Today's burning question comes from Redditor CreativeBorder, who asked the online community: "Who was the smartest person you ever met? How did you know?"
Listen up. You might learn a thing or two.
"The top ranker..."
The top ranker from the university in India where I graduated. The entrance exam is by far the toughest in India, and he scored nearly full marks on it. He graduated with a CGPA that was nearly perfect, like 9.99/10. Went on graduate from Stanford with a PhD, was CTO in Vudu etc.
I have never seen such a quick mind. One the one hand he could do complex calculations in his head. On the other abstract concepts in math and physics would come so easily to him. In national level crossword puzzles he would be streets ahead of the rest of the competition.
And also a very very nice person.
"Would add another guy..."
Would add another guy from the same college, just a few ranks down the topper. He was so down to earth and funny in the four years I knew him I never realized he was one of the few gold medalists at the IMO from India, at a time where there was little or no training. He has now made Non-commutative Geometry his prime field of interest, and was with ETH Zurich for a while.
"Debate assistant coach..."
Debate assistant coach at my college. He was one of the best in his years debating, winning the Canadian National Championships. He had a way in speaking that was so damn concise but well obvious that he was extremely competent in what he spoke on.
I thought he was just your standard assistant coach until after our first tournament, where many students were approaching him as a celebrity and praising him.
It was almost intimidating to be around him as it felt that there was nothing you could say to him of value. He was one of the nicest people you could ever meet however and probably inspired me to continue debating until he passed away the following year.
"I don't know..."
I don't know the details like if he graduated early or whatever but in college a high school senior was in my Calculus III class. A little bit into the first class we noticed he wasn't taking notes, the professor even asked him if he needed a pen or something. He was a goofy awkward kid but kind of endearing, he said he didn't need to take notes and we all kind of laughed a little, the professor said well okay but I really suggest you take notes and continued the class. This kid never took notes, didn't even bring a notebook to class, but got 100% on every assignment and test.
I swear you could see him just absorbing the information, he would sit there fidgeting with his hands working things out. The professor would give us a problem on the board expecting us to take some time to work it out, the kid would stare at the board for thirty seconds, raise his hand and have the correct answer. The first few classes it was kind of annoying but then it became just impressive. I sometimes wonder where that he is now.
A classmate of mine makes links between ideas and texts and disciplines astonishingly quickly. We'll be in a tutorial and while I'm struggling to even get my head around the basic material she's asking questions which are PhD worthy according to the lecturer. Also she can break down complex ideas into tiny understandable parts for the rest of us average people.
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A friend of mine I met when I was his manager and he was a delivery driver. He was just there to put himself through school.
He was one of those computer nerds that just loved everything about computers as soon as he encountered one as a kid. He learned all the computer languages he could get a hold of. None of those "For Dummies" books. He was farrr beyond competent by the time he graduated high school and was obviously looking towards a career in the field. Even though he had the knowledge, no one was going to look at him without some sort of degree thus, the delivering pizzas to get through school thing.
As soon as he had the paper, he was snapped up by a relatively local company and went to work designing software technologies. He's since worked for various companies and makes a very comfortable living.
The computer bit isn't even the thing that makes him smart. I know a lot of incredibly smart people, including two legit geniuses. This guy just has a way of grasping what you say on an intuitive level pretty much as soon as you say it. This is the kind of guy who will never tell you he's got a high IQ or even bring it up. He doesn't have to. You couldn't talk with him for but a few sentences before it's obvious.
The best part is that he's also quite socially adept and hilarious in conversation; none of that "awkward genius" routine.
"Classmate in law school..."
Classmate in law school. Had a PhD in science with kids from great school. Got highest exam on bar, highest grades in law school. He was a very sweet person. The way he answered questions it was entirely obvious he was an absolute genius. He respectfully answered questions without coming across as a know it all. Everyone annoys me but this guy was an angel (a term one of his employers (my older cousin) used). Smart guy started a law firm and is kicking butt.
Not much compared to others, but two of my friends are really smart. One of them got a masters from Oxford University in advanced mathematics - they contacted him to offer him a place. He's a wealth management consultant in London now and married to a consultant anaethesiologist. Another friend was a chief financial officer for a bespoke holiday company at the age of 26. Super smart. I knew he would be successful when he memorised every special move for every character on Tekken as a kid and was unbeatable.
Not bad considering we're from a small rural town.
"Grew up in poverty..."
My dad. Grew up in poverty, won scholarships to top universities, studied engineering. So intelligent that he dreamed in mathematical equations. But so kind that everyone loved to be around him and most had no idea of the scope of his intellectual and professional accomplishments. He died two weeks ago unexpectedly. The literal international outpouring from his colleagues and childhood friends was astounding. I will miss him for my whole life.
"Sounds cheesy but..."
Sounds cheesy but my father. Used to hold the world record for the most top grades ever received (in the 80s Britains education system is different now) and once won all the subject prizes apart from one (at his school there were prizes for the person who received the top mark in each subject and the only one he didn't win was geography) and went to a top exclusive grammar school. Then went on to be awarded a full scholarship to Cambridge (the joint best university in the UK with Oxford) and got a job in a pretty high bank as soon as he graduated. However socially he is extremely awkward and was recently diagnosed as autistic which explains a lot of his personality as if it wasn't for my mother and his hobby of playing chess (which my mum pushed him to join a club) he wouldn't have any friends however my mum makes up for it.
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My grandpa. He dropped out of high school when he was 17 and was very much a basic blue collar man, but my god he was smart. I was struggling with a trig problem once when I was in high school and he just picked up the book, read the example instructions and solved the problem for me in 10 minutes and explained it to me. He also solved 100 levels of Unblock me in like an hour when I showed him the game for the first time. I always wondered what he could have done if he'd had the support when he was younger to go college.
"If years from now..."
My uncle. He's 'Good Will Hunting' smart. Never went to college but can solve any puzzle, work any math you place before him, fix cars, and has excellent recall. And with coke bottle glasses even in his 70s can shoot a bottle cap off a fence post with a 22 pistol from 50 yards away--first shot every time.
If years from now we find out he was some kind of CIA assassin I'd believe it. His intelligence is terrifying.
"By far the most intellectually capable..."
I had a 3rd grade student I was assigned to work with for 2 week's, but it turned into a 2 month job.
Kid was diagnosed with autism, and it was pretty severe and he had some strong paranoia and sensory issues that were never resolved because mom refused all forms of help. He would throw things if he got something wrong, anytime someone was laughing he thought it was about him, and he chopped his food up as much as possible because his preferred way of eating was for things to essentially be blended.
He also read at a high school level, was able to master any mathematic concepts taught to him (I think we got up to algebra and somewhat difficult geometry in my time with him, I'm no math whiz), extremely intuitive with languages and broke apart words into their smaller pieces based off of instruct (loved Latin for this reason), crushed any video game you put in front of him, and had absolute perfect pitch.
By far the most intellectually capable person I've ever met. I haven't seen him in years and I really hope the system/his mom came to understand his potential.
"Went to Harvard..."
My dad. Went to Harvard from a small farming town of 200 people, read more books about more topics than I could ever count, resume four pages long, but never, EVER treated a person like they were dumb or that he was better than them.
Could teach anything to any person of age and have them understand it without being condescending in the slightest. That's what made him smarter than anyone I had ever met.
"One of my best friends..."
One of my best friends who recently committed suicide. Brilliant interventional radiologist, trained at Johns Hopkins, good at EVERYTHING he tried! Memorized the lyrics to thousands of songs and quotes from hundreds of movies. Taught himself guitar and drums. Knew all there was to know about fishing and marine life. Amazing focus and observation skills. Also loved to party and enjoy life. I will miss him dearly.
"When I was treated..."
When I was treated for ALL at MUSC, I had a whole team of doctors. It was funny how many of the top doctors seemed to come from India though. My top doctor was also from India. The way I knew he was smart was because he was friendly, inquisitive, and I watched him get interviewed on 20/20 while I was being treated by him. He was apparently leading the fight against childhood leukemia.
Then I had a younger roommate 15 years later. He was also Indian. I knew he was intelligent because he lived with me in a very low income house in order to pursue his interests (robotics and tech) instead of his parents interests. (law and medicine) He had lots of friends, but chose to invest most of his time in projects he was working on and only allowed himself to go out and let lose about once a month. The best criticism he gave was that I reward myself too easily. Well he got invited into a tech group on the big island which he was a part of for a year and a half and last I heard he was moving to LA to pursue another group. He is in his early 20's and doing the wanderlust, finding himself thing, but on his own terms. What I mean is that popularity, money, his parents ambition, none of things have distracted him from his own goals which seem to be finding interesting possibilities in robotics and science and then following them as they impact the world in order to find out what he wants to do in a longer term sense. To me this was genius on a whole new level and though he's probably to busy these days to even remember me, I am certain that he will have an impact on our quality of life in some future sense.
"He was an artist, he was a surgeon..."
My grandfather. He had 4 doctorates and knew 10 languages (including Latin, could speak it fluently and knew all plants by their Latin names which today baffles me). He was an artist, he was a surgeon, a biologist and a mathematician. He did a test for intelligence when he was in his 60s and still today holds the record, of getting 98%. This test allows you to double your annual income ad a doctor if you get 50%. Which people study for 6months to a year for. (He didn't need to study and signed up spontaneously) I cant remember what the test is called but he literally won an apartment in a London high-tower for his score. Anyway enough bragging. I cant imagine having this kind of intelligence, you would feel so alone, no one to connect with. He would always say these things. Most people you meet are idiots about 1% are worth your while. Swimming is the best exercise, the government doesn't give a shit about you, and the banks and Mark's run the world. Always learn new things. Knowledge is the only thing they can't take away from you. And banks start all the wars. He also threw a clog at me when I was 9. I'm still confused if I like him or not. He passed in 2008, and donated his body to science, we only got his body back last year and he was cremated and his ashes lay with the native flowers of Belgium where he was born and raised.
"Many people my age..."
Many people my age just make decisions based on what comes their way, what inspires them, what they are feeling at the moment.
This fellow was in a similar situation as I, but made a career switch earlier than I. He was way ahead of his time, and even though we're the same age, he started his career switching course 5 years before I did.
I still think he's the smartest person I know. He plans ahead. He's human like us all and circumstances brought him to where we were 5 years ago, but he was able to decisively do the right thing while I took many years more to do the same thing. And I do consider myself smart as well.
His talk is full of wisdom and the reason why he's the samrtest person I know is because the second smartest person I know is mainly book-smart, but cannot interact with people, cannot plan his career, just good with grades and his ego affects him.
This guy a couple grades above me. He was always known for being smart, but this story made me think he was a genius. He had gotten into a pretty bad car wreck and he was in a fugue state for a while. He missed a lot of school and about 6 units in AP Biology. He shows back up on the day of a test. The teacher says he doesn't have to take it, but he does anyways. This guy realizes he studied for the wrong unit, finishes the test, and gets the highest grade in the class. He would also take AP exams for classes our school didn't have and passed them. Dude's a genius.
"Valedictorian of my HS class..."
Valedictorian of my HS class was a legit whiz at everything. Everybody was wondering what he'd eventually go into... equally good at math, science, literature, social science, maybe a slight edge on math. Ended up being a math professor at a PhD at a big university. I'm proud that I can just manage to explain he did his dissertation about injecting chaos into hard problems and making them more solvable. Soluble. Whatever.
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If you don't have any experience with construction, it can be pretty interesting to watch those reality HGTV shows (I know I'm addicted at this point). Some of the best episodes can be the one's where they open up the walls to find the builder didn't do anything right, causing a huge blow to the budget. The drama!
As someone who doesn't know much about building, and is dreaming of homeownership, Redditor Vast_Recognition_682 asked a question I wish I had thought of first.
Redditor Vast_Recognition_682 asked:
"Home inspectors of reddit, what are some horrible things that almost went unnoticed?"
Here's some horror stories that shed a little light on the home owner unknowns.
Behind the closet wall.
"Going through a home with [the] home inspector, didn't find any issues, bring my dad in to look through the house too and he was [incessantly] checking everything. Looks at the Zillow listing with the floor plan, measures the basement, finds out the actual measurements smaller than the floor plan which led us to go looking in a closet and realize they finished a wall and closet around the old oil tank, never decommissioned it, never planned to tell anyone about it, and we would have had to rip walls out to get to it to remove it. It was a non starter and we walked away. So happy to have my dad's sharp eye while home shopping."
If you need a good prank idea when you're renovating, here's one:
"I saw a post once, this guy said his dad's house had a diagonal outer wall and he was installing a combination wall and bookshelf to square the room. Since there was a small dead space on one side, the dad (who was a doctor), got a life-size plastic human skeleton from work and tossed it in there."
"So if someone tore the wall out to remodel in 30 years or whatever, they'd see it and freak out."
Man cave mayhem.
"Not a home inspector, but I did ask our home inspector what crazy stuff he had seen over the years. He had two stories."
"He inspected a modest three bedroom house and found that were very strange structural cracks in the walls. The area where the house was built is primarily clay soil which leads to a lot of foundation issues, but these were really abnormal cracks. He headed to the attic to wrap up his inspection; it was located over the garage so there was absolutely no structural support there. He poked his head up into the attic and couldn't believe his eyes: the owner had a fully furnished man cave in the attic over the garage. It had a couch, big screen tv, weight set, and a huge gun safe. He said he had no idea how in the world all of that stuff didn't come crashing down through the garage ceiling or how the guy had managed to get the giant gun safe up there without some sort of elaborate winch system. He said it was only a matter of time before the house collapsed."
"The only other weird thing he encountered was a cistern (an old well) in a crawlspace underneath a house. He said he was crawling along on his stomach when he almost fell into it; it was left uncovered."
A rats nest of wires.
"I'm sure there will be some stories about wiring above drop ceilings. When I was looking at houses, I saw (not the home inspector) one once where like 10 different wires came into one rats nest of a cluster. To make it even better, there was a regular lamp cord that ran from it to power the hanging kitchen light above the table. And if you want whip cream and sprinkles on that.... the power came into that mess through knob and tube."
"I am an apprentice electrician and this comment just made my soul cry."
"I found an uncapped steel conduit with live wires behind my sink while remodeling. There wasn't even a cap on the wires."
"While ripping out our old kitchen we cut the old crappy countertop with a sawzaw, to our surprise saw a spark and blew a breaker. some mother f**kers who previously renovated this kitchen ran the wiring for a new outlet on the wall around the studs in a crevice in the back of the countertop...."
"My family flipped a house a few years ago. There were four ceilings, each a couple inches lower than the one before, and all but one had old wiring in it. It was like cutting into a weird lasagna, trying to find the studs in that house."
"Grandma was shrinking with old age, but her kids didn't want her to realize."
"Not me, but one I spoke to. Place almost passed, until out the corner of his eye... bam... jack stand holding up a beam under the house."
"Same with a house daughter was interested in. The place was a flip and totally redone. Beautiful. And down in the basement was a brick holding up a big beam."
This inspector had a full list.
1. "Furnace exhaust flue inlet at the attic furnace disconnected and a dead bird below it. Would have dumped all the furnace exhaust straight into the attic area. Obvious safety implication."
2. "Long time vacant house in a very secluded area. Reeked of cat p*ss and burnt plastic. No cats or cat feces in sight and no entry point for cats. Found small balloon in the corner of the floor where the fridge would be. Picked it up (with gloves) and white powder came spilling out. We came to the conclusion there was possibly the presence of methamphetamine in the home at some point and in some fashion."
3. "5 year old house, nice neighborhood, great shape, vacant. Everything looked good visually. In the attic, just after it had started raining heavily, a slight but constant drip was noticed from the roof sheathing in one area. Got lucky on that one. Sunny day, there would have been no evidence of any issue whatsoever."
4. "Homeowner DIY replaced the microwave and thought it would be 'clever' to run the exhaust vent into the wall cavity between the kitchen and adjacent laundry room. Just dumped the moisture into the wall. Mold city after a while if you do a lot of cooking while using the exhaust fan."
5. "60s house, well renovated. Range was a gas/electric dual fuel setup. Noticed broiler took forever to even start to warm up and never got hot enough that I couldn't touch it real quick (they usually glow red after like 30 seconds). Found out the range was plugged into a 110v outlet (enough to power the control panel and light) and not the proper 220v outlet (not even present). Oven was essentially useless. That one also had an incomplete drain line from a bathroom sink dumping everything directly into the crawlspace."
6. "New build. Got into the attic and just a quick 360° scan, something was off. Looking closer found a truss web beam that was completely gone, just ripped out (gusset plates bent to hell). Probably knocked out by the framing crews crane or something and they thought no one would notice. Time is money right? Lol"
They saved the day with this good catch!
"I used to work in a hospital, in IT. We were in a back corner of the oldest building. I used an out of the way stairwell, that had a 4 inch cast iron sprinkler main running through it."
"One day when I was leaving, I noticed a little tiny bit of water on the outside of the pipe. I went back to my desk, called maintenance, and asked them to send someone down so I could show them what I noticed. Walked the guy down to the stairwell and showed him, went on home."
"The next day I get to work and there's a letter on my desk. I open it, and it's from the director of maintenance. Seems that they shut down and depressurized the sprinkler line, and when they went to disconnect the section with the leak, the pipe just crumbled. They figured that my call prevented a major flood in materials management (which backed up to the stairwell on the floor below us) as well as a FD call-out, as the alarm would have gone when the pipe ruptured and water started flowing. The director sent me a very nice thank-you, and referred the situation to the cost-saving committee to see if they could get me a bonus based on preventing an accident."
The internet might just save homeowners on a whole lot of money by taking a closer look during the inspection. Thank goodness for this Ask Reddit post shedding light on the horror stories of homeownership and renovation mishaps.
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Unless you've been a member of the armed forces, you may only know drill sergeants as uncompassionate leaders who yell at privates all the time.
War Face GIF Giphy
"Drill instructors, what is the funniest thing you have seen a Private do?"
The following examples were utterly humiliating, but valuable lessons were learned.
"Had 2 guys get in a fight in our bay during basic. The drill sergeant made them hold hands and pretending to be on a date all week. Only time they could let go of each other's hands was rack time. They ended up becoming pretty good friends."
"Ex British Army officer here."
"A corporal went on a nine week mortar course and was accommodated (obviously) while he was away. It turned out he knew one of the DS teaching the course and was invited, regularly, to dine and drink in the Sergeant's Mess."
"The month after coming back from the course, he brought his payslip to me with a puzzled look on his face and, embarrassed, explained he didn't understand what it meant and could I help him?"
"It emerged that the Sergeant's Mess had a chitty system - you didn't pay for your drinks at the time, but signed for them and the total bill was deducted from your pay."
"This legend had managed to drink more than his monthly salary both months he'd been away and his payslip was a negative balance."
"I'm sorry Smith, I'm afraid you owe the Army £235 ($327.50) this month."
Asking For An Advance
"Former European Anti-Air Trainee here."
"Recruit spent his first check on alcohol and sex workers, asked his commander for next months check in advance the next day. Instead of having a good excuse prepared to actually succeed in that proposal he blankly told him in front of 80 other recruits why he'd need it."
"I saw a guy post about how he was like 6'3 and his DS was like 5'2, so whenever he messed up the DS would go up to him face to chest and yell 'Elevator!' and the guy would bend down to eye level with the DS and say 'Ding!' and the DS would proceed to look him in the eye while he chewed him out."
Some experiences were downright hilarious.
"Not an RDC, but in boot camp I was over the laundry crew. One recruit sh*t himself because he thought he couldn't leave his rack after taps. It was funny at the moment before I realized I had to wash it."
"This was the funniest f'king thing I ever read from u/odomotto"
"Recruit fired all his blank ammo during 'ambush training.' He crawled in ditch opposite where the aggressors were, and started throwing rocks at them. DI came running in middle of the road blowing his whistle and screaming 'what the f'k are you doing?' Recruit screamed back, 'throwing hand grenades drill sergeant!' Without missing a beat, the DI screamed 'out f'king standing.' And walked away."
"My sides hurt and I was wheezing laughing so hard at this when I first heard it!"
These punishments made no sense. And that's why they're memorable.
"When I was in basic, a kid we called 'Albino' shot off a blank round accidentally in the field. The sergeants were pissed and took his weapon away and replaced it with a broomstick for the remainder of the week in the field."
"Man I remember some dude didn't put the sheet on his bunk the right way and had to wear the sheet as a cloak and go to all the other barracks dancing around sing about how he was the 'Catch Edge Fairy' or something. It was pretty silly, he owned it though. He was doing twirls the whole time. This was Navy bootcamp."
Despite how they are depicted on film, drill instructors are people who care.
Like, Beals – a drill sergeant at Fort Knox, Kentucky – who said:
"We provide more than just physical, mental and emotional guidance for them. You are a father, a preacher, a financial advisor, a counselor-you provide so many different services to the Soldier that the regular public doesn't see on day to day basis."
"They see what they see in movies and what they hear about by word of mouth. But you are fulfilling so many roles other than just being a trainer and teaching an individual how to be a Soldier in the Army."
And occasionally, they are having a laugh at the crazy things their trainees do.
Sometimes, it becomes extremely clear that it's time to leave.
That goes for short term situations like a bizarre social moment, or longer term commitments like work or relationships.
Whatever the context, there is typically a tipping point moment when all the variables appear to suggest things have become unsafe, wildly uncomfortable, or maybe even a tad illegal.
It's those moments when all you can think about is the door.
Redditor Thotus_Maximus asked:
"What was your biggest 'I'm out' moment?"
Many people talked about the times they went to parties that turned out to be very different from what they had in mind.
"Went to a friend of a friend's 35th birthday party. There were like 3 people there when we showed up. Birthday boy says everyone's in the basement. Okay cool."
"We go down to the basement. Someone's DJing, they've got cool lighting, there's like 30 people dancing. After a minute or 2 we realize everyone in the basement is like 13. Nope Nope Nope."
THAT Kinda Party
"Lived in a hotel for a while when I was 18-19. One day a bunch of people I've met at the pool wanted to go up to this dudes room and party. I thought we were gonna drink, smoke, and have a conversation, but that's not how it went."
"While everyone went up there, I had to go back to my room and change clothes. When I finally went to join them, I walked in and saw this dude injecting hard drugs. I sh** you not, this dude turned completely blue and dropped to the ground like a rock. When I saw that, I just dipped."
"He got picked up by an ambulance and survived. When I saw him in the elevator the next day, he seemed like a completely different person. Seein' stuff like that (that wasn't my first time witnessing od's), I think kept me away from the drugs that can kill you easily."
The Great Escape
"I was at a party when I was a teen. Cops turned up. I was stuck upstairs. But there was a balcony and underneath a pool. And beyond the pool a gate leading to an alley."
"So I jumped in the pool."
"But when I resurfaced there were already two cops standing there looking at me."
Other Redditors recalled the times they encountered strangers that did not appear to have their best interest at heart, to say the least.
"Was approached by someone and we talked about how we went to the same college and I showed him some of my art work, he thought it was pretty cool and offered me an opportunity and wanted to talk more later because I was at work at the time."
"I met up with him and his girlfriend and he told about what he mentioned. As I say there listening, it sounded familiar and BAM! It hit me. It was a pyramid scheme, it had nothing to do with art or any job prospects, I told him I wasn't interested many times in the nicest way possible l, but boy did they look pi**ed."
"I got stuck in an airport overnight as my flight was cancelled due to weather and I was starving because all the stores were closed. Some employee offered to show me where to get food so I followed him."
"He then opened a door to outside in the parking lot and motioned outside. I quickly said 'no thanks' and walked away."
And finally, some talked about when it became very clear that their work situation needed to end, like yesterday.
Quotas Reign Supreme
"I got buried by heavy packages while loading a truck for Fedex. It took 3 people to get me out. I was bloody, bruised, and had trouble lifting my arm."
"My manager came over and chastised me for my package count being too low. Walked out immediately."
Leaving Him a Stressful Day
"I worked in a contact centre several years ago. It was super busy and calls didn't stop coming. For some reason, my stupid boss removed everyone else from the queue for some stupid training, leaving me alone to handle all the calls. I messaged him a few times on Microsoft Teams, asking what was happening with no reply."
"After two hours, I shut down my computer and walked out of the company. I just recently withdrawn my last salary, so no regret whatsoever."
Corruption At Its Finest
"I worked for a blood analysis lab machine company for about 6 months. Hated every minute of it because I was working well over 60 hours a week every week. I wouldn't be leaving some hospitals until after 11pm sometimes. The management would never support the techs, the customer is always right, that BS."
"So one week at during the over the phone team meeting, the manager actually asked on of the younger techs to complete paperwork and submit it. Which is normal, but the manager was having him submit the repair paperwork and schedule the repair when they got around to it. He wanted the tech to pencil whip documentation we submit to the FDA so he could a quarterly bonus."
"Managers who's group hits all the pm's, gets a very nice size check. Had the tech done that and the machine failed before it was serviced, somebody could have died and he might have gone to jail. I left that job the next day."
Out With a Bang
"I walked out of a job two hours into a shift and left them without anyone who could do my job."
"As a parting gift, I threw the manual I'd written in the rubbish and didn't bother removing or giving anyone my passwords to stuff so they couldn't do anything."
Years ago I had a classmate who was a total daredevil... so much so that he would often injure himself. He once drove a bike in the direction of oncoming traffic, just for the hell of it. He got out of that episode unscathed––luckily. By contrast, I prefer keeping all my limbs, and still have them all. I wonder where he is now. Hopefully not too banged up. I did do some stuff unwittingly––like the time I stuck a fork into an electrical socket. I thankfully wasn't shocked too much. I was young and naive.
People told us all about the dangerous things they did when they were younger after Redditor Not-an-Ocelot asked the online community,
"What's the most dangerous thing you did as a kid without realizing?"
"My chore was to wash the floors. I would mix all sorts of chemicals together, not realizing they don't mix. Like bleach and ammonia with other cleaning products."
This is very easy to do––and so dangerous! Thankfully you didn't harm yourself.
"I used to walk..."
"I used to walk on a frozen river when walking home from school. I was about 7 at the time."
Seen too many movies about people stuck under the ice.
"We would sneak up..."
"I used to do parkour. We would sneak up onto the rooftops of condo buildings when they were washing their windows (the staircases leading to the top floor would be unlocked). We would then go roof hopping.
Literal roof hopping like in Grand Theft Auto. We would jump from a 12 storey apartment building's roof to an adjacent 10 storey apartment building's roof, etc."
How are your knees? That's bound to do some damage, no?
"I picked up..."
"I picked up a baby copperhead snake and gave it to my mom as a present when I was 6 or 7."
You must have really hated your mom.
"There was a railway crossing..."
"There was a railway crossing on my walk to school, and the train would often be blocking my path so I would always wait until it stopped moving and then climb on top of it and jump off the other side so I could keep walking and not be late."
"Played inside an old broken refrigerator that was outside….not knowing it could have locked or tipped over."
Yes, it could have! Thankfully it didn't. There's a really frightening scene in The Leftovers involving a character who nearly suffocates in a fridge.
No thank you.
"Like most Florida kids..."
"Like most Florida kids I swam where I shouldn't have and I'm very lucky I didn't get eaten by alligators."
"After seeing videos..."
"Playing with fireworks. After seeing videos of kids blowing their fingers and hands off, I would never let my kids play with them, without lots of supervision."
"We are super lucky..."
"Getting on a boat with my then-boyfriend and not telling our parents where we were going. The boat ended up sinking during a storm and we had life jackets and floated on the ice chest. Only reason we are alive is because a ship that was coming in heard us screaming during the storm and called the coast guard. We were out there for a total of 15 hours and had severe hypothermia. We are super lucky to be alive."
This is pretty terrifying.
Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.
Yes, thankfully, you're alive.
"When I was about..."
"When I was about 9 or 10 a friend and I rode an air mattress down a river. Neither of us knew how to swim and we didn't tell our parents so when we came back cops were looking for us."
Well... these were a read.
If you'll excuse me, I'll stay indoors and wrap myself in bubble wrap. The outside world is scary.
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