Not all heroes wear capes.
Reddit user, u/xanthopants, wanted to hear who men look up to when they asked:
Women Inspiring From Afar
Most of the time you don't have to personally know the women to be inspired by them. Odds are, you're familiar through their work because their work ended up being something that pushed boundaries, broke barriers, and defied life-threatening odds.
The Mother Of Radioactivity
Marie Curie took one for the team.
This should be the top answer.
FEARLESSLY diving into the unknown, using the machine her husband had invented, discovering and recording knowledge that benefits us all today...at the cost of her very Life.
The truest type of explorer there is. There should be statues of her at every nuclear facility, hospital and public park for what she has done, and lost, on our behalf.
Using Math To Stop Crime
Elizabeth Friedman was a bad-ss mathematical genius who used her code breaking skills to help bring down some of the biggest mobsters in the 1930's while they were busy running circles around law enforcement. More importantly, she was responsible for breaking up Nazi spy rings in the 1940's, particularly in South America, and helped turn the tide of major conflicts that very possibly shifted the outcome of World War II.
And she did all of it while being mocked, dismissed, and forced to keep her work secret by order of the government. Nobody knew her contributions in taking down the Nazis until after she died and her work was declassified.
Everyone should know this amazing woman who sought neither accolades nor credit for doing what her male counterparts couldn't even begin to comprehend.
Shot In The Leg HOW Many Times?
Deborah Sampson, aka Robert Shirtliff.
That bad-ss b-tch disguised herself as a continental soldier during the revolutionary war and took two musket balls in the leg, getting the first one out herself and leaving the other one inside her thigh until she died.
Shot At With HOW Many Guns?
Monica Beltran, U.S. soldier who fought off an enemy ambush with a machine gun while being shot in the hand at the same time.
Writing In The Face Of Nazis
Sophie Scholl, active member of a non-violent resistance group against Nazi Germany. If I remember correctly, she was executed for distributing pamphlets promoting her cause. She stood up for others even in the face of death. I deeply admire that.
"The real damage is done by those millions who want to 'survive'. The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don't want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won't take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don't like to make waves—or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small.
It's the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you'll keep it under control. If you don't make any noise, the bogeyman won't find you. But it's all an illusion, because they die too—those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe.
Safe? From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does.
I choose my own way to burn."
~ Sophie Scholl
She was arrested by the Gestapo and executed with other members of the White Rose group, by guillotine.
She was otherworldly brave.
Writing Above Her Peers
She was the daughter of two very famous authors, married an even more famous poet, and most of her circle was comprised of famous (male) writers like Lord Byron and Leigh Hunt. Despite this, she still held her own and wrote a world-renowned work of literature that is arguably far more influential than anything Percy or Lord Byron. Sh!t, the only people who read Byron or Percy Shelley in their entirety are academics like me, but everyone has heard of Frankenstein.
Hedy Lamarr, she was basically a female Bruce Wayne.
She was a hardcore engineer, scientist, model, actress, linguist, entertainer, and humanitarian.
At the same time as she was one of the highest paid actresses in the world and considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, she was engineering secret ground-breaking tech IN HER TRAILER between scenes.
She invented frequency hopping that was used to target submarines and enforce the blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis and help prevent Armageddon... it's also part of how GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi work.
One of the best stories about her is that some rich dude was hitting on her by telling her he could get her on a Concord flight but she turned him down saying "a woman can fly faster without a man dragging her down"... then called the engineers and helped improve the design to make it faster and more stable.
She was a prolific inventor, creating new items like fluorescent pet collars, proximity fuses, food flavorings, and other items until she died in 2000.
Women Don't Always Have To Be "Real"
Of course, women don't always have to be "real" to be inspirational. By "real," we mean non-fiction. Even women portrayed on screen can be someone you aspire to be like.
We All Used A Frisbee As Chakram. Don't Lie.
Pretended to be Xena all the time as a kid.
Lucy Lawless is an all around bad@ss. Great in Xena, great in Spartacus, embraced the Xena/Gabrielle shipping and became a pretty outspoken advocate for LGBT rights, and has called Kevin Sorbo out on his bullsh-t quite a few times.
Also, she can fly.
She Killed A Queen, For Crying Out Loud
Ripley from Alien/Aliens. A believable character who acts like a regular person, not full of BS hollywood bravado. When everyone else who are louder and more bad@ss get taken out and she is the only capable person left she rises to the occasion and finds a way to prevail.
Fighting In The Real World For Real People
Some people are probably gonna cringe at this and they can go f-ck themselves as far as I'm concerned, but: AOC. Unironically. She's hands down one of the most authentic people in Congress fighting for the working class and endures relentless antagonism from both parties because of it. And she strikes an excellent balance between pragmatism and idealism which I have a lot of respect for.
Then There's Those Heroes Who Many People May Not Know About...
Then there's the far lesser known women in the world, the ones books aren't written about or movies are made around. These are the women in your day to day lives, the women who raised you, who helped you, who guided you to where you are now. The women absolutely crushing it with no recognition.
Showing How To Handle The Worse Of The World
The manager I had when I volunteered in a charity shop. I was in a very bad place in my life, and she helped to coax me out of my shell, and build my confidence. And she told customers who were rude to me to f*ck off (I'm a little person, so I tend to attract jerks). She was so classy while not taking anyone's sh-t, and she was unflappable in any situation. I aspire to be like her one day.
Never Let Anything Get You Down
My mom. Met a Mexican man in Tucson. Had a baby with him. I wasn't even 3 months old and she decided to move to Mexico with my dad so I could be raised with family (hers was really abusive and my dad is one of 12 siblings who all love each other). She moves to Mexico, learns Spanish, and picks up a job teaching English. 10 years go by and now she is the head of the bicultural department in the most prestigious college in the state. The sole breadwinner of our household and somehow still the most involved parent. Tried to move us all to the US when I was 10. My dad was deported the second our plane landed.
Mom had to start over in the US while being a single mom. Pulled her sh-t together, worked two jobs. Could afford to send us to Mexico every summer to be with family, saved up for a house, and now works with the head of the health department in our city, all the while raising both of her sons with so much love and patience it's unreal. She is the best role model I've ever had in my life and is such a f-cking bad@ss. I'm grateful every day that she is my mom.
You May Be Surrounded By Them
My mother taught me to give it your all no matter what the circumstances.
My grandmothers taught me that service is the greatest form of love and honor.
My sister taught me how to treat other people the best, even if they don't always deserve it.
My first boss taught me that true leadership means taking the first step.
My wife taught me that hope is never in vain.
My daughter teaches me life is full of joy if you know where to look.
My life is full of female heroes
What makes heroes so special is what they do, in spite of the odds stacked against them, every single day. Look to the women you know, what they're constantly fighting against, and model yourselves after them. You might be surprised with what you can do.
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Girls, let's be honest. Most of us have been in a situation where a guy was flirting so badly, that he came off creepy.
Fewer girls have been in a situation where a guy they were talking to was actually creepy, but unfortunately, it's not a rare occurrence.
Sometimes, the guys think being creepy is the way to get a girl's attention. Other times, their intentions are malicious. Whatever the case, we have to be on high alert when something like this happens
Curious about what creepy comments girls have gotten, Redditor Capable-Parsley2368 asked:
"Girls, what is the creepiest thing a guy has ever said to you?"
An Alluring? Scent
"“You smell just like my wife”"
"“You smell just like my husband.”"
"…is probably the worst alternative."
" I could steal you away and no one would even know till it’s too late”…he was trying to flirt 😖"
"Bruh that’s possibly the worst pickup line I’ve ever seen."
“I love how you look like a legal version of a child.”
"What in the actual hell.. this is disturbing"
Do You Want To Be Her Dog?
"I was walking my dogs and a 50+ year old man approached me and said ''you could put a leash on me and take me for a walk ''
Don't Take The Money
"I was working as a Private security officer i was 19 at the time when a 40 something year old man from the private event I was guarding asked me to go to his house. He felt bad because the event ended in 2 hours instead of 8 hours. I wasn't bummed out or anything because I was tired from the day before I wanted to go home. My security partner left home and as I was walking to my car he offered me a job as a maid to clean his house and he would pay me 20 dollars an hour. I rejected and he tried to give me 80 bucks, long story short I threatened to hurt him if he kept following or trying to touch me and he left."
Is That Supposed To Be A Good Line?
"Two different guys, both clearly flirting with me: "You're so cute, you remind me of my little sister""
"This is why I hardly dated in my early 20's"
Close The Windows, Lock The Doors
"As a teenager I was home alone one night and my phone rang in my room. Some guy said “I see you”. I thought it was a friend pranking me. I said, “really?!? Then what am I wearing?”. Guy replied, you have a green towel on your head and a blue one around you. I did! I slammed down the phone, ran around the house locking the doors and getting my dad’s shotgun. He would have had to of been right at my window to of seen me. Freaked my sh*t. Mid 80’s."
"“I was attracted to you because of your pointy nose” dude just tell me you have a thing for witches and keep it moving"
There's A Reason He Needed You
"“Can I tell my friends and family that you’re my girlfriend even though you are not?” Said the grown man living in his mothers basement I met on discord. This was online and he then proceeded to explain it was like “having a girlfriend in his pocket at all times”"
Always be in high alert in these situations. Protect yourself. And never reduce creepy comments or actions to harmless flirting. It's better to be safe than sorry.
Suppose you fall in love. You've been there before, right? Many of us have. Admitting your feelings can be one of the hardest things you do. Being vulnerable is not easy.
And you can only hope that the object of your affection responds to your words in kind. Suppose they don't? That's when things get awkward, even painful.
People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor Scrotonimus asked the online community,
"What is the worst way to respond to "I love you"?"
""If I could only get your sister to say that."
"I love you."
"I love you...r sister."
Can you imagine?
"Just not saying..."
"Just not saying anything and laughing, like a real good hearty laugh would be pretty bad."
Oh, that would really hurt. A lot.
"You're just not..."
"You're just not terribly important to me."
Best response: "I have to return some videotapes."
"Then you'll really love..."
"Then you'll really love this once in a lifetime business opportunity!"
Please don't. Just because we're in love doesn't mean I want to join you on a timeshare.
"And I love you, random citizen!"
This is the best response. I laughed way too hard at this.
"You don't know..."
"You don't know what love is, Forrest."
I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is.
See what I did there?
"I love me too."
Admit it – many of you have said this one.
"I.... tolerate you."
Ouch. Let's hope none of you ever hear this.
"By releasing large amounts of ink in order to create a dark, diffuse cloud (much like a smoke screen) which can obscure the intruder's view, allowing you to make a rapid retreat by jetting away."
Honestly, I think I'd respect the hustle if this actually happened.
"There's no mistaking..."
""Thank you" is the most heartbreaking and the most effective. There's no mistaking that the other person heard it, acknowledged it, and very deliberately did not return it in kind."
I have said this to someone before...but I feel like it's better to be honest than say something so powerful that you don't mean.
Awkward, huh? You can't help who you fall in love with – but hopefully they will also reciprocate your emotions.
Have some suggestions of your own? Tell us more in the comments below!
We all have our gripes about inconsequential things that become so increasingly annoying, that they drive us over the edge.
Unfortunately, these inconveniences in life–whatever they may be–will continue pestering us because they have every right to be there.
Ah, but what if there are legal consequences for the things that irk us the most?
Seeking to make our world a better place, Redditor mystic-savant asked:
"If you could make something illegal, what would it be?"
These continued interruptions are enough to make us erupt into fits of rage.
Our Common Hang-Up
Ixnay To The Exnay
"Small 'X' buttons on mobile ads. I hate the kind where unless you have dainty fingers you get redirected to a website."
Too Many Trees Die For This
"Junk mail. Think of all the 'You're pre qualified for a credit card!' mail people get and how much of that goes straight in the trash."
Staring At The Void
"Reporting an ad to google for covering content and them removing the ad, only to leave a large empty gray box over the content where the ad used to be."
People could do without these sonic assaults.
"Police sirens in radio commercials."
"And car horns. I’d like to get to work without having a heart attack on the way."
A Close Call
"This almost caused me to crash because it was timed as I went through an intersection that was at an angle so oncoming traffic aims at you for a time before they turn. I swore to the Nine Hells that I was about to be slammed into and nearly jerked by steering wheel to the right and into another car. Only reason it didn't happen was triage; I decided that if I'm being hit steering away wasn't changing that. Then nothing happened."
Disturbing The Peace
"Listening loud music from phone without using earphone in public places, especially in public transport."
Corruption gets casually overlooked. It's time for some changes.
"Politicians buying/selling/trading stock while in office."
No More Advantageous Incentives
"Honestly, politicians receiving any kind of additional income or donations, monetary or otherwise, while in office."
"No stock trading, no second job, no donations to their campaign fund, no gifts from supporters, nothing. If you work in government, and have financial ties to other entities, then your loyalty is being bought, whether consciously or not as you will use your power to support your other forms of income in the name of self interest as to ensure to still receive those forms of additional income."
"A politician’s only form of income or compensation should be via taxpayers from the people they represent."
There Ought To Be Consequences
"Politicians getting any pension , insurance , security , or anything after getting convicted of anything connected with their office ."
Driven By Greed
"Price gouging on life-saving medicines."
I personally think there ought to be clear a distinction between factual news reporting and opinion.
The lines are so blurred these days, people will forgo doing the research to educate themselves on the facts and wind up disseminating propaganda and unsubstantiated information, which can mobilize a harmful movement.
The question is, which party should bear the consequences of their indiscretion? The reporting agency or the audience?
As we enter the third year of the global pandemic, with cases continuing to ebb and flow, it's hard not to look back on whether or not this could have been avoided, and what the world might be like today had Covid-19 not spread throughout the world.
With that in mind, one also can't help but wonder whether or not there will, in fact, be some good to come out of this.
Many people have pointed out how people will likely be more diligent with their hygiene, companies might re-examine the possibilities of working from home and disability, not to mention how much we value our friends and loved ones, after not being able to see them and hug them for months on end.
Begging the question, was the global pandemic one of the many necessary evils endured by the human race?
Redditor Appropriate-Cut8001 was curious to learn what horrific historical events people felt were, at the end of the day, necessary for multiple reasons, leading them to ask:
"What’s an event in history that everyone agrees was horrible but also agrees it was necessary?"
The Tylenol Murders
"The Tylenol murders."
"That sucks to say because 7, I believe without looking it up, people died."
"It caused the safety seals to be placed on every bottle containing any type of pill you can go pick up over the counter."
"Who knows how many of those seals have prevented another tragedy."- thegardensofbabylon
The Glen Cinema Disaster
"The Glen Cinema Disaster."
"Without it we would be locking fire doors on kid's movies."- pinkpringlesupremacy
"The sinking of the Titanic sure got people serious about ship safety and probably saved a lot of lives, especially since this was right before WWI."- Dictator4Hire
"Sinking of the Titanic."
"Led to major changes about lifeboat capacity, as in everyone gets a spot, a dedicated iceberg watch and 24hr manned radios for starters."- jollyralph
"The plague ironically gave poor workers the opportunity to get better wages and a few more rights than in the past where they were basically slaves to the rich."
"I don't know a lot about that time period so I don't know the details, but I always thought that was kind of a neat thing to come out of a horrific situation."- walkinghomeat3am
The Triangle shirtwaist fire
"The triangle shirtwaist fire, for the amount of time I spent learning about this in school I think it’s pretty important."
"Kinda set off the alarm for how badly people were being treated."- 6245stampycat
"I guess whatever wiped out the dinosaurs since it made room for even bigger a**holes."- A-dog-named-Trouble
The World Wars
"Germany loosing both world wars."
"I am german and I truly believe we wouldn't be a such a modern democracy with a relatively young code of laws if it wasn't for the damn WW."
"It is good to have a state set back to 0 sometimes."
"Some laws and some phrases in a constitution just don't belong into the 21st century."
"Also, I like the current state of national pride here."
"Yeah, Germany is a great country and I feel home here, but we don't celebrate our past and are very careful when celebrating our achievement."
"I think this might be a good thing because I travelled many countries where national pride shut down legitimate criticism of history or politics."
"No matter how much you want to believe your country is the best."
"They all suck one way or the other."
"It is important to remember these dark times and learn from them."- datbarricade
The origin of the breathalyzer
"A drunk driver ran over a class of 10 boys and their teacher."
"One boy of the class survived because he was home sick."
"One day before the funeral, the Belgian government enforced the breathalyzer."- akisomething
It is important to remember that tragedies have a way of bringing people together, and possibly look at life with a brand new, far more optimistic outlook.
Even if one can't help but wish it didn't come at such a painful cost.