We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the time they caught their parents having sex. Here are the horrifying results.
1. The wrestling match.
I caught my parents doing it when I was four. Unable to comprehend it, I thought they were just wrestling naked (my mom was totally winning). I wanted to join in on the fun because I loved watching wrestling, so I ripped off my clothes and asked to play in their bedroom. They yelled and said no.
—Krystal Watanabe, Facebook
2. The VHS tape.
I asked my ex-boyfriend to watch my kindergarten graduation with me on VHS. I thought it would be sweet. As soon as the ceremony ended, the tape showed my parents having sex. I was completely mortified and ejected the tape immediately. My ex said: "What are you embarrassed about? Everyone watches porn!" and I responded with: "That wasn't porn! Those were my parents!"
—Monique Chimento, Facebook
3. The "dirrty" cowboy hat.
I moved back in with my parents for a little while in college, and one night I woke up because I heard Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" come through the wall that connected our rooms. I went in to ask them to turn it down, and I caught them doing it doggy style with their backs to me. My dad was wearing a cowboy hat. It's been two years and I'm still psychologically scarred.
4. The worst hide-and-seek spot.
When I was six, I played hide-and-seek with my cousins on vacation and hid in the closet. About 10 minutes into the game, I heard my mom and stepdad come in the room and they started going at it. I was too embarrassed to come out, so I sat there and listened to every gruesome noise. And 10 years later, I found a DVD of my mom going down on my stepdad. It was so awful.
—Heather Clayton, Facebook
5. The evil brothers.
I have the worst brothers in the world. In elementary school, they randomly dragged me out of my room. I knew they were up to something but I wasn't quite sure what it was. They told me to go into my parents' bedroom to get something; they cracked the door open and pushed me in. I didn't really understand what was going on at first, but it didn't take long for me to realize the situation my brothers literally just threw me into. I ran out of there as quietly as I possibly could. Brothers are evil.
6. The wrong bed.
I was playing Spyro in my parents' bedroom with my brother. My mom was getting ready in the bathroom, and then she walked out of her bedroom. I figured she was probably going into the living room to watch TV. I decided to take a break from the game and get something from my own room. I opened my door and saw my parents having sex on my bed. I ran back into my mom and dad's bedroom with tears streaming down my face.
7. The spray bottle.
When I was a kid we used to spray my dog with a squirt bottle when he humped things. One time, I walked in on my parents having sex when they thought the door was locked. I calmly took the scene in, left, and returned with the dog spray bottle. I then to squirted my dad with water.
8. The hot tub disaster.
When I was in high school I went out with some friends, but we had to come back to my house to grab something. As soon as we walked through the front door, we had a direct view of my mom and stepdad having sex in the in-ground hot tub. I ran to my room, grabbed what I needed, and ran out of the house. My parents still don't know we saw them.
9. The New Year's Eve conception.
On New Year's Eve I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. My parents thought we were all knocked out, so they left their bedroom door opened. When I walked passed them they didn't notice me. I feel like it wouldn't have been that bad if they weren't making disgustingly loud noises. I thought that was the only trauma I'd have to experience, but about nine months later my little sister was born. So basically, I saw my little sister being conceived.
—Hayley Lamkin, Facebook
10. The undercover licker.
I walked into my parents' bedroom and proceeded to see my father raise his hand up from the covers and lick his fingers. I have no idea what I did after.
11. The scarring costume change.
One afternoon my mom wanted to take a nap before driving my brothers to baseball practice, so she told me to wake her up at 4:30 p.m. A little later my dad got home from a business trip and immediately went upstairs. After a while the time came for me to wake up my mom. Let's just say I didn't realize until that day that my parents were really into BDSM. I'm scarred for life.
12. The superhero.
I heard moaning from my parents' room one night when I was eight, and I assumed my mother was hurt. I listened outside their door until the moaning stopped and eventually walked in to save my mom. It looked like my dad was hurting her, so I jumped on my dad's back and I screamed. We haven't talked about it since.
13. The loudest whisper ever.
I was home from the military, introducing my daughter to my family for the first time. I got up in the middle of the night to go downstairs for water and walked by my parents' closed bedroom door. I heard weird sounds so I paused. That's when I heard my dad heavily whisper: "God, this is so juicy," to which my mother replied: "Yeah, come get this juicy pussy." I ran back to the room and didn't come out until the morning. I've since told my husband this story, so now, to annoy me, he says the word "juicy" and I gag.
14. The traumatic threesome.
One night I woke up really late to loud music coming from the basement. When I went to go ask my parents to turn the music down, I walked into a horrible, scarring sight. Not only were my parents having sex, but they were also having a THREESOME. It was supremely awkward.
15. The reenactment.
One night I had a nightmare and ran into my parents' bedroom. I opened the door and saw my parents reenacting the porn movie that was on their television screen. I ran away, hysterically crying.
16. The bouncy trampoline.
I go to college a couple of hours away from home, so one day I decided to surprise my parents. I heard really weird sounds coming from my backyard, so I walked around the side of the house. I caught my parents having sex on my childhood trampoline. I turned around, didn't say anything, and drove right back to school. The pain was too much. My parents still wonder why I don't jump on the trampoline anymore.
17. And the rattling car.
When I was on a road trip with my family, my siblings and I fell asleep in the back seat of the car. I was the only one who woke up to a funky smell and the car shaking. Then I saw what was going on. I was scared stiff and was unable to move. My eyes were clenched together so hard that I gave myself a headache. I have never recovered.
Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.