Casual Friday is a gift, a blessing in a dull experience of droning meetings and angry clients. It's something to look forward to all week long, even when the rest of the 9-5 days try their best to bring you down. This make it upsetting when people abuse that privilege, seemingly ruining it for everybody.
In the stellar word of The Office's Kelly Kapoor, "Damn it, Meredith, where are your panties?!"
Reddit user, u/Logistics515, wanted to observe the worst outfits when they asked:
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Had a client coming in and the office Manager told everyone to please dress very nice. A girl came in dressed in her prom dress.
Showing His Patriotism...Question Mark?
A guy showed up to his sales job at a public event wearing a tank top that said F-CK ISIS.
Boss asked him to leave lol
Setting A Precedent Early On
I worked as receptionist for a government office. They were holding interviews for an important position which required lots of interaction with the public and a high degree of professionalism.
One candidate arrived wearing a low cut tank top and a short denim skirt, with frizzy 80s style hair. It was like she was trying to look 20 again (she was nowhere near 20).
They still gave her the benefit of the doubt and went ahead with the interview. I spoke to one of the interviewers later in the day and he told me she bombed it.
Seeing Too Much Of You, Jerry.
A male coworker who strolled through the atrium and through reception every morning in his red lycra bike shorts.
He might as well have been nude.
*cue "I Ripped My Pants" song
Guy at work split his pants and rather than go home for the day, took them off and duct taped them on the inside. Then split them again, gave up and went home. He was pretty good natured about it and nobody gave him any flack after they blew out each time.
Keep Them Up
I once went to a language tutor center with my wife. We were met with a young 20ish brunette wearing a see-through top. You could quite clearly see she wasn't wearing a bra underneath either.
She went through a 15 discussion about who they are and why we should pick them and considering my wife on my left, I had the longest and toughest 15 minutes of "my eyes are up here" that I've had in my life. I have no idea if she knew or just went with some random top braless and it just so happened to be see-through that day.
Comfy Is As Comfy Does
My dad works at a large company where they have trouble keeping employees. Girl shows up wearing PJ pants, slippers, tank top and, because it's cold outside, she "wears" a freakin' BLANKET. It was a big fluffy blanket that she kept wrapped around just shoulders all day. Worked her whole shift.
Don't Google It
Ahegao t shirt on casual clothes day at school (know school isn't work but we do work at school so I guess it counts.)
Woof...Just Bad Choices All Around, "Margaret."
Hopefully I'm not too late.
I used to work at a non profit part time through high school and college, sort of like the YMCA. I was super close to all the other recreation staff / counselors because we had all been in the program together too.
Anyways, Halloween comes around and I propose the idea to have a communal fall festival with the other local non profits, we all get together, play games, have a costume contest, the whole shabang. I show up the Saturday of the event about an hour and a half before anyone else to start setting up. Upon entering the office, let's call her Margaret (office admin lady), greets me in head to toe black face. Every inch of her body painted black with big pink lips smeared on. Mind you it was 6:30 AM, I wince to think about how early she must have gotten up to apply it all. She is also accompanying this with a bone necklace and straw skirt, bare feet, and black stockings hung from her chest with the nipples cut off baby bottles on the ends, hanging to her knees. She starts doing a dance and exclaims, "I'm a cannibal! Or a savage, however you want to interpret it."
I've never been so shocked in my life. It was way too damn early and I immediately panicked because a few dozen families were going to be arriving soon. A quick call to boss man more in shock than in anger and he dials her. I hear a few pleas: "oh no it's okay, my husband and I have worn this to all of our costume contests at temple and win every year, he dresses as an explorer too, then we kiss as part of the joke!"
She left for the day crying, and that is when I decided to leave that carnival of a job. Still close with all the guys I worked with though, chaos isn't too bad when you have a group of people to go through it with you and you can all laugh about it later.
Not Work, But, You Know, C'Mon Parents. Get It Together.
It wasn't technically their job, but once when I was in kindergarten somebody's mom showed up wearing a shirt that said 0-horny in 2.5 beers.
She was actually the reason the school had to release a dress code for parents and guardians when visiting the school.
Really? You REALLY Can't Tell Why We Brought You In Here?
One of the agents I was teaching in a call centre wore a dress so low cut and so short that when she moved the wrong way I saw /everything/.
Another girl liked wearing corsets to make her boobs spill out of her shirt and hoodies that said inappropriate things like "Blow me." She couldn't understand why HR kept pulling her in for meetings.
Well, I Already Got The Job, So...
The receptionist at a profesional office I worked at thought it was OK to wear an oversized Tupac t-[shirt] with no pants and slippers to the office for her first official day. Overall very confusing because she wore a beautiful outfit for her interview,
That's A New Kind Of Distraction
On Valentine's Day, a new hire dressed like "Cupid."
He wore a white shirt decorated with red hearts and a white tie with a large heart on the center of it.
Then, his pants were also white, but with angels going up and down the legs. Everyone loved it, especially the female employees. But his supervisor told him to go home and change because it was a "distraction."
London. France. Underpants.
I used to work in a call centre and there were way too many people dressed like it was Saturday night.
One girl in particular was wearing a short skirt one day. Her colleagues next to her kept insisting that it's too short and she kept insisting that it wasn't. One woman who's a little person (is that the right word?) walks by when that conversation is happening and says "It is too short. I can see your underwear, it's pink."
I May Not Play By Your Precious Rules, But I Get Results!
I used to work with a surgeon who once burst into an operating theatre in his pajamas and flip flops. He had gloves on but that's about it. No mask, no hat, no scrub.
To be fair, the patient was bleeding to death and he answered the call for help. Saved her life. Gave her loads of antibiotics though.
Doesn't Matter How Much You Walk
No t-ts and a-- here but many moons ago i worked for Royal mail as a postman. Had a new hire that came into work wearing high heel platform boots. She didnt come back the next day because she didn't seem to understand that those items of footwear are not conducive to the amount of walking posties do, and managed to knacker her ankle. Also complained that carrying bags and putting mail through letter boxes was damaging her nails.
Never saw her again.
Dead Set On Nabbing One
Hospice central office. Secretary is looking to catch some doctor.
Fish net stockings. Skirt that shows the bottom of her a--. No underwear, maybe a g-string.
MD comes in and states "What, is this a strip club now?"
I about fell outta my chair.
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Playboy bunny outfit.
I was a server at a semi-nice casual restaurant that was frequented by business people. It was Halloween and we were encouraged to wear costumes. One of our hostesses wore this and our manager didn't flinch until a customer complained.
Wow, Everyone Really Misses Him...
I worked for an instrument supplier and was installing equipment at a customer site (pharmaceutical company.) It was around Halloween and Hugh Hefner had just died.
Lots of employees were going around (including in the lab space) dressed like playboy bunnies. Not that their outfits were that skimpy (especially those who were in labs) but it was still weird seeing a bunch of scientists at work in bunny ears, bowties, and cotton tails paying tribute to playboy
Not quite up to the standards here but the funniest one I have seen in the last few years was the day we had to sit through Ethics and Compliance training to be told about not accepting bribes and gifts and one of my team turned up wearing all branded gear that he been gifted from one of his suppliers.
A girl in my masters biology degree course, brought a water bottle into the first lab and picked a lab coat that was too small, so it only buttoned at the top, kind of like a Cape with sleeves. The lab PhD student got her a new one when she noticed the next day, but she still intermittently buttons only the top, meaning most of her front is not covered by a lab coat. We've been working with E. coli for most of the last 2 weeks. She has to be reminded every couple of days to tuck her headscarf into her lab coat, to the point where she was at risk of it falling over a lit bunsen burner. She isn't the only person who wears a headscarf in my lab, and everyone else has had no issues.
Again, we are masters students. Her poor choices in lab coats are far from the worst thing she's done.
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Girl came into the lab with open toed shoes. Freaking psycho.
I See U!
A girl I knew wore a see through mesh top to work without a bra in a call center I once worked at... oddly enough she wore it about 3 times before she was eventually pulled up about it (can't think why).
NSFW in a different way - I worked in a law firm with a fairly casual dress code - jeans and t-shirt were acceptable, but just barely. The legal assistants regularly took documents to the local county courthouse for filing. One legal assistant came in wearing a "F**k the Police" t-shirt. I wasn't his boss but I couldn't resist telling him he couldn't wear that shirt to the courthouse. He borrowed a sweater from someone.
I worked a call center years ago. No dress code. People would literally roll out of bed and come into work in what they had on. It wasn't until one of the employees decided to hold a joint in his ear the whole day that they decided to implement some rules/dress code. But slippers and pajamas were still ok.
Black & White
When I did retail we would often have meetings after hours to discuss new merch, changes in the company, renovations, etc. and since it was after hours dress code was never enforced. Well, one day we have a meeting and the manager decides everyone has to come in dress code (for men it's a suit and tie) so I decided to go dressed in full white tie: tuxedo with tails, waistcoat, wingtip shirt, white bow tie, tophat, the whole nine yards. It was actually a lot of fun pretending that was my everyday outfit.
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It wasn't so much the outfit but the bow and arrows. One person in accounting dies from a heart tipped arrow and suddenly it's "Maybe you should go home and change Stanley!" "We have a no Cupid policy around here."
A female co-worker wore saucy outfits when she and I worked in a hospital. She was already sleeping with a surgeon and was using that outfit to lure more doctors. Another surgeon saw me shake my head to myself when I saw her outfit that day, and he was unable to contain his laughter.
Accidents with crazy....
Secondhand story from my husband, but a guy on another crew wore a two piece safety suit instead of the one piece like he was supposed to for the job. He slipped and fell on his butt in some caustic waste. Since it was a two piece suit, it was able to leak into his suit and he had to basically run out of the job, strip down naked, and have coworkers pour vinegar all over his lower half, including down his butt crack and on his junk.
So remember, if you work a safety job, don't ignore the required gear. Sometimes the required gear seems silly, but they require it for a reason. Accidents happen and in a worst case scenario, proper get should save you.
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One girl wore a pair of black leggings that were so thin you could see the color and pattern of her underwear from 50 feet back.
The position has been filled.....
Wasn't a job but a job interview. I was doing a remote interview via Skype and the woman being interviewed was driving a car.
She propped her phone up against the speedometer so she could use both hands to drive. When she set up the phone it was clear that she was wearing a very large and loose tank top with no bra and big sunglasses.
At one point she asked me to wait and I said sure, until i realized she was ordering food in the Wendy's drive thru. when i called her out on it she tried to pic up her phone and dropped it between her legs. This is the moment my team lead and i saw her bare lady bits. I just hung up and threw her resume away.
Iron Man for the Save
When I was a medical student when this happened during a cat 1 C section I was watching. Was about 3am (in the UK consultants don't usually stay overnight when they're on call for most specialties), consultant was a ~40 year old guy that came in wearing Iron Man pajama bottoms and flip flops. no time to get changed. he saved the baby tho so fair enough.
Cover your bits....
Call centers on the weekends. There was one Saturday it was like all the girls on the team came straight from a lingerie party. One girl was wearing a lace teddy with lace boy shorts. I mean there was just enough pattern to keep the bits mostly covered. On the other end of the spectrum someone wore a bathrobe to work one day. We weren't sure if there was any thing under it.
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When I was doing my teaching internship, the 2nd grade teacher next door wore a leather miniskirt with black fishnet stockings. It was... questionable, to say the least.
"why not both?"
I worked in a very stuffy, old, and famous law firm. Last year on Halloween a very attractive young female attorney came in wearing a skin-tight black cat suit with cat ears on. It didn't show any skin. But it didn't need to. She was clearly not wearing a bra and her nipples were VERY visible, so was the fact that she was wearing a lace thong underneath.
This was the kind of office where men wore ties every day and women wore skirt suits or pant suits at all times. Nobody said anything to her as far as I know, but it was whispered about for a while.
I try very hard not to sexualize my coworkers, who are all brilliant and accomplished lawyers and not objects of fantasy. But that costume made me ask "why not both?"
We had a human resources manager that would wear shear white dress shirts to work. Her nipples were dark as heck and you could see them across the room through the shirt. In the sun, you could almost see through the shirts. This started a few months after the sale of the company to another firm. They moved their own people in to top management positions.
A month or two into the wardrobe change, the General Manager made an inappropriate pass at her. She sued and was awarded close to 10 years worth of her salary.
Recently at work one of our vans decided it didn't want to start. It being a brand new Dodge ProMaster we decided it would be best for the dealership to figure it out. We called and a big flatbed tow truck was dispatched. The tow truck arrived and the driver hopped out wearing slip style sandals.
I would assume a job were you deal with heavy machinery all day would require boots but who knows.
Fast forward a month and I am getting gas at the gas station down the street from my office. I look over to the next pump and who do I see? That same tow truck driver filling up the tank on his tow truck. He was still wearing that same pair of sandals. I left in a hurry after watching him light a cigarette as he pumped his gas.
Military O-5 (Army LTC) wearing thin spandex with no underwear and skin tight tankers top while on the job in a deployed location.
She didn't last the rotation.
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Girl where I worked came with a cut t-shirt, showing her side breasts and wearing no bra. Manager came and told her to go home and get change so she wouldn't catch a cold.
One of the older men, getting near 60, wore short shorts, some women complained about his varicose veins being unsightly. He was asked to go home and change as knee-length shorts were ok, but not short shorts as stated in the terms of dress down day. His response was to comment about someone's Turban not being mentioned in the terms either. He was a team leader.
The very attractive intern showed up on casual day wearing a sheer top. Wasn't too bad, but you could clearly see both nipple piercings.
Intern was a guy. A whole new group of people were suddenly interested in working with said intern.
We had a temp working at our donation bay (thrift store). The first week she was dressed appropriately- sneakers, jeans, t shirt- but was vocally concerned that the work was going to ruin her good clothes, and she was waiting on her paycheck to purchase work clothes. The day her cheque came, she was over the moon shopping for clothes, but as I was ringing her out, I noted they were all work inappropriate- filmy, low cut, rude slogans, etc.
Whatever, I thought, maybe these are her new good clothes and the jeans were now her work clothes. NOPE. Came in the next day in spangly short shorts, bejeweled flip flops, a gauzy shirt that was way WAY too tight, and a half shirt over it that said "I don't f@@@@@g care."
Topless. I'll explain: I walked in on the very attractive 19 year-old receptionist while she was examining her big breasts. They were completely out there as she had pulled her top to her waist. I told her to put those away and she giggled and apologized.
Was she in a private room, break area, or all-gender bathroom? Nope. This was at the front desk and a client could have walked in at any moment.
Before that job she was a stripper at a full nude strip club.
Tame the Leather
I used to work as an intern in a classic corporate office and one of the manager who used to wear tops with HUGE cleavages showed up with leather pants which front side and back side were pierced with 1 inch holes and tied together with ribbons.
I worked a fence building job and my moss hurt his toe so was supervising with one steel toe boot and one sandal.
Since he could barely walk he wasn't really doing much so he wasn't like in danger of anything but it's still weird to see a guy with sandal on at a job site with thousands of pounds of wood and concrete.
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One time this temp wore leggings that were damn near see through, like idk if she knew but her stuff was all out there for people to see lol she was sent home that day and never came back.
Hi, Miss Kemp...
Newly qualified teacher (24 y/o, hot as hell) wore a Halloween-style 'stripper schoolgirl' outfit to my all-boys secondary school on 'Non-Uniform day' once.
It was utter chaos. 500 hormonal as hell teenagers literally howling and running out of classes to come and see. The head of department basically ended up locking her in an empty classroom and closing the blinds, leaving her on her own for the rest of the day as he couldn't get her safely to the carpark for her to drive home. She didn't come in for the rest of the week and left the following term.
Hi, Miss Kemp.
I recently organized a conference with industry vendors. One of the vendors sales reps showed up, 7 months pregnant in a dress that would have already been too short had she not been pregnant. It looked like she forgot to put on pants. The look was completed with a weird shawl bolero and heels that were on the high side at the best of times, but must have been torture for her in the 3rd trimester. The woman was old enough to know better (i.e. mid 30s).
Not quite NSFW but I had a guy come in for his interview for a position that would require him to operate heavy machinery in a t-shirt that said "Caution : I do dumb things."
Conspiracy theories are beliefs that there are covert powers that be changing the course of history for their own benefits. It's how we see the rise of QAnon conspiracies and people storming the capital.
Why do people fall for them? Well some research has looked into the reasons for that.
The Association for Psychological Science published a paper that reviewed some of the research:
"This research suggests that people may be drawn to conspiracy theories when—compared with nonconspiracy explanations—they promise to satisfy important social psychological motives that can be characterized as epistemic (e.g., the desire for understanding, accuracy, and subjective certainty), existential (e.g., the desire for control and security), and social (e.g., the desire to maintain a positive image of the self or group)."
Whatever the motivations may be, we wanted to know which convoluted stories became apart of peoples consciousness enough for them to believe it.
Redditor Lopsided_Confusion57 asked:
"What's the wildest conspiracy theory you fully believe?"
We can't say any of these are true but sometimes it's fun to speculate.
The time traveling cyclist.
"The Australian cyclist Mick Rogers is a time traveler."
"In the 2002 Tour Down Under, Rogers was in a great position in the breakaway and looking to move into the overall race lead but a collision with a motorcycle left his bike out of commission. With the team service car and mechanics way down the road, it looked like Rogers' chances were gone. Then a cycling fan, who just happened to be at that precise point in the road, offered Rogers his bicycle to continue on. The bike also just happened to be the *exact* model of Colnago that Rogers had been riding. It was the correct size, right down to things like the stem and crank lengths. It even had the same pedal system that Rogers was already using, so he could just clip in and be away. He finished that stage and took the race lead, which he held on to all the way to the end for his only career win in his 'home' tour."
"My theory is that in the original timeline, Rogers didn't win the 2002 Tour Down Under. He quit cycling in anger and devoted his life to theoretical physics and solving the problem of time travel just so he could arrange it to leave himself a spare bike where and when he needed it."
"I'm on board for whatever book or screenplay you write."
"Wait, so if Rogers motivation to find ways for time travelling was losing 2002 race, and if he won, then Rogers never found time travelling and our time line is forever devoid of genius like Rogers who would have found time travelling and attended Hawkins party."
"Yep, exactly. Our timeline is stuck with boring old Mick Rogers, 2002 TDU winner and 3x World Time Trial Champion while some other, much cooler, party timeline gets Mick Rogers, the second coming of Einstein. He probably even cures Covid for them."
The best money making stunt.
"Information is leaked from a studio about an upcoming project that p*sses off the fan base. The studio will then change things to keep the fans happy. The conspiracy is the original leak was just a lie to drum up free publicity for the project."
"This made me think of the Sonic movie. No way in hell were they going to make Sonic look that bad. Put out a fake trailer with him lookin all scary, everyone is talking about it. Wala. Take a bit to say you're fixing his look, put out a new trailer. You just drummed up tons of publicity since people are now following the story."
"I have mixed thoughts to that one."
"I mean 'No way in hell were they going to make him look like that.' Buddy have you seen the cash-grab BS that Hollywood has pulled off before? Hell, when was there a movie based off a game that wasn't exactly as bad as that Sonic looked?"
"I will admit that they may have done that as a publicity stunt, but I also admit that they could have thought it looked fine."
"Have you seen … CATS?"
"100% of the population believes that Putin has had people killed for political reasons but only a very small percentage of Americans believe that American politicians would ever do so."
"I mean, there's a reason the joke/saying is, 'The highest award a journalist can receive is being assassinated by the CIA.' There's probably been a handful who may've found out one too many things on the elites, and then had an accident before they could publish their findings."
"Ohhhh boy then south american journalists in the 60s-80s have been awarded way too much."
"MLK was literally murdered by the government."
"Lots of Black Panthers were too."
'"As part of the larger COINTELPRO operation, the FBI was determined to prevent any improvement in the effectiveness of the BPP leadership. The FBI orchestrated an armed raid with the Chicago police and State Attorney on Hampton's Chicago apartment.'"
"Quote from the Wikipedia article on Fred Hampton."
Conspiracies for the conspiracies to cover up the conspiracies.
"The CIA creates conspiracy theories to provide cover for the real conspiracies."
"It's actually kind of scary how smug anti-conspiracy discourse is used to derail actual conversations. A moment that chipped my faith in humanity just a little was when I was arguing with some people about Guatemala in 1954 and people denied my version of events happened 'because it's a conspiracy.'"
"Like no the parties involved admitted to it."
"If you don't know what I'm talking about and are from the USA you should have a google. But, basically the USA destroyed a democracy because it made a corporation sad."
"What's worse is when people will talk about how corrupt insert what politicians they don't like are, but then when you mention something that is actually confirmed to have happened, they pull the conspiracy theory card and act as if the idea people in power don't want to secure further power for themselves."
"We have been conditioned to think like that from since we started school though (I guess that's my submission for this ask post)."
"I think I remember reading about some CIA agents AMA. Someone asked him the question, 'What's the point of area 51?' The answer was, 'To keep your attention away from area 50 and 52.'"
"Obviously not an exact quote, but the idea of it has always stuck with me."
Extinct animals not actually being extinct for preservation.
"I think it is entirely plausible that the Thylacine still exists in the depths of the Australian mainland and the government knows it."
"It wouldn't be that crazy for misguided scientists to have moved or released a few in the late 1800s. Once the animal went extinct, they certainly couldn't reveal the existence of the mainland population lest poachers and local farmers destroy it. They also may have realized how significant the liability was for releasing large predators into farmland."
"Folks have found hair and scat samples that may be from the animal, but the university lab results always come back and say they are nonsense. That's probably the truth, but I wouldn't be entirely surprised if the government was strong-arming them into reporting BS results. TBH if I was a conservation scientist it wouldn't take much convincing for me to fake a negative test."
Robert 'Curt' Borton Jr.
"I believe in a LOT of really boring conspiracies. Stuff like. 'This person was about to expose corporate/government corruption, and then died suspiciously.'"
"But if you want to go for a more intense one, Robert Borton, who I just learnt about, takes the cake. tl;dr guy disappears in Vietnam and really strange sh*T happens to his family."
"This guy, Robert 'Curt' Borton Jr. turns 19 in 1965, he goes to fight in Vietnam. He lands in 1966 and vanishes 19 days into his deployment alongside 3 other soldiers."
"In 1976, two guys approach his dad and claimed to work for the Department of Defense. They asked him to sign a letter that would change his sons status from 'Missing in action' to 'Killed in action' and he refused. Arguing the military would not confront people in public to sign documents. However, in the following weeks he was approached again by these two guys in public places and eventually signed it out of fear. He later received money for doing so."
"His sister then claims that every time they've seen Curt's official files, the entries keep changing, and his sister claims her phone was being wiretapped. A cousin believes that everyone was being watched, claiming that he was followed to work several times and that two men would follow him from his home to his company and then back. After this went on for a month, he decided to confront them, but they denied following him. After that, for about a month, he was not followed."
"The family is convinced Curt was part of a secret government operation that brought him from Vietnam into the United States. Diane believes that he has tried to contact her and other family members on multiple occasions. She claims that she has talked to a man who is a "secret returnee" and that they are allowed to come back to the United States, as long as they do not contact their families. She believes that this was done because the U.S. government had already claimed that all of the living POWs had been brought home; since they were still left behind, they could not become known to the public."
We may never fully know if any of these are true. Given the track record and history of most governments in the world, maybe some of these aren't so far fetched.
Only you can decide what you believe or not.
I hate ghosts, even if it's Casper. My life is already stressful enough. I don't need to creeped out by spirits from the beyond. Shouldn't they be resting and basking in the glow of the great beyond instead of menacing the rest of us?
The paranormal seems to be consistently in unrest, which sounds like death isn't any more fun or tranquil than life. So much for something to look forward to.
Some ghosts just like to scare it up. It's not always like "Ghosthunters" the show.
Redditor u/Murky-Increase4705 wanted to hear about all the times we've faced some hauntings that left us shook, by asking:
Reddit, what are your creepy encounters with something that you are convinced was paranormal?
I can't definitively say I've come face to face with the spirits. But I have had some unsettling feelings in the dark. Shadows are just shadows sometimes, but who can be sure.
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"I was helping my dad clean my grandma's house after she passed and I went in and was trying to find a song in my phone and before I could I heard a cough plain as day come from down the hallway where her room was. She died of lung and throat cancer it was pretty crazy."
"When I was 5 I remember getting home from my grandpa's birthday party. For context my mom was pregnant with my brother at the time, so my parents had already bought his crib. I woke up in the middle of the night to find a women in a white dress and long black hair standing over my brother's crib. I managed to wake up my dad so he could take me to the bathroom. When I got back it was still there. It was only until morning when it disappeared. Every now and then I see a glance of what I assume is that thing running past the backyard."
"My best friend and his wife had moved to a new apartment. I came over to visit a few times, and each time I'd see the motion of a cat in my peripheral vision. Not the image of a cat, but a sense of how a cat moves. Anyway, one day I finally cracked some joke about the ghost cat in the place and his wife was instantly saying "See! See! I told you we had a ghost cat!"
"I worked graveyard shift in a dementia ward for 4 years and it was anything but quiet. I was working with a nurse one night when we both heard a resident say "excuse me." We looked around and no-one was there. I checked on the resident in question and she was fast asleep in her own room. Many of us also experienced someone whistling in the ward late at night and one nurse even managed to catch a video of it happening. It was unnerving to say the least."
"I once saw someone short walk by me in my house. They walked into the laundry room which only has one way in. I walked into it behind them and they where gone. I thought it was my little brother but I went to his room and he was asleep. I still have no clue what that was."
Now was everyone here positive they were sober? Just asking. Those are certainly spooky moments. I'd like some video footage please. Continue...
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"I was up at 3am when I was maybe 7 or 8. I looked out the window and saw a woman in a white dress run across my yard. I could see through her. She was transparent like the reflections on the window."
"So, my work place is haunted. I was having a really crap day, and as a cleaner, it's normal that me and my co worker will be the only ones left at night. So I was standing on the second floor, leaning on the banister for the stair case, when I heard this male voice say in my ear "you alright?" Clear as day. I turned around so fast and nobody was there and it scared the hell out of me."
"I remember as a young kid I usually use to sit in my bed and watch tv with my room door open while the adjacent guest bedroom next to mine would always have the door shut. I always remember seeing that door fully open and close by itself multiple times a day very slowly and gently. Never really bothered me much now that I think about it… but there were other creepier experiences I had in the same house that made me feel uncomfortable like I was being watched."
"I went to the Betsy Ross House as a really little kid in the early 90s. Normal house but I was confused why the tour guide never talked about the woman on the chair crying at the edge of the bed in Betsy Ross's bedroom. So I asked about it. No one else saw the woman at the edge of the bed. I figured it was just a wax museum since there was a wax statue of a man in uniform rolling bullets in the basement."
"Years later, I was looking at haunted Philadelphia tours to go on with a friend and the Betsy Ross House was on it. I was like "woah! I was there!" and looked into it some more. Turns out there is a woman at the end of the bed crying and a uniformed man in the basement that people have reported seeing. There is no way that 8 year old me would have known about either of these things."
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"I had this hello kitty Balloon In my bed room, it had a string and weight on it. So it was late, I had the lights on just Sitting on my bed. The Balloon turns, faces my door, slowly floats into my hallway and turns and floats into my sister's room. To this day I am scared of balloons."
They are among us and they like Hello Kitty. I'm probably rattling the paranormal cages and they'll come for me next, but I'm ready. I feel like this thread has prepared me.
The past year brought about much anxiety and it's been a challenge to find the light in what has felt like perpetual darkness.
"What gives you genuine happiness?"
Food brings people together, and that combination brings much happiness for these Redditors.
"Plenty of my favorite food eaten together with fam."
"Harvesting fruits/veggies from plants which I grew myself and then gifting the harvest to others. I love to grow blueberries and hope I will have lots next year."
Compliments To The Chef
"Seeing people enjoy food that I cooked, especially seeing my fiancee smile while she eats my from-scratch chocolate chip cookies."
The Little Things
"It's difficult to tell the difference between genuine happiness and enough distraction. Food, like video games or playing the piano, makes me joyful while I'm eating it. I believe that the things that make me truly happy are the ones that happen infrequently, if at all, and are beyond of my control, such as being complimented or receiving physical contact."
Being alone with our thoughts can be comforting.
Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
"Being outside with no people around. Live in a city and I get up super early and just walk around before everyone else is out. Best part of my day."
In Between Consciousness
"I think it may be the only time I am ever genuinely happy when I am in that state of going to sleep where I think, but at the same time I am neither asleep nor awake. It feels like I am entirely detached from the physical world; free of fear, and pain."
"Don't try heroin."
"I've noticed that some things can make you so happy that they make you happy before (anticipation) and after (reminiscing) you've done them."
Being with loved ones, both humans and pets, can be the very definition of happiness.
"Weekend mornings sitting on the couch curled up with my husband and cat, both of us reading a book. It feels like quality time even though we aren't talking. Just a lot of peace."
"Your comment made me imagine a cat sitting on a couch, reading a book, wearing reading glasses and that made me really happy."
Hide And Seek
"Watching my cat get stuck somewhere stupid, then yelling for help. The best place so far was in a cabinet over the stove."
Our Inner Comedian
"When I manage to make my friends day by making them laugh. I honestly get so happy when they are happy."
What Brings Joy To Others
"I really love to hear about other people's hobbies/passions/interests. It never fails to make me smile."
"Equally, my hobbies/passions/interests make me happy."
I'm a kid at heart.
So it's not surprising that going to a Disney park as an adult brings out the inner kid in me.
Having grown up in Southern California, I get nostalgic about all my trips to Disneyland with my family and friends.
Eventually, I got a job there in entertainment, where I've made lifelong friends and grew as a performer.
My glee quadruples when I bring friends who've never been to a Disney park before and I see the excitement on their faces.
And what brings me pure joy is hearing from these first-time visitors that, after a long day of running around for 12+ hours, they tell me they had the "best day ever."
Walt, you did a good thing.
A lot of talk going on about women's bodies, isn't there?
Not necessarily with women front and center as part of the conversation, unfortunately.
One of the main talking points against these bans and laws being placed on women's bodies is the idea that it would never happen to a man. "If men could get pregnant, there'd be free abortions tomorrow," is a slogan thrown around quite a bit online. Is that true?
Let's ask them.
Men of Reddit, would you take a male contraceptive pill if it was readily available? Why/Why not?
Genuinely, you might find yourself surprised at how many men are willing and ready to do their part in controlling what goes on during contraception.
Click, Click...No Boom.
"Yes. Makes more sense to unload the gun than shoot at a bulletproof vest."
"Without a doubt. I hate the idea of a vasectomy...nervous about the procedure. But I'd 100% take a male contraceptive pill"
Both Parties Are Making A Choice
"Yes. I world prefer both genders have birth control and that both are actively using it to give the best possible chance of no accidental pregnancies."
What Have Women Been Going Through?
"Honestly I would because I hate the fact how it f-cks with my girlfriend's body. And I rather deal with it than her"
"Absolutely ruins my day when I think about what a hormonal disaster the implant has been for her. It doesn't even bother her that much, but why should she have to deal with any of it at all? Saving up for a vasectomy so it can all just be done with."
Some men are not for a male contraceptive.
Hear them out.
"Think I'd probably still rely on rubbers. Shooting a load without one and relying on it being blanks... I'd be too paranoid about it"
"Rubbers will still help against things OTHER than pregnancy too - so, wearing them is still a good idea"
Wait, What Day Of The Week Is It?
"Oh yes 100%. The only reason I'd be hesitant is i'm very likely to forget"
"Yeah my ex couldn't even remember to buy condoms so not sure I would trust him with a pill. I also wouldn't trust myself with it either, hence the condoms :D"
What's It Doing To Me?
"If it had the same side-effect as the female one and affected my mood or my libido? F-ck no."
"Not all methods have that effect on women. There are literally hundreds of contraception, it's finding the best one for your body."
"I imagine that if men were taking contraception there would be triple the research into making sure you guys were A-OK"
It's All In The Conversation
"Personally, I wouldn't take it. The pill messes with your hormones and that's why I don't expect a woman to take it and also, that's why I don't want to take it."
"If she does, because she wants to - ok. If she doesn't, because she doesn't want to - ok, too."
"If I happen to hook up with someone, I'll wear a condom, because pregnancy isn't the only thing to prevent."
"If I am in a relationship and my gf tells me that she doesn't want to take the pill (anymore), I don't have any right to argue with her and that's why I'll wear a condom."
"I don't care if it "doesn't feel so good" - for me, the best thing about sex is the shared intimacy."
However, really, it's the man in all of us that wouldn't mind shouldering some responsibility in the child-baring years of our lives. Cheers to that.
So Long As It's A Unity Effort
"Yes, I have this theory that every man's phone alarm would go off at the same time at the bar, and we would raise our bc pill in the air to cheers all taking it at the same time"
Why Make Them Do Something You're Not Willing To Do?
"Abso-f-cking-lutely YES a million times yes!!!"
"Straight away, it would be a d*ck move if I expected my girlfriend to take stuff if I'm not willing to"
...Is That Pun Or...?
"Yes! My wife has been carrying the burden of birth control for 11 years now. Lots of pain, discomfort and other effects over the years, its time men can share the load."
We won't know what the future brings. Science at this point makes it feel like anything is possible, so in the next century? Who can say?
Be ready, men. It's our turn, next.