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Movie Lovers Share Their Favorite Comedy Films Of All Time

Movie Lovers Share Their Favorite Comedy Films Of All Time

Honestly, comedy is one of those genres that changes so much so fast that it doesn't often age well. Jokes that were hilarious might no longer work as we advance.

What made younger-you cackle might make current-you cringe and all it takes is one technological leap for an entire bit to not work anymore. Bart Simpson calling Moe's Tavern, for example, just isn't funny in a world of caller ID and an ability to block a number with the touch of a button.

But sometimes magic happens.

Sometimes the casting is so perfect, the timing so flawless, the writing so superb that the inconsistencies just don't matter.

Reddit user CityVirtual4704 asked:

"What the funniest comedy movie you’ve ever seen?"

You ready to laugh? Of course you are, we've all seen the doom and gloom on the timeline. Let's take a break.

Deadpan In The Face Of So Much

"The fact that OJ is in it makes it super weird now, but I’m not sure I ever laughed harder or more consistently than I did the first time I saw The Naked Gun."

"Something about Leslie Nielsen’s deadpan delivery and expression in the face of that much stupidity is amazing."

- jpiro

"Even as a child, this movie brought tears of laughter to my eyes."

"I remember the one time it was played in a bus on a six-hour travel and there was this teenage guy across us that was genuinely laughing his ass off. I really love seeing people enjoy this just as much as we did."

- CalmBeforePsych

"Leslie Nielsen was originally a serious dramatic actor, and he was cast for Airplane! in order to make the delivery as serious as possible, which made it much funnier, and got him more comedic roles."

- SeanTheProGamer


The Movie AND The Show Are Spectacular

"I loved 'What we do in the Shadows' - Specifically the movie, but the show is spectacular, too. That's rare."

- Melancholy_Madness_

"I love the show, but have never got around to seeing the movie. I'll make sure to watch it asap!"

- actionjerk

"The series is awesome too! I love both. But that Colin Robinson energy vampire really cracks me up."

- ThinNotSmall

"Watched this for the 10th time over the weekend & it’s still laugh out loud funny. It’s one of those movies you miss little lines because you’re laughing at a previous one."

"Vampire: 'Take this bundle o’ sticks!” *pretends to throw bundle o’ sticks.* "
"Werewolf: *Takes off running before he realizes there was nothing actually thrown to run after.* "

"I lost it."

"I know I’ve seen it before & even remember that part but for some reason I laughed so hard I cried. I was quite literally howling in a fit of laughter."

- DicksOfPompeii


It's Not Exactly About The Dogs

"I watched 'Best in Show' for the first time 2 weeks ago."

"I was on a flight back home and could not stop laughing. Good stuff."

- murky_thames

"I have watched 'Best in Show' so many times."

"What a cast! The clever, subtle, humor is just the best. Fred Willard is hysterical!"

- dottegirl59

"I had the pleasure of photographing the Westminster Dog Show one year and let me tell you, I'm convinced 'Best in Show' is not a satire, it's a straight up documentary."

"All of those people are real. Dog show people are wild."

- Santos_L_Halper


Apocalypse In The UK

"As a hardcore zombie fan, 'Shaun of the Dead' holds a special place in my heart."

- regachoisiah

"I used to say: If you took the comedy out of it, it’d probably be the most accurate portrayal of a zombie apocalypse breaking out in the UK."

"But now I realize - the comedy actually makes it even more accurate, and therefore even more terrifying as a concept.
What a film."

- LynchMaleIdeal

"The first time I saw it, I just wasn’t getting it until halfway through when the zombies started really showing up. Then I loved it."

"Then I re-watched it, and realized just how brilliant the first half actually was, I'd just missed the subtleties. Now it’s quite possibly my favorite movie of all time."

- DerpNinjaWarrior


Must Be Complicated

"The Gods Must Be Crazy."

- atomicknyte

"Oh wow, this movie was the first one that came to mind but I hadn't expected to find it in the comments!"

"I'm not sure I've ever met anyone in real life who's even heard of it, but I used to laugh so hard it hurt when I'd watch this with my dad as a kid. Haven't seen it in years and should really do something about it."

- UndercoverBirb

"My fondest, most vivid memory I have of my grandmother was the time we watched 'The Gods Must Be Crazy' in the theater."

"I was probably 7 or 8 at the time. Seeing her laughing so much really left an impression. I don't remember much of my interactions with her nowadays."

"Makes me sad that I didn't spend more time with her."

- mikecgatus

"I guess I'm older than most here -- in my fifties, but even back in the eighties, this film was criticized as racist."

"I can't imagine that anyone who knows the history of Apartheid could still enjoy this film in quite the same way."

- facebook_twitterjail

"I have so much issues with this one. Haven’t seen it since the late 80s but even then the blatant racism just screamed to me."

"Just about one of the only movies I would never allow my kid to watch."

- pehr71

"It’s disappointing that there are so many comments singing praise for this movie and yours is one of the only ones I can find that sees it for what it is."

"This movie is made by racist White South Africans and intended to paint Black South Africans in an incredibly negative and condescending light. To put it politely."

- _zoso_


Thunderous Performances

"Tropic Thunder"

- LondonIsBoss

"Tom Cruises scenes were so unexpected. Put that movie on another level."

- trplOG

"Everyone needs to do themselves a favor and watch this movie with the commentary. Its even funnier, if that’s possible."

- C_Saunders

"Ya I have to agree. It's Tropic Thunder."

"Though I have seen all the movies above your comment, when I re-watch them I don’t really laugh at the jokes anymore. But no matter what when I see Robert Downey Juniors face when he is about to steal the map I f*cking lose it."

"There are hundreds of scenes like that too, the delivery and timing every actor gives is astounding."

- Hereiamhereibe2


Get Your Groove On

" 'Emperor's New Groove' is up there for me."

"Bonus points for being very family friendly and still gut bustingly funny."

- Masalar

"It’s Kronk that does it for me."

"His spinach puffs, being fluent in squirrel, the angel and devil on his shoulders insulting each other like 'that’s a harp and that’s a dress.' ”

- SassyPikachuu

"This was my first thought."

"As I scrolled through, there were a lot of other movies that I probably would find funnier on a first watch now, but 'The Emperor's New Groove?' I've literally never laughed harder at a movie in my entire life than the day I first watched it as a kid."

- lifelongfreshman

"I hadn’t seen that movie until college."

"My roommates and I decided to do a family movie night one night and watch it. Most of us either had never seen it or hadn’t seen it since childhood."

"We completely lost it. We were laughing the entire time decided to watch it again the next night cause we missed like half of it from laughing to hard."

- The_Mighty_Pato


More Than Just A Robin In This Cage

"The Birdcage."

"The way Robin Williams and Nathan Lane play off of each other is amazing, and it’s easily my favorite comedy. Gene Hackman and Hank Azaria just make the movie that much better."

- chessie222

"My partner and I watch The Birdcage a few times a year - and we laugh every time. We probably know half the lines by heart now."

" 'Mmm Turkish Coffee... delicious!' "

- rushboyoz

"Nathan Lane playing a flamboyant gay man playing a straight man is absolute gold."

- yrntmysupervisor

"In my humble opinion, Hank Azaria steals the show in that film."

"He is the funniest part of that movie. Considering the cast includes the comedic gods that are Nathan Lane and Robin F*cking Williams? Yeah. Azaria deserved an Oscar for that role."

"We adapt and use the 'Guatamala-ness' quote all the time when someone says "No" to a request."

- TrapperJon


Everyone's Favorite Lawyer Movie

"My Cousin Vinny."

"The part that always kills me is where the judge tells Vinny to stand up and says 'I thought I told you not to come dressed like that in my court room?' and Vinny says 'You were serious about that?' And the very next shot is him on the bus on the way to jail."

"The comedic timing of that scene is one of the best of any movie."

- down_R_up_L_Y_B

"I used to work with an attorney who was originally from Philadelphia. Before he moved to the South, he watched My Cousin Vinny."

"He said some of the courtroom scenes were a little too spot on to what he saw in some counties."

- eejm

"As a lawyer, it’s my favorite lawyer movie."

"Also, I have never been in love with a fictional character as much as I fell in love with Marisa Tomei’s in that movie."

- kingoflint282

"This movie is, unironically, the best trial movie you will ever see in terms of best defense attorney performance."

"Not in the sense of 'oh this is the most important trial ever,' but 'this is what actual good defense lawyering looks like at trial.' ”

"Like, holy sh*t, defense attorneys DREAM of doing cross examinations like the Grits guy or the Tape Measurer. That is the shit that slam dunks a victory at trial."

"Every juror completely understood that both of those witnesses knew absolutely nothing about the case. It was beautiful."

"99% of the time tv and movies get what trial lawyering looks like wrong. 1% of the time you are watching 'My Cousin Vinnie.' "

- Ikeddit


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Quietly Hilarious

"Napoleon Dynamite. Mind you, the first time I saw it I couldn’t finish watching it - I thought it was horrible."

"A few months later a group of friends rented it and I was forced to watch it again. I gained a whole new level of respect for it & the writing & acting."

"Quietly hilarious. I regret not sticking with it the first time."

- Roadrage000

"A friend tricked me into watching it thinking we were seeing another movie. When the credits came up and I was like 'dude we’re in the wrong movie.' "

"He convinced me to stay and halfway through I was like 'This is so stupid. I want to go.' "

"By the time it got to the talent show dance, I realized this movie was gold!"

- cak91687

"Haha yeah, this movie is like that. I remember the first fifteen minutes or so thinking it was garbage, and then it randomly clicked and I was dying laughing for minutes at a time."

- vheissu

"I hated every minute of this movie as I watched it; but then I couldn't stop laughing about it in the weeks after. It took me a second to get it."

- nsfredditkarma



"So I Married an Axe Murderer, in which Mike Myers is brilliant."

"I especially love him playing the father with a thick Scottish brogue."

" 'We have a piper down. I repeat, a piper is down! '"

" 'His head's like Sputnik.' "

" 'Light a match!' "

"And the classic from Charlie: 'You know, Scotland has its own martial arts ... it's called Fa Que ... it's mostly head butting and kicking people when they're on the ground.' "

" From beginning to end it's chockful of quotables."

- rluymes

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A Friend I Haven't Met Yet

"It has to be The Producers."

" 'How could this happen? I picked the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast. Where did I go right?' "

"I can always tell a friend I’ve never met yet by saying 'Don’t be stupid, be a smartie.' and seeing if I get a smile back."

- kbanian


Peter The Panther

"The Peter Sellers Pink Panther movies were my favorites. I even named my cats Jacques and Katie (after Kato) since they emulated the ridiculous chase and fight scenes between the two."

"My absolute favorite is probably 'A Shot in The Dark,' with wonderful moments like Clouseau going into a nudist camp and the guitar he's holding twanging as he sees an arousing female."

"The outtakes with Sellers constantly cracking up showed how masterful he was to play the character so ridiculously serious and self-important."

"I'll never forgive Roberto Benigni and Steve Martin for daring to try to repeat Clouseau - although Benigni's manic taxi driver in "Night on Earth" made me roll with laughter, giving a priest a heart attack with a story of sheep sex."

- [Reddit]

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Snubbed By The Academy

"When I was in my youth, my friends and I used to drink cough syrup and watch movies."

"I swear to god that watching Team America: World Police was one of the top 5 experiences that changed my life."

"I laughed until I cried, cried because I couldn't stop laughing, then gave a standing ovation before rambling at my buddies about its brilliance while proclaiming the sheer injustice that it was snubbed by the academy."

- 11_12123

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The Criminally Underrated

"Honestly, I don't know if there is a ‘best’ comedy if someone asked me."

"But I do know the movie I continually laugh out loud while watching, no matter how many times I've seen it, is Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

"It’s criminally underrated in my opinion. Every performance was brilliantly funny."

- doodybutter

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British Death

"Death at a Funeral (the British version) never fails to crack me up."

"I am American and tried the American version. I'm a fan of a lot of the cast, actually, but it just didn't work the same as the original."

"Props to Peter Dinklage for reprising his role."

- ShortnSimple1284

"Death at a Funeral, the 2007 British version. It is hilarious."

- ShortnSimple1284

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Slaughtering The Elderly

"Hot Fuzz."

"This movie is brilliant."

"The entire movie is building up to a finale that, if it was in any other movie, wouldn’t be as funny. It shouldn’t be as funny. Seeing a clip of it wouldn’t do it justice."

"The movie creates a tone and mental space in the viewer that somehow results in them brutally slaughtering a bunch of elderly people in a rain of gunfire becoming the funniest thing I’ve ever seen."

- MarmosetSweat


"Seriously. Genius level writing."

- itsmevichet

"This is extremely anecdotal. I worked at a video store back in 07 through 09 and the most consistently rented dvds were Hotfuzz and Shaun of the Dead."

"We had like 10 copies of each and they were always consistently out. People would constantly have us call other stores to see if they had copies which they never did."

"I am certain those movies did better more consistent numbers than our weekly new releases."

- trolleezus

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O Brother

"O Brother Where Art Thou had me laughing out loud the whole time the first time I watched it."

- BigBillSmash

"Not just great comedy, but a flawless film."

"The cadence of the language is critical. It's literally poetry. Shakespeare. Or, dare I say... Homer."

" 'Don't tell me how to court the electorate.' "

- SerendiPetey

"I love that George Clooney has an Uncle who sounds exactly like his part, so he sent him the script to record."

"Clooney learned his lines by listening to his Uncle's recording."

"He shows up on set, and starts filming a few scenes, and the Cohen's are like, 'Why the f*ck are you changing the lines?' and Clooney doesn't understand."

"Turns out, his Uncle didn't approve of all the cussing, so he didn't record any. Clooney learned all his lines wrong."

"Makes me laugh whenever I think about it."

- MatthewCruikshank

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Never Even Worked In A Restaurant


"I've never even worked in a restaurant and I could not stop laughing."

- KingoreP99

"It's one of those movies that's important to see because if you didn't already know how stressful it is to work in a restaurant, it's a crash course in empathy and consequences for being what later became known as a Karen."

"It's the Office Space of the food service industry."

- FishSauceFogMachine

"I have it."

"While the movie is hilarious, it’s also way to real and brings up bad memories. Working at a restaurant was easily the shittiest job I’ve ever held."

- KingUnder_Mountain

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The Weirdest Thing People's Partners Did That Totally Turned Them On

Reddit user thann3 asked: 'What is the weirdest thing your partner did that turned you on?'

Couple laughing
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Part of the fun of dating and being in a relationship are the unexpected, impulsive moments.

What's funny is how these could be equally arousing moments, too, even if they're moments that we never expected to make us feel that way.

Redditor thann3 asked:

"What is the weirdest thing your partner did that turned you on?"

Backing Up

"When he backs into a parking spot, he puts his right hand on the back of my seat when he looks behind him."

"Hnnnngggggghhh. Gets me going and I don't know why."

- evilpinkmoney

"Every time someone mentions this, I am reminded of the time I did it and accidentally backhanded this girl in the face."

- kingoflint282

That Reading Voice

"In high school, this girl had a soothing voice. Every time she read out loud, I had goosebumps and she gave me butterflies."

- donbruh

Overwhelmingly Happy

"I can’t think of anything weird my husband did, but the first night of our honeymoon, we were talking about the wedding and our future, and I started crying because I was so happy (and told him that’s why I was crying)."

"He was smiling and gave me a kiss and then whispered, 'I don’t know why, but you crying just now turned me on.'"

"Lol (laughing out loud), it didn’t turn me on, but it did make me laugh, and I thought it was weird-cute."

- snarkylarkie

Safety First

"On the first date, he put my seatbelt on. It surprised me because I heard of men opening doors for their dates but not putting their seatbelt on. It just showed a very caring yet masculine side of him."

"The tension of knowing we wanted of each other but agreed to take it slow just made me go feral in my head."

"A year and a half later, he still does it to this day. He even gets 'mad' when I don't let him. I still blush when he does it, especially when other people are in the car with us."

- eeeeriemarie

Certain Accessories

"It wasn't my girlfriend, but over a Skype call maybe a decade ago when I was a teenager, I was on a call with a female friend I had the hots for."

"I casually mentioned that I had a thing for girls in glasses."

"She gasped, told me to wait there, and scurried downstairs. About 20 seconds later, she rushed back up, jumped onto her bed with her jaw resting on her fists, and low and behold, she was wearing glasses."

"We laughed, I didn't know what to say, but that was the cutest and sexiest way of letting me know she liked me."

- GemoDorgon

Good Chemistry

"I know it sounds weird, but her breath is intoxicating. It’s naturally somewhat sweet, and of course, she thinks I’m crazy."

"Edit: We know it’s not diabetes, ketosis, or any other medical issue. We’ve been together for over 30 years and it’s just good chemistry."

- yoooozername

That Deep Stare

"An ex-girlfriend of mine looked at me in a certain way every now and again that just did something to me, like a bit of a stare deep into my soul knowing she wants all of me. Every day I hope someone will recreate and enhance it."

- SamCham10

The Perfect Sweater

"When she wears THAT sweater, I'm powerless."

- wastedmytwenties

"Can someone link a pic of this type of sweater? Asking for a friend."

- schnaizer91

The Sleeve Roll Trick

"My boyfriend rolled up his sleeves kind of slowly the other day, and I felt like I couldn’t hear anything for like a solid minute, lollllll (laughing out loud)."

- farrah_barra

The Corniest Jokes

"This man will make the corniest joke in the whole world, and then his whole face lights up as he giggles at it. Gets me every time."

- Hobbbitttuallly

The Perfect Wine Pour

"We had our honeymoon in Italy and he noticed the waitstaff poured wine really beautifully, so he replicated it. Now I have him pour all my drinks for me."

"For some reason, the way his wrist moves when he pours really gets me going."

- chicken-and-awfuls

Specific Arm Movements

"Two things."

"When he's working on something mechanical and he starts getting serious, he'll flip his cap backward. It's an absent-minded thing and F**K is it sexy. And when he's working overhead, the way his arms flex. Watching him lift things into our attic is an instant turn-on. It's f**king weird, but godD**N does it do it for me."

"Also when I wear something sexy or low cut and he's not expecting it, he'll stutter if he's mid-sentence. We'll be talking from another room for instance, and I'll toss on a revealing shirt and walk in there and he'll lose his train of thought. Or shake his head like he needs to clear it. Your man making you feel sexy is the ultimate sexy move."

- shimmydownnow

Love Language: Physical Touch

"It's the gentle physical touch in public. That little 'Love you' touch as they scurry away to do a thing. Those random touches turn me on so quickly."

- 1beeratatime

Totally Saved It

"He fixed the shower in my truly horrible, low-rent grad school apartment and changed the oil on my car. Not sure why, but that just did things to me."

"If you were to ask my husband, self-deprecating humor would probably be his answer."

"On our first date, he and I went to see this stage production of 'Jekyll and Hyde.' At the bar, they were selling these cute little shots of Bailey's/Kahlua, with each liquor on separate sides of the glass. Me, being incredibly graceful in all things always, completely dumped the Bailey's half onto my blouse."

"His eyes got all big, not sure how to react, and I just sighed, turned to him, and reintroduced myself like, 'Hi, I'm (my name). This kind of thing happens a lot.'"

"He busted up laughing, I ordered a scotch, and we've been together for the past 11 years."

- anyesuki

Simply Existing

"Exist. My girlfriend could literally just stand there and I could and would get a chill down my spine."

- andytheloser12

While we were expecting these responses to be, well, weird, most of these were actually pretty cute or heartwarming.

Sometimes when it comes to relationships and intimacy, something can feel weird simply because it's unexpected, but maybe the unexpected moments are among the best parts of the relationship!

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Extroverts love conversation.

Unlike introverts who tend to shy away from engaging in random discussions, those who are comfortable–or too comfortable–in their own skin love to get all chatty.

That doesn't mean they have anything significant to say.

Strangers shared their bizarre interaction experiences when Redditor AlexanderKeef asked:
"What’s the weirdest thing someone casually told you as if it were totally normal?"

People whom you don't know tend to overshare as these Redditors experienced.

A High Request

"A story from a friend - in Colorado, someone once asked, 'Could you watch my wolves, I can pay you in weed.'"

"There's a lot to unpack in that question!"

– surlymoe

"You don't unpack wolves, you keep them together."

– hwarang_

Unsolicited Prediction

"Husband (30) and I were pushing our shopping cart out of the grocery store when a random man (who honestly looked like dumbledore) looked at my husband and said 'take my hat, you're gonna need it, you'll be bald very soon.' Obviously my husband didn't take it. It was super odd of him to say because my husband had a FULL head of hair."

"Three months later, my husband was diagnosed with a condition that made him lose all of his hair. Weird coincidence."

– hollyjollyaf


"A guy once told me how he loved the feeling of wearing casts, so he'd put casts on himself- for days or weeks on end. Even if it meant he couldn't drive and would be stuck at home the entire time. He'd use vacation time just to wear full leg & arm casts."

– Present_Dust_2308

Homophobic Homosexual

A homophobic guy I know: 'Being gay is a choice.'"

"I said something like - ok, choose to be gay for a day, an hour, a single minute if you can."

"Guy - That's easy, I'm attracted to men all the time, I just choose to only like girls because I'm not gay."

"Me - Ummm..."


Longheld Grudge

"Once, an older woman came up to me on the street, took hold of my wrists and simply said 'they ripped out my afterbirth', and then carried on walking."

– JennyW93

"It's strange to grab strangers. But one day in Walmart, my granny walked ahead of me, and reached to grab me to show me something, without looking and she was pulling on an old lady's arm obliviously, and the old lady's eyes were like O.O."

"My grandma didn't even apologize, she just let go and yelled at me to stay closer."

– chzygorditacrnch

A Hairdresser-In-Training

"I was getting my hair done this last weekend by my daughter at her cosmetology school. One of her fellow students was excited to meet me. She talked nonstop and eventually told me that she has hemorrhoids and that she has her husband push them back in. So much TMI from a stranger!"

– Digjam823

You never know about the personal lives of people you see on a regular basis.

Squeaky Clean

"I had a college professor on the first day of class say that she is obsessed with Q-tips and cleaning her ears and that her family has to limit her to 3 a day-"

– lokeilou

Here's The Story...

"That they have 6 kids, all with different dads & each dad is in prison."

– ChyCgx2

"I once had a coworker who had seven kids with five different women and he'd constantly complain about how most of his paycheck went to child support. You uh, dug your own grave, pal. I'm really not sympathetic to your plight."

– apocalypticradish

It's the end of the world as we know it.

End Of Civilization

"I know a guy, we don't talk often but due to business we cross paths on occasion. More or less every time we talk he asks if I'm ready for the total societal collapse coming next week, or Tuesday, or at the end of the month.. and so on."

"I just tell him that it's not gonna happen; he usually then asks about my "crystal ball" so I remind him that I've been right every time."

– rkpjr

Zombie Apocalypse

"I went to a ComicCon type event in my city years ago(Walking Dead was a new show, first season for reference) and went to a panel about zombies. They talked about historical zombie lore, the first zombie movies, and the exciting first season of the new show Walking Dead, with some actors on the panel. When they opened it up to the audience for questions one of the first ones was, 'what kind of zombies do you predict we’ll have in a real zombie apocalypse? (Fast vs slow)'…panelists don’t really know how to answer, each gives their personal favorite or worst case scenario. Then we get to, 'What do you think the timeline is for the start of a coming zombie apocalypse?' Panelists are kind of like….? Talk about how things usually play out fiction."

“'No, but exactly WHEN do you think we’ll need to be fully prepared for zombies in real life?' Like, guys, these are actors and media studies academics, first of all they don’t have the level of belief you do and second, the people you should be asking about this stuff are probably biologists."

– AlternativeAcademia

Whenever I feel threatened by a homeless person who is pressuring me to hand over them cash, I tell them, "I''m allergic to corn."

The random phrase throws them and in the brief moment they assess what they heard I'm afforded more time to distance myself from them.

It always works, especially when they realize I'm all kinds of crazy and not worth targeting.

Doctors in medical scrubs walking down a hallway.
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Generally speaking, if we have a cough, headache, or runny nose, we assume it's nothing to worry about in the long run and don't bother seeing a doctor.

Most of the time, this proves to be the case, as our ailments and symptoms tend to go away after a few days.

Other times, however, what we thought was a minor illness ended up being more serious than we could have possibly imagined.

In some cases, had we gone to the doctor any later, we might not have lived to tell the tale.

Redditor mothermurder88 reached out to the Doctors of Reddit to hear shocking stories of minor illnesses that turned out to be far more serious, leading them to ask:

"Doctors of Reddit - what is your craziest story where a patient present with mild symptoms thinking it was nothing and it turned out to be a serious life or death situation?"

The Cause Of Severe Back Pain...

"My dad woke up with severe back pain one morning after not doing anything strenuous the weeks/days leading up to it."

"My mom flipped her sh*t and finally put her foot down that he had to go to the doctor after him putting off going to a doctor for years even for a routine check-up."

"That appointment showed a broken rib from a huge tumor on his spine, along with tumors around his buttocks/pelvis and upper back."

"Diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer."

"5 years and 100 treatments later he’s still kicking it."- vulpesvulpex

An Antacid Won't Cut It...

"Saw a patient with minor cardiovascular symptoms and a slight pain in his upper back."

"The senior debated back and forth whether it would make sense to run a CT to rule out anything more serious."

"She finally decided to do it and it turned out he had a massive aortic dissection and was basically wheeled right into the OR."- Beneficial-Bee7765

A Parent's Worst Nightmare

"My son."

"6 weeks old."

"He was also 6 weeks premature."

"Only symptoms at the time of me bringing him to the ER was inconsolable crying and wouldn’t drink his breast milk."

"Was told by others that I was just being a paranoid first time mom…he probably has gas or was colic."

"My instincts just told me otherwise."

"Brought him to the ER."

"Triage asks me what my concerns are."

"I told them he won’t stop crying and I can get him to eat."

"A couple hours later my 6 week old baby coded blue and went into respiratory failure."

“'Code blue pediatrics' will forever be the most haunting thing I ever heard."

"Since he was so tiny they were having incredibly difficulty intubating him."

"Was being kept alive in between attempts with that bag thingy (unsure what it’s called) and compressions."

"His diagnosis was late on set group b strep, sepsis, and bacterial meningitis."

"Had I not brought him in when I did and waited, my son would not be alive today."

"So yea…listen to your instincts, you have them for a reason."- PokemomOnTheGo

Mints Won't Cut It...

"A man came to the hospital because his wife always complained about his bad breath."

"Long story short, I met him because they consulted my department when the tissue biopsy came back as esophageal cancer."- TeamMiserable

Never Underestimate The Importance Of A Check Up

"I'm a dentist."

"New pt came in with what he thought was a mild ache in his teeth."

"Thought it was a toothache."

"Hadn't seen a dentist in years."

"Took a radiograph and the jaw bone around the teeth looked strange."

"Had him see an oral surgeon that day."

"Turned out was a very aggressive metastatic bone cancer and died a few weeks later."- jakeology_101

A Second Opinion Never Hurts

"I’m a nurse, not a doctor, but we had a guy come in years ago asking for a medication to 'help him stop sweating'.”

"He said he had had a sore throat for about a week, went to a walk in clinic, was diagnosed with strep throat and put on antibiotics, but he was so sweaty and just wanted a break from it."

"He looked pale and was indeed sweaty, so we took him back and ran some blood tests."

"His white blood count was the highest I’ve ever seen and he was diagnosed with leukaemia."

"We sent him to another hospital for immediate treatment, but we were informed he died literally hours after arriving. Incredibly sad, I couldn’t believe it."- madicoolcat

"I am a nurse, so naturally my mother called me one day when she had strange symptoms."

""'Earlier today, I had this feeling like there was a squirrel running around in my belly'."

"I reassured her that it was probably gas."

"It happened again a few days later when she was in the car with me."

"Something made me take her right to the emergency room."

"The doctor evaluated her and basically accused her of making things up."

"I asked for a different doctor, because she is not a complainer or a drug seeker."

"Turns out it was a malignant brain tumor (glioblastoma) that was manifesting itself as abdominal seizures."

"They said she had 1-2 years to live."

"It is now 7 years since surgery, chemo, and radiation and she is still alive."- feistynurse50

Some Things Need To Be Seen

"Patient’s wife called."

"Patient had a temperature of 98.6."

"No other symptoms."

"I explained that was a normal temperature but the wife said 'that’s a fever for him'.”

"She said she felt like something was wrong, despite no other symptoms."

"I told her that I respect that and that if she feels something is wrong she should get him checked out in the ER."

"The ER doctor called four hours later and said they did all they could do for him but he died of sepsis."

"He appeared to be normal when he got there but rapidly declined."

"That gave me a new appreciation that we truly can’t evaluate someone thoroughly over a telephone."- DisastrousNet9121

The Cause is More Important Than The Symptom

"8 year old girl gets brought in complaining about back pain she'd had for 3 months, several different doctors had given her painkillers to no avail."

"After about 5 minutes I asked her if she had any problems going to the toilet, she says it's 'foamy' when she pees."

"Bone cancer."

"She made a full recovery, and from what I know is in her 20s now, but to this day I hate how she'd been suffering for 3 months and no other doctor had bothered to even ask any more questions as to why an 8 year old girl was getting severe back pain."- PalpitationAdorable2

Never Fault A Doctor For Being Thorough

"Still in school and I was not present for this patient’s initial admission but rather her clinic follow up."

"However, patient was healthy 50-something year old who had an extended nosebleed after a long hike."

"It wouldn’t stop so they went to ER to get it cauterized/impacted (happens all the time)."

"Anyway, they did a CT scan as protocol and discovered she had a 20+ cm tumor on her uterus that was wrapping around her right kidney."

"She was immediately referred to a serious academic hospital and had a specialized oncology surgeon remove it."

"Amazingly, They got it completely removed without even having to damage the kidney."

"She had an amazing outcome and about a half a foot scar running around her abdomen from the surgery."

"I do not believe the CT scan was due to the nosebleed itself but rather I imagine as they looked further into her blood work and coagulation studies they found something that warranted further work up."- KocoaFlakes

Most of the time, a cold is just a cold, and an achy foot is just an achy foot.

Even so, should you have even the slightest bit of doubt, there is no shame in consulting your doctor about it.

As doing so may turn out to be a literally life-saving decision.

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When it comes to romantic relationships, it's a lot harder to maintain a relationship than it is to start one. And unfortunately, it's all too easy to end that relationship.

A lot of things can end a relationship, and sometimes, it could be as simple as a single comment. Sometimes it's so hilariously stupid that you can't fathom being with the person any longer. Other times, the person says something so cruel that you know it's time to run. And sometimes, the comment isn't even necessarily bad -- just ill-timed.

Redditors know all about this and are ready to share.

It all started when Redditor AdditionalDentist100 asked:

"What's something you confessed to your partner that ended your relationship?"

Faking It

"Not me, but someone I know was finally told that her husband was faking his English heritage, background/upbringing in England and fake accent. Dude kept it up for years, eventually admitted that it was all a lie and that he grew up on West Coast."

– NE_Golf

"I would think that was a lie but there are people who have faked being a 9/11 survivor. Apparently this type of stuff happens more frequently then I'd imagine."

– jdefr

Oh, The Humanity

"That I didn't rinse off the Mac and cheese noodles. This isn't even a joke it's a true story."

"They were done cooking and I didn't rinse them off. And yes this was a break up waiting to happen I guess lol."

– Ohlookavulture

"It says right on the box not to rinse them."

– Strong-Solution-7492

"The starch is good for the sauce. Dodged a bullet, I'd rather die alone than eat sh*tty mac & cheese."

– pleachchapel

The Past Is Not The Past

"Didn't happen to me, but a guy I knew married a girl I knew (both a bit older than me) and everything seemed great. However, they were at a party and someone mentioned that the guy used to smoke weed in high school (he admitted it, didn't think it was a big deal). She divorced him a month later, claiming that she couldn't forgive him for smoking weed. 😳"

– bomland10

"There had to be something else going on with her because this is so ridiculous. It's not even something he was currently doing."

– woodenmittens

But Faaaamily

"I didn’t want us to move in together with 6 other relatives."

– Ne0nGalax-E

Three Words, Eight Letters

"I believe it was "I love you.""

– AssistantManagerMan

"How f**king dare you!"

– Illustrious_Cancel83

"Oh yeah, I was out of line."

– AssistantManagerMan

And She Communicated

"I wanted better communication sooo she broke up with me."

– Plus-Bunch-4265

"I mean….."

– Outrageous_Egg6340

"Loud and clear."

– EchtGeenSpanjool


"I said, while crying because he got angry with me at a restaurant, that “I am sometimes afraid to tell you how I feel because I’m afraid of how you’ll react.” And he said, “well, thats f**king pathetic.”"

– internetgoth

"My partner had a habit of starting a convo by asking how I felt about something, then would criticize me for feeling what I felt. It always ended up being a debate about why I felt the way I did. It was never okay for me to feel sad, worried, scared, etc."

"Over time I started to feel anxious when he’d ask questions, and purposely responded vaguely, or just straight up said that I didn’t feel comfortable sharing (which would incite anger or more judgment)."

"Eventually my response became exactly that. A teary “I don’t know if I want to share because I’m worried about how you’ll react/respond” and his responses were along the lines of “that’s stupid” “you’re ridiculous” “don’t be an idiot” “seriously?”"

"I don’t know if it’s because I got so used to it, or from being distracted by all the other bigger things in the relationship…but for some reason I didn’t even notice that this was another bad thing until reading this comment. It was just…normal."

– alexanteros

Looks Always Matter

"It’s not necessarily what I confessed, but I showed him my picture from 8th grade and he couldn’t handle that I used to look like I did in 8th grade."

"If I knew that I had to peak in middle school I would have at least plucked my eyebrows 🥴"

– aero_love

""Sorry babe, you just weren't hot as a middle schooler. Gotta end it here.""

– bobbitdobbit

Happy Ending

"True story. I confessed that I wanted to do more for her. I thought I was neglecting her and working too much."

"That next week, she sat me down and told me that I was threatening her independence and that she needed a week to think about us. The week after that, she broke up with me."

"I later got the real reason from her former best friend. She never had a guy who wanted “all in” like I did and panicked."

"At the time I was destroyed. LOL I thought I was going to marry that woman. Turns out I was one woman off and my next relationship would turn into my current family. So all’s well that ends well."

– Salty-Technology8912

Better This Way

"Broke down crying during a more realistic war movie. She told me to suck it up."

"After she confronted me for drinking too much I finally sought VA disability. Diagnosed with depression, PTSD, anxiety, among other things. Bills started pouring in and I told her we can’t afford certain luxury things because I was the sole breadwinner. I said I felt like I was drowning and my head is slowly slipping under the surface. She told me to “figure it out.”"

""So, I did. We divorced. And I’m much more happy and no longer on the train of “be a man and tighten your boot straps.” I got help and know that it’s okay to do so."

– NyetRifleIsFine47

"So much easier to keep your head above water without the anchor around your neck."

– Probably_Not_Evil

The Cards Don't Lie

"That I didn’t believe in astrology and tarot cards. She then said her tarot cards told her to break up with me. Sure dodged a bullet there."

– Zenith_21

"The tarot cards were right! And still you don’t believe!"


Let's Hear It For The Boy

"I didn’t confess, I just went to a couple bars with her to dance. She left me because “YOU CAN’T DANCE!” Of all the things that she could’ve said that was the weirdest reason ever. Like, I had no response. I was 28. I’m happily married for 22 years now to someone who I constantly do bad dancing for because she thinks it’s hilarious. I mean, since I was told I can’t dance, I developed a habit of dancing badly when celebrating ANYTHING. It’s a real crowd pleaser. I am loved for my bad dancing now."

– generic230

I can't dance either! But this is exactly why we all need to find someone who loves us for our quirks, not despite them.