Teachers will be the first to tell you their job is a drain, physically and mentally. Putting your all into crafting lessons to help kids get to the next level in their learning can take a toll in the long run, burning out many who enter the field. Fortunately, the accomplished look on a student's face is enough to keep even the most exhausted educator's going.
Most of the time.
Those who hit their burnout quota sooner, or those who never should have stepped foot in the classroom in the first place, soon gain a reputation for being "that" teacher.
And their exit from the classroom can be as glorious, or horrifying, as their antics leading up to it.
*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.
"Redditors, what did "that teacher" get fired for at your school?"
Teaching is hard, sure, and sometimes you need to have a little something-something at home to take the edge off.
Just make sure it stays at home.
Unable To Keep Their Vices At Home
"For passing out drunk in the middle of class."
"He passed out, student ran to the office to get the principal and when she came in she couldn’t wake him so she called paramedics. Then she sniffed his coffee mug, and starting going through his desk and pulled out a bottle of vodka. Worst part was, his daughter was a student there."
In the Same Vein
"he turned up to school hungover 2 days a week and stoned the other 3. the students all loved him but he didnt teach sh-t"
They Just Wanted To Enjoy Their Fun Day
"Two teachers went on the 8th grade school trip to an amusement park and while there, they were seen drinking beer at lunch. It got back to the school and they were canned."
Don't Be Lame, Brah. Help A Teacher Out.
"Sold weed to a 6th grader"
Time And Place, Man. Time. And. Place.
"Not a teacher, but a sub, guy looked about 60-70, wore glasses, and sucked on this lollipop. Something about him always seemed off, he was always on his phone for something. One day some kid saw the sub watching porn on his phone. That kid told the teacher the guy was subbing for. Without any proper evidence there was nothing the school could do about it. Until 3 other people came out about seeing him watch porn. Earlier this month he was subbing for my gym class and the 2nd head administrator came and escorted him out. Haven’t seen him since."
"And if your wondering (hopefully not) the type of porn was specifically ass, as some kids told me."
Your Class Is Not Your Home And-Wait, You're NOT Korean?
"I had a teacher that was prob 30-40 at the time, he said “you can take your shoes off, it’s more polite.” He claimed that he was Asian, more so Korean I think and it was in his culture, he was russian and just wanted foot pics."
"E: I’m still in the same school and he got fired 4 months ago, we told the principal (my classmate and I) but she didn’t care that much about it, it spread all the way to the way to the other high school then that’s when he got fired. Great on that one."
Teaching is an art form, requiring many hours and lots of failure to get it right.
That being said, here's a quick tip to improving your instruction skills: make your private stuff private.
Not The Kind Of Modeling Good Teachers Typically Do
"She had apparently been doing this for a while but this girl was the first one to report it."
"She taught home economics. While studying childcare she would demonstrate stuff for us. How to feed a baby, burp a baby, change their diaper, calm them down. She demonstrated this on one student instead of a doll. It was really bizarre."
"At one point she had the student in her lap and simulated breastfeeding her."
Sounds Like The Student Is The Lame One
"Teacher let a student borrow her phone to call their parents. The student went through her phone and found some nude or revealing photos of her and sent them to friends. The teacher was fired and I feel bad for her."
Bad Choices By Everyone Involved
"Not so much her fault, but I had a teacher who came out as trans halfway through the school year in a very conservative town, which opened the door for students to harass her. Someone found her Facebook, where she had linked her public nsfw Twitter, and spread her nudes all over the school. Not sure if she was fired or quit, but she said she wouldn’t go back to teaching after that."
"Not blaming her for what happened, but it’s kinda stupid to have your nsfw account public when you work with kids that age. Kids can be assholes, and if they find it (it really wasn’t hard to find her Facebook as she has a very unique name) a lot of them will spread that sh-t. It’s not right for them to do that, but it’s better to prepare for the worst and either make the account private, or not post the link on your public Facebook page"
And then there's these individuals who should have never been given the "teacher" moniker because, wow, they're all terrible people.
Literally The Worst Possible Reaction
"Had a highschool teacher overhear an overweight girl talking about committing suicide. Instead of getting her help he told her and the whole class that the rope would break anyway. Teacher was fired that same day"
"Guys we have a winner for biggest douchebag. Wtf is this"
Keep Your Hands Off Your Students
"English teacher in year 6 (5th grade). Kid in my class had a mild tic where they would shake their head. Teacher asked them a question and started holding the kids head so they wouldn’t tic, obviously didn’t work. Anyway, I saw her in the store one day and she started talking to me like a friend, I ignored her and subtly flipped her off."
Just Asking To Be Caught
"He wasn't a teacher when I knew him but this guy I went to school with ended up working there as a music teacher after we graduated. He was the band director I think. Anyways he would have the girls in band change in and out of their uniforms in one of the classrooms while the boys changed in another. Apparently practice was pretty physically demanding so alot of the girls would change from regular bras into sports bras. One day a girl noticed a laptop on the desk open with a camera connected and pointing right to where they changed. Thinking it was odd she notified another teacher, who contacted someone in IT to log into the laptop and make sure nothing fishy was going on. Well, they logged in and found GBs upon GBs of video files of girls changing in that room for the past 5 years. He's now serving 19 years in a state penitentiary."
"This wood shop teacher at my school was always really weird. Girls in both middle school and highschool would say that he would look down their shirts and get uncomfortably close to them. He would also play death metal in class."
"Apparently something happened which prompted an investigation and the wood shop room was police taped off. Apparently they found child porn on his computer. He was fired and it went on the news as a “possible misconduct” from a teacher."
Get Out Of Countruy
"I had a History teacher who would make really insinuating comments to girl students. Some girls even liked those kind of comments, and would act the same way towards him. One day, it was discovered that he was having inappropriate conversations with one of the girls in my class (I was a senior) and got fired. You know, inappropriate pictures and a lot of s*xting. He had to move to another country because every single school knew his background story and wouldn’t hire him."
Frowned Upon? That...No...
"A teacher was "asked to leave" after having sex with a student (who was the daughter of another teacher). She was 18 so it wasn't illegal, but definitely frowned upon."
"Even if legal, isn’t that still banned as a condition of the job?"
"That's why he was asked to leave."
This One Wins. Loses? Ugh.
"He was exposed as part of a huge prostitution sting operation and was recorded trying to negotiate services with two very young girls (undercover detectives) when he was arrested. He was a high school chemistry and very involved in the community."
"It divided the church, school and community and obviously heavily affected his family (which is all I should say because they deserve their privacy). There was considerable gossip about him and his wife divorcing and her leaving him/town very shortly after ridding herself of his crap."
Working with students is a gift. Don't waste it if you're one of the lucky few.
Did you have a teacher who was fired or left in a spectacularly messy manner? Tell us about it in the comments!
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/
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The Mandela effect is when multiple people share the same, incorrect memory.
Its name stems from when paranormal researcher Fiona Broome falsely believed that the future president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, died in prison in the 1980s.
A false memory she shared with a number of others.
Our memories have been known to deceive us, as we might frequently forget someone's name or one of our numerous online passwords.
But when we share a memory that turns out to be false with many others, convincing ourselves it wasn't the truth can be a very difficult ordeal indeed.
Redditor Mysterious_Boat_1701 was curious to hear people's most unsettling experiences with the Mandela Effect, leading them to ask:
"Which Mandela effect freaks you out the most and why?"
A mysterious gym
"Just had one personally."
"Went to a mall where there was supposedly a gym, asked around and nobody that worked at the mall knew what I was talking about."
"Looked around and couldn't find it."
"Come back a few months later and it’s right there in front of my face, you'd have to be strung out to not notice it."
"idk how or when it just appeared but it freaked me out."- prex320278
A "fruit"ful logo.
"That the fruit of the loom logo never had a cornucopia."
"What’s crazy about that one is that someone emailed the creator of the logo about it and he said even he remembers it having one."- mrcock2·
Less well intentioned than they thought.
"I Mandela effected my whole family once."
"Years ago there was a football player on a rival team that always did a dumb celebration after he got a sack and my family and I always hated it."
"One night after he did it my family started trashing the celebration and I said as a joke 'we are all going to feel terrible when we find out he is doing that celebration as a request from a make-a-wish kid'."
"Fast forward to years later and our team is playing that team again."
"The player got a sack and did the celebration."
"I rolled my eyes and said 'I hate that celebration so much' my mom instantly turned and said 'don't say that, he is doing it for a sick kid'."
"'I actually like it."
"So I was like 'what?'"
"'No there is no sick kid', my whole family then proceeded to argue with me'."
"They all vividly remembered reading articles about it, seeing special report segments before games about it, and other information."
"Some of them even thought they knew the disease the kid had and even extra details about why the kid chose that specific celebration."
"They all had these shared memories that they were sure were true."
"I was floored by all this and insisted none of that was true."
"So we looked it up.'
'No kid like that ever existed.'
"They still have trouble wrapping their heads around this one."
"Turned out human memory is not near as reliable as we think"
"It was American Football and the player was Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings and his cattle roping sack celebration."
"This was maybe 10 years ago."- AUSpartan37College Football Win GIF by Michigan State FootballGiphy
His eyesight was better than we thought.
"Mr. Monopoly's monocle."- Additional_Day9903
It's not easy being green.
"I have a personal one that to this day a decade later still destroys my mind."
"I had an old(ish) 2001 dodge neon."
"With BLACK SEATS.'
"I drove this car for years and years, like 80,000 miles.'
'All through college."
"I took work breaks in my car, commuted hours every day total, to college and then the opposite direction to work and back."
"I even lived out of this thing on several occasions.'
'The day I go and trade it in, I'm pulling misc things out of the car at the dealer."
'And the seats are GREEN."
"Not even a little."
'Like very unmistakably GREEN."
"In my black Neon, with black interior, that ALWAYS HAD BLACK SEATS."
"My girlfriend then, wife now, goes oh they've always been green."
"EXCEPT THEY F*CKING WEREN'T DON'T LIE TO ME."
"This is still upsetting to this day..... life is a lie and nothing is real."- ZakuLegionWinona Ryder Omg GIFGiphy
An urban legend was born.
"Not a global one, just a family thing."
"Back in 2002 my grandma had her 60th birthday, my father took us home at 10.00pm, ready for bed."
"We, me and brother, were 12 and 14 at this time."
'All went well."
"Over the years, a story was made up that we went missing after visiting the local playground after dinner at said grandma's birthday party."
"Some neighbors help to search us, the whole train of 'missing children in a smal village'-thing."
"Fun fact: we never went missing."
"Dad brought us home, put on 'Toy Story' on tv and left."
"My brother and I heard first about this in 2015.'
"From different people on different occasions."
"'Ah your one of the missing boys'."
"I first thought they were mocking me for a different event.'
"I got lost, but it was 2013, alcohol inflicted, different story."
"But then they ALL tell us the same story about us going missing."
'And the stories are damn close to 'true' in every story my mum is driving around the same neighbors to different locations to search, old wine yard, old mill etc."
"Sometimes I think I got lost on the most brutal way."
"I was lost and changed this plane of existence with another one."
"It sometimes made me think about my whole life."- tjorben123missing kenny mccormick GIF by South Park Giphy
Memories are a fascinating thing.
They can be changed or altered with even the tiniest suggestion.
And making the truth seem less believable than lies.
One last time. One last meal.
How do you chose a last meal?
Let's hope we never have to find out.
People on death row get that option.
Do they deserve it?
Whose to say?
But they have it.
A steak. A pizza... Burger King.
The food world is their oyster.
Oyster. Also an option.
The menu is endless...
Redditor No-Caterpillar4212 wanted to know what our menu choices would be if we faced the end. They asked:
"You're on a death row, you have one hour left, they ask for your final meal - what is it?"
I'd want 2 hours in a Golden Coral with a bar. Covers it all.
Masailor moon cooking GIFGiphy
"Everything my mom has ever made."
"I want a nice filet mignon, medium rare, a baked potato with everything on it, and a nice Cabernet from a good year - I'm thinking 2135."
"'Sorry, we couldn't get the Cabernet from 2135. So instead of what could have been a great wine request from a more plausible period of time, you get this crappy stuff we sourced from Wal-Mart. Enjoy your meal, I hope that maintaining your sense of humor was worth it."'
"Something badly cooked so I will be sick and want to die sooner and have diarrhea so bad it will be a last revenge!"
"Taco bell it is!"
"If Taco Bell makes you poop a lot, it's a sign that you probably need more fiber in your diet."
The Yuck Factor
"A huge bowl of baked beans, a bowl of shredded wheat, a six egg omelette, and a gallon of apple cider. I'm gonna make it awful for everyone."
"Save yourself the hassle of eating all that, just ask for one pack of sugar free Haribo gummy bears. Should make for an interesting time for the folks watching you die."
"You void your bowels when you die too so that should be lovely."
PerfectFried Chicken Scandal GIF by ABC NetworkGiphy
"Fried chicken with some Fanta."
Fried chicken is on the top of everyone's list!
DetailsInterested GIF by Nick CannonGiphy
"150mg of MDMA. I’m dying happy."
"This should absolutely be allowed. If our leaders insist on the practice of capital punishment then the condemned should be able to ingest any substance they damn please."
"McFlurry. Those machine are always broken. I just bought myself some time."
"Is this like an American thing? I worked at a McDonald's in Denmark once and our machine was never once broken when i was there."
"I saw a video about this once. I'm a little fuzzy on the details but I think it has something to do with the contract that was signed in America. Only one company is allowed to do maintenance on the machines and they basically lock out if it's cleaned incorrectly. It's a crap system."
"Cabbage!! Add some cabbage. I don’t know if an hour if enough to take effect but there was an old coworker on a cabbage diet. Omg she smelled, like it was coming out of her pores. She knew she smelled and kept apologizing and reminding us of the diet."
The OG Always
"Olive Garden. Unlimited soup and breadsticks."
"I saw a sketch once, can't remember who it 2qs from. But a an inmate ordered the all you can eat buffet and had been eating for like 8 years. He's constantly on the toilet and takes micro-naps between bites."
"Unlimited for 1 hour. Cool."
How GoldenGolden Girls Dorothy GIF by HULUGiphy
"If my grandma is still alive her potato soup and cheesecake. Hopefully I'd be able to cook said meal with her one last time."
Let's hope none of us has to make this decision.
Most people have friends they've been close to for most of their lives.
But at the same time, friends evolve, and everyone finds themselves losing touch with any number of people they at one point considered their friends over time.
Most of the time, this isn't intentional, but just simply happens.
On rare occasions though, people might realize that their friends were not exactly who they thought they were, and didn't like who they revealed themselves to be.
Redditor One-Refrigerator69 was curious to hear stories of people who realized their friends were not exactly the nicest people to be around, leading them to ask:
"When was the moment you realized that your friends are assholes?"
Compared to others...
"When I started hanging out with better people."- Darklink326
All it took was getting my life together
"When I quit drinking ‘cos it was killing me."
"There were people I literally saw every single day who just disappeared as if by magic."
"12 years ago this week, as it happens."
"I’m not anti-drink, far from it."
"Some people, me included, just can’t enjoy it without it becoming a problem."
"Everyone is different."- bigdaftgeordie
A little perspective goes a long way.
"After I realized that other people don't sh*t on each other on every possible occasion in their circle."
"And that it isn't right when a 'friend' uses every known insecurity as an argument against you when you do not behave the way he/she would want you to."- ViscousPlatemanThe Simpsons GIF by MOODMANGiphy
Lack of respect for other people's things
"I let my friend borrow my ps2 when I went to boot camp."
"When I came back, he said he sold it and gave me $50 I think?"
"This was in 2006."- madmike-86
Lack of mutual respect
"When he does sh*t to me and acts like it’s no big deal, then I do the same back and he gets offended."- Primary-Maybe-2749·
Constantly being taken advantage of.
"They only bothered with me when it suited them."
"I'd rather have nobody than have to deal with that."- zombi33mjhappy eric cartman GIF by South Park Giphy
When they literally revealed themselves to be criminals
"When they robbed me at gunpoint."- Ok_Student8032
When they stopped liking them after a change of situation
"Fourth grade, when my parents economical situation went downhill and suddenly no one invited me to their birthday party."
"Until Seven years later no one had never invited me to their birthday, or to anything at all actually."- Justalittletoserious
Not being able to get a word in...
"When they tell me to shut up when I say anything."- the_golden_cheesela respuesta GIF by Becky GGiphy
Violently playing with emotions
"She got a boyfriend and would let him listen to our phone calls and not tell me, even if I was crying about personal stuff that I would only ever tell her."
"Then they both started lying to me about my crush liking me back, forcing both him and me into awkward positions, telling everyone we liked each other so they'd play along, swapping places constantly to make us sit next to each other, pressuring him into giving me a lap dance, making him kiss the prettiest girl in the room, etc, and encouraged me to shoot my shot more and more."
"All the while they knew he didn't like me, he had told them both directly."
"One night I was crying on the phone cause I was so confused why my advances weren't working, and they just kept explaining it away, blaming some other bullsh*t reason and telling me to try again."
"The next day they told me they were laughing throughout the whole call, because I didn't get it and I was so upset."
"I should add I had no dating experience at all and nobody had ever liked me at this point."- Juliemj
It's always sad when our friends disappoint us.
But when our friends proved to be completely different people than we thought they were, it can be devastating.
As the saying goes, one never truly knows who their friends are.
When visiting any foreign country, one should always be familiar with the laws and customs of the land.
After all, what might be generally accepted on your home turf, might be frowned upon, if not illegal, elsewhere.
For that matter, even locals might need a refresher course on what they can and can't do while at home.
A recent Redditor was curious to hear what tourists and locals alike should avoid doing in the USA, leading them to ask:
"In the United States, what should you never do?"
Stay out of the skies!
"Don't fly a drone in Washington, DC."
"The whole D.C. Area is a no fly zone."
"It's a federal offense."
"Just don't do it."- PeytonCarrK
Cops can't be bribed.
"Don't try to bribe cops when you get pulled over."
"I had some Argentinian friends immediately pull out their wallets and start pooling their cash when they got pulled over once.'
"Fortunately someone in the car noticed and told them to put it away immediately."- PeytonCarrK
"Don't pay off the police."
"My dad has friends from several third-world nations where it is common practice to give the police some cash when you are pulled over."
"However, if you try to bribe a police officer here, you'll get into a lot of trouble."- JohnASmiley
Know your rights.
"Everyone, including foreigners, has the right to be silent and have a lawyer when being questioned."
"Don’t say anything."
"Also, even if you speak English fairly well, ask for an interpreter."- WickedLilThing
Enjoy all that nature has to offer... carefully!
"Don't wander off in the national parks."
"It's very real wilderness and you can get lost and die out there."
"This includes going over railings you aren't supposed to, or off trails."
"People have died accidentally falling into a steam geyser that looked like normal water, mauled by animals or left to the elements."- AlphaOhmeganational parks GIF by Visit The USAGiphy
Allow plenty of time!
"Expect consistency at TSA in airports."- WickedLilThing
Some terminology doesn't translate...
"If you’re from England, they’re called cigarettes here."- Yung_Onions
Make sure your license is up to date.
"If you come from a walkable country don’t come here expecting the same."
"There are some areas with good public transportation and bicycle/pedestrian friendly streets but for the most part, especially outside of cities, the areas are designed to accommodate cars more than anything else."
"The reason a lot of Americans drive everywhere is because, depending on where you live, we have no choice."- The_Cars93Dog Driving GIFGiphy
Wait for instructions.
"Get out of your car and approach the cop when being stopped by a cop unless told to."- hildrash
Whether your'e waling down a street in a foreign country, or the street you've lived on for your entire life, it's always wise to be on guard and aware of your surroundings.
Not to mention, obey the law.