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Rumors get started in all sorts of weird ways.

Sometimes rumors are like a giant game of telephone, where the truth gets stretched more and more out of proportion until it becomes unrecognizable.

Sometimes, they come literally out of nowhere, and you're scratching your head.


u/Roentgenographer asked:

What untrue rumour have you heard about yourself?

Here were some of their stories.


Rumors From The Lion's Den

When I was 13 my dad married a horrible woman who didn't like me. She told him that her daughter had seen me skipping class, doing drugs and that I'd be having sex with girls... when he confronted me about this I laughed out loud and said "I wish".

FrankTobogan0489

Perfect Jealousy

That I got a nose job after getting in a car accident at 16-years-old.

Nope, I just got lucky and grew into my face. But I appreciate the flattery that they loved, "My perfect button nose that I couldn't have gotten naturally".

That was seriously her insult to me.

whatistrashpanda

Snitches Ain't Stitchin These Lies Together

That I snitched. With everyone unaware of what happened, my cousin shot someone and drove to our house. Within 15 minutes, the cops were closing in on our property. My cousin ran into our house leaving his car on and door open. I went to turn it off and on the way back was forced down by cops and taken into custody. The cops already knew who did it, I'd answered no questions besides where I lived. Rumor is I ratted my cousin out because the cops knew where the house was.

xenodevale

I'm Still Alive, Suckas

I'm 38 yo with Cystic Fibrosis. In 1981, when I was born, the life expectancy was 18 at tops. In school, between age 7 and 16, the other children was informed about my condition and several times during this time, I was told by other kids that I wouldn't live to see my 20th birthday. Healthcare has improved over the last 38 years and I'm still hanging in there. Over the years, I've bumped into classmates who was quite shocked to see me. They assumed that I dropped dead at 18.

lasseruud

Nope, You're Just Insane

This guy (adult man) who had a crush on me told everyone that we were married. I only dated him once and I wasn't interested.

One afternoon I got home from getting my groceries and my neigbour congratulated me. I was like "what?"

When I texted the guy about this rumour he said I was overreacting. He also said that it offended him that I didn't like the rumour. We dated like once. I didn't like him like that. He's seriously insane.

wonkyleggies

Still Kickin, Queens

I was forced to switch schools in the middle of my junior year of high school. Most kids knew I had health issues and it wasn't uncommon for me to be absent for a week or two at a time. When the one month mark of my withdraw hit, kids started talking. Apparently, I died of a brain tumor.

Weird-and-Proud

I Worry About The Way Information Travels

I once had a migraine back in secondary school and asked my friend sitting next to me for Paracetamol, of which I took 2. About 10 minutes later it gets so painful I'm sent home by my teacher. I return to school the following day and everyone, including my friends, were shocked to see me as somehow it had spread around that I was in a coma in hospital having my stomach pumped because I tried to overdose?

BunIsHere

Nope, Doing My Work, Earning My Keep

That I was a horrible, lazy worker.

I found out about this rumor because one guy I was on assignment with found out we were together for the first time, and was prepared to do all the work himself.

After the day was over, he told me that he was amazed how little work he had to do, and that there is a bad rumor that I'm really bad to work with.

I knew instantly who started it.

superkp

Ah, Yes, My Not-Religion

I found out in grade school that I shouldn't be celebrating my birthday and holidays because I was a Jehovahs Witness. I had never even heard of that religion before that day. This was in Jr high years and found out the girl that started the rumor had been telling people that since second grade.

HelloFellowKidlings

Some People Can't Deal With New Jobs

Oh I have a story for this one!

I used to work midnights at a gas station up the street from my house. I ended up putting in my two weeks after I got a new job, but they wanted me to start earlier than expected, so I wasn't able to work 2 of the 3 of my last nights at the gas station. I tried talking to both managers about it so the shifts could get covered, and they were so pissed that I was quitting in the first place that they told me it wasn't their problem and that they didn't care. So I ended up sending an email to the district manager and quitting without finishing my two weeks.


Like two weeks later my fiancé, brother, and I stop at the gas station to grab gas and snacks before we went somewhere. I stayed in the car. There was a new girl at the counter, who had never seen my fiancé or brother before. For some reason they were talking about me behind the counter, and the new girl, who never met me, told my fiancé that I got fired for stealing cigarettes and money out of the register. I guess the manager didn't see that he was the one the new cashier was talking to. Funny when my fiancé came out and told me what she said.

kinky_snorlax

Lifehacks, if applied properly, can really change the course of a single household chore.

Chores can really be such a pain to take care of, and nobody wants to do it. But with a little life hack under your belt, you might be able to turn chore time into something a little fun.

u/rat-avec-london asked:

What is a lifehack that seems fake, but is a true lifesaver?

Here were some of those answers.


My Finger, The Glass

If your ring gets stuck on your finger windex will slide it right off. Worked at a jewelry store for five plus years.

coykoi314

You can also use any oil (cooking, automotive... anything).

You can also reduce the size of your hand (and finger) by holding it up in the air. Chilling your hand in cold water THEN holding it up in the air for a couple minutes whilst rubbing oil &/or dishwashing fluids in there... trifecta of ring removal.

Should work on anyone that just stole Sauron's prize - though biting it off also works, i suppose.

SageSilinous

Multiple Uses

Use shaving cream as anti-fog. I used it on the inside of my motorcycle visor. Smear it on, let it dry, then rinse off and dry. It also works for bathroom mirrors. You can use it on a small spot so you can still see when you get out of the shower.

Caspers_Shadow

Shaving cream also removes the smell of urine. If you ever have to take care of someone who is old and/or sick and who wets the bed, a little shaving cream on a rag wiped over their buttocks after they are thoroughly cleaned up helps them really smell clean again.

It's a bit of a sad tip, I know, but you never know when you might end up caring for someone who needs help with things like this. Nobody wants to smell. A dab of shaving cream to restore a bit of dignity? Priceless.

Gen-Jinjur

Pretty Important For Stage Actors

Every male should know this. If you want to get rid of an awkward boner flex any muscle in your body maybe an arm. For a minute. The blood will rush to that muscle and away from your penis. Crisis averted.

GingerOverseer

These life hacks really don't seem real at all, but if you can swear by them, they can save your life.

Obligatory Poop Hack

I saw a comment on one of these kinda threads that recommended gently rocking back and forth while pooping. I've never had any problems in the bathroom, but I happened to be sitting on the toilet when I read the comment so I decided to give it a test drive. I was pleasantly surprised at how quick and effortless the whole experience was and I haven't gone back to my old stationary technique since. As a bonus, #1 and #2 now require the same amount of time in the bathroom!

ASS_LORD_666

It's The Alcohol

If you have funky armpits and need to fix them fast, use hand sanitiser. I figured this out years ago when I remembered that the smell comes from bacteria reactions - which antibacterial hand gel kills stone dead. Instant results and the medical smell lasts only a minute. Don't do this routinely though as it's delicate skin.

ihadanideaonce

But Hopefully It's Just A Playing Puppy

True lifesaver: if you are ever attacked by a dog, push your forearm INTO the bite. This pries the jaws apart and prevents them from clamping down. If a dog is attacking you, the best thing you can do is offer your forearm, push as far back as possible, and then grab the dog by the scruff of its neck with your other hand to hold it. The dog is now functionally muzzled and you have control of its head. The sooner and harder you push into the bite, the less damage the bite will do.

IAlbatross

Get It Off Anything

That rubbing alcohol removes chewing gum.

I'd go through a 20 layer deep marketing funnel to get to that tip because it really does work.

Also wow! Thank you for all of the awards nice Redditors. I completely forgot I left this comment and came back and my notifications had blown up.

omgIamafraidofreddit

And previously impossible situations will give way at long last.

Sayonara Capsaicin

Rubbing vegetable oil (or any cooking oil) on your hands after you cut up jalapeños or other hot peppers. It gets rid of the awfulness that would normally be left on your hands from the peppers. I rub my hands with oil and then wash it off with dish soap. I can totally remove my contacts after doing this. It's crazy how well this works.

PaulRuddsButthole

Crying Crying

Put your onion in the freezer for 10 minutes before chopping it. It freezes the juices just enough to slow down the process of it turning in to a gas, giving you a few minutes to chop the onion without tears. I learnt this tip from a kid's science show years ago and I haven't had to deal with onion tears since. So many people don't believe me, and then are genuinely surprised when it works.

Lost_in_the_Library

Just A Quick Little Base

The cheapest, most effective, and safest insecticide against roaches (especially those huge "water bug" roaches that we have in the South) is a spray bottle of mostly water with just a little liquid dish soap in it.

Shake the bottle & get the water a little foamy, then spray the roaches. They will run, scrabble, and attempt escape, of course, but they will die. The soap film suffocates them faster than any chemicals will.

A friend told me about this, & I thought she was nuts, but I tried it & it works amazingly well. Plus it's very easy to clean up and safe around food (not that you want to spray soapy water ON your food).

SnooPickles3213

Incorporating any of these lifehacks into your home may make a big difference. You'll never want to turn back.

Or you will, whatever. But they're worth a try!

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