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There is only one thing worse than finding yourself in an intimidating social setting and feeling horrified to speak. It's being called out for not speaking.


For shy people, that nightmare scenario is the end of the world.

The chatter of voices, confident body language, and comfortable laughter all taunts from every direction. Meanwhile, internal and silent, a furious inner monologue is being strung together.

The panicked, anxious thoughts are bad enough. But eventually, the collide with reality. Something happens and all eyes--or at least a few--are on you.

The moment makes the inner monologue feel like a quaint, safe memory.

yaman007 asked, "Hey shy people what is your worst experience?"

The Old Bait and Switch

"Going to a crowded party with one friend who really wanted to drag you along but then disappears." -- KynanArroyo

"Where my damn panic button." -- Manish_B_reddit

"Yeah at that point I would just disappear and leave them there" -- xbungalo

Hide and Seek for One

"I wouldn't say this is my worst experience, but it's amusing to me."

"I was setting up a network in a small satellite office and was still working when the last other person left."

"It was nighttime and they didn't see me or know I was still there so the turned out all the office lights as they left. I left them off because I enjoy working in the dark and do it often."

"After like an hour another worker came back into the office to do something or another and rather than have to say hi I opted to hide under the desk I was at in an open office as a ~35 year old man."

"I'm not sure why I did that, but luckily they didn't notice me and left again after about 15 minutes."

-- Fuktronix

First Impressions

"Putting a year's worth of confidence into a job interview, just to be the quiet one after you get the job."

"The anxiety dude..." -- DiiiCA

"It's always frustrating as hell. Your first few weeks while getting comfortable with everyone you just keep asking yourself 'if I could interview so well, why the hell is it taking so long to be able to talk with my coworkers?'" -- srentiln

How Not to Network

"While going to college I interned for the state's largest business development corporation. In a meeting with c-suite executives the top dog was just making friendly conversation before we got started and asked me what classes I was taking."

"To set the picture, I am just the peon note-taker and would never expect anyone to even notice that I was there, let alone put me on the spot with a long table of successful professionals staring at me."

"I blacked out. Zero brain function. I mumbled a few inaudible grunts and umms before having no choice but to admit that I couldn't remember."

"Oh my dog, I wanted to die. The looks of confusion and the awkward century that it took to switch topics amongst themselves still haunts me before bed."

-- pleenis

Interrogation on the Dance Floor

"Went to a party. Guy I've never met walks up to me, shakes my hand, and says 'hello, what's your name? Where were you born? Where will you die? What's in between?' Not letting go of my hand the whole time."

"I completely locked up, had no idea what to say."

-- owenowenowen64

Aaaaaand Tonight is Horrible

"My outgoing mother announcing to everyone how shy I am." -- CarllraK

"Got one better. My outgoing mother announcing to everyone that I must be cold as she dead stares at my chest."

"She did this during my teenage years. As a shy, anxiety ridden teenage girl, holy f***." -- KnifexCalledxLust

Fighting Presumptions

"I am a bit shy when first meeting people so after getting to know me, I often hear 'When I first met you, I thought you were such a bi***.' Cool." -- iLoveMLEz

"I get told that I seem intimidating which I always find bizarre." -- ceassg

"Man I get that ALL the time. I have a major resting bitch face for a guy. I'm often told I look very mad or on a mission until people get to know me." -- justkw97

New Friends

"I was in elementary and took a bus home each day. I missed my stop and I was so terribly shy and quiet the bus driver didn't hear me."

"He went on to pick up high school students and didn't notice I was still on the bus."

"The high school students were so sweet and kind. They alerted the bus driver and he took me home. My mom was freaking out by the time I got home!"

-- EverywhereINowhere

Secret Work Identities

"I never corrected my boss when she mixed up my name on the first day. I had already introduced myself to some people by my real name, the other half of people my boss introduced me to, called me another."

"I felt too shy to correct her in front of the group. It just led to more awkward conversations, as the two names were completely different."

-- pizzaalapenguins

The WORST Year for That

"Starts college -> doesn't make friends -> lockdown -> sh** is f***ed." -- Eme0000

"I'm 3 years into out of state college with no friends there. Wrecks my mental state every time I go back."

"The worst part is when you finally gather the courage to try to talk to people about something you know they're interested in and they only give 1 word answers back." -- mytokhondria

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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