I love food! Maybe a little too much. It's been an especially amorous relationship over this pandemic. And I know I'm not alone.
All of our palettes are tuned to our own personal tastes. And sometimes certain items and combinations of tastes can leave others less than enticed.
I've lost track of all the side-eye I've gotten when I declare how much I enjoy PINEAPPLE on pizza. I said it. I meant it. Fight me. Let's discuss who else has eclectic tastes.
Redditoru/CatVideoFestwanted to discuss the mixing of certain ingredients that don't leave the best taste in one's mouth by asking:
Food is for survival. That was the plan. But over the years it has become somewhat of a way of life. Some of the most annoying people are foodies. They get so uppity about the preferences of others. Like, let me just enjoy what I enjoy.
Mom No!Mom Smile GIFGiphy
"I don't like my mom's cooking."
"Livestock have refused to eat my mother's cooking. She's a terror in the kitchen."
Take them OUT!!
"I hate walnuts in baked goods. It tastes like wood shavings and completely ruins the flavor."
"I love walnuts but I feel this way about raisins in baked goods, raisins are fine by themselves but not in sweets, I once ordered cinnamon rolls at Hardee's and bit into it and found out there were raisins in it, and I was grossed out and didn't want to eat it. At least freakin' McDonald's serves real cinnamon rolls without freakn' raisins!"
The Fart Ingredient
"I don't like kidney beans except in chili."
Oh thew Crunch...
"Pickles and onion make the best sandwich. I make most of my own pickles from stuff I grow or get from local farms in the fall, but I responded to another comment with two different heinous concoctions I enjoy. Crunchy, salty, sour. I really like pickles and onions to begin with."
"I use more than pickled cucumber though. Like the last one I made, I used garlic naan, mayo, red onion, scallions, pickled garlic, green olives, Kalamata olives, garlic dill cucumber, and green beans. Shallot, sour pickled onion, sweet pickled cucumbers, and sushi ginger on sprouted 14 grain bread is also also a favorite of mine."
People Break Down The Best Loophole They've Ever Exploited
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"I do not like bacon."
Who doesn't like bacon? That seems like a sacrilege. Right? But to each their own. Though I will never understand not loving walnuts in comfort food. Y'all need more self love.
Love the Big M
"Fast food tastes amazing, yeah its unhealthy as hell but don't you sit there and lie and say it tastes bad."
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"Cheesecake is disgusting."
Too Many Legs
"Lobsters and crabs are giant insects."
"I don't really think that's that controversial, in my area of the world we even call this creature a 'Moreton Bay Bug' even though some fisheries try to give it the more appealing name of 'flathead lobster'."
"Boneless wings are vastly superior to bone-in wings. I think bone-in wings are a ripoff because when you get half a pound of them, part of that half-pound is inedible. It's like if you ordered a quarter-pound cheeseburger, but the restaurant considers the weight of the plate to be part of that quarter-pound and you end up with just a slider. Just give me some damn meat."
The Slimeman oyster GIFGiphy
"Oysters are truly disgusting and absurdly overpriced for quarter sized pieces of snot that tastes like salt water and hot sauce."
Side Dish Bad
"Cheese fries = ruined fries. I don't have a lot of texture issues, but I refuse to eat limp, soggy french fries. No cheese fries, no chili fries, no poutine."
"I don't care for pasta. Around a decade ago, I lost a ton of weight by cutting out carbs (except beer) and after not eating bread or pasta for 3 or 4 years, I still liked some breads but to this day don't like the squishiness of pasta."
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"I do not like pineapple. Period. Not on pizza, not cooked, not by itself, not in juice form. I just do not like pineapple."
"Tomatoes can screw off."
"I don't mind raw tomatoes, for things like salads or sliced in sandwiches. But cooked tomatoes? Get them the fuck away from me. I hate canned tomatoes in, for example, a vegetable soup. When my family fires up our grill, we skewer a bunch of different vegetables. Mushrooms, zucchini, bell peppers..."
"And cherry tomatoes. While all the other veggies get combined onto the same skewers, the tomatoes usually get a skewer of their own just for my sake."
"You could not pay me to eat a banana. The texture, the smell, just everything about it. Won't even drink a smoothie that has a little bit of banana in it—that's all I'd taste."
"I am NOT a picky eater, love every single vegetable and fruits and a huge variety of food. Cannot. Stand. Bananas. They make me gag to even think of them. I truly cannot believe that people actually find bananas edible or even enjoyable to eat. I hate them so much I think everyone is lying about liking them."
"Nutella on pancakes is just plain abomination."
Sick 'n Nasty
"Licorice is absolutely disgusting."
"Yeah it is. I don't understand what child hating sicko decided to invent a candy as superficially inviting as Good n Plenty, knowing that it would contain that rancid excrement on the inside. When I was young and getting a dollar to buy the candy of my choice was a huge deal to me, I once made the mistake of wasting my cash on a box of those rabbit turds."
"I think I remember crying when I bit into a handful of them, because idk what exactly I was expecting... but it wasn't freaking licorice."
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"Poached eggs are infinitely inferior to fried or scrambled eggs. I don't want my food or plate contaminated with gross eggy water and I want some crispy variation in the texture."
A Whole Meal Mess
"I may like my steaks medium rare and with nothing but a bit of butter and garlic, but if you want your steak well-done and slathered in ketchup, cool, you do you. Some people prefer different tastes and freak snobs who think if your grilled cheese is American on Wonderbread and isn't made with Asiago and Romano on freshly baked bread, toasted via fireplace, you're not doing it right. Sometimes I like my food how mom used to make... and mom was a crappy cook."
"Food is so much better without cheese. Cheese drowns out all of the other flavors. Take a sandwich for instance. You can really taste the vegetables on a sandwich without cheese. You taste mostly cheese when you add cheese."
"Cheese is the bane of my existence. EVERYTHING comes with cheese when you are at a restaurant these days. I have a very limited number of cheeses I can eat. Things like cheddar, a very popular cheese, give me killer migraines. Stop putting cheese on everything people!"
Ok, I'm trying to stay calm. I don't want to judge. But some of these opinions... are leaving me shook. Except the oysters. That is that work of the devil. Look away...
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Among the biggest casualties as a result of the global pandemic are ongoing supply chain issues, which has resulted in a number of items costing considerably more than they once did.
As a result, a coffee and pastry will likely go for $12 or more.
But even before the pandemic first hit in March of 2020, the cost of various things still proved to be a major point of contention, namely at how overpriced they were.
These could be things which might seem frivolous in the grand scheme of things, such as a Caribbean vacation, or things which were literally life or death, such as healthcare.
Redditor madmart07 was curious to hear the things the Reddit community were worth far less than their asking price, leading them to ask:
"What should be at least 5x cheaper than it is?"
The hefty price of education
"Graphing calculators."- floofyskypanda
"They are charging insane prices and switching the required books often."- SuvenPanStudent Loans Graduation GIF by INTO ACTIONGiphy
Want to stay alive? Then pay up...
"Prescription meds."- Straight-Audience-91
"For something that could potentially save a life shouldn’t cost that much."
"Some people even carry an expired epipen because they can’t afford to get a new one."- xiaom1ng
Let people die with dignity
"When I die I’m getting turned into a tree."- TheEvilestArtichoke
Guess we'll just starve.
"Due to commissions, a kilo of onion costs more than onion imported from China."
"That is the case for most good items."
"Bangladesh here."- niamulsmh
Might as well just buy a new printer!
"Printer Ink."- bruinblitzrainbow hp GIF by Anthony AntonellisGiphy
Don't be fooled by the price tag...
"Transaction fees."- BadBadGrades
Wish I could see it...
"F*cking eye care."
'Glasses and contacts."
"I’m lucky with decent health insurance that the style of glasses that I wear is only $20 copay but Jesus! "
"It’s all so expensive!"- SwigSwoot92sleepy good night GIF by Benedikt LuftGiphy
Not everything should only be enjoyed by the super wealthy.
Let alone the right to live.
Major props should always be given to casting directors who have nailed it with their choice of actors to portray specific roles.
Regardless of whether or not a movie was a commercial success, the perfect performance of a dedicated actor or actress really elevates the films they're featured in.
One example of such an actor or performance that comes to mind is Jack Nicholson in The Shining.
Now, Stephen King, who wrote the original novel on which the movie is based, was not impressed with director Stanley Kubrick's vision for the loose interpretation of King's masterpiece.
But what horror movie aficionados will always talk about is Nicholson's incomparable performance of Jack Torrance, the tormented, recovering alcoholic father who has a penchant for chopping through the doors of occupied bathrooms with an ax.
Curious to hear of such iconic Hollywood performances, Redditor JasonXP2000 asked:
"Which actor did such a kick-a** job in a certain role that you could never imagine anyone else playing it?"
These distinguished British actors completely inhabited the characters from within.
A Succession Of Pirates
"Carey Elwes as Wesley/Dread Pirate Roberts."
Evil In Pink
"Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge."
"A lot of people here are going to talk protagonists, or hot antagonists."
"Dolores Umbridge was a generally disliked character in the books, but Imelda Staunton's portrayal of the character brought such a life and liveliness to the evil pink suited b*tch that they are an inseparable pairing. It was, truly, a perfect casting backed by excellent support and direction."
When it comes to epic action flicks, it's hard to imagine changing any of these perfect casting choices.
"Bruce Campbell in Army Of Darkness."
"Soooo many one liners. I think my favorite: 'Wellllll hello Mr fancy pants, I've got news for you pal, you ain't leading but two things right now...'"
"Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in the Alien franchise."
"I love the fact that all the characters in the Alien script were written without gender in mind. Their gender was determined upon casting."
"Edit: The original script states 'The crew is unisex and all parts are interchangeable for men or women.'”
He Always Came Baaaack
"Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator."
There's a reason why these actors have an Oscar on their shelves.
Unsettling And Masterful Performance
"Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men."
"Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa in Inglorius Basterds."
"Brad Pitt as Lt Aldo Raine is hard to imagine anyone else pulling off. I crack up at all of his scenes to this day because he's such a smart @ss, and the accent was great."
Characters on TV are equally as, if not more, complex as the actors embody the mindset of their characters for extended periods of time.
There's No "Parks & Rec" Without Him
"Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson."
Rest In Peace, James
"James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano."
"One of the greatest acting performances ever - and it had to be. The character of Tony is so complex, so idiosyncratic… his true nature is often hidden even from himself. Gandolfini had to pull it all together. You have to believe the charisma in one scene and the oafishness in the next. The tender father, the murderer. Fat, balding, and insecure in one scene, suave and seductive the next. He cries about ducks and he’s a badass. More than anything, you recognize he is deeply evil to his core - probably beyond redemption even as he occasionally reaches for the light - and you love him anyways."
"What an incredible talent."
It's Always Sunny With Danny Around
"Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds. I'd seen him in a bunch of stuff before, but Frank is the perfect role for him."
Another actress who had me convinced I was watching a real person was Kathy Bates in her Oscar-winning portrayal of Annie Wilkes in Stephen King's Misery. (What is it with impressionable Stephen King characters?)
She redefined cuckoo-crazy for me in that performance, I couldn't shake off mental images of Annie hobbling James Caan's leg when I saw Bates playing a completely different character in the heartwarming Fried Green Tomatoes and as the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown in Titanic.
At one time or another, many of us have had morbid thoughts about our mortality.
Sometimes, however, our curiosities pertaining to death are more innocuous and less foreboding.
Examples of this were given when Redditor sushi_mane_ asked a hypotethetical of strangers, which was:
"What song would you want to be played at your funeral?"
Some Redditors want to be remembered for their sense of humor.
"Still Alive (from Portal)"
"If they're having a funeral, they're playing Weird Al's Trapped in the Drive-Thru."
Who Ya Gonna Call?
In Memory Of Anna
"My childhood best friend passed away suddenly in a car wreck this past November at 27. She also had a funeral playlist saved on her phone and her family used it! She was such a jokester and hilarious person. It gave us all a big laugh to find out she had already picked out her songs. It was a great way to honor her wishes and such a beautiful thing to have her put some humor in to a situation from beyond the grave. It really honored her memory in a way I won’t ever forget. Miss you, Anna!"
Keeping It Positive
"My Grandpa had 'Always Look at the Bright Side of Life' From Life of Brian at his funeral. I'd like something like that."
Some Redditors got all introspective.
"Otis Redding, 'Sitting on the dock of the Bay.'"
Song Of An Irish Immigrant's Take
"Going Out in Style - Dropkick Murphys."
Together In Spirit
"Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd"
"This is the song they play for you when you go too soon."
"It's beautiful, great song, but if I'm not in the right space (alone) I can't listen to it."
"It's been over 20 years since I first heard it at a funeral. I wish it was the last."
Ode To A Band Member
"Shine On You Crazy Diamond."
"Recently rediscovered Pink Floyd."
"Their music is absolutely next level."
When One Song Isn't Enough
"I’ve actually got a funeral playlist on my phone in case I hit the deck earlier than expected 😂😂"
"Just a quick edit because I didn’t expect my morbid need to control my funeral would blow up so much😂"
"I’m not tech savvy in any which way so I can’t upload the link to the comments.. but I have written the songs in the comments somewhere… they are the only songs on the playlist, there isn’t anymore to add."
"Yes, I’m 43, yes, I’m British. Yes, I’m an Inxs fan, but there’s no Inxs songs on the agenda. No, I’m not from up north!! Bittersweet symphony is timeless!! I don’t go much on the slow stuff by oasis, but that one hits different! No, I’m not crazy, I like to plan ahead! I don’t drink alcohol at all, and I have a great relationship with my mother 😂 hit the deck IS a metaphor for dying in my world 😂"
Some people want to get all stagey.
A Startling Wake
"Closed casket - pop goes the weasel."
Something Evil's Lurking In The Dark
"I want to hire a lookalike of myself who will pop out of a coffin and perform the Thriller choreography."
I have actually entertained this question, myself.
One of my favorite tunes is "Graceful Ghost Rag" by William Bolcom.
It's a somber tune without being totally depressing. To me, gentle ragtime song represents a soul coming to terms with its new plane of existence and making the most of it.
It brings me peace listening to it, and I hope to have the loved ones I will eventually leave behind feel the same.
In this digital age, nothing stays a secret for long. Every event, whether it's heartwarming or heartbreaking, is recorded for posterity.
One kind of event that has been recorded over and over is that of police activity. Good or bad, bystanders automatically reach for their phone in order to record the order of events exactly as they happened. These bystanders also get as close as they can.
However, in Arizona, that's not allowed anymore and people are NOT happy.
Redditor Wizard_Elon_3003 asked:
"Arizona just made it illegal to record police officers closer than 8 feet. What are your thoughts on this?"
Many people think this rule is absolutely ridiculous and will have severe ramifications for people trying to do the right thing.
What Happened To Protect and Serve?
"The fact that recording them is illegal under conditions, make me feel more threathened than protected."
And The Point Is What Exactly?
"So what is this law intended to accomplish? To prevent people from interfering with police business by getting in their face to film? That's already against the law!"
"Which leaves the "filming" part that they're trying to stop. Which the supreme court has already ruled is okay."
"In practical terms, this law can only be abused. It serves no legitimate purpose."
"Imagine this scenario: I am parked in a parking lot and pull out my phone to open my shopping list before going inside the store. I hear yelling and see a police office arguing very loudly with someone. Despite that the someone is just yelling and not otherwise making any aggressive moves the officer seems to be getting more and more agitated and aggressive.
"Fearing the officer will unnecessarily violently escalate I step out of my car (but not away from it) to get a better view and start recording."
"The person the cop is arguing with points at me and says "See, even this random person thinks you're being too aggressive!""
"The cop turns, shouts at me to stop filming. I don't say anything, I just continue filming. He has no right to demand that I stop filming. We are both in a public space and the supreme court has ruled that I am perfectly within my rights."
"The cop charges over and the moment he gets within 95 inches of me... I'm a criminal. For the crime of standing still while doing something which is legal. Not just legal, but a constitutionally protected activity."
"That's the point of the law. To turn bystanders attempting document potential police misbehavior into criminals."
Some people pointed out the benefits or necessities of recording, and how this law will negatively impact society as a whole.
No More Recording
"It's obvious the cops will exploit this to prevent themselves from being recorded whenever they can."
Just Too Far
"Keep in mind, this law would have made filming George Floyd’s murder a crime. 8 feet is also too far away to make out a badge number."
Filming Is The Way To Go
"IMO it should be legal to record any public employee while they work. What was the official justification for this?"
"I will say I think 99% of police are good people doing a hard job professionally 99% of the time and I don't think they deserve the amount of hate they get. But boy oh boy does that remaining 1% do a lot of harm."
Others think 8 feet is reasonable and is a lot closer than people think.
Filming Is Within The Rules
"8 feet is perfectly fine for any phone-cam to record what's going on. At least this way they firmly indicate that filming IS in fact allowed."
"Seems like a perfectly fine allowance. If you are a cop wrastling a guy down on the ground you don't want any of his friends any closer than that and have to worry about that other person too."
Remember Your Safety
"If you were trying to get closer than 8 feet before this, than you’re a f*cking idiot."
I Would Like To Make The Rules
"8 feet is reasonable as a bystander. But if an officer approached me less than 8 feet I should still have a right to record him."
"So if I’m in a traffic stop- I’m gonna have to let the officer immediately know I intend to film so he needs to conduct the traffic stop from 8 feet away then or allow me to set up my camera 8 feet away."
Close Enough Is Good Enough
"8 feet is close enough to film literally anything. But like, It's not a big deal IMO. Could have cascading effects later tho."
Some people think bringing the law to light may be a good thing, or are at least undecided.
Don't Do Anything You Don't Want Seen
"Sounds like something to deter police wrongdoings being recorded, and I'm saying this as someone who supports police."
The Good, The Bad, The Neutral
"Couple of abstract thoughts. I actually live in AZ so fairly surprised to hear this."
"1. Benefit of the doubt: prevents the masses from identifying specific officers if anything goes viral online. Based off the last few years I'd be fearful of my face showing up online especially in a less than favorable light."
"2. Pessimistic side: yeah its probably because they don't want people recording every cop they see for 'potential evidence' even though it would increase transparency."
"3. I'm undecided if this actually helps or hurts more. The past several years have shown sh*t blows up fast but the videos that end up online start seconds before sh*t hits the fan. I wish they started at the beginning so you could see the circumstances leading up to whatever incident. Those videos are often only released months after and by then the damage has been done."
"Honestly I'm thinking it's a good thing in some ways and a bad thing in others.. alot of people have started recording the police more recently since the big blm movement, which isn't a bad thing, but some people are ignorant and just act rude and dickish about it unnecessarily there's no reason for it, and of course the bad is some cops with abuse this new law and milk it for all its worth. The other thing I don't get is making their jobs a pain in the @ss.. they've asked for ID give them your damn ID instead of getting into a situation where the problem won't be resolved for 50 mins give them your ID and be done with it in 10. Just rude and a stupid"
Ultimately, however, people oppose this law.
The Worst Kind Of Law
"Another step in the direction of not insisting on police accountability. There's no reason to have a law like this passed."
Should Be Illegal In And Of Itself
"It is fascist and concerning, to say the least."
"It is unconstitutional"
Everything Will Get Worse
"police brutality is already an issue, creating laws against recording it is worse. You can't try something really without proof? and also, it's SUPPOSED to be legal to record cops, in case they do any shady sh*t."
"Obviously they have sh*t to hide and want to get away with it"
We all know we've had serious problems when it comes to police brutality, and that filming these events have helped serve at least the smallest amount of justice.
Will this law erase all of the progress we've made?