The Matrix movies are cult classics of the sci-fi genre, but they also posed thought-provoking and provocative questions about the nature of reality and our ability to recognise a phenomenon referred to as a ‘matrix glitch‘.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a quick run-down of the basic premise:
Humans are living in a post-apocalyptic universe where their reality is in actual fact a computer simulation, designed by the machines which took over the world.
Humans lie dormant in womb-like pods connected to this computer programme, known as the Matrix, but small groups have been able to break away from this simulated reality and are struggling to bring down the Matrix and wake humanity up.
In the Matrix cinematic universe, small glitches in the programme, often when the designers introduce new code, result in experiences such as déjà vu, errors in perception and supernatural phenomena. This has trickled into popular culture, with people frequently referring to these happenings as glitches in the Matrix.
This might include the strong feeling that you’ve encountered a specific situation before or experiencing something that breaks the laws of nature.
To those who experience them, matrix glitches can be so affecting that they might begin questioning the nature of their reality. Is it possible that we really live in a simulated reality? Are our senses being manipulated by an all-encompassing programme? Unsure?
The following glitch in the Matrix stories from Reddit users might just sway you.
Note: stories have been edited for flow and correctness.
1. Hotel of Horrors
This user experienced a glitch in the matrix that his family remained completely unaware of.
“I was on a road trip with my family once. We stayed at a hotel for the night. Our room was nothing more than 2 beds, and a restroom, with a bigass mirror on the wall opposite the beds. Everyone went to sleep but me. I stayed up playing a mobile game I was addicted to at the time. At about 2 AM, I went to sleep.
When I woke up, I noticed something was just ever so slightly off: The mirror was gone, the room had 2 separate bedrooms, and there were 3 beds. Apparently, I was the only one who noticed it because my family called me crazy. Still confused as f*ck to this day as to what happened.”
Story by u/maplz03
2. Playing Musical Cars
No need to go to the cinema when matrix glitches keep you entertained all morning.
“Today is a weird day. I was eating lunch and my kitchen table is near the road. Within the span of three minutes, I saw the same Jeep pull into a driveaway across the road 4 times. I never saw it leave. Also, the school bus drops off some kids every day around 2:30 and I’ve seen the same bus drop off the same kids twice already.
This morning, a car parked next to me vanished when I went to the store. When I came back, the car was there but facing the other way, and blocked in by 3 other cars that had been there since last night. The car couldn’t have gotten out without asking them to move.”
Story by u/GMT_Tech101
3. Caller ID
This glitch in the matrix was actually a little helpful.
“I was sitting in my office one day, when my desk phone rings, and it is my undersheriff asking me to bring him all the reports/dispatch logs/any documentation ref to a specific so I get it all together, and start towards his office. I meet him in the hallway and hand him the paperwork. He asked what it was. I told him, ‘It’s the XXXXX documentation you asked for.’
He then swears he never asked me for it. That he had just arrived and had not called my office. He was on his way down the hall to ask me to get it together.”
Story by u/JohnDeereWife
4. Unique Identifier
It’s scarier when matrix glitches happen on your own body…
“I spilt chocolate ice cream on my leg. I wiped it off and there was still a pale brown stain in the shape of the ice cream splotch. I told my mother who said it was a birthmark. I will swear under oath that never before that moment did I have a birthmark there.”
Story by u/Rivkariver
5. Have I Met You Before?
The dramatic glitch in the matrix story left a whole room of people confused.
“I was performing massage after massage from morning till night in the winter of 2018. One day, I worked with this client named Jerry, a lovely and polite 75-year-old man. I noticed his name immediately because Jerry is not a common name where I live, and he was also stood out because he was the only client I had ever had who wanted to talk through the whole session.
He told me about his wife and their kids. He told me that his son just graduated from University and that he already had his own business running. He told me he was proud because his son had been severely injured in the Army and worked hard to build himself back up. Then he told me he himself was a retired soldier.
I have always been amazed by soldiers, so I was listening to him like a little girl. And he finally told me about his cancer of the lungs. He didn’t want to have any treatment. He had been told he would die soon, 5 years ago, but mysteriously survived without chemo. So we talked about many, very specific details of his life.
As he turned on his chest, I also saw a big scar on the back of his shoulder, which he had received during his time in the Army. After we were done, he waved at me and left, but my colleague told me there was something weird going on with the way he looked at me. It was like he already knew me.
I didn’t think too much of it, but I talked about him to my sister.
Two weeks later, I went to go get my next client and it was Jerry! I started to ask him about some of the things we had spoken about, but he thought it was odd that I knew so much about him. When I asked about his health, and his cancer, he was shocked. The more we talked and talked, I realised we were having the exact same conversation as last time. And he was convinced he had not been here for many many years.
I remembered his scars on the back of his shoulder so when he turned over, I checked to see if I was going crazy. But they were there, of course.
When he came out of my cabin, one of my old colleague (she had worked here for over 20 years) was shocked to see him. She told me he hadn’t come to our institute in the last five years. So he was like “YOU SEE! I told you!! ” I ran to check the client’s data and there was no Jerry recorded for the past five years.
I was shaking, and I remembered I had told my sister about him last time. So I texted her to see if she remembered or if I was going crazy. She did! My other colleague came out from the back and told me the exact same thing as last time: “It’s weird, the way he looked and waved at you. It’s like he knew you from somewhere, or that you were dear to his heart“. I told her she’d said the exact same thing two weeks ago! But she didn’t remember.”
Story by u/tanipaq
6. Déjà-déjà vu
For this user, life is one long matrix glitch.
“There’s no easy way to describe this, but there are times when I experience a phenomenon that makes me question reality. I could be sitting down and all of a sudden experience what we all know as déjà vu, but it passes.
What happens when, during the day, I experience it non-stop, with maybe 30-minute breaks in between episodes? It’s not very frequent, but when it happens, I feel like I’ve already experienced almost everything I hear or see happening in front of me.”
Story by u/mitsospg10
7. Garage Band
This glitch in the matrix left the user shaken and terrified, as you will see from the below story:
“My parents were planning to visit a relative who lives half an hour away from us, leaving me home alone. This wasn’t an issue since I’m always home alone. I started watching an episode of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ just after my parents left, but halfway through the show, I heard some voices chattering in the garage. This worried me enough to go an investigate.
As soon as I opened the garage door, I saw 4 different cars with their lights on, and I noticed everyone was in their car except for my dad and his mate. I thought this was strange since they had just left 10 minutes ago, but I didn’t overthink it and asked him if they were coming inside. He replied yes and asked me to grab some drinks for his mates.
As I was on my way to grab the drinks, I realised that I had forgotten to ask if I should grab soft drinks or water. So I walked back to the garage, but when I opened the door again, it was empty. There were no people and no cars.
I was so confused that I called up my parents asking where they’d gone. They told me that they were still on their way to see my relatives and that they had never come back to the house. After hearing that, I immediately told my parents my story and they drove back to pick me up because I was so scared and confused about what had just happened.”
Story by u/zyrxn
This matrix glitch would be handy for your exams.
“To this day, I can not explain what happened. I was watching TV with friends and we landed on some old 80s movie I used to watch over and over but hadn’t seen in a long time. I had the dialogue memorized and it all instantly came back and I knew what was going to be said next.
Here’s the freaky part we changed channels and kept trying to find something to watch. I noticed that everything we watched was the same—I knew every line of dialogue as if I was remembering it from having memorized it. These were all things I had never watched before!
Here’s the really freaky part—it started happening even when my friends were talking. An instant before they said anything, I knew word for word what they were saying. The effect only last an hour or so, but it was bizarre!!”
Story by u/JMCrown
9. Enigmatic Elevators
A glitch in the matrix, or a ghost?
“As my colleague and I were walking towards the elevator door, I saw a glimpse of a woman with a red shirt and long white skirt getting in. The doors closed before we could enter. Because of the funny conversation my coworker and I were having, I didn’t think much of it, and my co-worker pressed the button seconds after the elevator door closed. We expected another elevator door to open. What happened next shocked us.
The same elevator door opened a few seconds after it had closed. My coworker and I entered, apologizing to the lady, only to find the elevator empty. We both looked at each other perplexed. We had definitely both seen the woman in the red shirt and white skirt get into the lift a few seconds ago.
Another co-worker experienced the same thing in the same building. She too was walking towards the elevator, while talking on the phone, and saw a man in a hurry enter the elevator. As the doors closed, she pushed the button for another elevator only for the same one to open, with no one inside. My incident happened in early 2018 and hers happened about 2 weeks ago.”
Story by u/LTEstyles
Maybe you have your own glitch in the matrix story? If you do, please share it with us in the comments below!
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