"It's a Small World after all..." I can't get that song out of my head now. I believe wholeheartedly in the small world "theory" or kismet, fate, whatever we want to call it. Sometimes you find yourself face to face with someone you'd never thought you'd see again and you can't help but think... "8 billion people in the world... and I see YOU?" The world is large is mass but can be small in scope.Redditor u/TheBicelator wanted us all to discuss those life moments that seem inexplicable by asking... What was your "wow, this really is a small world" moment?
I run into people I've seen before all the time, I call it a revival encounter. Now I've always lived in highly populated/transient places, such as New York City and South Florida, so I'm accustomed to the coincidence of seeing a familiar face from anywhere. But that doesn't mean it's still not fascinating to understand how we ended up in another random moment.
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Live in Canada, I used to travel for work. I went to the UK, landed in London and rented a car to drive to the job. Stopped at a highway rest stop on the M1 and got some McDonalds, went outside and ran in to my next door neighbour from Canada.
Driving through France in the middle of the night, stopped at a service station and the friend I was travelling with noticed we'd pulled up next to a colleague of his.
The odds of meeting a specific person you know in a distant land just randomly are pretty slim, the odds of you meeting anyone you know in a distance land are low but much much higher if still low.
Its a similar scenario to the Birthday Paradox, in that paradox while there is only a 1/365 chance (ignoring leap days) that two individual people share a birthday all you need is 23 people to have a 50% chance of any of them sharing a birthday.
When I was in the military I had a roommate during our mechanic school training. The training after boot camp. He got stationed in California and I got stationed in Hawaii. Three years later I went to Washington state on leave and decided to pop up to Vancouver for the weekend, I go in to a bar and there's my old roommate. His family is from Canada but from the east coast, they traveled to Vancouver for vacation, and and he took time off to go see them since it was cheaper to fly there and all the way back home.
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My dad used to travel 4 days out of the week for nearly 10 years. He has a lot of crazy stories from those times.
Sitting next to famous people, staying at the same hotel as a few presidential candidates, sitting next to the CEO of a company he was trying to sell product to. You do it long enough it just happens.
Gina? Is that you girl?
On my honeymoon I ran into my high school girlfriend at a resort in the Caribbean.
One evening my wife was taking a nap so I thought that I would just go out on the balcony and take in the view. I look over to my left, and there was Gina. I had not seen or spoken to Gina in at least 8 years at that time.
Turns out ha she was there on her honeymoon as well. So it is a pretty small world when your high school girlfriend is in the next room over and you are both pretty far from home on your honeymoon.
I've spent years waiting tables so I have come across probably... a million faces. And I sometimes end up coming face to face with the most memorable. And often they're not memorable in a good way. But thankfully this thread is more a positive tale about humanity. It's also proof that time is always fleeting.
50 Years Later
My dad was South African. Had his own business. One day a new customer came in, who was also South African, from the same city, roughly of a similar age. So they got talking, " did you go to so and so place, did you know so and so person... etc.
A few hours later, this customer returns & asks for my dad. "Look," he says, "I went home, dug around, and found this. It's an old photo of a birthday party.
"It's a group photo, in black & white ( was probably about 1935) of some boys, maybe 10 years old, all posed nicely for the camera. " That" he says pointing to one of them, " is me. And that," pointing to another," is you!!"
This man had once, and only once, met my father, 50 years earlier, on another continent, and had a photo of the event.
On the Ranch
When I was about 8 I was at a dude ranch with my family. We were waiting in line for horses and the couple behind us is having a conversation. Suddenly my mom turns around and goes "MARYLIN???" It was her best friend from high school. Ranch was in Arizona, we lived in NJ, Marylin lived in North Carolina, mom and Marylin had gone to school in DC. We had a really fun time hanging out the rest of the vacation and they're still in touch!
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All the Dutch people that moved to Canada around the war know each other.
I'll meet a complete stranger and as soon as I hear they have Dutch grandparents I can guarantee we'll find a connection. I moved to Amsterdam and a total stranger told me they had family in Canada. Sure enough, I knew the family.
It's been YOU all along...
My wife and I lived in the same county (260,000 population roughly), but did not go to any schools together or anything like that. We connected in our late 20's through a mutual friend.
When I proposed, my mom and her mom ended up meeting obviously. My mom recognized her mom and told me she was pretty sure my fiancé and I had been preschool classmates.
Lo and behold, my mom digs through a bunch of pictures and finds the preschool class photo, locates me in the photograph and guess who is directly next to me in the photo? My now-wife.
We printed out an enlarged copy of the photo and displayed it at our wedding reception.
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During my childhood, I moved around a lot. From ages 6-13 i lived in this one house but unfortunately we had to move.
I loved that house despite all the family arguing and other stuff while growing up. Cut to now, I'm 26. My bf and I are talking to his family friends at a small party last week. Turns out they now live in my childhood home and they claim its haunted.
My friend and her husband. She and her then boyfriend were serious enough that they introduced their parents to each other. Their moms instantly recognized each other as they had been friendly as parents when their kids were in preschool together.
Something triggered a memory in my friend, and she turned to her boyfriend and said "wait, you're the one who puked all over the toys that one time!" They hadn't put two and two together because they'd never talked about where they had gone to preschool.
My wife was born in the state of California. In a hospital that technically no longer exists (it burned down and got rebuilt). She was born with a heart murmur.
About 24 years later, she's at college getting her masters degree in Vermont. While doing her masters degree, a nurse from California spoke to her class. Telling them about a familiar case of heart mumur in a new born infant.
How one of the hardest pieces of the job is you never know what happened after patients with problems like that leave the hospital.
It was my wife's case she was talking about. She ended up getting to speak to the nurse after her presentation. The nurse who was instrumental in her birth.
Down the Block
I lived in a house from when I was 9 to 18 in the 80s & 90s. Moved a bunch as a kid but definitely spent my formative years in that house. A few months ago, I was talking to a potential client, mentioned I grew up in that neighborhood. He said that was where he lived now. Then I said what block, what house number? Turns out he lives in my old house. He's the second owner after my parents sold it. He said once Covid is over he said I'm welcome to come check it out, which I happily will take him up on.
Numbers don't Lie
I was working in a call center and I needed a caller's Social Security Number. He gave it to me and I said " No, yours...not mine" . Then it dawned on me that his SSN was the same as mine... but with 2 numbers reversed. We were born the same day- In the same hospital.
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I was in a backpackers hostel in Lesotho and I ran into a guy I knew from my hometown in The Netherlands.
My fiancee and I were buying tickets for a Rammstein concert. It took forever because they were selling out so fast so we were clicking a ton until we got two.
A few hours later we called a friend to see if they happened to get their tickets and they did.
When we told each other where our seats were....they are sitting directly next to us. The stadium is huge, no clue how the hell that happened.
Damn COVID.... I wanna see my boys!
With thousands of seats it blows my mind how it's possible. Though we are friends the friends coming always do their own thing (why we didn't buy them all together). Pretty awesome, sad the show hasn't happened yet. Hope the Metallica concert was awesome and you all had fun!!
When in Japan...
I studied abroad in Japan for a year and had a really interesting small world moment. When I arrived, I signed up to get a host family, which was randomly assigned. I spent holidays and weekends with them mostly, it was a family of 4. Eventually I met the sister of my host-mom, who spoke near-perfect English, and she started asking about my life in the US, my family, where I was from. It turned out she had, about 15 years prior, lived in the same small town in Minnesota I was from because she was going to medical school in a nearby city.
Not only that, but at the time my dad was a contractor for the school in the nearby city, he did installation of stained glass windows. The sister of my host mom remembered watching my dad install windows when she was studying there, a full 15 years before I showed up in Japan.
My husband's mum & my mum were really good friends in high school but lost touch over the years... in 2002 I met my now husband at bowling when I was 14 and he was 15 (we went to different schools)... blew my mind when we discovered the connection, I even used to deliver Christmas cards to their house every year with my dad... Almost 18 years later and our mums now share 3 grandkids!
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Left a job to go to the other side of the country and work somewhere else. Ended up working with the identical twin of the guy I'd worked with at the old job.
Out of Florida
I flew to Florida, 2.5 years ago, to go scuba diving. First time traveling in awhile specifically for a scuba trip, traveling alone. Get on the plane to come home Monday morning early, sit down, start prepping my head phones and music for the flight, when I hear an awfully familiar voice.
It took me like 5 minutes to prairie dog to check it out (socially awkward introvert present!), to find that my uncle is seated 2 rows directly behind me.
He doesn't live in Florida. And he doesn't live in my home state either. He just happened to be on that particular flight going from one to the other for work.
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I was at university in another city. Found home, and found out that my soon-to-be-roommate was the classmate sitting next to me in high school, whom I had lost contact with.
8 billion people and we can still end up on a surprise safari with a neighbor. I have to believe fate plays a part. Can we honestly say life is that random? Maybe we'll never know. Until then... y'all have my picture, see you on a roller coaster in Bali. ;)
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There's no shortage of excellent horror fiction out there. Recently I read The Terror by Dan Simmons and can't remember the last time I felt that claustrophobic and nervous. But I am also a fan of quite a few classics. Are there any other horror books that capture grief as effectively as Stephen King's Pet Sematary? What other book evokes folk horror as beautifully as Thomas Tryon's Harvest Home? Let's not forget this wonderful classic: The Haunting of Hill House. I could rave about that one (and Shirley Jackson) for days. All of these books left their mark on me and yes, I'd include them on a list (if I were to make one) of some of the scariest books I've read.
People had their own opinions to share––and books to recommend––after Redditor Tylerisdumber asked the online community,
"What's the scariest book you've ever read?"
"Gerald's Game. I've read lots of Stephen King and this one scared me the most. Slept with the lights on for several nights."
Everything about this book is creepy. Don't even get me started on the... degloving. I'm sorry I even typed that word out.
"It's not a long story..."
"The Yellow Wallpaper.
It's not a long story and I'd highly recommend going in knowing little to nothing about it. It's brilliant and terrifying. Published in 1892 as well if that's any interest!"
Few stories make you feel this sad. A pretty stunning piece of work––and yes, unnerving. Can really get under your skin.
"I think it was mainly..."
"For some reason, Salem's Lot by Stephen King.
I think it was mainly because I was on a week-long hiking trip in the Australian bush and it got dark and scary at night. But damn, I had trouble sleeping for a couple of nights. Then the friend I was hiking with read it, and he couldn't sleep either."
This is probably my favorite early King––and for good reason. The sense of atmosphere is impeccable. Those characters are loveable and you genuinely care about what happens to them. Then the book veers from horror into tragedy. It's quite moving.
"Just the knowledge..."
"On The Beach.
It's the most soul-crushing book I've ever read, and there's really nothing scary in it.
Just the knowledge of impending death for everyone that feels so awfully heavy."
This is one of those books that makes you feel hopeless.
It's impeccably written but wow... it's a truly heavy read.
"You never knew..."
It's a classic. I found it to be immensely chilling. You never knew what would happen and the writing instilled a sort of dread. I read it in the dark before I went to bed until I finished it."
A book I can read and re-read over and over again. It's a beautiful horror novel. It's also a really fascinating window into the era and manages to say a lot about social and class mores.
"I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. Very creepy and unnerving, definitely scared me reading it at night."
I wanted to really like this one––unfortunately, I did not––but there's no denying that the first third or so (especially once the two protagonists get to the house) is pretty unnerving. Shame the payoff wasn't all that.
"It was disturbing and horrifying..."
"Helter Skelter. It's about the Manson murders and goes into quite a bit of detail. It was disturbing and horrifying because, unlike the King novels also mentioned, it's true. What they did to Sharon Tate is so absolutely devastating. Pure evil."
This book is gruesome and not for the faint of heart. The level of detail we dive into learning about the Tate-LaBianca murders is remarkable and also rather nauseating.
"So the book's characters..."
"Bird Box by Josh Malerman.
Forget the Netflix movie. The book's monsters are terrifying, in that you simply just don't know what they are or what they look like. They could be anything. What they are is enough to drive people insane by just being looked at.
So, the book's characters have to navigate a world mostly without one of our most used senses, and what's more terrifying than something you can't see?
This leads to some utterly scary scenes in the book that sent my heart racing and I had to put down for a breather."
It's a shame that movie wasn't all that and a bag of potato chips.
"It's a different kind of scary..."
"It's a different kind of scary, but The Handmaid's Tale. Atwood's dystopian nation feels not that far from reality sometimes, and it absolutely terrifies me."
We're going to go there.
Yes, this book is terrifying.
"I feel like the movie..."
"The Ruins, by Scott Smith, messed me up pretty good. My favorite kind of horror is psychological, and while there is a physical "entity" the real horror is the helplessness of this stranded group trapped by something they don't understand. Their desperate struggle to hold on to their sanity and the slow descent into hopeless desperation just really hit hard.
I feel like the movie was a fairly faithful adaptation, although it's been a while since I've seen it."
I love this book and have read it multiple times over the years. It's slow-going... and then the final one-hundred pages are just horrifying.
Well, if you haven't read any of these... What are you waiting for? Get on that. You won't regret it.
But also... the world is pretty scary right now, so we understand if you need to take a step back.
Have some suggestions of your own? Feel free to tell us in the comments below!
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Have you ever traveled to a city you've always heard good things about, only to be totally let down upon arrival?
When a friend insists we travel to certain cities because we would "just love it," they're setting the bar pretty high.
And a city can also boast a rich history or an attraction that makes us curious enough to find out what makes it so appealing.
But, alas, when we finally reach the destination, it's never exactly what we thought it would be.
Curious to hear from strangers online, Redditor tshirtguy2000 asked:
"What city is overrated?"
These are not officially real cities but they do have a rotating population.
It's Always A Party There
"As a former
slave associate at party city. I 100% agree."
"Lego City. There always has to be someone falling into the river."
"Cabot Cove, the murder capital of the world."
"Sure, the murders are all solved, but would you really want to live in a city with that much, easily solved, crime?"
Neighbor To Springfield
Shelbyville. Those f'kers steal trees from neighboring cities.
These were once considered destination cities but their popularity eventually took a nose dive.
"Atlantic City. Venture a few blocks off the boardwalk and it's incredibly depressing. Very clearly an area exploited by the big casinos while the locals have been driven to absolute poverty, while they still force a smile to work the shops that are required for the tourist traffic."
Lots Of Water
"Niagara Falls, Canada. I grew up there. Mayor pumps most of tax $ to casinos and tourism with flashy vegas-esque attractions."
"Myrtle Beach. I'm not even saying that it has a good reputation, I'm just saying that any shred of positive thinking about it makes it overrated."
Where A Creek Is An Exciting Attraction
"Lamb's Grove, Iowa. It's not the paradise on earth that people always say it is. Don't get me wrong, it's got great Chinese food but the motel 6 is meh at best."
Impressions for these cities fell far below expectation.
"Dubai. It's the clickbait of the world. 'We have the biggest/tallest/most expensive YOU WON'T BELIEVE when you see THIS...' It's hot as f*k, everything's a man-made tourist trap; labor exploitation and racism are rampant, and they try so hard to prove to the world how modern and Westernized they are. Really, it's just government propaganda."
"Miami. Horrible place filled with horrible people."
Truth be told, many cities can be overrated.
It just depends on a person's experience, or a resident's perspective about what it is about the location they live in that is nothing worth writing home about.
If I had to choose, I would say Las Vegas is overrated, but that's because there is nothing in Sin City that is of personal interest to me.
I may be severely judged for my opinion, but that is a gamble I'm willing to take.
The opposite sex can be a bit of a mystery sometimes. Our brains work differently just like our bodies and this can lead to certain sensitive questions. Guys tend to be a little less open but today it's time for the ladies to ask away. Even wondered what they really think or feel about their body, yours? Today's the day to get the answers you didn't know you needed.
Redditor William84000 asked:
“Women of reddit, what question do you have of men that you'd really like an answer to?"
His question started an informative thread for women to ask men the questions they've been wondering and receive honest, real-life answers.
“How long does it take to recover if you've been hit in the balls?” Snowy-avocado
“Anywhere from 5 minutes to literally turning to dust like we were Thanos snapped.” secondhand_organsdust whirls GIFGiphy
“The Big Dumb Object...”
“I've always wanted to know: why do you like loud machinery so much? For older men it's mowers, leaf blowers and such. For younger men, it's modified cars and motorbikes. What's the deal with the loud machines?” marshmellow_bunnyx
“Power and tools. Tools are a thing that gets stuff done, and they are loud because they contain the
natural essence power of violent explosions and fire. Most men like powerful things, instead of powerful people.”
“In sci-fi, this is called 'The Big Dumb Object', and is pretty much a trademark of sci fi books written by men” Connect-Zebra7173
To shave or not to shave?
“Does body hair on a woman bother you that much?" reillydean28
“Leg/arm hair? Don't even notice. Armpit hair? Not my thing but not my choice/decision. Pubic hair? I'd prefer not, but it's not going to stop me from getting the job done." wHUT_fun
It’s a power and control thing...
“Why send a d*ck pic?" stavinlawrence
“I think for most men it's a power dynamic thing. Either it gets them off or it just makes them feel in control."
“Then I assume there's the added bonus of if she likes it she might send a nude back. But these losers have a greater chance of buying a "get bigger penis pills" that actually work before a girl appreciates an unsolicited nude." InertialEclipse
"Do you notice the little things?”
“Do you notice the little things about women like a new hair cut, when they wear makeup or a nice outfit?” xforeverlove22
“I can't speak for everyone but for me, nope. Not at all. My uncle had a moustache for like 20 years and one day decided to shave it off. I didn't notice it. I noticed there was a weird atmosphere around me like ‘come on, say something’, so I small talked with him.”
“A few hours later after he left they asked me if I seriously didn't notice that his moustache was gone. My answer was ‘What moustache?‘ And makeup would definitly fly over my head.” PleaseTakeThisName
Lets just not touch people without permission...
“What things have women done that make you uncomfortable?" charloget
“Had a few grab my junk at random. Even had a couple that just forced a kiss on me. I don't usually experience women trying to pick me up, but the few times I did was never great. It was either negging, overly sexually aggressive and always in a group." bahamabanana
On today's episode of sink of float...
“Do penis' float like a buoy? I heard they do but have never been able to verify it.” TheFantasticV
“I mean it's buoyant but it can't really do much besides lazily sorta half float there. Still amused the f**k out of my wife to learn.” secondhand_organsGiphy
Everyone just wants to be loved...
“What makes you feel loved?” linedizzy
“A compliment, a hug or a kiss we don't have to initiate.” Nuitari8
“Do guys care if women get cosmetic procedures done?” dookieconductor
“I don't necessarily care about the work itself, I'd be more concerned about understanding why she felt like she wanted to get it done and help her feel body positive for whatever work has been done or if she feels like she needs work.” -notjosh-
Math will kill a mood everytime...
“What does it feel like when you're having sex and you're trying not to 'get there'? Is it frustrating? What do you do/think about to keep it from happening?" uhohoreolas
“I sometimes do math like 333*3... But often I am fine with just controlling things to focus mostly on her pleasure instead of mine. Tho sometimes she is excited and ends up moving in unaccounted ways while I am a hair away and there is no stopping it. I definitely don't find it frustrating. It is still very enjoyable." Fkire
Some of these Q&A's were unexpected but now we know! This important thing here though is knowing it's ok to ask questions sometimes.
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Everyone's got their own favorite food.
What are two foods that actually taste great together......even though most people don't eat them that way?
Breakfast is the most wonderful meal of the day. As the wise Leslie Knope once said, "Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?" So mixing it up can feel blasphemous, but what if it's tasty?
Jam It On
"When I was growing up, it was standard procedure for us to put grape jelly on scrambled eggs. I did it when I went to college and everyone at the table stared at me. I still like it."
"That sounds gross af, but not too gross that I don't still want to try it. Haha"
Bringing People Together
"Peanut butter and maple syrup."
"My husband and I both grew up eating PB and syrup on our waffles. We took that as a sign it was meant to be."
"Peanut butter and syrup on waffles is one of the single best things I have ever had, also growing up with it"
Mustard?! Don't Let's Be Silly.
"Mustard with scrambled eggs. Actually I haven't had it in a while but from what I remember its really good"
"Mustard with eggs period"
Sauces and dips are critical to enjoying some foods. Mess with it too much and you risk ruining the delicacy. So that's why it's reassuring to see these people offering up their new spins on dip combinations.
Only For The Elegant Dining Experience
"Hummus and salsa mixed together with tortilla chips."
"Fancy bean dip."
Peanut Butter With Everything!
"Peanut butter and cheddar cheese (like the proper brick kind, not kraft cheese slices). When I was a kid I sometimes made myself pb and cheese sandwiches. They're very filling but delicious!"
"Toasted English muffin, butter, peanut butter, raspberry jam and marble cheddar on top. Lord have mercy on me."
"Add a litte hot sauce on the peanut butter."
Better Than Garlic Sauce?
"I already posted but I'm eating pizza with my friend right now and he likes his pizza with hummus."
"Hummus is good with so many things."
"So I make spaghetti noodles, but break up the raw noodles into smaller pieces. Once they're done I put in a an egg or two (mix it around) and let it cook. I swear it's not that bad. My Nonna always makes it for me when I go back to the Midwest to visit. It's good with parmesan cheese too."
And then there's these taste combinations. Mixtures so strange, you might just be willing to walk away from your phone or computer and try one now.
Sweet And Savory?
"Watermelon and feta cheese."
"With red onion and balsamic vinegar."
"Thats like the most basic summer thing in Greece, Balkans, Turkey together with some Uzo or Raki"
Who Lives In A Cheddar Under The Sea?
"Pineapple and cheddar."
"A guy at work introduced me to dipping a peanut butter and honey sandwich into chili. That was surprisingly great."
A Creative Spin On An Old Favorite
"Root beer float except with cherry Coke and chocolate ice cream. I was in middle school on a field trip, last in line at the cream shop, and ordered this after everyone else had done the standard root beer and vanilla. One of the cool girls who had never spoken my name before gave me this piercing look and asked if I would switch with her. I instinctively knew I would get zero benefit from this deal, so I said "Nope, ya gotta just remember it next time." That felt good."
Keep an open mind. Don't do this for every meal, sure, but always be ready to try something new.