Top Stories

People Explain Which Things They Were Taught To Do That No One Else Does

When will I EVER use this?

People Explain Which Things They Were Taught To Do That No One Else Does

Sometimes certain behaviors and lessons sound like a good idea on paper. Often they sound like a grand plan because we're told by elders to do so. Generations and people in general are frequently misinformed which leads to ideas that may not be the best choice. There are many actions we think everyone is participating but in reality.... we're participating alone.

Redditor Arnedarvin1 wanted everyone to discuss the habits of life they participate in that everyone else opts out of by asking...

What's something you thought everyone does, but it turns out no one does at all?

Brush Hard. 

About a month ago I figured out that people don't squirt the toothpaste in their mouth and then brush their teeth. Genuinely thought that everyone who put it on the toothbrush was out to make me look the fool and it was this big running joke to make me seem strange. I still do it though. burnoutbonfire

Undie Check....


Goes through their underwear periodically, and culls out the ones that need to be thrown out. Jcampbell1796

I have to do this with my husband's underwear, because he wears them until they're practically just a waistband. pinkkittenfur


instead of being on a phone, I use the time on the toilet to shave my head and beard with an electric razor. Wrong_Answer_Willie


When i was 14/15 I thought it was normal for everyone to feel suicidal on a fairly regular basis. Turns out it's not! Took about ten years to finally resolve all that but life is so much better now. Mermaidfishbitch

I was on a school trip, and I mentioned suicidal thoughts as a regular fact of life. My friends were all horrified. I genuinely was in the same boat as you, had no idea it wasn't normal! Ulmpire

Calm Down a Little....


I grew up in a very conservative community. I pretty much grew up believing that much anyone on the internet that I don't personally know must be from ISIS, wants to kill me, wants to kidnap me, etc etc. This naturally resulted in never talking to anyone I didn't know online.

Turns out, most people on the internet are (believe it or not) just average people. Obviously, there are sketchy people here and there, but not anywhere near the amount I thought there were. Transparent-Paint

I could see!

I started losing my vision when I was in early elementary school, and by the end of fourth grade it was so bad I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. Since then anything farther away than arms-length distance is blurred out of existence without visual aid.

When I was a kid I thought the world looked that way to everyone so I never said anything about the fact that I couldn't see shit. My teacher, thankfully, noticed I was struggling to see the board and running into stuff and informed my parents.

They had my eyes tested, and then when I was given my first pair of glasses I realized what I was actually missing. I remember being told to look at this tree far, far away, all the way across the parking lot of the optometrist's office, and describe what it was like. I remember being shocked by the vivid color and every individual leaf - I could see! Reddit

Oh Grandpa. 

So growing up My Grandfather had an airplane hangar where we stored a lot of our stuff. It took me until I got to college to realize not everyone's grandpa has an airplane hangar. Mr_SYG33

 "self directed speech"

Talk to oneself. I thought everyone talks to themselves. Turns out not many people does and if you do it when people are around then you'll be ridiculed. SiddharthKothari93

This is actually a normal thing. It's called "self directed speech" and is easily observed and encouraged in children. The purpose is usually to coach yourself through a certain unfamiliar situation and guide your thoughts and actions to make the appropriate choice/action. RomanticAnarchy

With a Spoon.


Eating marmite plain, like with a spoon.

i have been to Australia and eaten vegimite, its milder in taste and a bit less salty, but bovrill, ugh i keep a pot near my bed cuz its just so damn good. willcanton

The Snow. 

Seeing "pixel"-like shapes when it gets darker. I couldn't figure out how my bf would see in the dark with all those "pixels" and he was like"what are you even talking about?".

Apparently it's called visual snow and not everyone sees them haha. shame95

So that's what it's called! I tried explaining it to my parents once as static tv vision! peachlanz

Obviously, I was the only person to do it.


My mom always taught me to put folded up pieces of toilet paper between my butt cheeks, to absorb moisture and make it comfortable. Like 12-16 squares folded up, and just sort of tucked in there. It seemed logical.

I made the JV football team in my sophomore year, and after the first practice, I was immediately ridiculed in the locker room when I took out my butt-paper. Obviously, I was the only person to do it.

The razzing continued for the year, but I never did it again. Captain_Hampockets

Past 6:30....

That everyone went to sleep at 6:30pm in the summer. My parents were very strict about bed times throughout my youth. I only realized it wasn't true when the AC went out and we had all the windows open. I could hear kids playing and hear the ice cream truck.


Until high school graduation when I had a curfew it did not mean be home by. It meant home and in bed asleep. No movies/books/tv. fourtaco

The Fuzz....

Up until I got glasses in 4th grade I thought car lights/street lights looked like fuzzy shiny stars to everyone. roylitchi

I've been driving for 5 years, I never thought about this and now I'm scheduling to get my eyes looked at so thanks. taylorerowland


My mom always let me cut up little bits of butter to snack on while cooking. I explained to my friend recently (we are now in our 30s) that I buy cheap butter to go into the food and expensive butter as my snacking butter. The look on his face when he said "WTF IS SNACKING BUTTER!?" lmao I guess I'm the only one

EDIT:wow I didn't expect this to blow up like this, but let me say one thing to everyone warning me of an early grave: consider what you're saying.

If I told you I occasionally enjoy a slice of toast with butter on it, you wouldn't bat an eye. When I tell you I occasionally enjoy a small cube of butter, I'm on my way to death of clogged arteries. You sound stupid af. hail_to_the_beef

​Being really tired all the time.


Being really tired all the time. Everyone always says they're tired all the time so I kind of just resigned myself to the idea that I was supposed to always be stuck right on the verge of sleep. Turns out I have narcolepsy. pots-and-pans-robot

All Seeing...

My 5th grade band director asked me one day why I was consistently almost spot-on when tuning at the top of the class. 5th grade was the first grade where band was offered, so basically all the other kids were way off pitch except for me. Naturally, I reply with "Oh. I just memorized the color it makes and match it every time!"

Turns out, I have Synesthesia, specifically Chromesthesia, which means I can see sound. FishtopherGoblin

yada yada yada.....

Freshman year of college bunch of guys ripping on each other joking around. This one guy says yada yada yada "I bet you don't even masturbate on your knees."... As an insult... The guy seriously thought that the only way people masturbate is kneeling, and was shocked when no one backed him up. Needless to say he never lived that down. Tato7069

The Sound of Silence......

A few years back I said to someone "I wonder what pure silence sounds like" and they were really confused about what I meant. After trying to clarify further they said, dude I think you have tinnitus... So I realized in that moment I have had it my entire life...

I always thought our ears weren't capable of picking up complete silence so we always had some sound coming through (ringing) when no other noise was present. I just assumed for 20 years everyone heard that noise when it's silent and never brought it up until then.

Also explained why I've had a hard time sleeping when it's completely quiet my entire life. Sleep so much better with enough sounds to drown it out. Quzga

Mixed Up 101...

That everyone mixes up words and has a hard time reading numbers and sentences. Finally had a professor pulled me aside in my Accounting 101 class and asked me if I had dyslexia, that I realized it is indeed not normal. Especially to this severity. No, its not normal to have to reread the same sentence or number 5x before it shows up correctly. Math sucks because you often are not sure what the number should ACTUALLY be. BioshockBombshell



I thought everyone just thought about me negatively and talked about me when I wasn't there.

Turns out nobody cares and people are busy worrying about their own things and don't have time for that stuff. BandNerd_

People Who Actually Died And Were Revived Share Their Experiences

"Reddit user AlaskaStiletto asked: 'Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?'"

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


Happy Good Vibes GIF by Major League SoccerGiphy

"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



The Light Minnie GIF by (G)I-DLEGiphy

"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
Santhosh Vaithiyanathan/Unsplash

Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.

In 2017, I returned to my office after my lunch break to hear my supervisors discussing Tom Petty. This seemed like a random topic to me until one of my supervisors told me Tom Petty had passed away. He was a huge fan of Petty and spent the next hour or so combing through the internet to get more information.

He came back into the room my other supervisor and I were working in and announced that Tom Petty wasn't dead after all. News outlets had jumped the gun to announce his death, but he was actually still alive.

The next day, I came in to find out that Tom Petty was dead; the news may have been premature, but true.

This is a classic example of the rumor being started on the internet. Sometimes, like with the news of Tom Petty's death, the rumor can run wild and appear everywhere. Other times, the rumor can be seen by just a few people and dismissed. However, a lot of times, these rumors turn out to be true.

Redditors know a lot of internet rumors that turned out to be true, and are eager to share.

It all started when Redditor strakerak asked:

"What started out as an internet rumor that ended up being infamously true?"

The King Of Pop

"Michael Jackson writing the music for Sonic 3."

"He actually did, but was never credited on the game because it would breach his contract with his record label."

– -WigglyLine-

"He did the same when he appeared on The Simpsons. He appeared under a pseudonym, and the Producers said it was an impersonator."

"Only years later they confirmed it really was Michael."

"His singing voice was actually done by an impersonator, though."

– given2fly_

The Truth Comes Out

"In 1998, US Men’s National Team captain John Harkes was shockingly cut from the team right before the World Cup. The coach claimed it was because Harkes wouldn’t fit into his new preferred formation, but rumors flew on the early internet that it was actually because he had slept with his teammate Eric Wynalda’s wife. The rumor was so well-known in soccer circles that Harkes expressly denied it in his autobiography the next year."

"Fast forward 12 years to 2010 and Wynalda admits it’s true. The coach then came out and admitted it was why he dropped Harkes, but that he’d planned to keep the secret as long as Wynalda did."

– guyfromsoccer

Video Evidence

"The Tim Burton Hansel and Gretel that aired once on halloween in the 80's."

"I heard for years that it was fake but I knew it was real because my dad recorded everything in the 80s and he recorded that. We let a good friend of ours borrow it and switch it over from VHS to DVD and soon after that it made its way on to the internet , and there it is now. I know it's our copy because the tracking in the beginning is screwed up. Still have the VHS."

– Frozenthickness

"There was a similar story with a Nickelodeon movie called Cry Baby Lane. It was supposed to be so scary that Nickelodeon got complaints and denied its existence for years. Someone uploaded a taped copy to youtube about a decade ago."

– PattiAllen

The Movie Business

"That North Korea hacked Sony Pictures because of The Interview movie."

"I worked in the movie business at the time and the account managers at Sony all basically needed to get new identities as all of their personal information got leaked online."


"My partner worked on that movie and the production bought all the crew 1 year of an identity theft tracking service."


Keep Away From The Ears Of Kids

"Some banned episodes or scenes of cartoons."

"For example, I remember there was a Dexter’s Lab cartoon where he clones evil versions of DeDe and himself and they swear like every other word (censored of course), and people debated whether it even existed cause they only aired it like once. Now it’s pretty accessible online."

– Spledidlife

Yes, It's True

"Echelon, a massive electronic espionage system by the US and allies to intercept all electronic messages, especially emails."

"In the mid-nineties it was a topic on conspiracy BBS boards. A lot of people in my bubble at the time (mainly uni students in Europe) were including fake threats to the US in the their email signatures as a way to "protest" and "fill the system with false alarms" (obviously useless)."

"Then, in 1999-2000 came out to be true and a lot of security service agencies from UK and other US allies started to admit they were part of the espionage network."

– latflickr

How The Mighty Fell

"John Edward’s love child."

– ACam574

"A reminder that he was cheating on his wife while she was hospitalized for cancer treatment."

– Fanclock314


"Carrie Fisher's heart attack. Some a**hole who was on the same flight was livetweeting the whole medical emergency and justified it by insisting she was just making sure the family was informed."

– everylastlight

It Actually Happened

"Every year around her birthday there was a rumor that Betty White died. When I heard she died, I scoffed, saying that dumb rumor is back.... then saw it on the news. I was in shock."

– Known-Committee8679

"The fact that Betty died literally right before she turned 100 is such a Betty White way to go out."

– Paganigsegg

Big Actor, Small Roles

"I distinctly remember some rumors about the reason why Bruce Willis was taking so many roles in sh*tty movies before it was announced he has dementia."

– KampferMann

"RedLetterMedia did a deep dive on his recent movie activity to try and work out why exactly he was taking part in basically scam-movies. They noticed he had an earpiece in one of the scenes and joked that the director was feeding him lines. I remember they even disclaimed over the rumours at the time, and possible made a follow-up vid when it was revealed to the public."

– CardinalCreepia

What To Do Next?

"That the writer of LOST were making it up as they went."

"Turned out to be absolutely true."

– homarjr

That last one was kind of obvious!

Do you have any to add? Let us know in the comment below.