Remember Theranos? It was a breakthrough technology company that claimed to have devised blood tests that required very tiny amounts of blood.
The hype was real: In 2015, Theranos received a $9 billion valuation and its CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, seemed prime to become a household name.
Shortly afterward, she was exposed as a fraud; her trial (on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud) has been postponed several times as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
After Redditor LineofDeath asked the online community:
"What was supposed to be the next big thing but totally flopped?"
"Now they are chiefly remembered..."
Quadraphonic entertainment systems in the early 1970s. They were supposed to replace stereophonic systems. Now they are chiefly remembered for inspiring the name of The Who's second rock opera.
The what now? Time to look this up.
Google+ was supposed to be the answer to Facebook.
Remember those days? That didn't end well for them, didn't it? The hype was real and it died as quickly as it began.
"I saw ads for it..."
That streaming service that lasted like two months. 'Qubi' or 'Qupi' I think?
Even bad timing aside (a mobile-based streaming service at a time when no one could really leave their house) the marketing was just horrible. I saw ads for it for nearly a week before I realized it was a new video streaming service, and by that point was so annoyed by the ads untrusting everything I didn't care at all, just out of spite. Also, I mean it was just YouTube you have to pay for and got worse content.
That was a disaster.
And quite the fall from grace. Film circles ate it up.
Not sure if this one has totally flopped yet, but I noticed while in Costco the other day that there are no longer any curved TVs. If Costco is no longer carrying them then I think we can assume they're going the way of the dodo.
They'd stick out like a sore thumb these days, don't you agree?
"I thought it was a good idea..."
Google Wave. It was supposed to replace email with a more collaborative approach. Essentially it was like a dynamically-created discussion board you'd share with select people and you could have a more readable discussion than one with a bunch of forwards and CCs and the like.
I thought it was a good idea, but it flopped big time and Google got rid of it after a few years.
"They pushed really hard for those..."
Amazon's shopping buttons. They pushed really hard for those and I never saw the point.
They try a lot of things.
Not all of them are winners.
"It was supposed to..."
The Divergent series. It was supposed to kinda have a Hunger Games concept and all and try to be a replacement. The last two movies ended up being so unwatchable.
These were terrible.
When the actors gave up on them, you knew it was over.
"Now they're just used to..."
Segways were supposed to revolutionize travel and replace the automobile. Now they're just used for guided tours for dorks in tourist traps.
What a disappointment. Segways had big dreams... but they were lofty.
"These were the next, awesome way..."
Airship travel. These were the next, awesome way to travel long distances; in fact, the spire on top of the Empire State Building was meant as an anchoring point for airships.
The Hindenburg kind of put a damper on it, though.
Imagine NYC getting something like that done now.
"I had a friend in high school..."
I had a friend in high school who was preparing to go to film school. She swore up and down that 3DTV was the way of the future and one day all movies and tv shows would be in 3D.
The hype machine is a real thing...
...and you can't believe it all the time. Sucks to be the inventor... or the investor. (Looking at you, Quibi.)
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No matter what people say, everyone goes through a struggle of one sort or another in their daily lives.
Some of these are relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, however, and are the sort of things one simply vents about with their friends or family.
Others are a bit more serious, and much more personal.
So personal, in fact, that people feel as if they have no one they can talk to, as there is simply no one who could even hope to understand what they're going through.
"What silent battle are you fighting at the moment?"
Unhappiness Or Uncertainty?
"The urge to quit my job without anything lined up."- ShadowoftheDrake
Coming To Terms With One's Past
"All the traumas I'm having to heal from so i can properly function in life."
"I'm tired of feeling so held back because of the sh*t I had to go through growing up."
"I'm very thankful I've got therapist that I have, but it's just very exhausting working through your past so you can move forward."- urbanlulu
"Surrounded by family and friends but lonely as hell inside."- KenzoAtreides
"Binge eating addiction."- flowery9777
Battle Of The Office Temperatures...
"A war of epic proportions over the ideal temperature for the office."
"Any time my colleague leaves the room I adjust the AC to a non-cataclysmic heat death of the universe level, and when I leave the room she turns it back."
"It's been years."
"A word has never been said."- P1cn1cProblems
"Alcoholism but I’m approaching my first 24 hours sober in 15 years."
"As a career bartender I’m in the process of changing careers as well and I have a wonderful support system with my close friends and family!"
"I’m in the process as well of looking into non-religious community support groups in my area and should be attending my first meeting in a few days!"
"You’re all beautiful."- Liah_Natas_420
On/Off Relationship With Work
"Going to work, I usually get bursts of energy for a couple months, and other times I can’t stand the thought of going."- skittleyskittlex
What To Do With My Life
"What I want to do as a career, I feel stuck."- Goosetefer
Deep, Deep Rooted Issues
"I’m coming to the realization that I am an idiot."
"All my life I have been taken care of."
"My Grandmother and then the mother of my children. "
"I have zero mathematical abilities, numbers just don’t make sense to me."
"I can’t remember the order of the months or tell time."
"I have never been able to play board games or understand the process of doing a sport."
"Just situations that everyone seems to be able to do break down when I try to do them."
"If I ever messed up and said something completely wrong or incorrect I was always able to raise my eyebrow and convince the other person I was just joking."
"Now that my wife has moved on to her new family she still helps me daily."
"I guess I should say ex wife."
" Since I was very young I have been able to nod and parrot what a person in charge is telling me to make them believe that I understood the assignment."
"I found a job in a factory right out of high school that put me in a floor supervisor position and it allowed me to take what my boss said to me and I just relayed that to my crew."
"I did that job for 16 years and when we went to online work during Covid I was found out."
"As soon as it came to light that I had no Idea how to do the things that I was asking other people to do I just quit my job."
"The last couple of years I’ve lost everything and am grasping at straws to try to live some kind of life."
"It’s been a little over 7 months now and I don’t leave the house anymore."
"My Grandma has passed and my lovely ex-wife has helped me set up a small apartment that I can exist in."
"It's a silent battle to just keep going every day now that the person I was pretending to be my whole life has died in his own bed of ignorance."- jiffypopper44
Sometimes when we find ourselves lost in a funk of sadness or depression, it's easy to think that no one will understand, and no one can help.
But even if they won't necessarily understand, there is always someone willing to listen, who will also do their best to help.
There's little more unsettling than noticing a "missing person" flyer.
Even if we don't know the person who's picture we're looking at, we still can't help but get chills.
As our mind begins to wonder what could have happened to them, with a slight inclination to assume the worst.
But perhaps the most sobering thought we have when we read or hear about someone's mysterious disappearance is the thought that it could happen to anyone we know.
Or even us.
"What are some of the most bizarre, and unexplainable disappearances that you know about?"
"Brazil, 2012. Aparecida do Norte, a city famous for a giant Catholic Temple."
"An elderly catholic couple was in town as tourists, they went shopping for souvenirs and, the husband waited in line to pay for items, as his wife waited outside."
"When he left the store, she had vanished."
"Fast forward, he called his family, which lived in another state."
"Police, church, investigators, no one has ever found one single clue to what happened to her."
"Cameras, cars, phone calls, hotels, nothing."
"As if she was lifted to sky in the blink of an eye."
"The husband is still alive, his adult children keep searching for her."
"One of theirs children even talked to drug dealers, searched forest areas, and nothing."
"The appalling detail is that there is literally not one single hint of her whereabouts."
"The couple is called Delmar and Beatriz Winck."- fernandoteruo
"Jason Jolkowski was a 19-year old from Omaha who disappeared without a trace in June 2001 on his way to work."
"What’s baffling about the case is how quickly it happened."
"He was called into work at a fast food restaurant for an unplanned shift, took a shower, started walking to a high school a few blocks away to meet a co-worker who offered him a ride, and just vanished somewhere on that walk."
"People go round and round on internet message boards about what they think happened, but there have never been any clues to substantiate what happened."- retrometro81
"Lars Mittank still got me f*cked up bro."
"He’s just seen on an airport security camera and then SPRINTS out and scales a fence, runs into the woods and is never seen again."
" Why was he running?"
" What was he running from?"
"Where did he end up?"
"The whole thing is so confusing."- ullrmad13
"In 1984, a girl named Kelly Disney went missing after having a fight with her boyfriend at a party."
"A pair of officers were among the last people to see her, and they said she told them she was walking to a friend's house."
"Her family searched for her, but the cops deemed her a runaway, so the case went cold."
"10 years later, someone finds a skull in a car at the reservoir where people went to party."
"He went to take it to the police station, but it was Saturday so they were closed."
"So what did he do?"
"He took it home and WASHED IT WITH DISHSOAP."
"They were able to confirm it was Kelly Disney's skull, and that there were signs of trauma, but it lead nowhere."
"Some locals believe it was the boyfriend."
"Others think there may have been a serial killer in the area, as 4 more girls went missing after Kelly."
"All of them went missing while walking at night, although two of the girls were taken together."- row-oak
The Missing Boy of Somosierra
"The Missing Boy of Somosierra."
"He disappeared in a truck wreck in Spain in 1986."
"You can still see traces of the accident on Google maps."- PowerlessOverQueso
David Glenn Lewis
"David Glenn Lewis."
"Disappears on Super Bowl Sunday in Amarillo, TX in 1993, with a freshly made sandwich in the fridge and the VCR set up to record the game."
"His wife and daughter return home from a trip a few days later to find him gone but his watch and wedding ring in the house."
"His car is found at the courthouse in Amarillo."
"Four days later he’s the victim of a hit-and-run as he’s walking on the side of the highway in Moxee, Washington."
"It takes over 10 years to identify his body and no one knows how he got there or why he was in Washington."
"There’s a lot of weird details in this one."
"He was a lawyer and had expressed fear to his wife that his life was in danger."
"Worth reading up on!"- meany_beany
Glen And Bessie Hyde
"Glen and Bessie Hyde."
"Back in the late 1920s, the newlywed couple attempted to kayak the rapids of the Grand Canyon, but both disappeared without a trace."
"Their kayak was found with much of their equipment in it, but the trail quickly went cold."
"50 years later, a kayaking guide was taking a group of tourists down the Colorado River and told them about the disappearance of the Hydes."
"An older woman in the group chimed in, claiming to be Bessie, and describing in detail how Glen had been abusive, and so she killed him, but she later recanted the story."
"A couple decades later, another woman known for rafting the Grand Canyon passed away, and her friends found the Hydes' marriage certificate among her belongings, leading to speculation that the late guide may have actually been Bessie under another name."
"Despite these theories and speculation, the case remains unsolved."
"There's a podcast called National Park After Dark that discusses all kinds of deaths, disappearances, and other such events in national parks around the world, and I would highly recommend their episode on this case."- MasteringTheFlames
It's sad to think that the fates of all of these people remain a mystery.
Sadder still for all their families, who never have, and likely never will, get the closure they deserve.
Though they might not always be easy to notice, being single has numerous advantages.
Primarily, that you are never beholden to anyone, and can live your life exactly as you so choose.
Of course, for some people, there is the cold comfort that being single means that you are out of a bad relationship.
However difficult ending that relationship may have been, returning to single life afterwards also allows you to re-evaluate what you want, or even what you deserve, in a partner.
Giving you the foundation to avoid some past mistakes.
"What's one 'type' you'll never date again?"
Bring Me Up, Don't Take Me Down
"The type that makes you feel really bad about yourself."- Claralaraa
People Afraid Of Monogamy
"The type with a partner they didn’t tell me about."- 69MILFdudes
People Who Refuse To Be Wrong!
"Those that invalidate your feelings and are never in the wrong, no matter what."- False_Stuff835Im Right Told You So GIF by DeRay DavisGiphy
What Are They Hoping To Accomplish?
"I also will not date girls who try to make me jealous."- funck93
But Enough About Me, What Do You Think About Me!
"One sided and pretty surface level conversation type."
"Never again."- WorkingFI
No One Likes A Know It All
"The 'smartest guy in the room' guy."
"He was a know it all and no one could tell him any different."
"It was insufferable."- Mean_ParsnipKnow It All Adventure GIF by PeacockTVGiphy
Talking To Everyone But Me
Everyone Needs A Little Personal Space
"Like for real she made me sit on calls with her for 5 hours at a time and she barely said sh*t."
"I wasn't allowed to hang up or she'd have a f*cking tantrum, and there's some extra things im not going to say here."- LoginPuppy
Always Be Your True Self
"I don't want to be anyone's dirty little secret."- SallyHeap
People Who Refuse Help.
"Someone who seems like a victim in life."
"I wanted so badly to help my ex out."
"To get her out of her sh*tty living situation."
"Help her get her finances and medical needs in order."
"I really stuck my neck out."
"Gave it 150%."
"Exhausted myself regularly just so I could help her out."
"I just wanted to see her quality of life improve."
"I just wanted her to feel like life was going ok."
"It was never enough."
"Eventually she moved in with me, and spent almost a year doing nothing but playing PS4, eating, and sleeping."
"Didn't even start looking for a job."
"Eventually I ended it, and a few months later she moved back to her mom's place."
"The day after, I woke up to literally hundreds of messages from her begging me to take her back."
"Saying that she'll change."
"She'll do anything."
"She had forgotten how much worse her life was."
"I try to stay friends with her, but she's taken to making herself the victim in our relationship since we broke up."
"Maybe I wasn't perfect, I can admit that."
"But I willingly went to hell and back on multiple occasions just to try and make her smile."
"It crushes me that after everything, she trivializes everything I put into the relationship."
"This post was longer than I thought, but writing this out was therapeutic."- SinisterPixel
It's easy for people who have been single for a long time to run into the arms of the first person they can.
Though before doing so, it's always good to reflect on any past relationships and why they didn't work out.
Because when push comes to shove, being single is infinitely better than being in a relationship with someone who doesn't make you completely happy.
In this world full of complex individuals, perhaps the most well-known contradiction of personality types are those who are either followers or doers.
When a person at the helm fails to accomplish whatever task is at hand, it's the doers who take initiative and take matters into their own hands to then finish the job.
Curious to hear examples of historic doers, Redditor throwaway121270 asked:
"What is the greatest 'f'k it, I'll do it myself' in history?"
This Canadian solider single-handedly changed the course of history.
How A Dutch Town Was Liberated
"Canadian Soldier Leo Major and his friend Willie Arsenault were scouting a Dutch town called Zwolle that had been captured by Germans in WW2. On this scouting trip, the two had decided to liberate Zwolle together, but were spotted and Arsenault was killed. Major, enraged, killed two Germans while the rest fled. On the outskirts of the town, Major intercepted a vehicle, disarming the soldiers there. He told a French speaking soldier that all the Canadian artillery would be firing on the town in the morning, and decidedly let the Nazi free to spread the rumour, even returning his weapon as a total alpha move."
"That night, Major decided to single handedly liberate the town. Arming himself with many weapons, he made explosions and noise, making it sound like the entire Canadian army was there. Several times that night, Major went back and forth from Zwolle to the Canadian base taking 8 to 10 German prisoners each time."
"At one point, Major located the Gestapo (high ranking Nazis) headquarters and raided it himself. He killed several SS officers and the rest fled. By morning, Major discovered that the Germans who had taken Zwolle had entirely retreated."
"I should also mention that Major was a sniper who had only one eye from a phosphorous grenade explosion years prior and remained in the military because he insisted he only needed one eye to aim his weapon and that to him, he 'looked like a pirate.'"
"The Dutch town of Zwolle was liberated. By a one-eyed sniper. He has several other legendary acts, but this to me was his best."
More On The "Bada** Canadian"
"Damn, I just did some more reading on this guy. He also was in the Normandy invasion on D-day and single handly captured an armored German vehicle that contained communication equipment and codes. AFTER he lost his eye but before this incident, this motherf'ker single handedly captured 100 German soldiers. He started with one, killed the soldier’s friend, then used his prisoner to force their commanding officer to surrender. As he was leading a group of his prisoners back to the Canadian front lines, SS spotted him and opened fire. Major gave 0 f**ks and continued on his merry way, dropped the first group off, ordered a tank to go kill the SS guys then after they got killed he personally marched the rest of his nearly 100 prisoners back to camp."
"Why? He was 'frozen and wet' when he saw the first 2 soldiers and wanted them 'to pay.' A general tried to give him the Distinguished Conduct medal for this and Major refused because said General was 'incompetent' and in no position to be giving medals. Shortly after he survived a land mine, and guys, this is still before Zwolle."
"As if his balls weren’t big enough already, after WW2 he returned to fight in the Korean War and receives ANOTHER Distinguished Conduct medal. While the Canadian forces were trying to capture a hill the Chinese currently was defending, Major led 18 men as an elite sniper/scout force to a hill in the middle of the Chinese forces and opened fire. His team were able to take the hill. A couple hours late, 14,000 Chinese reinforcements returned to take back the hill. Major refused, found cover for his men and was able to hold back the Chinese through the night."
"I vote for Major for most badass Canadian by a landslide."
Life would be different were it not for these brave and intuitive individuals.
"Otis invented pretty much what we consider the modern elevator."
"Nobody was convinced it was safe so he hoisted himself up extremely high and had somebody cut the cable with an axe to prove how confident he was that the elevator was safe regardless of almost worst case scenarios."
"In 1888, Almon Brown Strowger, an undertaker, noticed he was losing a lot of business to the other undertaker in town. He found out that the other undertaker's wife was a telephone operator and when she intercepted people asking to be connected to Strowger's funeral home, the operator would route the call to her husband's funeral home instead."
"Three years later, Strowger patented the automatic teller exchange, a system which allowed telephone users to make calls without the need for human operators, singlehandedly destroying an entire workforce."
Beginnings Of Internet Security
"Cliff Stoll (The Cuckoos Egg) noticed weird traffic on his university servers. No one believed him that there was any risk occurring. Ended up uncovering a major hacking attempt to steal missile designs and basically created internet security. (I think it was missile designs, it's been a long time)."
The Problem Solver
"Donald Knuth is one of the big names in computer science. Back in the 1960s he set out to write the definitive texts on computer programming and analysis of algorithms. The first three volumes came out and he started the fourth in the early/mid 1970s. He was unhappy with how the newer printing/editions were typeset and so he took a summer to 'solve' that problem."
"A decade later the fourth volume still had not been completed, but as a consolation prize we got TeX (later extended to the more commonly used LaTeX), without question the most comprehensive and powerful language for creating documents with heavy technical requirements; it is a strange mix of a markup language like HTML and a compiled language like C. It is completely free and has been for well over 30 years and is probably the most bug-free piece of software I've ever seen. Certainly for its size and scope, there's not much out there of comparable quality."
"There is literally no mathematics that cannot be properly typeset in TeX/LaTeX. Its default style is instantly recognizable to any working mathematician. It is used across nearly all STEM fields and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of journals that only accept manuscripts written in LaTeX."
"It wasn't until the early 2000s that drafts of the fourth volume started to appear. Nobody has seemed to mind."
Many lives were saved thanks to the fortitude of these fearless people on a mission.
Vandalism To Save The World
"John Snow (not that one, the father of epidemiology). No one believed him that the Cholera outbreak in what is now Soho was because of a contaminated water pump. He broke it. They arrested him for vandalism and held him until the outbreak suddenly ended..."
"Probably the time Nando Parrado and Roberto Canessa decided they couldn't wait around any longer and legged it for 10 days across the Andes with no warm clothes, climbing gear, or food except some scraps of their dead friends stuffed into a sock. They finally found someone out in the middle of nowhere, Sergio Catalan, who rode horseback all night and then took a bus to get some help. The mountain climbers had come from the wreckage of a crashed plane that everyone had been looking for for over 2 mos. They needed help for the other survivors who were injured and starving. They saved 14 of their friends."
While you may not intend to make a mark in history, you've probably made a lasting impression by stepping in and taking over after watching someone fall short of achieving a desired result.
Bless you for that.