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Imagine renting out your living space to a complete stranger. Everything will go smoothly and you will get paid, right? Not likely! That type of intimate exchange comes with a lot of juicy stories and usually a little bit of regret.
Airbnb landlords what's your worst guest story?
Get ready for these gems!
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I had one "tenant" make a porn. I didn't find out until I was cruising around. I noticed my living room and kitchen
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Not the landlord, but the neighbor of one. She rented her house out, and the tenant threw a massive house party with over a hundred people in it. They destroyed her house and tore down our fence as they fled when the cops arrived on scene.
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My boss rented out his old house on Airbnb and in the night they took every item and piece of furniture in an afternoon except a sofa.
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We did a bit and it was ok. Worst wasn't bad at all, but a bit of a culture clash.
They complained our house, a 100 year-old cottage in the New Forest, southern England, didn't have a particular type of bedding (only found in America), and didn't have 'bug screens'.
We tried to explain that 'bug screens' simply don't exist anywhere in the UK, but they didn't really get it.
We got a so-so review for having a house missing these so-called 'basic conveniences', despite our trying to explain that things are a bit different in the UK to America.
We were their first stop before they headed up to Edinburgh. I hope the rest of their trip didn't bring them too many surprises, but I have a suspicion they would have spent the whole two weeks bitching about how things are different to America.
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I have a couple. One guest used my house to cheat on his wife and then proceeded to proposition me. The reason I quit hosting was because of a couple who stayed with me for $500 for a whole month. They had a two room suite with a bed and TV in one room and a futon, TV, computer, printer, small fridge and microwave in the other room a very very large walk in closet and an en suite bathroom, and they still took over my entire house. I ended up staying in my room if I wasn't at work. They ate all of their meals for the day from the breakfast food I provided so I was spending about $50 a week on breakfast food. I forgot to preset the coffee maker ONCE and the wife complained about it the entire day. She was unbearable, nothing was good enough for her. The next year even though my home wasn't listed on Airbnb, they had the nerve to email me and ask me to stay with me for 2 months at a much lower rate.
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Converted a rental house for Airbnb use. Bought furniture from Craig's List and Ikea, fixed it up, found a property manager for it. Turned on the listing.
Second booking was a 20-something woman with no previous reviews on airbnb. She booked the whole house for just one Saturday night. Our manager warns us "that sounds like she's planning a party". We respond that the listing makes it very clear that parties are not allowed. My girlfriend, who runs the business, writes to this woman twice and phones her once to remind her of the "no parties" rule. The woman keeps assuring us "Oh no, I would never do that. It's just me, my two friends, and my brother coming over for dinner."
Saturday comes along, we're staying in the house next door, and around 9:30 we hear music coming from our rental house. We look out the window and disco lights are running in the house. In the kitchen, a group of women are moving huge pots into the kitchen. A little later, we see them emptying ice, fruit juice, and several bottles of liquor into the pots.
My girlfriend decides enough is enough and goes over there to remind them of the "no parties" rule.
"Oh, no, we're not having a party, just my brother and his wife coming over for dinner." "Ok, then, where's the food? Who are all these people?". My girlfriend turns away about twenty people who show up at the door.
After breaking into tears and telling my girlfriend "You're ruining my life!", she agrees to leave, and the party is over. My girlfriend still had to turn away a couple of carloads of would-be partiers.
The night ends with two of the woman's friends pacing back and forth in front of the house screaming at my girlfriend. "You b*! You f***_b! Give us our deposit back! Come out and fight me, b! B! B_!".
Plants in the garden are uprooted. Pots are smashed. Neighbors start to gather. Police are called.
The next morning involves cleaning up, repotting plants, and writing letters of apology to the neighbors.
When your Airbnb visit involves a SWAT team...[rebelmouse-image 18345153 is_animated_gif=
Nothing bad about my guest, but the whole timing was horrible. This Korean Kid (probably 20-22yrs), spoke very little English and his first time in America, he arrives at my house about 8:00pm (Renting just a single bedroom for 4-days. I will add at the time my house was not in the best neighborhood). He arrives and I am not home yet, he lets himself in and probably reads the info sheet I left out... I get back about 9:00pm and the entire area around my house (4-block in all directions) is locked down by the police, they tell me I can't enter but I explain the scenario about a new International Kid living at my house, so they escort me through the alley to my house. I go inside the house and he is in his room kind of scared to come out. At this time the SWAT Team is in front of my house, News crews down the street and I find out the brother of the person across the street just beat his GF with a bat, then ran a couple blocks and broke into his brothers house to hide. He is a Felon with a Warrant and they believe he may be armed. The Korean Kid (Forgot his Name) asked me if this is what America is always like as we watch out the window. Anyways 2hrs later they kick in the door, throw flash-bangs inside and go in, 5-minutes later they carry him out Limp, handcuffed and ankle cuffed and lay him on the street while medics look at him. He was very frightened to do anything the whole time he stayed with me because he thought it is very dangerous to go outside!
Edit: sorry my punctuation and grammar are awful, I'm too lazy to correct it currently.
When things get a little wild![rebelmouse-image 18345154 is_animated_gif=
I always offer to take my guests out on the town, I always host on the weekend. First off, my friends and I go pretty hard when we go out. This couple, maybe in their early 30s and very professional, had not planned on getting shitfaced, but after a couple drinks they decided to stay out late drinking with us. The next morning I woke up still drunk, walked out to my living room to find the man passed out on my rug, 10 ft from the bedroom, and he had pissed himself. I'm a super laid back guy, so I found it hilarious, the girlfriend, not so much. He was still out for the count, so we dragged him into the shower and turned it on. I made them breakfast and 30 minutes later when we went to check on him, he was still passed out but in the shower. She was so pissed off, then they left. I received a nice apology over the phone later in the week but I never got a new rug :(
Now I hear Big Lebowski jokes whenever I tell the story, which I love.
Taking over staying your welcome to the max![rebelmouse-image 18345155 is_animated_gif=
I had an Airbnb guest try to steal a free night.
She originally booked for 1 night and wanted to stay longer - fine - she offers me cash, I say NO.
So she books another night on Airbnb.
Then she wants to book another, further night and also bring her son.
Ok, I say, please amend your booking through Airbnb.
So she does - adding her child and swapping the day to the day after leaving one night during her stay unpaid for.
So my calendar had a gap in it (after I approved the change without checking)
So on the afternoon of the night she has no longer paid for I go to her room to confront her...
She wants to do anything but pay it, she wants to open a dispute with Airbnb - blah blah - I said 'fine, but it's a live listing and someone might book it, so hurry up'
I doubt she bothered trying to contact Airbnb and after 2 hours of hearing nothing I submitted an alteration request to her myself.
At around 7pm, I asked her if she's seen the request. No, messages go to her husbands phone... whatever, and she still wants to call Airbnb.
I said, 'Ok please do that now'
Then she goes to floss her teeth.
At 9pm I finally confront her fiercely and demand that she accepts my request immediately for that night because I want to go to bed and she's not staying for free.
She told me that 'wasn't good for her' and I said 'You must do it anyway because according to Air - you aren't even HERE and that's not acceptable to ME.
Anyway, she did it... and I didn't hear another peep out of her and it's been a week since she checked out.
She also did not apologise.
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We offer a room on AirBnB, nothing fancy but it's a super convenient location and we've gone much further with setting up than the 'spare bed for the night' price would otherwise justify.
We had someone leave a bad review because there were "too many cushions on the bed". He was with us three or four nights and not once mentioned this to us despite us chiming in with the typical "Is everything OK?" Every other time we saw him.
To this day I feel that, if we had collectively put our minds together we could have probably worked out a solution for this most heinous of crimes. To make matters worse the professional photos of the room showed the exact same cushions on the bed in nearly two thirds of the shots. With the week or so booking notice he gave us I'm positively certain we could have hammered out a strategy for removing a couple of cushions prior to his arrival.
Not our worst guest by far, but definitely the most asinine.
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Rented from a guy on Airbnb. He was super nice, beautiful home, had tablets in every room. Apologized to us that, the tablets weren't to be used. Last renters stole ALL of his chargers among other things.
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They argued with me that I was supposed to leave the room I was renting.
No slumber party for me I guess...
A true horror story![rebelmouse-image 18345055 is_animated_gif=
Years ago I put my 1 bedroom apartment in San Francisco on Airbnb, and eventually I had a nightmare guest that covered my home with blood.
This guest was a young British businessman living in Dubai. He rented the apartment for a week while I was going to be on vacation in Russia. My dad met him and said that the guest arrived from the airport in a limo and wearing a nice suit. 5 days later I got an email from a detective for the SFPD trying to get in touch with me. I called and he told me this story:
The guest was partying in the Castro and took an unidentified lover back to the apartment one the evening. They were using meth and the guest was also on some meds for a cold... And he had a bad reaction. For some reason the guy took one of my kitchen knives and stabbed himself in the chest, aiming for his heart. He started bleeding profusely and the lover must have run off to get first aid because there were lots of bandage wrappers littered about. Meanwhile, the bleeding man freaked out and went everywhere in the apartment putting bloodly handprints, footprints, and drips on nearly EVERYTHING I owned in EVERY room. Like, on every couch cushion, fabric chair, a dozen towels, the bed, the rugs, the walls, the windows, in drawers, all over the bathroom, in the refrigerator, books, tables... Everywhere. He tried to climb out a window and blood streamed down the front of the buildings walls. He knocked on neighbor doors leaving bloody handprints but was terrified and ran away if he saw anyone answer. A jogger found him naked in a bush at 7am, half a mile away and he was picked up by an ambulance. The guy was in a coma for 3 days and the police eventually figured out that he was an Airbnb renter and tracked me down to see if I was alright since I wasn't answering my phone, as I was out of the country.
Anyways, my dad sent me a couple pictures that I passed on to AirBnB to open a claim. They were super responsive and immediatly sent me $3k to get a hazmat team in there and told me to tell them the cost of anything I had to throw away or replace. The total cost to me was $10k but it was all reimbursed. They made it really easy and, honestly, I'd still be hosting with them if I hadn't been violating my lease and threatened with eviction by my landlord. Fair enough.
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My parents rent out their flat on air bnb. The people who rented from us were supposed to return the keys by putting them in our letter box. They put it in someone else's letterbox. When my parents went to check the flat, everything was stolen. And they probably moved everything stolen to a self storage unit since we checked the flats and couldn't find any of our stuff. And the ex-renters won't tell us what letterbox they put the keys in so I think they had something to do with it (e.g some one bribed them to put it in the wrong letterbox). Still angry about the lack of basic human decency but that's the real world.
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I had foreign guests that each time they dropped a deuce they would clog the toilet.It was, literally, twice the size the can could take. It was a challenge to let it go and it resulted in switching the toilet altogether.
When paranoia starts to creep in[rebelmouse-image 18345164 is_animated_gif=
Story where I was the guest in question:
My wife and I booked a single night in an Airbnb that was a 20 minute drive away from a coastal city we were visiting on a road trip. We met and spoke to the owner, and he was a lovely old man, who made it sound like he had made a ton of money before retiring and now was hosting Airbnb because it filled his otherwise lonely days. The house was a gorgeous old building, a former seminary, that was also sometimes rented out as a wedding venue. It had a grand front hall, a huge kitchen, a billiards room, a lounge...a study... are we were staying in the Clue Mansion?
The house was gorgeous, but the grounds were so expansive that you couldn't see the fence or any neighboring properties from the house. The countryside we drove through to get to the house was picturesque to the extreme, but the cell signal was spotty, often times dropping out entirely. It was the perfect location to get away from it all and enjoy some peace and quiet in a beautiful location, or to lure moronic tourists into an elaborate murder mansion. I sent a text to my parents with pictures of the house and a message that said, "Haha, staying in an Agatha Christie Mystery tonight, gonna get murdered lol!" I was only half kidding. At least now, after we disappeared, the cops would have proof we were at the house.
I woke up at 2am convinced that somebody was in the room with me. The doors didn't have locks, so I had piled our suitcases in front of them to prevent unwanted entry, but I couldn't shake that little voice in my head that kept saying, "Did you even check the fireplace for secret passages? Could you make it any easier for him? You're basically begging for a Saw-type situation at this point." About the fourth time I used the light from my phone's screen to check whether anyone was in the room, my wife woke up and convinced me I was being an idiot.
We had to leave early the next morning to make it to our next stop, so we didn't see our host again, but I still feel bad for being the guy that was so convinced that sweet old retiree was going to kill me in my sleep.
All the secrets are being spilled![rebelmouse-image 18345166 is_animated_gif=
They found my hidden cameras and covered them... talk about a boring weekend
Who needs a proper set when you have Airbnb[rebelmouse-image 18345170 is_animated_gif=
He shot his tv show in my apartment, forced me to participate in it, and on top of that broke my toilet by flushing golf balls down it.
All knowledge is good knowledge.
Book knowledge and "proper" education are not all the knowledge we need to know.
Street smarts, trusting your gut, understanding human basics... that is all knowledge, that is all power.
Every simple fact can be a powerful tool. Time to start thinking outside the book.
Redditor Jamestusk007 wanted to hear all about everything it takes to keep going in life, they asked:
"People with street smarts what is your most street tip?"
Street smarts aren't about fighting and hustling, it's about the day to day survival. Lessons sorely lacking in our school systems.
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"If you're in an argument with somebody and they get in your face and then look away, there's a good chance they're about to try and knock your head off." ~ personpickerupper
"I'm my experience the first 60 or so seconds of this clip from Atlanta are the most realistic media depiction I've seen of how a real life mugging goes down: https://youtu.be/u18_b2KjIvI. The distraction throw is something I've seen irl. Most muggings I've seen the mugger will hit you in the face with as little warning as possible to throw you off balance and make you compliant."
"The rules of the road are 'friendly conversation to enter their personal space, then an explosion of unexpected violence, then take their stuff.' If you've never been mugged you should know there's not usually people going around telling people 'I'm mugging you, give me all your stuff or get hurt.' They're going to hurt you first and then take all your stuff."
"If you are walking alone and someone says something to you you its a good idea to respond politely but do not stop walking. Allowing a stranger to control your actions with only a word is as good as painting 'mark' right on your forehead. If you stop you're vastly increasing the likelihood of getting mugged or worse. If they follow you, start running. Don't worry about your pride, run." ~ 5Volt
"Keep an eye on their hands. This might sound obvious. But they start telegraphing their intentions way earlier than swinging an arm. Stretching their fingers or balling and unballing their hands are a not so subtle way of telling you they are planning to take a swing and not just talk crap."
"Edit: a couple of people pointed out that they do this behaviour regularly anyway. And yeah that's a thing, I've got a wicked case of PlayStation thumb from my youth and do it a bit too. Don't punch someone just cause you see them do this. It's really just an indicator that something might be up. Not something to act pre-emptively on." ~ Forward-Village1528
"I was mugged when I was 18. I was stupid and walking around at like 3am with headphones blaring. All I remember is something hit me HARD in the back of the head and I went down. I was small too, about 100lbs. My headphones fell out and I felt these hands searching my torso, as well as someone on top of me."
"I immediately just started screaming at the top of my lungs and writhing and moving around as much as possible. We were in a residential area so someone would've heard me eventually, hopefully. I kept doing that and the person got up, and so did I. That is when I screamed at the guy and started to chase him down the street in flip flops... he ran."
"Probably not the smartest move. Scariest experience ever. I do not do that anymore and I never walk late unless I have too. I am always aware and never stop to talk to anyone either. I learned my lesson... he didn't manage to take anything though." ~ messyemotionalgirl
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"Never talk money on public transportation, and never count money in a parking lot." ~ Sn0wpooka
All I'm hearing is truth. Never count money publicly! Why would you even trust the world that way?
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"Trust your gut. You see people acting normally your whole life. You know what it looks like. If you see something that makes you uncomfortable, there’s a reason, even if you don’t know what it is yet." ~ Grindler9
'there's no free lunch'
"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." ~ Galloping_Scallop
"I hate this saying and 'there's no free lunch.' it might be wise to distrust things that are being pushed on you as free (because why would they care about you using it if they don't get anything in return), but i feel like it's also abused by the very people trying to get something from you. they want you to use their 'free' thing over another thing that actually is free. like libre software vs proprietary freeware, or altruistic help vs a help service." ~ uuuuuuuhburger
"Act like you're in a hurry and less people will want to bother you." ~ Itsnotaboutthefiat
"Similarly, don't break your stride. If someone comes up to you, don't be rude or aggressive but don't stop walking. If they want to talk they will have to walk next to you. Its a hell of the lot harder to casually get in-front and in the face of someone who who wont stop moving. That said I give this advice as > 6 foot man with a naturally quick stride, so your experience may vary." ~ mad_cheese_hattwe
"If you're walking around a big city and someone walks up to you and asks you your name or is anyway friendly, they're about to try to con you. I was just I'm NYC where the CD scam is prevalent (con artist asks you your name, they your name on their hip hop CD and when you accept the CD they intimidate you to pay for the CD). Just keep walking. Don't even smile at them." ~ TMdownton916
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"You don't owe anybody anything, including conversation. People who want to take advantage of you will usually start by initiating unsolicited conversation." ~ apatheticnihilist
Be smart. All kinds of smart. Street smart is essential.
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Where are you from?
Everyone's hometown is full of a lot of stories. Some of those stories are hilarious and some are tragic.
So many places are plagued with the stain of murder and chaos. And some are home to geniuses and fun.
It's all a mixed bag. I'm sure for every ghost story from a town there is a success story to match.
Redditor itiswhatitisfriends wanted to hear about why your the place where you started is so great, by asking:
"What is your Town famous for?"
I'm from Astoria, Queens. We have a lot of celebrities that were birthed there, and we have great pizza. But, it's a major part of New York City so... that all sounds generic. But I'm still proud.
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"It was voted the happiest place to live in the UK three years in a row. I can't think why." ~ CswBizzel
"Every year we have a wheel of cheese roll down an incredibly steep hill with a bunch of people running down to chase after it. Loads of spectators, plenty of people getting hurt and it's just generally funny as hell to watch. Google Gloucester cheese rolling. Being able to say you charged down Cooper's Hill and lived to tell the tale is enough to make hearts skip a beat here. Plus the cheese is pretty good." ~ schofield101
"A couple of years ago there was this small Chinese restaurant that was really popular. It was found out that the owners killed the daughter and hid the body in the ceiling above the freezer." ~ JohnXinaIceCream
"Canton, Ohio? Just looked up the story and the mother who killed her daughter seems an astonishing combination of psychopathic and stupid." ~ Harsimaja
"Getting hit by a big tornado. Xenia, Ohio." ~ darthjay81
"LOL I thought 'Xenia???' immediately. Then perhaps you might know mine, being known for the Potato Festival? :b I can only imagine there are many potato festivals out there so it probably doesn't mean much to redditors that don't live in this area." ~ Freohr-Datia
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"The defunct coal/iron mining industry, along with the canals that used to connect them, AND also related the mining industry also the oldest functioning steam powered beam engine/ pump to still be in its original place." ~ chease86
Well my list of places to visit is growing. And my list of places to avoid is as well. Let's continue...
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"Smelling really bad because of a leather tanning factory - Smellington. Being really warm - Hellington. And wine." ~ itsmuffintimei
"The biggest radioactive (not nuclear, different things) accident in the world. The whole city was under risk of radiation poisoning and a there was a stigma against my city that lasted till the 2000s (it happened in the 80s) Basically, some scrappers got into some abandoned hospital equipment, among them an X-ray machine, they broke the big box open and inside found this magical powder that glowed, Cesium-137."
"They took it home to show their family and friends, gifted it to some people, one of them gave it to his daughter and she played with it like it was glitter, some of them ate it. They washed it off their hands like you would anything else so it went down into the water supply of the city. You have an idea how it went down from there."
"That daughter that played with it died and was buried in a special lot with a lead coffin. The city was almost put under quarantine, military was deployed to contain it, football stadiums were turned into shelters and quarantine areas, took a big effort to clear it off from our water supply(I haven't looked into the specifics of it and I sure hope I haven't been drinking Cesium most of my life)." ~ Mon_erdon
"Balloon-boy." ~ original_4degrees
"I'm not sure how to feel about it anymore. The Internet Historian did a couple videos about the whole thing and I initially thought it was tongue-in-cheek, but even if it was he brought up some interesting points that had me doubting the whole 'f**k his parents, horrible people that they are' thing." ~ daviepancakes
"The Gainesville Ripper, sadly." ~ ahoefordrphil
"Tom Petty is LIGHT YEARS more famous than that. Oh and a little band called Sister Hazel. Oh and a band called Less Than Jake. Oh and a guy named Don Felder or Bernie Leadon. Oh and Stephen Stills. Oh and maybe you’ve heard of Bo Diddley? Or a band called Against Me!? Or how’s about a little college called the University Of Florida?" ~ No_Aside_6730
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"The Black Panthers. Jonestown. Bash Brothers. Mc Hammer. TonyToni Tone. Jack London. Too $hort. Tom Hanks. Bruce Lee. Clint Eastwood. The Mai Tai." ~ KaiWren75
"Oakland... haven't thought of the Bash Brothers in years!" ~ Nobodyville
Well, get me to Oakland.
As Adele personifies... "Hometown Glory" is always something to strive to have. The good, the bad and ugly.
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We all have different tastes when it comes to eating.
"What is your most controversial cooking opinion?"
These are their beliefs, and they're sticking to it.
What's In The Pot
"Croc pot liners feel like you’re just asking for cancer."
"Crock pots don't even take long to clean and that's generally the only thing other than plates/utensils that'll need to be cleaned after you eat. You're only saving yourself a couple of minutes."
"My best friend has disposable everything and it f'king drives me bonkers."
"There's no such thing as 'breakfast food.' You can eat a steak in the morning and fry an egg for dinner if you want, it's just food."
"Burnt garlic is far too common. Some people (I’m hesitant to say most) toss garlic straight into a hot pan and then continue to cook onions, peppers, etc. Garlic needs less time than most other things and should be put in later so it doesn’t burn."
Here's A Retro Comparison
"The cream cheese based crock pot dinners are the modern equivalent of Jell-O based dinners from the 50s."
A Colorful Debate
"Red onions should be called purple onions."
The following Redditors explained their specific likes and dislikes about commonly enjoyed foods.
In The Pasta
"I'd argue that my controversial opinion is only controversial in Italy where I come from... I like making chicken with pasta. I make it into a sauce similar to Bolognese but I'll put small chicken bits instead of the mince."
"My family call me a savage for eating such things together, but my boyfriend suggested me as an idea and it's now a dish I enjoy!"
"You can dislike a food simply for its texture, nothing to do with its taste. I don’t mind the taste of baked beans but I hate how slimy they are and don’t even get me started on when they’re cold."
All The Fixins
"Mile high burgers and hot dogs with so many toppings you can no longer taste the meat are awful, and a pain in the @ss to eat."
"I generally eat burgers and hot dogs because I like the flavor of the meat (I realize meat is a questionable term when it comes to hot dogs), and would like to actually taste them."
A Healthier Alternative
"Plain yogurt instead of sour cream on tacos. First time I had it I thought it would be gross, I could barely tell the difference and it’s much healthier."
"If the dish does not otherwise require the use of hands, there should not be trails on your shrimp. I don't want to be fishing around in my damn pasta because you couldn't be bothered to remove the tails first."
"Most people/companies do not know how to do salted caramel. every salted caramel product I've had homemade or otherwise has been like mouth puckeringly salty."
"The point is to lightly salt it to bring out the more subtle flavours, not literally make salty caramel."
Who was the best cook in the family? Certainly not who you'd think, according to these Redditors.
"Not all moms or grandmas are amazing cooks. Yes my mom has some good dishes she makes but nuking brussel sprouts in the microwave with orange marmalade is not one of them."
"My mom is an okay cook. Did we eat a lot of hamburger helper? Yes. Did she make the same 7 meals in rotation? Yes. Canned veggies and mashed potatoes only? Yes."
"But she put food on the table and I can’t say she has ever made anything inedible."
"My mother in law is a lovely woman. Terrible cook. I'm glad she's in Manhattan because it's a good excuse to go out / order in when we visit. 😬"
A Harsh Reality
"I cook better than my wife."
"Trust me, it's very controversial."
When I eat tacos, I make a huge mess on the table.
It just takes the first bite for me to destroy the taco shell, leaving the shredded cheese and lettuce to land anywhere not on my plate.
To avoid this, I smash the tacos in a bowl with a fork, and–voila–I've got myself an instant burrito bowl.
Call me crazy, but that's how I enjoy eating my tacos. This is the same reason why I opt for ice cream in a cup instead of a cone.
There have been too many casualties of ice cream scoops hitting the floor after my first bite into many waffle cones.
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The internet is an awfully big place, and there's a pretty good chance that there are some really useful parts of it you've never seen before.
Redditor DrDoofusDuck asked:
"What’s an extremely useful website most people probably don’t know about?"
Share Big Files
"can create a downloadable link to any file up to 2gb. super handy!"
"If you can get your recipient to join Telegram, that has no file size nor capacity limit at all (just a message cap equivalent to 100,000 files, I think)."
Find A Place From A Photo
"For when you have a picture of a place and want to find out where it is (and reverse image search doesn't help)."
What's That Word Again?
"It's a reverse dictionary. For when you can describe the thing but can't remember what it's called (and if you search 'The inability to remember a word' you'll find the name for the struggle, 'lethologica')"
"Edited to add: There are options that let you narrow down the part of speech you want, but it does take a little practice to understand how to the program understands search inquiries. You have to format your description like a definition you would read in a book."
"i.e. 'can't remember a word' will give you a lot of answers that aren't quite right, but 'The inability to remember a word' ticks the right boxes for the search function."
"I had a car accident a few years ago and I have a tendency to forget certain words. My most memorable one was when I called a mirror the windshield in the bathroom (this site had mirror as (#94). The most recent one was "paint like stuff that you put on the walls, but it's made of paper." #1 answer was wallpaper, which is what I couldn't remember, despite using the components of the word in my explanation."
"For reference, my wife asked me to pick up some stuff from CVS and I told her I got everything plus some wallpaper, meaning the receipt. Except I told her what I put in as the search term. It was an easy riddle for her, since she's used to me."
"To be fair, you could wallpaper a room with a CVS receipt."
Too Long; Didn't Read
"Terms of Service, Didn't Read: It basically summarises the terms and conditions for most websites and ranks them on privacy."
"ToS make no sense. If everyone were responsible and read every ToS for every product they use, it would consume their life. Businesses have to rely on consumers not reading ToS to sell product, then get to be all 'oh that's your fault it. It's mentioned in the ToS.'"
"There are careers dedicated to writing and understanding ToS / contracts. But somehow it's every person's responsibility to be familiar with the Tos for every product they use. It makes no sense."
What Can I Cook?
"helps you figure out dinner based on what you already have in the house."
"There's also http://www.whatthef*ckshouldimakefordinner.com/"
"As someone who cooks as a hobby I have to admit I clicked on the link with a snooty attitude thinking 'who can't figure this stuff out for themselves? Let's see what this is all about'. I got humbled pretty quickly, that is a great site. Thanks for the link."
No More Life Story With The Recipe
"Just the recipe will remove the life story and ads and give you just the list of ingredients and method."
"Thank you so much! I don’t need to know why you have a passion for the food I’m wanting to make. I don't need to know the story of the 1st time you had it. I just want the dang ingredients and how to make it."
Project Gutenberg Is Great
"Older books, sheet music, etc."
No More Good Poisoning
"tells you how long foods (both opened and unopened) last in the refrigerator."
Make It Stick!
"What kind of glue you use to stick whatever to whatever."
No More Fake 'Sales'
"Paste the link to any amazon product and get the price history. Great to see if something is really on sale or if you are getting gouged."
It's super easy to just rely on the same websites all the time and never discover the wealth of useful sites and tools that exist to make your life easier.
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