At one point or another, many of us had to cohabitate with strangers.
It was a small sacrifice to pay in order to save money for tuition or to acclimate after moving to a new city.
But finding the perfect roommate is like winning the lottery.
One wrong pick would leave you with a Single White Female situation, and we all know how well that ends.
Complaints included a roommate who had a tendency of borrowing underwear; a woman who drank excessively and brought men home; a brother who spoke loudly on the phone at night; and a guy who practiced his saxophone – completely naked.
Do any of these roommates fit the description of someone who made your life an absolute nightmare to be with?
The Man Who Wore My Undies
"My first college roommate was the worst."
"He hated doing laundry and would 'borrow' my underwear, even though I told him not to in the clearest possible terms."
"Worse still, he'd wear my undies for a date, then return them used (unwashed). After he'd do that, it felt weird wearing them again - as if they were now his and no longer mine."
If Your Name Is Mindy, Proceed With Caution
"My first college roommate. She was a doozy. I should have known she would be awful."
"She insisted that she was going to bring everything to furnish the apartment because she had received it as gifts. The only thing she didn't have was a microwave. Cool. I brought one and some cooking stuff, along with my bedroom stuff. She then lorded over me that she supplied EVERYTHING for the apartment and I only brought a microwave."
"She had two boyfriends. One the 'safe' guy her parents liked and one not liked by parents. They didn't know about each other. If I answered the phone I was not supposed to say anything about what was doing."
"She had one matching set of panties/bra. She showed me and acted like it was a big f'king deal. She wore them for days at a time so each boyfriend saw her on them. And if she went out, she wore them."
"She was an alcoholic. Everyday day around 1 she brought back a 12 pack of Natty Light. It would be gone by evening."
"She brought men home from bars. I locked my door if I was home. I mostly ended up staying with friends or my boyfriend because I didn't feel safe. One time I got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. There was an old naked man in the hallway."
"I left after one semester. My boyfriend helped me move out while she was out at a bar. The lease was in her name and I didn't care."
"Mindy from SIU - if you're reading this f'k you."
My Nude Saxophonist
"My first roommate in college- we lived in the room below his girlfriend, and he'd call her every morning around 6 am and every night around 9 pm. Dude. Just go talk to her."
"He also was naked in the room. Like.. a lot. I'm not weird about that kind of thing, but he absolutely never wore clothes unless he needed to. It was strange."
"The nudity was made weirder by how needy/social he was. I'm a relatively reserved guy and did my best to keep to myself. If I was working on something for a while and didn't acknowledge him, he'd tap me on the shoulder and I'd have to turn around and have a conversation with a naked guy about why I'm avoiding him. I was never 'avoiding' him- I just never felt the urge to talk to him constantly."
"Also, he played the saxophone and practiced in our room (naked, of course) until I put a stop to it. Put yourself in my shoes for a moment. You're doing homework at your desk and are interrupted by a hairy naked guy playing the saxophone in our dorm room (very close quarters)."
"For those of you who aren't aware, the saxophone is not a quiet instrument."
Get It Together, Bruh
"My brother always is on his computer when im trying to sleep and talks to his friends loudly, bangs his desk, and watches videos on his phone with the sound on. Good sleep isn't a thing for me."
The Liar And A Thief
"Brent: both a liar and a thief, continually used my food, toothpaste, laundry detergent and most anything he needed. Drank my beer and when I asked, he denied it, I showed him the bottles in the trash and he still denied it."
"Tired of it, I switched my powdered detergent with powdered bleach and placed it back on the shelf. After several weeks, he ruined all of his clothes and never touched my detergent again. When he moved stole a bunch of tools from me too. He was and is a total a-hole, and the reason i lived alone after that."
These Are A Few Of Their Not-So-Favorite Things
"Not going to name him out of the sake of anonymity, but here are some of his offenses:"
- Leaving dirty plates and take out food containers in the living room with rotting food.
- Always had sex with the door open/cracked on purpose so people could hear.
- Walked around naked in the apartment.
- Constantly asking to use my car for like 20 minutes, but ended up being like 4 hours.
- Asks for you to spend all day at the apartment in case a package comes.
- Asks to cut his hair (I'm not a barber).
- His girlfriend moved in for a month without asking or splitting bills.
- Constantly forgot to pay the water bill, so shutoffs happened about once a month.
"After that I was done with roomates. Unless we're family or in a longterm stable relationship, then that's going to be a 'F'k no' for rooming together."
When Friendships Sour
"6 years ago, had moved out with a so called friend. I was pregnant and working two jobs (retail)(Walmart) had my son and still worked my a** off. Anyway she decided to let a mutual friend bring a guy over so the friend could use her room for you know what. I told her that's a bad idea and I would never allow anyone to have sex in my bed if it ain't me lol. She decided it's okay. She didn't come home that night so our mutual friend came over with her bf, they did their thing and stayed the night. Roommate decided to pop up back home around 6am.
Mind you I had a baby 3-4 months old, just got off work so I was asleep. The audacity of this heiffa to come in the house mad with her kid seeing the mutual friend laid up in her bed with the guy pissed her off(but she had agreed to it) she starts yelling ain't nobody sleeping in here, swung my mf door open telling me I was a bad roommate for letting it happen etc. I told her I'm not your momma and you allowed and okayed her to do it."
"Long story short she had to sign off so I can get off the lease that day to which she did, then she got mad at me for calling to tell her I would cut off all utilities on this date so get your money up so you can put your name on them. She expected me to leave my name on the utilities but the bi*ch never wanted to pay on time and felt like I should've paid her half because my kids father which was overseas at the time would send money for his child. She called me to tell me she wanted to fight but be friends again and I told her we're not friends nor will we ever be in this lifetime or the next. That was years ago and I wiped my hands with that situation, learned my lesson."
You Don't Want To End Up With This Guy
"Guy I lived with my first two years of college. Got put in a 6 man suite and he wasn't bad at first but slowly unveiled his inner sociopath. Stink like dogsh*t because he was from a wealthy family and never had to do laundry before so he just wore dirty clothes all the time. Joined a frat at a non-party school so thought he was a big man on campus even though the frats are a joke here. Left his dirty clothes and food just lying around."
"Bullied his awkward sheltered roommate by 'purposely' trying to be as gross as possible so the kid would drive home every weekend and made fun of the kid for lying about where he transferred from (the bullied kid went to community first but claimed he had gone to Syracuse) when I just found out this year the bully hadn't played basketball at the school he had gone to before transferring like he'd claimed. He'd just straight up grab girls at the bar and start making out as his method of hooking up which worked occasionally but was generally just him borderline assaulting women. Guy manipulated people into thinking he was their friend but really just used people and convinced 4/6 of us to stay as a group to join with 4 other guys for the next year where he just got worse and worse and we all decided to not live with him for our last year."
"He's basically a pathological liar who feels the need to try to one-up everyone at every single possible chance but the cracks just keep popping up. A few weeks ago I was at the house of the other 4 people we lived with our second year (totally outside to avoid corona) and he just drunkenly showed up and tried to wrestle me because he knew I wrestled and always tried to prove he could beat me up. So he attacked me when I wasn't paying attention by going for a knee I'd torn back in March and I f'king hate this guy so much at this point I had to take him down and then he tried to tell everyone I actually attacked him randomly until someone called him out that he tried to sneak attack me. Dude is a total scumbag grasping at straws to be the 'big man' on campus."
Scratch That, THIS Is Who You'll Want To Avoid
"Told me he wanted to kill people to know what it felt like and dissect them, and that he had no sympathy or sorrow for death, then told me he wanted to manipulate me & was actively trying to find ways to do so. There were a lot of red flags leading up to this. but this casual conversation sent me into a two month dissociative state. I'm no longer mentally able to live with someone besides my mom for more then 3 days without getting overly paranoid and going down a horrible mental health rabbit hole."
Dude, Where's My Funnel?
"I had a funnel I kept in the cupboard that I would use when I made barbecue sauce. My roommate and I shared an apple TV and I could see his YouTube search history. One day I found 'How to give yourself a coffee enema with a funnel.' I looked in the fridge and found a half full pot of french press coffee and my funnel was nowhere to be found. Needless to say I never went looking for it."
Move Over Karen, And Meet "Taryn"
"I had this roommate in college named 'Taryn.' We were renting an apartment together because I had just moved to the area and our boyfriends knew each other."
"Unfortunately, Taryn was controlling and obsessed with being an 'adult.' I moved in a week before her and she wanted me to wait to buy anything without her. Seriously, she got mad when I told her I was shopping for a shower curtain. She made me send her pictures and nixed all of the ones I wanted (beach themed, polka dots, wavy lines, etc.) because they were 'immature' and in the end told me I could only buy a white one. With my own money!"
"We were supposed to be splitting rent evenly, but after the first month Taryn said she couldn't afford it and asked me if I would cover for her for a few months. She was in an unpaid program but would start getting paid in 4 months, so we agreed I would play an extra $100 for 4 months then we would switch. She never kept her end and never paid me back while bragging about all the things she was buying. She claimed that I should pay extra anyway since my room had an extra closet. Her room had 1 walk in closet and my room had 2 standards, so it was still the same size."
"The final straw was when she told me I had to get rid of my ESA because her boyfriends sister was allergic to cats. This was a cat that I got shortly after moving in, with her permission. I had a note from my psychologist and the landlord was aware and approved it. Taryn thought that her boyfriends sister should be more comfortable in our home than I should be."
"She did a lot more and I ended up leaving the moment my lease ended. She told me to take all my crap with me. So I did. All of the pots and pans were mine, the table and chairs were mine, the sofa was mine. Even her desk in her room was one she had 'borrowed' from me. And yes, I took the white shower curtain."
The Definition Of A Slob
"I lived in an apartment with several people, but the guy in the room next to mine was bad. We cook our own food, and he'd leave dirty caseroles in the sink. He'd take his food into his room and just stack used plates and such on his desk, eventually he had his own colony of fruit flies in his room. He'd excercise a lot, which I'd say is a virtue, except he left his dirty laundry on the floor, which developed an odor. He had a condition which required him to take medication at regular intervals, so he'd set an alarm for maybe 2 am. He did not wake from his alarm, I did. When I knocked on his door he did wake and take his medication. I also believe he stole from me, i.e. stuff I had in the fridge would go missing. He moved out, fortunately, and the guy who moved into his old room was a good guy."
Love 'Em Or Hate 'Em
"Children, hands down. They're demanding, messy, don't contribute, and you can't throw them out."
Horrible Zoo Keeper
"Rented a cheap room from an older lady for a few years. She was nice but house was cluttered and dirty. But the worst part was when her grown daughter moved back home. She was immature and entitled, absolutely loved herself. She wouldn't help out, left blood and pubic hair in the bathroom for others to deal with, and wouldn't take care of her pets. One time her mom went out of town for a week, and I realized after a few days the girl wasn't feeding/watering her birds... two of them were dead. But she loved to brag about her 'zoo'. She also would sneak her boyfriend over all the time even though her mom didn't want him there. She would even leave the bedroom door open while she was giving him a bj when me and her brother were home. I was so glad when I could afford to move out. You would think 20 years and 4 kids later she might have matured. But her sister tried to help her out and let her live there- she and her kids were rude and trashed her house, and wouldn't follow covid rules even though the sister has health issues. She finally kicked her out, and the girl cut her out of her life and made the kids do the same."
There are few things more satisfying than a crisp $20 bill. Well, maybe a crisp $100 bill.
But twenty big ones can get you pretty far nonetheless.
Whether it's tucked firmly in a birthday card, passing from hand to hand after a knee-jerk sports bet, or going toward a useful tool, the old twenty dollar bill has been used for countless purposes.
Breaking Even<p>"I got a jacket and a pair of jeans at goodwill for about $20. My first time wearing the jacket I found a tiny zipper inside a pocket."</p><p>"There was a secret inner pocket with a twenty in it."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpdv70q?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">TheBrontosaurus</a></p>
Keeps On Giving<p>"23 Years ago I was in the US for some work and was not prepared for the cold of Chicago. Went to wal-mart and bought myself a cheap, warm jacket."</p><p>"I'm wearing that jacket right now - still looks fine, still keeps me warm."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpe41xv?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">TastyEnd</a></p>
As Good As They Come<p>"Wool pinstripe double breasted suit from Goodwill, fit perfectly and was brand new. Ended up wearing it to get married the next year." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpdw6mx?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">verminiusrex</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"God I love Goodwill!!" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpe5aee?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Neverthelilacqueen</a></p>
The Socks She Needed<p>"I work at a thrift shop. A homeless lady came in and asked us where the socks were. We only sell new socks, so I directed her towards the new socks and she was... shocked and disappointed by the price tag, surely."<br></p><p>"I gave her a moment as she looked, and she moved to some kids' socks and picked them up, and I... just couldn't let that happen. I told her that I would help her, and told her to get herself some socks and a jacket."</p><p>"She kind of just... held out the children's socks, so I took them, put them back, and grabbed the extra fluffy socks that were hanging."</p><p>"She grabs a jacket and some pants, and I pay for it. My coworker looks the other way since we're not supposed to purchase anything while on the clock. The lady is in tears as she walks out."</p><p>"I notice that she's still outside a minute later putting them on, and ask her if they fit her or if she needed something else; and she told me they were perfect and proceeded to cry. I cried in return."</p><p>"It was a good day."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpen3w1?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Snowodin</a></p>
Not Forgotten<p>"A guy came into my work when I managed a mom and pop Pizza Place. He said he was stranded with no phone, and no money, but that the people at the Verizon store next door to us said they could get him a cheap phone with some minutes on it for 20 bucks."</p><p>"He offered to do dishes for a few hours to make some money so he could get this phone. I told him not to worry about it and gave him a 20 from my wallet. He thanked me, asked me for my name, and then he left and I never saw him again."</p><p>"Skip forward about 5 months, and when I get into work the owner was there and said she had gotten a letter addressed to me. 'Weird,' I thought."</p><p>"But when I opened it there was a 50 dollar bill and a short note from the guy I gave 20 dollars to thanking me for my kindness and for not turning him away."</p><p>"Turns out he was in a bad way (addicted to hard drugs and homeless) and really was stranded there. He was trying to get a phone so he could contact his parents (who lived in another state) for help."</p><p>"From what it sounded like, he seemed to really turn his life around. He was clean and working a stable job while still living with his parents."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpem2xc?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Mixmaster-McGuire</a></p>
The Best Finale<p>"It was the day before payday. My wife came to see me at work. My break was in an hour, so I asked for her to wait a bit, so we could enjoy it together. She did."</p><p>"I bought her some lunch, because it was what I could afford. I bought her a ham and cheese sub sandwich and two iced teas. These were her favorite. I bought gas with the rest of the twenty so she could get home. She dropped me back off at work."</p><p>"That night, she passed away. It brings me comfort to know that I bought her favorite sandwich and drink for her that afternoon. It was likely the last thing she ate, since it was near dinner. I'll never forget it. Best $20 I ever spent, because it was for her."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpe9c6d?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">LollipopDreamscape</a></p>
Leaning Into the Nerdery<p>"It was my ninth or tenth birthday. My grandparents gave me $20. The first $20 bill I ever held in my hand! I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it."</p><p>"A week later, we went into the city and Toys R Us. I went straight to the Transformers aisle. And there he was. My favourite Transformer. The one I always wanted...Soundwave."</p><p>"He's the one who turned into a Walkman and he could eject cassettes that turned into robot animals. The price tag said $19.99. It was meant to be."</p><p>"I took Soundwave to the clerk and gave her my $20 bill. "And here's your change!" she said, as she gave me a single penny."</p><p>"Ah, Soundwave. The best friend a lonely little nerd could have."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpdzzxe?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">originalchaosinabox</a></p>
Different Time<p>"I went to a Rush concert in 1982. The ticket was $9.50 and the t-shirt was $10." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpdyr0k?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">PaulsRedditUsername</a></p>
Motivational Spending<p>"My then six year old niece had a loose tooth she loved to show off and had resisted pulling out for two weeks. We were all at my parents and I was getting ready to leave, I pulled out a $20 and said 'I'll give you this right now if you pull out your tooth.' "</p><p>"She was already crying because her little sister had did something so when she ran into the bathroom none of us had no idea in what she was about to do."</p><p>"So she comes out crying still, but a little bit of blood I'm her mouth because of course, she pulled out her tooth. But the now removed tooth fell down the drain to the sink and she was crying because she lost her proof!"</p><p>"After she calmed down she was happy as a clam with a brand new $20 and everyone was quite proud of her. My sister told me she spent it on candy and shared with her little sister."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpdxi4k?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">themasimumdorkus</a></p>
For the Story<p>"It was actually to a scammer in Rome. There was this guy right outside of Colosseum who started tying strings around my wrist and told me to make a wish. I knew it was going to cost but I thought what the hell, last day in Rome so might as well go with it. </p><p>"My wish was to find love."</p><p>"I spent rest of the day getting lost in the city and stumbled across two weddings and one baptism ceremony. So I did find love, just not for myself."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvu5aq/whats_the_best_20_you_ever_spent/gpe7b2w?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">FatalFinn</a></p>
I realize that school safety has been severely compromised and has been under dire scrutiny over the past decade and of course, it should be. And when I was a student, my safety was one of my greatest priorities but, some implemented rules under the guise of "safety" were and are... just plain ludicrous. Like who thinks up some of these ideas?Redditor u/Animeking1108 wanted to discuss how the education system has ideas that sometimes are just more a pain in the butt than a daily enhancement... What was the dumbest rule your school enforced?
Don't Peek<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcxNDc4OS9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNDE0Mzc2OH0.Y1Lzy1MTqxyVqOCe9xjeHTRZsKnbyVjYzdb4-Heldyo/img.gif?width=980" id="78b19" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e14a90be026b734830e7661f776ba4a8" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="475" data-height="475" />schitts creek wtf GIF by CBCGiphy<p>Took all the doors off the men's room bathroom stalls because of vandalism for 2 months.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gphrfce?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"> Endless_Vanity</a><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Endless_Vanity/" target="_blank"></a></p>
Scanned<p>School added thumb print scanners at gates of school which counted as registration - needless to say I would just walk to school scan my thumb and walk back home with them none the wiser. Was a great few months until they noticed. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gpidnou?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">richpianofan5</a></p>
Age of Empires...<p>Conservative Christian College. A group of us played Age of Empires one weekend. They didn't like it and called a meeting. Everyone involved got misdemeanors on their records. There was nothing in the handbook about it being against the rules. The only person that didn't get any punishment was the son of the president even though he was just as involved as the rest of us. <span></span></p>
"Genius"<p>In my freshman year of high school we had a terrible vandalism problem, the bathrooms would be broken in various ways almost constantly. In a stroke of pure genius, the staff decided that any bathroom that was vandalized would be closed for the week on first offense, the quarter for second, and permanently on the third offense.</p><p>They took back the rule after closing every bathroom on day one. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gpi77co?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"> Samus388</a><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Samus388/" target="_blank"></a></p>
Is this Footloose?<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcxNDc5Ny9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMzg0MjU2M30.PeBUt-YWZeeRStaD_RZlGPQzo29E9t733yqZbIiJlYs/img.gif?width=980" id="3a5bd" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="102730e3b1b90ba9cb393561c702c9af" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="500" data-height="500" />kevin bacon dancing GIF by STARZGiphy<p>Prom was a mandatory lockdown for the night in order to avoid students going to parties after prom.</p><p>Prom was held at various house parties across town instead. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gpi37x7?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Coffee-spree</a></p>
HOLDEN FOREVER!!!<p>My high school mascot was Daniel Boone holding a musket. A kid wore a Guns 'n Roses shirt to school and was told he had to change shirts because of the pistols on the shirt. He pointed out the hypocrisy of the school mascot and they changed EVERYTHING. The mascot was switched to holding a flag pole instead. <span></span></p>
No Dots<p>You couldn't wear ANY kind of head items that were "gang colours" (red or blue) - this No included hair bands, scrunchies, beads in your hair, ribbons - ANYTHING. I got in trouble for wearing a blue hair band with white polka dots. </p><p><span></span><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gphzpyf?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Pleasant-Flamingo344</a></p>
Clothes Check<p>We had to wear belts. Someone snitched that people weren't wearing belts under their sweaters, and they actually checked and a bunch of people got detentions. Stupid. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gphz3y6?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">ooo-ooo-oooyea</a></p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gphz3y6?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a>We had belt raids at my school where the dean would burst into classes, completely interrupting any education, to check that everyone was wearing a belt. </p><p><span></span><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gpia8pp?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">GuinnessMicrodose</a></p>
Chase the Flat<p>We weren't allowed to play tag football at lunch, only frisbee. When I asked the principal what the difference was, he responded with a sarcastic tone, "A football is round and a frisbee is a flat disk."</p><p>He left the school later that year, went to another school, and a few years later was brought up on charges for failing to report the abuse of a student by a teacher. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gpi6lh3?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">uninc4life2010</a></p>
Poke-Thief<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcxNDgwMy9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0ODg5MzY2Nn0.5LMPk1suou6U2SvAURKP-sHEuK7Izpkbxm0PWqvx95E/img.gif?width=980" id="b6e9f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="92383d30e34aa92fd74cf6c1374ec294" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="480" />hotline bling pokemon GIFGiphy<p>Pokemon cards got banned in middle school because someone stole the vice principal's kid's cards. Yep. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gpiapym?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"> Skadoosh_it</a><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Skadoosh_it/" target="_blank"></a></p>
In the Face...<p>If you were involved in a fight, you got suspended. While it sounds reasonable, context didn't matter.</p><p>I got suspended once not for throwing a single punch, kick, whatever. I got suspended because someone knocked the books out of my hand and when I reached down to grab them they punched me in the face.</p><p>I got suspended for walking down the hallway and unprovoked getting punched in the face.</p><p>Forget Brandon Valley Middle School. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwjlif/what_was_the_dumbest_rule_your_school_enforced/gpicbyx?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">CLG_MianBao</a></p>
One of the golden rules of life? Doctors are merely human. They don't know everything and they make mistakes. That is why you always want to get another opinion. Things are constantly missed. That doesn't mean docs don't know what they're doing, they just aren't infallible. So make sure to ask questions, lots of them.Redditor u/Gorgon_the_Dragon wanted to hear from doctors about why it is imperative we always get second and maybe third opinions by asking... Doctors of Reddit, what was the worse thing you've seen for a patient that another Doctor overlooked?
Grandma Wins<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcxNDcxOC9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0OTQxNTgzOX0.n9IaFGgHwnULMlI2kg7RUftxDg6lyWvdM9CnhvptCRY/img.gif?width=980" id="a0857" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="9762f97a23c27ccf6b75974caa854361" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="270" />Old Lady Wine GIF by MattielGiphy<p>Not a doctor, but my grandmother saved my father's eyesight because she didn't listen to their doctor. </p>
The Mummy Appendage<p>When I was a resident, an 80yo female was admitted from the nursing home for confusion. Workup showed some mild UTI and we were giving her antibiotics. The nurse mentioned that her toe looked dark and asked me to look at it. The toe wasn't just dark, it was mummified. It looked like dry beef jerky. I touched it and pieces flaked off. So the patient from a nursing home, had a mummified toe, probably for months, that no one knew about. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lw2g2z/doctors_of_reddit_what_was_the_worse_thing_youve/gpg00qn?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Dr2ray</a></p>
The CT Save<p>Here's my story:</p><p>A guy came in to our ICU and was very septic but still talking. He had visited his primary care MD with complaints of a sore throat for a couple of days. Dismissed without any intervention since he didn't appear to have strep throat or the flu. At this point he was having pretty severe abdominal discomfort, so we sent him for a CT scan. As the scan was finishing, he coded and had to be intubated, multi-organ failure, etc. </p>
Patches<p>When I was an ER nurse we got an elderly lady in for altered mental status from a nursing home, when we undressed her to put her in a gown and hook her up to the monitor, I noticed no less than 5 fentanyl patches on her, guess I discovered the cause of the AMS. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lw2g2z/doctors_of_reddit_what_was_the_worse_thing_youve/gpg1lml?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">ChewbaccaSlim426</a></p>
Use your Words<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcxNDcyMi9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1MDA1NjI0MH0.WtyCdxL1vRZwD2-jpKZXMOEakwhiBaJIkp1YPnOzlvo/img.gif?width=980" id="e45ca" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f5b98e6a4605a587dbd97579468a51d8" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="498" data-height="367" />Communication GIF by memecandyGiphy<p>Neurologist sent patient to our ED without informing her that imaging showed a glioblastoma assuring her impending death. He didn't overlook the disease, he overlooked the communication. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lw2g2z/doctors_of_reddit_what_was_the_worse_thing_youve/gpfl5t5?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">AzureSkye27</a></p>
Mad Cow Realty<p>During my residency we had this lady in her 60s who was getting progressively more forgetful, just overall declining and getting less and less able to take care of herself. She had been seeing her pcp who diagnosed her with dementia. And she saw a neurologist who agreed. She was not really able to provide an accurate history. <span></span></p>
After Birth...<p>I used to work in maternal-fetal medicine, and every single week, we would have women referred to us "because the doctor couldn't see something clearly with the baby and wanted to double check." Nope, they just didn't want to have to be the ones to tell you that your baby had a complex cardiac defect or multiple anomalies indicative of a genetic syndrome or any other of a large number of horrible things that can happen during fetal development. Still pisses me off when I think about how many women waited weeks for more information because their doctors were cowards who couldn't tell them, "There's something seriously wrong here." <span></span></p>
bad doctors<p>I'm not a doctor, but a RN. This happened to me, but isn't nearly as bad as most of the stories on here.</p><p>When I was in college, I got to where I couldn't swallow. It started with difficulty swallowing, progressed to me having to swallow bites of food multiple times/regurgitating it, and then got to where all I could swallow was broths and mashed potatoes with no chunks. I went to the doctor multiple times, and was told every time it was acid reflux and part of my anxiety disorder. <span></span></p>
The Valve...<p>He put the pacemaker lead in the subclavian artery (and across the aortic valve into the left ventricle). The proper approach is: subclavian vein to right ventricle). And then he didn't notice it for over a year. I saw the patient (a 25 yo woman who didn't need the pacemaker in the first place) when she was in congestive heart failure. <span></span><br></p>
Bitten<p>Rattlesnake bite. On a 2 year old. Patient and dad out in the fields near a small town that is several hours away from the nearest big city, where I work.</p>
When we think about learning history, our first thought is usually sitting in our high school history class (or AP World History class if you're a nerd like me) being bored out of our minds. Unless again, you're a huge freaking nerd like me. But I think we all have the memory of the moment where we realized learning about history was kinda cool. And they usually start from one weird fact.
Here are a few examples of turning points in learning about history, straight from the keyboards of the people at AskReddit.