Don't lie - you love the feeling of being right. We all do. Even when we kind of wish we weren't right, there's that satisfying little twinge when we get to tell someone "I told you so!"
Of course, there are times when it's entirely inappropriate to actually tell someone you told them so - but that's why we have Reddit!
Reddit user The-Most-Sour-Lemon asked:
Boyfriend's best friend, let's call him John, started asking me for favors and texting me at odd hours of the night. I felt uneasy about John's actions and informed my boyfriend every time I was contacted as soon as it happened. I explained to boyfriend that John was acting suspiciously and making me uncomfortable but I couldn't pinpoint why. Cut to a month or so later, John claims I cheated on my boyfriend WITH JOHN.
I f*ckin' knew it. I didnt do sh*t with John and because boyfriend knew about everything from the beginning he knew the truth.
John has been demoted from "best friend" to "no-longer-acknowledged-person-on-earth." I don't know why John did what he did and I likely will never know. However, his actions were a reflection of who he is as a person and have very little to do with me. Boyfriend and I are still going strong. Its an honor and privilege to spend my days with my boyfriend, I hit the jackpot by getting to be in a relationship with him and I wouldn't risk it for anything.
Red Lobster BabyGiphy
My wife and I went to Red Lobster one day.
My wife likes the shrimp and lobster pasta with Parmesan cheese.
They sat her plate down, she got a weird look on her face.
She told me it smelled weird, but it smelled normal to me so I straight up asked her if she could be pregnant.
Her eyes got wide as she starts doing some math in her head. We went afterwords and got a pregnancy test.
Sure enough, she didn't even know yet. All because I remember some random tidbit about some foods smelling off to pregnant women.
When I was in sixth grade, I became friends with a couple other girls in my neighborhood. We each had completely different backgrounds, but we just clicked. For years, we three did all the things good friends do. The only thing I, personally, didn't like was to stay over at the house of one of these girls, I'll call her Brianna. I'd sleep over at the other girl's house, they could sleep at mine, but I always came up with an excuse not to stay at Brianna's. She started to get her feelings hurt but I ignored it.
Then when we were all about 16, somebody got a hold of liquor, and we all sat around drinking. Being drunk, we got into a little debate about who is better friends with who, and I was somehow accused of not "liking" Brianna as much as the other friend because I wouldn't spend much time at her house. Since I had zero filter at that moment, I blurted out:
"Brianna. It isn't you. It's your dad. I can tell he's weird just by looking at him."
As soon as I said it, everything changed. I apologized, that didn't work of course. Both of my best girlfriends dumped me that day. I still had a solid best friend, but I had to get myself a new group for sure. Also, they started bullying me a bit, but I just took it because of the horrible thing I said about Brianna's dad. I felt super guilty.
Three years later, I was out of high school, living with my best friend who was still friends with Brianna. I got home from class and there was Brianna sitting on the living room couch. It was SO uncomfortable. I decided to try to apologize again.
"Hey, I know you are probably sick of hearing this, but I am so very sorry for what I said about your dad, Brianna. Please forgive me, I still don't know why I'd say such a thing."
She sort of chuckled and said, "It's no big deal, he assaulted all of us."
I never questioned my intuition again, because I f*cking called it the second I saw that perv. I felt horrible for her and her sisters, but vindicated because I knew I was right.
The Future Wife
Caught up with a high school friend on a university campus. Pretty quiet guy, subtle good looks but never showed any interest in relationships. We were waiting for separate buses when he runs into one of his classmates, and she joins us in the bus line.
We were having pretty good conversation, but I saw her eyes repeatedly flickering over to his face. Soon after, my bus pulled up, so I smiled and waved goodbye to my friend, and said to the girl "It was great meeting you! I'm sure I'll see you a lot more in the future." She looked puzzled, but smiled and waved back.
I totally called it. They're in a common law marriage now, and getting officially married next year. They've been valuable friends to my fiance and I for the last 6 years.
Kept finding small cut up straws in my Grandma's bathroom. So many straws. I let my Grandmother know that someone is using her bathroom to use drugs. She freaks out saying I'm accusing her of using drugs and that it's impossible.
A year later my uncle divorces his wife, K, due to her cocaine addiction. Grandma says:
"Well K always stopped by in the afternoon to use the restroom and then she would clean my whole house and I just didn't think anything of it!"
My favorite story at Thanksgiving.
Not Worth My Time
My husband once got a thing in the mail regarding unclaimed funds. I told him to fill it out, he said:
"It's probably for like $200. Not worth my time."
I reminded him that it takes me forever to earn that much, so I did the work- filled it out, notarized, sent it in.
Forgot about it until one night, he was home before me. Something was on the coffee table. He pointed to it and said, "THAT came in the mail today."
It was a check for around $20k.
Happy New YearGiphy
It was New Year's Eve, we were about to do the fireworks and me and my friend wanted to set up the box for them. Nothing major, just putting 4 bricks around it to keep it safe. Then this girl came and said she was going to set them off because she bought them.
We told her how to do set up the box and she said "Nah ill just start it up."
We warned her again and eventually gave up. I told her "Dont blame me when it tips over and starts shooting at us."
She said it would't happen.
That's exactly what happened. The fireworks just tipped over and started shooting at cars and people, I just calmly walked up to her and said "I told you so."
You Can't Be Right!
That my sister is gay. Growing up she'd develop what was very obviously (to me) a crush on different girls. In high school I finally said, "Girl, have you considered that these feelings you have for so-and-so might be romantic?"
She flipped the f*ck out on me, we didn't talk for weeks. She'd date any guy that asked her out because she was supposed to like guys but never really felt anything for them. Finally in college she called me and went, "Yeah, so anyway, you're right. I'm totally gay."
We joke that it took her so long to come to out not because she was in denial - she just didn't want me to be right.
How 'Bout That Duggar Family?
I still relish that I was right about this.
That show "19 kids and counting"
Over Thanksgiving one year two of my aunts got talking about it and were just raving about how amazing they thought it was and what a great family they had. I pretty much said something to the degree of "Nope, that's not normal, those kids are essentially raising each other and I guarantee you that something is not right."
They completely dismissed me, said I didn't know what I was talking about because I don't watch the show, etc. When the news eventually broke that one was molesting some of the others I felt so vindicated.
But my absolute favorite moment was the next Thanksgiving where at the dinner table I got to say "So how about that Duggar family huh?"
Dead silence from my aunts. But I had a sh!t eating grin on my face from ear to ear.
The last few months of my wife's pregnancy with my daughter, the little baby would regular as clockwork, around 1030pm, put her feet against my wife's ribs and try to straighten her legs so she could head butt her way out of my wife.
BAM - headbutt to the inside of your ... whatever. My wife would f*cking jump up cursing like a sailor every time.
It was painful, but also hilarious, reliable, and I guess we knew she'd be an active little kid well before she was born.
Cut to the evening of her birth - the doctor is telling us around 9pm that things are going well, but he's going to go get dinner because he has't eaten and there's no way this kid is coming out before midnight.
I look at my wife, look at the doc, and say "Don't go far, the kid is going to deliver herself around 1030pm, I promise you. You're just going to have to catch her."
He laughed, told us he's been doing this a long time, and he wasn't worried.
1025 he's rushing in and barely gets his gloves and scrubs on before my daughter shoots herself out of mommy like a greased bullet.
Direct quote from the doctor looking at me as he holds my little darling, "Well, I guess even I can learn things still."
I don't blame him at all - who would believe parents about something like that? But that kid had done so many test runs, on such a regular schedule, I knew there was no stopping her. And fair game, getting headbutted daily for a month or whatever as a trade off to having a very short and easy labor? There are worse deals!
Game Of Thrones
2 years ago when I said to myself "There is no f*cking way Game of Thrones can come to a proper conclusion in only 6 episodes."
I told my brother than Hans from Frozen was shady af and when he revealed his true colours I nearly screamed in the theatre.
Never Want To Be Right Again
In high school. My senior year, I was standing by my locker hanging out before home room. One of the girls in my class ran by crying. I immediately said to myself "Did something happen to JW?"
JW was one of the more popular guys in the school, this girl and him were friends. About 2 minutes later a friend of mine came up to me and said "Did you hear what happened to JW?"
"Dude... He was in a car accident last night. Got T-boned by a semi trailer."
"Sh*t... Is he ok?"
"He died on impact."
I never wanted to be right about a feeling again.
I once went to the mall with my dad as he was looking for a walnut cracker. He said he was going try a particular store. I said (without knowing the price) "It's too expensive even though it's on special."
He asked how I could possibly know. I confidently said "I don't know, but it's $33.50"
He just laughed. He went to the store while I browsed a video game shop and later he came back with a shocked expression saying the only nutcracker they had was $33.50 on sale for 20% off.
I shrugged and said I told you so.
Not at all satisfying, but a student at my high school suddenly vanished from the face of the Earth. Nobody had any idea what happened or where she could be.
I was watching Forensic Files and when I returned from the bathroom unbeknownst to me my grandmother switched it to the news just as a man was asking for help finding his stepdaughter. I took one look at him, thinking it was still Forensic Files, and said:
"He killed her and probably buried her in concrete."
His clothes looked like he worked in construction.
Fast forward a few months later not only did I learn that man was my classmate's stepdad, but he was arrested for her murder. The only reason he got caught was because he sold his house and the new owners dug up the new concrete in the backyard (they wanted grass) and found her naked body.
I Call Bonkers When I See It
It was the summer leading into my freshman year of high school, and I had a crush on this guy who was in my friend group. It was kind of obvious, we had been fooling around over the summer, but nothing really relationship-y was being requested on his end. I, on the other hand, was head over heels for this dude.
Anyways, at our school we had the option of getting our physical education credit done over the summer. Our entire friend group enrolled, and we met a bunch of other kids funneling in from other schools at the program. One girl in particular, let's call her Julia, had REALLY caught my guy friends eye.
They had begun to hang out more and more and the attraction was obviously mutual, but the energy I caught off of her was just. f*ckin. crazy.
For example: After a close play in kick ball, she just loses it on this other guy. They disagreed with the play, she started poking fingers in his chest, yelling, all that stuff. He eventually backed off because she was so unwilling to let herself get tagged out. Chill broski, just a game of kickball.
There were several incidents of over-reaction and explosive anger like that.
Anyways, I pull my guy friend aside at one point and tell him: "Look, I'm glad you've found someone who you really like but I think that her personality can be kind of... intense."
Yeah, it was kind of ouch because I was definitely crushing, but I knew I needed to warn him. I didn't say anything bad, just a subtle warning. I kept kind of asking around and seeing if other people were noticing the same things I did, but the ones who knew I liked him just told me "Oh, you're just jealous because Julia is with him."
I was brushed off, and Julia dated him for quite a few months. Me and the guy friend went cold turkey on contact for a long while, too, because he knew I was interested and thought I was being weird.
Well, they broke up. Why? Because she was crazy, exactly like I said.
I tend to think of myself as a pretty relaxed person and I don't want to cause tensions between me and my homies if I don't have to. But dude, I can call bonkers when I see it.
"Frothy" Is Not Good.
Had this guy friend, total man-whore. SUPER attractive, too. I liked him a lot but never pursued anything with him because I knew he probably had an STD.
One of my new college girlfriends met him and I could tell she really wanted to get with him. I warned her every time she mentioned it, that he's not clean, and you'll probably get something.
"You're just jealous he doesn't want to sleep with you, he's a great guy!"
Two weeks later I hear from a mutual friend she got really bad gonorrhea from him and was having frothy vagina issues. We haven't spoke since. Told you so.
Mom Called It
Not my my moment, but this happened to me back in October.
I was going out with this one guy and we were very close. Always talking, hanging out, etc. My mom thought he was nice, but one day she told me:
"You guys are probably not gonna even be friends in two weeks."
She said this completely randomly as I came home one evening. I shrugged it off and ignored her, but fast forward exactly two weeks and I was ghosted on Halloweekend🤩(ironic).
So she's the one who f*cking called it. Quite an L for me but I'm over it. Saw this post and it reminded me of that situation lol
Friend is a first time dog owner. All her other dog having friends warn her about the puppy blues and that owning a super young puppy is exactly like having an infant because routine care for a young pup is super intense and they have to be in eyesight at all times. We recommended maybe an older 6mo- 1year old pup for a beginner.
Cue to three months later, she loves this pup to death, but she's still got the puppy blues. She was adamant about a certain high energy breed. Dog is super smart and active, so she needs the physical outlet plus SO MUCH mental stimulation. Or she acts like a demon.
We say it lovingly, but, it's a big "told you so" moment. She's a great mom though, and this dog is shaping up to be a really great companion. It's all worth it in the end.
I'm about to get another puppy. Turnabout is fair play, so I'm waiting for them all to say this about me lol.
How many people do you know battling addictions?
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), addiction is "a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual's life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences."
Hearing from those who have battled addictions––and come out the other side––can be remarkably eye-opening, as we were reminded once Redditor YoshBotArmy asked the online community,
"People who have beaten an addiction... what's your secret?"
"I'd then check off..."
"Alcohol. The "one day at a time" approach was too much. I made a chart with a 24 hour day broken up into 15 minutes. For example: 8:00-8:15. [ ]
8:15-8:30. [ ]
8:30-8:45. [ ]
I'd then check off a box for every fifteen minutes I didn't drink. This really boosted my confidence because although I may have only gone two hours without drinking, my brain focused on the 8 boxes I checked off.
Minutes turned into hours, hours turned into days, etc.
It's now been 8 years."
"You need to want to quit..."
"You need to want to quit, otherwise, it will be a fight against yourself. I quit smoking about 15 years ago after being a smoker for like 18 years. I decided to quit several times but never stuck, always found a reason to fall back into the habit. One day my 4yo daughter told me that she was going to find a way to save me from cancer because smokers are bound to get it. After that, I couldn't stand cigarettes anymore and quit within the week. Never again. I wanted to be there for my girl more than anything else."
"The lesson to take away from this..."
"I realised my binge eating was due to a general lack of self-control. I developed bulimia (exercise is my poison) trying to counteract it, and I still struggle with that.
I struggled with it for years and tried everything under the sun to stop it. It wasn't until I started practicing Stoicism that I started seeing life differently. Then a couple of years into that, I overheard a colleague say "it's all about finding balance" in a conversation about the challenges life throws at you. That quote stuck with me for about a year until I realised I have no sense of balance because I used to be an extremely black and white/all or nothing character.
It's now been 2 years since I completely stopped binge eating, and it was all due to having that epiphany. Took practice to get into good eating habits and a routine with meals but I'm all good now.
The lesson to take away from this - teach your children self-control and the ability to say no to themselves. My parents gave me everything I wanted so I had to teach myself this throughout my early 20s."
"That does not mean..."
"You have to learn to give yourself grace.
Relapses happen. I self-mutilate. I will do incredible for months. Then one negative thought can send me into a spiral and I harm myself.
That does not mean that I undid any of the hard work I had done up to this point. I acknowledge that I made a mistake, identify my triggers, and make an effort to start clear of them. Take a deep breath and try again."
A valuable observation.
"I kicked the habit..."
"I wasn't physically addicted to marijuana, but I had such a mental dependency on it that it was pretty much like being addicted. I couldn't function without it.
I kicked the habit by pursuing a girl. I really wanted to date her, and I didn't want her to know that I was actively smoking weed. I stopped smoking weed because I'd fallen in love with a girl. I'm now married to her, and I haven't smoked weed in over 4 years."
"The most important thing..."
"The most important thing I ever learned was not to fight cravings. I don't mean to give in and use when a craving strikes but for a long time simply feeling the craving was awful. I tried so much to avoid the feeling because I was scared of it.
I saw the suggestion to actually indulge the feeling and just let it wash over you. When I tried it, it was still uncomfortable to want to use but by letting myself feel the craving fully I was able to let it go and move on with my day more easily. Fighting the craving just made me suffer."
"I wore a rubber band..."
"I wore a rubber band around my arm and anytime I thought about my addiction, I would snap it and hurt myself. That way, I associated my addiction with pain and eventually broke my body's natural desire for it."
It turns out this has merit.
"I have no idea..."
"Coffee. I was a serious caffeine addict (like 12 cups a day), and one day for no reason I just woke up and ... didn't feel like having coffee. I've had maybe 5 cups of coffee in the 10 years since then.
I have no idea why it happened, but I haven't felt a craving for it in years. I wish that would happen for my other bad habits."
"I don't think..."
"I don't think it's a secret. Understanding the addiction. Knowing that it takes time for the chemicals in your brain to reset. Knowing it's gonna suck. Being prepared as best you can. Knowing it's going to be a battle."
"I'm not very far..."
"It was really taking a toll on my overall health and one day I woke up and said never again. I'm not very far into recovery and I've never been to a meeting or anything. I know I can't have it around me or I'll relapse."
We are proud of anyone who manages to beat an addiction and who can speak about their experience so candidly. And if any of you out there are struggling, we're rooting for you.
Have some of your own stories? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments section below.
I'm just spitballing here, but it seems to me that pretty much that weapons of war are among humanity's worst creations. Sure: We live in an anarchic world. States can never be certain of another state's intentions. Conflicts are bound to break out. But in a perfect world––and a man can dream––none of this would be necessary.
It seems I'm not alone in this, either. People had opinions of their own after Redditor Questwarrior asked the online community,
"What was the worst human invention ever made?"
"Cheap and easy to make..."
"Landmines. Cheap and easy to make, but they remain active and people forget where they put them."
"Styrofoam. It's toxic, can't be recycled, and there are better alternatives."
It also sounds horrible when rubbed against another piece of Styrofoam. Torturous.
"Now idiots can connect to each other..."
"Social Media - It gave people the ability to find others and create echo chambers. Before, idiots were isolated to dealing with just a few in their immediate radius of existence. Now idiots can connect to each other across the world and validate their thoughts/feelings."
This is very true. We're seeing the consequences, aren't we?
Ain't built like they used to - because they can't sell you a newer model if the old one is still performing like new.
If companies didn't have this in mind we wouldn't be running out of resources and messing up the planet in search of more. This would create less conflict and way less pollution. Imagine companies actually making insanely good, long-lasting products instead of cheap ones that needs replacing more often than it should."
"Heroin destroys people's lives every day."
"As a medical student..."
"As a medical student, I basically see people every day whose lives have been wrecked by smoking. Kids and unborn babies get messed over by tobacco smoke. Stupid and plain evil."
A great film about the tobacco industry: The Insider (1999). Really makes you think about the cost we all pay for Big Tobacco.
"I can't believe..."
"The concept of Flat Earth. I can't believe people are still stuck in the seventeenth century and still believe in that crap and try to defend it with their misunderstandings of science and physics, as well as pure ignorance."
People believe the most ridiculous things.
"They exist solely..."
"Torture devices. They exist solely to cause harm."
"How am I going to pay you..."
"Overdraft fees. How am I going to pay you EXTRA money when I don't have money?!"
Human beings are capable of so much innovation, beauty, and joy, but threads like these remind us of all the horrors in the world. There's a lot of darkness in humans, too.
Have some of your own contributions to share? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments below!
Homelessness is an unfortunate and all-too-common occurrence in the world, particularly in the United States. Homelessness has grown to a huge degree, and while most countries have the resources to help their homeless, many choose not to.
It is also difficult to break the cycle of homelessness once you have entered it. It creates a never-ending loop of failed job searching, lost or stolen goods/items/things of value, and stigmatization by society. More often than not, homelessness is begotten by another condition wherein the state or country fails to provide resources--such as mental health.
"Ex homeless people, what are some things people don't know about the streets?"
Here were some of those answers.
A Sad Reality
"My stint on the streets was about six months and due to some bad decisions I made. But what sticks with me the most was the crushing boredom."
"No intellectual stimulus at all because it's safer to keep your distance from other homeless, and you're not going to have a chat with civilian out of the blue."
"So you're completely alone all the time. And to avoid putting yourself in risky situations you stay on the move as much as possible."
"Most cities you can get some day labor work for quick cash but then you have to be careful about people knowing you have cash. You're always on the lookout."
"The only sound nights sleep I ever got was when I could manage to scrounge up enough cash to get a room in a transient hotel for a night and basically pass out from exhaustion."
"Other than that you're sleep deprived most of the time. And of course all this is made worse if on the streets in winter."-HardALee99
The Worst Side Of A Woman's Life (TW: Rape)
"I'm a psychiatric RN who works with mostly homeless people."
"I have heard SO MANY TIMES where women who tested positive for meth have said they use it to stay awake 24/7 to avoid being assaulted by other homeless."
Lucky To Be Alive
"People can and often do develop PTSD from being homeless, especially in rough areas. BF was kicked out at 14 in what was, at the time, the heroin capital of the Northeast, and he very quickly realized that selling drugs was the easiest way to make sure he had food/water/shelter as someone under legal age to work."
"But bouncing from crackhouse to crackhouse— especially as a kid— creates this state of constant hyper-vigilance, possessiveness over your belongings, a lot of hoarding behaviors, etc."
"Basically you wind up living in survival mode the entire time so you don't get assaulted/arrested/kidnapped/shanked."
"To this day if you touch him while he's sleeping he freaks the f**k out. Loud noises at night freak him out, car engines outside, lights in the window, etc."
"He still sleeps better on a couch in the corner of the room than a bed, because 'at least then you have something at your back, makes it harder for people to surprise you.'"
"Nightmares, too. Just... a whole bunch of sh*t, some of which I won't get into because he's embarrassed by it. Here are a few of the choice events he went through, though, just in the first two years or so:"
"He's almost had his throat slit with a half a DVD, woke up with a fork in his chest from some crazy chick, had all his food stolen, even had somebody inject him with heroin against his will while he was sleeping. Sad to think about."
"He's off the streets now, kicked a drug addiction, found a good-paying job, and is about to go to college. But the damage being homeless for his adolesence/early adulthood did..."
"It's going to be a while before he really feels safe. Not to mention he feels like a failure going to college at 30, but... I mean, how many people could have gone through all the horrific sh*t he went through, lived to tell the tale, AND somehow managed to keep going and eventually recover?"-vishuual
Homelessness is even expensive for the country because it leads to more and more problems that resources have to be expended upon in order to deal with the mental health and physical trauma it causes.
Over And Over
"One thing that f**ked me up was my concept of time. Often I'd be up late as f**k trying to sleep and before I knew it, the sun's back up."
"You gotta plan your day differently to use the restroom and it's hard to even find anything 'normal' to do because there are so little resources."
"People don't realize that being homeless is a situation in which no one is really looking to help you to find a sustainable life. It's truly being otherized and ostracized until you die or miraculously get back on the work grind."-SuperDuperChuck
Not An Addict
"I guess the worst part for me was the lasting trauma."
"Sure walking around in sandals because it's all you have when it's raining sucks. Sure sleeping in public is terrifying. Yeah homeless shelters are packed out. Borderline impossible to get a job."
"But the worst part was realising I'd lost some fundamental part of myself and I wasn't getting it back. Innocence maybe?"
"But it's more than that, it's like that Lily Allen music video where she's walking around with rose coloured glasses but the audience sees what's real. Yeah well, you lose the glasses and you never get them back."
"There's nothing that fixes the trauma of knowing people who you thought were your friends or family were fully aware you had nowhere to go and didn't do anything about it."
"You can't fix that feeling of your best friend not returning your texts until you're back on your feet. Or the stares you get in the street when thousands of people walk past and don't stop."
"I'm physically ok now but I'll never see people the same way again. I don't know how to. I used to be a really sociable person and now I steer clear of most people. I don't trust anyone."
"Also as an aside, the people who were kindest to me were always working class. A construction worker who bought me lunch. A taxi driver who got me a blanket. Rich people treat you like utter filth and disappear ASAP."
"I was homeless due to domestic violence as well, but people just assume it must be drugs. I literally barely drink let alone use drugs, but in people's minds homeless = addict."-SunnydaleHigh1999
Stop Stigmatizing Homelessness
"The amount of 'ordinary' people there are that are homeless. I was homeless for about 6 months but you would have never known."
"I had job where I could make just enough to stay fed and get a gym membership. I kept all my clothes in the gym/ back room of the restaurant I worked at."
"I'd hide and sleep in the back office of the restaurant. A lot of homeless people have cars and can sleep in them."
"Gym memberships are the easiest ways to stay clean/ not look homeless. Once my boss found out I was homeless, he let me move into a room at a hotel he managed for free. That man saved my life."-SeamanTheSailor
Food Or Money?
"People seem to have this perception that food is the only thing a homeless person would need to use money on and so they will give food in place of money."
"While giving food is nice, it isn't some one-to-one replacement for money. Food can't help you get cleaned up for job interviews, for example."-CattyPlatty
And homelessness is caused by a number of things--most of which are failures of the government. There are enough vacant homes in the United States for every homeless person to have 6.
Policing Your Own Cleanliness
"What's really important is staying clean. But not so clean people won't give you money if you have to panhandle."
"Don't let people know where you sleep if you can help it."
"Don't take work offers alone, you never know what kind of sicko's there are out there, especially once they have you alone in their environment."-Tired_of_yer_ish
Read That Part Again About How Close You Are To Homelessness
"Former homeless person here (as a child and an adult) and someone who used to work helping folks who were unhoused due to violence get housing:"
"-You are more likely to become homeless than win the lottery. Most Americans (around 60%, that number has probably changed in the pandemic) are one missed paycheck away from homelessness."
"-As shared above, lack of quality jobs, affordable inventory (meaning not enough affordable housing), and integrative and trauma-informed heath care services are the leading causes that keep people unhoused."
"All this to say, you have far more in common with people on the street than you think you do. Please see them as people. I will never forget what it felt like to have someone's eyes slide right past me like I was invisible. "
"No one is expecting you alone to end homelessness, but you can give someone $10 for a laundromat or shower, or say hello."-AbolitionistCapybara
Why Is It Illegal To Have The System Fail You?
"I was homeless with my single mom at the age of 9. In the US it is basically illegal to be homeless but it is definitely illegal to be homeless and have a homeless kid."
"My mom was a great mom. We just hit a really rough patch in the 2008 financial crisis in the US causing my mom to lose her job."
"She could not get another one and we ended up living in her mini van. However she was always able to get me food and get me to school. I am not sure how she was able to keep our situation a secret but I was so ashamed of living in a car that I wasn't about to tell anyone about it."
"I think it is twisted that the government would rather place kids with strangers and give those strangers money to take care of the kid than to help that kids family find stability."
"Furthermore my boyfriend was in the foster system for a number of years and has a few horror stories from it. I feel lucky that I was homeless with my mother and that we were able to get out of that situation in comparison to what my boyfriend went through in his childhood living with abusive foster parents."-psychologicalfuntime
The bottom line is that homelessness is not the fault of the homeless. It is the fault of a system that criminalizes a lack of resources and support, especially in the USA, the wealthiest country in the world.
What would we gain by continuing to criticize and stigmatize homeless people across the country?
It's amazing what the legalities are from place to place. I live in New England, and in Connecticut, passengers are allowed to drink alcohol in the car, as long as they aren't driving. Weed isn't legal there, but open containers in the car? Totally fine. At least we have something to look forward to as we cross the border.
There are some truly strange laws depending on where you go. Here is a list of the weirdest ones.
Did you know that murder is allowed in certain instances, depending on where you go? Talk about scary.
I’m sure no one will test these laws.
Not sure how much of it is true. But apparently if the Swedes cross the border by walking over the ice given its frozen over, (which it hasn't in like more than 100 years) we are allowed to kill them.
The exact gates they have to be within are defined but I don't remember what they are.
Dying is illegal in France.Kate Mckinnon Snl GIF by Saturday Night LiveGiphy
Oh boy. France has some history and a love of regulation. Perfect mix for absurd laws. Quick examples:
It's still technically mandatory to have hay at home in case the king's horse is nearby and needs some... Horses have been a pretty rare sight, let alone kings.
A mayor made it illegal to die in his town. The initial problem was an overcrowded cemetery, but he kinda reached the wrong solution.
This probably isn’t enforced anymore.
There is a medieval law here that has never been repealed: all males over the age of 14 are required by law to practice longbow for at least two hours per week.
Some of these laws are so silly, they make you wonder what event happened that put them in place.
I think everyone has done this.
"Forbidden to pee in the ocean". I live in Portugal.
'Like a piss in the ocean' is literally a euphemism for something not mattering. What's the problem?
Tigers are fine, though.film history GIF by DiggGiphy
It's illegal to bring a lion to the movies.
Somebody better have a conversation with MGM.
You can't carry a salmon suspiciously.
"No officer, I was going to eat it later"
"Seems suspicious you were carrying it around in public. I'm gonna have to take you in for questioning."
What is the backstory here?
It's illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors here.
I know this is Pennsylvania, but I forget the exact reasoning, but I think it has something to do with homeless people.
These next few laws will definitely make you question these towns’ legitimacy when it comes to lawmaking.
Poor raccoons.raccoon stealing GIFGiphy
In Virginia, it's illegal to "hunt or kill any wild bird or wild animal, including any nuisance species" on Sundays. However, it is permissible to kill raccoons.
How the heck is this enforced?
I don't know if this is still a thing anymore, but in Texas it used to be illegal to own more than six dildos.
It's illegal to own any at all in Alabama unless the owner has a letter from a doctor claiming a legitimate medical need.
Granted, most of these laws were written a very long time ago. But it makes you wonder, what the heck were these original lawmakers doing? And what event happened that needed these laws to be enforced at all?
If some of these laws don't make you want to be a criminal, then I don't know what will