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I was not aware of the risks involved with hang-gliding. It was something I have always wanted to try despite having doubts about my safety.


So when I was in Rio de Janeiro, I took the leap and soared over Copacabana Beach and felt all my petty troubles disappear as I became part of the atmosphere.

The next day, I heard the risk of falling to your death is higher than skydiving.

A month later I jumped out of a plane in St. Petersburg, Florida. The adrenaline rush was extraordinary, but I will never do it again. I felt like I cheated death when I landed safely back on terra firma.

Curious about the crazy things strangers on the internet have done, Redditor GiiTheMetalhead asked:

"What was your 'That was fun, let's never do that again' moment?"

What Jim Morrison Did

"One of my best friends jumped out of a moving car going about 30 mph. When we went back for him and asked WTH, he said he read that Jim Morrison used to do that and he wanted to see what it was like. We asked him what it was like and he said 'well, I'm not going to do it again.'"

SheriffBartholomew

Wanderlust

"Being lost at night in a new city. Honestly surprised why I wasn't mugged."

louisjanmakesart1

Too Much Drinking

"Getting wasted. Everytime I wake up hungover I tell myself I'll never do it again, it rarely lasts more than a few months..."

RektFace56

"one Halloween weekend, six bars, four house parties, three liquor runs, walked everywhere because we were responsible, in no condition to drive, and this was long before Uber."

terseruse

Cigarettes

"I tried cigarettes for the first time after my mom admitted to trying cigarettes in her youth once despite hating that my dad smoked for a while (stopped when I became a possibility) and hating that my grandpa smoked."

"I was that kind of sh*t mood where if it was going to hook me, it woulda hooked me I think, but I took a breath, thought it was absolutely disgusting, and handed it back to my friend and cried instead lmao."

elemonated

Bye, Truck

"Rolling my truck! It was surreal. I'm glad I got to experience that and come out unharmed."

"I'd started spinning on an icy road and couldn't correct it. There were no other cars around and I wasn't going very fast so I hoped I would come to a stop eventually. It turned sideways towards a field, okay, not a big deal, I'll end up in a field. It turned the other way and all I could see was a telephone pole. Before I could even think, 'I'm hitting this pole' my airbag hit me and everything went dark.

I felt the truck turn over and junk from my cab start rattling around. 'I'm rolling, I didn't hit that tree..' It seemed like I was rolling forever. it came to a stop, I pushed the airbag off of me and checked my face for pain. I unbuckled and stood up, and crawled out the smashed passenger window and crouched there until the smoke cleared. I climbed back in to get my phone and to turn off the radio, it was blaring CCR still. The pole I was supposed to hit had paint and grass on it, I came that close. nosing into the ditch overturned me. My tires grazed the pole. This happened 100m from my house. So frustrating, so close! I miss my truck but holy sh*t that was cool."

No_Image8606

Red Light District

"When I was young growing up in South East Asia, my parents would take me everywhere with them while travelling overseas. On most of these trips I would get some independent exploring time in relatively safe zones close to the hotels we were staying at."

"One time we were in Pattaya, Thailand (think Red Light district/Vegas of Thailand) and while they were at an adult show (because it's what you do when in Pattaya), they gave me permission to go exploring again.

I bought myself some street snacks and started walking down some random fun looking partying street. The further I went, the more 'adult' the entertainment got until I reached a bar where the girls were dancing on poles and stripping at the front entrance of the bars, essentially out on the street. I turned around, spending the rest of the night locked in the hotel room."

GinkandTonic

One Flashlight In The Desert

"Got lost in the desert with a buddy, and one flashlight between the both of us. We realized we were going around in circles when we noticed the same tree branch, but couldn't figure out where we parked the truck. Moon didn't give off much light, pitch black aside from our wimpy flashlight. Miraculously found the truck really late in the middle of the night."

panicswing

Trying To Fit In

"Trying to fit my entire body through the columns of the stair rail. I got stuck around the waist while home alone and ended up being like that for a couple hours like an idiot."

"Another good one was when someone bet me that I couldn't fit into a locker. I did and they proceeded to slam it shut and I was stuck for 30 minutes before someone let me out."

"Moral of the stories, don't try to fit into small spaces."

TheAnarchyOfAll

Trampoline Mattress

"I like jumping into my bed. One day i jumped feet first causing my big toe to dislocate i spent a panicked minute snapping it back into place. The adrenaline was already pumping so i didn't feel anything. After that day i walked into bed like a normal human."

sly_vixen

Round And Round We Go

"I was put in a zorb ball with a friend on mine in the army, it was partly filled with water, then we were rolled down a gradual hill. You start off standing up and sort of hamster balling it, but inevitably, you lose your footing and then for the next 3 minutes you're stuck inside a human washing machine."

"I didn't stop laughing the whole way down, but I probably wouldn't do it again."

ConsumeYourBleach

Shadowed


I was a UK student who moved to America for a year to work/study and who couldn't afford a car so got a bicycle. I thought I'd explore the town where I lived so I got on my trusty bike and off I went. Having no idea where I was I thought I would keep cycling until I'd done a biggish circle and end up where I started. It started to go wrong when, I as a 20-year-old white English man, crossed over into the poorer Mexican neighbourhood. I noticed quite a few people on their porches just staring at me in disbelief and I started to feel a bit uncomfortable.


As I was still slightly naive at this age I thought I'd just ask someone for directions and eventually saw an older guy who gave me some simple directions and advised that I cycle pretty damn quickly out of there as I was being shadowed. I don't know if he had any influence in the neighbourhood but he walked over a spoke to my 'shadow' and then they both left.

It was a bit squeaky bum time at this point so I cycled the hell out of there, never to return.

Woof-woofy-woof

The fall


Walked across the top of a waterfall as it approached the edge where it got "shallow" enough. I could have gotten washed off and died in a split second, and it's probably the stupidest thing I've ever done but made for fantastic pictures.

Quartzalcoatl_Prime

Follow a stranger

A few years ago, was traveling alone in England (20F) and wandering a small village, hungry as all get out, searching for a pub still open. Met a sweet older lady who told me everything was closed, walked me back to her place, cooked food, fed me, chatted with me, and gave me a light sightseeing drive through the countryside back to my hotel. I've never been so grateful, so charmed, nor so certain I never ever want to risk following a complete stranger back to their place again.

lv2glrfy

Knockoffs


One time I was in a shopping district in Shanghai with a tour group for a student exchange thing in my early 20s, we had some free time to go shopping, when suddenly, me and a friend are approached by this woman who asked us if we were interested in buying "luxury goods", my friend then replied with "no, but we are looking for some are very convincing knockoffs, do you know we can get any?" the woman then smiled and said "oh, but of course, could you follow me too my store?" we had about 3 hours free for shopping, so we said, why not "sure". We then start following her to her shop, 5 minutes go by and we still aren't there, another 5 minutes go by and we still aren't there, she then says something like "we have to turn down this quiet alleyway, is that's fine with you?", at this point we are already 10 minutes into walking away from the group, and we were just like "yes it is fine."


After walking another 10 minutes down this fairly quiet side street we get to these stairs that lead underground, at the bottom of the stairs is a big metal door, again, she is casually just like "this way please". She knocks three times on the door and it opens, before we walk in we decide (hey maybe we should first look inside), and it is indeed a store full of knockoff goods with a few other people inside, so we decide, well we have already made it this far, so we decided to go in. Once we enter the shop, we hear the door closed behind us, and there are these two fairly muscly guys who are standing against the wall, but we don't really think anything of this, because the woman is telling us to look around and see if we find anything we like. After about 20 minutes of look, me and my friend do not really see anything we like, so we go up to the women (who at this point is behind the counter) and my friend just asks "Excuse me, so, what happens if we don't find anything we like?" she just replied with "oh, don't worry, my shop is full of all sorts of goods, I am sure you can find something you like here, especially if you want to make it back to your group on time."


We, (reasonably I might add) finally realize, hey, maybe we have really gotten ourselves into a pickle. It is at this point that we now notice that all the other 'customers' are watching us while we're talking to her, so me and my friend go back to looking around. Eventually, we both find something we like that is not insanely expensive, (however, each item was still close to a thousand won) so we go up to her again, this time with the items, we pay for them in cash, and just like that the two guys who were standing in front of the door before, open the door and she gives us directions for how to get back to our group. And that is how I almost got kidnapped in China during a student abroad program, moral of the story, you really shouldn't follow random strangers down back alleyways.

To be clear, in the end, I loved that trip to China, and I have gone a few more times after that trip, but just like any big city, there are dangerous parts that you really should stay away from.

Aniosophy

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Can you see Harry Potter at a football game in the Midwest? Chowing on a corn dog, throwing back some good ole Pepsi-Cola? Or can you picture the Harry universe living and loving in the great U. S of A? What would casting look like against the backdrop of the great harvest plains? I have so many thoughts and ideas. The first thought, the change would never work. Keep the story alive on British soil.

But, for fun, let's chat about the idea.

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If Harry Potter was set in the United States, how would the story change?
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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!