Sometimes, we ARE the school story.
New York University has a tale of a freshman college student who created something called "Narnia" in his room; where he cut out the back of his closet to give him, his friends, and his roommates somewhere to smoke in their dorm room. This story was so legendary that it made it through several generations of students, all of whom told the story more exorbitantly than the next.
The incident also made any modifications to one's room at NYU illegal and reason to be kicked out of housing. Yet if you met this person, you'd find he was just another student. That could have so easily been you.
And there are so many who are that student.
Here were some of those stories.
It Ain't No Jiffy Pop
A movie theater near my house in high school had a promotion that ran all spring and part of the summer. "Bring in any container, and we'll fill it with popcorn for the cost of a large". About 2 weeks before senior skip day, a local Kmart was having a closing sale. I realised they were selling EVERYTHING. I got a storage barrel, about waist high. Big enough for an adult to crouch down and hide in.
On senior skip day, me and 3 friends went to the movies. During the day, they sell tickets at the concession stand, so no one saw us bring in the barrel. Guy comes out and asks what we want, we get 4 drinks and i ask if they're still doing the popcorn promo. Guy says yes, and I ask him if it truly was for any container. Again he says yes. I pick up this huge barrel and say I want it filled please.
Guy laughs and gets his coworker. They both start filling it up while laughing. Ended up being 10 large popcorns worth of volume, cleared out alllll the popcorn they had premade. We watched our movie, then lugged the popcorn barrel to a nearby park and took it to the top of an overlook tower.
By the end of the day, we had only eaten like 10-20% of what was in there. Took the rest home and grazed on it for the next day or two. After that, I took the last half to the creek behind my house and dumped it all there. The squirrels ate like kings.
After my freshman year of college, i came home on spring break and went back to that movie theater. I asked if they were doing that bring your own container promo. They said no, some guy last year abused the system and the manger got pissed so they canceled it.
I asked about the incident, just to see what they'd say. She pulled a picture one of the guys had taken of the barrel full of popcorn behind the concession counter and said "well, the guy brought in a barrel. The manager figured that at most people would bring in their popcorn bowls from home. Once they realized that any container meant ANY container, they stopped the promo."
Oh Okay So I Guess Not ANYTHING
I worked at a really small family owned cafe and there was only ever one person on shift at a time.
My boss was chill with us doing whatever we wanted if there were no customers, so I would whip out my iPad and work on essays when the place was dead and I had nothing to do.
They had cameras, and after about a week we got an email that no electronics were allowed in the shop, including iPads.
Sry 2 B Trdy 2 Da Prty
It was after I left, but my high school had to change the entire way they issued tardies and absences because I abused the system. Used to go halfway late to class because then they couldn't call my parents because I wasn't technically absent.
People Explain The Worst Thing That's Ever Happened To Them On Their Birthday
We almost feel like heroes when we can claim credit for the way something shook out.
Employers Making Sure Sick People Don't Get Paid, As Usual
At work, I had saved all floating holidays, vacation weeks and sick days for years. Then I had a heart attack, and a bypass. Eight weeks off, and didn't miss a cent off my paycheck. The next year my appendix blew out, and another 9 weeks off, with not a cent missing from my paycheck.
The managers decided that from then on, you had to take your vacation, floating holidays and sick days in the year that you earned them. Not let them build up for a decade and a half!
You must wear the uniform pants OR skirt, not both. I found the fit on the uniform pants weird and it made me very self conscious, but I live in Canada and wearing an above-the-knee skirt in January was chilly.
Wore them together for most of the winter, and it caught on with a number of other girls too. The next year the uniform policy was changed.
We Love A Little Batman Villain
No running in the playground.
My school used to have a sort of gravelly concrete texture playground. It looked exactly like gravel that was all stuck down. The top had been smoothed down a lot, but if you fell it obviously stripped a lot of skin off.
One day, we were playing Stuck in the Mud (a chasing game). Anyway, I got caught and immediately stopped. The person following me didn't, so they ran into my back and bowled me over, us both going almost full pace. They landed on top of me, pinning my face to the ground as we skid along the ground for s few feet.
Honestly, it wasn't that bad in the grand scheme of things. It stripped off a few layer of skin, looked like a Batman villain, but nothing went deep enough to cause harm. I remember the look of horror on the faces of everyone else, and being escorted to the medical room with a gaggle of teachers in front of me covering all the mirrors and reflective surfaces!
But it scared the school into action, my mum was a governor and said this had always been a concern, but I really triggered it. In the immediate term, they banned running on that surface. Longer term, a couple of years, they installed a new rubberised AstroTurf surface. That surface was/is lovely. Us kids loved it, we could play so much more fully with slides and dives and all sorts because we didn't get flayed anymore! So I like to think my sacrifice was worth it.
4Square Is LIFE
Four square was life as a sixth grader. It took on its own culture with its own laws. I happened to dominate at four square. So much so that the vice principal intervened to change the rules that neither I nor any mortal made.
Even with these unjust usurpations, I managed to prevail time and again. And that's when they implemented a rule that said if the vice principal thought you played enough, you had to go to the back of the line. Like a peasant.
And if someone else you know ever happens to pass through that school or place of work, you totally have bragging rights.
Are These Still A Thing
Local paper delivery boy when I was 10 or 11.
I had about 60 houses and the paper cost $2/month for a weekly paper. On the 4th week of each month, it would be our job to go and collect door-to-door the $2.
Our pay was based on a % of collected doors. If you collected < 50% of your houses, you got 33% of whatever you collected. If you collected > 50% of your houses, you got 50% of whatever you collected.
I soon learned that I had a few homes that were subscribed to the route but who never paid. I stopped delivering to them and my boss informed me that the payment for the paper was actually optional, therefore I need to still put a paper on their doorstep.
For the next several months, I collected from my usual houses but I didn't turn in any money - feigning that all of my houses chose not to pay. Since their payment was optional, my young mind decided that submission of their payment should be optional too.
A few months later, they mandated payment from customers along with a new receipt policy for proof of payment. I was fired that same month.
The Max Lotto
My high school tried to encourage people to read by making a drawing for a Barnes and Noble gift card where you could add your name for each book you checked out.
What they didn't expect was I was an absolute book nerd and a fast reader so I would check out the max amount of books each day only to turn them in the next morning and rinse and repeat. I only checked out books I've read before so if they quizzed me I could say I read every book I checked out. I won about 50$ worth of Barnes and Noble gift cards before they decided to put a max on drawings per person.
Just Going Too Far On Purpose
Our school banned waterbottles because of me.
For some reason an extreme health/water drinking fad started among our school's girl students and they would come to school with their mineral water valpre bottles, constantly sipping.
Eventually the guys also picked up this fad. So I decided to turn this into a joke and began bringing to school and lugging around a massive 10L plastic jug of water - those that go on top of water coolers in offices. Eventually, lots of other kids also started doing this and began bringing larger and larger bottles to school. Everywhere you would see girls with 5L jugs and guys with 10L drums of water.
Not wanting the spotlight taken from me, I then upped the ante by bringing a mini wheelbarrow to school with THREE of those 10L bottles on it.
After a while it all did start to kinda look ridiculous and my school was posh and image-conscious with very elegant uniforms.
So then one day the principal had enough.
He completely banned all water bottles and said that we must drink water from the taps in the bathrooms and the other faucets all over the school grounds (our city has very clean tap water so it is safe).
While we may have gotten in trouble in the moment, these stories were totally worth it to become absolute legends to all who came after us.
And though nobody may repeat exactly what we did, may future legends take our spots with new and exciting ideas.
Love is crazy. I've finally come to that conclusion. And marriage, you take your life in your hands and just throw caution to the wind in hopes of survival with that step.
When love falls apart, things can get real messy, real fast. And I've always been stunned by people's behavior when love subsides.
More often than not, it's like they become different people. Sometimes people are beset by tragedy and grief and sometimes people smile wide and move on. It's a coin toss.
But my favorite post divorce personality has to be the sudden super villain. Oh honey watch out for them!
Redditor u/hyperyog wanted to hear all the tea from the divorcees out there by asking:
Divorced Redditors, what is the craziest thing you or your former spouse did after divorce?
I once had a friend who burned her ex's house down when he wasn't home. He had started seeing someone almost immediately, so she thought, lemme set their sparks. Yeah, she wasn't well. Whatever happened to just a quick goodbye?
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"She removed the retaining clips for my windshield wipers, but put the wipers back on the arms. First storm after I got my car back from her, driver side wiper flew off the car on Interstate 40. Good times."
"He wrote suicide notes and put them in my kids backpacks for them/me to find. Then he turned off his phone and went to a coworkers house to play crib and have drinks.. all the while knowing I would be freaking out searching for him thinking he was in danger or worse. Thankfully my kids didn't see the notes and didn't know what was going on. This was just one of the many, many crazy things he did. Two years out and he just recently stopped showing up at my work and driving by my house at night."
A Sad End
"Died of a drug overdose. To be fair, her drug addiction was the reason for the divorce, so maybe that isn't too crazy."
"That's so incredibly difficult to have gone through. I unfortunately know the depths of this kind of pain, and while I'm sure the circumstances surrounding it are different, the loss that still happened is a tragedy. My condolences."
"Stalked me for 5 years. Would make fake social media profiles to try to follow me (which I would block endlessly) and would try to find where I worked so she could talk to me. This lady cheated on me with 7 different men 2 months after we were married. I kicked her a** to the curb and made her sign the court papers."
"When we had our day in court she cried in the judges office while I just wanted to get this crap done. After, my dad was with me and he threw 50 dollars at her and told her to "change your freaking last name." Good guy Pops. I haven't seen or heard from her in about 5 years, thank goodness."
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"I had an ex-boyfriend go through my apartment and take back every gift he had given me that he could find. Then he went in my bedside table and took the condoms. And the vibrator he had given me."
See now, when I'm out... I'm out! I don't want to see you, hear from you or know you. I wish you well in life, but please live it far from me. Anyone agree? Clearly not the people here. Let's continue...
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"All I wanted was custody of my son, I gave her everything else except one of our cars. She fought me through 5 hearings, I won. She never came to see him again."
"My ex cheated on me the week my mom died in the hospital. She spent a year and a half trying to get in touch with me. She would call my old work and make fake accounts trying to message me on FB. It was insane. She later sends a certified letter explaining she was sorry that she did what she did and that she aborted our child."
"Wanted me to meet her somewhere so she could apologize face to face. She already married some other guy that she had children with and was still trying to get in touch with me. I never understood her."
"After years of telling me she wanted a child, that she wanted to be a mom, that her life's dream was to be a stay at home mom, she got pregnant with the first guy she slept with while we were getting divorced and put the kid up for adoption even before it was born. This was a long-standing thing with her, she always wanted something (car, house, dog, cat, marriage, etc) and the second she got it she immediately hated it."
"Called me and pretended he had been hit by a car while we were talking. He even tried to voice the crowd that had gathered around his "body." God-awful acting, but pretty funny listening to him try to mimic a woman's voice. Points for trying to be inclusive, I guess."
"I think he was trying to get me to re-live my trauma of being on the phone with a friend who actually HAD been hit by a car while we were talking. Too bad he didn't realize that hearing the real thing is worlds different than hearing a dumba** try to act it out."
"I was sending 600 dollars a month to support my daughter because she's the only thing I give a sh!t about. My ex texts me and tells me I need to be sending 1200 a month because she's broke and can't pay her bills and I should feel guilty about it. She left me for another guy while I was on deployment I told her to go screw herself--call my lawyer."
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"Took the sodas from the fridge as he walked out the door. Dumfounded."
See, I blame Alanis Morissette and her "Jagged Little Pill" album. All I'm going to say is... the secret song. I think she gave people ideas. (I love that song) Y'all, seek therapy if you can't shake people. When it's done, let it be done.
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Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is highly regarded for his delicious plates, his ability to run a solid restaurant, and, let's face it, his stage presence.
He's also a foul-mouthed Brit who is all too willing to dismantle people's self-esteems and compare them to livestock animals.
Alas, as watching all reality television goes, we love to see the crashing and burning.
But what if the shoe was on the other foot? What if you were the one being torn into by the sailor of all chefs, Mr. Gordon Ramsay.
Wondering what horrible dishes were lurking in unknown kitchens all over the place, Redditor FalloutSl*t413 asked:
"What's something you made that was 100% delicious but Gordon Ramsay would slap you for anyway?"
Some people talked about those purely functional meals that are just perfect for piling on enough protein and calories to get through the day.
"My mom used to make us 'Volcanoes.' Mashed potatoes topped with ground beef with some ketchup. I still tear it up to this day."
Quick and Easy
"I make weeknight 'enchiladas.' "
"You stick frozen taquitos in a casserole dish and cover them with canned or frozen chili and cheese. Bake them until everything's hot, serve with a dollop of sour cream. They sound disgusting but they taste amazing, and they take like, five minutes to prep."
"I know it looks like, smells like, and probably tastes like cat food but potted meat sandwiches. Look, when you're poor as hell and you can make 3 sandwiches with one little can that cost like 20 cents, it's pretty good."
"While I'm at it, Treet and bologna are pretty great. I have the taste palette of a raccoon and I like it that way."
"When I was younger I would make this thing where it was a patty melded of:"
- "a can of tuna"
- "two eggs
"And I would eat that almost daily, pan-fried, for lunch. Just slap me now and lets get it over with."
Others shared the recipes they make to feel fancy despite being totally trashy.
A Nuanced Process
"I call them 'chicken puffs.' Some par-cooked chicken (white or dark meat, either works) with sauteed serrano peppers and onions and garlic."
"All wrapped in crescent roll dough in little balls (a bit smaller than a baseball), put in a casserole tray filled juuuuust above the top of the little dough balls with cream of roasted chicken soup. Baked to completion/safety."
"Overly indulgent and delicious."
A Famous Side
"I consistently make a box of pastaroni angel hair and herbs as a side with meals I prepare for people. EVERYONE always asks for the recipe LOL please don't tell my secret"
Just a Couple Additions
" 'Fancy Ramen' Ramen made normal. Don't mix seasoning. Drain water. Add Mayo. Then mix in seasoning. And Volia. A lot of people question it. Until they try it."
Others outlined the things they eat that combine some ingredients it may seem disgusting to mix together.
Throw An Egg On There
"Fu** it lasagna, alternating layers of bread and shredded cheese (your choice which, I use cheddar) then crack an egg on top and put it in the microwave. Old depression meal, but it still holds up."
Hard to Wrap Your Head Around
"As a kid I would eat a banana with a cheese slice. Haven't tried it in years but it might hold up" -- Send_it_to_me
"Let's not" -- Sea-Entertainer-4974
"When I was younger I would make toast with peanut butter on it, then add pepperoni. Delicious then but I cringe thinking about trying it today"
The truly horrifying thing? There are so many more recipes out there that would leave Ramsay trembling.
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People love to talk about food. There are blogs, books, television shows, conversations in bars and farmers markets. In all likelihood, there is a recipe swap happening right this second in some deep corner of a suburb somewhere.
But sometimes talk is a lot of hot air. And the topic of food sure isn't immune to that criticism.
You can't get through a day without some telling you what "you gotta try."
The problem is, talking about food is often far more exciting than the food itself.
Redditor anicaodha asked:
"What food is overhyped?"
Many people were angry about garnishes. They hated the way restaurants try to entice people to eat certain menu items by slapping some kitschy ingredient on there.
A Very Expensive Burger
"Anything with gold flakes, absolutely pointless." -- Spend_Total
"ugh, i just remembered throwing up gold flakes from goldschlager, yuck!" -- spaceygracie12
"Aka how to add a crunch to your dish like a douche." -- CakeBot_TheReckoning
Catches the Eye Though
"Any rainbow food, rainbow grilled cheese, rainbow smoothie..."
"Just a cheap money grab."
No Breath On My Meal Please
"Dragon's breath/ nitro puffs or any dessert that contains liquid nitrogen to make it look cool." -- throwjango
"This stuff exists? God, I'm out of the loop." -- -The-Magic-8-Ball
"Truffle oil, usually doesn't contain a single truffle." -- BlckontheMoon
"The 1 thing I love about Truffle oil is I've never seen someone use it on a cooking competition show and not lose." -- igotmadshirts
Some people talked about the big trends that they just never could quite figure out.
That Almighty Nectar
"Remember when people were treating Nutella like it was the second coming of Christ?" -- Grapezard
"I had an Italian friend once invite me to his birthday party in high school. His mom made a Nutella pie and it was one of the greatest desserts I've never had the pleasure of trying again. It was so simple, like a soft flaky dough covered with Nutella."
"I don't want to come out of the blue and ask this kid for his mom's recipe 15 years later so I'll just suffer I suppose." -- JupiterTarts
"Red velvet is literally a red chocolate cake that has nowhere near enough chocolate and to much red food coloring. It literally was invented when done dudes chocolate turned kinda red when he added vinegar to the chocolate cake mix."
"Friends loved the color, but it was finicky to get the red color without changing flavor of cake, so he decided to use red food coloring."
"Fu**ing Avocado Toast.
"Avocado is a buck. Toast is few cents. Avocado Toast is $10+"
And some discussed the things that people insist are fancy and delectable, but are really just run of the mill entirely.
Meat is Meat?
"steak is good, and I'd even say a high quality steak can be very very good. But people act like it's better than busting a nut and that's just not true. It's just meat"
"Lobster. It's good, but poor value given it's almost always the most expensive protein available."
"Plus most places just drown it in butter, which again, fine, but if all you taste is butter, why spend that much?"
Depends on the House
" 'Housemade' ketchup. Give me the damn Heinz and get your banana aoili mess away from me." -- peanutbutterallytime
"I live in Pittsburgh and I have seen multiple restaurants try and fail to make housemade ketchup work. Every single time they go back to Heinz." -- HooBoy401
So if you find yourself tired of hearing people go on and on about something you don't go wild over, know that there are others fuming too.
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It's not easy to always do the right thing.
Which is why most people don't usually do the right thing. Doing the right thing involves a lot of thought, empathy for others, and a self-awareness of your place in the world. You're not making a choice just for yourself, you're more often than not doing it for someone else. This, in itself, presents a difficult hill for most people to climb so, usually, they feel it's easier to make the selfish choice.
Doesn't mean people always do. They can surprise you sometimes.
*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.
What's the hardest moral decision you've ever had to make?
Even when the choice amounts to something small, it can still matter to someone else.
How Dare You Make Me Morally Astute?!
"This is small potatoes compared to most of the people on this thread but many years ago I was travelling and had very little money. I went to a stall at a market, handed them a 10 dollar bill. Item cost 5 dollars but instead of handing me a five dollar note, the handed me a 50."
"I was walking away from the stall when noticed. My first thought was BONUS. But I had lately been hanging out with a bunch of people who were really into karma. So I stormed back to the stall, slammed the 50 down on the counter and told them off for making me make moral decisions. Lady behind the counter was like "ahhhhhh, thanks"
Didn't Believe The First Time, But Can't Deny Visual Evidence
"I told a co-worker his wife was cheating on him. It ruined our friendship for a good amount of time, until he caught her himself."
"To bad he couldn't just believe you."
Owning Up To The Mistake
"Fessing up to an error I made at work that cost the company 5k. I was a manager and misinterpreted a sales promotion. I almost lost my job, this is the one time that telling the truth actually saved me. It's true what they say that the cover up is usually worse than the crime. Lesson learned.."
Doing something morally correct when it comes to family can be tricky. On one hand, you don't want to ruffle the feathers of the people you're going to be related to for the rest of your life...which is how family works.
On the other hand, do the right thing.
Making The Best Call For Your Children
"Removing the mother of my two sons out of their lives completely as she was unfit and abusive while I was on deployment. They were 3-4 years old then and now they are 17 and 15 with their mother never attempting to come back into their lives which I would prefer at this point."
Because They're Going To Be Sad Later...
"My grandmother died, and I lied to my parents about it."
"My grandparents were 95 and my parents hadn't had a vacation in 30 years. So when she passed away with only 5 days remaining on their vacation, my family decided not to ruin it for them; instead, we'd plan the entire funeral and if my mother wanted to make adjustments when she returned, we'd arrange it for her; there was nothing they could do to get her back."
"Having to decide on the DNR (do not resuscitate) order for my father who had been victim to a massive stroke..."
"I know millions have done it before and millions will again but to me it was devastating....."
"As a health worker, you did the right thing by your father. I've come across families of patients who keep them alive for their own peace of mind while the patient themselves is tired and in alot of pain mentally and physically from the constant treatments and would rather rest from it all. Don't feel bad for your decision."
Never doubt your actions when it comes to protecting children.
"Calling CPS on a student's family after she begged me not to. CPS did an investigation and she was pissed at me for months until the vice principal had a talk with her and explained that I only did it because I care and didn't want her to get hurt."
"That VP is awesome. I sat in his office while he coached me through the call, since it was my first time calling CPS."
Standing Up For Your Friend, Even When No One Else Will
"I was in high school and my best friend was being bullied on the bus. She brought a knife to school and had previously mentioned a list of people. I cried a lot when I went to the principal to turn her in. I knew I was ruining her life but I wanted her to get help. I didn't want anyone to get hurt because we were all just kids. She was expelled and forced into therapy. We had been friends since we were 11."
"My mom listened on the phone line when I was trying to comfort my friend (while absolutely not admitting it was me) and my mom jumped on and told her I'm not allowed to be her friend anymore. I had told my mom I had turned her in and she had no empathy for this girl. Because I had been bullied and stood up for myself and never "did anything like that". My friend was getting cornered on the bus by 4 people whereas I was normally taunted in public and was lucky enough to always have an upperclassmen or school employee around to help me out. I felt guilty about turning her life upside down for many years but would do it again because she did get help."
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/