Some years ago, an ex of mine gave me a teddy bear that I've had no desire to get rid of. For one thing, it's soft and cuddly and nice to sleep with. Why would I want to get rid of it?
The relationship also did not end badly so I saw no reason to get rid of it. It would have felt like a waste.
I'm not the only one who has kept something from a prior relationship either. People have their reasons. We heard some of them after Redditor wham_12 asked the online community,
"What's one thing your ex gave you that you can't get rid of?"
"Can't get rid of..."
"Curtains for my super uninsulated apartment. Can’t get rid of something so convenient."
Good curtains are worth their weight in gold. Keep them!
"She taught me to save up..."
"My ex converted me to a “buy-it-for-life” attitude with a lot of items. She taught me to save up and buy something quality rather than going for what you can afford at that instant. I’ve followed through with this with mattress, my couch, my wardrobe, my cookware, my jewelry, my appliances."
Yes! You literally get what you pay for. A lot of large cash purchases last soooo much longer than the bargain buys.
"The ability to pronounce most Spanish words properly."
Knowing another language, even if only a bit, pays dividends.
"She showed me..."
"Confidence in myself. She showed me what I was worth and what I deserved in a partner and for that I’ll be forever grateful."
That’s beautiful… she sounds like a kind soul!
"A larger vocabulary and I am thankful for it."
Dating someone articulate pretty much pays for itself.
"The plush toys he gave me are still with me as part of my collection. They're cuter and not as mouthy as my ex anyway, so they stayed."
See what I mean? My plush toys are adorable and I wouldn't want to get rid of them.
"She gave me a belief..."
"A sense of not feeling like I'm unlovable. She gave me a belief that someone can love me and want to spend a life with me. The life wasn't with her, but I'm thankful for the relationship and the lesson is taught me."
Some people have exes who give them the opposite. You're lucky!
"I still have the shirt..."
"I still have the shirt he gave me when we broke up. It was my favorite and I always borrowed it when we were together. He knew how much I loved it and gave it to me as a parting gift, even though it was one of his favorites too. He was a good guy."
It’d be nice if all breakups had “parting gifts.” Like when you lose on a game show.
"Mine showed me..."
"Mine showed me what not to look for in a relationship."
This is immensely valuable. You don't know what you don't know. You're all the better for it.
"Some great memories. We might not have ended up partners for life, but it was fun whilst it lasted."
This is a great perspective!
You see? Breakups aren't all bad. In many cases, you'll come away from them with a better understanding of yourself and where you stand. That's an invaluable gift.
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Some people, like me and Fetty Wap, only have one eye.
Some folks are "allergic" to being hungry or full.
Some people have visible limb differences that their partner calls their "lucky fin" (hi babe!)
Some people have hair birthmarks! Yep, those are a thing.
Reddit user red2one asked:
"What’s an unusual body feature of yours?"
So many people have weird and wonderful things about themselves that the comments turned into a celebration of strange.
And we loved it.
"Because of a blood disorder, I have extremely acidic tears. My face swells, burns, and I get hives or an allergic reaction."
"A couple tears are annoying. Serious crying will eat away at my contacts, I’ll have to use cold compresses, and take antihistamines"
"Can you collect them and throw them at other people when they make you sad?"
"Do you find that this has made being emotional more difficult? Do you find yourself suppressing the urge to cry when you may think you might?"
"What blood disorder is that?"
"It’s a genetic mutation similar to sickle cell and thalassemia."
Big Calvesbart simpson GIFGiphy
"I have massive calf muscles. It looks like every day is leg day despite not doing weight lifting."
"My dad had the same."
"There’s a medical condition that can cause this, but if you had it, you would know. (Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy)"
"I realized my calves were big when watching a plastic surgery show and this guy got calf implants and his circumference was still less than mine."
"I have this too, the first time I sprained my ankle in high school the doctor wanted to check my calves for tumors, and I told him I could pop them, like popping pectoral muscles on buff people, and he had never seen something like that."
Scent DetectiveCan You Smell The Rock GIF by WWEGiphy
"I have a pretty ordinary sense of smell, with two glaring exceptions."
"I can tell when I’m about to get sick because all water smells very metallic all of a sudden, and without fail i start feeling sick within a day of that happening."
"I can accurately tell my wife’s cycle by smell to a crazy degree of accuracy. It spooks her and she didn’t believe me for the longest time until one day I said she smelled different like I have never smelt before."
"I joked she must be pregnant, and I was right. The absurd part is that we backtracked the dates and I made that comment about her smell within a day or two of the egg attaching to her uterus."
"It’s kind of fcked up"
"You have to use that for science!"
"I would love to. How?"
"Science probably knows better than me ._."
"Hello, is this science?"
"Yes, I would like you to use my nose"
"I was born with tumors inside the bones in my one of my feet, that grew so quickly, they permanently disfigured it."
"Also, my penis is two different colors, brown and vitaligo, yet the rest of me looks like a white guy. It's like my Hispanic side and white side decided to fight it out on my member"
"Haha. Not the feet, but the other thing, kinda cool."
"So did you have to amputate the foot"
"No. They just removed the bones that had tumors, and hoped that as I grew, my foot would go back to normal. It didn't. Instead the other bones grew to fill the space. Doctors in the 80's yo. Lol."
"I can walk just fine. Only pain is if I happen to stub the toe that can't bend. You'd be surprised by how much more it hurts when your toe can't curl when you stub it. There's really nothing that can be done. All of the tumors were removed by the time I was 3. I just have the same chances of cancer returning as anyone else that's had cancer."
Weird Sneezing TimingBaby Eww GIF by America's Funniest Home VideosGiphy
"At some point I gotta sneeze when I‘m very hungry…."
"Every now and then I’ll feel nauseous then sneeze, and the nausea goes away. I think it has something to do with the vagus nerve."
"Yes! I also get 'hunger sneezes'. Nobody believes me."
"Lolol my brother starts sneezing when he gets full. It skips generations in my family so we usually get some runny noses during the holidays after the meal lol"
"This is me and my family. Anytime we eat beyond the bare minimum, we just get sneezing attacks where we sneeze 10-15 times in a row"
"My stomach is two different colors, split right down the middle"
"Maybe you are a chimera?"
"(That’s where you started out as two fertilized eggs with different DNA but merged early on to be a single organism.)"
"Is it as if you fell asleep at the beach with a towel over half your body, or are they wild colors?"
"More like the first. One side is darker than the other and it’s a pretty distinct straight line down the middle"
"Me too! Same on my back, straight down my spine"
"My Dad had 4 nipples. The extra two were on his abdomen on either side of his belly button. As a kid I just assumed all men had 4."
"Was he ever a cow for Halloween?"
"lol i have 4 nipples"
"I think I have almost that. I don't grow a lot of chest hair, but my nipples sprout hair like bamboo. On the bottoms of my rib cages I have two hairy patches with callicks to match my nipples. It's a bit darker but no nipples."
"My sternum is concaved, so there's essentially a divet right between my breasts (I'm a guy)"
"Apparently it's has an actual medical term (Pectus Excavatum) which is most definitely not a spell out of Harry Potter and way more common than I realized. It even has it's own subreddit (r/pectusexcavatum) There's an opposite condition where the chest convexes outwards (Pectus Carinatum)."
"If the 2 hug, they fuse into one superbeing. There are surgeries to repair them but hurt like hell and have a long recovery time. Only recommended if it is a problem in your daily life."
"Common uses include cereal bowl (not that I have done it), cell phone holder, candy dish, cuddle spot."
"When I was on the swim team in high school, there was a kid with a sternum like yours and another kid who was protruding. We made them hug. It was magical and unlocked Narnia"
"I have this. Also a guy. It really affected my confidence growing up especially after a few incidents of people staring. Not so much now, but I never go shirtless in public and avoid swimming pools to this day."
"I grew up being extremely self-conscious of my chest to the point where I’d also never take my top off in public and always try to cover my chest with my hands when swimming - until I was about 15 and I saw another much younger kid at a swimming pool also trying to hide it. That’s when I realised that the only person who gave a sh*t about my body was me - I let my guard down and he smiled at me and did the same! I’m 22 now and if anything I find it to be a great conversation starter - I used to hide it because I was different but now I show it off because I’m DIFFERENT!"
"Let em stare, king."
"I have a bifurcated uvula. That teardrop thing in the back of your throat? Mine is shaped like a butt."
"Mine is long as sh*t and sits on my tongue. Sometimes if I get crazy with a drink and chug too fast I'll swallow it and it tugs and hurts like a mf."
"My doctor called it a heart too"
"Me too! ONE OF US ONE OF US!!"
You're up, lovelies.
Step up to the mic and tell the world what's weird about you!
As much as we all try to make sure there is an abundance of good in the world, there will always be people or acts that are classified as profoundly immoral and wicked. Another word for this is evil.
The word evil often makes us think of the monster or villain of a fantasy story. However, there are evil people in the real world as well. Corrupt politicians, people who crave power, and those who have a tendency toward violence all count.
When it comes to evil people and acts though, their motives ought to be given just as much thought as their actions. The root of all evil is different in everyone's mind. Some people think it's a person's environment. Others think it's a feeling or emotion that gives way to evil. Whatever the case, everyone has a different opinion.
Curious about the varying opinions, Redditor Rude_Acanthisitta626 asked:
"What do you believe is the root of all evil?"
A Cartoon Villain
"Had to scroll way too far for this reference. Have some fool's gold"
"OP asked root. Not square root. Could also be the cube or quad root"
We May All Be Evil
"Ham. Dangerous sh*t."
"Damn. In that case, I'm a f*cking supervillain."
"Ham is delicious, fear my (apparent) dangerous insanity."
"The first track of Octavarium by Dream Theater. Next question?"
"Nutritious and disappointing..."
"Hardy, but evil. Especially the roots."
"The square root of 666..."
Others took the question seriously.
One Deadly Sin
"I think it’s impossible to boil it down to one root but if you had to, yeah. Greed."
"Nailed it. Was having a discussion with some buddies and offered the following question. What would happen if greed was universally replaced by altruism?"
"Fear. Fear creates hatred and all negative emotions, but there’s no way to get rid of fear so"
"I think it's fear. As far as I can tell fear is the root of greed."
"Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering."
Power and Control
"The desire to control other people."
"Yup, the need for power."
""Power! Unlimited power!" was the motivation of Palpatine, one of the most evil villains in cinematic history. He's basically the Devil."
Is Anyone Better?
"Us vs Them mentality."
"Be it war, racism, politics, religion etc. It's all the same. My people are better than your people. Forgetting that we are actually all the same. People."
"Ignorance. In all its possible meanings."
"Ignorance leads to fear of the unknown. Fear leads to hatred. Hatred causes violence. Violence is the basis for conflicts. Conflicts lead to death. And death causes only more fear, hatred, and conflicts."
"Ignorance causes withdrawal. Withdrawal can lead to dogmatism. Dogmatism breeds intolerance. Intolerance leads to hatred. And once again, hatred causes violence and conflicts, which cause death, etc."
"Ignorance leads to decline. Decline causes frustration. Frustration leads to hatred. And once again, hatred causes violence conflicts, which cause death, etc."
Evil can be contained if the cause is known, and that's why knowing the root is so important.
But again, the root cause of evil is different depending on who you ask.
They don't tell you that you need money to fund the dream.
Nothing is free, not even our imagination.
So what jobs would we take if money didn't matter?
The list is endless.
RedditorJust_Replacement3989 wanted to hear about what jobs we dream of if anything was possible.
"If money wasn't an issue, what would be your profession?"
I'd be so many things. I'd actually have to time to find out what I was capable of doing.
Bang HardLoop Drumming GIFGiphy
"Drummer in a crappy band."
"Is there room for a second drummer in your crappy band? I'll even settle for being like the guy in Slipknot who just hits a keg with a bat."
"I would want to be a florist."
"I worked at an indoor farm that mainly sold edible flowers. My favorite part was making edible flower arrangements for fancy restaurants. They would just order their flowers and I could arrange them however I wanted. Good times."
"I worked as a florist for 4 years, to this day it’s my favorite job I’ve ever had. I wish it paid the bills!"
A Language Field
"Field linguist, studying, documenting, and preserving endangered languages. That’s why I spent years getting my PhD in linguistics. Unfortunately, there’s not really any jobs in field linguistics outside of academia, which is incredibly competitive, and there’s limited grant money, to boot. But I’d love to work with interested communities and speakers, and be able to say, hey no need to worry about where you’re getting the money for that."
"If you haven’t heard it already, highly recommend listening to the Nat Geo Overheard podcast episode 'Scuba Diving in a Pyramid' as well as 'Cave of the Jaguar God.'"
"Checkout the David Gibbins books. He's a legit underwater archeologist, and the books are very much Indiana Jones meets MacGyver adventures. Lots of fun."
The Beauty of It AllBob Ross Art GIFGiphy
"I'd be an art guy. Not make art but be the dude who finances artists, opens a local gallery, gives money towards fostering local theatre and film talent. Basically try to turn the area in which I live into a creative hub."
"Wonderful quote on the wall of Seattle’s Museum of Museums 'There is no version of a great city with a declining artist population.'"
Loving art full time is not cheap.
For Meday chef GIFGiphy
"Cottage dweller and personal chef for myself."
"This is my dream too. Been doing as much research as I can to make it a reality. I learned food preservation, gardening, woodworking and basket weaving, I already hunt and fish, I can make soap, cheese and bread, beer and mead. I just need to learn how to build a cabin now."
"I have/had several friends that do/did that. I have a buddy that was a writer on News Radio. I have a friend that runs Bloomberg in Bulgaria."
"He also has several director credits for B movies you've definitely heard of. I have another friend who produces a huge show in NYC. Bottom line- They are absolute workaholics. Like 7 days a week, no time off. Yes they make tons of money, but missed most of their kid's childhood travelling and working. Not for me, I'm not a workaholic at all."
"Stay at home dad, so I can spend more time with my son."
"That is the dream. To have everyone home at the same time goofing around. I look forward to the weekends, the three of us chill out in bed in the morning watching either toy story or minions. It’s great."
"That’s like my dream. Hoping I make less money than who I’m put with."
"Permanent Student. I want to learn how to do everything!"
"Yes this is it for me. Being able to study and not worry about the actual result, but have it structured etc. - the dream. I’d still try, I just wouldn’t stress that a less good mark will impact my career or opportunities. I’d not feel the need to be competitive. I’d just cruise in and out and have a good time!"
By the SwordDungeons And Dragons Pathfinder GIF by SeesoGiphy
"Hosting and teaching Dungeons and Dragons games. Would be nice to have the ability to learn all the books cover-to-cover and use that info 4+ days a week as a job."
I just want money. I'll do anything. That is all.
Who doesn't love adding to a story?
We've all watched a film, a tv show, read a book or played a game that once it was over, our hearts sank.
We wanted more!
What happens next?
You never want great stories to end.
And sometimes, the continuation surpasses the original.
It's rare, but it happens.
And I will die on this hill.
Redditor FireSwarm21 wanted to know what sequels and beyond were a step above the originals.
"What sequels are better than the original?"
I love sequels to my favorite stories. The characters never leave.
Rescue Methe rescuers worry GIFGiphy
"The Rescuers Down Under."
"Wow! I haven't seen this movie in likely over 20 years!! Used to be one of my favorites... does anyone know if it's on Disney+?"
"Uncharted 2: Among thieves."
"I think is extremely common in games since the first one usually doesn't just have to set up characters and story but also the style, engine, etc... With the second the studio can invest way more into the actual game."
"The even numbered Uncharted games are my favorites even though 1 and 3 are good too."
"Silent Hill 2. The game, to be clear, not the second film."
"Even though I wouldn't call the first Silent Hill a good movie, I do really think Cristopher Gans cared about Silent Hill and tried his best."
"You can see he made some changes to the characters and story to male it a more 'palatable' movie for Hollywood. Maybe those changes shouldn't have been made but you can see the reason why it was. If nothing else that movie looked like Silent Hill."
The Next Generation
"Wrath of Khan."
"The movie that saved Star Trek. And over Gene Roddenberry's objections, I might add. Also, it still kind of blows my mind that only 5 years passed between The Wrath of Khan and The Next Generation. They feel like completely different eras."
"Wrath of Khan has a late 70s feel in a 1982 movie. What most people think of as the 80s hadn't quite hit its stride culturally yet. Meanwhile, if you look at the early episodes of TNG they feel a little dated, although not as much."
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"The Empire Strikes Back."
"Rewatching the trilogy with my girlfriend and the fight scenes are way waaaay better! The pacing, too!"
Ah the drama of the Star Wars series. A neverending saga.
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"The Dark Knight is leaps and bounds better than Batman Begins."
The Through Line
"I agree but what is interesting about T2 is that the world-building and plot of the original Terminator plays a major hand in making T2 amazing. Having the antagonist from the first become the protagonist in the second sets up for an amazing plot and throughline."
"𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙍𝙤𝙖𝙙 𝙒𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙤𝙧 is better than 𝙈𝙖𝙙 𝙈𝙖𝙭."
"I watched mad Max recently for the first time and was so confused. I was like, 'where's all the post-apocalypse stuff?' I thought I was watching the wrong film and had to double-check. To be honest I didn't enjoy it that much but I did love all the sequels."
"Shrek 2 = better."
"Shrek 1 was very good but Shrek 2 was an improvement in many ways. Shrek 3 was definitely the weakest of the series but not a terrible movie by any means. Shrek 4 was at least as good as 1 and 2."
"Actually Dreamworks does sequels pretty well as the major companies go. Kung Fu Panda 2 was just as good as if not better than the first. The third was not actually that good but they can’t all be winners. The tv shows are pretty good. How to Train your Dragon 2 tore out my heart and stomped on it but it was still a good movie. The Madagascar movies are all of similar quality to each other."
Talking to the Spirits...Ouija Board Movie GIF by Ouija: Origin of EvilGiphy
"Ouija: Origin of Evil was surprisingly better than Ouija the original. Now Ouija was pretty bad so it didn’t take much but usually these off brand horror movies go from bad to worse if they attempt a sequel."
Sometimes more of the story is always better.