"People who've hosted or been to parties that have gone horribly wrong, what happened and why?" –– This was today's burning question from Redditor alfie_ukcreeper, who reminded us how even the most innocent events can go from zero to 60 in a few seconds flat... and for all the wrong reasons.
Think of the last party you went to that went off the rails. You probably wouldn't want to repeat that, right? Now imagine something worse!
"In high school..."
In high school there was this house party where the house was completely empty. No furniture, nothing on the walls, and the fridge and cabinets were all chained shut.
Word spread that the house was vacant, and it didn't actually belong to anyone, so people started trashing the place.
People were putting out cigarettes on the carpet, writing on the walls, just complete disregard for who might be responsible for everything.
It turned out one of the kids actually lived there, and he had moved everything into the bedrooms as a precaution. His genius idea ended up working against him. I never knew who the kid was, or even met him for that matter. This was just the story I heard a few days later.
My sister's 11th birthday party.
She invited all the kids in her class for a typical house birthday party. My parents had their hands full with kids running all over the house. While they were inside trying to kick hide and seek kids out of their bedroom, One boy had confessed his love to one of the girls. She rejected him, so his reaction was to threaten to hang himself. Our swing set outside used to have a tire swing, but the tire was gone leaving only the rope.
My parents heard frantic screeching and girls sprinting through the house crying. They looked out in the back yard and this boy had the rope tied around his neck and he was standing on the swing set. They ran outside and took the rope off his neck and called his parents.
My Dad then had to drive down the road looking for all the freak out kids that just booked it straight outta the house. They called all the parents to come pick up their kids early.
"Dad worked security..."Giphy
Dad worked security for several college apartment complexes years ago. Apparently someone thought it would be a great idea to have a house party in one of these apartments. They ended up having so many people in the apartment that the floor collapsed. Few people were injured and several people were out of a home for quite some time. My dad got a call the next day from his company wanting him to work the building to keep people out of the area.
"A couple of friends..."
A couple of friends in high school organized a party in a small house that one guy's parents had on their lot and rented out for events. We had had a lame meetup a few days before where almost nobody showed up so in order for this to not happen again everyone was told to just bring everyone along. So people brought friends who brought friends who brought friends and suddenly we were surrounded by a whole lot of people nobody knew and chaos broke out. Some of these seemed like rather unpleasant people so we locked the building and told people to get in in an organized manner or leave. So people started spraying the building, stealing stuff, breaking a window, breaking in through a kitchen window and stepping on the stove damaging it as well, clogging toilets, ...
We had to call the police to kick them out but everyone bailed before they came. So we filed reports for the happenings, smoked one, slept for a few hours and then spent the morning cleaning up the mess and trying to scrape the graffiti from the walls with little success... there was a kid's birthday party scheduled to take place in the house right that day....
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Friend's house party where they accidentally served an underage neighbor, who got so wasted he fell backwards off a balcony onto the sidewalk and knocked himself out. Ambulance and police called. All the people at the party helped hide the booze, started eating to sober up, etc. We were laying out playing cards when the cops showed up to question everyone. (Holiday party, took a LONG time for the police to show up. The paramedics already had him backboarded and loaded onto the ambulance when they finally rolled up.)
Luckily, the injured neighbor's roommate showed up about that time and admitted his roommate had come home from work already drinking and they'd gotten in an argument over it, so he'd told him to GTFU for the night. The cops didn't fine my friend over it on the assumption neighbor was already drunk when he saw the party and walked in.
TBF, we'd all talked to the dude at some point and he was pretty out of it right from the jump, and none of us had any idea he was only 19. He looked a lot older. But still, I have never sobered up as fast as I did that night.
"There were only 4 bottles..."
They were only 4 bottles of alcohol for 40 people, the mother of the house discovered that we were drinking and started yelling at her daughter in front of all of us, one girl puked the floor after drinking pure vodka, all the people went to their houses at three o'clock and my best friend got drunk and tried to kiss me. Pretty good birthday party for me.
My couch was set on fire and thrown off the second floor deck.
"Hosted a massive high school party..."
Hosted a massive high school party after a huge win for our school's football team just in the instance that it started to rain.
Needless to say, my house was loaded with people. Went downstairs to checkout the crowd down there...
Well, what do stupid high school students do when they can't find a beer opener?... Find something that will open it
That thing happened to be my family's kitchen Marble counter top. People were taking their bottles and prying off the lids on the edge of the counter.
CHIPPING OFF PIECES IN THE PROGRESS... needless to say, my dad was fucking angry when they came home the next day.
I was grounded for a long ass time and I had to pay for the replacement from my grocery-boy salary.
"There was more..."
New years party at a friend's place that I was helping co-host. Here's some highlights.
- Someone got stuck in the bathroom. Had to have an elaborate heist scene with funneling him tools to unscrew the burglar bars over the window to escape.
- Someone took a crap in the bathroom. Sounds fine. They missed the toilet. Was in the middle of the room. Didn't have proper tools to clean it. Ended up scooping it up with a pad some girl has left on the window sill.
- Had to break up a fight with people literally smashing furniture over each other.
- Watched a beautiful scene where a guy tried to go down a spiral staircase with a stone balustrade, but was so wasted he fell into, and through it, taking down the (rather old) pillars and going into the bush next to them. Some girl saw it happen, leaned over to give him a hand out. He grabbed her hand, she saw who it was, said ew, and straight dropped his butt back in the bush and walked off.
- Had my voice box broken/cracked in a freak trampoline accident.
There was more, but this was a while ago. Mostly a fun evening anyway.
"Bunch of drunk people..."
Bunch of drunk people trying to see who could pee the farthest of the balcony. Next door neighbor opened the window as they tried to figure out why it was raining and got hit.
June is a happy and exciting month for the LGBTQ+ community, being Pride Month.
Where people can proudly celebrate who they are and who they love.
And the crowds at these events seem to only grow bigger every year, as more and more LGBTQ+ allies also partake in the celebration.
Some of these allies might be late to the party, as it were, owing to the fact that they once held homophobic views, and only recently became more educated and changed their minds.
Redditor aestheticbear was curious what exactly it was that led former homophobes to change their previous views, leading them to ask:
"Former homophobic people of Reddit: what happened that made you stop being homophobic?"
It was what they were taught.
"Like many here, I grew up around people where homophobia was the norm."
"I come from a Latino, Mexican, background and I'm really ashamed of how much homophobia/hate in general there is in our culture."
"Since most Mexicans are Catholic, I grew up around the church a lot, especially since my father had once been a Catholic priest, long story."
"Growing up, and to this day, I was surrounded by lots of hate towards the LGTBQ+ community."
"My parents would often make remarks making queer people seem almost as if they were crazy."
"They would often say that they were crazy for wanting 'gay rights' and even saying 'yuck' if they saw a movie scene where 2 people of the same sex where kissing."
"As a kid, I was sort of brain washed into all of this."
"As I grew older, I learned more about the world around me especially learning from friends who had come out."
"I especially owe a lot to a teacher of mine who had opened my eyes up to many issues of our world."
"Now I'm a proud pansexual."- davvaz62
By simply getting to know them.
"I met some gay people."
"As it turns out they were just people"- moolord
By witnessing unjustified judgment.
"Not homophobic, but I woke up at about 10 when my mom said my uncle was banned from coming to our vacation condo by my father because he was gay."
"Before then I kind of let the arguments and both sides bit wash over me, but that was a crystallization point where I started noticing it as pure bigotry."
"I'm sorry the nicest dude in the family full of domestic violence and white collar drug abusers cant come to Christmas because he's gay?"
"You're both cheating on each other, sanctity of what marriage now?"- Robin_games
My mother knocked some sense into me
"My mom slapped me and told me everyone has a right to be happy."
"That was in 9th grade 13 years ago."- Bloodllust
"Homophobia was the norm when I was growing up."
"Then I got older and the political landscape changed which made me question my belief and I came to the conclusion it just didn't make any sense to be homophobic."- LuciferIsFallen
"Realized that, fundamentally, being gay is just 'what' you are. It’s not 'who' you are."
"I came out as gay."- pethal
"Stopped listening to my homophobic family and left their religion."
"Oh and also realized I myself was pretty gay."- Raidden
Just one moment of clarity
"I wasn't super homophobic, just a 'love the sinner, hate the sin' kind of guy."
"On my last day in high school, someone said 'Why do I care? They're not hurting me'."
"Cured me in three seconds."
"I still remember how magical that moment was for me."- Dirgonite
"There are 20 years between myself and my youngest brother."
"I, and my SO, was raised in an explicitly homophobic/biphobic/transphobic fundamentalist religion, that I left with my SO in my early 20s.
"So I had a lot of internalized, conditioned, toxic beliefs about the LGBTQ that needed to be deconstructed."
"My little brother was obviously either gay or bi and it was obvious from the time he was six imho."
"He came out to my sisters, SO, and I as bi when he was 11 and we were like 'tell us something we don't know lol'."
"I think watching him just grow up, it was obvious that he hadn't chosen to be that way, it was just how he was."
"This false narrative that LGBTQ are somehow defective or sinners became more disgusting to me over time."
"I can't remember exactly when it happened but my SO and I were like 'if our future child happened to be LGBTQ, could we teach that child the things we were taught about the LGBTQ?'"
"'We were like 'no, that would be evil'."
"Now, we have an 18yo niece that recently came out as lesbian and we feel honored to be the only family that she trusts enough to introduce to her first GF."
"Spending time with her just reaffirms the fact that there is nothing wrong with the LGBTQ, it was our upbringing that was defective."- Jormungandr91
It's amazing how so many ignorant people don't realize that all one needs to do to see a little more clearly is to open your eyes.
Here's hoping that they help others who remain as ignorant as they once were to open their eyes as well.
Everyone has unusual phobias.
Things which they simply can't bear the sight of, and are forced to turn away when they find themselves in the presence of it.
More often than not, these things are usually habits or behaviors which one normally wouldn't do in polite society.
But, have you ever been repulsed by something that the majority of people might consider "normal"?
Something that's just an everyday occurrence in life?
Redditor Allthelights011 was curious to learn what "normal" things fellow Reddit users were disgusted by, leading them to ask:
"What’s a completely normal thing you find disgusting?"
Fun to do, not to watch.
"Watching people eat."- elladeighthecat·
Just not my style
"Gauged ears, or is it gaged ears?"
"I don't know."
"Big gross holes in people's ears gross me the f*ck out."- alienanimal
Blood? No problem. Saliva on the other hand...
"I was a nurse for 6 months before I found a better paying job and I could deal with blood, feces and urine no problem but if someone is drooling or spitting it grossed me out."- sayziellwatching arrested development GIFGiphy
Just because it's nature doesn't mean it isn't gross.
"When animals are 'doin' it'."- Colonelfudgenustard
"I know it's completely normal but just the initial cramps and mood swings honestly suck."
Mmm, that's good.
"Licking fingers while eating."- scapstickoscar isaac eating GIFGiphy
Not pleasant to watch or do.
"The feeling after you puke is terrific."
"It's all the sh*t you feel beforehand and the act of throwing up itself that weirds me out."- geico_fire
No one needs them or needs to see them.
"I know people can’t help them and they’re painful to remove but they make me physically ill."- Stealthnt13
Wash your freakin' hands!
"Dirt in your nails"- dejavuthrills
If I didn't actually have to, I wouldn't...
"Pooping!"- stormwaltzToilet Pooping GIF by Alberto PozoGiphy
Perhaps what's most difficult about these particular aversions, is that ignoring or avoiding them, or simply looking the other way might not be possible.
Leaving one no other choice than to grin and bear it.
And maybe occasionally withhold the vomit you feel coming...
Chances are, you've been told to try new things ever since you were a little kid. I know I was.
Sometimes, certain activities or experiences seem crazy, and you don't even want to give them a chance.
This could be true of some things. For example, there is no reason to ingest tide pods.
Sometimes an activity or experience that seems crazy only seems that way because you haven't tried it yet.
I thought nothing good could come of mixing buttery popcorn with Swedish Fish, but now it's my favorite snack!
Redditor TheUnthinkableVids wanted to know about other things that seem crazy, but should be given a chance.
"What’s a “don’t knock it till you try it” experience that you would weirdly recommend?"
Having Fun Doing You
"It has a bad reputation of power tripping nerds deluding themselves in public with seemingly no self awareness, but give it a go."
"I found it was more like sparring with a stunt troupe. It was harder than it looked, and everyone was having fun doing their thing while ignoring the haters, which was pretty cool I must admit."
The Perfect Sauce
"Balsamic glaze on pizza."
"Have it on Vanilla ice cream. Amazing."
"Basalmic on watermelon is refreshing!"
"Climbing onto your roof"
"I like how most of the responses in this thread are "try psychedelics" or "go skydiving" or "see a therapist" but you're like, "have you ever been on your roof?""
"Gotta admit though, I've been on my roof and it's strangely satisfying. You get a vantage point to see something that you see everyday, just a little higher up."
"A lot of computer noobs think that they would never use more than one monitor, and they don't see the purpose behind it. Bruh. It's magical, trust me."
"I could use a third tbh"
"I was one of those computer noobs for the longest time. A second monitor changed my life. Then I eventually got a third.... And I can't lie if every now and then I didn't tell myself "a fourth monitor would be quite convenient in this situation....."
Cheese And Everything
"Fresh Mozzarella and honey"
"Or really any cheese and honey. I love eating sharp aged cheddar with hot honey."
"Cheese and jam on toast"
"Cream cheese and grape jelly sandwiches! (On toast)"
Pampering Is Always Good
"Pedicure for men."
"My mom made me get one with her when I was a teenager. It rocked. Adult me gets a pedi at least once a month now. $25 to sit in a massage chair while someone cuts my toenails and massages my feet/legs? Yes please!"
The Magic of Salt
"Black pepper and salt on watermelon"
"Salt on pineapple!"
"A little sprinkle of salt in your coffee"
"Salt in Fanta"
"Draw a bath, turn the shower on, turn the lights off, prop up an umbrella, have a headlamp, a beverage and a good book."
"You look crazy, but try it, you’ll like it."
Be Your Own Best Friend
"Go to a restaurant on your own. Cinema on your own."
Jumping Out Of A Plane...Safely
"Skydiving. I did a tandem for my 60th I wish I had of done it when I was younger and learnt to do it solo."
"Tandem skydiving instructor here - I wish everyone would try it at least once, it isn't as bad as most people expect, and is much safer than the general public is willing to admit! Glad you had fun :)"
You don't even have to try something if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, but sometimes pushing boundaries and stepping out of your comfort zone can be the best thing for you.
Give seemingly crazy things a chance, and who knows what could happen? You could end up finding a great new hobby... or at least something delicious to eat!
Wise people tend to glorify the past for good reason. Simpler times seemed to indicate just that. Less life drama.
While many technical advances have also made our current life easier, it certainly has come with its share of complications that never existed prior to another time.
Curious to hear from strangers online, one Redditor asked:
"What was actually better in the past?"
People found traveling, particularly flying, was less dramatic back in the day.
"This is true. We used to go to the airport to go to the cafe within the airport, watch the planes take off, people watch."
Comfort In The Skies
"Flying in general."
"More seat space, meals included (and a choice of meals), actual metal utensils, luggage included, no need to get to the airport 2 hours before your flight..."
A Proper Send-Off
"And you could say goodbye to your friends at the gate. Get there early before the flight and grab a leisurely meal with them. Man, airports used to be fun."
"In the 90s airport security took half as long."
Many Redditors believe living in the present is a huge economical inconvenience.
"Prices vs earnings."
"Psh. Try childcare. Our childcare cost for two children is more than our mortgage. When I was the same age, it cost my parents about $50/week. Today that would be roughly $135/week per kid. We’re paying $500/wk and still don’t have full time care for both kids. Sh*t’s crazy."
Criminals seemed to have a field day once upon a time.
"Being a criminal. If there was a security camera, it was too low resolution to make your face very identifiable."
"also DNA analysis and fingerprinting wasn't as good, no Internet to track you."
Leaving The Country Undetected
"It used to be that it was possible for someone to commit a serious crime, move across the country, and never be caught. As communications technology has improved, that’s no longer feasible."
How people occupied their time in the past seemed to be more favorable.
The Life-Line Device
"Smart phones too, Reddit is the only social media I use and still I stare at this f'king thing 5 hours a day. I know I’m addicted to it and I’d love to punt it but unfortunately it’s also my phone, my map, my camera, my tape measure, my dictaphone, my Walkman etc. etc."
The sentiment that the past was better stems largely from nostalgia.
Aside from accessing our Gameboys and Tamagochis, my friends and I would ride our bikes or skateboard out in the cul-de-sac.
We would scrape our knees from falling, get knocked to the ground playing freeze tag, and come home with dried mud on our clothes from a day of roughhousing.
It was some of the best times of my childhood, and I feel for today's youth who still have the option of playing outside but choose to live on their iPads and iPhones instead.
They don't know what they're missing, TBH. Maybe it's just me.