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Close Calls And Gut Feelings That Saved People's Skin

We can't really explain it. Maybe it's instinct, subconscious reasoning, survivor's bias, luck, or the intervening will of the universe. Sometimes people get a spidey-sense moment that ends up saving their own ass. Here are more times people trusted a gut feeling and avoided disaster.

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    Text - S Awards from Melifl... AusCan531 4.5k points · 14 hours ago I had an important meeting in another city. I fly a lot but I had a nagging feeling about the 3 hour flight I needed to take to get to the meeting. 2 Nights in a row before the flight I dreamt that the right engine would flame out causing the plane to crash. In the morning I dawdled enough that I missed flight CP414. The plane made it just fine and I got fired. Got a better job 2 weeks later so my gut feeling saved me.
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    Text - TennisBabel 33.8k points · 15 hours ago My mom dropped my 3 year old brother off at daycare before she had to work in the morning. When she got to work she had this terrible feeling something was wrong with him. She ended up leaving work and drove to the daycare. She found the daycare lady inside sleeping while the daycare kids (including my brother) were running around the pool. My brother never went back to that daycare again.
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    Text - guessthisis_me 31.9k points · 15 hours ago I had a gut feeling I should pull my wallet and phone out of my purse. Not even 20 seconds later, I get mugged. The man dragged me across the sidewalk and stole my purse BUT all he ended up getting was a juice box and my birth control.
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    Text - DanBonham 23.8k points · 15 hours ago I smelled burning plastic early in the morning at my family cottage and almost went back to sleep (I was around 15), but got up to investigate. A socket on the outside of the building had caught fire and flames were shooting up the wall. The rest of my family was still sleeping and there wasn't enough smoke for the alarms to go off. I ran and got the fire extinguisher, got my dad up, and put it in his hands and pointed him towards the fire. Stopped it
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    Text - kd5nrh 22.2k points · 13 hours ago S Forgot one; about 10 years ago, working security at a site about 50 miles from home, got off shift at midnight, and didn't bother to change out of uniform because I was only going to stop for gas. Two stations in the town I was working in were open after midnight, but it slipped my mind as I drove past the first one. Pulled into the other, (same brand, same gas price, same sort of dump entirely) and just didn't like something about it. Nobody else arou
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    Text - number1earner 19.4k points · 13 hours ago I was going to meet up with someone from marketplace to buy a phone and the feeling hit me so I called the woman and a man answered trying to play off the fact he's a man and I passed by where we were meeting at and it was dark and I heard voices in the background on the phone call. I never stopped the car and kept going. Pretty sure I saved myself from at the very least a mugging but learned a good lesson, always meet in a public place.
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    Text - MissingInAction21 18.4k points · 13 hours ago · edited 2 hours ago In 2004, on Boxing Day. Not me but my mother. Family trip including all cousins and extended family on my dad's side to visit the coastal South of Sri Lanka on vacation, about 20 people in all. Well planned trip, last moment my mother didn't want to go. No reason at all. None of us could get her to explain why but she refused to go. So we went inland on a different trip to see some other relatives. Around midday, the entir
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    Text - SRA6815 17.3k points · 14 hours ago Not mine, but my Dad's. I was downstairs helping him with some woodworking when I was 10 or 11. He went to run a 2x4 through the table saw when he noticed I was at his elbow rather than behind him. He stopped and told me to never stand behind a board when it's going through the saw in case it gets thrown. I thought he was being overly cautious and I didn't have as good of a view from behind him, but whatever, I got behind him. He flipped on the saw and
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    Text - volcanic-sass 14.3k points · 14 hours ago · edited 4 hours ago Aw... My dad had to go to court to settle a way overdue payment for the place he worked at. He was going to take me with him so I can be more exposed to the adult world so to speak. However that meant he would have to leave the office back door unlocked so the rest of the staff could clock in. He suddenly didn't feel right about it and decided to have me man the office instead. He got T-boned outside the courthouse on the pass
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    Text - ThunderingSacks 12.5k points · 14 hours ago · edited 14 hours ago I was falling asleep in the car. My friend was driving. All of a sudden he stops talking and I think to myself, "wtf? Somethings not right." I open my eyes and turn over. Dude was having a seizure. His legs were stiff as fuck and his foot was on the gas. We were going downhill towards a busy intersection. We had the red. So I slammed the car in park and pulled the keys out. Car starts rattling making a weird noise but it ga
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    Text - Perijil 9.6k points · 13 hours ago · edited 5 hours ago It wasn't mine but my boss' actually. It was any old day at work, it was about to be dinner rush and I was tired. As usual I was going to go to the dollar store to get some RedBull. I asked my manager if he wanted to split it bc they were 2 for $5, he said no but as soon as I reached the door he said wait. I asked him what was wrong and he said I should go later, he didn't give me a reason and we're pretty relaxed so I told him to pi
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    Text - MommaJess08 8.6k points · 14 hours ago We were looking at houses a while back, and found one that was great location, would have been perfect size for us, and didnt appear to need any work other than new carpet, and stuff I wanted to do like painting and switching the it over from oil burning furnace. I just had a nagging feeling about it, and my husband agreed. As much as we loved it something was off with it (I actually thought ghost or something silly like that O), and we ended up pass
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