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Getting old is the worst, isn't it?

Not just the body suddenly deciding certain parts of it aren't going to work, no it's the other stuff. The life stuff. Just when you think you got a handle on what's cool, they change it up. Then what was in is no longer in, and what's in is suddenly seen as strange and foreign. For example, "Troom Troom?" What's up with that?

Fortunately, if you feel this way about online trends, you're not alone.

Reddit user, u/bemmu, wanted to hear about:

What online trend confuses you the most?

Doing It For The Clicks

Most online trends stem from a desire to have people see you, to get eyes on your product or your brand and to become synonymous with their online ​time. However, sometimes that time involves doing weird things for attention.

Not So Much A "Challenge" As It Is A "Dare"

I don't understand all of the "challenges" that go on now. Like, back when online "challenges" started, it was already stupid stuff like, "the cinnamon challenge." But, while stuff like that is stupid, it's still a "challenge." Eating a spoonful of cinnamon is a challenge.

Now it's like, "Oh, I'm gonna do the 'silhouette challenge'," which is just dressing frumpy, then cutting to you in your lingerie dancing like a stripper? That's not a challenge, that's a dance.


No Way! You Won't BELIEVE What Just Happened!

Scripted candid shots.

  • A video where something unexpected happens: Cool!
  • A video where something unexpected happens, catching a witness off guard with an unpredictable reaction: Also cool!
  • A video where the unexpected is carefully staged, and the witness does their best to act out what they think will be amusing, but it's not all that convincing because they're not a professional actor: Why is this a thing?

These People Were The Literal Worst...

People who prank. Go out and vlog your life, go out and tell personal stories, i understand the need to do that! But pranks? Get them away asap.


...Until These People?

People acting really stupid on tiktok, making funny faces and spazing out like they are having a grand mal seizure. I may be way too old to understand the humor in that, but I see those videos constantly being posted on the cringe subs, and that got me to wondering, who watches those so much that it became a trend?


Perhaps Sharing Too Much Information?

We all share too much. That's fine. We're all in a social contract with one another saying it's okay to share a picture of your dinner once in a while or if your child has a big baseball game then you'll probably livestream it. But, every day?

Proof Of Life

Posting everything about your day, every moment of the day. The odd story I get, but who wants to hear about your morning bagel for the 6th time this week?


Wrote This At 10:53pm

Commenting the year you watched something. Who the f-ck cares?


Ive watched some TikTok recently (sue me), and its even worse. The amount of times I'll see comments that say something dumb like "So we all just seeing this at 3am". Like no we aren't cause its a different time everywhere, and I might watch at a different time than you. WTF.


How Are You Enjoying What You're Posting?

Going on vacation and worrying about posting everything you see and do. Not even enjoying it because of what other people have to comment or like.


Spending an hour every Christmas taking pictures of every god damn different arrangement of people in front of the same tree every year. Then never looking at them ever again.

Not every picture has to be perfect, just take it and move on. Just spend that time with family.


Friends From The Comfort Of Your Computer

People who watch Twitch streams religiously and donate money to the streamers.

Generally the whole Twitch culture seems a bit absurd to me.


I don't do it often, but I get the point of it. Twitch streamers and most other online personalities have this perception of walking the line between celebrity and relatability that attracts a certain demographic, and the unscripted nature of streams add a certain charm to them, as well as the fact they mostly play video games, a hobby shared by their audience.

And there's also the fact that viewers can directly interact with the streamers in real time through chat and donations, allowing them to feel included in a community from the comfort of their homes.


Then There's The Oddball Choices...

Your guess is as good as anyone's on these.

Yeah, This One Makes Sense

Making up bullsh-t to win meaningless points on Reddit.

Redditors who are currently aboard the ISS, what's the sex like?



Not an astronaut, but a family friend who works at NASA told my mom over Discord last month that sometimes, they send extra food packs on the supply missions.


*raise your hand if you had to Google this one

These Troom Troom and 5 minute craft videos who pretty obviously don't work at all and are pretty terrible. Yet their videos have millions of views. Well at least they are a tiny bit better than these Frozen Elsa and Spiderman videos.


They have millions of views because people will see the thumbnail and have their curiosity piqued just enough for them to click. Those craft videos aren't there to actually teach you a useful skill. They're there to get you to click on the video.


You Getting The Goosepimples Now?

ASMR in general makes my skin crawl. No, I don't want to hear your creepy whisper while you tap and touch random objects.


There are certain ASMR that gives me the stupid tingle but the one thing I hate is when people eat on camera. I hate it especially when they clearly never learned any table manners.


Don't feel bad if you don't "get" something. Odds are, it wasn't meant for you. The wheel of public opinion keeps spinning, and before you know it, there'll be a new series of trends coming and you won't be so lonely as soon people won't know what those are about either.

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Typically, I would write an intro about my own experiences with the weird kids at school, but I WAS the weird kid in school. Not in a bad way, more like a “I had a John Waters phase” when I was 16 and everyone knew it. So like, cool-weird. At least I hope so.

Schools aren’t always so lucky to have the cool kinds of weird kids though. The spectrum of weird extends even further than that, and can sometimes end up very disasterous.

U/Imaginary_East5786 asked: What was the weirdest thing the weird kid did at school?

​Let’s start with the grossest of the gross. Because why not.

Was it worth it?

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He heard that you'd automatically get suspended if you peed your pants at school. He wanted to find out if it was true, peed his pants, got suspended.


Scientific method:

> Observation: 'I've heard that by peeing your pants you will be suspended'

> Hypothesis: If I pee my pants I will be suspended

> Experiment: I peed my pants and I got suspended

> Conclusion: If I pee my pants I get suspended


Uhhh what was the intention here?

He got mad that he didn't understand how to play a game at lunchtime so he started hitting and punching the nearest person to him, who happened to be me. When I shoved him away and asked him what the hell was he doing, he whipped his unit.out, charged at me and when I shoved him away from me again he started crying and ran away with his member still sticking out.


​Next ones up are the lowkey (or even highkey) disturbing stories. These weird kids can get a little scary.

Boom theret.

At my middle school, someone decided to get a little attention with a good old fashioned bomb threat. Except they thought that a bomb threat meant literally writing "bomb threat" somewhere. Worse yet, they misspelled the f*ck out of it, and wrote "boom theret."

So we had to go on a brief, very awkward lockdown while the police checked the perimeter for booms.


I hope there was no overlap in the columns.

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She wrote a list of all the girls and boys she wanted to kiss and murder and then casually passed it out on the playground.


2 separate lists or just the 1?


Same list 2 columns lol.


Holy crap.

Had the weird kid in high school ask the teacher to use the bathroom. She said no and this dude legit stabbed his hand with a pencil. Went all the way through then asked if he could*t was wild.

This was Pearl High School in Mississippi. This was the school Luke Woodham shot and killed his girlfriend and her friend at the school. This kid stabbed himself with the pencil about 2 months after that happened. This was late 1997.


​Most of the time, however, the weird kids are pretty d*mn funny.

Ok, but this takes a lot of skill.

Had a kid nicknamed "cheeseburger" in the grade ahead of me in high school. He got his nickname because when it was time for his class to go to lunch, he snuck into the roof and crawled his way into the cafeteria, dropped down and proceeded to steal all the cheeseburger put out for lunch. Unfortunately they caught him in the act and sent him to the principal's office.

A year later he was caught stealing a teacher's computer, and in the process of being arrested he bit the officers hand, getting him sent to juvi never to be heard of again.


Every school had the cat girl.

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The weird kid at my highschool tied a string around his pencil case and pulled out around the halls pretending it was a dog. He still lives in my hometown. I think unemployed.

Oh also weird girl in middle school acted like a cat. She would meow and hiss at people, lick the water fountain and rub her body on the teacher's legs. In 8th grade. I have no idea where she ended up.



Weird kid in elementary was a self proclaimed alien. Once, while waiting for the bus, she told me "On my planet we eat people like you" and proceeded to bite me. We later became friends in high school and she used to give me massages during lunch break in the quad. Just realized now she was likely tenderizing me.


I was exactly this kind of weird.

He didn't say much, but if asked, he would go to the front of the class and perform Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with all of the emotion and volume of Tiny Tim, holding nothing back.

The last I heard, he became an energy trader, made a ton of money and married well.


I can definitely relate to that last one. In middle school, my English teacher would let me go to the front of the class and perform monologues or songs from Broadway musicals. Weird, but that’s what happens when schools cut funding for the arts and the theatre kids have no outlet.

As long as you’re not hurting anyone, I say let your freak flag fly, man

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