Few things can destroy your peace of mind more than a bad roommate. I would know: I've had a couple, including one who thought it would be a good thing to play around with money that wasn't theirs. (Narrator: It was not a good idea and they paid the consequences.) Suffice it to say that I live alone now and am much happier for it.
After Redditor PhoenixKillerx asked the online community:
"What are things your roommate has done that is pure evil?" people shared their stories. We hope some of these people can get out ASAP.
"When I moved into that apartment..."
"Once I had a housemate who never returned kitchen utensils to the kitchen after using them. When I moved into that apartment we had something like 20 forks and by the time I moved out, there were no forks left in the utensil drawer and I was keeping one in my room so that he wouldn't steal it."
Yeah... what is up with roommates who do this? Do they not realize that when utensils disappear, it's because of them?
"Every single time..."
"Previous roommate. Every single time I would go to make food, she would come down to do the dishes, at that exact time. Here's why that's an issue."
"We have a small kitchen. We didn't talk and it was incredibly awkward. I DO THE DISHES WHILE MY FOOD IS COOKING AND I ENJOY THAT."
We hope you eventually told her! That should have resolved it.
"But the next day..."
"I lived with 3 others in an apartment a couple of years ago. In the kitchen, I had a small section of the counter with a few pour-over coffee brewing items (Chemex, scale, gooseneck kettle) which are relatively pricey and fragile so everyone agreed to be careful with them."
"One day, I noticed a pile of someone's dirty dishes on top of my coffee kit. It was clearly deliberate and quite strange. I was taken aback at first but I thought little of it until it happened the next day and the day after. None of the roommates took responsibility."
"After weeks of this, I finally caught my roommate "Matt" in the act and I asked him why. He said it's because I didn't wash my dishes, so I explained that they weren't mine (I'm the only vegan in the apartment so it was pretty easy to prove that the plates and pans with chicken weren't me). He apologized and promised to stop."
"But the next day he continued! And now there's a chip in the glass of my Chemex, so naturally, I asked him to replace it, which only made him angrier."
"Later that week, there was a clog on our bathroom sink from hair. I said I would fix it, but Matt insisted that he be the one to do it. Figuring this was maybe his way of making up for things, I agreed to let him do it and thanked him."
"But when I got home from work that day, there was a large stove pot on top of my coffee kit, filled with dirty sink water and hair from the drain."
"That night I got all the roommates together, including Matt, and basically said, "it's either him or me." It was unanimously decided to kick him out."
"To this day, I don't know why he did that."
Sounds like he just lacked a sense of decorum. It's astonishing how many people there are like that out there.
"One day I came back..."
"My roommate moved out without telling us. One day I came back and all of her stuff was gone, she was leaving with her last box as I was coming in, and all she said was "don't worry, I found someone else to take over my lease."
"Well, when I went into her room, it was a complete mess. Old moldy food left on the floor, weird stains on the walls, TOE NAIL CLIPPINGS scattered all over the place, tons of change just lying around. It was absolutely disgusting and I was the one who had to clean it all so the new girl wouldn't have to walk in to a pigsty (my other roommates did not help me at all)."
"And the thing is, she only was there for one month. She made that much of a mess in just one month."
You lost me at the mention of the toenail clippings strewn everywhere.
No thank you. I think I'm going to hurl.
"My roommate used to eat..."
"My roommate used to eat the core out of my peanut butter, and similar things, so it would still look full."
That's just gross. They probably double dipped her own spoon, too.
"Flew his brother out..."
"Flew his brother out from Florida to spend two weeks in our apartment in the middle of the pandemic and didn't tell me or the other roommate until 9 pm the night before. I assumed he would at least leave his kid, whom he had partial custody of, with her mom while his brother was out, but no."
"The kid also stayed with us for the majority of those two weeks, giving a grand total of three adults, a teenage boy, and a baby in an apartment with one bathroom. In a pandemic."
Ummm... why? This is so irrresponsible. It's incredible how many people there are who lack a sense of self-awareness.
"Not living with her anymore..."
"Not living with her anymore, thank heavens, but she had a giant drunken party on a Sunday night...that lasted all night...it lasted until 1:45 and she is 40."
"Guess who is gainfully employed? Guess who needed to sleep like a normal adult human?"
We'll take an educated guess... we're guessing it's you!
"I once shared a house..."
"I once shared a house with 3 other people. We would label our food, and each of us had our own shelf in the pantry. Some food was shared like milk, but most was not."
"I once came back to find my roommate eating my peanut butter straight from the jar, with a spoon. -Double-dipping and all. Despite seeing my name on the lid, he thought I bought the jar to share because it was a "family size" and "nobody needs that much peanut butter" (I like my peanut butter)."
"Levi was the worst roommate I've ever had. Unfortunately, this was just one of many stories."
Why are all peanut butter stories that involve roommates in some capacity always so horrible.
"He never washed a single plate..."
"He paid only for rent and acted like he was some sort of merciful god even though he never cleaned or paid for maintenance. He never washed a single plate and all the stuff he took to his room ended up with some sort of fungus which not even chlorine would fix."
"I finally lost it when he broke the water heater and almost started a fire, kept it from me and the next time I showered it started a gas leak which made me pass out from monoxide poisoning. He laughed when I mentioned I almost died from that."
"Kicked him out and never talked to him again after 25+ years of friendship."
It sounds like you're better off! Silver linings. But still... 25 years? Wow.
Again, all this talk of bad roommates makes me so very glad that I live alone and don't have to deal with any of that. I think I've got the shivers.
Have some nightmare stories of your own? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!
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Advancements in science happen every day in every way.
But often it feels like we are still so far behind.
How have we not cured so many diseases?
Shouldn't we know more about space?
What is Jello really made of?
So much to ponder and understand.
Maybe one day.
We all have a bucket list of what we'd like to see cured or invented before our last breaths.
Redditor yoda2060wanted to discuss all the science that needs to be devoured before the sand runs out of the hourglass. They asked:
"What scientific achievement you would like to see before you die?"
Life is infinite and we'll never know everything that is possible. But let's dream of what could be...
MiraclesMood Grandma GIFGiphy
"Cure for Alzheimer's. It sucks."
"I want to see us grow hearts, kidneys, livers, etc... In labs and end the need for donations and waiting lists for transplants."
"I waited for a heart/bilateral lung transplant for over a year and I spent 8 months living in the hospital waiting for it. You’re basically waiting for someone to die."
"Which feels all kinds of wrong… but my therapist (all transplant patients sees a transplant therapist) kept reminding me that me needing a heart and lungs doesn’t cause someone to die…"
"And what made even harder was that my mom died of Covid about 5 weeks before my transplant happened. So while I was praying and hoping so hard my mom wouldn’t die… I was also praying for my transplant to happen. I had a lot of mixed and confusing feelings. My transplant happened last November."
"Idiot Bottom Line"
"To build an environment friendly world."
"That depends entirely on how far you want to go with 'environmentally friendly.' Some amateurish pseudo-intellectuals will say that humanity itself is devastating the planet by it's very existence so we'll call that the 'Idiot Bottom Line."'
"So you have to find an acceptable level above that to declare environmentally friendly. For example can we still have hear exchangers? Space debris? Artificial Electromagnetic radiation? There has to be a level before you can declare such and so far no one agrees."
“20 years, tops”
"Viable nuclear fusion."
"Nuclear Astrophysicist here. I know the joke is that we been saying '20 years, tops' for 50 years now - who do you think came up with that joke? But seriously, we are really close."
"We need a reaction that is self-sustaining and puts out more energy than we put in. We can easily do a reaction that’s one or the other, just getting one that’s both is hard. And with recent updates to the Greenwald limit we found some relatively minor tweaks that doubles previous theoretical max output."
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"Figuring out what Dark Matter is, solving the mysteries of black holes. Proper thorough investigation of our own oceans."
So far, so interesting. We have so much to learn.
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"Prosthetic limbs and organs that can work just as well as real ones. Affordably too. A cure for total nerve damage. Carbon neutral liquid fuel. FTL travel (let me dream)."
"Making contact with another intelligent species in another solar system."
"That's probably not going to happen. I'd be overjoyed though if we discovered even just microbial life in the oceans of Europa or Enceladus. They'd be the first true extra-terrestrials ever encountered."
"If we had teleports then we might also have other technologies integrated with it like instant dental work, instant food, instant surgery, things just unthinkable without the technology but before the steam engine travel was by horse so they could not imagine traveling cross country in any other way besides ships. Maybe with teleports we wouldn't need energy, just an infinite loop of the first spark."
Sickness be gone...
"Cure for all cancer forms."
"I approached a nursing assistant with the question. They could describe it as trying to go after the stick of a lollipop. The treatments are mostly concerned with favors, not sticks. If they can discover a way to deal with the stick, then you may be able to treat cancer from there."
"I think it is important to add that there won’t be ONE cure to all cancers. Cancer is such a broad spectrum of diseases that sometimes have next to nothing in common. But hopefully we will keep getting the survival rates up with different medications for different cancer types."
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"Solve back pain please. We can do crazy sh*t like nuclear bombs, new fancy vaccines and space exploration, yet we don't have a solution to one of the biggest and most common ailments that existed though all of humanity."
I want to see all of this happen! Fingers crossed.
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Fast fashion is terrible for the environment, one of the largest polluters of clean water globally because of its all too common use of cheap, toxic textile dyes.
It also places producers under more and more pressure to manufacture more and more clothes on masse–the people working in the factories that make this stuff are being paid a pittance, contributing to much of the wealth inequality in less developed nations.
Additionally, it's estimated that the textiles industry produces 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 per year and that just two percent of all fast fashion emissions can be reduced through recycling. Ouch. Time to change habits, right?
People shared their thoughts on this and other topics after Redditor urmomsucked asked the online community,
"What should people seriously stop buying?"
"Pets they can’t take care of."
I have known several people who got puppies, decided they couldn't handle them, and dumped them. It's rage-inducing.
"Nestle products. Literally the most evil company currently in business. Unfortunately it's really hard to tell what brands they own."
Nestle is responsible for the deaths of babies in undeveloped nations. It's sick.
"Designer clothes and accessories with logos slapped all over them. It wastes your money and makes you look idiotic."
The funny thing is, the designer clothes/accessories with logos slapped all over them are typically the cheapest options from said designer.
"Simple syrup. It’s sugar water with an $8 price tag."
It's easy enough to make your own. Your iced tea will never be the same again.
"Cheap belts. A quality leather belt will last you decades."
I have a few (quality leather belts, that is) and they've lasted for years and years. Can confirm.
"Cigarettes. To anyone reading this, please just don't start even if it's out of curiosity. I'm 20 years deep into this and it's hell."
Smoking is a brutal addiction to break. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed rules prohibiting menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars to stop young people from picking up the habit.
"Fast fashion. Garment workers get paid s*it, the environment suffers and you look like everybody else on the street with no personality or sense of individualism."
This should be up at the top. The environmental impact is terrible.
"Unnecessarily large vehicles..."
"Unnecessarily large vehicles, which they'll then inevitably complain cost too much to fill the gas tank."
Gas guzzlers need to go. It's far past time that they be phased out.
"Anything advertised on Instagram. It’s a scam and those influencers are just making it look cheap AF."
Or just avoid Instagram in general. That would solve a lot.
"New phones when their current is just as good."
You've got that right. People buy a new one for the hell of it without even thinking about it.
It's pretty clear that many of us need to change our habits now. Our wallets will thank us later.
Have some suggestions of your own? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!
If you make too many funny faces, your face will stay that way permanently.
Watch too much tv and your eyes will fall out.
Break a mirror and it's seven years of bad luck.
These are among the many myths and superstitions we heard as children, more often than not from our parents and teachers as a way of scaring us into behaving.
But while there is not one ounce of truth to any of these tall tales, there are many who still believe them, and many more.
Redditor RedditPersonIf was curious to learn what superstitions people continue to believe are true, leading them to ask:
"What myths are obviously false, yet most people still believe they are true?"
When they fly the coop...
"If you take care of a baby bird, the mother won’t want it anymore because it’ll smell like a human."- GreatXs
No amount of fiber can help you
"If you swallow gum, it'll stay in your digestive tract for 7 years."- stinky_cheese33
It was every other subjects he had trouble with
"Albert Einstein failed math in school."- Nothingreallyendalbert einstein GIFGiphy
Though it does make shampooing easier
"Shaving your hair will make the hair grow back thicker.'- RunWithScissorsss
Sleep with your mouth closed
"The amount of spiders you eat while being asleep."- pantsofafatman
"That you are supposed to pee on a jellyfish sting to ease the pain."- Actuarybajellyfish burn GIF by Monterey Bay AquariumGiphy
"Bulls not liking the color red."
"Bulls are partially color blind and can only see yellow, green, blue, and violet."- Rogurzz
Call a Lyft instead
"Coffee, speed, and uppers sober you up."
"Too drunk to drive?"
"Now you're drunk AND on drugs, you just don't feel the effects of the booze but your motor skills, reaction time and decision making are all still drunk AF."- kirkrjordan
Best let nature run its course
"The damn alpha wolf."
"It was one study under captivity, the poor researcher made it his life's work to try and set it right."
"If you want a brutal hierarchy where everyone pecks down, what you're looking for is chickens."- raxeira-etterathdog lol GIF by Regal CinemasGiphy
Give this one some thought
"We can only use 10% of our brain."- UnbearableHuman
A little bit of research will clear up any doubt you have on these old superstitions and beliefs.
And for anyone who helped out a friend who got stung by a jellyfish, no need to be embarrassed.
Who hasn't looked at a scarf someone knitted for a loved one, a flawless homemade birthday cake, or an immaculately planted garden and thought, "I wish I could do that"?
But you'd never dare try to attempt it yourself, knowing that it's well beyond your personal skill set.
But is it?
Intimidating as they may seem, some skills might be deceptively easier than they appear to be, or might come more naturally to you than to many others.
Redditor halfmoon599 was curious to hear what skills people believed to be much easier than they seem, leading them to ask:
"What skill is actually easier to learn than what other people think?"
Everyone can be ambidextrous!
"I'm left handed and and I wanted to learn to write with my right hand."
"it was much easier than I thought and now I can write with it making it look somewhat decent."- JE3V4N_
"Using your off hand skillfully."
"I worked on this when I owned a woodworking business and it has helped so many times over the years."- karg_the_fergus
Should you ever forget your keys...
"Picking a lock."
"It only takes about 1 or 2 hours to learn, contrary to popular belief." - DifficultAd5113frustrated frustration GIFGiphy
Can't get to the genius stand? No problem!
"It's just a lot of googling and YouTubing."- theassassintherapist
"Basic IT troubleshooting."- usmarine7041
You'll have a blanket done in no time!
"It looked really difficult to me but I was really pleased how easy it was to pick up."
"Especially with YouTube tutorials."- geeltulpenCrochet GIF by Twin_MadeGiphy
But do get a license first...
"Flying a small airplane is actually very simple."
"It's everything else like weather and flight planning, emergency mindfulness, airspace and traffic, and confidence in yourself that gets tricky, but any person with eyeballs and a pulse could fly a plane."- Clyde-MacTavish
With practice, of course
"Parallel parking."- Feels2old
Give your arms a rest!
"It takes just 10-20 minutes a day for 3-10 days.'
"Find a railing you can lean on to start."
"At some point, you'll be able to let go and ride!'- Vegan_BTW_VRJuggling Unicycle GIF by Derek TeeGiphy
... Is it though?...
"Driving a stick shift."- fantazja1
Next time you think, "aw, I wish I could do that," rather than keep wishing, why not just give it a try?