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The minds of teenagers are about as mysterious as the outer recesses of deep space or the dynamics of life at the ocean's bottom.


Like those faraway places, adolescent brains play by rules no adult can fathom--even if they had just that kind of brain years ago.

Those teenage brains are characterized by their inability to fully consider long term consequences and risks. They also tend to consider themselves at the complete center of the universe.

The mixture of both properties makes for some wild clothes, far out makeup choices, and, when seen in the rear view mirror of adulthood, insufferable behavior.

Some Redditors gathered to describe the old habits that still make them squirm with embarrassment.

WorseCup asked, "What was your cringy teenager phase?"

In Public?!

"I used to fake an English accent. Not a particular one, just what a 14 year old from the US South thought people from England sounded like."

"I must stress that I did this in public. On several occasions."

-- thoawaydatrash

Center of the Universe

"Tumblr in 2014 as a 16 year old was brutal."

"I blasted Lana Del Rey's born to die album as I walked my family's Australian Shepard in our suburban neighbourhood thinking I was extremely mysterious and, of course, the main character."

-- iwliwnoli

Stomach Turning Reflections

"Straight edge scene kid. I was fu**ing insufferable." -- ReadingBagder

"The first part would have been me if my mom let me style myself the way I wanted to. The second part was totally me; I was also insufferable." -- Known_Character

"Same. Went from the hippie-looking burnout look into the scenester emo look. Gut wrenching." -- labbykun

A Few Favorites

  1. Mom, no one understands me. Neither do you.
  2. Metal is the greatest genre and unlike other genre of music, it is 'real' music.
  3. I will wait until they invent a color darker than black.
  4. Society bad.

Shameless Fanhood

"I'd have a 'Minecraft Monday' and 'Black Ops Tuesday (II's day).' So Monday I'd wear my Minecraft t-shirt and use my Minecraft lanyard, then Tuesday I'd wear my Black Ops II shirt, hoodie, wallet, and iPod case."

"This was my sophomore year of high school btw. Probably one of the couple of reasons I didn't have a girlfriend."

-- thechiangsta

"Entertain Me!"

"Thought of myself as a legitimate Manic Pixie Dream Girl. A retrospectively embarrassing blend of insecurity, narcissism, and a desire to be seen as 'the one who got away.'"

"I rejected anything trendy or popular because truthfully I didn't know how to succeed in that aesthetic, but I told myself (and everybody else) that it was because I found conformity tiresome and needed my soul constantly ignited by the strange and unexpected."

"I still full-body-cringe at my former self."

-- Mesmerotic

Living a Lie

"I tried to convince myself that I liked the horror genre and watched a ton of horror movies and drew horror sh** until I realized that I didn't like horror and that I was actually interested in mythology and folklore."

"I think it was because I was really into Slenderman as a 13-year-old or I was trying to break free from my Catholic upbringing. Probably both."

-- HiddenMasquerade

Harder Core

"I saw myself as 'a hardcore' and made it part of my identity."

"Better believe I'm going to get better at this game than my friends, I'm a hardcore! I'm naturally wired to have more dedication and perseverance than they are."

"This guy thinks he's going to beat me in the school cross country? Hah, I'll show him! I'm a hardcore. I keep going when others would have given up."

"Others may have a fleeting interest in something, get mediocre at it then give up and move on to the next silly distraction. Not me! I'm a hardcore."

-- flameylamey

CLASSIC

"Had a 'girlfriend' who 'moved to Florida.'" -- _Mechaloth_

"So your girlfriend was...retirement age?" -- RandomGuyWithStick

"When I was 7 or 8, I told people I had a boyfriend named Casey who went to another school. Really I had a crush on someone in our class whose initials were KC." -- noisy748922

Doing More Looking Around Than Reading

"Reading Jean-Paul Sartre's Being and Nothingness on the bus to school in the hopes that a girl would be impressed and strike up a conversation with me." -- RunDNA

"Oh god. I was a girl version of you. Dressed like a Wes Anderson character and made a big show of writing in the margins." -- doittomejulia

"The real question is how much of it did you understand..." -- SeasickWalnutt

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It’s weird how much stuff we let slide when we’re kids. Even if you look at the TV shows we watched back then, we had such a high threshold for the bizarre (early 2000’s Nickelodeon, anyone?). So it’s no surprise that some of us straight-up didn’t react when we saw weird crap in person.

Here are a few wild examples of seemingly harmless things we saw as kids that would be horrifying to see now. Brace yourself, this one gets crazy.



Kids and water aren’t a great mix sometimes. It can get real gross, real quick.

Not worth the tranquility.

I've always loved the tranquil feeling of being under water. When I was a kid I would just hold my breath and float around. Sometimes adults would think I was drowning and run up and scoop me out. I don't remember this (it was when I was pretty young) but my parents have told me about it

I used to think it was a funny story... people thinking I was drowning when I was just trying to relax

....until I watched a video explaining child drownings and yeah, the way I acted in water looked exactly like a drowned kid.

I don't think it's funny anymore.

Turboshot49cents

Uhhhhhh.....ew?

Renee Zellweger Water GIF by Working Title Giphy

Flood water. It was fun and games for the kids, and we even splashed around in it, much to the horror of our parents (who immediately scrubbed us down). We didn't understand then, but now, oh wow...sewer, insects, rats, parasites, etc.

MrFantasticallyNerdy

That’s actually hilarious.

My friend and I were walking along the road in about thigh high flood waters. A small boat with two men comes up to us. We were about 9 years old and I think they were National Guard. Anyway, one of the men asks if we remembered exactly where the manholes in the road were. We answered no. He told us that all of the covers had most likely been washed away in the flood but not to worry because it would probably only take them a few days to find our bodies if we were sucked down one of the holes by currents they produced. He spoke in a matter of fact tone and then left.

As an adult, I have zero doubt those two men had a good laugh as they looked back and watched us nope out of that water like two roadrunners in a cartoon.

Edit: It was Fish and Game Wardens. The NG didn't come until later.

Daykri3

Not to mention the crazy injuries that kids somehow are constantly surrounded by.

Had a jogger get hit by a car outside my house once when I was about eight or nine. My nephew came running inside yelling at my parents and my sister to call the ambulance because he was bleeding pretty badly.

I could even see him from our playrooms window and I wondered what he was doing lying on the grass. Turns out he was bleeding out pretty badly, deliriously yelling at my parents when they tried to help.

Eventually, an ambulance came and picked him up, but my parents always told me he made it out okay. The day after, in the spot he was found someone had put a lily in the grass in a vase.

It took me longer than I care to admit to figure out he died from the hit and run.

SixthUnderminer

How sharp were they, though?

A kid f*cking sharpened his fingers with an automatic pencil sharpener at grade 2. Everyone didn't know what was going on until the teacher started freaking out.

NubbishWood

I just remembered I tried to stick my finger into electric pencil sharpeners as a kid and disliked how my fingers were too big to fit in it. What the hell was I thinking?

BSPlanes

Rock climbing can definitely be dangerous.

scared george costanza GIF by HULU Giphy

We did climbing in PE (sixth to eight grade). Like rock climbing and we had to do our own harness and stuff. PE teacher (supposedly) checked it after we were done to make sure it was done right. One day my neighbor broke an arm and leg because she wasn't properly strapped and fell.

This was at an international American school in Egypt around year 2000, for all those wondering what type of school does rock climbing.

Ashleywalz90

Kids are, in fact, made of elastic.

We used to jump of our roof. First time hurt a little, but after a few times you learnt how to land.

Did it regularly and would try various items as 'parachutes' to see if it slows you down any.

I look at that height now and wonder how the hell we never broke anything - kids bones are more elastic I guess.

Reapr

​It’s amazing what adults can get away with right under kids’ noses.

A casual hit-and-run.

car japan GIF Giphy

My babysitter was running late to take me to piano lessons and rear ended an old man at a stoplight. She told me that he must not have noticed because he didn't get out of his car. I thought nothing of it, and she drove away and took me to my piano lesson.

I forgot about it, and it didn't click until I remembered the incident years later that I had been unknowingly involved in a hit and run.

Idontknowwhattoput22

Big yikes.

Not so much something I saw - but when I was 5 or 6 I was at a family wedding, and there was this really friendly adult guy (who I didn't know) who told me he was really worried about his nice new car in the parking lot and how he wanted to check on the car but didn't want to leave the wedding.

He asked if I could go check on it and he would pay me $5 just to go see if his car was "okay" being that age $5 was a crazy amount of money so I couldn't believe my luck.

On the way to the parking lot, my mom intercepted me and was absolutely horrified, I remember not understanding why, like trying to tell her no she had it wrong he was nice and paying me! And as an adult now I'm like that's so messed up and I wonder how close a call that could have been.

DeclanAF

Go grandma!

Until the age of 12 my grandma had custody of me. I used to sleep with her and she slept with a baseball bat next to her bed. It wasn't until I was much older that I realized she did it dads friends wouldn't be able to do anything to me.

Dad was a drug addict and drunk and when he was out of prison he had all kinds of people in and out of the house. You would never know what would be missing the next day - often my Nintendo :(

She did everything she could to protect me from God knows who/what and I had zero clue!

Edit: Damn this blew up while I was sleeping!! Thank you so much to everyone for the support :)

Im adding extra details to help understand the situation.

My grandmother was born in 1914, had a third grade education and was a housewife her entire life. She was already 71 when I was born! My grandpa died when I was 4 and it was just her and I. We lived in a tiny 2 bedroom house in a terrible neighborhood. It was paid off and that's all she could afford. She lived off of the social security death benefits from my grandpa and food banks. She couldn't just "leave" and go anywhere else.

Also, for those suggesting she should have called the cops - cops don't do anything if you say "I'm scared these guys will do something bad" cops have to wait till something bad happens.

She did her very best and raised my right! Now my father is back in prison (shocker) and is pissed at me for not letting the past be in the past and welcoming him with open arms. Meanwhile I'm a 2x college graduate with a great job, my own house and recently married! She definitely did something right. Unfortunately she died when I was 12. Id give anything to be able to tell her how grateful I am to her for doing everything right.

LostLadyA


We see some scary stuff as kids. No wonder most of us are so messed up years later. Often these things don’t even register as something terrible- a lot of times, the things we witnessed were just a part of life.

The best we can do is to take our trauma, and learn from it, so we don’t pass it down to our own children. Because kids don’t deserve it- they deserve to have happy childhoods and not think about the horrors of the world.