People like to joke around, but sometimes pranks can be very wrong. Or just be very bad ideas in the first place.
Reddit users were asked:
"What's the worst prank gone wrong or cruelest joke you've witnessed or been involved in?"
Here are their answers. DON'T try this at home!
At the end of every year the senior class at my high school got to pull a prank on the rest of the school. One year they thought it would be funny to put a ton of goldfish in the sinks, toilets, coffee pots, etc. Thought it was really gross and tasteless to let all those fish die like that. PLEBR0CK
Was in class when a group of delinquents thought it would be funny to put the liquid that cleans the Expo markers off the dry erase board into the teacher's coffee. Found out later he went to the hospital to get his stomach pumped after being in intense pain. Doctor said the liquid could've killed him. Joker674
Someone in my hometown got fake kidnapped by their friends during a nerf war. They put them in the bed of a truck and drove off. He fell out of the truck and died. Redjay12
A guy in my high-school many years ago made a gunpowder in a gas soaked tennis ball with an egg timer attached to it. He put it inside the air intake vent and called bomb threat. Took so long for dogs to find it, when the police opened the vent, timer went "DING". It was not a real bomb. Just gunpowder, gasoline, tennis ball, and egg timer. Timer went off at the moment the police officer opened the vent. Found out later that the guy got bad PTSD, and had to quit the force. They never found out who did it. I feel guilty just knowing about it happening. WintersTablet
I set up a Booby trap with a bucket full of water on my door as a kid. My mother walked in instead and the water didn't spill out. Just a heavy metal bucket cut her head real bad. Very messy. hermanfelker
Japanese Mint Sauce
"What is that green stuff?" "Oh, you mean the wasabi; it is absolutely delicious, you should try a lot of it." I get them every time. joik
I worked at a restaurant and the walk-in freezer was in what we called the "compound" which was an outdoor area behind the kitchen. I worked the shift that left right when we closed, but I didn't have to stay and clean.
Right when I turned the corner from the compound, my friend was leaving the freezer with our bulk size icecream in it's cooler, which was fairly heavy. I decided to prank her because I knew she frightened easily. I ran up behind her and shouted "AHHH" and she immediately went weak in the knees and began to cry because she peed herself.
I haven't pranked anyone since. squirmdragon
Friends and I pulled trampoline next to pool. As friend is preparing to launch into the pool, I step behind him to grab shorts as he lifts off. Friend decides to do front flip, swinging his ankle up into my chin. Came out of my daze and noticed tooth fragments floating around in my mouth - got a root canal a week later. JasonTodd21
A friend told me something that happened at work. A woman who was a temp forgot to log out of Facebook. So one of her colleagues decided to pull a prank. He posted an ultrasound picture. So a lot of people were happy. The thing is that she and her husband had tried to conceive for a couple of years and she had had a couple of miscarriages. She was devastated. Dudelison
This isn't terrible but it made the sound guy at the bar I used to manage laugh his butt off because it backfired on me. I saw him pull up to come in to work so I unlocked the door and crawled into the cabinet below the POS where we all clocked in. It was a pretty tight squeeze but I thought I was good. I pushed too hard against the back of it and a few of the cans in the cases of red bull that were under there started exploding just as he walked around the bar and I popped out cursing and being sprayed by them. BreakfastJunkie
My friend was waiting for me to come downstairs from my room. She decided to hide behind a door and scare me. This girl is shy. Like, SHY. So she assumes I'm on my way down the stairs, and she hid by the door. She decided she wanted to jump on my back while screaming. It wasn't me coming down the stairs. It was my extremely strict, lack of humor, I'm-always-right, stubborn a**hole of a father. And my poor poor shy friend who looks down on the ground while she walks was on his back, screaming. She noticed and literally just walked away. She was mortified and never came over again. He surprisingly got a laugh out of it. [deleted]
I wasn't there, but my friend was doing a card trick on his cousin. The trick involves throwing the cards into the face of the person you're pulling it on. As he is throwing the cards, one slices into his cousin's eye. Like he had a legit paper cut on his eye. Makes me cringe just thinking about it. Swarmy593
Slip Sliding Away
Prank in middle school. someone poured soapy water all over the halls. I took my friend to the nurses office when she twisted her ankle. There were a lot of other kids in there and one in particular had a gash in his head. Nurse was not happy. Principal even less so. Jean_Lily
One day in 6th grade me and a few friends were messing around with our other friend (7th grade)'s bike and one of us had the idea to throw the bike over the side of a bridge on to the river bank near my old Middle School. Long story short, we did- and as we were running away across the field we saw him glumly pulling the broken bike up the hill from the river bank.
Man, if I could go back to then I would have helped him get the bike out of the river. CalamityPlays
Was bowling with a big group of friends 15 or so years ago and as I start to swing the ball my pal thinks it'll be funny to trip me up but instead got smashed in the face by the ball. He looked like Desperate Dan afterwards and was lucky it didn't break his jaw. FrogBoglin
My friends and I were roller blading at a play ground and decided to throw pebbles/small rocks onto the asphalt to trip one of our other friends.
Our intended target missed the pebbles and my other friend hit one because they were too busy watching the other kid. They fell and chipped their front tooth on the asphalt. Our parents were pissed and made us pick them all up including the ones we didn't put there while my injured friend went to an emergency dentists office. I never pranked anyone again.... or skated again. I guess we didn't think anyone could get seriously hurt because we all had helmets and knee pads and stuff on. We were dumb kids. Jovial-Microbe
Mooned a guy and his date.
Fell through the window and got 20 stitches in my leg.
Alcohol was involved. ajl_mo
4 on the Floor
Back in elementary school me and a friend used to mess with each others chairs. Tacks to the seats, pulling it out when they go to sit down, etc and one day I got him a little too good. He tilted his chair back on 2 legs and I pushed up on the 2 legs that were up in the air and he fell over causing a major ruckus and him getting in trouble for not having "4 on the floor" until we realized he was seriously hurt and had to go get stitches. I would feel a little worse about it but I got my ass tacked way too many times [deleted]
In 5th grade I opened a pack of ketchup and put it under my friends seat during lunch. Guys were staring at her butt all day. One even had the nerve to say "Ooh, someone started early, eh?" fairy6870
Me and a friend once committed 2 months to convincing another friend of hours that his house was haunted. It actually got so bad that he has to sleep with a night light again, he's 24. Nexaz
When we were kids my neighbor got a bottle of fake blood and we decided to prank the babysitter. We went outside to "play" and my two neighbors got into a "fight." We poured blood all over my neighbor and she ran in the door and yelled, "he pushed me!" She had it pouring from her nose, forehead, elbows, and knees. The babysitter screamed so loud and she almost fainted. Looking back now it wasn't such a great idea. topaz_5
My friend Steve left his cell phone at the table, went to the restaurant bathroom. Other friend Mike took the phone, changed his listing in Steve's cell to the name of the girl that Steve was recently seeing.
Steve comes back to see a text from the "girl" saying she's pregnant, they need to talk. Steve gets bug-eyed and almost half out the door when we erupt in laughter. He was not pleased. Mike got a huge punch square in the back. DoctorRavioli
step 1: Mute all Tv's in the house.
step 2: Get everyone to pretend to talk (just moving mouth)
step 3: Involve everyone (in) prank (except) little brother
step 4: Convince 7 year old brother he is deaf. tribalEDMpromotions
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!