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There are some things you really, really don't want to forget - like your partner's birthday, anniversary, when your oil change is due - forgetting is going to be a bad time. But are there times when forgetting something can be more than just an inconvenience and a bummer. Can it be dangerous?


That's what one Reddit user wanted to talk about when they asked:

What is dangerous to forget?

Honestly, at first we couldn't think of anything - but the comments really got us thinking ... and now we're kind of terrified we're going to forget a password and lose millions of dollars we don't actually have.

Propaganda Works

That you're not immune to propaganda.

- KSBrian007

And not all propaganda is false.

- Decilion

The most effective form of propaganda is simply selective information. Tell people things that are true, but only the parts you want them to see. Show them real videos and cut them off at just the right moment to remove context. No one is immune to this.

And to add on to this, bias is an inherent part of the human experience. If anyone claims to be unbiased, that just means that they're so biased as to only accept their own worldview. The best way to transmit information while minimizing the effects of a bias are to admit the bias and present the raw data or facts that created that bias in you- because the more people that do this, the less power the above form of propaganda has, because everyone will present their extra slice of information.

I'm already noticing this happening to a lot of videos from the past couple of days. The initial video making the rounds will show the aggressor and the response, and suddenly when it shows up on the news, the aggressor leadup is absent. From what I've seen, this is mostly tilted in the cop's favor, with a lot cutting out the fact that police often used tear gas and rubber bullets before protesters did anything, but again, I will fully admit this could be my own bias in the scenario- I've only personally seen a small portion of what's happened.

- kosmoceratops1132

Still Wild

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That the beautiful wild animal is still a wild animal.

- MalkinPi

And to add to that, an animal seeming tame or friendly is NOT a good thing and you should NOT encourage it by interacting and you should DEFINITELY not feed them. Best case scenario, you're teaching it humans are good to approach, worst case scenario, you make a wrong move or the mood changes and you get mauled.

- _Clove_

Used to work in Yellowstone and can confirm. A lot of people think the elk are petting animals. They will fck your world up especially if there's a calf around

- KCMO_Ghost

Go Pedal

Which pedal is the go pedal and which is the stop.

- un0m

I did this and ruined my parents car and garage.

- _Rey_

I panicked one time and somehow accidentally hit the go pedal instead of the stop - and hit a person. Luckily, he didn't get hurt.

- millytieu

Dryer Fire

Cleaning out your dryer vents regularly. If they become completely blocked, it can lead to a house fire.

- DeathSpiral321

I saw this happen once. I came downstairs to the smell of smoke, and my buddy was furiously trying to put out the fire. Luckily it wasn't that big.

- discerningpervert

Don't Mix It Up

That you shouldn't just mix whatever cleaning supplies you have available, some of it can form a deadly gas and kill you asap.

- trinketstone

Also, don't put bleach cleaner in your toilet bowl without flushing. There's some ammonia in your waste, and even though it probably won't kill you, it probably won't feel good.

- enderflight

Master Password

The master password to your digital vault. People have lost hundreds of millions of dollars from forgotten passwords.

- elyisgreat

My husband did this sh!t. Then miraculously one day months later he was like "ah-ha! I remember" Well thank f*cking god. I also found he had a safe in the back of drawer with a ton of cash. And a wallet in his old school back pack with $825. He doesn't remember ever putting cash in either. I take care of the finances now. 🤦🏼♀️

- ThisIsHowItStartss

So Much Flam

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When the warning label on something reads INFLAMMABLE it means that it's highly flammable (it will burn easily) - not otherwise.

- Back2Bach

"Flammable, inflammable, and NON inflammable.........Why are there three? Don't you think two words oughta be able handle that idea all right? I mean, either the thing flams or it doesn't flam."

- Sorsha4564

Dafuq! English is not my primary language, but I tend to think I can both speak and understand it quite well (I use it on daily basis for work) and I would have fallen for this one. Not that I would try to set something on fire… this is so counterintuitive!

- ElThePenguin

Flammable and inflammable are synonyms. This is a primary example of the stupidity of the English language.

- swifchif

Do you have something to confess to George? Text "Secrets" or ":zipper_mouth_face:" to +1 (310) 299-9390 to talk to him about it.

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