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Stereotypes are the shortcuts your mind takes to categorize someone new, though they aren't necessarily positive ones.


We create or hear these generalizations, these preconceived notions we lock away in our minds, because they act as a kind of shorthand. You don't actually have to get to know someone of a different race or nationality or gender or whatever from you, because, hey, you already know what all of "these" kinds of people are like.

And unless you open up your mind, you could end up making that person mad, like the stories below.

Reddit user, u/brusselaar123, wanted to hear what grinds your gears when they asked:

What is the stereotype about you that you hear the most and how much do you love/hate it?

First Impressions Aren't Always Right

You meet someone, take one look at them, and think, "I got it. I know everything there is to know about this person." When, if you waited a few more minutes, you'd find you were totally off.

I'm Considering My Words

That I'm quiet because I'm stuck up.

I'm quiet because I have nothing interesting to say.

torrance93

I Just Like Long Hair

Everyone thinks I'm some stoner hippie who can score them drugs. I teach middle school. You'd be surprised at the amount of teachers that have approached me. I just have long hair.

QueensPurplePanties

I Just Don't Have Any Hair

That I'm a racist skinhead.

I'm just bald, dude. It's not a choice.

Proseph91

Names Mean Less Than Nothing

I've had a lot of people think I fake my last name, it's Salazar and I'm white as f-ck

nillaisthewhitenword

Overcompensating For My Own Benefit

Assertiveness and being cocky. I'm definitely confident in myself, but it's my way of coping with how dark my mind gets. I feel much more matured than people my age simply because of these mental health issues, and leadership is the most natural way of dealing with it.

spicy_churro_777

I'm Crying On The Inside

Since I'm loud and laugh easily, everyone thinks I'm an optimist that always sees the bright side of life. In fact I'm a pessimist that has been battling depression for years now. I'm just very good in keeping up appearances.

a_laranjinha

My Outward Appearance Doesn't Match What I Am

Then there's the people who put on a display a certain characteristic, or impairment, which you have in your mind categorized as being a certain way. However, a further discussion leads you to realize the error you just made.

We're An Entire Country

"Russians are cold and grumpy. And they wear adidas all the time".

It was funny at first. Now, not really. It's annoying, but not enough to hate it haha.

FatCatRUS

You Don't Know Me On The Inside

That I am always happy. I always hear how nothing ever bothers me. People just assume it is my disposition. Actually, I am depressed quite often and there is plenty I get pissed off about I only have so much energy and I work at not letting sh-t pull me down. I have become indifferent to it.

Caspers_Shadow

Keep Your Parenting Opinions To Yourself

Because my kid sometimes behaves rudely and sometimes makes weird noises, I am a sh-t parent who should just spank my child into good behaviour.

My kid has autism. If I thought physical violence would solve my problems, I would be punching those idiots who say this sh-t all the time.

cototudelam

It's Not Everyone. Just You.

My dad thinks I dislike everyone because I dislike his friends. Almost all of his friends are awful human beings, except 1. He's a legit good guy.

I hate it. I hate being thought of as someone that doesn't like anyone. That's not the case and I'm polite and cordial to people even if I dislike them. I just don't become friends with anyone and everyone just to say I have an insane number of friends.

shutupandfixmyhouse

Not Pulling As Much As You Think

I work as a Club DJ in quite a few gay clubs and the general consensus is that DJ's are titanic whores who take back multiple people from the club whilst snorting all manner of drugs. It's actually a reputation that's made a couple of dating things difficult because guys presume that in my line of work it's standard?!

It's really not, I don't do drugs (Jack Daniel's does more than enough to make my night) and aside from being way too busy focusing on the music and mixing, I'm also butt ugly so it just doesn't happen to me.

Didn't stop one guy telling me that he can't date me because I've "had more ass than a toilet seat" and I had to make my last boyfriend sit in the booth and watch as absolutely nobody looked at me for hours on end.

I'm sure there are deejays who are that and roll, but it ain't me

djcraiglaw

Listen To My Words, Not My Voice

I come from a township( lets use ghetto for universal understanding ) and i have the accent. Because of where i grew up, people always assume i do/did drugs, steal, fight all the time, drink alot, all that jazz that makes my township famous.

I hate it because once back when i was a kid, we were visiting some distant relatives and one of them misplaced their purse and they accused my brother because he was a little rascal back then.

Anyway, heard them insist it had to be my little bro because all children from Westbury( my hometown/township) steals. I kid you not, they kept saying it was him without even looking for it. Now he absolutely refuses to see any family members other that our parents and siblings. And yeah, they didn't apologise when they found it.

Also in my first job interview ever, i told them where i lived and i could see the horror and fear in the interviewers face. That sh-t made me so self conscious about where i live.

MasterAssassinQeedo

Wrong On Every Conceivable Front

Then there's those moments when you consider someone and you're not correct in your assertions on any level.

There's Better Games Out There

I'm black so I automatically love basketball.

DivinePhantasm

Getting It In More Than One Direction

I'm an unmarried woman from an Asian country, and am an only child. People love to say 'do your parents allow you to do x?' every time I do something that are outside of the norm for someone like me. Like living independently. Like getting a job in another city (Hell, HR person asked me about it during the interview). Like not spending every weekend at home. The combination of stereotypes about only child, gender, and filial piety sure is fun.

SgtPepperLonelyEar

Some Simple Geography Knowledge Would Be Appreciated

Hispanic with white skin here. Many are surprised I can speak Spanish even tho my last name is Hispanic.

jgor57

Shoutout to people forgetting about the entire country of Spain (though tbh, even as a Latino it always throws me off for a sec when a random white dude brings out Spanish better than mine before I realize they're probably a Spaniard)

TheBrownestStain

More Independent Than You Realize

Blind people need to be always helped and are incapable of being fully independent.

B-tch I'm about to get married to a blind man while being a blind woman and we are moving across the country. We are capable and adaptable.

RainAndTea77

No Understanding At All

I'm autistic.

We have so many bad ones.

• Mathbot

• Idiot

• Genius

• Idiot genius

• Totally incapable of functioning

• Sheldon Cooper

I kind of hate them all.

CaughttheDarkness

Keep an open mind, listen to when people talk to you, and don't jump to any conclusions. The best way to get to know someone is being willing to admit you're wrong in your initial encounter and to simply listen to their stories.

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Schools aren’t always so lucky to have the cool kinds of weird kids though. The spectrum of weird extends even further than that, and can sometimes end up very disasterous.

U/Imaginary_East5786 asked: What was the weirdest thing the weird kid did at school?

​Let’s start with the grossest of the gross. Because why not.

Was it worth it?

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He heard that you'd automatically get suspended if you peed your pants at school. He wanted to find out if it was true, peed his pants, got suspended.

Memoryduel

Scientific method:

> Observation: 'I've heard that by peeing your pants you will be suspended'

> Hypothesis: If I pee my pants I will be suspended

> Experiment: I peed my pants and I got suspended

> Conclusion: If I pee my pants I get suspended

Glez_fdezdavila_

Uhhh what was the intention here?

He got mad that he didn't understand how to play a game at lunchtime so he started hitting and punching the nearest person to him, who happened to be me. When I shoved him away and asked him what the hell was he doing, he whipped his unit.out, charged at me and when I shoved him away from me again he started crying and ran away with his member still sticking out.

Kurtles12

​Next ones up are the lowkey (or even highkey) disturbing stories. These weird kids can get a little scary.

Boom theret.

At my middle school, someone decided to get a little attention with a good old fashioned bomb threat. Except they thought that a bomb threat meant literally writing "bomb threat" somewhere. Worse yet, they misspelled the f*ck out of it, and wrote "boom theret."

So we had to go on a brief, very awkward lockdown while the police checked the perimeter for booms.

Angusthedangus

I hope there was no overlap in the columns.

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She wrote a list of all the girls and boys she wanted to kiss and murder and then casually passed it out on the playground.

Fun-Acadia-8735

2 separate lists or just the 1?

OppositeYouth

Same list 2 columns lol.

Fun-Acadia-8735

Holy crap.

Had the weird kid in high school ask the teacher to use the bathroom. She said no and this dude legit stabbed his hand with a pencil. Went all the way through then asked if he could now...sh*t was wild.

This was Pearl High School in Mississippi. This was the school Luke Woodham shot and killed his girlfriend and her friend at the school. This kid stabbed himself with the pencil about 2 months after that happened. This was late 1997.

Roberted1982

​Most of the time, however, the weird kids are pretty d*mn funny.

Ok, but this takes a lot of skill.

Had a kid nicknamed "cheeseburger" in the grade ahead of me in high school. He got his nickname because when it was time for his class to go to lunch, he snuck into the roof and crawled his way into the cafeteria, dropped down and proceeded to steal all the cheeseburger put out for lunch. Unfortunately they caught him in the act and sent him to the principal's office.

A year later he was caught stealing a teacher's computer, and in the process of being arrested he bit the officers hand, getting him sent to juvi never to be heard of again.

Theonering1

Every school had the cat girl.

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The weird kid at my highschool tied a string around his pencil case and pulled out around the halls pretending it was a dog. He still lives in my hometown. I think unemployed.

Oh also weird girl in middle school acted like a cat. She would meow and hiss at people, lick the water fountain and rub her body on the teacher's legs. In 8th grade. I have no idea where she ended up.

SendmePMsofyourBMs

Mood.

Weird kid in elementary was a self proclaimed alien. Once, while waiting for the bus, she told me "On my planet we eat people like you" and proceeded to bite me. We later became friends in high school and she used to give me massages during lunch break in the quad. Just realized now she was likely tenderizing me.

Iheartrevolution

I was exactly this kind of weird.

He didn't say much, but if asked, he would go to the front of the class and perform Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with all of the emotion and volume of Tiny Tim, holding nothing back.

The last I heard, he became an energy trader, made a ton of money and married well.

10per

I can definitely relate to that last one. In middle school, my English teacher would let me go to the front of the class and perform monologues or songs from Broadway musicals. Weird, but that’s what happens when schools cut funding for the arts and the theatre kids have no outlet.

As long as you’re not hurting anyone, I say let your freak flag fly, man

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