One of my favorite comedies is Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion. There's just something about the undeniable chemistry between Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow that warms my cold, dead heart. True story: I've actually found myself tearing up during rewatches because there's something so wholesome and nice about a movie featuring two people who just genuinely care about each other that much.
Anyway, there's a scene shortly after the film's opening in which the titular Romy and Michelle head to a club for another pointless night of trying (and failing) to pick up men. These two women live together and are involved in every aspect of each other's lives. They're practically married (and it's practically implied their former high school classmates are rather shocked that they're not). So when Romy informs her friend that the two of them might as well have sex and see where things go provided they're not married by the time they both turn 30, you understand their logic completely.
After Redditor OverMyRedBody asked the online community, "People who made a marriage pact with someone like 'If we're both single by the time we're 40, let's get married' and went through with it, how did it go?" we herd from people who actually went ahead and took the leap.
"When we were 25..."
When we were 25 one of my best friends and I decided that at 35 we'd get married if we were still single. She moved back to the same town I lived in a year later and I realized I loved her too much to wait until 35. Been together two years now, we're getting married next week!
"Some years passed."
Best friend since we were really young. Always had crushes on each other off and on. In high school, our timing was awful and we never ended up dating but we did make a marriage pact - if we were both single at 30 years old, we'd be getting married.
Some years passed. We moved away from each other, grew distant, dated other people. Long story short, we're now back in each other's lives and I'm reasonably sure we're going to make good on the pact earlier than originally anticipated.
"I made this pact..."
I made this pact with my best friend in high school. Several years down the road we ended up being together but long before the time frame was up. We will be married next year.
"There's a pretty good chance..."
We did this too. We made it four years, and three years of marriage counseling before we got divorced. Apparently being an insecure nice guy who picks up the girl of his dreams after she realizes that being hot s*** in high school ends immediately after high school breeds resenting the f*** out of your spouse, and requires more than couples' counseling to unf***.
Fifteen years and tons of therapy later, I'm happily married to a woman I respect, and I'm also capable of understanding that I was the ass****.
So yeah, life protip for anyone who is actually reading this. That "sweet" guy that is always waiting for you to be single so it can be "his turn"? There's a really good chance that he's a f****** nightmare, and any attempt at a relationship with him is not going to make him love you. It's going to make him stop masking his resentment of you with love.
Don't f****** marry a nice guy. Don't do it. I'm not sure I would have changed if it hadn't happened to me, but still, I can say for certain that I'm the only one who got out of that situation with anything positive having happened to me, and I hate that I know that, and that someone else had to suffer for me to learn this.
"My best friend growing up..."
My best friend growing up and I made this pact. We were 13-14 at the time. The pact was if we didn't marry anyone by 30, we would marry each other. A few years later, we moved it to 25. By the time we were 19-20 we started dating. We got married at 22. Just celebrated our 3rd anniversary.
"The original girl ended up staying..."
I made this pact with a girlfriend from high school (early 1990s), but much later in life.
We dated and in the 9th (me) and 10th (her) grade. We had a falling out for a bit due to my stupidity, but by the time she was graduating HS we were pretty close again. We went in very different directions but managed to stay in touch. She partied a lot and sort of drifted...waitress, bartender type stuff. I was doing responsible s***...college, military reserve, starting a civilian career. We would connect every once in a while over the years and there always seemed to be a little something special there, but for the distance.
She called me out of the blue one year (early 2000s) and tells me I need to watch the NFL draft because her boyfriend or fiance was likely to be drafted by a team in the state where she knew I lived. If all went as expected it would bring us closer (in distance) than we had been in a long time. By this time I was on my first marriage or maybe living with whom would later become my first wife.
He did get drafted and they moved to the state, just 2 hours away. I met and partied with him/them for his birthday before his rookie season started. Good dude. Big dude. She and I were strictly platonic. He ended up getting traded around the league though over the next couple of years and they ended up living a couple states away. Meanwhile, I was certainly married by this time and had deployed to Iraq.
Again, she contacts me out of the blue (maybe a MySpace message) while I was in Iraq after she happened to see me featured in an obscure trade magazine. After her and the NFL player broke up, she had taken an entry level job in my civilian career field and happened to pick up the magazine for the first time ever that month. We started connecting again, remotely, and still purely platonic.
I came home from that deployment to a marriage in ruins. She cheated. I filed for divorce. While I'm adjusting to being home after more than 18 months, and my impending marital status, I decide to fly out to visit my friend who welcomes me to stay with her a few days to help me mend. It was between Christmas and New Year and I was a bit fragile mentally. During those couple of days we connect even more and confide a lot in each other. But she has a few boyfriends (I met at least 3) and lots of drama at the time. Clearly, I have my own drama going on.
I think that was when we made the deal, after knowing each other more than 10 years. We knew we both loved each other, I'm convinced, but we both knew we needed to live (and heal) a little more before we set ourselves up for failure. I think the agreement at that time was that we would get married if neither of us were already, by 30. We talked about it regularly over the years, both assuring the other it wasn't a joke. Even her parents knew of the deal.
She moved again. Her biological father drove out to help move her across the country to the state where we were originally from. On their way through my city they stopped to visit. He stayed in a hotel. She stayed the night at my house. For the first time in what seemed like forever, we were both single and it was clear how much we loved each other. The next day she left and for the next couple of years we continued to live across the country from each other. We stayed in touch and saw each other occasionally. The agreement remained in effect but we kept moving the age because we just weren't ready.
Then two things happened. I met a girl and got notice that I would deploy again about the same time. The girl I met, I really liked. She had her s*** together and was beautiful. I wasn't trying to go overseas again attached to anyone. And, at the time she was really indecisive too.
Meanwhile, I went out to visit the original girl. Then, she came out to visit me. The new girl was still indecisive (except when the new girl was in town). The original girl had been having trouble finding work in her home state even after aesthetician school. And, she was in an abusive relationship that was really f****** her up. While she was visiting we partied a lot. In fact, that's about all she wanted to do. I didn't mind much because I was leaving soon anyway. Among the many, many bad decisions we made, was one where she agreed to house sit for me and take care of my dog while I was deployed for a year. I gave her use of my truck too. All she had to pay for was her food and gas. Sounds like the makings of a country song, right?
Now, I know what you all are thinking...but I had known this person for over 16 years. She wasn't a random. She needed help and so did I. All I wanted was for her to get a job and to help get her on her feet. I went in to it with the proper intentions. It was a gift and I expected nothing in return. There were genuinely no expectations about a future for us beyond what already was. Besides, I was conflicted...she was the beautiful party girl with baggage I had known and loved forever. But, the new girl was truly marriage material that I couldn't get a consistent read from. It didn't matter because I didn't have to decide for at least a year.
A year made all the difference. The new girl and I talked every day I was gone. She was supportive throughout the deployment in so many ways. My old friend had a few boyfriends along the way, which was genuinely fine, but I came home to my house and vehicle not in great condition. Thankfully the dog was alive, most likely because the neighbors across the street came and stole him from my house.
I took the new girl to meet my parents a month after I got home from deployment and asked her to marry me on that trip. We moved to another state for my civilian career and we'll have been married 10 years next year.
The original girl ended up staying in the town where she came to live with me and met another guy who she ended up marrying. I miss my old friend. I still love her and want the best for her. If she is living a better life today than she was 11 years ago, and I think she is, then it wasn't all for nothing. I'm just no longer a part of it.
"I on and off dated a wonderful woman..."
I on and off dated a wonderful woman for a few years. Commitment was always kind of on/off, and we both dated other people during this time, things were exacerbated by us both being single parents (mine were quite a bit older than hers, even though she was older than me). We were always quite close, when we were dating we'd talk about oru respective partners, no jealousy whatsoever.
We ended up as FWB for a while, one night speaking on MSN iirc we made a pact that if we both hit 40 and neither of us were married then we would get hitched. TBH, for quite some time I thought we actually would get married.
During one of our drier spells, I was at her house fixing her washing machine and her sister popped in to say hi. Well, not only did she look amazing, but I could tell she was checking me out, but I left it at that.
More talking online and I joke with her that I'm going to bed her sister, and she jokes back that I should try if I want, but that her sis is married and very happy.
Turns out, not as happy as everyone thought. Very abusive husband.
Very long story cut short, I've been married to her sister for 4 years now.
She did not take the news well to start off with, but that's mostly because I broke the news in such a cuntish way because I was drunk and thought it was funny.
We all get along like a house on fire, her parents (after the initial shock) have been wonderfully accepting, as has her whole family, I'm lucky to be a part of it.
He's gay now.
"When we were both 19..."
We're married with a newborn!
When we were both 19 when we made a pact to marry each other at 35 if we're both single. We started dating at 24, married at 29, and now have a newborn at 31.
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Try as I might, there are some true crime cases that I can't get out of my head. Some are frightening. Others are disturbing. And then there's that special category of cases that continue to haunt me and that I keep going back to.
I have always been especially perturbed by the case of Sylvia Likens, who in the mid-1960s was tortured by Gertrude Basniewski, a woman who took care of Likens while her parents were away on business. What makes the case especially concerning is the way Basniewski recruited her own children––and even children and teenagers around the neighborhood––to join her in the abuse. The case is one of the most infamous child abuse cases of all time and I warn you to read about it at your own risk. (If you're interested, the drama film An American Crime, featuring Catherine Keener as Basniewski and Elliott Page as Sylvia Likens, is one film about the case. The Girl Next Door, a horror film based on the events, stars Blanche Baker as a Basniewski surrogate.)
After Redditor litteredbirdnina asked the online community, "What true crime case haunts you?" people told us about the cases that keep them up at night.
Warning: Some sensitive material ahead.
"Just the mental image of those poor children..."<p>The Andrea Yates case. Just the mental image of those poor children trying to get away as she was drowning their siblings. Also, the image of her husband keeping her constantly pregnant despite knowing she had mental health issues - he was quoted at one point as saying that he wanted to have more children with her after she was treated and released. If you haven't read it, the book "Are You There Alone" is absolutely heartbreaking.</p><p><span></span><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/gopryp1?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">mrwednesday33</a></p>
"I will never be able to forget..."<p>The murder of James Bulger.</p><p>It's the most horrifying and tragic case to me and pulls my emotions asunder whenever I think about it, or hear updates about the killers. I will never be able to forget that little boy.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/gopobq9?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">CouldMurderACarvery</a></p>
"I was really interested in history..."<p>Jack the Ripper.</p><p>I was really interested in history as a kid, got a book from the library's history section about the case without knowing anything about it. (Why my parents or the librarian let a child check that book out I have no clue).</p><p>It had pictures, lots of them. The image of Mary Kelly is forever burned into my retinas. It gave me nightmares for years. Still horrified by it today.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/goq7vza?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">KnickKnick</a></p>
"He would set up a murder kit..."<p><span>Israel Keyes. He would set up a murder kit ahead of time, sometimes years in advance, and then when he went back, would find a home that provided the opportunity. He murdered a couple in my tiny state of Vermont, and their bodies were never found. Bone-chilling.</span></p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/gopt2d4?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Inie802</a></p>
"He begged law enforcement..."<p>The Matthew Hoffman case. (Not the actor.)</p><p>For those who don't know, Hoffman was responsible for the deaths of Stephanie Sprang, Tina Maynard, and Tina's son Kody in November of 2010. After breaking into their house and stabbing them to death, he dismembered them, put them into garbage bags, and stuffed them inside a hollow birch tree. He also abducted Tina's daughter, Sarah Maynard, keeping her imprisoned in his basement for four days.</p><p>Hoffman had a minor criminal history and mostly kept to himself. When police identified him as a potential suspect and entered his home, nearly every surface was absolutely COVERED with leaves. There were leaves piled roughly three feet deep on the floor. Bags of leaves stacked against almost every wall. Sarah was kept on a makeshift bed of leaves in the basement.<span></span></p>
"The way he would stalk his victims for weeks..."<p>Joseph DeAngelo, the Golden State Killer. The way he would stalk his victims for weeks and sneak in and out of their house without anyone knowing and hide weapons around the victim's house and his victims had no idea. It just freaks me out to no end. Glad he was finally caught, but it took way too long. He took and ruined so many lives and then got to live the vast majority of his outside of prison. I'm not religious, but I hope Hell exists for fucking garbage like him. And I hope he has a long, miserable life of rotting in jail.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/gopm76g?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Narge1</a></p>
The Golden State Killer, or Original Night Stalker, as it were...<p>...is another who continues to fascinate me. I once made the mistake of listening to a recording of a phone call he made to a victim years after he had assaulted her. Not something you want to hear late at night.</p>
"The worst part..."<p>The Oklahoma Girl Scout murders.</p><p>The girls (Lori Lee Farmer, Doris Denise Milner, and Michele Heather Guse) were between the ages of eight and ten and had been bludgeoned and strangled. It happened during a thunderstorm and they had been in the tent furthest from the camp counselors, no no one heard or noticed anything. Additionally, the tent was partially obscured by the showers.</p><p>The worst part is that less than two months before the murders, during an on-site training session, a camp counselor discovered a disturbing hand-written note in her belongings. It said, "We are on a mission to kill three girls in Tent one." The director of that camp session treated the note as a prank and it was thrown away.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/gos99a1?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Iseeasong</a></p>
"What they did to her..."<p>The torture and murder of Junko Furuta. What they did to her would make the cartels cringe, but the worst part of her sordid case is that all of the people involved in her death were given slaps on the wrist and are roaming the streets of Japan today.</p><p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Junko_Furuta" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Junko_Furuta</a></p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/goscfan?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">GW2RNGR</a></p>
Along with the Sylvia Likens case,<p>This is the other case that continues to haunt me. The level of depravity involved is out of this world. I would caution those of you with sensitive constitutions: That Wikipedia entry is a horrific read.</p>
"It's purported..."<p>The murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsome. One of the worst crimes you rarely hear about. It's purported that the press was gunshy as it were to widely report on it being afraid they would look overzealous reporting on black perpetrators on white victims. I think those guys would have done it to whoever was in the car that pulled up. I don't think it was inherently a race-related crime, but it's one of the worst I've heard about and I'm a long-time true crime 'fan'.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/gorftv1?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">dart1126</a></p>
"Accounts vary..."<p>The most haunting to me is Carl Tanzler, aka Count Carl Von Cosel. He was a radiology technician who was obsessed with a young tuberculosis patient named Elena Milagros de Hoyos. A generally grandiose person who didn't fully exist in reality, he convinced her family that he could cure her with experimental treatments. Elena died and Carl funded a large mausoleum for her.</p><p>The thing is, he had the key to that mausoleum. He was convinced that he could preserve her body and bring her back to life (possibly by going into outer space? He'd created a strange contraption.) Anyway, here's the really eerie thing. For almost 9 YEARS, he 'refreshed' her body with wire, wax, cloth, and perfume to fill it out as she decomposed, basically turning her into a mannequin. Finally, Elena's sister, having heard rumors that he had been sleeping with Elena's corpse and confronted him. (Apparently, he'd also been seen dancing with her corpse?) He was arrested and stood trial, but charges were dropped. He later created an effigy of Elena that included no parts of her actual body and lived with it.</p><p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Tanzler#/media/File:Preserved_body_of_Maria_Elena_Milagro_de_Hoyos.jpg" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">This is Elena's body about 9 years after her death.</a></p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ls4yyz/what_true_crime_case_haunts_you/gossz9p?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Friendly_Coconut</a></p>
We apologize in advance if you're going to have some trouble sleeping tonight.<p>But if you're a bit of a true crime fanatic, you'll probably wind up going down the rabbit hole at 3 a.m. like the rest of us. We never learn, do we?</p><p>What are some cases that haunt you? Feel ftee to sound off in the comments below.</p>
Got the hiccups? Here's a simple solution.
Home Remedy<p>When you don't have commercial house cleaning products, check your fridge for solutions. No, really. </p><p>Other helpful hacks include using lint, gravity, and plain dish soap.<br></p>
Glass Magnet<p>"need to pick up small pieces of glass out of a carpet? Use a wet slice of bread. The surface tension 'sticks' to the peices of glass and the bread picking them out of the carpet. Just remember to vacuum afterwards."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lum9el/what_one_weird_trick_actually_works/gp8nje8?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">parabolicurve</a><br></p>
Removing Wood Stain<p>"If you get wood stain in your hands, rub any kind of kitchen oil on it then wash your hands with warm water and dish soap! Works amazingly, otherwise I think I would still have that stuff on me and it's been about three months since then."</p><p>"Edit: there seems to be a few confused people not knowing what wood stain is, it's basically just a really sticky/oily substance you put on wood to give it a darker color!"</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lum9el/what_one_weird_trick_actually_works/gp7d8gl?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">MoeK430</a><br></p>
Use For Lint<p>"Save the lint from your dryer and roll in vaseline. My grandpa used these back in the day when we'd go on hunting trips. Hed make them quarter to half dollar size and keep in a metal tin and the vaseline also made them virtually water proof. What we used for our campfires being poor white trash lol."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lum9el/what_one_weird_trick_actually_works/gpa59af?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Lokken187</a><br></p>
Let Gravity Be Your Guide<p>"Dead batteries bounce when dropped on a hard surface. Good batteries don't."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lum9el/what_one_weird_trick_actually_works/gp8uti5?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">banjorunner8484<br></a></p><p>"This is better than my older sister's method back in the day. She used to tell me to put the prongs of the battery on my tongue, and if it shot me with pain, it was still live. I fell for this a couple years in a row; I was not very bright, and longed to hang out with her and her cool friends!"</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lum9el/what_one_weird_trick_actually_works/gp9eyhw?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Overratedlove</a><br></p>
Don't Sweat The Small Stuff<p>These harmless cheat systems will make you sleep easier at night – both mentally, and physically. </p>
Read At Your Own Pace<p>"If you have a Kindle and are renting e-books from the library, put it in airplane mode and when it's due back, the book will still return but the content will still be on your device until you turn off airplane mode."</p><p>"I don't usually finish my books before they are due back so this trick works great."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lum9el/what_one_weird_trick_actually_works/gp8cssa?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">RyFromTheChi</a><br></p>
Breathe With Ease<p>"If your nose is stuffy and congested (or you can try it regardless, it works anyway) press firmly on the bridge of your nose for about 15 seconds. You'll feel your sinuses draining and it helps immensely if you've been crying for a while and it feels like your face hurts."</p><p>"There's other pressure points too but that's a good quality of life hack"</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lum9el/what_one_weird_trick_actually_works/gp8q27d?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Blacksmoke1033</a><br></p>
When You Can't Contain Yourself<p>"If you feel like you need to laugh or scream, but you are not in a place where this is appropriate, open your mouth and breathe out an entire lungful like 'haaaa.' It will mitigate the feeling, and it's barely audible."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lum9el/what_one_weird_trick_actually_works/gp8xx0w?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ApocalypseSpokesman</a><br></p>
The Right Head Space<p>No need to wrack your brain when writing dissertations or when you're trying to comprehend something that just won't sink in. </p><p>Because when all else fails, you can use your rubber duck. <br> </p>
It's All In The Font<p>"Learned this a while back and for some strange reason it's actually helped. When you have an assignment to type out like an essay to write, use the comic sans font and your ideas just flow out of you. As opposed to times new roman or any other official font, you're less worried about the 'correctness' of each sentence and you can just write without being too much in your head. Then of course before submitting have a read through and change it to the official font required."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lum9el/what_one_weird_trick_actually_works/gp7aldl?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">vizualdesperada</a><br></p>
The Listener<p>"If you want to make sure you understand something, try to explain it out loud to a rubber duck."</p><p>"(Not kidding.)"</p><p>"Edit: Y'all, I'm a programmer. I know the origins. But it's useful in learning anything - not just debugging!"</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lum9el/what_one_weird_trick_actually_works/gp8b4kv?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">swordsmanluke2</a><br></p>
The Right Portion<p>"Serve your food on a smaller plate. Tricks the brain into thinking its a large portion."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lum9el/what_one_weird_trick_actually_works/gp8cztd?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bedgasm_for_one</a><br></p>
The Earth's endless mysteries continue to fascinate us and make us realize we are all specks of dust even as occupants of the blue planet.
Bodies Of Water<p>The following factoids tend to sink beneath the surface.</p>
In De-Nile<p>"The Nile River flows North."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpcqu4w?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">llcucf80</a><br></p>
Lava Land<p>"There was an island originated by volcanic eruption below southern Italy. Different countries argued about which one should have been its rightful owner, but some time later there was another eruption and the island disappeared."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpco85o?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">HumanDrone<br></a></p><p>"Posiden's Island."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpdta0q?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">aibaron</a><br></p>
Land O' Lakes<p>"Canada has the more lakes than every other country combined."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Potensh/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Potensh</a></p><p>"The United States has more land area than canada, but not if you count the lakes."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpdqtac?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">RevolutionaryKnee683<br></a></p><p>"The United States has more land area than Canada even if you include all the lakes. Because the land area of a lake is zero."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpejfzp?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">protostar777</a><br></p>
Deepest Lake<p>"Lake Baikal contains approximately 20% of the world's surface freshwater."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/DinoGuy2000/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DinoGuy2000<br></a></p><p>"Holy crap, it would take over three years for the Amazon River (discharge of 6500 cu km/yr) to fill Lake Baikal (volume of 23615 cu km)!"</p><p>"And the Amazon River is f'king huge, more discharge than the next seven rivers combined."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpe5pzt?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">-Captain-Planet-</a><br></p>
Head Scratchers<p>Don't think too hard. You might break your brain from these statistics involving size, direction, and borders.</p>
Same Destination<p>"If someone were to travel in any of the four cardinal directions from anywhere in Los Algodones, Mexico (due north, due east, due south, or due west), they would cross a U.S. border."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpcv1vi?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CharlieChile</a><br></p>
French Border<p>"France shares its longest border with Brazil."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/maple_dip/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">maple_dip</a></p><p>"Yup. People forget that French Guiana and also the island of Reunion (Indian Ocean) are not mere overseas territories... they are <em>actually</em> France on the same basis that Paris and Bordeaux are France."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpd5la7?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Driver_67</a><br></p>
The Biggest State<p>"Alaska, the largest state in the US, is almost 3 times larger than the second largest state in the US which is Texas."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpcnzfb?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Mad_Chemist_</a><br></p>
Beyond Our Borders<p>Were you aware about these interesting tidbits from abroad?<br></p>
Word<p>"not exactly a geography fact but some cool wordplay."</p><p>"the first three letters of <strong>Swe</strong>den and <strong>Den</strong>mark spell <strong>Sweden</strong> while the remaining letters spell <strong>Denmark!"<br></strong></p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/usehttps://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpddw45?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3r/soba_todoroki/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">soba_todoroki</a><br><strong></strong></p>
Thing About Switzerland<p>"Switzerland is a third world country. Third world simply means not a NATO aligned country (first world) and not a Warsaw pact aligned country (second world). Other neutral countries are also third world - Finland, Austria and Ireland being capitalist examples and Yugoslavia being a communist example."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpcz9o6?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">mordenty</a><br></p>
Barely Exists<p>"Because Finland is .2% of the global population, and the number of people in the world is always at +/- .2% of the number, there is a chance that Finland doesn't exist."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpdi1ar?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">teb_22</a><br></p>
Size Contest<p>"Australia is wider than the moon."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvmrlm/whats_a_useless_geography_fact/gpd9uzd?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pepeman931</a><br></p>
Raising children isn't for everybody. That is a cold, hard fact that everyone should really comprehend. Being a parent is one of the most, if not the most, important jobs in the world, it's a calling really. And being a good parent is essential. Being an unwanted human is the most devastating feeling in life. So that's why I get so aggravated when people try to push others to have children when they're not ready or are unsure. There is so much avoidable pain and heartache by just being honest.Redditor u/SniperGlizzy was wondering about some of the hard truths when it comes to parenting by asking people to share... [Serious] What is it like to have children you don't want?