The end is near! End of Days are upon us! Prepare for Armageddon! How many times have we heard all those over the years? Prediction after prediction foretold us that doom is within reach. So many gullible people have sadly given into the rhetoric. Many children had to grow up preparing for the end of humanity. Now preparation and survival skills are important but one can also go a smidge overboard. For instance....
Redditor u/taxidermied_unicorn wanted to hear how some childhoods went when the plan was always about plotting for the end of times by asking.... People who grew up with "Doomsday Prepper" parents, what was it like?
"coming wars and end times"
My mom hoards a ton of canned food everywhere in the house, along with random tools she's been told will be helpful and so many paper towels and rolls of toilet paper. The guns are another thing. Everyone in my family is content to let her do her thing and spend thousands of dollars prepping. There are so many useless things that take up a ridiculous amount of space there, all while she complained that we had too much stuff and needed to get rid of our actual belongings to make more room.
Everyone she knows gets printouts of the newsletters she's signed up for with prophecies about the end times. When I was still living at home, she'd walk into the room at random times to give me hour-long lectures about the "coming wars and end times" and how sinners are responsible for it. It was really stressful, especially because I have anxiety (which I'm sure isn't because of growing up in a paranoid atmosphere at all /s), and I still have nightmares about apocalyptic scenarios.
I've forced myself to develop a more accepting view for my own sanity, which is essentially, "There are too many options to prepare for all of them, and I don't know how much I want to survive in a post-apocalyptic world anyway, so I'm going to enjoy the time I have without stressing too much about what-ifs." Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been really helpful for dealing with the paranoia that still pops up sometimes, and I really recommend it for anybody who grew up in that atmosphere and has anxiety stemming from it. starlet25
it was pretty much the same as any other normal family I assume, we just went bulk shopping every few months, the only strange-ish thing is that we'd have a week out of every month that we'd have to kind of fast, we could have a pack of raisins and a bottle of water every day and that's all. Beaudet90
Not quite that extreme, but I was raised JW (Jehovahs witness) they didn't have a specific date but it was always 'within the next decade, for sure', so I grew up thinking that all my non-JW friends would be dead within 10 years, which was not a pleasant thought for a 6 year old. In class I used to worry that armageddon would strike and I'd be stuck in a classroom of dead people till my parents found me. Religion. Smh. yehlas
I was raised Mormon. So I personally have learned how to take care of myself and trust neighbors I'd crap hits the fan. I have some food saved but the best system is to set up farms and try to have things like chickens to make more food. If the world goes under, your neighbors are very important. But I grew up with a stash of seeds in our food storage if help didn't come within the time it was out. ShadowOfEnder-YT
"Watchmen of America"
My parents didn't get into it until later in my life but in three years they have
-Built a Farm. Chickens, Turkeys, Rabbits, a goat at one point, a pig.
-stocked up on ammo, like thousands upon thousands of bullets.
-subscribed to all right wing groups possible, whether it be facebook, or the "Watchmen of America" which regularly do doomsday drills.
-tried to get me in on everything.
-are convinced Obama is the antichrist.
-listen to Glenn Beck everyday
I try to avoid all conversations about anything like that with them. It usually ends in a fight, and I do not want to hate my parents. alwert
Mostly normal. My dad just showed me what to do just in case doomsday ever came. Taught me how to camp/survive, use camo, ration food, shoot guns, and other basic survival skills. He taught me it's always better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. sevven07
Use the Bushcraft!
My uncle was a prepper. He taught me bushcraft as a fun hobby. Never really imprinting the idea of prepping. My parents were fine with that. Now, almost 12 years later, I rediscovered that hobby. He taught me a lot about navigation, improvised first aid, the ethics of survival and firelighting.
I'm not a prepper in anyway whatsoever. I don't believe it is a sustainable way of emergency survival on the scale of populations. However, if I ever find myself without a working vehicle in the middle of nowhere, I have no reason to panic, with my skillset. whatsamawhatsit
My folks have enough food for 3 months.
Their motivation is not to prepare for a doomsday, but for a financial collapse.
They took Cyprus as an example. There was money, but people couldn't withdrawal and buy food.
I'm planning to stock food for like 2 weeks. Who knows what can happen. I think we sometimes forget we're screwed if the supermarket doesn't have any stock.
Or a more realistic situation: when I make stupid financial decisions. Rockima
it seems so crazy to me....
My mom was/is convinced that in the apocalypse toilet paper would be as good as currency... she has an entire room in her house that is filled from wall to wall, floor to ceiling with toilet paper.... it's like a damn Costco isle.... we were/are forbidden to talk about it (because she doesn't want to be killed over it... keeps it in the down low) growing up it didn't seem weird because it was "normal" but now that I'm an adult and a mother myself.... it seems so crazy to me. txjr5
Mormon parents. We're instructed to have seven years worth of food for when Jesus comes. The entire basement of our house was just food and water supplies. Literally stacks and piles of food and water bottles. All kinds of non-perishable goods, like freeze dried foods. My dad also always used to say "our neighbors have received the same warnings we have. If they come here looking for handouts, we're going to tell them to look elsewhere."
Edit: I'm no longer Mormon. pterodactylbros
I'm a bit of a prepper myself, but just to the extent of having a 2-month food and a 1-month water supply. I live in Manila, and the idea of an 8+ earthquake that wrecks the infrastructure of a metropolitan area with 13 million people is the stuff of nightmares. Advo96
This makes me think of the mother of a friend of mine. She had a small room off the side of the kitchen, shelves filled floor to ceiling with tins. it wasn't about 'doomsday'. She had starved as a child in Holland during WWII, aged around 5. She didn't do any other prepping, I don't believe she thought it would happen again. She was a smart, capable woman living a continent away from Holland by the time I met her. I suspect the tins were a psychological safety net, a way of soothing childhood trauma. blackcloudcat
"just in case"
Dad wasn't a full on doomsday prepper, but he was a paranoid schizophrenic. He had a stock of MREs that I had now and then. They weren't bad. Also canned ensure back when it came in cans. Also learned a lot about stuff like maintaining salt after sweating, dad used to have me lick a teaspoon of salt after our walks.
Tons of flashlights and batteries in the house. I remember him teaching me how to use a gas mask "just in case." We live in upstate NY, so yeah not exactly a war zone. He had a generator just in case the power went out (honestly not a bad idea because he lived in a place where winter could get pretty hairy). I will say Y2K had him totally spooked.
We used to joke that he was Burt from Tremors minus the guns. Chazkuangshi
For its milk.....
Bottles and bottles and bottles of water in the garage. My mom bought the bulk packages from Costco and stuffed them there; I wouldn't be surprised if there were over a hundred plastic containers in there.
The "the world's gonna end" panic-mentality mostly comes from my mom's side, and it usually happens in waves. Things will be chill for a while, and the all of the sudden packages with no-electricity hand-crank radios and portable generators will show up at our door.
She claims that she makes "ambient purchases" while half-asleep, but I think she really just that paranoid.
A few times, she's mentioned buying a cow. For its milk. Incase we're forced to live off the land or whatever, so we can still have milk. And after explaining to her that no, we absolutely do not have the room or faculties to take care of a whole-ass cow, she starts up with the same line of questioning, but asking if we can get a goat instead. We don't even have a front or backyard. InvisibleMurderChild
Find the Surplus.
My dad stocked textiles, toiletries, non-perishables, and water to an extreme amount. Our entire basement was basically a bunker. It could be locked from the inside at both the top and the bottom of the stairs, and we had huge drums of potable water that probably stood to about stomach-high on me now as an adult. We also kept old 2-litr bottles (old pepsi bottles) for non-potable that we stacked like wine on heavy shelves, as well as rice and dried beans in vacuumed sealed containers. He was constantly buying things at old surplus outlets.
Gas masks, iodide tablets, rucksacks, etc, and taught us how to make bullets using a shell-cleaner and powder packer. Like that one poster above mentioned, we also typically had about every few weeks a few days where we ate next to nothing, and were taught a lot of both local and non-local plants that could be edible (clover, acorns, dandelion, etc) and how to prepare them, as well as things that could be health-beneficial (clover, cherry bark, mullein, etc) and how to prepare them.
We rarely got to go hunting, because of where we lived at the time, but he did teach us how to set various snares and traps, like figure fours and pitfalls, and any time one of our traps succeeded, he would use it as an opportunity to teach us how to clean and prepare meat not just for that day, but how to cut and dry it for future use. I have to say, knowing how to brain-tan a rabbit skin is not something I ever expected to come up in conversation as an adult as much as it actually does! nxtstagee
To the Bones....
I learned how to hunt when I was six. For my eleventh birthday, I learned how to make a bow and arrow with the contents of my hiking kit and caught a rabbit for lunch. I was then shown how to use said rabbit's bones and internal organs to fish, and we had trout and perch for dinner.
My dad is of the mind that doomsday preppers who just stockpile food are idiots, because even if they survive the apocalypse all they're doing is turning themselves into particular fat swines for the inevitable bandits to look for. Better to be able to hunt and gather food.
My doomsday "kit" is just a bugout bag in my walk-in pantry. TemptCiderFan
We were always too poor to fully prepare for the end times although my mom still believes they are coming. Fun fact, if you don't have food storage of your own create a map of all the mormons in your town so when crap goes down you can take theirs! This was actual advise from my mother.
She grew up in Utah and it's a well known fact that mormons are supposed to hold onto 7 years of food storage at all times in case of jesus. It was also a plot point in an S.M. Stirling post apocalyptic novel that a group of people stumbled across an abandoned mormon house which set them up nicely for food for a bit. So yeah, make a mormon friend for the end times. coffeetish
I grew up southern Baptist. We were taught that the rapture was going to happen any day. Every night I was afraid to go to sleep because I might be raptured before I woke up. I wasn't going to get to grow up, get married or have children. As I went through my teenage years, I didn't plan for my future as I should have because we weren't going to be here next year. My mother never bought Christmas wrapping paper on sale because next Christmas wasn't going to come.
If I knew then what I know now, I would have done many things differently. notableea
My parents aren't doomsday preppers by any stretch of the imagination, but we did live in an area where getting to the grocery store would be difficult if it snowed in. As such, we always had a pantry full of home-canned stuff that we made together, and a huge vat of sauerkraut we make once a year when I go home for Christmas. notadoctor123
My father had crates full of non perishable food, camping gear, gas cookers. you name it, he had it.
he stored that in a "bunker" he built, which was really just a big anderson shelter. TheSoviet-Union
You might say moviegoers who love horror films are sadists.
They derive pleasure from being spooked and terrified, and they somehow love crouching in their seats out of sheer fright watching supernatural entities scaring the daylights out of homeowners or serial killers stalking their prey.
It's all an adrenaline rush.
However, even gore and slasher fans have their limits.
Curious to hear the breaking point of movie fans, Redditor SoundRevolutionary97 asked:
"Whats the scariest movie you ever seen?"
Movies involving the supernatural give most people the heebee jeebees.
"For some reason The Exorcism Of Emily Rose f'ked with me, got anxiety watching it."
Nothing Sweet About This Man
"OK I've scrolled long enough. The original Candyman. Watched it at a sleep over in third grade and I've hated horror movies AND bees all the way through to my late 30s"
Why You Should Never Watch VHS Tapes
"The Ring. I didn't know what I was getting myself into."
The Malevolent Force In Your Home
"Sinister, not just scary, but deeply disturbing too."
Not all scary movies are necessarily categorized as a horror genre.
Apocalyptic War Drama
"Threads. It will f'k your day up."
"It's the scariest film I've seen and it's not technically a horror. Competition is not even close. And I watch a f'k ton of horror."
Inquiring Minds Wanted To Know
"It's a British film depicting a nuclear war, and the aftermath. The segment detailing the nuclear exchanges is terrifying, and then of course all the stuff after... it deals with the future, basically the UK is left with only a few million people living, subsistence type agriculture... people suffering from long term radiation effects, etc."
Why It's Scary
"Absolutely. I still have nightmares decades after I saw it. The Exorcist scared me, sure, but it's not real. Poltergeist was unsettling but fake. Threads can actually happen--it just takes one of the old guys to push the button...."
We are not alone, and to think we are the only intelligent form of life is very very foolish.
As If Tight Spaces Weren't Enough
"I still keep The Descent at the top of my list. I expected it to just be a thriller with the claustrophobia and terror between the group."
"Didn’t expect a creature feature."
"The fourth kind."
"When I saw it I was told it was a true story and I was just dumb enough to believe it at the time. Also I was the type of person to believe in aliens so that certainly made it scarier."
"Honestly, Event Horizon. Put it on in the background thinking it was just a kind of creepy sci fi. It was the sounds that really got to me on that one."
There were the usual suspects.
"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original obviously). I saw it as a grown man and screamed like a little girl throughout the whole film."
No Feeding After Midnight
"Gremlins, the end telling me to watch for a Gremlin every time something is malfunctioning had 6 year old me scared sh*tless."
"Hereditary, if you have family issues it will hit close to home."
Personally, one of the scariest films relating to demonic spirits and ghosts was the first Paranormal Activity.
The found-footage format really worked well here. It create such an unsettling atmosphere that relied mostly on aural scares to brilliant effect.
The scene where you see nothing but the couple sleeping on their bed but you hear the slow foot steps that accelerated and led to a slamming door made me sleep with my own bedroom door closed for a couple of weeks after seeing the movie.
It's what you don't see that really keeps you up at night.
In the recent Pride and Prejudice update Fire Island, Dex leads the main character Noah to believe that the stand-offish lawyer Will judges him for having an OnlyFans page.
A site that has become commonly used for amateur and professional porn performers and sex workers to directly profit from erotic and sexual content they upload themselves.
As is the case with their literary counterparts, Darcy and Wickham, Will's apathy towards Dex runs much deeper than his OnlyFans page.
But Will wouldn't be the first person to judge someone for utilizing the site as a means of income.
Several people might also stop their romantic pursuits of those who decide to upload x-rated content as a side (or primary) hustle.
Others, however, might not have a problem with it, and might even join them in their endeavors.
Redditor TickleTip20 was curious to learn whether or not people would be comfortable dating someone with an OnlyFans account, or who works in the sex industry, leading them to ask:
"Would you date a sex worker/does onlyfans? Why or why not?"
No. They Never Stop Promoting Themselves.
"No I would not."
"Had a great night with a girl and once we had done the deed she felt the need to plug her OnlyFans page."
"Made it feel like she spent the night with me as advertisement and wanted me to become a subscriber."- xveritas1x
No. Too Many Safety Risks
"One of my boyfriend’s best friends is seeing a girl who does OF and she recently traveled to make a threesome video with two other people in the scene."
"No protection or anything was used."
"I’d personally be crying and throwing up watching my boyfriend sleep with other women, with no protection, whether it’s his job or not."
"So yeah not for me."
"But I don’t discriminate against that career path."
"You do you."- Halloweenqueen2342
No. They'll Regret It Down The Line
"I would say no."
"People don't usually see the long term affects of that lifestyle until they want to leave it."
"There was an interview with Lana Rhoades, and she says looking back at her videos, it makes her want to throw up."- Sea_Obligation5993
No. You Become A Very Low Priority
"I would not."
"I knew a guy who was all 'nah bro, it's sexy and it's no big deal' when his girlfriend of 2 years started her OnlyFans."
"First came the undivided attention to her phone, texting guys who are sending her money."
"That led to her starting to do collabs with other women, which led to her having sex with other dudes on camera, which led to her pretty much just sidelining her boyfriend whenever she felt like it when she got really intimate with someone she did like 10 videos with."
"She once offered the guy she was dating to be a part of it, but turns out she just wanted him to film her sleep with this dude she liked a lot."
"In the end, my friend didn't even get dumped, he just got straight up forgotten about."
"She just slowly started spending less and less time at their apartment until she was just gone forever."
"Maybe if I was really, really confident and secure with the woman I'm with I'd be willing to talk about it, but there'd be a lot of boundaries and I'd wanna be the other dude on camera w her."- gamesireallylike
No. Not Monogomous.
"Simply because I’m completely monogamous, and I consider sexual exclusivity as part of that."
"For me, sending nude pictures to others during the relationship is cheating."- DickBigler
"I'm more of a 'intimacy is reserved for your S/O only'."- ConThePaladin
"If you’re dating me I’ve gotta be your only fan."- TheLastBoat
No. Bad Past Experiences.
"Used to date an exotic dancer."
"It was painful."
"Would not repeat."- n0budd33
No. Simply Not Equiped
"The people that I know that do it have had to compartmentalize what sex means and what's too far in terms of exploiting others, and it's changed them as people."
"The personality traits that have strengthened aren't ones that I value in a partner or to be quite frank even in a friend, so I don't think I'd be able to date one."
"Sex work takes strength and grit, but in my experience that grit has made people I used to enjoy thoroughly abrasive."
"Obviously I know not all people are like that, but that's just my experience." - Reddit
No two people have the same relationship or comfort level when it comes to sex.
So people should always think twice before judging those on OnlyFans.
Nor should anyone enter into a relationship with someone on OnlyFans if it makes them uncomfortable.
As the saying goes, "to each their own."
I know that many of you love the chili from a certain fast-food restaurant that rhymes with "Bendy's," but I'm here to tell you that that stuff is not fresh. Not one bit.
Okay, that statement might not hold true from franchise to franchise, but it's something worth thinking about.
Sorry to burst your bubble: This is a dark secret I've carried inside me for more than a decade.
Keep in mind: It was tasty. Quite. But it did sit out for a while. Didn't stop the customers from eating it though, and they were happy and I was paid for my work and that was that.
But there are other job secrets out there that you might not be aware of.
People shared the deets with us after Redditor You_are_a_dolt asked the online community,
"What’s a trade secret you know from working the industry?"
"I work for a printing company."
"I work for a printing company. The number of jobs that we print that say "printed on recycled paper," and it is just normal paper is astronomical."
This doesn't surprise me one bit. Cutting corners? Just business.
"If you call a call center..."
"If you call a call center of any kind, and the person you're talking to puts you on hold with no hold music, they can hear everything you're saying. I worked in an insurance call center when I was really young. I had so many people accidentally confess to insurance fraud that way."
As they say, "loose lips sink ships." It's quite accurate, especially in this case.
"Vinegar is the best thing to get your cutlery shiny in a restaurant or bar."
This is very true! When I worked in a restaurant, a vinegar solution was the way to go.
"Interned for a plastic surgeon..."
"Interned for a plastic surgeon who is very well known and does work on celebs. They sold their skincare line for hundreds of dollars and touted it as having highly advanced ingredients of the highest quality."
"They bought most of it from a wholesale retailer who stuck their name on the bottle. Website looked sketchy tbh. Also had '24k gold face masks' that were purchased in bundles off of Amazon for cheap."
"These fancy skincare lines are such a scam, don't waste your money."
Good to know! Your wallet will thank you later.
"I worked at an incredibly under stocked..."
"I worked at an incredibly under stocked coffee shop once. If someone asked for whole milk I was told by management to tell them we had it, then serve them 2%. Then one day I served a milk farmer. I've never been called out on my crap as fast as the damn milk man himself."
You never know who you might be dealing with — especially in customer service!
"Phone plans are significantly less..."
"Phone plans are significantly less expensive that what we quote you a lot of the time. TPR wants us to sell you as much literal useless junk as possible that you would not ever agree to paying for, so they make us bundle it in so you don't even think about it. It's pretty shady, but I also got a kid to feed, definitely still searching for better."
Best of luck! It's rough out there. The job market can be cruel.
"When you shop at Walmart..."
"When you shop at Walmart, do you sometimes hear the announcement saying security cameras to zone six, or another number? They play them randomly in the hopes that someone who might be stealing will get paranoid thinking they’re being watched, and will decide not to shoplift."
I used to work in a grocery store that did the same thing. It took me way too long to realize we didn't even have security.
"There's actually no difference..."
"There's actually no difference between a $300 champagne room and a $150 private dance. We're supposed to say it's more private etc, but it's the exact same just with a different price tag."
This doesn't surprise me either. Shady, but it works. Many people fall for it.
"As a freelance photographer..."
"As a freelance photographer, most magazines and newspapers don't pay you for using your photos. They offer you photo credit only. If you ask to be paid, they just get a similar photo from someone else."
Also if you have a unique photo or video, always go non-exclusive and sell it to everyone. You get way more that way than just selling to one as an exclusive.
"Automotive Industry. Never buy the first year of any new model car."
Hell, I could have told you that one! No point, it's a trap!
All of these will make you think twice when interacting with employees of any kind or the next time you call a company.
But don't worry — you're bound to have plenty of secrets of your own. Wield that power responsibly.
Have some info of your own? Feel free to tell us all about it in the comments below!
There are many cases where a company or product promises good quality or intentions.
But that isn't always the case as some companies fail to deliver and they make off with your hard-earned cash.
In an instantly gratifying world, consumers are quick to go after the things they want with the click of a button as long as they have the funds.
But they should keep a close eye on where their money is going toward.
Strangers online shared what brands to stay away from when Redditor ToastedLeaf- asked:
"What brand can go f'k off?"
They may appear to have good intentions, but of course, that's all they show you.
Putting On A Good Face
"National/international charities that give back minimally to the communities they pretend to serve."
"From charity watch. Top compensation:"
"Name & Title Charity Viviane Tabar, M.D. Chairman Attending Neurosurgery Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center $4,869,769 12/31/2020 Note: Includes $3,350,000 bonus & incentive compensation. Robert W. Stone President/CEO City of Hope & Affiliates $3,827,671"
Pack Of Thieves
"F'k Autism Speaks, my school decorated the halls for World Autism Day and encouraged us to talk about it in classes as kind of a break from work, and I mistakenly outed myself as autistic to everyone during one of those conversations."
"Later my teacher put on a whole PowerPoint drawing heavily from Autism Speaks and everyone proceeded to speak to me like a f'king ape for the remainder of my time there."
"They don’t respect us, don’t want to help us, and in fact seem to believe if we didn’t exist then things would be much better. They’re a disgusting pack of thieves and they absolutely do not speak for me"
"And all other pyramid schemes that sell themselves as self-employment. F'k off with a sandpaper condom, and that does double for the folks that started as victims and then rope in others to save themselves."
"They may call themselves 'Xfinity' but I know they a**es are Comcast. F'k Comcast."
Scammers, all of them.
"Ticketmaster. Surprised i haven't seen it. You'll try and cross shop tickets just to realize they always redirect you to Ticketmaster where you're gonna pay a huge amount in convenience fees. Buying 2 tickets you're pretty much paying for 3."
"Anyone who makes college textbooks for outrageous prices."
"Oh god i need to buy a math textbook for my class that started 2 weeks ago n it's about $117.50 usd dollars 😭 i refuse to buy it esp since at the end of class my professor allows us to take pictures of his book so we can do the homework."
Stay Out Of Touch With Them
"AT&T can f'k off once for each random a** incremental charge."
No Kinda Life Is...
"Herbalife. Specifically those Herbalife 'Nutrition' Drink shops."
Beware of the products you purchase. There apparently is corruption in these companies.
"DeBeers. One of the main exploiters of West Africa in recent memory, a near monopoly on diamonds jacking up prices, insists that you must buy your loved one a real diamond from them and not a cheaper synthetic one in order to prove that love."
"SheIn. Art theft, lead in children’s clothes, undoubtedly slave labor in there somewhere. The $1 fast food meal of clothing."
"PG&E. They have f'ked over so many Northern Californians between faulty equipment starting fires to working with Gavin Newsom to make the consumer pay for their damages. They suck so much John Oliver made a Last Week Tonight about them. Breweries in NorCal even started making beer called PG&E Sucks."
Hidden charges are nothing revelatory.
Service charges in addition to delivery fees when you have food delivered to your home courtesy of the various apps made to make a consumer's life easier is all well and good.
But as one previously mentioned, what Ticketmaster charges with their not-so-hidden fees is basically highway robbery.
It's a shame that while live performances are re-emerging from the effects of the global pandemic, it comes at an exorbitant cost to patrons trying to regain a normal sense of life.