While filming a sex scene for The Wolf of Wall Street. Robbie told Manhattan Magazine, "We were positioned while they lit around us in one scene, and I kind of pushed Leo's head to one side and told him he was in my light and he moved out of [it]," she said. "He was so incredulous that I had told him to get out of my light, and physically moved him out of the way, he was like, 'Did you really just do that?' I don't think anyone has told him to get out of their light in quite some time. He seemed extremely [shocked], but it was kind of funny."
Source: E! Online
2/25. Lizzy Caplan Got Drunk Before a True Blood Sex Scene
For her first sex scene in True Blood, Caplan admitted she got totally wasted beforehand. "It was like 7 am in the morning and I was chugging vodka completely naked while a make-up artist I had just met was on her knees in front of me sponging my ass," Caplan said on Chelsea Lately. After the shoot, the really embarrassing part happened. "I was so drunk, that after I shot the scene I was going up to the crew members. I had just met all these people the day before and I was going up to them like, ''You got a boner! You do! You've got one!"
Source: Daily Mail
3/25. That Time Kate Winslet Had a "Nutsack" on Her Face
In an interview with V Magazine, Kate Winslet (who has had famous sex scenes in many films) talked about what filming sex scenes is really like. "I hate it! Listen make no mistake, I just get on it. As actors you talk about it all the time. You can literally be tangled in sheets, and you turn to the other actor and say 'What the f*ck are we doing?' Dear Mum, at work today I had so-and-so's left nut sack pressed against my cheek. It's sort of unethical if you think about it in those terms."
Source: Huffington Post
4/25. That Time Anna Paquin's Husband Directed Her Making Out With Someone Else
Anna Paquin did lots of nude and sex scenes for HBO's True Blood. But none of them could have been more awkward than the one her real life husband, Stephen Moyer, directed. Said Moyer, "There are moments where I'll be watching on a monitor [and say], "Oh, Joe, just move your hand up towards Anna's breast. Good. And can you move your right thumb just a little bit ...? Great. And then I'll go, "Babe, babe, enjoy it." I'm certainly talking to her as "babe." "Darling, go for it.'"
Source: Daily Mail
5/25. That Time Kristen Schaal Accidentally Farted
While filming a sex scene for their TV show The Last Man on Earth, actress Kristen Schaal let one rip on costar Will Forte. Schaal was trying to hold it in, but it got out, forcing her costar to crack. Schaal told Seth Meyers that she proceeded to keep farting and farting. If you fart on your scene partner its the most intimate you can get."
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6/25. Jesse Metcalfe "Needed a Minute" After Filming
Metcalfe told radio station 106.5 Sacramento that the first time he shot a sex scene with Eva Longoria on Desperate Housewives, he got a little excited and "needed a minute" after the scene was done to... relax. "As a matter of fact, in the first scene we ever had, where Gabriella and John first had sex, we were rehearsing and then the director was like, OK, get out of bed, we have to reset the set,' and I was like, I need a minute," Metcalfe said.
7/25. Allison Janney's Costar Ended Up in the Hospital
Allison Janney isn't known for her sex scenes, and this might be why. When filming her first sex scene for the film Life During Wartime, it got so dangerous, her costar Michael Lerner went to the hospital. "He had to push me up against a wall, and they wanted us to look sweaty for the shot, like weve been at it for a while. So they sprayed this glistening stuff all over us. They didnt realize that were on a marble floor," Janney told Entertainment Weekly. "So he pushes me up against the wall and all of a sudden we drop out of frame because he slips and he drags me down with him. He falls on his knees and I cant stop laughing. Todd was trying to get me to stop because I think Michael was really hurt. And I couldnt. And the cameraman couldnt stop either. But he really hurt his knees. He had to go to the hospital. So that was my first sex scene."
Source: Entertainment Weekly
8/25. Jennifer Lawrence Got Wasted
In an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Lawrence let slip that she got hammered before filming a sex scene with Chris Pratt. "Because you forget, like when you're shooting, I was like oh I'm gonna get hammered for the sex scene, 'cause it's stressful and scary," she said. "And then you forget like, you know, you're at work and so you're gonna be here for eight hours. I was incredibly hungover by the time they got to me."
9/25. Allison Williams Smelled Like Cake
Things got pretty intense when Allison Williams had to shoot a scene for Girls in which she had her rear end... tasted... by costar Ebon Moss-Bachrach. No matter how you spin it, the shoot was going to end up pretty awkward. So in an attempt to make it more comfortable, Williams spread vanilla cream all over her... nether regions. She also concocted a pillow-like contraption for his head that involved Spanx and menstrual pads. Sounds sexy, right?
10/25. Ashton Kutcher Took Too Long to Fake an Orgasm
When filming No Strings Attached with Natalie Portman, the sex scenes between the two were awkward to say the least. Even though they'd chat about benign things like weekend plans in between takes, it was Kutcher who had to swallow his pride when director Ivan Reitman told him he was taking "too long" to... finish. "Ivan comes back in and is like, 'I think you need to orgasm sooner,'" Kutcher told ComingSoon.net. "Your male machismo is like, no, no, it would take me much longer than this!"
Source: Huffington Post
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11/25. Dave Franco Had a Pimple on His Butt
Dave Franco was filming his sex scene for the film Neighbors when he realized his ass wasn't as camera-ready as he thought. "I woke up that morning and I had a giant pimple on my ass. I had to go to the makeup artist who I had also met that week and be like, 'Can we go in the other room and you'll put makeup literally on my ass?' So that was that," said Franco. He also kinda forgot his co-star Halston Sage's name during the scene.
Source: E! Online
12/25. Zac Efron Had to Fake It with His Childhood Crush
As if Zac Efron wasn't nervous enough to shoot his first sex scene for the film At Any Price, add the fact that his costar was Heather Graham, his childhood crush, and he was all jitters. "Shes always been the epitome of that perfect girl. I wanted to get it right," Efron told Page Six. Graham added, "Zac and [director Ramin Baharani] were like, Weve never done a sex scene before... Were kind of nervous. I thought it was so funny. I was suddenly this expert.
Source: Page Six
13/25. Robert Pattinson Couldn't Stop Sweating
Robert Pattinson is a sweater, especially in the bedroom. The heartthrob said that while filming a sex scene with Julianne Moore in Map to the Stars, he had a sweating attack that was beyond embarrassing. "It was so hot in Toronto [where the movie was shot], and she's one of these people... she doesn't sweat at all, Pattinson told Heat magazine. "But I sweat like a f*****g crazy person. And I was trying to literally catch drops of sweat to stop them hitting her back! Afterwards she was like 'Are you having a panic attack?' It was so embarrassing.
14/25. Jon Hamm Nearly Crushed Kristen Wiig
Jon Hamm had quite an embarrassing story from filming his Bridesmaids sex scenes with costar Kristen Wiig. So embarrassing, he nearly crushed her to death! "I am not a small human being. I weigh at least 200 pounds and I'm six-foot-two. And Wiig is a twig; she's a skinny little thing. I told her, 'Just punch me in the side if I'm hurting you'," the actor said. He also admitted that wearing a "weird flesh-colored thong" and bouncing on top of Wiig certainly made for an awkward shoot.
Source: US Magazine
15/25. Margot Robbie Punched Alexander Skarsgrd
Tarzan might be a rugged, sexy hero, but that doesn't mean Jane is just a damsel in distress. In fact, Alexander Skarsgrd managed to get through almost all of filming for The Legend of Tarzan without any scrapes or bruises. At least until he had to film a sex scene with Margot Robbie's Jane.
According to director David Yates, even Robbie's playful punches pack a wallop. Yates said: Theyre doing this love scene together, and I said [to Robbie], Just slap Alex while youre making love, just kind of give him a punch." He continued, it was sort of an earthy, sensual moment of her enjoying sex with Alex, and the only bruise he picked up during the entire shoot was probably that punch from Margot. Which says a lot about her feistiness.
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16/25. Dakota Johnson Suffered Whiplash
Fifty Shades of Grey, an incredibly sexual movie, demanded a lot from stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. In the middle of one sex scene, Johnson got so embarrassed because she actually suffered from whiplash when he tossed her on the bed. Johnson told The Mirror, "I got whiplash once from him throwing me on the bed; so f***ing painful."
17/25. Ewan McGregor Felt Like He Was Getting It On With His Sister
Ewan McGregor has appeared naked in many films, but it was his sex scene with actress Nicole Kidman for Moulin Rouge! that seems the least sexy of all. "After the initial nerves, we got on great. It was like having an older sister," McGregor said of the sex scene with Kidman. "I'd belch or swear or tell a rude joke and she'd go, 'Ewan!' as if she was slightly embarrassed by me. So that was how it was. It was amusing for me, because I'd play up to it."
Source: Daily Mail
18/25. Judd Apatow Had to Put String on a Woman's Nipple
Apparently while shooting a scene for The 40-Year-Old Virgin, director Judd Apatow needed a woman's nipple pop out. So, he placed a string on her nipple and had someone pull it at the right time. "I was so uncomfortable shooting it that I only did one take," Apatow told MTV. He tried to get star Seth Rogen to be the guy pulling the string, but Rogen refused. Not that it would have made the scene any less embarrassing for the girl.
19/25. Emilia Clarke Had a Laughing Fit
Even though the sex scenes on Game of Thrones can be quite disturbing, star Emilia Clarke fell into a fit of the giggles when filming one with Jason Momoa. Turns out that, instead of using the normal modesty sock to cover his junk, Momoa opted for a fluffy pink sock which sent Clarke into hysterics. "It's huge, and it's pink, and I don't know what to do," Clarke said on The Graham Norton Show.
Source: Huffington Post
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20/25. Henry Cavill Got a Boner
Superman star Henry Cavill experienced one stiff situation when filming a scene for Showtime's The Tudors. A girl had to be on top of me, she had spectacular breasts, and I hadnt rearranged my - stuff into a harmless position. Shes basically rubbing herself all over me and, um, it got a bit hard," Cavill told Men's Health. I had to apologize profusely afterward. Its not great when youre in a professional acting environment and somebody gets a boner, is it? No, not acceptable.
21/25. Ryan Reynolds Forgot His Lines While Holding Olivia Wilde's Boobs
While filming The Change-Up, Reynolds admitted that he got himself into a very awkward situation. During an appearance on The Tonight Show, he told Jay Leno about touching Olivia Wilde's breasts and accidentally removing her pasties. "In the scene, shes sitting there and I take her top off and the bra off, and she has those pasties on, but shes drawn these adorable little smiley faces on them. And I forget every line in the scene - not just from this movie but from every other movie Ive done.
The actor continued saying, "At some point in the scene she takes my hands and puts them on her breasts. I take my hands away and I look down at my hands and theres two frickin smiley faces on them and I have no idea what to do. And I reflexively, like an idiot, just put my hands right back on her breasts!"
22/25. Keira Knightley Had Her Bodyguard Standing By
For their film A Dangerous Method, Keira Knightley had her bodyguards stand nearby when shooting a sex scene, just in case her costar Michael Fassbender got too out of control. Knightley told The Hollywood Reporter, "I did actually say to Michael before one of the scenes - I was like, 'I've got a security guard outside. You touch me and he's gonna break your legs!' And he was like, 'Keira, you're tied to a bed. You're not really in a position to say that.' I said, 'I guess you're right.'... [I did] a couple of shots of vodka - definitely - beforehand, and then a couple of glasses of champagne as a celebration of never having to do that again!"
Source: Huffington Post
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23/25. Christopher Mintz-Plasse's Mother Watched Him Film a Sex Scene
Because Mintz-Plasse was underage when he played McLovin in Superbad, his mother had to be on set the whole time and actually watched him shoot the sex scene in the film! "It was because I was 17," he told GQ. "Stupid law. I was just sitting there with my bors on, waiting for my mom to drive down to the set. She got there, and I had fake sexual intercourse in front of her." Now that's embarrassing.
24/25. Rebel Wilson Broke Out the Nunchucks
Rebel Wilson went on The Tonight Show and told Jay Leno that director Michael Bay wasn't loving the sex scene she was doing with Anthony Mackie for the movie Pain & Gain, so she whipped out some nunchucks, much to Mackie's surprise. She just "happened" to have the weapons on her.
25/25. Adam Brody "Sandwiched" Kristen Bell's Unborn Baby
It has to be a little awkward filming a sex scene when your costar is seven months pregnant. But that's exactly what happened to Adam Brody and Kristen Bell while filming a sex scene for House of Lies, which he found quite embarrassing. "It was very, very, very awkward for, I would say, about five minutes and then it was awkward in how normal it was. We were sandwiching her child in-between our stomachs," Brody said.
Source: Perez Hilton
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Y'all know that one Hannah Montana song? “Everybody makes mistakes! Everybody has those days!" That's the song I sing to myself every time I accidentally burn myself while making ramen. It comforts me to know, however, that there are a lot of worse mistakes out there than some spilled ramen. Who knew?
In fact, some mistakes are so astronomical that they're remembered for decades afterwards, leaving the one who made the mistake a legacy of being a dumba**. Here are a few of them!!!
Some may argue that the existence of the Universe was a mistake. I disagree. It was clearly Zayn leaving One Direction. But these next few were pretty bad too.
If you do the math, this is also the reason why Hentai exists.
I'll say the wrong turn Franz Ferdinand's driver made that went right in front of Gavrilo Princip.
EDIT: yes I'm aware war may still have broken out even if Franz Ferdinand wasn't assassinated
Imagine you're Gavrilo Princip. The assassination plot you and your friends had been cooking up for about the last year or so has been a complete and total disaster, just a monumental f*ck-up of the highest degree. You're staked out at this deli thinking maybe, just maybe the car will pass by, and by some stroke of sheer luck, it does.
If you're Princip, this is nothing short of serendipity.
Petition to return to the ocean.Ocean Surf GIFGiphy
"Many were increasingly of the opinion that they'd all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans."
"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move." - Douglas Adams
This was, in fact, a monumental mistake.
Sears not beating Amazon to the punch.
Blockbuster not buying Netflix.
You thought THOSE were bad? Well gear up for their next few, because they are 100% accurate. Except the one about Cats, that movie slaps.
I don’t know sports, but sure.
Seahawks not running it.
I used to wear a Seahawks jersey whenever I took a test because I knew I would pass when I shouldn't.
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The Emoji Movie.
That live action movie about Cats is also up there.
Very fair point.
Humans are not wired to have that many social interactions and maintain that many relationships. Plus the echochambers it allows people to create for themselves, no matter how conspiratorial or vile their beliefs, means that stupid/evil people are no longer shunned into changing their mind.
Not sure it was worth being able to see what a celebrity had for lunch or what new "dance" your younger cousin and her tween friends are doing.
But in all seriousness, some horrible things may now have happened if the right thing was halted at the right time.
Washington called it.George Washington Disney GIF by Hamilton: An American MusicalGiphy
Voting for people based on what side of the political spectrum they're on. George Washington himself advised against political parties because he thought they would cause too much division in this country. Unfortunately for everyone, he was right.
Big oops on that one.
Barack Obama mocking Donald Trump at the Correspondents Dinner might have led directly to his 2016 run....
"Now, I know that he's taken some flak lately, but no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald," Obama said. "And that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter — like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?"
Then he turned serious: "But all kidding aside, obviously, we all know about your credentials and breadth of experience. For example — no, seriously, just recently, in an episode of 'Celebrity Apprentice' — at the steakhouse, the men's cooking team did not impress the judges from Omaha Steaks. And there was a lot of blame to go around. But you, Mr. Trump, recognized that the real problem was a lack of leadership. And so ultimately, you didn't blame Lil Jon or Meatloaf. You fired Gary Busey. And these are the kind of decisions that would keep me up at night. Well handled, sir. Well handled."
This is the best Star Wars and no one can change my mind.
I'll take 'Star Wars Christmas Special' for $100.
That atrocious pile of manure gave us Boba Fett, so without the Christmas Special there won't be The Mandalorian.
Wow, in this article, I openly admitted my love for Cats AND The Star Wars Holiday Special. So maybe my existence was the biggest mistake of all.
ANYWAY, I hope you enjoyed, and I hope you all feel a little bit better about yourself. Because when push comes to shove, at least you didn't accidentally start World War I
When I was younger, it seemed every adult believed that you couldn't swim for several hours after eating. Why did they all believe this? I fought them on this all the time, by the way. I shouldn't have had to, just because I'd eaten some barbecue during a pool party. Guess what, though? That belief is unfounded.
After Redditor MelonInACat asked the online community, "What is a common myth that has been debunked that too many people believe?" people told us about the myths that are still around despite credible evidence.
"Do you know how many wellness checks..."
You must wait 24 hours before reporting a missing person.
- 24 hours from when? The time you realized they were missing? The time you estimate they went missing? The time of the initial report to police?
- Who is the legal timekeeper? If this is a law, it must have a designated timekeeper for official records. City police? County sheriff? Do I hire a private attorney to file a time-keeping motion in court?
- If the most likely time to find a missing person is the first 24 hours, why would you wait 24 hours?
- If the person dies or is severely injured because the county/state refused to initiate a search, doesn't that put some liability on their office? It seems like that would've been tested in court by now.
There's no law governing how long you have to wait before notifying the police of a missing person. It's nonsense. File a report as soon as you suspect the person is missing or in danger.
Do you know how many wellness checks officers go on in a day? Call it in, man...
CALL IT IN!
Why would you wait so long? It's absurd and wastes valuable time. And in the event something has happened, you could very well be saving someone's life.
"Popping your knuckles..."
Popping your knuckles is actually harmless and the "study" that claimed it caused arthritis was heavily flawed. Studies now show that it has nothing to do with causing arthritis.
I heard this one all the time.
I didn't crack my knuckles anyway because I didn't understand the appeal. Why were all the first-graders so fascinated by this?
"That if you get too close..."
That if you get too close to a baby bird, the mother will smell human on the baby and abandon the nest.
You probably should still avoid touching baby birds for other reasons like disease or risking injury to the animal though.
"That waking a sleepwalker..."
That waking a sleepwalker is dangerous for them. They might wake up confused, but they'll be fine unless you scream at them or something.
"That your hair and fingernails..."
That your hair and fingernails still grow after you die. It's mainly an optical illusion. Your skin decays and shrinks, causing hair and fingernails to look like they've grown.
I grew up hearing this.
There are entire generations of people who believe this.
"We all know the story."
The War of The Worlds broadcast in 1938. We all know the story: Orson Welle's broadcast War of The Worlds over the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). But people only tuned in partway through and heard the radio announcing that machines were landing in the country and were advancing and attacking. People panicked in the streets and thought aliens really were invading. There was hysteria on the streets, people were looting and traffic jams backed up as people tried to escape.
But it turns out, that isn't really true. It turns out barely anyone actually listened to the broadcast, and the few that were listening knew it was Orson Welles and knew it was just a broadcast of War of the Worlds. If there was anyone that did tune in and mishear it and panicked, it was nowhere near the hundreds and thousands that have been reported in this myth.
This one is definitely a popular urban myth by this point.
Cool story, but nowhere near as exciting as you might have heard. If anything, that mythos probably helped Welles get full artistic control of the projects, like Ciitizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, that made him a star.
"You don't have to wait..."
You don't have to wait 3 hours after eating to swim. Every summer I have to fight my in-laws about it.
"Do you really think..."
That not turning your airplane mode on (smartphone) can interfere/jam communications.
Do you really think if a smartphone might endanger a whole plane with passengers they would let it fly?
"No amount of reasoning..."
That cats kill babies.
I've run into this so many times since having kids. And it's not the older grandmas making these statements. I've had 20-year-olds tell me that you can't have cats if you plan to have babies because "they'll steal their breath" or some other variation. No amount of reasoning or rationale will dissuade them of this belief.
"Maybe it's just one of those things..."
YOUR. BLOOD. IS. NOT. BLUE! Seriously tho, I was told that everyone's blood was blue on the inside when I was younger, and I honestly don't know why my Mom thought that. Maybe it's just one of those things that you only believe because your family has been saying it since your Grandma's Grandpa's Grandma's Grandma's Grandpa or something like that.
Here's some valuable advice, guys:
Google is your friend. It's very easy to debunk this stuff. I remember being taught that the tongue had taste zones––we even had to fill out a worksheet labeling the tongue's different zones. That's totally wrong, in case you haven't figured it out.
Have some myths you've heard you'd like more people to know have already been debunked? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments section below!
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As much as we're not supposed to feel satisfaction upon observing the struggles of other people, it can be hard to resist a silent, internal fist pump when some blunder occurs immediately after we tried to help the person prevent it.
It is all a result of stubbornness.
The person we're trying to help is stubborn. They think they know the best way to do something, or the exact information required for a given moment.
And, on top of that, they think we're being stubborn when we try to intervene.
So all of our attempts to help fall on deaf ears. And the results can be as calamitous as they are satisfying.
TenaciousBrit asked, "What's your 'I told you so' moment?"
Many people chose to talk about the times their friends or family ended up producing some truly entertaining physical comedy.
And the laughter was only enhanced with the knowledge that they'd just predicted the whole thing.
"Was picking beans with my sister and mom. To this day I still don't know why the fence was electric but it was. I touched it and I got zapped. It wasn't too bad but it hurt. I jumped away and my sister saw me, I said that it was an electric fence."
"Of course she just thought I was pranking her. I was trying to tell her the whole time we picked beans but she didn't believe me. Right at the end she touched the fence and she didn't see it coming at all... Her face was just like, 'Oh shi-' "
"Loved the car ride home, 'I told you... Idiot.' "
No Babies, Two Hurt Backs
"My sister and I were out sledding when we were kids at this place with a really steep hill. I had unknowingly gone down a sled path that had a jump in it, and when I landed it really hurt my back."
"So when I got back up to the top of the hill I told my sister 'don't go that way, the jump really hurts.' She called me a baby and didn't believe me that it really hurt so she decided she would go down that path on her sled."
"Well, she hit the jump and didn't get back up, turns out she fell so hard she had broken her leg. When we finally got her back up the hill and to the car, I got to tell her 'I told you so.' "
"This dumb a**hole woman wouldn't leave the llamas at our petting zoo alone, even after I warned her."
"Eventually they had enough and spit alllll over her. Green goopy spit from head to torso."
"She threw up a bunch and I laughed. Until I smelled it and then I was retching too."
Others recalled the times they trusted their instincts, only to be gaslighted by medical professionals.
But they did, eventually, get the help they needed. And the mixture of pride and frustration toward the other doctor was palpable.
"Had a weirdly dark freckle. The color of chocolate. I showed spouse and he called me a hypochondriac and if I go to a doctor, I'd be wasting their time."
"I went to the dermatologist. It was melanoma."
Years of Itchy Apples
"Since I was 14, my throat got itchy when I ate apples. I told my mom but she thought I just didn't want to eat apples and forced me to eat them."
"Went to the doctor's office and got a test for allergies."
"Turns out, I'm allergic to apples, peaches, and many other fruits."
This Was a Baby We're Talking About Here!
"My newborn baby was projectile vomiting after every feeding. I took her to the doctor several times, always ended up being sent away with suggestions to try a different formula. I tried like 4 different ones, no change."
"The 4th or 5th visit, they sent me away again with the same recommendation even though I pleaded with them to figure out what was wrong with my baby. I left the office and drove to the ER instead. She ended up having emergency surgery that day."
"The surgeon said she would have starved to death (or maybe dehydrated?) had she gone much longer without the surgery. I gave the doctors in that office a piece of my mind."
Dirt: Not Always the Answer
"Went to the doctor on and off for breathing problems to no avail. A lot of 'rub some dirt on it' mentality. Wound up in the ER as a result of an asthma attack. Kept the bracelet on and everything when I went back the next week to see him."
"Not as satisfying as I would've hoped."
And some people discussed the times they knew or predicted a piece of information, but couldn't seem to persuade someone else through dialogue or conversation.
But, of course, the truth always comes out.
Chose the Wrong Partner
"Lawyer here. Fired a partner who I found some real irregularities in their spending habits vs. what they were making after he couldn't provide a good answer to where it came from. Other partner left and started a new firm with them because they disagreed with my decision and refused to look at the evidence."
"Turns out he stole 500k of a clients money, got disbarred, and is now facing prison time. I told her to look at the evidence and she didn't listen. 🤷🏼♂️"
"Someone started talking about a bottle of Newman's Own salad dressing while at dinner with my family and I said something like 'I'm pretty sure that was started by the Actor/Race car driver Paul Newman.' to which one of my siblings replied 'No it was someone else.' "
"I grabbed the bottle and turned it around and started reading the label out loud. The first sentence was 'Paul Newman's career was acting, but his passion was auto racing.' I stopped reading after that."
He Knew Immediately
"Bed frame wasn't properly lashed down while moving, partner insisted the weight of the frame would keep it in place."
"Flew into the middle of a major intersection on a left turn. We dodged four lanes of oncoming traffic to collect the pieces."
"I fixed my partner with a look that could peel paint, and he said 'I know, I know, you told me so and you're right. I'm sorry.' "
"I still give him sh** for it every time we move something. It's funny now, but god damn was I pissed at the time."
We can draw a couple of lessons from this list.
First, know that, at the end of the day, you can only do your best to share your opinion. You need to accept that they're going to do what they're going to do.
Second, when someone tries to give you advice, maybe take a moment to listen.
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One of the most upsetting aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic––which is saying a lot, frankly––is the number of people who have been so affected by misinformation and disinformation. You know the ones to which I refer: These are the people who are convinced the virus is a hoax despite the lives it's claimed and the devastation it has wrought on society at large. Disinformation kills––there are stories of people who remained convinced that Covid-19 is a hoax even while intubated in the ICU, even up to their last breath.
After Redditor asked the online community, "Doctors of Reddit, what happened when you diagnosed a Covid-19 denier with Covid-19?" doctors and other medical professionals shared these rather unsettling stories.
"The one that sticks out in my mind..."
I'm a doctor working in acute internal medicine. I've seen lots of COVID over the last 12 months, probably 300+ cases. The one that sticks out in my mind the most was a 70-year-old lady with COPD. She refused to have a vaccine because she didn't trust it despite the fact she was eligible for one for weeks beforehand (in the UK). Subsequently caught COVID and was admitted to hospital. She repeatedly doubted this was the diagnosis. She refused to go to our COVID High Dependency Unit despite quite significant respiratory failure. Of course, she deteriorated over a number of days to the point where she was on maximal oxygen on the ward and at that point finally accepted treatment in HDU with high flow oxygen, although continued to doubt she had COVID. Died within 24 hours of her HDU admission having refused to go to ICU.
And of course, what did her family say? They were convinced she never had COVID and even went as far as accusing us of withholding life-saving treatment from her. Unfortunately, there's no treatment for stupidity.
Indeed there isn't.
A completely avoidable tragedy.
"My worst experience..."
My worst experience was when a 2-year-old kid got diagnosed with COVID. His mother had brought him with c/o fever and diarrhea. The child was severely dehydrated and so we had to do a mandatory swab test since we planned to admit him. It came positive and the mother refused to admit it. We were ready to perform a repeat test and we even advised the parents to get tested. Her defense was "The child never left the house. It's just me and the father who go to work daily. The grandmother babysits while we are away. How can he even get COVID without leaving the house." She had called her husband, he came with 10-15 relatives in a car, they broke a few chairs and then left with the baby. We just informed about the case to the COVID control centre.
"Only one patient ever accused me..."
Infectious disease doctor here. Seen about 450-500 COVID patients in the hospital since it all started. Only one patient ever accused me of using the nasal swab to give him COVID (along with a microchip). A handful have ranted nonstop about China. Everyone else has been sick enough to accept it, but lots still refuse the idea of vaccination even after being in the ICU.
"I had a lady who was maxed out..."
I had a lady who was maxed out on high flow (the next step is breathing tube) who still refused to believe she had Covid and was holding a negative test in her hand that she had taken a week prior.
The denial is so strong here.
It would be sad if it wasn't so horrifying.
"I'm an attending physician..."
I'm an attending physician at our Triage Unit. On a Friday, an older gentleman (60 + years) came in with his entire family (wife, sister, BIL, 2 nephews, and 3 children), none of them with a face mask. All had mild COVID symptoms except him, he was saturating 80% with evident shortness of breath. We insisted on doing PCR and a chest CAT scan looking for COVID but he and his wife refused, saying that COVID wasn't real and it was just a bacterial infection. The more we talked with him the more agitated he got to the point that his face was red. We suggested hospitalizing him to stabilize him and start treatment, but they accused us of exaggerating his symptoms and that we only wanted to hospitalize him so we could steal the liquid in his knees (a stupid rumor that was going around when this whole thing started).
They both cursed at us and said they were going to a better hospital to get antibiotics. Fast forward 24 hours later on Saturday, I get a call from the hospital next county over telling us that they intubated one of our patients because he went into respiratory failure when he arrived and they had to transfer him here because they don't have the appropriate equipment. We transfer the patient on Sunday only to find out on the CAT scan he had 90% of lung damage. He passed away on Monday morning.
Just before the family took the body away, I gave the widow the death certificate (that I filled out) and before walking away, she turns around and waves the certificate yelling "See! I told you it wasn't COVID! It says here: "Death due to pulmonary pneumonia due to SARS-CoV-2! I knew it was a bacteria!" I told her: "SARS-CoV-2 is COVID-19, ma'am."
The lengths people are willing to go to stay in denial astound me.
Basic critical thinking appears to have gone out the window here.
I'm a family doc who mostly does outpatient.
I live in a pretty conservative area with a good proportion of COVID deniers, so I've been seeing COVID deniers since this mess became politicized (I've lost a few patients over the mask mandate).
Anyway, I'm pretty pleased to say that several of my COVID denying patients have completely turned their attitude around when they (or a close family member) contracted COVID. Even if their case wasn't severe, the sudden terror that they could wind up on a ventilator overnight really puts the fear of God into people.
Unfortunately, I still have some patients who are still pretty obnoxious despite their covid diagnosis. They mostly dig deeper into paranoia. If not about the virus itself, then about the circumstances surrounding them contracting it.
"If Fauci had done his job from the beginning, it never would've hit this town."
"It's the entire fault of Obamacare that I can't get the experimental immunoglobulin treatment!" (It's not, your eligibility for the infusion is dependent on a list of risk factors).
And, probably my favorite...
"So I have COVID and it's completely your responsibility to fix it. I need you to send Hydroxychloroquine, Zinc, Vit D, Lisinopril, and azithromycin to the pharmacy..." Then they proceed to get pissed at me when I don't.
"During our peak time..."
I'm an emergency department physician in the US. I work in an area that had the highest death rate for a solid couple of weeks in the country.
During our peak time when we had national news crews here covering how we were a s***show, saw numerous people screaming their Covid disease wasn't real despite being hypoxic and on large amounts of oxygen due to Covid. That was an unpleasant time as this was still early (May/June) and it was extremely political like people apparently plotting to kidnap our state governor due to lockdowns.
Saw a lot of people refusing Covid testing who needed admission for non-covid purposes because the swabs would give them covid or put some sort of tracking device. They weren't pleased when they then had to be admitted to our full-blown Covid floors. Our Covid floors resembled a warzone because they were understaffed and relative s***hole conditions as we basically converted hallways into covid floors.
Also saw a lot of people young people who weren't exactly deniers but thought you basically couldn't sick if you were young. Lots of people with their lungs permanently scarred or at a minimum a couple of weeks of misery and/or spread it to their loved ones who got extremely ill.
"The willful cognitive dissonance..."
Physician here. The willful cognitive dissonance is real. It never ceases to amaze me how many patients will refuse assistance from me to register to get vaccinated, make claims that vaccines are harmful, but then accept my medical care on anything else that suits their whim. Patients absolutely have the autonomy to refuse care, but why would you continue to see a physician and accept their medical advice and care if you think they would simultaneously recommend something to you that would be harmful?
I've posed this question to patients who are vaccine-hesitant: "Why would you let me manage your diabetes and hypertension if you think I would harm you by recommending vaccinations?" You cannot get any kind of thoughtful response aside from, "I just don't want to be vaccinated."
"Some denier patients lived..."
RN here with most of 2020 spent in COVID land. I never had anyone refuse treatment when things got serious. I know some of the MDs I worked with got yelled at, like the rest of us...but honestly, that happens frequently anyway.
Some denier patients lived, many of which had accepted reality by the end of their stay after seeing what we all were going through to treat them.
Some died telling me I was a sheep or an idiot or a liar between gasps of air.
COVID didn't care.
This comment is strangely poetic.
Covid definitely doesn't care. The virus lays waste to people and... that's it. Good luck with your games of Russian roulette.
"People are crazy."
I work on a COVID unit and I ran into a patient like this. They'd tell me over and over again about how they weren't really sick and about how I didn't need to be gowned up in PPE. They even tried to take my face shield off. If you test positive for COVID two times then you have COVID! People are crazy.
Covid disinformation is a very serious problem and it's costing people their lives.
What can be done about it?
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