Always trust your belly buzzer / spidey sense / bullshit meter.
Posted on June 23, 2017, 18:16 GMT
Jared Oriel for BuzzFeed News
We recently asked members of the
BuzzFeed Community to
tell us about a time their intuition saved them or someone
they care about from a sketchy or dangerous situation.
Here are the stories they shared:
1. When a Tinder date turned out to be
as sketchy as he seemed.
“I went on a date with a Tinder boy who wasn’t my type. (I
wanted to give it a shot, try and be open minded.) As soon as
I walked out my front door and saw him in person, I was
immediately turned off and knew I wasn’t interested in him.
We went on the date; I didn’t feel right backing out at that
point. So I played it very uninterested on the date. He
kept pursuing me afterwards, and I, repeatedly, clearly,
refused him at least four times.
A couple weeks later, I was talking to a friend at the other
local school, and mentioned a bad Tinder date I went on with
____. My friend looked at me and repeated his name for
verification (it was a pretty uncommon one). We looked him
up on Facebook to confirm we were talking about the same
person… He had three sexual assault complaints against
2. When having a bad feeling about a
patient’s recovery might have saved his life.
“I’m a nurse. I had a patient who was doing great after a
relatively minor surgery and was set to be discharged the
next day. I just had a bad feeling about it ever since my
shift started. I kept checking in on him and he said he was
completely fine. He went for a walk around the unit with
the help of an aid. I offered to walk him myself. Glad I did.
The guy passed out just as he was getting back to his room
and was in a very serious and dangerous heart rhythm. If
I wasn’t there, we might not have been able to save him the
way we did!”
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3. When you actually feel danger enter
“When I was 13, I was in a pet store with my sister when
this man walked in and it suddenly felt like the air in
the store had changed. I felt terrified to my core. I
immediately grabbed my sister and told her we had to leave
right then and there. We walked to meet our mom at the
grocery store across the street, and finished our shopping.
When we finally left the store, the parking lot was flooded
with police officers and there were helicopters above us.
Turns out, the minute we left the store the man had
attempted to rob the place and even shot the cashier.
Ever since then, I’ve always listened to my gut.”
4. When parental instinct (and ignoring
naysayers) was the right move.
“When my son was around 9 months old, he found a penny and
put it in his mouth. By the time I realized what it was, he
had already swallowed it. Me being a first time mom, I
completely freaked out. My older family members told me
not to worry and that he would just poop it out and that
things like that happened all the time. But I knew something
wasn’t right. My gut instinct was screaming at me to take
him to the ER even though he was acting normal. So at around
midnight I decided to wake my husband and we took him in.
Everyone thought I was exaggerating the situation but once we
got to the hospital, they did an X-ray on my son and found
out that the penny was lodged. The doctor told us that if
the penny had flipped, or moved even in the slightest, it
would have blocked his airway and my son could have died.
Thankfully they were able to remove it and my son is a happy
4-year-old now. I always listen my instinct now!”
5. When you’re a kid and a stranger
sets off that feeling in the pit of your stomach.
“When I was little, my mom always called your intuition ‘your
belly buzzer.’ It was the feeling in the pit of your stomach
that something wasn’t right. ‘Trust your belly buzzer,’ she
It’s a good thing she did because when I was about 7, I was
playing with some friends at recess. This man with a
baseball cap walked up to us saying he had lost his puppy,
and asked if we would help him look for it. My belly buzzer
went crazy, and I screamed, ‘NO!’ I grabbed my friends and we
ran off. Who knows what would’ve happened if my mom
hadn’t taught me to trust myself?”
6. When you somehow know the exact
right thing to say to deescalate a situation.
“I was living at my sorority house in the summer and it was
the Fourth of July. I was 20 at the time, and decided I
should be ‘grown-up’ and stay at school to work instead of
going to spend time with my family. That night, a man came
into my bedroom and pulled me out of the top of the bunk bed.
After a bit of tussling, I eventually said to him, ‘How can I
help you?’ He stopped hitting me and said he had the wrong
house. Eventually, I got him out of there and I went to
the hospital. Needless to say, those five words likely
saved my life.”
7. When you get a bad vibe from the
daycare you’re considering.
“I was deciding on child care, which is always stressful. One
place was a little cheaper per day (but you paid for the week
even if your kid missed a day), but offered a video feed. The
other was more expensive per day, but you caught a break and
only paid for days attended. I picked the more expensive
one because I got a bad vibe from the other. Within two
weeks, the first one caught fire under odd circumstances (no
one got hurt), closed, and never reopened. Always trust
your gut, especially when it comes to the kiddos.”
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8. When you get the feeling someone
might be following you.
“Once I was walking home alone at night, and I was just
listening to music and looking at my phone when I suddenly
felt like something wasn’t right. I looked around and saw a
car following me closely. So I started to walk on the
other side of the street and all of a sudden the car parks up
ahead of me and opens his door a little so that he could
easily pull me in. I thought that I was just overreacting but
deep down I knew something was off, so I turned around and
walked the other way.
When I looked back he jumped out of the car and started to
follow me. I started to walk a little faster. I turned
around and he was jogging towards me. (Should be noted
that this dude was like 6’4″ and at least 200 pounds). I ran
into a corner store and he ended up going in there twice —
didn’t buy anything, but looked right at me and grinned. I
got someone to walk me home and I made sure to lock all the
doors. It was the scariest thing ever and if I had kept
walking I’m pretty sure something terrible would have
happened. I’m so happy I listened to my gut.”
9. And when you can feel someone
“A few weeks ago I was at home, and I had a weird feeling
someone was watching me through the windows. I even
texted my boyfriend that morning around 8:30 that I was
feeling paranoid that someone was looking at me. Around 4:30
p.m. I heard a very light knocking on the back door. I peeked
around the corner and saw the little neighbor boy who had
just turned 2. It turns out he had opened his front door
and walked right out. His parents had been searching for him
for about 45 minutes, and the police were on their way.
We live in an area with lots of thick woods, steep hills, and
wildlife, so he could have easily been lost or severely
injured. If I hadn’t been paranoid and on high alert, I never
would have heard the knocking on the back door.”
10. When a cute guy is creepy in a way
you can’t really put your finger on.
“I was in college and there was a really cute guy in one of
my classes. A week or two in we had to work together on a
small project and I was pretty excited about the opportunity
to get to know him. After speaking to him, though, I got a
really bad vibe from him, but nothing specific that I could
put my finger on. I lost all attraction to him and knew
that I should keep my distance. He approached me a couple of
times after the project, but I made sure to be pretty
cool/distant, though still polite.
A month or two later (same semester), our teacher
announced that the guy had been arrested for murdering a girl
he had been dating — another student at the school — and
apparently it was an extremely brutal murder. He gave us
the number of the detective investigating the case in case we
had any info to share.
It was a little unsettling thinking about what could have
happened if I had gone by physical attraction alone and not
listened to my gut about this guy.”
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11. When a sudden urge to move to a
different room could have saved your life
“Once, I was staying at my parents’ house while they went out
of town, and my dad had just finished cleaning their guest
room. I spent most of the day passing by the room and
couldn’t help but notice how cozy everything looked with the
stuffed animals piled high on top of all the pillows on the
Later that night, I came home from an evening out and fell
asleep on their couch. Around 1 a.m., I woke up abruptly
because I got this sick feeling in my stomach and this
thought in my head, ‘Go to the guest room. Get off the couch.
You should not be on the couch.’ So I got up. I went to
the guest room and snuggled underneath all the pillows and
Around 4 a.m., I heard someone rustling around in the
bathroom down the hall. Resisting the urge to call out for my
dad, and see if it was him arriving home early, I decided to
just text (my phone was in the bed with me). When I got no
response, I continued to listen…then I heard voices.
I proceeded to lay in the bed underneath the stuffed animals
while my family home was robbed for three hours. I heard the
entire thing. At one point, one of the men even came in
the room where I was, turned on the light, and just stared at
the bed I was sleeping in. I don’t know if it was because
I was concealed under all the stuffed animals and pillows or
if it was God’s grace but he didn’t come near me. I waited
until I heard them leave to go pack the car and then I texted
a friend to call 911. If I had never had the feeling to get
up and go to the guest bed, this would probably be a
12. When something tells you to look up
from whatever you’re doing.
“I used to spend the summers at my grandma’s house, and for
some strange reason, she always keeps her door open. One
day my grandmother, sister, and I were chilling in the living
room when something told me to look up. The minute I looked
up, I saw a toddler walking down the street alone. I
yelled that there was a baby outside and he was walking
toward the interstate. My uncle dashed outside and grabbed
the child before he could make it. When we brought the
child back to his parents, they had no idea he wasn’t even in
the house. If I hadn’t looked up in time, that child
could have been kidnapped or killed.”
13. When you’re pregnant and your
maternal instinct saves your baby’s life.
“I was 30 weeks into my pregnancy and just felt like
something wasn’t right. I couldn’t stop crying. He wasn’t
moving enough. I was in a complete panicked state. I remember
thinking, ‘something AWFUL is happening.’ My stomach was in
knots. When we got in to see the doctor, my son’s heart rate
was at 200 BPM and was going into congestive heart failure.
His heart was beating so fast it wasn’t pumping, and all the
fluid was backing up into his body. He was born early with a
50% chance of survival. He is 4 now and completely healthy
They told me at the hospital if I waited much longer he
wouldn’t have made it.”
14. And when you’re pregnant and your
instinct saves your own life.
“I was pregnant and trucking along just fine. At one point, I
ate Chipotle and got super sick and chalked it up to bad
food. A day or so later, I woke up with minor pain in my
belly. It wasn’t that the pain was that terrible, but
something told me to go to the hospital. My mind was
actually trying to talk myself out of going — it felt silly.
I figured it was probably a GI issue. After going through
some testing, they told me I had a ruptured ectopic at 10
weeks pregnant, and needed emergency surgery. The doctor
called me the next day to tell me I was extremely close to
bleeding out and dying. I had no i idea I was hemorrhaging,
and no typical signs or symptoms that I was having issues
other than feeling so sick, but that was easily dismissed.
I honestly don’t know to this day why I went in that
morning but it saved my life.”
15. When someone makes you feel
uncomfortable and they turn out to be unbelievably
“We met my grandma’s new boyfriend and right away I felt
super uncomfortable by him. My mom said I just needed
time but eventually after some sketchy behavior on his end,
my mom ended up discovering he had killed his wife by
kicking a ladder from underneath her, hiding her body in the
bushes, and then taking the kids out for a ‘fun day’ after
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16. When you escape a flirtatious
stranger and discover he was actually really fuckin’
“About a year ago I I dropped out of college and lost my job.
Naturally, I was depressed so I spent a lot of time at a
semi-private beach near my house. One day a group of
people showed up and a guy kept flirting with me. Usually, I
don’t mind this but he gave me the creeps! So mid
‘conversation’ (he was talking at me more than talking to me)
I got out of the water and left.
The following day I saw him on the news. He was killed in a
cop shoot out. He had kidnapped a man, forced him to drive
to the ATM and withdraw as much as he could, then made him
drive home to his wife and kids where he robbed them at gun
point, stole their car, murdered the victim, LEFT THE CAR,
stole a police uniform, gun, and car, AND THEN got caught and
17. When you just know you shouldn’t be
alone with someone.
“I was in the awkward ‘just talking’ phase of a relationship
with a guy who I thought I knew well from college: we were on
an executive board together and in a few classes. My gut,
however, kept telling me to not hang out with him, especially
at his dorm, or really go anywhere with him, and to distance
myself. Cut to three months later, when I learn in the
executive board group chat that the guy had been kicked
out of school for sexual harassment/assault, because he
locked multiple girls in closets and refused to let them out
unless they performed sexual favors.”
18. When an adult feels
dangerous…because he is.
“When I was in second grade, the dad of one of the players
used to hang around our basketball practices, and my spidey
sense was always tingling around him. So I tried to stay
as far away from him and his son as possible. A year
later, my mom shows me an article on how the dad was a child
sex trafficker who would kidnap, rape, and sell girls
around my age (at the time) all around the east coast. I
nearly shit my pants.”
19. When you reluctantly put in a little
extra effort because something tells you that you
“When I was a baby, the smoke alarm went off in my house when
everyone but my dad was asleep. He thought it was just the
battery, since there was obviously no fire, so he replaced
the battery and headed to bed. However, it went off again.
So, thinking it was a malfunction, he just took it apart and
was going to deal with it in the morning. He went to lay down
and go to sleep, but there was a nagging voice in the back
of his head telling him not to ignore the alarm. So he
begrudgingly got up and called the fire department asking
them just to send a car to come check it out; there was no
need for fire engines or anything. Being a small town with a
big fire department and a large budget, they sent three
engines. It turns out there was a carbon monoxide leak,
and if my dad had fallen back to sleep, it is likely we all
would have died of carbon monoxide poisoning. That little
voice in his head, intuition or whatever it was, saved our
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