1. my family came from Ireland and went to Canada because Americans wouldnt let the Irish. soon after my great grandfather snuck in on a boat and landed in new York where my grandmother was born; Dorothy Elizabeth OConner when she was 28 she had my mompinneapplelover
2. A young nurse traveled to America to visit her uncles in San Francisco in 1989. She was born in refugee camp in the West Bank, her family became refugees a second time and moved to Kuwait. She was scheduled to travel back to Kuwait, but Sadam had invaded and the Gulf war broke out. Despite being heartbroken because she couldnt return to her family, she kept strong. She began putting her energy towards getting certified to practice as a nurse in the US and eventually started working at a hospital. She later met her husband, a Palestinian refugee from Jordan. Years later when looking back at old documents the young nurse (my mother) had found her flight ticket, my father recognized the date. They were on the same flight to America. Both had no intention of staying for more than a visit, but war had kept them stateside and fate brought them together at the right time.
In 1990 my mom came to visit her uncles in San Francisco, my father was on the same flight bringing his mother to visit his brothers in America. My parents eventually met and married and later discovered they were on the same flight.
3. Of the two, my fathers side of the family is far more interesting than my mothers. Our last name is Mayan, in fact it is the Mayan word for guardian, so that should give you an idea of how long weve been in the Americas (centuries). However, they were largely still in the Yucatan up until one member was drafted into Santa Anas army to fight the rebelling Texans. Leaving his family behind in southern Mexico he marched with the army to try and kep Texas a part of Mexico. Once in Texas, though, he fell in love with a native, local woman, one that was for a free Texas. In a tale for the romantic at heart, he decided to desert the army in order to marry her even if it meant he would be a fugitive in Mexico and would never see his family again. When Texas voted to join the Union, he became a US citizen along with his lovely wife and children. The family has been in South Texas ever since until my father joined the air force and met the daughter of a lieutenant colonel in Missouri and decided to stay in the area to marry the woman he loved.
4. Born and raised in Baghdad has become the new, Hi, Im Aya. for me. It has become my introductions to most everything. My family and I moved to the United Stated in 2007 from Iraq. I was roughly 12 years old. We were fleeing from war and turmoil. My dad and two siblings lived in Jordan while my mom worked in the green zone. She would visit us for a week every six months. You can imagine how tortured I felt seeing everyones mother during parent-teach conferences knowing mine wasnt around.
The past 9 days brought back the same foreign feeling I endured when we moved to Jordan in 2006. I was so shell-shocked to find out that our neighboring country made us feel so out of place, meanwhile when we moved to the States, we were welcomed with open hands and hears n 2007. I refused to see the 2003 invasion as a terrible thing. My family and I suffered a lot, but we have found amazing people and communities here in America, and we chose to look at the positive. I am insisting once again to look at the positive during these hard times. The unity and the support thats pouring in from city to city is absolutely astonishing.
5. Great grandfather wanted to escape Ireland since it was poor at the time. immigrated here through Ellis island in 1908 at age 22. great grandmother came here through EI a few years later from Italy. got married and had 5 kids.
my ancestors on my moms side were all Americans for centuries. I had an ancestor who was accused of being a witch and murdered during Salem trials. Also had a fairly renowned revolutionary war colonel in there somewhere.
6. Dads side of the family has been in America longer than America has existed. Came over in the early 1700's from Great Britain, mainly England and Scotland. Dad's side is a true All-American family, patriotic, freedom loving, self made, the whole deal. Basically every single male served in the military in every single war the United States has been in, from the French and Indian war to modern day.
Most of my mom's side came over in the early 1900's to get out of Germany before big war erupted. They hated everything to do with Germany and when WW1 finally erupted the men from my mom's family were some of the first to sign up. They actually ended up fighting against family who had stayed in Germany.
The rest of my mom's side came over in the early 1930's before the Nazi's got full power in Germany. Again, the family hated everything with Germany. One of the first families to sign up in WW2. When my mom's family came over they adopted American ideology and were some of the most patriotic people you could know. Dropped any reference of German from their name. If you called them German-American you were liable to get punched in the face. Pretty deep rooted hate of Germany and Europe as a whole on that side.
So basically my family is American. We don't identify as German Americans, British Americans, anything like that. We're full red blooded Americans through and through.
7. My grandmother emigrated from Nazi Germany. Her mother, father, and sister chose to stay behind because they thought things would get better and because as a veteran her father had some protections that other Jews didnt have. Her family was deported to a concentration camp shortly after she left and her father was killed there. Her mother and sister joined her in America after the war. Well into her 70s my grandmother volunteered at local public schools to help students from other countries learn English. She believed in and appreciated the American values of freedom and equality more than anyone else Ive ever known and loved sharing her love for America with young people coming to our country.lorif4e37ab8f2
8. My grandma was a holocaust survivor from Germany. She met a US soldier at a nearby base and they fell in love and got married. Unfortunately he was an abusive person and while he was away she packed one suit cause and her and the three kids fled to the USA. She planted herself in Indiana and got a job in security. She was the first female lieutenant and a major trauma hospital. She lived and loved the American dream I am the firstborn American citizen. I have dedicated my life to Public Safety. Because of her I was given the opportunity to live the American dream
She proudly flew the American flag and if you asked how she was doing she would always respond with living the dream. When I came out to her she was so happy because I was able to love who I want without fear. She passed away comfortably in her home that she built from the ground up when she made the life changing decision to come to the USA. Im proud of my German heritage and the life she helped me create. I save lives because of her. She made me the strong woman I am today. I get to live the dream.
9. My immigration story is also a love story. My parents both met in Miami in the 80s while trying to learn English. A few months later my mom left to go back to Colombia and my dad was left in Miami missing her. For seven years they wrote each other letters, poems, and called when they could. After thos long seven years my dad should up in Colombia after traveling to his home country of Peru to propose. Lo and behold she said yes and they were married twenty days later. Give it two more years and i was born. Another year later and we moved to Miami. Being in Miami is definitely easier to be an immigrant than in other parts of the country.
10. My great-great-great grandfather came to America from a small town called Bisacquino in Palermo, Sicily, Italy in the late 1800s. The economy in Palermo was absolutely awful. There were no jobs, and the city was corrupt. He had family that had come over to America already and settled in Alabama, so he sailed here on his own to join them. He came through Ellis Island and made his way to Alabama, only to find that his family had died before he arrived. Regardless, he built a life for himself. He married, had children, worked in the coal mines and opened his own general store, which was burned down multiple times by the KKK because we were too brown. Im beyond proud to be related to such hardworking, resilient people, and Im proud of my Sicilian heritage.hannahv489777dd1
11. My great grandfather came over to the United States from Poland in 1928. He lived with my great grandmothers brothers in the Bronx of New York City. He later applied for naturalization in 1932 and was able to secure passage and citizenship for my great grandmother, grandmother and great aunt. My great aunt came here when she was 5 years old and is still alive today. The reason my family left was because even know Poland had recently been separated from Russia they were was still anti-semetisim. Im proud to be a Jewish American. Attached is a photo of my grandmother, great aunt, great uncle, and great grandmother.irisg41132f113
12. My grandfather left North Korea during the Korean War he meet his first wife and had three kids later she died and my grandfather meet my grandma they had 4 kids but one passed away. When my mother was older she meet my father (a soldier in the Us army) and married him 2 months later. My mom went to the states to live a better life. My mother was forced to go to college with little to no English. My grandparents were lucky enough to come the states. To this day my dads family hates my mom because shes a foreigner. At family gatherings shes judged.
16. My family were brought over on slave ships. We had no choice.
17. My great great great great great grandfather Toivo got in a bar fight, killed a man, and disguised himself as a fur trader to come down to present day Minnesota from present day Canada, where he fell in love with the Blackfoot Sioux Indian Chiefs daughter. He traded beaver pelts for her and they lived happily ever after.mirandac6
18. My great grandfather, Leopold, came over from Germany by way of Argentina with a handful of his buddies. They had heard Argentina was the place to make it big, but after a few months living there, realized that America had better opportunities. They pooled their money together, but only had enough money left over to buy one ticket to America. They drew straws and my great grandfather won. Leaving his friends behind in Argentina, he traveled to Ellis Island, eventually settling in Chicago. There, he met my great grandmother and started a family. His son, my grandfather, worked hard and went on to study medicine at Notre Dame and the Mayo Clinic, eventually setting up his own small practice in the mountains of Waynesville, NC.
19. My parents were refugees from the Vietnam war. They actually met in a refugee camp in the Philippines. Both were separated from their families and somehow found love in the most desperate situation.
A Catholic mission saved them and brought them to the U.S., where they were able to reunite with some of my moms family. My parents found an apartment and had 3 daughters and a happy routine, with my father working and mother taking care of us 3, but their happiness was short lived. My mother and her brother developed cancer from agent orange used during the war. They both died within 2 weeks of each other.
My father went on to raise us 3 girls, aged 6, 3, and 2 single handedly. He worked tirelessly to give us a good life and is now retired and able to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Coming to the U.S. saved both my parents lives and gave them opportunities they never dreamed of and for that Im eternally grateful.helenh48b689c27
20. My beautiful husband was born in Cuba in the 1980s. As a young child he studied chess and quickly became one of the top chess players in the entire world. As soon as he turned 18 he was granted government approval to travel for chess tournaments. After traveling and living in over 22 different countries, he had an opportunity to come to the US and go to college (where we met). In coming to the US he defected from Cuba and, as a result, hasnt been able to return to see his family in many years. He is now a very successful computer programmer, and we have two First Generation Cuban-American babies. I thank all the powers that be every day for my immigrant soul mate.CarolineElizabeth
21. My great grandparents came here from Czechoslovakia and when they came through Ellis Island and were asked their last name they told them Jacobson, which must have sounded like Yakupcin because thats what we all got stuck with. My great grandfather became a coal miner in North Eastern Pa and I believe my great grandmother was a seamstress in the neighborhood.
22. My fathers family lived in Cuba. When Fidel Castro came to power, they waited 4 years to be able to come to America, and when they were finally allowed out, the were given three day notice before the had to leave. They had to leave countless family members there without saying goodbye, and none of them spoke english. At that time, my grandmother and grandfather were separating, which in Fidel Cuba, meant that if they got a divorce, my father and his 4 brothers would be taken by the government and forced into the army. Even with everything going on now, my father maintains the the US is the greatest country in the world, because of the horrors he saw back in Cuba.
23. My grandfather and his family were millionaires in Cuba. His brother had connections and heard from Batista, the dictator at the time, that a revolution was coming. My grandfather was a medical student in America who travel back and forth from Cuba to America. He came back to Cuba before hearing all this around Christmas with my uncle and my grandma. When he heard this from his brother he went straight to the airport and bought three tickets to Miami, one for him, one for his son, and one for his wife. After taking my grandmother and my uncle to Miami he flew back and bought tickets for the rest of his family. Theres sort of a myth that goes around my family that Castro swore no one from our bloodline would ever be able to go on Cuban soil ever again. They lost, with inflation, 67 million dollars, a house that is now a boarding school, an entire farm filled with animals, and their company that had hundreds of workers lose their jobs, all because Castro. My grandfather then continued his medical degree at Ohio State University and had became a psychiatrist at the state mental hospital in Toledo, Ohio. He ended up successfully raising five wonderful kids, including my mother, having 11 grandkids, and four great grandkids. He became a teacher at the teaching hospital near him. He became a deacon and met Pope John Paul II after a messy divorce with my insane grandmother. He helped my mom get through her divorce to an abusive man helped raise my brother and continue to help my mom and my dad pay for my brothers and my Catholic education. My grandfather helped everyone in our family have a place to stay when they couldnt afford a home, they were being kicked out or in the middle of a divorce. He went from having everything handed to him on a silver platter to handling an insane wife and 5 kids all on a government paycheck. If that doesnt show how awesome he is I dont know what does. And thats only one side of my familys immigration story.
24. My family escaped civil war in Angola in the 1970s they came to California and met and had me. Im a first generation American. Born to refugee parents that came over as teens to escape war.
25. When my great-great grandmother was seventeen years old, the Turkish invaded Armenia, with the intention to kill all Armenians. One night when she was falling asleep, Turkish soldiers knocked down the door and shot her father in the head in front of her. Quietly, she managed to escape the house barefoot to a small village on the border. There she met a villager who let her stay as long as necessary and provided her with food. The next day she left the villager a note that said that she was leaving and going to find refuge in Turkey. 10 years later she got on a boat heading for the US, only to be sent back for a cataract on her left eye. She finally found refuge in Paris for twenty years, until the Nazis annexed France. In order to find safety, she married an American soldier in Paris named Robert to be able to move to the United States. They were married for 30 years and had 2 children. She died in 1979 in her home country of Armenia.
26. My father is a Vietnam war refugee from the 70s. He was one of the boat people. He grew up wealthy with my grandparents making medicine patches. My great grandparents owned a fish sauce company. As the 4th child out of 9, he remembers waiting at a refugee camp in Indonesia while they were given papers for where they were assigned to move to different countries. His family got relocated to New York where their family of 11 shared two apartments. A huge change from their mansion in Vietnam filled with maids and servants. My grandmother will later on sponsor all 12 of her siblings to come to America as well.
My mother stayed in Vietnam after the war where communism took over Saigon. Her father was a prisoner of war and then later moved to a reeducation camp, which was pretty much a torture camp. He was released 10 years later and in less than a year, they immigrated to California.
27. My great grandfather was a stowaway. He was fleeing poverty in the Philippines and wanted to make a life for himself in the US. So, he stowed away on a cattle boat heading for better opportunities. When the ship reached Hawaii he was too sea sick to make the rest of the journey. He eventually got work on a plantation and changed his last name, then the border crossed him when the US acquired the islands. We eventually made it to the continental US, Im part of the second generation born on the mainland.
28. My grandfather, as well as his brothers and parents, fled to Germany from Estonia during WWII, pretending to be ethnic Germans to gain access to the country. For three years, my great-grandfather had to be a bridge-builder for the nazis to support the family. Even so, my grandfather is very short for our family to this day, as he did not get necessary nourishment during this time, as he was just starting to need to eat a lot. However, his two older brothers and his younger brother were not at that age during this time, so theyre really tall. Anyways, after three years, they managed to be able to come to America and eventually settled in the city that I live in now.
29. In the 1950s, my Turkish Muslim grandfather came to America to get a better education. He was only going to stay long enough to get his PhD., but ended up meeting a beautiful nurse whom he fell in love with. He became one of the most respected surgeons at his hospital and everyone in the area knew who he was. My mom and her siblings always tell stories about how many speeding tickets they got out of because my grandfather saved the lives of so many cops.
30. My mom immigrated to the United States when she was 8 with her family from South Africa. This was during apartheid. My dad moved from Spain to England when he was in his late 20s and lived with my mom there. They met online and the first time my mom met my dad she flew from America to England and had never seen him before. It was extremely dangerous because she didnt tell her parents but it all turned out well. I was born in England and then me, my mom, and my dad moved to the United States because we knew his job wasnt going anywhere and my mom was miserable and had no support system other than us. My dad still has a very thick Spanish accent and it has taken him so much practice to adapt to our culture and learn a new language so late in his life. Now we all live in the us and are very happy, Im about to go to college and could not be more thankful for my parents sacrifices.
There are few things more satisfying than a crisp $20 bill. Well, maybe a crisp $100 bill.
But twenty big ones can get you pretty far nonetheless.
Whether it's tucked firmly in a birthday card, passing from hand to hand after a knee-jerk sports bet, or going toward a useful tool, the old twenty dollar bill has been used for countless purposes.
Breaking Even<p>"I got a jacket and a pair of jeans at goodwill for about $20. My first time wearing the jacket I found a tiny zipper inside a pocket."</p><p>"There was a secret inner pocket with a twenty in it."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpdv70q?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">TheBrontosaurus</a></p>
Keeps On Giving<p>"23 Years ago I was in the US for some work and was not prepared for the cold of Chicago. Went to wal-mart and bought myself a cheap, warm jacket."</p><p>"I'm wearing that jacket right now - still looks fine, still keeps me warm."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpe41xv?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">TastyEnd</a></p>
As Good As They Come<p>"Wool pinstripe double breasted suit from Goodwill, fit perfectly and was brand new. Ended up wearing it to get married the next year." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpdw6mx?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">verminiusrex</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"God I love Goodwill!!" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpe5aee?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Neverthelilacqueen</a></p>
The Socks She Needed<p>"I work at a thrift shop. A homeless lady came in and asked us where the socks were. We only sell new socks, so I directed her towards the new socks and she was... shocked and disappointed by the price tag, surely."<br></p><p>"I gave her a moment as she looked, and she moved to some kids' socks and picked them up, and I... just couldn't let that happen. I told her that I would help her, and told her to get herself some socks and a jacket."</p><p>"She kind of just... held out the children's socks, so I took them, put them back, and grabbed the extra fluffy socks that were hanging."</p><p>"She grabs a jacket and some pants, and I pay for it. My coworker looks the other way since we're not supposed to purchase anything while on the clock. The lady is in tears as she walks out."</p><p>"I notice that she's still outside a minute later putting them on, and ask her if they fit her or if she needed something else; and she told me they were perfect and proceeded to cry. I cried in return."</p><p>"It was a good day."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpen3w1?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Snowodin</a></p>
Not Forgotten<p>"A guy came into my work when I managed a mom and pop Pizza Place. He said he was stranded with no phone, and no money, but that the people at the Verizon store next door to us said they could get him a cheap phone with some minutes on it for 20 bucks."</p><p>"He offered to do dishes for a few hours to make some money so he could get this phone. I told him not to worry about it and gave him a 20 from my wallet. He thanked me, asked me for my name, and then he left and I never saw him again."</p><p>"Skip forward about 5 months, and when I get into work the owner was there and said she had gotten a letter addressed to me. 'Weird,' I thought."</p><p>"But when I opened it there was a 50 dollar bill and a short note from the guy I gave 20 dollars to thanking me for my kindness and for not turning him away."</p><p>"Turns out he was in a bad way (addicted to hard drugs and homeless) and really was stranded there. He was trying to get a phone so he could contact his parents (who lived in another state) for help."</p><p>"From what it sounded like, he seemed to really turn his life around. He was clean and working a stable job while still living with his parents."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpem2xc?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Mixmaster-McGuire</a></p>
The Best Finale<p>"It was the day before payday. My wife came to see me at work. My break was in an hour, so I asked for her to wait a bit, so we could enjoy it together. She did."</p><p>"I bought her some lunch, because it was what I could afford. I bought her a ham and cheese sub sandwich and two iced teas. These were her favorite. I bought gas with the rest of the twenty so she could get home. She dropped me back off at work."</p><p>"That night, she passed away. It brings me comfort to know that I bought her favorite sandwich and drink for her that afternoon. It was likely the last thing she ate, since it was near dinner. I'll never forget it. Best $20 I ever spent, because it was for her."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpe9c6d?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">LollipopDreamscape</a></p>
Leaning Into the Nerdery<p>"It was my ninth or tenth birthday. My grandparents gave me $20. The first $20 bill I ever held in my hand! I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it."</p><p>"A week later, we went into the city and Toys R Us. I went straight to the Transformers aisle. And there he was. My favourite Transformer. The one I always wanted...Soundwave."</p><p>"He's the one who turned into a Walkman and he could eject cassettes that turned into robot animals. The price tag said $19.99. It was meant to be."</p><p>"I took Soundwave to the clerk and gave her my $20 bill. "And here's your change!" she said, as she gave me a single penny."</p><p>"Ah, Soundwave. The best friend a lonely little nerd could have."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpdzzxe?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">originalchaosinabox</a></p>
Different Time<p>"I went to a Rush concert in 1982. The ticket was $9.50 and the t-shirt was $10." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpdyr0k?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">PaulsRedditUsername</a></p>
Motivational Spending<p>"My then six year old niece had a loose tooth she loved to show off and had resisted pulling out for two weeks. We were all at my parents and I was getting ready to leave, I pulled out a $20 and said 'I'll give you this right now if you pull out your tooth.' "</p><p>"She was already crying because her little sister had did something so when she ran into the bathroom none of us had no idea in what she was about to do."</p><p>"So she comes out crying still, but a little bit of blood I'm her mouth because of course, she pulled out her tooth. But the now removed tooth fell down the drain to the sink and she was crying because she lost her proof!"</p><p>"After she calmed down she was happy as a clam with a brand new $20 and everyone was quite proud of her. My sister told me she spent it on candy and shared with her little sister."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpdxi4k?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">themasimumdorkus</a></p>
For the Story<p>"It was actually to a scammer in Rome. There was this guy right outside of Colosseum who started tying strings around my wrist and told me to make a wish. I knew it was going to cost but I thought what the hell, last day in Rome so might as well go with it. </p><p>"My wish was to find love."</p><p>"I spent rest of the day getting lost in the city and stumbled across two weddings and one baptism ceremony. So I did find love, just not for myself."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpe7b2w?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">FatalFinn</a></p>
I realize that school safety has been severely compromised and has been under dire scrutiny over the past decade and of course, it should be. And when I was a student, my safety was one of my greatest priorities but, some implemented rules under the guise of "safety" were and are... just plain ludicrous. Like who thinks up some of these ideas?Redditor u/Animeking1108 wanted to discuss how the education system has ideas that sometimes are just more a pain in the butt than a daily enhancement... What was the dumbest rule your school enforced?
Don't Peek<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcxNDc4OS9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNDE0Mzc2OH0.Y1Lzy1MTqxyVqOCe9xjeHTRZsKnbyVjYzdb4-Heldyo/img.gif?width=980" id="78b19" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e14a90be026b734830e7661f776ba4a8" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="475" data-height="475" />schitts creek wtf GIF by CBCGiphy<p>Took all the doors off the men's room bathroom stalls because of vandalism for 2 months.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gphrfce?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"> Endless_Vanity</a><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Endless_Vanity/" target="_blank"></a></p>
Scanned<p>School added thumb print scanners at gates of school which counted as registration - needless to say I would just walk to school scan my thumb and walk back home with them none the wiser. Was a great few months until they noticed. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gpidnou?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">richpianofan5</a></p>
Age of Empires...<p>Conservative Christian College. A group of us played Age of Empires one weekend. They didn't like it and called a meeting. Everyone involved got misdemeanors on their records. There was nothing in the handbook about it being against the rules. The only person that didn't get any punishment was the son of the president even though he was just as involved as the rest of us. <span></span></p>
"Genius"<p>In my freshman year of high school we had a terrible vandalism problem, the bathrooms would be broken in various ways almost constantly. In a stroke of pure genius, the staff decided that any bathroom that was vandalized would be closed for the week on first offense, the quarter for second, and permanently on the third offense.</p><p>They took back the rule after closing every bathroom on day one. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gpi77co?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"> Samus388</a><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Samus388/" target="_blank"></a></p>
Is this Footloose?<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcxNDc5Ny9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMzg0MjU2M30.PeBUt-YWZeeRStaD_RZlGPQzo29E9t733yqZbIiJlYs/img.gif?width=980" id="3a5bd" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="102730e3b1b90ba9cb393561c702c9af" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="500" data-height="500" />kevin bacon dancing GIF by STARZGiphy<p>Prom was a mandatory lockdown for the night in order to avoid students going to parties after prom.</p><p>Prom was held at various house parties across town instead. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gpi37x7?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Coffee-spree</a></p>
HOLDEN FOREVER!!!<p>My high school mascot was Daniel Boone holding a musket. A kid wore a Guns 'n Roses shirt to school and was told he had to change shirts because of the pistols on the shirt. He pointed out the hypocrisy of the school mascot and they changed EVERYTHING. The mascot was switched to holding a flag pole instead. <span></span></p>
No Dots<p>You couldn't wear ANY kind of head items that were "gang colours" (red or blue) - this No included hair bands, scrunchies, beads in your hair, ribbons - ANYTHING. I got in trouble for wearing a blue hair band with white polka dots. </p><p><span></span><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gphzpyf?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Pleasant-Flamingo344</a></p>
Clothes Check<p>We had to wear belts. Someone snitched that people weren't wearing belts under their sweaters, and they actually checked and a bunch of people got detentions. Stupid. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gphz3y6?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">ooo-ooo-oooyea</a></p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gphz3y6?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a>We had belt raids at my school where the dean would burst into classes, completely interrupting any education, to check that everyone was wearing a belt. </p><p><span></span><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gpia8pp?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">GuinnessMicrodose</a></p>
Chase the Flat<p>We weren't allowed to play tag football at lunch, only frisbee. When I asked the principal what the difference was, he responded with a sarcastic tone, "A football is round and a frisbee is a flat disk."</p><p>He left the school later that year, went to another school, and a few years later was brought up on charges for failing to report the abuse of a student by a teacher. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gpi6lh3?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">uninc4life2010</a></p>
Poke-Thief<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcxNDgwMy9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0ODg5MzY2Nn0.5LMPk1suou6U2SvAURKP-sHEuK7Izpkbxm0PWqvx95E/img.gif?width=980" id="b6e9f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="92383d30e34aa92fd74cf6c1374ec294" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="480" />hotline bling pokemon GIFGiphy<p>Pokemon cards got banned in middle school because someone stole the vice principal's kid's cards. Yep. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gpiapym?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"> Skadoosh_it</a><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Skadoosh_it/" target="_blank"></a></p>
In the Face...<p>If you were involved in a fight, you got suspended. While it sounds reasonable, context didn't matter.</p><p>I got suspended once not for throwing a single punch, kick, whatever. I got suspended because someone knocked the books out of my hand and when I reached down to grab them they punched me in the face.</p><p>I got suspended for walking down the hallway and unprovoked getting punched in the face.</p><p>Forget Brandon Valley Middle School. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gpicbyx?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">CLG_MianBao</a></p>
One of the golden rules of life? Doctors are merely human. They don't know everything and they make mistakes. That is why you always want to get another opinion. Things are constantly missed. That doesn't mean docs don't know what they're doing, they just aren't infallible. So make sure to ask questions, lots of them.Redditor u/Gorgon_the_Dragon wanted to hear from doctors about why it is imperative we always get second and maybe third opinions by asking... Doctors of Reddit, what was the worse thing you've seen for a patient that another Doctor overlooked?
Grandma Wins<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcxNDcxOC9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0OTQxNTgzOX0.n9IaFGgHwnULMlI2kg7RUftxDg6lyWvdM9CnhvptCRY/img.gif?width=980" id="a0857" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="9762f97a23c27ccf6b75974caa854361" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="270" />Old Lady Wine GIF by MattielGiphy<p>Not a doctor, but my grandmother saved my father's eyesight because she didn't listen to their doctor. </p>
The Mummy Appendage<p>When I was a resident, an 80yo female was admitted from the nursing home for confusion. Workup showed some mild UTI and we were giving her antibiotics. The nurse mentioned that her toe looked dark and asked me to look at it. The toe wasn't just dark, it was mummified. It looked like dry beef jerky. I touched it and pieces flaked off. So the patient from a nursing home, had a mummified toe, probably for months, that no one knew about. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lw2g2z/doctors_of_reddit_what_was_the_worse_thing_youve/gpg00qn?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Dr2ray</a></p>
The CT Save<p>Here's my story:</p><p>A guy came in to our ICU and was very septic but still talking. He had visited his primary care MD with complaints of a sore throat for a couple of days. Dismissed without any intervention since he didn't appear to have strep throat or the flu. At this point he was having pretty severe abdominal discomfort, so we sent him for a CT scan. As the scan was finishing, he coded and had to be intubated, multi-organ failure, etc. </p>
Patches<p>When I was an ER nurse we got an elderly lady in for altered mental status from a nursing home, when we undressed her to put her in a gown and hook her up to the monitor, I noticed no less than 5 fentanyl patches on her, guess I discovered the cause of the AMS. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lw2g2z/doctors_of_reddit_what_was_the_worse_thing_youve/gpg1lml?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">ChewbaccaSlim426</a></p>
Use your Words<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcxNDcyMi9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1MDA1NjI0MH0.WtyCdxL1vRZwD2-jpKZXMOEakwhiBaJIkp1YPnOzlvo/img.gif?width=980" id="e45ca" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f5b98e6a4605a587dbd97579468a51d8" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="498" data-height="367" />Communication GIF by memecandyGiphy<p>Neurologist sent patient to our ED without informing her that imaging showed a glioblastoma assuring her impending death. He didn't overlook the disease, he overlooked the communication. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lw2g2z/doctors_of_reddit_what_was_the_worse_thing_youve/gpfl5t5?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">AzureSkye27</a></p>
Mad Cow Realty<p>During my residency we had this lady in her 60s who was getting progressively more forgetful, just overall declining and getting less and less able to take care of herself. She had been seeing her pcp who diagnosed her with dementia. And she saw a neurologist who agreed. She was not really able to provide an accurate history. <span></span></p>
After Birth...<p>I used to work in maternal-fetal medicine, and every single week, we would have women referred to us "because the doctor couldn't see something clearly with the baby and wanted to double check." Nope, they just didn't want to have to be the ones to tell you that your baby had a complex cardiac defect or multiple anomalies indicative of a genetic syndrome or any other of a large number of horrible things that can happen during fetal development. Still pisses me off when I think about how many women waited weeks for more information because their doctors were cowards who couldn't tell them, "There's something seriously wrong here." <span></span></p>
bad doctors<p>I'm not a doctor, but a RN. This happened to me, but isn't nearly as bad as most of the stories on here.</p><p>When I was in college, I got to where I couldn't swallow. It started with difficulty swallowing, progressed to me having to swallow bites of food multiple times/regurgitating it, and then got to where all I could swallow was broths and mashed potatoes with no chunks. I went to the doctor multiple times, and was told every time it was acid reflux and part of my anxiety disorder. <span></span></p>
The Valve...<p>He put the pacemaker lead in the subclavian artery (and across the aortic valve into the left ventricle). The proper approach is: subclavian vein to right ventricle). And then he didn't notice it for over a year. I saw the patient (a 25 yo woman who didn't need the pacemaker in the first place) when she was in congestive heart failure. <span></span><br></p>
Bitten<p>Rattlesnake bite. On a 2 year old. Patient and dad out in the fields near a small town that is several hours away from the nearest big city, where I work.</p>
When we think about learning history, our first thought is usually sitting in our high school history class (or AP World History class if you're a nerd like me) being bored out of our minds. Unless again, you're a huge freaking nerd like me. But I think we all have the memory of the moment where we realized learning about history was kinda cool. And they usually start from one weird fact.
Here are a few examples of turning points in learning about history, straight from the keyboards of the people at AskReddit.