You think you know someone. Until they open their mouths and spew negative nonsense.
"Have you ever genuinely lost respect in someone because of their opinion? Why?"
People with no compassion and don't have an open mind can stay living under a rock.
"Any time I hear from someone that my depression is fake, my doctors are brainwashing my brain and the pills is just placebo to act like a zombie, I can handle it. And an ex-friend did that except she wanted to sell to me her Bach roses/mlm sh*t and told me they CURE everything. I asked her if she even had a time per month to listen to my worries and said 'I don't have time for that.'"
"A friend I have since withdrawn from told me that she wanted her boyfriend; who has Aspergers; to go on a 5 day course to 'change his personality'. I didn't even know this existed! Horrifying."
"I'm an immigrant, and I have lived my whole in Europe ever since I was 4 months old . A 'friend' of mine back in high school complained about immigrants, and that they're 'filthy'. I told him 'Well, I'm an immigrant as well, and he just answered 'Well, you're a different immigrant. You're not like them'. I had known him since middle school. I guess I saw his true colors lol."
"When I was in the break room, watching videos on my phone and my boss walked in, sat down, and was waved at me to take my headphones off and so I did and she said"
“'Do you go to the mall? Cuz I don’t, I hate seeing Mexicans and blacks just living off the government.'”
"I'm Spanish decent and I’m brown as well, what the f'k."
"Edit : added Spanish descent because an account reposted my story throughout my comment history because they were mad I said I was brown."
Blaming The Victim
"Yeah Mt ex said that women who walk by themselves in the dark and get raped need to blame themselves."
"He was the ugliest man I ever met after that discussion."
"'I know it's illegal to rape someone but why walk about on your own after dark if you don't want that to happen to you?' BECAUSE WE NEED TO GET HOME FROM WORK, DANIEL. IT'S DARK AT 4PM HERE."
An unpopular belief system is enough to write off a friendship.
"An old friend of mine thought wars are good and necessary due to overpopulation. She specifically mentioned WWI & WWII and why innocent people had to die."
Just The Facts, Please
"Yes. If someone’s opinion contradicts a scientific fact then I can’t respect them. Flat earthers are a good example of what I mean."
"A guy I was friends with started going on about how the earth is flat. I thought he was joking at first as there are a lot of flat earthers out there. But no, he's one of them. I struggle to hold a conversation with him now as it's all I think about when I (now rarely) see him."
Support For An Autocrat
"A classmate of mine posts stuff on Facebook how it's NATO countries fault that Russia is invading Ukraine and not Putin. He makes it sound like Putin never had any fault in this and is blaming western countries. He also supports a dictator's son who is obviously a liar and a thief who is running for President. Seriously, that Dictator's son is a coward who doesn't show up at debates and interviews because they are 'biased'. That coward also has lots of troll farms on Facebook and Twitter."
"A friend had his nephew (2 yrs) with him at another friend's place, I said i have toys at my place that I could bring over. I brought the toys over and he straight up said NO, he's not playing with these. Why? Because it was a kitchen set."
"I have had many of my nephews and cousins (boys and girls) play with them. I had already been realising that he was kind of sexist, but that just left no room for doubt."
Perception Of Attractiveness
"People who think a relationship only works if you're entirely physically attracted to them. No I'm happy with being half into their looks. Really isn't as important as having a good personality with matching chemistry."
"A former friend of mine once said that he hoped that healthcare was privatized here again. He said that he was 'sick of paying for other people's healthcare' and that people who couldn't afford it deserved to die anyway.He's from a middle class family and he said that to a group of people who were from working class families, who wouldn't be able to afford privatized healthcare and who in his eyes 'deserve to die.'"
These Redditors frowned upon those who lack having any sense of morality.
"People who cheat on significant others, when I learn you cheat I instantly assume you have zero integrity, I have 0 respect for you and I will distance myself from you any way possible because you are a backstabbing piece of sh*t."
Perception Of Criminals
"I work in medical research. It's a complicated topic and I don't want to get into an ethical debate in the comments, but I lose respect for somebody every time they say 'Why don't we just test drugs on criminals instead of poor little animals?'"
"You're philosophically bankrupt. We've got historic evidence that defining someone's right to human dignity and human rights based on criminal status is a bad f'kin idea. Tying that to profit motive and encouraging an increased 'production' of criminals to test on just gives you a system that is somehow even worse than the current American prison system."
"Kind of a niche rant, I know, but it bugs me that people actually believe this would work."
"people who treat the weak badly."
Actions Speak Louder
"I have a sibling who is one of those people who makes a huge performative display of empathy and liberalism, but never undertakes action to back up the displays. A virtue signaler, I guess would be the term."
"Anyway, after years of outward display of being an LGBTQ+ ally, they justified Hillary’s stance against marriage equality in 2008 because 'it just wasn’t a smart political move'. This same sibling also told me they could never love a bisexual person because you could never trust that they wouldn’t cheat on you."
"Me and my fiancée are both bi and haven’t come out to our families."
Human beings are complex individuals, and we are constantly being influenced by our environment and those around us as things change.
So it's unsurprising how we grow distant from certain people as we get to know others who come into our lives.
And even though we may get along well with them on the surface, their views on the world around us and how they perceive others is a telling characteristic of who they are as a person.
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Ever since Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope opened on May 25, 1977, a devoted fanbase developed.
And that fanbase has opinions.
Lots and lots of opinions.
Redditor Ebo8000 wanted to know:
"What is your most controversial take on Star Wars?"
"LASERS LOCK DOORS. LASERS OPEN DOORS. LASERS KNOW WHAT YOU WANT THE DOOR TO DO."
"But if you get past the door and close it behind you and you don’t want anyone to follow you through it…"
"…you shoot the bloody door panel!"
"Also, f*cking hell, we're in the future (or in the past), whatever, and people have better technology."
"Why put the door control RIGHT NEXT to the door? Put the door control system in a breaker box."
"Build every door so in case of malfunction they all shut closed (after all, they're in space and you don't want to lose air in decompression, do you?)"
"Shoot the breaker box, now the whole floor is closed until someone can figure out what happened."
"Almost look like those doors just exist as dramatic elements..."
"I’d like a film about when the Republic was at its height. 1,000 generations is 25,000 years and we’ve had 9 movies about the last 60."
"Not sure if controversial but they need to take the franchise and yeet it 200 years in the future."
"I'm tired of the Empire era where they need to justify why more than 2 Jedi and 2 Sith exist at one moment alongside knowing everything is pointless until Luke leaves the farm."
Design Fail? No!
"The Death Stars weren't badly designed they were just badly managed."
"Yes, designing them assuming large scale assaults was stupid given the political state of the galaxy but the second Death Star wasn't even finished so that doesn't count, it's all Palpatine's fault. As for the first one that was finished, the Alliance made three runs on the exhaust port."
"The first was called off before they made it to the trench, the second failed and the third was carried out by space Jesus which isn't exactly fair."
"All in all it sounds like a fairly effective defence when you consider the design philosophy."
"The entire universe has a cool factor that outweighs the atrocious storytelling."
"Bro imagine the following movies, but if they were in Star Wars universe."
"Magnificent 7 - A Jedi, Bounty Hunter, Ex-Imperial, Pilot, Wookie, a Droid, and Lawman team up to defend a town against pirates"
"Dredd - Two Jedi climb up an apartment block to confront a new dark side user who has mental control of the entire apartment block"
"Supernatural (T.V. Show) - A Jedi and their apprentice go around and solve and defeat Dark Side Force spots—where the Force consolidates from emotions and creates foul creatures to fight"
"Top Gun - But it's you know, Wedge or something"
"Ford versus Ferrari - But it's podracing or swoop racing"
"Something about the ships in the original series always felt more like real ships than in any of the later movies, despite the objectively better effects of the later films."
"Some of this is probably the use of models (i.e. actual three dimensional objects), but I think there is some critical difference in the design that makes them feel more real (probably because they were designed to be things that would actually work as models)."
"Whatever it is, I LOVED the ships in the original series and never really liked any of the new ones."
"The original trilogy changed the world by showing a universe in space that was dirty and lived in. The special effects from the later movies did not recognize this."
"Boba Fett is an oddly overrated background character, and even after watching The Book of Boba Fett, I don’t really care about him."
"He was never a character. He was a cool helmet."
"He was a cool jetpack too."
Time for the weather...
"Han is actually older than Obi-Wan due to Time Dilation."
"Time dilation in a universe where every planet and moon has the same gravity and atmosphere?"
"And just 1 biome."
"That way they only need one Weather Channel per planet."
"And over to Klaatu for the Tatooine weather report. Klaatu?"
"It's still sunny."
These are the droids we're looking for.
"Star Wars is actually the life story of C-3PO—think about it."
"I disagree. I think its R2-D2's story. He had a much greater presence in Episode 1, 2 and 3, and got the same amount of screen time as C-3PO in 4, 5 and 6."
Fan is short for fanatic.
"Fans ruined the whole franchise."
So, did your controversial Star Wars opinion make the list?
Death is a subject many people shy away from because what they don't know beyond our realm of existence can be intimidating.
Hollywood hasn't helped, as movies and TV have typically portrayed death as something sinister and violent.
How could anyone be convinced death is a peaceful transition, and that what awaits on the other side is actually an unimaginable utopia?
Curious to hear strangers' thoughts about death, Redditor GoodNess2020 invoked a quote by an iconic literary figure and asked:
"Mark Twain once said, 'I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.' Why do you agree/disagree with his statement?"
People clarified what actually terrified them most about death
"I don't fear being dead. I fear dying."
"Yeah, that's usually the issue. It's why that quote doesn't mean much, to a lot of people."
"It's not a fear of eventually dying and not existing anymore. It's the act of dying itself. He didn't constantly die for all of time. He just wasn't alive."
Concept Of Loss
"To have not existed for billions of years is to have spent billions of years never knowing loss. To die is to know loss."
"If you look into a new bank account and see zero dollars, it’s nothing. If you look into a bank account that once had a million dollars and see there’s nothing in there, you’ll know it’s absence."
People provided an analogy to articulate what ceasing to exist must feel like.
It's About Time
"Time is only relevant to you when you are alive. He is right. Have you ever been sedated for surgery? You go under, and then instantly wake up and procedure is done.... or you died so no worries."
Consciousness Is Life
"You won’t be feeling anything in death though is the thing. That infinite/instant sensation was a living feeling, you just weren’t conscious for it - your body experienced it anyways. No body, no experience."
Like Being Under
"That is very true, but for me, that's the closest amalgamation of what it probably feels like."
"No one can tell you what actual death will be like. It's impossible for you to experience nothingness."
"Thinking about death can be paralysing sometimes, and when I remember that the closest thing i can link as an experience I had, being put under, was actually sort of pleasant. I then think maybe death will be like that, and honestly it doesn't seem that bad."
When In Deep Sleep
"Yeah in contrast to sleep where you can actually feel like time has passed when you wake up."
Think Line Between Death And Slumber
"As CGPGrey puts it, your bed might very well be a suicide machine."
"Given our lack of understanding for the fundamental processes of our sentience, it's entirely possible that when you fall asleep, your mind is functionally killed, disassembled, analyzed, sorted, tweaked, and adjusted by your biology, before being reassembled when you wake. Every night."
People opened up about their insecurities around the concept of death.
Fear Of What Comes Next
"I’m just paranoid that something does happen after death and it’s just based on one thing that you didn’t know about."
The Circle Of Death
"There’s nothing to fear in oblivion. Unless, of course, your consciousness survives death. If so, it would be reasonable to fear the sensation of consciousness without senses, suspended alone in the cosmos, with no one to hear you, and no way to make yourself known. No reference point for counting time – a count that does not matter anyway in a literal eternity."
"You might wish that you still had a corporeal form, only so that you could make your mouth move to express your terror, to make the universal form of a terrified scream – the form of a letter O."
"But you won’t be able to. You just won’t!"
"This has been the Children’s Fun Fact Science Corner. Brought to you by shame, loneliness, and the letter..."
When Faith Fails You
"what do you mean I'm going to hell?! I was a good person and attended church regularly!"
"Ah yes, but you failed to put a blue feather in your hat and then turn in circles the times praising God Almighty on the fifth Sunday after your twelfth birthday. To the pit with you!!!"
There is an poignant episode from the Twilight Zone that brought me a sense of peace surrounding the concept of death.
Death was embodied by a handsome police officer who had been shot–played by a young Robert Redford–and begs to be let into the home of an elderly woman who had been living in perpetual fear of meeting "Mr. Death."
As the episode continues, she discovers much to her dismay that she welcomed Death into her home, but he warmly reassures her there is nothing to fear.
The episode ends with her finally offering her hand to Death after much protest, and they peacefully walk out together, arm in arm, into the light.
It was sweet and beautifully done. The 1962 episode was titled, "Nothing in the Dark."
That's how I imagine it to be.
A dashing Prince of Darkness telling me it's time to join him in guiding me to the other side.
Twilight Zone - "Nothing in the Dark" ending (SPOILER ALERT)SPOILER ALERTFrom S3E16, "Nothing in the Dark". An old woman confronts her worst fear - the fear of death."Am I really so bad? Am I really so frightening? Yo...
*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.
Warriors, scientests, feared world leaders, and other historical figures have left their mark on the world.
Many of them are remembered for their achievements or how they had a hand in contributing to an institution or community's demise.
But little is known about their ailments or struggles.
Curious to hear the medical histories of some of the world's most notorious people, Redditor ApexBarber asked:
"What historical figures most certainly had undiagnosed mental illnesses?"
They may be known for their greatness but it's believed they've had some hurdles to overcome.
The English Scientist
"A scientist from the 1700s, Henry Cavendish, measured the density of the earth like a century before it was confirmed within like 2% accuracy using pendelums and telescopes in a shack in his backyard. discovered Argon gas before anyone knew what it was."
"absolutely on the Autism Spectrum."
"He took the same walk, same route, at the same time, every night. specifically adjusted his route to avoid people. He wore the same clothes every day, when they wore out, he would have his tailor make him an identical outfit. He ate the same meal, leg of mutton, every day. once, a housemaid startled him on the stairs of his house, so he had a separate staircase built in the back of the house so it would never happen again. A certified genius, but weirdly antisocial, he would sit around his peers looking off to the side and listening to their conversations indirectly. A peer of his who was also his biographer noted his antisocial behavior and described him in this quote -"He was not a Poet, a Priest, or a Prophet, but only a cold, clear, Intelligence, raying down pure white light, which brightened everything on which it fell, but warmed nothing"
"Edit: unsure if Autism is considered a mental illness, but this was just an interesting historical figure to me. Also side note: I'm not diagnosing him myself, there are specialists/doctors in the field who have said this. Nikola Tesla and Hugo Gernsback were also mentioned as on the spectrum."
The King Of Macedon
"By the end of his life, Alexander the Great was showing clear signs of PTSD. Of course, he also had suffered numerous physical injury as well, so mix in drinking tons of wine (and who knows what else) to act as painkiller and you can argue he was an alcoholic as well, exasperating the aforementioned PTSD."
"Moses Of Her People"
"Harriet Tubman had narcolepsy due to her slave master throwing a lead weight at her forehead when she was a girl. She would fall asleep and random times and everyone would wait. Remarkable how she made it every time."
His Traits Were Symptoms
"I don't know if you'd count autism as a mental illness, but Nikola Tesla was definitely autistic to some degree."
"His general awkwardness, obsessive nature, and disassociation with people throughout his life was seen in the past as traits of a brilliant scientist, but certainly, when you think about symptoms and traits that people on the spectrum have, it all aligns with him."
These historical figures were known to be born leaders, but when they were not in public, they may have struggled with despair.
Civil Rights Leader
"Martin Luther King. He attempted suicide twice and Coretta said he used to have mental breakdowns and binge on junk food and alcohol."
"Most Folks Are As Happy As They Make Up Their Minds To Be"
"It’s very likely that Abraham Lincoln had clinical depression."
"Even if you start out healthy, imagine that on your orders 20,000 to 25,000 people are killed in battle and you have to know that this is the right thing to do, and it has to be done over, and over, and over."
The Term He Used For His Bouts Of Depression
"Churchill had his ‘Black Dog’."
"If I remember correctly it’s theorized that Virginia Woolf may have been bipolar, I could see it with Oscar Wilde too tbh. Their writing style just mimics the thought patterns too well."
"ETA: I’m not sure if they really count as historical figures. My include F. Scott Fitzgerald but maybe not. Possibly Hans Christian Andersen, he was a little eccentric. And idk if it counts but Nicola Tesla may have been in love with a pigeon towards the end."
The Paranoid Author
"Hemingway was sane until no one believed him about the CIA following him. Everyone thought he was schizophrenic and he killed himself. Later the government admitted to following him."
People shared their fascinating theories.
Origin Of An Ancient Practice
"Not a specific known figure but I’m pretty sure that the person who invented Feng Shui actually just had OCD but enough social influence to get everyone else to go along with it. Your furniture has to be arranged just right or something terrible will happen, somehow."
The Thing About The Chinese Philosopher
"I actually heard something similar that Confucius had most likely some form of Asperger syndrome. Apparently he had some very specific ideas about how a person should enter the home of a different family, and had rituals that must be observed in his ideal society."
While a person can declare that remarkable people have accomplished remarkable things, there is one notion many people can agree on–that "ordinary" people aren't the most impressionable people enough to leave a historical mark.
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/
Leave your guacamole at room temperature for a while before (IF) you refrigerate it. It'll be so much more flavorful, fam. You have no idea.
Guacamole game ON 100.
Thanks for that tip, Alton Brown!
Reddit user 0_BREAD_0 asked:
"What's that one lifehack that ever since you learned it you used it?"
So Alton has us all upgrading our guacamole game, let's see how Reddit can help us grow.
It's A Race!
"Race the microwave or the kettle to get things done in the kitchen."
"It's amazing how much you can do in just a few minutes."
"I'll add, doing this while things are cooking on the stove or oven also goes a long way for longer tasks like cleaning counters or floors or inside the fridge."
20 Minutesradio remains GIFGiphy
"Clean in 20-minute bursts."
"Set a timer and just go HAM on an area in your house or apartment. Stop when the time is up."
"I ended up making a schedule of sorts where I do 2 of these bursts weekly for the kitchen/bedroom, and one for other rooms."
"Your living space becomes so much easier to manage."
"Do most things in 20-minute bursts, really. Outside of specific critical tasks that have other requirements. Wherever possible ~25 minutes or less of focused effort spaced out throughout the day tends to be more valuable and sustaining effort past that threshold can introduce diminishing returns."
"This is what I do. When I was younger, I'd watch my mom clean the entire house twice a week. She'd spend the whole day cleaning."
"Whereas I just take a few minutes a day to clean ONE area of the house."
Shine A Light
"If something small, like a needle, falls on a smooth floor ( tiles, wood...) shine a flashlight at an acute angle over the floor. Even the tiniest items cast shadows easy to see."
"I feel so obtuse for not thinking about this."
Say It To Save ItWhats Her Name Comedy GIF by CBCGiphy
"When you meet someone for the first time say their name, at least, twice. "Good to meet you, Bryan." and at the end "Good talking to you, Bryan." You are WAAAAAAYYY more likely to remember their name next time."
"I usually forget their name before I can tell them mine"
"I also will ask them to spell their name or repeat it back to them 'is that spelled John or Jon'."
"God as someone who works in an education job and had trouble even remembering my phone number once upon a time, this is SO accurate! I usually also try to come up with a specific thing to associate a person with (I.e, if I might find out some kid named Blank likes Ben 10, and later on I’d remember, 'oh, that’s Blank, the Ben 10 guy!')."
Stay Hydrated Feline Friends
"You can get your cat to drink more water and prevent eventual fatal kidney issues by moving their water dish to a different room than it's food. Cats don't like to drink water right next to their food."
"I tried it one day and like 5 minutes later caught my cat gulping water like he had been in the dessert."
"Long story short: I accidentally trained my cat to drink out of a water glass. My cat now demands her own glass of water on the coffee table. I’ve created a monster, but I’ve created a monster that won’t have kidney issues. 🤷♀️"
"Getting a yule tree, and having them drink outta the water stand. Lol."
"But real talk, you can add things into the water too."
"Cats and other animals are more like humans than we care to admit. They like clean toilets, their favorite toys, and different foods and drinks."
"So, you can spruce your cat water up with catnip, cat-thyme, valerian, and chamomile herbs."
"As well as you can use your canned meat juices to mix into their water.I do this with tuna and chicken."
"Note: while it is a cliche stereotype, cats shouldn't be given fish, at least not raw. Should always be cooked, canned, smoked, or some other safe way to eat. Also, best bet to not give them any raw food. They can get food poisoning too. Especially true for cats that are indoors-only. They have less resilience."
Thank YouSesame Street Reaction GIF by HBO MaxGiphy
"Saying 'thank you' more and 'sorry' less."
"Like, instead of saying, 'sorry that I'm talking so much,' say, 'thanks for listening'."
"If someone does something nice, or thoughtful, or even just basic common courtesy, don't apologize for having them do it - that puts them in the position of needing to make you feel better. Give them the thanks that they would appreciate."
"I'm a big fan of this one. "Thanks" instead of "sorry" leaves both people feeling appreciated, more confident, and less awkward."
"For real. 'thank you for your patience' instead of 'I'm sorry this has taken so long!' Has saved me a lot of pointless conversation and reassuring. Things go wrong or sideways, you can't change that. You can change how you deliver news!"
"Sounds dumb but going to bed on time is pretty damn amazing. I'm happier, have better discipline (make better nutrition choices, more productive at work/gym) and I'm a more patient and pleasant human in general."
"Not dumb at all. The person I am (internally and externally) when I get <5 hours of sleep vs 7/8 is surprising, for all the reasons you mentioned. I’m a great sleeper and fall asleep easily, but also very sleep sensitive in that way."
"My life hack is similar to yours. To reinforce going to bed on time, I started to feed my cat canned food right before I went to bed. Sure enough, after only a couple days my cat made sure I know exactly what time it is every night, and often starts his bitching early, which is sadly helps."
Don't Over Do It
"Get up at least 20 minutes earlier for work or appointments than you need to."
"This reduces stress by not feeling so "pushed" to get out the door and to show up on time."
"Yep, this has definitely worked for me. I have to be to work by 9 most days, and I used to get up at 7:30 for years. A frw months ago I set my alarm for 7, and it has been a game changer. I don't even miss that half hour of sleep."
"This doesn’t work for me. I will take a little leisure time, either before or after getting ready, and then I lose all motivation. For me, I have to basically allow myself just enough time."
Excited To Say HiTom Hanks Hello GIFGiphy
"Got this from reddit, but the thing where when you greet people with enthusiasm, eventually they start to be enthusiastic back."
"My colleague replies with a 'Thanks!' with an exclamation mark, regardless of how trivial or insignificant the things I'm helping him with are"
""I feel like it makes me more receptive towards him asking me for stuff, and have started using it myself when asking other colleagues for stuff"
No Glugging Or Mess
"This is really dumb but when you open a box of milk or juice and you pour it on the glass it always goes like under the box and it makes a mess, but if you flip the box and pour it backwards it doesn't do that."
"A friend taught me that like a year or two ago"
"The same idea works when pouring oil from a plastic bottle into a car engine. If you hold the bottle so the spout is at the top rather than the bottom, the oil pours smoothly rather than 'glugging' out. Hadn't thought of using it on a box of milk or juice, but it makes sense."
Yall ... I'm about to go change my oil and try this flipped bottle thing cause ya girl is a DISASTER about that.