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One of the things I miss the most (as we collectively continue to deal with the realities of the Covid-19 pandemic) is travel. If you were to ask me what I would love to do once we manage to get a handle on the pandemic, it would be to travel more (and I've done a good amount of it). That said, the time alone and at home has given me plenty of opportunity to self-reflect, so I can't complain too much. I'm also healthy and have been social distancing so I'm doing my part.

Pandemic aside, many people have their own desires, as we were reminded once Redditor jillysue asked the online community, "What's something you have always wanted to do?"

"I have this intense longing..."

I have this intense longing for extended international travel before having kids.

I would love to take 6 months to a year off work and solo travel Europe and parts of Asia. I've traveled in short 1-2 week bursts before and can afford the travel, but for some reason this sense of responsibility and fear of losing my income is holding me back.


"With time travel..."

Many Redditors here are writing realistic things. I'd go for an unrealistic one. Time travel. With time travel, I'd be able to rectify my most severe mistakes in the past.


"When I do travel..."

Go travel outside the U.S. My Dad can't fly since he gets airsick. When I do travel outside the US, I think the first place I'm heading is Italy and then France. My dream vacation is to go to Hawaii but that'll have to wait because Dad can't fly like I said earlier.


"The satisfaction of seeing them..."

As weird as this sounds, I've always wanted to break into a musical number with people at work - EXCEPT - one person doesn't know about it. We'd rehearse for months without telling one person, then one day, just doing it.

The satisfaction of seeing them utterly confused how everyone was in on it and they're in the middle of it... yes.


Okay, I have to admit...

That last one is hilarious. And I think anyone who grew up watching movie musicals has always had a desire to be part of a flash mob, perform for a brief while, and then just go back to business.

I didn't even like the film La La Land all that much (I mean it, I didn't care for it at all, sorry!) but that opening scene on the highway is a good recent example. Personally, I wouldn't mind jumping into a song and dance number from The Music Man with a bunch of random people before slinking back into the primordial ooze.

Okay, let's continue.

"I used to dream..."

Have a professional wrestling match. I used to dream of being a WWE superstar when I was little. I'm older now and I don't follow it like I used to, but I still think it would be cool to just once, walk out to the ring with a badass theme song, go in, put on a show, take a few bumps, and walk out. Doesn't even have to be WWE, even just a local promotion. Just to say I did it, so the little kid in me could live his dream.


"Go to a grocery store..."

Go to a grocery store and be able to buy everything I want at that moment without worrying about the money, letting my mom pick all the things she wants to. Living in a third world country it's hard when you go to a store and just can't buy two little things because they cost a lot of money.


"I've always wanted to..."

I've always wanted to break a beer bottle on someone's head or slap someone with a sandwich... or even a raw fish. I don't want to murder someone or anything. Just comically and justifiably clean someone's clock with a perishable item.


"Not just like a bank..."

Be involved in a big-time heist. Not just like a bank but a whole convoluted plot where we kidnap a dignitary, steal a private jet, and empty out a first-world nation's gold reserve.

Or maybe write and direct a feature film... I've written a few screenplays and did a little work on 2 of a friend's films but my lifelong dream is to make my own film. I mean if these s***** multimillion-dollar Hollywood CGI dumpster fires can keep getting made, why can't some of these studios invest a few hundred thousand into independent projects. We don't need another Avengers movie... We need art.


"I was pumped..."

The CN Tower edge walk, in Toronto, Ontario. I was pumped to face my fear of heights, and do the edge walk when it first opened up. Didn't end up going. I still want to try it out, even though it's more expensive now.


"I have an idea..."

Make a show to entertain people. I have an idea that I have shared around with others and gotten positive feedback on, but I don't have the funding or connections to actually make it happen.


You wouldn't catch me...

...walking around on a glass surface a bazillion feet above the surface, but it's still pretty cool to look at. As for making a television show: Can we collectively agree that we need to do something about the terrible Hollywood old boys' club so some new ideas can get some traction? Society might be happier as a result.

Have your own thoughts on things you've always wanted to do? Has the pandemic put those ideas on pause for now?

Feel free to sound off in the comments below!

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Sometimes the things that come out of peoples' mouths are truly astounding. It makes you wonder, where did things go wrong? Why are they like this? As Forrest Gump once said, “stupid is as stupid does".

Here are a few of the most jaw-dropping lay stupid things that have been said by actual human beings. Not aliens trying to figure out how humans communicate--ACTUAL human beings. Thanks, Reddit.

U/cperr310 asked: What's the dumbest thing you or someone you know has said?

First up, what better people to hear ridiculous claims from than children? Here are some people that even teachers couldn’t help.

Well, that’s awkward.

I was in 5th grade like 20 years ago, and I am a male which is important later. My school changed an extra girls locker room into a computer lab. When my class got to go check it out, I say "wow, it looks so different!".

Everyone looks at me like I'm a creep. What I meant to say was "wow it looks so different that the boys locker room!" I still think about this when trying to fall asleep more often than I'm comfortable with.

Xeeke No it’s not.

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In my Spanish class where they were talking about Spanish countries

"What about Syria...isn't Syria Spanish?"

Worst part... NOBODY called her out on it to the point I was questioning myself. The professor had good English but it wasn't her first language and she dodged her question saying she's only going over countries in south america. I had to literally write myself a note that she literally asked that question. Then I got paired up with her like 10 minutes later for a group activity and I still wasn't over this question lol


Fake but also real but also demonic?

A kid in high school tried to convince me that men had an extra rib and that the earth is only a few thousand years old. Same kid said that ouija boards were full of magnets and gears which made them fake, yet they were simultaneously completely real and needed to be burned on sight to prevent demonic possession.


But sometimes it’s the parents of children who say the dumb stuff.

Back in 2014 I still vividly remember we were eating dinner, and my brother is chewing with his mouth open while my sister is talking. My dad, still thinking about her talking but talking to my brother said "Talk with your mouth closed." and my sister just went silent immediately.


Stupid can turn into ignorant really quickly. Here are a few examples of the not-so-harmless kind of dumb statements.​

Fun fact: they don’t use the US Constitution in New Zealand. Who knew?

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After the church shooting in New Zealand, they banned guns. My coworker said that they can't do that since it violates the second amendment. We live in California.


Everyone knows New Zealand is the state below New Canada.


Uhhhhh that’s racist af.

Not to me but my husband.

He had to take an uber home from the Naval Base in San Diego (car was getting fixed) and the guy who picked my husband up was from Pakistan and they had small talk, telling him how he moved over here etc, dude was pretty cool.

My dumbass half sister whom we were staying with for a bit told him straight to his face, "Oh since you're military he probably wanted to like... murder you."

...What a f*cking ignorant, racist thing to say.


Just gonna leave this one here....

"And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside, because you see it gets in the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that out."


Well that’s a new one.

A trans friend got "You're registered as a man here, so I need to hear a male voice to complete the verification of your acount."

Not the first time the cable company pulled this 'female' account 'female' voice / 'male' account 'male' voice crap. But that one time was on a whole other level.


But most of the time, dumb statements are harmless, and make for a good story down the line.​

I wouldn’t be able to keep a straight face either.

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A few questions I've heard come to mind, I'm not sure which is the best/worst.

A few years ago my mom, in her 60s at the time, asked me if chipmunks grow up to be squirrels. Have you ever tried to keep a straight face while explaining to the grown-ass woman who was responsible for keeping you alive for ~18 years that chipmunks and squirrels are different animals?

In high school during a Spanish class as student asked "Do Spanish-speaking people think in Spanish?" After being told yes, her follow-up question was "Are they born speaking Spanish?" The teacher kept a straight face explaining that foreign language speakers learn their language the same as the student learned English, but there were a lot of other students laughing and brutally mocking her.


Ah yes, the two types of guitars.

Dumbest thing I ever asked was, "do you prefer playing electric or air guitar?" I really meant to say acoustic, like my dad's.


Air guitar. I don't know how to play the acoustic or electric guitars, but I never get a wrong note on the air guitar.


Did you change your birthday?

At the bank.

Teller: Is your phone number still 123-4567?

Me: Yes

T: Is your address still 123 Easy st?

M: Yes

T: Is your birthday still 01/01/2000?

M: laughing I sure as hell hope so


I can't even make fun of these. One time I asked my husband where the Newport Ferry sailed to.

Newport, obviously.

I think we all have slip-ups in our brains sometimes. It's part of being human, and hey, they stay alive as inside jokes for generations to come

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In the midst of a sudden crisis, blood pumping and heart racing, devising what to do out of the blue is just about impossible.

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