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When you turn on the news most days, you tend to forget that, often enough, you will see real, live footage broadcast through your screen. A developing story can quickly turn into something you will end up remembering forever. 

A netizen asked the internet “What is the scariest/weirdest/most mysterious thing to ever happen on live television?” and people share their best examples. We also got in touch with obsessed_with_dogs who made the initial post. So get comfortable as you scroll through, upvote your favorite examples, and share your own experiences in the comments. 

#2

“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget The Space Shuttle exploded.

halfcow , NBC News Report

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was in fourth grade. The teacher were all crying and we got sent home early if we wanted to go.

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“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget I remember the tanks rolling in on Tienanmen Square. The bravery of those people protesting for democracy was astounding. But knowing what was coming was horrifying.

doublestitch , CBS News Report

Bored Panda got in touch with obsessed_with_dogs who originally posed this question to the internet and they were kind enough to share their thoughts. Firstly, we were curious to hear their reasons for asking this question in the first place. 

“So much has happened in the world that has been lost to time, but in these cases, they’re cemented forever because they just so happened to occur while someone was filming. The live aspect just adds to it as it connects millions of strangers by showing just one moment in time,” they shared with Bored Panda. 

#4

“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget When the Australian reporter discovered a hostage she was talking about live, was her friend

Remarkable_Toe_4423 , euronews Report

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#5

“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget Seeing that dye drip down Giuliani's face. Bonkers that would ever happen. Plus the Four Seasons Landscaping thing...

wkd_cpl , The Independent Report

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I saw that. I don't remember what was happening, but I do remember the dye dripping down. He got a handkerchief and tried to wipe it, but he made it worse.

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#6

“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget When the sky opened up and started raining while Prince played Purple Rain at the Superbowl halftime show. Sent chills down my spine.

KetoKurun , TR7MUSIC Report

We also wanted to know if obsessed_with_dogs had any strange or scary live TV experiences themselves. “The only shocking thing I’ve ever seen live was watching the news here in Ireland during a snowstorm. Some poor man slipped on the ice and was caught alive. The poor man goes viral every winter, and this was back in the early 2000s.” As some readers may have noticed, most of these examples are older, as modern “live TV” often actually has a slight delay to help avoid the very situations listed here. 

#8

“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget I know the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen was a guy throwing his shoes at the President.

Telrom_1 , CBS Report

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remember that. Back in the day I thought he was the worst that could happen to the us

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“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget Not really crazy or out there, but I remember watching the live updates on TV about Steve Irwin’s condition after coming home from school. Seeing them update the headlines from things like accident, to serious, to fatal followed by non-stop news and reflections on his life for the next few days. The world lost a legend that day.

xfalinex , Bernard DUPONT Report

We were curious to hear obsessed_with_dogs’ thoughts on the thread’s popularity. “I think some people just want to share something they’ve personally witnessed to connect with others who have witnessed it too. It could be like group therapy, especially when it’s something dark. Others just like reading about historical events, or macabre topics.”

#10

“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget Gary Plauche smoking his sons kidnapper/rap**t, revolver point blank to the head.

anon , Ragnar Danneskjold Report

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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't generally condone vigilantism, but I honestly can't say I wouldn't try to kill the person who raped my child.

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“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget The fly that landed on Pence’s head during a debate

buttons12357 , C-SPAN Report

#12

“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget Randy Johnson hitting that bird mid flight 100 mph fastball

jj175 , Wyatt Sexton Report

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“I myself love the history aspect. I was alive for many of the “main” topics featured but some were from before I was born. It’s interesting to learn - and actually see - things that happened that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. As well as that, when it comes to the more horrible things caught on live TV, it gives people a chance to see the good that comes from the bad. With 9/11 coverage, the scenes were just awful. Absolutely heartbreaking.”

#13

“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget The night princess diana died. The Simpsons used to come on at 11pm, I was watching one night and they interrupted the broadcast to show the paris crash scene. I had no idea who she was at the time and I kept waiting for the Simpsons to come back on. It was all over the news the next day

ghostfaber , John Mathew Smith Report

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remember the following morning coming back from holiday with my family really early in the morning (I was 13). I put the TV on and it was on the news. I told my parents, “Princess Diana died,” and they didn’t believe me. Understandable. It was impossible to believe that somebody so well known and loves could die that suddenly.

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“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget The Station nightclub fire is the reason why I case every single room/building I walk into and make sure there are multiple exits, and that I know where they are. That video was horrifying and terrifying in equal measure.

revanhart , Fascinating Horror Report

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“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget The scariest is the Hillsborough disaster as it unfolded during the FA Cup semi final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in April 1989. It was a terrible, terrible crowd crush that was caused by poor policing and poor stadium management. 97 people unnecessarily lost their lives while going to see a sporting event. The worst part is the absolutely f**kery that the victims’ families went through (and still fight) for justice.

speech-geek , On Demand News Report

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Right wing press blamed the victims for their own deaths. Called them hooligans and what have you not. Of course it turned out that it was some powerful / rich f*****s who made mistakes. If you buy the Sun, Daily Mail etc., you are a c**t and a scumbag, period.

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“But in the middle of it all, there were strangers rushing to help strangers. People of different cultures, people who couldn’t speak each other’s languages, hugging and offering shelter. Firefighters, paramedics, and police officers all rushed into the chaos, most knowing they were likely to die, but doing it anyway because that’s the right thing to do. Through the devastation, there was compassion, humanity, courage. Things that we as viewers would have never seen had it not been caught live. 9/11 coverage in particular is bittersweet - it contains the worst of humanity and the best of humanity all in one.”

#16

“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget Opening Al Capone's vault.

u/fhrblig added:
Oh man, there was so much buildup to it, too. Then they opened it and it was just full of dirt

colagirl52 , David Gideon Report

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There was nothing in Al Capone's vault, but it wasn't Geraldo's fault

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“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget I was up at 2 or 3am or whatever it was when the tsunami hit Japan in 2011. They had live footage from a helicopter and you could see the water destroying everything in it's path.

FearTheKeflex , NHK WORLD-JAPAN Report

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I immediately looked up whether there were any nuke plants in the path of the tsunami. The rest is history.

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#18

“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget The Balloon Boy Hoax of 2009. Specifically when the kid unintentionally outed his parents for orchestrating the whole thing.

LVII , ABC News Report

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#19

“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget Tommy Cooper was one of the most high profile and loved comedians in England during the 1970s and early 80s (and possibly all-time). He was famous for his slapstick, irreverant humour and for his 'failures' in magic - which took incredible skill and he was one of the higher ranked members of the Magic Circle.

He was famous for hosting variety shows, which were huge draws attracting massive viewing figures every week. One night in 1984, he was up on stage doing his act, about halfway through, he went to put on a cloak as part of his act. After this, he promptly slumped to the floor and people proceeded to laugh, thinking it was part of his act. Even after a few minutes of this people we still laughing until they realised that it was not intended.



Long story short, Tommy Cooper had a heart attack in front of 12 million people, many of whom thought it was a joke for the first few minutes of it happening and died on that April night in 1984.

geordiesteve520 , Thom Goddard Report

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I saw this live. In a way, it's how he would have wanted to go. Just like that!

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#21

“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget Boston Marathon Bombing

It was so surreal and I knew a lot of people there (running and spectators). The timing was seriously scary as the Sox game had let out and I couldn't get a hold of family members who had gone to Fenway and planned to walk to the finish line. They decided not to, but our neighbors were directly impacted.

That and the next few days were wild, to say the least.

ATPVT2018 , Vjeran Pavic Report

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know somebody who regularly does marathons, and he frequently ran in the Boston Marathon. Thankfully that year he got past the finish line well before the bomb went off.

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“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget An old TV show called ‘That’s Incredible’ had a guest on that claimed he could catch bullets with his teeth.

All so long they built up the suspense. When the time came for the feat, the trigger was pulled and the show immediately cut to commercial. When they came back, they said there was an unfortunate accident.

jrworthy , Karolina Grabowska Report

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Another candidate to the Darwin Awards. You've just decided you can catch bullets with your teeth. What could go wrong?

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“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget Clint Malarchuk getting his jugular sliced by a skate.

correct_eye_is , ABC Report

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This happened recently in the UK. Adam Johnson, a player for Nottingham Panthers, sadly died. The player responsible is being charged with manslaughter.

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“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget WWE (then WWF) wrestler Owen Hart dying during a live pay-per-view. He was supposed to be lowered into the ring with a harness. The harness failed and he fell 80 feet into the ring. The cameras wound up panning away before he hit the ring, but they announced his death later in the same broadcast.

Seashellcity , thenameisAbishek Dhyani Report

#25

“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget The L.A bank robbery shoot out was wild to watch on tv

iaintmeantodothat , Law&Crime Network Report

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My manager's husband was the branch manager at that bank. She fainted when she found out about it.

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“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget Fox News was showing a car chase live narrated by Shepard Smith...
The driver gets out of the car with a shotgun; Smith knew something bad was going to happen so he started yelling at the booth "Get off it!" "Get off it!"

But the booth didn't and the guy shooting himself in the head was broadcasted live on Fox News. [Heres the whole story](https://youtu.be/tCqZE5nuJp4) semi NSFL.

PreferenceKindly6287 , ABC News Report

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To be fair, gun violence is exactly what Fox News viewers love to see apparently. I'm just sorry for any innocent children forced to witness this.

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“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget The guy who robbed a bank with a collar bomb.

Monica21_ , Netflix Report

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think the lady who gave it to him told him it was fake. It was not. She was/ is in prison

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“Bonkers That Would Ever Happen”: 29 Live TV Moments People Just Can’t Forget I remember watching Malice in the Palace live. It was terrifying while it was happening because it seemed like the entire stadium was brawling.

elmatador12 , Netflix Report

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