Some people really do find love in hopeless places -- really unexpected places. Move over, church bake sale. Falling through someone's ceiling and then for them, for example, or dating the person who power-washed your intestines are just a couple of random ways people have started a relationship.
Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.
In high school I had a summer job insulating houses. One day I was helping spray insulation in a homeowners attic and fell through the ceiling into the homeowner's daughter's room.
Between busting my butt and getting berated by my boss, I was really embarrassed. The daughter noticed I was pretty down on myself and went out of her way to be nice to me.
Long story short, we ended up dating for about a year before heading off to college.
Had a choice of a baseball game or party. Wanted to go to the game but made a promise to go to the party. Wasn't in the best of moods.
Go to get a beer and a girl comes up to the keg, I hold out the tap to fill her cup and she says in a non-talkative way, thanks.
I say, you seem to want to be here as much as I do. She apologized and we mentioned why we were there and why we didn't want to be. Ended up talking the whole time and got together with her friends later that evening.
Spent everyday together after that. Dated, moved in together, got married and had a son.
10 years to the day we met she filed for divorce.
Should have gone to the damn baseball game.
Sometimes life points you in the right direction.
My current partner chopped her finger off at work and I took her to hospital and hung out for eight hours while they reattached her finger then took her home to make sure she was okay. We've been together two years now and she has no visible scarring from the surgery. We just kinda clicked.
So you got her digits?!
At least it was only a phone call and not an erroneous nude...
Wrong phone number. A girl apparently gave him a fake number at a bar the night before, and that turned out to be my number. We only dated for a few months, but it's a funny story either way.
My uncle married a wrong phone number. He called, it was the wrong number (it was the salon she worked at) and they chatted for a few minutes. He enjoyed their conversation so much that he decided to stop by the salon and say hi in person and they chatted some more. He asked her on a date, she said yes, and now they're married.
I met my wife before a college English class. It was an 8 A.M. class and the teacher was super late, so we were all waiting outside the door. I was absentmindedly humming along to "The Ocean" by Led Zeppelin when she turns around to me and says, "Hey, is that Led Zeppelin?"
I said, "Yeah!"
She said, "Oh cool. Well, you gotta shut up. I'm hungover as hell." And then she turned back around.
I used to tell people that she hit me with her car.
Which was true. Technically.
I was stopped at a traffic light on my motorbike and she was stopped behind me. Her car rolled forward, bumped my bike, which jolted it forward. This caught me by surprise and the entire thing ended with my bike falling over. No big deal.
She was extremely apologetic, and worried that I might take legal action or that she had damaged my bike in some way. So she offered to buy me a coffee in apology and it went from there.
edit: I was wearing a full-face helmet, so I doubt it was planned. And it only lasted six months back in ~2009.
So many questions.
In high school my now husband was stabbing plastic utensils into an apple, I told him it looked nice and he told me to f*ck off.
Edit: Wow this got popular! I'm glad that my awkward relationship story could make some people laugh, it's a cherished memory that I don't think I'll ever forget and it makes a hell of a great conversation starter for "how did you two meet?"
Clearly the ethics courses didn't take.
I found a desert tortoise wandering down the sidewalk. So I went door to door trying to find its owner. Cute guy answers door, gets me a box, we find the owner together. We got married a year later.
Buuuuut then while paying for his Ph.D. in ethics, he's busy hammering hookers while I traveled for work... to pay for his Ph.D. One divorce and 10 years later I'm still stuck with his student loans on my credit report and HPV to boot. NEXT TIME JUST KEEP THE DAMN TORTOISE.
I met my wife at an ad hoc party thrown by two roommates who hadn't told the other that their friends were coming over. So both groups of about 5 people showed up just expecting to hang out, and it turned into 10 people jammed into a small apartment laughing and drinking.
She saw his inner beauty.
I went in for a colon cleanse on a dare with a friend, and it ended up in a date with the girl inserting the water tube and performing the flushing.
Pass the BOTtle
4 years ago, my friend introduced me to a game app, the kind you play with your Facebook friends. After a while, she lost interest in it, so I decided to play with a "random opponent". I got matched to some guy from Europe and we played the game for a week before he messaged me on the chat function "Hey, are you real?" because he wasn't sure if he was playing with a bot. We hit it off and he ended up moving to my country to be with me :)
I had a full-time job at a biotech company, but also a part-time job at a magazine. The magazine didn't do direct deposit so I had them send my checks to the biotech company. One month I didn't get my magazine check, and the head of billing at the biotech emails me and asks me to come to her office.
The biotech was somehow able to deposit my magazine money that month into their own account, and the head of billing asked me why I was receiving money from some magazine, what I did for them, what the magazine was. All this with the door to her office open.
After some back and forth she says she'll cut me a check which requires a lot of paperwork on her part, and as I'm walking back to my desk downstairs, I make eye contact with a girl in the billing department.
An hour or so later the girl sends me an email because she overheard our conversation and is familiar with the magazine I worked for. We dated for a little over three years.
I was at a coffeeshop with a girl I was absolutely nuts about but only dating casually. During our conversation she cuts me off and hisses about a girl across the room I'd never seen before who was having an argument with her boyfriend.
"That's the bitch who stole my boyfriend!" girl-I-was-nuts-about said. Same guy arguing with girl-I'd-never-seen-before. Girl-I'd-never-seen-before stands up, says "I'm done", and storms off--not angrily, but calmly and confidently. Supremely poised, like she was storming out of a Henry James novel. I remember briefly thinking as she walked out the door, "that is the most regal creature I have ever seen in my life."
Girl-I-was-nuts-about huffs in pleasure about their fight. I murmur some kind of agreement in the interest of solidarity. We have a pleasant coffee date and don't go home together.
Three years later, I start managing that same coffeeshop. On my first day, girl-I'd-never-seen-before is formally introduced to me by mutual friends. It dawns on me after a moment that this was the girl from that night. This was the entire conversation:
ME: Hello. HER: Hey.
A year later, as she became a regular at the shop, we became actual friends and started hanging out. A year after that, we started dating. That was 20 years ago. She's snoring quietly beside me as I type this.
Feel The Earth Move
It was April 2010, I was travelling in Barcelona for work when the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted and grounded all aircraft flying to Europe. I was trapped. I did the sensible thing and went to the pub where I met 2 drunk Irish guys. Proceeded to get reasonably hammered until a girl walked in and sat beside me. She was stranded as well so we proceeded to get drunker together. Decided I should kiss her, I did, and now she is my wife. All thanks to Eyjafjallajökull.
You should name your kid Eyjafjallajökull.
Cheers To That!
Finally a question where I think I have an answer worth typing for!
Met my SO totally hungover at a 2-day beerpong tourney. I was outside talking to my friends and told them how hungover I was because of the last night. Next thing I know this beatiful blonde girl walks up to me and says: "I overheard you say you are hungover, you jsut need another beer! It helps when you are hung over! I'll pay you a round!" In Switzerland we call this the Counterbeer, yes I know sounds strange, but works!
I was so stunned by the fact, that a totally out of my league girl went up to me, told me I need a beer AND PAID FOR IT! Totally went along with it and spent the rest of the day with her.
That was over 2 years ago and I couldn't imagine a life without her anymore! She's truly the best!
So yes, met her random at a beerpong tourney! Still laughing about that.
Communication is toKYo
I met this woman on tinder 3-4 weeks before I moved to japan. Since I was moving so soon I was really hesitant to get into any sort of relationship but we were texting all day and she was really cool. When I got back from a work trip she finally got the guts to ask me to hang out, because I was avoiding it since I was moving. We ended up going to a burger joint and having the time of our lives.
Flash forward to now we've been married for 6 months and are both living in japan. Wouldn't trade it for the world.
Hope They Don't Go Ex-tinct
Pillow fight in San Francisco. I wore a child's dinosaur costume.
Wait an adult pillow fight?
Yeah, huge pillow fight ~thousand people
It's easy to get caught up in the past.
...so long as we knew what time of day it was going to be on.
What's something nostalgic for your age group?
Video games today are horrible!
Give us a 2-dimensional side-scroller of an Italian plumber fighting a dragon monster and nothing else good for many more years after that. Who needs all these fantastic releases, year in and year out, every year?
How Do We Enable "Big Head Mode?"
"Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, select, start"
"My toddler son has a toy game controller that plays a little jingle if you put this code in. I loved that they put that little Easter egg into a kids toy and it makes my husband smile every time he does it."
When Was This Old? *cries in tired old man
"Anytime recently I've tried to get back into Minecraft it breaks my heart because the game just feels so different now. I played it from 2010 up until 2018 or 19 almost religiously, but the past couple years have really changed the game. I'm sure it's just as fun to play now, but it doesn't have that same nostalgia factor anymore like it used to."
Tests Of Parenthood
"Neopets in 2005"
"My girlfriend at the time made me take care of one as a test for being a father. Literally."
Some things you long for aren't actually possible to do anymore, leading to the reasoning this is why the nostalgia is at an all-time high. What's worse than missing something that no longer exists?
The Smell, The Sounds, The Sights, The Ambience
"Going to Blockbuster with my friends on a Friday"
"Renting cheesy horror movies and making fun of them with the group!"
You Can Miss That?
"Dial up modem noises"
"Kiiiiiiiiiiii…kiiuuuu…kiiiuuuu.. it was something like that right? I even forgot."
"And then I used to open yahoo login page and do some other work for few minutes and come back while it loads, and then enter id password, hit login and then get a coffee until it loads."
Illegal, But, Yeah
"I remember the really early days of mp3 sharing, before P2P came along. There were hundreds of FTP servers that you could connect to with huge libraries of mp3s. No domain name, just a raw IP address that you found somewhere on usenet."
"But they couldn't just give it away, because then everyone would take and nobody would give. So they had quota systems: you'd upload an mp3, and for every byte you uploaded, you'd get to download 2, or 3, or maybe even 5. And this was over dialup, so uploading or downloading a single file could take 30 minutes."
"But it was FTP. Very simple and dumb. There was no memory of your "credits" between sessions, so if you uploaded a bunch of stuff and then lost your connection, you were SOL."
"It amazes me to think how much time I spent getting a few songs that today I can play any time I want on Spotify."
For some people, this next section will sound silly.
For others, this was our childhood, which sadly (when you really think about it) revolved around a television schedule we had no input on, meaning we had to plan everything out around when the next episode of Power Rangers aired.
Cartoons After School Are The Best
"Anime on Toonami. Cartoon Cartoon Fridays"
"Toonami had really great western cartoons as well. I loved watching Samurai Jack, Ben 10, Teen Titans, and Clone Wars on Toonami growing up."
"Old Cartoon Network, spiky gelled hair"
"Old Cartoon Network" is an interesting answer because people are gonna have different ideas about what "Old Cartoon Network" is. I think of Ed, Edd n Eddy and Codename: Kids Next Door. Another commenter mentioned Gumball which is still well after my time."
When Life Revolved Around Someone Else's Schedule
"Born in the 70s, grew up in the 80s...I remember huddling around the TV as a family to watch certain things."
"For some reason, they would show The Wizard of Oz every year on network tv..and it was a big deal. My mom would make popcorn...in a pot on the stove (It was the 80's) and we'd sit on a blanket on the floor and watch."
Or Friday Nights....Dukes of Hazzard (when it was new). Mom would get takeout from Burger Chef...and we'd sit on the floor eating hamburgers watching 'dem Duke Boys at it again."
"Or in the summer....they'd show Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D on tv. 7-11 would give out free 3-D glasses."
"For the younger Redditors....this was well before any kind of streaming/on demand service...and back when cable TV and VCRs were still a luxury that a lot of people didn't have. So, you really only got to watch what was on the few channels that your antenna allowed."
"Another one is coming home from school to watch old shows like Gilligan's Island, The Munsters, The Addams Family, Batman, F-Troop."
"Or staying up late and at midnight....the TV would play the National Anthem....then show a control screen and just "BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP" like this: https://youtu.be/Cnchea6LHN0"
The good ol' days.
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When determining how to spend our life in a way that feels worthy, many place a heavy emphasis on experiences. We want to die with scars and stories.
And sticking our necks out inevitably leads to a whole lot of struggle. But that doesn't mean we wouldn't do the same thing the very next day if we could go back.
Some things, though we'll never do them again, were too important an experience to pass up.
Redditor JackIrishJack asked:
"What should you do once, but not twice?"
Many people talked about the life experiences, big and small, that influenced their outlook. They recommend people go through some discomfort to gain important awareness.
A Capacity for Empathy
"Working in the food industry I feel like everybody should do it once so they can have a respect for food workers but it's also a hell I never want to go through again"
Paying for a Daydream
"Buy a lottery ticket"
"You're not going to win, but buying a lottery ticket gives you the chance to dream and pretend. Having a second lottery ticket isn't going to make your dreams more vivid."
Plenty of Implications
"Visit Auschwitz. I firmly believe everyone should go visit it so as to not forget what humans are capable of doing to each other. But no need to visit twice. Once was enough for me."
Others brought up things which, if done twice, would be a sure sign that something is very very wrong.
Supposed To Be Permanent
"Learning how to walk. The first time - good on you. Having to
relearn a second time means something went terribly wrong."
Only Two Sets
"Lose all of your teeth" -- Outrageous_Cream_112
"Haha I had to think about this for a second" -- ApplesauceDoctr
Don't Wanna Find Yourself There Too Often
"Get beaten half to death breaks the concepts of your limits. Second time breaks the spirit. Third time is overkill."
Others apparently viewed the question as an opportunity for a little cleverness.
If You're Good
"Cut...you measure twice before." -- wxguy215
"For me its more like 'measure twice, make sure it's just a teeny bit too long then go back and shave it off little by little until it wedges in perfectly' " -- pistpuncher3000
As the Saying Goes
"Fool me" -- Thia_suzieUzi
"FOOL ME THREE TIMES FU** THE PEACE SIGN LOAD THE CHOPPA LET IT RAIN ON YOU" -- nixusthegod
Only a Couple to Work With
"Donate a kidney" -- RealisticDelusions77
"Donate one kidney, you're a hero. Donate two kidneys, you're a corpse. Donate three kidneys, you're a felon." -- Drach88
"Be born. Going through the birthing process again would probably kill my mother." -- cylonrobot
Here's hoping we can all find the healthy balance between living a full, experienced life and punishing ourselves a little too much.
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Whenever I visit clothing stores, I make it a point to fold the clothes I unfurl. That is apparently my downfall as a customer.
Because of this, fellow customers often peg me as an employee and always ask me questions like where the bathroom is, or if the store has certain sizes left in stock.
Umm, no, I don't work here. I'm just a responsible customer. As you were.
Many of us make assumptions about other people just by looking at them. Who knew we were so presumptuous?
Curious to hear the experiences of strangers online, Redditor lilmizzvalz asked:
"What do people assume about you, based on your appearance?"
People often misinterpret moods based on how someone looks. That's unfair, wouldn't you say?
"That I'm caring and supportive. I have a resting nice face."
"That I am always mad. Nope just dissociating and staring off into space."
Not Meaning To Be Mean
"That I'm mean. I have a resting mean face for a dude I guess. Also lately it's worse because I'm bigger now. I don't really notice how my face appears but apparently, I seem angry when I'm looking at stuff."
"'You should smile' and 'are you ok?' comments followed me from busboy, waiter, bartender my whole career."
When it comes to measuring intelligence of others, some people are just way off.
Hard To Live Up To Expectations
"That I'm clever. People keep saying it to me, but I'm dumb and that sh*t is hard to live up to."
"I have glasses."
Eyes Full Of Wisdom
"I apparently have something similar going on mixed with looking like I know sh*t, because people come up to me in public and ask about directions, bus schedules and stuff all the time. Like, they'll deliberately avoid other people to ask me. Including when I'm abroad and should look a bit out of place."
"They assume I have an intellectual disability. (And also that I'm deaf, since I'm not able to speak.)"
"No, I am a person with two university degrees who happen to need a wheelchair because of a nasty neurological illness."
People don't always look their age. Some don't even act their age. But these Redditors have gotten their fair share of wrong guesses for their ages.
"That I'm 15."
"I'm 38 and a doctor. 'Did you just finish school?' EVERY DAY."
"This thread was depressing to read as I am 38 but often get mistaken for 50. I hate y'all and your youthful beauty."
Some people are typed out as certain types of people with just one look.
Watch Your Tone
"That I have a southern accent. Not one stranger has ever suspected that I have a 'New Jersey' accent (Born and raised in New Jersey before moving south)"
Not A Biker
"That I ride a Harley and/or work on them. I'm bald with a long goatee and tons of tattoos, but I'm in IT for a living and don't ride motorcycles at all."
Like others have expressed in the thread, I've also been accused of having "resting b*tch face."
You know, that neutral expression where you're not smiling the one time you're not in a situation where you have to be "on" for other people?
Yeah, that one.
If someone's resting face comes across as unfriendly, well, perhaps it's best not to upset them by asking them what's wrong all the time. Just sayin'.
Ideally, a teacher should take the job because of a genuine interest in helping students, furthering their education as well as their self-development. Of course, it's not as simple as that (administrative issues aside). Unfortunately, there are some teachers out there who aren't cut out for the job––and they even have a mean streak when it comes to their students. The effects this can have on the learning process are dire.
Teachers don't get paid well, and they're well aware. Many stick with the job because they have a passion for teaching; many others stick with the job because of the position of inscrutable authority it offers them over helpless students.
People shared their experiences after Redditor Ara-Rat asked the online community,
"What did your teacher do that made you call them 'the worst teacher ever'?"
"Questioned 5th-grade teacher's manner of pluralizing a word on the board. Got sent to the library to look it up in a dictionary and report my findings to the class.
Decades later and I'm still mad at that woman for trying to publicly humiliate a ten-year-old student."
That's awful. What is with adults who try to deliberately an example out of children?
"My old band teacher..."
"My old band teacher threw a projector at his students. He left the district later that year."
That was... probably for the best, when you think about it. (I had a teacher who threw a girl's pencil case out the window when she wouldn't stop talking; no, he was not fired.)
"My 3rd-grade teacher..."
"My 3rd-grade teacher got frustrated with a kid's stutter and started pounding the kid's desk with a closed fist while mocking his stutter."
Hopefully this teacher was disciplined and/or fired. That's the sort of behavior that thankfully would not fly today––it would go viral so fast.
"The worst were the teachers..."
"The worst were the teachers who would take books away from me and hold me up for ridicule because they disagreed or didn't approve of the genre or subject material. I was always into science fiction and horror genre's and many of them didn't consider it true literature worthy of reading. I remember my father getting into it with one of the teachers who disapproved of Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, to which he pointed out it was on the required reading list of a lot of major universities. Dad was awesome like that, and chewed the teacher and principal out for having the temerity to try to stop any student who wanted to read, regardless of what the genre was."
Teachers who mock students for reading are the worst. Reading is one of the best things any student can do––there are so many benefits! Hopefully you have not lost your love of reading.
"When I'd instinctively try..."
"She tied me to my chair. I was hyperactive, and also 5. She would also hold my hand during formation in the mornings and squeeze so hard my tiny knuckles would crack. When I'd instinctively try to pull my hand away, she'd hold onto it and smile at me and ask me if it hurt."
The abuse here is almost incomprehensible. But it happens: a few years ago, a teacher made headlines for hanging a student by his coat on a coatrack. You can bet there were lawsuits.
"I was in the only dress I owned..."
"Tried to get me suspended for a dress code violation when I was 15. I was in the only dress I owned at the time because I was going to my best friend's funeral. She'd committed suicide two days before. I was crying and begging her to just let me stay till my mom picked up my remaining friends to go to the funeral. Said teacher then took me to the office and I had to sit in the front office under a tarp until my mom picked me up."
"My 8th grade English teacher..."
"My 8th grade English teacher never published grades and every time I'd ask her about it she'd answer with, "I don't know, what do you think it is?"
IF I KNEW WOULD I BE ASKING?!"
I've had a few teachers like this. Makes one wonder: Are you actually grading anything? WHAT are you doing, exactly?
"My biology teacher..."
"My biology teacher took my yearbook away right before the summer break. I didn't put it away in time.
That year my parents divorced and I was moving away. I told her this after class and she didn't care. She kept it until the last day. I didn't get any signatures.
Ended up throwing it away. What a witch."
"My university lecturer..."
"My university lecturer was the most incompetent bloke I've ever met. He taught I.T and for the life of me, I can't figure out how he got that job.
- In the first lesson, he got us to sign up to Twitter so we could share lesson content, tweet at each other so we'd get to know one another, and also tweet him. Everybody, including the lecturer, used Twitter once. We just used the university intranet to share stuff.
- Again, during the first lesson, he announced he was going on holiday for four weeks during our first term.
- All of his lessons were PowerPoint presentations, each slide had about a paragraph of text written on them which he would read out loud while awkwardly looking over his shoulder. Once he was done doing that he would essentially repeat what he had just said.
- One day he asked us for help in booking his airline tickets online because he couldn't figure out how to use the website.
As sad as these stories are, consider that these teachers are very much the exception to the rule. The majority of the teachers I have known over the years genuinely care for their students, work tirelessly on their lesson plans, and would never tolerate a single moment of the behavior featured here. Thank you to those teachers for doing their jobs––we appreciate you. (And ya'll deserve a raise, it's honestly messed up how little lawmakers understand about how hard your jobs actually are.)
Have some stories of your own? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments section below!
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