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People Divulge The Sad Truths About Being Tall

People Divulge The Sad Truths About Being Tall
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My editors were absolutely being shady in asking me to write this article.

I am 4'9".

Yes, four feet and nine inches. That wasn't a typo.

I know no truths about being tall, sad or otherwise. These people know how tall I'm not.

I know they did this on purpose—and I kinda love it.

Reddit user Zealousideal-Yam6806 asked:

"What is the sad truth about tall people?"

So since I know absolutely nothing about tallness, I guess we're all going to learn here together.


"You can see the top of everyone’s fridge. The top of everyone’s fridge is filthy."

- HopelessEmu

"Except for tall peoples fridges. We can see it, so we clean it."

- BlondSunDoll

"So my mom is 5’2 and is an absolute clean freak (everyone who comes into our house says it’s the cleanest house they’ve ever seen) and the rest of our family is 6’0 and above."

"She was so mad at us that we never told her that the top of the refrigerator was filthy and that the wall behind it was a different paint color than the rest of the kitchen."

- limblambleam


No Bubble Baths

"Bathtubs are worthless."

- Tedy_KGB

"My 6'3" husband is a plumber. We are remodeling our bathroom and found a 6 ft. bathtub, and the overflow is set higher so you can have more water in it."

"We haven't tried it, but he claims he'll finally be able to take a bath."

- Louloubelle0312

"I can either have my legs in the water or my top half, but not my whole body. Baths are not relaxing for tall people!"

- smida23

Concert Guilt

"My wife got us front-row-center tickets for an Erasure concert."

"My knees were touching the front of the stage, and I could have grabbed the mic stand we were so close. When they started to play, everyone stood up."

"(Relief from being squashed in there)"

"My head was level with the singers crotch. I stood very still, and let everyone adjust around me, but I'm sure everyone's photos of the show have the back of my stupid head in them."

- Jef_Wheaton

"I stepped on someone at a concert. Didn't see her."

"Luckily I was able to avoid falling on top of her. Would have been like a cow squashing a chihuahua."

- [Reddit]

"What's worse than stepping over someone is me reflex gripping that person to make him/her not fall down but ending up having harassment looks in return because I end up posturing like I'm out here groping women."

- aBadBug

Carts Of Doom

"Shopping carts constantly destroy our shins because our naturally longer strides force us to kick the under basket."

- Thundersalmon45

"And doubly true if you also have large feet. I kick everything."

- K0rbenKen0bi

"I’m 6’4”. My feet hit the bottom of the shopping cart, so I either have to walk on the side of the cart, or I will have to take really shallow steps."

- Chaz_Cheeto

"Dear gawd…. And I have had to stop wearing sandals to the grocery store because that f*ckin shelf will rip a toenail right off!"

- Cabrona818




"Plan on spending some time finding a pair long enough, and when you do, you have to buy as many as humanly possible."

- BlackDiamond0321

"Women's pants especially. They either fit in the hips and hit my ankles like waders, or they're long enough but wide enough to fit another person in the waist."

"And don't get me started on the fact I can be a 6 in one style and a 12 in another."

"Thank f*ck men's pants use actual measurements. Even if mine are still rare to find, at least I can expect some consistency from a 28x32."

- skandranon_rashkae

"YES! When I find pants that fit I buy like 7 pairs at a time lol"

- _lemon_suplex_

Head Injuries

"Banging your head on sh*t."

- trebuchetfight

"Once hit my head on an awning, lost a patch of hair and bled everywhere."

"It's awful constantly hitting your head, especially when it's a metal point or something hard."

- [Reddit]

"I hung out with a guy that is 6’10 a few times."

"He hit his head on almost all of my doorways. I don't know how he doesn’t have brain damage by now lol."

- unicornhornporn0554

"In high school I got a drum set for Christmas and proceeded to run around the house screaming with excitement. I jumped in the air right as I was approaching a doorway and hit the top of it and it knocked me out."

"Sh*t like that happens when you're tall …"

- isharted23

"Literally got a concussion last week playing airsoft because I was running and hit my head on a doorframe."

"It was the second time I’ve gotten a concussion from a doorframe."

- SebastianSilver

Leg Room Is A Matter Of Life And Death

"I knew someone who died after a flight."

"Because he was tall, he was forced to sit in a cramped position, and got a blood clot."

"It's a genuine problem. People think we're complaining about a lack of leg room because we're being divas."

"We don't need leg room or to be more comfortable. We need the seat in front of us to not leave a dent in our knees for a week after flying and so we maybe don't die."

- [Reddit]

"Honestly, it should be a health and safety requirement."

"Airlines should not be allowed to expect someone to sit in a seat without enough legroom. If that means they need to give free upgrades to extra legroom seats, so be it."

- Isogash

"Yes, this is a problem!"

"5”11 woman with a genetic blood clotting condition here. I wear compression socks on long haul flights."

"There are a couple brands out there now that look more like gym socks and come in lots of colors. Even if you don’t have a blood clotting condition, I highly recommend them to anyone who has a flight for more than 4 hours."

"Your legs and feet feel great even if you’re jet lagged to hell."

- RoxietheJRT

"It is a problem. I’m 6’4 with an athletic build and weigh 225 lbs."

"Normal airline seats keep me locked in and unable to move anything but my feet side-to-side. My legs go numb and feet tingle from lack of blood supply - it’s slow torture on a long flight."

"I take baby aspirin (thin blood) and try to stand up when possible to avoid developing a blood clot in my legs."

"To maximize the number of seats (read: profit) airlines seem to keep making coach seats smaller. Often exit row, business class, and first class seats are taken and only coach is available."

"To compound the problem some companies, like the one I work for, will not allow you to book an upgraded seat as they only pay for coach class airline travel."

"I travel for business 160 days out of the year and tiny rental cars and small airline seats make my life a living hell."

- whynott73


Basketball Jokes

"We secretly hate basketball."

- 35Lcrowww

"My go to when I'm asked if I played basketball in school is, 'Were you a jockey?'"

- franktehtoad

"I grew up adamantly opposed to ever liking or watching basketball because of how frequently it was brought up as a comment about my height."

"Now that I'm in my 30s, love watching college basketball and occasionally think to myself 'Man, I probably missed out on having a lot of fun playing as a 6'7" high school kid'."

"All because of everyone's sh*tty jokes."

- blay12

The Way The World Is Built

"The world isn't made for us."

"Stuff you sit on like office chairs, toilets, bus seats or cinema seats are too low, which causes painful knees or back. Stuff is too small for our hands, so we can't really grip it comfortably."

"Handles or grips, and stuff like pc mouses, bowling balls or weights in the gym. Counters being low, have to take breaks for my back when doing the dishes on my low kitchen sink because I have to bend down."

"People think girls like it, but me being 2 meter tall, most girls are just too short for me. It has its pro's, but definitely a lot of coins as well."

- Zealousideal_Peak836

"My family is tall and my dad built the house I grew up in. The ceilings and the counters are higher than standard. I didn't know how nice all that was until I moved out."

- chememommy

"I make my own tool handles because of my large mitts. Everyone who borrows them asks how I use them and I just laugh at those tiny dwarves. Feels good."

"I have always wanted to build my own house to my dimensions with large doorways, high counters and a bunch of small step stools at the front door for my guests to carry around like toddlers."

- bigsnaps


"Everyone thinks we feel superior or amazing because society equates the high ground with power. Secretly we often feel awkward and shy."

- AshamedDeparture

"Yes! It was awkward getting attention for being tall so I always wanted to blend in the background."

- curl_paper

"Yes. I was always so self-conscious about my height as a kid."

"Being put in the back was so nice as I didn't have to hunch over so others could see."

- collapsingrebel


So here's what I've learned:

It turns out we micromachines DO have a few things in common with the mega craft, after all!

Pants that are the correct length are an absolute myth and a lie.

There is not a countertop in the world that is the correct height.

Airplanes are awful for everyone.

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People Who Actually Died And Were Revived Share Their Experiences

"Reddit user AlaskaStiletto asked: 'Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?'"

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Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


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"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



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"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

In 2017, I returned to my office after my lunch break to hear my supervisors discussing Tom Petty. This seemed like a random topic to me until one of my supervisors told me Tom Petty had passed away. He was a huge fan of Petty and spent the next hour or so combing through the internet to get more information.

He came back into the room my other supervisor and I were working in and announced that Tom Petty wasn't dead after all. News outlets had jumped the gun to announce his death, but he was actually still alive.

The next day, I came in to find out that Tom Petty was dead; the news may have been premature, but true.

This is a classic example of the rumor being started on the internet. Sometimes, like with the news of Tom Petty's death, the rumor can run wild and appear everywhere. Other times, the rumor can be seen by just a few people and dismissed. However, a lot of times, these rumors turn out to be true.

Redditors know a lot of internet rumors that turned out to be true, and are eager to share.

It all started when Redditor strakerak asked:

"What started out as an internet rumor that ended up being infamously true?"

The King Of Pop

"Michael Jackson writing the music for Sonic 3."

"He actually did, but was never credited on the game because it would breach his contract with his record label."

– -WigglyLine-

"He did the same when he appeared on The Simpsons. He appeared under a pseudonym, and the Producers said it was an impersonator."

"Only years later they confirmed it really was Michael."

"His singing voice was actually done by an impersonator, though."

– given2fly_

The Truth Comes Out

"In 1998, US Men’s National Team captain John Harkes was shockingly cut from the team right before the World Cup. The coach claimed it was because Harkes wouldn’t fit into his new preferred formation, but rumors flew on the early internet that it was actually because he had slept with his teammate Eric Wynalda’s wife. The rumor was so well-known in soccer circles that Harkes expressly denied it in his autobiography the next year."

"Fast forward 12 years to 2010 and Wynalda admits it’s true. The coach then came out and admitted it was why he dropped Harkes, but that he’d planned to keep the secret as long as Wynalda did."

– guyfromsoccer

Video Evidence

"The Tim Burton Hansel and Gretel that aired once on halloween in the 80's."

"I heard for years that it was fake but I knew it was real because my dad recorded everything in the 80s and he recorded that. We let a good friend of ours borrow it and switch it over from VHS to DVD and soon after that it made its way on to the internet , and there it is now. I know it's our copy because the tracking in the beginning is screwed up. Still have the VHS."

– Frozenthickness

"There was a similar story with a Nickelodeon movie called Cry Baby Lane. It was supposed to be so scary that Nickelodeon got complaints and denied its existence for years. Someone uploaded a taped copy to youtube about a decade ago."

– PattiAllen

The Movie Business

"That North Korea hacked Sony Pictures because of The Interview movie."

"I worked in the movie business at the time and the account managers at Sony all basically needed to get new identities as all of their personal information got leaked online."


"My partner worked on that movie and the production bought all the crew 1 year of an identity theft tracking service."


Keep Away From The Ears Of Kids

"Some banned episodes or scenes of cartoons."

"For example, I remember there was a Dexter’s Lab cartoon where he clones evil versions of DeDe and himself and they swear like every other word (censored of course), and people debated whether it even existed cause they only aired it like once. Now it’s pretty accessible online."

– Spledidlife

Yes, It's True

"Echelon, a massive electronic espionage system by the US and allies to intercept all electronic messages, especially emails."

"In the mid-nineties it was a topic on conspiracy BBS boards. A lot of people in my bubble at the time (mainly uni students in Europe) were including fake threats to the US in the their email signatures as a way to "protest" and "fill the system with false alarms" (obviously useless)."

"Then, in 1999-2000 came out to be true and a lot of security service agencies from UK and other US allies started to admit they were part of the espionage network."

– latflickr

How The Mighty Fell

"John Edward’s love child."

– ACam574

"A reminder that he was cheating on his wife while she was hospitalized for cancer treatment."

– Fanclock314


"Carrie Fisher's heart attack. Some a**hole who was on the same flight was livetweeting the whole medical emergency and justified it by insisting she was just making sure the family was informed."

– everylastlight

It Actually Happened

"Every year around her birthday there was a rumor that Betty White died. When I heard she died, I scoffed, saying that dumb rumor is back.... then saw it on the news. I was in shock."

– Known-Committee8679

"The fact that Betty died literally right before she turned 100 is such a Betty White way to go out."

– Paganigsegg

Big Actor, Small Roles

"I distinctly remember some rumors about the reason why Bruce Willis was taking so many roles in sh*tty movies before it was announced he has dementia."

– KampferMann

"RedLetterMedia did a deep dive on his recent movie activity to try and work out why exactly he was taking part in basically scam-movies. They noticed he had an earpiece in one of the scenes and joked that the director was feeding him lines. I remember they even disclaimed over the rumours at the time, and possible made a follow-up vid when it was revealed to the public."

– CardinalCreepia

What To Do Next?

"That the writer of LOST were making it up as they went."

"Turned out to be absolutely true."

– homarjr

That last one was kind of obvious!

Do you have any to add? Let us know in the comment below.

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Whether you're naturally interested in fun facts and trivia or not, it's always nice to know a few that you can pull out of your pocket at a moment's notice as a nice conversation starter.

But there are some fun facts out there that are so weird, people become more preoccupied with how the teller found out that information rather than the information itself.

Redditor Dry_Bus_935 asked:

"What is your 'don't ask me how I know' random fact?"

Nuclear Fail Safe

"You have quite a lot of time, certainly more than ten seconds, to turn back on the main pumps of a nuclear reactor once you have accidentally turned them off."

- egorf

"I'm not surprised. The amount of fail safes, redundancies, and emergency scenario planning for nuclear power plants is insane."

"I toured a nuclear plant and wrote my high school senior thesis on the plans put in place to ensure the Fukushima disaster would not happen at that plant."

"I'm sure the secondary pumps are plenty capable of handling the reactor until the main pumps are repaired or just turned back on."

- Borderlandsman

Happy Cat

"If your cat chews on fresh eucalyptus, they might start hallucinating and fall over repeatedly, leading to a $400 emergency vet bill just to be told she’s just kinda high."

- oddidealstronghold

"And, that's part of why koalas love it. Little stoners."

- littlebluefoxy

Archaeology: Do Not Lick

"Old human bones are very porous, so if you lick them, they’ll stick to your tongue."

- clanculcarius

Sharing is Caring

"A pigeon will only eat a Starburst if you chew it up a little bit first. Just to clarify: chew the Starburst, not the pigeon."

- OhTheHueManatee

"Instructions unclear. Pigeon unhappy."

- Wild-Lychee-3312

Intriguing Anatomy

"Everyone is here with the creepy crime stuff, and I'm just like, 'A soft fur rat has 22 nipples.'"

- horroscoblue

"Okay, so either they have really small nipples, their nipples overlap, or they have nipples in places where there shouldn't be nipples."

"(I've never written the word 'nipples' so many times in a singular sentence before.)"

- GdeGraaf

'Don't Ask Me,' Indeed!

"Turmeric can be used as clothes dye. It is capable of permanently dyeing cotton cloth even after it has passed through the digestive tract of an adult male."

- SlefeMcDichael

"You s**t your pants, didn't you?"

- PMmecrossstitch

"I'd prefer not to answer that question."

- SlefeMcDichael

High-Risk Survival Skills

"If you ever trying to survive in the Arctic, don’t eat polar bear liver. It is so high in vitamin A, it will kill you."

- WrongWayCorrigan-361

"It's also surrounded by a lethal amount of angry polar bear."

- horanc2

Real-Life Spies

"TV shows and movies go out of their way to make military/intelligence officers look bada**."

"But real-life 'spies,' by design and training, are boring. They have regular houses and standard second-hand cars, they dress down, and they have vague, boring job titles (accounts receivable) as cover, and they do not draw attention to themselves. Most come from specialized academia."

- Ok_Worth_1093

Haunting Reality

"Your muscles can keep twitching for several hours after you die."

- JustDave62

"Also, beards can appear to grow. This is however not because the beard itself grows but because the skin shrinks."

- RRautamaa

"I worked at a morgue for over eight years. If you grasp the hand of a dead body to move the arm, the hand will grasp back, but that's just muscles and tendons reacting to the tension."

- goneferalinid

The Sneakiness of Drowning

"When a drowning victim is revived, get them to a hospital as soon as possible. Drowning is the leading cause of death of kids from the age of one to seven and is ruled as accidental drowning when it comes to secondary drowning or dry drowning."

"Basically, your lungs are full of water despite being revived. Your lungs will absorb the liquid, but not before your body acidifies from high levels of carbon dioxide. The only chance to survive is to have the lungs pumped with oxygen via CPAP machine and time."

"Also, drowning is extremely quiet. You don’t hear the victim go under. And if you see flailing, do not attempt to save the victim otherwise you’ll become another drowning victim. Throw them a lifeline and hope their amygdala realizes that a rope or something is floating near them and grabs on it."

- Dfiggsmeister

Not Everyone's Favorite Chocolate

"Hershey’s chocolate has the strong smell of vomit or feces to some people (me), and that’s because they use butyric acid as a preservative. Butyric acid is the compound that makes vomit smell so bad."

"Edit: Digging further into it, there are some claims that they may not be “adding” the butyric acid, but rather it is occurring from essentially spoiling the milk in their milk chocolate. Either way, the butyric acid and putrid smell remains a part of their product."

- hefewiseman1

"That explains the weird aftertaste I always get! I don’t smell it but their chocolate always has this super unpleasant sharp/acidic aftertaste that I find repulsive. I assume this is why!!"

- PomegranateNo975

Do Not Lick the Asbestos

"Asbestos tastes like chalk. And if you lick it, it has the texture of extremely gritty sandpaper. Which is actually the feeling of microscopic asbestos needles piercing your flesh!"

- TooYoungToBeThisOld1

Mapping Out the War

"Beginning in 1911 in anticipation of the outbreak of WW1 in 1914, two statesmen, one from England and one from France, began visiting locations in France that they believed would be the settings for a number of major battles that would occur during the great war."

"Long bike rides through these future battle zones in the countryside and weeks spent building a foundation for a French-Anglo codebook that would later prove important in helping win the war."

- fjordperfect123

Avoiding Lawsuits > Protecting Patients

"Doctors, or surgeons more specifically, that make too many mistakes during surgery, ie, leaving instruments in patients, frequently gets ‘quietly traded’ to other hospitals where they continue their path of destruction with the patients not being aware of their past record. Hospitals tend to keep quiet about the matter to avoid lawsuits."

- Kittytigris

Bonus Points: Do This While Having Lunch in Your Car

"If you overfill a fast food gravy cup and then put a lid on, it will create a pressurized gravy stream that sprays all over your face and uniform while your coworker looks on in horror."

- thechaosjester776

This subReddit thread was so a roller-coaster of random facts, we've surely all walked away learning something.

But the biggest takeaway might just be: Maybe don't lick so many things.