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I'll never forget the kids who went to school with who were constantly doing the "Naruto run" wherever they went. You know you've seen it. It's when someone runs leaning forward with their arms outstretched behind them. Kids thought they were sooo cool. They even made whooshing noises as they ran by.

What dark times. If you've ever wondered what happened to those weird kids after you all left school, chances are they have no qualms about jumping into a Naruto run on their way to their office job.

After Redditor UngyBungy9383 asked the online community, "What did 'weird kid' in your school do that you'll never forget?" people shared some of their memories.

"He wrote in my yearbook..."

He wrote in my yearbook, "When I was 6 years old, I went into a cornfield. I didn't realize it was a maze. I was stuck for several days without food or water. When they found me, the doctors said I'd never be the same. Good luck in college!"


"He would take off running..."

The albino kid in school. He would take off running down the hallway with one hand straight out in front of him and yell, "White lightning!" He was weird but everyone liked him.


"Poured his juice..."

Poured his juice on the table at lunch and suction cupped his mouth over it and inhaled it all like a hoover when you put it directly onto a hard floor

He's a lawyer now.


"A few days before a pep assembly..."

A few days before a pep assembly, anonymously posted signs all over school that said "the cock is coming". Teachers and school administrators were obviously concerned but clueless.

Smuggled a live rooster into the assembly and partway through the opening speech at the assembly, whipped it out over his head as it went wild. Entire gym full of kids stood up and started chanting "Cock! Cock! Cock!"

Was not seen at school for a few days after that.


"She barked at people..."

She barked at people and tried to scratch behind her ears with her foot and sniffed people's butts at recess. She was 14.


"Pulled down his pants..."

Pulled down his pants in the middle of a public bathroom and spun in a circle while spraying piss everywhere and shouting "AROUND THE WOOORRRLLLD."


"He then fled across state lines..."

Robbed a gas station dressed as a ninja, armed with a katana. Stole cash from the register, all the cigarettes he could carry, and a bunch of lottery tickets. He then fled across state lines with a 17-year-old girl (he was 19). Not a great result for him.


"Humped my desk..."

Humped my desk for a solid minute while maintaining eye-contact with me, and then said, "Thanks," and just walked away.

I'm a guy, this was 15 years ago on my first day at this new school, and I was just eating lunch at my desk, and this dude just walked up and went to town. No context, no introduction, nothing.

Didn't even buy me dinner first. Just wham, bam, thank you desk.


"I'm from a small town..."

I'm from a small town. There was this weird kid who was a year older, but he was so weird that even the younger kids would pick on him. I didn't really know him, but I put him in the weird but harmless category. He graduates, and then decides to rob the local Taco Time with a shot gun. Well, it is a small town. The kids working at the Taco Time all know him, and pretty much everybody in the Taco Time also knows him. He got two years.


"Ran around the hallways..."

Ran around the hallways making pterodactyl noises with his arms raised up behind him like he was swimming butterfly.


"He would make dolphin noises..."

He would make dolphin noises and bit girls while he pretended to be a dog.


"She would take some glue..."

She would take some glue and roll it around in her hands until it became semi-solid, and she would call it "putty." Then she would show it to everyone and ask if they wanted some. Nobody really liked her that much.


"Someone bumped into him..."

Someone bumped into him in the hall and he pounced on him like a f**king tiger. I'm not joking... With noises and everything!


"He used to tell girls..."

He also ate pens, pencils, paper, markers, name it. He was actually someone I was friends with for a long time, he grew up without a father figure and his mother was never emotionally present for him.


"Someone I know..."

Someone I know had a packet of jelly beans with maybe 5 or 6 left inside, well he wanted to offer them to the class but before doing so he took 1 out and split it in half and proceeded to clip his toenails and put the clippings inside the jelly bean and put them back together, the look of disbelief and confusion when a group of people found it was funny, disgusting and super weird.


"Within the first week..."

Within the first week of high school this kid posted a picture of himself sucking his big toe on his Instagram. Was the talking point of conversations for the rest of the four years when he would be brought up.


"Brought in..."

Brought in an "anatomically correct dinosaur." It had a vagina sewn onto it.


"I was the weird kid..."

I was the weird kid, and I pretended to date the stuffed animal that I used as an emotional support object because I thought that was the only way to get attention.


"Used to bring paper..."

Used to bring paper to eat as a snack. On my first day, she had asked if I wanted to eat some too and proceeded to take it out of her mouth to hand it to me.


"He shaved his head..."

He shaved his head, but only the very top. It was a perfect circle of baldness, with a few inches of hair hanging below it. He gave himself the Friar Tuck.


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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

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?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

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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."


"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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