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People have varying degrees of pain thresholds or tolerance for odd physical conditions they just pass off as normal.

Until they are told these random indicators are not normal.

These strangers on the internet came forward with their stories after Redditor gentlecrusher asked:

"What's something your body did that you thought was normal, until you were told otherwise?"

One Redditor mentioned feeling congested after aerobic exercise and was told in the comments they might have "Exercise-induced rhinitis."

Another Redditor mentioned having "visual snow" syndrome in which their field of view is obscured with "tiny pixel-like dots everywhere." They thought everyone experienced this.

Are any of these symptoms familar to you?

Involving Joints

These Redditors thought issues concerning their knees and elbows were annoying setbacks everyone experiences.

Until they expressed it to their friends and were met with crickets.

Kneeling Pains

"I thought everyone at school was so crazy in how easily they could kneel on the gymnasium floor. Turns out I have a knee problem called osgood-schlatter disease, which (even now) feels like i kneel on stones."

"Edit: wow, I never realised how many people were in the same boat as me. I only found out I had this growth condition when I was 16 and had an xray on my knees after dislocating one. Hopefully you all have found ways around knee pain and live comfortably with your knee bumps! Stay well, people!"


Numb Elbows

"One day I was saying how great it is that we don't have feeling in our elbows. You know because we are always placing them on uneven, rough etc areas. My friends looked at me really weird and told me they all have feeling in their elbows."



Constant itchy-eyes and runny noses? That is not way to live!

Unfortunately, these people are not familiar with a life without these annoying symptoms.

Just Breathe

"I had no idea I had terrible allergies for years. It sounds dumb, but I just thought horribly watery eyes, constantly itchy skin, and not being able to breathe were normal."


Darn Cats

"Thought it was normal to always have a blocked nose. Nope, cat allergy. Lived with cats my entire life and only found out when I was being tested for cystic fibrosis, after a year of constant chest infections. It was actually just my asthma being dramatic."


Some people experiences a constant sound in their ears but have often passed it off as a random nuisance.

But this condition has a name, and it definitely does not have a nice ring to it.

"I didn't know I had tinnitus, I thought everyone experiences it."


"The worst part is there's no cure, so now I just have to sit here listening to 'EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE' until I die. Great."


Mind Over Matter

"I get occasional burst of tinnitus and I can just turn it down by thinking about turning it down. Anyone else experience that?"


Solution Or Hoax?

"I may sound like an idiot, but I lurked on a Fark or Reddit thread about 5 years ago discussing tinnitus. Someone suggested gently thumping the back of the skull with their index fingers. Someone reported immediate relief. I remember it made the front page. Have you heard of it or tried it? Maybe it was a hoax."



Sometimes the body is trying to tell us something. It is up to us to listen or ignore them.

Head Ache

"I thought everyone got searing pain in the back of their head with a sneeze, frequent headaches and tingling fingers. Turns out I have Chiari Malformation."


"I have this! I had to get a duraplasty when I was 13 to correct it. Go get your headaches checked out people."


Drink Water

"My entire body falling asleep when I stand up. Thought it was normal till I passed out a few times. Had to do blood tests go to a cardiologist to find out I'm just dehydrated all the time."

"Edit: it stopped happening after I got my diagnosis."


Our bodies are complex and we are all wired differently. It is easy to assume any discomfort we feel is nothing urgent and to hope it will eventually go away.

Maybe we tend to be dismissive because we're in denial.

Whatever the case may be, discussing our bizarre ailments with doctors might be worth knowing it can be treatable.

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Sometimes the things that come out of peoples' mouths are truly astounding. It makes you wonder, where did things go wrong? Why are they like this? As Forrest Gump once said, “stupid is as stupid does".

Here are a few of the most jaw-dropping lay stupid things that have been said by actual human beings. Not aliens trying to figure out how humans communicate--ACTUAL human beings. Thanks, Reddit.

U/cperr310 asked: What's the dumbest thing you or someone you know has said?

First up, what better people to hear ridiculous claims from than children? Here are some people that even teachers couldn’t help.

Well, that’s awkward.

I was in 5th grade like 20 years ago, and I am a male which is important later. My school changed an extra girls locker room into a computer lab. When my class got to go check it out, I say "wow, it looks so different!".

Everyone looks at me like I'm a creep. What I meant to say was "wow it looks so different that the boys locker room!" I still think about this when trying to fall asleep more often than I'm comfortable with.

Xeeke No it’s not.

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In my Spanish class where they were talking about Spanish countries

"What about Syria...isn't Syria Spanish?"

Worst part... NOBODY called her out on it to the point I was questioning myself. The professor had good English but it wasn't her first language and she dodged her question saying she's only going over countries in south america. I had to literally write myself a note that she literally asked that question. Then I got paired up with her like 10 minutes later for a group activity and I still wasn't over this question lol


Fake but also real but also demonic?

A kid in high school tried to convince me that men had an extra rib and that the earth is only a few thousand years old. Same kid said that ouija boards were full of magnets and gears which made them fake, yet they were simultaneously completely real and needed to be burned on sight to prevent demonic possession.


But sometimes it’s the parents of children who say the dumb stuff.

Back in 2014 I still vividly remember we were eating dinner, and my brother is chewing with his mouth open while my sister is talking. My dad, still thinking about her talking but talking to my brother said "Talk with your mouth closed." and my sister just went silent immediately.


Stupid can turn into ignorant really quickly. Here are a few examples of the not-so-harmless kind of dumb statements.​

Fun fact: they don’t use the US Constitution in New Zealand. Who knew?

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After the church shooting in New Zealand, they banned guns. My coworker said that they can't do that since it violates the second amendment. We live in California.


Everyone knows New Zealand is the state below New Canada.


Uhhhhh that’s racist af.

Not to me but my husband.

He had to take an uber home from the Naval Base in San Diego (car was getting fixed) and the guy who picked my husband up was from Pakistan and they had small talk, telling him how he moved over here etc, dude was pretty cool.

My dumbass half sister whom we were staying with for a bit told him straight to his face, "Oh since you're military he probably wanted to like... murder you."

...What a f*cking ignorant, racist thing to say.


Just gonna leave this one here....

"And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside, because you see it gets in the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that out."


Well that’s a new one.

A trans friend got "You're registered as a man here, so I need to hear a male voice to complete the verification of your acount."

Not the first time the cable company pulled this 'female' account 'female' voice / 'male' account 'male' voice crap. But that one time was on a whole other level.


But most of the time, dumb statements are harmless, and make for a good story down the line.​

I wouldn’t be able to keep a straight face either.

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A few questions I've heard come to mind, I'm not sure which is the best/worst.

A few years ago my mom, in her 60s at the time, asked me if chipmunks grow up to be squirrels. Have you ever tried to keep a straight face while explaining to the grown-ass woman who was responsible for keeping you alive for ~18 years that chipmunks and squirrels are different animals?

In high school during a Spanish class as student asked "Do Spanish-speaking people think in Spanish?" After being told yes, her follow-up question was "Are they born speaking Spanish?" The teacher kept a straight face explaining that foreign language speakers learn their language the same as the student learned English, but there were a lot of other students laughing and brutally mocking her.


Ah yes, the two types of guitars.

Dumbest thing I ever asked was, "do you prefer playing electric or air guitar?" I really meant to say acoustic, like my dad's.


Air guitar. I don't know how to play the acoustic or electric guitars, but I never get a wrong note on the air guitar.


Did you change your birthday?

At the bank.

Teller: Is your phone number still 123-4567?

Me: Yes

T: Is your address still 123 Easy st?

M: Yes

T: Is your birthday still 01/01/2000?

M: laughing I sure as hell hope so


I can't even make fun of these. One time I asked my husband where the Newport Ferry sailed to.

Newport, obviously.

I think we all have slip-ups in our brains sometimes. It's part of being human, and hey, they stay alive as inside jokes for generations to come