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What is fame?


Fame is something that varies from person to person, but it's being held to a certain level of recognition. We're conditioned to think of "fame" as someone with over a million followers or having starred in a blockbuster film, thanks to our celebrity-obsessed world. Yet the smaller acts, the acts that maybe only a handful of people see and leave a lasting impact, those are the real fame-makers.

Reddit user, u/Prior_Cryptographer5, wanted to know what we should know you for when they asked:

What's your claim to fame?

Making The Real Changes

Most of what we do may amount to nothing in life, or it feels that way at least. However the smallest choices can have huge ramifications for those around us.

Squeeze Everything!

I invented squeezable mayonaise. When I was a kid it didn't exist yet and I was always frustrated with getting my hands full of mayonaise and I thought how great it would be if it was squeezable. I actually wrote the Kraft company about my idea but never heard back, but about a year later it was available in grocery stores. Although I have no proof I am fairly convinced It was all my idea.

johnnylovesbjs

Standing Up To Educational Authority

At the university, we had a super annoying professor who would demand we basically memorize the two thick textbooks he wrote. They were awfully expensive bricks. During my preparation for the exam, I rewrote them. I literally made a more condensed, better structured version of the text, including the stuff that was only passed down orally at lectures. The result was just one brick of a book, in e-book.

And I posted it online. On my private pages that only friends had the password to. Except after I got an A, I sort of left the password lying around for the year below me to find.

The professor found out that nobody was buying his book anymore and was pissed. He never found out where the kids were getting the updated version. He threatened but nobody budged.

Some years down the line I visited my old uni and kids were still passing down the password for that book. Nobody knew me by name, just by the website title. But I felt pretty proud.

cototudelam

Legends Of Kid-dom

Things seem so much bigger when you're a kid, right? This could have something to do with your physical size, or it could have to do with the fact that you haven't experienced the world at large yet, so even the smallest actions can lead to massive legends.

Taking Down The School Jerk

Beat the douche running my high school by becoming student body president.

Been riding the wave all year long.

papadragon696969

School Is Cancelled!

I was called up out of everyone in my primary school by a clown that was performing, I was given a stink bomb for being a great assistant, as soon as I sat down I let it off and the whole school had to be let out of the school hall, I think one kid even puked.

combine_harvester01

Next Year, It'll Be Around The World

I used to visit this lake house when I was a kid. At the thinnest part of the lake, kids would always try to swim from one end to the other without taking a breath, but no one could. I was able to do it, which was pretty cool. Yay.

The next year I went back, some kids were talking about how a boy was able to swim across last year. I was still famous.

The next year after that, kids were talking about how two years ago a kid had swam across and back without taking a breath. Hmmmm.

By the third year I was hearing that three years ago a boy had swam across the widest part of the lake and back without taking a breath. The details kept getting more impressive.

It's been decades now, so by now I'm sure they're saying I swam across the pacific without taking a breath.

MrBigTimeJim

Being Put On Grandma's Fridge Is A Win

I regularly got my picture in one of the biggest morning papers in my country because my friends mom worked in it and they always made a small news about our football trips in the kids section. For some reason i was always in the pictures. There were others too but i got in every one one. I never cared about it when i was kid but my grandmom [always] cut the pictures and stories of the paper and i'm glad because she gave them to me when i was older and i have them now.

laihaluikku

Don't Cross The Streams

High school D.A.R.E. assembly junior year. The cop gets to the end of his spiel, points out at the crowd and says "so if you see a crime, or somebody doing drugs, who you gonna call?!" I stand up immediately and shout GHOSTBUSTERS!!

Mom was not stoked to pick me up early that day.

Such-Mind1458

Winning The Drinking Contest

I was that outside kid who nobody knew, one day a friend invited me to one of his parties. Only he knew of my drinking talents (I'm 6.3 so I'm quite big and I have Irish and Scottish heritage so I have an incredible capacity for alcohol) and kept this quiet the whole night.

Later that night one of the popular jocks came over and drank a full bottle of beer infront of me and challenged me to a drinking contest. I didn't accept, persay, I just grabbed the nearest half filled gin bottle, locked eyes with him, and drank it

Now I doubt there's a party in town that I'm not at

Witchdoctor9097

The Minorest Of Minor Roles In Hollywood

Of course, when it comes to fame, nothing rings louder than Hollywood. Though, many of these people won't be gracing any billboards or telling you to 'Like' and 'Subscribe.' Instead, their impact on Hollywood will be much smaller, but no less important.

Gave Away A Little Too Much

I'm a descendant of a semi-famous Chemist/Physicist. I'm not going to reveal who, as it is a rare last name, that could potentially identify me (We share the same surname, with different capitalizations/spellings. He lived and died in France, and the family immigrated to the United States with my surname). I'll give a semi-obvious hint. He was the first person, along with his co-pilot, to pass in a hot air ballon accident.

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Francois Pilatrê de Rozier?

PoopieMcDougal

Oh Yeah? Well, MY Uncle Has A Super Nintendo 64!

My uncle lol, know people through him

His best friend is the producer for a band that has topped the charts a few times, he used to push me on swings when I was little

Met ed sheeran, joking beef with him

I've been in bbc articles for unrelated things

mexicanpenguin-II

At Least It Wasn't Their Marshmallows...

I worked briefly in film when I was younger. There was a scene that featured the real Blue Man Group. One of their drums was missing a bolt and the scene could not go on without it. I swiftly raced to Home Depot to find the correct bolt, found it and brought it back to set. The scene was able to go on. I saved the Blue Man Group.

potatogains18

There's No Boat Without You

In 2006, Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx made a Miami Vice movie. In this movie, there is a scene where Colin Farrell asks some girl if she wants to hop in his boat, and roll over to Cuba to go dancing. I, personally, made the windshield to that boat. So basically, I am a movie star.

Camellightsinabox

How Do You Do, Fellow Kids?

Steve Buscemi once offered me a joint.

Engrave it on my tombstone.

483dogyears

*NOTE: He Died On The Way Back To His Home Planet

I was briefly a penpal of a Simpsons writer and he sent me a bunch of demos for songs he wrote for the show

CSwift17

Keep at it. You never know what you'll do that will impress someone some day enough to where they talk about you like you're an actual living legend.

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