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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People Explain Which Strange Things Are Considered Normal In Their Home Country But Weird Everywhere Else
What is in the water in the United States that compels people to walk around in their homes with their shoes on? Try doing that in South Korea––people would be so mortified. I have a sibling whose apartment is carpeted from wall to wall and who walks around inside with his shoes on all the time, tracking in any manner of dirt and dust from outside. Egad! I get chills just thinking about it. And as an American, it's something I've noticed people from other countries love to comment on.
We learned a lot more about things that are considered normal in other countries after Redditor monitonik asked the online community,
"What's normal in your country that's considered weird in others?"
"I grew up in Australia..."
"I grew up in Australia and migrated to Ireland about ten years ago. First thing I noticed was people in Ireland really like to talk about death in everyday conversation: Who died. When the mass is. The removal of the body and the anniversaries of their death. It's so normal in conversation."
"Leaving a baby..."
"Leaving a baby bundled up outside to sleep. When my previous neighbours had a baby, sometimes I would pass it on the porch, just sleeping. Including in winter as long as it wasn't too cold."
And in the United States, rest assured that child services would be called ASAP.
"In Japan, there are public toilets in a few places where after urinating, you can opt to view a general health assessment report."
Sounds like a privacy issue, no?
"I live in Malaysia..."
"I live in Malaysia and nearly everyone here uses at least three languages in a sentence."
Spend some time in Miami. The official language of the city is Spanglish.
"There's this sport..."
"There's this sport in Finland called eukonkanto, where men participate in running a specific distance, all while carrying their wife or girlfriend. Winner gets their woman's weight in beer."
"It's a small country..."
"Probably talking to people so that no one else can hear you except the person you are directly talking to.
It's a skill almost all Dutch people have, I have found, but it can be very unnerving for other people because you can be sitting pretty close to two people having a conversation and have no idea what they are saying.
It's a small country and very densely populated with people who value their privacy. It's a survival skill, really."
Can we bring this to the United States? Why are people so LOUD here?
"Some areas in the country..."
"Saying "hi" or waving to strangers. Some areas in the country take it even further and you're considered rude if you drive through a residential street and don't wave to anyone walking as you pass them."
"If you're walking with a dog..."
"Walking all over the countryside along ancient footpaths (as well as bridleways and byways, and a lot of disused railway tracks that have been designated as footpaths). These paths often go across privately owned land; the landowners are required by law to keep the paths clear, and if they put up a fence to provide a gate.
If you're walking with a dog, you're expected to keep it under control around livestock and when the path crosses a road, but otherwise it's just accepted that dogs are going to run around sniffing everything."
"We have robots..."
"We have robots at busy intersections and crossing points to assist and control traffic flow."
Nice to see Chappie is getting some work.
"The other day..."
"I teach in Japan but grew up in America. The other day my students asked me wide-eyed if Americans really wear their shoes inside. I told them yes and that sometimes my dad would cross his legs like this while we sat on the sofa and I could touch the bottom of his shoes. They were super grossed out. "Eew, why would you wear shoes inside! That's so dirty!" These kids are 2nd graders so it starts pretty young."
It never hurts to travel––you'll broaden your horizons and learn more about other cultures! When the pandemic's over––I mean actually over––and it's safe enough to travel, I might just hire someone to play my wife and take part in that Finnish wife-carrying contest. Some beer sounds great.
Have some observations of your own? Feel free to tell us all about them in the comments section below!
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The brain a fascinating part of the body. No, its the most fascinating.
Scientists have said for years that we'll never know all about the brain and its functions.
So if it is so fascinating and so capable and awesome... why does it stall? Why does it overload?
Why aren't we all gifted with photographic memory? The brain definitely has a full storage issue. And we all suffer.
Redditor u/MABAMA45 wanted everyone to fess up to and just embrace all the things the brain can't handle by asking:
What can your brain just not comprehend?
I'm a smart person. I read, I study, I comprehend. But certain types of math can send me to the funny farm. I tried trigonometry in high school. I needed a therapist after a week. My brain hates math. It is what it is. I give up trying.
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"I can't comprehend why any company would think I'm more likely to buy their product if they make their commercial 20db louder than all other commercials. Instant boycott."
"The sheer size and scale of the universe. Like the fact that you can fit all the planets of the Solar System between the Earth and the Moon. Now realise how far apart all the planets are in the Solar System. This is practically next door compared to the distance between our Sun and the nearest star."
"There are billions of stars in our Milky Way (with the majority having planets of their own). The sheer scale of the vast emptiness involved means that even when our galaxy merges with the Andromeda galaxy in 4.5 billion years' time, there will be very, very few actual collisions between stars."
"Then there is the void between galaxies, and that it takes billions of years for light, at its speed (massless, and the fastest speed possible), to travel between galaxies, speaks of the sheer emptiness and distance in that void. I can't quite fathom it."
"What was there before the universe, what was there before that, and that and that and (you get the idea)."
"Before" implies that time exists on both sides of an event, but that is not true when we are talking about the universe. Like how there are no positive numbers less than 0, there are no times before the beginning of the universe."
In the Words...
"Language, the fact that we all collectively decided separately and divertingly that certain sounds have meanings and that other sound mixed with those can change the meaning."
"Thanks for all of the upvotes and the award :3."
"Adding onto what I said, sounds are just vibrations in the air that out brains interpret into the sensation of hearing. Really we're vibrating the air at each-other and those air vibrations to your brain contain meaning. When you think about it like this language is not too dissimilar to the internet in a way. Makes you realize how crazy and unique of a skill language really is, with-ought it we wouldn't have a civilization."
"Another interesting thing related to this is when people call your name. Even if your in a crowded area with hundreds of people talking around you and you think your tuning them out if you hear your name you immediately notice, Some part of your brain must be constantly listening."
"Here are some other things my mind can't quite grasp:
- Computers, the fact that my phone is performing countless mathematical operations constantly.
- the plank length, if I understand it right it's the smallest distance anything can move, like a pixel of space.
- the human body and animals in general, were a collection of (large number but idk how large) cells all working together in various systems some how sustaining a brain that is able to be conscious, it's a miracle animals work at all let alone what they're capable of.
- why my ankles crack when I walk.
- what the future will be like, the world is changing so fast it's likely the future will be nothing like we think and it's coming." - Flaer15
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"My little brain can't comprehend the vast emptiness of space and the fact it supposedly just stretches on forever and never has an end. Kind of wild when you try imagine it."
Like any other muscle or organ in the body, we have to listen when pain is inflicted. We have to recognize discomfort and deal. Why don't we allow the same respect to our brain? It will tell us when enough is enough.
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"How a simple calculator works. I can do math. I'm actually very good at it. How does a little plastic box do it though? Always boggled my mind."
"Dates. I am considered a historian by my family due to my knowledge on most world history, but God dang dates... I could be talking about WWII and say it happened the same date as WWI."
Billions of People
"That all the others persons I talk to or see, have their own thoughts, own inner dialogue and own life. For gaming analogy sometimes I just feel like others are NPC and I just can't comprehend that there are more than 7 billions person just like me."
The profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passed in the street, has a life as complex as one's own, which they are constantly living despite one's personal lack of awareness of it."
Now That's Too Much!
"I have a PhD in astronomy and MSc in Physics, and had to take ~2 years worth of quantum mechanics courses. It's one of those things where you can take solace that even with all that education on it all I can say is no one else really understands it either."
And the Dark?
"Light isn't affected by time. So... other things could just exist outside of time? Like, if you were a photon that traveled at light speed for a million years and then hit an alien's third butt, you'd experience it as instantly being a million light years away."
"A photon moves at the speed of light through space, but is standing still in time."
"A person at rest moves at the speed of light through time, but is standing still in space. When you accelerate through space, you're simultaneously decelerating through time. That's why observers will see your clock slow down when you begin accelerating at relativistic speeds. It's referred to as time and space dilation. Makes more sense once you realize that."
"There are people who don't have an internal dialogue with themselves. So, they never question if they are right or wrong. They never wonder if they are treating someone fairly, or if they are nice or mean."
"They can change their minds with no information, but it doesn't involve the process most of us go through when confronted with an opinion, or new data. It's not common, but it's not entirely rare. When I learned about this, I just couldn't understand how it was even possible."
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"Death, obviously I understand why people die and all that but just thinking what happens afterwards. What's it like for the said person that died, is it just blackness? Is it like they're dreaming??? Reincarnation?? This probably sounds very stupid but I don't care 🤦🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️"
There is so much to learn, and even more that we'll never know. And that's ok. When the brain is full, it's full. Seems like just a part of life. The mysteries will sometimes stay illusive.
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It's okay to hate things.
Some things deserve to be hated. Internet trolls, people who mistreat animals, and individuals who talk during the movie are most definitely worthy of the scorn they gain. However, there are some items and topics which could do with a bit of rebranding. Instead of being "Hate Me," they instead deserve a sign that says, "I'm Really Not That Bad."
What doesnt need the hate it gets?
They say you hate what you don't understand. Clearly, they were thinking of things like the entries below when they came up with that expression as all of these fit the bill of being hated for not being understood.
It Cycles Past Judgement Into Comfort
"Sleeping with stuffed animals. You're never too old for that."
"Somewhat mature: Not needing a stuffed animal in order to sleep.
Very mature: Sleeping with one anyway because you don't give a f-ck what other people think."
Long Live The King
Most unfairly villainized and maligned animal in the world all because of some stupid Disney movie. They are not scavengers at all they hunt 90% of their prey and lions steal food off of them far more than they steal off lions. They are highly intelligent predators with an equally important role to play in the ecosystem."
They Go Through More Than Anyone Will Realize
I can personally confirm that I was a piece of work in grade school--then high school. And it wasn't because of teachers--it was because of me."
"As someone in high school rn, I agree with this. They get paid too little to deal with my laziness and bullsh-t"
You might have been told, either by a friend or a family member or some misguided news source, that the following topics are deserving of your hate. That their mere existence is something to shun and hate.
That's not the case.
It Tastes Soooo Good
"MSG. It's like salt but on crack and exploding with flavor."
This was a pretty racist phenomenon that got built up around Asian restaurants in the 70s and 80s.
"Essentially some study came out that MSG was bad for you and caused headaches, racing heart and basically anything else that might be considered bad. They even came up with a diagnosis for it "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome" and it was recognized as a legit medical diagnosis.
However, the FDA had already tested it and on retest found that it was still basically as safe as anything else you put in your food. .
The original studies were really flawed in that they weren't blind and there was already this perception that MSG was bad because they were racists/xenophobic."
You Know Bananas Don't Normally Look Like That, Right?
"GMOs. Humans have been slowly doing that since we started cultivating crops, now we can just do it quicker. And there are millions of people who rely on GMO crops to not starve to death."
It's important to be cautious about your own safety and well-being. No one is trying to convince you to take unnecessary risks.
However, sometimes that thing you were worried about might not be as deadly as you imagined.
They're Not All Chernobyl
"People freak out because of the radiation but almost everyone is oblivious to the amount of crap a coal or oil powerplant dumps in the atmosphere."
"Nuclear waste is relatively easy to store and modern nuceal powerplants have good safety records."
They're Just Words
Chemist here. The word "chemicals"
Toxicologist here. "Chemical free" ugggggg makes me so mad. Anything can be toxic at the right dose
Seriously. Don't Be That Parent.
"TV shows made specifically for toddlers. They are toddlers. It's all colors and shapes and being excited over simple things. That's what toddlers are about. YOU don't need to watch the show. It's not for you."
Do certain things and people deserved to be scorned? A look at Twitter will say a resounding, "Yes." But with a keener eye, and a closer look, you'll see that misinformation or misunderstanding can guide misguided to hate.
Going to college is an exciting experience. You meet new people, learn about the world and the inner workings of society, and make lasting friendships. As fun (and expensive *cough, cough*) as higher education can be there is a reason that only one-third of the US population 25 and older have been able to complete a four-year degree program. It is hard and burnout is real.
Going through university was filled with both happiness and sometimes tears for me. I loved school and found my classes interesting, dove into extracurriculars, and had that perfectionist drive to get all A's... totally not sustainable. It hit me I was totally burnt out about two years in while enrolled in an algebra class.
I wanted to give up, I was flustered and spent way too much time trying to get a great grade in a class that just wasn't clicking for me. What did I do? I had to take a step back and reflect on what I would tell a friend in the same shoes. I would tell them they don't need to be perfect, that getting a C+ in one class wasn't going to wreck their whole GPA, and for the love of God drink water too won't just coffee.
Self-care and stealing extra sleep, even just an hour nap, can go a long way to refreshing your drive. The takeaway really was just to show me the same love and support I'd been putting out to those around me. You deserve it, too!
Redditor peachyjams asked:
"What are some tips for a burnt out student?"
The Reddit community gave this user some wonderful tips and tricks to help with student burnout.
Go at your own pace.
“Don't pressure yourself into 4 years. It's OK to take it slower. Balance out your schedule with more enjoyable elective credits if you can, or just take less courses in a semester if possible.”
“Obviously things like financial aid, living costs (if not living at home) and others may play a factor in how many courses you need to take or how quickly you need to complete college, so if you can't take less courses, talk to your advisor or counselor and work with them to carefully plan out each semester so that your coursework is balanced IE: You don't end up accidentally taking Calculus + "Fun," art class that was 1000x more work than you thought it would be in the same semester.”~zachtheperson
“Burnt out doesn't begin to cover it.”
“I feel very qualified to answer this. I have been in college continuously since I was 18, and I'm now 32. I have 2 years to go before finishing my doctorate. I currently have an associate's, bachelor's, and master's. I have also worked the entire time. Burnt out doesn't begin to cover it. Here is how I stay sane:
- Give school as little bandwidth in your life as possible. "Good enough" are the two most beautiful words in the English language. Get Bs on things. Write your assignments and due dates on a master calendar, block off times to get them done, and try to avoid thoughts of school outside of those blocks.
- To increase productivity during your work blocks, use Freedom or something similar. I paid for a lifetime subscription and in one class alone it paid for itself. It just blocks access to your distractions on the phone and computer while you get stuff done.
- Tackle other hobbies in life that you see progress in outside of school. Even if it feels like school will never ever end and you're on a treadmill of misery going nowhere, you can go somewhere in other areas of your life. I'm currently training for a marathon, just started learning cello, I mentor first gen college students, and I'm in a book club. Pick your poison, but try to put away the laptop and push yourself in a non-academic area.
- Your social needs may vary, but try getting together with other people not in your circle of school misery. Join a sports league (yuck for me but maybe not for you). I host regular dinner parties. Volunteer. Now that vaccines are out, make sure you get one then connect with other people.
- DO NOT TAKE A BREAK. When you stop school even for a semester you know what it's like to be happy and not have the weight of misery pulling you down. You won't want to go back. Slog through and just do it.
- Don't reward yourself with damaging things. Don't eat or drink your rewards for school or you will be unhealthy and unhappy when you're done. Reward yourself with something positive instead."
If I had to recommend one book, it would be 'Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle'. Basically, it goes into the science of feeling burned out, why it's bad for you, and how to fix it on a physiological level."
“If you don't want to read the whole thing, if I could distill the most useful information it would be: exercise. The author digs deep into the science (which I love) behind why it works SO DAMN GOOD, but if you hate science and reading, trust me. Go for a run a few times a week, lift weights, dance a lot, just get your heart rate up. Good luck. School sucks."~bicycle_mice
You don’t have to be perfect.walking dead love GIFGiphy
“If you're an A student I would suggest lowering your personal bar. Being constantly burnt out isn't worth the 0.2 difference in your GPA and if you're worried about career prospects there are always comparable fields that aren't quite as competitive.”
“Trying to get an A in every class takes disproportionally more work. If you can get A's and a few more B's while getting to chill every once and a while and not stressing, do that.”~SlightlyOvertuned
Lists are seriously underrated.
If your sensation is of being overwhelmed (i.e. you have an impossible amount of work to do with no end in sight) more than burnt out (you are exhausted and becoming detached from the work), then two tips:
- Realise that it's not infinite. If you stick it out until graduation (and I hope you do!), then many of the problems you're accumulating will be wiped clear. Perhaps your GPA/final grade won't be as good as you want, but remember that whatever you're facing now - this too shall pass. Knowning that there is an inevitable light at the end of the tunnel is useful for me.
- Make a list. If you are the under-organised type, making a list of things to do each morning on a sheet of paper dramatically reduces the stress level that those items cause you. You can implement some fancy to-do software if you prefer but tbh a daily todo is simpler and more effective...”~alexandicity
A book and a blanket? Make it so.read new york GIFGiphy
“When I was a burnt out student I took solace in a comfort zone activity. Something unrelated to my school work that I could dive into for a little while when I needed a break. For me, this was reading the Lord of the Rings.”
“What works for you depends one what's in your comfort zone, but it should be something that you can easily pick up and put down again when it is time to get back to work.”
“To this day, I still read the Lord of the Rings when I get stressed or overworked. In fact, I am reading it now, for the 48th time.”~khendron
“Lots of things you could try! Sleep. 8 hours a day, wake up spontaneously without an alarm and if you feel the need do a 30-90 minute power nap in the afternoon.”
“Meditate daily, 5-30 minutes to start in the morning or whenever you feel comfortable. Limit the consume of caffeine.”
“Plan a healthy diet you can stick to, reducing the amount of junk food first to focus later on the composition of your main meals, snacks and so on. Eat plenty of greens, fruit, nuts and drink mainly water or sugar free drinks.”
“Take cold showers. Those are a huge boost, especially in the morning. Decompress. As someone said, take the days you need to just do nothing during your week. Last but not least, workout! Start small, build the habit and stick to it!“~Tha_Sin
“...it's pretty normal in our over worked society.”
“Burnout is real. It means you have given too much of yourself to something, and you need to recover. While deadlines don't wait, professors often will. “
“You have to communicate with them if you are struggling. If they are worth their pay, they will do their best to accommodate you. It's unhealthy to continue under so much stress. Be kind to yourself.”
“Nearly everyone experiences this at some point in life, and it's pretty normal in our over worked society. Do what you can to clear your mind. Assign yourself a certain number of hours to completely shift gears away from all these responsibilities.”
“Set an alarm if you have to, but give yourself enough time to reach a stage of full body relaxation. You can try walking, meditating, sleeping, whatever your body needs. Just listen to it! There is no shame here. You must care for yourself and keep a balance. Deep breaths, often.”~VaginaWarrior
“Yes to this advice!! Let teachers know ASAP that you are struggling and often they will be able to make accommodations or offer help. Also, looking into counseling services that are offered through the school is definitely worth taking advantage of while that stuff is accessible and free.”~shannonbta
“because a b*tch needs water...”
“My bad day thing is I have to get up, eat (even if it's takeout), put on fresh bedsheets because if I'm having a bad day in bed it might as well be comfortable and smell good, have a shower (even just shoulders down) and go for even a small walk, even if it's to the shop or to get myself that takeout."
“They're not huge things to do but they're very difficult on some days. And I don't always do them all, maybe I just eat and shower, or go for a walk, or just change my bedsheets. But all of them are small tasks that feel like mountains but once I do one or two of them they're so so easy, and I benefit from them all mentally or physically or both."
“And I have a litre bottle of water and cup of tea at my side at all times because a b!tch needs water and there are few things as comforting as a good cup of tea in a warm mug to me."~thisisausername-2021
“I didn't pull a single all-nighter in my 4 years of undergrad.”
- “Don't listen to your fellow classmates who boast about study 60+ hours a week, they're either exaggerating, straight-up lying, or have an incredibly inefficient study method. There will be times where you really need to be studying hard for extended amounts of time (ex. finals week), but for the vast majority of the semester it is completely unnecessary to do that in order to get a good grade.”
- “If you do find that you need excessive study in order to do okay in a course then you need to reach out to your TA(s) and professor. Most universities have free tutoring services, use them.”
- “Seriously just take more breaks and get more sleep. I didn't pull a single all-nighter in my 4 years of undergrad and now that I'm in med school I don't have any need for that either. Without real breaks and sleep your brain's ability to actually store and organize all the information you've studied goes out the window. This is harder to do if you need to work to support yourself but you need to find some semblance of healthy sleeping habits if you want to be able to make it through all 4 years.”
- “Eat real food. Don't just live off of snack foods and coffee, your brain isn't going to work properly if you don't fuel it. It's generally cheaper to buy canned and frozen fruit and veg so if you're on a budget try those aisles. Additionally, most places have some sort of charity or community pantry/soup kitchen, use it if you need to.You don't need to be completely destitute in order to reach out for help from these places, if you are struggling to make ends meet get help from your community. It is not weak, it is not shameful, it's being smart enough to accept that everyone needs help now and then.”
- “I mean it, don't pay attention to classmates and social media influencers who say they spend all their time studying. They almost definitely aren't and if they are they have an unsustainable view towards work/school that will bite them in the butt later on.”~JSD12345
Treat yourself to a mini-vacation.
“If you have any extra money (I know, easier said than done) book the cheapest AirBNB you can find within the area you can get to with the transportation you have available. Go alone or bring a friend, and have a mini-vacation, just for a night or weekend. It's very refreshing to have a change of scenery, even if it's in your same city.”~goshawkgirl
These are some great ideas to help cope with the all to real burnout. Remember to show yourself the grace you give to others because your best is all you can do.