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People Share The Biggest Lie A Teacher Has Ever Told Them

People Share The Biggest Lie A Teacher Has Ever Told Them
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OK so ... the educational system could use some work, but surely it's not to the point where teachers are outright lying to, gaslighting, or abusing their students, right?

One Reddit user asked:

What is the biggest lie a teacher has told you?

... and yeah... we should probably sit down and have a few conferences.

Them Snowballs

2nd grade. Writing assignment on how to build a snowman. One of my instructions I wrote said "now put the snowballs on top of one another, building a tower."

Teacher said "no, it's THEM snowballs. Change it now."

After arguing (and getting detention out of it) I changed it to say "now put them snowballs on top of one another blah blah" and we displayed our instructions out in the hall so the next PTA meeting could view them.

My mom later pointed out the grammatical error in my instructions. My teacher said "aren't kids just the darndest? How cute when they make mistakes"

F*ck you. I'm still angry about it 22 years later.

- MG_72

Honesty Always Pays Off

"You can tell me everything if you have any problem, I won't tell anyone".

I was being bullied all the time in my school. When I told him about this problem, he brought it up at the class meeting.

It resulted in severe escalation and my bullies basically forced me to tell him that the problem is solved now. He smiled at me and told me that honesty and being open always pays off.

No, a**hole. It doesn't.

- TotallyNotReptilian

Financial Aid Exists?!

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"If you can't afford to pay cash for college, you can't afford to go."

This was in the early 90's and no one in my family had ever been to college, so I didn't have anyone outside of that environment to talk to. I had a 2 year full ride scholarship, but I didn't think I could afford the rest.

They never once mentioned financial aid or student loans. I was poor military kid going to a wealthy high school, so I didn't know any better.

10 years in the military later, I found out about pell grants, student loans, and other ways to pay for school. My life would have been much different if I went straight to college.

- SarcasmFor500Alex

Legally Obligated

After telling my guidance counselor about my abusive home situation, hoping that enough of a fuss could be made for the cops to actually do something, she just contacted my parents rather than the authorities.

She told them what I said, and then acted like we'd never spoken when I disappeared for a week and came back with several "ran into a doorknob" injuries.

That was pretty much my par experience for all the adults who repeatedly said they had open doors, always listened, would help, cared, etc.

Being legally obligated to do something doesn't mean people will do it.

- XavierMendel

My Naive Response

Can I post something I said to students? Back in January students asked me if the coronavirus would sweep through the U.S and shut us down.

I told them we would be okay because we've had scares like this with the swine flu and others and always came out okay. I am really eating my words now and regretting how naive my response was.

- jlanger23

Then Why Do We Have Them? 

Remember the book lists you'd get at the start of the school year for each class? Sometimes they'd have things like safety glasses for chemistry, a calculator for maths etc.

My computer class list specifically listed a particular brand and model of headphones, so we all got them. Then the teacher running the class denied ever putting them on there and questioned why we were using them.

"I didn't put those headphones on the stationery list at the start of the year, you can't use them."

Then why do thirty students have exactly the same f*cking set of janky budget headphones Marie? She was a miserable old cow.

- rawker86

Not Comparable

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Japanese internment camps during WW2

- GremlinBandit

My history teacher spent so much time on the Holocaust but never even once mentioned that the US did this to Japanese people. I swear I was nearly 30 before I found out about this, and I'm still mad about it.

- HiddenAcres37

In 2025 Capitalism Will Save Us All

In high school I had to take an economics class to graduate. The whole class was just propaganda.

We were told how capitalism is a perfect system that will never fail. We had to write essays on how, by 2025, the "economic dips" would level out and everyone would have a fair chance at wealth and financial stability.

What bull.

- CillRed

P.E. Punishment

Teachers say that they'll listen to you, but that's a lie.

It was P.E. I was unable to participate for a week - I even had the doctors note.

The note stated I was free to continue on Friday. I was sitting in my spot and the teacher said "Allie get up and get on the bench now."

I reminded her my doctors note said I could continue Friday. She refused to listen or go double check it and said:

"Stop lying. You just want to have fun since today is playground day. If you were sick then, you're sick now."

She wouldn't let me participate and I had been excited waiting till I could.

- Allie_confused_360


10th grade, Advanced English.

"Decadent/decadence," was a word we were learning, along with some others for vocabulary.

We were instructed to use them all in a short story or write-up, essentially to ensure we understood the concepts of the words. I only remember this one word from the vocab, but they were all themed similarly.

I wrote a story about decadence a la the late 1920/30s... lavish parties, flowing champagne, chocolate and pearls, etc... it was dumb but it was all I could come up with in the moment. Think a speakeasy meets The Great Gatsby but in a Hooverville.

She argued incessantly that decadence ONLY meant decay. I understood her logic, but argued back that decadence typically meant the decay of society or social norms (like over the top parties by the social elite during the Great Depression). I even argued that the concept was utilized as a marketing scheme in most commercials... chocolate, alcohol, lingerie, perfume, etc...

She refused my answer. No, it only means decay in regards to death or decline of a space. She then continued to belittle me until I stopped (I rarely spoke out in school, so I was wildly embarrassed) and essentially made an example out of me. The rest of my class was filled with the top level students of my grade. I was the outcast, because I was the smart kid from the poor neighborhood. Most of the class ignored me after that and were uncomfortable with the idea that I had argued with an authority figure.

The teacher was wrong (or well, her definition was correct, as was mine).

Here's the definition of decadence, per Merriam-Webster:

1: the process of becoming decadent : the quality or state of being decadent...

"the decadence of modern society escape the decadence that attends upon old age"— G. L. Dickinson

2: a period of decline

... I still seethe with resentment nearly 20 years later. Not because she told me I was wrong, but because she was so cruel about wanting to be correct. Thankfully, I was confident in my understanding of definitions and words. I knew she was wrong, and let it go, but I feel bad for the struggling kids she taught.

- geometricoddity

Sun Showers Are A Thing

First grade. She got mad at me for drawing a picture of a rainy Spring day, with the sun behind the clouds. Pretty much told me it was impossible for the sun to be out while it was raining.

Now, almost 16 years later, I still remember that incident whenever it rains at the same time the sun is shining.

- m-xxv

CCTV Stupidity

The big one I remember is the during a full school assembly one Friday the headteacher said that he'd fitted CCTV in an area where the smokers of the school would congregate. If they came to his office after assembly and admitted they'd been smoking there, they wouldn't be punished, but he was going to check the footage next week and anyone who didn't admit it would be suspended.

The following Friday the smug prick got up and laughed at the few people who had been stupid enough to believe him and came to his office, actually straight out calling them stupid.

These are the people who he's supposed to be educating.

- highrouleur

Then Why Did He Sign The Declaration

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My 8th grade US HISTORY teacher told our class Benjamin Franklin was the best president ever. she was dead on serious. She argued with the class for a bit and told us

"If he wasn't a President, why did he sign the Declaration of Independence?"

the class simply told her to go look at the poster where the Presidents were listed.....

she apologized.

- kngyng

My Orientation Mug

I had a travel mug that I got from student orientation. I filled it with coffee and went to school.

I later forgot the cup in art while I went to lunch, so I decided to get it after lunch. I went back and couldn't find it.

A day later the teacher is drinking HER OWN coffee in MY cup. I tell her "I think you have my cup, Mrs. teacher"

She got defensive and told me she got the cup from a conference meeting. I watched her drink out of it through the whoooole year.

I know it was my cup because I wrote my initials on it in sharpie and I saw duct tape covering over where the Initials should be.


Tastebud Mapping

That certain parts of the tongue have different taste abilities. That is absolutely a myth.

I even almost failed a class because of it. My palette was very well developed, apparently, and I was certain I could taste everything the same on different parts of my tongue.

My teacher made me out to be a liar, scolded me in front of the whole class (was 12 at the time) and I got punished for arguing.

Look who's a jack@ss now mr Griffin!

- AlexGroningren

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People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


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"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



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"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
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Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.