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This article is based on the AskReddit question "What's a statistically proven fact that nobody wants to hear?" Some of these facts are backed up with sources provided by reddit users.

If you're interested to read more from this thread, check out the source at the end of the article.



1/15. 60-70% of all elderly couples in the United States still engage in oral sex.

-benlimsumale

2/15. Turkish women aged 15-44 are more likely to die at the hands of a violent partner than by cancer and road traffic accidents. Source.

-_Polite_as_F*ck

3/15. The majority of rapes and sexual assaults are committed by someone already known to the victim.

One of the reasons we need to change the narrative around rape/assault in my opinion, because people still have the image of 'stranger lurking in a dark alley' and often think of the attacker as 'not like that' because they don't seem like a scary alley-dweller, they're someone that has been let into lives and homes.

-bj_ambassador

4/15. That 61% of US gun deaths are suicides.

That 22 US veterans commit suicide every day.

Basically, we have a mental health crisis in this country. Source.

-UncleTrustworthy


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5/15. 1 in 6 men have experienced abusive sexual experiences before age 18 and this figure is probably on the low end as males who have such experiences are less likely to disclose them than woman are.

-RandomRedditNoise

6/15. In Africa girls are more likely to be raped than receive formal education.

-ObamaIs

7/15. If the number of medical errors we have in hospitals was the same as pilot errors in airlines, we'd have 267 fully loaded (366 passenger) Boeing 747's crash EVERY year.

That's how many people medical errors kill. What's being done about this? Not as much as you'd think. Doctors are overworked, nurses are overworked, etc. No one has enough sleep.

The medical field needs to follow the aviation field and it's incredibly good culture of safety.

-WinterCharm

8/15. If you're meeting Mickey Mouse at Disney World there's a 98% chance there's a girl inside.

-Ihaveanotheridentity

9/15. Crime rates in the United States have steadily decreased since the 1990's, yet the media and government portray a much more pessimistic narrative. (Source)

-WolfAmongstRavens


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10/15. Animal agriculture emits more green house gases than all forms of transport combined in the world.

-shamuric

11/15. Driving/riding in a car is way more dangerous than flying yet more people are scared to get on planes than cars.

-LayneFlyerBAMF

12/15. Vegans tend to have lower rates of cancer than meat-eaters and vegetarians. For example, vegan women had 34% lower rates of female-specific cancers like breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer. Similar results were found in men for prostate cancer.

-rigged089

13/15. Exotic pets kill a smaller percentage of their owners than dogs.

-Iamnotburgerking

14/15. In 2013, 505 people died in America from Accidental discharge of firearms. 30 of them were under four. Source.

-cuchulain84au

15/15. If you're in a room full of people with no windows open, that headachey feeling you get is oxygen deprivation. If oxygen levels drop by 2%, it'll make you feel groggy.

But nobody wants to hear that. "It's just stuffy in here" - yeah, that's what causes the stuffiness.

-P0sitive_Outlook


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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

What's the most traumatizing thing you experienced as a child?
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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

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