"People who grew up poor what was your favorite poor person meal?" –– This was today's burning question from Redditor jay9063, who might have been looking for some cheap meal suggestions––and we wouldn't blame them.
But for those of us who grew up poor, some of the meals mentioned below hold a rather nostalgic significance. In fact, we might whip some of these up right now.
"Cheap processed cheese..."Giphy
Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Cheap processed cheese melts well. I still Eat this as I'm a poor adult too.
Hotdog wrapped with bread.
Bonus points if you can salvage leftover sauce packets located in random kitchen drawers from previous fast food meals.
For dinner we'd often have a mixture of white rice, hamburger meat, and canned cream of mushroom soup. It was actually not too bad.
"When I was really young..."
When I was really young my mom would just cook a huge thing of white rice, and a huge thing of black beans, and we would make it last for about two weeks hopefully. It tasted awful, but every once in a while I would get the opportunity to make it worse by smothering it in soy sauce. It was more like soup and it was disgusting, but at least it was food.
"I also usually..."
Broccoli, cheese, rice, and beans. I still eat it all the time.
I also usually loved meatloaf. The version my mom made was always just whatever cheap ground meat she could get and then whatever random spare bits of food we had in the house. Biting in to that was always an adventure.
"Living in a Vietnamese household..."
Living in a Vietnamese household, you can't go wrong with some rice noodles with soy sauce or fish sauce with lots of lettuce and mint.
"My dad's favorite..."
My dad's favorite was PBJ. He said his family went through a rough time for a few years when he was young, and they had PBJ for dinner every day for a little over a year. And idk why but he still eats them and likes them.
"My mom made something she called..."
My mom made something she called "tater sandwiches" which were just potato slices that she would fry and put on bread. I'd usually put cheese and mayo on mine if we had it and it was definitely my favorite.
I only realized it was a poor people meal when I was older. The first time she did it, it may have been all we had and I was just too little to know.
I'm not well off by any means now, but I still make tater sandwiches once in a blue moon and it makes me feel like a kid again.
"You boil the water..."
Ramen with poached eggs.
You boil the water on the stove, put in the ramen and the seasoning. Let that cook for a minute or so and then crack 2 eggs in there (best done from a bowl rather than just directly cracking them in, so that you don't get any shell and so the egg maintains it's shape). Because of the sodium in the ramen/seasoning, the eggs poach perfectly.
Also if we had it, I'd sauté some onions and garlic, throw in some leftover meat from the dinner the night before, and put them in as well, but when I was super poor, there was nothing better than my ramen/egg combo.
"I still eat it today..."
Grew up very poor. My favourite meal was pretty much always whenever we had enough money for fast food which was very rare.
Otherwise, meat and rice.
Chopped up rump steak Chopped up bacon Onion Cooked in a fry pan with soy sauce added towards the end.
Butter mixed through the rice after the rice is done cooking.
Served together, mixed and eaten.
I still eat it today 'cus it's quite a nice meal for something simple.
People do weird things for clout these days. And social media doesn't help at all: “Do it for the Vine" seems to be making a resurgence, despite the fact that Vine no longer exists (RIP). The fact of the matter is, some social trends are just infuriating.
Here are a few of the most annoying social trends that currently exist. I'm sure you all will find them relatable as hell.
Honestly, most of the time social media is the culprit to these weird phenomena.
Looking at you, family vlogs.
Posting your kids' entire lives online.
I massively fail to understand why people are comfortable sharing their intimate family moments with strangers, saw a clickbait title for a YouTube video of one of those generic blonde clone woman telling her fella she was pregnant. It's depressing.
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Glorifying celebrities and treating them like gods. Like, I understand being a fan of someone, but you don't have to create an entire livelihood around them or try to emulate them. This is also how people get into positions of power when they shouldn't be.
These get to be old.
The reaction that provokes on me is more cringe than pissing me off but I am SICK of the "XXXX reacts to YYYY" videos.
It´s just so embarrassing to see these people acting out a reaction just to satisfy the actual consumers of the product that is being reacted upon.
These trends can genuinely hurt large groups of people, whether by them acting on the stupidity they see online, or just making them dumber.
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The celebration of bad attitudes, habits and toxic traits.
People would rather be praised for being a villain than to be obscure.
People would rather give praise to a villain than to spend a moment not entertained.
This was disgusting.
I'm just so glad the "licking things at the store" trend is over. It is over, right? Please tell me that's finally done.
I'm pretty sure it's over. Haven't seen anything like it popping up.
Children do not need Facebook.
Letting little kids have social media (unsupervised). They are not equipped to handle any of it. So many conflicts spawn out of it.
And the parents refuse to deal with it so often teacher are stuck handling conflicts that started outside school.
Unfortunately, some social trends just lead to complete rudeness. When did this become the norm?
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This obviously hasn't been as big a deal for the last year or so, but the lack of basic etiquette around invitations or even just making plans.
People feel absolutely free to not respond until the last minute while waiting for something better to come along, and they don't think it's rude to cancel last minute or just not show up without letting you know.
I learned that if you respond positively to invitations and then show up on time, you get invited to a lot more things. It's a pretty good strategy if you like getting invited to things.
This is disturbing.
Advertising slowly taking over every single aspect of our lives. I'm not really exaggerating when I say over 90% of the mail and phone calls I get are junk or scams. Data we generate simply by being online being sold to the highest bidder without any real way of stopping it, which in turn fuels more ads. Went shopping more than once at a larger grocery store? Congrats, you now get suspiciously tailored coupons mailed and emailed to you even though you don't remember ever giving them your addresses, meaning it's probably linked to your credit card and banking info.
The internet is great for knowledge if you look in the right places and allows discovery of fascinating things, but it does sometimes feel like we sold our souls to somebody for it.
Don’t call and drive.
Driving while on a cell phone.
Driving has always been a little frustrating but now it's gotten insane. My girlfriend and I can call out with at least 90% accuracy who is on their phone.
Abrupt Lane changes, 20mph under the speed limit, swerving, looking at phone and missing a green light for 5+ seconds, and - my personal pet peeve - stopping 50' short of a light in a busy intersection during rush hour.
Not only is the use common, but the entitlement that comes with it is across the board. Someone waiting at a green light 5+ seconds, I do a short honk to alert them - they give me middle finger. Like, yeah, I'm the idiot here (I can see you playing on your phone through your back windshield).
The other day I had a girl pull across two rows of parked cars in a lot and had to slam on my brakes to not smash into her. Instead of saying sorry, she got out of the car (still in the middle of the lane) while still on FaceTime to film me.
When did it become so trendy to be an a**hole? That's what I'm gathering after reading all of this. I don't want to sound cynical, but it is depressing to see all of the harm that these trends cause. Hopefully, society progresses beyond this.
Also, stop doing things for social media clout. You're gonna get burned.
Not everything in this vast world makes sense. Things throughout history, science, art, sports, any topic really, can branch off into so many different directions. Some of which make our brains go, "Heh?"
The addage "truth is stranger than fiction" is because, well, it's true. For instance, what happens at the Bermuda Triangle that causes so many boats and planes to just straight up go missing? What happened to Agatha Christie for those four days after she found out her husband was having an affair?
These are facts, but still remain shrouded in mystery.
"What is the weirdest fact you know?"
Here were some of those answers.
Not How I Pictured My Chips
"Fredric Baur, the inventor of the Pringles can, is buried in one"
"Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, Savoy cabbage, kohlrabi, and gai lan are all the same species of plant (Brassica oleracea), just bred to enhance different parts of the plant."
I Didn't Know There Were Wild Camels In Arizona
"It is illegal to kill wild camels in Arizona."
"Back in the day they imported camels to cross Southern Arizona, found horses more reliable so released the camels. There's a thriving population of wild horses in Arizona but sadly no more camels.
"Llamas and other camel species can thrive here though."
"Lastly, I remember watching Planet Earth for the first time and seeing Bactrian camels on film, for the first time, in their natural habitat. One of my favorite tv memories."~DevilsAdvocate9
And it gets weirder. For example, did you know about the fungus that eats radiation?
The Fungus In Our Wake
"Radiotrophic fungus was first discovered at the Chernobyl site in 1991, just after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the start of internationally-aided cleanup/containment efforts."
"Not so sure about right next to the Elephant's Foot, but it was definitely found growing in large, flourishing colonies all throughout the site's cooling water supply."
"This fungus appears to use melanin - the same dark-brown pigment that gives humans all their various normal skin tones, except in much, much higher concentrations - to power sugar-producing reactions by deriving energy from nuclear decay the same way plants and cyanobacteria use the green pigment chlorophyll to synthesize sugars by deriving energy from (sun)light."
"Basically, this stuff is a mold colony that has the most extreme tan ever, and uses it to eat radiation."
"Similar fungi have been found accumulated on the exterior hulls of low-orbit spacecraft, and experiments were recently (2018-2019) conducted to begin investigating if the stuff could be used as shielding to protect astronauts from solar/cosmic radiation. Apparently, results were promising!"
A Mic For A Bell
"Titanic was fitted with microphones for receiving underwater bell signals. With this system the sound of submarine bells was received through the hull of the vessel."
"Submarine bells, used as fog signals, were located on lightships, at lighthouses, and even on some specially equipped buoys. They were actuated by electric signals, compressed air, or simply by wave motion."
"Titanic had two submarine microphones on her hull, one on each side. These were the 'ears' of the ship."
"By switching between the port and starboard microphones and comparing the volume of the bells, the navigation officer could determine the direction to the navigation aid."
"Sound travels much further through water than through air - these bells could be heard over 15 miles away through the headset."
"A pretty cool way of navigating at a time when GPS and RADAR didn't yet exist!"-
Sneaky Little Bears
"Koalas have fingerprints that are very close to human fingerprints."
"There apparently have been several 'break-ins' in Australia by the same 'person' based of off fingerprint evidence. Turned out to be a koala that was responsible for all of these."-mx5e46
The Most Terrifying Partnership
"Anglerfish mate by the male biting the female's abdomen."
"Over time, the male is absorbed and linked to the female's circulatory system while the male basically melts into a parasite-looking growth that is actually nothing but testicles which the female will use when she's ready."
"Weird enough for you?"-Cavemanjoe47
But wait. There's, of course, even more where that came from.
A Study In Ancient Runes
"Most rune stones erected by Norsemen were erected by Christians, and they're often decorated with Christian crosses."
"Runic writing also continued for centuries after conversion, so it's not uncommon to see things like 'God help his soul' on rune stones."
"It might not be so weird if one's intimately familiar with the topic, but I think a lot of people just seem to associate runic writing with paganism"~SendMeNudesThough
The Poodle Shortage
"There was a genetic bottle neck in standard poodles starting in the 1950s."
"A kennel called the Wycliffe kennel linebred exceptional show dogs which became highly sought after as studs. "
"Even today, many standard poodles carry a substantial percentage from this line which traces back to just five dogs."-clickingisforchumps
Uranus Isn't Just A Planet
"Your anus comprises either thirty-five or thirty-seven creases, resulting in a pattern as unique as your fingertips."
"This discovery – first made by Salvador Dali – allowed for the development of an anus-examining smart toilet."
"On the same topic, it turns out that humans are deuterostomes."
"This means that at the start of its development, an embryo goes through a stage during which its tissue folds back over itself, creating something called a blastopore."
"As maturation continues, this blastopore becomes the anus."
"In short, you can make the argument that every person is an overgrown (and unique) a**hole."-RamsesThePigeon
Sure these facts are weird. Heck, maybe even some of them are a little disturbing.
But our world would not be nearly as fascinating as it is in the absence of these facts. Our world needs a little mystery around it. And it's fun to know these things, even if we may never solve the mystery of them.
Amateur sleuths love an unsolved mystery.
Crimes that have eluded detectives and forensic experts for decades – some even for centuries – remain an obsession for people who want answers and a sense of closure that justice can still be served.
Closed cases may not be as fascinating, but they should still provide a sense of relief.
"What are some SOLVED mysteries?"
There was closure for these cases involving missing persons and murder.
The McStay Family
"The McStay family disappearance and murders. In February of 2010, the McStay's, a family of 4 (Mom Summer, Dad Joseph, and sons Gianni and Joseph jr) seemingly vanished from their home- abruptly. A carton of eggs was left open on the counter and the family dogs were still outside in the backyard. The scene was eerie, and complicated because the home the McStays lived in was in the process of being renovated- so a 'neat and orderly' home wasn't the norm at this stage. It appeared there was missing furniture and the usual mess that comes with construction (some freshly painted or redone surfaces mixed with older versions). From the outside- it appeared the family just took off. Neighbor had surveillance that captured what appeared to be the bottom of the family SUV leaving the driveway."
"Since they were living in California, the border to Mexico wasn't far and authorities found footage of what appeared to be the McStay's walking into Mexico with their two little boys in tow. The family SUV was found abandoned in a mall parking lot near the Mexico border. 3 years passed before the bodies of the McStay's were found buried in shallow graves in the California desert. The bodies appeared to be in advanced decomposition and there were signs of blunt force trauma. A sledgehammer was also found buried with one of the bodies. Chase Merritt, a business partner to Joseph McStay, was arrested and charged with their murders on 11/5/2014. His trial was delayed for years until 2019. He was sentenced to death. Motive: Chase had a gambling addiction and had been and continued embezzling money from the business. His DNA was found in the McStay's abandoned vehicle. He bludgeoned this beautiful family to death for money."
"ETA link with more info - https://people.com/crime/mcstay-family-murders-killer-sentenced-death/"
Screenwriter's Alleged Suicide
"The Case of Adrienne Shelly - screenwriter for Waitress. Husband came home to find her hanging in the shower - ruled suicide."
"He insists she was happy and would never kill herself promoting another view of crime scene where they found a shoe print that matched a construction worker in the building."
"Sure enough the construction worker went to rob her and thought he killed her so staged a suicide when the hanging ended up being the actual thing that killed her."
Abducted Japanese Girls
"In the 1970s, a number of Japanese citizens disappeared from coastal areas in Japan. After many years it was found out that North Korea had abducted them."
"Most of the missing were in their 20s; the youngest, Megumi Yokota, was 13 when she disappeared in November 1977, from the Japanese west coast city of Niigata."
The water kept these mysteries unsolved for years.
"The disappearance of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of The Little Prince, who was also a French reconnaissance pilot during World War II."
"In 1944, he took off on a reconnaissance mission from Corsica and never made it back, and there was never any evidence of what might have happened to him and his plane."
"Finally, in 1998, a French fisherman pulled up his net and found wrapped in it a silver bracelet engraved with Saint-Exupery's name, and in 2004, a diver searched in the area and found the remains of his plane, which had apparently been shot down by a German fighter after all."
"1947 an British South American Airways aircraft named Star Dust disappeared, it's last message was simply 'STENDEC.' After an exhausting search, no trace of the aircraft was found. For years conspiracy theories and talk of Alien abduction circulated."
"Till 1998, when mountain climbers on a remote mountain found an engine, pieces of metal, and clothing at the bottom of a glacier on the side of Mount Tupungato. Turns out the aircraft got caught flying the wrong way in the jet stream while it was flying at night and using a system of timing when to start their decent. Being in the jet stream reduced their airspeed in relation to the earth and they smacked themselves straight into the side of a mountain, after which an avalanche covered the wreckage. The wreckage took decades to flow down the side of the mount with the glaciers. The glacier preserved the wreck so well that 50 years later the recovery team found identifiable remains, personal items, and could read serial numbers on the engines. Amazing one of the landing gear tires was still inflated, and that teams continued to visit the site for periodically as more of the aircraft, cargo, and remains of passengers are still emerging from the ice."
The Windsor Hum
"Residents of Windsor (Canada) have been saying they could hear a hum coming from across the river in Detroit for the better part of a few decades. Well turns out that when a steel producer turned their furnaces off recently (when they were closing up shop) the Hum stopped. People had no idea what the noise could be until the factory closed."
"Edit: also a little fun fact; Zug Island (where the factory was located) was mentioned in Robocop and was also the destination of the SS Edmond Fitzgerald before it sank."
Where The River Runs
"Devil's Kettle Falls: A stream separates into two sections, one continues normally the other spirals deep into a hole. All sorts of things were thrown down the hole in an effort to discover where the water went. Ping pong balls, various dyes, it was even rumored that someone stuck an old car down there. Eventually someone came up with a clever idea, they measured the total water flow above and below the falls and discovered they were similar enough to deduce the two streams join back up relatively quickly."
There were logical explanations for these seemingly otherworldly phenomena.
What The "Bloop?"
"In 1997 a really weird and loud noise was detected underwater and everyone was all 'WTF was that?.' In 2012 it was determined it was an iceberg breaking and/or rubbing against the seabed."
"El Dorado or the lost city of gold turned out to be a mistranslation. It was just the name of some guy that got mistranslated to the name of a city."
"Weeping Jesus statue in India mystery. Apparently a Jesus statue started crying and all Christians along with Hindus started to drink it. It turned out to be sewage. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeping_crucifix_in_Mumbai"
The Prophet Hen Of Leeds
"A hen was laying eggs with messages like "Christ is Coming" and people thought the world was ending. Turned out the farmer was actually writing on the eggs herself, and then reinserted it back into the chicken. edited for gender of the farmer."
For Christ's Sake
"The tomb of Jesus' previously unknown brother turned out to be a hoax to try to sell the tomb of a nobody for a lot of money."
The North Atlantic Vortex
"Bermuda Triangle / devils sea... a triangle shaped section of ocean where airplanes and boats were known to disappear."
"Apparently most stories were embellished, and there is so much traffic that goes through the area it's actually a very small amount of vessels that go missing (percentage wise)."
Closed cases and logical explanations are all well and good, but there is one phenomenon that continues to plague me.
Where do missing socks go? Seriously. It's a common occurrence where I'm left with a lone sock and the other is never caught in the lint trap or lost in the pile. They just vanish without a trace, I know I'm not alone in this.
Solving that mystery is not about having closure or putting my mind at ease so I can sleep at night.
I'm just tired of repeatedly buying new pairs of socks just because one sock goes rogue. Is it a New York laundry thing? Who knows?
But please enlighten me before I give up on socks and go with Crocs all the way.
Witt so many generations and people living entire, difficult lives, it's hardly surprising when a family's history includes a few shocking details.
Still, it can be quite mind-blowing when the juicy information first comes out. These sudden truths have a tendency to re-cast a once accepted element or family dynamic as a much darker, problematic reality stemming from an immoral event.
But at arms length, they're wildly fascinating tales.
Redditor AbsoluteHavoc asked:
"What family secret was finally spilled in your family?"
Many people shared family secrets that had everything to do with romantic relationships, affairs, and the parenting of children.
Often, kids get passed off to people besides their biological parents. And it stays hidden for as long as possible, but it always seems to come out.
Nowhere to Go With the Info
"My mother is kid #7 of 10. My aunt (kid #4) who was born in 1945 did her DNA and found out that she has a different father from everyone else. She was devastated. There was always rumor that there was an affair but nobody talked about it."
"She has so many questions but nobody's alive to answer her."
A Long Journey Home
"Found out my grandma had a baby as a teenager and was forced to give him up for adoption by my great grandparents."
"40 years later he found us"
Shocking, But Not So Bad
"My cousin is actually my sister. Apparently my mom got pregnant really young and her much older sister adopted my sister and raised her as her own. It was actually an amazing moment when we found out."
"My cousin (sister) and the sister I was raised with and I are really really close. Just happened last year. We're all old now (I'm 50 and my cousin/sister is 58) so it's just a really neat thing that makes us all happy."
A Welcome Bombshell
"About a month ago, my mother-in-law's 88 year old sister revealed on her death bed that her husband's best friend was actually the father of all 4 of her children."
"Her husband was an abusive grade A jerk by all accounts. While everyone was shocked, no one was saddened by this news."
"We went to my grandmother's for Christmas dinner like we did every year and my uncle drank too much, and kind of hinted that he had an affair with my mother. A couple of months and two dna tests later we found out my sister is actually his daughter."
"My dad never spoke to his brother again. And of course, my parents got divorced. And I needed a lot of therapy... and chocolate."
Other people discussed the ancestors who've engaged in some kind of criminal act. We'd all prefer to assume killers and thieves wouldn't be in our own family.
But they certainly can be.
A Strange Alibi
"My uncles are infamous criminals who killed multiple people."
"I thought they bred dogs."
An Ongoing Shadow
"My grandparents are first cousin's... an uncle on the same side of the family is in prison for the assassination of a presidential candidate (family still says he was framed and is innocent)"
What a Way to Go
"My great great grandfather was exiled and banned from Missouri for being a sheep thief" -- ksromo
"Does your family suffer a curse because of your no-good, dirty, rotten, sheep stealing great great grandfather?" -- perkcherp
A Fuzzy Past
"My great grandfather didn't die of cancer."
"He died from complications after being shot when one of his businesses was being robbed. Maybe. He also spent a lot of time in Atlantic City. He also had a lot of partners in the Teamsters and other unions in coal country. Also, everyone called him "smiling Tony' but his name wasn't Tony."
"He died in the 60s, long before my time, but when my great grandmother died 20 years ago, a very old guy showed up to the funeral in a white suit and all of the oldest people in my family kisses his hand. When I asked, no one knew who he was."
"My grandfather moved his family away from central PA in the late 60s and disconnected from all of this but, there it is."
So the next time you decide to put the time and effort into learning the stories of the ancestors who came before you, be prepared for the possibility that some shocking news comes along with all the quaint moments.