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"Fun facts" come in all sorts of flavors. There are the truly fascinating tidbits, the scary facts, the unnerving elements of animal behavior, or maybe some rampant, unchecked societal issue bubbling under the surface.


But there is another class of facts: the comforting facts.

These brief informational gems are just nice to think about. They warm the heart and make us feel small in all the best ways. Unfortunately, they're not always the easiest to track down.

Lucky for us, Reddit exists.

JennyAndTheBets95_ asked, "What's the most comforting fact you know?"

Many people chose to share facts that improve self-esteem and mental health. These small mantras put things into perspective and remind us that we don't need to focus on everything all at one time.

In fact, we shouldn't even try.

What Thing 

"No One Cares, so that embarrassing thing i did 10 years ago yeh don't have to worry about that" -- AppropriateWasher

"Yes. I mean, I can't even remember anything embarrassing that someone else did. So chances are they're not remembering my embarrassing moments either." -- miss_archivist

You Don't Know Your Own Strength

"Cognitive science fact - humans underestimate their ability to deal with untoward events."

"Helps me convince myself to worry less about the future."

-- Prestigious_Tax_2743

It Keeps On Turning 

"Honestly?"

"One of the most comforting facts for me is that every day that passes, the past gets a little further away. Every mistake, every time I've been wronged or wronged someone unfairly, every worry, my bereavement - it all fades slowly."

"New worries will come and old ones will grow - but the past is the past."

-- QuakrThrowaway

The Best Way Forward Is to Celebrate

"People in my life that pass away wouldn't want me to be sad forever" -- Conscious-Bedroom-53

"A kid from my school died at 17 or 18, I always remember his mum saying 'it doesn't do my son any justice to die with him' " -- LurkieMcLurkerson

"Me and my friends have an agreement that the last one alive has to pay our tab at the pub. It's a race to the grave at this point lol" -- Doodle_Brush

Others went with the animal facts.

With so many various species crawling the earth, there are plenty of wonderful attributes that warm the heart.

It Takes a Village 

"If a baby manatee is orphaned other manatees will raise it." -- Littlemisslarvae

"The simple fact that manatees exist makes me happy tbh" -- AlisConnor

"sighs in relief good... good." -- tpootz

Hospitality 

"The military in Turkey built little barracks for stray cats to protect them from the cold." -- Paginmin949

"TIL Turkey gets cold." -- EverGreatestxX

" 'We fight our battles differently than other countries. We train stray cats to fight for our country, and do spy work for us on the other side' "

Always Best Friends 

"Dogs most likely dream about their owners. Either playing with them or annoying them. They're all good boys and girls." -- jodeda3878

"My dog dreams really dramatically all the time, legs 'running' and muffled barks. It's never occurred to me she might be dreaming of playing me. I love this." -- Lacarac

Finally, some chose to think about science and the universe. This understanding even verged on the spiritual and religious dimensions.

Again, it was all about perspective.

Arranged and Deconstructed 

"The first law of thermodynamics. It's my agnostic idea of life after death—the energy we and all the people we love are made of isn't destroyed when we die."

"We simply become less organized, but all that energy sticks around."

-- arkygeomojo

This Will All End 

"Eventually the universe will die. Everything you've ever done, every humiliation you've received, every person you've hurt, all gone. Nothing will be remembered and neither will your mistakes. So enjoy life!"

-- FumazDev

Constant Community 

"There is always someone looking at the moon somewhere, so if you're ever feeling lonely, just look at the moon and know that you have something in common with someone."

-- jkhelco



So next time you find yourself asked to share a fun fact during an ice breaker or team building activity, go with one of these. And be prepared to hear a relieved sigh from around the circle.

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Was it worth it?

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He heard that you'd automatically get suspended if you peed your pants at school. He wanted to find out if it was true, peed his pants, got suspended.

Memoryduel

Scientific method:

> Observation: 'I've heard that by peeing your pants you will be suspended'

> Hypothesis: If I pee my pants I will be suspended

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> Conclusion: If I pee my pants I get suspended

Glez_fdezdavila_

Uhhh what was the intention here?

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​Next ones up are the lowkey (or even highkey) disturbing stories. These weird kids can get a little scary.

Boom theret.

At my middle school, someone decided to get a little attention with a good old fashioned bomb threat. Except they thought that a bomb threat meant literally writing "bomb threat" somewhere. Worse yet, they misspelled the f*ck out of it, and wrote "boom theret."

So we had to go on a brief, very awkward lockdown while the police checked the perimeter for booms.

Angusthedangus

I hope there was no overlap in the columns.

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She wrote a list of all the girls and boys she wanted to kiss and murder and then casually passed it out on the playground.

Fun-Acadia-8735

2 separate lists or just the 1?

OppositeYouth

Same list 2 columns lol.

Fun-Acadia-8735

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Had the weird kid in high school ask the teacher to use the bathroom. She said no and this dude legit stabbed his hand with a pencil. Went all the way through then asked if he could now...sh*t was wild.

This was Pearl High School in Mississippi. This was the school Luke Woodham shot and killed his girlfriend and her friend at the school. This kid stabbed himself with the pencil about 2 months after that happened. This was late 1997.

Roberted1982

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Ok, but this takes a lot of skill.

Had a kid nicknamed "cheeseburger" in the grade ahead of me in high school. He got his nickname because when it was time for his class to go to lunch, he snuck into the roof and crawled his way into the cafeteria, dropped down and proceeded to steal all the cheeseburger put out for lunch. Unfortunately they caught him in the act and sent him to the principal's office.

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Theonering1

Every school had the cat girl.

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SendmePMsofyourBMs

Mood.

Weird kid in elementary was a self proclaimed alien. Once, while waiting for the bus, she told me "On my planet we eat people like you" and proceeded to bite me. We later became friends in high school and she used to give me massages during lunch break in the quad. Just realized now she was likely tenderizing me.

Iheartrevolution

I was exactly this kind of weird.

He didn't say much, but if asked, he would go to the front of the class and perform Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with all of the emotion and volume of Tiny Tim, holding nothing back.

The last I heard, he became an energy trader, made a ton of money and married well.

10per

I can definitely relate to that last one. In middle school, my English teacher would let me go to the front of the class and perform monologues or songs from Broadway musicals. Weird, but that’s what happens when schools cut funding for the arts and the theatre kids have no outlet.

As long as you’re not hurting anyone, I say let your freak flag fly, man

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