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The world is a massive place. There is virtually not enough time in the course of life to be able to see everything and everywhere. Because of the time constraints, it's good to know where we can avoid making a stop.

Redditor u/KTsang1 wanted everyone to let us all know what places to maybe avoid when on vacation by asking.... What place is overrated to visit?


FAME.

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Hollywood walk of fame. Haven't seen a dirtier road. mirgyasen

And the smell and the people trying to force things on you, ugh, a homeless guy screamed at me when I walked passed him so that sums up my experience of the walk of fame. asel89

The Rock. 

Plymouth Rock.

It's just a rock. It's not even a big rock, or a weird-looking rock; it's just a grayish lump the size of a beanbag chair with "1620" carved on it. I didn't pay anything to look at it and it still was a ripoff.

There's a nice pizza place nearby though. Omny87

Lower Expectations. 

Whatever expectation you have of Roswell, New Mexico- it's worse. FrontiersWoman

I made a pit stop through Roswell one time and it was cool, but I think the hour I spent there was probably all that I needed. NativeImmigrant15

Singtown

That wing mural in Nashville... there is literally a line that takes an hour to go take a picture with a pair of wings on a wall. nateisgreat1017

Pretty much anything you see on social media about Nashville isn't what makes the city great.

Source: I've lived in Nashville a decade. Anyone who plans on coming here let me know and I'm happy to give tips. SpecialSauce92

Oh La La....

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Japan has such a romanticized view of France that they actually have a term, "Paris Syndrome," for the sudden shock suffered by Japanese tourists when they see that France isn't how they imagined. onlysane1

Buy... Sell... BUY!!!

The New York stock exchange. You can't actually go in and see the trading floor. LoneStarLlama

Hey in reality not much is traded on the floor anymore. Most share are traded on electronic exchanges. The NYSE is basically used for conferences and a TV Studio for the Business Networks. RudyRusso

Anywhere Else! 

Oslofjorden. Please go anywhere else In Norway when you visit. MrMrRubic

The main challenge here is that to us foreigners, half of Norway is just a jumble of F's and J's, so there's a good chance we end up there by mistake. kpclaypool

You Know?

Times square on new years. If you know, you know. LeSenpaii

When I was in college a couple years ago my buddies and I thought it would be a great time to go to Times Square on New Years. To even get inside we had to be there around 9 am. Police had the entire square cordoned off and were checking everyone's bag that entered. Once you got into the square you were not allowed to leave.

So we had to stand for hours in the square with nothing to do until the festivities actually started. Around 1 pm the stores and restaurants closed which coincidentally meant no more bathrooms. People were going in bottles, holding it or a couple times I saw them just going in the road. It was a mess. A once in a lifetime mess, but a mess never the less.

Edit: When I went they were doing several concerts on different stages as well as a huge open area that was just under the building where the ball dropped. When I said you couldn't leave I meant that area under the ball. If you left that area you weren't allowed back in to that specific spot. So you basically had to decide whether you wanted to see the performances or be really close to the ball. AttackBrows

Poor Unfortunate Souls....

The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen.

It's just so... meh. And too far away from the city center, especially if it's freezing outside like the time I visited it. Just get a souvenir or a postcard or something.

Copenhagen itself is beautiful though, very highly recommended. I_hate_traveling

With a Pint!

If you're in Dublin, stay away from the Temple Bar area, it's ridiculously overpriced and is not at all what a real Irish bar is like at all. ois2400

I disagree to a point, I was in Dublin for a vacation last year. My wife and I did go to Temple Bar for one evening just to get a few beers and see the crowds/music. It was worth it for an evening. redsox113

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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

What's the most traumatizing thing you experienced as a child?
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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

Redditor u/Mcxyn wanted to discuss some truths about love and our own issues, by asking:

Why are you single?
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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

One such instance involved a little sister who was around 6 at the time. It was the 90s and at the height of the youth-focused PSAs (think the frying egg representing your brain). One type was a safety PSA about stranger danger. The speaker would remind the children that if a stranger tried to take you anywhere to yell “Stop, you're not my mommy/daddy" to raise the alarm.

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