We all have those few select items we acquire through the course of life that fill us with glee and contentment. It could be something as small as a pen. Everyone loves a rare find and often those finds come with a deeper meaning; or it was just something totally rad. That's why it is heartbreaking when we lose track of those instruments of joy. Instruments even Marie Kondo would keep. The hunt never stops when these items get lost.Redditor u/gbizzle2 wanted to know who is still yearning for some possessions they'd give other's lives to find by asking.... What is an object that you lost, never found again, but always think about?
Chucky & Toby Forever.Giphy
I had a small stuffed dalmatian from disneyland. Got it when my grandma was dying of lung cancer and they want us kids out of the house. It was my "blanky" and it was named Chucky (not a joke, 5yo me thought that was a fitting name.)
Fast forward a decade, finally going to public school, i gave it to my dog when he found it in the closet, and it became his new favorite toy. Rip Chucky, beheaded by a cute little boy named Toby (also rip.)
No regrets. Its one of my favorite memories of Toby. justaregulardude1989
Not an object but a pet. I had 2 hamsters when I was younger. They lived in a plastic cage where the only entrance was a caged flap at the top (like this https://static1.viovet.co.uk/familygallery/ferplast-mini-duna-hamster-cage-bi65.jpg ) One time I came home and discovered that one of them had killed and partially eaten the other and then disappeared.
We never found any trace of it. I've no idea how it could have gotten out as there's no chance it could open up the caged bit at the top! You hear stories about a finding a murdered body in a locked room but you never think it'll happen to you.
What makes it worse is that the murderer was probably living in my house for a few weeks afterwards. miiiiiig
You know those small baby blankets with animal limbs and a head so it's kinda like it's wearing a dress with bottom legs? Well I was probably four and I had a knack for usually picking out odd stuffed animals, a homemade thirty year old E.T. and spider puppet until I saw this blue baby bear blanket, I fell asleep with it on the third night and I never saw it, I looked everywhere and was so devastated. I still want it. owoIlivealieuwu
A zombie frog teddy I took to a university archery competition. Set him on a chair. Some other team thought he was a mascot and stole him. There was an announcement asking to give him back but the team that stole him thought I was from a different uni as I wasn't wearing a uniform. This was in 2011 or 2012, UK. I still have his eyes though (he wasn't always a zombie). CatTatze
10 years ago, I had an envelope with 800 DKK (~$120 US). After spring cleaning I could not find the envelope. Still mad at myself that I probably threw out money. LindaE24
My wedding ring. My wife didn't have much money at the time and it was only $50, which makes it insanely more valuable to me. It pops in my head out of nowhere and It makes me sad. Whynotacoconut
Maybe it's Lost?Giphy
A small lego man I lost in our old house. Specifically in my parent's bathroom. (might be a false memory). But it was the greatest lego man ever. BlueScreenOfDeath-
I'm why I can't have nice things.
A golden bracelet I received from my grandmother. Lost it when I was going out when I was 18ish. It had my name and d.o.b. on it, in case you found it. Reddit
I had a necklace my grandma gave me with my full name and dob. 20k gold made in Spain ( where she was at my time of birth). Fell out of my pocket on a ride at Marriott Great America when I was 13. Into a lagoon.
I'm why I can't have nice things. Chaotic-NTRL
The Gone Stage.Giphy
This little side table I got in Australia. It was the only thing I could bring back when I finished my degree and followed me through many stages in life. Till I lost it in a move a few years back. wanderingpluviophile
A Turning Point.
A drawing I did as a kid. I dedicated hours to it and it was pretty awesome for the work of a 7 year old. Went to take a nap and when I came back it was gone never to be found, no one in my family ever remembered seeing it. The loss actually discouraged me from ever pursuing an artistic career. zakcary0007
I had this pair of hippie pants that were light and dark green stripes.... comfiest pants I ever wore. In high school I wore them to play the caterpillar in our production of Alice in Wonderland. Stolen from my dorm in college. I hope whoever has'm loves those pants as much as I did. flowerburgerstand
My Nintendo DS Chip that slid beneath my car seat 9 years ago. I still can't find it. immamemehere
My old stuffed monkey toy from when I was young, around toddler age. Lost it in Philippines when I went home with my family. My Aunt and Uncle in Philippines never found it. I realized I lost it when on the plane ride and I was crying on the flight back home to Canada. I miss that old stuffed monkey toy. JTyphoon16
Many years ago....
There was a lighter that was called a Nimrod that kind of looked like a piece of threaded pipe.
I had one that was given to me by a guy I knew who was dying. From what I recall, he told me he got it off a dead enemy soldier in Vietnam. As Nimrods were American made, that meant the enemy soldier likely got it from an American (probably dead as well).
Well I actually used that lighter. I was in a bar one night and set it on a pack of smokes at my place at the bar.
I got distracted and was taking to someone a few places down from where I was sitting. Well some a-hole stole it from me.
I lost touch with the guy that gave it to me as this was pre social media and I was leaving town.
I don't even smoke anymore but I still miss that lighter. It upsets me that it has a cool story but to the guy that stole it, it was just a lighter. slider728
A ring that my nan brought me for my 18th birthday, its been lost for many years now, but held special meaning as my nan died 3 days after giving it to me. My ex no longer owns the house that I lost it in, so I sometimes wonder if the new owners happened upon it hidden somewhere. SpannaMunky
I used to work at an environmental lab and we used pens all day. This was in 2003-04, so all of our work was recorded with pen & paper (I think they're all digital now). I had gotten this really nice pen from that job, it was one of those fancy, weighty pens, a nice shade of red with their logo in white. I kept that pen for years.
I had it with me at another job back around 09-10 and would use it to jot down notes. I got booted out of my office and was moved into a cubicle. These cubicles weren't the "nice" ones that walled you off with flimsy, short walls.
These cubicles were essentially just desks put in an extra-wide walkway. I was in that spot for less than a month when some piece of crap stole my pen. Then I was laid off a week later in the middle of the great recession. This was 10 years ago and I still resent my time spent at that company.
It was just a pen that didn't really carry any significance other than I liked it. But, that was my pen, marking the time I spent with that previous company and I couldn't replace it. mencken
My parents divorced when I was 5. I get on great with both of them and they get on great now too (it was a very long time ago) Anyway mum was going to give me their engagement ring when I got old enough, it was a beautiful dark green Saphire surrounded by little diamonds. I loved it from afar for many years.
Anyway she was taking it to get assessed for insurance purposes and went to get it out of her bag and it wasn't there. I was devastated and still miss that ring. The sentimentality, the representation of my parents marriage. Mum never seemed that bothered.
I still wonder if actually she just sold it. sometimesnowing
I was obsessed.
My ex bought me a $20 stuffed alpaca at the state fair in 2018. I felt bad because $20 feels like a lot for a toy but it was made with real alpaca fur and he had the cutest little crocheted hat. I was obsessed. A few hours later I put the bag down to tie my shoe and before I knew it, it was gone. Someone stole it and the worst part is that they definitely didn't appreciate the little guy as much as I did and probably gave it to their snot nosed kids to destroy. So upsetting to this day. Viiibrations
Lost. Found. Fly.
Well I got a aer lingus model plane for Christmas. It just went missing and I think someone at Christmas dinner robbed it. I still can't find it till this day and I cant seem to find where I get a new one. hypergemini2005
You can get them on any Aer Lingus flight or Dublin Airport- their website is theloop.ie. ididitforcheese
Thanks Bro. hypergemini2005
In high school I recorded an interview with my grandmother on my MP3 player for a family history project. She died about a year and a half later. I had that MP3 player in my car the night it was totaled. A few days after getting out of the hospital I went to get my crap out of my car. My MP3 was missing. I swear a cop stole it. Who else? The car was impounded. But I never found it and I wish I had backed that interview up to something else. killingcain
Who else is on the hunt?
People typically think of cannabis legalization as one of those cut and dry things.
If you don't use marijuana, you probably don't want to legalize it.
If you do use marijuana, you are probably pro-legalization.
... except it's not that simple.
Reddit user SaifurCloudstrife asked:
"Redditors opposed to marijuana legalization and decriminalization: Why?"
Normally when these types of questions are asked, you get a bunch of people who are pro-the-thing chiming in and that absolutely happened here.
Interestingly, that opened up discourse that got people actually talking—probably more than they normally would have. The constant back and forth helped people get down to the core of their beliefs and reasons.
I can't say minds or hearts were changed, or even that people had particularly good reasons (and there were some not-great counter arguments, let's be real) when it came right down to it, but conversations were certainly had...
"It's a drug."
"I have two examples in my close family that clearly show how devastating pot can be. This attitude to marijuana reminds me of the attitude towards cocaine in the mid to late seventies when everyone thought it was harmless 'nose candy.' "
"I'm against sentences for drug possession but many people would benefit from dealers serving 3-5 for selling pot."
"Honestly, I think everyone against it should come to Canada for a visit. It's been legal here for 4 years and absolutely NONE of the spooky stories have come true."
"The only real differences is that people buy their weed in nice, clean stores with clear labels and not on street corners and our tax dollars don't go towards harassing people for a weekend indulgence."Giphy
"It stinks and makes people lazy."
"And often the weed smokers don't care if they are a pain in the butt to others and that kind of apathy is a huge no for me."Giphy
"I live in WA, where rec weed is legal."
"I rarely ever smell pot smoke. And I have the nose of a bloodhound."
"Yes, more often than as a teen when it was still illegal, but far less than any amount to be pro-prohibition about it."
"Plus, I mean, there's lots of smells I f*cking hate but wouldn't enact harmful laws over- Axe body spray being one."
"Laws can be made regarding where you can smoke."
"In Australia you can't smoke inside or within a certain distance to entryways. The only space you smell smoke is at an outdoor pub, designated smoking areas and occasionally when walking."
"It took years, but people become accustomed to new rules. Knowing Americans though, you guys will be on the brink of civil war if they brought in similar restrictions."
It's TOO Good
"I've read that the potency in pot these days is a hell of a lot stronger compared to say 20 or 30 yrs ago."
"The huge increase in THC levels should be a huge concern for people. The pot being legalized today is not the same I smoked when I was much younger."
"This argument has been rolled out again and again since I was in elementary school (~30 years ago) and I never understood it."
"THC is remarkably non-toxic, it's so much less toxic than many common substances people ingest on a regular basis (aspirin, and plenty of other OTC meds, as examples), to the point where actual THC toxicity is caused by physical rather than chemical/metabolic actions."
"Smoked cannabis is also much easier to titrate (dose appropriately), since the effects are nearly instantaneous - take a couple hits and you'll know if you've had enough within seconds."Giphy
"As opposed to an accidental edible overdose where you might not know for a couple hours that you've taken a heroic dose."
"So a higher % of THC by weight in cannabis flower shouldn't be an issue, especially considering that back in D.A.R.E. they used to tell us that smoking cannabis was SO MUCH WORSE than smoking tobacco."
"Cannabis was supposedly so much 'harsher,' one joint contains 'toxins' equivalent to an entire pack of cigs, etc...which is total bull, but even if that were true...wouldn't that mean that stronger cannabis is less harmful, since you don't have to smoke so much to achieve the desired effect?"
"Can't have it both ways."
It is high potency because it is illegal. It's easier to transport a half pound of skunk than 10 pounds of trash weed."
"Look at states that have legalized. There are low thc strains available and easily accessible."
"Because dipsh*ts will start smoking it in public places where others can not really avoid it, like is the case with cigarettes currently."
"Also yes: F*ck cigarettes."
"Yep my problem is drugs in public."
"I do not care if you do drugs as long as your doing them in a private place. I don't want to breathe in your smoke and get lung cancer."
"I don't especially care what folks get up to on their own, it's when they make everyone around them a participant that it aggravates me."
"Plus, depending on the setting, it's really inconsiderate."
"I have a friend whose job does random drug testing and he left a bar because a bunch of folks were smoking inside and he was worried about work."Giphy
Go Away, Government!
"I'm for legalization but as someone that worked for corporate cannabis, I'd loathe seeing those scums run the market."
"My state Governor tried writing a recreational cannabis bill on their own terms since we are surrounded by recreational territories."
"They stated they didn't want it to lead to a ballot measure because that's worst case scenario (didnt think voters were educated) than proceeded to write the most comically bad legalization bill that existed - before completely dropping it because they couldn't write a competent law."
"I am about as anti pot as they come, but if they are going to legalize it, why wouldn't they make it legal to grow your own? (Rhetorical- I know the answer… same reason "they" are legalizing it… tax money)"
"This is what I am screaming. For them it's only about money."
"They are waiting for the rich to install a profit making infrastructure before they let us peasants enjoy anything."Giphy
"If I had any good reason it's because idiots insist it's not addictive and it doesn't impede your senses. So they drive and do dangerous sh*t while high."
"My issue isn't the severity of the impediment. It's that people refuse to admit that it does alter the mind."
"I already have one person insist they smoke weed and drive because they know their body."
"Now imagine if someone openly said that about alcohol and how you'd react. It's a really dumb mentality to have."
"If anything I'd push for it to be illegalized ALONG WITH alcohol and cigarettes."
"But prohibition taught us that is not the way to go."Giphy
The Same Path As Alcohol
"I believe that if it was legalized, it would become a much bigger part in society, much like how alcohol is now."
"I do have a problem with public drinking and personally view alcohol as much worse compared to marijuana."
"However, since drinking is already so ingrained in our society, it's not like we can get rid of it. I'm just hoping that weed doesn't follow in the same path as alcohol."Giphy
"Im so sick of all these CBD oil pyramid schemes popping up!"
"The testimonials are all, 'I broke my spine in half and had to get it surgically fused together. Now all I have to do is rub a drop of CBD on it, and the pain is gone!' "
"And I'm not against it, I actually use high grade CBD at night to help me sleep. I fucking hate going through a rep though, they always try to hard sell me on topical CBD for my back pain that's like $80 for a little jar, or $30 bath bombs."
"I have discs squeezing out of my spine, I'm pretty sure a dab of hemp oil is gonna do jack shit for that."
"And the cancer patient abuse!"
"Smoking or ingesting edibles with THC for pain management and appetite is super helpful for cancer patients, but cbd wont do anything. Not to mention getting an ounce of good weed wont set you back much, but getting a tiny vial of cbd can set you back a couple hundred bucks."
"With our healthcare system in the states, we know damn well cancer patients are already in a hole of debt. I'm worried legalizing will encourage these CBD lies."
"It's the new snake oil."
"My MIL is that person. She's was touting its Indica strains ability to outright cure cancer the last I saw her."
"Cancer patients get hit very hard with the cannabis oil scams. What kind of evil sh*t do you need to be to take advantage of desperate people?"
"I agree with you about people thinking its the grand cure all, but that's why I feel we SHOULD legalize."
"The main reason I want it legalize is so they can do more research on the things it does help. It's effect on tremors alone is fascinating."Giphy
So what have we really learned here? I'm not really certain.
Lots of people's reasons seemed under-informed, but just as many people had legitimate concerns.
Sure, those concerns could just as easily be applied to alcohol, but lots of Redditors admitted that and seemed to take LARGER issue with alcohol than cannabis. It was honestly difficult to find anyone (aside from the smell people) who was 100% against it.
And that, dear reader, is possibly the biggest takeaway from this. Attitudes are changing.
Sorry, D.A.R.E.—looks like we said yes to drugs. Well, cannabis at least.
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Chosen family is family. Sometimes they are the closest and most important family. Just because you share blood with someone, doesn't mean you have to form a bond.
That's why best friends are so important.
BFFs are forged in many ways. They're there for you in triumph and sorrow. They hold your hand. T
They know where the bodies are buried because they helped bury them. That's why it's so heartbreaking to lose them.
It's just a bitter pill to swallow when it's a relationship you thought was going to be endless.
Redditor FindingDale wanted to hear all the reasons why sometimes we just have to say goodbye to certain people in life, by asking:
How did you lose your best friend?
I've lost a few besties. Some through death. Some through personal growth and some just because it was time. That was an important lesson. Just like lovers, friends also outgrow one another.
I'm ExhaustedI Cant Modern Family GIF by HULUGiphy
"I got tired of it being all about her all of the time. I couldn't tell her anything in my life good or bad because she would make it about herself." ~ Wide-Fig-1063
"He was the passenger in a single-car accident. The driver was drunk, showing off, and drifting on an unfamiliar dirt road in California. They found the car at the bottom of a 70-foot cliff. Everyone in the car walked away except my friend, who died instantly."
"He was already passed out drunk himself so he likely didn't feel anything, but it was still such a terrible senseless way to go. That was 10 years ago last June. He was barely 21, the nicest guy you'd ever meet, and one hell of a bassist. Miss ya, Jake." ~ FormerLurker3
"Best friends since we were 12. Best Man at my wedding when we were 28. Day after the wedding he never spoke to me again. No explanation. Calls and texts went unanswered. He would avoid being at any social event I would be at, which was a few because we had the same circle of friends. Tried for two years to keep that friendship alive." ~ Tionek
"I had a weird dynamic to continue because of trauma. We had been friends for most of our lives (26 years) and every conversation was all about her. I was fine with that because she had a traumatic childhood and I knew she wasn't super socially with it. I'm happy to listen when my friends need it."
"Then she just unloaded on me saying I wasn't listening enough to her problems and how I had mistreated her by not asking enough pointed questions about abuse she had suffered as a kid. This was days after a three hour call where she did all the talking and it was mostly about her abuse."
"I was six months pregnant at the time and all I could think was "do I really have the bandwidth to take care of two babies?" I haven't spoken to her since." ~ keepinitcornmeal
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"His wife tried to sleep with me. I didn't let it happen and I told him about it. They reconciled and had more kids, then it got weird whenever I was around so we drifted apart." ~ mycowild
Yeah, beware the partner of a loved one who is trying to trap you in a scandal. They are shady. Take that drama and run fast and far.
Why?Peering Looking GIF by MOODMANGiphy
"No idea. He slowly stopped answering calls, texts, emails... his wife, even more so. I'd occasionally stop by to see them and everything appeared to be OK. They never stopped to see us, even though his mother lived just a few miles away. I just quit trying." ~ NagromTrebloc
"It was October 16, 2015. I was working from home that day when I saw a call from him at around 9:15am. I had to ignore the call because I was in an online meeting. At 2pm my Dad calls my phone, which is unusual since he knows I'm working. I answer it."
"He is speaking quietly and very calmly. He says, "Son, I love you very much. I have some terrible news. Jared passed away this morning." Jared's wife was calling me from his phone to say she found him dead. I couldn't process what he was saying."
"I said, "That's not funny. Jared, his wife and me and my wife were supposed to meet up next weekend for dinner." Jared had sleep apnea surgery that same week. He had taken a painkiller and Benadryl together. It stopped his heart. He died 2 days before his 40th birthday. We were friends since grade school."
"We did everything together, he was my brother. He was the best man at my wedding earlier that year. I had just shared my son's heartbeat with him via a text message 2 days before. Jared was so excited to be his crazy uncle. I miss him every single day." ~ SnooCapers1425
"Codependency. I became basically obsessed with her and it just became too toxic. I had to cut it off because it was eating me up inside and she didn't deserve how I was treating her." ~ SuccessfulEggplant82
"Good on you for recognizing the problem you were having. It takes a lot (and I mean a crap ton) for an individual to come to this realization. Most people like to live in denial or fight it. I did the same thing and by the time I realized it, it was to late. I hope your able to get through it." ~ Nakanon85
"I noticed that he never came to my place to catch up. I stopped going over to his place to see how long until he noticed.... It's been 5 years now 🤷♂️." ~ Mr_Nonesuch
"Over the years I have observed in number of friendships that its always me that makes the call. They always are delighted to hear from me. If I organise something they come. They just don't make the effort. I have been best man five times so I don't think that its because the friendships are not valued. I don't know, am I missing something?" ~ Yarray2
"My ex wife. Even after we split we stayed close, co-parenting, helping each other out. She died 3.5 years ago. I could have made peace I think but after her death and our daughter was living with me full time I found out about how abusive my ex had been to her when I was around and it felt like losing her all over."
"Like I thought I knew who she was in the 13 years we'd had both together and separated, but it turns out I knew nothing. Now I'm just angry about it, like how dare you get to do this crap and then leave me to clean up your mess."
"How dare you have peace when my daughter has nothing but struggles and therapy. I felt like we were robbed of the good person, the good mother I thought she was." ~ Scarecrowqueen
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"Friend moved to the other side of the planet, with their spouse, to be nearer to both their families. I never understood what real friendship was before friend was in my life; and now they're alive, but not here." ~ ClutchCrgo
One of the natural parts of life... saying goodbye. Or in some cases getting ghosted and forgotten. Either way, chin up.
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Humans have had an undeniably significant impact on our environment and the other species that inhabit the planet with us.
What might happen if humans weren't here to exert that influence, though?
What if we never had?
Reddit user Mompkey asked:
"Which species do you think would be dominant if humans didn't exist?"
"Wolves. They can, and have, successfully adapted to most of the various biomes on the planet."
"There's a reason we domesticated them and took them everywhere with us."Giphy
- Everything is garbage
- Garbage is delicious"
"I would agree, but now I'm wondering if our presence is the reason cockroaches have thrived as well as they have."Giphy
"Sharks, they are the dominant species on 3/4 of the Earth's surface already, they have survived mass extinctions and would thrive even more without humans mucking up their habitat."Giphy
"Humans are the only species that seek to dominate others. Other animals just want to live in the balance of nature. They're just trying to survive, they don't have time to take over the world."
"Pinky and The Brain theme song played in my head."Giphy
"We've killed off so many throughout history but of the ones that remains intelligence and versatility would be the key factors. Their food supply and habitat would greatly increase in our absence so with this being said.........primates."
"We are simply the superior primate therefore we are the dominant species. That opposable thumb is a mf when you have a large brain."
"Wouldn't it be just another off shoot of humans like the Neanderthal or heidelbergensis?"Giphy
While we'll probably never know definitively which species would truly thrive without us around, it's still fun to speculate.
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