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Drivers Reveal The Weirdest Things They've Seen Someone Do Behind The Wheel

Cars are sacred personal spaces and people do weird things in them, though they're not always safe. Eating, shaving, putting on makeup, playing instruments, even having sex occur while driving. But some drivers do some really strange things behind the wheel, and thankfully someone noticed.

SpookyMolder7 asked, What's the weirdest thing you've seen someone do while driving?

Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.

Fella has some serious hands-free skills.

Fella was behind me at a light and unwrapped a cheeseburger. The light turned green and he put both hands back on the wheel and proceeded to eat the whole cheeseburger with no hands. One of the most bizarre things I've ever seen. Really funny though.

A meat mask with cheese and crackers. What's not to love?

Was stopped at an intersection and looked at the car next to me. Guy took a piece of deli meat and bit mouth and eye holes in it to then place on his face to wear as a sort of mask. Followed by randomly placing cheese and crackers on the deli meat on his face. He then turned and smiled at me with a thumbs up.

Oh Portland...

This has bad idea written all over it.

Read a book

She had the book on the steering wheel.

Well, potatoes are the apples of the ground (at least in French)...

Passed an old red truck that was going about ten below the speed limit. When I passed him I saw he was holding a baked potato and was eating it like an apple. He was the most content looking man I'd ever seen.

Someone came prepared for intense traffic. Nicely done.

I was stuck in dead still traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia in the middle of July-people who know the hell that is the Schuylkill can fully appreciate this story-

Anyway, we are dead stopped and no one is getting on or off this road. Its been a standstill for over an hr and it's miserable and hot. I look next to me and the driver in the next lane is chowing down on an ice cream cone. Soft serve.

I have no idea where he got it. No one was moving on this road. We were not close to any off ramps that could be gotten to in any reasonable amount of time, keeping a cone of soft serve in a cooler in your car seems unlikely...and with how immovable this traffic was, there was no f_cking way he had just stopped off for a cone..

I'm flummoxed to this day.

Tl;dr: icecream wizard on the Schuylkill

3 limbs. 2 horns. Who knows which will prevail.

Saw a guy driving on a highway in Maryland using his foot to steer while he played the clarinet. It was actually pretty impressive.

Easy to explain: some people just obliviously aim their car.

This is a bit hard to explain.

In a small, suburban street, a woman drove past the turn she was looking for and stopped about 20 meters down the road. So she started reversing at high speed to get back to her turn. However, another car had just pulled out of the street, heading in the opposite direction...so the reversing woman smashed the back of her car into the back of the other car.

When your lazy game is really on point.

Walking their dog. Yes, I saw someone driving and their dog was on a leash from the car while the dog was walking outside. O_o

Your skills are noted but I'm gtfo out.

I'm pretty surprised she survived to adulthood- Christmas 2007 I saw my sister smoke a cigarette, talk on the phone, while eating a meal (complete with a beverage), driving a stick shift all while putting on her makeup. Icy roads be damned. I was terrified.

This isn't weird this is amazing.

Saw a pickup truck hauling an upright piano with a man playing it as the vehicle moved down the road.

The pianist appeared to be "strapped" to the piano to keep him from bouncing around during transit. He just kept playing and grinning as people stared in amazement.

Let's go for a ride.

A couple having sex.. the girl was on top. I couldn't understand how he didn't crash. It was also the middle of the day which made it much harder to believe.

BIG PLOT TWIST BELOW. YOU WON'T BELIEVE IT.

I once saw a BMW driver paying attention to other vehicles, driving sensibly and (you might want to sit down) indicating every lane change. I was so shocked, I dropped my phone into my bowl of soup, which splashed up and ruined my newspaper.

It's a little weird to stick a pig on a moped.

A man on a moped with a pig in the footwell.

Sounds like someone's about to get sent to Belize.

Driving to Vegas from LA my buddy and I saw a van strangely backing up into the desert abyss. Like, completely off the paved road. The driver and passenger both had sacks/bags over their heads. We were both freaked out and speechless for the rest of the ride.

When you gotta go, you gotta go.

Technically they pulled over to do it, but they abruptly flung open the car door and had explosive diarrhea all over the side of the road on the freeway. I felt so bad for them because as hard as they tried to shield themselves with their car door, everyone could definitely see their butt.

There's no better place to feel yourself than in your car, but do it safely please...

Driving on the highway one morning for work hit some traffic and slowed a bit. Had the window down and started hearing some crazy jam band music blasting from the car coasting along next to me so I looked over and dude was straight rocking out on his tambourine with both hands while screaming out the lyrics. He was steering with his knees and id swear his eyes were closed for the whole 20 seconds I spent admiring him.

He's a modern day knight, cruising for justice.

Last Monday I saw someone behind me on a moped holding a sword while driving.

Driving while tired is the same as driving drunk... try to avoid it.

Nodding off while doing 80mph down the Mass Pike. Somehow she didn't cause an accident, despite repeatedly drifting into the median and making full use of all 3 lanes.

I think my corn is getting tired, best let it get some air before I continue eating it.

A guy eating corn on the cob. When he rested from eating it, he held it out the window.

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Now that college has become a standard requirement for so many jobs and careers, there is a massive push by high schools to get their graduating students accepted and enrolled at an undergraduate college.

On the whole, that's undoubtedly a great thing. A more educated workforce will be prepared to solve the most complex issues facing human beings in the next several decades.

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*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.

The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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