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People Who've Been Declared Legally Dead And Were Revived Describe What It Was Like


People Who've Been Declared Legally Dead And Were Revived Describe What It Was Like
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Death is upon us.

Eventually, like wrinkles, taxes and cellulite it will catch up.

That's why it's good to know as much as we can about it.

Who better to tell us than a real-life Lazarus or two?

Redditor Doomage007 wants those who have been reborn to speak up and let us know what is beyond by asking:

"People who legally died for a few minutes and came back, what was it like?"


"Working in a hospital and taking care of people who have been legally dead and have come back either on their own accord or with CPR, I've heard these people say that they felt like they were falling. They also wake up really confused not remembering the situation. To me it seems like what they experience is close to a dream that you're falling and wake up with a jolt."



Under Water....

"A friend of mine had an overdose caused a stroke and legally died for a little under three minutes in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. He remembers the stroke, and being wheeled to the ambulance on a stretcher. Then he felt like he was floating under ice cold water, and it was dark, but he wasn't really thinking or feeling anything emotionally, just existing and knowing it was very very cold and he couldn't see."

"Then he woke up, and the EMTs were kinda freaked out because his heart had stopped long enough that they figured he was done. At some point in the following days he became convinced that what he experienced was hell minus the knowledge of suffering, like a toned-down preview, and thought it was a warning for him to change his life. Sadly he didn't stay clean for long."


In the House....

"My Dad ended up in the ICU with internal bleeding. All initial attempts to stop the bleeding failed. Apparently died for a couple of min but they were able to bring him back. He said he remembers walking through an all grey neighborhood. Grey houses, grey grass, grey streets, everything a different shade of grey. No people or animals around. Empty but not run down or anything like that. He assumed this was the afterlife so he proceeded to walk around and search for my cousin who recently passed away."

"He made his way into a house and walked up the stairs. At the top of the stairs a door opened and a bright light shined through. He couldn't see anything because of the light but decided not to walk into it. He paused there on the stairs and asked for more time. The door closed. Doctor was able to stop the bleeding. Thats was 12 years ago. My Dad still has health issues but he got more time like asked for."



"Total darkness. Like going to sleep with no dreams. Until you are brought back, then searing pain kicks in. I guess its bc the body goes out of shock, and you feel everything. That's what it felt like to me."


Not so Dead....

"So I wasn't legally dead, but incapacitated due to CO2 inhalation. (Failed seal on an automatically inflating life vest). Fortunately it was in a controlled environment and I was pulled out of the situation when they realized something was wrong. When I came to there was a period of time where I had absolutely no idea who I was or what had happened. All I was really sure of was that I had died and was waiting to be sent to the afterlife."

"My lungs burned with every breath but I wasn't aware that I was breathing, so it felt like a combination of all encompassing, burning pain and suffocation. I was very confused as to why I couldn't just die and have it all be over. When I finally regained some semblance of reality I was very happy that I wasn't dead."


3 times a charm....

"I've been pronounced dead twice in my life. The first time, I drowned as a child (about 7 years old). I wanted to see the pool from the high-dive. I went up, looked, and slipped when I went to go back down. I remember falling..... and then I was surrounded by paramedics and spewing pool water from my lungs while some lady was crossing herself. According to what I've been able to piece together, I was knocked out when I hit the water, and the lifeguard thought I was playing."

"I drowned while everyone was waiting for me to surface. 911 was called and I was dragged from the water. CPR, before, and from the paramedics didn't work. They were about to cover me up when I started spewing water like a fountain. The second time was at work in my early 20's. I'm an industrial electrician (still to this day). I was working on the controls for a 3 phase/600v air handler's motor. I had turned the circuit off, locked it, and tagged it. Someone cut my lock off and turned it back on without telling anyone."

"One second I'm working on the controls, next second my entire body lights up with pure pain and agony, and then I wake up in the hospital. My boss heard my teeth clack shut when I got hit, and he hit me in the chest with a 2x4 to get me off of it. I didn't have a pulse when EMT's got there, and they got my body rebooted. I woke up in the hospital about 4 hours later. I never saw a light at the end of a tunnel, no lake of fire... literally nothing. I'll post an update if it happens again."


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Warm Hands

"When I was a teenager I had leukemia and there was a set of shots that we would do at home that my mom would give me. We did not know that I would have a toxic reaction towards the end of the series. After getting a shot and right before dinner I told my mom I wasn't feeling well and I passed out and stopped breathing. I was "dead" for at least a couple of minutes before my dad started CPR and the medics came. I do not remember telling my mom that I felt weird, next thing I remember was feeling very cold and hearing my mom's voice (they were taking me out to the ambulance and it was winter time."

"My mom was talking to them I later found out) I was very out of it but I felt warm hands on my arm and a woman telling me it was going to be ok. I guess at one point I hugged her and told her I loved her. I have kept in touch with her over the years. If i could have the feeling of the warm hands and someone telling me everything was going to be ok when I die for real I will be happy."



"My mother was legally dead for a half an hour due to a cardiac arrest. (As a side note, recovery from cardiac arrest after 10 minutes is a 1% chance and decreases exponentially every second after that, so it's really a miracle she survived and with very little brain damage to boot)."


"She remembers a 'dream' in that time where she was headed towards a bridge. On the other side she saw her (deceased) parents smiling and waving. As she approached the bridge, their expressions changed. They didn't want her. My mom explains feeling rejected by her own parents and crestfallen because of it, but she didn't get on the bridge and turned around. After she came back, she recognizes the change in their demeanor to be that they didn't want her yet because it wasn't her time to 'cross-over' yet."


Life after Life

"There's an interesting book called 'Life after Life' by a Dr. Moody who became interested in this experience when one of his patients went through it. He did a study, interviewing hundreds of people who had this happen to them. He said that there were a variety of experiences, some not remembering anything but he listed seven common ones. Not everyone had all seven but everyone has some of the seven."

"Buzzing noise, feeling like they were out of the body, going through a tunnel, meeting former family or friends, meeting a being of light, coming to a boundary where they knew that if they crossed it, they couldn't return, I can't remember the last one."


Not yet....

"Might not count but family story; takes place in Sicily in the early 1900s. Had a great uncle that the doctors had written off for dead. Uncle remembers a person/angel walking up to him, slapping him on the cheek, and saying "Hey, get up. It's not your time yet." Doctor was apparently stunned to see him all dressed and good to go when he came back."


Oh Mama...

"My mother was dead for over twenty minutes. She said she saw nothing, felt nothing. She only new she'd been dead when she was brought round by the medics in the hospital. As she is a very religious lady it knocked her religious belief for many many years. She now thinks she wasn't supposed to see anything as she feels she would have wanted to stay with those she would have seen like her mother etc."



"I remember getting in the ambulance and I remember getting out. Was completely unaware that I had arrested until I was told some days later."


In the Eyes

"I watched my mom die from acute pulmonary edema. She looked me straight in the eye seconds before and said, 'I’m not afraid. She says she’s glad to see me.' She was revived and had no memory of what she saw unfortunately. She passed away a year later."


An Elizabeth Event!

"I had a heart attack while on a run. Dropped dead and bounced off the ground. Cardiologist are sure my heart stopped for about 30 seconds. I snapped back to when the guys started calling my name. It wasn’t a Fred Sanford 'it’s the big one Elizabeth' event. Didn’t see any light or myself, it was like a surreal dream without anything remarkable. Got up and walked the last 50 feet (15 meters) to cross the finish line. Did damage to the heart, received multiple stents, in the hospital for four days and was 50 years old. Moral of the story, listen to your body."


Like a Dream

"My father actually had a heart attack and by some miracle he was lucky to get to the hospital in time before it was too late, but in the ambulance he flat lined and they had to revive him I think twice? Which obviously worked but it took I think about 4 or 5 minutes which made everyone worry because his heart wasn’t beating which means he’s not getting blood to his brain that will cause brain damage."

"Long story short, no brain issues and he's completely healthy. I asked about his experience and if he saw some light or anything, but he doesn’t remember anything. He almost never remembers his dreams so even if he did see something I don’t think he’d remember through all of that lol."


Addiction Scares

"Died on new years day this year from a heroin overdose. Was pleasant, tossed on some tunes went over to the couch to sit down as the crap was coming on then the next thing I knew I was sitting in the back of an ambulance being told I had just died from an overdose."

"Really it was just like sleeping one minute I was there faded out then faded back in don't recall anything in between but I imagine it must have been horrible for my mom to find me that way. So yeah kids don't hell with heroin or opiates in general. Thankfully I'm not addicted to the stuff just occasionally dabbled for many years but after that shit I'm done for good."


Christmas Morning

"So during a tilt table exam to test for dysautonomia, I was given a nitroglycerin tablet that stopped my heart for over 30 seconds. I flatlined until they were able to get the table back to horizontal. I don’t have any specific memories from DURING the time I was dead, but the very strange part was when I came back, and saw the room I was in, it was shocking to me. It’s hard to describe, but when I realized where I was I could not believe I was STILL there."

"It’s like I lived some life for what felt like weeks elsewhere, and coming back to this room was a very surprising blast from the past. Like imagine waking up today and it being Christmas morning from a few weeks ago. I was that level of surprised to see that old room again after all that time (30ish seconds)."



"2 years ago, for about 2 minutes, I saw my died grand-father and my aunt, the most strange thing is that I also saw one of my closest friend, that was alive... or at least he was alive until the previous day... the evening of the same day one of my other friends called me and I discovered that the friend I saw in my vision died three hours before me in a car accident."


On the Beach

"When i was a kid i contracted dengue fever. Major killer of kids my age. So while i wad hemorrhaging blood the crackhead doctors told my parents i had to have an appendix removal. They put me under but realised something was wrong when i didn't wake up for 48 hours later. During that time i had a hell of a dream. Was walking on a beach and there was a dude cloaked in black sitting on a bench. Had a nice chat with him before walking up."


Open Heart

"My mom had open heart surgery not too long ago and was technically 'dead' for the surgery since no blood was being pumped through her heart. She said it was almost like in the movies where she was in an all white room and actually got to talk with her dad who passed away 20 years ago!"


Though there is an eternal debate about whether or not those who have been declared dead actually experience a brief glance at the afterlife.

Actual proof we may never have.

But it can't hurt to discuss, just in case.

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We all know that we technically can't make anyone else do anything, and we certainly can't "fix" other people. Other people will only change or do something if they choose to; the only person we can really control is ourselves.

But some people really love to try, often to hilarious and terrible results.

Already cringing, Redditor Dapper_Algae6280 asked:

"People who entered a relationship thinking 'I can fix them,' how did that go?"

Time for an Upgrade

"There is a weird thing that happens when you 'fix' someone. They tend to think if you liked them broken, then they deserve better than you now that they are better than they were."

- TheRealLifePotato

"As horrible as it sounds, to have a happy, emotionally healthy relationship you need two happy, emotionally healthy people. If you want to be in that sort of relationship, you need to fix yourself first."

- inactiveuser247

"This right here. After three sh*tty relationships in a row, I realized this is a me problem. I took a few years off from dating to reflect and really learn to see red flags and understand myself so I wouldn't make that mistake again."

- MikoSkyns

No More Spark

"My now ex had PTSD, depression, and a variety of other issues she claimed. After two and a half years of dating (being my first and only relationship), she became more social, less suicidal, and overall happier as a person."

"She decided to cheat on me with someone else due to 'lack of communication' and us 'no longer having a spark". The irony."

"For context, we were 17 at the time, in high school, and I worked full-time hours with initiatives to hang out, which were refused. Red flags everywhere."

- elteragxo

"Your situation is eerily similar to mine, what the f**k?"

"I met a girl with mental and emotional issues and decided to fix them through a healthy relationship. She recovered and found someone else because 'the spark was gone.'"

- Aimlessdrifter8778

Misery Loves Company

"Now we are both broken."

- Brave-Butterscotch76

"The same thing happened to my sister-in-law. She married a very negative and miserable guy while saying 'he will get better' or 'we’re working on it,' and now she’s a very negative and miserable person."

- Moreofyoulessofme

Getting to Watch a Partner Grow

"At first we were only f**king. I don't know if I ever thought I could fix her, but I did fall in love with this beautiful lady with severe anxiety, depression, and trust issues after being in a domestically violent relationship."

"We were f**k buddies for about six months and I got a glimpse of her issues but I still went ahead and asked her to be my girlfriend The heart wants what it wants."

"We dated for a year and a half (two years since meeting), and I actually got to see her at her worst a few times, but I was finally able to get her therapy with a great psychiatrist and treatment, this is when I asked her to move in with me. We've been living together for six years."

"Four years ago, she had the worst breakdown I've seen. She went full-on paranoid, wall-scratching nervous, she was even doubting me and my motives to be there. It was a very difficult week, and she left the house and went to her mom's house in the middle of the night."

"Eventually, her therapist was able to get a hold of her and get her back to her senses. Her doctor then suggested that I also should go to a counselor or at the very least we should do couples therapy so we had strong bases for our relationship and we did."

"I now look back and won't change her for anything in the world, she has grown so much, and she glows right now. I now see her smile and it's glorious. She's achieved a great position too and it's amazing just to see how much happier she looks."

- Spiritual-Narwhal666

Not a Match

"I fixed what I wanted to fix, but that still didn't make us right for each other. In the end, I think she's in a much happier place than she could have been, so I think it was worth the time invested."

"We were wrong for each other, but at least we both came out better positioned to receive the happiness that would come to us later."

- MrWeb20

In Their Nature

"A couple of months into the relationship, I fixed him."

"After some irritation, he stopped peeing on the carpet. Now, my cat still brings mice, but I guess, that's just his nature."

- mobileJay77

The Importance of Boundaries

"I don't know if I would say that I 'fixed' her (and I wasn’t trying to), but I definitely taught my last ex the importance of being able to set boundaries and to stop going out of her way to please people who consistently hurt her."

"Eventually this would lead to us breaking up, but I have no regrets. I have issues of my own that were wearing her down and she did what she had to. Same rules apply. We’re both better off because of it."

- TylerTexas10

Happily Ever After

"She fixed herself and I fixed myself with each other's support, and we are living happily ever after, it seems, with ongoing work on ourselves and our relationship."

- DonPronote

An Uncommon Ending

"I didn’t fix them. But I tried my hardest to be patient and supportive while they fixed themself. Sometimes I was better at support than other times. Sometimes they were better at fixing than other times."

"It ended up being worth the patience. Things have been great with us for years now. I know this isn’t the normal outcome though, and I feel incredibly lucky."

- I_Invented_Frysauce

A Little Help from Our Friends

"Usually I'm the one people try to fix.. I think the repeated attempts definitely helped me. Now my current partner gets to enjoy the previous hard work."

"...I think I just got tired of hurting the people who love me and fixed myself, though."

- addrien

All Their Idea

"You can't fix anyone. You can only fix yourself, but if you really want to try and fix someone, you have to make it seem like it's their idea."

- BuhrZap

A Helping Hand

"I don't think you can fix anyone. You can only help them fix themselves, which is very different."

"If someone is actively trying to fix themselves, and you can actually be the person to support them through it, then it can work, but it could also not work."

"I do think there should be a distinction between the two. I mean, trying to fix someone is a bad idea, but if you like someone and are willing to support them in their journey to fix themselves, it's probably not the worst idea in the world."

- brooksie1131

Lesson Learned

"It went so well that they managed to cure me of the desire to 'fix' anybody."

"I’ll toss you a life preserver if you’re trying to save yourself. But I’m not jumping in the water with anyone so they can drown me on their way out."

"People who need to hit rock bottom in order to better themselves will use you to soften their landing if you let them."

- GlobalPermit5428

Best Friends Forever

"It went well but it didn’t work out."

"So we kind of fixed each other we were both at very weird points in our lives and we only dated for about one and a half years. We didn’t need a romantic partner but we did need a friend in each other."

"We’re both in better places now and the best of friends. We both want each other to be part of our lives just not as lovers."

"All and all, I say we got the best outcomes in our lives."


So Worth the Investment

"He was an Uber driver with only a high school diploma."

"I married him anyways and bankrolled his education because he was fun as f**k to be around, was the smartest person I’ve ever met, and loves me like I’m the only woman on Earth."

"Now, he’s a computer engineer and we are landlords together and have bought investment properties. We are very happy together."

"Partners work together to create success. I think selfish people ask, 'what’s in it for me?' Marriage is about selflessness."

"I’m glad I sacrificed for his education. His mind would be wasted otherwise and he’s a genius."

- BabyElephantWalks

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There's also something to be said about unconditional love. If you don't want to date the person exactly as who they are right now, why are you even trying to date them?

If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at

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Tough guys put on a facade that indicates to others that they always know what's going on.

But their confidence doesn't always match their intellect, which is probably why they cover their insecurities by walking around and trying to show everyone who's really the boss.

If that's the case, they should keep their mouths shut because not everything that comes out of their mouth needs to be heard.

Yet, it can be amusing to everyone else.

Curious to hear examples of these, Redditor PrototypeShadowBlitz asked:

"Reddit, what is the stupidest thing you've heard from the 'alpha male' community?"

You might find these guys at a bar.

The Dude Must Be Hungry

"Had a run in once with a group of young lads about something in a bar and one of them said we are top of the food chain bro and you will be the prey."

– insertitherenow

"'Whatever, mall ninja" -proper response."

– TheEighthLord

If The Shoe Fits

"That they were an alpha male."

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"The use of 'Alpha Male,' unironically is every indication that you're dealing with a child's understanding of manhood."

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Brat Pack

"Me and my bros are all alpha males."

– SonOfDadOfSam

"I was skiing one time and rode the lift with a guy that said, 'I don't feel no pain. I live with 5 roommates and none of us feel any pain.' Okay, bud. That's a really interesting coincidence."

– NicPizzaLatte

They sure thrive on making sexist comments.

Contagious Femininity

"A coworker said, 'I don't spend too much time with my girlfriend because I'll become too feminine.'"

– Lazy_Natural6154


– aliebabadegrote

Sexist Categorization

"I have been called a beta for saying that my wife makes more money than I do. She works in a more lucrative field and is more educated than I am, so it makes perfect sense that she makes more than I do."

"So I came back, and this post has really blown up. There's just a few things I want to clarify."

"1- I have only ever been called a beta online."

"2- I work full-time in project management. I have a master's degree. I have a 6 figure salary."

"3- My wife has a PhD and works in finance. She also has a 6 figure salary, it's just a higher salary than my own."

"4- I'm sorry to anyone who might feel as though my original post misled them."

– ExaminationDouble240

It's Teamwork

"A real man would be proud of his wife for achieving success, and not fall for that sort of insecure bullsh*t."

"It's not a contest, that's the real joke here. Good on you for seeing the big picture."

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Do these roles about parenting sound familiar?

Childish Things Are Too Girly

"Real men don't take their kids trick or treating is one that I heard recently."

– constructionguy89

"Related. Guys who brag about not changing diapers, not playing 'girly' games, etc. Essentially guys who brag that their only contribution to fatherhood is money and masculine things like fishing or football. Even then some of them brag about not paying a lot of child support to prove they didn't let the system take advantage of them."

"I can't imagine a life so empty my only accomplishment worth bragging about was being a terrible parent."

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This Woman's Work

"I was told that taking care of my kids is woman's work. Apparently it's concerning that I try to spend so much of my free time with them. Oddly enough the meatheads at my grappling club think it's sweet I occasionally have my daughters' hair clips on and nails painted."

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People discussed rules in the bedroom.

Never Submissive

"That a man is turned off when their wife/girlfriend seduces them, because if she wants sex and shows it she is a sl*t, also making the man the submissive one…"

– kamalaophelia

Stifling Emotions

"Not the whole community, but was cuddling with a guy once and could tell he was trying not to get emotional over something that was bothering him. He said, quite literally, 'it's not alpha male behaviour.' I told him that I liked that he showed emotions sometimes, and he looked disgusted by the fact that I pointed it out."

– LambLifts

In high school, a classmate who was on the football team said I was a "sissy" for listening to classical music.

The other classmates laughed at me, which was hardly surprising since all of the guys on our unbeatable football team were considered stars on campus.

This kind of mockery was a typical day for me.

I can laugh at their idiotic comments now but back then, I don't know why I ever let them get under my skin.

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We've all done things, or in some cases, regularly do things that others might consider weird.

Even so, we often feel no shame or embarrassment and embrace how unusual these habits are, and take our friends teasing or laughing at us for doing so in stride.

Sometimes, however, we might not like to advertise some of our unusual habits or actions and make every effort to keep them a well-guarded secret.

As raised eyebrows are much easier to take than blatant judgment from friends and peers.

Redditor Key_Nectarine_1969 was curious to hear all the weird things people have done which they still keep under lock and key, leading them to ask:

"What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done that you could only tell people anonymously?"

The Devil [Dogs] Is In The Detail...

"All throughout middle school, there was someone who tucked unwrapped Hostess Devil Dogs into the toilet paper dispensers in the bathrooms, so that when you pulled some toilet paper out, the devil dog would fall out into your hand."

"We had to have an assembly about it."

"That person... Was me."- bejeweled_sky

Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

"Was drunk at an escape room with coworkers."

"It was an extreme one where you are handcuffed the entire time."

"I decided in my drunken state that it would be bada** to dislocated my thumb and slip off the cuffs like the movies."

"It wasn't."

"We got kicked out, my coworkers were weirded out and I had to go to the hospital."

"I quit a few weeks later."

"White collar wasn't for me."- Grotesque-penguin

The Bread Of Heaven

"Stole over 1,000 wafers from church because I really liked the communion wafers & didn’t know where else to get them."

"I felt really blessed & cursed for a long time."- hALLIEcinate

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Retracing Steps...

"Once I got off the subway in NYC and I was super early for an appointment."

"So I picked a random guy and just followed him on foot for like 30 minutes, pretending I was like a private detective or something."

"Always kept about a half block behind."

"He turned this way and that, and eventually went into a building I had lived in 9 years earlier."

"It was weird, and so was I."- OKsurewhynotyep

Hygeine Be Damned...

"I found a dead rat in a field when i was younger and kissed it bc I wanted to say goodbye."- qeleia

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Bad Decisions Have A Way Of Getting Back To You...

"We got super drunk and ate a ton of spicy food in New Orleans."

"Back at the B&B, the food started to come out the back side."

"I was sitting on the toilet sh*tting bricks of fire."

"At that moment, the booze decided to hang a u-turn."

"The trash can was out of reach and I couldn't risk standing up from the toilet for even 5 seconds."

"The closest receptacle was the bathtub."

"I managed to turn in such a way that I could keep shi*ting in the toilet while projectile vomiting into the tub."

"Both ended up clogged, and there was no plunger."

"I had to call the owner to explain that I had destroyed both their toilet and their tub simultaneously."- HoopOnPoop

Things Best Left To Professionals...

"My partner is weirdly prone to cysts."

"I had to drain a 3 inch cyst on her back (thankfully she had a dr's appt the next week), then multiple other little cysts on her legs and chest."

"I never told her to her face but that first giant cyst literally haunted me, the amount of pus and blood I saw....good heavens."- SleepyBiologist

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At Least A Lesson Was Learned...

"When I was walking to school one morning, I saw a kid (7-8 yo?) kicking a dog."

"I ran over & kicked the kid and asked him how it felt."

"He ran off and no one saw."

"Still not sorry."- sneezyailurophile

All Creatures Deserve Love

"I was extremely socially isolated as a child and tried to make friends with the coyotes who lived in the woods by our home."

'I caught one in a snare and fed and kept her."

"I wanted a friend."- letthetreeburn

That's What Friends Are For...

"My wife and her best friend pick me up from a frat party black out drunk."

"Then they helped me take a sh*t on the toilet, wiped my a** and then gave me a shower and put me to bed naked."

"Don’t remember any of it."- nc3100

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Not The Right Kind Of Manure...

"One time I went outside at like 2AM and put the garden hose nozzle into my butthole and sprayed some water into it, then farted it out onto the lawn."

"Basically gave myself an enema with a garden hose."

"I did this because I was bored."

"My neighbour saw me and told my dad (lived at home at the time)."- WaspsInMyGoatse

A Little Fantasy Now And Then...

"When I was younger I joined an international dating site that I figured was a scam."

"Put a black square as my picture and gave myself a fake name, and then looked through their users."

"And after about 10 minutes I had like a 100 messages."

"Most of them were messages telling me how handsome I was or how these women fell in love with me at first site."

"Now I knew it was a scam but when ever I felt down or got rejected for a while I would pop back on the site and read a few messages."

'Yeah it’s kinda cringy and probably pathetic but it made me feel better."

"I would just turn off that logical part of my brain that knew it was a scam for awhile and just pretend I was this popular and desirable guy."

"And it honestly got me through the day sometimes."- Demonking3343

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If anyone says they've never done anything they're ashamed, or at the very least less-than-proud of, in all likelihood, they are lying.

Or, more likely, they understandably want to pretend that it never happened.

Which might be a little easier than harboring a secret.