To truly do a good job, you have to go above and beyond your job description––you figure it out along the way. That's the basis for today's burning question from Redditor stuartwolf, who asked the online community: "What's an unwritten requirement for your job that you won't see on a job description?"
"I understand you..."
Physical Security Consultant: you must be able to explain to a client why their idea is dumb without making them feel like they are dumb. This is especially difficult when they are, in fact, dumb.
"I understand you don't want that door to fail safe during a fire because it poses a security risk, but the city frowns on locking people in burning buildings."
Must provide free legal advice that you are not qualified to give and have no time to research because the general public expects you to.
Endlessly explaining to the tech team that our users (illiterate farmers in the developing world) are not the same as them (mostly MIT computer science graduates).
Microbiology lab assistant- Have to be able to deal with weird smells, and be able to handle all the ways human body fluids can look.
A lot of students we have come through often have trouble with sputum. You can't have trouble processing sputum, especially if the management decides they need to train someone new in the tuberculosis lab.
I had one student shadowing me that nearly threw up in the walk in incubator. It kind of smells like rotten pumpkin most of the time, unless something out of the ordinary is growing.
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"You must fit in with the office culture". Employment is only partially contingent on your skills and experience. The other part - which looms way larger than most people realize - is that you need to have a similar "look" as all the other staff members, and you need to have a personality that fits with all the others.
If you don't match with a prospective or current employer in the above unwritten criteria, you may still get hired but you'll be the first to get fired or laid off.
Endlessly correcting my predecessors mistakes.
I am an insight manager (survey + data) and I am forever finding spelling mistakes, wrong data and generally rookie mistakes in everything he had touched.
It does mean occasionally I get told off for sending 'wrong' data out, but usually some manager defends me - pointing out I am reissuing correct data.
Last week I found some major errors in a monthly data report where it was clear the guy had been highlighting a set of cells like simpleton (a series of rows + total value of those rows) and giving out data what was double the actual value. The head of the department had noted this before, but was unaware that the data had gone out after she told the idiot to stop doing it. She was very happy that I checked.
This happened in my last role too - but unfortunately my boss was an idiot and psychopath and there was no one around to support me and so I lost my job basically doing my job by providing accurate data releases.
I sometimes I think I am bad at my job (imposter syndrome) but then I only have to look at the kind of reckless, foolish mistakes my predecessor did and I know at least I am not that bad.
(And also, he was lazy and slow at his work - which has meant I could probably do my job in two days he took five, so that's an awful lot of staring into the mid-distance listening to podcasts.)
"Full time babysitter!"
Full time babysitter:
I'm a supervisor in the military and I'm constantly having to tell full grown adults to pay their bills, clean their rooms, call their parents and come to work on time!
"Not show emotion..."
Not show emotion when being punched, bitten, scratched ext. I work in a behavioral rehabilitation facility for kids with disabilities and if they hurt you and see that it did hurt they will forever target you in that spot. So no matter what you have to make it seem like it's not a big deal. Verbal attacks too.
Teaching kindergarten, half the job is mothering and half the job is drill sergeant. One of the best analogies I ever heard was that to be a kindergarten teacher, you have to be a perfect blend of Mr. Rogers and Rambo, with a lot of heart and a velvet hammer. And then you have to teach them to read and write...
"Improvise and think creatively."Giphy
Improvise and think creatively. I'm a bartender. One might not think that thinking creatively is something you need to be a successful bartender since most places have a menu with pre-determined drinks but you'd be surprised. You get a lotof people asking you to "make something good" for them. You can ask what they're into but more often than not, they say they don't care and to just bring them whatever. This is mostly common in people who don't drink that much and just want something that tastes good. This is where knowledge of liquors, liqueurs and mixers comes in. Sure, you can bring them something basic like a rum and coke but you'll also score a lot of cool points and credit if you make something off the top of the head that isn't basic or well known.
Learning what mixes well with what is a, well, a learning process. Nobody is expecting you to know all that if it's your first bar gig. But if you cant think of something reasonably tasty after a year or so of bartending, you got a problem. I've cranked out tons of random drinks for people that are most likely not known recipes. I look at the bar, think "Oh, this will go well with this if I add this into it" and serve it. Some are winners and some are losers. It's all a learning process. It definitely does help though if you're able to look at your resources and be able to quickly put random parts together and make something that someone actually wants to drink.
"I'm a composer for hire..."
I'm a composer for hire but I think the biggest thing people might not understand is that although I'm writing custom pieces of music for brands or film, the reason people work with me is because I'm easy to work with. Yes, I have been doing this a long time and I'm quite good at writing in many musical styles, creating professional recordings etc. but the reason people choose to work with me is because of my willingness to make my client happy.
I never say no (unless there's no money.) All the clients ideas are good ideas even if they're not. I'll come up with better ideas and tell them they came up with them. I make them feel like they're doing a good job even if they aren't. Sure, sometimes you want to just tell people to shove it- that's normal. But this industry can pay you extremely well if you get on the shortlist for a few clients.
"Social interaction with co-workers."
Social interaction with co-workers. Not talking about interaction necessary to do the job, but the kind of interaction where you're expected to share your life and care about theirs.
This is not in the contract. It is never in the contract. It is not what you signed up to do in order to get a paycheck. But if you don't do it, regardless of how good you are at the actual job itself, suddenly everyone hates you and you have complaint after complaint about how you didn't waste half an hour every morning talking to Karen about her vacation or to Greg about his kids or Janice about her yoga and rock-climbing.
I've literally had people pissed at me because I walked in at the start of the day, still half sleep-deprived, and bumbled over to my desk without stopping to chat with someone who was five feet away and I didn't even notice standing there because of lack of sleep. I had never, in my entire time at that job, stopped to chat in the morning with anyone. Ever. But apparently today was the day they were going to get pissed about me not doing something that the script in their head said I should.
"You have to be comfortable while routinely..."
You have to be comfortable while routinely working with equipment which is both sensitive, fragile and often costing more than your house, car or both combined.
You use these ridiculously expensive pieces of fragile equipment while following various protocols involving substances which can be one (or all) of the following: explosive, toxic, carcinogenic, corrosive, oxidizing, cause of genetic defects, are lightly flammable, volatile, burn on contact with water or air, etc.
Making a mistake on a crucial moment can result in anything ranging from things as mundane as having to redo a sample preparation to stuff as depressing as ending up with years of flawed data or - in the worst case - with lots of dead people.
On a non-work-related side-note: You'll be confronted with deniers who - even though they're often intelligent people and critical thinkers - often simply aren't aware of one or more basic concept(s) and are unfortunately too stubborn to accept the information presented by professionals. Also, your family, and everyone else you know, will ask you if you can make meth.
"Depending on the region..."
Grain elevator either full time or seasonal help.
Depending on the region you in get ready for 80 hour work weeks until the time harvest ends, which for me was at least 3 months. The grain dust can be the worst part though. After you've been sweating from working in 100 degree heat the dust sticks to you and makes you itchy. There were times where I scratched the skin off my arms and chest from the amount of scratching I did. Also get ready for dumbass truck drivers thinking you owe them special treatment because they haul for a certain person.
So glad I gave up that job I swear I aged 10 years in my small amount of time working there.
Professor: exist in a paradox where you are required by your department head to be in your office so as to appear to be working yet your office is the place that no one (neither colleagues nor students) let you get any work done!
Every red light, elevator ride, roller coaster... they're all riddled with danger. Seriously, the amount of crisis that we as humans escape on the regular is staggering.
I try not to think about the statistics of it all. If I thought any harder about it, I'd never have restful sleep.
I mean at this rate, just leaving a building that didn't collapse is something to be thankful for. How many times have you said... "But I was just there an hour ago!"
Makes you appreciate anytime we've got left.
Redditor NinjaNate123 wanted to hear about all the times many of us found a way to keep crisis at bay, by asking:
What is NOT a bullet you dodged, but a huge tactical nuke you dodged?
Most of my minor, well major miracles when you think about it, have been in cars. I've lost track of the amount of vehicle disasters I've averted, by the skin of my teeth.
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"My wife dragged my butt to the dermatologist for a cyst I have had for years. While there, the doc noticed a mole on my ankle that he didn't like. Turned out to be melanoma. Would have never gone if my wife didn't force me." ~ TheDistric
"24 years old, had a pesky sore on my tongue that was really bothering me. My boyfriend's dad was a dentist so when I was over at his house one night I asked him to take a look. He recommended I go see an oral surgeon the next day for him to check it out."
"The next day I decided it was feeling better so I tried to cancel my appt but my boyfriend's dad insisted I go. I went, and the oral surgeon pretty much diagnosed it as cancer on the spot. It was aggressive and by the time of my surgery to remove it it had already spread to multiple lymph nodes."
"They ended up removing over half my tongue followed by chemo and radiation. Given how aggressive it was, I often think that if I had put off the doctors visit any longer I probably wouldn't have survived. I'm coming up on my 10 year anniversary in January." ~ bobear2017
"When driving in the upper peninsula in Michigan last summer a truck full of logs flipped and barrelled straight into my car. Completely demolished the car, someone else had to come open the door for me after the fact because they were all pinned shut by logs. I walked out of there without a scratch on my body." ~ Tman2588
"On a road trip in college with 4 friends. We stopped halfway for a pit stop because I had explosive diarrhea and was getting more sick by the minute. Friends carried on to Vegas and left me with one of the guys who rented us a car to return home. The friends that carried on got into a roll over: 1 died, 2 will be injured for life." ~ 4fingertakedown
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"I was engaged to someone, but then came to my senses and broke it off. Nine months later I found out she got married to someone else, then about 1 year after that she killed her husband." ~ Green-Boysenberry396
Life is a minefield when you think about it. Sometimes the heartbreak of love is worth it in hindsight. You look back and realize you loved a psycho and just say... "thanks for looking out God."
"The second floor of the house I was renting collapsed a month after I moved out. ETA: apparently a water pipe sprung a leak shortly after we left. We weren't in any trouble." ~ RenaKunisaki
"I was driving home from visiting my brother in Vermont when a snow storm started. I didn't have much experience driving in serious snow and I completely lost control. Car careened off the road and I was heading for a giant boulder at around 50 or 60 mph. I felt time slow down and I reflected on my life for a moment and then said goodbye to my body. Suddenly, I was jolted out of it by an abrupt impact, but I could see that the boulder was still 20 or 30 feet away."
"When I got out of the car, I saw that I had hit a little skinny tree that I could have easily grabbed with one hand. However, it had a giant root system that lifted the car off the ground and stopped me. Car was totaled, but I was completely fine because of that little tree. There is no way I would have survived the other impact." ~ senatorbolton
"Walking to work in the winter. Half way through a step forward under a skybridge when an icicle taller than me (6') and probably 2' around at the base crashes down right in front of my nose. If my bus had been a half second earlier, if I had walked even a tiny bit faster pace."
"I would have been impaled from brains to testicles. I was frozen in place for a minute, quietly surveying my near-death. There was another pedestrian nearby who witnessed it and the wide-eyed, ashen look on his face as he stared at me confirmed just how narrowly fortunate I was that day." ~ MoridinXP
where I had just been...
"This happened before cellphones existed. I had a long commute home and on a rare occasion my husband drove into the city to meet me. I started for home about fifteen minutes before he did. On the stretch of Highway 101 that I needed to be on for about twenty miles, there was a big rig in front of me that seemed to be driving erratically."
"I got this weird feeling and just moved over to the next lane and accelerated past him. In my rear view mirror, I saw the big rig run over the car in front of him, flip to its side crushing the cars in the next lane (where I had just been). My husband was behind the accident and as the police were letting cars file past in single file."
"He saw one of the crushed cars had a red bumper. He got home a couple of hours after me and said he'd never been so happy to see my red car in the driveway. That he'd been holding his breath as he turned down our street because he really expected me to be under the big rig." ~ susgrigs
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"My wife and I were prepared to buy a nice riverfront property in 2019, but the owners ( her dad and uncle) were dragging their feet. We had our down payment, we were approved for the mortgage, and we had even been living there paying rent."
"Then the river rose 30ft/10m and we had to evacuate. The water kept rising. The house was destroyed before we bought it. So we didn't buy it." ~ Idiot_Savant_Tinker
And these are just the disasters we know about. The truth is, we probably survive near-death experiences with every breath we take. God speed everyone.
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History can often be surprising or fascinating, infuriating or even mind-boggling. Sometimes, though, they're downright unbelievable.
Reddit user UWigsOfficial asked:
"What historical facts sound fake but aren't?"
Guess It Wasn't Meant To Happen
"The fact that two times the Mongols attempted to invade Japan and both times a storm sunk the invasion fleet."
"Same happened both times caesar went to Britain."
Even Kings Draw Phalluses, Apparently
"King Karl XIII of Sweden doodled penises all over his private diaries in 1785, when he was 37 years old."
"Clearly he was the inspiration for Superbad."
"The Christmas Truce of WW1."
"It honestly sounds to good to be true, so I'm glad that it was real. It just goes to show you that deep down none of them were the 'bad guys' in the war, no matter what flag or country they fought for. They were all just soldier's that had to follow orders from their COs. It really sucks that it only lasted once & has become banned ever since."
Prime Ministers Don't Just Disappear, Do They?
"An Australian Prime Minister went missing while swimming at a beach."
"In his honour the US named a warship after him while in Australia his local electorate named a swim centre after him."
"There's a few Harold Holt memorial swimming pools around. I laugh every time I see one."
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"Operation Acoustic Kitty. A $20 million CIA project in the 1960s which implanted a microphone, radio transmitter, and wire into a cat, for the purpose of spying."
"The first mission involved releasing the cat near a Soviet compound in Washington to spy on two men. The cat was released and hit by a taxi almost immediately, and the project was discontinued."
"Sounds about right for a government project"
"There was a corporal in the Polish army during world war 2 who was a beer drinking, cigarette smoking bear."
"He didn't smoke he ate the damn lit cigarettes."
Who Needs An Enemy?
"Legend has it that the army of the Habsburg Empire lost about 10,000 people in the battle of Karánsebes in 1788 before the enemy (the Ottomans) even arrived. Basically they were drunk and thought the enemy had arrived and started fighting between themselves."
"The legend part is just the casualties. The event itself did actually happen, it's just debated whether it was anywhere close to 10,000 people lost or just a few hundreds killed and thousands injured."
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"The can opener (1858) was patented 48 years after the tin can (1810)"
"Did they just squeeze em til the tops popped open before that?"
"Also cans were significantly less common than jarring"
"Australian troops during ww1 went into no-man's land and dug out/recovered an abandoned german tank that was stuck in mud, pretty much because they were bored and the tank was there."
"The A7V Mephisto. Went and visited it a few months ago."
"As of 2020 at least, President John Tyler's grandson was still alive. That's 10th President if the US, John Tyler, who was born in 1790."
"I haven't seen any stories about his grandson dying so I assume he's still alive. It would be an interesting enough story that it'd be one of the top stories for a day or two."
It's commonly said that studying history will sometimes make you upset or uncomfortable, but most folks probably don't expect it to make them incredulous. Sometimes, though, fact really is stranger than fiction.
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There are few things in the world as surreal or unsettling as the sudden realization that you need to get away, and you need to get away now.
That building dread, rush of fear, and jolt adrenaline is one of those things you see in movies, or you hear talked about in self-defense classes, but there's nothing like experiencing it yourself.
In a perfect world, most of us would only feel it if we wanted to in controlled environments like haunted houses. But we don't live in a perfect world and sometimes life gets ... terrifying.
Reddit user the-70s-kid asked people to talk about it when they posed this question to Reddit:
"What is Your Most Terrifying 'We Need to Leave, NOW!' Rush of Fear You've Felt?"
So you know how sometimes you almost wish people were LESS open and honest? Yeah...
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"I'm a touring musician. At one point in time my tour vehicle broke down in bumf*ck Mississippi. We were able to pull into a gas station, but had thrown a belt and needed to get it replaced."
"Cue a bunch of hicks helping us work on our car. A couple of band members rode with a random do-gooder to go get a replacement belt forty-five minutes away."
"The local sheriff pulled up and bought us all coca-cola. At this point we're stressed because we don't want to miss our next show in Arkansas, but not worried about safety... YET."
"Time stretched, and through trial and error we ended up getting things close to finished up. Then our lead guitarist pulls out his iPhone. He said he had an airdrop request, but we all kinda ignored it until the job was finished."
"Then, just as we're getting into the car to pull away, he opens the airdrop."
"There were seven pictures of dead bodies, although they appeared to be cleaned up like in a morgue or something. Among the corpse pictures was a picture of one woman sitting up and smiling at the camera, the next shot she was dead."
"The last two pictures were of us repairing the car in the gas station parking lot."
"After that we lost it. I don't know whether we were just freaked or it was genuine danger, but the car behind us followed us for almost twenty miles until we got to a major highway and gunned it."
"Once we got home (2 days later) the guitarist went to the local police department."
"They basically said since it was a different state they wouldn't do anything, and since we had absolutely no info about who airdropped it, he had nothing he could 'call in' to the sheriff of the small Mississippi town."
"They also insinuated that it was probably just someone who was a mortuary or something because all the pictures had posed bodies."
"Could be someone's sick joke (and if so, I guess they got us), but I don't see how someone fat-fingers an airdrop of corpses."
"No context, no explanation, no answers. It still freaks all of us out to this day."
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"I was walking home one night, head down because I was dumbly looking at my phone. I almost stepped into what looked like barbeque sauce."
"Turned on the flashlight function for my phone - it was blood. Every step, there was a small blood splatter - less than a teaspoon. I followed it along the entire long street while walking home."
"Maybe eight blocks. It was hard to tell, in the dark, but the trail seemed to end at a residential facility in my neighbourhood."
"I'm not sure what type of facility it is, but I've often met people with intellectual disabilities in the area - I've helped them with how to order a train ticket, counting cash for groceries, etc."
"There were two people in the fenced off yard, talking low. I could only see their lit cigarettes in the dark."
"Suddenly I was filled with a sensation of wrongness. All the hairs stood up on the back of my neck and I felt cold. I kept walking, and did some loops before going back home and calling the cops about the blood trail."
"My partner felt I overreacted, and it was probably just an animal or someone with a bloody nose."
"But that was a lot of blood in total, over eight blocks. And something felt deeply wrong. I didn't sleep well that night."
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"I was overseas at a competition and my friends and I left the after party. We part ways with me going my own way."
"Almost immediately I see a few men on the other side of the road, out the front of a bar look up, nudge each other and say something between them. As I walked past I see them cross the road to walk behind me."
"Mentally I'm thinking 'oh sh*t' - the rest of my walk would be down a not well lit, and sometimes very quiet, stretch of road."
"I turn down a shorter street and pick up my pace a bit, and sure enough the men follow but I've put some more distance between us. I make the turn I was dreading and just bolt."
"There were a few houses here with decent gardens and I just needed to make it to one before the guys turn the corner."
"I make it to one of the houses, it has a giant hedge surrounding a small gate so I lean right back into the gate and hedge. I'm in total darkness, peering through the hedge when the men turn the corner, take a few steps and stop."
"They talk to each other, then turn around and leave. I wait a few more minutes to be sure then jog the rest of the way checking behind me."
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"Several years ago, 6 of my friends and I were out of state for a wedding. We rented an Air BnB for the group."
"Immediately after getting there we learned that the guy who rented out his house had a roommate who was almost never home, but happened to be there for the first time in weeks, and didn't realize the house was going to be occupied."
"The owner insisted that he spoke with him and he was planning to pack up and stay at his girlfriends so we could have the home to ourselves as planned. Sure enough, he was gone that afternoon."
"We went out that night and came home intoxicated, as 20-something's do from time to time. One of our guy friends came up from the basement looking shocked."
"Apparently the roommate was back... and based on him being asleep, it was clear he planned to stay."
"We quieted down and rearranged where we'd all planned to sleep. But this was only the beginning."
"The next morning we were woken up by excruciatingly loud death metal blaring from the common living area/dining room upstairs. Two of the people who'd slept in the living room came down immediately and told us we needed to pack our things and get out FAST."
"We didn't ask many questions. Just sort of grabbed all our stuff, tries to clean up, and piled into an uber XL to head to the closest hotel."
"Apparently before the music started earlier that morning they woke up to a bunch of clank/banging only to open their eyes and see this dude sitting at the table cleaning a shot gun and a hand gun."
"Needless to say, I don't think he wanted us in the house."
"I wasn't the one who had rented the Air BnB. But yes, my friend was able to get a full refund and a big ol' apology from the owner. He said he didn't really know the roommate very well and hardly saw him, like he just sort of paid rent and stopped in only now and then."
"In retrospect the whole thing just seems mind boggling."
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"It was more of a gut feeling than a rush of fear, but I was 12 or 13 with a friend in a corner store and a guy walked in. He didn't look like a criminal, he looked a bit shady but not too too off."
"But for whatever reason I just felt weird, and I whispered to my friend that I wanted to leave. so we quickly pay for our stuff, which was just a pack of gum 2 sodas and a large bag of chips and we leave."
"A couple seconds after we leave we hear 'Open up the drawer! I will shoot!' and we both book it."
"I don't know what this guy was thinking, his face was visible, I don't know if he put a mask on while he was somewhere in the store but either way the cashier, me and my friend all saw his face when he entered."
"Anyways he did get arrested, and the police found that his gun was in fact loaded, the cashier was not shot nor harmed, nothing too serious happened but it scared me that I was in a store with a man with a loaded gun."
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"A few years back coworkers and I went to another coworkers house. The house was owned by an owner of the company but this one coworker, we will call him Bill, had a key and 'permission' to use it following a company Christmas party."
"Everyone was enjoying some drinks and some smoke. About 30 minutes into us partying, Bill started acting strange."
"Basically he started aggressively hitting on the girls at the party in disgusting ways. 'If I guess your age and you're older than me or younger than me you have to sleep with me' was a common thing he repeated to more than one girl that night."
"He started trying to separate other coworkers from their dates and got aggressive about it. When I say he got aggressive about separating other coworkers from their dates, he was taking dominoes and throwing them on the floor in front of coworkers and telling them they needed to help him pick them up."
"The first time he did this he got help from our coworker, at that moment Bill stood up and started trying to get our coworkers date to go into the next room with him. He was unsuccessful but about 10 minutes later he tried it with a coworker I was pretty close with, we will call him Dan."
"He threw a deck of cards and kept telling Dan to pick them up but Dan knew what Bill was up to. After a minute of Bill trying this sh*t I walked over started grabbing cards and stuffed them in his pockets."
"I was pissed, I kept repeating 'Come on Bill let's pick up some f*cking cards.' With a plain face and monotones voice Bill simply said 'I can clean it up myself.' "
"Bill was aggressively hitting on the girls at the party but Dan later told me that Bill told him 'You're hot, I can see why so-and-so wants to f*ck you.' Nothing against anyone sexual preferences but clearly Bill was going through some sh*t."
"Right around this time I started smelling gas."
"I walked through the house and realized he had turned the stove burners on but never ignited the flame. I turned them off but the smell kept building. I realized he had done this with the fireplace as well."
"As I turned off the fireplace gas I notice Bill messing with the stove again. At that point I lost it, I made a scene."
"Bill looked shocked when I yelled 'Yeah f*ck this. Everyone out, Bill is doing some weird sh*t. Out everyone out!' "
"He rushed to the door and tried calming everyone down. I'm telling you all it was weird."
"We had to push through Bill, who was blocking the front door telling us we were being crazy. 9 of us crammed into a friends Chrysler 300 as Bill tried blocking us in with a golf cart."
"He ended up moving it and saying we were all over reacting. I have no doubt Bill was up to some nefarious stuff and to this day I believe I saved a few lives."
"People reported it and Bill was fired not long after. A few months back I was doing some home improvements and while at Home Depot I hear Bill shout 'Hey!' "
"I turned around and had a few words with him. He works there, apparently loving life. I now shop at Lowe's."
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"I had just moved to South East Georgia. I moved into a predominantly black neighborhood which was totally fine by me. My neighbors were so welcoming and accepting."
"About 2 weeks in, I'm approached by a few white men in suits at work, asking me if I was new. I said I was."
"They said they were from the Chamber of Commerce. They wanted to invite me to a BBQ that weekend."
"Free BBQ? Sold!"
"... It was a Klan Rally. Many of them were wearing black shirts with the distinct symbol of the cross and flame."
"They introduced themselves as such eventually, though growing up in Portland, I was already pretty familiar with the symbols."
"Yeah, I wasn't keen to find out what was going to happen if they found out I was gay."
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"A friend dragged me to a mall (her old workplace) to visit her old coworkers. After arriving, I suddenly started feeling ill but not normal ill."
"Like really ill accompanied by a really bad gut feeling."
"I kept trying to get my friend to leave and she kept saying 10 more minutes but wouldn't leave."
"Something in my gut felt like something was really wrong and we HAD to leave and I was so panicked that I finally decided I'd leave without her if she wouldn't leave this time even though I'd have to walk over 5 miles to get home since she drove."
"She finally agreed to go and when I got home and flipped on the computer to do homework I saw that there had been a shooting at the mall after we'd left and it started at the store we were in."
Welp. We'll be doing a LOT more trusting out gut from now on.
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I never got on a rollercoaster until my mid-20s.
This fact shocked people when I was growing up and they wondered if I was a scaredy-cat or something (a feeling that would have been perfectly valid, by the way, though it did not necessarily apply to me).
Truth be told, I don't think I was ever really all that interested. I just figured that once it happened, it would happen, and that would be that.
It did happen, of course. And it was fun! I did it a few more times a few years later while on another trip.
But I'm not the only one to have avoided or otherwise delayed certain experiences that others have assumed are commonplace.
People shared their stories after Redditor brokerdowndryer asked the online community,
"What is something common that has never happened to you?"
"Never met a stray kitten..."
"Never met a stray kitten that was begging for me to take it home. All of the strays I see are on their way somewhere important."
I've met two! Both were positive experiences.
"I've never met..."
"I've never met any of these hot single women in my area that seem so abundant."
Want to hear something devastating?
It's all just an algorithm.
"We would spend hours a day..."
"I've never caught a fish."
"We would spend hours a day fishing as a kid in summer and for some reason, I never caught one. As an adult people have taken me fishing, determined to help me catch a fish. Nothing."
"I'm 40. It will never happen."
"Being invited to a wedding. Everyone always tells me about how I'm so lucky to not go to weddings because of how much they end up spending to attend them but I'd like to experience it at least once in my life."
I've only been to two. Don't know anyone, really, who is going to get married anytime soon.
"Despite living in Scotland..."
"Despite living in Scotland and being a white, heterosexual male, I've never played a round of golf."
"I'm almost the only person..."
"Married 36 years. I'm almost the only person I know that's never been divorced. My wife has been divorced 3 times."
Sounds like the fourth time was the charm for her.
"I am forty..."
"Being called for Jury Duty. I am forty and my dad and my sister have both been called, but not me."
I was called once but never actually made it because I didn't actually live in that country anymore. So I suppose that doesn't count.
"I am in my forties..."
"I am in my forties and I have never had anyone invite me out for drinks."
"I'm 25 and I've never gone on a date with anyone."
"Never really had the pleasure..."
"Never really had the pleasant surprise of finding forgotten money/weed laying around the house. I just always know where that stuff is. Happens to my friends all the time."
Word of advice: Don't worry too much if you haven't done things that other people have.
Everyone moves at their own pace, so be fair to yourself.
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