I'm assuming most of us have indulged in being naughty in our teen years.
We test the waters of society and our parent's patience.
Sometimes it's a blast, other times... you're in jail.
You gotta roll the dice.
RedditorBruh-momento10101wanted to hear the stories about the regrettable choices some of us have made in our younger years. So they asked:
"What’s the most illegal thing you’ve (allegedly) done as a teenager?"
I was such a "good" kid. I wish I had been more mischievous.
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"13 year old me was convinced I was going to get in trouble for downloading Pokemon ROM hacks."
"Uhh I’m calling Nintendo…"
"We would point at cops and run. When you do this, they chase you. If they catch you, they’re pissed."
"We would walk out into the street when they were coming, stop like a deer in the headlights and then run in the opposite direction. Lights, sirens and backup usually while we hide in bushes. Huge adrenaline rush at a young age."
"Broke into Old Trafford when we were 15. We had a football in a bag and intended to score a goal at the Stretford end. We got to the pitch but the joke was on us. The goals weren't up and we got taken home by the police. Didn't see the outside for a couple of weeks after that one!"
"Accidentally used inspect element on the google homepage at age 9, thought I deleted google and was going to get arrested. I was waiting for the sirens to show up."
"My 5th grade son isn't allowed to use computers at school because of this. Well, that and because he was 'hacking' into other kid's profiles (weak passwords/kids are stupid and don't protect them) and changing their avatars to hamsters."
Soldering...Soldering Mechanical Engineering GIF by AirspeederGiphy
"We might or might have not soldered every door lock of our school shut during summer closing time."
I never would of thought of half of these things. I missed out.
The 22nd FloorHappy Fun GIF by gunnarollaGiphy
"Walked into a huge hotel like we owned the place, took the elevator to the top and then forced a door to find a way to the roof, sat on top of the edge of a 22 floor hotel tasting the view having drinks and food with friends. It was great."
"My buddies and I lit a bush on fire near someone’s house. We didn’t know there was dry brush and somehow when it caught fire it ran upside the house to a dead tree and lit the house on fire. There was no one home, but all 5 of us broke into it and ran inside to check and called the 911 to tell them we broke into the house because we saw it was on fire and tried to save anyone who may have been inside."
"People who got house burned got a nice check from their insurance and a brand new home, and we got our names in small local newspaper for 'teenage bravery.' Oh man."
Under the Lights
"Me and a couple friends (back at like 11-13, all girls) played a game of truth or dare that ended up with us doing something like this. I guess it was technically illegal, too; it WAS past curfew. We were all in skimpy costumes from playing dress up, and someone got dared to throw a tampon in the window of a passing car on the main road half a block from my friend's house. Missed, and a couple rounds later I got dared to go get it back from the road and put it up my nose?"
"Now imagine three scantily clad tween girls standing under a street lamp on a corner peering out into the street when a cop drives by. Flipped on his lights and flipped a U-turn while we BOOKED it back to her house and hid behind the car in the driveway while the cop went up and down the street with his spotlight. 🤣"
Fill in the Blanks...
"When I was 6 or 7, my friends and I saw a whole slew of blank lottery forms sitting by the entry way to a store (the kind you had to use a Pencil to select your numbers so the machine could read it). We grabbed them and ran away thinking we had absconded with thousands of free lottery tickets we could sell or use. Yeah, not so much."
37 different viruses...
"Besides getting music illegally while also giving the home computer 37 different viruses? I once broke into a water park with a bunch of friends during the winter months. For those that don't know, water parks drain all the water to prevent ice from forming in the pipes. We infiltrated the park in long sleeves and long pants to prevent fiberglass burns while going down the slides."
The NFLNo Way Smh GIF by Atlanta FalconsGiphy
"Used telecast, pictures, descriptions and accounts of the game without the NFL's express written consent."
"When we were 8-9... then we would go around to the houses on the east side of town that had really nice gardens out front and pick flowers out of their front yard. Then go over to the west side of town and sell bouquets of flowers door to door for $5 each. Those old ladies ate that shit up and funded my arcade and pizza all summer long."
"When I was in my late 20s I met with a childhood friend whom while catching up on life, confessed to me that while our family were away on a camping trip, him and another friend broke into the back garage of our house when they were about 11 or 12, basically crawled under the alarm laser sensor (which they knew about on the entry way)."
"Like f**king mission impossible and stole beers out of my dads bar fridge. I actually distinctly remember my dad a bit pissed mentioning that his friend who he asked to come in to water the plants while we were away, was free to help himself to a few drinks, but not clean out his whole beer inventory."
We were dumb
"There was a rail road crossing where if you had any speed you could catch air... I launched my jeep from that xing more times than I care to admit.... actually breaking my rear leaf springs too. Looking back on it I could have very easily killed myself or someone else... and this was before the time of social media where people did crap for likes... we did crap because we were dumb."
BallersPhone Call Hello GIF by Shalita GrantGiphy
"Me and my friends would go to a pay phone and call some call girl and the friend with the deepest voice did the talking because we were 13 at the time ...Lmao not really illegal but we felt like absolute gangsters."
On the Roof
"A store in our area had giant fiberglass mascots on the roof. one of them had a big cigar. I climbed up on the roof and unbolted the cigar. (made of wood and had a threaded bolt going through the head) A few months later they replaced it. not nearly as well made, a cut off baseball bat that had been painted and glued in place, took 30 seconds to get that one. about a year later the tried again. Didn't last. soon after that the chain made the character a non smoker."
"When I was younger my friends and I thought it would be funny to jump out from behind a building and shoot our cap guns off at a police car. Never ran harder in my life than the moment after when the police thought we were actually shooting them and came after us."
Robin is Here
"A local drug dealer got sent to prison when I was 10, me and my friends knew he had a load of stolen goods in the house. We broke in, scored 8 new PS2s, I had a serious lack of enterprise and gave them out to local kids like some sort of digital robin hood. I also fed his goldfish whilst I was in there."
Zoo TimeSan Diego Lol GIF by San Diego Zoo Wildlife AllianceGiphy
"We regularly jumped the fence at our local zoo when we were high or drunk. Not to vandalize anything, just a fun place to be at night when you were shitfaced. Once we jumped the wrong fence at wound up in the ostrich area. Holy crap are they big. Never ran so fast in my life."
Oh the secrets our pasts hold. We really are dumb at a young age.
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Many people live by the mantra that ignorance is bliss.
It's true, how being left in the dark about influential pieces of information is preferable.
For example, being cognizant about a co-worker's questionable private life can adversely affect how others interact with this individual if they object to their tendencies outside of the workplace.
Not knowing certain things can be freeing, a notion that was explored when Redditor Distantmole asked:
"What’s something you really wish you didn’t know?"
These Redditor examples are based on an occupational hazard.
"How to fix a printer. Sometimes, I just play dumb when I'm asked..."
"I was the ONLY one who knew how to unjam the printer at my old job. And it was a lemon - it jammed at least once a day. I quit the job because I was overworked and unappreciated. My replacement left in less than a year. I hope they're suffering without their little resident unjammer. Thanks for letting me vent."
Parents are people too, and you wouldn't be here were it not for them.
So there's that.
The Origin Of You
"I know exactly where, when, and how I was made in grand detail. I have no idea why my parents felt the need to tell me this, but I now know and I wish i didn't."
"I was conceived in a waterbed in my parents’ old condo. My dad told me when I was 15…"
Pulling Back The Curtain
"My father photographed all the births, me and my siblings."
"Each of us had a photo album growing up."
"They started with the photos of our births."
"My father took photos of us coming out.... of the vagina."
"This is the first page of my childhood photo album."
Too Close For Comfort
"My parents told me they conceived my younger sibling in a tent with me and my older sibling while we were sleeping in the same tent. I did not need to know that."
You think you know everything about the members of your family.
However, some things about them are better left a mystery.
"Was on a vacation with my grandma in a shared room and she disappeared into the bathroom for 5 minutes, came out, I didn't think any of it and didn't care, and she came up to me and said."
"I have bad constipation right now so I shoved a bit of soap in my butt to help softening it up! Maybe I'll fart bubbles soon, he he!"
"That happened 6 years ago but it's burned into my brain."
The Family's An Open Book
"Didn't need to know the reason I'm mums least favourite child and I certainly didn't need her to tell me what colour my step dad's pubes are. Didn't need my Grandparents to tell me that they had sex the night before on the couch I was sitting on or my grans favourite position."
"Also didn't need to know my uncle only has one testicle or that my dad was in the room when my cousin was conceived. My family is far to open lol."
"If you find an unlabeled videotape laying around burn the f'king thing just in case."
The myth of mammals.
Scary Fish Tongue
"There is a parasitic isopod that gets inside a fish’s mouth, severs the tongue, and lives in the fish’s mouth acting as a replacement tongue."
I wish I didn't know about as Demodex or eyelash mites.
Oh, you didn't about them?
Prepare to have your mind blown.
There is a community of mites living in the pores of our faces.
Ever wondered why your face randomly itches when there's nothing visibly making contact with your face? That's because these little stubby boring worms–that are a distant relative of ticks and spiders–are having a party inside your fleshy dwelling, and they are grateful for its host to extend the welcome mat.
Americans often drop popular sayings in conversation that have some element of truth to them.
You've undoubtedly come across phrases like, "Kill two birds with one stone" or "it's raining cats and dogs."
While those are used to describe actions, like the state of the weather, there are other phrases that are dispensed as words of wisdom to help individuals through a challenging situation.
But the endeavor to console someone by using this tactic is not always effective.
Curious to hear examples of this, Redditor Braca5 asked:
"What popular sayings are bullsh*t?"
These sound familiar?
The Survivor Mentality
"whatever doesn't kill you just makes you stronger."
"Looks aren't important."
"It's true. They don't always or entirely matter, but they do. That's kind of how superficial humans are."
Not Every Pain Heals
"Time heals all wounds."
"There's another one that goes like this 'time heals nothing, it just replaces memories.'"
The stigma around this is so foul, the guilty will lie about their offensive crime.
"He who smelt it dealt it"
"Whoever said the rhyme did the crime."
Psychology Around The Guilt
"The irony is it's almost always the opposite that's true. Most people would rather just be quiet about a fart than try to put it on somebody else and as it is you usually become pretty accustomed to your own and probably don't even smell half of the ones that slip out so likely the person who dealt it is going to be one of the last to actually consciously smell it."
Playing by the rules doesn't always get you places.
"Cheaters never win."
"A better saying:"
'Treason doth never prosper, what's the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason.' John Harington (1561 - 1612)
Comeuppance Never Comes
"What goes around, comes around."
"Bullsh*t. I've seen people be jerks my entire life (I'm 57 y/o) and they never got what should have come around to them."
Thing About Karma
"Worse, it's an excuse to not take responsibility. A few years back, I had discovered a nasty person who was fooling the public by buying dogs from Amish auctions of out of state, bringing them, unvaccinated, across state lines, and pawning them off on the public as 'rescues' but also taking loads of donations when she was not registered as a charity. She was not using the funds for medical care. The gal was a flashy blonde in designer clothes and knew how to fool people."
"The county authorities were investigating and needed more evidence. I approached the owner of a local pet supply store where she operated her scam and asked him to cooperate. He banned her from the store but completely refused to cooperate with the investigation. Excuse, 'Karma will get her.'"
"B*tch got off with just a fine when she would have faced animal cruelty charges."
"Karma? No, it's not a thing."
Those who adopt a passive way of thinking end up making up for lost time.
Turning A Blind Eye
"Out of sight, out of mind."
"Ever lost track of a spider?"
How Much Time Do You Have?
"Good things come to those who wait."
Lond Distance Relationships Aren't For Everyone
“Absence makes the heart grow fonder”
I think those who say "if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life," is debatable.
Depending on the situation, being forced to do something you once loved so you could earn a living can potentially breed resentment.
I'm a former dancer who absolutely lived off the adrenaline of performing on a stage. But when the cast I was performing with at a theme park was forced to do the same rigorous show five times a day–sometimes in intense heat–I was miserable.
Once, I severely twisted my ankle mid-performance simply because I was physically exhausted but continued giving it my 100% when my body was ready to give out. That's when most performance-based injuries occur.
That phrase certainly got a second hard look from me back then.
No two people share exactly the same likes and interests.
But on occasion, one might find themselves being among the few, if not the sole members of a certain fan club.
Indeed, while Cats earned a place on the list of the worst movies of all time, its 19% score on Rotten Tomatoes suggests that there are a handful of people who actually liked it.
Or while many people dread having to clean their homes, some simply can't wait to get started, and will look for any and every opportunity to do so.
Redditor StardustNova_ was curious to hear where members of the Reddit community found themselves in a distinct minority of appreciation, leading them to ask:
"What's something you like that the vast majority people hate?"
You've got me all tied up in knots!
"I love untangling things."
"Your Christmas lights end up in a ball and there’s no telling where it starts or ends?"
"Got a necklace that got rolled up into a total mess?"
"I’m your de-tangler."
"Headphones come out of your pocket looking like a Tangela? "
"Total zen for me."
"Wish I could make a few bucks with it tho."- Not_Jo_Mama
I'm all ears!
"People that talk a lot so I don’t need to."
"I like listening to them & I find their energy refreshing."- krasavetsa
"Everything about the airport."
"Idk why but it’s so fascinating."
"Honestly I like it more than the trip sometimes lol."- abigailgwhitneyairport GIFGiphy
"The cold never bothered me anyway"
"A Winnipeg winter day where there's not a cloud in the sky or a breath of wind, but it's so f*cking cold out your nose hairs freeze together every time you breathe."- FakeLordFarquaad
When life gives you lemons...
"Apparently a lot of people don't like the lemon/yellow starburst candy, and that's the one I prefer."- mermaid_with_pants
Sudsy, soapy dreams...
"Doing the dishes."
"I find it so calming."- shakensunshineSeason 5 Episode 10 GIF by SpongeBob SquarePantsGiphy
The gift that keeps on giving.
"It's super therapeutic and relaxing to me."
"I'll wrap everyone's presents in the house, even the ones they have to give to other people!"- happygoose2022
Sweeet and sparkly!
"Fruit flavored sparkling water."- suitcaseinherhand
"It's raining, it's pouring..."
"Gloomy and rainy days."- eggtart_princerainy day GIFGiphy
Can't dive too deep!
"I got addicted to research when I was in college and something about putting everything together to present a coherent argument is just exciting for me."- ILoveFoodALotMore
It's always interesting to hear the thing which would make some people groan with misery that would make others cheer with glee.
Nor should always look down on someone for loving something you absolutely hate, as they could help you wrap those presents you've been putting off because you hate it so much.
And who knows, maybe Cats wasn't as bad as you remembered...
It's usually a good feeling to be "on top".
To be found at the top of the list of a notable or unique accomplishment.
Though having the distinction of being in the top 0.1 percent of something might not always be something to brag about, resulting in some keeping this distinction to themselves.
If only because some people might be unusually fascinated by their so-called "accomplishment", that they'll never stop being bombarded by questions.
Redditor ImLostInTheForrest was curious to hear if any members of the Reddit community believed they were in the 0.1 percent of anything, be it commendable, bizarre or unfortunate, leading them to ask:
"What’s something you believe you may be in the 0.1% of?"
A mighty heart indeed
"Scars on my heart."
"I have about 30, I think."
"On my 4th heart procedure, I had 24 cardiac ablations."
"They use radio waves to kill tissue to create scarring so that effectively signals can't travel through that way."
"During one procedure, epicardial, meaning both inside and outside the heart. by the top electrophysiologist on the east coast."
"He said only one other patient of his had more done in one procedure."
"Took 10 hours."
"I could hear the nurses gossiping about me in the hallway."
"This was 7 years ago, and now my heart is working great!"- pearlie_girl·
Extremely comfortable in my skin
"Half of my body is a birthmark of tan skin, and the other half is pale white."
"It's right down the middle of my stomach and same with my back."
"I've only ever seen 1 person online with it saying 'chimerism' but idk if that's same with me."
"Idk but it's uncommon." - User Deleted
"Still living with stage IV lung cancer for 13 yrs."- Flashy-Cattle-8086
Big shoes to fill indeed...
"I wear a size 18."- wearegoodthings
Love your job!
"Don't know if it's less cool because I do it for work, but I 'photograph' atoms and crystalline atomic structures most days."
"I get to see the world in a way few ever do which is kinda neat."- RayseBraizeAnimation Loop GIF by xponentialdesignGiphy
An exclusive club no one wants to be part of...
"I have this condition called Miyoshi Myopathy, which, thankfully, affects only my calves and hence my walking capabilities."
"My doctor told me it is rare, but tbh statistically rare does not really mean anything, everyone might have it but they either did not get out of their way to test it, via taking blood and had it examined in a lab, or they just never realized there was something wrong at all."
"If you are wondering why I said 'Thankfully it only affected the legs', it is because it is a muscle disorder, and some disorders affect Cardiac, heart, and Pulmonary, lungs, muscles that will obviously not be pretty."
"I have to get tested every year to make sure all my vital functions are normal and as of now nothing significant is noted and I should be living a long and healthy life."- 1123Icantthinkofname
It's harder than you think...
"Folks who know percentages."- mrg1957Giphy
"Apparently only 0.1% of people become mechanical engineers in the US and an even smaller percentage are women, so maybe that?"
"I was also less than 2 lbs when I was born, and I think the percentage is probably similar."
"I somehow have no lasting physical issues from that, though my sister has cerebral palsy."- s_p_o_c_k
Plenty to go around!
"I have 3 functional kidneys."
"No it doesn't mean I pee more."
"No it doesn't mean I can drink more alcohol, thats the liver."
"No I won't sell it for under $71,241." - User Deleted
While some wouldn't necessarily consider some of these things an accomplishment, all of them certainly make for fascinating conversation starters.
Seriously, where would the third kidney even go...?