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There are some things we just can never be sure of. Having sneaking suspicions of what we think is true can drive us crazy, but without any proof, it's just hard to know what is real and what isn't.

u/757jsmith asked: What do you strongly suspect but have no proof of?


Interesting suspicion.

That a relative is a CIA agent. She was in the Peace Corps, Vietnam era. Ever since she's been a "world traveler," somehow able to drop her work and "go hiking the Spanish version of the Appalachian Trail" or otherwise go to exotic locales. Sometimes she came back with injuries, "I fell as we were climbing some rocks."

Her son is in the agency as an employee, not a spy, and he's married to a CIA translator.

Earguy

....there are no words for that.

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I believe my grand mother was a serial killer. She was married 7 times; each ending in a sudden death. She died in the 1980's but everything is still suspicious and no one seems to know anything.

I did find an article about her when she came to the US where her first husband died defending her after her ex-boyfriend climbed in her window in New York City. I also found evidence of her having been in prison before coming to the US.

Reloaded9mm

This one messes with your head.

That there is something seriously wrong with me and people aren't telling me about it. I feel I have some sort of serious mental disability, personalty disorder, or even some slight retardation and no one will acknowledge it or admit it to me.

kjarns


I also sometimes feel like this. One of the most outlandish thoughts I have related to this is that I perceive reality wrong and when I'm in public people are always wondering whether there's something wrong with me.

dontmindmehere307

That's such a strange motive.

I work for a call center for the Marketplace in the US. There was no interview, barely any training, super high turnover and super low morale. None of their decisions make sense. The entire operation almost feels like it's trying to work as poorly as possible so everyone hates it.

wizardoftheboats

This actually happens a lot.

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That a lot of businesses in my hometown are just money laundering operations. 25 nail salons in a town of 70,000? 3000 square foot DVD rental shop in the best block of downtown where commercial rents are very high? Dozens of $10 barber shops sitting empty all day but remaining open? Red flags all around.

anonymousjohnson

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It's a conspiracy!

I think my local newspaper and news stations make up fake Facebook profiles to post inflammatory statements in the comment sections of their news releases.

There are frequent commenters whose profiles have a basic name, no friends/random international friends, basic profile information and only one profile picture who will make some outlandish comment that starts a war.

forrestke18

Mind blown.

Like 90% of the job listings on monster.com are fakes designed to collect analytics from users, so Monster can sell your data to advertisers.

fancyfrenchtoilet

I was under the impression that they were made to cover inside hires and were filled before they were even posted, for the purpose of following EOE guidelines or whatever forward-facing policy of fairness they have in small print.

drb0mb

Steps for posting job online:

  1. Create listing on company website. Don't bother direct-posting to other boards, they just mine your shit for positions anyway. Transcription errors are someone else's problem.
  2. Copy-paste job description from last time we did this. Don't bother updating specifics.
  3. Leave listing up 2-3 weeks.
  4. Throw half the pile in the garbage. Of the remaining resumes, select either odd-numbered or even-numbered resumes to keep. Throw out 50% of the previous 50%.
  5. Check to see if any submissions have every single qualification. If they do, discard them - they obviously lied on their resume.
  6. Discard any resume that meets less than 90% of qualifications. Can't hire unqualified people.
  7. Inquire as to whether or not 95% qualified candidate will accept significantly below average salary for similar positions in that industry in this area. Leverage missing 5% against them.
  8. Having failed to locate a suitable external candidate, promote internally.
  9. Having decided not to promote a qualified internal candidate, farm job out overseas.
  10. Congratulate self on managerial prowess.
  11. Timid_Adventurer

I mean....probably.

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Queen Elizabeth will probably live up to 120 years and longer. She is one of the best fed and most cared person on Earth.

If we invented something for immortality, she likely took it already.

umotex12

An inside job.

There's one company in a town local to me who board up windows, nobody else in the area seems to do it. Every single window, door, abandoned shop, all done by this one company.

They've got a ridiculous sized HQ, and have put a decent amount of money towards fixing up other buildings in the area.

So I've got a theory they're the ones doing the damage or paying people to do it, and then obviously getting the job of fixing it up as they're really well known in the area.

Despite having no proof of this I am 100% confident I am onto them.

pm_meyourd0g

I mean...probably.

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Canada is starting WW3. THEY'RE TOO NICE!!!

Lorewick09

We Canadians in the unlikely event wind up starting WW3, we'll bomb other countries with maple syrup missiles.

ZenEvadoni

Oh, Nessie.

Loch* ness monster. It's probably a Dino that the feds dropped there to people don't suspect they are building a Jurassic Park.

Hi_im_nerd

That's why the monster is always asking for $3.50.

catmom81519

Checks out.

Dentists ask you questions with all that stuff in your mouth because they think it's funny to watch you struggle.

ghrew

Wife is a dental assistant. I asked her this. She says it's to distract the patient to make them feel it didn't take as long as it really did.

EDIT: All you introverts, I totally understand. But Dentists are medical professionals. If it makes it worse for you, no problem. Just talk to them and explain. It will be fine.

Rysilk

TRUE.

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Every episode of every reality show is either tightly scripted, or at least framed and re-shot so the producers can get the right amount of drama on the screen.

Fluxxed0

This has proof though. Most of The Hills actors, for example, have admitted this publicly.

yakshack

This isn't common knowledge?

Jeffrey Epstein was murdered in his jail cell.

Spin_Me

It's such a crazy situation I'm not even convinced he's dead. The way they paraded the body out of the jail was waaaaaay to perfectly set up. Way too, "Ooops, we totally didn't want you to see this. Please don't tell anyone what you saw.

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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

One such instance involved a little sister who was around 6 at the time. It was the 90s and at the height of the youth-focused PSAs (think the frying egg representing your brain). One type was a safety PSA about stranger danger. The speaker would remind the children that if a stranger tried to take you anywhere to yell “Stop, you're not my mommy/daddy" to raise the alarm.

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