#397 – Hidden

There was a time when I was a kid that I believed I was the only real human and all of this was being created around me as some sort of experiment. I came to this conclusion because I would see thing like buildings that suddenly sprang into existence. I would be travelling down a road that I had been on hundreds of times before and there would be a “brand new” 50 year old building that I had never seen before. Now that I’m older I realize that I just wasn’t paying attention before that moment.

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13 thoughts on “#397 – Hidden”

  1. Leo says:

    Like The Truman Show? We’ve all been there, not at that age though, I was kinda paranoid for a while after seeing that movie, and this was just a couple years ago…. *shifty eyes*

  2. Kiera says:

    My existance isn’t a TV show?

    That sounds like something the producer WANTS ME TO THINK.

  3. Ryusui says:

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who had a nasty solipsistic episode as a kid – that was a scary place to be.

    I had a dream that was so freaking vivid that my thought processes were still on it for few seconds after I woke up. For a long while after that I had this dark suspicion I was trapped in some kind of virtual reality simulation – after all, if I couldn’t tell reality from a dream, what did that say about what I considered reality? And it really doesn’t help when “your world is a lie” plots keep showing up in media you’re exposed to – you keep thinking “is someone out there trying to tell me something?”

    1. Octothorpe says:

      Gaa… same. I would imagine that I was in some sort of experiment, or that I was in a coma and was dreaming or something… another odd one was that this is actually a dream, and my dream (that I can’t seem to remember) is the real world. I had a lot of really weird theory when I was a kid.

  4. pbarnrob says:

    A while back, I bought an old Saab from a co-worker. Suddenly, there were Saabs all over the place. Where had they all been hiding?

    1. MikeReese says:

      I’ve noticed that phenomenon: after someone mentions a ‘thing’ I see more of them. On the blog ‘The Truth About Cars’, someone mentioned Chrysler Neons. I hadn’t seen a Neon, and I’m sure of that, for at least a couple years. Being a car nut, I’m ALWAYS looking at cars. Then, within a week, I saw about a half-dozen of ’em. And I don’t believe in fate and such, but that weirds me out a little.

      1. Sara Hysaro says:

        Not with cars, but this happens to me all the time! I’ll encounter a word or a phrase in one place and then suddenly it’s everywhere. It’s eerie.

  5. Ian says:

    Field notes, day 14372: Subject “Hallbeck” may be becoming aware of our observers. Recommend terminating the experiment at this point and beginning again with a new subject before all data becomes suspect.

  6. kingklash says:

    I was always taught, that when cross-dimensionl hopping, to put all buildings back where I found them. Sorry about that.

  7. Ben says:

    I have to know, were you inspired by this story? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18370797

    1. Chris says:

      No, I actually drew this one on the 6th before that story came out. It’s a fun coincidence though. 🙂

  8. Rick Griffin says:

    When I was a kid I had a thought that I was somehow hallucinating all the people around me, and if there was an outside observer he’d see me going to empty buildings and reacting to cues that didn’t really exists

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