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The things we believe we see when looking through the prism of innocence. We watch our favorite characters, whether they be fiction or flesh and bone, on the daily in childhood and they make us feel safe or euphoric.


They are some of the people who get us through the journey of life, in good times and bad. Sadly though, when we mature we're forced to see our favorite partners through an adult's spectrum and once nostalgia wears off the effects can be catastrophic. Or enlightening. Or it all stays the same and we briefly relive our happiest times.

Redditor missluluh wanted people to share... What character did you view totally different as a child vs. as an adult?

Sweet sweet Helga...

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Not sure if this has already been mentioned but Helga Pataki from Hey Arnold. As a kid, I thought she was a weird girl. As an adult, my mind was blown when I realized how neglected she was. Her mom was an alcoholic and her dad was a narcissist who favored Olga and made her the golden child. Most of the characters have pretty sad stories honestly. That show was deep and I never realized it as a child.

Snozzberry123

BIG D!!!

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Donald Duck. As a child I thought he is lazy AF and just boring. The older I get, the more I can identify with him.

PengPeng-Penguin

Rocketfam... girl you know it's been a long, long time.

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Team Rocket.

As a kid they were just the goofballs appearing constantly for slapstick humor and episode drama.

Re-watching the series as an adult they are actually a lot more endearing pair than any of the main cast and get a fair amount of development and depth throughout the series. And that's not including the puns and jokes that slipped by me in my childhood.

Chefofbaddecisions

Oh Robin...

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Daniel Hillard from Mrs. Doubtfire

Kid Me thought it was unfair that his wife would leave him and take the kids when he was such a hilarious, fun guy. Adult Me thinks "Yeah, there are multiple good reasons why she divorced you, Daniel."

peanut507

The man is a saint!

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Mr. Wilson from Dennis the Menace. That kid really is a destructive force of nature, and his parents don't do crap to stop it.

DP487

Hank needed a hug too...

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Hank Hill. Growing up I thought Hank was just kind of an a** to his kid for no reason. Now I realize that he's got a whole host of emotional issues caused by his upbringing, even if he doesn't do much to address them. He's really doing the best he can and usually comes around in the end.

Paranoidas

That girl needed some discipline.

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King Triton. As a kid, you look at him as the powerful and oppressive father who is preventing Ariel from getting what she wants. As an adult, you realize more and more how stupid Ariel is and how much he is trying to actually protect her.

SMG329

An original badass...

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Mulan.

Growing up Asian I felt a connection to the character but in a way that children would (i.e. she was rebellious, she was cool since she could wield a sword, and she was praised at the end).

As a full grown man now I see her as someone who just wanted to help out her parents regardless of what people said. Sure she was a woman and people practically looked on her even going so far as to shame her and her family just because she wanted to prevent her father from having to go out to fight in his old and injured state. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do and show all the morons who say you're not worth it that you are and that they have no control over you.

Dried_Squid_

We love you Nani!!

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Nani from Lilo & Stitch.

As a kid she was the overly strict "mother", and always overly angry, while Lilo was the poor lost kid who was blamed for everything.

As an adult, the film is heart-breaking. Nani is herself a young kid doing her best to keep her family together, under the worst circumstances, and she's become one of my favorite characters of all time just for how relatable she is.

PintsizedPachyderm

We all become the squid...

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Squidward.

I too have worked in the service industry. I was also grumpy and miserable doing it. You either quit a Spongebob or work long enough to see yourself become a Squidward.

kmagsy

It wasn't all about baby... the character...

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It took me a long time to realize what was up with Penny Johnson in Dirty Dancing. As a kid I just thought she had a stomach ache or something, only recently did I realize she was pregnant and had a botched abortion.

tootonyourparade

Ned Stark... whoops... I mean his twin!!

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Boromir. As a kid, I judged him as weak for not being able to resist the ring and as foolish for not liking the plan of the Council. As an adult, I realize that his weakness is the weakness of almost all mortals. Very few people could resist the Ring. Also, Gondor was in the most immediate danger and had been bearing the brunt of Sauron's power for the longest time. As the next Steward of Gondor, his people's safety was his first concern. In the end, he shows his quality by sacrificing himself for the hobbits. He really exemplifies the best and worst parts of men.

Peas_through_Chaos

Well Doh!

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I used to think Bart Simpson was cool. Now I'm sure he's heading straight into a lifetime of incarceration.

I_are_facepalm

Woody's darkness...

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Woody from toy story.

He was always a fun toy but now I see his desperation to be played with and his jealousy when Andy plays with someone else. He is actually quite a dark character if you think about it.

And also the fishing rod with barbie legs, it looked fun when I was young but now I know it was a hooker =)

petunius

Give the little boy inside a hug...

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Cyclops from the X-Men

As a child: Boring tighta** who doesn't respect Wolverine's awesomeness and doesn't deserve Jean.

As an adult: Brainwashed child soldier who was given too much responsibility too young and consequently holds himself accountable for everything, constantly screws up, but keeps on trying to do the right thing.

He's still a terrible husband, of course, but that's part of his constantly messed up.

BillybobThistleton

Team Ned!!

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Ned Flanders. When I was young I thought he was naive and a pushover. As an adult, I see that he had so much compassion in his heart that he selflessly gave to Homer and tolerated his abuse in full knowledge of how others viewed him. Also, the way he weathered adversity and defeat gives me pause to this day. I will probably never attain that level of inner certainty, but I can admire it with great respect and adulation.

ComplainerMike

Lois knew best!

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Lois, the mom from Malcolm in the Middle.

When I was a kid I thought she was an awful fun killer. Now that I'm an adult, I see those kids were destructive monsters and she was a saint comparatively.

PM_ME_YOUR_BURDENS

Only a bada** can pull off the glass slipper look...

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I thought Cinderella was the worst Disney princess as a kid. I thought she was boring and a wimp for not running away from her awful family, and I thought the story was terrible for promoting her reliance on a dude to save her.

As an adult, I recognize Cinderella's bravery for simply enduring abuse and staying kind and optimistic through it. Poor girl just wanted to go to a damn party.

helium_hydrogen

It's always the bad boy...

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I saw The Phantom of the Opera live when I was around 6-years-old. I had a crush on The Phantom and couldn't figure out why people didn't admire his genius mind and gorgeous voice. Now as an adult, yes Raul is boring as all hell, but he wouldn't have controlled Christine and subjected her to a life of isolation.

WendyAlenkoShepard

He sure is dreamy...

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Han Solo. As a kid- he's an ace shot, his swagger makes him cool, his best friend is a wookie, he has the best ride in the galaxy, and in the end he gets the girl. As an adult- hoooly shit is this guy ever putting up a front. He never has any idea what he's doing from moment to moment. His only friends are constantly exasperated by him (Chewbacca arguing with Han in untranslated Wookie, Princess Leia calling him on his bullshit), he's massively in debt to a dangerous gangster, and his ride is always falling apart.

Still the best character though.

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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

What's the most traumatizing thing you experienced as a child?
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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

Redditor u/Mcxyn wanted to discuss some truths about love and our own issues, by asking:

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

One such instance involved a little sister who was around 6 at the time. It was the 90s and at the height of the youth-focused PSAs (think the frying egg representing your brain). One type was a safety PSA about stranger danger. The speaker would remind the children that if a stranger tried to take you anywhere to yell “Stop, you're not my mommy/daddy" to raise the alarm.

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