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Love is a powerful feeling and one of the most powerful behavioral motivators. It is the one emotion that leaves you with no rhyme or reason. You will find yourself doing incredible things that you would have never thought you were capable of, and most of those things will be stupid or embarrassing. Once we find ourselves smitten with another person, the brain stops working and the heart goes full speed ahead. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes.... well at least you can say you tried.

Redditor u/fuqmook wanted everyone to admit... What is the most cringe worthy thing you have done to get a crush's attention?


Gatorade: The Love Quencher! 

I liked a boy in the seventh grade. Every day I would buy a Gatorade and pretend I couldn't open it and ask him to. One day I did open and panicked. I tried to close it again as tight as I could and give it to him to open it for me. He called out on how easy it was to open and looked like it had already been opened. I wanted to climb under the bleachers. medicalprofessional1

Woof! 

I asked her out by parking outside her house and writing it on the windows of my car in car chalk. She sent the dog outside and said "You should leave. My dog is outside he's pretty mean." discoslimjim

You didn't happen to steal that chalk from your work did you? A coworker of mine told me a similar story. Harry_Potthead

You should have said "Ok, lets see the dog then." It will display your dominance and value as a man. Shadow_Of_

There is persistence and then there is crazy! 

(I was young!) Called crush's phone every 60 seconds for an hour (no answer, repeat). I figured she'd pick up once she got home and I wanted to talk to her ASAP. Unfortunately, she was on the phone with someone else the entire time, getting the "you have another call" notifications about incoming calls, just wasn't responding to them. After about the 60th time she picked up and screamed WHAT!?!?!?!?! and I tried to worm out of it like it wasn't me that had just called her over and over and over. She didn't buy it of course. This one still keeps me up at night 30 years later. catthedd

That was your best plan?

My crush was a kid who lived down the block from my house. I stole his dog from his yard and then went to his front door to return it and get to talk to him. He said he saw me take it. sociallyineptmilk

So how is witness protection working out for you? fuqmook

Yes, he is watching and thinking 'WTF is she doing with the dog'... then it becomes clearly uncomfortable. Once_An_Optimist

Good to know another language. 

We had a foreign exchange student my Freshman year of High school.

She was French and absolutely gorgeous, so naturally, all of us boys were smitten with her. She was in choir and sang really well, so I figured since I was a musician as well, that was my "in" with her.

So, I busted my butt and learned a love song from a very popular French Opera. It took me a really long time to memorize and I thought it would be a bold gesture. So, I sang it to her flawlessly and asked her how she liked it, thinking that taking the effort to learn a love song in her language would be a great gesture.

Well... That day, I found out that she was Swedish, not French. I'm stupid. Chingparr

Don't runaway...

In kindergarten, I proposed to my crush by yelling across the playground. Uh... didn't get an answer back.

In high school, I got some presents for my (different) crush's birthday (barely talked to her in person because I was painfully shy, but always talked to her on AIM) Went up to her awkwardly with a red face, gave her the presents, said happy birthday and walked away immediately out of sheer embarrassment.

She told me later she liked the gifts. strangehobbies

What happens in Fight Club... 

In 12th grade I had a huge crush on this guy in one of my classes. I knew his favorite book and movie was Fight Club, so I Googled everything about it (along with watching the movie). On Valentine's Day, I sent him a card that said I want to have your abortion and gave him my phone number. PregnantMexicanTeens

This made me choke on my f**king juice thank you for that laugh! DefenderoftheSinners

And it didn't work?

That would've worked stupendously on me - especially considering that that's one of my favorite lines. Bonus points cos it's from the book, you definitely did your homework at very least... InfectedByDevils

Never not try... 

Sheepishly handed her a letter and ran away in like 10th grade that would have been like a D- rambley mess in speech form that basically said "Hey you're cool want to hang out sometime?" in three paragraphs because I was nervous as all hell and didn't know how to people.

Funny thing is that she brought it up again in senior year and asked if I wanted to catch a movie or something.

In the letter, don't really remember. She (Her family) had some horses and I remember mentioning that and asking her if she wanted to hang out sometime outside of the context of the horses.

When she brought it up senior year, that's around when I was finally learning how to people so I was able to laugh about it and say sure, give her my number. And by my number I mean my parents number because this was before cellphones were really a thing (Like 2005). She ended up leaving me a voicemail, played phonetag a bit, movie thing didn't work out and I don't remember exactly why but we just never ended up doing anything. Didn't have any opportunity to hang out in school either, only had one study hall together for one quarter and no common classes senior year. dkf295

There are no accidents! 

Once I was was 14 I "accidentally" sent a picture of me in a super fancy dress to my crush because I wanted him to ask me to the dance. remyrf

I did something similar: I took in actual physical prints of photos of myself doing what I thought were sexy poses. For some reason, I did these poses in striped rain-boots [edit: and a men's button down shirt as a dress] in my wood-paneled basement... and then at school I "dropped" the pictures out of my bag in front of my crush. He helped me pick them up and didn't have much to say about it, so I just shoved them back into my bag.

At some point during the rest of the school day, they must have fallen out of my bag. I didn't notice. About a week later, this girl brought half of the pictures to me and said something like, "These were on a bench in [park in the neighboring town], I thought you might like them back."

I have many times imagined what their mortifying journey to that park must have been like. I never got the other half back - someone might still have prints of me at 13 posing in rain-boots.

It was an embarrassing and edifying experience. Now I'm just really glad that I didn't have cellphone picture messaging at the time or the pictures could have made it a lot further than just the park in the neighboring town. outlawforlove

Stop Staring! 

High school. I brought a mirror to school so I could stare at the guy on the down-low, except he immediately noticed and pointed it out to his buddies sitting next to him. Then at break time he told me to stop staring at him, and subsequently avoided me like the plague.

Felt bad, man. JustAnotherLemonTree

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Now that college has become a standard requirement for so many jobs and careers, there is a massive push by high schools to get their graduating students accepted and enrolled at an undergraduate college.

On the whole, that's undoubtedly a great thing. A more educated workforce will be prepared to solve the most complex issues facing human beings in the next several decades.

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*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.

The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


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/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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When I was moving on from middle school to high school my parents had me tested for the "gifted" program. By some miracle I passed and was accepted. And then I turned it down. Everyone was irritated. "This will pave the way for any college you want! You'll learn so much!" his path will set you up for life!" Every adult tried valiantly to sell me this merchandise but in my gut I just wasn't buying it. So I "settled" a level below, merely advanced classes. And upon reflection... it was the best choice I ever made.

Redditor u/dauntlessdaisy was wondering how far some in life got by asking... For those of you who were considered "gifted" in school, what are you doing with your life now?
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