Here's a little tip from my friends in IT: The majority of your problems can be solved just by turning your device off and turning it on again. But what about those other times? You know the ones I refer to: The ones where that wacko idea, the one right out of left field, actually yields results?
After Redditor Group_of_no_one asked the online community, "What's your 'HOLY S*** WORKS!' moment?" people recalled the times their random bursts of ingenuity paid off miraculously. Others described the moment they finally found their groove after taking up a new hobby or successfully followed a new tip or trick, and it's a marvel to see!
"When learning guitar..."
When learning guitar: The first time my left hand made a chord automatically via muscle memory rather than consciously putting each finger into place. It's like a tiny miracle.
"Had never managed..."
Poaching an egg in a microwave.
Had never managed to poach an egg; always ended up with egg-drop soup, which isn't what you want for breakfast. A Redditor mentioned the microwave method - break the egg into a small bowl of water, microwave for 45 seconds - and gave it a go.
And it bloody well worked, no muss no fuss. That was a proud breakfast.
"As a programmer..."
As a programmer/developer, every time a piece of code runs first time, no compile error, no seg fault or "object not set to instance" bugs, just straight up works first time.
Until the paranoia sets in and you remember to not trust any code that runs first time.
"I seriously couldn't believe..."
I work on cell towers for a living and most of the time my crew is in some pretty fuckin REMOTE areas. Truck battery died one day and it's about 8pm getting real dark when we get the bright idea to jump start the diesel truck with a 18v Milwaukee drill battery.
So we cut the jumper cables in half and spliced some lugs onto the end, shoved them into the thin slots on the battery, (make sure you know which is positive and which is negative or you'll burn the battery.) connected the still intact jumper cable end to the truck and it fired up instantly. No need to wait or anything, in fact waiting will just drain the drill battery and not charge the truck battery.
I seriously couldn't believe it worked. Half my brain was telling me that it's stupid but I worked as an electrician apprentice for two years so the other half of my brain was like "well theoretically it should work..."
"One day I finally snapped..."
Asking my boss for a day off.
I grew up in a hardcore traditional Asian household. Pain and sickness is all in the mind. Suck it up, education is more important than recovering. There's no such thing as overworking or getting tired if there are people more successful than you. That kind of thing.
In college I worked myself half to death, clocking in well over 50 hours per week on top of classes and internships. Between supporting myself and school, my compromise was to just focus on both and not care about my health let alone my severe sleep deprivation.
One day I finally snapped and wanted to call off work 5 minutes before a long day shift. I wrote the most polite, scared text that may as well have been a UN speech in the humanitarian counsel. For the first time, someone superior to me acknowledged that my health is important, that it's ok to take care of myself, and to take a break. (Ofc I didn't make a habit of calling off on short notice, but yea I never thought personal wellness would be an acceptable reason to take a break).
"Figuring I had nothing to lose..."
Back in the day, my brother left a 5.25" floppy disk in his car, and the sun warped it to the point that we couldn't use it when we needed to reinstall the program on it.
Figuring I had nothing to lose, I carefully cut open a spare floppy disk and transferred the storage media from the warped one into the good one. I popped it into the drive, and we were able to copy the files off of it onto a new blank disk. It was such a long shot, I was excited when it worked.
"I have a big record and CD collection..."
When I bought a 6-in-1 music centre last year, that could play vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, FM radio, and Bluetooth. I have a big record and CD collection but no cassettes, so for a while the cassette player lay dormant. When I moved back in temporarily with my parents I moved in my music centre. I found some old mixtapes my mum recorded in the early 90s of her favourite tracks. I decided to pop the tape into the cassette player and it worked! It was the first time my parents got to listen to those tapes in 20 years.
"The moment I saw..."
Making hand pulled noddles. The moment I saw how stretchy the dough was, I was left speechless.
"After years of being obese..."
Diet and exercise.
After years of being obese and thinking that I was simply always going to be fat I went "all in for a 3 week period" - drinking nothing but water, counting every calorie, eating at a deficit, and exercising daily without fail. I got on the scale after day 20 and saw that I'd lost well over 10 pounds!
Blew my mind.
I went on to lose over 100.
"So my kids and I..."
I was a single mom one cold winter and there was a huge cold snap. The water pipe in my garage burst late one Friday, spraying water all over, where it started to freeze. I called all the plumbers in the valley but they were busy with pipes popping all over town, would have charged a weekend surcharge, and anyway "couldn't come out till Monday."
So my kids and I figured out how to turn off the water supply to the house, and I replaced the broken pipes at the hardware store for $1.35. I was so proud when I screwed it in and we turned on the water. Where's my supermom cape!
"Took the strip..."
Had a strip of LED lights. Was bored. Took the strip and improvised some electronics, drilling holes in places, using an old ethernet cable wires to connect the LED strips. I did not expect it to work and thought 3 hours down the drain. but then i switched it on.
"When I was in high school..."
When I was in high school I found a video that showed a combination that you could enter into a vending machine and get your money back. Me and my friend tried it on our campus vending machines the next day. We didn't get that much change, but when we used the code we would get something like 50 cents per vending machine.
I drove an 8 foot long, 5/8" grounding rod into the ground about 6 feet using nothing but a cup of water. I admit I had to use a hammer and pound it in the last 2 feet, but holy shit, I actually shoved it in 6 feet.
Basically you pour a some water on the ground then more or less jack off the rod (ie; pump it up and down) and the thing actually digs itself a hole in the ground. Add water as necessary.
"I always struggled..."
I always had trouble with eating. If I didn't eat pure protein, I wouldn't feel satisfied (I'm talking a steak, chicken breast, or something that was entirely protein, otherwise I'd be forced to consume a massive amount of food to feel full).
I always struggled with this problem until I started drinking diet sodas. Like diet pepsi, diet coke, things that didn't taste sweet or whatnot. These drinks completely replaced HALF of how much I ate, when I had one with my food.
So, I started replacing entire meals with just a bottle of diet soda, and as it turns out, after going to the doctor, salt has the same effect as protein on my metabolic system.
Also, caffine has no "wake-up" effects, but the opposite, a "go to sleep" effect instead.
"Just every time..."
Just every time you cook something new. You look at the ingredients and think there's no way it's going to be nice or there's no way you'll like it because you don't like 2 or 3 of the ingredients.
Recently made chicken Alfredo and I haaaate cream. I've eaten Alfredo and like it, but seeing myself add the cream I was thinking absolutely no way.
2 minutes later and it was delicious.
"I replaced a door..."
I replaced a door in my house and the manufacturer put a huge sticker right on the glass. It was the kind of sticker where you rip off little bits of papers as you try to get an edge on it.
Someone recommended using the OFF! brand aerosol bug spray. You spray it and let it soak into the paper/ adhesive and then use the edge of like a plastic scraper. I'll be damned if that didn't start coming right off leaving almost zero residue.
"So I put my ratchet on..."
Years ago, I needed to change the crank sensor on a 99 Grand Prix. Didn't have the right tools to get the damn pulley off. So I put my ratchet on, and used a small, metal fence post to jam it against the frame. Took out the fuel pump relay so the car wouldn't start, and turned the key. Popped loose with minimal effort. My nephew (been a mechanic his whole life) said I was an idiot, but as they say, if it works then it isn't stupid.
"When I got my dad's..."
When I got my dad's VHS to USB thing that he never used to work with capturing any composite source. It allowed me to stream GameCube, Wii, and Wii U titles without having to buy anything extra.
"Seeing my wife's..."
Seeing my wife's positive pregnancy test after months of trying.
Compiling and running a build on the first try.
"I'm much less lethargic..."
Not snoozing my alarm and getting up when it first rings. I'm much less lethargic throughout the day.
"I found an old key..."
I found an old key on the ground when I was about 10 years old. Just for nothing I kept it on a keychain in my pocket everywhere I went. I thought I was cool. Four years later I still had it on me. Me and a buddy were exploring a construction site. They was a full size loader on site. I climbed in, took that key, put it in the ignition and yep, she started right away. I got so scared I left the key, jumped off the thing (which was running but not moving at all) and ran. Never looked or went back.
"It was so beautiful..."
I used to have a comedy puppet webseries about outer space miscreants (think the young ones crossed with the muppet show) and one of the puppets needed to vomit. I spent a week building the vomiting apparatus and a couple hours making a couple gallons of vomit. The day we shot the scene I just sat back and watched the puppeteers work and the damn thing vomited. It was so beautiful I wept a little.
"It might very well..."
TV broke shortly after being laid off from construction. A week in we get antsy about watching Game of Thrones and I remember I have a projector! So we made a nest on the floor, got a sheet ready, got it all set up and...I don't have a long enough cord to reach the projector. Or rather, I don't have a m>f adapter for the white, red, yellow.
What happened next shocked me. Literally.
So I'm standing there like a fool wondering what I can do when my fiance turns on our old RCA DVD switch. Holds 5 discs but has no HDMI so the PS4 was a no-go. It also has 6 speakers attached which are wired around the room so I can't simply move it closer. So I'm holding the w/r/y for the projector in one hand and the ones for the RCA in the other and when the RCA is switched on I suddenly get a quick electric shock and it hits me: it's just an electrical current. An adapter just makes it so the two connect in a safe way.
The solution? Scotch tape the male w/r/y ends together. It was finnicky, you couldn't even look at it without the vibration of your eyes moving causing the connection to fail, but once I got the sweet spot we were watching Game of Thrones in our cozy nest of unemployment.
It might very well be my crowning achievement.
"When I first moved..."
When I first moved to this condo five years ago, I couldn't figure out why the hell I couldn't turn on the light above the oven or work the fan. It took me a good two or three months before I realized.
Holy hell. What's that light thing on the microwave? Sure enough.
Pressed it - and there was light.
"Quarter of a glass..."
Quarter of a glass of water in the microwave when heating cold pizza.
"I'm a video guy..."
I'm a video guy and I had to shoot a video outside. It was too far from the camera for a shotgun mic and too windy for my LAV mic...then I saw a video where you gaff-tape it to the inside of your shirt to get rid of the wind...
OMG IT WORKED!
"I had some..."
I had some hyper pigmentation on my face that made it look like I had a moustache. I really wanted to get rid of it so I bought a product for a couple of euros that supposedly would work. I didn't really think it would, but then it actually did. I was so surprised.
"Got into an accident..."
Got into an accident with my truck, nothing major, but after i started to rebuild it trying everything to pull out the smashed unibody until my neighbor suggested i use my engine hoist to pull up and out some of the crushed metal and it worked! You look at my truck now and you can't even tell it was in an accident.
"The sales peeps..."
I did IT support for an office. The sales peeps' printer stopped working and they asked me to look at it. I couldn't find anything wrong so I said "By the power of Jesus, I heal you!" and slapped the side of the printer. It started working again.
The sales peeps scowled at me and pushed me out of their office. (It was a bullpen style setup).
Installed a new dishwasher tonight and it just worked!
"Two days later..."
My ISP offered me $120 to update my old grandfathered account over to the current one. I guess it's a b!tch trying to maintain all these old legacy accounts. $120 free money was enough to get me to switch.
Two days later the changeover has happened and I call up tech support to set up my connection on the new system. We hit a roadblock halfway through set up as I get an error message for one particular setting. It turns out that, for that one setting, my modem's firmware blocks out the number range my ISP needs to use for the modem's own internal use. Effectively my modem can't be used on the new system. So what I thought was free money is now going to cost me money as buying another modem will be more than $120.
With nothing to lose, I google the issue. I find dozens of results discussing the problem. Every single one confirms that I'm screwed. I even find posts from the modem manufacturer stating that it's a known problem with my ISP and modem that can't be resolved. However, I did find a single YouTube video where someone had a similar problem and fixed it. As a Hail Mary I follow their solution and apply the changes.
I call my ISP again to ask them what modem I need to buy that will work with their system. While I'm on hold I reverse out the changes I just made to the modem in my last ditch attempt. I'm still on hold, so I decide to try going through the set up again.
For reasons beyond my comprehension, it works!!!
There's no logical reason why it should work, but it does and my internet connects. All I did was make several setting changes to the modem, then reversed those changes. One month later and my modem is still working flawlessly, but I'm afraid of making any other changes to it for fear of breaking what is magically working.
"It no longer..."
Using a toothpaste without SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate). Sometimes the L stands for Laryl or Laureth but the main thing remains.
This was posted on reddit as a way to stop incessant mouth ulcers. I thought, sure, why not.
Within a week, the ulcers were reduced to a fraction of what they once were. In a month, gone. Over the years since, I've had sporadic, minor ulcers. It no longer hurts to speak, to eat, to kiss!
For years as a kid I had put two and two together, about mouth ulcers and the frequency with which I did my teeth - but how do you even explain to your parents that brushing your teeth makes your mouth worse!? I couldn't, so suffered bad breath to have less ulcers. This bit of advice is a game changer. One random reddit comment in one of those "what's the best item you bought for under $10" threads.
Not only do I have a clean, pain free mouth, I also have the validation that younger me was not insane. Brushing my teeth with ordinary tooth paste WAS making my mouth worse.
"Not sure what future policing..."
Maybe right now, seeing the BLM movement take over the streets in the US and sympathy protests and self-analysis in many other countries. People of every colour walking together calling for change in the way their societies treat people of colour. The status quo is over. Not sure what future policing will look like but it won't be like it was a month ago. Yay people helping people!
"It had a screen on the front..."
Me and my friend made a tiny robot from an old toy. It had a screen on the front and we reprogrammed it to play music and to bop out and stuff. There was the few oh just check this works, but when we did a full check on it, it worked perfectly. Two days later it stopped but it was an achievement for sure.
Former roomie came to me with a frayed wire on a microphone, asked me to fix it. Told her "no promises" and started to strip everything down for soldering, sweated a little because the wires were much finer than things I'd worked with previously. Definitely felt like I f***ed it up, remember saying "this is probably a fire hazard" to her but it worked fine, and is still working. I was like "get the f**k outta here that actually worked?" Hahaha.
"I totally expected it..."
Building my PC for the first time. I was gonna have my brother build it since he built my first one and he basically told me "I'll do it but turning on your PC after you built it is one of the best feelings out there." So I did. I watched a YT video, and built it step by step and when it turned on I was so hyped it literally made my week haha.
I totally expected it to not to work or for it to explode or something but it was ready to go.
"People always think..."
Drinking a glass of water through a folded paper towel to get rid of hiccups. Works 85% of the time, I'd say. People always think I'm messing with them.
"I tried it..."
One time when I was at university I dropped my iPod touch as I was getting onto the bus. The screen totally smashed and I thought it would no longer work.
I tried it, and to my surprise it still did.
"And then it worked!"
Added a 2nd battery to an old Prius with this box that tricks the car into using it (not my work , an actual engineer made it lol). Took a couple months and I had no idea what I was doing. And then it worked!
"Every single time..."
Every single time I decide to live on the dangerous side and code an entire program without testing it.
"I got the machine..."
My first PC build.
I got the machine to turn on after about 2 hours of assembly, but it would immediately shut off again. Two hours later, after countless google searches, turns out I hooked up a part to the power supply incorrectly. Immediately fixed the issue.
That first boot was like opening the ark of the covenant for me. Still using it today.
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There is a world full of mysteries to explore right at our very feet.
Do we engage with it on a level that might make us more uncomfortable? Well, if we really want to learn everything there is to know about our planet earth, we have to engage in the unsettling facts. They appear across every discipline.
The Easier Way Out<p>During the French Revolution, where the guillotine was introduced, the people to be executed fought to be first, as the blade would dull after multiple uses and wouldn't cut a head clean off at the first attempt.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Back2Bach/" target="_blank">Back2Bach</a></p><p>And the last execution by guillotine in France was the same year Star Wars came out.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/CaptainPrower/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CaptainPrower</a></p>
At LEAST One?!<p>You have probably unknowingly encountered, or walked past at least one murderer in your lifetime.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/theprettyunicorn/" target="_blank">theprettyunicorn</a></p><p>For sure encountered. Worked night shift at a convenience store, guy pulled in to put gas came in the store used the atm and left. 3 min later swarm of cops surrounded the store. He had just murdered his family a couple states over and cops got a hit when he used the atm machine.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Cool1Mach/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Cool1Mach</a></p>
WELP<p>For a long time it was believed that babies were too underdeveloped to be able to feel pain, and as such, did not need anesthetic for any kind of surgeries.</p><p>Up into the 1980's.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/FartKilometre/" target="_blank">FartKilometre</a></p>
Internet History<p>Eventually, most of the content on the internet will have been created by dead people.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Phaesporic/" target="_blank">Phaesporic</a></p><p>Now I'm imagining a class like English literature but for internet culture and picturing a bored class with some kids sleeping while the teacher is saying some shit like "Okay class this meme is 100 years old and it says Me and the Boys going out to get some B E A N S what do the B E A N S symbolize and how does it reflect what was going on in society ? " lmao.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Cheshire_Cat8888/" target="_blank">Cheshire_Cat8888</a></p>
Awful, Awful<p>There are estimated to be at least 25 active serial killers in the United States alone at any given time. Very few will be detected, much less apprehended.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/brideofchuckydoll/" target="_blank">brideofchuckydoll</a></p><p>Derrick Todd Lee and Sean Vincent Gillis were both active serial killer in the same city from the late 90s to early 2000s. For most of this time, law enforcement did not realize they were trying to catch multiple individuals, much less that they were acting completely independently of each other. On top of that, there are additional unsolved murders that neither was ever linked to whose evidence raises the possibility of a third active serial killer in the area during the same time period.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/see-bees/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">see-bees</a></p>
Viewer, Beware....<p>National parks are not all swings and roundabouts. Over 1600 people have gone inside Yellowstone National Park and never come out.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/I_Am_A_Master-Baiter/" target="_blank">I_Am_A_Master-Baiter</a></p><p>Yellowstone is known for boiling water and pools of acid. People on this earth put gorrilla glue in their hair. I don't have any questions about what happened.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/MCqStep/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">MCqStep</a></p>
Statistically....<p>If you end up being the victim of a violent crime, you probably know the perpetrators. You probably trust them, most likely, you love them.</p><p><span data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span"></span><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Double-Kicks/" target="_blank">Double-Kicks</a></p><p>People find it weird when the police declare most family members and close friends of murder victims to be suspects, but this is precisely why. You are FAR more likely to be (deliberately) killed by someone you know than a stranger. Also, in most countries and demographics, the most likely person to deliberately kill you is you.</p><p><span data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span"></span><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/kutuup1989/" target="_blank">kutuup1989</a></p>
Our Brains Are Unsettling, Too<p>There is a rare genetic degenerative brain disorder called Fatal Familial Insomnia. FFI starts as a mild inability to sleep followed by short bouts of intense nightmares/dreams and progressively deteriorates until the sufferer is completely unable to sleep, at all. Eventually impacting the human ability to microsleep as a last ditch effort of self preservation. There is no cure for FFI and eventually sufferers lose their minds and die of sleep deprivation. But it gets so much worse.</p><p>Due to the degenerative nature of the condition as it progresses you begin deteriorating mentally and physically. You lose the ability to regulate body temperature and may swing between freezing and sweating, you develop severe memory problems, confusion, agitation, weight loss, paranoia, hallucinations, speech problems, double vision, loss of motor controls (similar to parkinsons), inability to swallow, increased blood pressure and production of tears as well as many other unpleasant symptoms. The combination of your mind going and your body shutting down eventually kills you.</p>
Rise Of The Machines<p>There so far at least two fatalities as a result of robots, both of industrial type.</p><p>The first was in Flat Rock, Michigan in 1979 when an engineer was killed when he was hit in the back and crushed while retrieving parts at an automobile factory. It was due to a malfunctioning industrial robot he was fixing. The second was in Akashi, Hyōgo, Japan where a maintenance worker was fixing a broken-down robot when it came to life by mistake. Both locations happened in factories that are well-known for manufacturing vehicles.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/MissSara101/" target="_blank">MissSara101</a></p>
So Can We Fix The Justice System Now<p>One to five percent of the US prison population is estimated to be innocent.</p><p>Combine that with the fact that one percent of the US population is incarcerated and your chance of being wrongly imprisoned in the 21st century is around 1 in 1000 in America.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Crocoshark/" target="_blank">Crocoshark</a></p>
Let's be honest, most of us don't read the Terms and Conditions before we click that little "I Agree" button. Most of you probably aren't even going to read this intro.
A huge chunk of you are going to open this article and immediately scroll to "the meat" because we're all about getting to the good stuff. But that rush can sometimes mean missing out on some seriously important tidbits of info.
The Catch Was...<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTY4OTYxNy9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0Mzg2NjM3N30.Zr6T7LGuuXaTr7NKBFfaCTwEc0Fvu3yJ-KdYO-Xk_No/img.gif?width=980" id="c41a3" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f677f014d9104effd3b059212c9af24c" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="270" />Giphy<p>I financed some furniture when I was young and getting established in my first professional job. It was interest-free financing for the first 12 months. </p><p>The catch was that if you paid late, they would charge you a fee, back-interest from the beginning of the loan period, and you would lose the interest free status for the rest of the loan. The APR was 29.9%, compounded monthly! </p><p>I couldn't imagine getting to the 11th payment and having something go wrong so a payment is late, then pay basically double what I had financed on the furniture.</p><p>I paid it off in 6 months, and I never did in-store financing again.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gnx5tr1?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">EngineeringQueen</a></p><p>This is most interest free gimmicks. Educate your friends. Usually the young ones fall victim to this.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gny23jj?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Chimmiii</a></p><p>I sold furniture and we had financing like this and I made sure to always tells my customers this so they couldn't come at me later on down the road. Others didn't and it just seemed so shady and f*cked up to me.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gnxldnd?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Piccolo_known</a></p>
Get It From The Next Owner<p>I almost signed a contract that granted 50% of profits to the previous owner of the business for 3 years. It was a restaurant that used a conventional microwave instead of an actual oven.</p><p>This was back in the early 2000's and this place had a wonderful 50's vibe. From the bar, to the stools to booths - but it was empty because the food was SO bad and there was fast food up the road.</p><p>We were going to get a pizza oven in there and turn it into a Pizza/Shake place with soup in the winter. </p><p>When the law STUDENT we paid $500 to look over everything (DO THIS!) asked the seller about it for us, they said that they had sunk so much money into the business, the only way to make the money back was to get it from the next owner somehow.</p><p>Good luck with that.</p><p>We could not get them to remove that clause, the owner was hellbent on making the next person be the one to make the business successful and pay them.</p>
18 Months<p>A realtor once gave me a contract that said she would be the only person allowed to represent the property for 18 months.</p><p>That means that they were the only person that could try to sell the house. For <em>a year and a half</em>. We could not work with a different agent if we felt that this one wasn't doing enough, not responding, if we weren't happy, etc. </p><p>If we did, this agent would still get commission from the sale that that other agent actually made.</p><p>Nope. No way was I going to agree to being attached to someone for a year and a half like that. We found a different realtor with a 3 month term (which is much closer to standard), told the first one that her terms were ridiculous, and was under contract within 10 days.</p><p><span></span>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gny1hbr?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Tricky-Garden</a></p>
Idol Entitlement<p>Canadian Idol auditions when the first show was announced. Read the contract to the very end after signing it.</p><p>"you agree to being filmed 24/7. We can enter your room at any time and record personal phone calls and interactions with anyone." </p><p>That received a hard no for me. Ripped up the contract and never looked back. Thank god I read that before submitting it.</p><p><span></span>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gny2yf4?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">jenskal</a></p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gny2yf4?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"></a>Tell the camera crew to get out or get weird.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gnz2mr7?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">WielderOfDaNWordPass</a></p><p>Fine want to record me 24/7? Congrats, I have IBS.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gnz0d4s?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">wanderurlyy</a></p>
Phone Privileges<p>To be able to link my phone's outlook reader to my university account, I would had to give the IT-department permission to wipe my phone clean "if needed."</p><p>No thanks, I'll just use browser instead.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gnxdc3z?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">craftaliis</a></p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gnxdc3z?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"></a>I saw an employment contract where, if you did any company business on your cell phone, they could go through your phone and delete/restrict basically whatever they wanted. </p><p>I advised my friend to make a company-provided phone part of her contract.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gnxq6pc?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">EngineeringQueen</a></p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gnxq6pc?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"></a>Yeah. Someone at my old company had a commonish name, and someone lost their phone... and the company wiped the wrong phone.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gnye6z8?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">blargh2947</a></p>
The Good Ol' US of A<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTY4OTYxMi9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyOTA1MDM5M30.A1BqwoI_FExTt3jqON2xJbJN1qt62txRrTsJ8V5Ybs8/img.gif?width=980" id="99844" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="9236d4a9b82c22589577961a2a710924" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="270" />Season 3 America GIF by Broad CityGiphy<p>Any health and safety terms and conditions in USA. </p><p>I was working on adapting a US one for a charity event in the UK run by the same people and oh boy you cannot get away with that here. One line said if an employee harmed you in any way (even intentionally), you could not sue... </p><p>What!? </p><p><span></span>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gnydf7s?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">lt52-</a></p>
Keep It<p>Free ceiling insulation. </p><p>The catch? You allowed a company to install temperature sensors around the inside of your house, and they can do that at any time. And you have to allow access for them to check the sensors and get readings, adjust things, and remove the sensors. Everything belongs to the company. </p><p>This means letting randos into your house potentially over and over to get their readings from the electrical crap they put in your house. </p><p>Nah I'm good, keep your insulation.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gnyrbn7?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">bumpequalsbump</a></p>
Airlines<p>Was going to post this as a response on another thread, but I want people to actually see it.</p><p>When you book a flight, in the terms and conditions (especially for basic and econo fares) you agree that in the event of your flight getting canceled due to an act outside of the airlines control they don't have to refund you unless they offer you a travel credit.</p><p>That includes a world spanning virus.</p><p>Don't be cheap, get travelers insurance or pay for the higher fare that has a refund clause.</p><p><span></span>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gnxyb4e?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">bpanio</a></p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gnxyb4e?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"></a></p>
Crepes<p>I worked for a meat pie company that moved over from Australia that made me sign a contract that I would never work for another meat pie company or open an establishment that sells similar food. I didn't read the fine print. </p><p>They also sold a few other things ... like crepes. Sure enough, I wanted to open a food truck and my partner had her sights on crepes as she made them in her previous food truck and it just happened a truck we were buying was set up to make similar things. </p><p>I gave 1 month notice because they were busy and I didn't want to leave them stranded in high season. I told the owner we were working on a food truck we bought, it was a dream coming true, and that it happens we are doing crepes as my partner is French and had done them before.</p>
This Sparks Joy<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTY4OTU2NS9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxOTY0OTgxM30.takzFO7X_vx_UzNvPeNEvpcYSGho5_AZNX-itkNSdOE/img.gif?width=980" id="d78cf" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="09a8efb07fb739ec04f38de1406639f5" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="276" />Giphy<p>I'm pretty sure I gave google the rights to all of my Spotify data when they gave me a free google home. </p><p>On one hand, RIP privacy. </p><p>On the other hand, knowing some poor algorithm has to figure out some possible way to advertise things to me based on listening to Knock On Wood 57 times in a row and the soundtrack to Starship Troopers on repeat gives me great joy.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gnywvs7?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">OakNogg</a></p>
Claim $100<p>Back when the internet really started being a thing, some company/website put something in their terms and conditions about the first person who reads it, can contact them to claim a $100 prize. </p><p>Took five years for somebody to claim the prize.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gny3g6s?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">RubyShooz </a></p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gny3g6s?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank"></a>I wonder how much of that is people not reading it and how much is people reading it and thinking "surely somebody's already claimed this by now, why bother?"</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gnyj0gy?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Novaseerblyat</a></p>
Amazon ... Should We Be Worried?<p>Not really an example of the worst thing, but you're not allowed to use Amazon's game engine (Lumberyard) for military/nuclear applications normally, but that restriction is suspended specifically if there's a zombie apocalypse</p><p><a href="https://aws.amazon.com/service-terms/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://aws.amazon.com/service-terms/</a> Clause 47.10: "<em>this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization</em></p><p><em></em>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gny3skb?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">OldGodsAndNew</a></p>
Most Ridiculous<p>I recall a major airline in the pioneer days won an award for most ridiculous TOS to simply look up a flight arrival time on their web site.</p><p>If I recall, it was a 22,000 word document that an analysis said was written at a post graduate reading level. It states that you would, in perpetuity, never use that computer to connect to any other airline's website.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gnyb3lm?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">NightMGR</a></p><p>What were they planning on doing about it if you broke the contract? Send a hitman after you or something?</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/go1hpi5?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">ChungusFungus303</a></p>
Citibank Is Serious Business<p>When I started work for Citibank, they asked me to sign two documents;</p><ol><li>promising I would never use encryption for any purpose other than Citibank's for as long as I live.</li><li>promising to obey the laws of all 196 countries on earth that Citibank operates in.</li></ol><p>So obviously I looked at my cubicle mate and stoned her to death for exposing her wrists, and I can no longer use HTTPS.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmugas/users_who_read_the_terms_and_conditions_what_are/gnyy0u3?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">beachbbqlover</a></p>
Death is scary. It brings the unknown of the great beyond, whether that's heaven, some other afterlife, or total nothingness, depending on what you believe.
But there is one perk that comes with death: total control of your funeral.
Let the Games Begin<p>"I got a request for the deceased to be dressed up in a Where's Waldo costume and to have 12 other identical caskets in the room so the guests could try to guess where he was by opening coffins randomly."</p><p>"Each guest was to play this guessing game and then sit down before the next person could enter so everyone could play the game."</p><p>"Problem was not everyone wanted to play the game.....super odd but they paid a lot for it."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmtl11/funeral_home_workers_and_owners_whats_the/gnylmi3?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">ramontgomery</a></p>
Dead In a Faraway Galaxy<p>"The deceased was a huge Star Wars fan and left explicit instructions for his funeral."</p><p>"As funeral organist, I was requested to play Star Wars principal themes on the grand pipe organ for prelude music, processional and recessional."</p><p>"As I once described, pall bearers were dressed in main characters costumes and "Obi-Wan Kenobi" gave an inspired eulogy, drawing upon memorable moments from the series."</p><p>"Using 'full organ' (all the stops out) for climatic moments, I played the <em>Imperial March</em> at the conclusion of the funeral before those in attendance departed for the cemetery for the committal."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmtl11/funeral_home_workers_and_owners_whats_the/gnxielt?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Back2Bach</a></p>
A True Celebration of the Life He Lived<p>"I'm a florist, and I've created some unique tributes out of fresh flowers, and more."</p><p>"I made a putting green two feet across, complete with ball, tee and a club for an avid golfer. I constructed a fish out of various blooms and leaves, placed by a lakeside foliage spray. I've made rainbows and black and white themed arrangements. I put a lot of heart into memorial pieces."</p><p>"A few years ago, I was helping a family decide on their tributes for a much-loved man. The wife stressed he was known for his big blue Giant Eagle truck, and most of their friends were from the driver's union."</p><p>"I volunteered myself for a watercolor picture of the truck around which I would design a floral spray. It took four attempts, but I was finally happy, and framed it."</p><p>"Two days later, I received the most wonderful letter from his wife, and said that everyone agreed it was the most appropriate and important statement about his life. It will sit on her mantle for the rest of her life."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmtl11/funeral_home_workers_and_owners_whats_the/gnyf7h2?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">cavepainted</a></p>
Friends Til the Very End<p>"My family owns a grave digging business as well as lawn and garden statues, someone purchased an 8ft tall gorilla statue."</p><p>"My dad delivered it and asked what they were going to do with it and where they were putting it, the guys said their friends dying wish was to be stuffed up this concrete gorillas a**, and that's what they did."</p><p>"They drilled a whole in the a** and put their buddies ashes inside"</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmtl11/funeral_home_workers_and_owners_whats_the/gnytm2i?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">hayhay428</a></p>
Always Watching<p>"My husband found out they can make gems out of cremains, and now he wants to be reduced to 2 jewels seated in his own eye sockets."</p><p>"I don't want a skull! I don't want to own his skull! I don't want him to watch me with his evil gem eyes!"</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmtl11/funeral_home_workers_and_owners_whats_the/gny5vcy?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">ParadiseSold</a></p>
For Science<p>"My own will requests that my right eye be removed, preserved and delivered to my oncologist in Miami for him to do with whatever he sees fit."</p><p>"Hopefully as a teaching aid to new optometry students, but if he wants to use it for pranks I'm totally fine with that too."</p><p>"I survived a very unusual eye cancer and they had to do all kinds of experimental things to repair it when all was done. I jokingly suggested I donate it to science when I went and he said that was an amazing idea. So, here you go."</p><p>"I hope whoever deals with my corpse has fun with that request."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmtl11/funeral_home_workers_and_owners_whats_the/gnxp6ri?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">zerbey</a> </p>
One Last Look<p>"My wife's uncle asked the funeral director when he dies he would like his eyes open in the casket during his viewing."</p><p>"His entire life everyone commented on his big baby blue eyes and he wanted them open for people to see one last time."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmtl11/funeral_home_workers_and_owners_whats_the/gnycdzg?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Agreeable-Scratch424</a></p>
One Last F-You<p>"One rich guy hated his kids and didn't want them to get a cent of his wealth. He therefore wanted all his money to spent on a mausoleum for his coffin with a rose garden around it and the eternal upkeep thereof."</p><p>"He had the city council-approved architectural plans for the mausoleum included in his will and testament."</p><p>"He demanded in his will that the remaining funds, after construction, must go to a gardening service to maintain the rose garden and clean off the bird poop from his mausoleum in perpetuity until the money runs out in a few centuries."</p><p>"The mausoleum is in Cemetery de Saint Rambert outside Lyon, France."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmtl11/funeral_home_workers_and_owners_whats_the/gnxnk4q?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">JingoisticJeremiah</a></p>
Utter Indifference<p>"My coworker was meeting a client who was picking up his mother's cremains. My coworker has the client sign a release, then hands him the urn."</p><p>The man immediately turns around and drops the urn into the trash can."</p><p>"My coworker is a 40 year funeral director veteran, and without missing a beat, he says, 'Sir, I can understand your strong feelings about your mother, but I cannot allow you to leave that here. What you do once you get out the door is up to you and God.' " </p><p>"Dude picked up the urn and left without a word."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmtl11/funeral_home_workers_and_owners_whats_the/gnybff8?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">keliez</a></p>
To Reflect What She Was Like, Or Never Did?<p>"My mom asked the embalmer to put a few stitches in my grandma's cheeks to give her a faint smile. </p><p>"At the time it seemed like an odd, even slightly morbid request, but 20+ years on, it's one of the only things I remember from her funeral. It was kind of lovely, actually."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lmtl11/funeral_home_workers_and_owners_whats_the/gnx79mi?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Fearless_Lab</a></p>
After we've watched a movie, it can be difficult to imagine the film as a project that took months or years to finally culminate into the product we see at the theater or on our television.
But it was built and hacked together, piece by piece.