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Things that go bump in the night

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What is the weirdest, nicest, most annoying... thing that woke you up in the night?
9 years ago, October 14th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #89425  
Last night I was woken up by a loud explosion. It came from the kitchen direction so I went to look.

A can of Turkish cheese had exploded and the cheese had flown out of it. The cheese was in a regular can that canned food comes in, but had not yet been opened. It was one of the newer types of cans, where you pull a ring at the top of the can, rather than use a can opener.

Anyone know why it exploded? Reply to this

9 years ago, October 14th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #89435  
I don't suppose hostel fire alarms are a particularly original way to be woken up, but it's all I can recall... I can sleep through most things!

I didn't know you could get cheese in a can, or that Turkey makes cheese - is it one of those things that sounds gross but is actually really nice?

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9 years ago, October 14th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #89436  

I didn't know you could get cheese in a can, or that Turkey makes cheese - is it one of those things that sounds gross but is actually really nice?


Yeah, they have lots of canned cheese in the Turkish stores here in Germany. It comes in salt water in a can. The ones in the cans are a bit like feta cheese. They taste great, even after they have exploded out of the can. People on a cookery site I am a member of are telling me that I should not eat it, or I will die, but here I am alive as usual, after a few days of eating the exploding cheese. 😊

Another thing that occasionally goes bump in the night is my parents in law phoning to ask questions about the internet. Maybe they presume that we are always awake at midnight. Thankfully, it is my boyfriend who answers the questions. I wont pick up the phone any time after falling asleep. Internet questions(and all other stuff parents in law want) can certainly wait until after noon next day.
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9 years ago, October 15th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #89482  
the don't eat it after it explodes is a very good idea. boutulism can cause cans to explode! I don't know what it looks like or smells like it might not do either?

I heard a awefull racket commming from the street so I ran to the hotel window to see a car with a wake of fire comming out of the front of the car... It a was drunk driver with a motorcycle stuck under it, fleeing the scene of the crime in Phnom Penh Cambodia around their Khmer New Years Holidays. Reply to this

9 years ago, October 15th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #89512  

a car with a wake of fire comming out of the front of the car...


That reminds me - I lived in an area in Dublin, Ireland where car theft was common. Sometimes the stolen cars were burnt on our street. These burnings happened around twice per week. I was sometimes woken up when the tyres exploded. I used to then get up and phone the fire brigade, to come ask them to come and put the fire out. It was a place where I could never leave my widows open. Either a burgler would climb in or else the place would get filled with thick black smoke from the burning cars.

We had 3 of our cars stolen from our street, which were likely burnt on the streets nearby. One time I was walking along the street and spotted one of our cars. Local kids were driving it around a square at a ridiculous speed. Reply to this

9 years ago, October 16th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #89589  
Mell please send me an email thanks
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9 years ago, October 16th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #89602  
Hello Chuck 😊

Please avoid posting email addresses and phone numbers on the forums. We snip them, to prevent spammers from gathering them.

Why do you want me to send you an email? Cant you post what you want to say here. If not, then send a private message.


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9 years ago, November 4th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #92086  
Last Friday night we were woken up by loud pounding on the door of the people living upstairs and ringing of their door bell, at 3AM. The pounding, ringing and shouting went on for so long, with nobody opening the door that we started to get worried and called the police. When the pounder and ringer went outside, I looked out our window to see what he looked like, to tell the police in case he disappeared. He was covered in blood and then he saw me and started ringing our door bell. Somebody let him into the building and he then started pounding on our door.

We hoped he would keep it up, until the police arrived. It is pretty annoying to phone the police only for all to be peaceful and quiet when they arrrive. Just as they arrived, he started trashing the hall and screaming abuse about his brother in law and getting blood everywhere. The police took him away, and then my daughter wanted to get up for the day, because she couldnt sleep because of the excitement of Halloween. Reply to this

9 years ago, January 13th 2010 No: 9 Msg: #99548  
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The other night I woke up in our pension's room in Fes thinking someone was trying to break in. Our room was right at the top and opened on to the terrace so people could have accessed it from one of the neighbouring buildings. They were making so much noise I thought they were breaking the door down and I was ready to attack! Turns out they were just changing the gas bottle at 2am right outside our door!! Reply to this

9 years ago, January 13th 2010 No: 10 Msg: #99550  
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What is the weirdest, nicest, most annoying... thing that woke you up in the night?



1) hmmm .... this one is a classic ! My toddler lifting both of my eyelids up trying to wake me up in the middle of the night.

2) A huge RAT jumped on my face while sleeping (I was at my aunt's place in San Juan, Philippines)

3) Got doused with a bucket of water while sleeping (also in my aunt's place). It was the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist. It's a tradition to douse (or "baptize") everyone with water.
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9 years ago, January 14th 2010 No: 11 Msg: #99624  
Nicest thing that woke me up are kisses... mostly kisses from my mom (which after some time became annoying) and my puppies (now dogs, sometimes also annoying) but the best would be from my girlfriend, although I don't have one anymore...

scariest would be some humming sound. I once slept in a friends house who is near a highway. about 200 meters or so. I slept for a few hours and after some time, I heard some sort of humming sounds that is coming to you fast and then it would leave. I actually got scared. they told me they were fast huge trucks passing by. Reply to this

9 years ago, January 14th 2010 No: 12 Msg: #99710  
My husband and I woke up to gunshots going off in our closet one night. Odd since we live in a rural place and were pretty sure that no one was hanging out in our closet with a shotgun. Once we recovered from the heart attacks we were simultaneously having we peaked in the closet to find the beer batch he had made had somehow gone explosive and was exploding bottles. Want to talk about a mess...

The loveliest strange wakeup I've had was camping along up in the San Juan Mountains here in Colorado. At one point during the night I woke up to hear the pounding of hooves all around my tent. I don't think I took a breath for 5 minutes as they thundered by. Pretty awesome...a heard of elk.

Another bizarre wildlife wake up (assuming it was indeed wildlife) was being roused by the sound of crazy crashing through the woods while camping in the 100 mile wilderness of Maine. Whatever it was was making a racket and coming right at us. The breaking of trees and crashing sounds stopped and suddenly it was coming up the creek we were camped right next to. Eyes never went wider as we laid in our tent trying to imagine the Yeti about to dine on us. Most likely a moose but the nighttime makes everything in the imagination more vivid. Reply to this

9 years ago, January 14th 2010 No: 13 Msg: #99713  
One time my parents in law phoned, after we were asleep to ask questions about the internet. Reply to this

9 years ago, January 16th 2010 No: 14 Msg: #99883  
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In rural mexico, we have alot of cows that gravitate towards our casa in the middle of the night because that's where the best green grass is in all of the town. It drives my Dad crazy. So, because they are all wearing cow bells, all you hear is 'bonga bonga bonga' 'bong bonga' all night long. Even through a pillow...even with a sufficient amount of tequila ingested. That was until my dad got a toy bb gun. Now its "Mooooo. Bonga bonga bonga". Silly cows.

Oh and just recently, I noticed a tiny baby gecko on the ceiling over my head when I laid down on my bed for the night. I thought to myself, "I wonder if baby geckos have the same grip as adults" and turned off the light. Almost a second later, Splat. Right on my face. I had to laugh. Guess not.
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9 years ago, January 20th 2010 No: 15 Msg: #100398  
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Not being a morning person, things that go bump around 4 or 5am seem to me like the middle of the night. So the nicest middle of the night wake ups would be:

* Kookaburras laughing or Australian magpies at dawn in summer while camping on holiday. (Aussie magpies are not like the European kind that caw, they have a fantastic warbling song that is a joy to hear and always puts me in a good mood.)
* Children who can't wait to show you what Santa brought them, even if you think it is still time to sleep!

The worst are phone calls after 2am as I always expect them to be bad news from England re family (and sometimes they are).

The scariest was when, as a child, my mother woke me to ask where my sister, who shared the bedroom, was - at 1am. We all scoured the house and garden and started searching the area. I went back to our room and as I walked in I saw a little foot sticking out through the blankets that were falling off her bed. She was a very restless sleeper and regularly fell out of bed, woke briefly and climbed back in. This time she must have stayed asleep and rolled right under the bed, taking the blankets part of the way with her so she was completely hidden. We were vastly relieved - she didn't even wake when my father dragged her out and put her back to bed!

The weirdest is not mine but my mother's. She woke up suddenly and very scared, in the middle of the night, many years ago. She woke my father and told him something had happened to her mother, who had been in hospital for a few months. He told her it was a bad dream go back to sleep. She did. At 6am the next morning my uncle rang to say my grandmother had died in the night. Dad asked what time - it was exactly the time Mum had woken and said something had happened. She had not done it before or since.

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9 years ago, January 24th 2010 No: 16 Msg: #100923  
In a $15.00 room in Quepos Costa Rica a scratching sound at 03:00 revealed a 3 ft iguana happily eating mosquitos on the wall above my bed. Another time, another room in San Sebastian Spain had a off key Basque baritone crooning a ballad from the sreet below. He wasn't very good but he was very enthusiastic! Reply to this

9 years ago, April 28th 2010 No: 17 Msg: #109789  
Andrea you are a total riot Reply to this

9 years ago, April 29th 2010 No: 18 Msg: #109812  
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Hola 'the gardiners'!! Loved your trip blog. Keep up the great work! Reply to this

9 years ago, April 29th 2010 No: 19 Msg: #109855  
thanks Andrea, have really enjoyed reading yours too and will live vicariously on your next adventure. hopefully Argentina and Chile are in our future this winter! 😊 need to brush up on my espanol, apparently starting with how to create a tilde on this keyboard. Alisa Reply to this

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