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The internet is a web of crazy. In the beginning it seemed like a great way to socialize and do business; now it's just turned into a free for all of nonsense. And sadly, people are getting rich because of it. Social media can lead you to places you dare not go, but your curiosity can't help itself, so you watch. And then you wish you hadn't.

A Redditor wanted to hear about the things we wish we could all unsee on the web by asking... What is the cringiest thing you've seen on social media?

I have lost track of the bad moments, and degradation that I've witnessed online. I'm clearly numb at this point. I cringe at everything, which is why I watch next to nothing anymore. People are exhausting. Let's see who agrees...


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Remember when that one guy recorded himself being a fool to a security guard at Vidcon and saying how he was so famous? He wasn't famous btw.



Educated people advertising pyramid schemes.


Recently unfollowed a dude I knew from high school who did this. He's very much the "car salesman" type, and fell into that "you should be here" travel MLM. He's been posting about flipping houses as well, and considers himself an entrepreneur. Okay bud. You have fun with that.


Liar Liar

A guy I grew up with is the biggest piece of crap I've ever met. He had absolutely zero social skills, would show up at your house unannounced all the time, and lied about freaking EVERYTHING. He claimed he had been assaulted, his house had been broken into, he'd murdered in self defense, he had purchased cocaine from a crooked cop— ALL OF THIS was disproven within nearly hours of each claim.

Then a couple years back my mom tells me he approached her at a grocery store asking if she was my mother. She said she was and asked him how he'd been. Without missing a beat, he responded, "well I'm HIV positive, but I'm okay."

I checked his Facebook and he had a GoFundMe for his "HIV treatment." His mother soon commented "he does NOT have HIV. He's lying for attention. AGAIN." Both the GoFundMe and his FB profile quickly disappeared.

Good riddance.



My favorite one was this Tik Tok of a random white girl crying and she captioned it something like "POV: it's the 50s and your black friend is getting beaten up and you have to pretend not to care" how did anyone think that was okay????

Edit: found it



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I have this one friend who constantly gets catfished. Then he's like super public about his heartbreak and we are always like bruh! Just stop! This girl isn't real either! Ugh.


Yeah, the best of the human race is not front and center on the web. Those are things we can't undo or see. But, that as a people, seems to be where we are. So let's take a deep breath and continue.

Old Space

My old Myspace page.


Somewhere out there, there's a website floating around with my old 'clan' forum, as things used to be called. Thinking back about all the drama and cringe I had been part of... 8+ years of content...

Just an example of cringe: I was 13 or something at the time, attention starved and pretty miserable with depression, so of course I ended up pretending I'm a girl. For several years, with people I grew from 'passing acquaintance' to full on best friends. One of them, who I'm still in contact with nearly 15+ years later, even called me onee-chan...


He ended up confronting me after a few years of cringe-induced 'female acting', so I came out as a guy and since kids are pretty awesome, they all accepted it as easily as anything else. Wrote a huge apology letter on the forum. It's still out there and thinking about it makes me want to delete the internet, but I love those memories I had with them. Not sure I would be alive if it wasn't for them.



My middle school teacher trying to recruit me to join her MLM.


My 7th grade Spanish teacher tried to convince our class to buy special crystals to eliminate the 'toxins' in the air. She had a ten-pound, eight-inch pyramid on her desk made of epoxy and metal shavings that she swore had supernatural powers lol.


Gross Dude

One of my friends has turned into a creep. He's older, in his 50s and he's DMing younger 20 somethings. Its really cringey.

He also is easy, he has been scammed soo many times by his instagram GF's for money, SSN and stuff. he wont learn. We did an intervention. He thinks he's an alpha that knows everything and deserves to be treated like a king by women.

Then posts in FB how pitiful he is when things get rough.

Also, dear lord his signature FB profile post is him sitting meditation style. Yes closed doing "ohmmmmm" I cant go out with him without him doing these things in landmark areas.



People posting passive aggressive crap on their stories after a breakup.

Usually about how they're sooooo "unbothered" or didn't need the other person in the first place. Which, if that was actually the case, they wouldn't be posting anything about it on their stories to begin with...

Keep it to yourself and move on in private like an adult.


No Words...

People faking mental illnesses for attention. I see it exceeding the cringe threshold, but if that doesn't count - Gacha Life heat or whatever the hell it's called.


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Typically, I would write an intro about my own experiences with the weird kids at school, but I WAS the weird kid in school. Not in a bad way, more like a “I had a John Waters phase” when I was 16 and everyone knew it. So like, cool-weird. At least I hope so.

Schools aren’t always so lucky to have the cool kinds of weird kids though. The spectrum of weird extends even further than that, and can sometimes end up very disasterous.

U/Imaginary_East5786 asked: What was the weirdest thing the weird kid did at school?

​Let’s start with the grossest of the gross. Because why not.

Was it worth it?

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He heard that you'd automatically get suspended if you peed your pants at school. He wanted to find out if it was true, peed his pants, got suspended.


Scientific method:

> Observation: 'I've heard that by peeing your pants you will be suspended'

> Hypothesis: If I pee my pants I will be suspended

> Experiment: I peed my pants and I got suspended

> Conclusion: If I pee my pants I get suspended


Uhhh what was the intention here?

He got mad that he didn't understand how to play a game at lunchtime so he started hitting and punching the nearest person to him, who happened to be me. When I shoved him away and asked him what the hell was he doing, he whipped his unit.out, charged at me and when I shoved him away from me again he started crying and ran away with his member still sticking out.


​Next ones up are the lowkey (or even highkey) disturbing stories. These weird kids can get a little scary.

Boom theret.

At my middle school, someone decided to get a little attention with a good old fashioned bomb threat. Except they thought that a bomb threat meant literally writing "bomb threat" somewhere. Worse yet, they misspelled the f*ck out of it, and wrote "boom theret."

So we had to go on a brief, very awkward lockdown while the police checked the perimeter for booms.


I hope there was no overlap in the columns.

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She wrote a list of all the girls and boys she wanted to kiss and murder and then casually passed it out on the playground.


2 separate lists or just the 1?


Same list 2 columns lol.


Holy crap.

Had the weird kid in high school ask the teacher to use the bathroom. She said no and this dude legit stabbed his hand with a pencil. Went all the way through then asked if he could*t was wild.

This was Pearl High School in Mississippi. This was the school Luke Woodham shot and killed his girlfriend and her friend at the school. This kid stabbed himself with the pencil about 2 months after that happened. This was late 1997.


​Most of the time, however, the weird kids are pretty d*mn funny.

Ok, but this takes a lot of skill.

Had a kid nicknamed "cheeseburger" in the grade ahead of me in high school. He got his nickname because when it was time for his class to go to lunch, he snuck into the roof and crawled his way into the cafeteria, dropped down and proceeded to steal all the cheeseburger put out for lunch. Unfortunately they caught him in the act and sent him to the principal's office.

A year later he was caught stealing a teacher's computer, and in the process of being arrested he bit the officers hand, getting him sent to juvi never to be heard of again.


Every school had the cat girl.

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The weird kid at my highschool tied a string around his pencil case and pulled out around the halls pretending it was a dog. He still lives in my hometown. I think unemployed.

Oh also weird girl in middle school acted like a cat. She would meow and hiss at people, lick the water fountain and rub her body on the teacher's legs. In 8th grade. I have no idea where she ended up.



Weird kid in elementary was a self proclaimed alien. Once, while waiting for the bus, she told me "On my planet we eat people like you" and proceeded to bite me. We later became friends in high school and she used to give me massages during lunch break in the quad. Just realized now she was likely tenderizing me.


I was exactly this kind of weird.

He didn't say much, but if asked, he would go to the front of the class and perform Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with all of the emotion and volume of Tiny Tim, holding nothing back.

The last I heard, he became an energy trader, made a ton of money and married well.


I can definitely relate to that last one. In middle school, my English teacher would let me go to the front of the class and perform monologues or songs from Broadway musicals. Weird, but that’s what happens when schools cut funding for the arts and the theatre kids have no outlet.

As long as you’re not hurting anyone, I say let your freak flag fly, man

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