The interesting truth about our dreams (13 Photos)

Source — Oddee

  • Trav1121

    #7 I wonder if Barney Stinson dreams of being lame…?

    • socal dude

      A comment with in a comment. Trippy.

      • doodles

        We need to go deeper

    • Bob

      Never… Perhaps dreaming of the perfect month, which is surely unobtainable….

    • snooze

      It's always legen-wait for it-dary!….true story

    • Drethos

      He almost dreamed he was lame once, then he decided to be awesome instead, true story

    • monk

      I dreamed that show.was.funny once.

    • Emzilla

      I just finished the last episode available on netflix- and now I am sad. 😦

      • Trav1121

        Time to start The X-Files then! πŸ™‚

        • Emzilla

          I actually picked up where I left off on Supernatural. πŸ™‚

          • Trav1121

            I was kinda interested in that show but I was prejudice against the WB, thinking it would be Dawson's Creek with monsters. But then they had Reaper on that channel and that show was amazing. Might have to look into Supernatural. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

            • Emzilla

              It is friggen fantastic. It's no Dawson's Creek- however. Sam just pisses me off. Not so much his character, but the actor, I don't even remember his real name. XD

              • Trav1121

                Haha Maybe I'll give it a whirl this weekend. Thanks for the tip, Em. KCCO! πŸ™‚

                • Emzilla

                  KCCO, my friend. πŸ™‚

      • todd009

        I am in the same boat and I have not kept up with season 7 so I have to wait. Grrrr

    • James Dobry

      Obligatory Challenge Accepted!

  • Trav1121

    #9 So remember, kids: Don't do drugs. Just set your alarms for every 2 hours to get the same effect for free. Haha

    • Chiefhenry27

      Or have a newborn…

    • Lisa

      It's actually a combat tactic that's been used for ages. There were whole ships of US GI's shipped back to the states due to sleep deprivation psychosis from the Pacific during WWII. Some of those guys spent the rest of their life in hospitals. After about 5 days of serious sleep deprivation, I myself experienced some gnarly side effects. It's serious stuff!

      • Trav1121

        I remember that ep of the X-Files. Miss that show. 😦

  • Head Chef

    Has the chive put a block on the word O D D E E dot COM ?

    • chad

      exactly what I thought. same slides and everything.

      • Head Chef

        Screen grab from that particular site you mean πŸ™‚

        Personally I expect more from "Probably the Best Site in the World"

        • asaa

          Yup!! cut and paste – busy day……

          • monk

            Probabaly why its sourced… and says Oddee

            • speakers

              Probably why there are no Chive watermarks either

        • Jeff

          I never understood why people downvote for making observations like this. Its a fact. It's not that we don't like theCive (we're obviously visiting the site) but we just expect them to be original. No issues with it as long as they site sources btw

          • VocaNazi

            cite not site

    • SoDoesShockMansion

      Shockmansion dot COM does this to theChive almost every day.

  • BabyFart Magizax

    #9 me in the morning when I haven't had enough sleep

    • Tom

      #3 Ya'll might be able to, but every time I start fucking Emma Watson I end up standing in line at the post office or something and then I really have to focus to get back to it, and right when I do… Bam I'm Jeep surfing down the highway.


    #2 This is my favorite way to dream.

    • fibonacci5150

      yay waking up from night terrors!

      its the reason I drink a lot of water after my beers now

    • sdf


    • Lucid

      #3 Have sex with all the girls. Always good dreams

  • KWB

    How do I reference a picture in my comment?

    • Head Chef

      Use the # then the number after it πŸ˜‰

    • Ray

      like this…#4

    • negative nancy

      How many times do we have to go over this..

      it's not that hard to catch on.

      • KWB

        I tried it before and it said #2 just with the number and no picture.

        • The_Dood

          You probably put a space in, it doesn't work if you put # 2

        • negative nancy

          we're just fucking with you,
          you actually have to do a special code before you press submit.

          its up down up down left right left right a b start.

          • brandon

            wouldnt it be up down up down left right left right a b submit

            • negative nancy

              It's actually B A start, so we're both dumb and not hipster enough to get it right.

              • PDiddily420

                It's also up,up, down, down. And you don't have to be a hipster to know the Konami code just old enough to have played the original NES when you were growing up. πŸ™‚ Contra was impossible without the code!

        • Guest


      • that'showyoudoit

        #11 play nice dude. i was wondering this myself

  • Evan

    this week i had a dream of sleeping through my 8:00 am exam. i woke up in that dream with only 5 minutes to get ready. luckily that was only a dream, and I woke up in time.


  • Martin_McFly

    Never mind about the dreams, Whats happening to the guy in #6 to make him smile like that?!?!?!

    • Ray

      That's the top portion of #4

    • Si1entStatic

      he should have said NO teeth.

    • Thomas Spadea


    • Scotty

      His wife left him.

  • BostonChiver.

    #8 I learned that from a Swollen Members song…oh the days of good underground hip hop.

    • negative nancy

      you're such a hipster.

      • BostonChiver.

        I'll take it on this instance

      • LucretiusCarus

        Don't hipsters only listen to lame-ass indie rock like Arcade Fire and associated crap?

        • negative nancy

          assuming you know your own music, I guess you're right.

  • Pinapple juice

    Awww, i wish i dreamt in colour.

    • 'Merica

      it's color not colour, and start driving on the right side of the road already.

      • SadeShadz

        Colour ^_^

  • dirtysteve99

    #5 I thought the current theory leans away from that?

    • ezwelchman

      yea i was just gonna say that it should say "dreams MAY carry deep meanings…" because there is definitely no proof that dreams have any meaning at all…scientists still don't even know why we dream….

      • rodolfo

        Unfortunately, this post is promoting a lot of B.S. Bad Science. For instance, in controlling dreams it says "one dreams things one has witnessed…" Not necessarily. And dreams are only difficult to remember if you don't try to remember them immediately or are impaired during sleep. If you were an Australian Aborigine, for example, you would remember them, because your culture teaches you that Dreamtime is just as important, if not more than, being awake. As for dream symbolism, the claim that "dreams never utilize symbols they actually stand for" & "carry deep meanings that only the subconscious mind can understand" is pure conjecture. The first one, "we become temporarily paralyzed in the dream state" is complete poppycock. That means we would never shift position during a dream! Our understanding of dreaming is actually quite limited. Other than the fact if we are deprived of proper REM time we will lose our ability to function, some people can control their dreams sometimes, and all mammals dream, the specifics are are unknown at this point. I doubt the claim that some people dream in black and white. Maybe they only think they remember them that way!

        • Dr. Galt

          As a neuroscientist, I have to mention some errors you made. What you said about temporary paralysis during REM sleep being "poppycock" is completely untrue, especially given your argument. You literally said that being temporarily paralyzed meant you would never shift positions in your sleep. The stupidity of that statement aside, REM sleep does involve complete postural muscle atonia, otherwise you literally would flail around so much you would wake yourself up. The thing about "only being able to dream things you have seen before" is misinformation, but based on the very true fact that any human face you see in a dream is one you have seen before, our brain is not capable of generating 100% true facial figures thanks to the evolutionarily more feasible mechanism of the STS and the FFA being able to recognize faces and store them very easily. Also, most of the time you don't remember dreaming unless you awaken from REM sleep is because information you dream is not integrated/learned. It is very transiently stored in a way so that as soon as we exit REM sleep, the information disappears. Also, even though dream analysis is completely pseudoscientific, the caption in that photo was actually inferring that dreams are not understandable by our conscious thought, and most likely nonsense. Also saying those statements are "pure conjecture" is silly without making a more logical counterpoint to disprove them. You just referred to those statements as an argument/opinion and left it at that.

  • WTF


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      • NSJ

        Retarded post is retarded.

    • dirtysteve99

      How bored do you have to be to go around contriving posts like that?

  • bob

    #11 oh, i definitely know when my dog is dreaming – she always yelps and twitches. chasing a squirrel, i guess.

    • J-Mark

      My dog is always chasing something.. full on sprints while laying down sideways sleeping..haha

    • Master_Rahl

      the Chive had a funny vid of a dog dreaming and whilst running in the dream, he actually got up and nailed a wall face first. Felt bad for the pooch… but still laughed.

    • IndyGirl

      Nothing like seeing a dog running after a squirrel in their sleep πŸ˜€

  • AnyoneForCoffee

    #9 irritable, hallucinating, disinterested in everything….sounds like students anyway.

    #13 Salvador Dali would hold a spoon over a metal tray when going to sleep. When he nodded off, he would lose grip of the spoon, which would hit the metal tray, waking him up so he can quickly note down the dream he'd just had. Look at his paintings and you'll know this is true.

    • Master_Rahl

      nice tidbit of info on Dali. I learned something today.

    • YUP

      That's funny, I thought of Dali right when I saw that one too. But what he did wasn't typical dreaming. It's called a hypnagogic state. He was basically just hallucinating like crazy. It's that sort of in-between/limbo stage right before you fall sleep and right before you wake up.

      • AnyoneForCoffee

        I have extremely vivid dreams when I nod off for a few seconds. I now have a name for that, many thanks!

    • I love Paula

      hmm you peeked my interest i shall look this man up

      • JRE

        *piqued, not peeked.

        • Chyea

          Thank God you're here! Can you imagine if no one would have fixed that shit?

  • Empyrean

    Dreams don't always have some underlying symbolic meaning. That's a myth. Most of them are acutally random firing of electrical signals in our brain and actually mean nothing at all.

    • Se7enplagues

      Thank you! Man, I'm getting tired of people holding on to this widely debunked theory. Don't get my wrong, Freud was a genius but he was way off the mark with dream interpretation.

    • HUH?

      sorry, but random firing of electrical signals wont produce a coherent story line like you find in a dream.

      • Empyrean

        Coherent? I don't think that's the word you meant to use.. I dunno about you, but most of the dreams I experience aren't very logical. And it will do you no good arguing with me. Better talk to the scientists.

    • YUP

      Yeah that's not all true. You're right when you say they don't all have a symbolic meaning. However, it isn't simply random firing of electrical signals. Much of dreaming has to do with memory consolidation, emotions and other biological processes. It isn't as random as you think, but just less researched.

      • Empyrean

        Said much better than I. Thank you.

  • Frumpus

    #4 Is more likely the other way around. You dream about drinking a lot of water because you are thirsty irl.

    • ThatGuy

      That's exactly what the pic says.

      • HUH?

        no, the pic is implying that the dream causes you to be thirsty. i have always felt that if you are thirsty, your dream wakes you up to tell you to go get a drink.

  • DaveB

    The flux capacitor was conveived in a dream.


      No, it was when Doc fell and hit his head.

  • T-Rizzle

    We become paralyzed as we sleep not because we could be so "emotionally moved" from dreams that we would hurt ourselves, but because as we dream of say, walking around or playing a sport, the areas in the brain responsible for those controlling those movements are actually activated in the same way as when we were awake. If the brain didn't have a mechanism to paralyze the body as it slept, we would literally act out our dreams, as has been seen in brain damaged cats and dogs in the laboratory.

    • Empyrean

      Some theory suggests that's a lot of "alien abductions" which involve subjects reporting being awake but paralized can be explained by the body being late to 'wake up'. Interesting stuff.

      • T-Rizzle

        It's in REM sleep that the mind often brings out some of the biggest concerns that are currently stressing us. It's funny to note that the whole idea of alien abductions didn't actually become a widely reported phenomenon until it was depicted in the movies in the 40's and 50's, and people began to become afraid of aliens. Therefore, Empyrean, I'd say for all the alien abduction cases which aren't blatant lies or brought on by psychological disorders, there's a good chance that 100% of alien abduction stories are byproducts of sleep paralysis – thinking you're awake and being able to open your eyes and look around your bedroom, but actually are still dreaming (and paralyzed), and seeing hallucinations of
        people standing above you.

  • lorycowery

    Had a dream that I was in prison. Made one guy cry because I offered him my banana pudding in the lunch line, but then turned around and gave it to somebody else instead. I'm a terrible person when I'm unconscious…

    • 2Dogs

      subconciously you may want to give your banana pudding to a guy in prison?

    • Jayne 'Pickles' Hayward

      I have no idea why but this made me lol soooo much!

  • Dreamer

    #7 I know we can all relate

  • 2Dogs

    "gorging on chocholates…."…yaaaaa….thats it…..

  • etcrr 128p

    I dream of raping goats.

  • Penal_Colony

    Stolen verbatim from Oddee… I am disappoint.

    • Brett

      They stated their source at the bottom.

  • its_forge

    I dream of elton jhon and michael jackson with me in a hot tub.

  • Bob

    I think goats is a symbol of your coworkers…

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