Men are supposed to be stone walls and emotionless. According to society, anyway, we all know that that just isn't true. Men can be very emotional, and have feelings just like everybody else.

So it's no surprise that when somebody says something nice to them, they're affected, just like everybody else.

u/ratsono asked:

Men of reddit, what was the last compliment you received that you still think about?

Here were some of those answers.

The Shaved Head Act


Started balding six years ago and shaved my head one night on a whim. The next day, the first 3 women I interacted with complimented it (was single at the time), and I've been shaving my head ever since.


A Path Back To Health

When I was a few months out of cancer treatment, I ran into a guy I knew (who knew that I had had cancer--we worked together on a play while I was in treatment), and he asked, "Have you gained weight? You look good!"

Something about how specific that compliment was has always stuck with me since then. There aren't a lot of situations where that question would be welcome, y'know? But I had gained weight, dammit, thank you for noticing!


Wife Compliments

My wife gives me little compliments every now and then that make my day. It's typical wife comments like "You rock" or "those shorts make your butt look good" and they make my day.


Compliment The Men!

I was talking to my husband and mentioned that I'd read/participated in a thread recently about how guys don't get many compliments. I opened my mouth to continue talking and he burst out with, "YEA. We NEVER get complimented! I got complimented on my eyebrows once and I still think about that.." I said, "I compliment you all the time." He said, "That's different." lol


I'm Young For My Age

An attractive girl of about 24 who works at the local coffee house was chatting with me. I mentioned I have a daughter about her age. She asked how old I am. I said 49. She said I look great for my age.

I was so flattered. Men my age rarely get a second glance, and even less often get compliments.


Long Day Swept Away

Yesterday was a pretty long (12 hour shift) day and I was tired, but my day brightened up when these girls were trying to flirt with me. Oh, and like hours before that happened, a coworker told me that another coworker thought I was cute. I'm still thinking about it since it's very recent.


The Beer Pong Champion Of The Universe

I still remember almost 7 years ago I went to my first house party with my best friend at out other friends house with a bunch of people that I didn't know and my friend wandered off pretty early on. I make my way over to the beer-pong tables (middle class white people party), make friends with one of the guys and start playing for maybe the 2nd or 3rd time ever and I ran that table all night. I was playing for like 3 to 4 hours and I had so many random people coming up to me before they leave telling me how good I was. Went back to being an introvert not too long after.


The Little Beauty

At a Catholic funeral mass yesterday morning when it was over the lady in front of me said that I sing really well and that hearing me made the situation just a little bit better for her.

That compliment will stick with me for a while.


Rock In The Storm

"You're a good kid". Said by one of my classmates last school year. I like being considered the "Good Kid", Especially In a school where all the kids act like complete animals. Makes me think that maybe they all have a little normality in them.




When I was in high school a few years ago this one girl in my friend group said that I was most likely to be the most successful out of the rest of the group, and everyone agreed. It's honestly given me motivation just to get through day to day life. I still think about it pretty often.


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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

What's the most traumatizing thing you experienced as a child?
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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

Redditor u/Mcxyn wanted to discuss some truths about love and our own issues, by asking:

Why are you single?
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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!

What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."


"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

One such instance involved a little sister who was around 6 at the time. It was the 90s and at the height of the youth-focused PSAs (think the frying egg representing your brain). One type was a safety PSA about stranger danger. The speaker would remind the children that if a stranger tried to take you anywhere to yell “Stop, you're not my mommy/daddy" to raise the alarm.

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