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Kids don't have a filter. Seriously: They don't––and they can sometimes say things that are brutal, surprising, and even inappropriate.

Today's burning question comes from Redditor illVent, who asked the online community: "What was the most brutal thing you heard a kid say?"

We're going to say "Ouch!" in advance.


"He looked at me..."

As a teenager I had horrendous acne. My three year old cousin was asked if they wanted to give me a hug before leaving a family gathering.

He looked at me and said "No, his face has big ugly buttons" and then walked off.

Minotaur11

"I was visiting my grandchildren..."

I was visiting my grandchildren (4 and 6 yo) and their parents, and reminded them that I was leaving in two days.

Both children clapped and cheered.

OldGuysRewl

"My little sister..."

My little sister told my first girlfriend that she was the first girl who was willing to talk to me.

my_future_wife

"I told her I don't have one."

A 7 year old asked me "Where is your girlfriend?", since my brother's girlfriend was there with us. I told her I don't have one. So she said "Oh. Yeah I guess some people are supposed to be alone."

Well damn.

PhreedomPhighter

"The boy next door..."

The boy next door once told my Mom that she shouldn't hang her underwear on the clothesline because "his mother didn't want his father looking at it."

Back2Bach

"My son asked..."

Giphy

My brother is blind in one eye.

My son asked "Uncle, which eye do i look at?" Obviously i thought this was savage but my Brother took it like a champ and circled his 'correct eye' in red pen.

Quimerino

"That's not very nice."

Me (putting my daughter to bed): I love you, honey. Goodnight.

Her: I don't love you.

Me: That's not very nice. I'm sure you love me.

Her: Nope. I just love Mommy. Bye.

moosebaloney

"One time a kid..."

One time a kid in the day camp I was volunteering at asked me if I had a mommy.

"Of course I have a mommy. Why do you ask?"

"Oh. I thought you didn't have a mommy because she died because you're so old."

I was 15 at the time.

TheMorningOwl

"While my aunt is getting changed..."

While my aunt is getting changed into a bathing suit years ago.

5 year old cousin: "Mom I want to be like you when I grow up I just don't want your body."

lexstacy

"I worked at a library..."

I worked at a library and they were going to have a "scare away drugs" day were you dress scary for a day. A little girl told the librarian "wow you went all out for the scary day!", the librarian said, "Ohh that's not today it's on Friday". The little girl said "Ohh well you're ready" and walked off.

It was painful to see a 35-year-old woman eviscerated by a 2nd grader.

dabocx

"I work as a therapist..."

I work as a therapist and had a kid walk up to his new teacher, place his hands on her belly and ask in a ringing voice, "Is it a boy or a girl?"

He genuinely thought she was pregnant, bless his little soul.

guirhsv

"Was sitting on the couch with my girlfriend..."

Giphy

Was sitting on the couch with my girlfriend and her nephew and he was staring at me.

Him: "What's wrong with your neck?"

Me: "What? Do I have a bruise or something?"

Him: "No you have like a big thing sticking out."

Me: "Oh that's my adam's apple."

Him: "Oh... Is it always going to be like that?"

Me: "Ummm.... yes?"

Him: "That's really gross looking."

be_nice_to_me_plz

"That was the hardest I ever had to hold back laughter."

I was driving my son and his friend home from a baseball tournament, they were about 12. The kid's dad was a bit of a loudmouth a--hole and he wanted to ride the 2 hr drive with us because he didn't pitch a very good game and he knew his dad would be yelling at him. I overheard him tell my kid that "I know why my dad hates me, I walked in on him in the bathroom and my thing is way bigger than his." That was the hardest I ever had to hold back laughter.

gearhead488

"My two daughters..."

My two daughters (5 and 7) were fighting over a toy. The younger one turned to the older one and said, "If you don't give me the toy I'm going to cut off your head and bury it in the backyard where no one will ever find it."

SweetSweetTightTight

"I was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood..."

I was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween and was taking my friend's nieces trick-or-treating. One of them turned to me and said, "What are you supposed to be?"

Me: Little Red Riding Hood

Her: Oh, I though she was supposed to be pretty.

KayyKai

"I was 23..."

"Why do you have more hair on your face than your head?"

I was 23 and hadn't fully accepted my hairline thinning yet, caught me way off guard.

work10306

"My younger sisters and I..."

My younger sisters and I were spending the night at our grandparents' once. The youngest (9 at the time) slept in our grandma's bed and the middle and I (13 and 15) were staying in the guest room. In the morning the 9 year old came to wake us up, and the conversation went something like this:

9: Wake up, breakfast's ready.

Me: No, go away, I'm trying to get my beauty rest.

9: Oh. Well... [13] is trying to get her ugly rest!

Never been prouder.

homicidal_bird

"I work as a cashier..."

I work as a cashier in a fast food restaurant. I enjoy wearing makeup because since I wear a uniform makeup is one of the few ways I can express myself. My niece who was around two at the time "Why do you wear makeup? The restaurant doesn't need it."

rubyslippers716

"I was watching her and her 3 siblings for 4 days..."

My 6 year old niece is a particularly sassy little girl. I was watching her and her 3 siblings for 4 days when I was 19. I took them to the pool and then a pizza place and was obviously stressed but trying to keep my cool with the little rascals. They were holding their pizza really weird and all the toppings were sliding right off. I held up a slice with two hands:

Me: no, like this! Haven't you guys ever had pizza before? /s

Niece: haven't you ever watched 4 kids before?

I called my mom and cried.

Naynayshanay

"My little sister..."

My little sister (she was maybe 5-6 at the time) looked at me one day and said, "You're like a drunken archer."

I asked what that meant, and she said, "You have no aim in life."

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Sixth sense, hunch, spidey senses tingling, or gut feeling: no matter what you call it, we all have had that feeling at one point or another. Not everyone is as in tune with that feeling as some, but when we have that feeling it's important to listen to it. It could be life or death.

Science tells us that there's actual physical feelings associated with the gut feeling due to our gut-brain connection. Signals from our brain can actually cause intestinal signals to bubble up. It can come in a moments notice. Sometimes feeling a little like anxiety or even "hearing" a voice in your head telling you something might be off.

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We might need to listen to our gut specifically to protect ourselves. It's that intuitive knowledge that keeps humanity alive for centuries.

Antonia Hock, global head of The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center said:

"Instinct is a powerful data point that can be a treasure trove of untapped generational knowledge in decision making."

Redditors shared their life-saving moments when they listened to their gut and trusted it.

Redditor TheGaySussyBaka asked:

"What's a gut feeling that saved yours or someone else's life?"

Intuition could save a life. Let's read some true stories about gut feelings that made all the difference.

It was worth being late to the party.

"Years ago, my wife and I were driving on the expressway that was under major construction. Traffic had slowed quite a bit and I saw a plume of smoke ahead. As we drew closer, I could see it was the beginning of a Carbeque, but the driver was still in the vehicle."

"I did a death defying move to cross multiple lanes of traffic to pull over, despite my wife's protests about being late to the event we were headed to."

"I approached the car, which was just starting to produce visible fire from the wheel wells and opened the door to the car. The guy was conscious, but in obvious shock and was unresponsive. I had to reach in to unbuckle him and pull him out of the car. Within seconds of me getting him out, the driver's compartment was completely engulfed in flames."

- TheSpatulaOfLove

"In that moment, that's what your wife was thinking about?"

- Nooseents

"I don't think she had malicious intent. She's just nuts about being everywhere 5 minutes early. She assumed the guy would get out of the car and all would be fine. I didn't get that feeling."

- TheSpatulaOfLove

"Tipsy" driving is still drunk driving.

"Do not get into a car with someone who says 'they are just a little tipsy.'"

"The guy who was trying to convince us that he 'was totally fine to drive' didn't die that night but he did have to spend a two years learning to walk again."

- fruit_cats

"My story isn't as bad as that but I'm pretty sure I saved a friend from getting arrested for drunk driving. She'd been hanging out at my fraternity and had at least a couple drinks. She said she was going to drive to the bar, but I told her I wasn't going to let her and would find someone to drive her. But everybody else had been drinking. I hadn't, but I also didn't have a driver's license at the time (not for nefarious reasons, I just didn't get one until I graduated college)."

"Refusing to let her drive, I told her I would. She got in next to me and even though I hadn't driven in awhile, I drove slowly to the bar. After I pulled in to the spot, I finally noticed that there had been a cop right behind us. Luckily he drove off. But the cops in our college town were notorious jerks and even if she had been below the legal limit, she probably would have been arrested. But she was fine and I drove her back to her apartment after we were done."

"Also later found out that the car I was driving wasn't even hers - it belonged to her sorority sister. So there's a good chance I prevented her a) from getting arrested, b) getting into a bad accident, c) damaging her sorority sister's car or d) all of the above."

- PAKMan1988

"You're really burying the good part."

"You prevented her from possible troubles by driving a stolen car without a license right in front of a cop."

- yourmomlurks

Listen to your parental gut feeling.

"My son has leukemia and is on chemotherapy. He was just...off. Looked paler than usual and something just felt odd. Turns out chemo had obliterated his blood so much it might as well have been water and he would have died within days. Two blood transfusions, five days hospital and two weeks off chemotherapy and he was on the mend."

"I went into traumatic shock and the one thing that pulled me out was a debrief with my doctor, who told me I had just saved my child's life with my maternal instinct and never doubt it. Fast forward a few months and he got an infection and that same odd feeling woke me up. He spent a week in hospital that time."

"Parental instinct is there for a reason. Don't doubt it. When you feel it, it's not like feeling a concern or worry that something might be wrong... it's a deep primal knowing."

- belltrina

"My wife had the same thing happen with our 3rd kid. 3 days old. Something was off for her. She had a feeling, called the pediatrician and tested his blood sugar with her kit since she was a gestational diabetic. It was in the basement. Like the oh f**k basement. Verge of coma basement. Doc had us call 9-11 and they would have life-flighted him to a bigger hospital had the weather not sucked a**. Spent 9 days in the NICU. Now he's a wild 5-year-old boy. She 100% saved his life."

- Fleadip

"When I worked in peds, this was the mantra among the nursing staff. If mom (or dad) thinks something is wrong, something is wrong! You know your kid better than anyone else in the world."

- vanillabeanlover

"This is so true! When I had appendicitis, my doctor tried to send me home saying it was the flu. If my mom hadn't insisted something was seriously wrong, I might be dead. It was hours from rupturing when they removed it."

- hotairballoons

A near miss.

"Scenario- driving myself and 2 coworkers back from lunch. Didn't immediately go when my light was green as I got this weird knot in my stomach like something was gonna go down. Car next to me went forward and got slammed into a brick building and post by a speeding car that went thru his red. Some debris rained on my car but basically was left unscathed. Shook but unscathed."

- tokoloshe_noms_toes

"My friends make fun of me for this, bc the 'light is green lol' but I've been involved in that type of accident, and am only alive because my dad, who was driving saw it in time to slam the gas and make them only hit the bed of the truck."

- marshal231

The man in the truck.

"This is before cell phones (think beepers). I went out one night and was meeting my bestie half way between my house and hers. I noticed this truck drive by me and he slowed down to a crawl. Another car was coming so he kept going. My spidey senses were triggered though. I saw my best friend and I grabbed her and pulled her into an old shed at an abandoned house. I shut the door quick and told her to be quiet. There was a space so we were able to see this truck coming."

"She is whispering rapidly to me asking what is happening. I told her that I had seen that guy a few minutes before and he made me nervous. He slowly crept down the street, pulled over and got out with a flashlight. That's when we saw the gun. The most terrifying thing, it was only moments, but felt like hours. He finally took off, but I was hesitant to leave yet. We stayed there for about 15-20 minutes and he came back 4 or 5 times."

"Finally we heard our names being called, her older brother and his best friend had come looking because it typically takes 10 minutes to get from my house to hers. I am convinced that she and I would both be dead if it wasn't for that shed and me trusting my spidey senses."

- Right-Mind2723

Caught it just in time.

"Was hanging out with my brother who was visiting from a few hours away. We went to one of his highschool friends house to shoot the sh*t."

"My brother's friend had a kid who was literally bouncing off the walls. After one bounce I heard a little scrape behind me. I looked behind me to see the 8 point deer head mounted to the wall just in time for another bounce."

"I snatched that head out of the air just about 3 inches from giving the kid 4 stab wounds to the skull."

- piratecheese13

"I was at a party my house was hosting back in the day. We had a back area that had a door leading to the backyard, the door swung inwards. Someone was bent over putting their shoe on and I heard someone coming up the stairs to come in. As soon as the handle started turning, I put my hand over the door to stop it coming in. The person putting on their shoe was so shocked because no one else noticed the door opening and their head was right near the handle. Maybe not exactly saving a life, but a solid concussion at least."

- Subject37

"Peacefully riding my motorcycle."

"'I don't think that guy is going to stop for that stop sign. I'll slow down just a little bit so he'd miss me if he didnt.'"

"Guy flys through intersection at 100km/h."

"'God wanted me to live this day, I see.'"

- shrapnullvxvsa

There are a few things you'll need to do to learn how to trust your gut. Part of it is recognizing when your gut is trying to send you signals. Body awareness, emotional awareness and cognitive processing is something that can happen intuitively, but we have to know how to recognize it.

Pay attention to when it is intrinsically emotional or when it might be clouded by bias. Know the difference so you can make choices that make the most sense for the situation.

And practice! Find ways to listen to your body and emotions and put the skills to the test.

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