We can't always be our best selves every second of everyday. Sometimes our brains malfunction or we just decide to act a fool. And then there are also the times when we are innocent and in the wrong place at the wrong time. Trouble is always around but sometimes trouble is found by the stupidest of ways.

Redditor u/SecondBaseB wanted everyone own up to a few things by asking.... What is the dumbest reason you have gotten in trouble?

Sassy Mail....


Back in the pre-2000 days I had the dial up access to the fairly still new WWW, so obviously my father who had no experience with the matter, needed to check my internet history to be sure I was being safe.

No amount of pleading would convince him that Hotmail was not some sort of porn messaging system. Current_Account

Hands Down....

I got an on campus suspension for fighting when someone punched me in the face and broke my glasses. Vercalos

Had something similar happen to me. I told a kid he was going to be late to class and he turned around and punched me in the face and broke my nose. When we were sitting in the office, I was told we would both get 4 days suspension for "fighting" I pleaded my case that I didn't throw a punch or anything, they said "it didn't matter, a fight is a fight."

I was so pissed I yelled "Fine!" Turned to the kid and just started punching him in the face.

The police officer that had to come and drive me home told me "I don't know if I blame you." MinerOfStarDust

Blow it for the group! 

My 6th grade class has a horrible substitute who got mad that we were being so loud (nobody was talking, as it was during reading time; some kids were just pointing out funny pictures in books and giggling). She said something along the lines of, "If it isn't dead silent for the next hour, nobody goes to recess!" Well it was dead silent until about 5 minutes til when one kid sneezed so hard he had to get tissues to clean up he arm. Guess who got recess taken away? Everyone.. 😒😒😒 SaltyMonkeyy

I Coughed.....

I have asthma. In elementary school, there was a lunch period where we weren't allowed to talk, punishment was standing against the wall for the remainder of the period and I think also through recess.

I put my head down to lower temptation to talk. My asthma gives me this occasional cough, so I coughed. Lunch lady thought I talked, told me to go stand.

Later on, a different lunch lady walked up to those of us on the wall, and asked us why we're up there. My answer was "I coughed." Nobody believed me. tuba4lunch

Keep the down.... down apparently....


Once a teacher scolded me for not having lunch money at lunch. When kids don't have lunch the cafeteria makes them a peanut butter sandwich. She glared at me while I ate it like I was some scammer. I bet poor never crossed her head. forthevic

Mommie Dearest...

Scrubbing a spot on the floor. My mom startled me and gave me a spanking before I could explain what I was doing. Once it was over and I explained that I was just moping a spot, she said that I wouldn't have jumped if I wasn't doing anything wrong. Good old abuse. Dr_Julian_Helisent

Not Demerits! 

I took sewing as a class in high school. On like the second day of classes, the teacher asked us to take out a special type of chalk that she never actually told us to bring. I mean, the entire class did not have it, but she insists she told us about the class before. Sent us to the Vice principal's office where we all got demerits. My very first demerit. Corbyitoldyouso

Simmer Down Kids....

I went to a Catholic primary school where we would have mass every month. And when I was in 7th grade our class apparently sang one of the songs too passionately so we weren't allowed to go outside for recess for the day. applesaucedayz

Look Forward Dear....

A guy I was friends with stole my bag from next to me and put it outside the classroom door. I go and retrieve it and he yells 'look miss, mystictaco is late to class.' She made me stay behind and I had to explain to her that I had been there the whole time, sitting directly in front of her, in the same seat I'd been sitting in the past 6 months. My two female friends stayed behind with me to try to convince her that the other dude had stolen my bag. MysticTacoDeer

Why Pierce That?


I got sent to the principals office in high school for having my lip pierced... I'd had it for 6 months prior and no one said anything 🤦♀️. DisloyalMouse

A mere Mortal....

For not hearing which page of the book we were on and flippig through the book trying to find it.

Made the MORTAL mistake of peeking at my neighbors page number. Teacher stopped the class and then demanded that i pay more attention. Public_Tumbleweed

The Book Kid....

During a Scholastic book fair in elementary school, I was buying books because I loved to read, so much so that I was known as "that book kid." One of my friends didn't have money to buy any books because of his family's financial situation, so I decided that instead of buying another book for myself, I'd give him the like $10 he needed to buy one for himself. Feeling proud of my noble deed, I went to sit down and start reading through one of my books, when a teacher walked over to me and asked me why. I said "Well he wanted a book and had no money, but I had money. So I gave it to him." The teacher somehow got me a detention, and forced my friend to return the $10 I gave to him.

Damn public school teachers and their anti-generosity agendas. OshikuruDemon

Just Breathe....


I received a referral + week of detention back when I was in the 3rd grade because a 6th grader shoved me into the corner of a bench to prevent me from getting the last basketball. I had the air pushed out of my lungs and couldn't breathe or talk at all for a solid 2 minutes. Idiot teacher shows up immediately afterwards, decides I was at fault for whatever reason, and is already starting to write up the referral while I am desperately trying to motion the fact that I can't even fucking breathe. I was crying I thought I was going to die as I was getting absolutely no response from my lungs for what felt like an eternity. Loblocks2

A Bruised Peach.....

First year of middle school, I was getting used to being with all different sorts of people as I had gone to an Honors elementary school that you needed to get accepted into. Anyways, one day I was walking down the hallway when a girl i didn't know at all (who was unmistakably white, like me) walked up to me and asked me what race she was. I was like "uhhh. white??" and she B***H slapped me straight across the face and screamed "I'M PEACH YOU RACIST!" and stormed off. Little to our knowledge, an assistant principle had watched the whole thing from behind... and there I was thinking she was going to get busted for assaulting me. NO?! The AP brings me into her office for verbally assaulting this girl and making a racist comment and I had to sit in ISS for two days. k4dude

Avert your eyes! 

In second grade my teacher tried to make me and my friends not be allowed to be friends and also got me in trouble for looking at another student. LilBits1029384756

Oof, I think this happened to me. I had him in all of my classes one year, and we goofed off occasionally, and then we were never in the same class again. Three years, like how? booglebeast

If you say so....

Throwing a piece of paper off a balcony at school. According to the vice principal, I would then maybe throw a pencil, then eraser, binder, backpack and then even a person. And I was just like, "excuse me wtf!" ScreamingGoat25

I love Stouffer's! 

I bought the wrong frozen lasagna.

In high school, I was doing the grocery shopping. My dad mentioned he wanted lasagna, so I grabbed a Stouffer's frozen lasagna. When he ate it, he was unhappy with how little meat it contained, and screamed at me for a good 10 minutes. He had never told me that he didn't like that brand, or what brand he would have preferred - he just told me to buy a lasagna.

For years, well after I moved out and went to college, he'd occasionally bring up what a stupid idiot I am for buying a Stouffer's lasagna. It's one of the more minor reasons that I cut him out of my life. steel_jasminum



I dropped my pencil on the ground and someone picked it up for me and I said, "Thanks." My teacher yelled at me for talking and I got super embarrassed. hiwhatisupbros

The Squeal....

I have a fairly high-pitched voice for a man and growing up it was even worse. People always think I'm a woman on the phone and when I laugh I still sound like a little girl at 27 years old. Anyway, when I was in grade five we had a substitute one day. He asked a question and I raised my hand to answer. When I answered the question the substitute told me to stop talking like Micky Mouse. This went back and forth for a while with me trying to convince this guy that I was using my real voice. He was having none of it and I got sent to the principle (who had known me for years). When the principle asked me why I was there and I explained myself he just laughed and walked me back to class.

Curse this voice of mine. retrospect26

Mrs. Livermore is Cray....

I passed a note in class to my friend saying "don't upset Mrs. Livermore she's in a stressy mood." Obviously it was intercepted and I was kept behind after lessons.

It was years and years ago. I still think about how dumb that was of me. JustLouu



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Sixth sense, hunch, spidey senses tingling, or gut feeling: no matter what you call it, we all have had that feeling at one point or another. Not everyone is as in tune with that feeling as some, but when we have that feeling it's important to listen to it. It could be life or death.

Science tells us that there's actual physical feelings associated with the gut feeling due to our gut-brain connection. Signals from our brain can actually cause intestinal signals to bubble up. It can come in a moments notice. Sometimes feeling a little like anxiety or even "hearing" a voice in your head telling you something might be off.

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We might need to listen to our gut specifically to protect ourselves. It's that intuitive knowledge that keeps humanity alive for centuries.

Antonia Hock, global head of The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center said:

"Instinct is a powerful data point that can be a treasure trove of untapped generational knowledge in decision making."

Redditors shared their life-saving moments when they listened to their gut and trusted it.

Redditor TheGaySussyBaka asked:

"What's a gut feeling that saved yours or someone else's life?"

Intuition could save a life. Let's read some true stories about gut feelings that made all the difference.

It was worth being late to the party.

"Years ago, my wife and I were driving on the expressway that was under major construction. Traffic had slowed quite a bit and I saw a plume of smoke ahead. As we drew closer, I could see it was the beginning of a Carbeque, but the driver was still in the vehicle."

"I did a death defying move to cross multiple lanes of traffic to pull over, despite my wife's protests about being late to the event we were headed to."

"I approached the car, which was just starting to produce visible fire from the wheel wells and opened the door to the car. The guy was conscious, but in obvious shock and was unresponsive. I had to reach in to unbuckle him and pull him out of the car. Within seconds of me getting him out, the driver's compartment was completely engulfed in flames."

- TheSpatulaOfLove

"In that moment, that's what your wife was thinking about?"

- Nooseents

"I don't think she had malicious intent. She's just nuts about being everywhere 5 minutes early. She assumed the guy would get out of the car and all would be fine. I didn't get that feeling."

- TheSpatulaOfLove

"Tipsy" driving is still drunk driving.

"Do not get into a car with someone who says 'they are just a little tipsy.'"

"The guy who was trying to convince us that he 'was totally fine to drive' didn't die that night but he did have to spend a two years learning to walk again."

- fruit_cats

"My story isn't as bad as that but I'm pretty sure I saved a friend from getting arrested for drunk driving. She'd been hanging out at my fraternity and had at least a couple drinks. She said she was going to drive to the bar, but I told her I wasn't going to let her and would find someone to drive her. But everybody else had been drinking. I hadn't, but I also didn't have a driver's license at the time (not for nefarious reasons, I just didn't get one until I graduated college)."

"Refusing to let her drive, I told her I would. She got in next to me and even though I hadn't driven in awhile, I drove slowly to the bar. After I pulled in to the spot, I finally noticed that there had been a cop right behind us. Luckily he drove off. But the cops in our college town were notorious jerks and even if she had been below the legal limit, she probably would have been arrested. But she was fine and I drove her back to her apartment after we were done."

"Also later found out that the car I was driving wasn't even hers - it belonged to her sorority sister. So there's a good chance I prevented her a) from getting arrested, b) getting into a bad accident, c) damaging her sorority sister's car or d) all of the above."

- PAKMan1988

"You're really burying the good part."

"You prevented her from possible troubles by driving a stolen car without a license right in front of a cop."

- yourmomlurks

Listen to your parental gut feeling.

"My son has leukemia and is on chemotherapy. He was just...off. Looked paler than usual and something just felt odd. Turns out chemo had obliterated his blood so much it might as well have been water and he would have died within days. Two blood transfusions, five days hospital and two weeks off chemotherapy and he was on the mend."

"I went into traumatic shock and the one thing that pulled me out was a debrief with my doctor, who told me I had just saved my child's life with my maternal instinct and never doubt it. Fast forward a few months and he got an infection and that same odd feeling woke me up. He spent a week in hospital that time."

"Parental instinct is there for a reason. Don't doubt it. When you feel it, it's not like feeling a concern or worry that something might be wrong... it's a deep primal knowing."

- belltrina

"My wife had the same thing happen with our 3rd kid. 3 days old. Something was off for her. She had a feeling, called the pediatrician and tested his blood sugar with her kit since she was a gestational diabetic. It was in the basement. Like the oh f**k basement. Verge of coma basement. Doc had us call 9-11 and they would have life-flighted him to a bigger hospital had the weather not sucked a**. Spent 9 days in the NICU. Now he's a wild 5-year-old boy. She 100% saved his life."

- Fleadip

"When I worked in peds, this was the mantra among the nursing staff. If mom (or dad) thinks something is wrong, something is wrong! You know your kid better than anyone else in the world."

- vanillabeanlover

"This is so true! When I had appendicitis, my doctor tried to send me home saying it was the flu. If my mom hadn't insisted something was seriously wrong, I might be dead. It was hours from rupturing when they removed it."

- hotairballoons

A near miss.

"Scenario- driving myself and 2 coworkers back from lunch. Didn't immediately go when my light was green as I got this weird knot in my stomach like something was gonna go down. Car next to me went forward and got slammed into a brick building and post by a speeding car that went thru his red. Some debris rained on my car but basically was left unscathed. Shook but unscathed."

- tokoloshe_noms_toes

"My friends make fun of me for this, bc the 'light is green lol' but I've been involved in that type of accident, and am only alive because my dad, who was driving saw it in time to slam the gas and make them only hit the bed of the truck."

- marshal231

The man in the truck.

"This is before cell phones (think beepers). I went out one night and was meeting my bestie half way between my house and hers. I noticed this truck drive by me and he slowed down to a crawl. Another car was coming so he kept going. My spidey senses were triggered though. I saw my best friend and I grabbed her and pulled her into an old shed at an abandoned house. I shut the door quick and told her to be quiet. There was a space so we were able to see this truck coming."

"She is whispering rapidly to me asking what is happening. I told her that I had seen that guy a few minutes before and he made me nervous. He slowly crept down the street, pulled over and got out with a flashlight. That's when we saw the gun. The most terrifying thing, it was only moments, but felt like hours. He finally took off, but I was hesitant to leave yet. We stayed there for about 15-20 minutes and he came back 4 or 5 times."

"Finally we heard our names being called, her older brother and his best friend had come looking because it typically takes 10 minutes to get from my house to hers. I am convinced that she and I would both be dead if it wasn't for that shed and me trusting my spidey senses."

- Right-Mind2723

Caught it just in time.

"Was hanging out with my brother who was visiting from a few hours away. We went to one of his highschool friends house to shoot the sh*t."

"My brother's friend had a kid who was literally bouncing off the walls. After one bounce I heard a little scrape behind me. I looked behind me to see the 8 point deer head mounted to the wall just in time for another bounce."

"I snatched that head out of the air just about 3 inches from giving the kid 4 stab wounds to the skull."

- piratecheese13

"I was at a party my house was hosting back in the day. We had a back area that had a door leading to the backyard, the door swung inwards. Someone was bent over putting their shoe on and I heard someone coming up the stairs to come in. As soon as the handle started turning, I put my hand over the door to stop it coming in. The person putting on their shoe was so shocked because no one else noticed the door opening and their head was right near the handle. Maybe not exactly saving a life, but a solid concussion at least."

- Subject37

"Peacefully riding my motorcycle."

"'I don't think that guy is going to stop for that stop sign. I'll slow down just a little bit so he'd miss me if he didnt.'"

"Guy flys through intersection at 100km/h."

"'God wanted me to live this day, I see.'"

- shrapnullvxvsa

There are a few things you'll need to do to learn how to trust your gut. Part of it is recognizing when your gut is trying to send you signals. Body awareness, emotional awareness and cognitive processing is something that can happen intuitively, but we have to know how to recognize it.

Pay attention to when it is intrinsically emotional or when it might be clouded by bias. Know the difference so you can make choices that make the most sense for the situation.

And practice! Find ways to listen to your body and emotions and put the skills to the test.

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