Did a Person Run Next to Your Car When You Were a Kid?

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OptionVotes
What are you talking about? 25
Of course they did, let me describe them to you below: 10
Dude I thought this was just me 5


“Cheeky cheeky!” she trills, nearly demolishing a roadside post (forksclovetofu), Monday, 14 November 2022 16:32 (two months ago) link

Only a really, really, really tall man when we drove through the cornfields of central Illinois.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 14 November 2022 16:34 (two months ago) link

what?

G. D’Arcy Cheesewright (silby), Monday, 14 November 2022 16:45 (two months ago) link

Was about to vote "What are you talking about?" but yeah I remember that guy now.

jmm, Monday, 14 November 2022 16:47 (two months ago) link

He could effortlessly jump from foreground to background objects, iirc

jmm, Monday, 14 November 2022 16:54 (two months ago) link

What

ian, Monday, 14 November 2022 17:05 (two months ago) link

mine was Mr. Rogers and we would talk in the parking lot once the car stopped

Mine was this sweaty-toothed madman, with a stare that pounded my brain.

henry s, Monday, 14 November 2022 19:20 (two months ago) link

Also, the raindrops would have to dodge obstacles.

peace, man, Monday, 14 November 2022 19:28 (two months ago) link

what

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 14 November 2022 19:34 (two months ago) link

yeah except sometimes he would skateboard instead

Dinsdale, Monday, 14 November 2022 21:04 (two months ago) link

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― ian, Monday, November 14, 2022 11:05 AM (four hours ago)

dafuq is this?

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Monday, 14 November 2022 21:08 (two months ago) link

This... wha?

And I had a MAJORLY overactive imagination as a kid but this? Nuh uh.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 14 November 2022 21:11 (two months ago) link

Man, I wish.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 14 November 2022 21:13 (two months ago) link

there was a lad that walked in front waving a red flag idk

Burnt Norton 360 (Noodle Vague), Monday, 14 November 2022 22:03 (two months ago) link

There was a man holding a gigantic poster board with pictures of aborted fetuses who used to follow my parents around. I’m 100% sure he was not in my imagination even if I can’t remember his name.

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Monday, 14 November 2022 22:56 (two months ago) link

Plz define 'person' and 'run' and I will be in a better position to answer this question.

Plz also define 'car'.

Also: what?

Beautiful Bean Footage Fetishist (Old Lunch), Monday, 14 November 2022 23:56 (two months ago) link

The picture above is close to what I remember: little parkouring dude, possibly a ninja.

jmm, Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:01 (two months ago) link

Somewhat as expected, the thread rapidly fell into camps of “oh yeah sure” and “what are you talking about?”

Is this creepypasta

G. D’Arcy Cheesewright (silby), Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:15 (two months ago) link

it's not creepy, it's just a fast guy

ciderpress, Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:17 (two months ago) link

Every once in awhile it was Spider-Man

Sometimes you run out of things to do on a 5-hour car ride and so you turn it into a 2D platformer.

jmm, Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:40 (two months ago) link

I didn't have a "guy," but I would trace a running/jumping path with my finger, leaping over obstacles — cows, buildings, etc. So I guess my finger was the guy.

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a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 15 November 2022 03:46 (two months ago) link

When my Grandma took me for Sunday afternoon drives, the paparazzi ran alongside for a while---they'd fall away when she speeded up enough, but more (or maybe sometimes the same guys, catching up) would appear as she slowed for traffic. They wanted pix of her, not me.

dow, Tuesday, 15 November 2022 03:53 (two months ago) link

is ur grandma spider-man? If so, say hi for me.

When we set off home from the North-east to the South, our nephew/nieces would run along to where we would turn in the road and back to the accompaniment of their mum shouting "Careful! Don't run in the road! Don't fall over! Bye......"

Mark G, Tuesday, 15 November 2022 07:01 (two months ago) link

Mine was only on a skateboard, and just the highway, doing tricks on barriers or through the ditch

ed.b, Tuesday, 15 November 2022 12:48 (two months ago) link

My wife (who didn't do this) has a theory that it's linked to playing a lot of video games.

Dinsdale, Thursday, 17 November 2022 21:04 (two months ago) link

There was the kid who ran up to the car door and kicked it while we were in motion.

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Friday, 18 November 2022 01:02 (two months ago) link

i saw this BEFORE i ever played a video game tbh

which dates me severely but it's true: When I was a child, you could be as old as eight or ten and still not have played a video game yet.

one month passes...

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System, Saturday, 24 December 2022 00:01 (one month ago) link

We had a guy who ran along the main roads wearing a backpack (local lore said it was filled with weights) with a look of absolute agony on his face, head bopping up and down in rhythm. Regular sighting for a good 10 years at least.

circa1916, Saturday, 24 December 2022 01:18 (one month ago) link

Oh this is about another thing. Yes, I would mentally do that too. Though not a man, just a nebulous object that would grind and hop the telephone wires and poles.

circa1916, Saturday, 24 December 2022 01:24 (one month ago) link

my best friend would do it with our car after we left his house, but he was an oddball. one time he got off the school bus, waiting for it to turn back around, then dove out of the way dramatically, throwing his books wildly in the air and landing hard in the street, to make it look like he'd almost been hit by the bus. he thought this was hilarious.

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Saturday, 24 December 2022 02:22 (one month ago) link

this being same kid that mailed me black and white porn pics without warning in the mail as I mentioned in other thread.

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Saturday, 24 December 2022 02:23 (one month ago) link

Does seeing ghosts on the side of a country road at night count?

omar little, Saturday, 24 December 2022 02:37 (one month ago) link

there was a man that we snagged on our car and dragged for several blocks while my parents were blackout drunk driving, but I'm not supposed to talk about it

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Saturday, 24 December 2022 02:40 (one month ago) link

!!!

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Saturday, 24 December 2022 02:55 (one month ago) link

i didn't have a guy but that was because i was too focused on the telephone poles and the lines connecting them. i wish i had circa's skateboarder but i was just obsessed with their regularity and kind of mentally "clicking" whenever they'd pass a certain point on the window. not unlike how you "play" in guitar hero

Karl Malone, Saturday, 24 December 2022 04:18 (one month ago) link

Yeah, I seem to remember that guy

The field divisions are fastened with felicitations. (Deflatormouse), Saturday, 24 December 2022 04:22 (one month ago) link

KM put it there my man

assert (matttkkkk), Saturday, 24 December 2022 13:18 (one month ago) link

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System, Sunday, 25 December 2022 00:01 (one month ago) link

3/8 of us know what's up

let the car freaks unite tonight!

Karl Malone, Sunday, 25 December 2022 00:59 (one month ago) link

run lil fella run

tonight, lil fella, you're gonna bounce on every single rooftop and do your perfect run. and then you're gonna retire and be a special assistant for a while

Karl Malone, Sunday, 25 December 2022 01:09 (one month ago) link

up on the rooftop click click click

forks have i told you about my "counting game"? it kind of has to do with the person who runs next to the car

Karl Malone, Sunday, 25 December 2022 01:15 (one month ago) link

awooooo

well long story short, it's very basic and has to do with assigning musical durations to every word and letter -- letters generally count as an eighth note, capitalized letters are a quarter, spaces are an eighth rest, periods are a quarter rest. "perfect" words or phrases are ones that amount to a standard 4/4 bar. There are exceptions -- "I" only counts as a lowercase 8th note since it is almost always followed by a space/eight rest. It's just cleaner that way. I am a counting fool

Karl Malone, Sunday, 25 December 2022 01:25 (one month ago) link

and...i used to do the counting game along with the telephone poles in the car

this is what happens when your parents don't listen to music. let it be a warning to all current parents who don't listen to music

Karl Malone, Sunday, 25 December 2022 01:27 (one month ago) link

That’s extremely relatable


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