Disappointed People Share What Didn't Live Up To The Hype Of Its Nostalgia[rebelmouse-image 18347971 is_animated_gif=
Happy, nostalgic, childhood memories are sacred and pure mostly because they're just that - childhood. The newness of things kind of gave you the world through rose colored lenses. The same thing can happen with new jobs, relationships, friendships, etc. It can be a real shock to the system when we revisit the things we used to love and realize maybe they weren't so great.
One Reddit user asked: What, upon revisiting, did not live up to your nostalgia?
Some of the stories are sad, but there's at least one victory in here. One person finally realized they had been wrong, and Small World was not, in fact, the greatest ride at Magic Kingdom. So, hooray for that!
The Miracle[rebelmouse-image 18347972 is_animated_gif=
When I was a little kid at summer camp, I witnessed a miracle. A friend of mine and I were going down this insanely long and high slide at this massive park they'd taken us to on a field trip.
My friend fell from the top of the slide and as soon as he did I knew it was bad. No one could survive a fall that far. But miraculously he did survive!
I went back to that park as an adult. It was like a 6 foot slide.
Beaver Creek[rebelmouse-image 18347973 is_animated_gif=
Growing up, I had a friend with a big creek back behind his house, like a mile back into the woods. We aptly named it "Beaver Creek" because there was a family of beavers who lived in a den there. I remember before graduating high school, we sat at the creek saying how this is one moment we would never forget because in a few weeks "everything is going to change".
We graduate. I move away. I drove through the area four years later, and decide to make the trek to Beaver Creek. That was our spot and it'd be great to see it again. I trek the mile into the woods and arrive at--- a creek that has eroded away very quickly. This creek went from being ten feet across to maybe a mere two feet across. The Beaver House was LONG gone. Instead of fast water it was moving slow with a lot of foam built up around caught branches and rocks, and smelled horrible.
Made me real depressed. I'm sad thinking about it.
Just The Human Condition[rebelmouse-image 18347975 is_animated_gif=
As you get older you will find that driving past just about anything from your younger years is painful. I'm in my 50's now and now rarely visit the city I spent the first half my life in. Maybe it is just the human condition but I think as we move on in life we somehow expect all that things in our past to remain the same. They don't. The local pub I spent way too much time in is now torn down. The strip mall with the pizzeria that had the best pizza in the world is now a car dealership and the small bungalow where I was raised is now some grotesque two story monolith. They say you can't go back, and truly it is true.
4 Year-Old Me Was On Acid[rebelmouse-image 18347976 is_animated_gif=
The "It's a small world after all" ride in Disney World, FL. Had this memory of going on it when I was like 4 where I swore the little car you ride in was like floating through space while various Disney characters would fly by and say stuff. Did it again when I was like 14 and found out that 4 year old me was on acid.
The Story Was Still Good[rebelmouse-image 18347977 is_animated_gif=
I'm ready for the hate but...GTA: San Andreas.
I was 10 when it came out and I absolutely adored it. For the time, it was definitely fantastic. However, a few weeks ago, I went back and replayed it as I was dying to show my SO the great story.
Oh...my...God. The gameplay dragged so much for me and felt so awkward and clunky. The missions felt boring to me. The story was still good but I just couldn't bring myself to finish it. Age has definitely not been as kind to San Andreas as it has to other games from the same era.
Props To The Illustrator[rebelmouse-image 18347978 is_animated_gif=
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. I read them religiously as a kid, and I remember just being absolutely terrified after each story. About 13 years go by, I'm 21 now, and I found the books in my brother's closet. The stories were NOT as I remember, they were very short and most of them were just downright silly. However, I still give the illustrator props. The imagery in that book is still pretty haunting.
A Menace To The Series[rebelmouse-image 18347980 is_animated_gif=
The Phantom Menace. As a kid I genuinely enjoyed the movie and had no idea why the prequels got so much hate. Rewatched it 7 years later...hoo boy. The actor who plays Anakin is just so bad. I literally cringed when he shouted "YIPEEEEEEEEEE". NO ONE ACTUALLY SAYS THAT GEORGE.
The Blisters Were Insane[rebelmouse-image 18347982 is_animated_gif=
Jelly shoes - they are not as comfortable or as cool as I remember. I bought a pair online that i was going to wear during the summer. i wore them once and the blisters were insane. not as fun as when I was a kid.
A Heartbreaking Loss[rebelmouse-image 18347983 is_animated_gif=
The Animaniacs, which was heartbreaking.
Keep in mind, I don't hate it now, but it just doesn't tickle 30-yo me as much as it did 10-yo me.
Christmas[rebelmouse-image 18347984 is_animated_gif=
Christmas for me. I have great memories of it from when I was a kid, but now I just sit there on edge waiting for my dad to be an ahole about something or for someone to get pissed off about some stupid sh!t. I hate it now.
Wow, That Was A Letdown[rebelmouse-image 18347985 is_animated_gif=
My college boyfriend. I remember the sex being so magical. Like, honestly still fantasize about it 20 years later. Hooked up recently and wow was that a letdown. He's still a great guy and I wish him the best, but I don't need to revisit that.
The Christmas Tree[rebelmouse-image 18347986 is_animated_gif=
Not sure if this counts but I remember every year growing up the Christmas tree got smaller and smaller. When I was about 10 I complained to my mum that it was a bit rubbish that the Christmas tree was smaller every year.
It wasn't smaller , it was the same tree each year(plastic), I was getting bigger
Stop Whining, Simba[rebelmouse-image 18347987 is_animated_gif=
The Lion King. There I said it. I understand the message of it, but when I watched it again I just couldn't get over the way Simba was so whiny. I understand this sounds petty and people disagree but dang I just didn't enjoy watching it like I did when I was a kid.
Barely Tolerable To Go Back To[rebelmouse-image 18347988 is_animated_gif=
SpongeBob Squarepants - even the "classic" episodes are barely tolerable to go back to at this point. Fortunately, Rocko's Modern Life has held up significantly better.
Lion-O Ruins Everything[rebelmouse-image 18347989 is_animated_gif=
Thundercats 80s episodes. Virtually every situation that called for the team to fight for their lives is because Lion-O would consistently mess up simple tasks.
I get that he was a kid in a mans body. His lack of basic common sense was infuriating.
Church Was Unsettling[rebelmouse-image 18347991 is_animated_gif=
My childhood church. Man, its was unsettling.
I grew up going to a medium-sized United Methodist church. There was a strong congregation, very few empty seats in the pews each Sunday, plenty of organizations and programs. The greatest marvel was this huge stained-glass mosaic behind the altar, the size of the entire wall. There were amazing depictions of all the rockstars from the Bible, each standing ten feet tall, backlit by the rising sun each Sunday morning. We left to join a Presbyterian church when I was in middle school, due to conflicts with the new (widely-despised) pastor.
I went back as an adult for an Xmas Eve service, because my grandparents still attended. I had outgrown my faith. Even at a "busy" service, now only half the pews held parishioners, and even these were half-empty. I recognized all the old faces, but now they were really old. Former couples came in singles, because Mrs. Aaron's husband and Mr. Gerhard's wife had long since died. My childhood babysitter/crush had grown into a beautiful woman with a daughter and a crisply-dressed husband, and crow's feet at her eyes. Her rascally little brother looked like a young man with a drinking problem whose parents had bought him a nice suit for Christmas. The worst part was the service itself. All of the hymns and congregational prayers just sounded like empty voices reciting some hollow chant. At the pulpit, I remembered bold, lion-hearted men who had firm but soothing voices. They were years gone, replaced by a kind, barefoot lesbian who had a roving mic and wandered the aisles while she led the service. She was actually an improvement, I enjoyed the energy she brought, but she was not the authoritative figure that had first taught me that you MUST love Jesus.
And the mosaic was dark, because it was evening. All those thousands of pieces of broken glass, so carefully arranged, just looked like shattered images. Moses still raised the tablets over his head, breaking them angrily. But now he just looked like another old man whom I recognized from my childhood, someone I'd pretend not to notice when I'd see him at the grocery store. I held my grandma's hand as we walked out. It felt like sticks wrapped in paper.
Don't Ruin The Memory[rebelmouse-image 18347992 is_animated_gif=
Billy Madison. As a kid it was hilarious. As an adult I low key cringed and had to turn it off as to not ruin my memory of it.
The Smurfs[rebelmouse-image 18347993 is_animated_gif=
Children of the 80's, do you remember? It was the first cartoon of Saturday morning. You'd better be in front of the tube with your bowl of cereal by the time those opening credits stopped. It was the launching point of a morning of cartoons capped by an hour of Looney Tunes before you headed out into the neighborhood for the day. I remember loving the Smurfs.
And then as an adult, I caught an episode one day. And that is the most boring thing ever. "Hi Papa Smurf, are you feeling smurftastic today? I've picked some smurfberries for the smurfpies for dessert at the smurfestival this evening. It's sure to be a smurfy good time"
Apparently I was easily entertained as a child.
Chef Boyardee[rebelmouse-image 18347994 is_animated_gif=
Ever since I became vegetarian at 12 years old, I've missed Chef Boyardee Raviolis. I'm 25 now and work in a mental hospital where this is occasionally something they'll feed the patients, staff are allowed the same meal trays for free. A co-worker was eating her tray of the Chef Boyardee Raviolis and asked me if I wanted to have some. Just the smell was already ringing some nostalgic bells. I peeled of the noodle part and ate it, expecting it to be blasted back to my youth and reminded of how much I missed it. No. It tasted like salted asphalt. Not awesome. Glad to be rid of the option.
Many people live by the mantra that ignorance is bliss.
It's true, how being left in the dark about influential pieces of information is preferable.
For example, being cognizant about a co-worker's questionable private life can adversely affect how others interact with this individual if they object to their tendencies outside of the workplace.
Not knowing certain things can be freeing, a notion that was explored when Redditor Distantmole asked:
"What’s something you really wish you didn’t know?"
These Redditor examples are based on an occupational hazard.
"How to fix a printer. Sometimes, I just play dumb when I'm asked..."
"I was the ONLY one who knew how to unjam the printer at my old job. And it was a lemon - it jammed at least once a day. I quit the job because I was overworked and unappreciated. My replacement left in less than a year. I hope they're suffering without their little resident unjammer. Thanks for letting me vent."
Parents are people too, and you wouldn't be here were it not for them.
So there's that.
The Origin Of You
"I know exactly where, when, and how I was made in grand detail. I have no idea why my parents felt the need to tell me this, but I now know and I wish i didn't."
"I was conceived in a waterbed in my parents’ old condo. My dad told me when I was 15…"
Pulling Back The Curtain
"My father photographed all the births, me and my siblings."
"Each of us had a photo album growing up."
"They started with the photos of our births."
"My father took photos of us coming out.... of the vagina."
"This is the first page of my childhood photo album."
Too Close For Comfort
"My parents told me they conceived my younger sibling in a tent with me and my older sibling while we were sleeping in the same tent. I did not need to know that."
You think you know everything about the members of your family.
However, some things about them are better left a mystery.
"Was on a vacation with my grandma in a shared room and she disappeared into the bathroom for 5 minutes, came out, I didn't think any of it and didn't care, and she came up to me and said."
"I have bad constipation right now so I shoved a bit of soap in my butt to help softening it up! Maybe I'll fart bubbles soon, he he!"
"That happened 6 years ago but it's burned into my brain."
The Family's An Open Book
"Didn't need to know the reason I'm mums least favourite child and I certainly didn't need her to tell me what colour my step dad's pubes are. Didn't need my Grandparents to tell me that they had sex the night before on the couch I was sitting on or my grans favourite position."
"Also didn't need to know my uncle only has one testicle or that my dad was in the room when my cousin was conceived. My family is far to open lol."
"If you find an unlabeled videotape laying around burn the f'king thing just in case."
The myth of mammals.
Scary Fish Tongue
"There is a parasitic isopod that gets inside a fish’s mouth, severs the tongue, and lives in the fish’s mouth acting as a replacement tongue."
I wish I didn't know about as Demodex or eyelash mites.
Oh, you didn't about them?
Prepare to have your mind blown.
There is a community of mites living in the pores of our faces.
Ever wondered why your face randomly itches when there's nothing visibly making contact with your face? That's because these little stubby boring worms–that are a distant relative of ticks and spiders–are having a party inside your fleshy dwelling, and they are grateful for its host to extend the welcome mat.
Americans often drop popular sayings in conversation that have some element of truth to them.
You've undoubtedly come across phrases like, "Kill two birds with one stone" or "it's raining cats and dogs."
While those are used to describe actions, like the state of the weather, there are other phrases that are dispensed as words of wisdom to help individuals through a challenging situation.
But the endeavor to console someone by using this tactic is not always effective.
Curious to hear examples of this, Redditor Braca5 asked:
"What popular sayings are bullsh*t?"
These sound familiar?
The Survivor Mentality
"whatever doesn't kill you just makes you stronger."
"Looks aren't important."
"It's true. They don't always or entirely matter, but they do. That's kind of how superficial humans are."
Not Every Pain Heals
"Time heals all wounds."
"There's another one that goes like this 'time heals nothing, it just replaces memories.'"
The stigma around this is so foul, the guilty will lie about their offensive crime.
"He who smelt it dealt it"
"Whoever said the rhyme did the crime."
Psychology Around The Guilt
"The irony is it's almost always the opposite that's true. Most people would rather just be quiet about a fart than try to put it on somebody else and as it is you usually become pretty accustomed to your own and probably don't even smell half of the ones that slip out so likely the person who dealt it is going to be one of the last to actually consciously smell it."
Playing by the rules doesn't always get you places.
"Cheaters never win."
"A better saying:"
'Treason doth never prosper, what's the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason.' John Harington (1561 - 1612)
Comeuppance Never Comes
"What goes around, comes around."
"Bullsh*t. I've seen people be jerks my entire life (I'm 57 y/o) and they never got what should have come around to them."
Thing About Karma
"Worse, it's an excuse to not take responsibility. A few years back, I had discovered a nasty person who was fooling the public by buying dogs from Amish auctions of out of state, bringing them, unvaccinated, across state lines, and pawning them off on the public as 'rescues' but also taking loads of donations when she was not registered as a charity. She was not using the funds for medical care. The gal was a flashy blonde in designer clothes and knew how to fool people."
"The county authorities were investigating and needed more evidence. I approached the owner of a local pet supply store where she operated her scam and asked him to cooperate. He banned her from the store but completely refused to cooperate with the investigation. Excuse, 'Karma will get her.'"
"B*tch got off with just a fine when she would have faced animal cruelty charges."
"Karma? No, it's not a thing."
Those who adopt a passive way of thinking end up making up for lost time.
Turning A Blind Eye
"Out of sight, out of mind."
"Ever lost track of a spider?"
How Much Time Do You Have?
"Good things come to those who wait."
Lond Distance Relationships Aren't For Everyone
“Absence makes the heart grow fonder”
I think those who say "if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life," is debatable.
Depending on the situation, being forced to do something you once loved so you could earn a living can potentially breed resentment.
I'm a former dancer who absolutely lived off the adrenaline of performing on a stage. But when the cast I was performing with at a theme park was forced to do the same rigorous show five times a day–sometimes in intense heat–I was miserable.
Once, I severely twisted my ankle mid-performance simply because I was physically exhausted but continued giving it my 100% when my body was ready to give out. That's when most performance-based injuries occur.
That phrase certainly got a second hard look from me back then.
No two people share exactly the same likes and interests.
But on occasion, one might find themselves being among the few, if not the sole members of a certain fan club.
Indeed, while Cats earned a place on the list of the worst movies of all time, its 19% score on Rotten Tomatoes suggests that there are a handful of people who actually liked it.
Or while many people dread having to clean their homes, some simply can't wait to get started, and will look for any and every opportunity to do so.
Redditor StardustNova_ was curious to hear where members of the Reddit community found themselves in a distinct minority of appreciation, leading them to ask:
"What's something you like that the vast majority people hate?"
You've got me all tied up in knots!
"I love untangling things."
"Your Christmas lights end up in a ball and there’s no telling where it starts or ends?"
"Got a necklace that got rolled up into a total mess?"
"I’m your de-tangler."
"Headphones come out of your pocket looking like a Tangela? "
"Total zen for me."
"Wish I could make a few bucks with it tho."- Not_Jo_Mama
I'm all ears!
"People that talk a lot so I don’t need to."
"I like listening to them & I find their energy refreshing."- krasavetsa
"Everything about the airport."
"Idk why but it’s so fascinating."
"Honestly I like it more than the trip sometimes lol."- abigailgwhitneyairport GIFGiphy
"The cold never bothered me anyway"
"A Winnipeg winter day where there's not a cloud in the sky or a breath of wind, but it's so f*cking cold out your nose hairs freeze together every time you breathe."- FakeLordFarquaad
When life gives you lemons...
"Apparently a lot of people don't like the lemon/yellow starburst candy, and that's the one I prefer."- mermaid_with_pants
Sudsy, soapy dreams...
"Doing the dishes."
"I find it so calming."- shakensunshineSeason 5 Episode 10 GIF by SpongeBob SquarePantsGiphy
The gift that keeps on giving.
"It's super therapeutic and relaxing to me."
"I'll wrap everyone's presents in the house, even the ones they have to give to other people!"- happygoose2022
Sweeet and sparkly!
"Fruit flavored sparkling water."- suitcaseinherhand
"It's raining, it's pouring..."
"Gloomy and rainy days."- eggtart_princerainy day GIFGiphy
Can't dive too deep!
"I got addicted to research when I was in college and something about putting everything together to present a coherent argument is just exciting for me."- ILoveFoodALotMore
It's always interesting to hear the thing which would make some people groan with misery that would make others cheer with glee.
Nor should always look down on someone for loving something you absolutely hate, as they could help you wrap those presents you've been putting off because you hate it so much.
And who knows, maybe Cats wasn't as bad as you remembered...
It's usually a good feeling to be "on top".
To be found at the top of the list of a notable or unique accomplishment.
Though having the distinction of being in the top 0.1 percent of something might not always be something to brag about, resulting in some keeping this distinction to themselves.
If only because some people might be unusually fascinated by their so-called "accomplishment", that they'll never stop being bombarded by questions.
Redditor ImLostInTheForrest was curious to hear if any members of the Reddit community believed they were in the 0.1 percent of anything, be it commendable, bizarre or unfortunate, leading them to ask:
"What’s something you believe you may be in the 0.1% of?"
A mighty heart indeed
"Scars on my heart."
"I have about 30, I think."
"On my 4th heart procedure, I had 24 cardiac ablations."
"They use radio waves to kill tissue to create scarring so that effectively signals can't travel through that way."
"During one procedure, epicardial, meaning both inside and outside the heart. by the top electrophysiologist on the east coast."
"He said only one other patient of his had more done in one procedure."
"Took 10 hours."
"I could hear the nurses gossiping about me in the hallway."
"This was 7 years ago, and now my heart is working great!"- pearlie_girl·
Extremely comfortable in my skin
"Half of my body is a birthmark of tan skin, and the other half is pale white."
"It's right down the middle of my stomach and same with my back."
"I've only ever seen 1 person online with it saying 'chimerism' but idk if that's same with me."
"Idk but it's uncommon." - User Deleted
"Still living with stage IV lung cancer for 13 yrs."- Flashy-Cattle-8086
Big shoes to fill indeed...
"I wear a size 18."- wearegoodthings
Love your job!
"Don't know if it's less cool because I do it for work, but I 'photograph' atoms and crystalline atomic structures most days."
"I get to see the world in a way few ever do which is kinda neat."- RayseBraizeAnimation Loop GIF by xponentialdesignGiphy
An exclusive club no one wants to be part of...
"I have this condition called Miyoshi Myopathy, which, thankfully, affects only my calves and hence my walking capabilities."
"My doctor told me it is rare, but tbh statistically rare does not really mean anything, everyone might have it but they either did not get out of their way to test it, via taking blood and had it examined in a lab, or they just never realized there was something wrong at all."
"If you are wondering why I said 'Thankfully it only affected the legs', it is because it is a muscle disorder, and some disorders affect Cardiac, heart, and Pulmonary, lungs, muscles that will obviously not be pretty."
"I have to get tested every year to make sure all my vital functions are normal and as of now nothing significant is noted and I should be living a long and healthy life."- 1123Icantthinkofname
It's harder than you think...
"Folks who know percentages."- mrg1957Giphy
"Apparently only 0.1% of people become mechanical engineers in the US and an even smaller percentage are women, so maybe that?"
"I was also less than 2 lbs when I was born, and I think the percentage is probably similar."
"I somehow have no lasting physical issues from that, though my sister has cerebral palsy."- s_p_o_c_k
Plenty to go around!
"I have 3 functional kidneys."
"No it doesn't mean I pee more."
"No it doesn't mean I can drink more alcohol, thats the liver."
"No I won't sell it for under $71,241." - User Deleted
While some wouldn't necessarily consider some of these things an accomplishment, all of them certainly make for fascinating conversation starters.
Seriously, where would the third kidney even go...?