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Fact is often weirder than fiction. This isn’t just a fancy phrase, though! If you look at science, history, and even at our personal experiences, you’ll realize that the world can be a truly bizarre place at times. So much so that anyone who’s a fan of ‘The Matrix’ might wonder whether what we see is, in fact, reality.
Inspired by user u/DawsonD43, the members of the r/AskReddit group started a lively discussion where they shared some of the top spooky indicators that we might be living inside a computer simulation. We’ve collected some of their most interesting ‘proof’ to share with you. Scroll down to check it out! And if you get an overwhelming feeling of déjà vu, don’t panic—an Agent will soon be with you.
We reached out to the author, u/DawsonD43, who was kind enough to share their thoughts on simulations and how our lives would change if we were actually in one. Be sure not to miss Bored Panda's interview with them!

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation Long, but super weird and inexplicable. I know how this sounds, but I swear this really happened:

I was a childhood bookworm. While the other girls at a 5th grade sleepover were playing air hockey and dancing around to "Let's Hear it for the Boy', I'd pulled a creepy looking book off my hostess' shelf and huddled into a beanbag chair in a quiet corner of her family room.

I finished the book that night and the next morning I placed it back on her shelf, left, and promptly forgot the title.

We moved a few months later and I spent the next 7 years trying to find that damn book. There was no internet, just old card catalogues, but I searched every library I visited.

Unfortunately, both book and title remained elusive. It turns out that there is no shortage of books about young ghost girls on farms in spooky houses with ponds. The author wasn't Mary Downing Hahn, Richard Peck, or any of the usual paranormal YA authors. It wasn't "Wait til Helen Comes." The only thing I could remember about the cover was that she was holding an owl. That didn't turn out to be helpful, either.

In my sophomore year I worked as a librarian's aid & spent roughly 2 hours in my school's library every day. To no avail, I'd literally searched through every book that contained the following keywords: ghost, haunted, spooky, scary, & mystery.

But one afternoon as I was shelving books in the Biography section, something quite literally hit me on the head. It was a hardback book that had fallen off the top shelf in a section it didn't belong in. As soon as I picked it up and saw the hollow owl on the cover I KNEW.

It was not a book logged into our system. Nobody knew how it got there. I was alone in the library.

FWIW, I just Googled "ya novel ghost story girl pond owl" and it was the top result: *The Ghost Next Door* by Wylly Folk St John. If I'd just waited 32 years...

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had a similar experience with a game. When I was a kid, my dad and I played a pool game on NES. But for the life of me, I could never remember the name. I remembered exactly how the balls and interface looked. I remembered the tables would be crazy shapes. I remembered the theme song. But nobody recognized it. I started to think I was crazy. And this was pre internet for me, so my means of searching were limited. I eventually gave up. Then years later, my cousin gets one of those plug n play N64 controllers that's just loaded with games. I pick a random game called "Lunar Pool" and it was that game I could never find. I was absolutely ecstatic

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We absolutely love the idea in fiction that the reality surrounding us might be just an illusion. Throw in some psychological thriller elements to elevate these modern retellings of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and we’re even happier. Aside from ‘The Matrix’ trilogy (let’s ignore that the trainwreck of a fourth film even exists…), we can heartily recommend ‘Dark City’ and ‘The Thirteenth Floor.’

There’s something about meticulously peeling back the layers of ‘reality’ to get to the Truth (capital ‘T’) of how the universe actually works that is entrancing. After all, we can’t always trust our senses. Even our memories can be faulty.

The idea that there’s something much deeper going on with the world is easy to believe if you’ve ever read about quantum physics, even superficially. Quantum entanglement, tunneling, and wave-particle duality, anyone?

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation The Mandela Effect.

Like, there are things that have clearly been changed. Fruit of the Loom had a cornucopia when I was a kid. It’s the entire reason I know what a cornucopia is. Yet according to every source it never did.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation Clearly that some people have their settings on Easy Mode and others are on Survival Mode. You ever met someone who literally never has or had any issues? Easy childhood, solid upbringing with good parents, smart, good looking, gets the job they want, healthy relationship, financially stable… that’s an NPC on the Easy Mode for sure.

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The idea that we’re potentially living in a simulation isn’t something that just sci-fi fans have embraced. Well-respected researchers and philosophers are seriously considering the idea. Earth.com explains that the Simulation Hypothesis is, in fact, a real theory. It’s the idea that our world and the entire universe are an artificial simulation created by an advanced civilization.

According to philosopher Nick Bostrom’s 2003 paper ‘Are You Living in a Computer Simulation,’ there’s a significant chance that we exist in a simulation if advanced civilizations are capable of creating complex simulations inhabited by simulated conscious beings. Of course, we would have to assume that those advanced civilizations are even interested in running realistic simulations at all.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation That it never fails that once you start to get a little bit ahead in life, your car’s check engine light comes on

Particular-Topic-445 , Chris Isherwood / flickr Report

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation Going into a room and forgetting what i was gonna do. We're sims and they cancelled the action.

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"The doorway effect". A more likely theory is simply that your brain kind of cleans the 'buffer zone' of the short term memory when entering a new space, so it can store the new informations more easily.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation The usb plug still the wrong way after you turn it over.

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Meanwhile, the brain in a vat experiment supposes that a brain connected to a powerful computer that feeds it a simulated virtual reality would have no idea that it is, in fact, a brain in a vat.

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For it, the world that it’s seeing, including its perception of its body, would be ‘real.’ Some philosophers claim that there’s no surefire way of knowing that we aren’t brains in vats if the simulation is good enough. That suggests, rather uncomfortably, that we'd never be able to find out what Reality (with a capital 'R') truly is.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation Look at the video game industry, and all the progress made in only fifty years. We went from dots and bars on a screen to photorealistic characters and full scale worlds.

Now extrapolate this progress out say....1,000 years? I don't think it's inconceivable to think that we might be able to simulate an entire galaxy by then.

And if we can, someone else might already have.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation Never forget the dancing plague of 1518.. Probably devs were installing a new Mod or something.

SleepingUnderARock , Pieter Brueghel the Elder / Wikipedia Report

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1 week ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm pretty sure it was suspected to have something to do with some psychedelic d**g type mould that got into the bread

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The author of the viral thread opened up to us about the inspiration behind the unusual topic. They said that the question popped into their head while working one day. “I work from home as a software developer, so sometimes, my mind tends to wander throughout the day. This was right around the time that 'The Gateway Process' was kind of trendy to talk about on TikTok, and I had been seeing a lot about it on my feed," u/DawsonD43 told Bored Panda.

According to them, the topic resonated with so many people because there are so many unexplainable strange things that happen to us. "There’s just so many people who have probably experienced (the same) weird things happen to them, and for people to be able to share on that Reddit thread and see that they’re not the only ones who’ve experienced it—it was probably quite a relief!"

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However, from the author’s perspective, everyone who saw or participated in the discussion might not necessarily enjoy the idea that we might live in a simulation so much as the fact that it’s an interesting topic to think about. "It becomes quite philosophical the more you think about it. And the more you think about it, the more you go down the rabbit hole. If I’m inside a simulation, well, what’s outside the simulation?" they mused.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation The big bang, there was nothing and then there was everything. Sounds like a program starting up to me. Also particles acting differently when being viewed.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation Things would re-appear only when I stop looking for it. If that’s not a dead give away that we’re living in a simulation, I don’t know what is.

And don’t forget about hair pins and hair ties. Where do they even go???

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#12

30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation The baader-meinhof phenomenon- lazy coding like GTA, you see a car for the first time and the next day you see it everywhere

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Isn't this just like once you've noticed something it becomes so much more obvious? If you've found a hidden image in one of those puzzles you're going to notice it pretty much every time you look at that particular puzzle

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Bored Panda asked u/DawsonD43 how people's lives would actually change if it were conclusively proven that we all do, in fact, exist inside of a simulation. "I don’t think we will ever know for sure if we are living in a simulation. I just don’t think the general population would be able to digest the fact that we, and our entire reality, are not real," they shared their take.

"It would cause everything as we know it to change: religion, politics, relationships, etc. I don’t think it would be a good thing for the public to know about, honestly. It would probably cause a lot of chaos. People likely would question whether or not anything they do even matters," u/DawsonD43 said.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation All the “deja vu” moments. Like mf I’ve played this level already

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

George Carlin: Vuja de. Not deja vu: vuja de. The feeling that none of this has ever happened to you before.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation Me asking myself a question about a topic I have no prior knowledge of and the next day a YouTube video appears on my screen answering the exact same question in detail.

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm pretty sure it's because YouTube listens and/or takes your data from other things to give you better recommendations

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation Thinking about something then getting an advertisement for it online.

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"In the end, it’s a fun (and kind of scary) thought experiment. But, the truth of it is, we’ll never know! Maybe a very select few of us will know, but it will never become a known fact that we’re living in a simulation. People don’t like to feel controlled, and I guarantee if they found out they were just a program written, things would get ugly."

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#16

30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation The stupidity of some people makes me believe we are 100 percent in a simulation

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Many people don't realizes that "Cogito ergo sum" had a first part: "Dubito", "I doubt". Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum. I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I exist. According to this philosophical posit, it is not belief that defines thinking, but doubt.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation The pens. I used to go to large corporate meetings a few times a year. They gave out pens and notepads to everyone (as if I was going to take notes). I would take pens from empty seats and from coworkers and take them home. A dozen at a time at least. This went on for years. So where are the pens? There should be *hundreds* of them in my home. I should be able to stand anywhere and look in any direction and see a pen, but no.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation We went from the Wright brothers flying the first plane to space missions in roughly 50 years. That’s wild imo. I don’t think people realize how quickly tech evolves.

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pfft. I went from crawling on the floor to driving a car in less time than that! Big deal!

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What do you think of these theories, dear Pandas? Do you think that we might be living in a simulation? Why (not)? What movies similar to ‘The Matrix’ would you recommend to all the other readers here?

Feel free to tell us all about it in the comments… and if you get an overwhelming feeling of déjà vu, don’t panic—an Agent will soon be with you.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation Monarch Butterflies: A soft tube of goo with tissue-thin wings, and brain smaller than a grain of sand, flitters across an entire continent and back to the exact same tree in less than one year.

[Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarch_butterfly_migration?wprov=sfti1)

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe its limited brain can't comprehend anything more than returning to that one tree. Maybe in a manner of speaking, that's all that its brain is capable of processing. What if certain insects are not even aware of 3 dimensional space, but (despite being what we perceive to be a 3 dimensional being) are themselves only able to perceive 2 dimensions ...

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation Some people getting a head knock and suddenly becoming geniuses. Or people waking from accidents or surgery and speaking with a foreign accent from countries they ve never been to.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation One time some friends and I were playing a game on Steam called TableTop Simulator. Its a game where you can play board games and have to actually move the pieces and such. It had the ability for any player to spawn in any game pieces for any game at any time, theres also an extras category. One of the extras you can spawn in is an iPad.

So we get f****n around and its a functioning iPad. I opened up Andkon Arcade, and tried playing Hex Empire… it worked.

So Im sitting in my game room, on my PC, playing a game on steam, with a VR headset strapped to my face, where Im sitting at a table on an iPad, playing full functioning flash games on that iPad.

I was like “How much deeper does this go than me, is somebody playing me too?”

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation Anyone else ever experience this? It happens to me all the time, and with words that are not part of every day speech. I'll have the TV on or YouTube while I'm reading an article and as I'm reading, the video will say a word that I'm reading at the exact time I get to that word. I always forget the word, but most recently it was "masticate." I've used that word maybe once in my life and only ever read it in a book before. But, there are so many examples of this, and every time I'm left thinking, "are you serious?" Seems like something that might happen in a simulation.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation All the times I've "nearly" died.

I've lost count of the number of moments I've had where all I could do was think: "Well, this is it..." and somehow made it through.

One example:

I was turning onto an offramp and got clipped by a bus. I was driving a tiny car (Geo Metro, I think) and the bus spun my little car 360+ in the middle of traffic. When I stopped spinning I was facing perpendicular to traffic with the drivers side facing incoming traffic.

I could see the truck about to hit me. There was literally nothing I could do. My car 'slid' backwards off the road as the truck whipped past me. The driver hit their brakes and nearly ran off the road.

We had a good laugh about it after. But man... Once in a lifetime is weird enough. But the fifth, sixth, etc. time something so surreal happens it's harder and harder it is to accept it as just dumb luck.

Like at this point I've used up all my luck, and at least six or seven other people's dumb luck (sorry).

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Theoretically, you can only REALLY die once. Therefore, anything less than that is "nearly", which can happen an astounding number of times.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation I can’t remember what it’s called but the scientific phenomenon of particles and photons behaving differently when observed. They aren’t being coded into the environment if no player is observing that area.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation The fact that the fibonacci sequence shows up everywhere in nature.

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Self-similarity and fractal invariance can show up in nature, and there are repeated patterns at different scales of nature. In the same way, math can describe things in nature, but it doesn't mean that nature was somehow built according to mathematical rules.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation I used to work in a pharmacy, so I asked about a hundred people for their name and DOB every day. A couple weeks into the job, I mentioned to a coworker how I hadn't had a single customer with the same birthday as me. Got 4 of them over the next two days.

EDIT: Another time I realized we were living in a simulation was when I said something online and 40 people replied to me saying the exact same wrong thing about the Birthday Paradox or the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. Lazy devs copy-pasting code.

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe they were trying to get you to verify something. You know, the quickest way to make someone look up the correct answer for you is to confidently give them the wrong answer.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation When observed from the surface of the earth, the moon has the exact same diameter as the sun.

It's because the Sun has a diameter about 400 times greater than the Moon, yet is also 400 times further away.

What are the odds of that happening by pure chance?

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1 week ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is backwards thinking. We evolved on a planet where conditions are good for life to evolve, including being a certain distance from the star and having a moon that works well as a meteor shield. So the "odds" of such a coincidence are high, because without it we wouldn't be here to notice it. It's like asking "with eight billion people on Earth, what are the odds that my parents happen to know each other?"

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation I can sometimes think of a movie or a song. And that b***h either shows up in some form on my suggestions or my actual television.

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30 Creepy Things That Might Prove This Life Is A Simulation Too many things taste like chicken

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not really. There's a theory that if a human is not exposed to a particular shade or tone of a color, or a particular musical tone, or by extension other similar stimuli (such as taste or smell), by age 3, they will never truly recognize it. It will always be classified as the next closest shade, sound, etc. In which case, certain tastes may revert to the next closest taste with which we ARE familiar.

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