We all work with them. You would think in the national services we'd not have to deal with them. I'm talking about the people who fall through the cracks that we're trapped working with. The ones who are definitely not up to snuff. The humans who maybe nice but are definitely out of their depth; so we have to pick up the slack. How do they make it this far? One of life's eternal questions. But you know how to pick them out almost instantly.
Redditor u/Mr_Foreman wanted to hear from the soldiers who have shared training with some people they knew wouldn't workout by asking....
Getting immunization needles, I over heard the nurse asking about medical family history.
"My family has a history of hypothermia..."
During field training with blank rounds, had two negligent discharges (ended up being charged for both), threw their rifle down and starting casing black magic on the rifle. reammachine
One of the kindest, sweetest, least aggressive people I know was in the Marines with me. Just a teddy bear. It's not so much that I don't know how he managed, although it was puzzling, and more that I have no idea why he wanted to. moms_new_boyfriend
Had a kid at my first squadron (Air Force) who was quite possibly one of the dumbest, least self-aware people I've ever met.
This kid either couldn't or wouldn't retain basic information, which was problematic given that he was in the Intelligence career field. At one point he was presenting a briefing about North Korea, and claimed with a straight face that the capitol city of North Korea was Bogota (for those keeping score, Bogota is the capitol of Colombia).
He tried very hard to project a redneck persona, and as part of this bought a massive bright red lifted truck with obnoxious "REDNECK" decal work. Anyone with half a brain could tell you he was struggling to pay for it on his measly E-3 barracks rat pay. Eventually he decided he didn't want to pay for the truck anymore, so he drove it into a lake one night and filed an insurance claim, then used the money to immediately buy a different vehicle.
This was quickly uncovered by the police, and he was kicked out of the Air Force.
To this day I have no earthly idea who thought this kid belonged in military intelligence, or how he got through intel school. Cheesy_Bobs
It was unnerving to watch.
Had a girl who would hit herself in the face when she got upset. Like, full, hard slaps. It was unnerving to watch.
She's also hide candy and food from the mess deck and eat it alone in the head (bathroom).
Our racks (beds) were next to each other, separated by a thin piece of metal with small holes punched in it for air circulation.
One night I was reading a book and she asked me how I liked it. I asked her how she knew what I was reading and she said she was watching me through the holes in the partition.
This girl made it through the recruiter, MEPS (where they do a psych eval) AND boot camp! Clearly someone dropped the ball. beautnight
"Isn't that in Nebraska?"
There was this super nasty dude in our platoon that smelled terrible, and the squad leader figured out it's because he "washed" his clothes by putting them in the freezer overnight. He also got busted malingering by purposely not hydrating in the desert heat, passing out, and having to get IVs from the medics. He did it to get out of work. Eventually they did a home health and wellness check (off base) and found 12 dogs living in his two bedroom apartment and the floor thick as carpet with dog poop. Y'all he was was a 35 series. INTELLIGENCE.
Some scout from a cav company that I was attached to as intel support somehow always showed up when I was washing my feet (my feet got so gross in the desert and baby wipes didn't cut it). One day he got the courage to approach me from around a sand dune and asked where I'm from. I said, "Iowa." He said, "Isn't that in Nebraska?"
Also a woman I was in basic training with who had to have been on the spectrum. We had to teach her and coach her on how to shower, otherwise she just stood under the water for 30 seconds. She fell asleep while LIVE FIRING on the qualification range. A lot of us complained to our PG because we would wake up with her staring at us from the end of our bunks, crouched down like an animal. That's all I remember now. But she graduated. I wonder what happened to her? Hope she's okay. unroulyone
We had a guy called "Tom Sawyer" his list of offenses were shaving in the chow hall, pulling his molars out with pliers, cutting his toe nails and saving them above his wall locker. Spicyfrijoles
Army guy here. I went to basic with this one guy. OML. Let's start from the top: almost shot a Drill Sergeant, Got a staph infection and refused to get medicine, slept in is wall locker during toe the line (toe the line is when you stand right by your bunks quiet at the position of attention and wait for your Drill Sergeant). Would listen to the DS Explain what you would have to do and the DS would ask if there was any questions and not ask at that time but then 5 mins later ask him a dummy question. klubby2
First night of actual basic, after shark attack and all that b.s. we're all showering and getting ready for bed, I noticed a guy in the bunk across from me had already changed in to his PT's. I asked him if he was gonna shower and he said, "No, I put on 48-hour deodorant." The entire bay erupted into laughter and for the rest of basic, my guys name was private 48. troyg97
After Basic Training I was at tech school in a squadron that trains Air Traffic Controllers, Airfield Managers, Command Post, and Aerospace Control and Warning Systems. Had 3 people I wonder get past Basic.
- The person who tossed a whole unopened box of hot pockets into a microwave, set it for 5 mins, and left their door room.
- The person who got 2nd degree burns when they tried to iron their uniform while wearing it.
- The girl who would "hiccup" (sounded like she was trying to imitate a raptor from Jurassic Park) in formation, or whenever people weren't paying attention to her. The_Snarky_Wolf
Out of the blue....
At one of my duty stations there was a girl that wasn't all there. One day, out of the blue, she decides to take the 3-wheel bike (the one with the large basket in between the two rear tires) and go for a spin. She hit a fence post, a parked car and a dumpster, all within 30 feet of her starting position. She eventually went to cook school. CarlosAVP
That's how he passed basic.
This guy was a student in aviation school while I was an instructor. He was a new Soldier attending his technical school after basic. Apparently he was on the autism spectrum but functioned well enough for the Army. He was great at physical tasks. That's how he passed basic. He was also very intelligent in the classroom study. If he was directly instructed he was fine. One day I found him in the hall between classrooms during a class session.
He had taken a restroom break but got sidetracked and was staring deeply into the ceiling fan. It took several attempts to get his attention. I had to touch his arm when he didn't respond to my approach or calling his name a few times. It happened a few times with other instructors until our supervisor addressed it with the division chief.
It was decided after several medical consultations and meetings with the Colonel that it wasn't safe to allow this student to proceed as a helicopter mechanic. It was ultimately a safety matter because he could get mesmerized by a spinning rotor on an airfield. Strangely I saw him later on a deployment to Afghanistan. He was reclassified as an artillery soldier. DustyShadow
Worked with a USAF major long ago who'd been in grade for eons because he couldn't give a briefing without scratching his testicles... only the Vietnam War was keeping him in the service. Eventually he went on an orientation tour of a Minuteman site and fell into a hole; when he got out of the hospital they retired him. shleppenwolf
At Basic, we had a guy who did a version of the Christian Bale deep batman voice for the entire time and never took off his eye protection—terrifying to be woken up by him for guard duty in the middle of the night. He would just loom over you and say your name while jabbing you violently with his hands. Apparently, his underwear eventually fused to his body because he didn't shower for weeks. The stench was miserable. From what I heard, he was put on suicide watch a couple of weeks after basic, but he passed basic. Lostinthelaw
Anyone who ever lost a weapon in the field, I've seen it happen a couple of times. You feel sorry them because of the consequences they have to face, but at the same time they totally deserve it for the hell they brought upon the whole unit lol. Koldkillr
You find officers like this too.
You find officers like this too. Not lacking basic competencies, just common sense. We had a water leak at the Naval Medical Center and the department head (O6) simply kicked off her shoes so they wouldn't get wet. Part of the ceiling in the space had collapsed and the computer tower was sitting on the floor in the puddle along with her feet. It and the outlet was throwing sparks and you could see the blue light of arcing electricity inside the tower. Didn't stop working until the first IT3 got there to point it out. You could FEEL the electricity in that room. snub999
Honestly, it was me.
Honestly, it was me. Joined the Marines at 17 as an artilleryman, didn't know at the time that I had high functioning autism. I could follow instructions well enough, so I got through basic without any real trouble, but I just didn't have much common sense in my head at the time.
I didn't like to socialize and was very awkward beyond simple order-following things. I got messed with to no end, and wound up beating the snot out of myself from the stress during fleet week. Eventually we got deployed to Iraq as civil affairs, and I was put in administrative and office duties, and found I was especially good at office work.
In the end, it was a positive experience though. I was forced into having a lot more social interactions then I would have as a civilian, and I was able to work on things like that a lot more than I would have if I had not joined. I still had a lot of trouble after leaving the Marines because it was right at the start of the recession, but I would have been even worse off otherwise. onlysane1
The lad who pooped himself and didn't want to let people know so threw his kit with an actual log inside the trousers into the group wash. damn rotter.
The two females and two males who got caught "fraternising" in the briefing room the night before pass out and somehow managed to not get Day 0'd for it.
The lad who tried to give himself a neck shave and buzzed a racing stripe 5 inches up the back of his head.
The lad who broke his nose trying to impress NCO's with a backflip.
The lad who was going for gunner who couldn't for the life of him figure out how to sling a rifle. Spent 5 hours practicing, crying and stuff. Couldn't hack it and after passing out eventually months after everyone else, got kicked out for drugs. _Haze_There
Sold equipment Including his gas mask, tac vest and helmet. Started fights with fellow recruits almost every week threatened to bring his gang to shoot us up. Still passed. Go figure.
EDIT: for those curious I don't think he ever passed his trade course, and I'm fairly certain he got kicked out or released before the year was up. 99043jjdf
We had one guy (in my basic training platoon) that was a walking safety hazard. Among other things, he managed to fall out of a first-floor window, got
a quarter of the platoon's packs the squad's packs stolen during an exercise because he fell asleep watching them, fired his rifle on full auto into the damn camp (with training rounds, luckily) because "he thought he saw a wild pig rifling through our stuff" and, to cap it all off, put a live round between the drill instructor's feet at the firing range.
He passed basic with the rest of us (the only guy that failed, failed because he deserted halfway through), although he did get a mark in his file that he was unsuited for any rank with any kind of responsibility. Aibeit
There was a guy next to me on the shooting range. We were suppose to fire a full mag at the target, 29 rounds. Well, when we were done his target had 0 hits, and mine had around 50. SentientDust
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People do weird things for clout these days. And social media doesn't help at all: “Do it for the Vine" seems to be making a resurgence, despite the fact that Vine no longer exists (RIP). The fact of the matter is, some social trends are just infuriating.
Here are a few of the most annoying social trends that currently exist. I'm sure you all will find them relatable as hell.
Honestly, most of the time social media is the culprit to these weird phenomena.
Looking at you, family vlogs.
Posting your kids' entire lives online.
I massively fail to understand why people are comfortable sharing their intimate family moments with strangers, saw a clickbait title for a YouTube video of one of those generic blonde clone woman telling her fella she was pregnant. It's depressing.
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Glorifying celebrities and treating them like gods. Like, I understand being a fan of someone, but you don't have to create an entire livelihood around them or try to emulate them. This is also how people get into positions of power when they shouldn't be.
These get to be old.
The reaction that provokes on me is more cringe than pissing me off but I am SICK of the "XXXX reacts to YYYY" videos.
It´s just so embarrassing to see these people acting out a reaction just to satisfy the actual consumers of the product that is being reacted upon.
These trends can genuinely hurt large groups of people, whether by them acting on the stupidity they see online, or just making them dumber.
Don’t be the villain.You Suck New York GIF by HULUGiphy
The celebration of bad attitudes, habits and toxic traits.
People would rather be praised for being a villain than to be obscure.
People would rather give praise to a villain than to spend a moment not entertained.
This was disgusting.
I'm just so glad the "licking things at the store" trend is over. It is over, right? Please tell me that's finally done.
I'm pretty sure it's over. Haven't seen anything like it popping up.
Children do not need Facebook.
Letting little kids have social media (unsupervised). They are not equipped to handle any of it. So many conflicts spawn out of it.
And the parents refuse to deal with it so often teacher are stuck handling conflicts that started outside school.
Unfortunately, some social trends just lead to complete rudeness. When did this become the norm?
This makes me so angry.GIF by SliceGiphy
This obviously hasn't been as big a deal for the last year or so, but the lack of basic etiquette around invitations or even just making plans.
People feel absolutely free to not respond until the last minute while waiting for something better to come along, and they don't think it's rude to cancel last minute or just not show up without letting you know.
I learned that if you respond positively to invitations and then show up on time, you get invited to a lot more things. It's a pretty good strategy if you like getting invited to things.
This is disturbing.
Advertising slowly taking over every single aspect of our lives. I'm not really exaggerating when I say over 90% of the mail and phone calls I get are junk or scams. Data we generate simply by being online being sold to the highest bidder without any real way of stopping it, which in turn fuels more ads. Went shopping more than once at a larger grocery store? Congrats, you now get suspiciously tailored coupons mailed and emailed to you even though you don't remember ever giving them your addresses, meaning it's probably linked to your credit card and banking info.
The internet is great for knowledge if you look in the right places and allows discovery of fascinating things, but it does sometimes feel like we sold our souls to somebody for it.
Don’t call and drive.
Driving while on a cell phone.
Driving has always been a little frustrating but now it's gotten insane. My girlfriend and I can call out with at least 90% accuracy who is on their phone.
Abrupt Lane changes, 20mph under the speed limit, swerving, looking at phone and missing a green light for 5+ seconds, and - my personal pet peeve - stopping 50' short of a light in a busy intersection during rush hour.
Not only is the use common, but the entitlement that comes with it is across the board. Someone waiting at a green light 5+ seconds, I do a short honk to alert them - they give me middle finger. Like, yeah, I'm the idiot here (I can see you playing on your phone through your back windshield).
The other day I had a girl pull across two rows of parked cars in a lot and had to slam on my brakes to not smash into her. Instead of saying sorry, she got out of the car (still in the middle of the lane) while still on FaceTime to film me.
When did it become so trendy to be an a**hole? That's what I'm gathering after reading all of this. I don't want to sound cynical, but it is depressing to see all of the harm that these trends cause. Hopefully, society progresses beyond this.
Also, stop doing things for social media clout. You're gonna get burned.
Not everything in this vast world makes sense. Things throughout history, science, art, sports, any topic really, can branch off into so many different directions. Some of which make our brains go, "Heh?"
The addage "truth is stranger than fiction" is because, well, it's true. For instance, what happens at the Bermuda Triangle that causes so many boats and planes to just straight up go missing? What happened to Agatha Christie for those four days after she found out her husband was having an affair?
These are facts, but still remain shrouded in mystery.
"What is the weirdest fact you know?"
Here were some of those answers.
Not How I Pictured My Chips
"Fredric Baur, the inventor of the Pringles can, is buried in one"
"Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, Savoy cabbage, kohlrabi, and gai lan are all the same species of plant (Brassica oleracea), just bred to enhance different parts of the plant."
I Didn't Know There Were Wild Camels In Arizona
"It is illegal to kill wild camels in Arizona."
"Back in the day they imported camels to cross Southern Arizona, found horses more reliable so released the camels. There's a thriving population of wild horses in Arizona but sadly no more camels.
"Llamas and other camel species can thrive here though."
"Lastly, I remember watching Planet Earth for the first time and seeing Bactrian camels on film, for the first time, in their natural habitat. One of my favorite tv memories."~DevilsAdvocate9
And it gets weirder. For example, did you know about the fungus that eats radiation?
The Fungus In Our Wake
"Radiotrophic fungus was first discovered at the Chernobyl site in 1991, just after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the start of internationally-aided cleanup/containment efforts."
"Not so sure about right next to the Elephant's Foot, but it was definitely found growing in large, flourishing colonies all throughout the site's cooling water supply."
"This fungus appears to use melanin - the same dark-brown pigment that gives humans all their various normal skin tones, except in much, much higher concentrations - to power sugar-producing reactions by deriving energy from nuclear decay the same way plants and cyanobacteria use the green pigment chlorophyll to synthesize sugars by deriving energy from (sun)light."
"Basically, this stuff is a mold colony that has the most extreme tan ever, and uses it to eat radiation."
"Similar fungi have been found accumulated on the exterior hulls of low-orbit spacecraft, and experiments were recently (2018-2019) conducted to begin investigating if the stuff could be used as shielding to protect astronauts from solar/cosmic radiation. Apparently, results were promising!"
A Mic For A Bell
"Titanic was fitted with microphones for receiving underwater bell signals. With this system the sound of submarine bells was received through the hull of the vessel."
"Submarine bells, used as fog signals, were located on lightships, at lighthouses, and even on some specially equipped buoys. They were actuated by electric signals, compressed air, or simply by wave motion."
"Titanic had two submarine microphones on her hull, one on each side. These were the 'ears' of the ship."
"By switching between the port and starboard microphones and comparing the volume of the bells, the navigation officer could determine the direction to the navigation aid."
"Sound travels much further through water than through air - these bells could be heard over 15 miles away through the headset."
"A pretty cool way of navigating at a time when GPS and RADAR didn't yet exist!"-
Sneaky Little Bears
"Koalas have fingerprints that are very close to human fingerprints."
"There apparently have been several 'break-ins' in Australia by the same 'person' based of off fingerprint evidence. Turned out to be a koala that was responsible for all of these."-mx5e46
The Most Terrifying Partnership
"Anglerfish mate by the male biting the female's abdomen."
"Over time, the male is absorbed and linked to the female's circulatory system while the male basically melts into a parasite-looking growth that is actually nothing but testicles which the female will use when she's ready."
"Weird enough for you?"-Cavemanjoe47
But wait. There's, of course, even more where that came from.
A Study In Ancient Runes
"Most rune stones erected by Norsemen were erected by Christians, and they're often decorated with Christian crosses."
"Runic writing also continued for centuries after conversion, so it's not uncommon to see things like 'God help his soul' on rune stones."
"It might not be so weird if one's intimately familiar with the topic, but I think a lot of people just seem to associate runic writing with paganism"~SendMeNudesThough
The Poodle Shortage
"There was a genetic bottle neck in standard poodles starting in the 1950s."
"A kennel called the Wycliffe kennel linebred exceptional show dogs which became highly sought after as studs. "
"Even today, many standard poodles carry a substantial percentage from this line which traces back to just five dogs."-clickingisforchumps
Uranus Isn't Just A Planet
"Your anus comprises either thirty-five or thirty-seven creases, resulting in a pattern as unique as your fingertips."
"This discovery – first made by Salvador Dali – allowed for the development of an anus-examining smart toilet."
"On the same topic, it turns out that humans are deuterostomes."
"This means that at the start of its development, an embryo goes through a stage during which its tissue folds back over itself, creating something called a blastopore."
"As maturation continues, this blastopore becomes the anus."
"In short, you can make the argument that every person is an overgrown (and unique) a**hole."-RamsesThePigeon
Sure these facts are weird. Heck, maybe even some of them are a little disturbing.
But our world would not be nearly as fascinating as it is in the absence of these facts. Our world needs a little mystery around it. And it's fun to know these things, even if we may never solve the mystery of them.
Amateur sleuths love an unsolved mystery.
Crimes that have eluded detectives and forensic experts for decades – some even for centuries – remain an obsession for people who want answers and a sense of closure that justice can still be served.
Closed cases may not be as fascinating, but they should still provide a sense of relief.
"What are some SOLVED mysteries?"
There was closure for these cases involving missing persons and murder.
The McStay Family
"The McStay family disappearance and murders. In February of 2010, the McStay's, a family of 4 (Mom Summer, Dad Joseph, and sons Gianni and Joseph jr) seemingly vanished from their home- abruptly. A carton of eggs was left open on the counter and the family dogs were still outside in the backyard. The scene was eerie, and complicated because the home the McStays lived in was in the process of being renovated- so a 'neat and orderly' home wasn't the norm at this stage. It appeared there was missing furniture and the usual mess that comes with construction (some freshly painted or redone surfaces mixed with older versions). From the outside- it appeared the family just took off. Neighbor had surveillance that captured what appeared to be the bottom of the family SUV leaving the driveway."
"Since they were living in California, the border to Mexico wasn't far and authorities found footage of what appeared to be the McStay's walking into Mexico with their two little boys in tow. The family SUV was found abandoned in a mall parking lot near the Mexico border. 3 years passed before the bodies of the McStay's were found buried in shallow graves in the California desert. The bodies appeared to be in advanced decomposition and there were signs of blunt force trauma. A sledgehammer was also found buried with one of the bodies. Chase Merritt, a business partner to Joseph McStay, was arrested and charged with their murders on 11/5/2014. His trial was delayed for years until 2019. He was sentenced to death. Motive: Chase had a gambling addiction and had been and continued embezzling money from the business. His DNA was found in the McStay's abandoned vehicle. He bludgeoned this beautiful family to death for money."
"ETA link with more info - https://people.com/crime/mcstay-family-murders-killer-sentenced-death/"
Screenwriter's Alleged Suicide
"The Case of Adrienne Shelly - screenwriter for Waitress. Husband came home to find her hanging in the shower - ruled suicide."
"He insists she was happy and would never kill herself promoting another view of crime scene where they found a shoe print that matched a construction worker in the building."
"Sure enough the construction worker went to rob her and thought he killed her so staged a suicide when the hanging ended up being the actual thing that killed her."
Abducted Japanese Girls
"In the 1970s, a number of Japanese citizens disappeared from coastal areas in Japan. After many years it was found out that North Korea had abducted them."
"Most of the missing were in their 20s; the youngest, Megumi Yokota, was 13 when she disappeared in November 1977, from the Japanese west coast city of Niigata."
The water kept these mysteries unsolved for years.
"The disappearance of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of The Little Prince, who was also a French reconnaissance pilot during World War II."
"In 1944, he took off on a reconnaissance mission from Corsica and never made it back, and there was never any evidence of what might have happened to him and his plane."
"Finally, in 1998, a French fisherman pulled up his net and found wrapped in it a silver bracelet engraved with Saint-Exupery's name, and in 2004, a diver searched in the area and found the remains of his plane, which had apparently been shot down by a German fighter after all."
"1947 an British South American Airways aircraft named Star Dust disappeared, it's last message was simply 'STENDEC.' After an exhausting search, no trace of the aircraft was found. For years conspiracy theories and talk of Alien abduction circulated."
"Till 1998, when mountain climbers on a remote mountain found an engine, pieces of metal, and clothing at the bottom of a glacier on the side of Mount Tupungato. Turns out the aircraft got caught flying the wrong way in the jet stream while it was flying at night and using a system of timing when to start their decent. Being in the jet stream reduced their airspeed in relation to the earth and they smacked themselves straight into the side of a mountain, after which an avalanche covered the wreckage. The wreckage took decades to flow down the side of the mount with the glaciers. The glacier preserved the wreck so well that 50 years later the recovery team found identifiable remains, personal items, and could read serial numbers on the engines. Amazing one of the landing gear tires was still inflated, and that teams continued to visit the site for periodically as more of the aircraft, cargo, and remains of passengers are still emerging from the ice."
The Windsor Hum
"Residents of Windsor (Canada) have been saying they could hear a hum coming from across the river in Detroit for the better part of a few decades. Well turns out that when a steel producer turned their furnaces off recently (when they were closing up shop) the Hum stopped. People had no idea what the noise could be until the factory closed."
"Edit: also a little fun fact; Zug Island (where the factory was located) was mentioned in Robocop and was also the destination of the SS Edmond Fitzgerald before it sank."
Where The River Runs
"Devil's Kettle Falls: A stream separates into two sections, one continues normally the other spirals deep into a hole. All sorts of things were thrown down the hole in an effort to discover where the water went. Ping pong balls, various dyes, it was even rumored that someone stuck an old car down there. Eventually someone came up with a clever idea, they measured the total water flow above and below the falls and discovered they were similar enough to deduce the two streams join back up relatively quickly."
There were logical explanations for these seemingly otherworldly phenomena.
What The "Bloop?"
"In 1997 a really weird and loud noise was detected underwater and everyone was all 'WTF was that?.' In 2012 it was determined it was an iceberg breaking and/or rubbing against the seabed."
"El Dorado or the lost city of gold turned out to be a mistranslation. It was just the name of some guy that got mistranslated to the name of a city."
"Weeping Jesus statue in India mystery. Apparently a Jesus statue started crying and all Christians along with Hindus started to drink it. It turned out to be sewage. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeping_crucifix_in_Mumbai"
The Prophet Hen Of Leeds
"A hen was laying eggs with messages like "Christ is Coming" and people thought the world was ending. Turned out the farmer was actually writing on the eggs herself, and then reinserted it back into the chicken. edited for gender of the farmer."
For Christ's Sake
"The tomb of Jesus' previously unknown brother turned out to be a hoax to try to sell the tomb of a nobody for a lot of money."
The North Atlantic Vortex
"Bermuda Triangle / devils sea... a triangle shaped section of ocean where airplanes and boats were known to disappear."
"Apparently most stories were embellished, and there is so much traffic that goes through the area it's actually a very small amount of vessels that go missing (percentage wise)."
Closed cases and logical explanations are all well and good, but there is one phenomenon that continues to plague me.
Where do missing socks go? Seriously. It's a common occurrence where I'm left with a lone sock and the other is never caught in the lint trap or lost in the pile. They just vanish without a trace, I know I'm not alone in this.
Solving that mystery is not about having closure or putting my mind at ease so I can sleep at night.
I'm just tired of repeatedly buying new pairs of socks just because one sock goes rogue. Is it a New York laundry thing? Who knows?
But please enlighten me before I give up on socks and go with Crocs all the way.
Witt so many generations and people living entire, difficult lives, it's hardly surprising when a family's history includes a few shocking details.
Still, it can be quite mind-blowing when the juicy information first comes out. These sudden truths have a tendency to re-cast a once accepted element or family dynamic as a much darker, problematic reality stemming from an immoral event.
But at arms length, they're wildly fascinating tales.
Redditor AbsoluteHavoc asked:
"What family secret was finally spilled in your family?"
Many people shared family secrets that had everything to do with romantic relationships, affairs, and the parenting of children.
Often, kids get passed off to people besides their biological parents. And it stays hidden for as long as possible, but it always seems to come out.
Nowhere to Go With the Info
"My mother is kid #7 of 10. My aunt (kid #4) who was born in 1945 did her DNA and found out that she has a different father from everyone else. She was devastated. There was always rumor that there was an affair but nobody talked about it."
"She has so many questions but nobody's alive to answer her."
A Long Journey Home
"Found out my grandma had a baby as a teenager and was forced to give him up for adoption by my great grandparents."
"40 years later he found us"
Shocking, But Not So Bad
"My cousin is actually my sister. Apparently my mom got pregnant really young and her much older sister adopted my sister and raised her as her own. It was actually an amazing moment when we found out."
"My cousin (sister) and the sister I was raised with and I are really really close. Just happened last year. We're all old now (I'm 50 and my cousin/sister is 58) so it's just a really neat thing that makes us all happy."
A Welcome Bombshell
"About a month ago, my mother-in-law's 88 year old sister revealed on her death bed that her husband's best friend was actually the father of all 4 of her children."
"Her husband was an abusive grade A jerk by all accounts. While everyone was shocked, no one was saddened by this news."
"We went to my grandmother's for Christmas dinner like we did every year and my uncle drank too much, and kind of hinted that he had an affair with my mother. A couple of months and two dna tests later we found out my sister is actually his daughter."
"My dad never spoke to his brother again. And of course, my parents got divorced. And I needed a lot of therapy... and chocolate."
Other people discussed the ancestors who've engaged in some kind of criminal act. We'd all prefer to assume killers and thieves wouldn't be in our own family.
But they certainly can be.
A Strange Alibi
"My uncles are infamous criminals who killed multiple people."
"I thought they bred dogs."
An Ongoing Shadow
"My grandparents are first cousin's... an uncle on the same side of the family is in prison for the assassination of a presidential candidate (family still says he was framed and is innocent)"
What a Way to Go
"My great great grandfather was exiled and banned from Missouri for being a sheep thief" -- ksromo
"Does your family suffer a curse because of your no-good, dirty, rotten, sheep stealing great great grandfather?" -- perkcherp
A Fuzzy Past
"My great grandfather didn't die of cancer."
"He died from complications after being shot when one of his businesses was being robbed. Maybe. He also spent a lot of time in Atlantic City. He also had a lot of partners in the Teamsters and other unions in coal country. Also, everyone called him "smiling Tony' but his name wasn't Tony."
"He died in the 60s, long before my time, but when my great grandmother died 20 years ago, a very old guy showed up to the funeral in a white suit and all of the oldest people in my family kisses his hand. When I asked, no one knew who he was."
"My grandfather moved his family away from central PA in the late 60s and disconnected from all of this but, there it is."
So the next time you decide to put the time and effort into learning the stories of the ancestors who came before you, be prepared for the possibility that some shocking news comes along with all the quaint moments.
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