Everybody loves an underdog, it's impossible not to right? Those are the kinds of stories professional sports are made for.
Here are 21 inspiring stories of players that picked themselves back up and teams that came from behind for the win. Enjoy! And make sure to check out the sources for more.
From second-string to the Super BowlGiphy
It's hard to think of Tom Brady as an underdog these days, but indeed there was a time when he only a lowly backup for Drew Bledscoe. No one thought hed have much of a career. Lightly regarded as the 199th overall pick for the NFL draft and hed only thrown three passes the previous season. However, he was finally forced into the game when the starting quarterback was targeted for a vicious hit by Jets linebacker Mo Lewis.
Despite the lack of confidence, when Brady took the field he played so well that coach Bill Belichick decided to have Bledscoe on the bench. That season, Brady would go on to lead the team through the playoffs into the Super Bowl against the St. Louis Rams. One of the best offensive teams in the league, the Rams were the easy favourite with an offense so powerful it was nicknamed "The Greatest Show on Turf. But the Patriots managed to pull off a stunning victory with Adam Vinatieris 48-yard game-winning field goal.
Not a blind side.Giphy
Unlike some of the people on this list, Michael Oher wasn't an underdog by the time he hit the professional leagues. Instead, he spent his whole life leading up to the start of his career playing Offensive Line for Ole Miss. You might remember his story from the 2009 film, The Blind Side.
Oher grew up in a troubled home that was plagued with drug addiction and run ins with the law. He bounced from home to home until he was eventually fostered by the Tuohy family. With the help of their loving home, Oher progressed at school well enough to put his massive 64 frame to use as a guard and left tackle for the famous Mississippi Rebels.
A standout player, he was the 23rd pick for the 2009 NFL draft and began his professional career with the Baltimore Ravens. He won his first Super Bowl ring in 2010.
Leicester strikes twice
Like what the Chicago Cubs famous losing streak was to the MLB, Leicester City had experienced 132 years of ineptitude in the English Premier League. The league notoriously has no salary caps, and as a result the title almost always goes to the team that can field the most cash.
Not a rich team, the Foxes football club entered the 2015-2016 season with 5000-1 odds to win the league crown stacked against them. For scale, the odds of being struck by lightening in your life is roughly 3000-1.
But it happened anyway. At a season record of 22-11-3, the Foxes just needed a loss or draw from the Tottenham Hotspurs to finally secure the EPL title. A 2-2 draw against Chelsea they received, and there was much rejoicing.
Can't Holm me downGiphy
Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey was coming into her 2015 match against Holly Holm on a hot streak. She had demolished her last three opponents, winning the fights in 34, 16 and 14 seconds each. She was the easy favourite to defend her UFC Bantamweight title.
But Holm wasn't concerned, because she knew that she had a secret weapon against Rousey. Rondas grapples were legendary, but Holm could sneakily beat her by using her boxing speciality to neutralize her grabs and deliver a brutal knock out kick in the second round.
Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.
Tennis player Goran Ivanisevic was once ranked No. 2 in the world and a three time runner up at Wimbledon. However, he'd never once captured the title. Not only that, but a debilitating shoulder injury put him out for the 2000 season and dropped his rank down to No. 125. He was a wild card in 2001 for sure, but definitely not a favourite.
Ivanisevic battled his way through some of the of toughest opponents in the tennis world to claim the Slam, and now coaches fellow Croatian superstar Marin Cilic to greatness in the U.S. Open.
The wild bunch.Giphy
Wimbledon FC was more famous for their behaviour then their skill during the 1980s. Nicknamed The Crazy Gang, they had a reputation for being unsophisticated and unruly. Words that are usually reserved for soccer fans rather than players.
However, despite their reputation Wimbledon still played hard, and proved to the league they were worth the chance at the oldest football tournament in the world, the FA Cup. Facing off against the more classic Liverpool team in 1988, their outlandish behaviour didn't mean they couldn't outplay them on the field for the win.
Watch the throneGiphy
No king rules forever, and Mike Tyson was finally dethroned from his plethora of titles after his fight with Buster Douglas in 1990. With 42-1 odds against him, Douglas became a world-class champion and a household name when he delivered the knockout to Iron Mike.
It was the first fight Tyson had lost in a long series of consecutive matches and cost him his WBA/WBC/IBF and lineal heavyweight championship titles.
Started from the bottom, now we're hereGiphy
In a feat that hasn't since been repeated, the massively favoured No. 1 seed in the 1998 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament was defeated by the lowly 16th seed. The Stanford Cardinals were on 59 game winning warpath when they faced off against the Harvard Crimson.
The game was coming down to the wire on free throws, and in the last seconds of the game an intense back and forth down both sides of the court resulted in a victory for Harvard. Co-captain Allison Feaster was responsible for some of the most memorable plays, including a record sprint and leap to shut down a potentially game losing lay-up.
A miracle in the makingGiphy
The 1969 New York Mets weren't nicknamed the Miracle Mets without good reason. When they started the season, pretty much nobody expected them to do much never mind win the World Series. However, when the end of the season came around they had an astonishing 100-62 record and destroyed the massively favoured Baltimore Orioles in a 4-1 series.
No bark, all biteGiphy
The Fresno State Bulldogs baseball team entered the 2008 NCAA tournament with a relatively unimpressive 37-27 record. They were lucky to have made the tournament, only eligible because of their victory in the WAC Conference.
But sometimes a shot at the title is all you need, and the Bulldogs punched above their weight against teams like the Arizona State and North Carolina. The dogfight came to a head against the Georgia Bulldogs in the championship game. Fresno State became the first fourth seed ever to take him the title, outscoring Georgia 31-18.
One for the gloryGiphy
The 1966 Texas Western Miners were underdogs many more ways that just the basketball court. They were the first team to use an all Black line-up, something that was unheard of at the time and earned the ire of management and fans.
But coach Don Haskins had faith in his players, and that season the Miners took the NCAA title from the Kentucky Wildcats. Finishing the season with a 28-1 record, they triumphed handily against their rivals and doubters. In 2007 the team was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as inspiring the book and film Glory Road.
The devil is in the details.Giphy
Despite their almost losing record of 22-18-8, the 1994-1995 New Jersey Devils managed to make the playoffs as the fifth seas. The road to the Stanley Cup would be an extremely difficult one, facing teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers who featured star players like lead scorer Jaromir Jagr and MVP Eric Lindros.
But the Devils made it to the final round against the dominating Red Wings anyway. The resulting 4-0 series sweep was totally unprecedented, and it was the first Stanley Cup for the Devils.
The Greatest Show on TurfGiphy
Quarterback Kurt Warner was the kind of player that just wasn't being given the shot he needed to prove himself. Playing football at Northern Iowa, Warner didn't get a chance to hit the field until his senior season. He quickly proved his talent, but it still wasn't enough to earn him a place in the 1994 NFL draft.
So instead he went to the Arena Football League, playing from 95-97. He was finally going to be given a chance in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams, but instead they shipped him off to NFL Europe to play for the Amsterdam Admirals. He was more than impressive overseas, and when Trent Green was knocked out during the 1999 preseason he went from backup to starting QB with St. Louis.
With Warner at the centre the Rams had a record breaking offence nicknamed The Greatest Show on Turf. Winning the Super Bowl in his first year, Warner threw for 4,353 yards and 41 touchdowns that season alone.
No glass slipperGiphy
James "Cinderella Man" Braddock has the kind of gumshoe rags to riches tale that only boxing can produce. He became a professional boxer early in his life, but struggled to win matches [despite his iron chin and wicked counterpunch]. Things took a turn for the worse when the Great Depression hit and Braddock was forced to and was forced to find a different way to support his family when the Great Depression hit.
But he loved boxing, and after a year away from the sport he was finally given another chance to fight. At that time, Braddock was seen as little more than a glorified punching bag, a stepping stone for the real contenders to move past. However he stood his ground and took on all comers, denying them the easy opportunity they thought they had in the bag.
Even when he got a shot at the heavyweight title, reigning champ Max Baer saw Braddock as little more than an easy chance to keep his title. It was probably that attitude that cost him the match. With his iron chin and wicked counterpunch, Braddock won the fight by unanimous decision and was crowned heavyweight champion of the world.
No messing with the wolf packGiphy
Jimmy Valvano and his NC State Wolfpack etched themselves into NCAA history when they claimed the 1983 Mens title. Fighting in the final four, they were able to beat Georgia 67-60 before facing No. 1 seed Houston in the finals.
The extremely close game came down to a legendary dunk by Lorenzo Charles, just barely beating the buzzer.
The road warriors.Giphy
When the 2005-2006 Edmonton Oilers entered the Western Conference playoffs they were the worst seed with a record of 41-28-13. That meant they would have to go through some of the best teams in the conference, and do it all on the road without the hometown advantage. Something like that would spell death for most teams, but the Oilers actually had a much better road record than they did at home during the regular season.
In the first round against the currently No. 1 Red Wings, the Oilers surprised everyone by winning a 4-2 series. They continued the hot streak, winning four straight games against San Jose and going 4-1 against the Mighty Ducks.
They lost the Stanley Cup to the Carolina Hurricanes after an intense seven game series, but the story of their playoff comeback made them the most memorable part of that years NHL season.
A beautiful moment in the beautiful gameGiphy
Despite the popularity and skill of football across Europe, Greece was always overshadowed by teams like Germany and Spain in the UEFA Euro Cup. So when they entered the cup in 2004 there wasn't much hope for them to be a contender.
In the qualifying stage they lost their first two matches, but kept hanging on anyway and came away with victory in their final six games. The group stage was even harder, but the team prevailed and earned themselves a spot in the quarterfinals facing off against reigning champion France.
Amazingly Greece was able to beat the favourite, and took that energy straight to the top against the Czech Republic and a final 1-0 shut out against Portugal to win the tournament.
The Miracle on IceGiphy
The Miracle on Ice will always remain the top underdog story in the hearts and minds of sports fans. The 1980 USA Mens Olympic hockey team had been playing great so far, but it was made up of amateurs and college stars at best. Meanwhile the Soviet Union team had been playing together for years, one of the most developed teams in the word with luminaries among them like goalie Vladislav Tretiak. So yes, it was exactly like Rocky IV.
The first game in the medal round was settled at 2-2 by the end of the first period. The Soviet coach decided to give Tretiak a break and benched him, a move which is unanimously agreed as the turning point of the game to the Americans favour. They went on the offensive for a 4-3 lead, and with seconds left in the game the Soviets panicked and went wild for the tie. Only barely being stopped by the equally tenacious American offence.
Do you believe in miracles? YES! After the final buzzer rang coach Herb Brooks sprinted to the locker room and cried, joined shortly by his players as they broke out into a chorus of God Bless America. Was this the first event in the collapse of the Soviet Union? Probably.
No one bites like a bulldogGiphy
A tiny school from Indianapolis defeated the odds two years in a row when the appropriately named Butler Bulldogs went to the NCAA title game back to back. Despite losing to the Duke Blue Devils and UConn Huskies in 2010 and 2011, the tenacity of the Bulldogs proved to the league that the well-funded mega teams couldn't dominate without a fight from the little guy.
The prodigal ballerGiphy
Jeremy Lin faced rejection through his entire career, starting with being denied a chance to play college basketball in his home state. He took his skills to Harvard Crimson instead, but continued to remain undrafted until he was reluctantly picked up by the Golden State Warriors. After spending his 2010-2011 season with them, Lin was dropped before the 2011-2012 season even began.
He had another failed shot with the Houston Rockets, but it wasn't until he found his way to the New York Knicks that his career became recognized. With star players injured and the team in despair, they had to look to the bench. Which is where they found Lin.
He took full advantage of his opportunity, outscoring heavyweights like Kobe Bryant in the process. He returned triumphantly to the Rockets to the tune of a multi-million dollar contract.
Bouncing back with vengeance and a smileGiphy
It's a prove yourself thing. Thats how outfielder Josh Hamilton describes the roller coaster of a career he's had in the MLB. It started with nothing but promise, the 1999 first pick for the Tampa Bay draft and USA Baseballs pick for amateur of the year. However, Hamilton didn't make his major league debut until 2007.
While he was in the Minor Leagues, he suffered debilitating injuries that kept him from playing the game he loved. Hamilton began hanging out at tattoo parlours and impulsively spent money on ink, later becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol as well. In 2005 he collapsed on his grandmothers doorstep and began the long, painful road to recovery. He got his second chance playing for the Cincinnati Reds, under the condition that he take three drug tests a week. Despite the pressure, Hamilton has developed a jovial attitude towards his past. When a St. Louis fan heckled him by yelling "My name is Josh Hamilton, and Im a drug addict!" Hamilton turned around, raised his palms to the sky and said, Tell me something I don't know, dude!
The entire section laughed and cheered for him for the rest of the game.
Any engaged couple looks forward to the big day when after months of planning, they get to tie the knot and declare their love in front of family and friends.
What could possibly go wrong?
It turns out there are so many variables that can contribute to making the bride and groom's celebration a major matrimonial miss.
Curious to hear examples of weddings gone wrong, Redditor lolf**kno asked:
"Those who have been to a ruined wedding, what happened?"
Dramatic brawls and speeches plagued these weddings.
Catty Attendees And Booze
"Very beautiful wedding in a huge barn at this apple orchard. They must have spent a ton of money on the decorations and catering because it looked like something out of a magazine. The ceremony was great, the flower girl did her thing, the vows got everyone choked up. Everything seemed to be going well. Not even 15 minutes into the reception the mothers of the bride and groom getting into a full out brawl, hair pulling, red wine being thrown. Their sons jump in to defend their honor, chairs start being throw, tables are flipped, parents are grabbing children and running for their lives."
"The bride and groom are horrified and leave immediately and head back their honeymoon suite. My fiancé and I left after this as well but we heard from some other friends that most people ended up staying and getting wasted at the open bar on the bride and groom's dime. Apparently, the fight started because one of the groom's sister complimented the bride's grandmother's dress. The bride's mom thought she was being sarcastic and called her a b*tch, then the drama ensued. Mind you they had all been pregaming the wedding pretty hard."
Playing For The Drunk Uncle
"I played a wedding where as we started playing the set, everyone ran outside and nobody was to be seen for the rest of the night."
"I originally assumed it was because nobody liked us but the bride came in afterwards and said there was a huge fight involving multiple members of both families and everyone basically went home upset, injured or in a police van."
"We couldn't stop playing since we were payed and it was our job, and the only person watching was the drunk uncle dancing on his own asking for requests we didn't know."
Maid Of Honor Speech Goes Off The Rails
"Was a guest of friend of the bride, did not know anyone attending. Very expensive over the top place, several hundred guests of this very Italian wedding. Maid of honor grabs mic at the cocktail hour begins her speech, rambling, drunk. Quickly devolves to stating the recently deceased mother of the bride was against this wedding and that's basically what killed her. Plus Vinny will never give up sex workers. She is tackled by several people and dragged away."
"The happy couple is separated and divorced within a year."
This is what happens when bad luck crashes weddings.
Tumbling Into The Sunset
"I work at a golf course with a lot of history behind it. We do wedding venues inside the clubhouse and the actual ceremony is held outside by the historic water fountain and large pond."
"First problem was the weather. I live in the high desert and it was very warm. A solid 90 degrees that day and it was also pretty windy. So everyone's outside, no umbrellas, no ezups."
"The next problem, and probably the worst, was the golf cart incident. The bride and groom wanted to 'ride into the sunset' on one of our golf carts. Drive around a little bit on the golf course. To be fair, it is beautiful on the course during sunset. However the cart had somehow gotten a nail in the tire, tire went flat, battery on the cart went crazy and the cart ended up freaking out. It came to an complete stop from 15mph to zero. The wheels and mechanisms locked up, almost seizing. Both the bride and groom (fairly overweight mind you) both fell out and rolled over a few times. They were totally okay, just a few bruises and perhaps a bruised ego or two. So retrieving that cart was fun."
"And last but not least, the power inside the clubhouse went out to do the high winds. There was no after party available. Only the cake was cut, hardly any food was given out. Yeah, not a great day to cover for someone on your day off."
"I was not born yet, but my parents rented the observation deck on the Hancock building in Boston for their reception. Tallest building in the city, beautiful view. My dad pored over historic weather charts to figure out what day was statistically most likely to be nice out. Day of the wedding comes and of course, thick fog unlike anything they'd ever seen before. Couldn't see a thing out the windows of the room they had picked specifically for the view."
"Worked out well though, they were happily married for nearly 30 years before cancer took my dad's life a few years ago."
"There's one other funny anecdote from that wedding: The wedding was held in Kings Chapel, which is an incredibly historic church here in downtown Boston that's somewhat of a major tourist attraction. To close that on a weekend afternoon for a wedding, it turns out, was not very expensive. The tourists waiting outside to see the church didn't know that, though, and someone started the rumor that my parents were incredibly wealthy, maybe even Kennedys. As a result, there were tons of people taking photos of them when they left the ceremony. Not sure if any of them ever figured out that my parents were most certainly not rich or famous."
"I was best man at my sister in laws wedding (stepped in for the brother of the groom, that's another story entirely)."
"For a whole year of planning all the bride (SIL) wanted was a dove release while they said handwritten vows to each other. Very small, non denominational (most of the family are atheist anyway) wedding."
"Day arrives (early summer) and something is off with the bird handlers. They show up a bit late and are sourcing help from the wedding party to get everything in line. When the time comes to say their vows I help the handler carry the chest with the doves in it over to what is to be the altar where the bride and groom are standing."
"Vows are just about wrapping up and the handler gives ME the signal to open the chest. I open it and see 20-30 DEAD DOVES IN THE CRATE!!!! I immediately close it to try and limit who knows what happened. Too late. The look of horror on the bride's was all that was needed. We spent the next few hours trying to cheer everyone up but by the end of the reception the entire wedding party had organized and filed animal cruelty complaints on the handler. It was all anyone could focus on."
Tragic losses unfortunately befell leading up to or at a couple's nuptials.
The Wedding Guest Who Left Too Soon
"When I was 6 or 7 I went to a cousin's wedding. Everything was fabulous for little me, so much sugar everywhere, basically heaven. The reception was in a big community center that was reserved for the occasion. Went to the girls' bathroom, passing by the men's room to see my uncle on the floor. Went back to the main room to tell my dad my uncle was looking weird. Well, uncle had a stroke and had died."
"The bride spent the rest of the afternoon crying, and everyone except close family left."
"Bright side is the mariage is still going strong 20 years later, despite what happened that day."
A Terminal Diagnosis
"Leading up to my friends wedding his father had been battling cancer after a terminal diagnosis. And it was touch and go whether he would be well enough to attend the wedding, in the end he was too unwell to attend despite wishing that he could."
"Just as we got to the wedding reception my friend was informed that his father had just passed away. It was devastating."
"Happened to my classmate. He is successful middle level manager, divorced, about 35yo or so. Found a girl of his dreams but from a provincial poor town. The girl insisted to have the wedding in her town to show off her 'success.' The wedding is crashed by her old friends including male friends who are not that sophisticated and have some tense feelings towards the successful groom from the city. Somebody starts a fight in the middle of wedding, groom is trying to stop it and got stabbed in the back. Died right there. And he was my classmate."
An Unfortunate Trespassing
"The wedding was at a state park that's famous for its giant gorge/waterfall. I don't know whose idea this was, but someone suggested a photo overlooking this gorge and everybody was game. The wedding party went around a stone security barrier and the maid of honor literally fell off the cliff to her death. It was like 500+ feet."
With a lot riding on a wedding to go off without a hitch, the mounting pressure is one where something is surely to buckle.
And because wedding guests are usually inebriated and high on the buzz of celebration, they throw caution to the wind and make some choices they wouldn't make under normal circumstances.
People's ill-advised actions can have regretful consequences, but no one expects death to be an outcome.
Fortunately, the weddings I've attended or heard about from friends were not as catastrophic as the anecdotes mentioned above.
While the Redditors' stories are sorrowful, it gives me a sense of relief these devastating examples are rare occurrences.
Sometimes I think back to a teacher I had when I was a kid who demanded to know whether any of us were "raised in a barn" in response to crappy behavior. Namely littering. She hated littering. Can you blame her? It's a horrible habit and some people do it with no sense of shame. She dedicated much of her time to telling students to pick up after themselves and dispose of things properly. For that, I'm thankful.
But why didn't anyone else get the memo? The trash I see on the streets is obscene.
People had lots of thoughts to share after Redditor SneakyStriedker876 asked the online community,
"What seemingly uncivilized thing is commonplace in society?"
"We delight in the deaths of others as long as we feel it was justified. But when the reverse happens we act all high and mighty like we wouldn't engage in the same behavior."
"Slaughtering each other..."
"Slaughtering each other via warfare to solve political differences. It's standard policy worldwide."
Indeed it is. And it seems impossible to stop.
"Littering. Especially dropping cigarette butts on the ground/flicking them out the window.
The world is not your personal ashtray/garbage bin."
Every now and then I find new trash in my yard and I am constantly amazed by how nasty people can be.
"Mobbing someone because of their opinion or for a comment they made a long time ago, even if that time was yesterday."
"Xenophobia. The fact that racism and racial violence still exist is an indicator that we're still tribal primates in fancy clothes."
And it makes no sense! It's not based in reality. We are truly a tribal species.
"Shouting while arguing, refusing to listen to the opinions of others, basically the inability to debate and maintain proper communication."
"Letting people die..."
"Letting people die of curable conditions simply because they can't afford healthcare."
Probably the biggest reason why much of the Western world looks at the United States with shame in their eyes.
"Parents forcing their kids to hug family/friends despite the kid being uncomfortable doing it. They feel uncomfortable for a reason."
"During the holiday season..."
"During the holiday season, customers take products off of our online fulfillment carts. Y'all have legs. Get your own."
"Using phone speakers..."
"Using phone speakers in public. I don't care what you and your friend think about that restaurant, or how much that Spotify jam speaks to you. Nobody else wants to hear it."
We truly need to stop all of these, don't you think?
Have some opinions of your own? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments below!
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I love presents. I try to hide my enthusiasm, and I do my best to appease the greater public by saying "it's the thought that counts." But that is a WHOLE lie. I don't just love gifts, I love great gifts. And if you go rogue from my lists, please keep a receipt. It's just plain rude to divert from what the recipient has requested.
This thought process has emerged from experience. I have received some trash presents over the years and now I'm too old to pretend you just went crazy while shopping. Like... "do you even know me?!"
Redditor u/sulemannkhann wanted to hear all about the presents some of us have received that we prayed, came with a receipt, by asking:
What's the worst birthday gift you ever got?
Have we met? That is an actual question I asked a gift giver once. (Who shall rename nameless) Football tickets. FOOTBALL TICKETS?! Who? What? I can't.
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"My own scarf. Yes, that's right, my mother went into my room took my only scarf, wrapped it and gave it to me like it was a new scarf."
"Thought I was getting a bike for my 15th birthday but my foster parents announced that they were sending me to a group home after living with them for 11 years. Devastation! That place was a wake up call. More independence then at my foster home but those kids had it really really bad, 12 year old heroine addicts, abuse... what the entire hell! I hurried up, graduated from high school at 16 and got the hell out of that place. I turned out ok, work in the legal field, live in Las Vegas. I did forgive my foster parents before they died."
The Forgotten One
"My brother and I worked for a farmer one summer, and he paid us with a used car. At the end of the next year, my brother graduated high school, so my parents paid me out for my half of the car, and that was his graduation gift. I gave them all a big discount compared to what it was worth. So like $500 for my share of a $2500 car."
"2 years later, and I needed $50 for some graduation fees, so I borrowed it from my mom until I could get to the bank. (Before mobile banking and ATMs everywhere.) Later, when my mom is telling me they invited all their friends over for a 'graduation' party, I asked if they had gotten a gift for me. "Well I gave you fifty bucks."
"I paid it back the next day, and she didn't blink. The 'graduation party' was just my parents friends, who said congratulations to me, but it wasn't really for me. A few years later, my little sister graduated, she got a car. They bought a used car for her, and our other little sister got the same when she graduated. My parents are mostly nice, and I never felt like they singled me out at birthdays or anything. Just my graduation seemed like I turned invisible."
Office Party Fail
"HR complaint from two subordinates fighting over how to throw me a surprise birthday party."
"I've never worked in an office environment, but the stories I've heard of people being required to buy a cake for the whole office and to celebrate their birthday with their coworkers would be enough to keep me in blue collar work for life, were it not for the fact that I love being active and working with my hands and could never sit at a desk all day anyway."
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"My Asian mom's gift was "no extra Kumon homework after school homework" so my birthday gift was that I didn't get extra homework from her."
Regifting is trash behavior. Do better. I'd rather you just say I forgot. Or... I just don't care for that much. But regifting? No.
"Stomach flu and my first ever period, at the same time. I think it was my 13th birthday."
"Omg, exact same story for me. It was my 13th birthday and my family took us kids to visit our relatives in Subsaharan Africa for the first time. I was sick, jetlagged, overheated and riding down a bumpy road in a Jeep driven by my dad in the complete darkness. We had just eaten at a restaurant where I found a giant scarab beetle in the bottom of my soup bowl. I have flashbacks to this day."
"My grandparents have been gifting me (and my brother) the same set of three vice grips for almost 10 years. Collectively we have 60 vice grips. I don't know if they bought a pallet of them, or where they are coming from. GET A GRIP GRANDMA!"
"I had a friend who's father was famous for doing Christmas shopping at the last minute. One year she complained that she went downstairs on Christmas morning and found, sticking out of her stocking, a spatula. Her birthday was a few days after telling that story, so myself and her friends all decided to get together and get her spatulas for her birthday, as a gag gift."
"Well, when it was our birthdays she retaliated. Which lead to a counter-offensive. And soon a new tradition was formed. And guys, I have so many spatulas now. Everything from dollar store cheap plastic, to hand-carved spatulas, a golden spatula, and even a replica of the famous Malaysian fighting spatula."
"I've got seasonal spatulas. As in, today it's time to pack away the Christmas spatulas and bring out the heart-shaped Valentine's day ones, followed by the bunny-shaped Easter ones. We've also been passing around this clip from the Weird Al Yankovic movie UHF. "Spatula City, we sell spatulas, and that's all!"
Their ultimate whack-a-doo move...
"A pair of homemade custom pajamas. Only problem was that they weren't made yet. It was just the fabric and a promise to make them for me. I had to give the fabric back and I never got the pajamas."
"Nothing legal just at our wedding they gave us a card that basically said 'have some land.' When the dust settled I asked what they thought we would do with it, they said build a home. I said ok, gonna need legal ownership for like building a house. They said sure we will get right on that. Then they decide to sell out and retire and never mentioned our wedding 'gift' again."
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"My grandma got me a hairbrush with a plastic horse head handle. The horse head was all chipped up and there was hair in the brush."
"My Godfather sent me a Birthday card each year which said, he paid 100 bucks to a bank account which I was supposed to get, when 16yo. He then got into alcohol, used all the money and died."
Oh for God sake, why even bother giving anything at all? Lint rollers, used brushes, homemade pjs... y'all ever hear of a gift card? Just put five bucks on it and call it a day. You can't hide cheap, so stop trying.
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I'm still on the fence about this whole extraterrestrial situation. I need more proof. Now I'm not naive enough to think that in this vast, endless universe only the human race exists. I just need proof, tangible, solid, didn't see it from my trailer through beer goggles proof.
I also need proof about the afterlife, another out there topic. Truth be told, I've never been that into this whole conversation. I've got enough daily problems on this planet, let alone worrying about making Will Smith's biggest hits into documentaries and not just popcorn/comedy space farce.
But let's compare thoughts...
Redditor u/ValencikHannibal197 wanted to discuss life beyond this planet, what do we really think? They asked:
What's the best theory on UFOs or aliens you've ever heard??
I definitely wouldn't turn down an excursion to AREA 51. I'd like to poke around and get a sense of the place. I've never personally been up close and face to face with a "non-Earther." Not sure I'd like to be...
TV Truthx files monkey pee GIF by The X-FilesGiphy
"UFOs/Aliens are a cover for all of the secret projects that the government is working on. Actually stole that from the X files."
"How human birth parallels alien abductions:
- Babies are taken from their home (womb)
- They still developing sight, so they see bright lights and grey figures.
- They hear an "alien" language they don't understand.
- They suddenly feel cold after leaving their womb.
- They are in a surgery room being poked with tons of instruments.
Long story short: some people suggest that abductions are just people who had memories of their birth."
In the Mind
"I just don't think anyone will ever see this. But I think that UFO's are the projection of our unconscious collective mind. Everything that exists in reality, also exists, in our immaterial mind. Is it possible that the insides of our mind are also just one drop in the ocean of consciousness... and together we create the material reality were in, simply by experiencing it in a real way, inside-out through our senses."
"My father was an aircraft mechanic and fabricator for test and spy aircraft for the USAF. He spent 75-85 working with test aircraft. He said that when they were going to do a test, that could possibly be seen by the public, they would make a betting pool on how many UFO reports local authorities and flight towers received."
Under the Seasci-fi ufo GIFGiphy
"I like the idea that some UFOs aren't machines. Instead they are some sort of Upper-Atmosphere Jellyfish. I found the issue of Fortean Times that had this article. Here's the cover: http://ft.gjovaag.com/q/images/a/ae/FT291.jpg"
Interesting. There are some ideas we can look into. None of it proof, but possibilities. There are certainly plenty of future film ideas.
"We are like that un contacted tribe and everyone agrees not to bother us."
"I've heard it explained from a channel (idk if you know what channeling is) kinda like this. First of all, we as a species tend to freak out, shoot first and ask questions later. Most humans would have a literal psychotic break. You have to believe in vibrational energy as it relates to our consciousness."
"The aliens (certain ones) are at such a higher level that it would be jarring for us to come in close contact with. We are slowly getting there but it's a process. Like 2012, end of the Mayan calendar, wasn't the end of the world it was the end of an energy cycle that we as the human race had never made it past before."
"Previous civilizations have been destroyed or destroyed themselves before they got this far. We passed a point where we are very unlike to destroy ourselves anymore. This doesn't mean we won't see some real bad hardships yet but we will keep progressing."
"train your eyes"Dancing GIFGiphy
"I was a firm believer in t em when I was in high school and kept googling theories and info in my spare time and during my study halls. They said their bodies were so lightweight or something that the reason why you can't see the evidence is that they disintegrate before hitting the ground."
"And then LOL it was so funny, some people would swear you could "train your eyes" to see rods... HhhahAHAHAHA. Like there were these experts. Video showed him walking around with a serious face, then pointing. And he's like, "that was one just there." "You can't see them, you have to be used to them... like me."
"I've spent many years immersed into hunting them finding them. That's why I can see them." And then one day China, who loves occult stuff, had like a lab that set up a nighttime camera to capture footage of rods at night... then realized they were normal bugs at overexposure. lol"
"The Dark Forest theory. Basically the theory that the reason we haven't made contact is because all the other civilized life in the universe/galaxy knows not to broadcast their location. They've learned that there's something awful or predatory lurking in the dark forest of our galaxy, and that it's better if they keep to themselves."
"That the universe is so vast that we haven't been discovered yet."
"This makes sense to me because traversing the distance to or from even our our stellar neighbors would require technology that is not known to us now or likely to be known by us anytime soon if it's even possible at all. To assume without evidence that aliens could possess this technology and have visited us does not meet my skeptical standards."
Back and Forthback to the future great scott GIFGiphy
"Time travel exists, and UFO sightings are actually future humans coming back to our time. That is why they are so discreet, and never openly make contact."
I hope time travel exists. Now that I'm onboard for. If aliens do exist... just come on out guys. We could probably use your help.
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