Competitive types have the drive to will themselves to victory in competitive situations.
While that passion for the game of any sort is an admirable trait, their reaction to losing can be intimidating and even downright terrifying.
Those who are defeated and erupt in a fiery rage are the ones to look out for and avoid at all costs.
When Redditor ihave1 asked "What was the worst display of a sore loser you witnessed?," readers recalled horrific experiences that wound up with them covered in bruises – and in some cases – broken bones.
The rage was real with these very sore losers.
Reason For The Stop Sign On Sweaters
"In a high school hockey game back in the late 90's, there was a kid who made an opposing player look really bad with how he got deked. The guy scored, the play was over and he was headed to his teams bench for congrats when the guy he just schooled cross-checked him from behind, paralyzing him from the neck down. Kids who play high school hockey on the North Shore of Chicago STILL have stop signs sewn onto the backs of their sweaters because of this incident."
Spelling Bee Trauma
"I was this really small 8 yo with glasses that loved to read. It was time for the annual spelling bee and was sure I would win. So in my school you had to go through your class first and I won. Then against the winners of the other classes in your year and I won also. Then we had the contest with winners from other grades and I won. Got a bag of candy, my name in the notice board at the school entrance and a cute diploma. So far so good."
"My mom worked so she was always over 30 mins late to pick me up. She didnt want me in public trasportation and my school didnt have school bus service. I never minded because used the time to finish homework but this meant being almost alone as almost everyone had left by then. I was sitting in the steps in the parking lot, when this giant 15 yo came up to me, angry that I had defeated his sister. He punched my face, pulled my hair, broke my glasses, kicked me several times dragged me along the sidewalk. I was screaming and crying. At that moment a police car making rounds caught him. As I had a broken nose, two broken ribs, he was charged."
"I transferred schools but never liked speliing bees after that."
"I was hanging out with a friend at a local tournament for tekken 7 , and we watched the finals as one guy who hadn't lost a single round got his a** kicked by his opponent in both games to win, the loser looked like a volcano ready to erupt. The guy stands up out of his chair and decks the winner in the face , which causes everyone else to try and hold him back from punching the other dudes face into the floor. Cops showed up and he got arrested for assault, possession of a firearm and some cocaine he had in his car."
These losers really knew how to make a scene.
Gone Too FORE!
"I've seen too many on the golf course. This high school kid broke and threw all his clubs in the lake on 18 after he messed that hole up. His parents made him go back at night and fish them all out (spring time in FL...gator bait), made him pay to fix them, then made him buy the clubs from them (patents). That kid never do much as look cross eyed at his clubs again. Lesson learned."
"I've also seen guys throw a driver into a tree, then get more clubs stuck trying to get it out. Funny sh*t."
Getting Really Madden
"My roommate in college was a classmate of mine at my high school."
"He was good at Madden. REAL good. I would probably lose by 50 points at times. But, Madden's mechanics are super simple to the point where I figured out my type of playcalling to potentially get close to, if not beating him."
"I played him one day after classes, and he chose to be the same team he always was, and I changed it up to a team with some solid wide receivers (I believe at the time it was the Rams). I hit a few slant route plays, and I went up 7-0."
"I intercepted his pass after that drive, and did the same play, scoring another touchdown. 14-0."
"A fumble on his part, followed by the same play by me. 21-0."
"Not even a minute left in the first quarter, and he takes the controller and slams it on the ground, sparks shooting up, the controller going in pieces."
"We never played again."
The Ruckus Over 9-Year-Olds Playing Baseball
"My son was on a travel baseball team, and we were okay, but closer to mediocre. They'd win about half of their games."
"A new team entered their tournament, and since they were new, they could self classify. They self classified as single A (the worst division in Indiana youth sports), even though most of their players were AA or AAA."
"Pool play they won both games in the 3rd inning. Run ruled both 20something to 0. Their team and fans were singing songs, and dancing around like they won the world series, and our team (and the other team) just rolled our eyes knowing that they'd get forcibly moved up after this anyway."
"We got last place on Saturday, so we drew them in the tournament Sunday. Our boys didn't even want to go. The coach talked them into playing anyway, and apparently gave the best speech of all time. That team came out overconfident, but our boys were out for blood. 0-0 first inning, 1-1 second inning, their pitcher struggled and we wound up having our first ever team homerun, a grand slam, putting us up 5-1. Our pitcher played the game of his life. Final score... 7-1. The other teams in the tournament were watching and cheering for our boys (only one field, so they played as soon as we were done). It was like a scene out of the Mighty Ducks or Little Giants."
"Their fans, on the other hand, did not react so well. They proceed to corner the ump, screaming at him for 'fixing the game!' (He had just graduated from our local HS and was umping for college money), and admittedly there were some close calls, but you don't lose 7-1 to a significantly inferior opponent because of an ump. It just got worse from there though. One of their parents threw a punch at the ump, and it was on. The kid fought hard, but there were like 6-8 of them on him, and it turned into a giant riot as parents from other teams jumped in to break it up. Ultimately the police showed up, a bunch of people went to jail, and the tournament went on (we got absolutely destroyed in the finals lol)"
"All of this over a bunch of 9 year old kids playing baseball."
Having too much pride was their downfall.
Denial Of Losing
"One of the top chess players Hikaru Nakumara frequently accuses people that beat him of cheating. He doesn't lose too frequently because he is very good, but when he does it's a sh*t show. And he also is very hypocritical about draws and timeouts."
"My little cousin thinks hes the greatest at everything he touches. He challenged me to some madden. Well I've been playing madden since before he was born. We play and I pick a team with a relatively even overall to his. I start beating him. He says my team was better."
"So we restart and I pick a team with a significantly lower overall than his team. I start smashing him. He gets mad. Quits the game, throws MY controller and starts crying actual tears. Runs up stairs to our aunt."
"Your not gods gift to this earth despite what everyone leads you to believe. And there is nothing your better at than me other than being a miserable little sh*t."
Pretending To Lose
"It was me. This story still makes me cringe."
"I was about 8 and on a family holiday. There was a pool table at the place we were staying and I thought I was pretty hot sh*t for an 8 year old. There were three girls there about my age from one family. One girl had a hand deformity and only had a couple of fingers on one hand and I assumed she wouldn't be as good as me."
"She asked if I wanted to play and I agreed. It was obvious she was gunna win really early on an I was so embarressed about being smug. She had to go to the toilet and when she was gone I started putting my own balls into the pockets, making a big song and dance about pretending I was doing it behind her back, while also making sure her friends saw me."
"They asked me what I was doing and I told them I felt bad about her losing so I was letting her win. I must have thought I was some genius manipulator or something but they saw right through me and walked off. I didn't make any friends on that holiday..."
"With almost eight seconds remaining, the Pistons walked off the court during a time out, without shaking the Bulls' hands and congratulating them after the Bulls won the series. This after the Pistons had beat the Bulls for three straight years."
This wasn't a competition, but I was in rehearsals with a dancer at a theme park show who seemed to be at war with himself.
We were dancing gazelles in one scene, and we all wore these plastic helmets covered in velcro to secure the mask perched on top of our heads that had long antlers.
This dude was a perfectionist, but even the most trained dancer out of all of us struggled to get used to dancing with a top-heavy headpiece. But he wanted to prove to everyone he could absolutely nail the choreography on his first try. He didn't. No one could.
The gazelle head kept sliding off the velcro helmet while he was dancing, and at one point he got so frustrated, he ripped off the thousand-dollar headpiece and smashed it to the ground.
While his rage was unsettling to watch, some of us struggled to stifle our giggling, because he looked so ridiculous having a tantrum with the helmet on his head and looking like an angry crash test dummy.Like I said before, this was not a game, but he certainly was not winning that day.
Remember the Dreamcast? If you don't, then you've been missing out. Sit down, sweet summer child, and listen up.
The Dreamcast was a console so ahead of its time that console has been a Dreamcast since there was a Dreamcast. Too advanced to match its competitors, not appealing enough to be considered part of the next generation. I have fond memories of that console. Crazy Taxi was a gem.
Not everything comes out at the right time. We heard about a few other examples after Redditor rentinghappiness asked the online community,
"In your opinion, what’s something that flopped because it was way ahead of its time?"
"It was vastly overhyped..."
"The original Segway. It was vastly overhyped, but now, we're seeing rental scooters and e-bikes change the way people get around urban areas. If the company had offered a Lime-style rental system from the beginning, the product might've become ubiquitous."
The problem with Segway seemed to be that they could not make them cheaply enough to fit into a reasonable personal transportation niche. They were the price of a small, used car. Not great.
"This was before major smartphones..."
"In 2005, two guys tried to create a service called “MyMobileMenu.” The idea was you could order food using a cell phone, similar to DoorDash."
"This was before major smartphones, so When that flopped, they later tried a new adventure and created a company you might’ve heard of: Reddit."
They actually started Reddit from the same code base and haven't updated the video player since.
"Brilliant show that perfectly toed the line between history and fiction. Extremely compelling characters and kick@ss cast. Wasn't very accurate but always authentic."
"Got way too expensive and was canceled after two seasons. If it had been released after GOT or any other epic show in this day and age and it would have been a smash hit."
James Purefoy as Mark Antony is one of my favourite performances from any media ever. What a show. We were robbed of so much further glory!
"An airline called Muse Air failed in 1985 largely in part because it was the first all non-smoking airline. Now everything is nonsmoking. It was purchased by Southwest and dismantled two years later in 1987."
And look at airlines now! Poor Muse Air.
"Those poor bastards waited..."
"Apparently Skype. Those poor bastards waited for the TV Guide channel to slowly scroll for years and just when what they were looking for showed up, they got distracted by the infomercial in the top right corner."
Somehow Microsoft bought it and despite consistently overwhelmingly negative feedback from users, its new director went forward with his own personal vision, and not only put in changes that no one wanted or asked for, but started stripping legitimate preexisting functionality out of the program.
"Sega Channel was such wizardry for the mid-1990s. It was like Christmas every month when they cycled in new games."
I remember this! It was so ahead of its time. It felt like being in the presence of actual magic!
"The movie tanked..."
"Videodrome '83. The movie tanked, but it was so spot on about people being addicted to media, ultraviolence becoming the norm, people adopting online personas, etc."
Truly... David Cronenberg is a twisted genius.
"It was the first commercial film to be shown in stereo and it used an early precursor to surround sound. WWII, high production costs, and the burden of building the sound equipment for showings prevented it from making any money at the time."
This is true! It's a spectacle that was definitely not appreciated at the time of its release.
"Smirnoff has been the laughing stock of alcohol for years. Now all of sudden everyone and their mother wants to drink fermented sugar drinks."
Funny how people came around – seemingly overnight.
"I distinctly remember..."
"The TV show Arrested Development. I distinctly remember the commercials for it and thought, Jesus that looks moronic. Fox chose the more obvious jokes to highlight and tried to make it seem like a zany hijinks type of comedy. They practically added slide whistles and “boing” sound effects to the commercials for it."
"Once I finally watched it I realized it’s brilliant. It was the first American show to do that style of comedy. Hand-held camera work, flashbacks, cutaways, etc. Which is ironic because later everyone would do it."
They made a huge mistake.
Arrested Development is a cult classic, a show made for streaming years before streaming was a thing.
You don't always realize you have a great thing going – and so much of success comes down to timing.
Have some examples of your own to share? Tell us more in the comments below!
Consumers who have money to burn often buy things they don't really need, like travel accessories, specialized sports equipment for an activity they've only done once, or even cookbooks, when plenty of recipes can be found online.
They might be missing out on buying things that could actually make life so much easier because it never occurs to them.
Curious to hear recommendations of items that can improve your life, Redditor icandoitw asked:
"What are some life-changing purchases that are 100% worth it?"
People thought it was worth spending a little extra for a better quality of life.
"Sounds simple but honestly, something as basic as a good pair of shoes that fit you well."
"A good mattress and pillow. We spend a third of our lives lying on it, why not invest in it? Anything that you use a lot, you should seriously invest in, like I have a $400 custom mechanical keyboard. People say I am crazy, but I use it every day, for hours on end, it’s my job."
"If you have trouble sleeping, a weighted blanket. I’ve gone from about 5.5 hrs average sleep per night to 7 hours average which is incredible for me, and I wake up feeling so well rested"
Better In The Dark
"Blackout curtains. Especially in the summertime, they help you sleep so much better."
"Good quality re-useable ear plugs. Soooo much better than the cheap foamy ones."
"They will definitely improve your life if you go to loud concerts. Filter our overtones so you can hear the music better at a loud punk show. Also hearing loss is irreversible and there's no cure for tinnitus."
Clear The Air
"For blind/visually impaired people: A smartphone. They literally are life changing, and can function as numerous separate and extremely pricy accessible devices and can do things like color and money recognition, text recognition, the uses are amazing."
"In general though, if you have allergies, especially seasonal or pet, AIR PURIFIER. When we bought our hous a few years ago, my allergies got so bad, we were almost considering moving, but then i bought an air purifier and it was so life changing, i got one for each floor of our house. One of the best purchases ever."
Life can be made easier with the help of these items.
"A second monitor."
"Suprised i didnt see this yet, but it improves productivity so much as you can have tabs open and type whatever you want on the other or even watch youtube etc."
Taking Stock In This
"3+ gallon stock pot. Boil pasta, potatoes, or whatever without a boil over. No more starch water burning all over the burner."
"a fully functioning computer."
"many people don't have one, they exist in phones or tablets, and holy sh*t they are missing out."
"Washer and dryer. No planning days and accumulating quarters for laundry. Just dump a load in a go about my business."
Save your back and your money by hiring people to do hard labor.
Refrain From Heavy Lifting
"paying for movers to do everything from pack to move all of it."
"never doing that sh*t again."
You Deserve It
"People really underestimate the power of this."
"At least in my social circle, for a long time it was just understood that if someone was moving everyone was showing up that day to lift and lug from house A to house B with the rich reward of beer and burgers after, as if it had all been some fun party everyone loved. This persisted even after people could conceivably afford movers."
"I personally think it is A LOT to expect of friends do that for you. Yeah, when you're young and you have three bags of clothes, two boxes of books, and a futon (and no disposable income at all), it's understandable. But paying for movers and then packers is something I did as soon as I had any money to pay for it. That is what money is for, it's not necessarily what friends are for."
The best pandemic purchase I made that was worth every penny was for several sets of free weights.
Once I canceled my gym membership, I invested in some dumbbells so I could follow YouTube workout videos in the comfort of my home.
They are not cheap; however, I'm saving more money in the long run without having to pay a monthly gym membership fee.
I've seen more gains from using the free weights and following an instructor on a monitor, and my motivation to work out is higher than ever.
If you find yourself plateauing at the gym, you may want to invest in making some changes to your exercise regimen that works for you.
You know, try as I might, I just can't bring myself to bother with The Walking Dead. I quit the show some years ago, probably around the time of that weird fakeout with Glen in the dumpster (and then his actual death right after that), but the truth is that the show was getting on my nerves for some time before that.
Did anyone actually care about all the nonsense going on with Deanna and the citizens of Alexandria? And can we go back a bit further and talk about how ludicrous Beth's death at the hands of some power-tripping officer in a hospital ward was? There was such a noticeable drop in quality after the third season that I questioned why I kept tuning in.
But this show is far from the only one to make people want to throw their remotes at their television screens. People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor regian24 asked the online community,
"What TV show was amazing at first but became unwatchable for you later on?"
The Walking Dead
"The Walking Dead."
"First few seasons were great with pretty good pacing. Later seasons devolve into telling one story at a time. They’d have a cliffhanger of a character maybe dying and do 3 weeks of other stories. By the time it gets back to the cliffhanger you have no idea what’s happening. That and it got repetitive."
See?! What did I tell you? After a splendid first season – one that could have been a standalone miniseries at that – the rest of the series just failed to live up to its initial promise.
"I watched every new episode of Glee when it came out and was slightly obsessed with the show. But as soon as it finished it all crumbled. The show makes no sense, is not good, and I could never rewatch it."
I just couldn't get into it. I found it grating. And the fact that the quality noticeably slipped afterward did not make my friends happy.
"Heroes: biggest drop in quality after season 1."
To be fair, the writer's strike really hurt that show's future. It never stood a chance after that – and my God, did I hear that that second season was horrible.
"Happy Days! Once Fonzie jumped the shark, while waterskiing and wearing his jacket, the show just got progressively worse."
This is the classic answer to this question. Gen Xers like me even use the term "jumping the shark" to refer to things that were once great but now suck.
"The Blacklist. So many loopholes and a never ending plot. I mean, the female hero (forgot her name) was wanted and had her pictures broadcast nationwide live, but a couple of weeks after she can do undercover work."
I couldn't even stand the first episode. I quit right after that. I could tell the quality was questionable.
"Arrow. It's what happens when you try to make so many seasons for a show meant for only a few."
This is true about lots of shows. The writers and executives just don't know when to quit.
Once Upon a Time
"Once Upon a Time. The first 3 seasons were good! And then after that they just kept getting worse."
People actually liked that show? I know, I know... I'm the worst. I just didn't see the appeal and it heard it got so ridiculous.
"A hilarious and intriguing show that slowly grew to be about a bunch of unlikable a-holes making bad, selfish decisions. When there's no one with any redeeming characteristics, there's no one for the audience to get behind."
It started out great but really started to go off the rails with characters making increasingly nonsensical choices. Nancy marrying the Mexican drug lord was the beginning of the end.
That '70s Show
"Not the worst offender, but That '70s Show tanked pretty hard once Eric left. He was sorely needed to make the chemistry of the group work."
Yeah, the way these characters continued to stick together even after that was just embarrassing.
House of Cards
"The first two seasons were amazing. After that it started to get progressively worse."
I would argue that even the second season began to stretch the limits of credulity. I lost interest after the fourth season (and both the third and the fourth seasons were a slog for me to get through).
There is some amazing television out there – I am currently making my way through Six Feet Under again – but there is even more disappointing television that should never make its way into your eyeballs.
Sorry if you've suffered.
Have some suggestions of your own? Tell us more in the comments below!
More often than not, what gets us to keep tuning in to our favorite TV shows, or drawn to certain movies, is to get a glimpse into various professions which fascinate us, but which we wouldn't ever want to work ourselves.
Needless to say, there aren't many people who find the Indiana Jones films to be a remotely accurate depiction of archaeology, or that the Jurassic Park films show what paleontology is really like.
But many people tend to watch iconic procedurals like Grey's Anatomy and Law & Order under the notion that they both give an accurate depiction of the medical field and the legal world.
Only, how accurate are they?
Redditor Just_Surround_2108 was curious to learn which professions have been documented on screen without as much research as one might expect, leading them to ask:
"What profession does Hollywood get completely wrong in films and TV?"
In case you had any doubts about hacking...
"Don't nobody code that fast lol."- lmoore0621
The better question is, what does Hollywood get right?
"Just about anything medical, including deaths."
"Just about anything dealing with space."
"Just about anything dealing with natural disasters."
"Actually, now that I think about it, I don't think Hollywood really gets anything right about anything."- Xyrus2000
"Especially in big firms, it’s a lot of just endless hours in front of a desk doing doc review."
"Sincerely, someone studying to do endless hours in front of a desk doing doc review."- geeeeeetarSeason 2 Nbc GIF by Law & OrderGiphy
For better or worse...
Don't let them in the operating room...
"Nursing."- buhzkillWake Up Coffee GIF by FOX TVGiphy
Drop that baton!
"Oh my god just take a lesson or two and learn how to hold the instrument right."- soysaucemmm
Crunching those numbers... incorrectly...
Accountants. I'm sorry, but the action Thriller "The Accountant" starring Ben Aff-lack, was in no way a true representation of my job. - User Deleted
Defying all laws of motion...
"It's hilarious how they act!."- Prestigious-Order-62back to the future 121 gigawatts GIFGiphy
At least depending on where you went to school...
If we're being honest, most people tune in to watch films or television shows to escape from reality, and aren't usually looking for a documentary on these professions.
Though, for anyone thinking they want to be a scientist after watching Back To The Future... you might want to really think that one over...