“Do you know what day it was yesterday? It was our wedding anniversary.”
Horror films, thoughts of clowns, looking down beside you to find you’ve been in the company of a spider for who knows how long… There are a number of obvious things that can send shivers down your spine. But sometimes, it’s something far more subtle – sometimes even a simple phrase – that can strike fear into our hearts, and that’s just what the Japanese Twitterverse is trying to accomplish with the hashtag #短い文章で怖がらせたら勝ち選手権, which basically translates to “Make Me Scared With A Short Phrase Championships”. Here are some that we felt best captured terrors experienced beyond cultural and geographical boundaries.
▼ “Do you know what day it was yesterday? It was our wedding anniversary.”
スドー (@stdaux) March 13, 2017
Never forget the wedding anniversary. Ever.
▼ “Mom: I tidied up your room~!”
✨赤色。🗼帝国少女歌いました (@Red_man000) March 13, 2017
Unless you have a hidden chamber under lock and key for your secret goods, this is never a good thing to hear.
▼ “Doctor: Oops.”
時計塔のぬこ (@clocktower_cats) March 13, 2017
Even worse when it’s followed by silence.
▼ “The popular anime will be made into a live-action film.”
える@AMVちゃんねる (@NightCoreAmvCha) March 13, 2017
I guess it could be a good thing. But probably not.
▼ “Teacher: Alright everyone, form into groups!”
幼女神かみやん (@kamiyan__paio2) March 13, 2017
No. NO. Anything but group work! Anything!
▼ “Tomorrow is Monday.”
Яuna@UT (@RunaUT3) March 13, 2017
Sounds like someone’s got a case of the Mondays.
▼ “Job hunting.”
縁狐 (@ennoshitalove) March 20, 2017
Job hunting in Japan – called shuushoku katsudō and often shortened to shuukatsu – can be a nightmarish time for all who experience it.
▼ “I have to talk to you about something.”
にゃんこ先生@仕事中 (@akira_47) March 20, 2017
Nothing can conjure up as many and as horrible thoughts in a split second as hearing this simple little phrase.
▼ Oh, The Police…
Every breath you take, every move you make...I'll be watching you. #短い文章で怖がらせたら勝ち選手権—
Je m'appelle nemo (@Tadaditadadum) March 13, 2017
The creepy stalkerish-ness of this song can be felt even beyond language barriers.
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