The things we hear in an ordinary moment can change the course of our lives. When we pretend we're not listening and we really are.... well that is the most exciting part of a lot days. The conversations from strangers are beyond fascinating, It's like a tangible soap opera. Sadly we have to follow strangers home to know how it ends... which isn't impossible.
Redditor u/Eta5678 wanted all the strangers out there to discuss their encounters.... Reddit, whats the funniest thing that a random stranger said to you that made you die laughing inside?
I was helping a customer pick out a new bra and she said she wanted her breasts to be lifted. She said, "my boobs are so saggy that if my nipples were eyeballs, I'd be able to see if my shoes were untied."
I really tried my best to remain professional but I couldn't stop laughing lol. BurkaBurrito
I was in the drive thru of a Wendy's one time. An employee exited the building with his headphones on and was singing Who Let The Dogs Out at the top of his lungs. He saw me, stopped singing, and started walking away. A few seconds later he come up to my window and said, "yes, that is what I'm listening to." Then he walked away. I laughed so hard at the whole situation. JonoTheDog
To Hell and Back!
Okay, the laughter was not entirely inside, but years ago on the subway in NY, a crazy dude walks on the train and screams at everyone "You're all going to hell!" and then steps off as the doors close. Total silence as the weirdness of the moment settles in. Then, without missing a beat, guy across from me goes, "I thought this train was going to Harlem." Entire subway car of cynical New Yorkers bursts out laughing. jimcol
I hate socks...
I must've been about 10 or 11. I sat down on a bench next to an old guy to sort my shoe out. I took my shoe off and he just turns to me and says "are they golfing socks?" I look at him with a completely blank look on my face thinking "wtf??" as I looked away he just said "there's a hole in one." WinningToad
Was leaving Walmart and the 80ish year old greeter says "Thanks for shopping at Dollar Tree!"brookski_lee
I Smell That!
Movie just ended, me and my dad join the mad rush to to the bathrooms, urinals are packed, its our turn we doing our business, suddenly someone rips a hugggge fart, lol its pretty funny but we all have manners, still peeing, suddenly this dude proclaims, "IT WAS MEEEEE" and runs out the door. Whole bathroom erupts in laughter. dodo_gogo
A few years ago I let my friend cut my hair... it did not go well.
I was living in Philadelphia at the time and was walking through South Philly when I passed two strangers in the middle of the conversation. As I pass, one of them says to the other: "Hold up, I gotta talk to this guy." He precedes to shout to me: "Aaayo! Your hair looks like S**T. Come over here."
I was amused, partially because of his bluntness and partially because he wasn't wrong. I was curious, so I walked over to him. He says: "Look, a buddy of mine owns a barber shop two blocks away. Here's his business card--I'll write my name on there, if you mention that I sent you he'll give you a good deal. Bruh, but seriously take care of that s**t."
I never ended up going to his friend's shop, but I frequently use this story as the perfect example of Philly culture: rude, blunt & in your face yet somehow coming from a place of genuine care. Plus, it's hilarious. trustfundbabelfish
May of 2000, passing through Norwood Louisiana with a friend, at around 2 in the afternoon we stopped to gas up/grab some snacks at the most podunk gas station known to man.
A young man, extremely agitated comes in with frustrated gestures and angrily shouts/gestures at the cashier with an accent that is beyond region, beyond stereotyping, beyond anything I have heard before:
"Where da' got damned wally-mellyons at!!" at the top of lungs, approaching hysteria and tears. official_fox_news
A few months ago I was waiting at a road crossing with loads of other strangers, waiting for the man to turn green. This was a busy main road in my city.
A little girl on the other side of the road did THE MOST ACCURATE IMPRESSION of the 'beep beep' that the crossing makes so blind people know it's safe to cross, and the entire crowd of people just stepped into the road. I had seen her do it, so I stayed put, but I couldn't stop laughing. My girlfriend was confused.
50 adults pranked by one absolute genius 6ish year old. It was magical. kingbluetit
Met a guy while camping a few years ago. He told us, matter of factly, that he was a "Redneck hippie" back in the 60's.. He was "there for the sex and the drugs, but not so much that love and peace stuff." We still crack up about that. PursuitOfMuchness
I work in retail, and I'm not sure why, but this had me dying for a while. I still laugh when I think about it.
Me: "How you doing today, sir?"
And he went on his way. RiSET0FaLL
Met a guy while camping a few years ago. He told us, matter of factly, that he was a "Redneck hippie" back in the 60's.. He was "there for the sex and the drugs, but not so much that love and peace crap." We still crack up about that. PursuitOfMuchness
An old man on the street with a big, jack-o-lantern grin on his face and two Chihuahuas under each arm loudly proclaiming to no one in particular, "I used to carry grenades! Now I carry dogs!" NightOnTheSun
Smells like pee...
Worked at a smoke shop that sold electronic cigarettes years ago. A customer came in complaining that the new flavor made her pee smell funny. I couldn't keep a straight face when I said I wasn't sure if that was related. Then she says, "Oh, well it could be an STD or something I guess...Thanks!" and walked out. oppapi666
Off with your leg!
The time I was waiting for takeout and the amputee owner struck up a convo. "My friend, you have to be really careful if you ever get shot in the knee or any leg bone. They don't warn you that you can't have sex for months. One night you're taking home a beautiful girl to show her your scars and the next morning your leg's gone." walnut100
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When i was about 8 yrs old (40 some odd yrs ago) my mother and i were waiting to be seated at a restaurant, and an older gentleman was ahead of us also waiting. The waitress asked him if he'd be smoking (back when that was still a thing in restaurants), and he replied "no, but i may burst into flames later." Young me laughed all through lunch at that, in fact it still makes me giggle lol. SweetBabyJesus99
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Something I overheard as two kids walked past our caravan park site: A rumbling boom of distant thunder.
Kid 1: "I like thunder. It sounds like a 200 year old dog who's retired and helps old people who are blind to get around."
Kid 2: (silence)
Kid 1: "You know?"
Kid 2: "But why is it retired?"
Kid 1: "Because it's old."
Kid 2: "But it's still helping blind people."
Kid 1: (silence) actualchad
When I was a freshmen in college I had a pair of rainbow bellbottoms I made and wore a lot. I walking through the city back to the dorms when a guy rode up behind me on a bicycle. He was old, had long, scraggly gray hair and a bright red and yellow windsuit on. He rode beside me for a second, stared and then yelled "Miss your pants are hot....HWAAAAT" and the rode away into the sunset. It was so random and hilarious. Every time I wore those pants my friends would run up behind me and yell "Your pants are HWAT" -StarrySky-
No so much said to me as overheard. Walking down the street with my fianceè after dinner, a man and woman pass us. Very clearly I heard the man say:
"... and that's the second time I got crabs. I just keep a special little comb at the house now, just in case."
I'm not sure of any particulars and have thought about that interaction often. So many questions, I know they heard me laugh though. kbig22432
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I used to be a smoker. One time a scruffy looking man asked me for a light. I told him I only had matches. (It was very windy) He said, "that's ok, there's a trick to it. You light the match and then suck down real hard. You get a mouth full of sulfur that way, but you gotta have a trick when you're going thirty miles an hour on top of a tank."emken23
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What a quirky group of humans you are.
Maybe we, the world, give y'all a bad rap.
We're dying to know what you share with one another.
One Redditorwanted all the 'Bros' out there to share with us.They asked:
"Men of Reddit, what’s your best bro-tip?"
I've been dying for insight into the animal that is a bro. They're human too...
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"It's okay to compliment another bro."
"Do not leave your home smelling musty."
"Also, tell your friends if their home, car, them etc... smells musty. there's a time and a place of course, but often we don't notice and the note to freshen up is very welcome."
"Check on your bros. They won’t necessarily tell you when they need help."
"Lost a friend via overdose. He was exhibiting unhealthy behavior for years. I saw it, and said nothing. I later relocated and made very little effort to keep in touch. Destroys me to think what might have been different, had I reached out."
"Seriously though, having been the bro who's dealing with depression knowing you have bros to lean on really helps."
"Was in a residency program with a guy who had the worst breath any of us (all other bros) had ever smelt. When I say bad, I mean it smelt worse than if he had eaten human poop. The guy was completely oblivious to it. He’d have girls break up with him and come to us and be like 'I don’t know what happened it was going so well,' stuff like that."
"And we’d all beat around the bush and never tell him that we knew exactly why those bro-ettes dumped him. I’m ashamed to admit, my Reddit bros, that he made it through an entire 3-year residency program without any bros stepping in and hitting him with the cold hard truth. RIP to that bro."
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"Support your bros; don’t tear them down when they are trying to achieve something."
Men really should embrace feelings more.
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"Don't fall in love with potential."
"This comment hurt me. Learned that lesson the hard way."
"Always buy more than one stick of deodorant at a time so you’ll have a spare around when you run out. Finding out that you’re at the end right before you have to be somewhere, preferably smelling acceptable, is the worst."
"As soon as I open the last container of any toiletry, it goes on the shopping list to be purchased within a week. I haven't run out once since I started doing that, and I usually buy multipacks so I don't need to shop for those things often."
"As a guy in his mid-50s, my number 1 advice is: When you're disagreeing with someone, no matter the relationship, always validate their point first, empathize with them second, and then, and only then, make your counter-argument. Never respond to an argument with a pushback before you've validated/empathized with them."
"If you're Machiavellian about life, you'll be more likely to get what you want from someone else if they feel respected by you. If you're not Machiavellian, it's just a nice thing to do."
"Have AT LEAST one friend you can have real conversations with about your feelings. Particularly if you're in your late teens or twenties you probably don't talk about that stuff with your mates but it makes the world of difference knowing you have someone to talk to about it, even if you don't have anything to tell them just yet."
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"Never leave your wing man!"
Thanks Bros. This was all helpful.
Do you have other tips to share? Let us know in the comments below.
Finding something at an incredibly discounted price is one of those small victories which makes you want to jump for joy.
The only thing that could top the feeling of finding something for a surprisingly low price, is what a difference that purchase could end up making.
Up to and including changing your life forever.
Redditor systemkwiat was curious to hear cheap purchases people made which wound up having a wonderfully lasting impact, leading them to ask:
"What purchase under $100 improved your life?"
"Strength lies in nights of peaceful slumbers..."
"A side sleeper pillow."- introverting_vibes
Brightens my smile.
"I can't believe how much crap gets stuck in the mouth."
"Even after using regular dental floss and then using a water flosser just to see what would happen, I still spit out stuff."
"Electric toothbrush."- MisterPublicCamera Teeth GIF by Big Brother 2022Giphy
"How does your garden grow?"
"A book on gardening on a budget."
"I had nothing to do in my life at the time and needed a hobby."
"It was soothing and I felt like I accomplished something when I reused old furniture to make garden beds, I was depressed but gardening gave me a reason to get out of bed in the AM."
"Can’t leave my spinach thirsty right?"
"I ate healthier, I meet friends and now it’s a passion for me."- CloudberryCover
Say what you will about screes...
"A second monitor."
"Programming and schoolwork became so much easier."- Arrowkill
Extra clean and refreshing.
"I just got a water filter for my shower head."
"Now the water doesn't smell like chlorine."- luckeegurrrl5683Old Spice Yes GIFGiphy
"I got the power!"
"Bought a jump pack for $50-$70ish."
"It jumped my car 4 times on one charge and still reported a 3/4 charge level."
"Super easy to use, just hook it in, push the power button, and then start the car, and it can charge phones and such too."-smiling_at_cheese
"Any broken technology you got could be fixed with these!"
"Careful though cause they burn hotter than a glue gun."- philipde
Allergies be gone!
"Antihistamines."- StardewIsMyPassionlisa simpson sneezing GIFGiphy
And now I'm walking on air!
"Orthopaedic insoles."- Jamaqius
Next time you look at a bargain bin, keep an open mind, and take a look.
You never know what its contents might have in store.
Death is perhaps the world's greatest mystery.
As no one knows what happens after one takes their final breath.
The uncertainty of it all causes tremendous fear in many.
Others, however, don't fear death, on the belief that it is simply one of life's inevitable realities.
Redditor Animemesh was curious to hear a more in-depth explanation of why people aren't afraid of death, leading them to ask:
"People who aren’t scared of death, why?"
Seeing it happen helps you accept it.
"I’ve seen the faces and reactions of hundreds who are preparing for death."
"When you work in hospice, you can’t really be afraid of it."
"I’m by no means numb to it, but I’ve seen a number of what I would call beautiful deaths and I’ve seen the peace on patients’ faces after they have passed, when the physical exertions are gone."
"I have seen the mixture of emotional pain but also relief on the faces of family."
"So death isn’t something I’m afraid of."
"I just want to do what I can to make sure I and all those around me get to have good deaths."- PracticalLady18
It's just a given.
"It happens to everyone, and it happens every day."
"Death doesn’t scare me, it’s the dying part that scares me more."- smilewhenyouseethis_
"An estimated 70 billion humans have died since the beginning of the race."
"If they could do it, so can I."- Back2Bach
Coming face to face with it helps you prepare.
"A few months ago I was told I probably had a serious type of cancer but we’d know for sure with the biopsy results."
"I researched and found this cancer had about a 10% 1 year survival rate."
"I wasn’t afraid to die but I dreaded telling anyone so I didn’t."
"For 4 days I thought about all the things I needed to do to simplify things for my family after my death."
"The biopsy was negative."
"I’m still going to die one day, but probably not in the next few months."
"The lesson here is this: don’t waste time worrying about the inevitable."
"Prepare, then enjoy the time you have."- Expensive-Ferret-339
The better question is, what happens before life?
"'I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it'."-Mark Twain- IceClimbers_Main
No need to fear death after a life well lived
"I grew up poor, family didn't work and struggled with drug addiction."
"I dropped out of high school to get a job."
"My dad told me to never expect to succeed."
"That love is bullsh*t."
"That I am destined to be 'another worthless Mexican, just like your mother'."
"Got out of that situation."
"Went back to school and graduated college."
"I got out of minimum wage factory jobs and I have a well paying career."
"I came out and am now married to the man of my dreams."
"I take comfort in knowing that if I died today, I accomplished far more than I ever imagined possible."- JDefined
There are worse fears than death
"I was raised in an abusive, dysfunctional home."
"After that experience, it pretty much knocks the fright of death, and compassion and empathy, right out of you."
"I lived in fear of my mother, I lived in fear of other people, I lived in fear of what the day would bring."
"I feared living."
"I didn't live in fear of death."
"There were times when I would have welcomed death."- WallyPlumstead
Words of wisdom.
"Yoda taught me the following: "
"'Death is a natural part of life'."
"'Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force'."
"'Mourn them do not'."
"'Miss them do not'."
"'Attachment leads to jealousy'."
"'The shadow of greed that is'."- NoStep6061
No one knows what comes next.
But whether one fears death or not, there is only one thing we can all do until that inevitable moment comes.
Live our lives to the absolute fullest.
It's amazing how much power words can carry.
Sometimes, when you're feeling down, and having trouble getting motivated, all it takes is a few words of inspiration which can get you out of your funk.
Sometimes words can carry so much power, that they might even forever change the way you live your life.
Redditor KiT_KaT5 was curious to hear the quotes that changed people's outlook on life for the better, leading them to ask:
"What is a quote that changed your outlook on life?"
It's not where you start, it's where you finish.
"You can't go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending."- DictionaryStomach
Happiness is in your control.
"You can't wait for life to not be hard anymore to start being happy."- DoctorDodger
Age is only a number
"Try not to regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many."- berserkdemon1snl GIF by Saturday Night LiveGiphy
Without mistakes, how can you learn?
“A step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction."- Kurt Vonnegut- ClemofNazareth
Taking care of yourself is an overlooked priority!
"Someone once told me 'Hell is when on your last day on earth you meet the person you could have become'."
"Ever since hearing that quote it’s made me want to strive to be the best version of myself."
"I actually quit alcohol altogether off the back of that quote, and smoking!"- Aggravating-Flan8260·
Teamwork makes a dream work
"My Dad told me 'You don't need to be friends, you just have to work together'."
"It's made it a lot easier to work with difficult people."- Zacher19Happy Season 9 GIF by The OfficeGiphy
"Heal the world, make it a better place..."
"When I thought I was such a smart teenager, I thought I'd trip my parents up and asked 'What is the meaning of life?'
"Mom didn't bat an eye and said 'to leave the world in a better place than you found it'."
"And that has informed every major decision in my life since."- ApolloThunder
"Time is precious."
"'Time is a currency you can only spend once, so be careful how you spend it'."- Harmon Okinyo- Serious-Falcon-9678
It's ok to ask for help.
"'Do you consider yourself gracious?'"
"Then graciously accept my help'.-Grocery store lady"- terribleUsername18team usa help GIF by U.S. Figure SkatingGiphy
Your life is the one thing you should never take for granted
"'You live two lives'."
"'The second one begins when you realize you only have one'."- TheShoot141
Next time you feel unmotivated or depressed, try thinking of something you read somewhere, or something you heard someone say that made you feel good in the moment.
It might be all it takes to get you through the day.
Or even the rest of your life.