I hated my teenage years. I'd redo them again just to be young, but the drama isn't worth it. I'd say I could be a little scandalous and rebellious but, rebellion as a teen is seen in the eye of the beholder.
I will say kids today are surprising me. Having walkouts in class. Being active in social discourse, that's impressive.
But kids will always be kids. They will always mess up in epic proportions, that's part of the fun.
The times you acted out will be the best stories you have, all the way until the grave.
Act out a bit. But be smart. And not cruel.
RedditorHeyhey-_wanted to discuss the years of lost youth when we were invincible, they asked:
"What is the most rebellious thing you did as a teenager?"
I skipped school a bunch. And I stole.
I didn't rob a bank or anything. I just stole from church.
Yes, I stole from God. He forgave me.
My mother? That's a different story.
"I missed 34 school days. You'll fail the year if you skip 36. If they were going to grant me vacation days, I figured I'd take use of them." ~ Active_Combination78Giphy
Lucky that I got down...
"Friends and I were going into an old nightclub when we were 16. To get in you had to climb over loads to rooftops and get in a hole in the roof."
"We also got our 18 year old friend to buy us cider. As we were climbing up I spotted a woman look at us funny. I had a bad feeling so got down."
"My friends continued. Went back to another of my friend's houses. After being there for 10 minutes his mum tells us the guys had been arrested."
"The woman contacted the owner of the building and rang the police."
"2 of my friends turned themselves in, one of which lied about being 17 when he was 18, the other 2 fled to the roof which was very high and the whole town could see them on the roof with police cars below."
"Fun times. Lucky that I got down." ~ StickyBlackMess69420
You stole what?
"I stole a thong from Macy's when I was 15 because my mom refused to buy me one. Me and my friends got caught and got 'arrested' by the mall cop."
"He handcuffed us to a water pipe below the main level of Macy's. Never stole again and looking back, that was super creepy." ~ Illustrious_Big_8485
Best Memory Ever
"I took a train to a different city that i barely knew to watch a concert of my favourite band at the time. I was under age, got in with a fake ID and went all by myself."
"Had the best night ever, danced right at the front of the stage, managed to get the drumstick, autographs and had a photo taken with the lead singer."
"Stayed over at a hostel that only cost me $25 and took the train back the next morning. It was amazing and no one ever found out :)."
"The band was called SOJA (soldiers of jah army) and it happened when I was on exchange in Australia. I guess that made it even more exciting!"
"I got away by telling my host family I was sleeping over at a friend's house and leaving her phone number (purposely misspelled) at the table to look legitimate lol."
"Luckily they never even called her. And yes, that was one my favourite memories ever!!"
"It happened 8 or 9 years ago so i can now talk about it without getting into trouble hahaha." ~ SnooApples25
"Stole the battery out of some guy's truck who was trying to drive home drunk from a party and left it on his parents doorstep with a note explaining why it was there." ~ kg1206Giphy
Rebellion to save a life?
Don't drink and drive. That's not rebellion, it's just stupid.
"Had a pretty awesome house party when they were away."
"It was epic but lots of things got broken and they were so mad at me they gave my bedroom to my brother and I had to have the tiny little bedroom for the rest of my time living at home." ~ VodkaMargarineGiphy
"My parents are very liberal hippies who believe in a 'hands off' parenting style. They were all saying things like 'society sucks, don't be normal', and so on."
"As a result, my elder sister rebelled by becoming a cheerleader, earning straight A's, and refraining from using drugs. The funniest rebel of all time." ~ ConditionCortoonist
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"Caution: there will be bad**sery ahead."
"At 11:00 p.m., I snuck out of the house. I went to the store and purchased junk food."
"Then, after it had closed, my pals and I went to a playground. We ate donuts and fought with lightsabers until the cops arrived." ~ Acceptable_Stage79
"I had a big party my senior year. I got everything cleaned up, or so I thought."
"My mother had a glass cutting board on rubber 'feet' on the kitchen counter. My one jacka** friend who 'didn't like the taste of beer' apparently spilled the screwdrivers he was making on the counter, and it pooled under that cutting board."
"They got home, she moved that eventually, saw OJ, smelled the vodka, and I was done." ~ Jealous-Network-8852
Take your meds...
"I would bring a box of Good & Plenty (licorice) to school, and when I wanted out of class I'd take a white one and show my teacher and say 'I need to go take my medicine'."
"They'd give me a hall pass and I'd wander the school like ahhhh freedom." ~ DelicaGiphy
"no running in the hallways."
"My middle school had a policy of "no running in the hallways." Anyone who rushed through the halls received an automatic detention. So there I was, skipping down the corridor one day (skipping... not running). When a teacher sees me, he says "Hello there, there! Stop! You've been given an after-school detention!"
"I spun around in the middle of my skip, looked him in the eyes, and said "no." Then I kept skipping down the corridor. I felt euphoria, pride, and delight because I had defied the system. I never had to go to detention." ~ Sensitive_Future343
stole/begged for food most days...
"I left home without warning for about a year and spent some time being homeless in other countries. If iIhad money it'd be backpacking, since I was dirt poor I slept in the streets of many cities and stole/begged for food most days. When i got home I took a shower and went to bed in my room and the day after i attended breakfast and my dad who I lived with never said anything about It. Ever. Healthy relationships ftw/s." ~ Rhamba
"Skip school, get drunk and pass out in football fields." ~ RedditDrunk Happy Hour GIF by Saturday Night LiveGiphy
"Broke into an abandoned school with a buddy of mine and trashed the place. Looking back on it; one of the dumbest things we ever did without a doubt, but on the flipside a giant paintball war in the old halls is one of my fondest memories." ~ James_a420
"In 6th grade I was around some bad people, we stole parts out of my schools computer room. We would also "plan heists" for our local grocery store, it basically went like this: We would go in there as a group (4 or 5), while two had empty backpacks."
"We filled them up in a corner where the camera wasn't able to film us, then just grabbed something cheap and walked to the cash-register to actually pay for. The ones with the backpacks would just walk through and wait outside. Then we walked back, everyone takes what they packed in and we would just walk to class." ~ KAaadIsReady
Mexican Buddha XD...
"According to the meltdown my mother had, it was me wanting to attend a different church." ~ Kaio_00
"When I was a teenager I wanted to attend the Buddhist temple in our neighborhood. I was raised Catholic, so my Mom was very bemused and humored me about it."
"I even went on a day long Buddhist retreat and it was fun at the time. I got to learn about another culture and religious beliefs. My parents are from Mexico so my Mom once bought me a Buddha statue from Mexico. It was so cute and hilarious! That Buddha statue looked like a stoned Mexican Buddha XD." ~ LusciousofBorg
"The 'most'. Probably taking my ankle monitor off, committing a new crime and leaving the state for weeks. I wasn't trying to be a "fugitive", I was just a bit crazy." ~ throwawaysmetooPrison Break Running GIF by The Ugly BoysGiphy
"I did the typical teenage stuff, smoke pot, smoke cigarettes, sneak out at night to party with my friends. Drinking. I think the most rebellious thing I did was sneak out one night and tag a bridge with my then boyfriend and our best friend. But idk if it counts as rebellious because I never got caught and my parents never knew. I got really good grades so my parents just assumed I ran with a different crowd than I actually did. Now we are all grown up and we don't speak anymore. I miss those guys." ~ Alohamora95
How do yo handle it? It's impossible to appreciate it when it's happening.
Oh well, guess we just keep living.
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It can be very embarrassing when you pronounce words wrong. Let's face it, the English language is super complicated, especially if you're learning it for the first time. You can't always trust yourself to pronounce things phonetically either because of all the different rules!
Recently, a relative pronounced the word "epitome" like "epi-tome." They were embarrassed when I corrected them. I told them that it wasn't a big deal, though they did note that they love that word, have used it for a long time, and that no one corrected them until that moment...
People told their stories after Redditor adeptwarrior asked the online community,
"What's an 'oh sh*t' moment where you realised you've been doing something the wrong way for years?"
"When I was five..."
"When I was five a Pizza Hut employee told me that the powder on the breadsticks was called fairy dust. Ordered extra fairy dust on my breadsticks until I was around 14 when an employee said ‘do you mean garlic salt?’ It still devastates me to realize how obtuse I was."
Believe it or not, Pizza Hut does refer to the mixture—made of of italian seasoning oregano, basil, garlic, marjoram, and parmesan—as fairy dust.
"When he caught me..."
"It wasn’t very long, but when I was learning to drive my dad was explaining the rule of thumb regarding a safe distance to be behind the car in front of you. I thought it meant to hold your thumb up and if your thumb didn’t cover the entire car you were too close to it."
"When he caught me doing that he asked me what I was doing. When I explained he burst out laughing, then considered it, and concluded it wasn’t a bad idea but perhaps a bit distracting."
Also every other driver thinks youre a super friendly guy or a bit passive agressive.
"We got it delivered..."
"We bought a nice liquor cabinet. We got it delivered and noticed it was a bit shorter than we thought. No biggie. Three years later, we’re moving. Lift up cabinet and these beautiful, ornate, screw on legs wrapped in tape and bubble wrap fall off the bottom. Looks so much better now!"
This is cute—it's like you discovered an entirely brand new piece of furniture!
"When he mentioned..."
"Until last week, when my father in law would made a phone call on his very basic non-touch-screen flip phone he would open the menu, scroll to the phone icon, open it, hit the soft key for contacts, scroll to the person he wanted to call, press ok, then press the soft key to call."
"When he mentioned how he preferred his landline because he could just dial the number, I said "Humour me. Just dial the number and hit the talk button." I've never seen a man so simultaneously grateful and embarrassed."
Aww, this is sweet. It's important to help older folks feel up to speed with technology. He was definitely more grateful than embarrassed.
"Since the dawn of time..."
"Since the dawn of time, I would pick up the silverware and utensils out of their tray in the dishwasher and put them away in their drawers then go back and pick up more out of the dishwasher. Then one day I saw my wife lift the tray out of the dishwasher and I legit stood there with my mouth open."
I did not ask to be attacked like this. Leave me alone!
"I always thought..."
"I always thought eggplant tasted "itchy" like itchy was a flavor, like sour or salty. Fed some to my baby and his face turned red wherever the eggplant touched, and I realized we're both just allergic to eggplant. And itchy isn't a flavor."
This is rather sweet but glad to hear that neither you nor your baby had a more serious reaction!
"Apparently the red ring around the bologna is not supposed to be eaten."
Tell that to just about everyone I grew up with.
"My mom has been pronouncing Massachusetts "Massa Two Sh*ts" for years and no one corrected her because they thought she just had strong feelings about Massachusetts."
I mean, have you heard of "Massholes"? They're a thing.
"Well the name I recorded..."
"Well... This was a few years ago. I was the director of IT for a very large company. I was given a new cellphone and told to setup my voicemail. I don’t know that when I recorded my name it would be played to whomever I leave a voice mail for."
"Well the name I recorded was, “Dooder84 Corporate IT Godddd!!!”
I worked there for 4 years until someone in the hallway referred to me as the “corporate IT GoD!” I was so embarrassed."
Wear it confidently because this type of stuff makes people like you more. They don't feel the need to be fake around you.
"My mom used to..."
"My mom used to refer to me as a “bull in a china shop." Always heard it as “bowl in a china shop." Thinking it was a compliment. At about 22 I hear someone else use the phrase and realized she meant “bull,” not “bowl."
Aww, there goes your mom telling you how dainty and priceless you are again!
Don't be too embarrassed. We all fumble, it's what makes us human. Laugh at yourself because chances are that no one else cares as much as you do.
Have some stories of your own? Tell us more in the comments below!
There are many TV shows with compelling themes and interesting character developments that impressed both critics and audiences alike back in the day.
But some of the shows that once captivated audiences have not aged well, and there are many elements in them that are outdated by today's standards.
Curious to hear examples of these, Redditor lilac_cup asked:
"Which tv series has aged like milk?"
The handling of these controversial TV story lines seem so careless in retrospect.
Addressing Child Abuse
"The very first episode of Hill Street Blues has two cops breaking up a domestic disturbance caused by a woman finding her man f'king her 15yo daughter. The man is told not to be sh**ty, the woman is told to put out more and the child is told not to be so tempting. Then the cops leave, patting themselves on the back for a job well done."
The Teacher's Secret Relationship
"Pretty Little Liars. I think even at the time, the teacher dating his 16 year old student storyline was considered creepy, but in 2022 it’s honestly unbelievable that was ever portrayed in any kind of positive light. Also that her parents didn’t immediately just report him to the police."
"Not the whole series but Ally McBeal. In one episode Ally found out her bf is bi and her reason breaking up with him was she afraid that one day her bf would be attracted to their son."
These reality shows would never fly in a "woke" world.
"There was a reality show on Fox called 'Black. White.' Where they put a white family in blackface and a black family in whiteface."
"Just reading about it, it turns out the white family wasn't even a real family. They were unrelated actors."
"Extreme makeover. I remember watching this show as a kid and being like oh wow they’re fixing all these ugly people with plastic surgery and making them happy. I just think that caused a whole generation to think they could change their body with money. Show lasted like 4 seasons. Couldn’t imagine that show today."
"Secret life of an American teenager."
"My god this show was terrible. My wife’s sister was into it and we ended up watching a lot of it when we were dating. I think they tried to make the banter like Gilmore Girls, but it ended up being the characters repeating their current plots and arcs over and over. I don’t remember the characters at all, but the main character was such a horrible person, and the audience is supposed to root for her."
"The main things I remember about it were the religious girl claiming she killed her dad by having sex with her boyfriend, and apparently you go to Bologna to get bjs."
"You Are What You Eat."
"Host Gillian McKeith (or to use her full medical title, Gillian McKeith) was an absolute quack with an online medical qualification from a Mickey Mouse university. She pretended to be a scientist by being recorded standing around in a lab wearing a white coat, spouted unscientific nonsense that anyone who had done a GCSE in science could see through, and was obsessed with getting people to shit in Tupperware boxes."
"It got cancelled after the final series when you had to have her move in with you. In the last few years she popped up again as a prominent anti-vaxxer once COVID vaccines became available."
These pageant shows glorifying good looks and talent would never be greenlit today.
"Dance moms- used to be entertaining, now all I can see is the psychological effects it must’ve had on those girls."
"Americas Next Top Model has to be #1."
"From all the behind the scenes sh*t that went on in production to what the show actually shows. It’s all just horrendous."
From Ugly To Beautiful
"The Swan, was 2 women who are considered 'ugly ducklings' participating in a pageant against each other after undergoing a three-month transformative process aka having heaps of plastic surgery."
"Right?! How were they allowed to do so many procedures in such a short time while completely isolating these women from their families? Making them diet and exercise while healing from a tummy tuck, breast implants, and veneers?! The 'therapy' sessions were a joke and were just for show while these poor women with low self esteem were preyed upon for entertainment. Just out of a safety and medical prospective…wow."
Judging The Reflection
"Didn't they also not allow the contestants/patients to have mirrors the whole time so they were surprised when they saw themselves? Psychologically having massive changes like that and it being sudden is extremely bad for your brain, you can end up rejecting the reflection because it's not 'you.'"
As audiences evolve, so does the writing and development of all forms of entertainment.
But because the changes are gradual, it is jarring when looking back and noticing how offensive and isolating some of these shows can be.
Times sure have changed in the world of entertainment–mostly for the better.
After having grown up inside the protective environment that was your childhood home, the inevitable time to leave and carve out your own path without a safety net can be terrifying.
Emotions can vary–with some people itching to leave their trappings while others terrified of adulting in the real world.
Curious to hear experiences from strangers online, Redditor WallStreetDoesntBet asked:
"People who moved out of the parent’s house before 30, how?"
Most people can't afford to live on their own.
Roommate Is Key
"yeah this exactly. I've never lived by myself, was roommates until I got a serious girlfriend and now fiance. There's exactly 0% chance of me being in the same position I'm in financially if I had been paying full rent all those years."
Not A Care In The World
"I was 17, we had 4 of us in a ghetto 2bd apt (bunkbeds) we had a beer bong on a lanyard screwed to the ceiling. We'd have keggers, party's every weekend and always had randoms crashing on the floor. Could barely afford to feed myself and pay bills but still not a worry in the world and it was the best time of my life."
One inconvenience shared by many was the sacrifice of a good, home-cooked meal.
Change Of Scenery
"Just needed a little R&R."
"Roommates and Ramen."
The "Wild" Years
"This, lol. I was kicked out at 16 and after couch-surfing for a few months I moved into a studio apartment with 4 other people."
"When I say we were poor, I mean poor - most of us didn’t have jobs. I lived off the worst of the worst food. Knockoff ramen. Dollar store canned veg. Rice and terrible year old pasta."
"It was a wild few years."
Rice For Life
"Or rice. I lived off rice for a full year. Fancied it up by adding some salsa, and then extra fancy by also adding ranch dressing."
"Those were hard times."
Having work definitely makes things easier.
Saving Up To Leave
"Started working while I was in school. Got out as soon as I could."
Not Much Fanfare
"Yep, moved out for college in 2006. Came back for the summer in 2007, but thereafter I got an internship so I just stayed in the city. Got a job at the same place after I graduated."
"It was never some big moment for me (my parents are fine, just annoying), just a natural progression for me."
Building A Life
"At 18. Worked in construction. Lived on a couch with 6 buddies in one house paying for college. Bought cheap land during the recession. Then built my own house."
Not moving out by choice seemed to be a common shared experience.
High Turnover Rate
"Got kicked out at 14. Finished high school sleeping on friends couches while serving tables. Had a ton of roommates for the next 10 years. At any given time I was living with like 3 or 4 people, it was never boring haha"
"I am hearing that so many people are actually kicked out in the really young age is well."
"But i am not getting that why parents are so tough because in my country they try to keep them under their wings."
"My friends parents were going to kick him out immediately after he graduated high school simply because 'That's what their parents did when they were his age.' His Dad fully expected him to go out at 18 and buy a house because 'he was able to.'"
"Then his Dad got pissed when my friend did not buy a house and went to live with his uncle instead. Even after his uncle broke down the whole 'Your mortgage is $2200/month with taxes and you expect your son, who works part time at $7.25 an hour to afford a mortgage? With no credit history?'"
"Some parents do it out of tough love. Some parents do it because they shouldn't have had children. Some parents still think the world is the same as it was in the 70s-80s and think minimum wage part time employees can thrive."
"My parents didn't kick me out, but there was definitely an expectation for me to be moved out and financially independent at 18. My mother walked into a job as a radio DJ at the age of 18 and then became a journalist with only a high school education a few years later (early 1970s), so she had this expectation that I could do the same. The thought of me being able to do anything like that in the 2000s was laughable."
I moved out of my parents' house because I booked my first professional gig on a cruise ship.
It couldn't have worked out better. I was paid to perform on board in the shows while my rent was already taken care of since I lived and worked on the ship.
I packed one suitcase and traveled the world doing what I loved for about two years. It was the best way to transition into an exciting new chapter in my adolescent life.
What's your moving out story?
I may not be popular for saying this, but I think comedy is the best form of entertainment.
However, it’s not always easy to find great comedy.
There are lots of comedians who make me smile or even make me laugh at a joke or two. Yet, it’s really hard to find a comedian who can keep me laughing through their whole set.
If you’re having trouble finding those kinds of comedians, or are just ready to find a new comedian to enjoy, Redditors are here to help.
Probably hoping to find a great comedian themself, Redditor Plastic_Ad_6179 asked:
"Who's the best comedian of all time in your opinion?"
"For many reasons, but mainly for being the undisputed champion of the world in...Carrot In A Box:"
"What a HUGE talent. Luckily he left a lot of great footage. Terrible loss."
"The comedians comedian"
"Honorable mention to Bill Burr."
"When I turned 21, my mom took me to Vegas. We saw Carlin perform and we laughed solidly for 90 minutes. I don’t remember any of the jokes, but I have never laughed like that since. He was a true master of the art."
"Carlin is the only correct answer. Nobody will ever touch that level of wit, wordplay, satire, and social commentary."
"I went to a Mike Birbiglia show at Zanies in Nashville back in 2008. Guy killed…got up on stage, told 1 story. Took him 90 minutes to get through that story. The whole time, he’s veering off on tangents that seemed completely natural, conversational even. Each tangent was a tiny hilarious story itself. The show seemed so smooth and flowed so naturally, that I could hardly believe it was written. It was masterful. Sure, he doesn’t tell jokes that leave you breathless with laughter, but he does tell jokes that get 90% of the way there with such consistency that I’m actually more impressed with that than the former."
"In terms of:"
- "Being at the top of his game for a long period of time"
- "Being perfect at timing and execution"
- "Understanding comedy to a degree that other comedians notice and respect"
- "Being clever and witty on the spot"
- "Having memorable jokes and killer standup routines"
"My favorite story about Norm MacDonald I've heard is that when he was coming up if he bombed he'd wait in the back of the club after the show to shake everyone's hand in their way out. If he killed he wouldn't. What a legend."
"If you asked a group of comedians who their favorite comedian is I'd bet Norm would be near the top of the list. So much of his material was a deconstruction of comedy itself. If Norm MacDonald tells you a bad joke, and you laugh, is it still a bad joke? Why is it funny? Are you laughing at him or is he laughing at you?"
"Mitch Hedberg. RIP."
"I used to love that guy. I still do but I used to too."
""I got in an argument with a girlfriend inside of a tent. That’s a bad place for an argument, because I tried to walk out, and had to slam the flap.""
""F**k you, zzzzzzzzzzip""
"Monty Python, as a group."
"I don't think there's been a single more influential comedy act than Flying Circus."
"I agree with it just because it’s one of the few non-American mentions here. People seriously think that humor ends on American Stand Up and television…"
"Also Monty Python is ALWAYS funny"
"Live on Broadway stands as one of the most memorable things I have ever watched."
"Idk why he isn’t higher on this list or mentioned more often. Robin Williams had absolutely insane improv skills. Watch the episode of Who’s Line with him as the guest star, the rest of the cast can’t keep it together."
"Scrolled this far to find a female comedian! Love Lucille Ball"
"I saw I Love Lucy was streaming a couple months ago. Having watched it as a kid, I figured I’d put it on for a nostalgic chuckle. I was not ready for that show to be so, so funny—I nearly passed out I was laughing so hard."
"She was a comedic genius."
"Rowan Atkinson (John Cleese closely second)"
"Atkinson is such an amazing physical comedian that it’s basically overlooked that he’s a first-rate stand-up, as well."
"He saved SNL. They wouldn't be on air today were it not for Murphy"
"Goat of comedy"
Comedy may not be everyone’s favorite form of entertainment, but it is a can’t miss, so long as the comedian in question is a good one.
Luckily, we’ve got some great suggestions above.