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With a global pandemic still raging after a full year, domestic extremism on the rise, and a much-needed reignition of racial justice activism, one feels compelled to take life very seriously these days.

And that's true. We should keep these pressing, significant issues at the forefront of our minds. But alongside those considerations, we are still humans nonetheless.


And humans can be PETTY.

Little tiny inconveniences or social faux pas can stick in our minds--perhaps even ruin a whole day. We simply cannot help but focus on these thorns in our sides at least a few times everyday.

Some Redditors took a second to proudly share their pet peeves.

meerkatherine asked, "What is your pettiest pet peeve?"

For many, pet peeves involve other people. Social norms are breached, bad habits persist despite voiced criticism, and total selfishness seems to reign.

For these folks, that's all too much to handle.

Mind Your Business, Lady 

"People who comment on what I'm eating. Look lady I'm eating it, not you." -- 25Hams

"My god. I used to have a coworker who seemed to get off on letting me know how disgusting my breakfast looked. It was usually some sort of overnight oatmeal."

"I can understand not being into cold oatmeal, but who in the ever-loving hell wants to hear about how awful their food looks while they're eating it?" -- mrsderpcherry

Comin' In Hot 

"People who don't knock before opening a door" -- 1maginaryProfessor

"One day...one day they'll learn. One day they'll see something they never wanted to see MOM" -- Captain_Pickleshanks

"even worse people who knock while opening the door" -- CrazyyForCocoaPuffs

A Lack of Acceptance 

"My dad not getting the damn hearing aids he needs. He blares the tv, forgets his headphones half the time, and just being really loud in general."

"It is to the point I am not calm when he is home because of how much noise he makes. And that is the tip of the iceberg of his weird habits and behaviors, but it is the pettiest."

-- riftrender

Bogged Down 

"When people are telling a story and get lost in irrelevant details.

" 'Last Tuesday, I went... wait, maybe it was Wednesday? No, it was definitely Tuesday because that's garbage day...' "

"as I'm just sitting there, eye twitching."

-- twomangocats

Other pet peeves involve keenly felt sensations. These examples usually feature a strange tactile impulse, horrible noises, etc.

Constant Exposure 

"Blankets that are too small" -- On_my_way_slow_down

"My husband is very tall, and he fell asleep on the couch with a small blanket. His sister and I were chatting, and we watched him struggle to cover his feet, and then pull it back to his shoulder, then back down to his feet, and we were laughing while watching him.

"He woke up enough to glare at us and say 'It's not funny, I'm suffering!' "

"So now we all refer to small blankets as 'suffering blankets.' " -- ThisIsMyFightAccount

SHHHHHHHH

"Misophonia - Eat with your mouth open, or any other mouth noises and I will smack you, lol. At least that how it makes me feel."

"That, and soggy bread. Gross."

-- Hodgrim

Like a Disgusting Metronome 

"When the room is silent and someone keeps sniffling but refuse to blow their god damned nose even after you offer them a tissue." -- B_e_p_i_s_

"I believe I got let go from a contract position for asking my manager to ask an employee to stop wet snorting at lunchtime at his desk after eating his soup each day."

"It was so bad that the guys in the next pod of desks would snort in disgust to try and give this snorter an indication of the locality of disgust he was creating."

"I thought I was doing the right thing by letting my manager know of the issue, but when I spoke to him I could see he was not getting it. Then my 3 term contract was not renewed with plenty of work still on the project." -- _yourekidding

And finally, some people are annoyed by the things far beyond their control, like all the intrusive decisions of mass media.

Everywhere we look, there are screens and books and films and apps. And when one gets our goat, we're simply left holding a phone and squirming.

Forever Tainted 

"I hate it when a book is made into a film, and then they change the original cover of the book to a still from the movie." -- gatorinmypocket

"or the cover has a big printed graphic 'Now a Major Motion Picture' " -- sbashe5

Canned Camaraderie 

"Listening to the anchors laughing about something on the local news channels."

"Something about them laughing is so inauthentic and for some reason pisses me off."

-- VoyagingVulture

Slimy Strategies 

"I refuse to watch any Disney+ shows, or any Disney related media, not because they are a monopoly or that I disagree with their practices or anything (although that should be my number 1 reason)..."

"...but because they fu**ing paid to have their bullshit Playstation app at the front of my video application list which causes me to accidentally go into their app every time I try to watch some TV."

-- Blur333


So feel free to own the most minuscule, ridiculous pet peeve. It is real, and it might even be shared by someone on the internet.

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​Let’s start with the grossest of the gross. Because why not.

Was it worth it?

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He heard that you'd automatically get suspended if you peed your pants at school. He wanted to find out if it was true, peed his pants, got suspended.

Memoryduel

Scientific method:

> Observation: 'I've heard that by peeing your pants you will be suspended'

> Hypothesis: If I pee my pants I will be suspended

> Experiment: I peed my pants and I got suspended

> Conclusion: If I pee my pants I get suspended

Glez_fdezdavila_

Uhhh what was the intention here?

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Kurtles12

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Boom theret.

At my middle school, someone decided to get a little attention with a good old fashioned bomb threat. Except they thought that a bomb threat meant literally writing "bomb threat" somewhere. Worse yet, they misspelled the f*ck out of it, and wrote "boom theret."

So we had to go on a brief, very awkward lockdown while the police checked the perimeter for booms.

Angusthedangus

I hope there was no overlap in the columns.

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She wrote a list of all the girls and boys she wanted to kiss and murder and then casually passed it out on the playground.

Fun-Acadia-8735

2 separate lists or just the 1?

OppositeYouth

Same list 2 columns lol.

Fun-Acadia-8735

Holy crap.

Had the weird kid in high school ask the teacher to use the bathroom. She said no and this dude legit stabbed his hand with a pencil. Went all the way through then asked if he could now...sh*t was wild.

This was Pearl High School in Mississippi. This was the school Luke Woodham shot and killed his girlfriend and her friend at the school. This kid stabbed himself with the pencil about 2 months after that happened. This was late 1997.

Roberted1982

​Most of the time, however, the weird kids are pretty d*mn funny.

Ok, but this takes a lot of skill.

Had a kid nicknamed "cheeseburger" in the grade ahead of me in high school. He got his nickname because when it was time for his class to go to lunch, he snuck into the roof and crawled his way into the cafeteria, dropped down and proceeded to steal all the cheeseburger put out for lunch. Unfortunately they caught him in the act and sent him to the principal's office.

A year later he was caught stealing a teacher's computer, and in the process of being arrested he bit the officers hand, getting him sent to juvi never to be heard of again.

Theonering1

Every school had the cat girl.

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The weird kid at my highschool tied a string around his pencil case and pulled out around the halls pretending it was a dog. He still lives in my hometown. I think unemployed.

Oh also weird girl in middle school acted like a cat. She would meow and hiss at people, lick the water fountain and rub her body on the teacher's legs. In 8th grade. I have no idea where she ended up.

SendmePMsofyourBMs

Mood.

Weird kid in elementary was a self proclaimed alien. Once, while waiting for the bus, she told me "On my planet we eat people like you" and proceeded to bite me. We later became friends in high school and she used to give me massages during lunch break in the quad. Just realized now she was likely tenderizing me.

Iheartrevolution

I was exactly this kind of weird.

He didn't say much, but if asked, he would go to the front of the class and perform Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with all of the emotion and volume of Tiny Tim, holding nothing back.

The last I heard, he became an energy trader, made a ton of money and married well.

10per

I can definitely relate to that last one. In middle school, my English teacher would let me go to the front of the class and perform monologues or songs from Broadway musicals. Weird, but that’s what happens when schools cut funding for the arts and the theatre kids have no outlet.

As long as you’re not hurting anyone, I say let your freak flag fly, man

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