People Who Grew Up In The Country Share Things Every City Kid Should Know
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Among Aesop's fables is a tale called The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. In the story, both mice find their lives suit them, but not each other.

Indeed there is a difference between urban life and rural life even in the modern world.

Those folks that grew up country would have some wisdom to share with any city kin and vice versa.

Redditor citytiger asked:

"Redditors that grew up/live in the country what’s something every city kid should know?"

Slow Down

"We aren’t in any hurry and you can’t make us." ~ bigedthebad

No Bull!

"Leave gates how you find them—they are open or closed for a reason." ~ lighted_is_lit

"This is very specific. I won’t forget it." ~ jackof47trades

"It really is so important though!" ~ Dancersep38

"Like really important!" ~ unzinc


Yes, Everyone Knows Each Other

"One time I played a gig in Wisconsin and the dude at the bar says, 'Hey you're not from around here huh?'"

"I said 'How could you tell, my accent?'"

"He said, 'No I just never seen you before'."

"Mind=Blown" ~ DrJawn

"My in-laws' family hails from a tiny Idaho town.

First time I was there with my then-girlfriend, a random old-timer 'downtown' introduced himself and said 'You must be Peggy's granddaughter's boyfriend'."

"He was right, so I asked him how he knew."

"'Well, she said you'd be coming, and you don't look related to anyone here, so... you must be him'." ~ Hititwitharock

Where Your Food Comes From

"Grew up in a very small town in Oklahoma. One 4th of July, was at my inlaws in rural Kansas. My wife’s cousin came up from Orlando, FL with his wife and their 10 yr old son."

"We all went for a walk in the early afternoon up to the barn. The driveway was lined on both sides by corn fields."

"The 10 yr old boy asks, 'What’s that?' pointing to the corn. His mom sort of looked stumped and I said, 'That’s corn'."

"The kid looked at me like I was an idiot and said, 'That’s not corn! Corn is yellow!' Then it hit me that he had no idea where corn came from and neither did his mom."

"I said 'Look it’s corn!' As I went and grabbed an ear and pulled the husk open to reveal the yellow ear of corn inside. That kid looked at me like it was magic. He was blown away."

"I had no idea that there’s a huge number of people that think food just comes from the store and don’t know much beyond that." ~ rylokie

"We had a group of kids come out to our farm on a field trip…the looks on their faces when potatoes magically appeared from the ground was priceless!"

"So important for kids to learn where their food comes from." ~ Timely_Cat_


And Everyone Knows Your Business

"Being in the country has more privacy but far less anonymity." ~ Schu0808

"That's the deal breaker for me. I've lived in medium towns all my life. Never cities and never small towns."

"I always had anonymity, which I treasure."

"I don't want anyone knowing about my business in the detail I'm told small town people know about each other.

"When I go out Friday nights, the only people who know what I do are the people I do it with and tell later."

"That's it. And that's how I want to keep it." ~ throwaway387190

No Sirens Doesn't Mean Silence

"How much noise there is from bugs after dark." ~ Crabser116

"I lived in the country for a few years and I enjoyed the sounds of thousands of insects at night."

"It made me feel like I was somewhere with a relatively healthy ecosystem, which I was." ~ dartfrog11


"Where I'm at we have loud a** frogs instead of bugs and one minute there'll be a cacophony of frogs and then all of a sudden they just stop."

"Every single frog goes silent."

"It stays that way for a while then they all start back up at once."

"It's downright unnerving. I always wondered if those frogs knew something I didn't."

"I live in an area where you are less than a mile from true, unbroken wilderness, you casually see bears, mountain lions and bobcats and the neighbors call each other to warn of predator sightings."

"You hear things screaming, hooting and howling at night and you have no idea what or where they are." ~ Tru3insanity

"It can actually get insanely loud in the spring and summer."

"The winter gets eerily quiet at night. You can hear a wind chime from a neighbor a hundred yards away." ~ downbleed

Red Solo Cups

"Just because a party is in the middle of the woods or a field doesn't mean the police won't break it up." ~ SamuelDoctor

"Unless the cop is throwing the party." ~ Visible-Ant1949

"I don't know what rural area you’re talking about, but in my area of Arkansas you’d have to set off a small nuke to get an unprompted appearance from the cops." ~ Whiskeywiskerbiscuit

Hello Darkness My Old Friend

"It gets dark. Very dark." ~ bretty666

"This isn't just darkness."

"This is advanced country darkness." ~ zombie_penguin42


"Oh, country darkness, this really bothered a city friend who grew up in big apartment towers. His first couple of nights in my remote rural/farming area really bothered him."

"He thought 'the nearest people are a mile away, so who is going to know if the criminals break in?'."

"In reality there's no criminals, and no people in that darkness. Just crickets, possums and coyotes."

"In my humble opinion way more peaceful and reassuring than a huge apartment building with 5, 000 strangers under one roof." ~ Thunder_bird

"This!! Omg so much this! You will never know darkness like country darkness."

"There’s something so eery about stepping outside and seeing nothing but pitch black woods." ~ big_ickslap

Common Knowledge

"Don't walk behind a horse, don't touch random metal fences unless you want to get a shock, and everyone you meet either cares too much or couldn’t give a sh*t about you."

"Oh also, no matter how kind a middle-aged woman seems, remember that she's 100% gossiping about you to the other aunts and asking people to pray for you." ~ 1_3A7_W0rM5

"Also do not f'k with cows/bulls."

"They’re cute but will absolutely stomp you dead." ~ leahlikesturtles

All For One And One For All

"If you start a fight with someone in a small town bar you actually just started a fight with the entire bar." ~ degeneratesumbitch

"Don't pick fights or run your mouth to people in small towns that you live in if you just moved there. Chances of you seeing that person again are 100%.

"Getting on people's bad sides in small communities cuts you out of a lot a lot of opportunities in the future."

"Keep your head down, mind your own business and be friendly to everyone." ~ Brancher

"And some of those country boys can throw down in a scrap like you wouldn't believe." ~ FlaccidWeenus


Wildlife Is Wild

"Coyotes are not like dogs—stop feeding them." ~ MikeHuntessHarry69

"Don’t feed any of the animals, except maybe birds."

"Squirrels have sharp teeth people, they will f'k your hands up."

"All those sounds at night are normal."

"Be alarmed if there are no sounds, that’s when sh*t is about to get wild." ~ 30dirtybirdies

"No doubt. If you go out and it's already quiet, be very wary."

"If you're out and it suddenly gets quiet, get back inside ASAP." ~ libra00

"Wait, why? What is it that I should be afraid of?" ~ Cleeecooo

"Usually it means there's a predator around, like a mountain lion."

"In the former case it's probably not near you but that can change rapidly. In the latter case it's probably nearby and may be stalking you." ~ libra00



Small town life really is different.

There are benefits, there are deficits.

It's not for everyone.

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I may not be popular for saying this, but I think comedy is the best form of entertainment.

However, it’s not always easy to find great comedy.

There are lots of comedians who make me smile or even make me laugh at a joke or two. Yet, it’s really hard to find a comedian who can keep me laughing through their whole set.

If you’re having trouble finding those kinds of comedians, or are just ready to find a new comedian to enjoy, Redditors are here to help.

Probably hoping to find a great comedian themself, Redditor Plastic_Ad_6179 asked:

"Who's the best comedian of all time in your opinion?"

Sean Lock

"Sean Lock"

"For many reasons, but mainly for being the undisputed champion of the world in...Carrot In A Box:"

– Rymundo88

"What a HUGE talent. Luckily he left a lot of great footage. Terrible loss."

– Pan-tang

"The comedians comedian"

– FrederickBishop

George Carlin

"George Carlin."

"Honorable mention to Bill Burr."

– gobigred3562

"When I turned 21, my mom took me to Vegas. We saw Carlin perform and we laughed solidly for 90 minutes. I don’t remember any of the jokes, but I have never laughed like that since. He was a true master of the art."

– drCrankoPhone

"Carlin is the only correct answer. Nobody will ever touch that level of wit, wordplay, satire, and social commentary."


– reflUX_cAtalyst

Mike Birbiglia

"I went to a Mike Birbiglia show at Zanies in Nashville back in 2008. Guy killed…got up on stage, told 1 story. Took him 90 minutes to get through that story. The whole time, he’s veering off on tangents that seemed completely natural, conversational even. Each tangent was a tiny hilarious story itself. The show seemed so smooth and flowed so naturally, that I could hardly believe it was written. It was masterful. Sure, he doesn’t tell jokes that leave you breathless with laughter, but he does tell jokes that get 90% of the way there with such consistency that I’m actually more impressed with that than the former."

– mavol

Norm MacDonald

"In terms of:"

  • "Being at the top of his game for a long period of time"
  • "Being perfect at timing and execution"
  • "Understanding comedy to a degree that other comedians notice and respect"
  • "Being clever and witty on the spot"
  • "Having memorable jokes and killer standup routines"

"Norm MacDonald"

– warpus

"My favorite story about Norm MacDonald I've heard is that when he was coming up if he bombed he'd wait in the back of the club after the show to shake everyone's hand in their way out. If he killed he wouldn't. What a legend."

– SixPieceTaye

"If you asked a group of comedians who their favorite comedian is I'd bet Norm would be near the top of the list. So much of his material was a deconstruction of comedy itself. If Norm MacDonald tells you a bad joke, and you laugh, is it still a bad joke? Why is it funny? Are you laughing at him or is he laughing at you?"

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Mitch Hedberg

"Mitch Hedberg. RIP."

– onepotatotwopotato3

"I used to love that guy. I still do but I used to too."

– ChefHannibal

""I got in an argument with a girlfriend inside of a tent. That’s a bad place for an argument, because I tried to walk out, and had to slam the flap.""

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Monty Python

"Monty Python, as a group."

"I don't think there's been a single more influential comedy act than Flying Circus."

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"I agree with it just because it’s one of the few non-American mentions here. People seriously think that humor ends on American Stand Up and television…"

"Also Monty Python is ALWAYS funny"

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Robin Williams

"Robin Williams."

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"Live on Broadway stands as one of the most memorable things I have ever watched."

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"Idk why he isn’t higher on this list or mentioned more often. Robin Williams had absolutely insane improv skills. Watch the episode of Who’s Line with him as the guest star, the rest of the cast can’t keep it together."

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Lucille Ball

"Lucille Ball"

– LusciousofBorg

"Scrolled this far to find a female comedian! Love Lucille Ball"

– boonybun

"I saw I Love Lucy was streaming a couple months ago. Having watched it as a kid, I figured I’d put it on for a nostalgic chuckle. I was not ready for that show to be so, so funny—I nearly passed out I was laughing so hard."

– mypantsareawesome

"She was a comedic genius."

– DrWorm_DD

Rowan Atkinson

"Rowan Atkinson (John Cleese closely second)"

– DarkFluids777

"Atkinson is such an amazing physical comedian that it’s basically overlooked that he’s a first-rate stand-up, as well."

– HilariousSpill

Eddie Murphy

"Eddie Murphy"

– onterrible1

"He saved SNL. They wouldn't be on air today were it not for Murphy"

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"Goat of comedy"

– IndependenceScary644

Comedy may not be everyone’s favorite form of entertainment, but it is a can’t miss, so long as the comedian in question is a good one.

Luckily, we’ve got some great suggestions above.