The twentieth century brought us the most technologically advanced way to travel en masse yet--airplanes.
Airplanes are nothing short of a miracle. By rising above the clouds, we get from point A to point B more quickly than we ever have in the past. But like most things, there are moments when this doesn't work as well as we want.
Sometimes it gets outright scary. Planes are very sensitive, and if even one thing goes wrong, it can really change a trip from quick and painless to frightening.
Here were some of those answers.
Ice Ice Baby
My mom was a flight attendant for U.S. Air before I was born, and I know her scary story.
She was exhausted at the tail end of a shift that had run longer than it should have because they got paused in Philly for nasty winter weather conditions. They were finally finished getting de-iced and about to start taxiing when one of the passengers called her over and told her that he'd been watching carefully and he didn't think they'd de-iced both wings of the plane, just one side. She sort of reassured him that she would go check but he was probably mistaken, and then even though she was really tempted to wave it off as just a jumpy passenger, she went to the pilot just to check.
Welp! Passenger was correct and the plane was only half de-iced when they were getting ready to leave. If they'd taken off like that, it probably would have been disastrous. Mom told me that even though it didn't happen in mid-air, it was her all-time scariest moment during her tenure as a flight attendant because she knows how close they came to a very dangerous situation and she knows that she almost didn't stop it from happening even when warned.
One time we were stuck between a thunderstorm and the Iranian border ended up having to fly through the thunderstorm. Another time we had a fire on board and a lot of the crew left their oxygen regulators on full blast while we were dealing with it. After about 45 minutes I realized we are almost completely out of liquid oxygen and had another 2 hours left to get home.
I was an aircraft electrician for the Army for a number of years. One of the first systems you learn about after getting to your unit is the APR-39. It's a radar/laser detection system that is integrated with other systems to tell crew if they are being tracked, when they have been "locked", and what direction incoming is actually coming from. All of this is related through a (archaic) display and the worst synthetic voice you have ever heard. Spent many days troubleshooting this system and never thought much of it, until I deployed for the first time. I volunteered to fly back-wall security for the MEDIVAC unit that I repaired birds for. MY FIRST FLIGHT we were on pick up from Kandahar to South of Pasab and passing through the mountains and I can hear that damn voice in my headset. Thought about nothing of it, even wondered why the crew chief was hanging out of his window looking aft of the bird. I didn't dawn on me till after we hit a very steep left dive, aaaaand the chaff and flares firing from our the right that we had just been locked and fired at.... Genuinely scared the crap out of me.
Sudden Twists And Turns
My dad is a captain at American Airlines. Won't tell me his worst flight because he doesn't want to freak me out. Fair.
As someone who has flown since before I can even remember, my worst was flying to Indianapolis from Orlando. It was July so basically that entire corridor was poppin with thunderstorms. We got put in a holding pattern over Indy for 2 hours then diverted to Louisville for fuel. Normal enough.
What's not normal is that in the half hour it takes to fly to Lville from Indy, a line of thunderstorms had popped up over Lville. We're coming in for approach and I can see the way the clouds look outside the plane. I'm a meteorology nerd and knew they meant wind shear in the area was starting to form.
As we came in to land, a gust of wind hit our plane almost knocking us sideways. Pilot pulled the throttle back so hard for a missed approach. So cool now we were back up in the thunderstorm filled sky. We are hitting severe turbulence at this point and people are praying, holding hands and crying.
The Captain brings us back around and absolutely plows it into the ground and basically said "eff your wind shear". I've never been so happy to get on the ground.
Going Down, Down
Not me - but I was on a flight at the same time. My collegues landed and said that mid flight a lightning bolt hit their plane making a massive noise and killing the power for a few moments. Everyone was screaming and crying in a total panic. Apparently it was THAT bad.
My colleague looks to the other and says "Well, we're both sales guys so I guess I'll see you in hell"
Rough In The Sky, Smooth On The Ground
I was flying a 737 on final approach five miles behind a 787 when we got into their wake turbulence. Aircraft banked left sharply then immediately went into very steep nose down right bank. I immediately corrected this attitude but for a quick second I thought it might go over a 90° bank angle. I have never fought that hard in an airliner to recover, but I recovered, and had the smoothest landing of my career.
Flying home from FL to NY. Scheduled to land at LaGuardia. Right after takeoff we could all hear the motor that retracts the landing gear straining. And the landing gear would not retract. When it finally did, everyone seemed relieved but I was thinking 'I hope it comes back down when it's time to land.' Lo and behold, about 1/2 hr before landing, the pilot announces that we were being diverted to JFK because of landing gear trouble.
We needed a longer runway to stop the plane. So now people are praying and biting their nails. We could hear the motor trying to bring the landing gear down for several minutes before it finally came down at almost the last minute. We land and the plane isn't slowing down. We hear all kinds of horrible sounds, smell smoke...people are now really freaking out. Plane stops after using up almost the whole runway. There were emergency trucks all over the sides of the runway, foamers..etc. Was never so happy to get off a plane!!
My scariest moment was after we got within 700 ft of landing. The pilots whipped the plane back up because of heavy winds and announced that we were diverting to a nearby city in another country.
It was a short flight to the other city, and it was bumpy so I was strapped in. A couple of other flight attendants were standing up though. All the sudden the entire cabin went bright white. Specifically I could tell that the light was entering the plane from the other side around the corner I couldn't really see behind. The flight attendants nearly jumped all the way to their seats and strapped in. There was one passenger that I locked eyes with at one point. Her and I both both made this nervous smile at each other like, "Lets not die here!"
We did end up landing alright. It took 4 hours for us to get off the plane because of all the other planes that diverted there. They also told us the next day that we got hit by lightning at least 3 times. They could tell because of little pin pricks that the lightning makes when it hits the plane.
By the way, I still feel so much safer in a plane than almost any other mode of transportation. The statistics don't lie. The regulations and redundancy on safety measures are unparalleled.
Hit crazy turbulence in a prop plane flying into Saginaw from Detroit. Plane was all over the air like a roller-coaster.. Up down, side to side, I swear I thought it was gonna barrel roll at one point. Seemed to never end, but was probably only really a few minutes. Time kinda slowed down. My girlfriend and I were the only two people on the plane who weren't Marines going to some Marine thing. Those guys were cracking some pretty dark jokes while I contemplated my time on earth.
The Limit Does Not Exist
I recall being in a very small plane trying to land at John Wayne International during a storm. No door between cockpit and passengers or at least it wasn't closed. There was turbulence but nothing as dramatic as some of the other stories here. Listening to the cockpit crew arguing with ground control over the flight path was not comforting. I think we were approaching the end limit for flights and ground control wanted them to approach by going more over the ocean. Neither I nor the crew cared for that too much.
As a former teacher, I can tell you that the goal is to always hype up and encourage your students to reach their goals and be their best selves. As a former student, I can also tell you that not every teacher is like this. Unfortunately, there are a handful of teachers out there that use their position of authority to make them feel like they have power. I've seen it happen firsthand, and it's awful.
Sometimes, the people who we depend on for our growth are also the people who hurt our confidence the most. Here are a few examples from former students, who discuss the worst things a teacher could ever say to a growing kid.
Even the other kids knew this was messed up.<p>I watched this happen to my friend in 7th grade. It was social studies class and my friend was one of those students where the common core curriculum was horribly suited for the way he learned.</p><p>One day he asked me if he could borrow a red pen (the teacher was too lazy to grade the papers herself so she'd have us do it at the start of every class)</p><p>The teacher caught on to it and literally yelled to me "don't you dare give him that pen." And proceeded to chew him out saying that he was a sad excuse because he was too lazy to remember a simple pen, called him worthless, and told him that he'll go nowhere in life because he can't keep track of simple things.</p><p>She spent the first half of the class continuously belittling him to the point where students were asking her to stop. Despite the fact that half the class reported this terrible treatment, she was not punished.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/WhyAm_I_Alive/" target="_blank">WhyAm_I_Alive</a></p>
Way to permanently damage a child.<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwODkxMC9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NDc4MDY5Mn0.vzGTOSCCCt_ujl5Gykm9mSn08JF_WBDE9lAxrw1q-B8/img.gif?width=980" id="31271" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="9a935a7d04b1db41aea45f90cc202f57" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="270" data-height="203" />bad teacher fighting GIFGiphy<p>I had a Dutch teacher that used to pick on me always. Once before a presentation she told me that no matter how good my presentation was she wasnt going to give me a grade higher than a 5. I ended up almost having a panic attack in front of the class, told her to go f*ck herself and stormed out of the classroom. Got a 4 eventually.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/dracaryhs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dracaryhs</a></p>
This is so unbelievably petty.<p>I was nominated for a place in the Gifted and Talented program at my school. I was 10 or 11, and had precious little that I was proud of, but I could write like nobody's business. I was nominated for writing and was promised that I would not be tested on mathematics (worst subject then and now).</p><p>The teacher giving me the exam had a beef with my mom, and presented me with the mathematics test. I told her that I'd been told I didn't need to take it. She said it wouldn't count, just to do it. I did.</p><p>I don't remember much else between that moment and sitting in front of the panel, between my parents, silently crying and trying not to make eye contact as I was told I'd done so wretchedly on the mathematics portion of the test, <em>which I wasn't supposed to take</em>, that they were considering pulling me back a grade, and that the nomination had been a horrible mistake and should never have been made in the first place because the Gifted and Talented program was for "students of an outstanding nature and SkepticLinguist just didn't meet our expectations in mathematics." Did I also mention that the teacher who gave me the test was on the panel?</p><p>Saw that teacher later on, and she always gave me the smuggest smile before she flounced away. I was kind to her, as that was really all I had going for me at the time, but that messed me up for years, and still keeps me awake at night some times.</p><p>Jokes on her, though, I'm a published author now.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/SkepticLinguist/" target="_blank">SkepticLinguist</a><br></p>
What happened to constructive criticism?<p>I'm an architecture student and in my design class we'd usually have a panel of guest professors to critique on our projects. In one of them a professor just outright said "your design is boring" and that was it, no other comments or suggestions for improvement. I think another panel member noticed and quickly added in a constructive comment to save it. But that moment still hit me and I've lost a lot of confidence in my designs since then.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Lyr-Neo/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Lyr-Neo</a></p>
Why would you assume that?<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwODkyNy9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MDU3Nzc0OX0.2WkfnbLhJ5gtLCej3kl6QqfvdGpv3sXoovf36BEiNFk/img.gif?width=980" id="fdbf3" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="76ef79f086c57e47faf51acd7f0fc665" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="270" />mean girls no food in class GIFGiphy<p>When I was in high school I had this English teacher that was basically a washed up mean girl in her 50s.</p><p>She gave us an assignment about our goals and where we wanted to go after highschool. I wrote about my interest in music. She shot it down and told me that it would never happen, I would be lucky to get a job as a fast food shift worker.</p><p>I remember some other time I was casually talking to her and she asked where I lived for some reason. I described it to her and she got all confused, then asked me if if I lived in an actual house. She said she was surprised I lived in a house because she assumed I lived in an apartment or trailer or something.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Fuginshet/" target="_blank">Fuginshet</a><br></p>
This is a mess all around.<p>My mum would not allow a PC in the house, she saw them as the devils devices. (She’s very old fashioned and a bit mad if I'm honest) She was convinced that no high school in the world could demand an essay written on a PC.</p><p>One of my teachers asked for an essay and said it needed to be written on a PC and printed out. I tried to convince my mum but she was having none of it. She told me to tell him we couldn't afford one. I straight up did not want to say that because it was a lie and I knew the teacher wouldn't buy it and I knew that regardless, I would be bullied for being poor. I was already being bullied pretty bad at the time due to not having expensive trainers and clothes, so I wanted to avoid adding to the list.</p><p>I wrote the essay by hand, in the best possible handwriting, stapled the pages in order like a little book and put it in a little plastic thingy. I did my best.</p><p>Teacher ripped it up in front of the whole class and threw it in the bin. He refused to beleive there was a household in the world that didn't own a computer and yelled at me for being a lazy little smart a**. He compared the essay (which he did not read) to a dish rag. The class actually went silent and the bullies actually eased up a bit which I did not expect.</p>
That’s the worst attempt at “motivating” I’ve ever seen.<p>Oof. Okay. Middle school seems to be universally bad for everyone but my older sister died the same year middle school started for me. Dealing with grief and undiagnosed ADHD + dyscalculia meant I was not a good student. People were decent that first year, but by the new school year and approximately 1-2 years after my sister's death I was being told by one of my teachers that I needed to be over it.</p><p>12-13 years old by then, struggling immensely and I can't adequately explain why doing things was hard for me so she just took the bad approach: I needed to stop using my sister's death as an excuse and get my grades up or else I was on the path to repeating 8th grade.</p><p>Other teachers were bad there too, with many of them using public humiliation against me having bad grades as an attempt to "motivate" me, but all it did instead was lead me to believe I was a failure.</p><p>That one teacher though hurt me so bad. I'm almost 31 now and I am realizing still how much shame I carry over my ADHD, the distrust I have for authority figures, and the fractured confidence I have that I'm capable of doing things. I work full time with a stable job, I have a boss I like working with, and I'm loved and married and have friends, but this still follows me.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/bdb90/" target="_blank">Bdb90</a></p>
That’s not only bullying, but also sexist.<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwODk0MC9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMDg0MTYwN30.O1hqdH_Foyr7GsA166Ijwe15GC57RN9a1_8_TnSTm6Q/img.gif?width=980" id="1f9ab" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="b736e72e4a8ad0e739bc2cae94eb0818" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="568" data-height="319" />sexist laci green GIFGiphy<p>I was doing poorly in school ~2006 because I was horrifically depressed. My 6th grade teacher took a special interest in "helping" since she knew my sisters so one time she made me stay after class and in a roundabout way accused me of being lazy and said "what will you do if your husband dies? how would you support yourself" and I burst into tears because all of my home issues stemmed from my dad dying from an aneurysm very suddenly the year before.</p><p>My grades started drifting even more after that so uh. Thanks Dr. Alexander.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/honkdogs/" target="_blank">Honkdogs</a><br></p>
That’s gotta be hard to begin with.<p>I moved to Germany as a pre-teen, and I didn't speak the language at all upon arrival - had to learn it as I went.</p><p>In my second year here, my mother decided to put me in an all-German school. My language skills were still quite shaky, so it was quite difficult. German class was the hardest.</p><p>I had this teacher who took a disliking to me for being a foreigner. He would constantly pick on me, and make me repeat things, saying he couldn't understand what I was saying due to my accent.</p><p>The cherry on top was when we had an exam, and we had to write an essay on a book we had read in class. I had severely struggled with the book, as it was written in a Berlin dialect - at the time I was barely able to read normal German, let alone a book written in a very heavy dialect. My teacher failed me completely on the exam, saying that I had not understood the task and my spelling and grammar were atrocious. At the time, my mother had a colleague who was a German teacher. She looked over my exam after I had gotten it back and was surprised that he had failed me - I had by no means done brilliantly, but it was still worth a passing grade.</p><p>Needless to say, I was devastated and was convinced that my German is terrible and I was no good, and I would never be any good and I simply suck.</p><p>Even today I am still a little self-conscious when speaking German, especially in public settings. Which is quite unfortunate, considering that I'm an interpreter...</p><p><span></span><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Glinda45/" target="_blank">Glinda45</a></p>
Why would a child lie about that?<p>I had a teacher in middle school who would pick on me constantly. One time in the sixth grade there was this math problem and it had this banking term I wasn't familiar with cause you know I was 11 and didn't go to the bank. So I tried to do the problem on context clues and got it wrong. </p><p>The next day when she collects the homework she told me how could I get such a simple problem wrong. I tell her I didn't know the meaning of one of the words. She says I'm lying and even if I didn't I should have asked my parents. I told her my parents are immigrants and only my dad can speak English fluently and that he was at work when I wading doing my homework. She says I'm lying again about my mom not knowing too. She berates me some more until I have tears in my eyes.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/parallax_xallarap/" target="_blank">Parallax_xallarap</a></p>
We all think we're good cooks, don't we?
Let's Start With The Practical<p>There's the practical skills, the ones you should be putting into practice every time you step into the kitchen.</p>
Slice Slice Slice<p>Sharpen. Your. Knives.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltpl3z/what_are_the_best_cooking_tips_everyone_should/gp1ctrj?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">jeff_the_nurse</a></p><p>Recently bought some sharpening stones. The difference is immediately apparent</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltpl3z/what_are_the_best_cooking_tips_everyone_should/gp2xacz?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">1987mark</a></p>
Make Them Smaller. Duh.<p>Cut potatoes into pieces before boiling them, I know it sounds obvious but you wouldn't believe how many people I've met who always put the entire thing in water only to complain about how long it took to cook</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltpl3z/what_are_the_best_cooking_tips_everyone_should/gp0l9gy?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">Raito_Urekawa</a></p>
MORE. Not Less. MORE.<p>Add more garlic.</p><p>Also the difference between an average cook and a good cook is often adding more butter and/or seasoning.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltpl3z/what_are_the_best_cooking_tips_everyone_should/gp1duq3?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">Squiggles87</a></p><p>If a recipe calls for one clove of garlic, always use at least two cloves. Even if the recipe is "How to cook one clove of garlic"... use two.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltpl3z/what_are_the_best_cooking_tips_everyone_should/gp3bptx?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">EidolonMom</a></p>
The Lesser Known Tips And Tricks Of The Trade<p>Then there's the lesser known tips, the ones you probably haven't hear of, even in passing, but should keep in your chef's tool belt. </p>
Feel Like There's A Painful Story Here...<p>Never use wet oven gloves. NEVER.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltpl3z/what_are_the_best_cooking_tips_everyone_should/gp17yhf?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">xReyjinx</a></p><p>Imagine flash steaming your fingers at 450 degrees.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltpl3z/what_are_the_best_cooking_tips_everyone_should/gp1zlee?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">oksono</a></p>
Don't Wait Too Long<p>If your cookies look all the way done when you pull them out they are already burned</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltpl3z/what_are_the_best_cooking_tips_everyone_should/gp1yf4w?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">hjkkjhkllhj</a></p><p>Yes! Instead take them out when the bottom edges just start to brown. Leave them on the pan for 5 minutes so the bottom and edges crispen up. Remove from pan, set on plate or cooling rack for 5 minutes. Eat.</p><p>Perfectly light crispy outside, gooey warm inside. Heaven on Earth.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/mah_astral_body/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">mah_astral_body</a></p>
Never Boiled Again<p>My dad is a chef, so growing up with him has taught me a lot about cooking. I've seen some good tips here already (season your food, season as you go, use sharp knives, preheat the oven etc.) but a really good tip especially for people who are not that fond of vegetables: oven roast them!</p><p>Roased veggies are the best, just give them a little oil and seasoning (I usually do salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder) and give them 20-30 minutes depending on how big the veggie pieces are. If there's a type of vegetable you usually don't like because you've only tried it boiled to oblivion, try oven roasting it. I hate boiled Brussels sprouts, but oven roasted they're my favourite.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltpl3z/what_are_the_best_cooking_tips_everyone_should/gp182u6?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">rmp2020</a></p>
The Obvious Standards To Hit<p>Then there's these skills, the ones you've probably never even considered, but to ascend to the level of great cook must be a standard to achieve. </p>
You Are The Master And The Commander<p>This is the advise I give all my new cooks I'm training:</p><p>You are stronger and smarter than everything in the kitchen. If it needs to be hotter, turn it up. Knife is dull? Sharpen it. Recipe says to bake for 20 mins but you think it needs 30? Give it 30. Don't let the food rule you. You're in charge.</p><p>Also, clean while you cook. You'll be amazed how many dishes can be done in two free minutes.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltpl3z/what_are_the_best_cooking_tips_everyone_should/gp0o372?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">Sirnando138</a></p>
Two Different Philosophies On The Same Coin<p>Unless you're baking go by taste rather than the exact measurements of a recipe</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltpl3z/what_are_the_best_cooking_tips_everyone_should/gp1ifew?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">XoX_K_XoX</a></p><p>And if you <em>are</em> baking follow the ingredients and amounts <em>exactly</em>.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltpl3z/what_are_the_best_cooking_tips_everyone_should/gp2msvc?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">GozerDGozerian</a></p>
For Those In The Back:<p>WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE COOKING</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltpl3z/what_are_the_best_cooking_tips_everyone_should/gp1ubn2?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">InCONTROLfreak</a></p><p>and if you've been working with peppers WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER COOKING</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltpl3z/what_are_the_best_cooking_tips_everyone_should/gp2xscs?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">hungrylens</a></p>
Food is an essential part of life. We need it to survive. But there are some foods that I'd rather drop dead than have to consume. Now I get that there are otherworldly concoctions that can give the palette an orgasmic shock but if the ingredients contain a few certain things--like cow tongue--I'll stay food celibate.
Death Greens<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwOTIwNC9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMzUwOTM1NX0.rtgSsSPQ4f6DPqn31mIo-6AKGNXvtDX9LhhWp9pb21w/img.gif?width=980" id="7aec4" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3a832c9574fd9444258c4f684db6e2e6" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="245" data-height="255" />jim carrey asparagus GIFGiphy<p>Asparagus. It tastes good but my dad choked on it when i was a kid and it was so scary that i've never eaten it since then. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/goo1qsq?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">girlgirl123456</a></p>
A Hard Chew<p>I absolutely hate chewing on tendon... whether it be from beef, or chicken.. God dammit, anything with meat and a rubbery chewy feeling just makes me gag. The sensation is god awful for me, and is the best I can explain.</p><p>I also dislike papaya because the smell is off putting. The smell coming from that specific fruit triggers memories when I was a kid and tried it and gagged from it. I can handle other fragrant fruits, but papaya - no. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/goo4qa2?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">spaigo</a></p>
The Bone<p>I can't eat bone-in meats because of tendons. Not only do you have that feeling of it in-between your teeth, but scraping the bone has a really cringy feeling similar to scratching a chalkboard. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/gookbbc?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">syfyguy64</a></p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/gookbbc?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"></a>I'm the weirdo that will get <em>every bit</em> that I can off the bone, but only at home. I know to refrain when in public. But it hurts my soul. I knew my husband was my person when he offered me the chicken wing bones on his plate lol. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/gooyt1c?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"> coolerthanyouravgmom</a><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/coolerthanyouravgmom/" target="_blank"></a></p>
Soy you Say...<p>Soy anything, I am deathly allergic to it and they put that crap in everything in America. It's the wax we shine our fruit with, the oils we make everything with from soup to coffee creamers. They inject the isolated protein, my allergen, into random meats and products. Forget soy. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/goo66ob?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"> shiftbackslash</a><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/shiftbackslash/" target="_blank"></a></p>
Scrub a dub spice...<p>I've got that thing where cilantro tastes like soap, so there's that. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/gonxda4?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">ColeYote</a></p><p>I always figured cilantro was some regional American spice but I've only just learned it's coriander lol.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/gonxda4?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"></a>Does this gene make the seeds taste like soap as well? </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/goojsu2?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Orri</a></p>
gross...<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwOTMyNy9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NTQ2NjY2Mn0._YGTUNhpcd31l82mFkn6sn9wSt73wEsPzWl5h0lsJ7Q/img.gif?width=980" id="1116c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="b6639244dd009202a2746007da81e025" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="270" />gross gag GIF by Anime Crimes DivisionGiphy<p>Water chestnuts, its the texture. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/goocrsy?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">menace-to-sobriety</a></p>
An Ill Slaw<p>Sauerkraut, I am from south Germany and a total disgrace to my culture and family for this but man forget that dish. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/gootqom?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Deschlins</a></p><p>Finally! I'm not alone!</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/gootqom?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"></a>There's plenty of foods that I don't really care for, but there's only one that I literally can't eat without getting physically ill (hell, I have to leave the room if someone is eating that crap). </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/gopdink?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">honoredtwig</a></p>
Seafood Roulette<p>Oysters, clams, etc. The texture, smell, flavor. A massive no from me. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/gonzfqc?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Sirenofthelake</a></p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/gonzfqc?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"></a>Eating raw oysters from the Gulf of Mexico is like Russian roulette with better odds. It is not often considering how much get eaten, but every year a few people get viral meningitis from eating them raw. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/gooi6w5?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Birdapotamus</a></p>
Bad Oils...<p>Truffle, it's definitely a love it or hate it kind of thing but it just tastes like feet to me. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/goo8d7y?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">YouJabroni44</a></p><p>The first time I tried truffle was in a macaroni and ammonia was all I could taste or smell</p><p>I decided to try it again now that I knew what to expect and I found it MUCH tamer the second go aroun</p>
With a nice Chianti<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwOTI4MC9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MzgwOTE0NX0.g3rkPudLlS0668DgLv3rvJw3AfihB6MMzdDPTvka4uE/img.gif?width=980" id="b6353" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1dfec4b4da0ce8ac2c64ecb571579f97" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="245" data-height="220" />hannibal and clarice GIFGiphy<p>Liver. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/gonzlvb?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">edpmis02</a></p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/gonzlvb?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"></a>Whenever my mom makes something with liver I can smell it throughout the entire house, it's so disgusting. It's a weird kinda sweet smell/taste that just reminds me of decay. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lrwpaf/what_food_do_you_just_completely_despise_and_why/gooqlig?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">bland_soup</a></p>
Just say NO! That's a famous 80's catchphrase about staying off drugs but it is also one of the truest and most life-affirming mantras that many of us have come to appreciate. Saying no, putting one's well-being first have become the new narrative for a society that was always over-extending itself. Sometimes you just have to decline an offer or decide that, no this situation isn't healthy for me. And then the freedom you feel... there is nothing else like it.Redditor u/SketchyByte wanted everyone to share the times in life they have never felt better by asking... What is the most satisfying "no" that you have ever said?