This isn't as "out there" as most of these, but there was this new kid in eighth grade who pretty much got a schoolwide reputation as an IRL lolcow. He was previously homeschooled which definitely explains a ton of this, but it's not like middle schoolers cared. I know we were assholes.
From the start of the year, he constantly talked about kid's stuff like the annoying orange and the croods (this was 2013-14) and said the stuff everyone else liked was "demonic" and should be banned. He was also obsessed with dinosaurs and dragons and got upset very easily over people making fun of them.
In math class a couple weeks into the year, the teacher was out of the room and someone was walking around showing everyone "8==)" on his calculator. When he saw it, he exclaimed "it's a dinosaur bone!" I was also in that class so I got to witness it first-hand. Then there was this time he explained in great detail how there was an alternate dimension full of dinosaur cyborgs planning to take over ours.
He also sucked up to teachers constantly, reminding them of the homework and snitching. There was this kid who sometimes walked up behind people and said "boo," which never upset anyone, but when he did it to him he literally fucking screamed and got him in trouble. He actually wondered why everyone was always pissed at him for "doing the right thing"
Also, he just acted like a 7-year-old, uncontrollably laughing at unfunny shit (even for 13/14-year-olds) and making weird facial expressions to try being funny.
What didn't fucking help at all was that whenever people made fun of him, he got mad and really defensive in a way that drew as much attention to himself as possible. Eventually he started crawling under lunch tables to "spy" on us saying things about him.
He didn't show up in high school the next year, so I'm guessing he went back to being homeschooled for obvious reasons.
MR HAPPY ESQUIRE AND THE OBVIOUS CRIES FOR HELP
This is part of the plot left woefully unresolved? What was in the manhole? Why did he spend so much time haunting the forest at night? I need answers.I’ve never read a story about a person where at the moment of the big reveal, the funny story you thought you were reading becomes overwrought with an unnerving amount of subtext...and after reading that journey, I’m left with this question:
was it just autism, or was Steve unintentionally revealing some dark shit about himself and his “manhole”
let us judge if he is right or wrong....Now once a year or two he finds me on social media and tells me how beautiful was my prom dress.