Mark Twain once wrote, "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." Coming free with the worst thing you've ever done can free up your conscience and help you come to grips with not only the "what" of it all, but also the "why."
As in, "Why did I like to burn my neighbor's Barbie dolls?"
Reddit user, u/Salted_Porkchops, wanted to hear about the worst of the worst when they asked:
A Fight Too Far
During a fight (in a wrestling tournament) I did something to to a kid that f-cked up one of his legs pretty bad. The ref asked him if he wanted to quit or keep fighting, he chose to fight. Second round begins and he chooses top. Coach says pull his leg to your chest and just finish it and I did exactly as I was told. The kid began yelling, 911 was dialed, and he was taken away. I show up for day 2 and I see the kid in a cast and crutches. I go up to him and apologize for hurting him. He was cool and understood a fight is a fight.
Don't get me wrong, I lived to hurt people on the mat. My goal would to make their life a living hell, that's they'd pin themselves just to end the suffering of that fight. But that kid was a different fight, maybe because I knew I had already broken him (literally). I don't know, but that's always something I feel bad about.
Definition Of Not Thinking Through Their Actions
I once scared a feral cat from the 4th floor of an apartment. The cat fell straight down the elevator grill. I still remember the loud thud when it fell right on the steel base. I don't know what happened to the cat after that. Maybe I've done much more cruel things but this one's up there.
The Dead Make Great Drinking Buddies
When I was about 18 me and my friends started to spend nights outside drinking some beers. I live in Europe so we legally are allowed to drink alcohol at that age. Yet you do not want to get busted by your parents or someone who would rat you out to your parents.
So we needed to find a solution on how to drink without getting busted. Our genius idea was to break into a cemetery at nights to enjoy drinking in peace. The cemetery is kinda big and has a lot of trees. So hiding from when the security team made it rounds was pretty easy.
It might not be that f-cked up, but for some people it might be scary or disrespectful. I need to mention that we never messed with any of the graves.
tl;dr Breaking into a cemetery to be able to drink without getting busted.
Should've Checked If Someone At School Spoke The Language
Learned inappropriate words of another language and starting yelling them around school as a kid. Got my lunch breaks taken away.
Learn From A Young Age
When I was 6, I thought a friend's dog was so adorable and for some reason that sparked aggression so I would squeeze the dog super tight every time I saw it. at one point I even shook the poor dog cause it was "so darn adorable". I didn't realize that it hurt the dog until later when my parents told me that squeezing/shaking dogs is not a way to show affection to them.
Sounds Like You Might Actually Have A Conscience
I didn't do it, but I didn't stop it from happening, so basically I take the blame anyway.
When I was 13/14? My boyfriend and his friend decided to unscrew the salt shaker in a restaurant/diner we were in. I didn't know what he was doing until we got up to leave and he told me what the purpose was (to prank the next person sitting there or whatever).
When we were out the door, an elderly couple came in and I think they sat at our table we just left. It breaks my heart thinking about it, and it's been over a decade now. I think about how I should have went back to tighten the lids back on, or told them about it somehow...
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"Suffice to say, I was not an OK kid."
When I was a kid I would steal my neighbor's barbies, take them home, undress them, and damage them in creative ways like melting the head and reforming it into a square or switching all the limbs. Then I would put fake blood in the affected areas and leave them on a half size gallows I built out of those big legos out on our deck where it was in easy view of the neighbors.
suffice to say, I was not an ok kid.
You Were Probably Just A Delight As A Child
Playing with matches when I was about 10, I lit my bathroom on fire. I was able to put it out, but I ruined a good portion of the bathroom. That same year I thought it would be great to have a skating rink in my basement so I flooded it to try and freeze. I just caused massive water damage.
I have regrets about how much money I cost my parents.
Nature Vs. Nurture
Probably shooting dogs in afghanistan.
Altho they no longer really act like dogs once they're wild there and revert back to their wolf tendencies. Pack mentality and will attack cause they're hungry.
Still it's a dog tho so kinda feels bad to shoot them.
You're The Reason We Can't Have Nice Things
Flooded a bathroom with a mega-turd.
There was a bathroom in every floor in the engineering building. The bottom two floors were always full and/or out of toilet paper.
I really had to go, so I went to the 4th floor since it was almost always empty. Proceeded to annihilate the toilet, finished wiping, went to flush, kicked the handle like always and didn't realize it got jammed, the poop didn't go away, the flush handle was stuck, water started overflowing, I ran out.
The worst part? There was a guy in the stall next to me... I never wore those shoes to school again, no way to ID me.
Advancements in science happen every day in every way.
But often it feels like we are still so far behind.
How have we not cured so many diseases?
Shouldn't we know more about space?
What is Jello really made of?
So much to ponder and understand.
Maybe one day.
We all have a bucket list of what we'd like to see cured or invented before our last breaths.
Redditor yoda2060wanted to discuss all the science that needs to be devoured before the sand runs out of the hourglass. They asked:
"What scientific achievement you would like to see before you die?"
Life is infinite and we'll never know everything that is possible. But let's dream of what could be...
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"Cure for Alzheimer's. It sucks."
"I want to see us grow hearts, kidneys, livers, etc... In labs and end the need for donations and waiting lists for transplants."
"I waited for a heart/bilateral lung transplant for over a year and I spent 8 months living in the hospital waiting for it. You’re basically waiting for someone to die."
"Which feels all kinds of wrong… but my therapist (all transplant patients sees a transplant therapist) kept reminding me that me needing a heart and lungs doesn’t cause someone to die…"
"And what made even harder was that my mom died of Covid about 5 weeks before my transplant happened. So while I was praying and hoping so hard my mom wouldn’t die… I was also praying for my transplant to happen. I had a lot of mixed and confusing feelings. My transplant happened last November."
"Idiot Bottom Line"
"To build an environment friendly world."
"That depends entirely on how far you want to go with 'environmentally friendly.' Some amateurish pseudo-intellectuals will say that humanity itself is devastating the planet by it's very existence so we'll call that the 'Idiot Bottom Line."'
"So you have to find an acceptable level above that to declare environmentally friendly. For example can we still have hear exchangers? Space debris? Artificial Electromagnetic radiation? There has to be a level before you can declare such and so far no one agrees."
“20 years, tops”
"Viable nuclear fusion."
"Nuclear Astrophysicist here. I know the joke is that we been saying '20 years, tops' for 50 years now - who do you think came up with that joke? But seriously, we are really close."
"We need a reaction that is self-sustaining and puts out more energy than we put in. We can easily do a reaction that’s one or the other, just getting one that’s both is hard. And with recent updates to the Greenwald limit we found some relatively minor tweaks that doubles previous theoretical max output."
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"Figuring out what Dark Matter is, solving the mysteries of black holes. Proper thorough investigation of our own oceans."
So far, so interesting. We have so much to learn.
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"Prosthetic limbs and organs that can work just as well as real ones. Affordably too. A cure for total nerve damage. Carbon neutral liquid fuel. FTL travel (let me dream)."
"Making contact with another intelligent species in another solar system."
"That's probably not going to happen. I'd be overjoyed though if we discovered even just microbial life in the oceans of Europa or Enceladus. They'd be the first true extra-terrestrials ever encountered."
"If we had teleports then we might also have other technologies integrated with it like instant dental work, instant food, instant surgery, things just unthinkable without the technology but before the steam engine travel was by horse so they could not imagine traveling cross country in any other way besides ships. Maybe with teleports we wouldn't need energy, just an infinite loop of the first spark."
Sickness be gone...
"Cure for all cancer forms."
"I approached a nursing assistant with the question. They could describe it as trying to go after the stick of a lollipop. The treatments are mostly concerned with favors, not sticks. If they can discover a way to deal with the stick, then you may be able to treat cancer from there."
"I think it is important to add that there won’t be ONE cure to all cancers. Cancer is such a broad spectrum of diseases that sometimes have next to nothing in common. But hopefully we will keep getting the survival rates up with different medications for different cancer types."
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"Solve back pain please. We can do crazy sh*t like nuclear bombs, new fancy vaccines and space exploration, yet we don't have a solution to one of the biggest and most common ailments that existed though all of humanity."
I want to see all of this happen! Fingers crossed.
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Fast fashion is terrible for the environment, one of the largest polluters of clean water globally because of its all too common use of cheap, toxic textile dyes.
It also places producers under more and more pressure to manufacture more and more clothes on masse–the people working in the factories that make this stuff are being paid a pittance, contributing to much of the wealth inequality in less developed nations.
Additionally, it's estimated that the textiles industry produces 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 per year and that just two percent of all fast fashion emissions can be reduced through recycling. Ouch. Time to change habits, right?
People shared their thoughts on this and other topics after Redditor urmomsucked asked the online community,
"What should people seriously stop buying?"
"Pets they can’t take care of."
I have known several people who got puppies, decided they couldn't handle them, and dumped them. It's rage-inducing.
"Nestle products. Literally the most evil company currently in business. Unfortunately it's really hard to tell what brands they own."
Nestle is responsible for the deaths of babies in undeveloped nations. It's sick.
"Designer clothes and accessories with logos slapped all over them. It wastes your money and makes you look idiotic."
The funny thing is, the designer clothes/accessories with logos slapped all over them are typically the cheapest options from said designer.
"Simple syrup. It’s sugar water with an $8 price tag."
It's easy enough to make your own. Your iced tea will never be the same again.
"Cheap belts. A quality leather belt will last you decades."
I have a few (quality leather belts, that is) and they've lasted for years and years. Can confirm.
"Cigarettes. To anyone reading this, please just don't start even if it's out of curiosity. I'm 20 years deep into this and it's hell."
Smoking is a brutal addiction to break. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed rules prohibiting menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars to stop young people from picking up the habit.
"Fast fashion. Garment workers get paid s*it, the environment suffers and you look like everybody else on the street with no personality or sense of individualism."
This should be up at the top. The environmental impact is terrible.
"Unnecessarily large vehicles..."
"Unnecessarily large vehicles, which they'll then inevitably complain cost too much to fill the gas tank."
Gas guzzlers need to go. It's far past time that they be phased out.
"Anything advertised on Instagram. It’s a scam and those influencers are just making it look cheap AF."
Or just avoid Instagram in general. That would solve a lot.
"New phones when their current is just as good."
You've got that right. People buy a new one for the hell of it without even thinking about it.
It's pretty clear that many of us need to change our habits now. Our wallets will thank us later.
Have some suggestions of your own? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!
If you make too many funny faces, your face will stay that way permanently.
Watch too much tv and your eyes will fall out.
Break a mirror and it's seven years of bad luck.
These are among the many myths and superstitions we heard as children, more often than not from our parents and teachers as a way of scaring us into behaving.
But while there is not one ounce of truth to any of these tall tales, there are many who still believe them, and many more.
Redditor RedditPersonIf was curious to learn what superstitions people continue to believe are true, leading them to ask:
"What myths are obviously false, yet most people still believe they are true?"
When they fly the coop...
"If you take care of a baby bird, the mother won’t want it anymore because it’ll smell like a human."- GreatXs
No amount of fiber can help you
"If you swallow gum, it'll stay in your digestive tract for 7 years."- stinky_cheese33
It was every other subjects he had trouble with
"Albert Einstein failed math in school."- Nothingreallyendalbert einstein GIFGiphy
Though it does make shampooing easier
"Shaving your hair will make the hair grow back thicker.'- RunWithScissorsss
Sleep with your mouth closed
"The amount of spiders you eat while being asleep."- pantsofafatman
"That you are supposed to pee on a jellyfish sting to ease the pain."- Actuarybajellyfish burn GIF by Monterey Bay AquariumGiphy
"Bulls not liking the color red."
"Bulls are partially color blind and can only see yellow, green, blue, and violet."- Rogurzz
Call a Lyft instead
"Coffee, speed, and uppers sober you up."
"Too drunk to drive?"
"Now you're drunk AND on drugs, you just don't feel the effects of the booze but your motor skills, reaction time and decision making are all still drunk AF."- kirkrjordan
Best let nature run its course
"The damn alpha wolf."
"It was one study under captivity, the poor researcher made it his life's work to try and set it right."
"If you want a brutal hierarchy where everyone pecks down, what you're looking for is chickens."- raxeira-etterathdog lol GIF by Regal CinemasGiphy
Give this one some thought
"We can only use 10% of our brain."- UnbearableHuman
A little bit of research will clear up any doubt you have on these old superstitions and beliefs.
And for anyone who helped out a friend who got stung by a jellyfish, no need to be embarrassed.
Who hasn't looked at a scarf someone knitted for a loved one, a flawless homemade birthday cake, or an immaculately planted garden and thought, "I wish I could do that"?
But you'd never dare try to attempt it yourself, knowing that it's well beyond your personal skill set.
But is it?
Intimidating as they may seem, some skills might be deceptively easier than they appear to be, or might come more naturally to you than to many others.
Redditor halfmoon599 was curious to hear what skills people believed to be much easier than they seem, leading them to ask:
"What skill is actually easier to learn than what other people think?"
Everyone can be ambidextrous!
"I'm left handed and and I wanted to learn to write with my right hand."
"it was much easier than I thought and now I can write with it making it look somewhat decent."- JE3V4N_
"Using your off hand skillfully."
"I worked on this when I owned a woodworking business and it has helped so many times over the years."- karg_the_fergus
Should you ever forget your keys...
"Picking a lock."
"It only takes about 1 or 2 hours to learn, contrary to popular belief." - DifficultAd5113frustrated frustration GIFGiphy
Can't get to the genius stand? No problem!
"It's just a lot of googling and YouTubing."- theassassintherapist
"Basic IT troubleshooting."- usmarine7041
You'll have a blanket done in no time!
"It looked really difficult to me but I was really pleased how easy it was to pick up."
"Especially with YouTube tutorials."- geeltulpenCrochet GIF by Twin_MadeGiphy
But do get a license first...
"Flying a small airplane is actually very simple."
"It's everything else like weather and flight planning, emergency mindfulness, airspace and traffic, and confidence in yourself that gets tricky, but any person with eyeballs and a pulse could fly a plane."- Clyde-MacTavish
With practice, of course
"Parallel parking."- Feels2old
Give your arms a rest!
"It takes just 10-20 minutes a day for 3-10 days.'
"Find a railing you can lean on to start."
"At some point, you'll be able to let go and ride!'- Vegan_BTW_VRJuggling Unicycle GIF by Derek TeeGiphy
... Is it though?...
"Driving a stick shift."- fantazja1
Next time you think, "aw, I wish I could do that," rather than keep wishing, why not just give it a try?