As morbid as it is, death is the inevitable yin to life's yang.
The inevitable end of our mortality looms ahead for all of us, but hopefully it's not for a long time.
That doesn't mean there are close calls along the way.
Not everyone is fortunate, but there are the lucky few who somehow managed to cheat death and lived to talk about their close calls.
Curious to hear from those who were granted another chance at life, Redditor CrownedBird asked:
"What moment made you say 'Yep, I’m definitely dead', but survived with no major injuries?"
I Exist Because Mom Ducked
"Not me, but my mom before I was born. She was riding in a convertible with a friend of hers. They came to an intersection and the friend wasn't paying attention and lost control of the vehicle. There was a big rig going through the intersection and they went right under the trailer. My mom ducked, the driver didn't not. Driver was decapitated, my mom was lucky and only ended up with a scalp full of glass and some serious psychological trauma. She had to get over 200 stitches in her scalp But nothing else significant."
"I think about it all the time and think how close I came to never being born at all."
"I was at the end of a 2 hour journey about 10 mins from home, pretty rural and I was probably complacent because I took that road everyday. I took a bend at 40MPH (legal limit was 60MPH so wasn’t breaking any speeding rules) which I’ve done many times before, probably faster which looking back was really reckless."
"Didn’t see until it was too late that a car had spun out on the other side of the corner and another car had pulled up to help. I slammed on but I wasn’t going to stop in time before hitting the cars pulled up/crashed. I was hurtling straight towards the other cars and people who where stood in the road from the other crash."
"It was like time slowed down and I was at a cross roads; in my mind I had three choices. Continue on my path and hit the other cars and people, veer to the right and go into a field but there was oncoming traffic and there was a chance I’d hit them or veer to the left and fly into a wooded area. I chose the last option, and in that moment I knew the chances of me surviving or not being seriously injured after a 40MPH head on collision to a tree in a 10 year old Ford KA was pretty slim. I just felt a complete peace come over me, turned the wheel and woke up slumped over the steering wheel to some poor man shouting ‘OMG I THINK SHES DEAD.’"
"Turned out I passed out from shock or something before the impact so when I hit the tree I was completely floppy and this contributed to me having no serious injuries. The front of my car was completely disintegrated, after coming to I tried to put my clutch down to take the car out of gear out of habit and my foot hit the tree trunk. The tree was absolutely fine. I drove past that tree everyday for years after and you could see the chunk my car took out of it."
That Strange, Calm Feeling
"I was a passenger in an accident where the car went airborne and was flipped into a concrete ditch, and knew on the way down that I was going to die. Had that same feeling of peace and just accepted it. Crossed my arms, closed my eyes, and felt so bizarrely calm. We hit, opened my eyes, and realized I was upside down but completely fine. Rest of the car was smashed flat, and driver had been thrown into my passenger 'safe bubble,' so he only had minor injuries. That feeling of peace you described is what made me comment. It makes me feel more at ease about my eventual death, hopefully will have that same calm feeling."
The result of peer pressure can be a matter of life or death.
"I had an idiot friend and we were hiking. We got to this waterfall and he goes 'dude let's climb it!' I said no f'king way. He says 'well I'm gonna do it and if I fall and die it's on you for not coming.'"
"So I climbed it with him. Got stuck halfway up on a slick a** rock. Pinched a nerve in my shoulder, so my right arm was useless. I thought I was certain to slip off the rock to my doom, but we managed to get me unstuck. That was the beginning of the end for that friendship."
Jill Came Tumbling After
"I nearly died following a friend who took a crazy route down a hill on a hike. It's crazy how strong that peer pressure can be."
"We were up on a mountain and he slid down the snow of this one section as a short cut. He went down in a crouch with one foot out front. When I tried to do it I ended up a starfish pose just spinning around as I came down. My legs rolled over a bunch of rocks and I came to a rest with my head in a snowbank."
"I had to hike down hill for like 4 hours after that and every step was excruciating. I just kept thinking if it was my head or back going over those rocks if I would have made it out. I still have scars on my leg."
Fortunately, there are heroes among us who don't want us dead.
The Guardian Angels
"Wife was pregnant and we went away for the weekend to house we rented in the mountains. Second day she went to bed early and I stayed up drawing. At 3am she comes downstairs and says she’s in a world of pain and is worried about baby (2 months before due date)."
"We head out and there is no cell reception. By the time we can call her doctor we realize the time needed to get to a hospital that has the right level NICU we might as well head back to our hospital. Two hours later we are there and due to Covid restrictions I can’t come in."
"It was freezing outside and they wouldn’t let me be anywhere in the hospital where I could lay down so I talked my way into some room in the lobby and tried to sleep while sitting. Got kicked out of there and just bummed around waiting for an update. Around noon they say they’ll be keeping her for observation but I still need to clear out from the rental."
"Driving back two hours and it starts snowing pretty hard. It’s a semi rural area and if they do plow the snow they haven’t gotten there yet. I’m being careful and fighting off sleep. The roads are super winding and high in the mountains. At some point car starts drifting across the double lines."
"I did my best to even out but it completely got away from me. Slide through the opposite lane and continue to the shoulder. I see the ledge and realize if the car doesn’t stop I’ll plummet to my death. Have a brief moment where I think about my daughter and the kid in my wife’s belly I haven’t met yet. Felt like a stab in my heart and that second go off the road completely."
"Fortunately there was enough snow in the space between the ledge to trap my car. I passed out in the crash but luckily a couple was a minute or two behind me and their honking snapped me out of it. They pulled me out of the car and went to get help (no service on the mountain). A couple of other people stopped including a guy who had a big pickup. We dug the car out some and rigged the rope so he was able to pull me out."
"Despite Covid I had to be physically removed from both these guys because I was hugging them so tight. I was able to make it back to the hospital without anyone knowing. Told them after the kid was born. Sent my guardian angels pictures and $100 gift cards as if that’s adequate."
Rescue With Assistance
"I was a senior in high school, and the student club I was in organized an unofficial beach trip towards the end of the year; no teachers or official permission, leaving me and a few other seniors in charge of supervising everything. After a couple hour’s worth of fun, one of the other students came running up to me and said that three of the younger members of the club had been swept out by a riptide and couldn’t get back towards the shore."
"Me and two other of the older students, all experienced swimmers, immediately went to go help them; my friends got two of the three kids in trouble and started guiding them parallel to the shore to get them out of the current, but the guy I went for was panicking, barely staying above the water, and started dragging me down with him almost immediately. I yelled for people to get a lifeguard and tried to keep both of us afloat, but after a few minutes (maybe five, maybe ten, it felt like forever) I was getting exhausted, having trouble keeping both of us above the water, and I couldn’t see anyone coming to the rescue."
"I started getting big mouthfuls of water and my leg muscles were starting to cramp up, and I remember thinking 'Holy sh*t I might actually die right here, right now' as the current started pulling us further and further away from where everyone was."
"Thankfully for everyone involved, one of the students on the beach had flagged down a couple of surfers, who made their way out to where we were as quickly as they could and hauled first the younger student and then me onto the front of their boards and took us back to shore. I’ll always be thankful and appreciative for those strangers who put themselves in the dangerous position of rescuing two drowning swimmers."
"Edit: As several people have pointed out, it’s not uncommon for people to die doing what I did, i.e swimming into the water to rescue a drowning swimmer without training or equipment; there are a few techniques for rescuing someone drowning in the comments that everyone should learn if they’re ever in the unfortunate situation of having to use them. I should’ve used them, but I was 17 and not thinking straight at the time and almost paid the price because of it."
I nearly got smashed by a 18-wheeler driven by a drunkard who was swerving in and out of his side of traffic.
I had to decided to either swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid a more devastating head-on collision or into the row of parked cars on the busy street.
I chose the latter just as the semi clipped the rear corner of my vehicle and spun me 180.
I didn't hit any parked cars, but my vehicle was inoperable. The semi was nowhere to be found but I was more focused on the fact that I came out of that scary situation completely unscathed.
I continue counting my blessings to this day.
Not everybody is meant to be a parent.
Sometimes procreation is not in the cards.
And that can be a FANTASTIC feeling.
There is a certain calm and security when looking ahead knowing you only will ever have YOU to be responsible for.
Redditor Visible-Athlete-3707 wanted to hear from all the people out there who plan to stay child-free.
So they asked:
"What are your life goals for people who don't plan on having kids?"
I plan to have everything I want. And save... TIME.
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"Travel. Try all the restaurants. Live a relatively stress-free life."
"Stress free is the key."
"I don't have any major goals, not going to put pressure on myself to achieve this or that. Life is not a competition for me. As long as I'm happy enough, then I'm happy enough."
"Contentment is more important than happiness."
"I see my life as like living in the shire. I'm comfortable, happy, lovely wife and loving mother in law. We don't need much and live comfortably and content. That's my life goal."
"Retire early, travel, and poop in private."
"You won’t poop in private if you have a dog but otherwise these are my goals."
"It’s freaking awesome! I retired at 49. Just got back from Italy. Leaving for Prague and Krakow in November. Punta Mita in January and Cuba in March. Taking a year off. Then Iceland and Haunted Halloween tour of UK in 2024. Pooping in private is pretty great too."
"I wasn't planning on having kids pre-Covid and now after I don't even really care about my career either. It really opened my eyes on how dumb society is setup and how I just created a life based on what my parents, media, tv, religion, etc told me life was about."
"I'm way happier now and I'm gonna do whatever I see fit for the rest of my life and I don't really care what others say. I'm also not meaning i'm gonna just blow all my money, but hey if that's what I decide to do that's fine too."
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"Good career so I can have money for a whole jungle. My parents didn't let me have pets growing up so it backfiring now."
Save that coin...
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"Get a dog, make cool art and projects, go to conventions, eat great food, watch movies, play games, collect pins and charms and whatever else interests me. And then die."
"Me and my wife have fallen in with a like-minded group of friends, either empty-nesters or DINKs like us. We travel the world. 11 of us just got back from a 7-day Alaskan cruise. But we’ve been traveling abroad since 2013."
"How did you meet these people? My husband and I are DINKs in our late 30s and we are having trouble finding others since all our friends are 100% occupied with raising their kids."
"If it's something you're into, consider going to a music festival where everyone camps and do VIP. Generally, your VIP campers are DINKs or if they have kids they haven't made child raising their life."
"For me, I met my group of travel friends at Bonnaroo 5 years ago. It's a rotating cast but there's about 10 of them who we have been on trips with outside of music festivals now. We're planning to do a big Caribbean trip next year where we rent out some nice villa and party it up for a week."
"I know camping music festivals aren't for everyone, but if it's for you, you can definitely find likeminded people there to become travel buddies with."
"Goals are overrated. I try to have fun, take care of my hobbies and not make plans if at all possible."
"I have no discernible goals, my partner and I just wanna do our own things that make us happy."
"We both want to climb and travel, I want to paint, and we just wanna get old and be eclectic together without having our lives revolve around a kid for 18+ years."
"I have a bunch of fun aunts and I will gladly be that for my brother’s kids once they’re older. But I personally hate small children and the idea of having a baby in my house irritates the f**k out of me."
"The main goal is to live a simple life with as little stress as possible. Having a child would be awesome and there are many positives but there are many stresses with a child too with the monetary aspect being a huge thing for me that i would rather avoid. I’m fine living in a studio or 1 bedroom house my entire life with my cats and living a simple life."
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"Honestly, not having my life dictated by having children does give the freedom to choose what ever I want to do with my life. Now if I could get some actual money together I might have a clearer idea on what specifically I want to do lol."
Kids aren't for everybody. And that sounds like fun.
A lot of life preparation happens in the bathroom.
It's a room that readies you for anything.
That can be an awkward place to run to before sexytime.
But sometimes it is necessary.
Let's get ready...
Redditor Maggie_cat wanted to hear about what people are actually doing in the bathroom pregame life's spicier moments.
So they asked:
"People who go into the bathroom to 'freshen up' before sex—what are you guys actually doing in there?"
We all take that little extra time to spiffy up before sexy time.
I meditate that it goes well. That's me.
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"Emptying the tank, cleaning up and quadruple checking my smell."
"The classic wash service where you get up under the chassie and clean under the mats."
The Stank of It...
"I remember one time with my spouse, I was about to finish, and I just couldn't hold it anymore. I let out a thunderous, earth-shattering roar of fart and stank up the room. Sex was done after that."
"If I’ve been around him all night I’ve probably been holding it in. So far I have a perfect record, I’m not about to let one slip."
"My husband always has to let one rip after he finishes lmaoooo."
"Washing my testicles like I'm about to put them on Ebay."
"I’m just giving them a pep talk. 'More than 20 seconds, ok? We can do this!'"
"As everyone should be doing prior to sex! B*lls or no b*lls, clean your stuff before coming into contact with another human being."
"Honestly? I'm anxiously checking to make sure I didn't spontaneously begin a Carrie Level Period. It's never quite happened this way, and yet the seconds before I know for sure, I'm picturing Red Seas type crap happening, every time."
"In German we have a saying: 'Ein echter Pirat sticht auch ins Rote Meer.' Which roughly translates to 'A real pirate also sails the red sea.'"
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"Calling my mum to give her the good news."
"'I called my parents right after I was done! '- The Lonely Island"
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
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"Washing my hands and checking my nails."
"I read this as 'washing my hands and checking my email' and was like, how courteous but also efficient."
"Usually I am just putting combat boots on for better traction."
"You gotta just flip the crocs into sport mode. Saves so much time and isn't as bad on the hardwood floors."
"Might want to remember this, last time I kept my socks on and was on laminated flooring, it looked like I was skiing the way my feet kept slipping…"
"Taking a leak."
"I prefer not to do it with a full bladder, personally."
"Yup, I can't finish if my bladder is full. Also refreshing if needed (splash of water etc). I prefer shower before sex, everytime, even with my current partner."
"Rummaging through your medicine cabinet."
"Ah, I see my friends are here..."
"No thanks, I’m trying to quit."
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"They're logging into r/AskReddit, 'People who've had sex—WTF do I do now???'"
"From the posts I’ve seen on here, this is not unlikely. 🤣"
Don't stay in the bathroom too long. Get down to business.
Do you have anything to add? Let us know in the comments below.
I didn't know how much use I'd get out of my Instant Pot or my air fryer until I got them. They totally changed my cooking game and helped me save so much time prepping and cleaning up.
If you were to ask me if they were among the best purchases I've ever made me, I'd have to say yes. And yeah, I will continue to sing the praises of both of these household items to everyone I meet.
These are just two examples of things that turned out to be well worth the purchase, however.
People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor comfortablynumb0629 asked the online community:
What’s something you thought wasn’t worth the money until you actually tried it?
"Paying for movers."
I like how they can somehow break the laws of physics "How on earth is anyone going to carry that sofa up that narrow stairca... oh wait they've somehow done it already"
"A good shower head. Seriously, once you find the right one, it's worth every penny."
I'll amend it: A good detachable shower head.
Seriously. It's a godsend when you have to clean the bathtub and/or the shower. Just spray, let sit if needed, and rinse with the head. Voila.
"Not being uncomfortable..."
"Good underwear. Not being uncomfortable in the crotch was a 5% improvement to the overall quality of my life. Worth paying twice as much."
There aren't a lot of cheap purchases you can make that will improve your overall quality of life by 5 percent but there you have it!
"Owning my own tools and learning how to build and work on things myself."
I have a little tool box under my sink and believe me, it's always come in handy when I've least expected it.
"A good quality..."
"A good quality mattress."
This is a big one. A good night's sleep is priceless.
"Good shoes. Even a $100 pair makes such a big difference compared to Target shoes."
This is so true. I have spent good money on my shoes and I am grateful.
"I thought air fryers..."
"I thought air fryers were overrated then a friend of mine gave me one (she got it for cheap at Costco) and now I use it all the time."
Welcome to the club! I love my air fryer! It has saved me so much time and money over the years.
"I used to spend..."
"Running the dishwasher every night. I used to spend an hour washing dishes everyday my whole life because we weren’t rich growing up and the dishwasher uses electricity. I used it for the first time a month ago and never going back. Time is more valuable."
It’s cheaper to use a dishwasher with an eco setting than to wash by hand.
One day I'll have one. One day.
"It's an art form..."
"A drywaller. It’s an art form, and they do it fast. Don’t attempt on your own, even if you think you are a handyman."
Home drywallers say you can do it well or you can do it fast. You probably can't do both. The experts can do both and very much worth it.
"I HATE having my feet touched..."
"Pedicures! I HATE having my feet touched but once I finally broke down and got a pedicure 2 years ago I knew it was over. It so hard to explain but it’s like blissfully painful."
I had my first last year and will never go back. It was worth it and I felt so luxurious.
If this thread has given you some ideas on where to spend your money next, consider it money well spent.
Have some suggestions of your own? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!
If there's one term people might remember most from the tenure of the 45th President of The United States, it's the term "fake news." However, a legion of his followers nonetheless believed what he said, with the President inadvertently, or intentionally, creating his own propaganda.
Sadly, people will too easily believe almost anything they hear in this day and age, even after something has been unequivocally proven false.
Often resulting in dangerous consequences.
Redditor 6FeetDownUnder was eager to learn which conspiracy theories and propaganda people continue to believe, despite it's being definitively proven false, leading them to ask:
"What is something debunked as propaganda that is still widely believed?"
The Muddled Meaning Of Propoganda
"That propaganda is necessarily misleading or false."
"Propaganda is simply a method of directional persuasion."
"Can it be false or misleading?"
"But it can also simultaneously be factually unimpeachable and rhetorically suggestive."- dreamrock
Who Was Really Responsible For 9/11
"That the 9/11 hijackers were sponsored by Iraq."
"In reality, 15 of the 19 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia and 11 of them received large amounts of money from members of the Saudi royal family shortly before the attack."
"In 2016 the Obama administration, under pressure from the families of the 9/11 victims, tried to investigate Saudi Arabia. In response to the JASTA act."
"Saudi Arabia threatened to sell $750 billion worth of American assets they own."
"This would destabilize the dollar."
"The 9/11 Commission’s final report stated that it found 'no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded' al-Qaida."
“'This conclusion does not exclude the likelihood that charities with significant Saudi government sponsorship diverted funds to al-Qaida'."- Ctheo27
It's All Lies!
"Lie detector tests."
"They are easily rigged/straight up false most of the time and were outlawed from being used in court as evidence back in the 70s."
"idk why when Youtubers or sh*tty reality TV shows use them many people treat their answers as factual."
"They aren’t."- Conscious_Day2425
The Truth About McDonald's Coffee
"Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants, also known as the McDonald's Coffee Case."
"In case you never heard of it, a woman sued McDonald's because the coffee was too hot and caused injury when she spilled some on herself by accident."
"McDonald's spent millions on smear campaigns trying to make her look like some sort of idiotic buffoon who filed a frivolous suit."
"Tons of corporate influence was applied in the media to villify her."
"Ask most people, they think she lost and McDonald's won."
"Only that's not what happened."
"The coffee was between 180-190F (88C), far higher than safe temperature and far higher than competition."
"She suffered major third degree burns resulting in an 8-day stay in the hospital and skin grafts."
"A jury awarded her $200,000 in medical injuries and $2.7 million in punitive damages against McDonald's."
"Later reduced by the trial judge."
"The parties settled without disclosure out of court during appeal."
"Basically, McDonald's was completely in the wrong and scalded this woman, and the court found them liable, but smear campaigns made her look like a moron and losing party."- Kent_KnifenGlitch Mcdonalds GIFGiphy
Some People Just Have High Standards
"That napoleon was short."- NiallCCFC17
Nope, Just Annoys Other People...
'That cracking your knuckles causes arthritis."
"Science nerd Donald Unger cracked the knuckles on his left hand only for 50 years, no arthritis."
"Suck it Nana."- Unable_Version_3955
Just Read The Label
"That plastics are easily recyclable, and that MSG is bad for you."- AZSnakeClimate Change Sustainability GIF by INTO ACTIONGiphy
Next time you hear something whose validity is questionable, seriously evaluate who you heard it from, and then do some research of your own.
After all, facts are facts.
And no, there are no "alternative facts".