Kidnapping is one of the things we're trained to fear from a young age.
Don't talk to strangers. Don't go to unknown places by yourself. If someone you don't know is offering you something? They're trying to kidnap you. It can't happen as often as you've been trained to think, right?
What about when it does?
Here were some of those stories.
Fun For You, Not For Me
My old teammate got kinda kidnapped. Nicest guy you'll ever meet. Told me a story about when he got kidnapped. Mind you he was a 190 lbs college athlete at the time.
Essentially he got car jacked and shoved in his own trunk. But the perpetrators just wanted to use his car for a joy ride. So after a night of speeding, smoking blunts in his car, and doing whatever else, they got pulled over by the police. He said the looks on the cops was something else thinking they were coming up on a routine traffic stop only to find the owner was in the trunk of the car.
I lived in Cambodia. I was at the local market with my then 2 year old daughter. I turn around and she was gone.
I was in a complete panic, rushing around searching for her.
I had to pay to local police $200 to do their job. Thats how it was back then.
My daughter turned up around the border, the person who took her was trying to take her out of the country.
The only reason she was noticed was because she had a distinctive yellow t-shirt on.
This was 13 years ago. She wasn't traumatized by the event. Thankfully, she was too young to remember.
The man who took her got sent to prison for 15 years. Thats the last we heard of him.
This Could Have Been Bad
When I was around 7-8 years old, my Mom took me to a karate lesson for the first time. The "dojo" was in a strip mall. The lesson ended and as I was leaving the room (for whatever reason I was the last one out), a man approached me asking if I enjoyed the lesson. I told him I did and asked if he was a friend of my Mom. He was dressed normally (not an instructor) and didn't have a kid with him, so I was confused as to his interest in me. He told me he was not a friend of my Mom's, but that He and I would be friends. He put his arm around my shoulder and started walking towards the front door.
As we approached the exit, I saw my Mom chatting with the instructor in his office through the small window on the door. The office was right next to the exit and the handle within reaching distance. I quickly reached for the door handle, turned, and pushed. The man left my side and walked out the front door before the door to the office fully swung open.
I walked in and the instructor/my Mom start asking about the lesson, if I enjoyed it, etc. As we talked, I asked about the man. Neither the instructor or my Mom seemed to know who I was talking about and shrugged it off. After we left, I told my Mom it wasn't for me and never went back.
It wasn't until a decade later when I finally grasped the possibility of the situation.
A New Installment In "Taken"
I've posted this story before, but here goes:
I was in Turkey for a while in my early twenties with two friends. We had made quite a few friends in the coffee shops. They were mostly Kurdish and I was pretty oblivious to the racial tension there.
One day walking through the market, 5 men walked up to us. The four beefiest surrounded us while the fifth told us we were invited to tea at his place and to come. He was all smiles but the beefy dudes and general posture of them all made it clear what the score was.
We were escorted back to a shop with a few more scary guys and the patriarch of the family. The doors were closed and bolted, and the window shades drawn down.
For the next 5 hours we were "guests." It started mostly outwardly polite and utterly terrifying with polite veiled threats. When they served us tea, we were sure it would be drugged, but couldn't refuse and escalate the situation.
It culminated with them trying to hand the three of us swords, while the rest of them stood around us with swords in hand smiling and talking about how some of them had been in the family for generations and been used to take the heads off of Western Europeans in the crusades (BS I'm sure, but the point was taken).
I was absolutely sure if we took the swords they offered, we'd be cut down and they'd have plausible deniability and could claim we attacked them or tried to rob the place.
We remained calm and kept declining the swords politely as they got angrier and angrier. They finally let us go with a warning to mind who we associated with because "sometimes people disappear."
Scariest five hours of my life and I have no idea how it ended well for us.
Divorce Does Awful Things
I was kidnapped when I was younger, but I didn't realize it at the time. My uncle and my aunt were going through a divorce, and he was staying at our house with my cousin. One day he said we were "going on a trip." I was young, and I loved going on trips, so I didn't think anything of it. He took us from Connecticut to Minnesota, and we stayed there for a few days. What I didn't know was he was about to lose custody of my cousin, so he took us and ran. I think he also took me just because I was there and he didn't want to leave me home alone. He was arrested shortly afterwards and sadly he killed himself in jail.
Not me but my room mate at the time.
We lived in Johannesburg, and studied at the local university. One day I'm at class and he is at home. He steps outside to get something from his car (it's a typical SA block of flats with tall walls and a motorized steel gate)
Some guy climbs over the gate, runs up to him and throws him inside the house, demands he gets the keys and drags him outside to his car that was waiting on the street. He then takes my friend on a trip around Johannesburg, collecting debts owed to him (can only imagine he is a drug dealer)
After a good 6 hours of driving around, my friend is now terrified, the guy takes him home, drives into the driveway, strolls into the house and locks him in his room while he casually takes a shower. He comes back out and steals everything from my friend, clothes and all. Makes himself a sandwich and leaves like nothing happened.
My friend is still traumatized and this happened around 5 years go.
Lesson to learn, always keep your house locked, even if you have fancy security, electric fences and all that jazz. Sometimes this country amazes me.
I was almost kidnapped once.
I was visiting the mall with some others and left alone to go to the bathroom, which was down a long isolated hallway.
When I came out of the women's bathroom, a dirty old man rushed out of the men's and pinned me up against the wall.
There was an emergency exit at the end of the hallway, and he was dragging me toward it when another dude came out of the bathroom. He was big and bald and looked like a biker, complete with vest.
He yelled "HEY!" and the old man dropped me and ran.
I was 15 at the time.
When I was like 10, a friend's mother abandoned me in another state while she kidnapped her own children.
I was spending the weekend at a friend's house. The friend's mother had a manic episode and decided to leave her husband and move in with her recently deceased sister's widower. He lived in Vermont, we lived in Georgia. She packed us into the minivan at five AM and took off. Her two oldest children (13 and 15)got pretty upset so she left the three of us with an aunt in Pennsylvania.
It was pretty terrifying for my parents.
A friend of mine, not me.
So my pal goes to Bolivia every year and always tries to convince us to come with him. We never do, because he casually mentions to bring kidnap money with us.
Long story short, drugs are dirt cheap in the rural area his family lives. (A big round of drinks at certain bars will come with two/three grams of complimentary coke). And he loves the white stuff.
Anyway, every year he goes he gets kidnapped. They treat him good, no harm, gets a semi decent meal etc. And the ransom is like £150 or something equally irrelevant, apparently they once accepted £50 for his release.
After A Stunt Like That???
I was 10 and (half)sister 8, stationed with (Step)father and Mother in Europe at the time (military from the USA). I was told by my father that we would eventually be going on a Sunday school trip. My sister and I had pictures taken weeks before, and were told they were for the same trip. Turns out my mother had hidden our passports and the pictures were for new passports...
Sunday rolled around. As we were driving my Dad had us guess where we were going. We kept guessing tourist attractions in Europe. "farther!" he would say until we guessed correctly. It was to my grandmother's house in the USA.
At this point I still did not realize we were being kidnapped. In fact I didn't realize it until days after our arrival, when I kept seeing our picture in the papers (the front page in many cases). "CUSTODY BATTLE TURNS OVERSEAS". A reporter had showed up shortly after our arrival to grandmas house and I couldn't understand what the fuss was about.
The crazy part is that my (step)Dad ended up with custody of both me and my sister.
Try as I might, there are some true crime cases that I can't get out of my head. Some are frightening. Others are disturbing. And then there's that special category of cases that continue to haunt me and that I keep going back to.
I have always been especially perturbed by the case of Sylvia Likens, who in the mid-1960s was tortured by Gertrude Basniewski, a woman who took care of Likens while her parents were away on business. What makes the case especially concerning is the way Basniewski recruited her own children––and even children and teenagers around the neighborhood––to join her in the abuse. The case is one of the most infamous child abuse cases of all time and I warn you to read about it at your own risk. (If you're interested, the drama film An American Crime, featuring Catherine Keener as Basniewski and Elliott Page as Sylvia Likens, is one film about the case. The Girl Next Door, a horror film based on the events, stars Blanche Baker as a Basniewski surrogate.)
After Redditor litteredbirdnina asked the online community, "What true crime case haunts you?" people told us about the cases that keep them up at night.
Warning: Some sensitive material ahead.
"Just the mental image of those poor children..."<p>The Andrea Yates case. Just the mental image of those poor children trying to get away as she was drowning their siblings. Also, the image of her husband keeping her constantly pregnant despite knowing she had mental health issues - he was quoted at one point as saying that he wanted to have more children with her after she was treated and released. If you haven't read it, the book "Are You There Alone" is absolutely heartbreaking.</p><p><span></span><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/gopryp1?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">mrwednesday33</a></p>
"I will never be able to forget..."<p>The murder of James Bulger.</p><p>It's the most horrifying and tragic case to me and pulls my emotions asunder whenever I think about it, or hear updates about the killers. I will never be able to forget that little boy.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/gopobq9?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">CouldMurderACarvery</a></p>
"I was really interested in history..."<p>Jack the Ripper.</p><p>I was really interested in history as a kid, got a book from the library's history section about the case without knowing anything about it. (Why my parents or the librarian let a child check that book out I have no clue).</p><p>It had pictures, lots of them. The image of Mary Kelly is forever burned into my retinas. It gave me nightmares for years. Still horrified by it today.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/goq7vza?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">KnickKnick</a></p>
"He would set up a murder kit..."<p><span>Israel Keyes. He would set up a murder kit ahead of time, sometimes years in advance, and then when he went back, would find a home that provided the opportunity. He murdered a couple in my tiny state of Vermont, and their bodies were never found. Bone-chilling.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/gopt2d4?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Inie802</a></p>
"He begged law enforcement..."<p>The Matthew Hoffman case. (Not the actor.)</p><p>For those who don't know, Hoffman was responsible for the deaths of Stephanie Sprang, Tina Maynard, and Tina's son Kody in November of 2010. After breaking into their house and stabbing them to death, he dismembered them, put them into garbage bags, and stuffed them inside a hollow birch tree. He also abducted Tina's daughter, Sarah Maynard, keeping her imprisoned in his basement for four days.</p><p>Hoffman had a minor criminal history and mostly kept to himself. When police identified him as a potential suspect and entered his home, nearly every surface was absolutely COVERED with leaves. There were leaves piled roughly three feet deep on the floor. Bags of leaves stacked against almost every wall. Sarah was kept on a makeshift bed of leaves in the basement.<span></span></p>
"The way he would stalk his victims for weeks..."<p>Joseph DeAngelo, the Golden State Killer. The way he would stalk his victims for weeks and sneak in and out of their house without anyone knowing and hide weapons around the victim's house and his victims had no idea. It just freaks me out to no end. Glad he was finally caught, but it took way too long. He took and ruined so many lives and then got to live the vast majority of his outside of prison. I'm not religious, but I hope Hell exists for fucking garbage like him. And I hope he has a long, miserable life of rotting in jail.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/gopm76g?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Narge1</a></p>
The Golden State Killer, or Original Night Stalker, as it were...<p>...is another who continues to fascinate me. I once made the mistake of listening to a recording of a phone call he made to a victim years after he had assaulted her. Not something you want to hear late at night.</p>
"The worst part..."<p>The Oklahoma Girl Scout murders.</p><p>The girls (Lori Lee Farmer, Doris Denise Milner, and Michele Heather Guse) were between the ages of eight and ten and had been bludgeoned and strangled. It happened during a thunderstorm and they had been in the tent furthest from the camp counselors, no no one heard or noticed anything. Additionally, the tent was partially obscured by the showers.</p><p>The worst part is that less than two months before the murders, during an on-site training session, a camp counselor discovered a disturbing hand-written note in her belongings. It said, "We are on a mission to kill three girls in Tent one." The director of that camp session treated the note as a prank and it was thrown away.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/gos99a1?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Iseeasong</a></p>
"What they did to her..."<p>The torture and murder of Junko Furuta. What they did to her would make the cartels cringe, but the worst part of her sordid case is that all of the people involved in her death were given slaps on the wrist and are roaming the streets of Japan today.</p><p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Junko_Furuta" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Junko_Furuta</a></p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/goscfan?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">GW2RNGR</a></p>
Along with the Sylvia Likens case,<p>This is the other case that continues to haunt me. The level of depravity involved is out of this world. I would caution those of you with sensitive constitutions: That Wikipedia entry is a horrific read.</p>
"It's purported..."<p>The murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsome. One of the worst crimes you rarely hear about. It's purported that the press was gunshy as it were to widely report on it being afraid they would look overzealous reporting on black perpetrators on white victims. I think those guys would have done it to whoever was in the car that pulled up. I don't think it was inherently a race-related crime, but it's one of the worst I've heard about and I'm a long-time true crime 'fan'.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/gorftv1?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">dart1126</a></p>
"Accounts vary..."<p>The most haunting to me is Carl Tanzler, aka Count Carl Von Cosel. He was a radiology technician who was obsessed with a young tuberculosis patient named Elena Milagros de Hoyos. A generally grandiose person who didn't fully exist in reality, he convinced her family that he could cure her with experimental treatments. Elena died and Carl funded a large mausoleum for her.</p><p>The thing is, he had the key to that mausoleum. He was convinced that he could preserve her body and bring her back to life (possibly by going into outer space? He'd created a strange contraption.) Anyway, here's the really eerie thing. For almost 9 YEARS, he 'refreshed' her body with wire, wax, cloth, and perfume to fill it out as she decomposed, basically turning her into a mannequin. Finally, Elena's sister, having heard rumors that he had been sleeping with Elena's corpse and confronted him. (Apparently, he'd also been seen dancing with her corpse?) He was arrested and stood trial, but charges were dropped. He later created an effigy of Elena that included no parts of her actual body and lived with it.</p><p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Tanzler#/media/File:Preserved_body_of_Maria_Elena_Milagro_de_Hoyos.jpg" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">This is Elena's body about 9 years after her death.</a></p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/gossz9p?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Friendly_Coconut</a></p>
We apologize in advance if you're going to have some trouble sleeping tonight.<p>But if you're a bit of a true crime fanatic, you'll probably wind up going down the rabbit hole at 3 a.m. like the rest of us. We never learn, do we?</p><p>What are some cases that haunt you? Feel ftee to sound off in the comments below.</p>
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Home Remedy<p>When you don't have commercial house cleaning products, check your fridge for solutions. No, really. </p><p>Other helpful hacks include using lint, gravity, and plain dish soap.<br></p>
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Removing Wood Stain<p>"If you get wood stain in your hands, rub any kind of kitchen oil on it then wash your hands with warm water and dish soap! Works amazingly, otherwise I think I would still have that stuff on me and it's been about three months since then."</p><p>"Edit: there seems to be a few confused people not knowing what wood stain is, it's basically just a really sticky/oily substance you put on wood to give it a darker color!"</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lum9el/what_one_weird_trick_actually_works/gp7d8gl?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">MoeK430</a><br></p>
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Don't Sweat The Small Stuff<p>These harmless cheat systems will make you sleep easier at night – both mentally, and physically. </p>
Read At Your Own Pace<p>"If you have a Kindle and are renting e-books from the library, put it in airplane mode and when it's due back, the book will still return but the content will still be on your device until you turn off airplane mode."</p><p>"I don't usually finish my books before they are due back so this trick works great."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lum9el/what_one_weird_trick_actually_works/gp8cssa?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">RyFromTheChi</a><br></p>
Breathe With Ease<p>"If your nose is stuffy and congested (or you can try it regardless, it works anyway) press firmly on the bridge of your nose for about 15 seconds. You'll feel your sinuses draining and it helps immensely if you've been crying for a while and it feels like your face hurts."</p><p>"There's other pressure points too but that's a good quality of life hack"</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lum9el/what_one_weird_trick_actually_works/gp8q27d?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Blacksmoke1033</a><br></p>
When You Can't Contain Yourself<p>"If you feel like you need to laugh or scream, but you are not in a place where this is appropriate, open your mouth and breathe out an entire lungful like 'haaaa.' It will mitigate the feeling, and it's barely audible."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lum9el/what_one_weird_trick_actually_works/gp8xx0w?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ApocalypseSpokesman</a><br></p>
The Right Head Space<p>No need to wrack your brain when writing dissertations or when you're trying to comprehend something that just won't sink in. </p><p>Because when all else fails, you can use your rubber duck. <br> </p>
It's All In The Font<p>"Learned this a while back and for some strange reason it's actually helped. When you have an assignment to type out like an essay to write, use the comic sans font and your ideas just flow out of you. As opposed to times new roman or any other official font, you're less worried about the 'correctness' of each sentence and you can just write without being too much in your head. Then of course before submitting have a read through and change it to the official font required."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lum9el/what_one_weird_trick_actually_works/gp7aldl?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">vizualdesperada</a><br></p>
The Listener<p>"If you want to make sure you understand something, try to explain it out loud to a rubber duck."</p><p>"(Not kidding.)"</p><p>"Edit: Y'all, I'm a programmer. I know the origins. But it's useful in learning anything - not just debugging!"</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lum9el/what_one_weird_trick_actually_works/gp8b4kv?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">swordsmanluke2</a><br></p>
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The Earth's endless mysteries continue to fascinate us and make us realize we are all specks of dust even as occupants of the blue planet.
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Land O' Lakes<p>"Canada has the more lakes than every other country combined."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Potensh/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Potensh</a></p><p>"The United States has more land area than canada, but not if you count the lakes."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpdqtac?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">RevolutionaryKnee683<br></a></p><p>"The United States has more land area than Canada even if you include all the lakes. Because the land area of a lake is zero."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpejfzp?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">protostar777</a><br></p>
Deepest Lake<p>"Lake Baikal contains approximately 20% of the world's surface freshwater."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/DinoGuy2000/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DinoGuy2000<br></a></p><p>"Holy crap, it would take over three years for the Amazon River (discharge of 6500 cu km/yr) to fill Lake Baikal (volume of 23615 cu km)!"</p><p>"And the Amazon River is f'king huge, more discharge than the next seven rivers combined."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpe5pzt?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">-Captain-Planet-</a><br></p>
Head Scratchers<p>Don't think too hard. You might break your brain from these statistics involving size, direction, and borders.</p>
Same Destination<p>"If someone were to travel in any of the four cardinal directions from anywhere in Los Algodones, Mexico (due north, due east, due south, or due west), they would cross a U.S. border."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpcv1vi?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CharlieChile</a><br></p>
French Border<p>"France shares its longest border with Brazil."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/maple_dip/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">maple_dip</a></p><p>"Yup. People forget that French Guiana and also the island of Reunion (Indian Ocean) are not mere overseas territories... they are <em>actually</em> France on the same basis that Paris and Bordeaux are France."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpd5la7?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Driver_67</a><br></p>
The Biggest State<p>"Alaska, the largest state in the US, is almost 3 times larger than the second largest state in the US which is Texas."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpcnzfb?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Mad_Chemist_</a><br></p>
Beyond Our Borders<p>Were you aware about these interesting tidbits from abroad?<br></p>
Word<p>"not exactly a geography fact but some cool wordplay."</p><p>"the first three letters of <strong>Swe</strong>den and <strong>Den</strong>mark spell <strong>Sweden</strong> while the remaining letters spell <strong>Denmark!"<br></strong></p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/usehttps://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpddw45?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3r/soba_todoroki/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">soba_todoroki</a><br><strong></strong></p>
Thing About Switzerland<p>"Switzerland is a third world country. Third world simply means not a NATO aligned country (first world) and not a Warsaw pact aligned country (second world). Other neutral countries are also third world - Finland, Austria and Ireland being capitalist examples and Yugoslavia being a communist example."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpcz9o6?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">mordenty</a><br></p>
Barely Exists<p>"Because Finland is .2% of the global population, and the number of people in the world is always at +/- .2% of the number, there is a chance that Finland doesn't exist."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpdi1ar?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">teb_22</a><br></p>
Size Contest<p>"Australia is wider than the moon."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpd9uzd?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pepeman931</a><br></p>
Raising children isn't for everybody. That is a cold, hard fact that everyone should really comprehend. Being a parent is one of the most, if not the most, important jobs in the world, it's a calling really. And being a good parent is essential. Being an unwanted human is the most devastating feeling in life. So that's why I get so aggravated when people try to push others to have children when they're not ready or are unsure. There is so much avoidable pain and heartache by just being honest.Redditor u/SniperGlizzy was wondering about some of the hard truths when it comes to parenting by asking people to share... [Serious] What is it like to have children you don't want?