"Children don't know any better." It's important to remind yourself of that as you take a look at the stories below. Kids are compacted containers of unhinged emotions and unfiltered reactions. They act off their instincts and don't think through to the consequences, because without proper life experience consequences don't exist for them yet.
Still, some of these kids might be the literal devil.
Reddit user, u/Fingolf645, wanted to know about the worst of the worst when they asked:
We all know these sweet, pure stories about someone else's children. But what is the most evil thing you have ever seen a child do?
I saw my 5 y/o neighbour kill a puppy for fun and then he tried to blame it on my brother.
Luckily I witnessed the situation and cleared things up.
Not Just A Terrible Child, But A Terrible Uncle.
My younger brother is a psychopath. We are 13 years apart. When I was very pregnant with my second child he tried to drop kick me in the stomach and said he wanted to kill my baby. He was mad because I wouldn't let him play a video game.
Another time when he was around 6 or 7 he took a baseball bat and jumped on the neighbor's car hood and started bashing it on the hood and roof making dents. The neighbor cane out horrified and when he yelled at my brother my mom came out and threatened to whoop the neighbor's a--. My mom is part of the reason my brother is such a sh-t. He's 17 now, and I'm sure he will end up in prison some day.
That's Not Where The Bathroom Is
I work with emotionally disturbed kids. So you know... I see a lot of kids doing evil sh-t.
My worst one was when a kid grabbed a 3/4 full carton of milk at lunch and pissed in it to fill it up. He then, calm as anything, yelled for the principal to come out. As soon as he walked out of his office door the kid threw the milk/piss all over him. The principal was wearing a down jacket
It was my first week working in this sort of environment, so I hadn't reached the point where I'd normalised it, and was so beyond horrified. Honestly, the calm, creepy manner he did it, and the joy he got, makes this situation stick out more than the kid who cut up a rat, or the kid who set a frog on fire.
Life Aspirations Are Good, Just Make Sure They Won't Get You Arrested
Interviewed an elementary student about what he wanted to be when he grows up. He said serial killer. Alarming, but I just responded that wouldn't work out very well. "What about a job?" So he says he wants to be a police officer. And it's an interview so I ask him why? Does he want to keep people safe? He told me he wants to use a gun. That's all... I hope he doesn't make it.
The Enemy Of All Cats
My 7 year old cousin shoved her cat into a duffel bag and zipped it shut, kept it in there. Needless to say, my family found a better home for the cat.
"This Is For Your Own Good?"
My neighbors daughter (4? Maybe 5) stomped on her rabbit in the garden why chanting "This is for your own good" with each stomp.
I told my neighbor what I saw but "MY daughter would NEVER do that" and now we don't even say good morning.
You Only Need One Cheek Hole
When I was in preschool, some kid (a little mental) snuck up behind me with safety scissors and snipped a hole in my cheek. That is the only clear memory I have of preschool — I was bleeding like crazy
Really Think You Buried The Lede On This One...
My cousin stole my mom's necklace she got from her grandmother and tried to sell it to the same pawnshop my mom worked at.
When she was caught, she tried to pin the blame on me and after she has had her sights on me.
Best revenge I had was when we met again and she tried to fight me and I just carried her and locked her in the bathroom for 6 hours.
What Did They Call This In "Zombieland?" The "Double Tap?"
I was the child. The day after my dad had his vasectomy, I kicked him in the crotch.
(I was only 4, but still!)
They Were Not Good Friends With Frog & Toad
I was once hosting a gazebo at a wildlife event. I was an intern for a conservation charity in the UK. A group of children came up to me and I showed them the froglets that were making their way back to a pond nearby. For some reason, these little demons started grabbing baby frogs and ripping their legs off. I was so horrified I couldn't even say anything. I didn't point out the survivors to any other kids.
This Sounds Like A Problem For Both Parent and Child
I watched a five year old boy cop a feel. The victim didn't notice, but the kid made eye contact with me immediately before and after, so he knew I saw. I rattled him out to his father, who said, "I'll teach him to buy them dinner first."
When I was younger, I had a younger cousin that ties my little sisters' hair to the bike rim and then F-CKING PEDALS.
I got a metal pipe and full force swing it at his jaw.
I think he's in prison now, don't care.
When Not Even The Parents Are Alerted, There's A Problem
I was a child as well at the time, but in first grade during an after school activity for writing I sat next to a group of girls I'd never interacted with before. Well I remember reading a book and then feeling something splinter off in my arm. It hurt like hell at the time and I looked over and one of the girls had stabbed her pencil into my forearm. There was a bit of blood and some splinters and this girl was just glaring at me as she twisted the pencil in. I was frozen because what the f-ck.
I think she stabbed me in the same place like 3 or 4 more times before a teacher finally saw my upraised hand and came over. Not a f-cking word was said as the teacher removed the pencil and clotted the blood. My parents were never told and this girl wasn't told anything either. No idea what became of her.
The Key Is Not To Break Eye-Contact While You're Doing It
My niece was trying to pour herself some Sunny D and my sister said not to do that because it's a new container and too heavy for her.
My niece said she can do it and my sister told her not to do it on the carpet where she was and to move to the kitchen so if she spills, it's ok.
My niece looked at her and dumped the juice on the carpet.
This Sounds Like Regular Older Sister Stuff....
I have 3 older sisters and when we were all kids we bought a trampoline. They all tied me to a chair while they went out to play on it
"Grab Your Fruit."
This is far from the worst thing in this thread, but I need to share it as it officially cemented my dislike for children, especially of the preteen age.
At my work (A middle school, or ages 11-13) we have this rule (Which is actually a law) that every student MUST take a fruit or vegetable. This isn't usually a problem for most kids as they'll just take the easiest thing to grab. An apple, a juice, some carrot packs etc. Not this one girl. She's 11 years old. Every day it's a fight with her to just take the fruit or vegetable and move on. One day I guess she had had 'enough' of me making her do what she's told. So she turns to her friend and goes "We better get a fruit before this f-cking b-tch makes us do it." My blood boiled. I'm just trying to follow the rules written by my job so I don't get in trouble.
"Excuse me?" I said "Wasn't talking to you." Said in the most snotty a-- voice ever.
I let it go until her friend came up without a fruit as well. She started to complain but I stopped her right there.
"B-tch says so. Grab your fruit."
Sure, They're Fine NOW, But Still...
When I was younger, I had a friend, who picked up a broken fragment of a concrete slab and threw it on a kid that was giving him stick. The poor kid was bleeding from his head, parents involved. I remember precisely the kids' mother screaming to this friend of mine's parents; "Your son is going to be a gangster by the time he reaches adulthood, mark my words".
Update: This 'friend' grew up to be perfectly fine, however.
Just A Little Snip, Snip
When I was about 5 my younger sister tried to cut of my little-finger with a pair of pliers. She wasn't mean though, just little, dumb and pissed because of something I had done to her. Still... hurt like hell.
You Never Want To Take Chances When The Joker Is Involved
Late to the party and it is a throw away. My son is evil. He is 8 now, has problems disassociating reality with make believe, my ex wife enables him and belives everything he says. Within a week of starting school, he accused a teacher of touching him in his special place after school one day, was disproved once the CCTV in the class room was reviewed.
Regularly punches his younger brother in the face saying "die Joker"
He also told his teacher than [sic] I choked him when my ex wife wasn't there. Social services were called, not allowed to be near my sons. Got kicked out of the home. Wife files for a protection order and because of it I was let go from work ( I require security clearance for my job). The social worker later found out that he was making it up, because my son calls me Homer now.
I didn't witness it but it happened at my local primary school. A 10 year old girl with a heart defect was hung with a skipping rope by some kids in her class. I can't even comprehend what those little bastards were thinking. It makes me sick to my stomach that a 10 year old kid would do something like that.
Edit: she survived, thought I should add that in.
I love characters I love to hate.
Even when I hate them I can always find the reason they're involved in the story, so I find it difficult to want them to be erased.
Certain characters flaws and the most heinous decisions are written to further story and bolster the audience's love for the heroes.
So as much as we loathe them, we need them; much like our enemies in real life. That is what makes compelling drama.
Redditor u/nekoandCJ wanted to spill the tea on the characters we could do without in our favorite stories by asking:
People of reddit, what fictional character do you hate with a passion?
The list is long for me. It all starts with the guy who shot Bambi's mom. Lord, to this day that is still traumatizing. But she had to go to give Bambi a story. And Michael Douglas's character in "Fatal Attraction," what a putz. He got what he deserved. But how else would we be able to sympathize with Glenn Close? Even though... well y'all get it.
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"Kevin McCallister's uncle… "look what you did you little JERK!"
"Percy from the green mile, that freak can DIE IN THE MENTAL WARD!!"
"That was what was so good, there is a Percy in every large group and more that one in any team where failure isn't punished, like a government job working at a prison. He was a great comment on humanity."
Love Sharon Though
"Ginger from Casino."
"Major kudos to Sharon Stone, her performance made me utterly loathe that character. She was a manipulative junkie who tied her young daughter to a bed so she could go out to score. I wanted to reach through the screen and choke her."
"Loathe the character, but that performance is absolutely god-tier. Helluva an acting job. Her and Pesci just freaking nail it to the stratosphere, playing thoroughly unlikeable characters in the absolute most realistic way. Ginger is the holistic ideal of the gold-digging party girl. And Pesci is that moron Dunning-Kruger guy we all know."
"Manny from Diary of a Wimpy kid I think there's a while subreddit about that little monster."
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"Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. My favorite antagonist ever. Louise Fletcher was perfectly cast for the role, too."
Ohhhh... good choices thus far. Although, I found Sarah Paulson's Ratched more detestable. You know who else is a mess? Elmira Gulch. Love the Wicked Witch. Hate Elmira! Go figure...
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"Livia Soprano made my blood pressure rise every time she was on screen. Great acting. Mission accomplished."
"I will say, I've seen Comic-Con panels with him and his smarta** sense of humor fit Micah perfectly. He may have hated the character, but boy oh boy was he a fantastic casting choice. As were all the main cast, for that matter."
All the Drama
"When I tell you I stood up and cheered when I originally saw Heather from Total Drama Island finally get booted out of the competition. 'Twas a good day."
"Season 1 I HATED her and loved when she lost her hair. But then it was more of a love-hate relationship with her. She's a fun character. Owen, now that monster I hate. Loved him season 1, but then he just got reduced to fat guy who farts and contributes nothing."
"Craig from Malcolm in the Middle. He's a selfish, annoying coward. Like the episode where he's injured and he makes Lois drive all over town to different restaurants for him. I love when the helper monkey turns on him, that's what he gets for treating it like crap. I especially hate the episode where Hal asks Craig to help him buy a comic book for Malcolm."
"And Craig also makes Hal drive him all over town for different meals and treats and gifts, then when Hal dares to ask when they're actually going to the comic book store Craig flips out and demands to be let out of the car and says he won't help Hal anymore. Like come the hell on, I just want to slap him."
"Do you need a cough drop, Dolores?!"
"I loved Umbridge for the simple fact that she brought out McGonagall's savagery like no one else, and it was glorious."
"Voldemort is just another generic, pointlessly evil type of character that only seems to exist in fiction. Umbridge is the type of tight @ssed bureaucrat that mimics the actual villain in many average people's real lives."
This thread could be endless. So many villains and loathesome characters so little time. But Lord the drama is good!
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Everyone has their own little quirks.
What's the weirdest thing you find attractive?
Perhaps the thing you find the most attractive is completely unnoticeable to the average person. As in, if you weren't looking for this one tiny, small, completely negligible thing, you would never notice it.
But these people did.
Whip It Back And Forth
"My wife had shoulder length hair for a while. Once, when I called her name and she did the hair-swish-smile thing, I just about f-cking died from cuteness."
Little Stragglies Of Cuteness
"The neck, when a woman has her hair up and those little bits of hair curl around."
"Seeing a girl have to stand on her tiptoes to do basically anything, especially to hug or kiss me.
I think it's the cutest thing ever"
Then there are those people who find things attractive that, on first viewing, someone else wouldn't see as "Wow, that's a real turn on!" However, you have refined and cultured taste. Of course you'll love it when someone's bones stick out a little bit.
"Collarbones. Can't even explain it. Just a shirt low enough to show a pronounced collarbone."
"Omgyes! Protruding collarbones and (at least imo) hipbones are crazy hot! It doesn't have to do with them being skinny though! Slightly curvy people can also have really nice defined collar- and hipbones!"
Controlling A Massive Machine
"My husband reversing the car. He puts his arm around the passenger seat and looks over his shoulder...."
"Oh, man, I love watching people drive. The arm-around-the-passenger-seat-while-reversing thing for sure, but also just people driving in general. There's just something about that focus people get when they're behind the wheel; the way their expressions are usually passive, but their eyes are attentive... oh man. I'm with you on this one for sure."
Someone Has A Thing For "Teen Wolf"
"Long canines. The teeth, not the species.
Not unnaturally long like vampire fangs, but just enough that they're longer than the rest of the teeth."
"Huh, weirdest compliment I've gotten from a guy before was that he liked my 'pointy teeth.' This was at a bar and it made my coworker do a double take."
Then there's these, which you may not have known did it for you, but after reading these there's no going back. You're hooked, now, and that's okay. Embrace the weirdness.
I See You Are Also An Individual Of Class And Substance
"Chokers, f-ck those things stir up something primal in me"
"Ah I see you also grew up in the 90s and watched buffy the vampire slayer..."
Wait, That Seems Pretty Obvi-Oh, That's Why...
"Guys who wear glasses.
For some reason I think it's sexy when we're making out and he has to take them off."
Seems Like You Like Everything They Do. Which Is Great.
"I like when women have to go pee really bad and do that dance. Yea it's weird.
Or when you successfully feed your girlfriend at the appropriate time of day and she does a little dance or starts humming a song as she's chewing.
I like watching the daily skin care routine as they furiously and rapidly circulate their little raccoon sized hands in various nonsense that I'll never understand"
Everyone is different. Everyone has different tastes. Everyone has things that speak to them. These are all perfectly acceptable, and steering into them might actually help you along as you continue your search for a viable romantic partner. Don't shy away from the things you find sexy. Embrace them. Be happy.
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When we're kids, we expect the adults in our lives to notice everything, know everything, and maintain a just, sound moral order.
Psh, don't hold your breath.
Whether it's a teacher, the parent supervising a playdate, or mom and dad at home, kids expect them to have eyes on the back of their heads.
That way, when a kid gets into a spat with a peer, has something stolen, or feels a quiet emotion, the adult in the room will respond with full knowledge of all the facts at play.
But adults are just human beings with a limited bandwidth in their heads. Half the time they're doing other things when the incident goes down.
So they weigh in as best as they can with the limited info they receive--usually in the form of two screaming children pointing at one another.
Curious to learn about the times when the adult got it wrong, Redditor Butterat_Zool asked:
"What minor injustice was wrought upon you as a child that you're still salty about today?"
Many people talked about times when a prized possession was stolen, destroyed, or squandered. Sure, things are just things.
But to kids they mean a whole lot.
Covering Her Tracks
"We had a special arts and crafts week when I was about six, maybe younger. I made my dad a Christmas stocking out of clay, because I'd always thought it was unjust that he didn't have one. It was going to be my Christmas presents to him."
"I took it to the teacher to show her, and so it could be fired later. She methodically destroyed it by balling it up in her hands, and then tried to put it down to a brain fart. I was shocked, but mostly I wanted a replacement stocking, since it was meant to be a gift. I asked her to remake it for me, since she, a teacher, would be allowed to use the clay any time, but I only had a few minutes left."
"The next day I was told I'd been bad and I wasn't allowed to participate in the arts and crafts week any more, and that was that."
No Help From Pa
"When I was 4 I had a little red rocking horse necklace. It was my favourite. I wore it to a puppet show my dad took me to one day and took it off and put it beside me."
"The kid next to me picked it up and wouldn't give it back. We fought."
"My dad told her dad he didn't recognize the necklace and let her take it. I'm 45 and still salty."
In-School Pawn Shop
"Teacher took my 2ft long pencil and sold it to another student."
"Yup. A few teachers at that school sold supplies like pencils to students. It just so happened that this one was taken from me because it was 'too distracting' "
All Them Nintendos
"When I was younger I wanted a Sega Dreamcast. My parents wouldn't just buy it for me, since 'I already had enough Nintendos.' I got a job at Hollywood Video. I couldn't even drive yet, so I would ride my BMX to work in my tuxedo uniform."
"When I saved enough money, I told my parents I was going to buy it myself. They told me no. When I asked why, they said it was to teach me that I can't always get what I want, even if I can afford it."
"I bought one anyway and successfully hid it from them. Every night when I went to 'bed,' I'd hook up the Dreamcast and play as quietly as possible. I still give them sh** for that decision, but they stand by it."
Other people fixated on the times an adult embarrassed them in front of multiple people. Of all the examples given, these are enough to make you really worry about some of the people watching kids out there.
"We were on a field trip to some Washington forest and the ranger started asking about products that grow in or are made from forests."
"3rd grade me who had just discovered in some Ranger Rick article that latex rubber comes from tree trunks confidently raised my hand to share."
" 'Uh rubber from trees, now that doesn't sound right does it' and she moved onto another. 35 years later and the salt is still there."
"In 4th grade our teacher told us to write a paper about what we thought of our school, now our school wasn't great and I was homeschooled up until that year and struggling with the change so wrote about my frustrations and how I was generally unhappy with it..."
"...and she insulted me in front of everybody until the point that I cried and then told me I should get up and read the paper to the class, I refused and she made me rewrite that paper until it was positive, you know instead of trying too help me with the problems I had"
Don't Cross a Paleo Nerd
"I was failed on an essay in English class because my interpretation was incorrect. The poet was describing an airplane and they asked us to figure how what it was being interpreted or anthropomorphized as."
"I was a paleo nerd and chose a pterosaur, because the author described the engines as screeching, and heaving, wings outstretched but still, etc. This was in 6th grade and in my essay I wrote 'and pterosaurs weren't like modern birds, they certainly didn't chirp!' "
"The teacher specifically read my essay out loud to the class as an example of something bad and wrong and 'incorrect.' She also didn't know what a pterosaur was or how you say pterodactyl. Big Salt could mine me until the sun explodes."
And finally, others shared the times they found themselves doing the wrong thing, in the wrong place, at the wrong time. The adult only saw a snippet of a much broader context of behavior.
And the minimal knowledge led them to punish exactly the wrong person.
"Someone's phone went off in class, so teacher demanded that person turn their phone it. No one budges. She holds us in class for a good 20 minutes into the next period antagonizing us about this phone that rung. Eventually she let us go and warned all other teachers about this phone incident."
"My 8th period teacher then gets involved and antagonizes us all again. Said he was gonna stand out in the hall and whoever knows anything to report to him. Some kid went out there and said it was my phone. I got yelled at, got written up for Saturday detention, and later that year found out the kid who told on me was the one who's phone rung in class."
The One Time
"In kindergarten, we sat on this foam mat made out of large puzzle pieces, and we were all assigned one. My puzzle neighbor, Tommy, threw his garbage onto my square. Every time I pushed it off, he'd put it back."
"I eventually got mad and told him to knock it off, and the teacher noticed and yelled at me for throwing garbage into his square. I sat out for the rest of the day and my pin was brought down to 'bad day'. I accidentally broke his nose on the metal spider a few weeks after during tag, though."
Pulled In to the Chatter Hole
"Once a week, in kindergarten, they would pick a name of a kid who would win a toy. Only good kids could participate."
"I was alway a good kid, but not really lucky. My name got picked only once in the whole year. That day, unfortunately for me, I was next to a kid who would not shut up during the lesson. I spoke once to ask him to please stop talking. Guess who the teacher chose to punish for disturbing the lesson? That's right. Me. Didn't get my toy."
Until some kind of horrifying technology comes out that allows adults to see and know every facet of their child's existence, tiny injustices like this will proliferate.
But perhaps those couple slights are totally worth the freedom of adults that don't know everything we're up to.
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Modern medicine is a marvel. It's the reason why we've been able to effectively eradicate some serious diseases and improve the quality of health care around the world. When you take these two things into consideration, it's easy to see why vaccine hesitancy can be such a frustrating topic for people right now.
Many people would not be able to survive without the benefits of modern medicine. That's what we learned after Redditor forevernostalgic23 asked the online community,
"If modern medicine didn't exist what medical condition would have died from or been severely impacted by?"
"Bad vision alone would have made me terrible at most things."
I had bad vision until my early 20s. I second this.
"I would have had a very short life..."
"I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age seven. I would have had a very short life without modern medicine."
Having known many people who live with diabetes, I am glad that they are still here.
"I probably would have died..."
"I probably would have died at 6 years old from strep throat."
This is a big one: In the past, it commonly killed many people. And guess what, it still does? The CDC estimates approximately 11,000 to 24,000 cases of invasive group A strep disease occur each year in the United States, with 1,200 to 1,900 of those cases resulting in death.
"I was born..."
"I was born with a bilateral abdominal hernia and amniotic fluid in my lungs, no way I would have survived infancy without modern medicine."
"My brother and I..."
My brother and I were bitten by a rabid farm kitten when we were 6 and 4 years old. Without the foresight of my grandfather who had the cat tested and modern medicine creating the vaccine, my parents would be childless."
Frightening! I saw Cujo as a child and that told me all I needed to know about rabies, thank you very much.
"I would have gone deaf..."
"I would have gone deaf from recurrent ear infections as a child and then died at 14 from pneumonia."
"But since that..."
"I was born two months premature, so I'd likely not survive that in an earlier era. But since that, nothing."
"Mom and Dad..."
"The way I was born. Mom and Dad had to feed me through a tube down my nose the first year and a half."
"If the recurrent..."
"If the recurrent tonsillitis didn't get me, my appendix would have been the end of me as a teen."
"Neither kiddo nor I..."
"Giving birth. Neither kiddo nor I would be alive without emergency surgery."
Amazing, right? Be grateful for modern medicine––there are new developments each and every day. And who knows what the future has in store for us? Will there be a cure for cancer? Alzheimer's disease and dementia? The sky's the limit.
Have some stories of your own? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments section below!