People Divulge The Scariest Things Science Has Proven True
I hated science classes.
As soon as I could I ran.
But it follows me.
Because science can be downright disturbing.
That's why I blocked out so many of the details.
Redditor Flimsy_Finger4291 wanted to compare notes on all the frightening facts that are a definitive. They asked:
"What's the scariest thing that science has proven real?"
As if knowledge isn't scary enough, let's her more...
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"Some tumors have teeth, hair and even eyes."
"My sister had one minus the eyes! It was cantaloupe sized on one of her ovaries before it was found. She named it Terry the Teratoma."
"My best friend and bunk mate from summer camp died from one of those when I was in 7th grade. Happened so quickly, we were a week into camp and he got really sick. They gave us all heavy meningitis shots because they didn’t know what it was and within a few days he was dead. Turned out to be a brain eating amoeba."
"Edit: strangely enough on the same day he started getting sick one of the lifeguards that was sitting out in a boat waiting for the next group of kids for what we called Trojans Vs. Spartans day had a seizure, fell off the boat and drowned. Only deaths they’d ever had in the 50+ years the camp had been open."
Far Far Away
"The size of our galaxy, how many other galaxies there are and how far away they are. When you can actually see something that incomprehensible.."
"The nearest star to us would take the Voyager 70,000 years to reach. The nearest galaxy to ours would take the Voyager 749,000,000 years. If we some how managed to take on the monstrous task of speed of light travel it would still take 25,000 years to reach the nearest galaxy. And it's even further apart after you read this. Wild stuff!"
"How the brain is literally rewired and chemically altered by childhood neglect and abuse."
"It's genuinely kinda freaky, playing a puzzle game, and noticing how quickly you're getting better at it. The kind of puzzles that were a real blocker in the beginning become baby-easy after like an hour of playing puzzles like it."
"My sister faced horrible abuse at the hands of our father, and she has been working through it with multiple therapists over the last 10 years and she is only now starting to get her life back. I feel like she was robbed at a fair chance at life because of our a**hole father."
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"Prions, horrific and totally unpredictable."
"Fatal familial insomnia is a prions disease where you can't sleep anymore, you just stay awake until your brain deteriorates and you die."
Now I can never UNKNOW about prions. Perfect.
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"Ageing. I'm content with death but the idea of my body growing old, frail and eventually falling apart before the end game gives me goosebumps."
"Gamma ray bursts. No warning, no escape, no defense, no survivors."
"If you're talking about supernovas if the star isn't too close the gamma burst would probably only destroy some part of our ozone layer. And gamma radiation is actually the least lethal out of all types of waves."
"Entropy. Time shall consume all things. Inevitable heat death of the universe."
"I personally want the 'Big Crunch' to be true. That instead of fizzling out it all gets sucked back into an infinitely small/dense particle and then another Big Bang happens. It’s my explanation for the multiverse. It’s all one timeline. Just infinitely long."
"More like a theory, the 'orangutan paradox,' when we film a documentary on orangutans, they can’t realize that we are observing them, yet they are the most intelligent species of their category, so aliens might be watching us and we are as oblivious as an orangutan."
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"That hearing is the last sense to leave, when dying."
A blink of an eye
"Deep time. The Earth was alive a million years ago. And a million years before that. A thousand million years before that. Even if our civilization is miraculously successful and we live for 20 thousand more years and colonize thousands of planets like in Dune it's still nothing. A blink of an eye. The Earth would barely notice."
"The scariest thing for me, is that we have scientifically mapped human psychology. We know social habits, and evolutionary survival instincts that we've carried over from our ancient past. We have extensive knowledge on how to elicit the exact response out of a human on command. And the scary thing is that corporations use this information to sell things to us."
"Everything about a product's design from it's shape, to it's color pallet to it's odor is specifically and intricately designed to hack our brains and trigger the exact specific response that they want from us. Once you are aware of how much human psychology goes into advertising, you will never look at an add the same way again."
"Lead in gasoline may very-well have decreased the human IQ on a global scale while in use... https://www.utilitysmarts.com/automobile/gasoline/why-is-lead-in-gasoline/"
"There's also a theory that the spat of serial killers between ww2 and the 2000s may have been partially due to this."
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"The capability to harness nuclear explosions."
"That things we thought were stars (or fuzzy stars) a century ago are actually entire galaxies. Who knows who or what the F is out there?"
"Which is exactly why I think anyone who doesn't believe in aliens is just in denial, cause there SO MUCH UNIVERSE out there that even if life came about on Earth by a total million-in-one accident that it almost certainly has happened somewhere else."
"Finding substances that can change your behavior, memories and general personality."
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"Giant squids. Suddenly the old sailor story's of krakens wrapping tentacles around a ship and pulling it into the ocean doesn't seem like fiction."
"Lobsters are practically immortal and continue to grow as long as they don't die from disease or killed by predator."
"That a person can be killed by organisms so tiny that we can't even see them."
A Billion Years
"Sun is going to die. It will explode and stop providing energy after 5 billion years. We better find a new star to relocate by then. Nearest star Proxima Centauri is 4.5 light years away from Earth and with current technology we can reach the neighbouring star in 6300 years trip."
Well that is the antithesis of comfort. Life is so fun.
Reddit user algebra_lover asked: 'What is the stupidest thing people brag about?'
It's never attractive to gloat.
Even if someone is incredibly skilled at something, or accomplished something incredibly impressive, it's better for others to commend their accomplishment, rather than doing so themselves.
The only thing that can make gloating and arrogance even less attractive is if they're bragging about something that isn't even that impressive to begin with.
Even so, some people simply can't help but boast and congratulate themselves, even whether or not the thing that is making their head grow with impressive speed isn't remotely worth congratulating.
"What is the stupidest thing people brag about?"
Literally Wrong On So Many Levels...
"Kid in my class bragged about how he stole an air freshener from the school bathroom."
"He was holding an unwrapped, wet urinal cake in his hand." -Tardigrade90
There Is Such A Thing As Work/Life Balance
"Anything to do with hustle culture."
"Wow, you got sh*tty sleep under your desk??"
"I was comfortable in my bed, haha, a strange flex." - joshharvey02
"Hours of work."
"We shouldn't be glorifying getting overworked." -RedditWorking Good Morning GIF by Jimmy ArcaGiphy
What The Actual...
"My neighbor was bragging about how long her three-year-old son’s penis was."
"She told my wife and I, 'Everyone always says, omg his penis is so long!'"
"I’m just like, why the f*ck have so many people seen it?"- NaiveMelany
A Truly Smart Person Knows Not To Brag...
"The dumber they are, the more they brag."- EdgyLearner138
"Money Money Money, Must Be Funny..."
"From what I've read, family gets greedy and entitled."
"It's best to keep your mouth shut about money to every family member."- Vegetable-Fix-4702
"Dad's money."- BabuBhaiyaForeverMoney Chicken GIF by happydogGiphy
The Less Said, The Better
"How little sleep they got."
"How late they stayed at work."
"How much they drank." - eviehalboro
Going Viral Isn't Always A Good Thing...
"Internet fame." - SwaggerEilte
Not Something To Be Proud Of...
"How drunk or high they get."- 9umopapisdnjames franco GIFGiphy
Monogamy Is Nothing To Be Ashamed Of
"Sometime over the last decade or so, people started using the term "body count" for their cumulative number of lifetime sex partners."
"Unless you're doing it with all of them concurrently, I am not impressed." -Reddit
A Well Rested Soul Is A Happy One...
"The only time I care if you lack sleep is if you’re heading to Brooklyn." - _Goose_
Be Proud Of Who You Are, But...
"Guys who brag about being 'built different'."
"You have a beard, a 'full sleeve' tattoo, and a pickup truck."
"You’re so different." - someguy192838
A "Real Man" Never Needs To Prove Himself...
"Being an 'alpha'."
"Sorry homeboys, if you feel the need to announce it, you ain't it... and you know that." - Prudii_Skirata
Some people simply need to be the center of attention.
Even if the attention gained isn't exactly wanted.
As proud as one might be of their accomplishments though, it's always a good idea to wait for others to congratulate you, before congratulating yourself.
Remember that kid in elementary school who would do anything for a laugh? He'd eat worms or roll in the dirt if it meant the attention of the class. Gross, right? Is there anything that could be more embarrassing?
Well, it's possible that budding clown had the right idea. It turns out human beings have a natural predisposition to be fascinated by the gross and disgusting—and if you agree, boy do we have some facts for you.
1. If it doesn’t cure you…
Boiled toads were once thought to cure for rheumatism. Not salivating at the thought of ground up boiled toad? Try this: rotted mice were fed to children to cure bed wetting.
The next time you catch yourself complaining about the 21st century, take a moment to say a prayer for the poor child who peed the bed 400 years ago, and got to eat a mouse as a result. Maybe go thank you parents now. They may not have been perfect, but things could have been a lot worse.
2. The grossest thing in your house?
Apparently it's not just your phone spreading the nasty...
Kitchen sinks contain more bacteria than either garbage pails or toilets! How gross is that?
We all have that one sponge (it's the one so brown it blends in with the dishwater) which should have been retired long ago. Maybe this fact is enough for some of us to finally put it out to pasture.
3. They do what on your food?macro photograph of blue fly on plant's stemPhoto by Philip Veater on Unsplash
Flies eat feces and transport a wealth of bacteria, including typhoid and dysentery on their bodies. That’s not the worst of it. When they land on your food, they also vomit a mixture of saliva and enzymes to break it down so they suck it up using their tongues. And their eggs? They lay them on dead flesh to hatch maggots.
4. You can attract more with honey. Literally.
If flies didn’t bother you before, they almost certainly are about to.
Crime is a problem that has vexed rulers for millennia. After all, it seems some portion of the population is just always going to flaunt the rules. However can we stop the menace? Prison? The death penalty? Stern letters?
The ancient Egyptian King Pepi II had a more... ruthless solution. He would slather a slave in honey and the flies would flock to smell. Eventually, they would begin to feast. Suffice it to say, said slave never misbehaved again.
5. Who needs a pool?
As disgusting creatures go, the vulture comes in a close second to the fly. They live on rotted flesh – in fact they prefer it! And when a vulture is hot, they cool off by excreting (yes, pooping) on their own legs.
6. Gross by any measuresanc1691 | Pacific hagfish (Eptatretus stoutii) in a hole at… | Flickrwww.flickr.com
The hagfish would make a gross list based on looks alone. But it qualifies in other ways too. It is blind, toothless and feasts on dead flesh. Hagfish look for openings in carcasses and then enter and eat the corpse from the inside out. For defense, they rely on mucus: when attacked, they can project up to 17 pints of it at their attacker.
7. What’s in that spitball?
Most people have seen images of hippos enjoying a mud bath. But the balls of goop they appear to be playfully flinging at each other are actually a disgusting mixture of their own urine and feces. The idea is to mark their territory and perhaps to humiliate their foes at the same time.
8. Gross is where the heart is
Frankenstein author Mary Shelley had a pretty gross secret hidden away in her desk: her dead husband’s heart. When her husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, drowned in a boating accident, he was cremated, but his heart remained intact. Physicians believe it might have been calcified due to tuberculosis. Whatever the cause, it was eventually given to Mary and discovered in her desk when she died a few years later.
9. Would the dentist still recommend?blue and white plastic bottlePhoto by 莎莉 彭 on Unsplash
Not crazy about the taste of toothpaste? Mint isn't exactly everyone's cup of tea...
Then again, it's not that terrible.
The Romans, for their part, used powdered mouse brains.
So consider yourself blessed.
10. Imported mouthwash
Looking for a fresher mouth? The Romans would use imported Portuguese urine, yes imported pee. It was so popular that Emperor Nero had to tax it and it remained a popular mouthwash until the 18th century.
11. The ultimate gross revenge
When he discovered that his wife had cheated on him with another man, Peter the Great had the man killed. He forced his wife to keep her lover’s head in a jar of alcohol in her bedroom. The head, still in its jar, is now kept on display at the Kunstkamera Museum in St. Petersburg.
12. One more flavour of mouthwashgray and black turtlePhoto by Dušan veverkolog on Unsplash
Looking for a different flavor of mouthwash? Tortoise blood was also once used to disinfect the mouth and clean teeth.
13. What’s in your coffee mug?
Bodily excretions are the things that creep people out the most but consider this: 40% of office coffee mugs contain coliform bacteria – feces according to several studies. Takeout it is!
14. Extra protein
Everyone eats insects. The FDA’s Defect Levels Handbook states allowances for dietary staples. Foods like broccoli, canned tomatoes, and corn contain “insect fragments:" heads, antennae, wings, thoraxes, legs – and even whole bugs. Fig paste is allowed 13 insect heads per 100 grams; canned fruit juices can contain four maggots per litre; and 10 grams of hops can legally contain 2,500 aphids. Let's not get into the allowances for rat hair...
15. A side of larvae with that?a rat sitting on a piece of woodPhoto by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash
Fine... we'll get into the rat hair. The FDA limits the number of rodent hairs that can be found in peanut butter to 5 per 100 grams.
16. Cannibalized airmen
In 1944, nine American airmen were shot down over the Japanese island of Chi Chi Jima. Eight were captured, chopped up, cooked, and served to Japanese officers in everything from gourmet stir fries to special skewered appetizers. The ninth man, who escaped, was George HW Bush who would eventually become the 41st President of the United States.
The Asian giant hornet is two inches long with a quarter-inch-long stinger. It can inject venom that dissolves human flesh and can paralyze the nervous system. But even grosser is what they will do to honeybees. If they encounter a nest, they mark it to attract other giant hornets. Then they attack, chopping up the defenseless bees by dismembering them in a frenzied massacre that can destroy up to 30,000 bees in just three hours. They leave behind a pile of heads and limbs.
18. Gross cureswhite and brown pig on brown hayPhoto by Lauren McConachie on Unsplash
History is full of interesting cures. Ancient Egyptians crushed a pig’s eye and mixed it with red ochre (a common dye). They poured the mixture into a patient’s ears as cure for blindness.
19. Who loves jellybeans?
Who doesn't love a good jelly bean!? Colorful, shiny treats that are full of sugar... You just can't get better than that, can you? Even Dumbledore loved them (although the Harry Potter variety can get a little more nasty than our real world candies).
But perhaps our jelly beans don't have as many differences from Berty Botts Every-Flavor Beans as you think. After all, their colourful, shiny exterior is actually covered in a shellac, which is a compound made from bug excretions.
20. The human snake connection
Before you read on, savor this moment. It's the last time you'll believe that you've got nothing in common with a snake.
Human beings can shed up to 40 pounds of skin in their lifetimes. Not so different from snakes really, just a lot more skin!
21. Twice in your lifea woman in a long dress holding a stick in a fieldPhoto by Timothy Dykes on Unsplash
It's a common misconception that people never bathed during the Middle Ages. They did. But then the Christian church authorities proclaimed that public bathing led to immorality, promiscuous sex, and diseases. In response, many curtailed their bathing. Queen Isabella of Castile proudly claimed to have bathed only twice in her entire life!
22. Where does it go?
Snot is gross. That much is a pretty universally accepted fact. Indeed, if you're ever looking for an opinion to share with friends and family that is basically guaranteed to be met with agreement, you almost certainly can't go wrong with saying that snot blows.
So what's grosser than snots itself?
Maybe that humans produce 1 liter of snot every day.
23. It seems pretty harmless but...
What’s gross about a sneeze? Well, first it is composed of snot. Second, it’s hard to escape! The spray from a sneeze can travel up to 30 to 60 miles an hour and fly up to 30 feet in the air.
When you move beyond how utterly gross that is, it's kind of amazing though, no? The things we're capable of... Behold, the marvels of the human body! We're so majestic.
24. Headless and still horrifyingFile:Dusky Cockroach (Ectobius lapponicus) - Bærum, Norway 2021-07 ...commons.wikimedia.org
Cockroaches can survive for a week without their heads, and a decapitated cockroach can still wiggle its antennae.
When the nuclear apocalypse comes, the roaches will be laughing all the way to the burned out ruins of the bank.
And the Jellyfish will control the seas.
25. Gross defense
The regal horned lizard has a unique way of fighting off predators. It shoots foul smelling blood out of its eyes... straight into the attacker’s mouth. Don’t worry though, they seldom use this technique on humans.
26. Green is good. Or not.
The Prasinohaema lizard has green bones, green muscles and even a green tongue. It also has green blood that is extremely poisonous.
27. Supper anyone?File:Vlad Tepes 002.jpg - Wikipediaen.wikipedia.org
15th century Romanian ruler Vlad the Impaler was the inspiration for Dracula and had a uniquely gross way of dealing with his opposition. He invited hundreds of them to a banquet and had them impaled on long sharp poles. His contemporaries reported that he also had a penchant for consuming the blood that dripped from of some of his victims, hence the Dracula connection.
28. A grisly graveyard
There are over 200 corpses of climbers and Sherpas on Mount Everest. The extreme weather prevents their removal and preserves them, creating grisly reminders of their sad demise.
Astonishingly, the bodies are actually used by some climbers as waypoints (or landmarks) to help guide them in their quest up the mountain. This is because if a climber dies, they are likely on the well-trod path to the summit.
29. Where that smell is really coming from
Disgusted by something that just smells bad? Consider this – you are smelling it because the molecules of whatever it is are actually sticking to the inside of your nostrils. In the case of farts, it's not poop you're inhaling... it's intestinal gas. Comforting.
30. Unwanted guestsblack and white striped textilePhoto by Nick Fewings on Unsplash
Doctors in India recently removed a 6-foot-long tapeworm by pulling it through a man’s mouth. Which probably went down in his diary as a really terrible day.
Tapeworms can grow up to 80 feet long by some reports and are often caused by consuming raw pork or beef.
31. Chew your hair? Chew on this.
Another set of doctors removed a 14-pound hairball from a woman. The woman suffered from trichophagia, a condition in which people compulsively consume their own hair. Before they discovered the hairball, she suffered from severe pain and had lost 84 pounds.
32. The grossest of jewels
How about a jewel made from a bundle of hair, vegetable fibers, and food that forms in the stomachs of humans and animals? They’re called bezoars, and Queen Elizabeth had one in her crown jewels. Other royals put them in their wine glasses, and they were even believed at one point to offer protection against poison.
33. Murder for partsFile:William Burke's skeleton.jpg - Wikimedia Commonscommons.wikimedia.org
Two men named Burke and Hare were responsible for a series of murders in the 1880’s. Their victims were used to provide body parts for surgeons to practice on. One of the men, William Burke, became a victim himself when he was hung for his crimes and his skin was distributed to collectors. Famous author Charles Dickens reportedly had a piece of Burke’s skin that he used as a bookmark.
34. What could he do with a hammer?
A performer by the name of Brad Beyers who goes by the show name “The Human Toolbox” drilled through his head with an electric drill. He has also hammered a nail through his face and hung a wooden board on it and pushed an icepick up his nostril.
35. Frogs bring vomit to a new level
Vomit is always gross but it's how frogs do it that makes it a whole lot worse. When a frog vomits, its entire stomach spews out and hangs out of its mouth. The frog then digs out the contents of the stomach and swallows it back down again.
36. But was it the chemicals or the smell that worked?black crocodile on body of water during daytimePhoto by Rae Wallis on Unsplash
The ancient Egyptians used crocodile dung as a contraceptive. Early North American women soaked dried beaver testicles in alcohol and then drank the solution.
It sounds like a comedy sketch, but the snakehead fish is also known as “frankenfish” because of its predatory nature and long rows of razor sharp teeth. A voracious predator, the snakehead consumes everything it encounters and can even go on land if it runs out of prey in the water. It has pseudo lungs that allow it to breath and propels itself forward across land by wiggling. It eats everything from other fish to small mammals and birds and will even turn on other snakeheads.
38. Cat ladies be warned!
If you die and your body remains undiscovered, your dog will likely wait a long time before it resorts to eating you. Cats on the other hand will only wait a day before they begin to consume you.
And they’ll start on the most tender parts, your face for example.
39. Literally giving the fingerFile:Greg surrounded by members of the Dani Tribe in the Baliem ...en.wikipedia.org
The women of the Dani tribe in Indonesia cut off parts of their fingers to mourn the death of a loved one. The finger is tied with a string to numb it, and the stump is burned to cauterize it.
40. Dancing with the dead
Once every seven years, the Malagasy of Madagascar unearth their dead to dance with them. The ritual allows the spirits of the dead to join the ancestors after the body has fully decomposed.
41. An evil twin?
You’ve probably heard stories of twins being consumed by the other twin, but here is the gross truth. Most are benign tumors called teratoma. Teratoma tumors have been discovered containing human hair, bone and even teeth! Some contain organs and are thought to resemble small humans. Teratoma tumors are often formed at birth, although people often don’t realize they have them until later in life.
42. Can’t leave your phone? Consider this.person holding space gray iPhone 7Photo by Bagus Hernawan on Unsplash
A London study found that one out of every six cellphones has fecal matter on it. And if that isn’t enough to get you to put it down (or at least wash it), an Arizona microbiologist found that cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than toilet seats!
Now that we all know this, each of us is confronted with a pretty painful dilemma: is it still worth it to scroll the internet while we're on the john? I mean nobody wants fecal matter all over their hands... but... it can get pretty boring just sitting there.
First dates can be very exciting.
Sure, you're nervous, and you're hoping this person isn't a serial killer, but that's all part of the excitement.
Imagine being interviewed later that you were on a date with a serial killer?
Podcast fame cemented.
But first dates are the chance for everyone to put their best lies... Sorry, best foot forward.
That's why certain behaviors can be alarming.
Don't ignore the red flags just because you're looking for romance.
Redditor Fun-Lack7534 wanted to hear about all the big signs we need to watch out for when a romance begins, so they asked:
"What is the biggest red flag on a first date?"
If they're too touchy/feely from the jump, then jump... away.
Past IssuesWill Smith GIF by Red Table TalkGiphy
"They keep talking about their ex."
"Yikes, I'm guilty of that 😬."
Look Up Please
"When they won’t stay off their damn phone."
"I hate when this happens. Half the time I expect they are trying to show you something, but no, they are just browsing social media or texting. What's the purpose of meeting me at a restaurant then? You have WiFi at home and could do the same thing there haha."
"Had this on my last date, she wouldn't put her phone away. Later she even said, that I didn't talk a lot."
Who are you?
"They don't look anything like their pics."
"I went on a date with a girl once. We matched on Bumble. She was like a supermodel gorgeous but I really don't care about looks, we just clicked and got along and that's all I care about. Well, we meet at Starbucks, and the girl looks a solid five years older and 200 pounds heavier than her pictures."
"I was obviously taken aback, and she eventually told me she used pictures that were many years old and slightly edited so that guys would go on dates with her. She then proceeded to talk about nothing but sex, in a public Starbucks, on the first date. We didn't have a second one."
You're missing 2 wheels
"If they have you get on a motorcycle and burn your leg and then take you to McDonald’s."
"One time, I went on a date with a guy who took me on his motorcycle to a restaurant. We get there, and he rides up onto the sidewalk and stops. I’m not really sure exactly how it happened, but I didn’t realize he was getting off, and so I stayed on."
"The whole thing falls over with me on it. So, I’m laying there on the sidewalk with my leg crushed by the motorcycle, and he just stands there gaping. Then, he had the nerve to get angry at me because some random guys who were standing on the corner came running over and picked up the motorcycle and helped me stand up."
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"Yup! Bad teeth and/or smells."
Take a shower.
Brush your teeth.
Do some laundry.
It's the basics.
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"She says, 'By the way, I am married but my husband sucks and I want to cheat on him.'"
"I had this happen once."
"If someone spends a lot of the time telling what they don't want, what they don't like, instead of discussing their interests and yours, probably not a good sign."
"Went on a first date once with a girl who had just gone through a divorce and was obviously nowhere near ready to start dating. She was beautiful, kind, smart, etc but really been screwed hard by her ex and talked about it the whole time."
"We had like a six-hour date and went to multiple locations and really had a nice time but I friend-zoned her super quick into the date. I figured it would be at least a couple of years before she was truly ready to start dating someone. In retrospect, I’m so glad because very shortly after I found my now-fiancé who is just amazing to me. When you exclude what is not right for you, you make room for what is."
"Lying about their age. The guy I went on a date with told me he was 23 (my age). I found out through a close friend and roommate that he was actually almost 30 and that his lying about that was the tip of the iceberg in terms of the red flags he gave off."
"Yup, I went out on a date who lied about their age and appearance on a profile (years older and gained a lot of weight), and like the second sentence of the evening was her being like, 'So, let me explain about maybe things not being what you might have thought...' I don't even remember what the explanation was, but it obviously wasn't good enough."
"She asks for a photo ID. Her apartment is a total pig pen when you pick her up. You sit on her sofa to wait for her to finish getting ready and find a knife in between the cushions. This all happened on a first date and I still took her out. What a dumda**."
"I took her out a couple of times (I was newly single and raising kids, so the pickings were slim). After a few dates, a friend of mine was shocked to receive a wedding invitation. OUR wedding invitation. I was more shocked than him. I don’t even know how she got the addresses of my friends. Just retelling this story is going to give me nightmares again."
Oh the search for romance is never going to be easy.
There are some childhood meals that never die no matter how much older we get, from grilled cheese sandwiches to chicken tenders.
But there are certainly ways to spice up and elevate those foods, especially with unique additions to the classic grilled cheese sandwich.
Redditor AnotherFrankHere asked:
"What item do you add to a grilled cheese that makes it awesome?"
Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese
"Butter the bread and sprinkle with garlic powder, then grill your cheese."
"How have I never thought of a garlic bread grilled cheese sandwich before? It was right there in front of me… the whole time!"
Cheese on Cheese
"Crispy parmesan on the outside."
"Most hard cheeses would be great. Parmesan, pecorino, grana padano. And something that melts well inside like mozzarella or camembert. A drizzle of good quality olive oil and some herb will elevate it to a godly status."
Everything But the Bagel
"Everything But the Bagel seasoning. My girlfriend is obsessed with my grilled cheeses because of it."
"Edit: I told her I made this comment and she said, 'Now that you’ve brought it up, can I have one today?' I’ve made her two already today and am sure there will be another one tonight."
A Fried Egg
"A fried egg in the middle is so d**n good."
"I thought I was the only one, but this is so simple but adds so much."
The Power of Mustard
"A little mustard."
"I used to work in a restaurant that sold Gruyère melts. Gruyère cheese, Colman’s mustard, basil, and tomato slices (just a few). It is soooo good that we’ve been making them for the 27 years since I left that place!"
"I can't believe this isn't the first (or perhaps the second because bacon exists). A little bit of mustard is the best addition to either a Grilled Cheese or Mac n' Cheese sauce."
Great Cheese Pairings
"Real thin sliced ham, or maybe some grilled onions."
"It was the best of shires, it was the Worcestershires."
"What's this here sauce."
Oregano Grilled Cheese
"Oregano. And roasted and diced New Mexico green chili when I can get it."
"I was scrolling and figured no one else knew about the oregano grilled cheese."
Pesto and Tomatoes
"Pesto and tomatoes."
"This. Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and green pesto is the best thing ever."
"Thin sliced apples."
"Green apples with gouda and turkey are so good."
"I was looking for this comment! Kimchi grilled cheeses are the best thing on the planet."
Berries with Cheese
"Fig, or any sweet and sour berry works, like raspberry, blueberry, blackberry."
"Brie is a great cheese to pair with jam."
"I'm also partial to an Emmental, Double Gloucester, and Wensleydale."
"Cranberry jam goes great with Wensleydale, especially around winter when it's easy to get Wensleydale with whole cranberries in it. Nice contrast of textures in the toasty."
"Please try bacon jam or onion jam! I used to add a homemade caramelized onion and beetroot jam, before I developed allergies to multiple foods, including wheat, dairy, and onions. So good!"
"Mayo on the outside will give you that perfect golden-brown crispy bread."
"This. This is the way. Elevates a grilled cheese like there is no tomorrow. The actual secret ingredient that’s bomb."
"Edit: I put mayo inside. Butter on the outside. That’s how my grandma used to make them when I was young and it’s how I learned. Still the best-grilled cheeses to this day."
"People downvoting this are probably thinking, 'I don't like mayo,' and can't wrap their head around the fact that the mayo as they know is doesn't survive the process."
"It's oil and egg-white. The oil ends up serving the same function as butter for spreading the heat so the bread doesn't get scorched and the egg whites get cooked into the bread."
"So if you read 'Mayonnaise' above and imagined a sandwich that tastes like Mayonnaise, you've made an error."
Tips That Make a Big Difference
"Use garlic butter on the bread, with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese."
"Apply a light smear of pesto to the inside of the sandwich."
"Make a soup that complements the cheese."
"Use a different type of bread (roasted garlic, Jalapeno Cheddar, etc.)."
While a simple grilled cheese with just cheese, bread, and butter can be totally heartwarming, there are still ways to elevate the sandwich to something totally gourmet and life-changing.