grandmother did as a girl!), but I believe in a greater, weirder reality that’s full of wonderfully, frightfully strange things; and I believe that sometimes that reality (or rather “those realities”) intersect with our own. It’s nice to have little blips and ripples to back me up on that belief sometimes. (Mind you, I’m always inclined to look for a so-called “mundane” explanation first. Just because I find something possible does not mean I think it’s the likely, or even plausible, explanation.)

    Ah, sorry, I do ramble a bit once I get started. Anyway, I only just discovered this site (while looking for mande burung info), but I will keep an eye on it. And I think you should definitely write that post! Sounds like an interesting read.

    (P.S. You say “I have theory that missing stuff (and sometimes even people) disappear into another dimension. I say that only half-jokingly, […]” That makes me think of how I often ascribe minor bits of weirdness around the house to faeries. I, too, am only half-joking. If my mother knew that, I don’t know what she’d say to me!)

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  26. I have 2 periods of lost time. The first was when my daughter was 2, she was spending friday night at my mothers. I went to bed at my usual time, no feeling ill or anything, I was woken by the work man who had come to fix my boilder, I thougnt it was saturday morning, but it was monday. The second instance was about 10 or 12 years later, I was going to the supermarket, was walking towards the corner of two streets, next thing I was at the corner going up the wrong street, my husband when I got home asked if I had gone to my sisters for a couple of hours, as usually it takes me 30-34 minutes and I was gone about 3 hours.

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    • Anne – Thanks for telling me about your experiences. Wow, in that first one you lost a whole weekend! The second experience sounds a bit like mine — finding your self in a different area and losing time. Can you tell me the years in which these two occurrences took place?

      Thanks again for sharing this.

      John

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  27. the first incident would have 1984, the second would have be about 96/97. i have also had the experience of waking up when it has been unusually still and quiet, but it was more like time was suspended it was a really strange feeling, that was in 94.

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  28. for years i have felt like i am waiting for something, and when it happens i will know. it is a strange feeling. when i was a small child i would lie in bed at night believing that my real family would find me and take me home, but i am an adult and still waiting, i think as we grow we hide our feelings inside. then something happens as you get older that reminds you of those thoughts and feelings.

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    • Anne – Thanks for supplying me with the years. I’m attempting to see if there are some patterns here. I’ve been getting a lot of these types of similar missing time comments and emails, and I want to check to see what commonalities I can find.

      Yes, I know exactly what you mean regarding the feeling of “waiting for something”. I feel that way too, as if I was told or shown something that I’ll remember later on in my life, or will have some kind of significance. It’s a very weird feeling.

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  29. I have just returned from a trip in which there were three of us friends driving to the Vaal Dam in South Africa. My friend was driving but all three of us knew the route from Johannesburg very well as we have done it many times. About an hour into the journey at midday all three of us feeling disorentated and the driver asked if we had done the turn to head to the Sunset Cove area we were going to stay ? All three of us had no recolletion of the T junction were were supposed to take and were all confussed. The last thing we had remembered was some time back in the journey when i had seen a ‘wirldwind’ and got a strange feeling in my feet.

    We all cannot work out what happened to the missing miles we had travelled and had no recollection of passing any of the familiar land markes and stop signs that all three of us should have remembered passing.
    No we had not had any alcohole ! It is most weird.

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  30. John, happy to have found you here. i’ve told two about this and they think i’m a bit off. within 3 months i’ve had two missing time experiences. i was alone both times. i will go with the second of the two. we friends meet monthly or every other for reasons all mothers meet monthly or every other. to laugh, talk, enjoy adult company. From Katie’s, where we met, i have a 10 mile drive home through gorgeous PA countryside. On my way home, there is a cemetary i’ve been familiar with my whole life. i drove in, as is not unusual. stopped at a random grave. kneeled down and prayed, took in the night, wondered about the life that once was. i got back into my car at approximately 10:15 PM, drove one mile up the road, pulled into a friends drive. i was going to visit, but thought it was too late, as she has young kids. from this point, i had only 3 miles to home. i remember the entire ride home. i remember getting into bed. The next day my fiance asked why i did not get home until 1:30 am….I remember the entire ride and the times of all my stops……

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    • Eva — I’m beginning to think that more people as not have had this experience at least once. I wish I knew what it all meant. Yours is a bit different because you say you remember the entire thing, yet there was more than three hours missing anyway. That’s a new wrinkle to this phenomena. Most people have a lapse in memory. There seems to be some core similarities to this phenomenon, yet a lot of variations. So maybe nothing “happened” to you, perhaps it was just some kind jump or fast-forward in time — i.e., not a repressed memory of something that occurred, but some kind of anomaly having to do with the nature of time itself. Many of the experiences that I hear sound more like this than the “typical” alien abduction-type scenario (seeing a strange light or being, no recall afterward, a missing period of time, a feeling later of something having happened, etc.); more like a jump forward (and sometimes backward) in time. Thanks for telling us about your experience.

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  31. I was thinking back to when i was a child, my dad was army, we had moved to germany and it was my first day at my new junior school. I was sat in reception waiting for my new teacher to collect me, and I had this strange feeling that what was occuring was a memory, yet i was actually living that time, but it felt like i was looking back on a memory. which i had not made. I had another strange incident a year later, when i was at boarding school an ex submarine base. myself and a friend was playing in the cellar, where we had a day room, like all youngsters we were jumping from chair to chair and throwing cushions, when the lunch bell rang, we went to the door but it would not open, like someone had locked the door and we could not get out, yet when one of the other girls came to get us the door opened without any problem, scared me for quite sometime, as all out study books were kept in lockers in the cellar, i only went down when i knew there were other students down there.

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  32. Hi John,
    Again I am thankful for this site and the sharing of so many experiences others have had that are, like mine, simply unexplainable. Reading the accounts of others, I am more curious than shocked that I have had so many similar things happen to me. Back in my late 20s and early 30s I “lost” things only to have them appear where they didn’t belong like my toothbrush upstairs reappearing in in the morning in the downstairs half bath; out of style or just plain “past their prime” clothes I had culled from my closet and drawers, bagged and given to my husband to take to a landfill (no garbage service at the apt complex at that time) reappearing (okay, that one was a creepy shock. I even accused my husband of playing a joke on me, since one of the items was a kind of sexy (but truly ragged) nightgown he liked) but he swore he had tossed the bags in the landfill…besides which tey ALL reappeared in closets and drawers!
    Again this summer, odd items started popping in and out of existence, to the point I simply gave up and thought, “ah, well….so be it”,. Th experiences slowed to only occasionally, then stopped.
    [That sort of thing has occurred ~to the extent I couldn’t HELP but notice~ more than a few times over the last 30 years. ]It still occurs occasionally, but this summer I regularly started experiencing the “now you see it now you don’t” weirdness~like looking for my keys, which I distinctly remembered leaving on the kitchen table the night before but were no longer there when I was preparing to go do errands, causing a bewildering whole-house-hunt that ended back at the table where~~ I found my keys in exactly the same place on the table I remembered leaving them!
    One day, also during this period, while driving to the store (I thought), I suddenly found myself far across town not knowing how I got there, and I looked at the dashboard clock and realized not nearly enough time had passed for me to have gotten that far across town in so little time.It felt exactly like I had “blinked” out and in again.

    Physicists say that objects~ because we are vibrating at the same rate, at the same time as the things that appear solid surrounding us ~ comprise our dimensional “reality” and are tangible only because our vibratory rates are the same, and that subatomic particles are not “solid” but wink in and out of existence rapidly giving only the illusion of solidity. I guess the question is, why does our “reality” and our (previously reliable) vibratory rate, become NOTICEABLY subject to change? What is happening in our dimension –maybe outside there, somewhere– that is affecting our “reality” in this way? Einstein believed that time was not constant but malleable, physicists have actually proved it, I have read, although I am certainly not well versed enough in that scientific modality to explain exactly how. But my many experiences in gaining AND losing time as I have described in this and my previous post make me think…something SOMEWHERE is causing our dimension to be altered, affecting– the time space continuum? in some way, creating the “gaps” so many have experienced. I wonder ..what?

    Some of us take note of these oddities, while others, perhaps, simply ignore them. I wonder why THAT may be, too.

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    • Hi Barbara — Thanks for checking in again with that contribution. The more I hear about these types of various time anomalies, the more of a mystery it’s become. I still regularly receive comments on the blog and emails about these phenomena. It seems to be far more common and widespread that I ever imagined. Another observation that I’ve made is that people who experience one type of anomaly often undergo others. Sometimes they’re variations of the same phenomena and other times they’re (seemingly) different — e.g., people who have missing time incidents may also undergo poltergeist phenomena — that sort of thing.

      I’m not sure if these things are happening to select people for a reason, or, as you said, some people notice them while other simply ignore them. Certain people may be more sensitive and pick up on these events, while others don’t or can’t seem them, screening out those things that don’t mesh with their notion of reality through a subconscious filter. Yours is an interesting case, because when things happen like clothes reappearing in your drawers and objects vanishing and reappearing, that suggests to me that there’s some kind of intelligence behind these goings-on, rather than being random events.

      I have no answers, but I truly believe that we live in a bigger, stranger universe than we can possibly imagine. Of that, I feel certain.

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  33. Mine was different. It just happened today. 6pm, i was at some place. I checked my wristwatch and saw it was 6.20pm, and then i checked my phone for messages, and saw that the time was the same… and then i decided to ride a bus home, my travel time would be 30-40 minutes maximum, i rode the bus at around 7pm, and when I got off the bus, i walked for around 5minutes to be in our house,. but when i checked my phone,it was 7.52, and i checked my wristwatch, it was 7.35, my wallclock reads 8.20 and my laptop clock is 8.05pm… i don’t remember me making changes on those clocks.

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  34. My journey began in the summer of 1996, I was living with a so called friend of mine and on this particular day I was very sleepy, probably from boredom, so I slept for the most part of the day, then around 12:00am my television show, “Strange Universe”, was about to air so I went to the kitchen to get something to drink. I grabbed some ice, a cup, my drink and I was on my way back to the sofa.

    As I was sitting down I noticed a commercial was on, and then it was on for about five minutes, which was odd for a commercial to be on for such a long time, so I became upset; I thought they had canceled the airing of my favorite show.

    I then went to the kitchen because–oddly enough–my drink had gone warm and the ice had melted, this was too strange for me because; it would have taken a long time for that ice to melt, and almost instantaneously! I thought to myself; “wow, I know I did not just fall asleep because I do not remember ever doing so and the situation does not suggest it to be true”.

    In my denial, I went to the kitchen for some more ice and that’s when it all happened, I looked up at the clock and found that it was 2:00, I thought; “this just cannot be possible” so I did a reality check and called my mother and asked; “Ma, what time is it”, she answered “baby, its 2:00 in the morning, what’s wrong” I told her that “it had just been 12:00 no more than five minutes ago” and she answered, typically, “you must have fallen asleep”.

    As the days and then years went by I continually asked my inner-self what had happened, only to get little bits and pieces that finally became clear to me. The ordeal slowly started to manifest itself through my twelve years of searching and researching my dreams along with my daily observations of life.

    The truth of the matter is, “I blacked out”, or should I say traveled back into a time period many thousands of years into the past, it was like I receded back into the dark region of my subconscious mind, by a trigger unknown to me, only to be confronted by someone who I somehow knew as my father, his name was Saieman.

    Saieman was wearing a red and white garment somewhat like a dress suit fashioned with a hood, his face was strange, in a since that he looked exactly like me minus his black and red beard, I almost felt as though I was looking at myself. On his head were locks in the shape of horns which protruded out of his bald scalp. He had this concerned look on his face that expressed joy and resentment. As I looked around I could not see the sun for the area of the sky seemed blocked off for some reason, it was like the sky was hiding itself behind some weird barrier.

    Now I am starting to notice that Saieman had a few others waiting with him like they were expecting me. I became anxious because for some strange reason I knew these people like my own family, there was a woman there, she was my mother her name was Ovaiesha. Ovaiesha had to have been the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. Ovaiesha had a reddish Brown complexion, similar to Saieman. She was wearing a long white garment that looked like it was going to be a dress but it phased into pants. Around her neck was a red cloth that formed a braid that extended between her breast. The garments worn by Saieman and Ovaiesha were similar in their functional nature and structural design. You could almost tell that they were companions because their garments were complementary of each other. As I was slowly gaining my composer I felt as though I had awakened in the middle of some ritual and I was the subject.

    I really cannot say too much about my own physical appearance outside the fact that my hands were different. I was never one to wear any rings or body decoration and I was adorned with these strange rings, medallions and bracelets that seemed to glow, as a matter of fact my whole body seemed as though it was glowing but I remained calm, I guess it was because I heard Ovaiesha’s voice instructing me to do so. At her side was a priest, he had to be a priest because his garment had an unique arrangement of colored stones that formed a cube, he and Saieman was wearing the same type of outfit but the priests outfit was fully decorated. In his hand he was holding a marble tablet and writing on it using a pen that was, at the same time, a laser, his name was Bwainu and he seem to be taking notes of the event that was taking place.

    Bwainu would not say anything at first as if his job had not presented itself as of yet, suddenly Saieman turned to Ovaiesha and asked was I ready, Ovaiesha said yes, then Saieman introduced me to the priest, Bwainu. I had to play along for I had already known this person as Bwainu. It would seem as though Saieman was reintroducing me to a person I had already known but this was a part of the ceremony so my curiosity to intrude was suppressed as I was taken into a temple.

    On the outside, the temple resembled a pyramid, huge and majestic, and on the inside, a huge chamber with openings for the sun lit the four areas of the room in sequence. The floors were covered with a colorful marble type design, a series of reds, blues, greens and yellows. There were geometrical patterns designed on this tapestry floor that amazed me. There was a rail molding that flowed throughout the chamber that was smooth to the touch.

    There were no electrical devises of any kind; however, there were mechanical drawings displayed along the walls. As I proceeded, there were no instructions given to me other than to drink, I was given a green tea like concoction, by the priest Bwainu, which made me fill euphoric. The taste of this concoction was bitter yet naturally sweet, I will say that at first the drink was bitter but with a sweet aftertaste like apples, lemons and honey. After Bwainu handed me the cup to drink, he stood there watching as though the importance of me drinking this was of life and death.

    The drink was very powerful, as the taste went from bitter to sweet my mind seemed to change as well, everything that I had saw began to glow and immediately; Bwanue put on his hood as if he did not want me to see his face. Bwainu then said to me “drink this once a day until you have completed your journey and I will meet with you when you’re done”.

    As I entered the temple I noticed a chamber. I felt a sense of calm even though I was having these weird sensations. As I walked around temple I noticed this huge empty chamber, the walls were covered with thousands of pictures and diagrams of a mathematical nature. At each corner of the Chamber, there were glass cups, four in total, and one for each corner. There was a cup of some sort of seed, a cup of water, an empty cup and a cup of soil. I knew these cups had some type of meaning; however, the art work fascinated me more.

    The scenes on the walls depicted a civilization of people who lived and studied the nature of their world. The chamber only allowed sun light to shine on a particular area on a different day and every forth day the cycle was completed, I then noticed, with every cycle, my knowledge of the “art work” increased as well as my curiosity and inner-standing of the concepts displayed. Thus I began this journey, first I did what the priest Bwainu asked, I drunk the “tea”, ate what was sent to me and studied what was on the walls.

    Interestingly, I began to memorize everything in detail as if the work was implanting itself into my mind and then an idea came to me, while inside the chamber, I had nothing to write with and I felt the erg to convey my experience with the priest, so I took what was available, which was the cups in the corners and held them in the light as I studied the Sun cycles. First I took the empty cup which symbolized the “Earth” or the quest to fore fill a need, second I added soil to the empty cup which, to me, represented “the gathering of information”, and third I placed the seeds inside the soil and added a small amount of water, I mixed with the “tea”, for every other day of the Sun cycle. This went on for about ten Sun cycles, in addition to the twelve Sun cycles I had spent there before hand, which equaled 48 days, for a total of 88 days.

    I do not remember ever sleeping and there were periods where I would drift off because of the affects brought on by drinking this strange “tea”, which had some psychedelic effects especially whenever I closed my eyes, that is why I do not remember ever sleeping because when I closed my eyes; I would have these strange experiences. I can vaguely remember seeing a creature that was part goat, part man and part snake. Above its head and between its horns was a sun disk, strangely everywhere the goat would move the sun disk would follow. The goat had these metallic looking horns, its eyes were blue and fluid like, its skin was a mixture of green and yellow. It would not speak through its mouth but it would show its teeth whenever I looked into its eyes, so I reframed from doing so. This vision had no legs or feet, which made it take on the partial form of a giant snake, it had to have been about 60 feet long. Its snakelike body was metallic and to some extent seemed mechanical, in a sense; this thing was part goat and part mechanical snake. For a moment I thought it had built itself because it did not look natural at all.

    The vision of this being transmitted its name as Paronadon. I tried not to stare at it for too long but it was the only light source I could see. It was hug standing as tall as the trees, he had to have been about 30 to 40Ft tall, around its neck were gold beads that seemed to radiate as they reflected the light atop it’s head. At the center of the gold beaded necklace was a gold medallion, round in shape with a red jewel at its center. I noticed that whenever I stared at the jewel for too long, I would have these sharp pains in my head.

    The top portion of Paronadon had shoulders and arms that spread as wide as a Six foot man. His chest and arms was covered with black fur. Paronadon’s hands both had three large fingers. Paronadon had a beard that was plated and at the end of it was a white jewel. To be honest, this vision was so frightening to me that I had thoughts of not drinking any more of the concoction Bwainu brought to me, for the vision of Paronadon was too much for my mind to comprehend and accept. Even now I can see this entity flowing before me; the fear is still a little strong. The fear is not that, this entity may consume me or destroy my person but it was like; this vision was changing me in some fantastic way. I felt as though this was a being that no one alive and conscious should ever see, I thought I was being disrespectful by looking at it but I could not help myself for I had never seen such a creature before in my life.

    During the later periods of my “conscious” experience while studying the “art work” and attending an experiment, I witnessed the sprout of a flower growing within one of the cups, I was observing. This flower had, what looked like, vanes of blue material, while maintaining a green leaf like appearance. Then Suddenly, I was finished with what had to be done and felt a sense of completion. By this time, after studying the diagrams on the walls and attending to the experiment, I was ready to show the priest Bwainu what I had done.

    As I exited the chamber, for the first time in many days, I felt excited for I had grown this interesting bluish green flower to show Bwainu, who was standing outside waiting with my Father, Saieman. I presented the flower to Bwainu and he said “you are now a man my son” then my father Saieman and I went for a long walk as he told me the most interesting story I have ever heard…

    There is more to this story, unlike most, I can remember what had happened to me during my 2 hours of missing time. The experience is about 40,000 words long and expanding as more memories return to the surface.

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  35. So I was just reading a list on listverse.com that caught my attention, it was about bizarre things that have not been explained and #2 on the list was missing time/time leaps. Now I may only be 22 but I’m no beginner when it comes to the Paranormal or unexplained. but what happened to me and my friend was bizarre. it wasn’t so much a lost time as it was a time leap.
    Me and my friend Ben were driving around on the back roads of our tiny town in Wisconsin at around 12:30am. we drove the usual routes that we take. It started to snow hard when we were driving and we spun out on the middle of the road and the proceeded to head the opposite direction that we started off from. by this time the roads were bad enough that we decided to head back to town. there was about 4 inches of snow on the ground at this point in time and i was drive about 20miles an hour. We came to a stop sign and a car passed in front of us, it was then that the strange started to happen. Ben asked me What time it was, and I told him 1:20am, and then we turned to follow the other down the road that would take us straight back to town in about 3miles. the car went around a s curve and we lost sight of it at first. then we went around the first part of the curve and saw the car turning into the second part of the curve. Now our buddy lived on this road outside of town and we should have passed right by his house after the second part of the curve, but as we came around the second part of the curve the car was gone and we didn’t see our buddy’s house.
    after what seemed like a little bit of a drive we saw the welcome to Columbia County sign that is on the opposite side of town. we came to the next stop sign just outside of town wondering what the hell had happened and how we had ended up there. at the stop sign i checked the clock, and it was 1:23. When I saw the time I was a little freaked out, we had traveled about 15miles to the opposite side of town going about 20MPH in 2 minutes. this shouldnt of happened. the other weird thing is that my car has a tape deck that i use an adapter so i can play music from my phone as i drive, well before we went around the second curve my tape deck started trying to search for the next track, (which it can’t because the tape adapter i use only reads as having one track) but ever since that night i havent been able to get that tape adapter to work right.
    I mean I’ve had some crazy stuff happen to me before that i cant explain, but by far that was the weirdest.

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  36. What an interesting site and story! I actually had a missing time-like incident during an interstate move in February of 2010, where my mother and I seem to have accomplished a 17hr drive (according to Google Maps) in 13hrs. We were heading to my new home to set up my apartment in advance of the arrival of my wife and children by plane a few days later, so we were in a rush but not enough to warrant the discrepancy. Particularly considering the vehicle we traveled in was a Toyota Corolla absolutely loaded to the hilt and noticeably sluggish because of it. The drive was from Orange County, CA to Portland, OR and is approximately 1000mi – about half of which is over steep and winding road through northern CA and southern OR. The speed limit in Oregon in particular is only 55mph, and we generally stayed at or below that. We departed OC at 1:00PM and arrived in Portland at 8:00AM the next morning. However, we had stopped in northern CA for dinner for about 1hr and again in southern Oregon for 2hrs to get off the road and rest for a bit. It didn’t occur to me until quite some time later that we’d made the trip at in an unrealistic timeframe. To achive a 13hr trip we would have to have averaged 77mph, which is simply not the case given the slower speed limit in Oregon, the performance of the weighted down car and our need to make numerous smaller stops for coffee, etc to stay awake. No particular memory of anything like UFOs or being disoriented, just missing (or fast forwarded) time.

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    • JR – Thanks! I’ve had quite a few emails and at least one comment on the blog (I think) from people who had similar experiences to yours: a long trip completed in an unrealistically brief amount of time. That seems to be a fairly common subset of the whole “missing time” phenomenon. But how it happens and what it means, I don’t know.

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    • JR – Here’s an interesting story I found that seems to have some elements of both your experience and mine:
      https://paranormal.about.com/od/timeanddimensiontravel/a/tales_10_12_27t.htm.

      It’s actually more similar to what you experienced, but I found it interesting that this person found herself back before the point where she began driving, but continuing in the same direction. That happened to me. I was still walking north-to-south, but I was about a quarter mile further north of my school, where I’d left from earlier. To this day I’m still unsure as to the length of time of my memory lapse and the point where I awakened behind the cemetery.

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    • We had a similar experience
      Driving from one town to another through a gorge
      We arrived with no recollection of the trip only becoming aware of arriving
      Any questions and we have never reveled this to others

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  37. Hi Jon, I just wanted to remind you of a saying. “When the student is ready the teacher will come.” Not meaning to sound criptic but it seems you, the student, are close to having a teacher. Hugs, Elaine

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    • Hi Elaine — You might be right. I know of others who have had similar experiences and they have also said they felt it was a precursor to something. What that “something” is, I don’t know, but I did come away from it with the feeling that it was a significant event in my life. Only time will tell, I suppose. Thanks for your input!

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  38. I’ve had two significant events in the last year (even if only significant to me). Both were answers to life-long questions, much like yours stemming from childhood events. I know once I got the answers my life changed. Well not really but I feel differently. My ‘Teacher’ came in the weirdest way. I’m left with fewer questions and more curious than ever. 🙂

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  39. I’ve been going thru your site here John and although I have no real or concrete answers to anything paranormal I have definitely come a cross a few things that run in the same direction of my own thinking.

    i’ve no idea how we will ever ‘prove’ any of these occurrences as most of us who have experiences don’t even know what it was we experienced. Creates a little problem doesn’t it? I like learning about all the research that is being done on the ‘metaphysical’ or ‘spiritual’ level. I think that is the missing piece, not all evidence is physical. Kind of like electricity, if we didn’t know how to use it we wouldn’t be able to prove it either.

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    • Elaine – I’m neither a skeptic or a “believer”-type. I’m sure there’s a logical explanation for many (or most) of the strange experiences that people go through, as I’m also quite certain that some are outright lies. However, I know from firsthand experience that there are things that can’t be explained logically or proven scientifically. In my opinion, to say that these unexplained events are false (mistakes, fabrications, and the like) is a very narrow-minded view of the world around us and of the universe. My missing time incident was real. The fact that my mother knew exactly where I was and found me, saying that a voice told her to find me because I needed her — that was real. And my mom’s premonitions and precognitive dreams were too specific and accurate to be dismissed or explained away. They can’t be proven or scientifically measured in any way, but they were also very real. We really don’t understand the nature of reality, but I think some of what we’re learning from quantum physics is starting to bridge the scientific with the mystical.

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  40. To JR, I also had this happen. Completed a 7 hour trip in 31/2 hours confirmed. I swear nothing happened on that trip. I had taken this trip many times, I would have had to speed the entire trip to do that and surely would have been pulled over if I had.

    A few years before that I had the complete opposite happen. A 20 minute ride home took just over 2 hours. I had called home to ask my husband if he needed anything, he didn’t so I hopped in the car and went straight home, no stops, no hindrances or anything. Husband was frantic when I got home. That still bothers me, I have no idea what took so long, it’s impossible unless I chugged along at maybe 5 mph which I know I didn’t.

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    • When I used to co-host the old Paranomalist podcast a few years ago we interviewed author Marie D. Jones and we discussed my weird missing time incident. She replied by telling me of an incident where she was driving (in California, I think it was) and had inexplicably covered a very long distance in ridiculously short amount of time. I get a lot of these types of stories emailed to me: long distances completed in impossibly short periods, or relatively short trips taking a very lengthy period of time with no recollection of what transpired during that extra time. Something is happening here. I can’t imagine that all of these types of incidents are just a matter of people being mistaken, miscalculating, or simply losing track of time.

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      • John i find this all very interesting, so i ask out of the hopes of finding more pieces to my puzzle. To you what is time? And how do you perceive it?

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  41. Agreed, although I don’t doubt alien abductions and such other things it’s obvious there are other things going on too. But I really don’t think all of these instances have anything to do anything paranormal. I feel it is just an anomaly. It’s something that happens so rarely and unexpectedly that we don’t have much chance to prepare ourselves for understanding it.

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    • I don’t necessarily disbelieve the alien abduction phenomenon, although I think it’s probably more complex than some of the UFO enthusiasts make it out to be. But I agree, I think it this whole missing time thing may be related to some type of anomaly; an anomaly possibly relating to the nature of time itself.

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  42. Ditto, as time goes on we’ll understand more, personally I’m looking forward to that time. In the mean time we can speculate and work at rearranging our thoughts and who knows…

    I’ll never say the experiences aren’t real (except for the liars, cheats and mocker) but I will say that they may not be at all what we suspect. You know we used to think God was pissed when it thundered, well we know better now. Life’s journey and I love this playground.

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  43. As to the alien abduction thing, I will not say that I or anyone I know has ever been abducted but there is a shared experience in my family that would qualify… only not. I don’t know how to explain that in anything less than 10,000 words, LOL!

    If I told the story some would immediately think aliens but I’m not so sure. Something yes, but what, I just don’t know.

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    • Well, if you ever want to write about your family’s experiences, just let me know. I’ll set you up as an Author on my site and you can log in, type away and share your story with the world. Or at least the few thousand readers I get each month.

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  44. Yes it is, Elaine. Some things are so odd that it’s difficult to take about them. I think that’s why I haven’t really mentioned this blog to anyone that I know or tried to recommend it any of my old classmates on Facebook. It’s one thing to talk about this stuff to strangers, but another to people that know you.

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    • I just found your blog. I just woke up from “lost time”. I was upstairs working and woke up in my bathroom on my toilet that I had not used for a few days since the plumber fixed it and I was to give it a detailed cleaning and disinfectant BEFORE using it. I remained disoriented for about 10 mins in a semi-conscious state. This is the longest loss time Ive ever had. Ususally they are about 30 secs with 2 seconds of euphoria. This ephoria lasted longer about a minute. I too “found” a friend parked about 5 miles from where we were originally, backed into a dead-end. I went straight to him, parked, all very calm. Walked to his truck window, told him give me the gun as I was removing it from his hands where he held the gun between his legs. I walked back to my car and drove back to the house. He followed. We never spoke of it. He passed last year, he stopped taking his diabetes meds, had a diabetic shock, driving, coasted into a tree and died. Oh and yes there is always a lady in my loss time.

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    • Dear John,
      Thank you for providing this forum and, in particular, sharing your experience and commenting others’
      experiences.
      I have a story to share that’s confounded me and the person who went thru this with me.
      It was 1985 summer, daytime. I was driving my friend and her kids to the bus station in Redding CA. We were on a rural mountain road. The next second it was two hours later. We had lost two hours. We blinked and it was later. There’s a lot more to the story but to this day we don’t know what happened. We call it a “time warp” for lack of a better explanation.

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      • Claudia — Thanks for sharing your experience. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people tell me of experiences almost identical to yours. It seems to be a very common experience and I often wonder what percentage of the population has had this happen to them.

        If you ever want to email me the rest of the story, I’m always interested in hearing about these incidents.

        Thanks again,

        John

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  45. John, you say your mother had premonitions and precognitive dreams. I’d like to ask what about you? I’m wondering if perhaps you had a psychical experience more so than a missing time experience. What I mean perhaps you were sharing someone else’s psychi (for lack of a better word) and in the mean time your physical self just wondered around waiting for you to return.

    I know that sounds creepy but so do a lot of things. Explore that thought for a while and I would love to know your conclusions.

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    • Elaine — Interesting idea. I’ve had a few premonitions and precognitive dreams, like my mom, but nowhere near as frequent or precise as hers. And I’ve had a lot of very intense and disturbing dreams throughout my life, especially when I was a child.

      These missing time (or whatever you want to call them) experiences share some general similarities, but they vary widely. I felt there was some physical aspect to whatever happened to me because it occurred as I was walking and when I awoke I was somewhere else. One of the puzzling things was the fact that I was still walking in a southerly direction, but I was north of where I began walking and quite a ways from where I blanked out. So in my mind, if I’d just somehow zoned out and wandered in the wrong direction I think I would have gotten turned around and would have awakened walking north. Instead, I somehow was walking in the same direction (south) but some distance north from where I’d begun, at my school.

      What any of that indicates I have no idea, but it felt as if it was more than a purely psychical state. It’s not as if I was lying on my bed and drifted into a different state of consciousness. I was walking in a very familiar place and I found myself in another area entirely when I regained my senses. Also the strange silence, the unreal feeling and the fact that the intersection that I was walking toward seemed to be getting further away as I walked toward it — these are all aspects of the incident that felt very physical and real.

      How my mother fit into it is interesting too. She told me she heard a voice in her mind that said “go get John, he needs you.” I don’t know if that was some sort of motherly instinct/premonition or if she was actually contacted by something that orchestrated…whatever it was that happened to me. She definitely described it as a “voice” that told her to get me. And, she knew precisely where I was, which was not where she would normally have looked for me if she was picking me up after school. So, my feeling is that there very well could have been a psychical aspect to this, but there seemed to be something physical about the experience as well. I don’t think that this came completely from me. It’s always felt to me that there was some kind of outside influence at work that interacted with me (and my mom) in some way.

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  46. On Dec 1st 2010, between 1:00AM and 1:30AM, I blacked out while standing in my shed. When I came to/woke, I looked at my watch and it was 5:05AM and I was standing approximately four feet from where I had been, I was then standing in the shed door way facing the back of the shed. When I blacked out I was standing in front of my tool box which stands against the sheds left wall. The temperature was only a few degres above freezing and I wore only a light wind breaker yet I was very warm when I came to. I felt very calm yet very alert at the same time, I was also somewhat angry because I had to be at work in eight and a half hours and could not drink any beer. I have no history of black outs. I didnt think much about what had happened until I woke to get ready for work that day. For about a week or two after I had deep feelings of deja vu and at times something like vertigo. I plan on seeing a hypnotist after I retire from law enforcement. I will not risk that now.

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    • RW — Very interesting experience and probably rather disturbing, too. It was for me. Have any other odd or unexplained things happened to you recently or at any point in your life? I get a lot of similar comments and emails from people and almost ALWAYS they’ve had more than one strange event or episode in their lives. It’s rarely an isolated incident, even if these incidents often seem dissimilar on the surface. I’m interested in hearing about anything else you’d like to share.

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  47. John, the only other similar event in my life was in Germany, 1988 or 1989. While driving from Weisbaden to Mainz I traveled 30 kilometers in the blink of an eye. I was a military policeman workong mids (graveyard shift). I exited the autobahn to a feeder road and got out of the vehicle, walked around until I calmed down. I atributed the event to being tired. I never experienced any symptoms then like I did with the event last december. I dont feel disturbed about the recent event and I really dont care to either, thats the main reason im in no hurry to see a hypnotist. I dont really want know where I was those few hours. The deja vu alone almost drove me crazy.

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    • RW — My initial impression, based on all the comments on this blog and the many emails that I receive, is that your experience in Germany is probably not unrelated to what happen to you in the shed. Really, I wasn’t surprised in the least to hear you say that there was a previous strange incident. Whenever someone tells me about a missing time or time slip experience that they’ve had I’ll usually ask them if they’ve had any other strange things happen to them, and there almost always is — if not another missing time incident, it’ll be some other weird event or occurrence(s) prior to or after the initial experience. The deja vu thing is a new one for me, however. I hadn’t heard of anyone else describe that before.

      I know what you mean about the hypnosis. I’ve never been hypnotized, partially because I’m relatively well-adjusted and I’ve gotten along fine since my experience. Also, I’ve read so many books on the subject when I was younger, especially those concerning UFOs and the alien abduction phenomenon, that I’m afraid I might have tainted my subconscious if you know what I mean — i.e., I feel as if I went under hypnosis I might have false memories just because I’ve read so much about that sort of thing. I think hypnosis is probably a useful tool, but more accurate if you don’t have preconceived ideas. Not that I think I was taken by aliens or anything, but I have studied the subject pretty extensively and I wouldn’t want that to come to any false conclusions.

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      • HI John, not sure if you’re still around…
        I’m looking for answers but I’m not even sure what the questions are.
        Throughout my life I’ve had chunks of memory missing – photos with me in them where I still have absolutely no memory of being there. Times where I went missing long enough for groups of people to be out looking for me, only to surprise me with the news I was lost at all. I’ve considered dissociative identity disorder, but there’s never been a ‘different person’ experienced by anyone who’s known me. I don’t drink and never did drugs, so can’t blame it on that. I do have PTSD from childhood, so maybe?

        – the earliest one I’ve been told about but don’t remember, my grandmother said I disappeared from school – kindergarten – for hours. The found me sitting under a bush at the school. Ok, no biggie, just a little kid hiding?

        – another time I’d been allowed to walk to and from a Sunday school (maybe 4th grade?) I remember walking off the road into some woods (really small triangle between pretty well traveled roads). I was suddenly aware of people calling my name, and a kid came up to me and said how happy they were to find me. I didn’t know I’d been lost – for about 3 hours they said.

        Those only happened when I was little – one other odd thing happened about then too.

        I took a ‘ride’ with a grandpa who had passed. Leaving school (K or 1st grade) I started to walk home when I saw my grandads car on the curb where you pick up kids. I got in the car, shut the door, and looked at him. I started to say a few things, don’t remember what, but he just stared straight ahead and drove to the end of the pick up area. By then, my little kid warning bells were starting in, I looked at him and said “you’re not my grandpa”. He pulled over and let me out. Never said a word. I told my mother what happened and she told me my granddad had passed away months earlier. (we may or may not have gone to his funeral, my grandmother and mother didn’t get along because of my mother’s behavior so it’s very likely we didn’t go to his funeral – or I might have and just forgot?)

        There’s a photo of me as a little girl (10-11) with family who were visiting us. I stare at this picture just trying to recall having met them or that day…or even the clothes I was wearing. Not a thing. That might not be so weird, except that, I lived with my dad then and visitors were so rare (only two other times in six years did anyone come see us) and I wasn’t allowed friends or to come out of my room unless I was doing chores so, having ANY visitors was a big deal. Being allowed to meet them was an even bigger event. I remember every detail of the other two visitors – and uncle and a much older half sister.

        Another ‘weird’ thing happened about that time. I’ve mentioned I wasn’t allowed friends, didn’t make any in school so it didn’t matter much. Well, one day I came into awareness in the middle of the kitchen – and there were 3 or 4 other kids in the house, in the kitchen, (my dad’s kingdom), one of them was standing on the counter, another going through the fridge (OMG a HUGE NO) and just acting like fools in general. I was the only one in the house, trying to figure out who these kids were and how to get them OUT before they got caught. Then I heard my dad drive up. To this day I don’t know who those kids were (never saw them in school and we’re talking a school of maybe 100 kids for 4-8 total). They ran out the back door as dad was coming in the front. I have no idea where they went. I don’t remember the ‘before’ but I sure do remember the after. One of the worst whippings I ever got – and that’s saying something.

        Later in life, I’ve had friends and even my kids tell me about memories they have that I just can’t recall. Like it wasn’t me who was there. But never once has anyone ever said I ‘became someone else’ or called myself by a different name or anything so I just don’t think it was DID.

        I feel like there’s something I’m supposed to understand but I’m just not “getting” it, something I’m supposed to know but I’m missing it.

        …and that’s my story

        so far

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          • Mitchell Gray, I think I know the kinds of things you’re alluding to.
            To put it under a broad umbrella, it’s to do with trauma, correct?

          • Mitchell – I’m not so sure about the whole “alien” narrative myself. I think this missing time and unexplained phenomena stuff goes deeper than that. I’m open to all ideas though.

        • Just Me: I apologize for the 10-month-late response. Stories like yours fascinate me because I’ve had some of the same kinds of experiences when I was a child. Half-memories that seem out of place, or flashes of strange events that I’m not sure happened or if they were dreams.

          Interesting to hear your mention your PTSD. I’ve sometimes wondered if I suffer from that as well. A few years ago an old friend of mine got in touch with me after a period of about 20 years. He had since become a psychologist, and in the midst of our conversation he paused and said, “John, you strike me as someone who has suffered some kind of trauma.” It was a very out-of-place comment because the comment had been very light. Just the typical catching up you’d do with a friend you hadn’t seen in a long while. When I asked him what he meant he quickly dismissed his comment. But he obviously picked up on something that I’ve long suspected about myself.

          I think perhaps we are both “experiencers” and that there are hidden parts of our lives – some of them traumatic and disturbing – that our minds pushes down into our subconscious so that we don’t have to deal with him. That may be a grace from God, however, and bringing those memories to the surface may not necessarily be a good thing.

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          • Wow! Thank you everyone for writing about your experiences. I don’t feel so isolated regarding this issue any longer. I too have had many times experience missing time. Some are just minutes, some are hours, some are days. I have even almost completely misplaced an entire year once. As a science type person (heavy theorist), I truly wonder about the commonalities of the people who have these experiences and the commonalities of the experiences themselves. Fascinating.

          • Hi John
            I have had a few different experiences in my life. One was a missing time and a two were what I can only call bouncing into another person’s mind. The missing time was about 13 years ago. I was driving on a mountain road I had only driven once the opposite direction. I only remember waking up driving and not being able to keep my eyes open. I had to pull into a little market in a rest area and move around. In the other 2 I seem to jump into another person’s mind. This has only happened when the other person is in a tramatic life and death situation. I have been on either side of the coin victim and perpetrator in different episodes. To me it seems I find the person with the best chance of changing the outcome. I could wright a lot of details but I will say I feel what the person feels and see what they see. It is very intense because the feelings the perpetrator is feeling go against everything I am. I am a very passive person. I have problems talking about this as I don’t want to believe it myself. I normally call them dreams but i dont remember dreams and they are far to vivid to be dreams. This is the first time I have talked about the latter 2 experiences.

          • Hi Scooter. As I often say, take some comfort if you can in knowing that you’re not alone in these experiences. I hear all kinds of stories from people and I’ve come across some like yours as well. I do understand that it’s all very strange and difficult to cope with when these things happen to a person, and it’s usually hard to share them with people. It’s embarrassing and repeating them aloud sounds often sounds crazy even to ourselves. I totally get that. But, it’s not good to keep them bottled up either. If you have someone close to you that’s openminded and non-judgmental, try to open up to them about it. I have my wife and a few very close friends that I’ve told about my experiences and that helps a bit. They have no experience with any of this sort of thing but at least they listen and don’t think I’m crazy (I think).

            Feel free to post here too. The main reason I started this blog was to provide a place where people can share their experiences. I know that it’s hard to live with at times. I had a SUPER weird experience a few years ago that I’m going to write about soon and it’s been very hard to live with. It can really suck to have to deal with this crap and be unable to tell people about it.

            — John

          • John, I was fascinated by your story. I grew up in El Paso, Texas, and had some eerie experiences in the southwest desert, things I have never told anyone to this day. When I was 11-12 years old, at puberty, there was the time I sleepwalked out the front door of a slumber party and woke up hours later in someone’s backyard atop Franklin mountain. This is known as a phenomenon called ‘missing time.’ I have no recollection of what happened during the time I was wandering around in my nightgown, but when I woke up to see the terrified face of a woman staring at me from her kitchen window, and heard my name being called by friends in my mom’s station wagon, I was really scared. Up to that point, I had never sleepwalked a day in my life, and never have since. Someday I hope to find out what happened during those missing hours.

          • Hi Lydia,

            I’m sorry for the delay in approving and responding to your comments. I was away on vacation when you posted this and I neglected until now to check the site when I returned. I’m hoping you read this and I didn’t flub my first celebrity post.

            Thank you so much for conveying your story to me. I always find these kinds of experiences fascinating and it’s also nice to know that there are others who have had them. It’s common to feel very isolated after suffering such an incident and then feeling as if you can’t speak about it. It’s been many years since it happened and it doesn’t affect my life on a day-to-day basis, but I’m still bothered by what happened and I have no clear explanation for it to this day. Maybe we will both eventually understand what happened to us.

            May I ask, how far it from your friend’s house to was where you woke up on Franklin Mountain? I’m curious about the distance. Was it that night or the next morning that your friend’s mom found you? You alluded to other eerie experiences. Deserts can be very strange places, I agree. I’ve had quite a few people contact me about strange happenings in the desert. I’m wondering if this missing time was an isolated incident or part of a pattern in your life? I think some people are sensitive to these types of phenomena or perhaps we’re given them for a reason.

            Thanks again for sharing your experience.

            John

        • Hi Just Me, thanks for sharing your story. I think from your description of it, it sounds very much like symptoms from a dissociative disorder. You mentioned the reasons you think it’s not DID, but unfortunately that could be a misunderstanding- truth is, the alters in a DID system would usually “pretend” to be the host when they’re fronting for the safety of the system. Alters who live in the dark usually will not show themselves or demand to be called another name, instead they would just pretend to be the host and try to talk and behave similarly to the host. The camouflage would easily fool people around them, which explains why so many people live with undiagnosed DID for decades without people suspecting. This happens because the whole point of DID is a defense mechanism against severe trauma, if all alters just show themselves then the protection doesn’t stand.

          By no means am I trying to diagnose you, all I’m saying is that if you’re ruling out DID just because other people don’t remember any “strange” behaviours, perhaps you need to consider again. And of course there are other dissociative disorders from DID, such as PTSD, OSDD etc. Here’s a useful test to help you quickly check where you’re at on the dissociative spectrum, a tool professionally developed for diagnostic reference: https://www.mid-assessment.com/

          Whatever it is, hope you have answers to your questions and peace in your heart. Sending love to you.

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      • I hope you’re still around, I can’t find anyone else to relay this to. When I was 7 I woke up in a field next to the apartment complex in which we lived. It was the middle of the night or early morning, still very dark. There was fog so thick I couldn’t see more than a couple feet in front of the of me. Here’s the thing, I was terrified of the dark and would not have gone out there alone voluntarily. When I came to, I was calm and at peace. I simply made my way back to the apartments went inside and went to bed. I do not have a history of sleepwalking or anything. One strange aspect is that my oldest brother was babysitting us that night and he was sleeping on the couch. He is a very light sleeper, yet all the noise I made going back inside, and the noise I had to have made when I left never woke him. I’ve never told anyone about this but I have pondered it ever since and I am 41 now.

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        • Hi Tim — Yes, I’m still doing my best to read and reply to the blog comments and emails that I receive. That’s a fascinating story, and I’m sure it’s very troubling or at least puzzling to you. I know that my experience(s) feel that way to me. I have a very odd memory from about the same age. Those childhood experiences stay with you.

          Have you been okay since? Any other strange experiences? These things are often part of an ongoing lifetime pattern.

          I’d love to be able to give you an answer as to what I think this might have been but I’m still working on that myself. I do know that I’ve had many, many people (probably well over a thousand at this point) who have contacted me about missing time and other strange anomalies that they’ve undergone. You’re definitely not alone in this.

          Thanks for sharing your experience. — John

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  48. About 10 years ago I had a time loss experience that puzzles me to this day. I was camping in the desert with my sister and some friends, when I had one of the strangest experiences of my life. It was roughly 1:00am and we were gathered in a circle around a dead fire pit, talking with each other and having a good time. Suddenly we see lights off in the distance accompanied by dogs barking and voices. I heard a voice say something like “They’re around here somewhere.” All of us became rather scared, wondering if these crazy people were after us. But then in an instant it was all over. I don’t remember anything after the lights and noises, except waking up in the dirt surrounded by my friends who were also waking up. I checked my watch and it was around 4:30am. The lights and noises were gone, replaced by the eerie feeling that something happened to us.

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  49. John, thank you for your time and input on this blog. I had forgotten about Germany until you asked. l have been trying very hard to remember anything else I might have forgotten in my past and I will keep trying. The deja vu that took place after Dec 1st, I believe may have been places or objects that triggered a memory of that early morning, and when I would stop and try to reel it all in I would get a very strange feeling that would leave me slightly dizzy, as if I had just got off of a carnival ride. Also, I think I was returning from a co-op point midway between Frankfurt and Mainz Germany when I experienced the missing time there. Im going to start reading more websites on the subject and get some books. Thank you again.

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    • You’re very welcome, RW. I appreciate anyone who has the courage to share their experiences and I thank you for your input. I’m always interested in hearing about these things, so feel free to contact me through this blog or privately by email if you recall anything else and care to discuss it.

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  50. Hi, I wanted to share my time GAINED experience.
    This happened about 3 years ago, in BC Canada, I was driving on HWY 1 from a friends house in mid afternoon, I needed to go past 3 cities to get to where I was going. It was just under an hour drive and I have driving this stretch of road many times. For some reason the fact that there was a lighting storm and lighting bolts seems significant. At one point as I drove through the storm there was a lighting bolt on each side of my car. Just a few moments after that happened the traffic got backed up, almost to a stop. At this point I called a friend, simply because traffic wasn’t moving and I was bored, after a minute or so on the phone I the traffic started moving and I told her I had to go, so I could drive. I drove for no more then 30 seconds, just enough to pass the truck and trailer that was in the ditch that was holding up traffic, then it slowed right down again. I was getting annoyed at th lack of movement on the freeway so I got into the right hand lane and planned to get off at an exit, where I could take a back road to where I was going. I took note of the next exit sign and I knew I needed the next one after that, so I was watching for the next exit sign. I saw a sign for the scale, and I was a little confused, because I didn`t think there was a scale there, but figured I just never noticed it before. The next sign I saw had numbers on it, right away I was confused because the road signs in the city I was going through had names only for all their roads. As I got closer I realized exactly where I was, I was one city PAST where I was headed, and at least 4 exits. Instantly I was so confused, I didn`t know how I could have missed such a stretch of road, especially because I was looking out for the next exit. I took that exit off and pulled over to collect myself, honestly I thought I`d died, like those movies you see where the spirit keeps going on in their life after the body died, it was just the weirdest feeling ever. I checked my cell phone and the last call I had made was 5 minute before, and thats when the call started, like I said I only talked to her for a minute or two. Now the distance I drove (In backup, slow moving, bumper to bumper traffic) was 38 KM (23miles) and should have taken me about 30 minutes with out traffic, some how I did it in less then 5 with traffic.
    I refused to try and call my friend back to tell her, because like I said, I thought I was dead and I was scared to find out otherwise. I turned around and took the freeway back to the exit I wanted in the first place, wondering the whole time how I missed all of these building and construction. I when into the store I was going to and was never so relived as when a sales man asked me if he could help me, not until then did I realize I wasn`t dead!!
    Any one I told this story to thinks I`m nuts, I know I`m not. I`ve driving the same stretch of road since and have tried to get from point A to point B in the fastest time possible and it just would never work.
    I don`t know what happened but some how I skipped over a large portion of road in minimal time.

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  51. My occurance happened just yesterday. I’m still more than mildly freaked out.

    I woke up late at 6:50AM, turned on the TV and accidently dozed off. Awaking again at 7:50AM ish, I rushed to the shower and got ready for work. Once all was said and done I departed from my apartment at 8:47AM, a half hour later than I normally would. As I left Good Morning America was on and they had started into their interview segment that usually runs from 8:30AM until 8:45AM. Cursing to myself I ran to the car and left for work (which is 1 1/2 away). Stopping only to grab a cup of coffee five minutes from the apartment and not paying any additional attention to any clocks, I drove the first half hour of my trip in relative quiet. Nearing the turn-off (almost 45 minutes into my trip) to the road that leads to my work I just happened to look up at the clock and noticed it said 8:06AM. Curing that my car had reset the clock again looked at my cell phone which confirmed the 8:06 AM time. Stopping at a gas station I confirmed that somehow I had gained, by this time, almost an hour of my life back.

    Still freaked by this. Really would like some form of explanation.

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    • Wow, that’s a long commute to work! I wish I had an explanation for you Brandon, but I still haven’t been able to explain what happened to me in 1978. I’ve gotten a lot of comments in response to this blog, as well as emails sent to me privately, of equally weird occurrences. Sometimes they involve losing time, sometimes gaining. Others happen at a single location and then there are those people who find themselves very far from their original location. So there seems to be similarities and differences within this whole missing time phenomenon. I don’t know why this is, but I suspect that there might be much that we don’t understand about the nature of time itself. We tend to think of it as always being linear, but perhaps there are “wrinkles” in the fabric of time or fluctuations, and we just get caught in them occasionally. One thing that I have learned since beginning this blog and writing this article is that many more people have experienced these various types of time phenomena than I ever thought.

      A question that I now ask everyone who tells me about having gone through these experiences: Has anything else like this happened to you before? Even strange things that you can’t explain that might seem completely different from this “time gain” incident that recently happened? Think about that carefully and please let me know, if you wouldn’t mind.

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  52. I’ve had many ‘weird things’ happen to me, but my house is haunted, so thats not surprise. I’ve never had any other missing time or gained time experiences. But after reading over all of the stories here I remembered something weird that happened to me a few years ago. I had lost my keys only to find them where they should be, but couldn’t possibly be.
    I had gone to the beach with my friend, and I didn’t want my purse with me, so I took my key, ID, cell and money out, put my purse in the trunk then went back into the car, grabbing my keys and locking and closing the door. We started walking and I specifically put my key under the rest of the stuff in my pocket so it wouldn’t fall out. We walked the pier, got food, then headed back to the car, I reached for my key and it was gone. We retraced our steps, searched and searched, nothing.
    Long story short, we got AAA to come out and open my car because I knew I had a spare in my glove box.
    I get home, pull my wallet out of my purse to put my spare key under it (thats where I keep my keys, coz this purse was small) and there is my original key!!!
    I knew for a fact I had my key after I put the purse in the trunk, and I knew after the car was locked that I still had the key, I even called my friend to tell her and she confirmed that I had the key as we walked away from the car.
    How it got not only back into my car, but under my wallet in my purse in the trunk I will never know!!

    Things like this though, I never get angry or frustrated about because I figure they happen for some reason, like had I had my keys and left when I wanted I would have gotten into an accident or something. Not everyone would see things that way but thats how I think to keep my self positive!!
    🙂

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  53. This happened to me and my husband at the end of last year, and has really stuck in my mind. For some reason I’d been thinking about it a lot in the past few days and decided to look for similar experiences on the net… Which led me here!

    We live about 5 minutes from the cinema- we live next to a highway, which you drive down for about 1km, then you turn a corner onto another main road and follow it in a straight line until you hit the shopping center. There’s absolutely no way to get lost, no reason to turn off, and we’d made this trip so many times.
    Anyway, this particular night we were heading to see a movie, it would’ve been about 7pm. My husband was driving. We’d turned off the highway onto the main road and were deep in conversation, when suddenly we found ourselves down a side road. It was strange, it was like we’d both ‘woken up’ at the same time- we’d stopped talking, couldn’t even remember the conversation we’d been having, and we were both wondering why/how we’d ended up turned off somewhere way before our destination.

    We couldn’t have lost more than a couple of minutes but it’s played on my mind over and over since it happened.

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    • Lucy — Your experience seems a lot like mine, except for the fact that you were driving and I was walking. The road I was taking was also very direct and one I’d taken many times, so no chance of getting lost or turned around. Yet, I ended up somewhere else, in an area I’d never before had any need to go.

      Have you and/or your husband had any other strange or unexplained happenings at any point in your lives? Doesn’t necessarily have to be a “missing time” experience. Just curious…

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  54. I don’t even know if this is what really happened considering my now faulty memory but I will try to come as close as I can.
    One night when I was ten, I was asleep when I was jostled awake by the feeling of a presence in the room. I looked over to a shadow on the wall being cast by a night light to see an odd looking creature. It had an oblong head with an upside down semi-circular shape to top it off. I tried to scream for my parents but no sound escaped my lips. The thing looked as startled as I felt and I saw it move one of it’s hands close to my neck and I blacked out. The next morning I woke up thinking it had all been a nightmare until I looked in the bathroom mirror and saw what looked like an injection mark. This is one of the few memories that I can remember clearly from that time in my life If someone has had a similar experience please contact me I need help to try and remember.

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    • Trey — I know that feeling of wanting to scream but no sound escaping. I had that just about every time I had one of these types of dreams or experiences. What you’re describing isn’t uncommon, although the being you saw is new to me. “Upside down semicircular?” Do you mean like a crescent or U shape? Interesting, but the more I hear of these stories, the more variety of beings are described. Not all are your typical “grey” alien types.

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  55. John I’ve just had an experience on Saturday 5/14/2011 that I cannot explain.I live in the western part of Pa.Every year I drive down to Boca Raton to de stress at my time share for a few weeks.It is always nice and relaxing.I always stop just below Charolette NC on the way down and back.It is a half way point.On this return trip it seemed some bad storms knocked out power and the local power company was out in force to restore power.
    As normal I stayed at my favorite roadside motel.I had gotten up at 6:00 am after a very restful sleep.Iget in my car and get on I77 to go through Charolette.As I pass the city limit sign the HOV lanes are coming up so I moved over since even on a weekend you can get a fine if your not supposed to be there.I notice the time on my cars clock and it is 6:54am.In an instant I am still on I77 and passing a beautiful area called Lake Norman.As i am driving I thought what is up I thought Lake Norman was past the city not before it.I looked at the clock in my car and it is 8:24AM.I am missing about 1 1/2 hours.I remember a queesy feeling in my stomach before and then after this missing “space in time” event happened.I didnt get any tickets .My car had no damage.It felt like being in a dentists chair and your going to have surgery so they give you and IV .Then what seems like a matter of seconds ,your awake and find out the dentist did the job.I don’t drink or do any street drugs.I do not speed.I just have no idea how I got to this point in the right amount of time but only seemed like a second or two passed.

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    • Frank — These type of stories are becoming more and more familiar to me. I’ve gotten so many comments and emails from people it’s just amazing. When I wrote my Missing Time article I’d really considered my experience to be relatively rare, but as it turns out there are a LOT of us out there. I don’t know if that makes you feel any better, and I wish I could offer you some type of explanation or at least a theory about what might have happened to you, but I really cannot.

      To paint it in very broad strokes, here are the three possibilities of what could be happening to us missing time experiencers:

      1) We can take the skeptical point of view and dismiss it as just being a matter of “zoning out” or being mistaken about the time elapsed;
      2) This is some sort of anomaly that is inherent to the very nature of time — e.g., there might be “wrinkles” and “folds” in the fabric of time, and occasionally we get caught up in them.
      3) Some kind of outside intelligence is involved and is purposely interfering/interacting with us for reasons unknown.

      While I have no doubt that some (maybe the majority) of these experiences fall into the first category, there are many that seem very difficult to explain. I think mine falls into that category and it sounds like yours does too. Now, I don’t know if the cause of this is from #2 or #3. I honestly feel that in my case their was some sort of involvement from an outside source. I’m not quite prepared to jump to “I was abducted by aliens”, but I sensed I was contacted and told or shown something, and my mother was then contacted by the same outside intelligence. I don’t understand the nature of this intelligence, but I think it has been interacting with human beings through the entire history of our species. Perhaps they’re preparing us for something. I don’t know, I can only speculate.

      Finally, can you tell me if anything at all strange or unexplained has happened to you during your lifetime? I find that people have experience these events, when they think about it, usually recall other odd occurrences that have happened to them. In other words, these experiences are usually prone to other strange events.

      Thanks for sharing your story, Frank. Good luck, and please let me know if anything comes to mind. You can contact me on the blog publicly or privately by email.

      John

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  56. Hi John,

    I do have a few strange memories of things from mostly when I was much younger, completely unrelated though.

    I used to have really bad deja vu- like all the time. And premonition-type dreams run in our family- not like future predictive things, but personal things (I think it was related to the deja vu) One thing that really stuck in my mind was from when I was 6 years old, and I went on a family holiday to another country to visit my grandparents. I’d dreamt of the house and the surrounds, it was so eerie. It was the first time I’d been there and then it didn’t feel like it.
    Also dream-related, I had an out-of-body experience for a few seconds once. I would’ve been about 12 I think, I can just remember being asleep and then started to have a really vivid dream of being in my room. Then I remember looking around and seeing myself in bed and snapped awake so fast I jarred my neck, haha!

    Another sleep-related thing- I thought this was just me having a form of night terrors I guess, but my little sister experienced the same thing several times in my room when we were having sleepovers. It wasn’t anything specific, but from when I was about 8- and right up until I was 14 (though it was very rare by then, the younger I was the more common it was) I used to get woken up in the middle of the night by someone pinching my calf or my arm, or slapping me, or pulling my hair. The creepy thing is that sometimes I could feel it still after I woke up. A couple of times I found myself unable to wake up, feeling completely paralysed and like something was sitting on my chest.
    I was completely convinced it was a ghost when I was younger after seeing a girl walk into my sisters room, and then thinking it was her I followed her in and there was no one there. But it was more of an out-of-the-corner-of-my-eye kind of thing.

    It’s all stuff that people can just explain away, but all things that stuck in my memory and affected me pretty badly later on in life. I developed really bad insomnia that came and went over the years from the anxiety I used to get from falling asleep and thinking that something was going to happen. Sounds strange, but even now, years later, I sometimes still get it.

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  57. Lucy, I just wanted to comment that I get the deja-vu, dream premonitions all the time. I dream sooo much and every once in a while something will happen and I get the deja-vu feeling, but I remember the dream I had and often I can remember what is going to happen next, I know where to find people, I know how to get around somewhere I’ve never been, I know things about people I never met, I’ve even had dreams about movies I’ve never seen. It’s strange for sure, but once I realized what it is, I accepted it and it can be helpful. Heck the other night I dreamt my neighbor won the lottery and I knew how much, which lottery and all the numbers, I woke up, wrote them and gave them to him tonight… we’ll see what happens! hahah you never know what premonition dreams might bring!

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    • Leslie, Lucy — Thanks to you both for sharing your experiences. Leslie, I don’t think I responded to your time-gain experience. There’s another weird time-anomaly account for my archives! I hear of a lot of variations on the phenomenon, but the time-gain scenario, where you travel an impossibly long distance in an impossibly short time, is a fairly common one. I believe there are several similar stories from people who have written in the comments section of this site.

      Lucy, it doesn’t surprise me that you’ve had other strange experiences (you too, Leslie). It seems to come with the territory: people who have one type of unexplained event in their lives, when they think about, will almost always realize that there’s been an ongoing pattern of strangeness throughout their lives. I think these experiences could somehow be connected, or perhaps people like us are more sensitive to these types of phenomena. Like you, my experiences were more frequent and vivid when I was a kid, but I think we tend to be more sensitive to things in general when we’re younger. I also had a number of odd incidents (some singular, some ongoing, like my night terrors) that would appear to be separate and disparate. I think though, that they were not. I feel as if they are connected to each other in some way, and their meaning is significant. I just don’t know if I’ll ever comprehend their meaning in my lifetime.

      On the subject of premonitions, my mom was a great one for that. I wrote about her in My Mom, The Witch. I’ve inherited a bit of that, although my premonitions and precognitive dreams have never been as frequent, vivid, and accurate as were hers. Leslie, let me know about that lottery prediction!

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  58. I fall into that category, deja-vu, dreams, premonitions, seeing ghosts and such. I have only had one out-of-body experience but often experience remote-viewing and visions. I just wish it all made sense. What good is a premonition or a vision if you can’t connect it to anything?

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    • I don’t know what any of this weird stuff that I write about means, and I don’t pretend to. I just have a persistent sense that it means something, and that many of these odd subjects that seem unrelated on the surface, are in fact connected with each other. Maybe another part of our consciousness can glimpse parallel worlds that may be all around us but invisible to our normal waking consciousness. And perhaps these other consciousnesses or intelligences communicate with us on this subconscious level. I don’t know, I’m just throwing that at there, but I think there’s something to the idea — as incomplete as it is.

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  59. I was thinking about my missing time experience. I do that sometimes. I’m 52, and it happened when I was eight. I remember thinking about it some years ago, and it was familiar to me yet somehow new. It felt as if I were looking into a deep dark pool or pond, and something was slowly coming to the surface.

    I remember recoiling in fear, and almost physically pushing the memory back down to wherever it had come from. I haven’t been that close to it since.

    The beginning is somewhat unclear, but it goes something like this.

    I had left school, and thought I had gone to a friends house afterwards. He lived in the opposite direction of where I lived, which was six blocks from the school. My school and my house were on the same street.

    I don’t remember walking to my friends house. For some reason, there is a memory of a man with red hair. I think he said something to me, but I don’t remember what it was.

    The next thing I remember is standing on the curb of a very busy street in the pouring rain, waving my arms frantically, and hysterical, trying to get someone to stop and help me. The encounter with the red headed man took place about a mile from where I ended up.

    The funny thing is, is that I would not be in that place by myself as an 8 year old child.

    I don’t know how much time had passed. The next thing I remember is an old woman on a balcony of an apartment building saying something to me. She was asking me if I needed help.

    I walked up to the apartment where she was, and she let me in. I walked to the apartment as if I were in a trance. I know thats cliche, but thats the only way I can descibe it.

    She asked me my name, and looked it up in the phonebook. Then next thing I know, my father shows up and takes me home. I don’t remember the ride home, and when I asked my mother about it years later, she claimed no memory of it.

    To this day I don’t know what happened, or how I got to where I was. I don’t know if I was abducted or what. Or by who, if I was.

    I can’t seem to conjure up the memory like I did that one day many years ago. But that day when it seemed like it was coming back, I pushed it back to where it was coming from.

    Maybe it was nothing.

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    • Mike — This doesn’t sound like nothing. It sounds to me like something happened here. Whether or not you want to try to delve into this further through sessions with a psychologist or psychiatrist, or even through hypnosis, is up to you. It really depends on how much this incident bothers you, how curious you are about it, and if it seems to be affecting your daily life in a negative way. Maybe exploring it isn’t a bad idea, but sometimes it’s best to let sleeping dogs lie, particularly if it’s not really troubling you. I think about my experience fairly often, but it’s not something that bothers me that much, so I haven’t sought professional help. If it was having an negative effect on me, I would.

      Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  60. John, it’s just something I think about from time to time. I’m curious about it, but then again, let sleeping dogs lie. I did talk to therapist once about it. She asked me what I thought it was, and what was the worst thing it could be. I told her what I thought. Nothing really came of it, and I haven’t gone into it any further. I figure one day it will come if I ‘m ready.

    Cool site though. I’ve bookmarked it.

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    • That’s kind of how I feel about my experience. I think it will just come to me at some point in my life when I’m ready for it. Until then I can live with the mystery.

      Thanks, glad you like the site. Got a few new articles I’ll be posting this month and I’m planning upgrade the site itself soon (I’m a web designer/developer). Always so many things to do an too little time. Thanks again for checking in with your story. — John

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  61. I actually had a dream that I commented on to my husband several weeks back, only because it was so weird and vivid… I was working in a field I’ve never done before and the strangeness stuck with me. Then I started a new job several days ago which was completely different to what I was expecting, and found myself in the dream I had! SO weird when that happens!!!
    On the premonition dream thing, my grandmother (dad’s mum) was brought up in Spain- her parents were gypsy types and they all had dreams and visions. My dad and his mum had a really weird psychic type connection when he was growing up, the kind you hear about twins having. Like knowing when something has happened to the other or one is in pain.

    I think it’s worth mentioning though, I’ve had strange stuff happen to me my entire life and I just accept it… But my husband is the hugest skeptic I have ever met. He just refuses to see things and accept things, which is why it was such a “WHOA” kind of moment when I brought up our missing time experience in conversation once and I could see he was disturbed by it.

    I do have to say though, I remember when we started dating he went away for a weekend with his parents (this would’ve been about 5 years ago) They lived about 2 hours away and when he came back he’d taken a really dodgy looking photo on his phone of strange lights in the sky that he said he’d never seen anything like before. We live in Australia, and his family have a huge outdoor area that they sit outside in every night and throw back a few beers, and he said that they noticed the weird lights because they weren’t moving like a plane. He said they watched them just hang in the sky for about 10 minutes, weaving strangely, then it looked like they just dropped out of the sky. He grabbed his phone to take a photo but the camera quality is so poor, you can’t really make out what it is. Just looks like black backdrop with 4 spots of light. So I just had to take his word on the strangeness of it.

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  62. If you’re still listening, I would like to share a story from my childhood. I’m only 21 now but the event occurred while in elementary school. I was riding my bike in a very familiar neighborhood and I didn’t feel strange or anything of the sort. Next thing I know, I’m lying on my back and my bike is descending from the air directly above me. I blacked out again just moments before it landed. When I came to, my bike was laying across my legs. I didn’t have any scratches and the two guys I was with said I *fell* off my bike. If so, wouldn’t my bike have shot forward, landed underneath me or simply fallen over? The fact that it was propelled into the air confused me.

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    • But your friends were there and said they saw what happened? Not so sure that fits into the missing time category, although it sounds like you were confused by the event. Thanks for telling me about it.

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  63. Hello John,

    one late evening a few days back, I was sitting in the garden with some friends, and we had an interesting conversation about some strange things each of us has experienced. While talking and listening, I suddenly remembered, that I had a very odd missing time experience some 15 or 16 years back. I am from northern Germany and by the time I had this particular experience, I was around 30 years old and had just been divorced from my wife. Interestingly this wife, I was just divorced from back then, shared my experience – she was with me, when it happened.

    I don’t remember the year exactly, but it must have been in very late November or in early December of 1995 or 1996. I had a job in a factory back then in a city circa 100 miles south of Hamburg. My ex-wife and I had had an appointment on this particular day, that we would met at a subway station in a part of the city, where she was living with our two kids back then. We had to do something in town together, I also could not remember exactly, but I think it could have been, that we wanted to buy some birthday presents for our son, who turned 4 or 5 years old a few days later.

    My quitting time at work was 2:00 PM at that day, and we were appointed at 2:30 PM, and because I had to take the subway to get to the date on time, I had to put my personnel card in the attendence recorder exactly at 2:00 PM. I hurried to the subway station, which was near the front of the factory and the subway train, which was heading directly to the part of the city where my ex-wife lived, arrived just a few minutes later. At around 2:32 PM I was at the (overground) station, where we had appointed to met. Astonishingly my ex-wife was almost on schedule that day, something I could not remember, has ever happenend before as long as I know here.

    Just on the other side of the subway station was a big advertising sign with a clock, that was showing 2:35 or 2:36 PM when the subway in the opposite direction back into the town arrived. To get to the city to the (underground) subway station, we had planned to left the train, normally would have taken around 20 minutes. In the rush hour, it could have taken very few minutes more, but in any case we must have reached the station at around 3:00 PM. I must mention, that absolutely nothing unusually happended on our way. Circa 5 minutes before the subway reaches the particular station, we were heading to, it was going under the earth, and my ex-wife and I clearly recall, that when this happened, it was daylight as it is usually the case in late autumn at this time of the day.

    In town we left the subway, and the next thing I remember, I was looking at the display panel of the station, which had a clock, and the clock was showing 4:30 or 4:32 PM! We were a little confused by the fact, that if the clock had been correct, it must have been almost 2 hours, since we entered the subway, but possibly the clock was wrong. I must mention, that my ex-wife an I had no watches with us, so on the escalator upstairs out of the station, I asked a gentleman for the correct time, and he said it was a few minutes after 4:30 PM. You can imagine how confused we were, when we left the station and we saw, that it was dark outside!

    Until today, I have no idea, what could have happended in the 1 1/2 hours we both are missing, but there is absolutely no doubt, that we could not have been wrong in time. Whatever happended in our missing time is still a mystery to me, but in fact it wasn’t the only strange thing I experienced in my lifetime. As one of many odd examples, my stepson and I had an UFO-sighting on January 14 in 2007 around 6:57 PM while coming from a longer car trip on the autobahn and (don’t laugh) taking a pee beside a dark railroad track before finally getting back home.

    The sighting was only a few seconds long, but it was very impressive. While looking at the stars in the dark clear sky, we both discovered a cigar shaped thing high in the sky, we first thought was a satellite or something else. But then suddenly this thing flew strange maneuvers. Almost like the indicator of an electrocardiogram it literally jumped over the sky so fast, we both were a little frightended and had goosbumps on our skins, realizing what we had just seen. There are many other paranormal things I experienced in my life, but that is another story …

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    • Hi, Ammy — Thank you for sharing your story! That’s just fascinating, and it’s very typical of the missing time incidents that I hear of. I’m not surprised at all that you’ve had other strange experiences in your life. As I talk with more and more people who have experienced unexplained phenomena I’ve found that almost of them have had other strange things happen to them. I’d love to hear of any other experiences you’ve had. Feel free to comment on the blog or email me at john@theparanomalist.com. Thanks again — John

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  64. Hi John,

    thank you very much for your reply! Yes, I guess it might be a good idea to share these experiences with you and your readers. By the way: I had never posted any of these things on any blog or site (including some german language sites) until I have found your site by coincidence and wrote you – simply because I know, that very often such postings tend to lead in uncalled-for dicussions with some folks, who call themselves “realists”, but never had experienced any unexplainable things themselves.

    It might be, that some people are tending to see paranormal activities in each and every thing, which are in fact by no means unexplainable. Yes, and it might even be, that some people indeed are exaggerating beyond all measures to assume an air of importance, like these guys which swear on their mother, that their 75 hp subcompact could easily reach 130 mph topspeed, doing the quartermile in less than 14 seconds and still constantly gets 45 mpg under full throttle. I think, you know what I mean.

    Yes, I think, I will post some of these experiences from time to time in the nearer future, cause I really want to know, if you or any of your readers have made similar experiences. But I want you to know one thing: All things that I will write about – I am dead serious – are true. No kidding, no hoaxes. I think, there must be a reason for all these things and I only want to know – like most of your readers – what is the reason for all this.

    Oh, I forgot to mention, that it’s not only me, who had strange experiences in our family – and these things I will tell you about will include paranormal activities, OBEs in near death situations, ghost appearences, strange coincidences, deja vus, a few UFO sightings, near accidents that I have prevented because I have foreseen them or accidents, that normally must have lead to serious injuries, but did not for some unexplainable reasons … or even some very odd experiences for example, when my cat died at the age of nearly seventeen last autumn …

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    • My pleasure, Ammy. I’m honored to have people like yourself share their experiences on my web site. The fact that your family has also had strange experiences isn’t surprising either. It seems that these type of unexplained incidents are common to entire families, not just a particular individual. I’m not sure why this is. Maybe sensitivity to these phenomena or the ability to pick up on things that most of us can’t is simply a hereditary trait. Or, perhaps certain family groups are of interest to these outside intelligences. Something to consider and explore in the future. Maybe I’ll do an article about that.

      I’d love to hear about anything else you’d like to share. Feel free to post another comment anytime you’d like.

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  65. I have been having a lot of strange realizations about my past. Some things I can’t explain. By far, one of the most disturbing was my experience with missing time. It happened 3 years ago. I lived in a small city in Vermont. I grew up in the area and know my way around very well, I was 28 at the time the incident occurred. I was alone, walking home at approximately 1am. I remember after walking for about 20 minutes I had arrived on my street but I was still about 20 minutes from home… so yea about half way through my walk home…. and then nothing happened….. It’s like I blinked and I was completely lost. I very much had no idea where I was. I knew I was walking north on my last memory but then I didn’t know if the direction I was walking was still north… was I north of my home? Had I gotten turned around and was now south? I didn’t have any idea. Terrified is to say it plainly. I saw a house with no lights on in a field at the end of a very long driveway with a car in it. I ran to the house and knocked franticly on the door for fifteen minutes at least before someone came and yelled at me… I tried to explain to them I was walking and had gotten lost and asked for directions back to town and they told me the proper direction to travel back to the small city I lived in. I ran back to the road and proceeded to travel back south for about 10 minutes before a car approached from behind me. I was still quite scared and I don’t mind to admit I was crying and I walked into the middle of the road and attempted to flag them down to gain assistance, the car changed lanes and proceeded to travel south not even slowing down… I must have looked completely insane. I walked for another fifteen minutes before a state trooper arrived; I assume called by the people whose house I knocked on about a half mile behind me. He ran my name and birthday gave me a breathalyzer (which can up clean), tried to calm me down and gave me a ride SEVEN MILES SOUTH back to my home. It was 4 am when I walked through my door. Somehow I lost 2 hours and traveled about 8 miles without any memory of how it happened and in what seemed like an instant. I don’t know why I am posting this story on the internet… but people should know this time travel/abduction/interdemenional travel experiences are very real. Idk what happened. Idk how it happened. But it did happen. Please if I can get any feedback about this I would very much appreciate it.

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    • Christopher — I wish I could tell you something that you’d find comforting, but I don’t know if I can, other than I’ve heard dozens of similar stories from people since starting this blog and writing about my own missing time experience. So at the very least, understand that you’re not alone in this. My sister has lived in a small town in Vermont (South Strafford) for many years and she’s told me that she’s heard of a lot of similar incidents involving UFO sightings and missing time experiences. Do you recall seeing anything or anyone prior to losing time? I did not, but I did experience a strange sensation before losing my memory. I have a feeling that outside intelligences are involved, but beyond that I really couldn’t say who, what, or why. Besides this particular incident, have you had any other strange or unexplained experiences before or since this happened?

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  66. Strange and unexplained experiences have been on going for myself since my childhood. Things such as levitating without control, unidentified presences in my home, and the year before this experience I did see a triangular shaped craft in the sky in Brandon Vermont. This craft was absolutely not anything known to the public. Not to say that it couldn’t have been a military aircraft. It didn’t move fast enough to cause the lift required to keep a craft of this size in the air. It made no sound as it traveled, even though I was less then 500 feet of this craft at its closest point. The lighting pattern under the craft consisted of 3 large white lights located in the corners of the triangle with a red light located in the center of the craft. It flew conservatively not more than 300 feet above the tree line and slow enough for me to stop the car i was in, get out and watch it for at least 3 minutes before it disappeared out of view beyond the top of the trees that lined the road i was on.
    Although, nothing occurred nor did i see anything in the days weeks or months before this event occurred. As a matter of fact it hadn’t occurred to me that this was or could have been a missing time event until very recently. I did my best to rationalize the experience and told myself i maybe was sleep walking or i blacked out for some reason or maybe there was something wrong with me mentally. Its been years since it happened and the circumstances have not repeated themselves. Short of sleep walking for 8 miles down the side of Route 7, (which i assume you’d recognize that route having family in Vermont, as it almost runs the length of the state and is a very busy road) I really don’t know how else to explain this event.
    When i came to i was standing, the first thing i remember seeing was my feet walking forward. No one was around. I could believe i slept walked it if it wasn’t for the distance i traveled. I don’t understand how I couldn’t have fallen off the road into a field or wandered out into traffic. But to have followed the shoulder of the road for 7-8 miles with no memory of the walk. i can just say i have my doubts that this is a case of sleep walking.
    As i left my friends home (I was still within sight of his home) two men did drive by me, stop and ask me if I needed a ride. I did tell them no and they did leave me alone and drive away. But beyond that i dont remember seeing anyone else until i was outside of town. Anyway thank you for your responce and interest in my experience.

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    • I’ve had a number of odd experiences and things that I can’t explain that seem unrelated to my missing time episode. However, as I’ve thought about it over the years I think they are not unrelated. I believe there’s a connection there. Almost everyone with whom I’ve been in contact through this blog seems to follow this same pattern – i.e., one strange incident occurs, but when questioned they recall that other odd/unexplained things have happened to them at least once, and often many times throughout their lives. Are these people just more sensitive to various paranormal phenomena, able to pick up on entities that are invisible to most? Can they glimpse alternate realities that others cannot perceive? Or are these people being targeted or chosen by outside intelligences for a specific purpose? I don’t know the answer to these questions, but I have noticed this consistent pattern of ongoing and repeated experiences among people who have contacted me, and that leads me to believe that there’s something more going on here. Random, isolated encounters, sightings, incidents, etc., upon further inquiry, almost never are random or isolated one-time happenings. And that raises some questions. Wish I had answers.

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  67. thanks for all the info above. I had never heard of missing time until tonight when I certain it happened to me. I left a job I was doing in someones home and was pleased with myself as Id finished right on the time Id alloted for the job. which was 8.20pm. I had planned to call in on a friend and had told her Id be there about 9 ish. I checked my watch as I left the house , also the house clock said 8.20. as did my car clock when I started the engine

    I took a back route rather than my usual motorway journey and was thinking “god I feel like Ive been on this road for ages ! I got into the next village ( Im in the HIghlands of Scotland) and saw a supermarket open and stopped to buy some groceries. It was 8 32pm as I looked at the car clock thinking will I have time ? There was a man outside the shop with a large black dog. I pulled up and got out and thought, “where did HE go ???” as in a couple of seconds the man had disappeared into thin air and wasnt anywhere on the road. I shrugged and Thought nothing of it and went into the shop, grabbed a couple of things paid and left. I was driving on along the road thinking, Im not coming this way again, its really long and I dont remember it being like this before. when I looked at the clock in the car and it said, 9.39 p,m the distance Id travelled was 7 miles !!
    I stopped the car and put the light on to check my watch as I couldnt beleive it. It also said 9. 39 pm I then checked my mobile phone clock as I still couldnt beleive it and sure enough it said the same.

    I rang the house Id been and spoke to my customer , she confirmed Id left at 8.20 pm

    I thought OH well im getting old cos ive lost an hour must have left at 9.20 and continuted to my friends house.

    never thought anymore of it. But then on arriving home it began to disturb me and I did a google search and found your site.

    cant say I remember a thing you could call unusual apart from feeling id been driving for miles instead of the usual few minutes it takes.
    the only odd thing was the man with the dog not being there a couple of seconds later when really there was no where to go apart from up or down the road.

    Its very disturbing to think you lost a whole hour. !! where was I what did I do !!!

    awful feeling

    thanks for listening as I wouldnt tell anyone I know theyd think Id gone insane.

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    • Hi Liz — Thanks very much for contributing to The Paranomlist with your experience. I know it can be difficult to talk about these types of mystifying episodes. My own incident happened over thirty years ago and I still don’t know what to make of it, other than I believe it was “real” and not something I just imagined. I have had SO many people tell me of these experiences since I first wrote this article a couple of years ago, it’s just amazing to me. You’re definitely not alone this, if that’s any comfort. It appears to be a much more commonplace phenomenon than I’d ever imagined.

      If anything else comes to mind concerning your missing time incident, please feel free to contact me. I can’t say that I have anything to tell you about the nature of these occurrences, but the more I hear of them the better able I can see certain patterns emerge which may lead me to a better grasp of their cause.

      Thanks again for telling me about this. — John

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  68. Hi,
    I had an interesting situation occur when I was 11th grade. My boyfriend, now my husband, flew in from out of state (we dated long distance) and were upstairs in my bedroom eating some candy around 8:30 PM. Well my parents were very big about not ever closing the door to my room if we were both in there. My husband and I are true believers in Jesus Christ and we made a commitment to each other that we would wait for marriage to do certain things. Reason I say this is because the next thing I knew was I woke up in my underwear and bra under the covers with my boyfriend at the time and he was just in his boxers! The lights were out and the door to my room was completely closed and it was now like 1 AM. I woke up my boyfriend and we were totally freaked out about what had just happened. To this day we still talk about what happened that night and how we don’t remember any thing from roughly 8:30 PM to 1 AM.

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    • Interesting story, Megan. Were your parents home at the time? If they were, I think it would be unusual for them not to have opened your door to see what was going on, especially if that was a strict rule of theirs. The door being closed until 1 AM would probably not have gone unnoticed. This sounds like a minor aspect of the story, but I bring it up because in many of these accounts there are these out strange little incongruities. People who are not directly involved in the phenomenon seemed to zone out or are “switched off” until it’s over.

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  69. Hi John, i’m glad i have somewhere to share my experience. I used to call it “missing one hour”. i only cant remember now was it from 3 pm to 4 pm or from 4pm to 5 pm.
    This happend to me 10 years ago in 2001. i was 17 and on 3rd grade in highschool. ( i’m from europe so its different educational system) it was late september or begining of october i cant recall. so we on 3rd year in high school start with philosophy subject ( actually its logics but as part of philosophy) its was sunday sunny afternoon, i was home alone and i was laying on my bed in my room and reading notes from my notebook from philosphy introduction i had written . These were some questions we had discussed on class like “define time” or “imagine world in 64 dimensions” so after reading these two or three lines i got up from bed and stood infront of my open window ( the window is very close to bed ) so in front of my window i asked myself this question ‘what is time, actually” so this was for like less then10 seconds and then i returned to my bed. minewhile the radio was on and it began playlist chart so it was sharp 3 pm ( or 4pm i cant remember )i looked on clock on my shelf and yes it was 3 pm then i looked down on my notebook and next thing ( like someone said in comments earlier ) blink, like one second after, my eyes still on notebook but i heard the first place on music chart ( so the radio show was over) it was dj krush danger of love i looked on my clock it was one minute past 4 pm (or 5pm ). i freaked out started to cheking time on my computer and all the clocks in the flat. so it was excatly one hour missing. i didnt remember anything in meanwhile like there was no meanwhile that was just second later.
    i ofcourse thought that maybe i was daydreaming but usually you have feeling of time passing when you do that and you know what you thought about.and yet if i was really daydreaming it will be like for 15 minutues or for about half an hour not Exactly one hour.and maybe if the radio was off and if there wasnt this chart on just some random music maybe i wouldnt notice it. but this (begining of the show and next thing first song on the chart and nothing in between) streessed all the ” missing hour” expierence.
    i told few friends about this but they think i had imagined that or just daydreaming or they ofcourse couldnt explaint it. i myself couldnt explaint it

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    • Hi Anđela. Yours does sound very much like the other missing time account that I received and you referenced. It’s there somewhere in the Comments section of the Missing Time? article. I’ve gotten several of those types of stories emailed to me as well. These people, like yourself, seem to experience a “jump” in time. They don’t travel anywhere or notice anything unusual, it’s just like they skipped over a period of time with no explanation. I think it’s a little too easy to dismiss all of these as being imagined or as daydreaming. I wish I knew what the cause of this was, but it’s interesting to hear so many different people telling me of these experiences and of the variations on the missing time phenomen. If I get any answers about the nature of these episodes I’ll let you know. Thanks again. — John

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  70. also want to add that i’m very rational person, agnostic and dont believe in this alien stuff but i do believe in some kind of paranormal in terms of like your mother “had recieved this message” to pick you up. but this mine missing time experience has nothing to do with this person to person “connection” like yours in the end. so i cant explaint at all, sometimes i reffer to it like there was some twich in the universe and sometimes that its some strange phychological contition.

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  71. thank you for the reply in such a short notice. i also like yourself thought about hypnosis but i have felling that it will show nothing.

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  72. I don’t have an expierence thats close to any of yours,but I still find it odd. One day when i was about 10 or 11 years old, I was walking to my friends house. I was walking along a main road(Hickman road in Windsor Heights, IA) and while I was walking. All of a sudden everything became quiet, and everything seemed to stop. But there were still cars driving by, and everything seem to go by really slow and it was strangely quiet;it seemed as if i were in a daze. Then everything I snapped back, but you see i did not have a watch on me and it was too long ago for to remeber what time I had left. So there could have been “some time missing” that I didn’t notice. But anyways just thought that I should throw that out there-Elmar

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  73. I’ve never had such an experience and I came across this site accidentally. But I’ve read much about Einstein’s theory of relativity and I think relativity is where we could find an answer to this phenomenon. Einstein said time was like a river. Well, there is famous quote about time which tells us that the flow of water that has passed will never pass again. But Einstein believed that the river of time may have whirlpools and it even may fork into 2 rivers (Scientist Michio Kaku talks about this in his articles). Also time can be distorted by the strong gravity field. It is believed that UFOs (if they exist) use particles of anti-gravity as a fuel which distorts space-time by it’s large amount of energy. This would explain missing time in UFO cases. Regarding reports of many people in this blog, we should perhaps consider the possibility that some kind of miniature vortexes are being created in our world which can pull us through time. If so, they are being supplied by huge energy. Just think of how much is needed to create a wormhole? It’s equal to the energy of a star. So it would be very difficult to prove this theory since there would be a lot of energy coming out of nowhere, wouldn’t it?

    Best wishes, Damir

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  74. Hi John, I too am glad I found your site. I had a strange experience this week. I am into the spiritual enlightment and have had some unexplained things happen, but, I have to admit this one has me stumped. I was at my computer Monday morning after dropping my kids off at school. The time was around 8am. I was looking at my facebook wall and laughed that a young man’s account had been compromised by a high heel ad claiming he had just bought a pair of leopard style shoes. I commented on the post and said they were indeed a great buy for him. The next post I saw was my sister’s and so I decided to reply to it as well. I clicked the post and made my remarks and noticed the time was 10:25 am??? I thought that it was a error because the previous young man was in Alabama and my sister was in AZ and perhaps my computer “stumbled”…I rebooted the computer and got up for to get some breakfast…I always eat around 8:00am. I walked into the kitchen and the clock on the wall also said 10:25?? I was still not convinced and so I checked the bathroom clock as well….I dismissed it as time flies. Later that evening I told my best friend and she told me to pull the history in the computer and see if since I was sitting there before and after the missing 2 1/2 hours that perhaps I viewed WebPages. So I went into the history and there is nothing between those two hours and when I reviewed the post one said 12 hours previous and the other said 10? I am completely spooked> Did I sit here in a trace? I don’t believe I slept for two hours in a sitting position without falling over, and my body didn’t ache from being in the same position. I have been under hypnosis many times and meditate frequently. And this was nothing like either. I am thinking MRI. I looked into seizures and they don’t last his long, and it seems if one lost consciousness they would fall over? I did try the doppelganger meditation the night before and even though I had some insights into what may be, I can’t help but think that the parallel universe thing may have had something to do with this. I am too freaked out to undergo hypnosis to find out what did happen. I wish I had been running a webcam so I could view those two hours. The thought is…was my body even present??

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    • Hi Laura — To paraphrase what you’re saying, you’re wondering if you were physically present, but just sitting there in a “zoned out” state, or if you somehow went elsewhere, as into a parallel dimension or something, correct? Very good question if so. This seems to be one of a few different variations of the so-called “missing time” experience, and a fairly common one, too. You didn’t change locations, you seemed to have simple skipped forward in time with no sensation of losing those 2 1/2 hours, right? No sense of of feeling disoriented before it happened, or groggy afterward? I’ve been contacted by many people who have had this experience, and I’m starting to think that perhaps we do slip into an…alternate reality(?)…parallel dimension(?). I don’t know. If you were simply sitting there, frozen at your computer, I’d think you’d have some sensation of going into and coming out of that inert state of being. So the question is, did you slip out of your normal reality and into a different one, physically disappearing into it, or did time just “hiccup” and jump forward? The cause has to either have something to do with the individual, or with the nature of time itself. But if you experienced this fast-forwarding of time, wouldn’t everyone? We think of time as being universal — 24 hours in a day for me is the same 24 hours for you, even if we’re in different time zones. But can time be personal, varying from individual to individual? That sounds far out, but this is a very weird subject so I feel the need to throw that out there. I know I’m asking more questions than giving answer (largely because I really don’t have any answers) but it’s fascinating for me to hear of these different types of missing time experiences. The more I hear of them and can compare these stories, the better I can see patterns emerge and begin to draw conclusions. Can you tell me if you’ve had any other odd and/or unexplained incidents occur in your life? Anything at all, even if it seems unrelated to this particular experience.

      Thanks for letting me know about this, and please feel free to contact me if you have anything else you’d like to tell me of. –John

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  75. When it comes to my life, I tell people I am a female Forrest Gump but I am not “special” LOL It started when i was born, I Actually remember the event. My mother was dying and I was trapped in the birth canal. The Dr asked my father who to save? and my father said, save my wife. I was dead for what the Dr claimed about 7 mins. My whole childhood I would talk about the nurse that picked me and ran out of the room and into an elevator, down to the lobby, across a hall passing A old coke bottle vending machines and into the big room. My mother would tell me that she was unconscious and not sure how I was revived. On my 16th Birthday, I was with a friend and I happened to meet his mother, when she heard my name, she started to cry,,, She was the nurse! She was 9 months pregnant with my friend and she felt she had to save me…not my mother, so she fled with me, and revived me in the downstairs ER. So I recall an out of body experience at birth. I hear star children “walk in”. As bizarre as that seems to me, I think I may be one. When I was 8, I was a latch key kid and was all alone when a man appeared and sat beside me while I played Barbies. He explained some things to me and told me I had to join the Mormon church that what they would teach me would start my epic journey, When my mom returned home I told her, I wanted to join the Mormon church. She was like….WHY? I said the man that was just here told me too. She asked if I opened the door to the Mormon missionaries, I said no, He just appeared. She asked me what he looked like and I described someone like Ceaser. She contacted the Missionaries and at 8 and all by myself I was baptized and started going to church. The Mormons taught me about the preexistence and that I chose to come here to be perfected to become a God. I started questioning the dreams I was having and had theories unlike theirs. Like, most of my dreams were of helping other people, so I asked If I could be a guardian Angel in my sleep? They laughed. I was also having dreams I swore were previous lives, they said it was my ancestors wanting me to do their genealogy, and so I got into that. And when I started seeing my ancestors and conversing with them. They found that exciting. When I started seeing events before they happened, or just knew things, I was told that I could have personal revelation but I was not allowed to know things about other people, that was probably the Devil. When I started seeing ghosts and could talk with the dead, angels, guides, God, Christ, and even encountered demons and other dark things…I left the church. I try to live as normal of a life as possible but I am not by any means normal. LOL I have learned to astral travel, I can go anywhere I chose, In this reality and in any other. I frequent the realms with my guide “Julia”. She has helped me heal from my pass lives and this one. (one of which I have a actual photo of me on V-day..I look exactly like I do in this life.) My relationship with Christ is even unbelievable to me. I have had all my questions answered; I have even had my own miracle. I had full blown cancer and told I was probably going to die and after a night of sincere conversation with Christ I was granted a miracle. I was scheduled for my first day of Chemo and I showed up demanding that they retest me before they hooked me up to the IV. I told them I was healed, they told me I had cancer in my breast and in my brain. I needed Chemo. I said I had the right to another opinion. So after 5 hours of fighting they gave me my test. The Dr came in with the test and sat down and said he was referring me to a friend of his, who was doing a study on prayer. Because I was indeed Cancer free! I know we are all connected and that we are living in a world of matter to experience what we created. My missing time, has a development. I have realized I must have filled my truck up with gas during my missing time. How I paid for it? I have no idea. I never took out any cash and no gas is on any of my cards?? I am single mom and nobody else would have the keys to gas it up for me. I was hoping I had a receipt of something..I wanted to see the video at the pumps. So I must have been with someone? Like I said, I am really stumped on this one. I need to go to my guides and ask…but, I am not sure I want to know…LOL

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  76. Hello – I also had a strange experience. I worked in an office at Prudhoe Bay at (Alaska’s ‘North Slope’) in the 1990’s. I remember setting at my desk and would see a flash of light that was so bright, it would overtake everything in the room. Then, the next thing I knew, I’d still be sitting at my desk, only a couple of hours had passed and I had no idea how or what had happened. I had a co-worker who’s desk was right next to mine in this small office. I never told her about my experience. One day she asked me “do you ever experience a flash of light, almost like a camera flash, then look at the clock and realize you don’t know what had happened over the last 2 hours?”

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    • Jen — It’s understandable that we often try to explain away strange events that don’t fit our perception of reality, but it’s so much more difficult when there’s another person that’s had the same experience and can corroborate what you’ve gone through. Couple of questions for you, if I may: 1) Have you heard of other strange phenomena happening in this area of Alaska?; 2) Have you experienced any other unexplained or strange incidents before or after this has happened? Just curious, but if you’d rather not answer, I’ll understand. Or if you’d prefer to reply privately, my email is john@theparanomalist.com.

      Thanks for sharing this with me. — John

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  77. Hello. My name is Devin i’m 15, i live in a small town in PA. Last night my father and i were taking my friend home who had spent the night and lifted with us, it was about 2 minutes to get to his house, then we drove directly to the grocery store and bought 4 gallons of water. the store was like 5 minutes away, then we went directly home. we only spent maybe 10 minutes in the store. so all together it was like a 20 minute trip. we got home, got out of our car and noticed three huge bright orange-yellow lights in the sky. they were huge, and very close to each other, they stood still and made absolutely no sound. i asked my dad what it was. and he said he had no idea. we stood there watching for about a minute and then it began to move towards us and over my house and it looked like a huge fast moving jet. my dad dismissed it as only that, but i was skeptical. it was strangely dark last night. you couldn’t tell the sky from the horizon, and there was an eerie feeling in the air even before any of this happened. my dad said it was cloudy and so you couldn’t see the moonlight, but if it was so cloudy how did we see the anomaly? it felt as if it were two different moments, one in which the “jet” had flown over our house, and the one where we were seeing the bright lights. we had left around 7:20 to drop my friend off, and when we walked in the house after seeing the lights it was after 9. i was extremely paranoid of something taking me when i was trying to fall asleep and when i finally had i had nightmares of bright white lights, and hearing my fathers voice talking to someone. when my dad gets home from work i’m going to see if he experienced anything similar. but this entire situation was extremely strange, and frightening. i’ve found myself staring at the sky where we saw the lights all day long, and i began google searching “missing time” and i came across this page, and felt obligated to post something, and tell someone who knows this situation and won’t tell me i’ve got an overactive imagination.

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    • Hey Devin,
      There’s certainly a lot that you described here that is difficult to explain, so I wouldn’t go beating myself up about having an “overactive imagination” if I were you. First of all, “jets” aren’t huge and glow orange-yellow, and they don’t hover. It sounds as if you’ve had a fairly typical UFO sighting — and by UFO, I mean “Unidentified Flying Object”, which is not to necessarily say that we’re talking about space aliens here, just that this particular aerial phenomenon could not easily be identified as any known type of aircraft.

      As for the missing time component of your story, that is particularly strange because it coincided with your UFO sighting, which could indicate that the two incidents were connected. You seem quite clear about the sequence of events that evening, and I agree that it seems as if you have an hour to an hour-and-half that is unaccounted for.

      The first time I’d read about missing time in connection with UFOs was in the book Missing Time, and later in Intruders, both written by the late Budd Hopkins. Personally, I have no recollection of seeing any kind of object in the sky I had my experience, and the majority of the people who contact me about such incidents don’t mention UFOs. Interesting though that yours does. Have you experienced any odd or unexplained happenings prior to this incident? Often, when people think about it, they recall other strange events in their lives. I don’t know if this will help much, but you might want to consider taking the following survey: http://www.abduct.com/survey. Maybe it will reveal a pattern. I wish I could give you an answer, but I’m trying to figure all this out myself. Please feel free to keep in touch if you’d like to talk about this further. You can email me at john@theparanomalist.com if you’d rather not talk publicly in the comments area of the blog.

      Best of luck.

      John

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  78. About 15 years ago I had a “strange” experience; unlike anything else I remember. As I traveled to work at about 10:00AM on a weekday, I felt strangely euphoric/elated over the possibility of buying a tractor! The road I traveled is the one I always used; and as you mentioned in your account; I noticed the amber light in the distance did not seem to be getting closer; and it was raining just beyond that intersection. The next thing I knew I was on an unknown road; and I felt I was coming out of a drug induced stupor as I gradually held my head up to look around. I was still driving; albeit slowly. I felt panic. I kept looking for the amber light and the rain! Nothing looked familiar; and about 20 minutes had lasped according to my watch. I kept driving, and finally realized I had somehow taken a right turn at the caution light; which made no sense; since this only took me away from my destination. I finally got turned around and made it to Milton. I called my supervisor & tried to explain what had happened. Being a recovered alcoholic, she understood how I felt; since she had often had such experiences due to “blackouts”. But since I neither drink nor use drugs; it made no sense. I did tell my physician; and he did not seem alarmed and felt I had experienced a “fugue” which he had seen with other patients. I still wonder about this experience.

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  79. It happened twenty years ago….still so vivid in my mind, like it happened yesterday! Working as an LPN at a convalescent center in Bennington, VT, I had just finished my 8 hr. shift working 3-11 pm. After giving an oral report to the night staff nurse which took approx. 25 min. , I left en route for home, traveling the 12 miles on route 7 to Babcock Lake. My normal route took the usual 20-30 min. depending on the weather. It was the same route I’d taken for 5 years. I crossed the NY/ Vermont border and had gone about 6 miles when I looked to the left and saw the strangest green lights! There were 2 green beams of lights moving in tandem with each other in a corn field about 500 ft from the road. I thought, ” since when do tractors have green lights and what would they be doing at this time of night”? Since no cars were coming from either direction , I stopped the car, leaving my foot on the brake, and periodically checked in my rear view mirror for cars approaching from behind. I looked into the sky above the lights, but it was so dark I couldn’t tell what the lights were shining from! My sunroof was closed, but I searched the sky above. It was pitch black, no moon, no stars, just pitch blackness. The green lights just kept beaming down like they were searching the corn field. The corn was full grown and green, what on earth? The next thing I knew I was pulling into my driveway at my home! Following my usual routine , I flicked on the kitchen lights and went to the refrigerator for a drink. Sitting down on the couch, I turned the T.V. on, and flipped to my favorite channel. A different show was on….hhmm, I flipped to a different channel I watched, and that’s when I looked at the clock, 1:30AM. I lost 1 1/2 hours! I was shaking uncontrollably. In my mind I retraced my steps, where did the time go? How did I drive home when all I can remember was stopping to look at the lights! I couldn’t have sat on a busy road for 1 1/2 hrs with my foot on the brake! I didn’t drive or I would have remembered it. How did I get home? Normally, I turn left into my driveway. I just remember driving straight in, almost like I had landed gently and drove in. The strange thing is I would have had to drive over a lake and a house to drive in straight! I never told anyone about my experience until 10 years later. Strangely, noone knows what to say, so they say nothing. Thank-you for letting me share my experience with you, and know that you’re not alone. I came out of the experience feeling like I have a mission when the time is right? Will we ever find out the truth and the answers we seek? Perhaps in time we’ll find out there is a higher intelligence who can scientifically mastermind and manipulate all these things effortlessly, and I can honestly say I don’t feel threatened. Is it divine intervention?

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    • Hi Cindy — Thank you for sharing your story. Your experience seems to fit what most people think of as a “typical” pattern within the missing time phenomenon — e.g., at night, dark & deserted country road, lights in the sky; whereas mine was in broad daylight on a busy suburban street. My point being is that there seems to be a spectrum of different ways in which these experiences manifest themselves. However, my belief is that the underlying cause of these incidents probably come from the same source. There is, I believe, an outside intelligence that’s been interacting with us (or at least some of us) for as long as humankind has existed. To what end and purpose they’re interacting with us, I don’t know. I didn’t have any sense later on of having felt threatened either, and I did come away with the same feeling of having been told something or having been instructed in some way, and that I’m meant to remember this experience when the time is right. I’ve had several other people who have had this experience tell me that they’ve felt the same way afterward. It’s been weighing on my mind more heavily these days, so maybe that time is soon approaching. Don’t know, but sure wish I had the answers.

      Please keep in touch if you recall any other strange events or anything occurs in the future. Always interested and glad to listen.

      — John

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  80. Hi, I just had a case of “missing time” earlier today. I decided to go to a local casino for a dinner buffet, and had to take two buses to get there. The trip should have taken about 45 minutes. As I neared the casino, I suddenly had this odd feeling, like I was suddenly “waking up” from a period of unconsciousness. I looked at my cell phone, and it showed that I had been traveling for 1 hour and 45 minutes. The thing that strikes me, is that I was in public the entire time, surrounded by people, and yet I somehow “lost” one hour of my life. I guess I would be completely freaked out by this, except that I’ve had “UFO” type experiences before, just none that I can recall for the past few years.

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    • Hi Michael – Once again, I’m struck by the variety of different situations and circumstances in which people have described these periods of missing time. The last commenter had what we think of as a more “typical” missing time episode — alone on a dark country road and first having witnessed unusual lights in the sky. Yours was more like mine, having occurred while traveling in a busy, populated place during the day. The only difference is that I was walking alone and you were on a bus, presumably with other people traveling with you. I think that ups the strangeness factor even more, actually. Not surprised either to hear that you’ve had UFO type experiences in the past. Sometimes people don’t even remember that they’ve had these or other odd or unexplained experiences in their past until I ask them if they have. Then they’ll often say, “Well, know that you mention it, I’ve had this or that weird thing thing happen (sometimes one thing several times, or an isolated incident, and sometimes a series of strange events throughout their lives). I think some people are either “experiencers” — people who are more sensitive to picking up on paranormal phenomena, or that they’ve been chosen by whomever these entities are, and they’re being communicated with for a purpose. I tend to agree with Cindy, the previous commenter, when she said that she thinks we’re meant to remember everything when the time is right. I’m not sure why I feel that way, but I always have.

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    • Hi Michael – Once again, I’m struck by the variety of different situations and circumstances in which people have described these periods of missing time. The last commenter had what we think of as a more “typical” missing time episode — alone on a dark country road and first having witnessed unusual lights in the sky. Yours was more like mine, having occurred while traveling in a busy, populated place during the day. The only difference is that I was walking alone and you were on a bus, presumably with other people traveling with you. I think that ups the strangeness factor even more, actually. Not surprised either to hear that you’ve had UFO type experiences in the past. Sometimes people don’t even remember that they’ve had these or other odd or unexplained experiences in their past until I ask them if they have. Then they’ll often say, “Well, know that you mention it, I’ve had this or that weird thing thing happen (sometimes one thing several times, or an isolated incident, and sometimes a series of strange events throughout their lives). I think some people are either “experiencers” — people who are more sensitive to picking up on paranormal phenomena, or that they’ve been chosen by whomever these entities are, and they’re being communicated with for a purpose. I tend to agree with Cindy, the previous commenter, when she said that she thinks we’re meant to remember everything when the time is right. I’m not sure why I feel that way, but I always have.

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  81. Hi John. Thank you for creating this site and posting your story. After I got home I couldn’t stop thinking about it, trying to rationalize it actually. So like others have mentioned, I did a Google search and that brought me here. Reading everyone else’s stories helped me stop trying to explain it away.

    It’s almost dawn now and I still haven’t slept, so I thought I’d share a few more things with you. I was a strange kid, curious about everything under the sun, but one thing I always avoided was any shows or books that talked about UFOs. Then, when I was out of college and living on my own, I accidentally stumbled across Intruders I think, and just devoured it. Afterwards I freaked out, because I couldn’t get this thought out of my head that I shouldn’t have read that book. I did not want to go to sleep that night. I don’t know what I was expecting, but when I woke up the next morning I was looking at myself in the bathroom mirror feeling relieved, when suddenly I sneezed, and then my nose began to bleed. That hadn’t happened in years.

    I took that abduction survey and got 20 yes answers. At first it was 17 but then I started to remember a few things. The last time I had a really strange event happen, I was waking from a dream, except that it didn’t seem like a dream at all. I don’t normally remember my dreams, and this one seemed more like a real memory. But oddly enough, I “dreamed” that I was out and about during the day, when I was suddenly abducted, and I found myself talking to this being. That was a few years ago.

    One thing I’ve noticed, is that these events tend to happen before major life changes. I think we all know by now that our cell phones track us every moment of the day. I’d sure like to know where my cell phone records say I was during that missing hour.

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    • Hi Michael — Sorry for the delay in replying. Sounds like we have some things in common. I’d describe myself as having been a strange, curious kid (now I’m a strange, curious adult) and I read both Budd Hopkins’s Intruders as well as his Missing Time book. I was very fascinated by both of them, particularly since I’d experienced my own missing time incident just a few years earlier. I’ve also had some other weird experiences, such as my strange “dreams” that I discuss in Aliens, Gnomes, Boogeymen, Night Terrors?. There are a few other strange, half-remembered incidents that occurred when I was younger. I’ll write about those sometime.

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  82. John, I experienced two events. The first occurred in the summer of 1978 around 10 AM on a weekend in Hays, Pennsylvania. I believe it was it was a Sunday in June. It was warm and Sunny. Not extremely hot as July and August are known for. I was twelve years old at that time and living with my relatives. My cousin and friends had gathered together to ride our bikes. We were carefree and a little wreckless in our style of riding, testing our ability. We left around 9:30 AM on a residental street that ran parralel to a main thoroughfare. We may have been rambuntious but not careless. The street is a dead end with an entrance to a gated drive through for a raw materials company that did not utilize it that much. There was always room to fit through the gate. It also parraleled the main thoroughfare. We raced through the drive and performed a few jumps over piled quarry stones. We quickly became bored and had a discussion as to what to do next. We all agreed to meet in a field relatively close to my relatives home. My cousin and friends decided that they wanted to set up and jump the piles of rocks a few more times. I decided to leave and wait for them at the gate where we entered. While I waited I decided to suprise them and positioned myself just behind one of the first rock piles nearest the gate so when I saw them pass or I was discovered I could give chase. I was essentially in the open and as soon as they passed the pile I would have been seen. Chips and Smokey and the Bandit were popular then and we simulated these during our bike chasing endeavors. I waited with anticipation. This is where my experience occured. In my mind its around 10 AM however I am now disorientated. The shadows on the ground are noticably incorrect. I feel as though my position has changed but I dont think so. I wait for about 10 minutes. The shadows and sky seem incorrect. I think the sun is in the wrong place. Now I’m a little disturbed and decide to check on their progress. I head back down and no one is there. I then think they must of took another route, but that would have been stupid. I headed home to my relatives home. All the time thinking the lighting and shadows were wrong. When I arrived I entered and my relative asked where have I been and that I had missed dnner. I couldn’t explain. She let me know that I had missed the fried chicken dinner and made me a sandwich to suffice. She was upset so I kept quiet. It was now a little after 5 PM. That would explain the light and shadows that perplexed me. Later that night I asked my cousin about route they took back. He confirmed that they passed through the gate and thought I decided to venture elsewhere. I should have seen them pass me and heard them pass. We were quite loud when we chased one another with bikes. I’ve visited the location on a number occasions in the past 23 years witout intrepidation. I lost 6 hours of my existence. I was a healthy skinney 12 year old who loved my relative’s cooking and was one not to miss it. Especially her fried chicken. It’s a void that I think about on occasion.

    The secound event occurred in the fall of 1983 around 7:30 at night walking down a street to go to a store to buy junk food for a party. It wasn’t far from my friends home that hosted the party in Port View, Pennsylvania. I do recall thinking that the road did seem longer than normal, but blamed it on the twilight lighting. I also recall not really paying attention to the houses I passed only on the paved sidewalk which is odd. I never made it to the store. My cousin and a few friends pulled up in his car and asked where have you been. It’s been more than 2 hours. I told them that I just left a few minutes ago. They joked and said he got lost. They thought I had gotten lost and decided to search for me in my cousins car. The store was 5 minutes away on foot from where they picked me up. I never got there. We headed back. They had purchased the junk food over and hour prior to picking me up. Not one of them recalls seeing me on the sidewalk. I was not disorientated. When i saw and heard the car horn and their joking yelling for me I raised my head slowly torward them … it was like a cold frosty night when you close your eyes and inhale and exhale and then open your eyes slowly. It takes a little time for your eyes to acclimate. I haven’ t had another event since then.

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    • AJ — Thank you for letting me know about your experiences. Wow, I’ve got to tell you, there has to be something to all this. I’ve been getting more and more blog comments and emails lately from very sane and rational-sounding folk like yourself about these missing time episodes. I know mine was strange in the extreme and still perplexes me, so I’m the last person to scoff at these tales. It’s astounding to me that so many people seem to have had similar experiences as mine. I only wish I knew what they meant. I’m trying to see if there’s a common thread here, but so far I’ve been frustrated in my attempt to understand the phenomenon’s meaning and origin. Have you had any other strange or unexplained events happen to you at any point in your life? One thing that I have noticed is that these are rarely isolated incidents, and often other (sometimes seemingly unrelated) unexplained occurrences have taken place — e.g., premonitions, incidents of clairvoyance, poltergeist activity, ghostly encounters, UFO sightings, extremely strange, disturbing, vivid dreams, etc. Any recollection of anything along those lines? Just curious.

      Thanks again for sharing your story. — John

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  83. John … I used to have reoccuring dreams where I was in an unfamiliar place such as an estate with an industrial feel to the esthetics. I belived I was being chased … I hid most of the time. Each dream started the same, however I was presented with slight variations. I could recall what I did in previous dreams and opted to take a different course of action. The different rooms and its effects realitively stayed the same. After a period of time I my fear deminised regarding the dreams and I began to seek out what I was hiding from. On the lines of the hunted becoming the hunter. I set traps and fabricated devices that in reality could never work. A few were too fantastic and dimensional engineered that they could exist in thought but not in reality. Each dream gave me an opportunity to expand on the last. Some outcomes were dismal where I died and woke up scarred. Others were successful in which I had the entity at bay or where I wanted it to be and then woke up never clearly recalling what it was. The dreams were at night and the rooms were poorly lit.
    The last time I had the dream had to be approximately 1998. During that dream I isolted the entity in a corridor. A door shut and I was bathed in white light. I dream in color. The dream changed from visual to audible. I could hear a voice. It was neither male or female. Now that I think about it … it was weird. I communicate with the voice. It stated you have done well. I asked why have I experienced the same dream over the years and how come I recall what I did in previous dreams. The simple reply I got was because we like you. The white light faded to black and I woke up. I have never had the dream since.

    I have had premonitions which are few and far between. Just wish I could get those Lotttery numbers.

    I must say that I am a scientist by nature and very analytical. I have my own thoughts as to what I experienced. The multiverse is a wonderous place where anything and everything is possible. I can not prove or disprove theories I have of my experiences. Thought in itself is a wonderous concept considering where does it come from. An organ down to tissues down to molecules to atoms to sub-atomic particles and even smaller particles to be discovered. We must remember that we see only a small portion of the light band spectrum. There has to be a number of items and objects that we cannot see with the human eye.

    I must apologize for going so deep and that I’m using my Nook Color to communicate this. No spell checker and the electronic pad keys are a little too small for my fingers.

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  84. John, I just thought of two lfe saving events I experienced when I was young. The first occurred when I was in fouth grade. Pennsylvania is geographically full of hills. I was riding my bike approaching a four way street intersection with stop signs for each. I was travelling downhill. There were row houses and clear sight of the street running perpedicular was nil until you reached the intersection. As I approached I started to apply the foot. My chain disengaged and I had no break. I had a toy gun in my hand. Forr an unknown reason, my front wheel stopped as though I struck something. Needless to say with the sudden stop, the bike and I tumbled and stopped at the crosswalks and my toy gun proceeded at the velocity at which it left my hand. A speeding car travelling perpendicular to the street I was on and also heading down hill did not stop and struck my toy gun shattering it to pieces. If I hadn’t had my bike accident, I would have ended up at the same point as my toy gun when it was struck by the car.

    The second event occurred when I was was living with my relatives as mentioned prior in another thread. My sibling, cousin and his pet used to go hill climbing to explore. The construct of the hills is limestone in the form of sedimentary rock. We climbed the highest peak noting the abundant amount of wildlife at that height in the woods. We weren’ sure where we were and decided to move to the rim to look down. There were too many trees to exactly see clearly so we decided to climb higher to an area that the trees were sparce. Needless to say, since there wasn’t a number of trees around there was nothing securing the rock which gave way and I fell over head first twenty feet, blacking out as my body changed positions. I came to and I heard a voice in my head say “move you right foot out” and I complied. My right foot caught a tree root stopping my momentum just two feet before the rim. The

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  85. This has been very interesting reading for me. I found this sight because I too had an incident just last night. I was wide awake watching tv about 12:15am. I accidentally changed the channel while trying to change the volume on the tv and when I turned the tv back to the original channel there was a completely different show on! I thought well that is weird and then I looked at the clock on the cable box and over an hour was GONE! It now showed it was after 1:20am. I was very disturbed, to say the least! I was not sleepy at all and actually was sitting up so it wasn’t like I somehow fell asleep for a while. I am still bewildered about what happened.

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  86. I’m not sure how to classify this. There is so much that I can’t comprehend about it and that is missing from the equation that I almost feel that it didn’t happen! Early 1980: My family moved again, to Gaithersburg, MD. My father was in the Navy and had completed his enlistment. He found a good job working for a development company not far from where we lived. I went to Brown Station Elementary and I always walked home by myself. After several months I learned going out the back door of the school was the fastest route. Cutting across the edge of a farmers field directly to where our apartment was, I could avoid confrontations with older children as well as saving time.
    On the day in question, I went home early because I had hurt my finger that morning. As I explained before I took the short cut. As I opened the large glass door in the front of the building to step in out of the cold, I heard a door open down the stairs. I poked my head around the corner to see who it was and saw a boy about my age. I said, Hello! He smiled and asked me if I wanted to come down and play? I said that I could come down for a minute but I had to get home. I walked down the stairs and into the apartment.
    He said, Come in my parents aren’t home. and closed the door behind me. I followed him around the sectional couch and sat down facing a large coffee table with a very large piece of graph paper on it and continued to draw a maze from where he had left off. I asked him what he was working on? He told me that he liked to draw mazes. I thought it a little peculiar but dismissed it because I liked to draw. I sat and watched him draw for several minutes and then told him I had to go home! He stopped drawing and asked me if I wanted to play later in the day? I told him that I would have to ask my mother and that I would likely be back later. As I left I noticed that the apartment was beautifully decorated, more nicely than any place I had ever been. Everything was blue and glass it seemed. The apartment was the exact layout as my families directly above it on the next floor. I told him bye and he told me bye, I shut the door and ran up the stairs to tell my mom about my new friend.
    My mother answered the door and said that I had gotten home quick! I interrupted her and frantically told her that I had a new friend. I told her that he wanted me to come play with him later. She fed me lunch (she had apparently forgotten that I was home early) and she sent me back out the door to my new friend’s house.
    I knocked on the door and waited a moment he answered the door and quickly went back to drawing. He explained that his parents wouldn’t be home til late and that he wanted me to spend the night. Again I explained that I would have to ask my mother and that I didn’t know if she would allow it because his parents weren’t there. He got up and walked down the hall to the bathroom. He called me in and then sprayed me with a Teledyne Waterpik. I asked him what it was? He explained that it was for cleaning your teeth but it was fun to play with and we did for awhile making a watery mess of the bathroom.
    Next he showed me his bedroom he had a bunk bed and little more than a toy box with a large collection of h.o. trains and track maybe some army men and matchbox, hot-wheels cars. As we played with them he explained that there was something that he had to tell me before I spent the night. It was at that point that things got weird!
    We stopped playing and walked into the kitchen. I assumed to get something to eat? We sat down at the table. I noticed that it was getting dark, it had been a bright sunny day even though it was winter. So it must have been around 5:00. He explained that his family had a traveling ghost and that it had manifested a green explosion of light outside their house once. I was intrigued as most children are by it and asked him to tell me more.
    He went on to tell me that it opened and closed doors and turned things on and off like a poltergeist. As he told me the TV turned on! We were sitting close to a small black and white that was on the kitchen table. So I thought he did it and then it shut off! I asked him how he did that? He told me that it was the ghost. I told him I had to go ask my mother if I could spend the night and that I would be back!
    I rushed up the stairs and asked if I could spend the night? I also explained that his parents wouldn’t be home until late. It must have been a Friday because she told me I could and she didn’t seem to have a problem with his parents not being home but wanted to talk to them. I gathered a blanket and pillow and raced down the stairs. Noticing the orange dome lights illuminating the outside of our glass fronted building in the darkness.
    I knocked and he again and he opened the door only quickly this time. He told me that he felt better having me there! I asked when his parents would be home and told him my mother wanted to talk to them as soon as they got in. He told me it would be late! I told him that was okay but she wanted to talk to them! We went into his bedroom. To be continued..

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  87. we constructed a large section of semicircular track and placed the engine and cars on the track setting up cars at the railroad crossing to be hit by the train. Fun!
    After a while strange things began to happen doors opened and shut in other rooms we would chase the sounds but nothing was there! I admit I was scared! But I liked my new friend and I was still intrigued by the whole situation. We sat in the kitchen and talked about everything that had happened and even at that time things happened! The microwave turned on and off more noises from other rooms.
    It was time to turn in: He explained that his parents would be home soon and that he we had to be in bed before they came home. I shrugged my shoulders and said, okay! Grabbing my pillow and blanket I followed him to his room. I said that I wanted the top bunk. He told me that he didn’t care, he switched all the time between the two. I climbed up he shut the light off leaving the hall light on just in case someone needed to use the bathroom. I heard him climb into bed, I looked down and said, good night! He did likewise and laid down to sleep.
    I laid there with my eyes closed hoping that his parents would come home or I would fall asleep because I was scared! Then I heard the noise that changed my mind! It sounded as if someone had thrown every single piece of the train set against the walls. I quickly looked down to see what it was? The train set was everywhere and my friend looked up at me and smiled! I told him that I wasn’t staying! I don’t remember him trying to stop me? I gathered my pillow and blanket and walked down the hall as quickly as my feet would carry me. I don’t remember saying goodbye or him opening the door? All I remember is walking back up the stairs crying and shaking! I knocked on the door and my mother let me in promptly. She asked me what happened and said that it must have been my imagination. I explained that it wasn’t through the crying and shaking. Some movie about a killer VW Beetle was on the TV. My mother hugged me and assured me that everything was okay. That’s all I remember for a few days..
    I walked down the stairs to the haunted apartment feeling as if it would be okay to go in. I missed my friend and was curious to see how he was after all of the things that had happened? I knocked on the door! No answer! I knock again! No answer! I let several minutes pass. ..knocking again! I was startled by someone fumbling with the lock on the door next to me in the hall! The door opened and an old woman stuck her head out. She asked me what I was doing messing around in the hall? I explained that I was waiting for my friend to answer the door. She looked at me square in the eye and told me, Nobody has lived there for months! ..and quickly shut the door!
    As a kid I didn’t think to much of it. I went on with my life! It was years later that I told this story to friends and they explained the truly unique nature of this story. I swear to God that it’s true! No matter how far out it sounds it happened! It still sends chills down my spine. ..and I don’t know how to define it? Was it a ghost? Did I step into another dimension? Was I abducted? I don’t know? ..and years later I have researched the location and found that I can find very little info on it. I have seen an aerial picture of the location and there are some things that are missing that I know where there!
    There is a picture of Gaithersburgh, MD that shows Harold Rabbitts farm circa 1972. The apartment building that I lived in is along his property. I lived there for a year or so around 1980. The apartment building is close to the middle of a large pyramid of farm land. I remember climbing a large tree that was higher than one of those buildings. Some of the neighborhood boys thought it would be fun to use be for target practice throwing rocks at me. Subsequently I took one in the nose. ..and had to climb down as I bled. I examined this picture: There is no tree(s) in front of the building I lived in, in this photo taken in 1972, yet in 1980 there is a tree higher than the front of one of these apartments. I looked at Google Earth pictures there is no tree there now either! Yet, I can show you where anything I remember in Gaithersburg is? I’m open to ideas? I don’t know?

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  88. This is a picture of the location. The farm land in front of the apartments is Herman Rabbitt’s farm. The apartment building where I lived is the first building facing toward the farm on the left side of the triangle of land. There was a tree in the left side yard of that building that was taller than the building when I lived there in 1980 yet there isn’t even a sapling in this picture: https://www.gaithersburghistory.com/aerials/rabbit_qonist72.html

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  89. Also: the more I think about it, the more I am starting to realize there are large spaces of time that are missing, mixed with short events that conceal the time inconsistencies. Such as the fact that I left school around 10 am walked a quarter mile from the elementary school (in the upper corner of the photo) to where I lived (in the middle of the left side of the triangle) stopped to talk to the boy for what seemed like a long time. Arrived home, to have my mother tell me that was quick? The sun was in the same place when I left school as it was when I arrived home!
    The events don’t match the time they took! The more I think about it the more I see. I will keep you posted!

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  90. wow, I was talking to sombody else about my experience when decided to look it up and found this site, and was amazed at how similar the story was to mine.
    I was walking from my stepgrandmothers house to my fathers to catch him before he went to bed at midnight so i knew what time I was going to arrive when I left my grandmothers a walk that usually takes abut an hour and a half down a remote highway through a dirt road into my hometown(wich I had done several times throughout my life and seemed like no big deal) It was about 10:00 because, I only needed a ride to my sisters, and knew he wouldn’t pick me up. While I was walking, shortly after I left the house I heard a strange noise but didtn’t think anything of it .(it was kinda like screaching metal or nails on a chalkboard).I kept walking and it started to feel quiet,and really strangely ambient. I had the same feeling that you did like things where not getting closer like they should, but like i was on a treadmill but it felt like I was making good time. As I continued to walk I made it to the dirt road that led into town. Above the farm house to the right I saw lights like luminecent flies way off into the distance, flying around each other in circles, and then they all disapated out all the same direction, in straight lines no longer visible. This like the noise I figured was a harmless anomolee.When I finally made it into town (after what seemed to be an hour and a half maby less) I came up to my fathers house. I knocked on the door and noticed that it took him a little longer to awnser, and I figured he had gone to bed early. When he awnsered the door he seemed somewhat irritated and told me I shold not bother him so late, so i asked him what time it was. He replied that it was 2:30 at night.i thought no way i know i made good time it was like the time just dissapeared. Ever since that night ive always wanted to know what happened. please email me if u can.

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  91. Ian — Just emailed you a little while ago.

    Eric — Strange story! I have a few memories myself of weird events in my childhood that I’m not quite sure were real or not. Yours seems to have a very bizarre and unreal quality to it. Perhaps it was a screen memory to mask some other kind of upsetting event? Or a ghost? Hard to say. The fact that you had these time inconsistencies is interesting too.

    It’s been a long time since I’ve read Whitley Strieber’s Commnunion but I recalled that he talked about large periods of missing time when he was younger that he’d forgotten. Something about being on a train and meeting these people and running from someone or something.

    My point being is Strieber describes a significant portion of time out of his life involving some elaborate scenarios and other characters, and he didn’t recall or had repressed these events for years. It reminds me of what you’ve described, although the details are different. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a lot more to this than just the little boy and the weird events in his apartment. Not sure how I feel about hypnosis, but in your case it might be something to consider.

    Good luck – and please let me know if anything new comes to mind.

    — John

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  92. John,
    It definitely happened! I’ve told the story to other people over the years and I never thought that the boy was a ghost, dimensional shift or alien. I just thought it was a strange story that really happened, to me. ..other people suggested that this might be the case? I hadn’t seriously thought about it for 30 years and it occurred to me that it might hold some kind of meaning? So I decided to post it and see what others think and to find out if anyone has ever had anything like it happen to them?
    It also never occurred to me that there might be time missing until I re-evaluated the story in my head as I was posting it. The thing you have to understand is that I remember things I did when I was 3 years old! But this incident was sketchy.?. .almost like some of the things the boy said where meant to fill in the time inconsistencies.
    The other thing that blows my mind is the fact that the apartment was fully furnished and at that time the ’70’s decore hadn’t quite fizzled out and this apartment matched and looked modern! ..and none of it was there!
    I have a friend who is a licensed hypnotist and has been doing it for over 20 years. He said he would regress me at some point. When he does I will be sure to post the findings..
    Thanks, Eric

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    • Eric — I don’t doubt you! Funny, my memory goes way back too. I remember things from when I’m three, maybe even two years old.

      I’d love to hear about your hypnotic regression if you don’t mind sharing that, if/when you decide to do it. There’s obviously a lot more to this story than what you’re recalling, in my opinion. Good luck,

      John

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  93. After reading so many accounts I felt it was a good idea to share mine but first —

    John Carlson — thanks for adding your story and sharing it with others, you should probably start a new blog page lol.

    Eric Hockenberry — I have read of other incidents like this on the web they are more frequent in Europe it seems, people believe it to be the Fair Folk who abducted them in an attempt to keep them as slaves or something. Right down to the ‘spend the night’ and not all of them attempt to freak out their ‘guests’. Look up Modern Fae Abductions.

    and way back to Leslie — If you read this anytime soon..wow…just…scary/wow now if only we could use Gained Time every time lol.

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    I have a few accounts of my own, and I felt like sharing them to everyone not just your email John, so pardon me on that, my first was when I lost time as a child. I grew up in lower Ohio with my parents (before they divorced when I turned 18) and grew up in a rural area. The closest neighbors were across the dirt and gravel road the but the second closest was a mile or so away. In all directions there were woodlands, fields, and a few country roads. When I was growing up most of the roads were unpaved and I use to ride my bike all over during the summer (there wasn’t much else to do) and would go walking up and down them in winter (again…country area, nothing much to do) I had no close friends and everyone my age lived either in the farthest town or even the nearest city. Either way the first occurrence of my lost time was during one late summer afternoon and according to my digital watch it was roughly after 2:18pm or so. I can recall this clearly, its because I had to be home by 5:00pm or my mother would have punished me or at the very least gotten angry at me. This was when I was 13 years old so I still had reason to fear a mother’s wrath and all :p
    I was riding down a dirt road that stretched out into a deep set hill which dipped into a valley and up another hill, which I always had to walk up because I just wasn’t able to even one first gear to get up it due to steepness. This road was about 7 to 8 miles long and I would take it to another road which then I would always turn left at the road’s end (where a stop sign and a main backroad was) to head back towards another well known road which I would then turn left onto another small dirt road and eventually make another left onto another paved road which would eventually come back to the road I was on at a cross road where I would then turn right and head back home which often took me between 1hr and 1hr 35min. Now I was already 10min into this ride and I had assumed at a good pace I would make it home by 3:30~ish. ((As a side note here are the GPS cords from Google for perspective where the ‘start’ from pavement was 38.929603,-83.712137 and 38.921356,-83.681942 where the pavement was back and my ride would often ‘end’)) I continued down the road, following it’s odd curves and movements and came to my first turn, I waited for any cars, checked the time and it was 2:49pm and when I was sure I had no cars to worry about I made my turn left, followed this to the very next road, and turned left again. As I rode down the last road about less then a minute or two I got an odd sensation, I couldn’t really tell how it felt, at the time I was disoriented suddenly, became confused, and the next thing I know I am blinking and things have shifted greatly. Now at first I was startled and I had to pull my bike over and catch up to my surroundings as they looked very off kilter and I was very very confused. I felt very thirsty with out warning and noticed my throat was dry, I found my water bottle and my watch in a backpack I often carried and noticed the time it was 4:30pm!! Now I knew this was beyond impossible because it had just been 2:50 a no more then 2 to 3 minutes ago and I knew if I didn’t high tail it home I’d be in trouble. So on the way home I tried to figure out how it had taken me so long to go

    The next incident was gained time; when I was 17 I started taking a lot of car trips because as we all know being a teenager when you gain freedom you take it more often then you should and with my new mobile phone contacting people was easier. One of my trips was a round trip to visit a friend in Dayton, Ohio. This was often a 2 hour trip by back roads and a 1 hour 30 – 50min trip by highway, I often took back roads for the view. The way there was uneventful and very nice, it was mid-October and the sun way shining and the day was cool but not unpleasant; I had went to visit for a few hours after dawn and began my trip home sometime after 4:05pm, that was my starting time anyway, I recall this because I have a slight obsession about time and when strange things occur I tend to recall exacts about it if your curious. Anyway I had taken off that evening headed home, knowing the sun would set soon I wanted to be home before it did. I drove a white Oldsmobile 88 Delta which got about 20mpg and had enough V-8 power to mosey over the small Ohio farmland at a decent safe speed but I was still new to driving so I often drove 5 miles under limits to be safer when heading down some back roads or even some towns. The trip would often take a full 2hrs due to that and I rarely went over limit. This particular day the drive home felt awkward as I came to my mid-point, a small town called Wilmington which had a large nearby Airport called Airborne Express, I knew this was the mid point and when I looked down the clock was roughly about 5pm (according to my phone and car clocks, I know this because I had called my dad to let him know I was on my way home from Wilmington)
    From here I had two more towns to go through and I would arrive around 6 to 6:15pm, however as I drove past town and down the road that led to the second town called Hillsboro I had a sudden sour feeling in my stomach, I grew dizzy, and squinted my eyes. It didn’t seem relevant at the time I just continued driving and the feeling passed, it was then I noticed in the twilight that things looked odd, different, and not where they should be. Trees turned cold toned from brilliant orange and red to dull sepia browns, the grass and nearby water bodies felt lifeless, the sky was less blue then gray, and the sun was no longer brilliant orange more of an off yellow color. I drove onwards and noticed I passed no other cars, trucks, or tractors. And for Midwestern who knows this time is often the last harvest week of the year so I should have seen a lot of people but I didn’t. Sound muffled out for a brief moment, my CD player had stopped, the air blower in my car was sill on but it felt neither warm nor cool, and I had become aware of the issue. And then as I went down a hill and back up the next it was like someone had lifted a filter and all of the color came back in a flooded instant but felt somehow off. I knew then something had just happened but didn’t know what; my car clock still showed the same time as before but it was not until I checked my mobile phone and noticed it had reset it’s time…it now read 4:40pm. I knew this couldn’t be correct as it had been that time more then an hour ago, my car clock read 5:40pm and I just put that all out of my mind until I reached home. My car clock said it was 6:00pm on the dot but my phone still read the wrong time around 5:10pm. I shrugged it off, walked in, and my dad said that was quick for me to get home and that he thought I had said I was in Wilmington, I said I had been and noticed the microwave, stove, and even our computer clocks all read 5:12pm. I checked my phone history really fast, it showed I had made a call not but 20min ago, which was impossible for me to have made that call and been where I was accordingly. I told him my phone must have been messed up or my clock. He asked me what I was talking about, I explained that I had called him a while ago and I had been in Wilmington, of course my dad denied this to be a fact he showed me the house phone record – 4:55:06pm — basically 30min or so ago I had supposedly called while I was more then an hour away! While spooky nothing major, wish I could invoke it more often tho :p

    I will post more later, thanks for reading!

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    • Danny — Feel free to share your experiences publicly here in the Comments section if you’d prefer. I just like to let people know that if they’d rather email me privately they’re welcome to. Sometimes it’s difficult to talk about these things and not everyone wants to share them with the world.

      Awesome stories, and thanks for letting me know about them. The first one sounds very similar to mine, although yours took place on a quiet country road while mine was on a busy suburban street. But the strange sensation that preceded the incident appears to be very much like what I felt.

      Regarding your second account involving the “time gain” incident, that is not as uncommon as you might imagine. If you haven’t looked through all the other comments on this post, scroll up near the top and look at one that was submitted by Barbara Fann. It’s quite a bit like yours. I’ve been told of these time gain episodes a number of times from people who appeared at to be at a genuine loss to explain what had happened. As I’ve said before, these time anomalies seems to come in a variety of different flavors — e.g., missing time, time gain, time slips, even possible journeys into the past or future or parallel dimensions (if you haven’t read Train Ride to a Parallel Dimension, you might find that one interesting).

      Thanks again. Feel free to post any time. — John

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  94. 🙂 Well John I meant to say that I wanted to share with everyone, i hope I didn’t come off as rude tho, I really didn’t mean it that way 🙁

    Once I had an odd occurance with my pet dog which my mother insists happened in a different way however I would like to think of it as more of a probable reality shift than a time slip. When I was younger I had a golden cockerspaniel with long hair we kept trimmed. She use to run all over with our neighbor’s dog; one day she vanished from the woods and our neighbor found her body on the highway squashed by a truck. The dog they found matched mine 100% down to the blue collar and heart-shaped name tag however — as I sat crying on the porch all of a sudden I felt warm licks all over my face, I looked up and my dog was back! She wiggled and acted concerned, still had her bright blue collar and heart shaped tag on but weirder still the body of the other dog was brought back and buried and several days later….it vanished and a pit was left where the body was but the ground and grass that began to grow were undisturbed. Keep up the good work John!

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    • Hi Danny — No, that didn’t sound rude at all. Just want to let people know that they’re free to post what they like (as long it isn’t spam of course) but they can also email me if they prefer. Great story about your dog. I’ve heard a few good ones involving pets. A recent one was about an old man who was dying and he was visited by his dog who had died a number of years earlier before he himself passed on. I’ll have to try to find that one again if I can. I can’t recall all the details, but it was kind of touching. I believe that animals have souls and pass on to the afterlife.

      Check in on the site again any time!

      — John

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  95. Well my mother can attest that our dog had not returned as a spirit as she lived until the ripe old age of 17 before passing away of cancer 🙁 But my mother keeps insisting she saw our dog come out from under the porch and had wondered who’s dog they had buried. ..in fact I called her last night and had a talk about it, she swore it was someone else’s dog but I saw the dead body…it had my dog’s name tag even…”Lassie Lady” how much of a coincidence would it need to be to be a similar looking, named, and shaped dog???

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    • I had 2 both on routes I have traveled for years and know well a 15 minute drive turned into 45 minute drive on a street I had traveled for decades , I made a left at familiar roads and land marks and next thing was a city i had never seen before , not a single person nor car anywhere I was lost ! after 45 minutes suddenly all went right ! 2020 another road 10 minutes on a street i knew since child turned in to 35 minutes of where is the four way ? , never came to the four way but somehow next i was on the street without ever seeing the four way or turning right , the body has a strange electric feeling right afterwards .

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  96. Well, what has brought me to this site John is that I typed in about my missing time while driving from Ashland, Oregon to Redding, California in July of 1994. It took me 5 and a half hours to drive it.(it is a distance of 137 miles) and I did not stop the car I was driving. I really don’t know how to explain it all but I did see an object high above the trees with 4 clear lights all in a row on it on Mt. Shasta and this would have been close to 11pm at night, and I didn’t see any other vehicles on the road moving but I do recall seeing a semi-trailer parked on the shoulder up at the top. I got to Redding later than I was suppose to arrive. My husband called the troopers to look for me and my law enforcement brother got involved. They said it should not have been over 3 hours for the trip. I am stumped at the loss of time. I do remember going around a bend and feeling like my car was floating on air. Like slow motion and like I wasn’t driving it. I never felt any presence but was frightened at the sight of the lights I saw above the trees and felt very alone, deserted, and asking myself “Where are all the other vehicles?”. I never even saw a patrol vehicle on the road. Well that will always remain a mystery to me. It was light out when I left Ashland, Oregon too. Later, I looked up info. on military bases nearby and I think there is one near Redding. Could explain the lights in the sky. But the lights did seem to be stationery over the trees. ??

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  97. I had a missing time experience in 1996 in March. I was driving with the cruise control on (I always did) at 80 MPH and my girlfriend was with me. We left a party in Greenport L.I. NY to go to Setauket, L.I. NY and left at about 1130. While on the the road near Brookhaven Natl. Labs we had the experience.

    I remember only sensing that someone was right on my bumper. Next thing it was 2.5 hours later and I was pulling away from the side of the road very slowly. My girlfriend was hysterical and beating my arm screaming ” we were abducted by aliens” she was frantic and sobbing.

    I am crying while typing this because when I try to recall that night I get overly emotional and a feeling of nausea takes me quickly. This really happened. I believe I was taken from my car with her because she was pregnant and we were together. It was an easy opportunity if “they” are real to take our baby and our DNA in separate to use in their genetic projects.

    Something strange happened that night. When I went home my Father was asking why I was so late (I was 20) and I told him what happened. He told me something very amazing happened and that I would understand it someday. I am still trying to understand…

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  98. Mr. John Carlson I am the only thread that did not get a response from your blog…Was my entry the one that was supposed to be a lie so or just too much information. Yes, though strange, I can remember the time I was missing but it took me a few years to recover it…I did not have a run in with UFO or Aliens; however I did meet so intellegent folks who told me the nature of their world and the circumstance that led them to their destruction. I think my experience was a genetic reawakening thats all…..

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    • Sorry, Darnell. I miss one sometimes. I don’t think you’re the first or only though, so don’t take it personally. Let me take some time to read through your first comment — it’s a pretty long one — then I’ll respond to it.

      Thanks,
      John

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  99. Back in 2004 a good friend of mine and I lost approximately an hour while driving. We were on our way to a friends house about 2 hours away. We were discussing the paranormal, things like higher beings and higher dimensions, etc. Aliens or ET’s were not discussed at all. I remember approacing the bridge, and remember driving on the other side, but do not remember the drive across the bridge itself. We both noticed the time loss and a strange feeling that something happened, but have never figured it out. When we actually arrived at our friends house, everyone there was worried about us because we took so long getting there. There were around 10 people at our friends house. The road we took was a highway, we did not have to make turns or stop at toll booths. To this day I remember it exactly as it happened and still have no clue where that hour went or how it went at all. I’d love to have a viable explanation for this experience. I have not had any such experiences since.

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    • Hi Debbie — Very interesting, and I’d love to be able to give you an explanation. I simply don’t know what to make of these incidents, but it’s becoming increasingly apparent to me that a lot more people have had them than I’ve ever before considered. Your story is all the more interesting because both you and your friend had the same experience together, at the same time. Did you have any strange dreams afterward or notice any scars or rashes anywhere on your body? Have you had any other strange or unexplainable experiences before or since, similar to this incident or not? How about your friend? Just curious.

      Thank you for sharing your story with us. Always glad to listen if you have anything else to discuss. — John

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  100. hi there, just reading your stories and thought i would post something odd that happened to my daughter and her fiance the 16th of march, they had been sitting on their couch about 3am they were eating and had just changed the channel on the t.v , and then the next thing you know her and her fiance look at the clock its 6;30 am the 1st words out of my daughters mouth is she thinks they may have been abducted, because they have 2 huskies which were out and normally they would have eaten the food ,, the food was untouched the dogs were just sitting there, she came over and told me they had lost time at the exact same time and awoke , she had a rash all over her body, and her fiance awoke with a pounding headache and a huge lump on the back of his neck,, i know this all sounds crazy but the fact that the first things out of her mouth were lost time and and thinking they had been abducted was odd,

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    • Hi Tina — That certainly fits the “typical” abduction scenario. If there are pets present — particularly dogs — and any others that are not the target of the abduction, they essentially switched off or temporarily put to sleep until the procedure has been completed. Also the presence of lumps, bumps, scars, and rashes are often described by the victims after the abduction has taken place. Have either or both of them ever experienced anything like this before? Has anyone else in the family gone through anything similar? Often these things happen over generations in the same family. — John

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  101. I’ve got to say that I have always been skeptical about people who have seen ufo’s or been abducted, but after reading just a few lines of some of the stories especially yours. It brings back memories of a time that me and a friend of mine were driving home from my house to his. He was driving and we were just leaving my house about a quarter mile from my home.
    The next thing we both remember was looking at each other and being about 10 miles further than where we remembered leaving. Now I would say that I just brain faded if it happened to me alone, but both of us kind of came to at the same time, and we both looked at each other, and said wow that was weird. Now I don’t know if we were abducted or anything because neither of us have any recollection of what happened, but we do know we lost time and distance/space. This was in the summer of 1979. Also a few months later I witnessed three double blade helicopters(the ones the army uses for heavy lifting) tethered
    together flying at low altitude carrying a large disc shaped object between them with a large drape covering the object which was about the size of a football field. That was being done at about 4:00 am as I believe to avoid or have minimal detection

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    • Heiko — I get a lot of stories like that. Can I ask: what time of day did your missing time experience occur? I agree that it’s much harder to discount when two people are involved and report identical experiences and sensations. I might be tempted to dismiss my missing time incident as “brain fade” if it weren’t for the fact that my mother showed up in the exact spot where I came around and claimed that she heard voice telling her to come find me. It’s a little hard to disregard when there are others to corroborate that something strange has occurred.

      Where did you see this disc being carried by the helicopters? Here in the US, or were you in Europe…? Just wondering. Curious how one event happens and then the other. Those are the sorts of threads that I’m trying to tie together in my (thus far futile) attempt to make sense of this phenomenon. One thing I’m sure of is, this is happening to a lot of people all over the world. — John

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  102. Hi John,
    The time of day on the lost time/distance was in the afternoon around five o’clock on a summer day.
    As far as the tethered disk it was in southwest Houston Texas. The same area that we had
    experienced the first incident, only a few miles away. What struck me as strange was the
    shear size of the object, and to have it covered, and transported by these huge helicopters
    tells me that there was definitely some sort of government involvement. Now whether the disc was a ufo or not I can’t say, at first sight it had all the tell tale signs. I was just floored by the enormous size of the object, and to have three of these type of helicopters towing it
    undercover at low altitude only raised my suspicions more.

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    • Hi Heiko — Yes, the fact that only three helicopters were carrying something as big as a football field struck me as odd when I read that. Either it was made from an extraordinarily light material or it was using some kind of propulsion to keep it above the earth. Perhaps some kind of antigravity system. Very interesting! Thanks for letting me know about your experiences.

      – John

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  103. Hi John,
    I just wanted to clarify on the tethered disk. The three helicopters were the double bladed ones used by Army/Air Force or Russians I believe Hueys or Sikorskies the one used for heavy lifting.
    The cables attached to the object were taut thinking me to believe the object was not powered on it’s own, but being towed by the helicopters.
    I appreciate the return communique, and look forward to seeing if anyone else may have seen this happening above the skies in southwest Houston in the late 70’s.
    Best of Luck to you on research.
    Regards,
    Heiko

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  104. Hi John.
    Found this site, and had a compelling feeling to relate my experience to you.
    The exact year is forgotten,it was either 1967 or 68, late summer(august) broad daylight on a saturday or sunday. I was 11-12 years old, when jogging along a main road up to my house.I loved to run, and had exceptional stamina for cross-country running.As i neared my home, i seemed to have suddenly gone into slow-motion, all noise disappeared, and the sky turned a yellowish haze.I felt like i stumbled, which was uncharacteristic of me, was continuing to run in mid-air, and i suddenly stopped myself in my tracks. There was no sounds at all, the yellowish tinge to sky was fading back to a normal blue day, but I did noticed shadows were different in that split-second.Based on the shadows of trees and a small church nearby, it seemed like about 30 minutes had passed in the blink of an eye.Slowly all distant sounds,birds etc. came back into play, as well as the blue sky.
    I looked around to see what i could possibly have stumbled over, and there was nothing, but pure flat surface.I was extremely puzzled at what i had experienced, and walked to my home, where my father was sitting in his usual chair, reading a book.
    I asked him, if he just experienced anything unusual, like reading the same chapter over, and he said he hadn’t. He must have read my face, and being a very intelligent man, he asked me what was up. I explained it all to him, and he simply replied something about” time displacement”. Now, you must understand a point here.i was only eleven years old, and my father was pure genius, and worked at a National Research Facility in Ottawa Ontario, Canada.His scientific mind was beyond my comprehension, but he still marked the date and time on a calender and wrote down my estimated amount of missing time,which i had rounded off to 25-30 minutes.. The strange event of my missing time eventually was forgotten until a few months later right around new years day.
    A t.v station news channel was on late at night, and the announcers were relating a story about approximately 25 minutes was missing from the atomic time clocks around the world.This was 5 months later. Apparently scientists had no clue as to why the atomic clocks were missing the 22-25 minutes.(said the news announcer). My father looked straight at me, and said, “that’s probably what you had experienced in August”. I answered him saying, “why was it only me that seemed to have experienced it?
    because i asked everyone i knew, and no-one noticed it..
    He looked straight onto my eyes, and simply said “who we are, what we do, is subject to influences from beyond our understanding.”he paused trying to find the correct words for an eleveny year old boy,”there is much more out there, that we may never understand,,but there is absolutely no question that it exists.” exist i asked? like Ufos and the like? “We have been visited forever,,time and space is meaningless,in the sense that we actually experience it,but we ourselves cannot control it.”
    “Sooo i asked, “then, you are saying we are not alone ,and time does an odd ripple over effect kinda thing at random times?”, His final answer was a simple “yes”,

    In my mind he was suggesting the very fact that we were not alone was the result of time-ripples.
    So my feeble eleven year old mind,gathered the facts that i was briefly visited, and experienced a 25-30 missing time experience. For what reason?
    That is still an unknown.

    Id like to see that old calender again, wherever it is..

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  105. One day I was driving my car in northern MI when I decided to check the time it read 2:30. I was amazed because I was only just at the train station, but now 2 hours away at my detonation! how could that happened? I do recall a funny sensation or (nosie) like a low hum before this gap. The nosie was as if something else was in control. But I never blacked out. Or have a history of blacking out. I had to pull my car over because I felt somewhat drosey after this occurred. It took another 30minutes to feel normal again. That isolated incident never happened again to me. But about a week later I noticed that I had unusual mark on my body near my left shoulder. It was about 2 to 3cm long and in a zig zag form. I went to the local doctor and had it examined. The doctor seemed puzzled and told me that something had been put in my skin. I was dumbfounded by this nearly 5 years later I can only wonder what happened to me. This may seem,or be far fetched but this really happened to me. And I’m not saying that I believe in aliens or anything, but this has brought me new thoughts on it. Any thoughts???

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    • Hi Lee,

      Did this occur at 2:30 in the afternoon, or at night? Mine was a daylight incident, which is a bit less common, so just curious. The buzzing sound preceding missing time and other paranormal episodes is frequently described, as is the drowsy/groggy feeling afterward. Scars, rashes, and skin irritations are also common, so you’ve got a lot of the traditional earmarks of a classic missing time experience.

      I agree with you in that I’m reluctant to jump straight to the “I was abducted by space aliens” conclusion. There are two ways to view this phenomenon, I think: 1) It’s caused by some kind of natural disturbance in the flow of time itself; or 2) It’s governed by an outside, non-human intelligence. Whether you want to believe that these intelligences are extraterrestrials or angels or demons is up to the individual. Personally, I believe that humankind has been interacting and perhaps has been guided by these beings since the inception of our species. In my own case, I feel as if there was something or someone behind the episode. As I’ve said before, maybe we’re meant to remember these experiences at some later time. Or perhaps these beings communicate with us on a purely subconscious level. Those are just a some thoughts on the subject, but I have no real answers for you, unfortunately. I wish I did. Take some comfort in the fact that many, many people seem to be having very similar experiences all over the world.

      Thanks for sharing your story.

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  106. Thanks so much for replying to my account. I find your case interesting to. And it took place in the afternoon but I was in the middle of no where. Well thank you. Sincerely Lee.

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  107. My missing time experience was during the daytime, and the weather was perfect. My friend and I were on our way to another womans’ house to discuss the paranormal. We also had planned lessons on palmistry. We both remembered starting a serious conversation before the lost time, but, could not remember anything of it later. Losing time does not bother me so much as losing the conversation. We both believe in and practice Reiki, communicating in distance with someone else, and of course all things spiritual connected with religions.Where is everyone going and yet no one remembers?

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    • Okay, so another broad daylight missing time episode to add to the files. Also that much more interesting & convincing because the two of you experienced the same thing together. I wish I did know where we go when these things happen. One thought that does come to mind is that perhaps your practice of Reiki somehow made you receptive or more susceptible to this sort of phenomena. There appears to be a connection to these experiences to having a higher level of spiritual connectedness and/or a background of having other strange events. These strange events can vary, but often times people will tell me that they’re very intuitive and have premonitions or precognitive dreams; sometimes I’m told that they’ve seen spirits or glowing orbs, or have had UFO or unidentified creature sightings — that kind of thing. In other words, there are usually other odd or unexplained experiences having happened before and after the missing time occurrence. I think people such as yourself and your friend (and maybe me too, I guess) are perhaps a little more sensitive or receptive to these phenomena.

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  108. Hi John, I’d also like to share a few stories of my own, but before that, I just wanna say, I’m relieved but at the same time so intrigued on how it’s possible that so many people experience such strange events and the public stance seems so ignorant of this… It’s real, but we keep dismissing everything as if it’s nothing…I don’t know..maybe we’re just not ready yet to take it all in..
    Regarding the missing time…I’ve also had some ‘incidents’ with the passing of time I just can’t understand. Something I haven’t seen so far in the stories above..it happened to me twice with the mobile phone …that I post something and I get an impossibly instant reply. I remember when I was in college a few year ago, I was was texting one of my friends….I pressed Send…and I swear, in that instant I got a message back from her. I just remember staring at my phone and just wondering…how is it possible?? I mean even texting back a short phrase (it wasn’t a very long message, true) would still take some good seconds right…. It’s like she knew or saw my message before and just pressed send on her message immediately after i sent mine. It maybe doesn’t seem like much, I mean I just seem to have lost a few seconds :), but still……I think BECAUSE it all took place so rapidly…I clearly could not have dozed off or get lost in conversation or anything like that.. I was standing in the street outside, it was sunny, I was extremely lucid…
    What comes to mind as some sort of explanation in my case could be related to how our conscience works and something going wrong there. In short, we react a split of a second faster than what our conscience registers. It’s been proven. For example, before we take the decision to move an arm, there is already a reaction registered in our brain, it’s like something else (the author calls the ego is i remember correctly) decides to do something and only a split second later we are consciously believing that we have decided to do that..Anyway..There may thus be a glitch in how my conscience registered the event…like I actually pressed send before and became aware of it a bit later..but i registered receiving the answer ‘correctly’…This can’t explain longer ‘black-outs’ though…
    It also happened to me to be walking on the street, talking on the phone with my mom and just suddenly finding myself on a street much farther than where I was actually going..but I can get lost in a conversation for a long time 🙂 and I could have just wandered off track because of it, so I wouldn’t necessarily call it unusual. What was unusual was when I was recently on the bus going to work and I was following the time screen and the minutes just seemed to go by like seconds. Again, maybe I was in a hurry and I perceived time a bit differently, but still…I kept comparing the watch in the bus with the one at my wrist and I just couldn’t believe it…One second it was 8.25…the writing would show the next bus stop and then 8.26…then again the bus stop and then 8.27…It really only takes a few seconds for the writing to switch from the name of the stop to the time…And there are many more instances like this…I seem to always lose time, like it literally accelerates sometimes. Wish I could gain time for a change 🙂

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  109. AP – that is kind of scary to have instant acceleration with no control, it’s like your missing gaps of time.

    John – I had another incident to relate and share with people here, I can not say much for the UFOs or the Spiritual stuff after all what has happened to me in the past has occurred with no odd phenomena aside from the obvious ones of color washing out, sounds going down, the physical sensation, etc. no odd lights and no strange marks on my body. but I feel it was similar to what Bob related with his ‘lost and skipped’ time in the late 60’s.

    This incident I want to relate is actually one that happened recently, like last month (March, 2012) while I was vacation in San Francisco. Actually it happened while I was in the northern mountain area of California near a little town called Ukiah. I was visiting a friend on his ranch on March 16 – 18; the incident happened on the 17th.

    I had awoke early in the morning to find a surprise winter snow on the ground dusting everything. The reason I noticed this was because I was expected to be at the breakfast table by 8:00am I took my phone with me, it was roughly 7:15am PDT. Now to explain this so you get a better idea there were seemingly large gaps of land between buildings — the one I was coming out of was the ‘guest cabin’ and the building I had to get to was down and up another hill which basically took only 20min to reach on foot via a trail that I took through a small grove of trees.

    I started out the door in the blistering cold wind and snow, it was fairly thick on the ground, and as I slowly made my way down the first hill which had heavy snow cover, I slipped and slid down the hill. I caught myself and felt dizzy for a split second, I continued on my way and reached the other building at a good pace but it was then I noticed the grass was showing a lot more and the snow was barely on the ground. I looked behind me, the trail I had walked on was not as snow covered and it shocked me that the sun seemed to have popped out from the clouds so suddenly. I looked at my phone, it told me the time was just past 8:30-ish; I was shocked because it I had not left that long ago, I immediately thought of this page and realized that dizziness was something like what happened before.

    When I arrived at the building breakfast was almost over, I got teased for being sleepy headed but I told them I swore I left at 7:15am on the dot. Of course no one believed me but I went over and over the situation so firmly later that day and had walked that trail so many times the previous day and the rest of that day and the following day that I actually could tell it only took 20 – 22 min to go between the guest cabin and the place my friend actually lived. I also took note that when I slipped I had not hit my head on any near by trees and I had not fallen on my back, I had merely slid down on my bum a few inches, got dizzy, and stood up. I didn’t notice the snow was melting or the sun was out until I got near the end of the trail which came out of the woods and onto a small bluff before reaching my destination. So to recount – I woke up it was stormy with snow, I took a walk on a trail, slipped and righted myself, reach the end of the trail, and lost an hour or so. Strange world we live in…

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  110. Hi John,
    4 months have passed since I last shared my experience with you….strange things continue to happen to me, but I thought I’d shed some light on these “missing time ” experiences with you….Out of curiosity , it would be interesting to note if these individuals have RH negative blood? I’ve been researching RH neg. blood for about 5 yrs. now and many individuals” losing time” also share very rare blood types( RH neg).There’s so many theories, and facts linked to RH neg blood, that many websites have sprung up that might interest you….RH neg blood…..do you or your mother have Rh neg. blood? and if so, you may find some answers to the questions you seek…….and yes,if you’re wondering, I have A- blood……..

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    • Cindy,
      I’ve never heard of RH negative blood type being associated with missing time experiences. Going forward I’ll ask that of people. I’m A positive, and I don’t think my mom was RH negative, but I’m not sure and can’t ask here because she died in February 2009. Don’t know if I could find that somewhere in her medical records or if my brother or sister or dad would know. Let you know if I find out.
      — John

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  111. My boyfriend and I had a missing time experience just last night, and we are still very confused about what happened and looking for answers, which is why l found this website…
    It had been a normal day. We left my moms house after visiting with her at about 11:50 at night. My mom lives in TX, we had a 3 hour and 30 minute drive ahead of us going to our apartment in Louisiana. It takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to get there, this drive has been made many times. Well, l was texting a friend back and forth. My boyfriend sees a sign “san augustine, 9 miles.” That was the last sign he sees. He makes the comment that it is abnormally dark, it is very dark but at that moment l did not think that it was anything abnormal. l noticed that it was so dark that you cannot see the tops of the trees against the sky. lt is blackness. But l just think it is a very dark night. Then, l cannot text my friend back because my phone is out of service. All of the sudden, we are in center texas. We are in the town we wanted to be in, but we had skipped over san augustine completely! That town should have been lit up, but we never saw it. My boyfriend was not speeding, either. We did not know what to think of this, l then noticed that l had service again and l was able to text my friend back. l saw that about 35 minutes or more had passed that l had no service. My boyfriend was still very confused and said that we could not have passed up San Augustine… we ended up making it to louisiana in two hours. It should have taken over 3 hours to get there. It was extremely odd. We don’t know what to make of it. lt’s like we went through a time warp or something!
    To make things even odder. The next day l called my mom to tell her about what happened. My Dad was in the room. She put him on the phone. He is a truck driver and he had a similar experience that same night. He was driving about 30 minutes away from where we were, and he was heading towards a town and he said that he suddenly ended up in the town at least 5 minutes earlier than he should have been there. We were shocked and relieved that some one else had a similar experience……. we are still baffled.

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    • Chrissy – Especially interesting that your Dad experienced the same thing at the same time but in a different location. That’s a new one for my files. Makes me wonder if this is a physical phenomena that might be geographically located, like a weather event.

      Patrick Huyghe, owner of Anomalist Books and Anomalist.com recently recommended a book to me about these phenomena called Time Storms, authored by Jenny Randles. I plan to pick that up soon and read it. From what I’ve read about it, it sounds like some of her theories about time anomalies are much like the conclusions that I’m beginning to make. There’s a review on About.com that you might be interested in reading called Time Storms in the Matrix.

      Also, if you read some of the previous comments on this page you’ll find a couple from people who have described very similar experiences where they are traveling a long distance and arrived in an impossibly short period of time — kind of the opposite of the “typical” missing time experience that involves a substantial amount of time that has passed but can’t be accounted for. Yours is more of a skipping over of a period of time. That’s a little less common in my experience, but again, not unheard of. If you recall anything else, please let me know.

      Thanks,
      John

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  112. So I just wanted to share this because I have experienced a few ‘time slips’ before, but I’ve always chalked them up to spacing out or what-have-you. Today at work I went outside for a smoke break, checking my phone as I did because they shouldn’t last more than 10 min. It was 7:05pm. I lit my smoke and played a friend of mine back in Words with Friends. When I exited the app, my phone said it was 8:32pm. I checked my watch and it confirmed the time as well. My cigarette was still lit (only burned about half down) and I had only taken one outside with me so I couldn’t have lit another one. I lost an hour and a half but the physical evidence of time passing (my cigarette burning) we completely absent. Never experienced anything like it.

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    • Hi Taylor — Thanks for letting me know about your experience. I wish I had an explanation for you, but I can tell you that your experience is a lot more common than many people know. I just replied to to a comment from “Chrissy”, and hers sounded almost like it was a random event, as if she had passed through some kind of disturbance in the flow of time itself. A lot of them sound like that in fact. Others — and yours might fall into this category — sound more like the phenomenon is attached to a specific person. In other words, it’s one thing to happen to pass through one of these time anomalies, whatever their nature maybe be; it’s another thing when an individual has experienced this off and on their entire life, in different locations and under varied circumstances. The latter kind do not sound a random events to me. They sound like the person is being targeted, or that they have some kind of special ability.

      The variety of different forms that these time anomalies take is what makes it difficult to figure out what they’re about. Have you had any other strange experiences besides these time slips? Just curious…
      — John

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  113. Thank you so much for responding to me John.

    I am just so baffled by this.

    As l recall, me and my boyfriend did have strange feelings before the “time skip”
    We are not sure about the right word to describe the feelings. We just felt off before it happened, it was not anything big enough that gave me a red flag signal, l just thought it was late at night, maybe we were tired?

    After it happened though, we both felt very strange. Maybe anxious? That might be pretty close to how it felt. Like when you walk in a room, know something bad happened in there, but are just in the dark about it. l also recall the feeling of feeling like l was squeezed in a tight space, kind of a claustrophobic feeling! For both of us! It was so weird, l even felt alittle bit scared. My boyfriend did not feel scared though because l told him that l felt that way and he responded “why?!” in a surprised voice… but that was maybe because of what had just happened to us. l do not know…

    Now l am looking for answers, l have been talking alot about this to my boyfriend.

    Also, when l was a child something else strange happened to me. This is very true. l am just a normal 23 year old, not making this stuff up, l wonder why these things happened to me lol…

    Well here is the second story.
    I was in about fourth grade. Was attending this small private school with an upstairs and a downstairs. Our classroom was upstairs, but when we had our P.E. classes, we went downstairs. So on this day, me and a group of my friends were in the back of our P.E. classroom, watching an exersize video on the t.v. and we were goofing off and being silly and having fun together. Our P.E. teacher was at a desk in the front of the classroom doing paperwork or something like that.
    I look over at my best friend and she is diagnal from us, standing in front of this fish tank that me and her usually do our exersizes at/ play in that spot.
    She is being a good girl and just silently is doing her exercises along with the video. Some one says “Leah, come back here with us!” Even though there was not much space anymore, as l remember.
    I remember she “silently” just shook her head, back and forth, like she was saying no. I remember she looked *exactly* like my friend, not one single difference, accept for the look in her eyes. The expression in her eyes was just vacant. No other differences.
    She turned away and kept doing her excersizes. The next thing that l remember is that the video was over, we were on the floor getting toys out to play. Leah walked to us and was just staring, some one asked “Do you want to play with us??” and l remember that she just walked away from us, we were just watching her because she was acting different, she walked over to the back door that was being held open with a little garbage can in the door, she stepped over the garbage can and we watched her, l watched her, walk down the alley…… we were confused because Leah was a good girl, and none of us were allowed to go out the back door. At that instant that we were watching her walk down the alley and dissapear, l guess, Leah opened the front door and we.were.all.shocked.
    I am still friends with her to this day, and she still remembers us freaking out when she walked in. She had been upstairs the whole time with a teacher practicing an instrument.

    I know what l saw, l may have been young but it really happened, l have always wondered about that, l know it was real. It’s a very, very odd thing.

    I was wondering if this could have anything to do with the missing time, l don’t know. It is just another very strange incidence that happened to me.

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  114. Also, l just have one more thing to add, about my Dad….. l just wonder, if Dad experienced it too along with me and my boyfriend, then l wonder if any one else in the area also had an experience? I guess we’ll never know.

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  115. i’m sorry to blow up your website but l just remembered another detail about the time slip. During the “missing time” l remember things that happened! I remember l tried to text my friend back at least several times and they all failed. l remember me and my boyfriend talking, the radio was on… l remember this. Then suddenly we were driving into center TX! My boyfriend said “wait a minute, l feel like i’m in the twilight zone…” l don’t know how it happened that we just ended up driving into the city like that suddenly… it’s like we just ended up there. ldk if l do or do not remember the whole time that we were “missing” …

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    • Chrissy — Comment as often as you like, no problem. Things might come to you as the days pass and I’m always interested in hearing them.

      Your story involving the elementary school incident with your friend is strange, no doubt. But even though I can’t really offer any explanation for it, I’ll tell you that much more often than not, people who have had these missing time episodes have also experienced other bizarre and unexplainable events in their lives. So it seems that the missing time might be just a piece of a larger puzzle, or a symptom of a bigger issue.

      There’s two ways of looking at what happened to you: 1) this time anomaly, whatever it’s nature, was a naturally occurring, localized event (kind of like a storm) that you, your boyfriend, and your Dad just happened to pass through; or, 2) you were singled out by someone or something for this experience. Your Dad might have been coincidentally passing through the same naturally occurring phenomenon at the same time, or he could have also been chosen to go through the same thing that you and your boyfriend experienced. One of the things that turns up consistently in the “alien abduction” literature (and I hate to even go there) is that this phenomenon frequently happens within the same family and often over several generations. I’m wondering if your Dad has had other missing time or strange experiences himself. Perhaps even grandparents(?) Might be worth asking about.

      My feeling is that these happenings are intelligently directed. That’s the impression that I had from my own missing time episode, and if that’s the case, then they probably have some kind of purpose. What that purpose is, I’m not too sure, because why do this and then erase our memory of it? Or, as I’ve speculated before, maybe we’re supposed to remember at a given time, or we’re being prepared for…something — whatever that may be — on a subconscious level. Just some ideas I’ve kicked around, but I’ve got no way of proving any of them.

      Please feel free to keep in touch and let me know if anything new comes to light.

      — John

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  116. Chrissy – The double aka doppleganger effect is actually fairly common; I have heard/read several things like this especially with people who had time shifts or reality shifts; apparently there are cases where people see a freind or family member moments before they appear at a place, they see ghostly duplicates of people, or like in your case seeing an alien-or-strangely behaving person either when that person is really far away (as in traveling) at a location they shouldn’t be or about to come to that place while their double vanishes. (You can find a few accounts of this if you read through https://realityshifters.com/pages/yourstories1.html if you would like to see other similar ones.

    Cindy Waldron – I wonder about that blood connectivity, except I would not fit such a mold as I am O – Rh + blood type.

    John – At this rate you should make a new blog dedicated to Time Shifting alone ;p

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  117. Thank you both for your quick responses. 🙂

    l will let you guys know if l experience anything else or remember something. I’m glad that l am not alone in all of this, haha. Reading these stories made me feel alot better, and more curious, too. I had the thought that, with all of these stories on here, there should be a movie or a t.v. show made about this featuring true stories! Why don’t we hear more about “skipping time” … obviously, it’s a real thing… l know l did not imagine this. And it’s the same for these other people on this site too…

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  118. Chrissy – I think the reason is because it goes right up there with UFO’s and Ghosts to most people (except they got TVs and funding) but they do not care. I do not know why they haven’t done a show yet for this….maybe we should do a funding for it lol

    I have had strange stuff happen to me, I can not say I have had the creepy doubles of people or my ‘twin’ appear. but I can say for sure i had some weird stuff happen to me…mostly in places I visit. Its not something I discuss with people freely.

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    • Danny, Chrissy — Nice to see the readers communicating with each other and sharing ideas! I’m very close to releasing version 2.0 of this website, and the new version is going to include a forum. I hope that will further encourage people to exchange their thoughts with one another. Also been reading a lot of books and will have several new article discussing them. Thanks for checking in and contributing to the site. — John

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  119. Hi John,
    I would like to tell you what happened to me in 1991. Normal night out with friends and at 1AM I was driving home alone from San Jose, CA to Sunnyvale, about 12 miles and I had the radio on and was then “awakened” at 4:30AM in total darkness with the radio on and the gas light showing red. I don’t believe in coincidences, but here’s what happened. I have no idea where I am but in my car, headlights on, yellow road markings passing by and the gasoline fuel light is red; total blackness out there; no signs, no vehicles, no lights and I immediately started praying to Jesus to help me. I was scared; the most scared ever in my life at this point. It was an earnest and most fervent prayer to God to help me. Within 15 seconds a bright light is noticed right behind me out of nowhere and a huge pickup truck pulls up beside me on my left with bright headlights on and the cab area lights up pure white clear light and i make out an older white hair gentleman wearing a red checkered flannel shirt on and he is driving beside me like he was going to pass but didn’t.
    He pointed his right arm straight out and to the right indicating for me to get off at next right. This light was not from a little upper lamp light. It was real bright and fully lit the cab and outside the truck. Then his truck slowed, still bright headlights, he was now behind me and I thought my car was being pushed but there was no truck behiind me doing it, It was gone. There was no bump to the bumper either.The headlights gone, the truck was gone and I took the next right about a mile further and found a gas station a couple miles ahead and was now in Pacifica, CA., about 40 miles from home, not knowing how I got there. This would take time and concentration to drive through the winding rural roads off of 280 through the mountains to the ocean and I know I had absolutely no plans on going to Pacifica that morning. I got gas and drove back home and have never been up in that region since. I Googled maps to see where I might have possibly ended up along the coast (I saw small rocky islands at 5 AM when I got gased up) and I still have no notion as to what occurred. But I did learn something. There is a God. There are Guardian angels sent to help us in time of need and I have one (at least one). There was an answer within seconds to my prayer request. Whether or not aliens or UFO were involved I don’t know but I was not alone. There was a reason for this to have happened and I don’t know what it is but I did get my request answered. Is there a God-UFO connection? There seems to be a Bible-UFO connection. I have never seen anything recorded like this where time is missing and an angel shows up to relieve your angst but it happened to me and that was not a coincident. Why was I selected to have missing time? Who drove me there? Was my car sucked up and deposited? I was not in control during these 3.5 hours but somehting controlled me to make me drive to this spot. Who and why I will never know.
    I had no rashes, scars or cuts when I got home. The car was fine. I am confounded as to what happened those 3.5 hours. Had to share this as I know what happened to me and friends mock me when I bring this incident up but I did learn a truth that morning. I believe we each are watched over and for whatever reason this event happened I have no idea other than it made my faith in the highest Being stronger Thanks for reading and letting me share this. I enjoy your blog and it comforts me that I know I am not alone. Thanks again. Someday the truth will become known to me.

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    • Hi Doug — Fascinating story, thanks for sharing it. I know what you mean about people mocking you when relating your experience to them. If this website of mine serves any purpose, I hope it’s provide a forum for people to talk about these phenomena without feeling as if they’re being judged (although I make it a policy to include comments from the skeptics and debunkers as well — all opinions are welcome). Also, I hope it does provide some small comfort in knowing that these incidents are far more commonplace than many people realize. When I first wrote this article I had no idea that so many people would comment and email me about having gone through similar types of experiences.

      As I’ve mentioned in reply to the past few comments, I believe that the nature of these “missing time” and “time-slip” phenomena are either naturally-occurring, like storms, and people experiencing them might just be passing through them at random; that, or they’re being orchestrated by an unknown intelligence. Whether this intelligence is benevolent or evil, I don’t know. I recently interviewed Christian minister CK Quarterman who authored Fallen Angels: Giants, UFO Encounters & The New World Order (very interesting book, btw). Mr. Quarterman is one of a growing body of Christian and other religious scholars who do believe that these missing time and abduction events are being perpetrated by evil entities. Personally, I’ve avoided the temptation to attach religious implications to paranormal phenomena, but my views might be changing on that. Also, I’ve read many times that invoking the name of the God or Jesus Christ when experiencing these sort of phenomena will produce an almost instantaneous end to them. If so, that could be further evidence that whomever/whatever is causing them are indeed evil/Satanic in nature.

      A few good websites on the subject: CK Quarterman’s Fallen Angels site (I’ll have a review of that book and my conversation with author on the site soon); Douglas Hamp’s website; Dr. David Jacobs Center for Abduction Research. Dr. Jacob’s views are particularly interesting in that he conducted research into the phenomena for many years before ultimately concluding that these entities were malevolent. I don’t say this to be alarming, but I do find it interesting that when you prayed you were immediately answered, which would indicate that perhaps your experience was not wholesome or simply innocuous.

      Have you had any other strange experiences before or since this happened? Oftentimes, what appears to be an isolated event is just one of an ongoing series of paranormal occurrences which may or may not seem related to one another. And if you have already done so, you may also want to ask your family members if they’ve had any similar experiences.

      Good luck, and thanks again. Feel free to keep in touch.
      — John

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  120. Thanks for sharing and being opened-minded, John. I appreciate your responses and time.
    My family members have not had similar missing time experiences. And this is an isolated incident for me; never happened before nor after but it still feels like it happened a few days ago.
    As much as I could ever think about it, I knew I could not come up with an explanation so I can only accept it and move on. My prayers are listened to and there was a Guardian angel pointing the way, relieving my worries. So I have confirmation of a Supreme Being.
    Even if a UFO was not involved, something took me over and forced me to drive out to nowhere without going off the road or having an accident at night in the hills and curved roads. Very strange because I have no idea how I got out to Pacifica. There are no direct roads, only coming from San Francisco downward. Was I dumoed there? I don’t know.

    In 1951, my parents and my dad’s parents were in dad’s car with my oldest brother and sister and were fishing at a creek at dusk in Chili, New York 12 miles west of Rochester and they witnessed a strange event. As they were leaving the farmer’s field driving with headlights on going alongside the creek in the ruts in the dirt road with headlights bouncing
    up and down an object appeared over their car with a low hum noise. My dad turned off the headlights and he and his father got out from the front seat and discussed what they were viewing across the top of the car’s roof. My dad was in WWll and his dad was in WWl so they knew current technology, blimps, aircraft, etc and they couldn’t figure it out.
    Both said this circular shaped craft was no higher than a telephone pole. There were lights on the sides but they couldn’t see the whole craft in the dark. Then suddenly a second craft moved under the first craft and was stationary setting beside the first one. Still talking about it my mom and grandmother were holding onto my siblings who were 4 and 5 years old. My mother thought ‘they’ were going to zap a beam down and take them away and was holding the kids tightly while looking up through the rear window. After a half of minute the first craft speed off at a high rate of speed at a 45 degree angle and stopped and the second one did the same and followed the first one, then both zapped out fo site within seconds. There were confirmed newspaper articles about siteings along the Great Lakes that evening. My parents never reported it but continued to describe it the same way for many years after that. That’s why I know it so well and I also asked them questions about it many times. There was no missing time though. I don’t think they were being monitored either. They just happened to be out, headlights bouncing in a field and it may have caught the UFO’s attention.
    I just had to share that incident with you as you asked about other incidents.
    Keep up the great work John. I enjoy your composure and non-judgementalness in all your responses. Thanks.

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  121. Hi John,

    I hope you don’t mind me adding to this mammoth thread but I wanted to share my story ‘out here’ rather than email in the dim hope that it might help someone else with a similar experience again make contact.

    All I can say is wow! I had an eerily similar experience to you in about 1995, I was 20.
    I live in Victoria, Australia and at the time this happened I was living in Daylesford. I lived about a five minute drive to the edge of the bush (forest). I used to take my dog out there for big walks in the weekends. It’s dotted with abandoned old cars that are totally pilfered and rusted out and there’s a lot of old energy in the bush out there. (I need to add here that Daylesford is or was full of witchcraft at that stage because of the energies in the area). The waters are also famous for healing but I’m not mentioning that to influence the story, it’s just a fact..

    I digress. I got in the habit of taking my dog out there in the weekends and wandering. It was very peaceful, I would never notice a soul except for the sound of bikes somewhere in the distance. I used to follow the fence line and not stray too far at first. I gradually taught myself my way around a fair section of bush where I knew how to get myself back out again or at least I could follow my dog out.

    This one weekend I took a couple of friends out into the bush with us, we started on the normal walk. I parked my car in the normal spot but we decided to explore a slightly larger area than I had alone as the boys were better with compasses than me and their company alone made me feel bolder. We came across a house witch was round in structure, completely round with a timber frame and every panel on the house had been made of glass. Somewhere miles out in the bush someone had constructed this glass house! Everyone of those glass panels had been smashed to pieces. Inside was the evidence someone had lived there, there were local newspapers from only a few months back, a bed, cans of food, a fireplace. Even a broom. I remember feeling compelled to clean up and picking up the broom to sweep and then feeling that was wrong and stepping back outside. I walked down the side and there was a dam with a broken old jetty, it was the saddest, gloomiest place I had ever seen and the emotion that came from it was overpoweringly sad.

    I walked away from it from behind the house and I seemed to be in shade, I remember the boys walking away around to the front of the house and the sunlight shining on them. As I rounded the house I remember become annoyed at how long it seemed to be taking to get to them, I knew something felt wrong but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I finally got around (this should have been a half a minute walk) and they were miles in front. I wasn’t too worried when I saw them so far away because I had my dog but in a panic I realised I didn’t have my dog. I called him and my voice seemed so far away, I saw him turn and run back towards my direction but it was like he couldn’t see me. I was screaming at him and running towards him but I was getting nowhere, almost like a dream. I could see him straining to find me and listening for my voice but eventually he gave up looking for me and turned and ran the other way, he was very excited about something. I remember noticing the ground was darker there now and the grass was being whipped up like there was a wind but I couldn’t hear anything or it seemed muted, almost like something else was drowning it all out but not something I could hear. Then that’s it, I don’t know what happened after that but when I awakened as you so succinctly put it, I’ve described it as coming to which I guess is the same kind of thing, I was by the fenceline about 100 metres maybe a little more, from where I had been and I was alone. I had sound back and I felt bewildered, absolutely bewildered. I freaked out because I had no dog, my dog and I were rather co-dependent, and I was alone in the bush. I remember having to make myself get it together and then tell myself I knew to follow the fenceline. Eventually I found the right path out and as I was almost back to the car my dog ran up and greeted me.
    My friends were both waiting at my car and initially I was furious because I thought they had ran off on me, I really didn’t know what was going on but neither did they. They told me they kind of found themselves alone and completely lost – each separated from one another – and started wandering, trying to find a way out and calling our names. My dog ran up to one of them and led them toward the path and then he ran off and ran to the other one. He did that, running back and forth from one to the other until he lead them back to the car, they had only been there five minutes or so before I got there. We went in to the bush at about 1/1.30 and got back to the car about 4pm. We probably walked for at least 40 minutes before we found the house and probably spent half an hour there.I don’t know what happened and I didn’t think about it for a long time until it started to really bug me that I didn’t know and I started to look around on the internet for similar stories. I lost contact with the two friends but became friends with the one I was closest to again a couple of years ago. I emailed him one day and asked him what he remembered from that day. He denied remembering it but two weeks later messaged me and said he remembered going out there, he refuses to discuss it further via email and we live far apart now so catchups are rare.

    I also want to mention that I have a lot of ‘weird things’ happen and pretty much always have, extremely weird coincidences and I can remember before I was born, the day I came home from hospital, my first birthday cake. I know my Nan although she died before I was born, I was recently told she is my guide which actually makes sense.

    I’m so glad I stumbled across your page. Like you I think it meant something and I will find out what at some stage, some time. Hope this makes sense and isn’t too garbled, it’s a hard story to shorten.

    Nic.

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    • Nicole — Getting ready to run out to take my dad to a doctor appointment, so I’ll reply when I get back. Very fascinating story though. Lately I’ve been getting so many people telling me about missing time incidents. I wonder what it all means? Chat further when I get back. — John

      Doug — You too. Sorry for not replying, been a crazy week. I do like to respond to everyone if I can. Thanks for the follow up comment.

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    • Nic — Sorry for the delay in replying. Great (if spooky) story. As I usually say, I wish I could offer an explanation, but I can’t. I’ve thrown out a few ideas which you can read in my previous replies. Unfortunately, these are only theories and are unproven. The trouble with paranormal-type phenomena is that they generally can’t be measured scientifically so they’re often dismissed by many people. However, there seems to be a so many normal and credible people who have undergone these types of unexplained events that it would be ridiculously narrow-minded to just laugh them off and discount all of their experiences.

      Having gone through it, I’m particularly interested by these time anomaly stories. I’ve a tremendous number of emails and blog comments from people who have experienced them in different variations, and I can only conclude that there is something to them. Yours is particularly interesting in that you had two others with you who shared the same (or similar) strangeness. Sounds like you had a fairly significant period of time missing as well. A lot of your story is much like mine, which I find reassuring in a strange way. These missing time/time anomalies are definitely real; I have no doubt of that. I only wish I understood how/why they occur and their meaning.

      Thanks for sharing your experience. Always interested in hearing more, so please keep in touch.

      — John

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  122. Thanks John, I wrote this out late last night after debating with myself for a day over whether I should or not. I just wanted to add that (apart from a couple of grammatical errors) I failed to mention that when I was screaming to my dog I couldn’t actually hear myself screaming. I knew I was, I felt hoarse from it but there wasn’t a big sound.
    I’ve scoured the internet using the same and different searches and never found your page before, when I read your story I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at the similarities! Thanks for responding.
    Hope your dad is ok.
    Nic.

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  123. Nicole.. ty for that, as you made me remember a bit more with my post earlier.
    When the sky had turned yellow, and i seem to crawl to slow-speed, and suddenly snapped out of it, i also did indeed have extreme trouble with talking to myself
    about the incident to myself. My voice seemed like it was a long ways off in the distant.
    needless to say i was spooked and confused,but not scared. I had totally forgotten about the effort it took to say something out loud..,and the raspey voice for the remainder of the day, When the yellowish haze to sky,beagn to dissapate it seemed relevant to proper sounding voice, and other normal sounds of life.
    Thee were a couple other stories, similar with missing time while travelling, which i have experienced a number of times,but nothing more than 10-20 minute espisode,
    Those sorts of events seem to pop with me every few months,but nothing major-league significant.. John’s story is very intiguing, because of the family member being involved.
    Mine are always when im’ totally alone. I wiss we could figure this all out somehow,
    and really like the idea of forums in the planning John, if we could keep the nonsense trouble kids out. It seems we have well aged people here with interesting stories.
    I often stopping back to read more here. Thanx again Nicole for stimulating a long ago
    forgotten memory

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    • Thanks, Bob. Yeah, things are settling down a bit now in my personal life as far as family responsibilities, and I’m looking forward to implementing the new version of the site with the forums. Also looking forward to getting back to a regular schedule of writing, too. It’s been way too long since I posted a new article on the site.

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  124. You know it seems like there are several things going on with missing time / unexplained time slips —

    Unidentified Flying Objects, Mysterious Unexplained Anomalies, Guardian Forces or Entities, and possible Temporal-Disturbances.

    I would classify most as MUAs and TDs but I noticed a trend with GFs also especially with Doug’s account. The UFO connection is also a little interesting but that feels like a separate non-directly related issue with most time slips, it seems most people have just had sudden time jumps or repeats which I’d classify with T-D / MUA such as yours John. Anyway glad to see all these posts 🙂

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  125. John

    i have never told this to anybody except the wife but, on 9/9/1991 i drove with my Boss for an evening conference out near Salamanca NY

    about 4:00 it started to rain just after we’d gone under an overpass so hard that we pulled the car over so as not to get in an accident

    i’ve never ever seen it rain that hard in NY ever, and we both fell asleep

    the next thing i know, we both woke up about the same instant and just kind of looked at each other for a minute, it’s a little over an hour, maybe an hour and a half later, the rain had stopped and we are back on the OTHER side of the overpass heading back the way we came

    when i started to say something about what just happened, he snapped at me, said he didn’t know and he never wanted to talk about it again

    the conference was at 6:00 and we didn’t even have time for dinner, we got there about 5:50

    i didn’t get much out of the conference nor did i sleep much that night

    the next morning on the way back i must have had an odd look on my face when i started to broach the subject because he scowled at me and i never brought it up again till a couple years later when all he said was, “Fuck you… i told you i never want to talk about it again!”

    now this is from a man that was an Army Sniper in Nam with 11 confirmed kills… i never brought it up again, he died last june

    you don’t have to believe it and i don’t understand it, but there it is.

    Charlie

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    • Charlie — Jeez, I’m running out of things to say in response to all of these missing time stories that I’ve been receiving lately. If you read some of my previous response to earlier comments you’ll get an idea of where I stand on the subject. I really do feel that something is going on here, and it’s no “delurium” as one numbskull recently suggested (btw, I’m all for publishing opposing opinions, but they have to be intelligent ones and not just negative, stupid rants). There have been too many sane and rational-sounding people who have come forward with these experiences to dismiss them all. I know that firsthand that this is a very real phenomenon that can seemingly happen anywhere at anytime, alone or in the presence of others.

      Also, your boss’s reaction was very typical of people who have gone through a missing time episode. I’m often told that when the subject comes up they react very strongly and refuse to speak about it. That suggests to me that there is some sort of repression of the memory of the incident that’s happening here — almost like post traumatic stress disorder.

      Thanks for sharing your experience. If anything else comes to mind about it (or anything else), please feel free to comment again or email me.

      — John

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  126. John;

    repression is possible, but i think it was more a reaction that for somebody who has killed for his country and has a real sense of his own reality, that he could not come to grips with something wholly outside of his known reality and something he simply couldn’t deal with so it was easier to just not think about it lest he have a real problem on his hands with something he couldn’t understand nor be able to cope with not understanding it

    i have absolutely no memories of what happened whatsoever, it is simply a blank spot in my life that might of been easier, for me anyway, to deal with if we’d been able to at least talk about it and maybe between the two of us remember something, anything about it rather than nothing

    Charlie

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  127. Hi John, my name is Aaron and I used to live in Sydney before moving to Perth about 4 years ago.
    Before I left Sydney I was experiencing the “3 knocks” occurance. Despite people calling it the “Death Knocks” none of my family or friends died whenever I heard the knocks. The first time I ever heard them I was about 18 (1988) and I was alone in my parents house in Campbelltown, Sydney, wide awake watching TV when I heard the knocks. First on the wall to my right 3 times, then on the wall in front of me (behind the TV) 3 times, and finally 3 times on the wall to my left.
    Needless to say it freaked me out, and I got up and searched the house for intruders, but found none.
    About 10 ten years later the knocks returned, but they would only occur in my sleep just before I woke up. I wasn’t aware of this until about 2 years ago.
    When I moved from Sydney to Middle Swan in Perth (about 3000km) to work in the mining industry. I would do 2 weeks on site, then work would fly me back to Perth for 1 week R+R. My flate mate worked on the same site as me, but we were on alternate rosters, so when I was at home, he was on site and vice versa.
    One day I bought myself a gold ring with a cubit zirconia set into the top of it. That night when I went to bed I took my gold ring off and went to place it on the dresser beside me, but it rolled off onto the floor. I looked down on the floor to see where it landed, and said to myself, I’ll pick it up in the morning.
    At about 4.30am the next morning I heard 3 big bangs on my bedroom wall and it woke the heck outta me. I thought that my flate mate had come home early and was in the laundry next to my room doing some washing. So I got out of bed looked in the laundry, nobody. Searched the rest of the house and looked out the front door and nobody there either. I didn’t think much of it until I went to go back to bed again, and just as I was getting into bed I noticed that my gold ring wasn’t on the floor. So I looked under the bed, behind the dresser, I shook the sheets out and for next 4 hours I turned that room upside down looking for that ring but couldn’t find it. By about midday I gave up searching and accepted the fact that it will just turn up some where unexpected oneday.
    That night I went to the Casino, the place to go in Perth on a Saturday night, got drunk out of my skull, got home at about 2am and crashed out.
    At 4.30am again I heard 3 big bangs on my bedroom wall, de-ja-vu I thought, and just as I was getting out of bed to search the house again, I saw my gold ring on the floor, resting in the exact same spot where it had fallen 2 nights before. It was at this point that I had a sudden recall of every other time I had been woken up by 3 knocks on my wall. Nobody said I was a fast learner, but after 10 years of hearing the 3 knocks, the penny finally dropped. The frequency of the knocks would be about once every 2 or 3 months. But because this time it happened one day after the other, it made me realise that this has been happening for a long time. During that period I would also have vivid dreams about people being in my house and looking at me while I slept. I would always wake up with an eerie feeling of knowing that someone had been in my house and room while I slept. I used to live by myself in Sydney, which is why it freaked me out a little. But each time I would search the house but never had any kind of proof until the missing ring.
    I know this doesn’t really fit into your “Missing Time” thread, but I hope you can post it anyway.
    Cheers mate
    Aaron.
    P.S Oh yeah your doing a top job with this thread, I think you should compile the stories and publish a book. I would buy it for sure.

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    • Hi Aaron,
      No problem that it doesn’t fit into the Missing Time thread. I don’t have a category for this at all, but maybe I should make one! I’ve heard of people hearing loud bangs and knocks without knowing where they come from, although I can’t recall any as consistent and ongoing as yours. It certainly sounds like something is trying to get your attention, but for what purpose I can’t guess. Have you experienced any other strange phenomena at any point during your life? Even if it seems minor and/or unrelated to this knocking business? Not that the knocking isn’t strange enough as it is, but I usually ask this because people very often say, “Now that you mention it… this happened, or I’ve had these other incidents on occasion…” My theory that I’ve begun to develop from all of these blog comments and emails that I receive is that some people are “experiencers” — meaning that they’re either more receptive to psychic or supernatural phenomena than other people, or that they’ve been chosen or targeted for some reason or purpose. That second one is kind of a disturbing thought, but I can’t help wondering if there’s an underlying reason that some folks have these odd experiences and that they frequently continue on and off through their entire lives, while others never experience anything outside of the ordinary at all.

      Thanks for the positive feedback. I’m working on version 2.0 of this blog and I’ll be integrating a forum in the updated site. I’d really like this to be a place where people can discuss these ideas and the things that have happened to them without feeling uncomfortable. Regarding the book, yeah, I have been thinking pretty seriously about that and discussed the possibility with a friend who owns a publishing company, so it could happen.

      Thanks for checking in. — John

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  128. Here’s an event that happened to my brother and I almost 30 years ago. We were in high school at the time, 1984. We went to school as usual and were given absentee slips to be fille dout by our parents. We were both marked absent the day before.??? My brother and I shared homeroom( we’re twins) and we wondered why we were marked absent. We looked at each other and tried to think if we had gone somewhere that day with the family but we both drew a blank. We thought it was a mistake. Later we shared a lunch period and sat at a table with a close friend. He also asked us where we were. Okay, now that was weird. If we weren’t in school, where were we? I tried to think about the day previous but drew a blank. I couldn’t remember going anywhere but I also couldn’t remember any specifics about the school day either. We shared a gym class and asked the insturctor if we were in class the day before. He said No. Another friend said he didn’t see us that day, either. We were completely confused. The thing is, we had our dad drop us off at school in the morning and then we’d walk home. It was only about a mile. We asked our dad if he dropped us off at school and he said he did. Our mother called the school and wanted to know why we were marked absent. She talked to the principal and he said not to worry about it and to just forget it. I still kind of wonder about that phone conversation.
    Two years earlier I had cut a first class to avoid not turning in an english composition which I hadn’t done. My brother went along and our story was that I had walked to school and was almost there when I remembered I had forgotten my composition paper so I went home to get it. Just to lose enough time to miss one class, not the whole day. We got home and the school had already called asking where we were. So had we not shown up for school I think the school would have called the house and somebody would have answered that we were in school. Maybe they called and maybe they didn’t. But then I wonder if my family was also somehow influenced.
    So either we thought we went to school but didn’t, and our dad thought he drove us to school, or we went to school, got dropped off by our dad but just never went in and spent the day doing something we couldn’t remember. Or we did go to school but nobody could remember seeing us and we couldn’t remember doing anything in school either.
    One last thing. Around this time, our friends and my brother and I noticed that a strange car would follow us around when we’d go to each others houses. We’d see the car pull up at the end on the street and then it would drive off after we got out. We would joke that it was the CIA. Why would they kepe tabs on us? Who knows. But we were dungeons and dragons players at the time( nerds) and there was some hysteria then over it being involved with devil worship. It was the Reagan years. Maybe the feds were caught up with the craziness?
    Just a very strange thing to have happen. Its never happened again and I have no nightmares about abductions.

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    • Hi Tom — Very odd story. It fits the “typical” missing time accounts for the most part, but I don’t often hear of people losing an entire day. I wonder too about the significance (if any) of the strange car following you and your brother and friends.

      A thought that I’ve been kicking around recently is that perhaps the missing time incidents that we recall are only the tip of the iceberg. Could there be whole parts of our lives that are unremembered? If so, what happens to us during those unremembered periods? The reason that I’ve been thinking this is that just the other day I had a flash of some part of my life that I hadn’t recalled previously, but when I had that flash it seemed much more like a memory of real events than simply recollecting a dream — and it appeared to be a fairly significant and lengthy part of my life. It was also very disturbing, which could be why I might have repressed the memory and buried it in my subconscious.

      In Whitley Steiber’s Communion, he recounts a period of time as a young man that he recalled under hypnosis. He was traveling through Europe I believe (been a while since I’ve read the book) and spent a substantial amount of time there, running from someone or something. The point is, this wasn’t just a minor thing like a weekend vacation. It would be understandable that one could forget something like that after twenty-five or thirty years. This was a significant period of time, living and traveling in foreign countries — not something a person would soon forget. But Mr. Strieber apparently had blocked out this entire portion of his life’s history. That particular part of his book really struck me when I read it.

      Not that I’m suggesting that your experience is necessarily as dramatic as all that; it’s just that the more emails and blog comments that I receive from people in response to my Missing Time Experience? article, the stronger I feel that these episodes seem to hold a meaning that we haven’t grasped, and they may really be just the tip of something much greater and more portentous. I know the tendency is to look at them as isolated incidents, but I think that may be wrong way to pursue the truth behind these time anomaly phenomena.

      By the way, I was D & D playing high school nerd in the early ’80s too.

      Thanks for relating your experience. — John

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  129. wow! good read,,,
    One of my best friends ,once experienced a very very similar story in 9th grade.(1969?)
    I thought he was joking.(he was not a twin)
    Last thing he said he remembered was walking to school, and was within sight of the school. He remembers nothing after that, except walking home,
    as school was done for the day.
    He was one of the brightest and a popular student in the whole school
    with an “A” average,very smart guy.He rarely ever missed a day,
    so it kind of stood out when he wasn’t there.
    This was the only time i ever heard of this type of incident, until i read your post.

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    • Seems to be way more prevalent than I ever realized, Bob. I never expected to have so many people email and me and post comments about having similar experiences. If you haven’t done it, read through the comments section and see. It’s really amazing. I only wish I understood the meaning of these phenomena.

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  130. Hi John, if i could clarify on my comment.
    Quote*This was the only time i ever heard of this type of incident, until i read your post.”
    this was in reference to a specific missing school-day type of incident,where the poster
    never arrived at school,and had no re-call about it. An important destination to
    go missing from.Certainly in my day, we had truant officers, and a bevy of other school admins who would jump on any student trying to skip school.
    And as you stated “It’s really amazing. I only wish I understood the meaning of these phenomena.”,i concur,you and I both sir.
    Also a very important statement by yourself “I’d really like this to be a place where people can discuss these ideas and the things that have happened to them without feeling uncomfortable.”
    I don’t think we will ever get over the “uncomfortable” part,,Relating one’s events, i found to be a rather odd experience, as in a feeling like -i shouldn’t be telling this- and it’s a struggle to completely reveal the event in any forum.
    I don’t know about anyone else, but I felt like deleting my post three times,
    before i completed it.The “submit” button is a scary button,lol.

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  131. I like that this type of forum exists. I have no apprehension in finding out the truth. It may be a challenge but sharing information enlightens us all. Thanks for all who share and don’t be uncomfortable. I know John must have many more personal emails which are not shared; too bad. It would be a good read.
    John you said “As I continued to walk toward the intersection, these landmarks continued to appear to recede further into the distance as I approached them.” I am wondering if you felt as if things were slowing down, just slowing down like time was coming to a halt? I saw Linda Multon Howe on Ancient Aliens and she described this slowing down process as being related to alien abduction. I wonder about your thoughts on this.

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  132. it makes me wonder how many read every post here,like we did,
    started to type their experience, and deleted everything in the end,
    and not post. I debated for almost 30 minutes,whether i should click the
    “submit” button or not.

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    • Bob — I’m sure that a lot of people are hesitant to speak of their experiences. It’s difficult to come to grips with something you don’t understand yourself, and at the same time feel as if you can’t talk about it openly for fear of ridicule or being thought of as flake or a wacko. This is why I’ve come to believe that many more people probably have undergone these bizarre time anomalies and other paranormal-type incidents, but simply keep them to themselves and never open up to anyone. If this site has any purpose I hope it’s to allow people to feel like they can discuss their experience openly and with some amount of anonymity. And yes, I’ve received some very interesting emails from people. I may talk about some of the stories I’ve heard, but I won’t ever publish anyone’s name without their consent.

      Regarding your other question, yes, I guess I might describe a sense of things “slowing down”. It was a very weird sensation and difficult to describe. Things were abnormally quiet, although the streets were not devoid of people and cars. It just seemed as if there was a strange, muted hush, as if I was walking parallel to the real world(?) Does that make any kind of sense at all? Like I said, it was very weird and it’s hard to put into words. The further on that I walked, the more pronounced it became and that’s when I noticed that the intersection began to recede into the distance as I walked closer and closer toward it. Then I remember nothing until I awoke (still walking) sometime later in a different area of town. Still walking in the same direction, north-to-south, but further back from where I began and considerably further north than where I had lost my memory. The fact that my mom was “told” to come get me and that she knew exactly where I was adds to the strangeness. So yes, I think it was some kind of contact and holds some sort of meaning. That’s only my impression. I’ve never had any memory of what happened during that period of missing time.

      As to the last question: Did I hesitate on my original thread? Meaning did I hesitate to write about this thing that happened to me? If so, then YES! I most certainly did. This article and the one about the creepy little guys that used to visit me at night were extremely difficult for me to write of, largely because these incidents sound crazy to me when I talk about them out loud, so I know that plenty of people who read this probably thinking I’m a little cracked. That’s why I generally don’t tell my friends or family about this website of mine. I’m more comfortable in speaking and writing about this to strangers than to people I know. I’ve got a few other too that I’m still holding back. Making I’ll work up the courage to write about them eventually. Not ready yet, though.

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  133. Hi John and everyone else commenting.
    Firstly I want to say thank you John for letting this thread run on, and on, and on.. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and read all the comments thoroughly yet, well actually I was reading them last night and then I closed my laptop to do something else and when I opened it again this page wasn’t open any longer. I do have it bookmarked so I just had to go down the list and click on it but for some reason I felt that was too much bother. Now Im running out of time before school pickup so I won’t write much now, but I think Danny mentioned above that he felt really strange about posting his experience and hesitated over the post button? So did I!!! When I wrote it all and went to press post I felt like something was telling me not too. Then something ran over the roof, it was probably a possum, i live in a borderline rural area in Melbourne, Australia and possums run rife, but it was the biggest and heaviest noise I have ever heard a possum make (if it was one). I’ve not heard it since and my dog whimpered! Normally he would bark at a possum.
    You mention having memories that go far back. So do i, and this will make me sound like an absolute nutcase but I have memories of coming home from hospital!! But not as me at that stage. I was with someone looking at my family and looking at the baby I was about to be and whoever was with me was telling me about them all. Years later I experienced the same voice telling me something about one of my sisters in the same way. That was sixteen years ago and the things I was told are just happening to her now. I’ve never told anyone what was said to me, it came to me when I was meditating.
    Which leads me to a question for everyone. Does anyone experience third eye experiences or pressure where their third eye chakra is? It’s said that when the third eye is opened we have the ability to view other dimensions. I’ve been experiencing a lot of pressure and activity with this in the last couple of years. I’m just at the tip of the iceberg with all this stuff and by no means an expert but I just wonder if that could be something we all have in common?
    You mentioned a forum for us to discuss it. I’m following your page on facebook now, we can create a closed group on facebook that you have to request to join, that can be moderated. Just an idea, but of course not everyone is sold on facebook.
    I shall return.. I know I read a couple of other things I related to. Will attempt to sit down and read through all this tonight when my bambinos are asleep!!

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  134. Grrrr, I didn’t self edit. Meant to say that when I heard the possum run on the roof was the same time I was getting the feeling not to hit submit. The feeling was really strong and quite scary, I felt like something bad was going to happen and I really had to fight through the feeling to submit it.

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    • Hi Nic — Mine was more of a feeling of embarrassment and concern for being viewed as a nut, not so much of a feeling that I shouldn’t talk about my story 😉 But, I have heard of that very often in abduction literature — the strong sensation not to speak of these experiences and a feeling as if something “bad” will happen if you do. This is further reason why I tend to think that these are intelligently-directed events, rather than something that is random and stemming from a physical phenomenon such as electromagnetic fields and such. Mine seemed as if I was manipulated and controlled. That’s my general impression and feeling that I’ve been left with anyway. Also, my mother having described a “voice” in her head saying that I need her and telling her to go find me. That also leads me to believe that this was more than something random or mundane.

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  135. I have experienced a “time skip” similar to what Chrissy experienced. About five years ago, I was driving I-35 between Austin and Dallas. This is a trip I have made hundreds of times since childhood. I know the route like the back of my hand. It is about 200 miles and takes 3 1/2 to 4 hours depending on traffic and the frequency and length of stops.

    I left home at 9am. It was overcast but a clear day with little traffic. I remember driving through Georgetown heading north. After a bit I looked down at the clock and noted it was approaching 10:30 and thought that I should be coming up on Salado soon. As I approached the next town, I found myself in Hillsboro where I-35 splits to go through Dallas and Fort Worth. Normally I should have hit Waco about two hours into the trip. I had no memory of travelling through Salado, Belton, Temple, Waco or West.

    I went over the sequence of events in my head. I know I left at 9am. I remembered what I had watched on television that morning. I had checked the time on the clock in the kitchen before I left. I had checked the clock in the car as I entered the freeway (only about six blocks from the house). It was winter so we were not on daylight savings time. I remember driving through North Austin, Round Rock and Georgetown.

    I had been daydreaming and thought that I just wasn’t paying attention but I was wide awake now. My main concern was that something was wrong with the car and it was not in fact 10:30am. I have twice experienced weird electrical problems in a car I was driving. Both times it was due to a failing alternator.

    My next stop was a truck stop in Italy where I often stop for gas. I topped off my tank, looked the car over, went inside to the restroom, splashed some water on my face to wake me up and purchased some caffeine. At the cash register I asked the cashier if she had the time. She responded something like 11:14 or 11:24. I said that was weird because I left Austin right at 9am. She grinned and commented on what good time I was making. When I got back to the car, the time on the clock was exactly what she said it was.

    Here is where I have to say that I was driving a fifteen year old Taurus on its last legs. It died about a year later when the transmission finally quit. That evening I checked the map and tried to figure out how fast I would have had to be going to make it that far in that amount of time and there was just no way. What do you call this phenomenon? It kind of freaked me out and I will never forget it.

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  136. Today, I lost time and can’t explain how for the life of me. I was driving on a highway in NC, and usually when I have a long drive I tend to daydream a bit. I was still alert, however, and continued to check my GPS to make sure I was on track. I was fully aware that I had already passed through the city of Sanford. Then I noticed my little blue indicator on my GPS getting off track. So I turn around to get back on track. I do this sometimes and it is usually fairly easy to get back on track. However, the odd thing is I was back in Sanford. I distinctly remember passing through this city already, and I was back. So get back on the highway as I had before, and I remember some landmarks that I had passed previously. As I stayed on the highway, which I was supposed to have done originally, I started to see landmarks that I never passed, and exits that I never took to even possibly backtrack. I’m going crazy in trying to figure out how I ended up back in Sanford. Also, I remember the first time I was on the highway after I just passed through the city, it was 5:15 pm. I remember this because there was a severe thunderstorm warning that was suppose to last until 5:15pm. By the time I got in that very same place on the highway, the second time, it was after 7 pm. Sanford was only about 15 minutes away at that point.

    Also, a couple days ago, I awaken from sleep because I heard some pulsating, electronic noise. It was a fleeting thought, but I instantly thought of aliens. Then, I figured that I was just dreaming of the sound.

    Another time, earlier this year, my husband and I were on a 3 hour road trip. We’ve driven this route multiple times before, but one time, we couldn’t understand why we were so behind our time schedule if we never hit traffic or made any stops. My husband, the skeptic, even jokingly said that we were abducted by aliens.

    My first alien experience was when I was younger…about 12 or so. I was washing dished and looking out at the clear night sky. I saw an oval shape light in the sky. It was stationary at first, then it zig zagged in the sky then the light dimmed out. I knew that no plane could do that. I shared what I saw with my parents, but they didn’t believe me. So I just kept it to myself.

    I really wish I can figure out how I ended up back in Sanford. I rarely drink alcohol. The only beverage I was drinking at the time was water. I was feeling just fine…so no illness or medication induced hallucinations. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what happened. I get lost from time to time when I’m traveling in unfamiliar areas. However, never to this degree when I totally end up back in an area I just passed like 15 to 30 mins prior. And if I do get so sidetracked and end up needing to backtrack, I can recall how I go there, you know? This is so weird and it’s really bothering me.

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  137. Hi John,

    I took that survey about abduction. I got a 12, which means: Your score indicates a suspicious number of events in your background commonly experienced by other abductees. You may want to explore the abduction possibility further.

    I’m a little scared to explore further, but I want answers! My supervisor is a hypnotherapist, but since she is my supervisor, I am a lil scared about her thinking I’m crazy. Plus, I’m a Ph.D student of Clinical Psychology. A part of me says to leave it alone ’cause my career is, I guess, more important to me. But I also don’t like being subjected to possible events that I cannot control. I don’t know what to do!

    Something inside of me, however, is telling me to talk to my mom. I told her about seeing a UFO when I was younger, but she gaffed it off. But I wonder if she knows more than I do. She’s not the type to confront issues that bothers her. She deals with a lot of anxiety and fear, and she has insomnia. She worries about me more than she did with my other siblings, not because she loved them any less, but I think because I was almost kidnapped when I was a toddler. I don’t know what to think, but I’m gonna talk to her today about what happened yesterday and see what I get.

    As I’m thinking about all this, I feel my heart beating more rapidly…like on a fast-paced walk… and I’m feeling a bit breathless even though I’m sitting down. I don’t understand why. I’m obviously experiencing some anxiety about this. Or am I creating it?

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  138. @Sarah

    Oh my gosh, your story really is very similar to mine! My boyfriend and I did the same thing when we got home, checked google maps. We felt like we were in the twilight zone. It was the strangest experience…..

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  139. Chrissy – Yes the similarity was striking, that’s why I posted. I am prone to letting my mind wander when I’m on the road alone. I often “miss” Waco but I’ve never had the clock participate in the illusion. This was a little different in that I didn’t feel sleepy per se but kind of disoriented and out of it. I blamed the overcast conditions. I have to add that I was in my mid forties at the time and consider myself a fairly pragmatic person.

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  140. I had an incident several years ago. I had come home from work around 5:00PM on a Thursday night. I feed my cat and ate some dinner. At 5:30 pm, I decided to lay down and take a nap, I was tried and didn’t have to work the next day. I woke up at 10:30 pm. My cat was freaking out. I noticed that his bowl and water dish were empty, I thought it was strange, since I had only few him a few hours ago. I filled his bowl, he was starving. I realized I was very hungry too. I got something to eat and turned the TV , I watched for a few moments, before realizing that the show I was watching comes on Friday night, not Thursday. I had gone to sleep on Thursday night at 5:30pm and woke up Friday night at 10:30pm, almost 30 hours later. It was very strange, not really sure what to make of it.

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  141. Wow, what interesting stories. I came to this site because I had an incident happen to me today and I just KNEW I would find others who had experienced this type of thing. Anyway, I was getting myself ready to leave the house today, a beautiful, bright and sunny day. Earlier I had some things in my car that I had brought into the house and I had some other things that I had put in the car to take to the thrift store. That means I did indeed have my car keys as I know I opened the hatch with the key fob. I had been wearing scruffy jeans and before leaving had changed into my nicer slacks. I was ready to go and had myself all set to leave. I scooped up my car keys and my house keys, went down to the front door landing, and bent over to put on my sandals. I had already locked the door from the inside and just had another box to take out to the car. I bent over to pick up the box, and my sunglasses slipped off my top where I had hooked them over. I leaned down, picked them up along with the box and pulled the door closed behind me and proceeded toward the car. I suddenly realized I didn’t have my car keys. I was certain I picked them up on the way out, as I never close the front door unless I have confirmed that I have all my keys. I looked in my pockets, not there. I went back into the house and checked my jeans, not there. I have another car key, so checked the car in the event I had locked my keys in there earlier without realizing it (but instinctively KNEW I hadn’t) and they were not there. I looked EVERYWHERE. I cannot stress enough though that my first and immediate thought upon realizing the keys were missing was that they had vanished. Right from my hand. I just felt it. But, not to be too cocky, I did check garbage bags, the boxes I brought in and the ones I took out, the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and dining, my sunroom, and the entire lower level. Not there. I was and still am quite disturbed by it. It was as though the sunglasses falling off was some sort of distraction while, hell I’ll say it, some sort of being from another dimension grabbed my keys!! It may have even been me in some other dimension and they keys alone linked us. I have all kinds of thoughts on the subject…but I still don’t have my keys!

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  142. Im glad there is a site like this one. My wife and I are so confounded. I call my mom every Sunday @ 10:00 am pst. Today I called her and they were having lunch so I said I would call back in one hour. At 11:15 or so she called me and I told her that I was in the car and I would call her back in 2 minutes whe I arrived home. When I arrived at my house I noticed the time to be 11:53 pst. WTF? I told my wife that it was 11:53 and she said no way because she took note of the time i had left and her coffee she had poured when i departed was still very hot. We checked all the clocks (even the grandfather clock) and they all read the same. We dont understand it Although, my wife is sensitive to these things and when she walked outside with her coffee,right after i went to the store, She seemed to think that something was different or missing. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100m underground perhaps?

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    • Craig — Thanks for submitting your experience. So this was a period of over twelve hours that was missing? Wow! That’s more than I usually hear of. To clarify, your wife was home, correct? And when you arrived and told her it was now 11:53 PM she was surprised? She didn’t notice that the whole day had passed and that it was now dark outside? And you had no recollection of where you were for those missing 12+ hours? Just want to get my facts correct. If this is right, that’s quite an interesting case. It isn’t uncommon to hear of someone undergoing the missing time incident where their partner/family member/spouse, etc., is sort of “switched off” and also has a blank spot in their memory. Interesting thought about the LHC as well.

      Aaron — Thanks for your input too. I hadn’t considered the LHC as a possible cause or catalyst for these time anomalies. They’ve been present long before the creation of the LHC, but I suppose that the idea that it could be causing an acceleration of these time phenomena. Could we be messing with the flow of time, artificially creating ripples or disturbances in the time-space continuum through some covert technology? Fascinating thought, worth pursuing.

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  143. Hi Craig, Thankyou for mentioning the LHC. I think about some of the strange oocurances that have happened to most of the people in this thread, and I always come back to CERN. Appart from trying to explain the big bang theory, time-travel is another project high on CERN’s agenda.
    When I read the amount of testimonies that are on this thread alone, it makes me believe that time travel has already been discovered. But lets face facts, if or when time-travel is ever discovered, it won’t be broadcast to the public, ever. Such a powerful tool would be too much of a temptation for certain governments or criminal syndacates to try and obtain.
    I could try and push my point further, but the number of convincing testimonies in this thread are proof enough for me.
    I like your story, and the hot coffee is a good indicator that something was amiss.
    Aaron Waters.

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  144. well here is one that will creep u out as it did me, i was doing a patrol last nite and finishing up paperwork, i then lost all memory of what happened for the next hour, as if my soul had , had enough of earth life packed its bags and was headed the great beyong, i was told this morn that two girls i work with helped me get home, but was told i had lost all my identity and was just a blank slate / zombie like / deer in headlites, etc.. missing time is SCARY i have no recollect of riding in their car or anything, i suppose this falls under the term of amnesiatic fugue , but ive never had a ” white out ” episode, feel so alone about this so detached almost as if there is nothing hopeful for the conscious brain to focus on so it starts to shut down of sorts, when it cant deal with such utter hopelessness, it trips a circuit breaker in some way, reminds me of these stories of people so depressed ( ive battled depression for over 25 years now, seeing a doctor one scant hour a week does little good , drop in a bucket way too little , never used meds because of the those warning labels that all say take this pill and it may cause suicide !! no thanks……maybe we are all getting near the day of enlightenment coming this december 21st in the mayan prophecies ?

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    • Hey Todd — Thanks for sharing your experience. This is probably the first time I’ve had someone tell me that they had witnesses during their missing time episode and that the person was physically — if not mentally — present. So this was more of a missing time of the mind then, huh? Honestly, I think if I was there I would have called 911. I believe your description of this episode is an apt one. I’m not a psychologist or psychiatrist, but that does sound like you entered some sort of fugue state. Has this happened before, and does it come on suddenly? I’d hate to hear that this happened while you were driving or doing something that would put you at risk. I can understand your concerns about medication, but this seems to me like a situation that you should get checked out. Whether it’s physical or psychological, it could be potentially dangerous to your health and safety. Maybe you should consider seeing a physician about this.

      Regarding your suggestion that it could have something to do with a period of enlightenment that’s supposedly coming at the end of this year, that’s an interesting thought. I know others have suggested that at least some people are being prepared to enter into a new age and that our brains are going to go through a major upgrade or rewiring (for lack of a better way to describe it). Lord knows we could use it! I suppose we’ll have to wait and see.

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  145. Ok so i had the scariest time loss experience today while driving i was due in at work at 10am it takes about 35 mins average. I had been 5 mins late the previous 2 days and my boss had been hassling me bad so today i left 20 mins earlier than my usual time. My boss called me at 940am asking where i was checking maake sure im gonna be on time. I was very glad to be able to honesstly tell him i was just down the road 7 mins away according to a time when i used gps to find the quickest route when i first took the job aprox 3 months earlier. So its 940am im on busy road i just talked to my boss who was glad i was gonna b there at or 10 mins before 10 am. Next thing im leaning against the hood of my car i look at my phone and its 1012 i look around quick and i have no idea wheee i am or how i got there its a long driveway and a really nice car i get back to the road call my boss he is pissed i am not there! I have never been in this area before i gps my work address and says arrivaltime

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  146. .Was 1039 so i drove 25 mins past my job when it was so important for me to b there on time. I have 2 chikdren 4 and 12 i need to know what caused this as i need to b certain it doesnt happen when i have my chikdren with me. Anyone willing to talk to me about this please email me at geoeissler@gmail.com

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    • George – It’s even worse when these weird time anomalies interfere with your day-to-day activities and jeopardize your job. Has anything like this happened to you before, or any other strange experiences occur in your life? My incident was during daylight hours too, although I was walking. I wish I could offer you an explanation, but I’m still at a loss to figure it out after all these years. Good luck, and please let me know if it happens again.

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  147. John – I hope you get that forum up soon man! These events people describe get more and more interesting as people share. By the way, I think it runs in families alot more then some people realize.

    My mother and most of my family on that side of my family have all reported similar or strange incidents with time or place or object anomalies.

    My 2nd cousin Jeff, who is 18, recently told his mother and by proxy the rest of my family that he was leaving work last Thursday and driving home around 8pm when he suddenly found himself at home at 11pm; which is both unusual and strange as he only works an hour away from home and therefore should have been there at 9pm. He didn’t remember what happened during that time or how the drive took so long and he swears he has no memory of what happened for the three hours he missed.

    Prior to this my aunt Helen has mentioned objects will vanish and reappear near her with out reason or pattern.

    And the one that sticks out most in my mind is a story my mother once told me about when she was 12 years old during July of 1968; she and her sister (my aunt Helen mentioned above) were out riding bicycles around the area they lived in when they stopped off at a local ice cream parlor for a snack somewhere around noon time, she mentioned she was only 30 maybe 45min away from home by this point. Shortly after finishing off this snack they began riding back home which she was sure was only about an hour away from where they had been on the outskirts of town.

    Suddenly they were home with no memory as to why or how they got there, both of them just suddenly ‘awoke’ realizing they were not riding their bikes anymore and they had been a few seconds before. Stranger still my mother found her self walking into the house when she realized she had no idea how they got home so fast and had no recollection of the bike ride home. Her sister confirmed this also as she just remembered leaving the ice cream shop and suddenly they were home. She said it was weird like a large gap in her memory, she recalls the wall clock ready that it was the proper time they expected somewhere around 2pm-ish but they could not recall the ride home since they always talk alot on their bike rides.

    She then stated from then on until maybe I was born she would see a strange black car everywhere she went and it felt malevolent and like it was watching her even after she moved away the car would appear out of no where and drive around her area – at first the town she grew up in, then around a mobile home/ trailer she lived in for two years, and finally around a house she moved to not to long after. . It was black and curvy like cars from the late 1940’s early 1950’s. It was unmarked and gave off a bad vibe as mentioned previously. Her sister (my aunt confirmed this) also reported seeing this weird unrecognized car drive around well after she moved out and got her first husband.

    And speaking of odd black cars driving around like they are observing something; I too saw a black car drive up our private lane after my own incidents ((see above for new comers)) but the one I saw was more like a Cadillac but had no markings, black tinted windows, and seemed to drive up our lane and back down it, occasionally it felt like they followed me to/from school, work, and even when I moved twice. I haven’t seen any such weird black cars lately but It is an odd occurrence.

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    • Danny — All fascinating stories! The only books that I ever read about this missing time phenomenon was the late Budd Hopkins’ Missing Time and Intruders. Both these books focused on cases involving people who had more “typical” (if I can use that word) alien abduction experiences. I kind of tend to shy away from jumping to the E.T. abduction hypothesis, although I don’t rule it out. It’s just a very big leap for me to make, even though I do feel that there is some kind of intelligence involved and controlling these incidents.

      I bring up the Hopkins books because one of his observations was these abduction or missing time patterns appear to be concentrated among families and often span more than a few generations. Why this is, couldn’t tell you, unless perhaps a specific family group was being studied for genetic research or manipulation. Or, maybe the capacity to make contact with these entities is an inherited trait that not everyone possesses. Maybe the experiencer’s memory is erased somehow after these encounters take place, or it could be that these happenings are so “out there” that our consciousness can’t accept them and therefore we repress them and bury them in our subconscious. I don’t know of course, just throwing out ideas here.

      Working on the new site (I know I’ve been say this for a long time now) and I’ll have the forum up and running too. Coming very soon, I promise. Meanwhile, keep in touch!

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  148. Hi John, I just stumbled upon your site and after reading all of the stories here I finally feel comfortable with putting my experience out there. It remains as vivid today as it was all those years ago when it was a fresh experience, as it is the most odd thing I’ve ever had happen to me in my life.
    My missing time experience happened while I was quite young, probably around 10 or 11, which would put this around 1965 or ’65. I was vacationing with my parents near Hayward Wisconsin and had gotten up early with my father to go to this little lake called Indian Lake, which sits in the LCO Indian territory and has but one winding sand/gravel road leading to what was then an unimproved sand boat landing in shallow water. We had barely arrived at around 7 a.m. and baited our hooks with night crawlers and thrown in our lines(fishing from shore, we had no boat) when we heard a sound coming from behind us like an aircraft coming over at a high rate of speed, so we both looked up expecting to see a fighter jet on a training flight. We saw absolutely nothing, as the sound passed directly over our heads and sounded like it passed over the entire small lake and flew off into the distance. Again, we saw absolutely nothing at all. We must have turned to look at each other and at that time we realized that the fishing poles we held had been reeled in, with the now dried up bait dangling at our feet! We had a very uneasy feeling and were frankly spooked, deciding to leave and go to one of the nearby resorts that had coin operated games instead as we both were somewhat rattled about whatever had just happened and wanted to just go somewhere, anywhere, to be away from that spot we had been fishing at. The resort, I think it was called “Little Bit of Sweden” on highway E just barely 2 miles away, was out in the open away from the canopy of forest trees and once we arrived we were again rattled to realize it was much wamer and the sun was much higher in the sky. Dad looked at his watch and it was now just a bit after noon! We never went into the resort, knowing that my mother would be making lunch back at the cottage. My mother noticed right away that dad and I were both rather silent and a bit pale, and we had come back with no fish as well, which was also unusual for that lake. Somehow, we had lost almost 5 hours of time, and neither my dad or myself had any recollection of what had occured. I related the tale to my mother, but my father was quite shaken by the whole thing and would not talk about it further; I asked him about it many times before he passed in 1980 but he always changed the subject. To this day, this remains one of those “WTF?” moments.

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  149. i debated whether i should include my experience-it still bothers me not knowing or understanding how we lost time. i was a senior in 93′ and lived in a small city-Alvin TX, outside Houston TX. like most teenage girls we went into the city to go to concerts.- it’s about 35-45 minute drive between the cities. like most bars, they close at 2am. we did not go straight home because-we always needed money for gas to get back home and realized that the water fountains in our museum district could have about $15 in change if we got into the water to retrieve. that was about 5 minutes from the bar-so about 2:30am by the time we left. we stopped at a store to get gas and i remembered the clerk joking about us juvenilles being out at 3:00 am-there is a road that stretches from that store straight into alvin without stop signs or traffic lights-it’s an old dirt road we can do 60mph on to get into the city faster and avoid cops. it’s about a 20 minute drive into the country-only cows with ya along the road. i was sitting passanger side and saw a light outside my window above us that seemed to be traveling along with us-the light looked like the beams the police helicopters use for searches. i told my friend to stop because she and the girl in the back did not see what i was talking about we got out and the 3 of us were puzzled-there was no sound and ut was not moving anymore when we stopped the car. i’m bad at math so the distance i would guess would be about 20 -30 story building. the girl in the back got dizzy and said she had to sit down. My friend was scared and just wanted to leave. so we left-we were outside the car about 1 minute if not less. we we started going again the light in the sky was gone. i went to drink my coke and realized it was warm-not even the sweat outside the can-it was cold and wet when i bought it at the store, and also the clock on my friends wall said 5:52 am. the 3 of us never looked at the clock in the car when we drove off after the lights but we missed almost 2 hours of time between the store and her house. i dont think i misjudged the time because of the clerk reminding us of curfew and my soda being cold with condesation. no but butt did not hurt and none of us had pokes or holes or strange dreams after-just missing 2 hours of our lives

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  150. If your mind is open to fantastic stuff : go to the living moon.com or pilots for truth .com and read what John Lear has to say about all of us having been to the moon three times in our lives-once at three years old,once at six or was it nine years old and the last time at thirteen years old. For re-tooling for lack of a better word by The Greys, cybornetic organisms(glorified robots)Their job is to monitor us and make corrections from time to time-Earth is a farm for the development of soul-They refer to us as “containers”. In an interview I listened to with John Lear,he was asked-“well,would not the mothers notice their children were missing for an hour?” Your Mom was contacted-for some error must have taken place upon returning you. It explains a lot! Unbelievable!

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  151. Marc,
    I feel bad that your dad would not talk about what you had experienced. I have also lost time and was wondering if you remember if it was coudy that day that you did not se an aircraft.
    Did you have any other experiences like this in your life since then? Also, do you feel like ever going bak to that site? Beacuse I will never bring myself to be able to go back to where I found myself ‘waking up’ like has been said here. Thanks for any response. I appreciate this thread and hope John keep this up.
    Doug

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  152. I have just had one of these experiences. My adult daughter and I were chatting in our lounge room and she was saying that she was feeling hungry and would I like some fish and chips, I remember clearly that I looked at the time cause it was getting a bit late and the clock said 10pm so I said ok it’s not too late then my daughter walked out into the kitchen to cook I followed her then I looked at the clock in the kitchen and it said 11pm, this worried me and I said to my daughter it’s 11pm what happened to that hour my daughter said no it read 10pm she then looked at the clock and said it can’t be 11pm I then went into the other rooms to check all the clocks in the house and they where all the same and some of the clocks are battery powered and some run by electricity. Earlier during the night the lights did dim twice and when I was doing the dishes I had the radio on and it was making a high pitched noise so I turned it of.

    I have experienced this a few times during my life time but just thought I have lost track of time but for my adult daughter to experience this with me is really worrying me.

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  153. Marc, Brandy, Corinne — Thank you all for relating your experiences. I know that’s sometimes a difficult thing to do, but it might be some comfort to know that so many other people have had these unsettling experiences (just read through all the above comments). In addition to the many comments in response to this post, I get dozens of emails every month from very sincere and rational-sounding people who appear to have undergone these time anomaly incidents.

    These phenomena are definitely real — of that I have no doubt, and they seem to be much more widespread than I ever would have imagined. I have no answers for you, unfortunately; only a few thoughts and ideas. In the interest of not wanting to repeat myself ad nauseum, I won’t bother going into that now, but again, I’d encourage you to read through the other comments and my responses. I wish I did have some solid answers and I wish I could offer more encouragement, but I’m still baffled by my own experience that took place almost 35 years ago.

    If any (or all) of you would like to keep in touch or let me know of any other strange occurrences, please feel free to do so, whether through the comments section or by email at john@theparanomalist.com. I’m always interested in hearing about this sort of thing and more than happy to lend an ear.

    — John

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  154. To answer Doug’s question, I do believe that there were either no clouds or some thin high wispy ones because it was a sunny warm day and still stands out vividly in my mind. I don’t know if dad remembered things he did not want to recall or what, but I still have no recollection as to what may or may not have transpired during the missing time; it was just like an instantaneous blip. We all did return the next day (all three of us) and absolutely nothing out of the ordinary happened although dad was a bit antsy at first, until we caught fish and that seemed to relieve his anxiety. Subsequent trips there were also boringly normal. And, to correct the date range of occurance, it was 1964 or ’65 (my typo). This is the only inexplicable event I have experienced in my life, there have been no others that I can recall. Well, that one was enough!

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  155. Hi John – I’ve just found your blog today because I decided to search the ‘missing time’ phenomena because I had experiences 20 years ago that shocked me, have affected my life and I still don’t understand them.

    Around 1989 I began having strange ‘flashbacks’ during the day. I would ‘feel’ myself to be elsewhere in another time. They’d come and go very quickly and I didn’t really take much notice of them at first. Then I saw the ghost of a monk whilst driving home from work, he was as solid as I was from the head down to the knees, but from the knees there was nothing he sort of faded.

    Then about a year or so after that I was waiting for a train in an underground station and I saw the trains headlight coming through the tunnel . I was under a lot of stress at the time and had a major decision to make which I was worrying over. This was on my mind as I waited for the train. Suddenly, I was transfixed and immobile. I felt a beam of light come through the ground above me, down to the platform and straight through the top of my head. I felt the top of my head open up, the palms of my hands, and the soles of my feet. I felt the energy drain out of me and I was totally filled with this light from above. I could see right through the ceiling of the subway, right out to the cosmos and the feeling was an overwhelming sense of love. I have no other word for it but pure love and bliss. As well as the beam of light coming down through my head, I also felt a sort of outer tube of light which descended and surrounded me and held me totally immobile. If I was religious, which I’m definitely NOT, I would describe how I looked as ‘rapt’. I was gazing upwards in total communion with this beam of light. Gradually, I became aware that I was standing there gazing upwards and I began to wonder what the other passengers would think and do about me. I expected someone to have called an ambulance and the fire brigade to free me so that I could move because I felt that I’d been there for HOURS. But as the light drew back, the train which I’d seen in the tunnel drew up in front of me and I realised I’d stood there for only a couple of SECONDS.

    After that experience I became telepathic. I could actually HEAR people’s thoughts. They weren’t the kind of ‘voices’ telling me to do things or that I was bad etc, not like schizophrenia. I just could hear clearly what people were thinking about each other as they sat on the train, as clear as if they were speaking them. Later I could tell when I had conversations with people, whether they were thinking one thing but saying another.

    I became clairvoyant and clairsentient and to be honest it all became a bit unbearable and at times my head felt like a telephone exchange, I was literally a ‘medium’ through which thoughts were transmitted. I found life difficult during that period.

    A couple of years after that I was coming out of that same railway station into a side street, I stepped off the pavement and instantly the whole street became full of people from the Victorian age. Women in big long dresses, men wearing dark long coats and tall hats strolled up and down the road, a Hansom Cab pulled by horses passed me, there were cobbles on the road. A woman walked past me without seeming to notice me and I immediately said “Sorry!” and looked for the camera man believing I’d stepped into a TV or a Film set without realising it. I stepped back onto the pavement and everything instantly went back to present day! I just stood there staring up and down the road in total disbelief and believing I was having a breakdown I told no-one about it until about 7 years later. The person I told then told me that the particular road near the station where this took place was well known as a ‘Time Slip’ area and many people had had similar experiences in exactly the same spot and they had seen the Victorian version and some had seen a 1940’s 1950’s version of the street. It’s called Bold Street, Liverpool. I was absolutely shocked, because somehow it was easier to believe I was a bit crazy than to believe in time slips and other dimensions. But the most amazing experience was the beam of light, because I’m not a religious person, I’ve not been waiting for the rapture, I couldn’t tell you one single verse from the Bible or any other holy book and my belief in God is more a belief in the fact that we all stem from a Cosmic Source and we just ‘happen’ to be here on this planet as a result of a ‘happening’ out in space. But that beam of light was pure love. It was protective, it was benevolent when I experienced it I knew EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING and at the same time I knew NOTHING. I was both EMPTIED and FILLED. And when it happened the only three words that came into my mind were “Oh My God!”.

    I haven’t become ‘holy’ or ‘religious’, I don’t have the answers to everything, but the one thing I DO know and can say with all honesty is that those experiences were REAL and showed me that light contains knowledge, it’s not just an illuminating thing, it actually holds and transmits knowledge to us and through us. We are all connected with and by this light. What to call it? I don’t know. Can it be named?

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    • Hi Grace — Thanks for posting this. I’m getting ready to head out the door to leave for vacation, but I’ll read through your comments carefully and reply back at length as soon as possible. I’ll have my laptop with me so I can keep up with what’s happening and can respond to comments and questions. I’ll try to get back to you this evening if I can. These experiences are apparently very common, and I know that they can be extremely disturbing and upsetting. Hang in there.

      Look forward to talking with you soon.

      — John

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  156. I would like to make a small correction to my own post; I only saw the black car drive up our lane and follow me after the weird reverse time hop where I seemed to move backwards in time an hour.

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  157. Hi John and everyone, I am so happy to find this blog. Because (of course) I too have lost time and gained time. When I lost time I blamed it on the subject matter of a meeting I was attending which was about the Matraya. A very creepy meeting at a restaurant meeting room. As soon as the meeting was over I went directly to the ladies room. I was only in there the normal time of maybe 3-4 minutes and when I came out everyone was gone and the restaurent was dark and locked up. I was locked in. My panic quickly turned to common sense and I knew I could use the phone to call 911. I walked over to the entry door and one of the waitresses was still sitting in her car making a call before she started home and saw me through the glass door and was able to let me out. I scared her too. I estimate I lost about 30 minutes. I had no strange sensations or feelings but it has been about 2 1/2 years and I remember it like it was yesterday. I think it scares me more now than it did then probably because of adrenaline. I would be curious to know how many bloggers are from Colorado? I have also gained time but that is another story. Thanks

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    • Merlene — What Danny said! Thanks for moderating for me, Danny – LOL!! Those are the exact same points and questions I had after reading it, but I was on vacation this past week so I’ve been a bit slow on following up. I have nothing further to add or ask, so good job, Dan. Merlene: That’s definitely a strange one, and I agree that it seems odd that no one seemed to notice that you were gone and didn’t see you in the restroom. I often wonder if we physically disappear and reappear during some (or all) of these missing time episodes, or if we mentally “go elsewhere” but or physical bodies are in the same place. Interested too in hearing of your gained-time story. — John

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  158. Merlene – thats very telling the fact that you were only ‘gone’ from your perspective for 3 to 5min but when you came out you lost half an hour! I use to work for a restaurant and as I know very well we would check the restroom before closing up; its as if you were not there while they were looking and they closed up and then you came back and startled the waitress. I am surprised you didn’t feel anything but maybe not all time slips are like that?

    Tell us about your gained time please? I wonder how much it matches a few of ours above?

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  159. Yes, with that missing time I went to the restroom as soon as the meeting broke up and the room was full of people milling around. The speaker had a projector and screen from his power point presentation. So all of that would have taken time to gather up as well as the misc. beverage glasses that were still sitting around. When I came out all the tables were clean and the chairs placed neatly up to the tables ready for the next business day. And my friends never missed me, even though my car was still in the parking lot. Gained time: I will try to summerize. My friend was in a very abusive marriage. She planned her divorce and moving day for months in advance. So when the day arrived and her husband was at work we arrived at her house to get her out of there. There were 4 women and two teenage boys and 3 pickups. We started at 6:30am, and yes she was very organized, She had a two story house full of all the normal things. We had her all moved 15 miles away by 12:00 noon that day. And that included wrapping all the glass ware in paper and taking all the necessary precautions to not break anything. We were eating pizza at 12:30 and talking about how time stood still for us so none of us would get caught and possibly shot. All her clocks were packed and that was before everyone had cell phones so none of us checked the clock until we arrived at the new house.

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  160. John I hope your site gets up soon 🙂 still glad to have this here to share this stuff and read other’s stories.

    Merlene that’s very interesting, with the amount of vehicles used plus my personal knowledge of how long even a fast move can take from a one-story house even with 6 people to take what should have been a day-long move down to literally six and a half hours is incredible!

    I’m curious; did anyone of you notice a change in the air or while driving did it seem like you moved far faster then you should have with each trip? Anyone involved mention how odd it was that a two-story house with only three pick-up trucks got moved over in less then 8 hours?

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  161. Hi Danny, The move was a long time ago. Before I knew about any metaphysical phenomenon. So I don’t recall feeling anything unsual. We were preoccupied with the possible danger we could be in. I think sometimes when things like this happen, it is the universe taking care of us and if we had been focused on the time then we would have been left to our own devices so to speak. If I were to experience lost time or gained time again I would reflect more on the feelings I had while going through it. Thanks for being there.

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  162. I am 44 and live in the south of England. Your blog has reminded me of a few experiences I had probably up to a bout the age of 10 as far as I can remember. These would have happened during the 1970s. I only have a vague recollection of them and I can only remember it happening when I was at school. Typically we would break for lunch, go and eat and then go out to the playground. The lunch break was an hour long so eating would take between 15 and 20 minutes I guess. We would be playing and then I would experience the muted sound and feel distanced from my surrounding as if my body was still there but I was viewing everything remotely or through glass. Also I would be frozen, unable to move but I would observe everyone carrying on normally. Then after what seemed like about 30 seconds I would be back in reality able to move freely. But the thing is my friends would say to me “Andy, where did you go, we were looking for you?” Then very soon after the bell would sound signalling the end of the hour long lunch-break which to me had lasted no more than half an hour. As I said my recollection is vague but I would say this happened probably 4 or 5 times over a 5 year period. I’ve never told anyone about this until now and not thought much of it but now you’ve got me thinking.

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    • Andy — I’m currently reading a pretty interesting book by Jenny Randles called “Time Storms”. You might want to check that one out. I’m only a couple of chapters into it so far, but I’ll let you know if there are some plausible explanations. There are many people who have these experiences and I’m doing my best to try to discern any patterns from the blog comments and emails that I receive from people who have undergone these strange time anomalies. I have no doubt that this a real phenomenon, but I’ve no idea yet about their nature or origin. Could be that it’s a naturally occurring anomaly, or it could have something to do with the individual. For the record, I have yet to receive one email or comment that describes any kind of alien presence — not that I necessarily would dismiss that this could involve some kind of otherworldly intelligence, but I haven’t heard anything yet that definitely would lead me to that conclusion. For now, it’s a mystery, but I do hope that the scientific community will take a serious look at this at some point because I think these incidents are real and much more widespread that most people understand.

      Thanks for telling us about your experiences.

      — John

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  163. John,

    Thanks for you your reply I’ll check that out. I have read many books about the “alien encounter” phenomenon by the likes of Timothy Good, Budd Hopkins, Nick Pope and others. I always keep an open mind and try to look for scientific explanations. However, nothing leads me to believe that what I experienced has anything to do with advanced intelligence of extraterrestrial origin, as I like to call it, although I wouldn’t dismiss the possibility completely.

    Regards, Andy

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  164. I just had an experience which caused me to look up “Missing Time” on the internet and your site is the first one I found and clicked to view!
    I was up stairs eating a late snack and after I finished up, I looked at the clock and took note that it was 10:34 PM! I took extra notice to the time because I was waiting for someone to come home and figured they would be back within the hour. I took no more than 2 minutes to clean up my dishes, put them in the sink, pour some more lemonade, then sat back down at the table to finish watching my TV show that was on until 11 PM.
    About two more minutes later, there was a commercial break in my program and decided to quickly run downstairs (where I can smoke without the mrs. smelling it and getting angry. LoL!), smoke a cigarette, and check my FaceBook account! I huried up and inhaled the cig as fast as possible so I wouldn’t miss the exciting end of my show. I wrote a quick new status on my FB page, put out my cigarrette, and ran back upstairs before the commercials ended and my show came back on! BUT TO MY SURPRISE, when I sat back down at the table, the show that came back on was the new show that comes on after my program. I was puzzled as hell! I then glanced at the clock and it was now 11:15 PM!!! What happened?!?!?!?
    I was only downstairs for no more than 2-4 minutes while smoking and checking my FB page! And NO, I didn’t lose track of time on the net, drift off, nod off, or anything like that, BECAUSE once I noticed the time being later than it should, I ran back downstairs and checked when I wrote my new status and quickly messaged back a friend. It said that I wrote those messages 28 minutes ago!!! WTF?!?!?!? I wrote them and immediately came back upstairs to the table (and TV) and sat back down! From my computer to the table could not have taken anymore than 1 minute tops and that would be if I walked super slow!
    So somewhere in between hitting enter on my keyboard, walking upstairs, and sitting back down at my kitchen table, I lost about 25 minutes! What happened? Where did it go? Or where did I go??? I am baffled now by this occurrance!
    And the only thing that seems different about me now is that I feel extremely sleepy which I was not before. Oh and NO, I did NOT fall asleep!
    That is my similar missing time story and I am now super confused on why this occurs and/or how it does! Thanks!

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    • Brad — I don’t have any answers for you, though I wish I did. Sometimes these missing time incidents are brief and sometimes they’re an entire day or longer. They can occur right in a person’s home, and other people find themselves quite a distance away from where they lost their memory. These episodes vary a lot in other words, but I think they all probably have the same root cause and origin. I just don’t know what that is yet. Let you know if I come up with any answers.

      Thanks for reporting your experience!

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  165. My story isn’t very dramatic, but I’m sure I lost time once a few years back.
    I was chatting with friend on msn on the computer in my bedroom. I don’t recall any weird feelings leading up to it, just that I suddenly “came to” (i wasn’t drinking, high.. nothing like that. I was about 17) and the clock on my computer read 3am. I checked my msn message window, and it said that the last message I had sent was around 10:30. I got up to check other clocks and found everyone in my house asleep and it pitch dark outside.
    I was very weirded out, of course, but didn’t really know what to think of it at the time.
    I’ve since heard of other stories, like a guy I knew who was swimming in his family pool and suddenly it was very late out. He “woke up” in the pool hours later. -Apparently he had been in the pool for hours, yet he didn’t remember any of it, nor was he pruney…
    Reading these other stories here, they describe them so similarly to my own… eerie.

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  166. Well,i continue to read here as often as i can.
    I still don’t know what to make of these missing time experiences from everyone and hopefully John will piece together a couple theories.
    Something is definitely happening,most likely since the beginning of time itself.
    Imagine a caveman reporting to his tribe that he threw his spear at some game meat
    during the afternoon and found himself standing there in the moonlight ,minus
    his supper and his spear. He most likely would have been scorned by his tribe if he had said anything.
    There has to be a logical answer,but what is it?
    Good luck John, i’m sure it’ll make your hair turn grey if it hasn’t already!

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  167. I am still bothered by a missing time experience that occurred in mid-December 2001. I was then in my early forties, married with three teenaged children, and living in south Florida. The evening in question, I stepped outside around 7 PM to smoke a cigarette. We lived in a gated community, with a park across the street from our house. I walked over and sat at a picnic table.

    When I went back to my front door, I had to knock because my keys had inexplicably disappeared. My husband and oldest daughter greeted me with a barrage of questions about where I had been. I WAS GONE FOR FOUR DAYS AND MY DISAPPEARANCE HAD BEEN REPORTED TO THE POLICE!!! My cigarette pack and lighter, and my house keys were found sitting on a picnic table across the street from my home. I had no other belongings with me; my purse with all my ID, credit cards, etc., was in my bedroom.

    I have no memory of anything of that four days. For me, it seemed as if I had stepped out the door and then returned fifteen minutes later. I would really like to know where I was!

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    • Debra — My first reaction is: Wow! Most of the missing time stories that people relate to me involve a few minutes or a few hours, not days. That’s really something. Can you recall seeing or feeling anything prior to your memory loss and disappearance? Has anything like this ever happened before or since, or have you experienced any other unexplained events in your life? Just curious… Thank you for sharing your story. — John

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  168. First I would like to thank you for this forum, John.

    I worked in a school and this incident happened during the break, in the week before Christmas. I never smoked in the house, so after dinner I would go outside. There really wasn’t anything unusual about that. I know I didn’t have plans to meet anyone or leave the house for more than a few minutes.

    My husband was understandably upset; I don’t think he ever believed my version of what happened.

    I went online after that and read about missing time, which led to wondering if I was abducted. My husband went to Daytona Bike Week the following March. While he was gone I had a horrifying inexplicable experience. At work the next day, I became aware of a stinging pain down my back. I remembered waking up the night before and someone came into my bathroom and told me they were going to perform an “adjustment” on me. I asked if it would hurt and was told it would hurt more if I struggled. I hadn’t turned on the lights, and I couldn’t see the person talking to me. But I remember thinking that “this isn’t a human, this can’t be happening.”

    My online reading gave me the idea of using a blacklight to look at my body when I got home from work. There were yellow fluorescent marks across both my wrists that looked like fingers, as if someone had held me down. And a rectangle in the center of my back was glowing too. I had one of my daughters photograph the marks; they were only fluorescent for about a day. The photos were later stolen.

    I remembered feeling a sharp pain down my spine, so I looked at my bedsheets. There was quite a bit of blood, much of it looked like a fine spray on both top and bottom sheet, and a pool of dried blood about 6 inches diameter at approximately waist level.

    I don’t know who did this but I believed it had something to do with my earlier disappearance. I felt that some sort of drug was used during the “adjustment.” I still have a scar down my spine about nine inches long with a puncture wound at the end.

    I was divorced within a year of this experience. My ex started complaining that I was talking in my sleep. There were other issues but definitely his disbelief of what had happened to me contributed to our decision to split up. I am still afraid that whoever it was could make me disappear again, or do whatever they want. I am remarried and my new husband once commented that he feels like a “marked man” because he is with me. Our relationship to these people (beings?) is life-changing and malign. And I don’t need to be in possession of photographs to be reminded often that they are real.

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    • Debra — It’s interesting to me that whenever ask a person who has undergone these missing time experiences if they’ve had other strange events happen prior to or after the incident under discussion, they almost always do. Yours appears to be much more like the “typical” abduction case than many that I receive. Sometimes the unusual occurrences might seem dissimilar to the so-called “alien abduction” scenario, but there usually is some kind of other strange phenomena that these people experience, and often they’re ongoing through their whole lives and may involve others in their family.

      I don’t blame you for believing that these beings are malevolent after what you’ve gone through. I’m sure you must feel violated in a sense, and powerless to do anything about it. That’s got to be stressful and frightening. I wish I had answers for you, but I’m not sure of the origin of these time-related phenomena. They vary quite a bit too, with some people claiming to have experienced a presence and others recalling nothing. I don’t know if they all come from the same source or if there are multiple explanations and origins for them. However, as I receive more and more of these stories from people I can see some patterns beginning to emerge, and I’m more of the mind that there is some purpose or intelligence behind this, rather than it being just a naturally-occurring phenomenon.

      Thanks again for telling your story. Please feel free to keep in touch via this forum or by email. I’d be interested in hearing of any further developments.

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  169. Hey John & Fellow readers – try listening to some of these podcasts they have talked about time slips / missing time often!

    The Gralien Report w/ Micha Hanks
    Jim Harold’s Campfire & Paranormal Podcast
    Alex Wahl’s Anything Ghost

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  170. I forgot one ->

    Mysterious Universe

    — Some Blogs I Have Read Too —

    Phantom & Monsters
    Mysterious Universe
    Haley’s Ghost

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  171. My experience happened in my youth, the year was 1974, or 1975, 14 or 15 years old. Abduction? I have no Idea.

    Let me start with why I’m sharing this: this evening I was flipping through channels and I landed on a channel called “Destination America”, the first thing I heard was a man taking about bright lights and time loss. I looked at the lower right of the screen and saw the show’s name “Abduction by UFO’s”. Instantly I felt anxiety. I turned the channel as fast as I could. Was this some trigger to resurface what I’ve tucked away for so long? I don t know but it freaked me out like never before.

    Here it goes, and note the is the first time I have ever documented my unexplained event. Only a handful of close friends and family have ever heard me tell of it, but tonight I couldn’t shake the urge to write it down. I was down stairs in the family room watching Hawaii Five-O, It was the beginning of the show, the theme song was playing and I remember the Hawaiians padding the outriggers, suddenly a bright light shot past the picture window just right of the TV. It was visible for a mere instant, it went so fast.

    I recall the excitement and jumping from the chair running hiding for the screen door to get outside. My thoughts while heading outside were crashing airplane, or meteor. I can still feel the slight coolness in the air, and see the darkness of the night. I got outside and ran along the back of the of the house to the top of the hill on the east side of our house. There I immediately saw a stationary bright light that appeared to be between me and the trees just down the hill by the stream. I instantly felt freighted, and unable to move or speak.

    Now the next thing I remember was hearing in my head “you will not remember this” Again I feel unable to move or speak, still scared, and having a feeling of emptiness. Next I’m back in the house and in the same chair I jumped out of to investigate the light. To this day I have no memory of ever walking back into the house. So here I am back in the house watching the theme of Hawaii Five-O. This is when I really felt awful, I just realized the show was over, I looked at the clock, I had missed the entire show. I remember running up and closing and locking the back door, and trying to forget ever since.

    I don’t know what happened those many years ago, and honestly, I don’t want to know, especially what happened in the hour I seem to have missed. I’m hoping that’s the part I’m not suppose to remember. Well tonight after I turned to channel, and settled down I fired up the computer and began searching for answers. I haven’t found any, but I did come across this site, and the other accounts compelled me to share. Thanks.

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  172. I’m writing this because I’m a little confused and a little unsure of what has transpired. Today’s date is September 1, 2012. My location is near the west coast states of the USA. I had just woken up to notice my wristwatch is exactly one hour behind the current time. I wear a quality time piece, the odds of this wristwatch failing exactly one hour to the minute and then continuing are astronomical. I have other clocks in the house, one in particular is a Sky Scan atomic clock. Everything is current time except my wristwatch on this day. I do not know what to make of this at all, this is by far the most bizarre thing that has happened to me. Quite frankly, this is a very disturbing, awkward experience.

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  173. John, Fascinating blog! Thank you for having it. Just curious…Have you, or do you know of anyone, who has experienced not “missing time”, but having traveled a long distance in an impossible amount of time? Or had a belonging shift from one place to another in an impossible time frame?

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  174. John, this is the second time I have read this blog. I cannot begin really to explain your experieince or what may have been the root cause. However, I can say that when I went throught the altitude chamber training while in the USAF, one of the symptoms of hypoxia was that feeling that things were getting grey and farther away until you blackout. Before we would blackout though they would place an oxygen mask over our face and we would come right back. Things got normal really fast with oxygen, (hypoxia is brought on by the lack of oxygen). As for your mother heeding that voice that told her that you needed her, that is pretty good evidence that what ever brought this episode on; was done so deliberately by the conscious effort of the purpetrator. I would seek out someone with experience in hypnotisim and see if any usable memory could be drawn out! Or maybe you will just spontaneousely remember what happened and why. Think back to those incidents in your early life and see if anything seems to be related if so you could possibly jar your memory with that? Any way stay safe my friend.

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  175. Hello. In approximately 1991 or 1992, I worked at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska (Alaska’s north slope, located in the arctic region and actually far north above the North Pole). Another co-worker and I worked in an office, doing accounting. I was processing invoices and sitting at my desk, as was she. All of the sudden I experienced this super white bright light (like a camera flash only it was so bright, it made everything not visible anymore. The next thing I know, I ‘woke up’ (my head was laying on the desk). I felt like I had been drugged and there was that silence, like you were writing about. I looked at the clock, and 3 hours had pased and I was still working on the same invoice! A couple of weeks later, my co-worker asked me “have you ever been sitting at your desk, then you feel like a bright flash went off, then the next thing you know, a few hours have gone by and you can’t recall what happened?” I have also experienced other unsual phenomenon in Alaska (UFO related). Do you think the missing time episode was caused by government workers or aliens? I stll think about this often as well. Thanks for letting me share. Take care.

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  176. Hi John. I first posted on June 6 2011 at about 10:00pm. I posted just using my first name and no last initial. I was trying to recall some additional details to that day. The point at which the memory begins is as I stated, that I was on the curb on a very busy street. I remember that it was raining very hard. So it was spring or summer.

    I used Google Earth to ‘go back’ to that place I remember being, and the apartment I remember where the old lady was who asked me if I needed help was actually a bit further to the east of where I remember being. Like I mentioned before, I don’t remember the ride home, but I remember walking in the front door of our house, and my mothers shock.

    I also don’t recall any discussion of what happened, or where I had been. No questions at all.

    I thought about the whole thing again because I just saw a movie called ‘The Forgotton’. It bothers that I can’t remember what happened, and it also bothers me that the one day several years ago when I remembered it and thought the memory was coming back, but I pushed it away.

    Although it is not common, I have dreams in which I am a captive, and I am trying to escape. I have had dreams in which someone is trying to hurt me and I have a gun, but it won’t fire.

    I remember when I talked to a mental health professional, she asked me what I thought happened, and I said, ‘I don’t know’. She then asked me, ‘whats the worst thing you can imagine that happened’, and I began to cry. The session went downhill from there.

    I suppose I thought the worst thing would be a child predator had grabbed me. I have had experiences with people like that in my younger life, but nothing happened.

    God I hate people that hurt kids.

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    • Mike — Sorry for the delay in replying. This does sound as if there was some kind of traumatic incident in your childhood that you’re repressing. I wouldn’t assume that it was necessarily anything mystical or paranormal. Other than the fact that this is obviously bothering you because it’s an unresolved memory, is it having affecting your life in a negative way? If it is, I’d say that further counseling might be a good idea. If it is not, then maybe you’re better off trying to let it go, if that’s possible. It bugs me that to this day I can’t recall what happened during my missing time episode, but it really hasn’t had a negative affect on my day-to-day life, so I’m not that terribly concerned with it. I’ve always felt that at some point I may remember what happened anyway. Could be that that may happen to you: when you’re ready to remember, you will.

      Good luck and take care.

      — John

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  177. This happen last night and it bothered me alot. i thought i was going crazy too, however last night i went to bed before midnight and the last time i check it was 1147. I fell sleep then i felt something crawling up from cheek into my nose. i awoke to rub it off and thought it was a bug but it was nothing. i turned around and thought that was a good sleep. i might as well have abit more sleep before getting out of bed assuming it was about 6 or 7 am. so i tossed and turned for awhile. finally i thought i should go use the washroom. then i look at my time on my cellphone and it read 1257am. i said omg! so i got up to use the washroom then came back to bed. i layed in bed trying to sleep..my eyes still open. then i finally gave in and decided to update my facebook status stating that i couldnt sleep and thinking it was already 6 or 7am. after logging out of my facebook and it took probably a minute to update my status then logged out. before placing my cellphone on the table i check the time again and it read 215am. this is when i thought i was crazy, the whole time i was awake. how could i miss an hour? i keep thinking about it and how did that happen?
    last week i took my girls down a pumpkin farm and we had left about abit after 3 pm. i had pass the the farm and got lost for awhile and it was raining at the time. so we backtrack and found the farm. so we had 40 minutes to explore the farm. the farm closed at 5pm. the girl told us we had about 40 mins and when we got there we it was about 415pm. we went to barn, mazes etc. as i was waiting and watching my girl going into the maze i looked at my time and it said 326. i was like it cant be. so i called my daughter in the city and ask her what time it was. she said it was 426 and i told her mine is 326..how can that be? was there a time change? so that didnt bother me much so i thought it was a glich. when we left my time was back to its normal hour. Glad to hear all your stories so i dont feel too crazy now. have a good day!

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  178. John,
    I have had more than one experience very similar to your missing time story. One was driving home one night in a classic Vermont winter storm. I remember coming up on a state trooper and a the woman police officer coming up to my truck and directing me to go around the cars . I recall her saying, be careful tonight and drive safe. I thought it was odd that there were so many cars all stopped, like frozen in time. I saw a man standing outside of his new BMW looking under the hood and there were two semi trucks just sitting in the middle of the freeway . It was all very confusing, then the really strange part happened. It was just like you said, I came to almost 17 miles and three exits later. I really had no idea where I was for a minute. I immediately called my close friend and told him, naturally he didnt really believe the story and told me near the same thing the Trooper said. Very odd. And the other story is way to complex for this blog. Yet I shared a missing time event with a friend and we both are convinced something happened to us. I have a strange mark on my hand that I never had before that night, a rectangular mole in the middle of my hand at the base of my middle finger. I know this sounds crazy, but i swear its all true.

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  179. John, it’s hard to say if it has had a negative effect on my life. I haven’t lived a ‘normal’ life, whatever that is. There is only so much I can post here.

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    • Same here, Mike. At least I’ve never felt very “normal”. My only point was that if you think that this repressed memory is affecting you negatively, and if you believe that the quality of your life will be improved by uncovering it (or attempting to do so), then maybe you should pursue that. If not, then you might be better of putting it behind you if you can, unless it’s really eating at you and you have a strong desire to find the root cause. Qualified psychiatric help might be the way to go if you decide to go down the road toward discovering what happened to you. I’m just throwing this out there, of course. It’s a personal decision that you’ll need to make.

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  180. I had a wierd missing time moment this morning. Maybe one could dismiss it as a glitch. But basically I set my clock for 5 am this morning. The alarm went off as usual and when it did I literally stood up and when I looked at my computer clock and turned on my tv it said 6:30am. How could I lose and hour and a half within 1 minute of time. My clock on my phone said my alarm went off at 5am and it recognized the time as 5am but immediately it was 6:30.

    Lately I’ve had strange dreams as well about the Bible and Im not really a Bible banger like that but some of the dreams i have had have literally lead me to bible scriptures when I would google the meanings of those dreams. I wish I could say I knew what was happening. I think I’m far too sane to crazy as I am very clear about whats been happening and theres been no reason for it.

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  181. Couple things to add to this – the woman above mentioned a container just disappearing as she was using it. This has happened to my husband and I with 3 pairs of scissors at different times, and we still haven’t found them. No idea. Alternate scissor dimension?

    But the thing that brought me here, and it’s sort of a joke among my family now, is that I swear, I SWEAR, I distinctly remember actor Wilford Brimley dying back in the 90s. It’s not just a ‘Oh, is he dead of alive?’ thing that happens a lot with celebrities. I remember the television broadcasts announcing it, little human interest pieces they did on his work, mentions of things about his life. Then last year, someone mentioned Wilford Brimley, and I said ‘So sad that he died, he was great’, and my cousin said…um, he’s not dead. I was frantically checking his IMDB and the net, and sure enough, he’s alive. Such a weird thing to remember, so random, but I REMEMBER him dying, or at least his death being announced and discussed in the media. So now it’s like…did the timeline shift? lol Have I been moved from some previous dimension where Wilford Brimley was dead?

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    • Dari — I have considered the idea of crossing over into different timelines, so maybe! If you’ve watched any of the shows or read anything about quantum physics, there has been a lot of talk about every possible outcome splitting off into another reality. Like if the Germans were victorious in WWII or if JFK wasn’t assassinated — or if Wilford Brimley died. These time anomalies could have something to do with different planes of reality or universes occasionally intersecting. I’m not expert in quantum physics and to most people this sounds pretty far out, but I think this new, quantum view of the nature of the universe and what we perceive as reality might explain a lot of these bizarre “paranormal” events that so many people claim to have experienced.

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  182. I just found this site today and find all the letters/experiences very interesting. A friend of mine and I had a similar experience. It was long time ago so I can’t really put a date on it. I know it was late 60s, I think 1968 or 1969 and late spring/early summer. Dean and I left my house and we were headed to my cousin’s house about 5 miles in the country. I have not told but a few family members about this then and since because of fear of ridicule. We were about half way to our destination ( a trip of 10-15 minutes) and we were in his pickup truck listening to radio on the way. While going down this isolated country road the radio went nuts, full of static and so Dean just turned it off. Right then we came to the end of this road, a “T” road and a stop sign and there directly in front of us just on the other side of the road hanging about 30-40 feet above road was the classic saucer shape craft. No we were not drinking! It was about 20-25 feet long and SILENT (our truck windows were down), it had one amber glowing light in the middle on bottom. We commented to each other WTF is that! What seemed like just only a few seconds looking at it went by and then the light on bottom got real bright white and without a sound the thing went like it was shot out of a cannon into the night sky and gone, still no sound! We were stunned and not sure what we had just saw. We went on to my cousin’s house and when we walked in through his back door the first thing I noticed was his kitchen clock (we went in his back door through his garage right into kitchen) was wrong. I commented to my cousin that he needed to set his clock, he commented back it is right, why? It was over an hour later then it should have been! I know the others didn’t mention UFOs but we had this lost time and I think about it a lot and do not know what happened and maybe I don’t want to know, just weird! Thank you.

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    • Hi Bud — Thanks for sharing your experience. Actually, this was one of the few incidents described to me that involve an actual UFO sighting. Most are like mine, memory loss, a period of missing time and no recollection of seeing or hearing anything. Very interesting. Thanks again for letting me know about it. If anything else comes to mind, I’d love to hear about it.

      — John

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  183. Hi John, I grew up in the U.K as a child. I knew things before they happen and had strange experiences. As I got older it happened less often but never went away. For me I felt the the dying, knew of plane crashes, and drownings. It was never good. I believe the souls called loudest when in fear. I like you run my own business but in Australia. I have grown kids that are doing well. I have had lost time after being chased by hovering lights (UFO) no recollection of it. (I don’t believe in hypnosis) Since then have been told I have a Genetic disorder which non of my family have. I also have tumor’s in the bone, (23/10/12) told we don’t know what they are. Strange thing is having the biopsy it felt familiar.
    People are too scared to face what we will face soon.
    John you and your family should leave the United States but don’t go to Europe.
    Ghosts, aliens, time, dimensions are all one. religion is false. God is real. We are part of God, but like all things there is a balance good-bad, up-down, inside-outside, black -white, you get the point.
    Aliens fear us we are unpredictable. We would sell our soul for a dollar. Kill for less. Look around there is little to no common good, just mostly self interest.
    Take it or leave it, there it is. No need for a reply I will not revisit this site.

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  184. Hey John, would you believe that this might have happened to me today, just half an hour ago, in fact?

    I was looking down at my computer’s clock waiting for dinner and I last remember seeing the time of 7:53 on my clock. Just a blink of an eye later, it seems, the clock then showed not 7:54, but 8:24. A whole half hour had passed without me knowing it. I checked every clock in my room to see if maybe some glitches had happened. And every one showed the same general time.

    IDK, maybe it can be rationally explained, but maybe not……still, though, really freaky, man. =O

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    • Steve — I get a lot of people telling me about these strange little hiccups in time. I suppose that skeptics can dismiss these as just being mental lapses, but I doubt that explains them all. Has that happened to you before?

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  185. Your experience is somewhat like mine, but I had an experience with a group of people. I was 13 years old in 1973 rehearsing in a church youth choir. We were singing the last note of a song when everything stopped. When I came to, I was sitting, and my best friend was crying, “We’re going to die. We’re going to die.” I assured her that we were okay. We all asked each other–“what happened?” We were confused. We noticed that our youth minister who had been playing the piano and leading us was gone. When we asked him later if he had experienced what we had, he said that he had inner ear trouble and had gotten dizzy. I believe he had the same experience but just wouldn’t admit it. The room was checked for any kind of gas leaks, etc. The adults we told could not explain what had happened.

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  186. Hey everyone, looks like I’ll join in on this since my experience was just a couple weeks ago…

    I let my mind slip on this fact due to being busy so I can’t remember the exact timing but nevertheless it happened and I was shocked

    It happened to me when I woke up one regular September morning, I got myself ready to head out for work this was around 9am – Just before I preceded to have breakfast, I went over to say good morning to my mother, she told me “Hey you’re up a lil’ early” and to my surprise I replied “Nope, it’s already 9” she goes “Um, it’s 8”

    I glanced over to the clocks in the room, they were all 8am. Her laptop on the desk showed 8am. I glanced at my watch and my cellphone all showing 9am.

    I of course I laughed it off and figured she set all the clocks back an hour so I preceded to have breakfast.

    My appointment was at 11am I would have to leave the house at 10:30am to get to my appointment in time. I did my daily routine of sending out emails to my clients and dully noted that my PC time was an hr behind too….

    I went over to my father’s home office 2 rooms over next to mine and asked, what time the appointment was to double check, he noted 11am and we had some time to kill. I asked him what time it was and he glanced over to his PC and told me the time, it was an hour behind mine…

    Confused, it ended up doing a couple things to ensure I wasn’t the one behind time, I did a clock sync on my phone – “no change” clock sync to my PC “no change” I manually turned them all back 1 full hour.

    10:30 struck and I was out the door, I checked the time again in the car, now it’s the same time I had manually set to my watch and phone. As we were approaching my appointment I was shocked beyond belief.

    The time in my car WENT BACK A FULL HOUR.

    My father who was with me said we’ll be there a little early to the office to get some work done. (The appointment was at his office) I replied, “once we get to the office I’ll prep some coffee for the client” he replied, “yeah once he comes in” and then I go “but we will get there when the client is there”

    My watch and my phone time were now ONE HOUR AHEAD.

    From that point to now, I couldn’t explain what the hell happened.

    Now this is before Daylight Savings kicked in, I’m still a little iffy on that day to now…

    -Kai

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  187. One update on my misisng time experience. I posted this story on a public site, either this one or another one. You know that night I woke up and my watch had stopped at 2:30 AM about the time I went to bed. It was about 6 Am when i woke up and I thought it was much earlier. That spooked me. The battery checked out fine.
    And i remember one other experience that happened maybe a year or two before that missing time event. Its kind of embarassing. I woke up early one morning and found that I was naked. I had taken off( I thought) my pajamas in my sleep. They were on the floor. I had never done that before or since. I did think that maybe somebody took them off me while I was alseep but I was a light sleeper and would have woken up. If a stranger had entered the house our dog would have barked and woken the whole house. I did think that maybe I had been teleported, just physically. No nightmres about aliens, and Ive never seen a UFO.

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  188. Today is Thanksgiving and it is one that my sister and I will not forget. We where on an hour and a half road trip down the interstate to pick up family for thanksgiving dinner. This trip is made by us both several times a month for years so we know the trip and the times of the trip very well. At one point I looked at a milage sign that said we had 24 miles until we reached a land mark town on our trip. I pointed it out to my sister and she looked back down at her tablet. I looked at the time on the car clock and then looked at the gas gauge to see how we where doing on time.we where making decent time and had enough gas to get us to our destination before having to refeul.I then looked up from the gas gauge and we where 24 miles down the interstate. Just…like… that. I told my sister to look up and out the window. She had the same experience and could not figure out how we got there in a split second. Here is the kicker…I understand highway hypnosis and dissassociating. I can understand mass haulucination. I understand being so involved in something that you lose time. I do NOT understand how both my sister and I felt like we where missing 20 min of time when the gas gauge did not move and the time stayed the same! We where even 20 min early to our final destination.

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  189. It was approximately a year ago when I experienced this. I want to say it was somewhere between January or March of 2012 ? It occurred while I was at my place of employment. I am a machine operator for a global company. I work midnight shift and on this particular night I had felt a little off before I left for work. I felt that way for most of the day. I arrived at work, changed into my work boots and headed out to the machining floor area. I checked the assignment sheet only to realize that I would be doing the same job that I had been doing for several months now. I didn’t mind cause It’s a good job assignment to have. I got my job up and running as usual and settled in for the rest of my shift by putting on my ipod and enjoying music while I ran my machines. On night shift, we have breaks every two hours. First break at 12am, lunch at 2am and third at 4am. Two ten minute breaks and one twenty minute lunch break. I usually have produced a certain total numbers of product by 12 o’clock break and that night was no exception. I was right on track, within one or two pieces of where I needed to be. I’d noticed it was near 12am and headed to first break like any other night. I returned from break at around 2:15 or so and went back to work making product. I started my machines running again, turned on my ipod and decided to take out a crossword puzzle that I’d been doing a little of it here and there for a few days. I don’t remember much from that point in time on until what seemed to be only a few minutes of time had passed when I felt as if I had just snapped out of a daydream sort of state ? I glanced at my watch to notice that it was reading 1:55am. Five minutes until lunch break. I began shutting down my operation and prepared to head to lunch. I didn’t look at my production counters before I had left so I had no idea how much I had done since returning to work from first break ? I headed off to lunch, which is about a 5 minute walk to the lunchroom. I noticed on my way over that it seemed a bit quieter than normal ? not the usual loud machining sounds that I usually hear while walking to break. I got near the lunchroom and stopped at the restroom to wash up before going in to eat lunch. A routine I do most every night. I was the only person in the restroom at the time. I removed my watch by unfastening the velcro strap. Easy to put on and remove for work use. I placed it in my pocket as usual and washed and dried my hands. I was now walking out of the restroom attempting to strap my watch back onto my wrist. I looked at the time which read 2:03am as I gave it that usual flip around my wrist to strap it on when this time, it flew up into the air, as if in slow motion, spun around in flight and landed smack dab onto it’s face ! I figured, great, now I either broke it, knocked the time out of whack or generally just messed it up. I walked over and picked it up. I looked at the time and it read 4:05am. I said to myself that I had gotten lucky and that I just have to reset the time back to 2:05 and it would be just fine. I figured I would wait til after break to fix it. I strapped it on and left it at that. I proceeded to the lunchroom which was just around the corner from the restroom. I looked in and didn’t see any of my workmates or any other workers from my shift in the break room. I thought it very odd and at the same time, I’d noticed much more machine activity i.e. machining noise than usual during break time ? Thinking nothing more about it, I entered the lunchroom, grabbed my lunch box and decided to go have lunch with the guys in the quality lab since nobody was in the lunchroom. I walk into the lab and there was no one in there. They usually eat lunch in the backroom of the lab but for some reason or another, nobody was in there at the time. I sat down anyway to eat and wait for someone to come in. Finally, my friend Cirt walks in and asks ” Why are you taking break so late “? I answer him,” What do you mean, so late “? He then says,” It’s almost 4:30 ” ! I replied, “Nice try, real funny “? He then instructs me to look at the clock on the lab wall so I did and sure enough, it read 4:29am. I thought it was a joke and got up to look at the clock in the other room of the lab and it also read 4:29am. At first I thought someone was playing a joke on me so I went back to the lunchroom and looked at that clock which read 4:30. Now freaking out, I look at my watch again and it is reading 4:31. I continued walking around the shop to different locations to see other clocks and again they were all the same ! These clocks are all set by the maintenance department and you would need a pretty tall ladder to get to them.The final test was the time clock where everyone punches in and out. It cannot be tampered with and sure as heck it was the same ! I lost it at this point. I can’t even explain how I felt. Sort of in a state of shock and confusion. I grabbed my stuff and headed back to my work area. Still in shock and disbelief, I walked back to my machines to pull up my production counters only to find that the numbers were the same as when I went to first break at 12am ! I can’t explain any of this. I’ve spoken to many people about it and most say I either am making it up or say something completely idiotic and make a joke out of it ? I looked up similar experiences here on the net which led me to your site. I know I’m not crazy, especially now that it seems that so many have had similar experiences.

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  190. Hello, I have enjoyed reading all the posts and have a short and puzzling story to share that I really don’t understand how this happened. Around 10 years ago I was sitting in the living room of my house in the afternoon when I glanced up and noticed something odd in the kitchen, it’s hard to describe but it looked like a semi transparent face. I sat there looking at it for what could only have been a very few seconds trying to figure out what I was looking at, and as I was looking my husband walked into view and into the kitchen to exactly the spot where the shape was and turned to me and smiled, as he did so I realized the face I had been looking at was his face, exactly is face !! It was as though someone had recorded him being there and smiling at me and I had seen an image of him there before he was there. I know it makes no sense but it was real, these experiences help open our minds.

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  191. I have had many strange experiences since I was very little. I have always tried to block these memories out. I am haunted by one memory the most. My boyfriend and I just bought a sail boat, well you see a memory I had blocked came back in the most terrifying way. My mother and her boyfriend had a 38 foot sail boat. My sister and I were 8 and 10 years old. We had one crew member so all together there was 5 of us on this sail boat. We were about 700 miles out it sea it was calm and warm. We had no idea that we were being pulled into Hurricane Aurthor. That night i woke up It was so quiet and I could hear myself screaming for my mom. It was like I was watching my self scream. I stopped and there was this silence that was defening. I felt alone and was so scared. I was unable to move and I could feel water around me as if I was laying in it. I was trying to breath and felt I couldnt. It seemed like forever and I was so tired I blacked out. The next morning I woke up to 60 ft seas and winds that were blowing 140 knots. I heard my mother say that she didnt want the guys mentioning the strange experience. My sister and I still to this day wonder what happened to us and what continues to haunt me even now. I am so afraid to be alone. I left out a bunch of details only because we were in that storm for two week it dragged us from New Zealand to Papa New Guinie our destination was Fiji. We were in the middle of the ocean and that night something happen to us. No one would talk about it. The strange thing that I never told anyone, that I spent the morning pulling wires out of my back shoulder. Long skinny wire threads. I fell asleep on our boat now all grown up. I scared my boyfriend I woke up screaming I remembered pulling wire from my back as a child. I never told him what happened. Missing time is something I have learned to live with. I am never sure where I have been. What should I do? How do I explain with out sounding crazy. Am I crazy?

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  192. Well i can completely understand the loss of time and disorientation, I have a little different story to tell. So me and my wife have been having some weird things happen around the appartment. As little as things being moved and things misplaced, just normal junk. Well we set out to do a set of Recordings (EVP) if some of you are not clear on what that is. Well on one night we set up the recorder at 12:15am the recording went for 5 hrs and 8 mins when i stopped it in the AM. Now we did not realize this till days later about the time jump ill call it. We stared the recording for the night and we set downstairs till a little after 1:30 am i did time stamps ever hour till i stopped the recording… Now i have 5 hrs and 8 mins of recording for the night and an hour of that is us downstairs. so that leaves like little under 4 hrs of time i spent upstairs watching netflix and a movie.

    Here is the kicker.. that night when i went to bed i finished the last 7 episodes of Terranova 38 min ea and watched a 93 min film and watched 2 episodes of Game of thromes at 42 mins each

    Terranova = 266 mins with out the breaks i took to time stamp audio recording
    Movie = 93 mins
    Game of thrones = 84 mins

    Total = 443 mins or 7hrs 23 mins

    when we noticed this we were confused to say the least because some how i finished all this before the recording was over and had laid back down to try to get some sleep before i cut the recording off at a little after 5:15 am. so threw the coarse of the night i some how watched almost double the time of shows that i should have been able to. Also in the Am when my wife got up I recalled the complete half of the series to my wife and it was the first time i had ever seen it. We have boggled our minds over it many times in the last few weeks and still have no ” ” logical reason for the discrepancy in time. It was as if i had watched everything in a compressed time slice. I have talked to a few people online and friends that i know that get all deep into the “paranormal” and they have told me similar stories of time loss or just skewed time.

    If any one wants to know any more details Contact me at Spruce.pine.nc@gmail.com

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  193. Hi John,
    This is a very interesting phenomenon that as I have noticed is a common experience. My experience was last Halloween night. I was staying at my uncles in a caravan in the backyard. Not just that it was halloween, but it was a very eerie night indeed nonetheless. The wind was howling, there were the usual crazy noises you would expect to here in the distance. I was not sleeping at all over the few nights I was in Taree as it was so I know I didn’t just fall asleep( I was actually detoxing from painkillers and so was having huge trouble sleeping as it was) I was completely drug free at the time as well.
    The radio announcer first said it was 3.30 am, then changed his mind some 2 and half hours later. He then said it was 12.30am . I had no clock or watch so was reliant on the radio. It seemed as though I was only lying there for about 4 hours or so then all of a sudden the sun arose.
    I wasn’t a happy man as I really wanted my sleep. I had no experience of blankness, blackness or the like. I completely remember every song played and every moment continuum. So I simply cannot explain that particular night.
    It is interesting to note that in biblical history there is a record about the prophet Elijah who requested that God hold back the sun for a third of a day in order to defeat an army he was fighting. Astronomers have actually been able to pinpoint the exact particular time and report that we are in fact missing a third of a day!! Food for thought.

    Thank you for your forum…

    Matt

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    • Thank you, Matt. Interesting story, and not an uncommon one. It’s become more and more obvious that this phenomenon is very widespread. I was not familiar with that passage in the bible, but I’d like to look into it further. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. — John

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  194. I thought I was having seizure activity I would lost the same amount of time and prolly like 1-3 times a month. strangely it was almost always the same amount of time 2hours 10 minutes.
    or 1 hour 15 minutes. Thing is I’d be out workin or pilfering around in the woods (i own 5 acres) and I’d just be standing there . I still cant figure it out. I cant stand that long or sit or lay down (have spinal stenosis/multiple surgeries) . so for me to do anything over 30 minutes at a time its unusual. When my wife moved to America seems they stopped but then I woke up on morning (i sleep sitting up on the floor with my head back on the couch) I have these red triangles on my right side (3) left side (2) I got pics some place if yer interested. they were like pink triangle welps. The missing time stuff had went on for like 3 years but after that ordeal it stopped. I still cant account for what happened though.

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    • Hi Doc. You might want to get checked out by a medical doctor. I always look to the most ordinary explanations before making any assumptions about paranormal activity. I think you’d first want to rule out any possible medical conditions that could account for these occurrences. However, you could be dealing with something that’s out of the ordinary. Feel free to keep in touch and let me know how you’re making out.

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  195. Hi John, I have posted a few comments on this link before, and I think I may have a VERY THIN explanation on why some people are targeted. 

    Let’s get one thing out of the way first, and that is, I BELIEVE IN UFO’s. 

    Weather UFO’s are extra terrestrial in nature or secret military aircraft is another question, however regardless of their origin I believe their motive is one of a scientific nature. 
    Just as human scientist tag and release certain animal species for research so too are these UFO’s. And despite the fact that many of your subscribers have never seen a UFO, it doesn’t mean that they haven’t been in contact with one.

    Most of the subscribers in this thread have had missing time experiences and some have woken up in a totally different location. 

    Think about the Polar Bear. We shoot them with tranq guns, and when they are asleep, we study them, tag them and then nick-off before they wake up. they never have a chance to see us, but when they wake up all they remember is something stinging them in the ass before everything went black, then when they come-to, they have a splitting head ache and some bastard clipped a red tag to their ear, and it hurts! If they were tagged near a populated area, the polar bear will be transported back to not-so-populated area before being released. 

    I believe this kind of “tag and release” process is what happens to us.

    As for the time difference, either lost or gained, all I can say is that MAYBE TIME TRAVEL IS A POSSIBILITY. 

    If I was Captain Kirk on a survey mission to another planet where the government of the host planet wasn’t keen for me to study their natives but I had the means to quickly snatch a subject away, study them for an hour and deliver them back to the exact place, without the subjects knowledge, then I guess I would. 

    Now imagine if our future ancestors have an osteoporosis epidemic. Time travel has been conquered, and space travel has been conquered but for all their  technological advancements the bone structures of our future kin has begun to deteriorate in plague proportions, but now the purest and densest samples lay in the past. Yes this sounds like bone harvesting, but what if there was a second dimension to it.

    Imagine if you wanted to study somebody with a spinal injury but you couldn’t wait around for twenty years for the results. If time travel was an option, a scientist could go back in time to where a person had sustained a serious injury, provide some kind of assistance, (experimental) and then leap frog into various points of the future to where they could observe the results.

    The knowledge gained from this kind of research would be “PRICELESS” to a space dwelling population who is desperate to cure their osteoporosis crisis. 

    However, these studies may not be confined to bone structure, there could be other medical related illnesses that are also being observed which require the luxury of time to study such as Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease etc.

    I cannot honestly say I believe everything I just wrote, but it’s just a theory that some of your readers could probably “add to”, or “dump on” if they choose.

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    • Aaron – It’s not a bad theory, really. Certainly as good and as plausible as any I’ve heard or postulated myself. At this point I feel quite certain that something is definitely going on, and I don’t think it’s some kind of natural phenomenon or that the people who report these missing time experiences are all delusional or are lying. It’s real, and it appears to me that something or someone is intervening and manipulating these people for some purpose that we do not understand. Yours is not an unreasonable idea at all. It does bear a strong resemblance to a “tag-and-release” type of animal study.

      Thanks for the input.

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  196. Thanks for the comment John, it’s good to know that somebody is on the same page as myself.

    One other very important point that I forgot to mention is DNA studies. If mankinds future has a small and confined population, then after a few generations the gene-pool might start to dwindle. New DNA may have to be introduced into the population to minimize accidental in-breeding.

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  197. i had an experience as a teen,i was driveing my car down a road i used alot and there is a curve in the road,i came to the stop signe at the end of the road,and sat there trying to figure out where the heck the cruve went i never passed through it.it was 1980’s and the car was old then no clock so i dont know how much time passed.but just a few weeks ago i was watching a recorded show that was an hour long,i started watching it at 8:30 when it ended i felt hungry so i got up and noticed it was 11:30,i quickly checked several other clocks thinking that the first was wrong it wasent.I did not fall asleep as the show was recorded and would have went to regular tv but i fasforwerded to the very end so the delete prompt would come up,very weird…

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  198. My sister and I were traveling to Virginia from Pennsylvania. We passed the Maryland House, which is a rest stop that I have often visited as a child. My sister was driving and as we passed the Maryland House, I was filled with nostalgia as I remembered spending time there as a child everytime we would travel to the Maryland and D.C. area. After, we went through the Washington Tunnel. We never turned or veered because where we were going was basically a straight roaded route. However, before I knew it, we were passing the Maryland House again and proceeded to go through the tunnel, yet again. It was the strangest thing and now both my sister and I feel that we missed time. I am still puzzled…this happened about 5 years ago.

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  199. I haven’t been able to get this incident out of my head since it happened last week. I dropped my daughter off at the Providence airport and was driving back home, which is 40 minutes from the airport. I’ve done this drive a LOT. I exited the highway (I-295) and got onto Route 146 north. I saw on my car clock that it was 11:25 am. At that point, I was 20 minutes from home. I don’t remember feeling strange at the time, and it was a nice sunny day. That’s where everything changes.

    The next thing I noticed was that it was 11:45 AM. Instead of pulling into my driveway like I expected, I was merging onto Route 146 from a side street in Providence, heading SOUTH. Now remember, I’d been heading NORTH on this road 15 minutes earlier. So maybe I’d just made a stupid mistake back at 11:25, and got onto 146 in the wrong direction(?) I was willing to accept that, except I’d just merged ONTO 146 South from a side street. I knew right away that something was really wrong as I was merging — if I was heading south on 146 by mistake 15 minutes earlier, I wouldn’t be MERGING onto 146 south, I’d still be ON 146 south. So I paid attention to the first exit sign that I saw on the road after I merged, so I could look at a map later. I recognized right away where I was, and how to get home from there but it made absolutely NO SENSE what had happened. If I’d had some kind of seizure or blacked out, I should have had an accident. It gives me the creeps. I’ve never had anything like that happen to me before or since.

    And when I looked at a Providence map to see the roads around where I merged onto 146? I don’t think I’d ever been on those roads before in my life. How did I even get there?? I haven’t told anyone else about this because I’m sure they’ll think I’m nuts.

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    • Hi JAZ — I don’t think you’re nuts, if that’s any consolation! But I know the feeling. That sounds a whole lot like my time anomaly incident, except that you were driving and I was walking. I traveling due south when I lost “blanked out”, so to speak, and when I came to I was still walking directly south, but NORTH of where I had started from and almost a couple of miles from where I lost my memory.

      These incidents seem to be much more commonplace than I’d ever imagined, as evidenced by the frequent emails that I receive and the comments on this article. What it all means, I’m not sure. One book that I read recently is Time Storms by Jenny Randles, and she seems to think this is some kind of naturally-occurring phenomenon. Many of the cases that she cites seem to support that, but many of the ones that I receive seem to indicate that there’s some kind of manipulation involved, which of course would indicate interference by some kind of intelligence. If you read my previous responses, I tend to shy away from the alien abduction idea — although I can’t discount it. However, I do feel that the people who have experienced this (myself included) have been on the receiving end of something that is unexplainable and appears to be intelligently controlled. For what purposes, I can only speculate.

      Thanks for sharing your experience. If anything else comes to mind please let me know if you’d care to do so. — John

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  200. Hello – I would like to tell you about a missing time experience that I and co-worker had. We were working at Prudhoe Bay Alaska (the “north slope”) in 1991 or 1992. We worked in a small office room – just the 2 of us. One day, she asked me if I had ever experienced like a sort of ‘flash’ (like a camera flash?) of light so bright that it visually blocked every thing else out, then looked at the clock and realized that a few hours had passed by. I was completely amazed as this had been happening to me! When it happend to me, I sort of ‘woke up’ (my head was laying down on the desk), looked at the time and realized that 3 hours had passed and I was still working on the same invoice!! There were other strange phenomenon that occured while I was working there. Has anyone else experienced something like this before? Thanks.

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    • Hi Jen — Balls of light, bright flashes of light, and humming/buzzing/vibrating noises preceding missing time and time anomalies are all frequently reported. Very interesting that your co-worker experienced the same thing. Did it happen to her in the office as well or in the same general area? Love to hear about the other strange phenomena that you mentioned. This is something that has me curious: are these time anomaly phenomena related to the individual or to a particular area or geographic region? That’s something I’m trying to get a handle on, so the more folks I hear from and the greater the detail, the better. There seems to be a wide variety of these incidents that we might term as “time anomalies”. Thanks for submitting your story. Please feel free to share any other experience that you’ve had or have heard of. I’m more than glad to listen. — John

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  201. Hello I have experienced three incidents of missing time, most recently this past Sunday January 20th, 2013. Two of the incidents occurred while I was alone but the first experience I had I was accompanied by a friend. The first incident occurred sometime between mid November-early January 1998/1999. My friend and I, both juniors in high school were out enjoying a weekend night. I was sixteen years old at the time but my friend was a few months older and had already turned seventeen; he had a real nice car for the time and we were probably driving around showing off. I don’t remember looking at clocks so I have no reference to a clock (which actually happens in each of my time loss experiences, I mention this because everyone seems to have a reference of time) but my friend and I were driving (in our hometown) and in a deep conversation. The next thing I remember is both of us, at the same time, seem to “snap out of it” and we both ask “how did we get all the way over here” and I remember him saying “bro, I wasn’t even paying attention I was on autopilot or something”. Now where we ended, was just the next town over..only about ten minutes from my last memory of us in deep conversation driving in our hometown. It was definitely significant because we bring it up in conversation at times. In fact I emailed him and just brought up that night when we were teenagers and asked him to describe to me what he remembered. I thought I was going to get an email back stating this odd experience but instead he said he didn’t recall. (This sort of freaked me out..i immediatley thought “oh crap i must be going insane”) So I decided to give more details and asked if he remembered it now? This is what he emailed me back verbatim, copy and pasted: “Yes hahahaha yea I drove all the by Belleville high school. I said the car took us there It felt like the stick was controlling the car it was def a stoner night hahahahaha. Good times bud! ” So he chalks this experience up to us smoking pot and just being stoned. Honestly I don’t remember smoking pot that night but maybe we did it was almost 15 years ago..either way, even if we were stoned, I don’t feel it was a reaction to the marijuana.

    The second missing time event occurred sometime between 2008-2010. I was in my mid to late 20’s and single. I was in my bedroom playing a video game online, I was interacting with friends with via the video consoles headgear. We were on a team together in this particular game and I believe we were playing for a good hour; I was playing a good hour before they signed on to play. This is what I remember, I’m on a particular stage in the game lets say the 4th level for arguments sake..next thing I realize, I “snap out of it” and I’m still playing the game but I’m back on an earlier stage, a matter of fact it’s the very first stage. I hear my friends (and the other team we were playing) talking back and forth through the speakers but I’m so confused I just continue to play. I didn’t have a clock reference, I’m only going on my feelings, what i experienced and the video game evidence. It’s a very odd feeling and I would often think about it..I would think am I crazy? Did I get abducted or something? Or just the normal, what the F was that? Something quite similar to this happened to me a few days ago on January 20. In all honesty, I was feeling a bit down and out. I just got back from taking one my dogs for a long walk and decided to take a shower. After the shower, I still felt a bit “down” so I went into my bedroom (same room I had the other missing time experience) and drew the shades which engulfed the sun lit room into complete darkness. I decided to watch the movie “Thor” and really fell into the film..but halfway through I got a bit drowsy. I pressed stop on the DVD remote and I powered the player off. I put pointless tv on for background noise and cuddled with one of two dogs on my bed. However, for reasons not knowing, I just couldn’t get comfy and it agitated me a bit..enough to not make me not so tired anymore.. I figured I would not force myself to take nap because that would alter my sleep patterns later. I put Thor back on and it resumed play from where I stopped it. I remember the scene starting and my mind began to wander(which I often do, during movies, maybe I have add lol) I don’t remember what I was thinking of..then all of a sudden I “snap out of it”..my dog that is laying right next to me is staring at me, eyes wide open. He looked perplexed and concerned. I didn’t pay much mind to it. My attention redirects to the tv screen and I’m watching a part of the movie I had already seen..my first thought was it was a flashback..but as it kept playing I directed my eyes to the time counter on the DVD player and it read a little over thirteen minutes. I sat there confused. 13 minutes? I watched over 45 minutes when I first stopped it for my non-existent nap. My next thought was, did the DVD skip somehow and somehow the film rewind a bunch of chapters..so I put the movie back to a little over the 45 minute mark and watched the rest of the film. It didn’t rewind on its own that time. When the movie was finished I just felt odd. I felt very similar to how I felt the night I was playing the video game. The fact my dog had his attention on me, his eyes wide open the way they were make me feel like something happened. Did I leave my body? Did my body leave this dimension? Am I going out of my mind? Like mostly everyone I would love to hear an answer to what this phenomena is. I googled “time loss” and eventually found this site…glad I did..glad I’m not alone. So many interesting experiences and also many interesting possibilities to why this happens; my favorite being we are time travelers! Thanks for hosting and starting the topic. If anyone can shed any light into my accounts or have any opinions please share, thanks!

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    • Hey Steven — Jeez, I wish I could give you an answer to all this, but I really don’t know what (or who!) causes these time slips and missing time incidents. Yours seems to be a case of skipping forward and rewinding in the sequence of time. This could be either something mentally or physically wrong with you (no offense — same could be said of me), some kind of naturally-occurring phenomenon that we don’t yet understand, or intervention by some intelligence that we’re unaware of, whether you want to call them angels, demons, or E.T.s — or maybe time traveling future versions of ourselves, as one reader recently suggested.

      As I usually tell people, take some comfort that many people seem to be having similar experiences as yourself. Actually, I don’t know if that is very comforting, but at least you’re not alone. This seems to be much more widespread than I ever could have imagined. In addition to these comments on my blog, I get at least a few emails each week from people who have experienced these anomalous events. They’re definitely not all exactly alike, but they’re similar enough to make me think that they’re all part of the same phenomenon.

      If I figure it all out I’ll let you know! Meanwhile, feel free to keep in touch. I’m always interested in hearing from people about these strange events, so let me know if anything else out of the ordinary happens to you if you feel like sharing it. Thanks — John

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  202. I deliver newspapers in a backwoods part of Maine. I’m very familiar with the route, know all the stops. This morning I stopped at one house and delivered the newspaper at roughly 4:50 a.m. This is the last thing I recall before “coming to” about five miles down the road past four more stops I needed to make. Normally I would attribute this to maybe just a momentary loss of memory or something to that effect, but the time read 4:52. I keep a close eye on time to keep on schedule, and that is not only unlikely, but impossible. I stopped the car and had to collect myself, feeling very dazed and confused. My mind has been racing all morning trying to figure out what could have happened, but there I have no explanation.

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    • Hi Mike — The number of reports like yours that I’ve been receiving is increasing every week. I don’t believe you simply suffered a sort of mental lapse any more than I did. That conclusion is too easy and it’s dismissive. This is a real problem and a genuine phenomenon that seemingly many are encountering. I’ve replied to many people who have contacted me looking for answers, and I always feel bad when I have to tell them that I don’t have any. But I do believe you, and you’re definitely not alone. At this point all I can say is that I honestly believe this is real, it is not caused (in most cases) by some sort of mental or physical defect in the individual, and I don’t think it’s a natural phenomenon, like the weather. There seems to me to be a purposeful intelligence behind these events, but what or who this intelligence is I do not know. It could be we’re being prepared for something, or as one reader recently suggested, maybe this is a tag-and-release type of thing, just as we do to animals. Maybe we’re being monitored or parts of our makeup are being harvested. That’s kind of a dark and disturbing thought though, but it doesn’t seem implausible. Whatever is going on, I don’t think we can ignore it much longer because I’m starting to think that more people are experiencing these missing time occurrences than are not.

      Sometimes things come to mind afterward, so feel free to contact me either through the comment section of this blog article or by email if you’d like to tell me anything else. I’d also be interested in knowing if any other strange events have happened to you prior to this.

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Mike. Good luck and keep in touch. — John

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  203. Hi John, I just stumbled on to your blog and I’m impressed it has been continuing for as long as it has. I have been thinking more and more about a “Lost Time” event i had when i was 8 years old. I am now 46 and it has bothered me ever since. I’ve recently been searching more and more to try and understand what happened.

    4 of us were playing in the woods where we lived in Salem Oregon. There was a large open field and some undeveloped wooded area where, like normal kids, we had a little fort and just one of those Secret Boy areas. Back in those days, like you mentioned, parents weren’t as on edge as we are now. Our rule was be home before dark. We played in the woods, in the field, in our fort multiple times.

    This one day i remember like it was yesterday because of how shocking it was for me. We were in our fort and we realized the sun was setting and all of us had to get home before it was dark. So we headed down our normal trail. At one point one trail breaks out into the field and two of my friends take that way to their house. That left one friend and myself. Mind you we could see the field clearly and i remember watching them running across it to their house. We were approaching the point where our trail came out of the woods and into the field. Again, we were running together, both of us recall the sun shining through the trees and we clearly had enough time to get home.

    This is where i have no explanation of what happened. The field was still light and you could see the sun setting but still shining on the field. Just as we were crossing by the last bushes (i might add that it was fall because the leaves had already fallen and you could see very clearly in all directions), as we crossed into the field, it was Pitch Black! And i mean dark with no light Pitch Black! House lights were on everywhere! We both stopped in utter shock and dismay. We couldn’t speak! Even looking at each other it was hard to see but i know we stood there in dismay for several minutes before the fear of being in trouble for being late hit us. Assume in fall maybe the sun sets 6ish or 7ish? When we ran home our parents had the police out looking for us for hours. it was about 11:30 to 11:45PM when i went in the house! His house was directly behind mine over the fence and my parents told him to get home immediately! All i can figure is that we lost at least 4 hours! And unlike some of the other accounts, there was no recognizable foggy feeling, dullness, silence, or anything that i recall, But i do know the woods were still and quiet and i don’t recall any bird sounds or anything. But it was sudden and instant! And of course undescribable. I have run this through my mind for 38 years now. Rewind, replay, back and forth, and i have no doubt that in an instant of crossing into the field, it went from light to pitch black! Obviously my parents were upset, scared, and then mad. I was grounded for two weeks and of course they would not believe what had happened. I did find out that my other 2 friends were home before dark!

    I should add that i “think” I’m a normal person LOL. I have 3 kids and have been married for over 25 years. I own my own businesses. But no matter how many times I run this through my mind, it is like flipping a switch in a room. Light…..Dark. Just before sunset then suddenly 11:30 to 11:45. Like some of the other accounts it wasn’t just me. When my friend and i were able to talk again, we both were dumbfounded by this.

    Time passed as it does, and some several years later i ran into my friend again. I think I was around 19 or so. We both talked about that night like it was yesterday and how much it freaked us out. After his parents didn’t believe him, he never told anyone else. It was interesting to have been so young, and both of us remembered it like yesterday.

    I have been hoping to find some sort of answers, which I obviously haven’t, but at the same time found it very interesting to read so many experiences on your blog! Like you said, to know you aren’t alone is somewhat of a comfort in itself. I still hope to understand what happened some day. For now i look forward to you reply.

    I had another time loss experience on my own in my early 20’s but it was much less dramatic and for much shorter time frame. Thanks for keeping this Blog going! It was very motivating to put this in writing to a group or blog that is also seeking answers.

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    • Hi Dana — As I’ve noted before, there are variations within these time anomaly incidents. Mine was preceded by an odd sensation, but there are many reports like yours, where it happens instantaneously with no feeling of interruption or discontinuity. I’m not surprised that you had a recurrence because that’s something else that I hear of frequently. I think I had another incident prior to the one I wrote of in my blog post, which took place when I was younger. That people report so often report these incidents as having happened more than once in their lives is another reason I’ve come to believe that they are not just bizarre, random episodes, like stumbling into some sort of freak storm or other rare natural phenomena. It seems unlikely to happen more than once to the same person if that were the case. Oftentimes other strange phenomena have been reported by those who have had these missing time experiences, which is one more reason that I’ve come to believe that this has more to do with the individual than with outside circumstances that occur at random. But as for an answers, I still don’t have any — unfortunately!

      I hope to begin writing again very soon and I’ve been thinking about a follow-up article to this one, as it’s been a few years and I’ve collected quite a few interesting stories from men and women who have undergone these anomalous time experiences. Thanks for sharing your experience! — John

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  204. I think writing about the data you have collected would be extremely valuable! Although the mystery remains, the value of the incidents could spark some in the scientific community to dig deeper. Thinking back, I can recall that our run through the woods seems, and as I recall it, to happen at normal speed. I was young and don’t remember the specific feelings, although each time I replay the crossing from the woods to the field, my mind runs it back to me in slow motion, with a definitive breeak between light and dark. I actually can’t play it back at normal speed from passing the bush to the spot in the field where we were stopped realizing it was dark. This was no more than 3 feet into the field. So i can’t say if i felt like things slowed down to me or if my mind is playing the moment back slowly. Although the loss of time still seems instantaneous, the feelings just before the moment are hard for me to pinpoint. I should add that I could see my house before exiting the woods. it was within eyesight of where I was at, maybe 200 yards at most. And i have a definite memory of seeing the house in daylight through the brush, then seeing the house lights on when it was dark at the edge of the woods where we stopped.

    For what it is worth, the second instance was while driving to my girlfriends house, now my wife. She lived in the country In Vancouver Washington. I was driving on a country road which do have some houses on it. I drove the road multiple times before this. I remember coming up to her road which is the last turn before getting to her house. I recall the turn coming up, turning on my blinker, then sort of “waking” at the stop sign two miles down the road. I never made the turn. I was a little freaked out that I missed her turn and have no memory of the drive. I turned around and headed back. Again, just before her road I turned my blinker on, and again “came too” a couple miles the other direction at another stop. Again not making the turn. I have no idea how long I was at either stop before i “came to”. This instance I can recall an odd sensation each of those times almost like a “mind fog” but don’t remember either drive. I remember the 3rd time I made it no problem and my girlfriend was upset that I was an hour later than when I should have been there. I have no idea what happened and why I could not make that turn both times, or how I made the drive to both stop signs. What is odd as well is there was no traffic on the road. Usually there are always a few cars going either direction, but this night there were no cars, on the road or at either intersection. I have often wondered if I was being prevented from turning on that road at that period of time, but who’s to say.

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    • Hey Dana — Very interesting. Not surprising to me that you’ve had more than one of these missing time episodes. Usually, upon further questioning people tell me that the incident that they described was not their first, or that there were subsequent anomalous time events. To me, this rules out the theory that these are random, freak occurrences. It seems as if certain people are singled out — by what or whom, I can’t say. But their appears to be a manipulation by some sort of intelligence at work here.

      Have you had any other unexplained experiences or brushes with the unknown? Sometimes (quite often, in fact) people will mention having experienced other weird happenings that appear unrelated to the missing time phenomenon. It could be that certain people are more in-tune or sensitive to these unseen forces and thus may attract them. Just a thought… wish I had some real answers though!

      Thanks again for sharing your experiences. — John

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  205. Until last night, I hadn’t had any missing time since the mid-1990s when I was experiencing a lot of ET contact. My husband and I were watching David Letterman, and I was tired but wanted to see the first few minutes of Dave’s interview with his first guest, Kevin Spacey. It was about 11, partway through Spacey’s interview, when I decided to go to bed and read for a few minutes before turning out the light. I simply brushed my teeth, straightened the bedsheets and comforter, and then crawled into bed to read one short chapter, which should have taken about 5 to 10 minutes (tops). But when I was putting my book down I noticed the clock read 11.41, and Craig Ferguson was on in the other room. So there was about a half hour missing. I called my husband into the room to ask him if he had stayed up to watch all of Dave (there was to be a comedian and a musical guest after Spacey) but he had switched the channel during that time, and he thought perhaps he had nodded off a bit, “dreaming while awake.” Anyway, very strange! Just two weeks ago we also had a daytime UFO sighting; maybe there is a connection….

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    • Hi Stace — If you read through the comments that people left in response to this blog post you’ll notice a lot of people who have more than one missing time (or time anomaly) incident. That leads me to believe that these folks are being targeted for some reason that we don’t understand. It would also be helpful to know who it is that is subjecting us to these disturbing episodes. Unfortunately, we have too many questions and no real answers. I’d say that less than 20% of the people I’ve spoken with have told me that they recall seeing a UFO at any point in time, either before, after or during the event in question. It certainly is interesting to hear that you have had a sighting, and I would tend to think that this is significant and probably is connected to your missing time experiences. As I’ve said before, my belief is that humankind has been monitored and perhaps guided by some kind of non-human intelligence since the beginnings of our origin. I’m always reluctant to jump to the “abduction by space aliens” conclusion because I think what we’re dealing with here is probably more complex than that, and I’m not convinced that these are extraterrestrials that are interacting with us. Still, my mind is open to all possibilities.

      I’m always interested in hearing as much about this as folks are willing to share, so feel free to keep in touch if anything else comes to mind that you care to discuss. Thanks for sharing you experience. — John

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  206. Hi John, sorry for the delay to your question. I have had some other experiences, or as you put it “brushes with the unknown”. In thought, I would consider them to be minor compared to the two I mentioned, but still unknown or strange experiences. Enough so that the memory of them stands out after years. Once I woke in the middle of the night with a frightened feeling and my room lit up from bright lights on the outside. I jumped up and threw the drapes open. Understand I am not claiming contact with an ET like the movies or anything. Just that the source of the light was in the air at least 3 miles away. For a second they were shining on me, then within an instant, lights off and the objects took off with speed. Doubters can call it what they may, I only know what I saw and experienced. Another was while hunting in the Washington State woods near Mt St. Helens. While walking down a ridge, a fog literally appeared to “Drop” down on me. I’ve hunted the area for years and I’ve had fog banks roll in. Never like this and never so thick that I could not see past myself. They always roll in sideways, not from above. The very odd thing was the woods were absolutely dead quiet and the air seemed stale. Again, I’ve been on this ridge dozens of times and you can’t get the squirels and birds to be quiet to save your life. This time it was dead, no wind, no sound, nothing. After several minutes I could make very faint sounds of foot steps coming from behind, very soft and faint. 2 or 4 feet I could not tell, but very faint. No sticks cracking (and there are tons of wind fall on this ridge). Whatever it was, stopped behind me, slowly circled below and around the other side, back around and then away the same direction it came. I was turning with whatever it was as I could hear, but not see it. Within minutes the fog lifted up, and at the same time normal noises, breezes and other sounds returned. During the event, my hair was raised and I was very uneasy. I was very incomfortable the entire time and I am normally very comfortable in the woods.

    I could only reason maybe a mountain lion sniffing me out since the area is known to have a good population of them. But the fog dropping and the absolute dead silence I can not explain nor did I ever experience it again. Odd again as I walked down the ridge further, I came across Deer that until I encountered them they seemed completely calm. Had their been a lion on the ridge, the Deer would not have been, or would have at least been very alert. But they seemed as if everything was normal for them.

    There are a couple that come to mind.

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  207. Hi John,
    I have a story about lost time. It’s interesting that your situation took place in 78. I was around the same age when my time loss happened. It was in the same year as yours. I’m not sure about the time of year though. I spent the night at my best friend Dave’s house because my parents were fighting again. I went over before it was dark and had dinner with Dave’s family. After we sat in the living room watching TV. It became late and his family went to bed. We decided to have a staring contest and during that time I noticed his face was changing into all sorts of different faces and even some animals. It was pretty cool. That led us to talking about nightmares we had and Dave mentioned one involving an angry man that would chase after him. So I decided to try and see if he could project that image where a cereal bowl sat on a coffee table between us I sat in an easy chair and he sat on a couch. The TV was to my right and directly across from him. As I stared at the bowl he looked over at me and suddenly started yelling your eyes your eyes! I looked at him startled by this and he told me that my eyes turned solid black. The hair stood up on my neck and he stood up suddenly, appeared to be gasping for air and fell