JOIN
OUR EMAIL LIST!

Kids. Amirite?

No one can ever discount the wisdom of children. Their young minds aren't weighed down by rules or societal standards or manners. Since they haven't learned that you're not always supposed to say what's on your mind in any given situation, that means you are getting the most concentrated, pure version of life when they speak to you. Open your ears. You might learn something.

Even if it hurts a little bit.


Reddit user, u/AbsolutelyNotASpider, wanted to know:

Children are the most innocent and yet the most brutally honest of all people due to their age. What's the most innocent, and yet hurtful thing a child said to you?

Use Your Words

Giphy

I worked with a child who was nonverbal, and one day he showed me a picture of him at the dentist. Pointed at my mouth, pointed at the dentist and pretended to yank out a tooth.

I then asked him "You want me to go to the dentist to fix my teeth" and he nodded "yes".

MelonSodah

Laughing At Your Crying

A child once pointed at me and cried "Mommy, it's a monster!"

Also I made my little cousin cry just by smiling once because in his words one side of my face is "crushed" and the other is not.

AbsolutelyNotASpider

There Could Be No Other Reason

I'm a big guy with size 15 feet. At that size there's not a lot of selection at the shoe store. I generally just walk in, ask if they have anything in my size and either get turned down flat or they have one or two shoes and I'll usually buy both just cause they're that hard to find.

So here I am at the gym wearing some bright blue and yellow size 15 basketball shoes, minding my business at the bench press, when the 8 years old son of someone who works there comes up to me looking confused and asks:

"Are you a clown?"

"No" I said

"Then why do you have clown shoes?"

I wish I could tell you I stopped wearing the clown shoes after that. But comfy size 15 exercise shoes are hard to come by (the pair I use now is literally disintegrating with lots of holes in them but I haven't found a suitable replacement yet) so from thenceforth every time I left the house in those shoes I knew: I straight up look like a f*cking clown.

BrasdeOlivaDomingos

What Else Could Be In There?

Pointing at my stomach, "is there a baby in there?" There wasn't.

Edit: I think next time I'll respond with "Yes. A food baby".

Aripandaz

Happened to me in line at Target a few years ago. I was in front of them, but turned to see if my husband was near because he had to get something. A little girl looked at me, points at my stomach and asks me that same question. I was embarrassed because I wasn't. I told her no, and her mom looked at her and told her that is impolite to ask that. Then the mom apologized to me, looking embarrassed as well. To be honest, I did need to lose weight though. Still hurt.

Fireyredheadlady

Said Everything By Saying Nothing

I was hanging out with some of my friends when a little girl comes up, and tells one of my friends that she thought they were very pretty. The girl proceeds to go around the circle telling everyone how pretty they are, then she gets to me. She just kind of looked at me, then ran away.

The_Big_Boo

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Giphy

I was helping my 5 year old with his homework.

He suddenly blurted out "Wow! You're really smart, even though you don't look it."

gyozaaa

At Least She's Caring Enough To Notice?

A girl at school, with only the best of intentions, gave me her brand new winter coat at recess.

I said "Thanks, but why are you giving me this?"

She said, "You need it more than I do because you're so poor."

ligamentary

A Little Insult To Take The Edge Off

When my little brother was 6 or 7 and i was 21 i was living with my then boyfriend at the time. He and i got into a big fight and at the end of the fight he told me he had all of his bros coming over and some of their girlfriends. I was still super mad but wanted to hide the fact that i was crying so i went into the bathroom to try and put on makeup but was still mad so it wasn't working and just made me more pissed off and i started crying again.

My baby brother then called me and i answered. I tired to act like everything was normal and he asked if i was okay. I said no...and was about to speak but before i could he said , "are you crying because you are broke?" And I was quiet for a second and said.."No, I was crying because I couldn't get my makeup right but now I am crying cuz I'm ugly and broke!" He laughed and asked if he could by me some candy because mom gave him 20$. So he's loaded!

MaddiMuffinCake

Goodness. FATALITY.

Slept over at my ex's place.

He had a niece, around 6.

She saw me as I woke up, makeup-free. And asked me, "Why aren't you pretty anymore?"

I'm someone who had sh!t self-esteem for a long ass time, and learned to be confident with great difficulty so this was kind of a slap in the face.

coalberry

...Is It Really Him?

Giphy

A wide eyed wee girl pointed at me and asked her mother something. Mom smiled and shook her head no.
2 weeks before christmas.
I went home and trimmed my beard short. And realised i was getting very grey.

lurker1101

Want to "know" more? Never miss another big, odd, funny, or heartbreaking moment again. Sign up for the Knowable newsletter here.

Image by Foundry Co from Pixabay

Now that college has become a standard requirement for so many jobs and careers, there is a massive push by high schools to get their graduating students accepted and enrolled at an undergraduate college.

On the whole, that's undoubtedly a great thing. A more educated workforce will be prepared to solve the most complex issues facing human beings in the next several decades.

Keep reading... Show less
Image by Gianni Crestani from Pixabay

*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.

The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


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/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

Image by Nguyen Dinh Lich from Pixabay

When I was moving on from middle school to high school my parents had me tested for the "gifted" program. By some miracle I passed and was accepted. And then I turned it down. Everyone was irritated. "This will pave the way for any college you want! You'll learn so much!" his path will set you up for life!" Every adult tried valiantly to sell me this merchandise but in my gut I just wasn't buying it. So I "settled" a level below, merely advanced classes. And upon reflection... it was the best choice I ever made.

Redditor u/dauntlessdaisy was wondering how far some in life got by asking... For those of you who were considered "gifted" in school, what are you doing with your life now?
Keep reading... Show less
Image by Markus Spiske from Pixabay

There's a million things that can happen to you while out on on the road.

Keep reading... Show less