Life is full of double standards and double edged swords. Which of course means that life... is eternally unfair.
Whether it's a sexist issue, a work issue, a race issue, there always seems to be levels of judgement that leave certain parties feeling slighted.
A perfect example is curfews. I can understand having a later curfew when relating to age, but when growing up, several of my female friends had earlier curfews than their younger brothers. Fair? I think not.
Also, parenting is full of double standards. How many times was I told not to curse when half of the adults out there have the mouths of sailors? Mhmmm...
Redditor u/CLHiddenInPlainSight wanted to discuss the most egregious unfairness in life by asking:
What's the WORST double standard?
One of the most stressful and aggravating places for double standards is the workplace. If we all work hard and stay focused we should all be rewarded accordingly. So often that is not the case. Women and people of color and gender expressions are often overlooked in order to promote less productive people. I call BS.
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"My Boss has brought me into his office repeatedly to tell me I don't do enough work and that we are all swamped right now. My Department is short staffed. Yet he has no issues sitting at his desk watching movies all day long, yet if I sit for five minutes to shoot off an email I am wasting my time."
Wining and Working
"I used to work nights by choice, which meant that occasionally I'd knock off work and decide to have a glass of wine before bed. For me, that was about eight in the morning, when my housemates at the time were getting up to go to their nine-to-fives. The reaction from people was insane."
"For me, it seemed way weirder to sleep during the day, wake up in the late afternoon, then get dressed and go out for dinner and drinks with them, which basically meant that I was having wine for breakfast -- but from their perspective, that made perfect sense. Night work is weird."
"My stocking manager at my first job (stocking for a grocery store) didn't teach me any of the techniques or methods for efficiency (yes, there are methods and techniques to stocking shelves as quickly and efficiently as possible), so I was very slow at it for a while. Turns out he never trained me because he was too busy napping in the office during our shifts."
"He would help us unload the truck when it got in, and then disappear to his office for the next 5-6 hours while we stocked so he could sleep. Like I understand helping with the shelves isn't necessarily his job, but not training your new employee and sleeping on the job is super crappy."
"My grandfather. He acts like an a**hole then gets upset when he gets called on his bull. He's also very quick to use first amendment rights to try and cover his a**, which gets him yelled at even further. He also makes things political during family gatherings, which nets him plenty of nasty looks from both me and my mother. Unfortunately, chewing him out is the only way to shut him up. I'm sorry for complaining so much, I just really needed to get that out of my system."
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"Employers expecting loyalty from employees while provided none in return. Sorry, buddy, loyalty is a two-way street. If you can terminate my employment at a moment's notice, then I reserve the right to leave when I want to."
I knew a ton of these would be work related. As we head back from Covid it's really time to rethink and make adjustments to these situations. Also, grandpa is never changing.
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"That my employer expects me to flawlessly come into work on time every day with no excuses allowed, yet our paychecks being late are met with rationalizations and excuses from the payroll department."
"Breaks during work. Acceptable for smokers, questionable for non."
"I'm a smoker, and at my last job I smoked 3 cigarettes every day. One at ~10am, another one right after lunch, and the third at ~15. I had 30 minutes lunchbreaks, which I only used 20 of to justify the smoking. And once he said I was smoking too much, and wasted so much time, blah blah. It didn't matter anymore when I told him I'd take my full lunchbreaks from now on, without interruption."
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"It isn't the worst double standard, far from it, but it's annoying. It's about the workers who start early (and leave early) vs the workers who start late (and leave late). Let's say I start to work at the office at 6am while my coworker starts at 8am. If I leave at 2pm and he leaves at 4pm, we would have accomplished about the same amount of work. For some reason, I'd be the one who's tagged as lazy because I leave the job earlier. It didn't happen to me, but I witnessed it a few times during my career."
"When a mom can parent but a dad can only babysit."
"UGH. My kids are 9 and 11 and when they were younger (so not that long ago), my husband would take them grocery shopping or to the park or to the movies, etc. and so often he'd get "oh, how cute, you're babysitting!" He was like "Umm, no, they're my kids. I'm parenting." SMH."
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"When I was a kid if I left my toys out and one of my parents stepped on them I got yelled at and in trouble for not putting my toys away. On the other hand, when my dad left his tools out and I stepped on one I got yelled at for not watching where I was stepping."
"I had a friend that worked at a batting cage in high school. The dude that owned the place was super shady and would always pay my friend like 1-2 weeks late. One day my friend had been waiting several days for his paycheck and the owner rolls in to work in a new Lexus. My friend ended up stealing some equipment and keeping it in his car with the threat of reporting the owner if he didn't get paid that day. Lo and behold the owner came up with the money and my friend quit the next day."
"School administrations will throw a dog-and-pony show about how much they will not tolerate bullying, yet will do nothing when it is taking place within their school. The bullied kid can speak up all they want but nothing will get done without hard evidence or some other BS. What happens when he has had enough and starts hitting back?"
"Suddenly he's the aggressor and now the Principal wants to exact their Zero Tolerance Policy on that kid who justifiably defended himself. If you are a parent and are concerned for your child being a recipient of bullying, empower them to use violence to defend themselves. In some situations violence is the answer."
"Wage theft is larger than all other forms of theft combined, but is not considered a crime. If you steal $100 from the register, you will go to jail, be branded a felon and (potentially) lose your voting rights. If your boss leaves $100 out of your paycheck you can maybe recoup some portion of that after a protracted civil case at significant personal cost."
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"Person 1 yells at Person 2, then gets offended if Person 2 yells back at them."
"That people won't hire you if you don't have experience but how do you get experience if no one hires you??"
"It's a sign of an industry that is perceived to have enough workers. They know that there are experienced people available, and they don't want to train up a green employee because it costs more."
"Companies will fire you without notice but expect a 2 week notice when the employee resigns."
"Honestly I do it more as a courtesy to my colleagues so I can properly transition my ongoing projects to them. I've been fortunate enough to like my coworkers at all of my jobs and I don't want to make their lives harder for little benefit to me. It's not like the new job is going anywhere in that time."
"Young people have to respect their elders, but then said elders can say and do as they please."
"Yeah. Had this happen to me. My parents raised me to be their equal. Multiple times I'd be dating a woman with "old fashion" parents who expected me to defer to them as though I'm twelve. They didn't like me much."
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"You can carry two single-edged knives, but a single double-edged knife is automatically illegal."
"If you take maternity leave, your job/position is protected and your medical insurance still covers you. You can also use any campus facility at my previous university as you are still "considered a student" and your scholarships can be put on hold. NSERC even pays a stipend."
"Get cancer and need to take some time off? Welp, job's not held, your insurance refuses to cover you as you "aren't working". You'll also lose your scholarships and being "on a medical leave of absence" means you can't use any uni's facility without paying a premium."
"Colleges that teach ethics while ripping the students off in every way possible. I believe that ethics should still be about what is right or wrong... not what you can legally get away with."
"As a former college student, I felt this one. I feel like every college views students as walking ATMs and I went to a public college so I kind only imagine how much worse a private school would be."
Oh that dad one got me. Why can you keep your clothes on the floor but I can't? Life doesn't have to be perfect but it can certainly be a bit more fair.
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Let's talk about sex babies. Don't blush, talk to us. It's healthy to chat about lovemaking. For too long we've all been oppressed about this matter. We're taught to be silent. But this topic is no longer taboo (thank you, Madonna) and as long as we chat respectfully, then there is no harm.
I'm always fascinated to hear about the details leading up to sexytime between strangers or first times between lovers. More often than not it feels like simple dumb luck. Like, sex just fell into your lap. How does that happen? Is it luck, or is there an idiot savant plan in motion? Talk to me...
Redditor u/Residential_Raccoon wanted to know some tricks of the trade that the rest of us may be able to use, by asking:
What's the dumbest way you've managed to get laid?
Sometimes it's just a look. A direct look across the room or a crowded corridor can change the plans for the evening in some fabulous ways. When sex is involved, words aren't always necessary. I can attest.
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"I jokingly told my sister's friend she was on my To Do List. She took it seriously and asked if I wanted to cross her off."
"A girl I met in class was lost for her next class. Showed her the way and got her number (you know, if she gets lost again). We parted for the day. She was pretty so I ran the story to my roommate. Roommate decided to play a dumb joke by sending her a message saying that I miss her already. She texted her dorm address. Brought some food but she wanted to do something else. That was it. Lol."
"A girl I worked with told my mate that she had a thing for me. Mate told me so on the next night out I approached her with unflappable confidence and we had a good night. Spoke to my mate the next day about it and he told me he got her name wrong, it was another girl who liked me."
"Update: Thanks for the awards! Totally unnecessary but much appreciated. And yes, I did end up having a casual thing with girl 2 a couple of months later."
"Parked in a multi-story carpark while we went on our first date (had some grub). End of the night I offer her a lift home, she accepts. We walk to where I parked. The multi-story carpark is locked after 10pm, I hadn't noticed signs saying this would happen and didn't think it was a freaking thing in the first place. She invites me back to her sofa after I ask for any recommendations on taxi providers. An hour later we're both having the sex of our lives."
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"I was at a bar and a girl sat down next to me."
"Her: What brings you here?"
"Me: tryna get laid."
"Her: lol, me too."
"Me: (looking around the room). Yeah, there's some good looking people here."
"Her: (says nothing, just stares at me)"
Now why can't things like that happen to me? Those are movie scenarios. We're all just a pent up bag of sexy explosives. Just laying around waiting for someone to strike a match.
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"Spotless bathroom, she told me later she was undecided until she seen my bathroom was spotless."
"My friend was at the club and he's the kind of guy that doesn't go to clubs at all. He saw a girl on the dance floor he liked and we all told him he should go talk to her. He went down and 10 min later we see him walking out the club with the girl he liked. We were all shocked he got a girl the first try. The next day we asked what happened and he told us he just complimented how good her belly button looked. We all laughed our butt off."
Seth for the Win!
"A tinder match said I looked like Seth Rogen, she invited me to a hangout. When I got there she told me that "if she could have sex with any celebrity, it would be Seth Rogen"and I laughed, she then introduced me to a couple of her friends, and she asked them "if I could mess with any celebrity, who would it be?" And they both said "Seth Rogen". And I was a close enough second!"
Feet for the Win
"A woman at my job said that my feet were sexy. I was wearing sandals. I said ok, thanks. Before our workday was over she asked if I wanted to go to her place, I was like, sure, thinking this was just a social visit. We get to her place and she says, you need to shower, I was like, ummm ok. I took a shower and she steps in as well and from there on we had lovely sex."
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"Stared at this woman and when she said, "What!?" I said, "I'm trying to seduce you. I'm just really bad at it." We have three kids now."
Now that was some fun reading. And I def took copious notes. Did y'all? Take a chance, meet a new person... wear sandals.
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Dating––or even just playing the field––can be rough. First off, meeting people is hard. And then what do you do when you meet someone, really like them, and they can't seem to take the hint? It happens more often than you think. Flirting can be fun, but it can also be an exhaustive game.
Women shared their tales of frustration after Redditor Residential_Raccoon asked the online community,
"Girls, what's a hint you dropped that was obvious but the guy just didn't get it?"
"It took two more months..."
"He was a regular at my work. I baked him cookies, left my phone number on the wrapping and told him to call me any time to hang out at my house.
It took two more months of sledgehammers before he got it. We've been together 18 years."
Sledgehammers is one good way of putting it! Ouch. But it sounds like it all worked out.
"I'm currently giving him free food, coffee, trying to make him laugh and complimenting him.
Am I doing this right? He looks over at me when he walks past every time. His coworkers also said "he speaks very highly of you" the other night at work."
You might just want to say something instead. Sigh.
"All of them."
"All of them. ALL OF THEM. I finally just came out and told him how I felt. We were married a year and a half later."
Sounds like that was for the best! Just being direct works wonders.
"I kissed a guy..."
"I kissed a guy back in high school. He responded by hugging me for a long time and then continuing to play. Texted me a year later saying he just realized that I was into him and asked if I'd be willing to try again."
"Worked with a guy..."
"Worked with a guy for two years, in a senior position to him. He basically ticks all the boxes of what I'm looking for in a man, and I thought we had developed a certain amount of chemistry. About a month ago, I was moving on to a different job, and I finally worked up the nerve to ask him if he wanted to go to a local brewery together. He accepted, and we had a great time—talked about family, travel, personal philosophy, spirituality, goals and ambitions, laughed a lot. Stayed there until it closed. And then when we were back at our cars, he mentioned maybe we could do it again before I left town.
At this point, I just explicitly told him that this…could have been a date. And he seemed completely bowled over by that idea. I thought inviting him and only him to a food/drink venue and then having a very pleasant and substantive conversation until they closed up shop was a fairly unsubtle hint. He seemed completely taken off guard, though, and said he'd have to think about it a lot. Shrug. I told him to take as much time as you need, and I haven't heard from him since."
"But it worked out."
"My roommate and my crush's roommate were hooking up so I told my crush to sleep in my room. Then offered to share the bed. Then in bed asked for a "goodnight hug" and then I didn't let go. All night.
Took my BFF telling my crush flat out to kiss me.
But it worked out. Married for ages now."
"Took me moving..."
""I'm not interested in dating."
Took me moving away for him to get it, even then it took a while."
This is the 1980s John Hughes movie plot that I expected.
"My current partner..."
"My current partner of ten years. I invited him to my house to have some New Year's eve drinks while we counted down to midnight. I think I made it to a few minutes before midnight before I gave up waiting and kissed him for the first time."
"Went to the bathroom..."
"Went to the bathroom earlier that night, took off my panties, and later put them down my date's pocket. He just pretended like he didn't notice."
Maybe he wasn't into you? That burns, man.
Moral of the story: Perhaps being direct is the better option here. It will save both parties a lot of time, energy, headaches, and regret. But for those of you for whom it worked out: Congratulations. These stories are hilarious.
Have some stories of your own? Feel free to tell us in the comments below!
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"Honesty is the best policy" is the kind of oversimplification that gets people in trouble. It's easy to remember, it's only a few words, it generally is a pretty good take on things!
But it's half the story. It doesn't account for safety & security, mindfulness, or the idea that not everything needs to be said.
It's kind of cute when kids volunteer their nobody-asked-you opinions on things like the best dinosaur ever. It is way less cute when a grown-man offers his nobody-asked-you opinions on things like:
- your body.
- a thing you did "wrong" that they can't or won't do themselves.
- who/what their "best" was; extra points if it wasn't you.
A Reddit user opened several cans of worms when they asked:
You can absolutely bet that this didn't stay "wife."
The stories, fam. I just ... you'll see. Girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, other gender-fabulous partners; turns out exactly nobody is immune when a guy is deeply committed to sticking his foot in his mouth.
So since we're all about stuff in mouths, let's ease into this awkward by starting the article off with everyone's favorite passion: Food.
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"I didn't get to try my mother's lasagna till I was twenty years old."
"Why? My father, in a temporary bout of insanity, whilst eating my mother's home made said to her"
" 'This is really good lasagna, but you know who makes REALLY good lasagna? My ex wife.' "
"Still married, but he'll never live it down. Also, no lasagna for him - which meant no lasagna for me." - Tanisis22
"First time I ever tried shepherd's pie made by my mum was a few days ago when I (33) was visiting for dinner."
"Why do you ask? Dad (a man who can't cook, mind you) told her just after they were married that it's not the way his mum makes it."
"It was so damned delicious too!!!!" - Cheap_Brain
"I didn't have enchiladas until I was 7 because when my parents first married my dad said they were different than his mom's." - DDChristi
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"My dad, who doesn't bake anything and barely cooks at all, while eating a slice of my mom's homemade apple pie:"
" 'You don't cut the apples right.' "
"And that was the last apple pie she ever made for him. Around 40 years ago." - Joe_Canada99
But Wait, There's More!
Who doesn't love having their appearance commented on???
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"I once heard my stepdad say (my mom was standing right beside him) that his ex wife was a 10 in looks but a 4 in personality. He then said my mom was a 4 in looks, but a 10 in personality."
"He thought it was a compliment."
"Aaaaand he still hasn't lived it down, but his story has changed over time. My mom is now a 7 in looks lmao." - J33P88
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"Dad was drunk one night when I was 16 and said to mum that she was 'a fat f*cking cow' and wished she didn't get 'that surgery' as it was what made her fat."
"She had breast cancer. The surgery was to remove the cancer. She had a tissue expansion, which made her D cup breasts become E cups for a period of time and dad hated it." - EnchantedvortexEV
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"Not my husband, but an ex boyfriend."
"I dressed up for a dinner out, feeling super cute in my new dress. So I come up to him, smiley face and all."
"I didn't even asked him how I looked. Did not intend to."
"He just said, with a disappointed face and a lil disgusted tone:"
" 'You really wanna know what I think about your outfit?' "
"He's the ex for many reasons, but this one still makes me angry when I think of it. F*cker." - Youre_late_for_tea
... or whatever is happening with these responses...
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"When I was pregnant with my daughter, maybe ten-eleven weeks and really wacky hormonal, my ex suddenly looked up and said:"
" 'I know! If the baby is a girl we should make it Stephanie after my one true love.' "
"My name is 100% not Stephanie." - Bratbabylestrange
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"An ex once told me he loved me almost as much as the ex that broke his heart."
"He continued to update me as I got closer to 'that mark' and finally once I surpassed that mark. I was young and naïve and he was my first boyfriend."
"I dumped his a$$, am married now, and I think he's still sulking around wondering why nobody falls for him. F*ck you Michael." - kneecoall
Let's wrap it up with some unwanted sexual criticisms:
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"Few months into the relationship, my ex told me I'm bad being on top and his ex was amazing at cowgirl position. I was so upset and ashamed I ended the video call abruptly."
"He then apologized by saying 'but you're much better at oral than she was' as if that would erase the hurt. I never ever rode him again after that, even after he'd apologized numerous times."
"That single comment alone obliterated my confidence and comfort in having sex with him, cause I couldn't shake the thought of him thinking of his ex whenever we had sex."
"It didn't help that he kept saying my thighs were too big and I should eat less and burn more fat on my legs."
"I did ask him why would he compare me to his ex - he said he was just being honest."
"He told me how he doesn't like sugarcoating words and lying to me, so he'd say his 'honest opinions.' Told me it might seem harsh but he never meant to hurt me and that it was all to 'help me become better.' "
"In other words, he was being a total a**hole and proud of it. That's why he's an ex now." - nosebearnosebear
OK no, I lied. We can't go out like that. Let's have a palette cleanser.
Shout out to this wholesome response. Thanks for saving the article.
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"My wife is a TERRIBLE whistler, but only whistles when she is extremely happy. I will never tell her how bad she is." - smartin9806
So ... here's to sincerely hoping you take all of this to heart. Use it as a "what not to do" guide. Learn from their mistakes. Please?
Learning about a juicy family secret can typically go one of two ways.
Sometimes it's purely fascinating and fills us with the same excited interest as faraway gossip. Other times, however, it involves us personally, and the truth is hard to bear.
People all over the internet are loaded with stories of both varieties, and a recent Reddit thread asked folks to come forward with theirs.
Redditor skadarski asked:
"Did your parents reveal a secret to you once you reached adulthood? If so, what was it?"
For many, the deep secrets involved the hidden, true relationships between family members. Soap operas are not as fictional as we may have hoped.
A Holiday Reveal
"That I had a much older half-sister. Apparently my father had got some girl knocked up in high school, her parents didn't like him and thought they were too young to raise a kid, so they just packed up and moved. He knew she existed, but never tried to locate her and just moved on with his life."
"After I was in college, the sister had contacted him and they got together. Well nobody bothered to mention this fact to me until I come home from college for Thanksgiving and this strange women is sitting at the table and my dad says, 'Meet your sister.' "
Kept Far Away
"When I turned 18 I got a letter from a distant Aunt and Uncle wishing me a happy birthday."
"I hadn't seen them since I was a a baby, but there's hundreds of pictures of them and me together when I was a baby. They used to babysit me a lot and take me on vacations with them."
"My Mom told me they used me to smuggle things. I guess they said it was super easy to smuggle just about anything with a baby. At one point literally hiding cocaine in my diaper."
"When I was 18 my mom told me how my dad cheated on her with this woman named Kathy. I actually remembered Kathy when I was kid because my dad would take my brother and I to her house. She would buy us computer games and stuff so we loved her at the time. I never understood why my mom hated her until I was older."
"Kathy ended up marrying my dad's best friend. As an adult I was never nice to her and my dad would give me sh** about it. I finally told him that I knew about her and that mom had told me everything. He just said "Oh, alright then." He never gave me sh** again."
An Italian Coverup
"Kind of. My sister decided to take a DNA test to get some insight into her ancestry. She got her results back and had zero percent Italian, while our dad is 100% Italian. She didn't confront them right away and instead decided to wait until I took the test and get my results."
"Four weeks later I got my results back and sure enough, I also had zero percent Italian, and it actually identified my biological father, who isn't my dad. They revealed the secret when my sister intentionally let it slip that she was and I were waiting for our DNA results."
"I'm 38 and it never once came up. It wasn't even really for a bad reason, they had fertility issues and went to a sperm bank. I'm honestly not sure they ever would have said anything"
For others, the secret was all about the source--or absence--of cold hard cash.
A Deep, Deep Hole
"Most of my college was paid by someone named Tony (random dude to me). I know you're all thinking that it was some sort of lovechild thing, but it turns out my grandfather was a bookie and Tony was always just a bad gambler."
"So instead of My grandpa having his knees capped, he made a deal Tony would pay for college."
"My great-uncle (dad's uncle) left me a large sum of money in trust that I was to receive at either age 25, graduated from college, or was honorably discharged from military service (he retired from military), whichever came first. I had no idea and I'm glad I didn't."
"I joined the military right out of high school and when I had my DD-214 in hand, my parents took me to a lawyer who laid it all out. Wow. Because of the enhanced GI Bill, I didn't have to touch a cent of it for tuition. I did use it to buy a house though."
"I miss my great-uncle as much for his wisdom as his company."
More Generous Than Any Knew
"My grandfather was a small business owner who everyone always thought of as extremely frugal due to growing up poor. Later we found out he spent a significant amount of money on charitable causes and helped a lot of his employees with financial and in one case legal trouble."
"Positive secret, but it was definitely a secret."
And some shared truly bizarre stories from the years they were too young to know what the heck was actually going on.
A Secret Prolonged
"Not yet, but when I was in college and my parents got divorced, my dad gave me all the information on what to do if he passes. Told me where things are, and had me go to his bank to sign a document for access to his account after he dies."
"When we were leaving the bank, he told me, 'your mother is not who you think she is. Everything you need to know is in my deposit box.' "
"I have no clue what he could be talking about—he never elaborated, and my mom laughed it off when I told her about it."
"Guess I'll find out one day."
Not Just A Saying
"When I was a kid, my dad accidentally killed a raccoon with his car. It had a young one with it that wasn't hit, so we adopted the baby raccoon."
"We adored it, but we were not at all equipped to care for it. There was no lock or cage that could stop this thing. It was very clever, strong and curious. It got into cupboards and ate food and trash, and we'd find its sh** in the most random places."
"One day my dad sat me down and told me that my raccoon had 'gone to live on a farm.' I was old enough to know what that meant, and I was heartbroken."
"Just a few years ago I was telling this story to my husband and my dad interrupted me and said that he literally, actually gave my raccoon away to a work acquaintance of his that had a farm and a lot of wooded property. It had become so accustomed to humans it constantly broke into the man's house and ate his food, and got enormously fat and lived a long ornery raccoon life."
"There was story growing up about how a local prince wanted to marry me and offered things like cows for my hand in marriage."
"When my father passed away I went to my home country and met cousins I had not met before."
"Turned out the prince was the president's son and it wasn't an offer, it was a demand. We snuck out of the country because he was going to make me his wife - bear in mind, I was a toddler."
"My mom filled in the back story. The company my dad worked for had to smuggle us out of the country. My life was so exciting when I was 6."
Perhaps these stories have you feeling like your life could be more exciting. But before you start thinking that way, perhaps there are secrets you simply haven't heard yet.