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If you have a group of friends, fear of missing out (or FOMO), is a very real thing. It always sucks being the one left out of the action. It always sucks seeing all the pictures on Facebook afterwards, leaving you with the lasting feeling of what could've been. Trust me, one time my two best friends met Jon Cryer without me, the biggest Pretty in Pink fan you'll ever meet. That sucked.

Sometimes we're SO afraid of missing out, that we try things that we've never tried before, just to feel like we were a part of something. That's exactly what these guys did. Did they regret it? Possibly. But did they have FOMO afterwards? Hell no.

U/Professional-Exam822 asked: What was that one thing you tried out due to Fear of Missing Out( FOMO)?

We start experiencing FOMO from a very young age. Mostly because kids love to dare each other to do dumb things for some reason.

​Thanks, Dad.

When I was a kid the cool, older neighbor kids (also young kids) told me to eat grass. I of course didn't want to, so they told me they all did and I would be cool if I did. So I picked a big handful and ate it while everyone laughed at me.

Afterwards it came out that none of them had, in fact, ate any grass at all, and, as it turns out, none of us knew what would happen if one were to eat grass.

So I ran home where my old man was in the backyard spraying something with a garden hose.

I said "hey dad what would happen if somebody ate a big handful of grass?"

He replied, absolutely deadpan "tell me you didn't eat grass."

I said "well no but somebody else did and I was just..."

He said, "Gristle... Tell me you didn't eat grass..."

Tears started welling up and I said "well I was running real fast and I fell and when I fell my mouth landed on a clump of grass and my mouth closed on it and I accidentally swallowed a whole bunch of it and... Am I gonna die?!?"

He said "Probably. But go in and drink as much water as you can stand and then I will take you to the hospital"

I ran inside and drank as much water as I could and rushed out to the van where the old man was waving me into the open door. We flew out of the neighborhood, screaming towards the hospital while I cried in the back seat. Finally, we got to the liquor store down the street from the hospital where the old man said, "nah I'm just messing with you. You'll be fine."

And he went in and bought beer and we drove home.


​Welcome to the theatre kids cult.

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I joined my friends in auditioning for the musical in senior year of high school because i just happened to be friends with a lot of theatre kids. Ended up with a supporting role including a duet and a decent amount of lines.

I still consider it one of the best decisions I ever made. It was a crazy amount of fun.


​Dang, kids are savage.

Ate ten ants to join my brothers club in first grade. Said I could only join if I ate ten ants. So I did. And then he disbanded the club.


Of course he did. Who wants to be in a club with members who eat ants?


​FOMO can lead to some death-defying stunts. Use your own best judgement on these.

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FOMO > fear of heights.

Ziplines. I have a fear of heights so I was very nervous about going on them in North Carolina with my friends. They were so supportive though talking about how, "Its ok, you dont have to go we understand" or "Of course you dont have to, I just think you would actually enjoy it". It was because they were so nice about it I really didnt want to disappoint them. I had an absolute blast on them by the way. So much fun after the first 5 seconds of terror on the first line haha.


​Remind me to never do this.

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One of those muddy races. Got a skin infection and sun poisoning.


As others have said, I did the race.. some mud splashed right in my eyes. Not a single volunteer had water or tissues to wipe it. Ended up using the only clean spots I could find on my friends shirt. Then they didn't have enough buses to get everyone back to the parking and it rained and was freezing cold for hours waiting outside. By the time I got home my eyes were in terrible shape and scratched from the little pebbles in the mud.


​Good call.

Smoking, I guess? I got curious. First time I hated it. After a few more, I started to like it, so I decided to throw the rest away before it was too late.


I did the same but it took a year or so for me to want to quit cuz I told myself I was just a "social smoker," but in hindsight whenever I'd be stressed out or drinking for years after I'd crave a cigarette. Now the whole thing is pretty gross to me and can't stand the smell.


​Unfortunately, the biggest setbacks to preventing FOMO is the amount of money you drop on whatever adventure that may be.

A risky gamble.

Pretty much every sports bet I've ever made.

When you see something like England to score 10 goals against Gibraltar, the idea of them scoring 10 and you not placing the bet is substantially worse than the idea of you placing the bet and them not scoring 10. The trick is just not to look in the first place.


​At least you had fun.

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Gambling. I lost $70 and had a lot of fun. Not sure I wanna lose $70 anytime again soon tho.


The thing with gambling is that if you go in with a) the right attitude (assuming you will lose everything that you gamble), b) a fixed limit, and c) self-control, it can be fine. It can be like going to see a movie (albeit an expensive one). You are spending a bit of money for the thrill and the experience. And if you do come out with more money, hey that's cool.

The problems occur when people assume they will win, gamble beyond their initial budget, or let the thrill overtake them and gamble too often/gamble too much.

It sounds like you did it right.


This is so messed up.

Bought a $20 raffle ticket for a much hyped-up chance to win $5,000.

Turns out the raffle promoters were scammers and everyone lost their money.


​The best things in life are free.

For my 30th birthday I tried 30 new things. The list included a pedicure and manicure, fancy Starbucks drink, driving a red Porsche, gambling at the casino. It was a crazy fun day but I learned that I have a great life without all that stuff.


Preventing FOMO is a huge gamble at times. If you didn't enjoy doing the thing, was it worth it in the first place? Or did you just end up covered in mud and with a sun infection?

Hey, at least you didn't miss out.

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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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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."


"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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