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"I'd rather be thin than famous." So began one of beat poet Jack Kerouac's poems in his iconic volume, Mexico City Blues.

Everywhere you look, people are dieting, juice cleansing, intermittent fasting, and dumping their 401k into monthly fitness app subscription fees.

All that hubbub tends to leave us thinking that the holy grail of life on earth is to be skinny.

And it's hardly a surprise. An overwhelming majority of clothing advertisements and Hollywood films features beautiful, thin people.

So it's usually quite annoying when a thin person complains about their shape and size. After all, haven't they achieved the supreme goal?

A recent Reddit thread challenged that assumption with some fresh perspectives. Anonymous skinny folks dropped in to share their biggest complaints about the bean pole life.

Mad_Chemist asked, "What are some skinny people problems?"

PSA: Do Not Go to the Gas Station for Medical Advice 

"My personal favorite: 'You can't be diabetic, you're skinny!'"

"Oh, thanks random man at the gas pumps! I'll let my pancreas know immediately."

-- BackAlley_Burlesque

Sandwiched Again

"always having to sit in the middle seat of the car" -- autumnfaithd

"Ugh. I'm average height, but slim. My legs have nowhere to go and the assumption is that I take up no space, so I can't even wrangle my feet into the spaces on either side of that middle bump without hassling the people to give me room."

"If you get into a head on crash and your feet are up on that bump, your knees will smash into your face."

"It also doesn't really 'make room', it just makes the larger people safer." -- AptCasaNova

A Kite in a Head Wind 

"I have no momentum" -- TheFlamingLemon

"But we can accelerate faster." -- vizthex

"When you try to push a door quickly (you know those which can swing back and forth) but the door says 'nope'" -- thedarkem03

"Thats the weirdest thing about being one of the bigger college students. I have to be really careful when walking around campus because if a skinny boi/girl came around a corner too quick, the odds of them being able to stop me were low." -- Krosyss

Always Swimming

"If you don't like baggy clothes good luck finding something that will fit you" -- Felis-Catus_

"All the shirts that look good on the mannequin turns out to have pins in the back." -- yaolilylu

"And the shirt on the mannequin is the last/only small size they have in stock , leaving none for you to even try on." -- RedQueenWhiteQueen

The Subtleties of Bony Life

"being bony and sharp when being hugged" -- gamers_gamers

"It hurts to sit too long." -- oldandjaded1

"Pinching a nerve in my butt because of my boney a** sitting down all day" -- DreamsOfCleanTeeth

"If I hit my hip on a table or something as I'm walking by it hurts a lot and leaves a bad bruise. My ass hurts after sitting for too long. That's about it." -- Kraphtuos968

"Can't sleep on my side because my boney knees touch each other and it hurts too much. To sleep on my side as have to wear thick, thick sweatpants or put a cushion between my knees." -- nava08al

An Impressive Title

"My grandmother calling me the Ambassador of World Hunger." -- Seasergeant

"Damn, Grandma! That's cold." -- teamcilantro

"That's hilarious. My grandma would bribe me to eat more food. She was convinced I was wasting away to nothing." -- stdgy

Lacking Blubber

"I used to be fat as f***. Now I'm skinny and the most apparent difference is I get cold MUCH faster. Doesn't matter how I layer up." -- Whiskey-Weather

"PLEASE tell me this is true bc I've been sweating to death my whole f*cking life even in winter. I just started my journey and down like 22 pounds so far. I'm losing 100 pounds and will be trim. Please tell me I'll actually be comfortable in my cute sweaters, scarves and hats."

"Or I'm shaving my head." -- pumpkinpatch6

Demoralizing Middle School Behavior

"People making a circle with their fingers around your wrists" -- randomrocketsfan

"Nothing in elementary or middle school made me feel more self-conscious than that sh**." -- DimAllord

"I can do it around my own ankles. It profoundly worries me." -- thisnamesnottaken617

Tug Boat Logic

"I'm a skinny guy in the trades. I'm not heavy enough to do a lot of stuff :(" -- mychickenscreams

"Yes but when someone has to crawl into a crawlspace or attic, then you become the hero!" -- PhysicsDude55

"Bro for the longest time I wouldn't activate the passenger side airbag lmao" -- MuchachoMunch

Life as a Cardboard Cutout 

"Friends lifting you to show how easy it is to do so." -- veniato

"I was walking through the mall once and this dude I only kinda knew (shorter, but a lot a muscle) just picked me up and carried me half way to the other end of the mall."

"I laughed it off but it really made me uncomfortable. I'm a dude, btw." -- OgelEtarip

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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