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History is littered with the dregs of humanity. Taking a course in English Lit and World or American History can be a reason for anyone to drink. Then you come home and watch an episode of "Dateline NBC" or CNN or FOX and realize.... our current history isn't producing the best of the best either. Simply put, there are not nice people out there. They've always been there. And we should shame them. But then learn from them what not to do.... after the shaming.

Redditor u/GyapaetusWeed wanted everyone to compare notes and divulge who is the worst of the worst by asking.... Who's the biggest asshole in History?


Surrounded....

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The gunner from Spaceball One.

Toolbag85

Chucky the 1st! 

Most evil would be Hitler, but you asked for a**hole. My vote for one is Charles Dickens. He wrote once that he could not care less about his new born son, cheated on his wife with an actress and eventually left his family for the actress which was 27 years younger. Since leaving his family he wrote them 2 letters. Once when he left and once before he died. He didn't even write back to his ex after she informed him that one of their sons had died.

Fibreoptix

The Inept

Mao.

savagewashere

More like biggest idiot in history. I do genuinely believe that he wanted to help Chinese society but was incredibly inept in doing so.

TheNazir

Mao Zedong. He literally killed 200 million Chinese because of political differences and kept millions more in imposed poverty. At the same time he used to live a life fit for the Kings.

the_impaler31

History Lessons

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Aaron Burr is up there. Died broke and alone; everybody was done with him.

Tall_Mickey

I mean, we've had worse. Just look at any $20 bill...

eddmario

Winnie the Bad

It's an unpopular opinion but Winston Churchill. When in 1943 a famine broke out in Bengal, up to 3 million people starved to death while British officials begged Churchill to direct food supplies to the famine stricken region. He bluntly refused and raged that it was their own fault for "breeding like rabbits".

KungFu-omega-warrior

Oh Chris....

Christopher Columbus.

Siriricu20

Dude was so bad, that even the King and Queen of Spain were like, "yeah Chris, I know we're busy with the Reconquista and the Inquisition, but if you could just tone down the genocide a bit, that'd be great."

SpectralDog

Che Away

Che Guevara. Murdered thousands in the Cuban revolution. Was extremely racist and homophobic and had gays and black Cubans murdered.

And somehow has become popular among misguided college students who don't understand that when a Communist revolution occurs, its the students and intellectuals who helped start it who get put to the wall first.

Communists fool with you then chuck you. After all, once you're the one in power you don't want revolutionaries any more. You want obedience.

How this genocidal maniac ended up in so many dorms is ridiculous.

bromley2

Joe

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I really don't know but I'll just put Stalin up here. Killed many more than even Hitler did.

EXGTACAMLS

The Awful Mick

Mick Philpot notorious in the UK for being the scummiest man alive. He was an abusive father of 17 and a polygamist who refused to work instead choosing to make a living by receiving child benefits cheques. Then one of his wives got sick of his abuse and left him taking her 6 kids with her. Mick was enraged by this and burnt her house down with her and the kids inside it, killing them all. The whole country was sickened by his actions and it is very unlikely he will ever see the light of day again.

Spider99999

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Caligula deserves consideration.

ritalinv3

The Fool

Sigmund Freud 👀

Maggot_Corps

You mean the coked-up moron of a psychologist? If so, then yeah, that's the one.

raquelmckay

Leo the Awful

King Leopold II. His very great-grandson is my best friend and he agrees with me, even wants his statues down.

He reportedly killed more people than Hitler and arguably treated the Congolese people worse than him.

ImprisonedPigeon

Not that Spock

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Let's just say there's a reason that both the comparison to and the phrase "literally Hitler" exist.

Now? If we're just talking "a**hole," you might check out ol' Doc Spock and the number of babies he inadvertently killed by pretending to know science.

ModsAreHallMonitors

THEM

Some that most people don't even know about:

In the Name of....

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God him/herself.

They are responsible for every natural disaster, the invention of the nuclear bomb, detonations of said bombs, creating hitler, Stalin, Mao, Genghis Khan, everything that has happened and everything that will happen.

Forget God.

mdhunter99

The Inventor

Thomas Midgley.

Just could not stop inventing horrible things.

Freon AND leaded gas? WTF!

Hq3473

Oh Doc...

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Dr. Seuss cheated on his dying wife and married his mistress after she did of cancer.

PapaConnHimself

Bad Mama

Mother Theresa leeched off poverty like no other.

PhreedomPhighter

She also completely disregarded the sanctity of Indian places, I think one of her first "hospitals" was actually some kinda of temple or holy place she literally took over. She didn't try to provide any kind of healthcare or cure, only a place for people to die in.

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All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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