When you're fortunate to meet an incredible celebrity, you'll always remember it!
Below are 26 people who share just how awesome it was when they met a certain celeb. Check them out!
1/26) When we were in the 11th grade, my friends were getting high in a park when Bill Nye pulls into the parking lot. We thought it'd be funny to go ask him how to make bombs.
He said that he would love to 'show us how to blow ourselves up'. Can't say I blame him for that.
2/26) Robin Williams was an awesome guy.
17 years ago, my Dad's dad killed my grandma and then himself in a drunken rage. We held a massive service at the church my dad's mom attended in San Francisco. It was obviously a hard night for my dad. My parents stayed late in the city to clean things up and spend time with family. It was about 2:30 AM when we finally started making our way home, but before leaving the city, my dad wanted to stop and get a doughnut at some random doughnut shop we passed by. We all went inside, and lo and behold, Mr. Robin Williams was there, sitting in a booth eating a couple doughnuts and drinking some coffee. He noticed our well dressed, solemn looking crew walk in, and pretty quickly after we sat down to eat the delicious treats, he came walking over. Now, I admit fully that I do not remember what he said to us, but I do remember what he looked like and I remember him Introducing himself as Robin (Which is my aunts name, I think thats why it caught my attention). He ended up joining my family at our table and (as my Dad always said) he just started making pleasant conversation, which quickly turned in to him making my parents smile, and soon after he had us all laughing. I couldn't tell you what they laughed about, but I remember seeing my parents laugh and smile for the first time in weeks. My dad remembered that so fondly. He always said it was exactly what he had needed in that time, and that he appreciated the way Robin Williams went about it. It wasn't that he was a celebrity, he was just being a nice guy who saw a bunch of sad folks and realized he could probably make a difference. And he did. I loved hearing my dad tell that story because you could tell that moment meant a lot to him. I'm sad he felt the need to go.
3/26) Threw up on Arnold Schwarzenegger's foot outside a restaurant. His response was an immediate: "Its ok kid, I throw up every time I eat here too." His wife then proceeded to run inside and grab me water and a bit of bread to settle my stomach. They were both incredibly nice about it all.
4/26) I spoke with Larry David when they were filming Curb Your Enthusiam in NYC a few years ago. He is exactly like he portrays himself on his show. He ended our conversation with "I think we're good here."
5/26) I met Jimmy Fallon during a showing of The Book of Mormon musical. Some friends and I had amazing seats during the first month of its initial run in NYC and during intermission we noticed that Jimmy Fallon was directly behind us. My friend is ballsy as can be and just struck up a conversation with him which I of course wanted in on. First thing I noticed is he is much taller than I had expected. He was at least 6' and his face was a bit huskier than what it appears on television. He also has a deeper more gravelly voice too. His face was caked in makeup so I imagine he had just finished up filming his show.
He was polite and we got a picture with him but I could tell he really wasn't interested in talking with us. That was until we told him that we were former LDS missionaries.
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Then he got REALLY excited and started asking us all sorts of questions about the show, if we were offended, if we were still missionaries etc. He just lit up after that and we talked for a few more minutes.
The best part was he had a Book of Mormon castmember on his show a couple months later and he mentioned he had met some "Mormon missionaries" in the audience who loved the musical. It was great to hear that he remembered us!
Jimmy Fallon is a pretty nice guy.
6/26) I'd really like to talk about Adam Sandler. I'm not (nor ever was) a fan of his movies, but I worked at a large Manhattan restaurant which he frequented often - this was several years ago.
He was always accompanied by an entourage of his friends - never really celebrities, I got the impression they were childhood, high school, etc friends.
In any event, they would order nearly everything on the menu. I'm talking, literally, hundreds of dishes and proceed to gorge themselves silly. All the while, Adam would barely eat as many, many people would approach and ask him for a photo, a handshake, or a joke.
He obliged everyone. He was patient, kind and compassionate to every person that came up to him. He never ate, he just took his crew to town and held court, kindly and humbly, making sure to thank everyone who approached him for taking the time to say hi, congratulate him on a movie, or what not.
This particular restaurant was frequented, at the time, by celebrities quite often and they varied in their appreciation of the public. Adam Sandler was in a class of his own. I have always maintained that he is the nicest guy in the business out there as he proved it again and again.
7/26) I'm going to say that I have met Cher a few times, not only did she remember my name after a few years, she had asked about my then-sick, mother, who had since passed. Cher seemed really upset by the news and it made me choke up, because in my opinion, here was a true diva, and she remembered me.
She was NOT a diva at all, in the bad sense, just a totally cool person.
8/26) I met Steve Buscemi outside of a comedy club in LA. My friends and I saw him smoking a cigarette alone and I went up to him and said "Hey, you're Steve Buscemi. Can I have a hug?" Then he said "You want a hug?" He shrugged and gave me a hug!
9/26) My girlfriend met Chris Pratt on a red eye flight from LAX to Orlando. He waited around and took selfies with everyone waiting for their bags while he waited for his. She tried to take the fastest picture ever because she was embarrassed to bother him and he made sure the picture was good before she left.
Keep going, they get even better!
10/26) Chatted briefly with Tim Tebow at a restaurant once. He was nice enough then, asked me what I did and how it was going and all that jazz. Then, i saw him maybe a month later at another restaurant, and we happened to make eye contact. As he was making his rounds through all the fans and whatnot, he stopped by where I was sitting, addressed me by name, remembered my job, and asked how that all was going. I was blown away. I don't give a crap about all the religion stuff he does, but he's just a genuinely good person.
11/26) I met George W. Bush at an event. I realize most people hate him here on reddit but he is one of the most charismatic fun-loving guys I have met. He gives and does so much for charities its ridiculous. He has a fantastic sense of humor and even without the camera's rolling wouldn't bash Obama. His wife was very gracious and the picture of how a first lady should be.
12/26) Nick Offerman was the dude. Met him after an American Ham show at his (now our) alma mater for a pic. He got down on a knee for it because I'm in a wheelchair, hence lower to the ground. I sort of joked that he didn't have to do that, and dead serious he goes, "son you should make everyone take a knee for you." Took me a while to figure out he wasn't joking, he was saying have enough self respect to ask people to accommodate you. That guy is operating on another plane of existence.
13/26) Gary Sinise. He does free concerts with his band, the Lt. Dan Band, for veterans all over the country. I saw him perform in Ft. Riley, KS, a few years ago. It was about 100 degrees outside and humid as hell, and they never let the energy level drop or seem tired or anything. At one point, there was a problem with a speaker or microphone or something and they had to pause to fix it, and he immediately took off his guitar and stepped down to the crowd to sign autographs and talk to people. He's incredibly sweet and kind, and he does so much for veterans and families.
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14/26) I lived in the same building as Pharrell in Miami. I saw him on a regular basis (we took the same elevator up to our units). Not only is he one of the nicest celebrities I've ever met, he's also one of the nicest people. He is incredibly soft spoken and humble. And his kid is adorable and well mannered. His bodyguard, Ben, is also really cool. My friend who also lives in the building accidentally took the service elevator and ended up in the hall behind his unit. Ben was there, and ended up giving my friend a whole tour of Pharrell's apartment. Pharrell also gave him a signed set of shoes. Every interaction I've had with both of them has been great. I couldn't have asked for better neighbors.
15/26) I bumped into deGrasse Tyson on the New York subway about 2 years ago. I was on a business trip from Chicago and I've never accidentally run into anyone even semi-famous. A couple coworkers and myself were headed out to see Ground Zero when he hopped on. After some internal debates on how to act, I brought up the courage to ask for a picture, to which he happily accepted, and then left him alone the rest of the ride.
After a few stops, he struck up a friendly conversation with the three of us and started offering some advice on sightseeing after discovering we were not from NY. When our stop came up, he walked out with us and pointed out some lesser-known buildings and a brief history of each. This lasted for about 20 minutes before he suggested some pizza places and went on his way.
He was really nice to all of us, even though both of my coworkers had no idea who he was, then one of them remembered he "was on the Big Bang Theory that one time." He never put them down or seemed insulted.
I'm not trying to discredit the other stories, but I did want to share that my encounter with him was positive and I appreciated him taking time out of his day to pass on some New York knowledge.
16/26) Lady Gaga. I worked room service and the bar at a hotel she was staying at. She ordered room service and I brought it up. She was in casual cloths and was extremely nice and courteous and tipped well. It seemed like no more than 30 minutes later she was at the bar all Gaga'd out talking with some of the regulars. Not a spectacular story but it caught me by surprise. When I heard she was staying I expected her to be a super diva like some of the other ones we had stay.
17/26) Aaron Paul.
Sat next to him at a radio head concert. And he was sitting next to Pierce Brosnan as they were filming together at the time. It was also before the end of breaking bad.
I have met quite a few Celebrities as my girlfriends father was quite famous back in the 80s (still kind of famous) so I have met them at parties.
None have been nicer than Aaron Paul. I was kind of freaked out and he was suck a nice guy. Funny and he went in for a proper hug when I told him I was a huge fan of breaking bad. He also trolled me a little telling me how he can't wait until fans reacted to his death scene at the end of the series.
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18/26) I also met Robin Williams, very friendly and funny. More so then I expected honestly. I went to a dinner with my father and a couple of his co-workers at a fancy Italian restaurant when I was about 18 and about halfway through the meal a few of the co-workers got drunk and started to scream at the waiter in Italian. In response the waiter, and eventually a few other workers, joined in and were screaming back at the co-workers and then in between all of them came Robin Williams gesticulating wildly and screaming mock Italian at both sides until they calmed the hell down and started to laugh at Robin Williams and his antics instead.
When everyone went back to their seats I walked up to Robin Williams, thanked him for defusing the situation, and did the usual "I love your work, It's amazing to meet you" spiel and then he began to ask ME questions about my life, how I am, my age, what I wanted to do and was very friendly and caring. When I was walking away back to my dad he stopped me and said words I try to live by, "Kid, take a good look at those suits. Don't try to end up like them. If you need booze or drugs to enjoy your life to the fullest then you're doing it wrong."
19/26) Jeff Goldblum. I was working in an amusement park around the time Jurassic Park came out. Was zoning out at my register, and he was standing right next to me, waiting on someone. I did a double take, not quite sure it was him. He just looked at me, gave a smile like he knew I was trying to figure it out, and said "how you doing?" in that distinct voice of his.
Not that this was THAT nice, but pretty nice, and he's the only celebrity I've met.
20/26) Andre 3000.
Met him in the airport back in 2015. Smiled and took pictures with over 30 people, and at no point did he get sick of it. He's a cool guy.
21/26) Bill Clinton.
Is an absolute boss. I was backstage at an event where a video I had produced was being shown. Clinton was the keynote speaker (after John Oliver, Nancy Pelosi). I'm subtly gawking, maybe 15 feet away. I watch him him chat up John Oliver (and his gorgeous girlfriend of the time) when he suddenly turns and we make eye contact. I look away pretty quickly, embarrassed to have been caught gawking and Clinton goes back to his chat. About 30 seconds later though, to my absolute horror, Clinton excuses himself and makes B-Line DIRECTLY to me. Mind you this backstage is full of A-listers and politicians, and he decides to talk to me, the 20-year-old, nerdy fly on the wall. He extends his hand and says "Hi there, I'm Bill Clinton." This was my first time around a famous person (also it has been suggested, the most famous person ever) and I went full-retard. All I manage to muster is..."Thanks for coming Mr. President." He smiles, says thank you to me and walks away.
So...about 10 minutes later, he is surrounded by secret service getting ready to go up on stage. They're reading his bio, and he's talking to Pelosi who has just come off stage. She leaves him and then all of a sudden, he turns around and looks at me AGAIN! Then he raises his hand and motions for me to come over. I FREEZE, I can't believe this is happening...until one of his aides leans down into my ear and nicely reminds me "Get over there! The President wants to speak with you"
So I walk over to Clinton and he puts his arm around me and hunkers down and says "Son, that John Oliver guy is pretty funny. I like him a lot. I didn't get to see him speak though. I wanna make a joke about him, what did he talk about?" At this point, I am panicking. I was certainly there to see him talk, but my brain is frozen and I can't think of anything he might have said. I look around for someone to bail me out, but no one is there and they are finishing his bio, so he's about to go up on stage any second. Suddenly I kind of just snap back into reality, realizing it's up to me so I told him something. You can actually find his speech with the joke on YouTube.
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22/26) Val Kilmer was pretty cool. Tried to get his autograph for my cousin (we were kids and she loved him) and realized I didn't have a pen or paper. He pulled out his wallet and signed it on a dollar bill with a pen his buddy was carrying.
23/26) I met Peter Dinklage at the Premier of Pixels (It was free, I don't want to hear it) and he was a really cool guy. I didn't get to speak with him for very long, but he seemed genuinely grateful when I told him I loved his acting in everything from Elf to GoT. He even apologized for having to cut our chat short to get to his seat, but he did say that it was a pleasure talking with a fan who wasn't just gushing at him. I would love to meet him again, if only to bask in the glory of his epic beard.
24/26) Snoop Dogg. I opened for him in 2013 and he came up to the booth during my set for a smoke and a chat. Really sound bloke.
25/26) I was walking down the street in Hollywood once and completely lost. I asked a guy for directions, he was super nice and pointed me straight back to the strip where my tourist self wanted to be...
Didn't realize until he started talking that it was Hugh Grant.
26/26) Johnny Depp was actually super nice.
Was walking to work one day, I believe on the day Pirates III came out, and he was down in the tunnels. Got to walk up and shake his hand, talked to me about my job, shared some insights about working as Jack Sparrow, and how he always is so thrilled when he gets to be the character.
Books are life. Recently studies have been published that reading for fun, reading for knowledge, just interest in reading in general is down, and that is a tragedy.
We've become too obsessed with our binge watching and ADHD mindset that we've lost focus on one of life's greatest joys... literature.
There are some stories and books that should be a mandatory read for life. There should be age benchmarks that require knowledge of certain books in order to progress. I know, how "1984" of me. ;)
Redditor u/bugtanks33d wanted to hear about what literature we should all be familiar with sooner than later by asking:
What's a book everyone should read at least once in their lives?
One of my favorite books is "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." It was a key element in unlocking what I could see with my imagination. No adolescent should go beyond sixth grade without knowing it. What else?
"ANNOUNCEMENT FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE READING THIS THREAD:"
"MANY OF THE BOOKS MENTIONED HERE ARE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN AND IN AUDIO BOOK FORM. GO THROUGH YOUTUBE/RANDOMHOUSE/AUDIBLE/OVERDRIVE FOR ALL THE CLASSICAL GOODNESS YOU WANT."
"It almost totally eliminates the financial/time commitment that many will cite for not picking them up. I listen to books on double speed all the damn time. I am working my way through "A Tale of Two Cities" now."
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"Man's search for meaning - Viktor Frankl."
"The Phantom Tollbooth."
"Milo: "Many of the things I'm supposed to know seem so useless that I can't see the purpose of learning them at all."
"Princess of Sweet Rhyme: "...what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover the wonderful secrets of tomorrow."
"Johnny's Got His Gun. It's so intense, but it's so good. Metallica's song One is based off this book. Guy has his arms and legs blown off, goes blind and deaf, and is left to live like that. I only read it once, but it's forever engrained into my memory. It hits you like a freight train."
"Surprised I haven't seen it here already so I'll add it... The Brother's Karamazov by Dostoyevsky. In Slaughterhouse 5 Vonnegut said it could teach everything that we needed to know about life, except that wasn't enough anymore."
"If the only thing that book did was make you marvel at how people centuries and oceans removed from you in time and place, could experience the exact same emotions about life as you did, it would be worth the read. There's so much more to it, but Dostoyevsky had such a knack for digging deep into universal human experience. And it's just a hell of a good story too."
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"Speaking as somebody who isn't religious, the literary value of the Bible (and the Hebrew Bible) is severely underrated."
I took a class on it in college, with a prof who'd once allegedly gotten into a bar fight over Beowulf. We would sometimes spend half a class discussing a single verse or two because there's so much stuff going on under the hood."
I know so many of those. And sadly, I'm already behind in my studies. I love books and I'm always on the path to find more to consume. Let me ready my already lengthy list.
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"All Quiet on the Western Front. Everyone should have to reckon with the reality of what war actually means."
"Night, by Elie Wiezel. It is absolutely heartwrecking , and I hated every moment of reading it, which is exactly the effect it is supposed to have."
"Came here looking for this one. I had to read it back in high school and it blew me away how moved I was by it. Stories like his need to be remembered for all time, no matter how hard it is to get through (emotionally-speaking; it's actually quite an easy and short read). I'm so grateful that my English teacher assigned it."
"The Westing Game."
"A Librarian here, such a terrific book. I have gotten so many kids to read it by hooking them with the fact that the reader can play the game and has all of the clues. And good luck as it is fiendishly clever."
All the Good Crazy
"The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Such a great book."
"Oh my god yes. I love this book for being the sex, drugs and rock and roll of the classics world. It is lengthy but has revenge, treasure, plots and schemes and drugs. There is nothing stuffy about this classic."
"The Giver- that book made my 9-10 year old mind really think about what was important in society. It was the first time the idea of "good" things having a negative consequence was presented to me. I think what makes it work is that we are learning how this whole society really works along side a character who has lived in it his whole life."
"As the facade of the utopian society begins to fall away to show devastating consequences of the "perfect life and society" the reader not only feels their shock but the main character's shock. This was a book I read in school 4 times- once in 5th grade and once in 10th for English and then in both high school and college sociology classes. This book written for 9-13 year olds made for great discussions."
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"The Grapes of Wrath and/or Of Mice and Men. Both are heartbreaking, but not for the sake of being heartbreaking - instead they provide a glimpse of how freaking hard life can be, but also how beautiful it can be."
That is a lot of good advice. And a lot of great storytelling and advice giving. Did anyone miss anything that should be there? And make sure you read anything by Harlan Coben, he's a fav.
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It's always our high school dreams, as shown by every high school teen movie ever, to marry the popular girl or the jock. But high school is high school for a reason; life does not really last outside of the walls of high school in the way it did within.
Jocks tend to fall off their athletic bandwagons. The popular girls have a hell of a time making their way in the working world when their popularity means nothing. People's lives sometimes completely freeze in place.
Or sometimes those people really do completely change, and live their lives for the better.
Here were some of those answers.
"My mom was the elite Atlanta debutante and lived a very cushy life at a budding Miami country club. Beautiful and very popular at the private school. My dad grew up on a farm in Virginia. They weren't poor but they were definitely not refined."
"Eventually my father's family made it down to Miami after selling the farm. He became the lifeguard at the country club pool where my mom spent days lounging about."
"My parents say they saw each other and that was it. The scandal was great - the debutante and the lowly lifeguard...."
"They just celebrated 54 years of marriage. My 'lowly' lifeguard father made quite the life for my mom regardless of what all those elite twats said was going to happen."
"She gladly left the country club life for him and they are still so utterly in love it's crazy. He carries a photo of her at the pool where they met. The only references she makes to being 'that girl' are that they proved everyone wrong."
"They are beautiful and I love their story."-wadinglimpkin
Just Because He's Hot Don't Mean He Can't Be Smart Too
"Not me but my mom married my dad who who was hot sh*t. They met in college when he was an absolute hellion."
"But since then he became a doctor, still a really fun dude. He's also a licensed contractor so when he was bored he built a 6000 square foot barn in our backyard over 10 years completely on his own."
"Absolutely stand up dude."-GravityMyGuy
"I married the cool girl. Super athletic, everyone was her friend. We started dating in high school."
"She's kept up everything people loved about her. Nowadays she isn't as interested in other people, and focuses on herself, her career, us and our future."
"We're planning to buy a house and have kids soon. I'm the breadwinner today but I'm not so sure if that'll be true in a few years lol"-WakeAndVape
See, not all the cool kids go on to have horrible, boring lives after. Sometimes the cool kids were cool because they deserved it.
"As it turned out, I married one of the mean girls, didn't go to her school, didn't find out she was considered that until after the divorce. That's how it turned out."
"Then I dated one of the cool chicks. Did go to her school, did know she was considered that. And she was the most amazing human being I've ever known. That one didn't work out either."
"Now I'm just retired from relationships for a bit, strike 3 would kill me right now."
"This was very therapeutic. I have friends and family that are awesome. Hopefully, I'll have more Someday. For now it's me and my kids I'm focusing on."-read110
A Tale Of Strength (On The Outside)
"My mom was the cool girl all through high school, undergrad, grad school. But life didn't go that well. For most of her life, she had to be caring for someone in the family who was ill, and that took a huge toll on her."
"First it was her dad, then it was me (I had childhood illnesses), then her in-laws in quick succession, then her dad again, and finally she had to nurse my dad until he passed away from a terminal illness."
"She was meant to be social and have fun, and instead she was forced to be around sickness and sadness for her best years."
"But she is a very happy and mentally strong person in general who made the best of things. She hosted a lot of people and events."
"My house growing up was full of people visiting and having fun. She's very charming and easy to talk to, and has a lot of fans all the time."
"Though, my siblings and I find her social side rather annoying. She isn't like that with us, and she tells us her charming side is just an act, and the real her is the lady who is constantly critical of us 'for our own good.'"
"She likes having groupies hanging around, people who are happy to take her help and be grateful to her. She has very few friends who could be considered her equals."
"She also expects a lot from other people and is constantly disappointed. She wants to be the center of everything. She doesn't know to be a guest at anything, she somehow ends up running every event she's invited to."
"She sincerely believes she's helping, but it's just disrespectful sometimes and when we tell her that, she doesn't get it."
"She likes to dominate everything and make decisions for everyone. We joke that if the prime minister was her friend, she'd somehow end up running the country for him."-sensitiveinfomax
Sometimes, Chase The Waterfalls
"My mum was the nerdy girl who got all the As and had zero social skills, and somehow managed to start dating my dad who was the popular, good-looking guy who everyone thought would peak in high school."
"She was actually advised by her family and friends that he wouldn't give her the future she was hoping for. They got married at 19, had me when they were 20, and while they were pretty broke the first few years of my life, he paid for my mum to attend law school, started his own business and 25 years later with 3 kids, they're still so in love and have a pretty cushy life."
"My dad actually met one of the loud voices who told my mum she was making a big mistake marrying him, and she had said how she always knew he would turn out well, which he found hilarious."-samknowsbest8
"Found out recently (30 M) that my dad was extremely popular in highschool from my aunt. I had no idea he was an all-star football player with lots of college offers and was prom and homecoming king."
"Never talks about it, but he's doing well. 2 kids, a dog, and a loving wife, imo he's still winning."-ZoatDGoat
And what counts as successful in high school doesn't necessarily count toward success in later life.
What Kind Of Woman?
"My brother was one of the hottest guys in high school and went on to be a model. He's still cool and hot to many but now he's a bit fat."
"He's my brother so ewww on the hot part in my opinion. But women still swoon and he's so obnoxious. Think Matt Dillon, etc…. Era."
"He got dumped by his model 17 years younger wife for a 26 year old. He has impossible standards and it's making him miserable. He's into these flashy shallow women. Overall he's doing really well and his business is thriving."-RunRevolutionary9019
Always Take The Risk
"I sat next to the popular guy every day pretty much for five years and I was so afraid of speaking to him. I'd watched him and his friends picking each other up and shoving the chosen one into lockers, or chasing each other round into a pile on and throwing their shoes at each other. Typical school sh*t."
"They were rowdy and loud and intimidating, but he was the quiet yet seriously funny one and I crushed on him HARD for years. He remembers me as the little blonde girl who didn't speak to anyone (because I was so anxious all the time)."
"He also protected his sister from some a**holes every break time and she'd come to find him for safety from bullies."
"Should have spoken to him sooner when school finished, because we have the same music taste and we get on well enough now at 26 that we have a 6 month old daughter together, my daughter from a previous relationship and we just got engaged last weekend. I adore him, he's handsome, charming and funny and I would do anything for this man as he would for me."-hospital-flowers
High School Never Ends
"I married the Student Council President/ Prom King. He jokes that he peaked in high school. Graduated 20 years ago. He dropped out of three colleges and hasn't found a career path he is passionate about."
"He hates his job, but he's actually really good at it. He's kind of trapped in it because it would be incredibly difficult for him to find a new job without a degree."
"He's a good husband. He's an amazing father. He struggles with anxiety and some depression. A lot of self-doubt. He's incredibly social and the pandemic hit hard."
"He's put on weight and hates his body. He admits that he worries about what other people think of him and wants people to like him."
"He's introspective and wants to be a better person, but anxiety gets in the way sometimes. He married a theater nerd lol, but we didn't meet until college. I felt a little intimidated by his popular past, but he's very down-to-earth."-madestories
We really want our lives to fit neatly into these stereotypes, but at the end of the day, we are all just people repeating a cycle of wanting more for ourselves over and over again. We can't shove that into a stereotype.
Even the student council president, the prom king, the homecoming queen, and the jocks can't run away and hide in a single identity forever. Life makes you into a more rounded person whether you want to be one or not.
Movies' strong focus on creating drama through conflict inevitably has lead to countless on screen deaths.
Some of those movie deaths occur to minor characters we don't care much about (enter Wilhelm Scream). Nonetheless, they can still pack a punch if the manner of the death was gruesome or sad enough.
On the other side of the coin, a death doesn't have to be spectacular to create drama if it happens to a character we've grown to love throughout the film.
And sometimes, a beloved character faces a gruesome end. That's the double whammy.
Redditor Boston_Strong_CQB241 asked:
"Out of all the deaths you seen in movies, which one really stands out to you as the worst?"
Many Redditors recalled the deaths that drew their intensity from the connection they'd felt with the character who did the dying.
And, yes, sometimes the manner of death only heaped on the drama.
"The soldier in Saving Private Ryan that had the knife slowly plunged into his chest after a hand to hand fight and he was begging the other soldier to stop. Intense."
That Etched Wooden Beam
"The old man (Brooks) who hangs himself from The Shawshank Redemption."
" 'Get busy living or get busy dyin.' "
A Very Different Boxing Film
"Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby. Almost becoming World Champion, then paralyzed, her family only caring about the money she won from boxing, then having her limbs chopped off because of bed sores that got infected."
"All this just to be put down as a act of kindness like the story she foretold of her dog she grew up with. I will never watch that movie again."
Stoic Until She Wasn't
"Vesper Lynd drowning in 'Casino Royale.' That moment when she goes serene and calm, to a panicky and frenzied last gasp for air.... that really bothered me."
Others were spooked by the pure violence of some onscreen deaths. They could barely watch the gruesome moments when they erupted.
But now they can't forget them.
Slam, Slam, Slam
"That f**king wine bottle scene in Pan's Labyrinth. The casual brutality is so horribly realistic." -- Darth_Mufasa
"My jaw dropped the first time I saw it and it still haunts me. In fact, that movie gave me nightmares for two weeks" -- TheSilverCrystal
"The curb stomp." -- AUTheatreNerd
"American History X. The curb stomp. It haunts me." -- DigitFisher
"Ryan Reynolds getting his insides eaten out by an Alien in the horror movie Life. It still traumatized me."
And some people recalled the deaths they witnessed as children movie-watchers. All grown up now, they still can't unsee those old images.
"That shoe from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, it was so happy and friendly and then it gets slowly dipped to death. The smoke and its cries of pain are burned into my mind 25+ years later."
"Artax in the swamp of sorrows. Made me cry so much as kid, Atreyo was so hopeless." -- kirby60
"Don't you dare do this to me right now" -- OmgOgan
Multiple Movies' Worth of Sadness
"Stoick from How to Train Your Dragon 2, I still cry every time I even think about it, and the flashbacks in the third movie just break me, great trilogy. Full of emotion and great everything, best Dreamworks movies, in my opinion"
The worst part is that this is only a small handful of the tragic movie moments that are out there. And we have so many unknown future deaths we'll see too.
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It might feel like a challenge to come back at someone who has just insulted you, but it's easier than you think.
What's the most memorable comeback you've heard in your life?
No one knows you like your family, hence why they're usually the one who know the best way to eviscerate you using only their words. Anyone with an older brother and/or sister knows what's going on with these comebacks.
She Can Stay
"My son and his newlywed wife were poor college students living out of state. When I went to visit them I took them to the grocery store and let them fill up a couple of grocery carts that I paid for. As we were leaving the store I said, "Now, when your kids are poor married college students trying to get by, don't forget this". My new daughter-in-law piped up and said, "Oh we won't forget. We're going to tell them to go get grandpa!" Haa haaa haaa...I love that gal."
Got That Sacred "Dad Laugh"
"I don't care if it's self-congratulatory, I'm proud of this one:
"Having dinner with my dad and older sister. I got straight As in school or something, and she's doing the older sibling thing."
"Sister: You may have gotten the book smarts in this family, but *I* got the street smarts."
"Me: The corner doesn't count."
"Dad: *chokes whiles laughing*"
Oh, Good Lord...
"My uncle to my husband. "When are you guys having a kid?"
"My husband. "Please don't ask me about my sex life with your niece"
Like, in public. Where people are. Other people. People you don't know, who might just be going about their day-to-day business, and they just so happen to hear someone being roasted alive?
What's Keeping You Alive, Grandpa?
"Was standing behind these two older adults and this teen girl at the gas station last year. She was on her phone and the guy snapped at her for "not knowing how to live without technology" and without looking up she went "don't you have a pacemaker?".
When The Store Hates You...
"Someone yelled out in a Walmart , "I'm not ashamed of who I am".
"Another voice echoed back, "that's your parents job"
You Would Really Walk Up To Someone You Don't Know And Say This?
"Young pregnant co-worker had a stranger stare disapproving at her in a restaurant, then walk up and say "pregnancy isn't very becoming on you." She replied, "well, being a nosey rude bi*ch isn't becoming on you, but here we are."
And then there's these clapbacks. Unplanned, zero preparation, and with little prior knowledge, there needs to be a call placed to some local medical center with how much damage was done with these comebacks.
If You Pantsed It, Fix It
"My friend got pantsed, underwear and all at a party. Instead of pulling his underwear and pants up, immediately, he just kept going about his business, while hanging dong. Those of us that knew him already thought it was hilarious. The people at the party that didn't know him, looked really uncomfortable due to this dude having his pants and underwear around his ankles, with his wiener hanging freely. Our friend/the host said "dude, why don't you pull your pants up?" Pantsed guy said "I didn't pull them down." Then took his turn in beer pong. The host then found the guy that did pull them down and made him pull our friend's pants back up."
Definitely Seems Like You Got Tricked Here
"When I was working as a bartender one Halloween, I came dressed as an old Western style bartender (complete with mustache and accent). We had the evening split up into a little costume party for kids and families in the earlier hours, and then an adults only costume piss up later on."
"One of the regulars laughed at my costume and said I looked stupid, so I told him"
"You should probably come back after the kids have gone because you've come dressed as a c-nt".
"He didn't talk to me for weeks after that. It was blissful."
That's A Mom Burn! Those Don't Heal!
"I asked my mum out of curiosity what she would do if she found a used condom in my brother's room."
"Her response: "I would remind him that you can't get HIV from your own hand"
"For context, I live in South Africa where HIV is very common"
If you have some ice nearby it might be a good idea to go and grab some.
These burns spread.
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