People Reveal The Things You Shouldn't Do If You Don't Want People To Know You're Rich[rebelmouse-image 18355310 is_animated_gif=
Being rich is probably awesome, we wouldn't know. We're not too envious, though. If Biggie taught us anything (aside from the fact that he loved it when they called him Big Poppa), it was that more money means more problems. So that got us thinking... if we could be rich without people knowing we were rich, that might be sauteed in awesome-sauce. One Reddit user asked: What screams "rich"?
So we decided to take that thread and put together a list of tips for being rich without letting people know. If we know what things are the "I'm rich" giveaway, we know what not to do, right? Some of these tips (like don't buy an elephant) might be a little outlandish, but hey - dream big! Oh, and if you actually have enough money to consider buying an elephant... just don't rub it in your friends faces. The money, not the elephant. Go ahead and flaunt the elephant, your friends would probably be pretty jazzed if you just showed up with one on a Tuesday afternoon. Ours would.
Don't Invite People To Expensive Stuff[rebelmouse-image 18355422 is_animated_gif=
Inviting people to do something or go somewhere expensive without a second thought is a dead giveaway. It's super weird showing up somewhere to meet friends and realizing
1. You can't afford this activity
2. Your friends aren't even aware of the cost.
That's when the light bulb flickers on and suddenly, all the strange things you noticed make sense: they're rich
Don't Buy Elephants[rebelmouse-image 18355424 is_animated_gif=
My Malaysian roommate's family owns elephants. According to one local, that is not a regular rich family thing. It's more of a "very eccentric family living secluded near a jungle kind of rich" thing.
Don't Post About It[rebelmouse-image 18355426 is_animated_gif=
I make around $16 an hour at my job. A 19-year-old coworker has a a really nice 2017 Mercedes Benz. He posted a photo of it on Facebook that said:
**"fully paid off Mercedes. This is what hard work gets you." **
Yeah. Ok. We work together, that Mercedes is what your parent's hard work got you.
Don't Disney-Drop[rebelmouse-image 18355427 is_animated_gif=
Well a thing that screamed "rich" to me about my partner was when he casually mentioned he had been to every single Disney in the world, as if it was a totally normal thing. I grew up poor and he grew up rich. There's big cultural differences there and we had to learn how to navigate those things together.
His parents really didn't approve either. My mom also had reservations.
We got through all that together though. Now his parents love me and my parents love him. We've learned a lot about each other's world's too. These days we're on equal footing so that's nice. It wasn't always easy but we've loved each other all this time and worked through it all.
Don't Overestimate Relatives[rebelmouse-image 18355428 is_animated_gif=
When I asked a friend how they afford tuition they said:
"The trick is just write a bunch of letters to your family asking for a little contribution for college. It may only be a few thousand from aunt Lou, a couple thousand from uncle John, and not seem like a lot at first, but eventually it adds up!"
If I did that I'd probably get $20 from one relative, maybe $50 from another, and I'd be grateful. Can't imagine relatives casually throwing thousands at you like it's nothing.
Don't Be On Reality TV[rebelmouse-image 18355429 is_animated_gif=
Those brats on MTV's "My Super Sweet 16"
...I remember watching that as a teen and thinking how much I hated those rich kids.
Don't Be Ignorant To How Checks Work[rebelmouse-image 18355430 is_animated_gif=
When I was putting myself through college and was struggling to come up with money for the new semester a roommate of mine asked me:
**"Why don't you just write them a check?" **
She didn't get it. I had to explain checks were connected to bank accounts that I have to put money into and I had to work for that money, it wasn't just there because I said so. She acted like I was so stupid that I couldn't just solve the problem by writing a number on a piece of paper.
I'm still mad about it.
Don't Blame The Server[rebelmouse-image 18355431 is_animated_gif=
I was friends with the "rich guy" before I finally got sick of his bullshit.
He had no concept of earning a living, having to do any real budgeting or hard work.
He doesn't understand why his friends can't go out to eat 7 days a week, every week.
He can't perform simple tasks without help such as pumping gas, cooking any type of food, laundry, etc.
2 month tour of Africa on 3 days notice? Just quit your job, you can always get another one. Too expensive? It's only a few grand. Can't you swing that? You get paid Friday, right?
But the worst was that he would spend hundreds of dollars a week eating out at restaurants constantly, but flat out refuses to tip. When questioned about it he said:
"It's the waiter/waitresses fault for not getting a better job."
Don't Assume "Everyone" Can Afford Something[rebelmouse-image 18355432 is_animated_gif=
Had a friend tell me, in all seriousness:
**"But EVERYONE can afford at least one cruise." **
He's going on his 9th cruise with his family later this year. Also, annual overseas holidays.
Don't Be Unaware That Dust Exists[rebelmouse-image 18355433 is_animated_gif=
My sister figured out exactly how rich one of her friends was when she realized that he didn't know what dust was.
He was living on his own for the first time in New Jersey and originally from Jordan. After a few weeks he complained about this "weird powder" building up in his apartment, which didn't happen back home. He thought it was a New Jersey thing. It turns out his family had a very diligent dusting staff. I think it was specific to household dust - the kind that is dead skin and pet hair, etc. He didn't understand how it was happening since he was extra careful about closing windows and trying not to track dirt inside. He actually turned out to be a good guy, just a book-smart rich kid who's out of touch with that kind of domestic stuff.
Don't Assume A "Deal" Is Affordable[rebelmouse-image 18355435 is_animated_gif=
Rich kids at school just couldn't grasp why I couldn't go on an expensive trip.
Them: "Why aren't coming to the Paris trip?"
Me: "Too expensive"
Them: "But it's only 800€" (that's about a thousand dollars)
The trip was for one week in Paris including flights from Finland. Sure, it's a good deal, but that wasn't my point. You could offer me the Mona Lisa for 10 million but it would still be way beyond my budget even though it's a good deal.
Don't Adopt This Fashion Trend[rebelmouse-image 18355436 is_animated_gif=
Wearing your cardigan over your shoulders like a cape just screams rich but not for any real reason. It's not something that requires money or rich parents, but it's something that just seems to happen. Very strange.
Don't Live The Insta-Life[rebelmouse-image 18355437 is_animated_gif=
Know what screams rich? Instagram "models" that seem to do nothing but travel around the world and go to huge raves.
Don't Use The "Do You Know Who I Am?" Line[rebelmouse-image 18355439 is_animated_gif=
I was out with a bunch of friends once, and we got chucked out of a club for something we honestly deserved. One bloke, friend of a friend, started taking photos of the bouncers on his phone, demanding to see their ID badges, and genuinely said the phrase:
"I'm documenting all of this, you know! Don't you know who I am!?"
Dude, you are a random student in their 20's on a night out in a city with thousands of students in their 20's. No, he does not know who you are. He does not care who you are. And, frankly, who you are should not make any difference to the way you are treated by a licensed bouncer when they are doing their job. They should throw out the Queen of England if she broke the rules.
Don't Take Out "Small" Loans[rebelmouse-image 18355440 is_animated_gif=
When you consider a million dollars from your father to be a "small loan."
Don't Own A Horse Unless...[rebelmouse-image 18355441 is_animated_gif=
In my experience, there's a 100% correlation between being rich and being a young adult who grew up riding horses that they, themselves, didn't take care of.
Don't Use The Seasons As Verbs[rebelmouse-image 18355442 is_animated_gif=
Only rich people use "summer" or "winter" as a verb. When you say:
"We summer in the Hamptons and winter in the Keys."
We all want to say:
"Well, do us a favor and fall in a manhole."
I want "words have different meanings" money
Don't Remind People[rebelmouse-image 18355443 is_animated_gif=
I work with a guy who reminds people nearly every day that his parents are retired millionaires. He swears he's on his way to success and he's only doing "this job" temporarily. According to him, his friends and family constantly ask him why he's "wasting his time" in his current job. I wish I was exaggerating, but it's almost some kind of defensive impulse he has.
I guess he used to make 6+ figs, but that all went away. So now, the first time he meets you, he will bring up how this job is "pennies" and he's so much better than it. Cringey conversation every time.
Don't Scream About Your Money[rebelmouse-image 18355444 is_animated_gif=
Yelling at people about how much money you have is a pretty good indicator. A teenager at the gym literally screamed:
**"My dad makes millions, you make $11.00 an hour!" **
at a personal trainer who politely asked to him to stop excessively slamming his weights on the ground
Don't Flaunt The Newest Phone[rebelmouse-image 18355445 is_animated_gif=
Having the newest of everything and not understanding why others don't is totally a sign that you have a bunch of money. Around a year and a bit ago I sat next to this guy in one of my classes. He saw my cracked Nexus 5 ($200 for a phone that does all you need it to, quickly) and couldn't understand why I didn't have the newest iPhone.
We had the following conversation:
Rich Guy: "Um, what phones is that?"
Me: "It's called a Nexus."
Rich Guy: "Why don't you get an iPhone?"
Me: "I can't afford it."
Rich Guy: "Well, just get your parents to buy you one. It's only $1000."
Love is so elusive these days isn't it?
Who knows what anyone is looking for in the relationship department anymore.
It's all too exhausting.
But people we keep trying.
RedditorProblemNice5257wanted to hear why so many people are still on the hunt for that perfect one. They asked:
"Why are you single right now?"
I'm single because I've given up. And I'm good. For now.
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"I put absolutely no effort into meeting someone."
"Same! Also it's extremely difficult when you feel so at peace being by yourself. The fact that I have to find someone whose presence outweighs my level of comfort being alone seems impossible."
"Hard to meet people when you are a hermit."
"Yeah, I describe myself as a shut-in, lol. I leave my apartment to work, I leave my apartment to buy food, and occasionally I’ll bring out the trash, otherwise I just watch Hulu, play online chess, surf Reddit."
"Same. I've spent months trying to find an apartment I can afford without a roommate and finally settled on a small studio apartment for $1100 a month because I'd rather living in a tiny space and be left the hell alone than share a much nicer place even with a good friend."
"I have too many unsolved issues, i can't in good conscience bring someone else into them."
"Idk your issues but everyone's got some crap. Not sure how unique yours are but everyone's got some crap. It's good to share some of your struggles with other people. Just don't open with it haha."
"Issues unresolved or not, (in my case) only makes it worse when you feel like you could open up to them, and they just take those to use it against yourself afterwards."
"I hardly go out and expose myself to people. I'm uncomfortable with the notion of myself being in a relationship at this point. Also, I'm very dry in terms of personality."
"I spent a year entirely isolated due to covid and now I can't handle physical contact. It makes me really uncomfortable and a hug is enough to make my body shut down. I'm hopeless."
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"Supply chain issue."
"Best answer here."
That's funny. But it feels oddly true.
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"I'm attracted to many, and unattractive to all."
"Last relationship was so toxic, I've sworn off dating, at least for awhile. I haven't had this much free time in ages. It's nice."
"Edit: Hey, it's really great hearing from so many people with similar experiences. Like many of you, I've been taking it in stride and focusing on bettering myself, both physically and mentally. It's done wonders for my health and I feel a whole lot better. I wish y'all the very best. Stay excellent, my friends."
"I'm 35yr old single father to a 5yr old and I work nights. It's hard to find free time to meet someone, especially in my area. If I do have free time to myself, I like staying home and ordering a pizza while drinking some beers and playing video games. I pretty much faced the fact that I will probably be alone for the rest of my life."
"I was in an 8 year relationship (married for two) to my high school sweetheart. Exactly this same time last year, we got divorced because I found out he was cheating on me with my best friend. The best friend I had known LONGER than him and was friends with since fourth grade."
"She was living with us to try to get back on her feet. Yeah lol. So I lost my best friend and the man I had been with for 8 years within the same night. So I moved to another state, got an apartment by myself, and am now single and divorced all by 26. Not really looking unless the right person comes along."
"It’s pretty happy and peaceful now that they’re both out of my life though honestly. You realize people’s toxicity and flaws the most once you get space away from them."
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"Because my relationships end before they even begin."
"This is my story right here."
Alright. Now that we've laid out all the excuses, let's get to matching with some people.
There is no bigger mystery than what happens to us after we die.
But even those who don't practice an organized religion tend to believe that there is a Heaven, a happy joyful place where our souls will remain for eternity.
No two people share the same idea of what heaven would be like, but everyone who believes in it probably has an idea of the first thing they'd do after entering the pearly gates.
Redditor WeDidItGuyz was curious to hear what would be top on everyone's list upon entering the afterlife, leading them to ask:
"If heaven exists, what’s the first thing you’d do?"
Overcome with joy
"In all reality?"
"Probably cry for about 30 minutes because the biggest existential fear at the very core my humanity has now been lifted."
"If Heaven exists, like 50% of the awesomeness is just the very fact that it exists."heaven gate GIF by South Park Giphy
A re-match long in the making
"Ask my childhood friend Kevon for a race."
"He used to beat me handily when were younger (9-13) and he’d always brag."
"When I got older and faster I moved away so I was never able to race him again."
"We arranged for a race but he was shot multiple times and bound to a wheelchair until he passed a few years ago."
"I wanna race him both in our prime."- Abethegreat1
Reunite with loved ones
"Find my husband, give him a huge hug and never let go again."
"Live our forever together."
"I f*cking love him and miss him so much."- jessdfrench
"Embrace my sweet wife and tell her how proud I am of the kids."- RifleShower
"Try to find my brother."
"Man, I miss him."
"He died in 2020 at age 34."- grummlinds1
"Give my mum and dad a big hug."- goonerjack007Miss U GIF by GIPHY Studios OriginalsGiphy
Achieve the "firsts" we never got to do
"Find my son and have a beer with him."
"Something we never got to do in real life."- tanukis_parachute
Hone new skills
"Try to play Smoke on the water on my harp."- Ashtar-the-Squid
The joy of doing nothing
"Rest."- BanzaikoowaidCare Free Black Girls GIF by AuroraDrawsGiphy
Live on without pain
"Enjoy my healthy back without pain."- Knackbein_
Who knows what's in store for us after our lives come to an end.
But living with the idea that something wonderful awaits when our time has come is all people need to continue to live their lives to the fullest, and treat others with the respect and kindness they deserve.
"Fun facts" generally refers to a tidbit of information about a specific topic which the general public might not have otherwise known about.
But the first word in that term can be misleading.
Indeed, some "fun facts" reveal information that isn't remotely "fun" in the slightes.
Redditor Alternative_kachocho was curious to hear some "fun facts" which were anything but fun, leading them to ask:
What's a 'fun fact' that isn’t fun at all?"
Ironically, something you likely don't think about...
"Your brain blocks you from feeling your organs moving around inside you."- Aydengeist06
Try watching Finding Nemonow...
"Only one in a thousand sea turtles born actually make it to adulthood."- Sebs_123
Shocking new light on an age old classic
"In the books, Stuart Little was never explicitly called a mouse."
"He's pretty much described as a deformed mouse-esque person born form human parents."- Red_Beard47stuart little mouse GIF by VIASAT3Giphy
Nature running it's course...
"There's a bird that feeds its younger offspring to the eldest."- Teacup_Cult
I have no allergies... yet
"Speaking from personal experience here, but your body can randomly decide to become allergic to damn near everything edible at any time."
"Not very fun."- smallemochick
Those poor, innocent creatures.
"In some regions of Australia, 90 percent of koalas have chlamydia, which poses a threat to the species' extinction unless a vaccine is created or widespread koala culling takes place."- tiffanyjcrusekoalas kiss GIFGiphy
They'd still be here if they weren't so delicious...
"The giant tortoise was so delicious, it caused not only itself to be hunted to extinction, but also the dodo."
"Giant tortoise meat was supposedly better tasting than chicken."
"It's fat tasted better spread on bread than butter."
"Also, it was the perfect food for sailors at the time, as their bladders stored 1 litre of purified water, and they could survive without food in hibernation for almost a whole year in the hull of a ship."
"Not to mention, because they evolved without humans, they were easy to hunt."
"You could tie one to your back, and roll another to the ship and they would just let you."
"It was so delicious, they went unrecorded for a long time because expeditions to bring living samples of wildlife to Europe kept eating them on the way."
"Conversely, the dodo, while as easily captured by sailors, tasted awful."
"It was completely unpalatable."
"HOWEVER, one day, someone discovered if you cooked dodo meat in the more delicious tortoise fat, it tasted just like chicken."
"So now, sailors were hunting a few tortoises at a time for their fat and water, storing them, and then hunting dodos on the daily."
"Overhunting, plus the introduction of rats to the environment (because sailors) which would eat eggs, led go the population to decline at a rate they could not breed to keep up, leading to both animals going extinct."- Kyhan
Don't forget the nose plugs
"Antarctica smells like penguin poop."
"Antarctica is a desert, it is too cold for bacteria to live."
"Nothing there to clean up penguin droppings."
"If you are close enough to see penguins, you will also smell them."- gummby8
Makes those long lines so worth it...
"The TSA missed 96% of contraband during an inspection in 2015."- omegasix321All Falls Down Tsa GIF by Kanye WestGiphy
"The person who had the first facial transplant had her face chewed up by her Labrador dog while asleep due to sleeping pill overdose." - User Deleted
It's hard not to read some of these "fun facts" and wonder if there should be an alternative term for the facts which aren't fun.
Oh yeah, probably not....
It's amazing how one change to your lifestyle can improve your daily life.
Be it starting your day with yoga, eliminating foods that don't agree with you, or simply seeing your friends more often, something we're all eager to do after months of quarantine, it's amazing how one little change can make waking up and getting through your day more bearable.
Perhaps the only frustration that comes with this change, is that you only wished you'd started doing it sooner.
"What improved your life so much, you wished you did sooner?"
There is always fun to be had!
"I stopped living my life just waiting for the weekend."
"When you work 5 days a week and have just 2 off, it's not good to be always waiting for those 2 days."
"You can plan something meaningful or fun every day, even if it's just a small thing."- cake_or_cookies
Listening to your dentist can pay off.
"Actually, I use a water pick now."
"Now my hygiene and cleaning visits are a breeze, and I haven't had a cavity in years!"- perrydolia
A change of scene was just the ticket.
"Just packed up and moved thousands of miles away."
"Left everything behind and just started over."
"Besides some debt, a suit case, and contacts for only the non-toxic people in my life, it's been an extremely liberating experience."
"And looking back, nothing was really preventing me from doing it sooner, no real reasons at least."
"I just kept coming up with excuses not to do it until one day I couldn't think of one."- SpicyRiceAndTuna
No more language barriers!
"Now I have a lot of amazing latino friends and I got a lot of great gigs and opportunities because of it."- kellytai1478
Can't beat the commute
"Not everyone can afford this, but moving closer to work."
"My commute went from 45 miserable minutes in traffic glaring in hatred at the tail lights in front of me to a pleasant 15 minute bike ride."
"I got an hour of free time every day and better health."- munificent
When in doubt, check with your doctor
"Got a proper diagnosis."
"I think a lot of people that for years questioned themselves 'what’s wrong with me?' when they finally got diagnosed it’s a big relief and changes a lot in a better way."- popcornostar
There's no expiration date on education
"Bachelor degree at 47 years old."
"Master degree at 50 years old."
"Doubled my salary in 4 years, from just getting by to on track for retiring at 60."- scientistzero
Get your body moving!
"Exercise every day."
"Anxiety and depression are much easier to manage, and I got some confidence I haven't had in years."- darodardar_Inc
"Low impact cardio."
"F*ck, I loved to run, but it destroyed my legs."
"I can swim my little heart out."- Hyperion0000
Stop and enjoy the beauty of the world once and a while
"When I was told that I would lose my eyesight it made me pay more attention to how beautiful the sky was."
"I can still see and I enjoy watching the clouds on a level I can't even explain."- DaniB3
It's hard not to stop and wonder if our lives would have been even better had we made these changes earlier.
But no point in stopping and looking back, when you can just appreciate how great your life is now.