If you haven't heard about it already, Pokemon Go is the newest mobile fad that has taken the world by storm. While still new and relatively undeveloped, it has become one of the most used and popular apps on the market. Even though news about the app can be found just about anywhere these days, there are still some things most people don't know. Here are 30 awesome facts you probably haven't heard about Pokemon Go. Enjoy!
3/30. Chances are, after you've visited a handful of PokStops (the blue floating cubes) around the world, you'll end up with a number of 'Eggs', to be hatched by walking two, five or 10 kilometres. What's inside them first appeared to be random, but is actually tiered, with greater distanced eggs having a higher chance of rewarding you with a rarer and more powerful Pokmon. The game seems to have an element of randomness, so although a 10km trek can occasionally result in a bog-standard Eevee, you may also end up with something like an Electabuzz in a shorter distanced egg.
4/30. Many landmarks and monuments have been turned into PokStops, but as you look over the game world, you'll spy a number of them are randomly covered in pink petals. These 'petals' are actually tiny love hearts, and they come from a 'Lure Module' being dropped at the Stop in question. Dropping a module lets all PoGo players in the surrounding area know that they have a far higher chance of catching Pokmon, should they venture across to its vicinity, so if you're in need of a few hundred extra friends, drop a module and wait for them to show up.
5/30. The world first learned of Pokmon Go from the Pokmon games first-ever Super Bowl ad in January 2016. It was designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original Pokmon games for the Nintendo Game Boy.
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6/30. You can run, you can jog, you can even sprint - just don't speed up past 25mph, as that's the cut-off point in terms of how fast the game can track you. This mostly comes down to Niantic's servers needing to keep track of you at all times, and some relative balancing in terms of how frequently you can acquire the creatures themselves. If you could hop in your car and do laps around the block to hatch the most powerful monsters in minutes, and that just wouldn't fair.
7/30. Pokmon isnt actually owned by Nintendo itself the copyright is technically jointly owned by The Pokmon Company, a joint venture between Nintendo, original game developer Game Freak, and toy-maker Creatures. It was actually The Pokmon Company, not Nintendo, who spearheaded Pokmon Go.
8/30. Pokmon Go is the newest reason for the entire population to stare down at their phones. To put into perspective the enormity that is Pokmon Go, you just have to look at the numbers.Five percent of all Android users in the US have downloaded the app, which is more than the amount of people that use the dating app Tinder. And 60% of those that downloaded it use it every day, which means is more than Twitter. The app is also used an average of 43 minutes a day, which is more than WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, and Snapchat.
9/30. Since Pokmon Gos release, many beneficial uses have been uncovered. For one thing, it helps players get exercise. The app is allowing many people to be more social than ever before and is bringing Pokmon back in a big way. But theres one use for Pokmon Go that no one expected: its ability to solve missing persons cases and scare the crap out of teenagers. When one player in Wyoming was searching the nearby river for water Pokmon she stumbled across something unlike the other 50 Pokmon that she had found earlier. Thats because rather than a Pokmon she found a dead body, lying face down in the water just a few feet from where she was walking.
10/30. For players who caught all 151 Pokmon in Google Maps in 2014, Google had a sweet bonus: A set of custom-made Pokmon Master business cards.
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11/30. The roots of Pokmon Go trace back to 1995, and the launch of Meridian 59. This was the first three-dimensional online roleplaying game, setting the tone for World of Warcraft almost a decade later. It was also the first game made under the leadership of John Hanke, who would go on to form Pokmon Go developer Niantic.
12/30. You can now take an uber to catch Pokemon. In the wake of the global "Pokemon Go" obsession, all sorts of business ventures have popped up seeking to capitalize on the game's success. It is now possible for committed players to hire a driver specifically to take them from Pokestop to Pokestop, canvassing cities such as New York and Portland, for about $25 an hour. If you feel your game needs work, hire a high level real-life Pokemon trainer. You can relax at home, and let them walk around and catch those pesky pokes for you for a mere $20 an hour.
13/30. With the wave of intellectual property nostalgia that is sweeping our blockbusters, why hasn't there been a major motion Pokmon film? Well, as it turns out Hollywood has always had plans to get into the Pokmon business. Word is that Legendary Pictures is working on getting the rights in order to make a live-action Pokemon film that would have a similar feel to "Angry Birds" or "Pixels." And while this sounds like an exciting prospect in the world of video-games-turned-movies, who knows if by the time the film is made the worlds population wont be too consumed in one big Pokmon hunt to care.
14/30. One of the more go aspects of Pokmon GO is the fact that you have to walk around to hatch incubated eggs that will turn into Pokmon that probably are not in your area. The game tracks your movement using GPS, not a pedometer, so walking on a treadmill does nothing to hatch eggs.
15/30. You may wonder what the point of holding gyms is other than bragging rights, but there is actually a tangible benefit to it. For every gym you either lead or support you will get a daily package of a pretty significant amount of currency. Ingress players have said that turnover happens often, and not to get attached to your gym because you will be losing it all time. Thats most of the fun of the competitive aspect of games like this.
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16/30. If you download the game map you can extend your battery life. There's a lot of disagreement going on about this particular trick. On the one hand, a bunch of players have experienced better battery life, whilst on the other, an actual Google technician stated the 'hack' didn't work. So, the theory goes that Pokmon GO actually uses Google Maps' API (the offline guts of the app itself) to form the base of the game world. To make the most of battery life, many users are saying to pop into Google Maps' settings, hit 'offline areas', tap the plus symbol and add/download your own location. From here, the game should then use the offline map to process all data other than GPS tracking, saving your battery and hopefully extending how long you can play.
17/30. You may have noticed little prompts popping up stating you've 'Captured 3 Water Pokmon' or walked a certain distance, so if you're looking for optional things to do and track in between capturing and battling Pokmon, hop into your profile menu from the main gameplay screen, and then scroll down to see the list of optional medals. As the app runs less smoothly in densely populated areas, many of the scrolling options rarely work the first time you place your finger on the screen. Always be sure to explore the app in full, as Niantic have really dropped the ball when it comes to explaining all these features.
18/30. 'Pinch n' zoom' has been the norm for years on all smartphones, but Pokmon GO takes things one step further - or back, depending on what you make of this weird inclusion. You may have noticed that tapping on the game screen in random places causes a small blue disc to emanate from said area. So, if you tap and then quickly tap and hold again, moving your finger up and down will zoom the camera in and out.
19/30. You can tap Pokmon to hear their soundbites. Niantic are reportedly working on a fix to make it so the Pokmon themselves don't sound like they're communicating through a wall of foam. As it stands though, they'll yell at you when being caught and again during gym battles, but you can see what your team sound like at any time. Head into the Pokmon viewer and tap on the creature itself to hear their iconic noise, and you can also hold your finger down on them to rotate. Now you can fully admire your Charizard in all its splendour.
20/30. Pokmon Go isnt actually the first time you could play with Nintendo characters in so-called augmented reality. The Nintendo 3DS and its successors have a little-used augmented reality feature that lets you aim its camera at special cards, and have 3D characters appear on the screen, kind of like Pokmon Go.
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21/30. Although Pokmon Go hasnt been out very long up to this point, crazed Pokmon hunters are jonesing for more creatures to catch. And while its yet to be confirmed that anyone has caught em all, with 151 original Pokmon out there and capturable, according to the Pokmon Go Pokdex. But fear not, because its been reported that game developer Niantic is working on adding more Pokmon to the game. In the meantime, Niantic has confirmed that trading is definitely coming in a future update in order to really capture the original essence of the Pokmon of our youths. But with 721 official Pokmon created since Pokmons debut in 1995, theres a lot more characters that fans are going to want to see on Pokmon Go in the near future.
22/30. A Pokestop may be coming to a McDonald's near you, Gizmodo reports. If Reddit rumours prove true, a not-so-distant McDonald's sponsorship would mean you could be fighting most of your Pokemon gym battles under the golden arches with a mouth full of french fries.
23/30. Anyone whos ever played a video game will attest to the fact that no game is complete without a rare quest to find a hidden Easter Egg. And perhaps Pokmon Gos Easter Egg is the holy grail of the game, as some users have found hints in the games code alluding to Legendary Pokmon waiting to be captured. Just like the original Pokmon games, searches for its rarest creatures look to be among the most rewarding experiences. Though no one has located them yet, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Mewtwo and Mew are among those listed in the files for the game.
24/30. Almost nothing tracks when the app is closed. This is one aspect of Pokmon GO that really seems to be a problem, and a huge cause of battery woes. The game will not alert you when Pokmon or PokStops are near unless the app is open. It will not count your steps. It will pretty much not do anything except drain the timer of your consumables. So you will literally have to be that guy or girl walking around with your phone in hand, or at least paying really close attention to sounds via headphones or buzzes while you have the app open in your pocket.
25/30. The gym system is a little confusing at first. As it turns out, you have to lower the gym rep all the way to zero in order to make it neutral and then you can station one of your Pokmon there. This involves beating a gym two, three or more times, unless you have some team members around to back you up. If you can heal after each fight, this is actually pretty easy to do depending on your CP levels, but the system is not terribly well explained in the game itself.
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26/30. You can evolve non-primary duplicates for XP. You quickly learn that you will be shoving lots of extra Pokmon into the meat grinder for candy, once you start amassing a lot of low level duplicates. Once you have a max evolution version of a Pokmon, it seems like youd want to just upgrade that and not look back. But, for some of the most common Pokmon near you, they can be a bonus source of significant XP. Say you evolved your Rattata into a Raticate but you keep finding eight zillion Rattatas. Well, save a few, and use all that candy (and zero stardust) to evolve them for 500 XP a pop. There are probably only a handful of Pokmon that you will find this often, but this is a great use of extra candy which costs you nothing of significance and will really help with levelling.
27/30. It seems that everyone is capitalizing on the success of Pokmon Go, from restaurants to churches and even criminals. Police have reported that criminals armed with a handgun in Missouri have been luring players to them using the app in an attempt to rob them. Although the suspects were caught and charged with felony robbery and are probably not great people, no one is talking about how they must have been expert Pokmon Go players, considering the level they would have needed to attain in order to track and lure their victims to a secluded place. According to police the robbers added a beacon to a Pokstop in an empty parking lot and were able to lure four Pokmon Go players to them at 2am.
28/30. You get daily bonuses by stationing Pokmon at gyms under your team's colour. Stroll up to one, and if it's the same colour as what you're signed up to, battle for the option to raise the gym's 'Prestige' - whereas if an opposing colour is stationed, you'll have to beat the guarding Pokmon before going any further. Once the gym is grey again, turn it your team's colour by placing a Pokmon there - now jump into the Shop menu and look to the top right. You'll have a number in the centre of the shield icon, which dictates how many Pokmon are assigned to gyms. Each is worth 10 gold coins and 500 Stardust. You can put up to 10 out in the wild for the rest of us to fight, and the bonuses will roll in once every 21 hours, depending on if they've been defeated and returned to your roster or not.
29/30. Going forward, Niantic should be looking into populating rural areas just as much as cityscapes and general suburbia, but as it stands if you're out in the sticks, there may only a handful of PokStops to activate. To remedy that, know they reset every five minutes, meaning you can do a quick walk around the block - catching Pokmon as you go - only to return and nab another set of items. There's no limit to how much you can cash in (other than your own sanity), so do yourself a favour - get a bit of exercise in by inventing new routes to and from your places of business, and trigger these Stops as much as possible.
30/30. There are some points on the map designated as gyms, that are far harder to reach than others. There are some gyms you literally couldn't get to without paying a fee, which was great, because the Pokmon who were stationed there had a CP level of around 700. You could tell, whoever these people were, they'd coughed up the cash to get into the area and stationed their Pokmon, knowing only those who also wanted to pay cash to take back a fictional gym would ever take it back. Next time you're rationing off which Pokmon will be guarding what, survey the environment and think: Which gym poses an actual challenge to seek out? It can only lead to more regular daily bonuses in the end.
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We often find ourselves having to guess how to make things work and make things fit--in our lives, but also just in our possessions. Will these pants fit me? These shoes?
Will this screw fit my table? Will this charger fit my phone?
If everything was somehow standard, wouldn't it all be so much easier?
Here were some of those answers.
No More Vanity Sizes
Sizes for clothing.
Especially for shoes. How hard would it be to just list the sizes in centimeters (or inches if you're American)?
WHY DO WE USE STANDARD MEASUREMENTS FOR OUR CLOTHES, BUT THEY ARE DIFFERENT SIZES IN DIFFERENT BRANDS???
Calvin Klein's men's slacks: 32'' waist
Bar III men's slacks: 32'' waist
Perry Ellis slacks: 32'' waist
THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT WAIST SIZES. WHYY?!?!?!?!
Ah Yes, Three Chilis
There's a standard for chili heat levels (the Scoville scale), but food manufacturers never use it. Instead, they use a varying number of chili icons which mean nothing at all.
It's always fun going to like a Thai restaurant in Canada and trying to figure out whether the chili icon means Thai spicy or Canadian spicy.
Ah Yes, This Could Kill Me
Household electrical voltages and sockets.
Interestingly enough, there was an attempt: since 1986, there is an international standard socket, IEC 60906-1. However, only South Africa has implemented it so far.
And it is unlikely it will ever be implemented in other countries, as the EU is even advising against it since 2017:
REFIT found that "the harmonisation of plug and socket outlet systems in Europe, by introducing changes in national wiring legislations (would have) important transitional periods (above 75 years)", and that the cost to "replace the old socket-outlets (and the corresponding plugs of the appliances being used)" was estimated at 100 billion Euro, "generating a huge environmental impact, producing some 700 000 tons of electrical waste". REFIT does not recommend harmonising the plugs and socket-outlet systems in Europe.
Can we just get a little consistency here? Please?!
After working in a grocery store, can diameters should only come in a maybe 4 sizes. And they should all stack.
But they don't. They never do.
I feel your pain. I hate those narrow jars and cans that are slightly narrower than 3 wires of the shelf so they tip over if you don't place them perfectly.
A Computer Mouse, Not A Little Baby Mouse
Modern rechargable batteries.
We spent years with standard size batteries. We are now stuck with proprietary batteries which aren't designed to be user replaceable and often dictate the life of the device.
Yes absolutely. I found this fact especially annoying when looking for a mouse. Most of the more expensive mice come with rechargeable batteries, and it seems that modern tech reviewers are claiming this is better than some standard double A.
All Standard, Yet None Standard
I worked in a hardware store long enough to learn that apparently everything is standardized.
"I need window screens."
Okay, what are your dimensions?
"It's a standard size window."
"I'm looking for a replacement ceiling fan."
Okay, do you want small blades, large blades? A modest 30" span or a robust 56"?
"Just standard size."
"Do you think this large, bulky, cumbersome commodity will fit in my vehicle?"
I don't know. How big your truck?
"It's a standard one."
protip: it's a sedan. it's always a sedan.
Welp, Here's Your Problem
Based on years of helping my Dad in his shop, doing bodywork on vehicles - fastenings. Bolts, screws. rivets, clips... the sheer amount of specialized fastenings and required tools is insane. Even the variety of types in single vehicles is excessive.
Not to mention many of them are so cheaply made that there is no reusing them.
So Many Sign Languages
Not necessarily something that should be standardised because it would affect many cultures negatively, but I've always wondered what it would be like if every country just spoke one language. Sign language should probably be standardised, but re-learning sign language for people who use it may be difficult and time-consuming
Perhaps We Need To Rethink Policing
Police responses to missing persons across the nation, and the information requirements for police reports to be filled out with specific and complete information at the first point of contact by the person reporting the missing person, regardless of the age, status, or suspected reason for disappearing.
Police should NEVER be allowed to decide a case isn't valid at the first point of contact.
A Recipe For A Lint Fire
The laundry exhaust receptacle in homes should be centered exactly eighteen inches (45.7cm) from the floor with eighteen inches (or 45.7 cm) of clearance on both sides.
The exhaust duct of a clothes dryer should be in the middle of the back of the machine, and centered eighteen inches/45.7 cm from the floor. The dryer should have adjustable feet to allow for slight errors in measurement.
Once this is done, a laundry dryer can be pushed into the wall and we won't need to craft a length of ducting to connect the two.
Just a little bit of sameness and consistency could really go a long way here.
Some things ought not be tried again.
Sure, they made sense the first time. It may have held charm, at least some sense of purpose on the second go around. But eventually, surely, an essential truth became clear: never again.
Reddit is apparently crawling with people carrying around that permanent grudge towards some thing they've done in the past.
Lucky for us, we can learn from their mistakes.
senorllama57 asked, "What is something you will never do again?"
There were, of course, plenty of people who discussed horrible jobs they've held in the past. They may have had little choice at the time, but now that it's all in the past they feel free to share how they really felt.
The Customer Always Seems To Be Wrong
"Work retail. I think every kid fresh out of high school should work a retail job for a year. It builds character." -- ProfessionalTheme415
"How did you get out!?! Lol. It's like a black hole where I work. Everyone that tries to leave comes back." -- threebillion6
A Lot Going On
"Work in a nursing home. The sights, screams and pleas Will haunt me forever." -- M_Lamora
"Honestly working in a nursing home was one of the most weird jobs I ever had. I've never been threatened so many times in my life. I once had a memory care resident ask me if I would help her jump a caregiver."
One After Another
"Work in a call center." -- Evilsmurfkiller
"Sucked the soul right out of me within a year." -- Bandana-mal
"I was at one for 2 and half years and it was not until I left I realized I had work-related depression. I was overeating, not eating, sleep deprived, slept all the time, I had such rage that would come out at times...
"I did not care what happened to me, I left because they were gonna fire me over something dumb because they just fire people for being there long. I left over a year ago, and I have not been this happy to wake up every day in years, my life is so much better now." -- UnusualLight0
Others discussed past struggles they've encountered within the romantic realm. Unfortunately, these lessons came with plenty of emotional struggle.
"Get married. It'll be 19 years this August and my marriage is my marriage. I reserve the right to have a girlfriend at some point if she passes away before I do, but she's the one and only wife, end of story."
"Ignore red flags when talking to someone I want to date. I've done it twice now, and both times sucked" -- YareYareYandere
"Listen to your gut. If something feels off, you're probably not imagining it." -- SurealGod
Don't Forget About You
"Okay first off I'm sorry if this might sound cringe :D . . . That would be hmm become too attached/codependent on a person. Whether it may be of a lover, friend, or just acquaintance."
"Idk if it's coincidence but they either end up gone one day or become total di**s when you least expect it and I'm forced to cut ties."
And some people chose to recall the things they were so certain would be fun and enjoyable, but turned out to be so not.
A Bad Ratio
"I made a super elaborate meal once. It was ... okay. Certainly not worth the effort involved." -- Astramancer_
"Take an hour to make something, only takes 15 minutes to eat. It's bullsh**." -- SurealGod
Hours and Hours
"Times Square on New Years' Eve. It was fun once, never need to do it again." -- AnswerGuy301
"I was going to answer the same thing. It seemed like it would be so much fun but now that I know what it entails — never again" -- hi_its_me
"I have never been and never understood the attraction of waiting for hours and hours in the shivering weather." -- amrodd
Think of Grease Splatters
"Prepare steaks when drunk" -- Kiaulunne
"Not for your reason, but same here. Cooked one at 2am after half a bottle of rum. Quickly ate and passed out after. Woke up around 8am dying for water and realised I left the gas stove on... So glad nothing burned down..." -- schofield101
"I will never get drunk again. Tipsy, buzzed, sure. Thats fine."
"But when I was in front of that toilet for an hour, being so weak I couldn't even sit up, having people constantly come in to check on me, worrying that I might have alcohol poisoning, that is exactly not a fun time"
So take some notes! Or maybe there were some true horrors you went through that this list seems to be lacking.
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You know what they say, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions". Because the people who have our best interests in mind typically have good intentions when they give us advice, but there's a chance that that advice can go horribly wrong.
Try not to follow the bad advice given here, because you don't want to get the results that these guys did.
The workplace can bring a cornucopia of terrible advice. Don’t follow these unless you want to get fired.
Bad jobs are usually not worth it.
Stick with a job no matter how bad it is. I stayed with a terrible job working retail, dealing with horrible customers and sexual harassment. I was told I wouldn't find anything better.
"No, no, you misunderstand. I said you wouldn't find anything better at making you feel like complete garbage."
This gets really creepy really fast.frustrated workplace GIFGiphy
"After you put in a job application, you need to call them at least once a day every day until they hire you."
Note: this did not get me hired. It got me called out by the HR person I was calling and forbidden to ever contact their facility again.
I work for a law firm that employees over 1500 people in the home office alone. Once I received a call from the building security saying, "Insert Name is here to speak with the owner." Well we are run by a committee so that's odd. Found out they just applied for a job and wanted to talk directly to the person that would potentially hire them. Told him the firm will contact them to schedule an interview. They refused to leave without "talking to the owner." Had security escort them out of the building.
This is absolutely not true.
"Sleep is for people who do not want success" great words from my uncle, it almost killed me.
Now I may be oversleeping.
Interpersonal relationships are also a big breeding ground for terrible advice. Don’t listen to any of these.
My father always tought me and my brother that "having friends is bad and in the end they will never be there for you" so everytime I told my father about my friends he would get kinda mad and give me the advice to stop talking to them.
Now I am afraid of people and have several trust issues, thanks dad.
This won’t end well.A Christmas Story GIF by filmeditorGiphy
In the fifth grade my teacher was talking about bullying, then she said "if anyone tries to bully you just agree with them." So the next time I got bullied I agreed with the bully and they bullied me more.
Dude one time I saw an anti bullying video that told the victims to just BE NICE TO THE BULLY. Like the bully was hurling insults and the victim was smiling and complimenting him. My first thought was about how much I hated the mere thought that this would work. My second thought was of how the people who came up with that method had clearly never been bullied.
When I met my now wife at the age of 19, one of my coworkers said that it's very important to start at the bottom with presents and work your way up, she still has the socks I gave her on our first anniversary on the wall over our bed as a reminder...
I'm still trying to teach my boyfriend about good presents and bad presents. Biscuits from the supermarket = bad present. Cheap unbranded laptop battery from China as my only present = bad present (and only lasted 2 months). Anything off my 7-page wishlist = good present. It's literally a list of things I want to receive as presents.
Can tell you from experience that this is a bad idea.
Had a falling out with some friends. My husband recommended I reach out to an old friend who ghosted me suddenly in a manner that induced some pretty severe abandonment trauma. Went for it anyways because "it's been so long, surely they changed". Am now experiencing the same things as last time.
When you follow bad advice, it can lead to mistakes that you just can’t come back from.
Buying a house is tricky.for sale dancing GIF by Lisa VertudachesGiphy
"Buy a home now before the prices go up!" -my FIL in 2006.
We bought in 2007 and paid $259,500 for our 1,300 sq ft house (we really couldn't afford it and had an 80/20 so we had 8% interest for one loan and 6% on the other) and in 2008 it was worth $97,000 so refinancing wasn't even an option. We watched all of our neighbors walk away or get foreclosed on but we kept paying our bills and as of this very moment our house is worth $462,000. I'm so happy we stuck it out, we both worked our @sses off and the house will be paid off in 2 years.
It worked out for us, it's a horrible idea. Especially since 1300 sq ft houses are $460+k
My heartbreaks for future generations, I honestly don't know how people are going to afford housing in the future.
It’s there for a reason.
"Never apply for any government assistance."
Cue years of suffering trying to work full-time with a painful disability. Quit a particularly terrible job, and wanted to apply for food aid until I could find another gig; a friend with lots of DHS experience recommended I apply for Social Security "just to get in the system." Turns out my disability was bad enough to get accepted the first time, which I wasn't expecting. Really could've used that support, oh, the 30+ previous years of my life.
Credit is important to have.
I was told to not get a credit card until after college. I was super fortunate to have my college paid for so I had no loans, car paid in cash, no credit card or anything to start building credit. Found myself out in the world at 22 years old with a credit score of 0.
So while a lot of this bad advice came from trusted people, oftentimes they were too misinformed to give that advice in the first place. Don't trust the word of one person--do your research, and make decisions for yourself.
It'll be way better in the long run
Every once in awhile, somebody comes along, enters your life, and catapults themselves to that awful, unique position at the top of your list of the worst people you have ever met.
Sometimes, the person's blindingly terrible behavior and overall essence is actually impressive. We ask ourselves, "how could a person like this actually exist on purpose?"
Alas, they do. And you have to deal with them. Or, if your lucky, you can carve out some distance.
Redditors shared descriptions of the worst people they've ever had the misfortune to meet. Some have escaped the relationship. Some are are still stuck in the clutches.
LoneStar202 asked, "Who is the worst person you have ever met?"
Some chose to talk about the acquaintances they simply couldn't help but encounter. External circumstances beyond their control made the stars align in the worst way possible.
Keeping the Peace
"There was this guy who used to come into the McDonald's where I did security overnight (yes, that's a job), and he was the biggest ahole I've ever met in my life."
"Ginger, 5'6 or so, named Colby, had a perpetual scowl on his face, looked for any reason to start a fight with anyone. He and his friend would come in when it's super busy, not order, and then yell at the staff that he paid and wasn't given a receipt in the hopes that they'd give him free food rather than deal with him."
"I kicked him out for six months on two separate occasions for coming in drunk and throwing things, drinking beer in the restaurant, starting fights, you name it. Only got in my face once and I never had to fight him, but I'm much bigger than him and the law is on my side."
"Not that I would necessarily have won. I'm big and strong, but I have no idea how to fight and he did. I called his bluffs because I was pretty sure he wouldn't attack me and he didn't."
"Funny, I just realized I've finally forgotten his last name. Not that I'd mention it. He might be less of a @ss now and he's no longer my business."
You Know 'Em
"I work with a real life, archetypal, Karen. She's two-faced, mean, anti-vax, and just generally the whole nine. The first interaction I ever had with her she had to make fun of me behind my back for being a dude with earrings."
"Recently kicked up a stink by making an 'anonymous' email address and emailing our HR department saying people were discriminating against folks not getting the covid vaccine.
"Luckily she's burned too many bridges for anyone to really take her crazy anymore but man is she frustrating to deal with."
Others discussed the family members that, for obvious reasons, they were forced to put up with for years and years. But even family isn't enough to keep a person like that around.
Marrying Into It
"It sounds cliche, but my ex-MIL. What made her the worst is that she was a covert POS."
"We always lived about 1k miles from them, so I didn't pick up on it for far, far too long, but goddamn, I've never met anyone with as much unacknowledged hate and cruelty in their heart."
A Thing of the Past
"My father. Cheater, never paid child support, verbally abusive to my mother, sister and I. Just all around bad dude."
"Haven't talked to him in about 15 years and am 100% ok with that."
So Many Problems
"My brother. He's like a cross between Kramer (Seinfeld, 'my newest thing' and mannerisms) and Frank from Its Always Sunny (illegal activity and completely illogical 'logic')."
"He's ripped me off for thousands of dollars (getting close to 5 figures). Constantly stealing anything he can, but claims 'borrowed' if caught with it. Been to jail 3 times and is currently on house arrest after over a year of probation violations. "
"The epitome of 'easier to say sorry than ask permission' (but the apologies are hollow) and 'what's yours is mine and what's mine is mine.' No consideration for anyone or anything. Manages to break virtually anything he touches. Hasn't had a job in over 1.5 years, but has been trying to fraudulently collect unemployment."
"Constantly thinks everyone is out to get him and people are stalking the camper he lives in (has security cameras that he watches frequently and often 'patrols' the area). Tries to break into locked doors and safe, and pulls the 'why don't you believe/trust me' line."
"I'm just scratching the surface here. He'd use your clippers/razor to shave his family jewels and not clean up the mess (something he's done multiple times)."
Finally, there were the stories of classmates. Whether it was high school, college, or even graduate school, there were enough people there all in one place that one or two rotten people were never far away.
"Guy from my high school was a wannabe thug. He ended up going to juvi junior year. After a year of juvi. He became a true criminal. Broke into people's homes. Stole from stores and got heavy into drugs."
"Then he eventually died after robbing the wrong store at gunpoint. The owner came out the back and shot him with a shotgun."
Wait for the Twist
"My gf's college classmate. Narcistic. Thought of himself as very important so he came into the church where we were graduating, on his HORSE. He damaged a 1000 or something-year-old church floor in Leiden. He thinks he didn't do anything wrong."
"And the weird thing is, we were graduating LAW SCHOOL"
Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder
"I had a classmate who wanted to become a stock broker and a millionaire. He said more than once, with absolute pride, 'When I'm rich I wont donate a single penny to the poor!' I asked him why and he said 'I have my own problems, and the poor being poor is not one of them.' "
"He opened his own business when he was 23 and was pretty successful, but suddenly a fire burned the place down while he was in it and he suffered from third degree burns all over his body."
"He later confessed setting the fire himself and was found guilty on insurance fraud. He's only 24 now and his professional life is basically over."
A Sudden Shift
"A teacher I once had. Didn't know me. Never spoke to me much."
"One day just randomly snapped at me. Yelling at me telling me that I had no future, that all the awards I got were to go to waste, that I the article I published which I spent hours working on and submitted didn't matter. That even though I was 14 and had many great achievements, I would end up just like that said teacher."
"Worst person I have ever encountered. Did collateral damage to my life as now I am a high school student with no more ambition. Wanna be a journalist? Wanna be a writer? A lawyer? Not anymore buddy."
Hopefully, you don't have too many of these people in your own life. But, let's face it, there's one or two people on your mind right now.
Here's hoping you managed to let go and get away.
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