Life is full of witnesses. So many we love and so many are names and faces we'll never see again. But whether we know them or not... they will always leave an impression. Strangers are brought to us by divine intervention once and awhile. Often we neglect to recognize the moment. But the memory can be everlasting. And remember.... we are strangers for others as well.
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I danced with a stranger in a club in Tokyo who, by the look of her dance style, was Brazilian. She was probably 80 years young and boy did she have moves! This was my first time dancing with a stranger and her vibes were something I'll never forget. She was classy! iseewokepeople
A boy with blue eyes. I walked down the hallway at school and looked him right in the eyes. I never forgot. That was 10 years ago or something.
He stayed a stranger until last year, when I became friends with a girl that wanted me to meet her friends too. Now that boy with the blue eyes is my best friend. kate9819
On the Bus.
When I was about 13 or 14 my phone ran out when I was waiting for a bus, but I realized my bus wasn't arriving for two hours as it was a Sunday night and I don't live in a big city, so bus times are varied.
I knew I had to call my parents but I was very shy and too nervous to ask anybody. But a really lovely mother noticed I was looking very anxious and came and asked if i was okay. She let me use her phone, but then she also stayed with me until my bus came because it was late at night and she didn't want me there alone.
I think about her a lot. She was so caring and loving. SylvieDonlan
The lady on my plane (I'm a flight attendant) who got really mad I gave her too much coffee and then poured it into the seat back pocket.
I realized that day that some people will get mad at whatever they can. And there's nothing I can do about that. AggressiveKaizen
Bless innocent dumb children.
Once a little girl (around 6-7) years old came into our precinct and confessed that she had cheated on her math test and was ready to go to jail for it. A colleague of mine explained her the situation and that she won't go to jail. The colleague made her a hot chocolate and called her parents so that they could pick up their daughter.
Bless innocent dumb children. GerCop
The Odd brains.
My mom, dad and I were driving across Canada to Ontario to see family when I was about 6 (26 now). We were stopped for the night at an RV park for the night, and I ended up playing on the playground with a little girl the same age as me. Her dad came over in a cut off sleeve t-shirt and shorts and pushed us on the merry-go-round. Once he left, I VIVIDLY remember telling her that I had pictured her dad in a suit when she had talked about him, and her telling me that she'd never seen her dad in a suit. Bizarre the things our kid-brains remember. thats-amore
Around San Jose with Paul.
About 15 years ago, an ex-gf, a buddy of mine, and I went to downtown San Jose to go bar hopping. While walking, we were talking about the movie Sin City, and a guy who had just passed us spins around and introduces himself as "Paul Vasquez." Tells us he's an actor (no, none of the Paul Vasquez's on IMDB are him). Says he heard us talking about Sin City, and wanted to let us know that he's in town filming a movie called "The Underground" with Mickey Rourke (this movie does not exist).
Says he heard us talking about Sin City, and wanted to let us know that he's in town filming a movie called "The Underground" with Mickey Rourke (this movie does not exist). Says he wants to show us his headshot, and that it's in his car (friend and gf didn't want to go, but I was feeling adventurous). He pops his trunk and it is FULL of headshots, but none of them his. Men and women of all sorts. He then offers to buy us all drinks at a bar, and he's gonna call up Mickey so we can "go hang in his hotel."
Well, we weren't about to go into a weird hotel with this loon, but we did plan on going to a bar anyways, so we went. My friend tells the bartender that we don't know this guy, and if he tries to stick us with the bill, we're not paying. Minutes later, Paul Vasquez is literally thrown out the door by security, and disappears into the night, yelling back to us "don't worry! I'll call Mickey, and we can go hang with him later!" WhiskyAndWitchcraft
We were at the beach in NC. Met you in the pool. We seemed to hit it off. Every time I listen to Comedown by Bush I still think of you.
This had to be somewhere about 20 years ago. God... I'll never forget you. tekhnomancer
I was doing volunteering to time at a swimming event, I also had to check the swimmers in (ask for their name and make sure it matched the one on the list), this dude comes up and I ask what his name is and he's like "Toby, what's yours?" So I check the list to make sure it's the right one and I'm totally blanking our so I didn't really process his question so I just said "I don't know." And off he went to swim.
I'm still cringing at myself for that one. Toby, if you're out here, hi I guess? -koi
You the Best.
I remember my family and I were at Applebee's or something (don't remember) and I found a wallet next to me. I didn't think of it until a few minutes later a woman came by our table and asked have they seen a wallet. I picked up the wallet and gave it to the woman. The woman gave me a five dollar bill to show gratitude. thatonegirlonreddit5
I used to work at an animal hospital where we boarded animals. One dog, Shanghai, a pittbull/sharpei mix, was a regular. One day, walking downtown, I saw her on a walk with her owner. She broke free and ran to me with kisses. The utter confusion on her owner's (who I'd never met) face was hilarious and memorable. I explained how I knew her, and all was well, but a funny experience nonetheless. thewildlifer
I drove a moped around Thailand last year and went to a place called Monkey Mountain. As soon as I arrived at the top of the mountain I was surrounded by 30+ monkeys looking for food, drinks, and whatever that was in my moped. The monkeys were all over me (jumping, scratching, pulling my hair) so I got off my moped, parked it, locked the seat and went further up the mountain to see the scenery.
Upon my return, one of the larger dominant males had stayed behind and ripped open my seat and chewed a massive hole in the upholstery. He was close to opening the locked seat when I started yelling and throwing my hands in the air. That didn't do anything so I tried getting closer, making myself look larger, yelling, etc and nothing worked. I finally got too close and the monkey opened his mouth to reveal 2 large teeth- easily 3 inches long. The teeth worried me so I backed off. By this time the monkey has broken the seat opened and is reaching for my things.
Just as I thought my stuff was long gone, suddenly a Buddhist Monk appeared behind me. Without me even saying anything he leisurely walked up to the moped and made a silent "shoo" motion to the monkey about 7 feet away. The monkey casually just gets up like he wasn't doing anything and walks away. I yelled "Thank you!" to the monk and he gave me a smile/nod and kept walking like a total baddie. gretschhandler
A woman named Harriet at a coffee shop. I let her cut in line because I had a large order. After she ordered she joined all her friends who were there to celebrate her birthday. She was absolutely beaming during their celebration. She was really nice and it was probably her 72nd birthday if I had to guess. I still ask myself 'what would Harriet do?' when I'm trying to be an optimist about life. Idk why but she was just that pleasant. quitefranklyidk
PM me please......
10 months ago, I got into a horrific motorcycle accident and found myself laying on the street dying. The ground was scorching as I live in Arizona where we often have temperatures pushing 120° F. I was being cooked alive by the pavement until a passerby jumped out of his work truck, picked me up and put me on a moving blanket. I don't remember his face but I remember his actions.
He called an ambulance and waited with me until they came. Whoever you are, thank you. You deserve more than a comment on reddit. If for some reason you are reading this, PM me please. I still have your moving blanket.
Edit: My wreck happened between Recker and McDowell on the 202 in the 90° curve. Not sure if that might help find this guy. cacuca2
When I was graduating high school, my mom took me to get a suit for the ceremony. I remember thinking the girl at the checkout counter was really cute, and only a year or two older than I was. Being the obnoxious teen I was, I tried to act cool, and pretend my mom wasn't there.
Of course my mom was having none of that, and made sure to tease me in front of her about how messy my room was and how I never hung up my clothes. The cashier laughed, and told me "she's right you know; girls like guys who are neat and tidy."
Needless to say, I went beet red and was mortified at not only being teased by my mom, but also by a random cute girl. But ever since that day, I have always tried to make sure my room is clean and that I actually care for my clothes.
Thank you random cashier for helping me be a better, cleaner person. mekanikstik
That One Moment...
My best friend died and when I was leaving the experience on a plane, I had been up all night drinking and crying. I was a nervous wreck on the plane but I was trying to keep it together. I put my head against the seatback in front of me during the take off. I felt so unsafe and alone. She put her hand on my back the whole take off. It was the most comforting thing. She had a cat in a crate and once were off of the ground, she took it out and let me hold it. This was 15 years ago but I will never forget her. KristenKutThroat
I was on a flight from Europe back to the US to visit home. It was me, my wife and our 6 month old baby. We were sitting next to some Swiss dude who was really friendly. We chatted a bit when we weren't busy with diapers and doing baby things. At any rate, we had a 5 hour layover in DC and about 2 hours into the layover I hear someone yelling, "hey, excuse me." It was Swiss guy. He was sitting in a restaurant and saw us walking by.
He wanted to tell us that we had forgotten our baby's blanket on the plane but he remembered that we were flying on to Dallas after our layover so he found out which terminal/gate our flight was leaving from and took the blanket it there and gave it to the gate staff with a hand-written description of us for the staff and a hand-written note for us. Pretty solid. mejok
In college my roommate pissed me off for not doing chores, so I left in anger and went to the bar right by my apartment. Say down next to this older gentleman, and we chatted over beer.
The dude goes on to tell me he trains professional sled dogs in Alaska and was down visiting family.
And he was telling me all about how you train these dogs and the weather you have to endure, it was honestly really cool. Eventually we finished our beers and went our deer ate ways. And I still think about him from time to time. JumboKraken
The Old People.
I opened a door for a super old guy and his wife. The guy stopped, gently touched my arm, and said, "I've lived in this town for 92 years and not once has anyone opened a door for me. Bless you." He gave me a giant, toothless smile shuffled into the building. His wife gave my arm a pat and a big smile as she walked in after him. I was in a really bad place psychologically, and that was the first positive interaction I had had with anyone in months. It made me sob with happiness. I think of that guy often and I wonder how he is doing. LaunchesKayaks
An old, homeless-looking man once approached me, while I was eating a sandwich, and said "how come we cant eat grass like sheep do?" And I responded "well, they have different digestive systems." And he said "OH, so its GOD'S FAULT is it!?" I mean... I guess? Magmafrost13
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Books are life. Recently studies have been published that reading for fun, reading for knowledge, just interest in reading in general is down, and that is a tragedy.
We've become too obsessed with our binge watching and ADHD mindset that we've lost focus on one of life's greatest joys... literature.
There are some stories and books that should be a mandatory read for life. There should be age benchmarks that require knowledge of certain books in order to progress. I know, how "1984" of me. ;)
Redditor u/bugtanks33d wanted to hear about what literature we should all be familiar with sooner than later by asking:
What's a book everyone should read at least once in their lives?
One of my favorite books is "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." It was a key element in unlocking what I could see with my imagination. No adolescent should go beyond sixth grade without knowing it. What else?
"ANNOUNCEMENT FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE READING THIS THREAD:"
"MANY OF THE BOOKS MENTIONED HERE ARE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN AND IN AUDIO BOOK FORM. GO THROUGH YOUTUBE/RANDOMHOUSE/AUDIBLE/OVERDRIVE FOR ALL THE CLASSICAL GOODNESS YOU WANT."
"It almost totally eliminates the financial/time commitment that many will cite for not picking them up. I listen to books on double speed all the damn time. I am working my way through "A Tale of Two Cities" now."
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"Man's search for meaning - Viktor Frankl."
"The Phantom Tollbooth."
"Milo: "Many of the things I'm supposed to know seem so useless that I can't see the purpose of learning them at all."
"Princess of Sweet Rhyme: "...what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover the wonderful secrets of tomorrow."
"Johnny's Got His Gun. It's so intense, but it's so good. Metallica's song One is based off this book. Guy has his arms and legs blown off, goes blind and deaf, and is left to live like that. I only read it once, but it's forever engrained into my memory. It hits you like a freight train."
"Surprised I haven't seen it here already so I'll add it... The Brother's Karamazov by Dostoyevsky. In Slaughterhouse 5 Vonnegut said it could teach everything that we needed to know about life, except that wasn't enough anymore."
"If the only thing that book did was make you marvel at how people centuries and oceans removed from you in time and place, could experience the exact same emotions about life as you did, it would be worth the read. There's so much more to it, but Dostoyevsky had such a knack for digging deep into universal human experience. And it's just a hell of a good story too."
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"Speaking as somebody who isn't religious, the literary value of the Bible (and the Hebrew Bible) is severely underrated."
I took a class on it in college, with a prof who'd once allegedly gotten into a bar fight over Beowulf. We would sometimes spend half a class discussing a single verse or two because there's so much stuff going on under the hood."
I know so many of those. And sadly, I'm already behind in my studies. I love books and I'm always on the path to find more to consume. Let me ready my already lengthy list.
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"All Quiet on the Western Front. Everyone should have to reckon with the reality of what war actually means."
"Night, by Elie Wiezel. It is absolutely heartwrecking , and I hated every moment of reading it, which is exactly the effect it is supposed to have."
"Came here looking for this one. I had to read it back in high school and it blew me away how moved I was by it. Stories like his need to be remembered for all time, no matter how hard it is to get through (emotionally-speaking; it's actually quite an easy and short read). I'm so grateful that my English teacher assigned it."
"The Westing Game."
"A Librarian here, such a terrific book. I have gotten so many kids to read it by hooking them with the fact that the reader can play the game and has all of the clues. And good luck as it is fiendishly clever."
All the Good Crazy
"The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Such a great book."
"Oh my god yes. I love this book for being the sex, drugs and rock and roll of the classics world. It is lengthy but has revenge, treasure, plots and schemes and drugs. There is nothing stuffy about this classic."
"The Giver- that book made my 9-10 year old mind really think about what was important in society. It was the first time the idea of "good" things having a negative consequence was presented to me. I think what makes it work is that we are learning how this whole society really works along side a character who has lived in it his whole life."
"As the facade of the utopian society begins to fall away to show devastating consequences of the "perfect life and society" the reader not only feels their shock but the main character's shock. This was a book I read in school 4 times- once in 5th grade and once in 10th for English and then in both high school and college sociology classes. This book written for 9-13 year olds made for great discussions."
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"The Grapes of Wrath and/or Of Mice and Men. Both are heartbreaking, but not for the sake of being heartbreaking - instead they provide a glimpse of how freaking hard life can be, but also how beautiful it can be."
That is a lot of good advice. And a lot of great storytelling and advice giving. Did anyone miss anything that should be there? And make sure you read anything by Harlan Coben, he's a fav.
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It's always our high school dreams, as shown by every high school teen movie ever, to marry the popular girl or the jock. But high school is high school for a reason; life does not really last outside of the walls of high school in the way it did within.
Jocks tend to fall off their athletic bandwagons. The popular girls have a hell of a time making their way in the working world when their popularity means nothing. People's lives sometimes completely freeze in place.
Or sometimes those people really do completely change, and live their lives for the better.
Here were some of those answers.
"My mom was the elite Atlanta debutante and lived a very cushy life at a budding Miami country club. Beautiful and very popular at the private school. My dad grew up on a farm in Virginia. They weren't poor but they were definitely not refined."
"Eventually my father's family made it down to Miami after selling the farm. He became the lifeguard at the country club pool where my mom spent days lounging about."
"My parents say they saw each other and that was it. The scandal was great - the debutante and the lowly lifeguard...."
"They just celebrated 54 years of marriage. My 'lowly' lifeguard father made quite the life for my mom regardless of what all those elite twats said was going to happen."
"She gladly left the country club life for him and they are still so utterly in love it's crazy. He carries a photo of her at the pool where they met. The only references she makes to being 'that girl' are that they proved everyone wrong."
"They are beautiful and I love their story."-wadinglimpkin
Just Because He's Hot Don't Mean He Can't Be Smart Too
"Not me but my mom married my dad who who was hot sh*t. They met in college when he was an absolute hellion."
"But since then he became a doctor, still a really fun dude. He's also a licensed contractor so when he was bored he built a 6000 square foot barn in our backyard over 10 years completely on his own."
"Absolutely stand up dude."-GravityMyGuy
"I married the cool girl. Super athletic, everyone was her friend. We started dating in high school."
"She's kept up everything people loved about her. Nowadays she isn't as interested in other people, and focuses on herself, her career, us and our future."
"We're planning to buy a house and have kids soon. I'm the breadwinner today but I'm not so sure if that'll be true in a few years lol"-WakeAndVape
See, not all the cool kids go on to have horrible, boring lives after. Sometimes the cool kids were cool because they deserved it.
"As it turned out, I married one of the mean girls, didn't go to her school, didn't find out she was considered that until after the divorce. That's how it turned out."
"Then I dated one of the cool chicks. Did go to her school, did know she was considered that. And she was the most amazing human being I've ever known. That one didn't work out either."
"Now I'm just retired from relationships for a bit, strike 3 would kill me right now."
"This was very therapeutic. I have friends and family that are awesome. Hopefully, I'll have more Someday. For now it's me and my kids I'm focusing on."-read110
A Tale Of Strength (On The Outside)
"My mom was the cool girl all through high school, undergrad, grad school. But life didn't go that well. For most of her life, she had to be caring for someone in the family who was ill, and that took a huge toll on her."
"First it was her dad, then it was me (I had childhood illnesses), then her in-laws in quick succession, then her dad again, and finally she had to nurse my dad until he passed away from a terminal illness."
"She was meant to be social and have fun, and instead she was forced to be around sickness and sadness for her best years."
"But she is a very happy and mentally strong person in general who made the best of things. She hosted a lot of people and events."
"My house growing up was full of people visiting and having fun. She's very charming and easy to talk to, and has a lot of fans all the time."
"Though, my siblings and I find her social side rather annoying. She isn't like that with us, and she tells us her charming side is just an act, and the real her is the lady who is constantly critical of us 'for our own good.'"
"She likes having groupies hanging around, people who are happy to take her help and be grateful to her. She has very few friends who could be considered her equals."
"She also expects a lot from other people and is constantly disappointed. She wants to be the center of everything. She doesn't know to be a guest at anything, she somehow ends up running every event she's invited to."
"She sincerely believes she's helping, but it's just disrespectful sometimes and when we tell her that, she doesn't get it."
"She likes to dominate everything and make decisions for everyone. We joke that if the prime minister was her friend, she'd somehow end up running the country for him."-sensitiveinfomax
Sometimes, Chase The Waterfalls
"My mum was the nerdy girl who got all the As and had zero social skills, and somehow managed to start dating my dad who was the popular, good-looking guy who everyone thought would peak in high school."
"She was actually advised by her family and friends that he wouldn't give her the future she was hoping for. They got married at 19, had me when they were 20, and while they were pretty broke the first few years of my life, he paid for my mum to attend law school, started his own business and 25 years later with 3 kids, they're still so in love and have a pretty cushy life."
"My dad actually met one of the loud voices who told my mum she was making a big mistake marrying him, and she had said how she always knew he would turn out well, which he found hilarious."-samknowsbest8
"Found out recently (30 M) that my dad was extremely popular in highschool from my aunt. I had no idea he was an all-star football player with lots of college offers and was prom and homecoming king."
"Never talks about it, but he's doing well. 2 kids, a dog, and a loving wife, imo he's still winning."-ZoatDGoat
And what counts as successful in high school doesn't necessarily count toward success in later life.
What Kind Of Woman?
"My brother was one of the hottest guys in high school and went on to be a model. He's still cool and hot to many but now he's a bit fat."
"He's my brother so ewww on the hot part in my opinion. But women still swoon and he's so obnoxious. Think Matt Dillon, etc…. Era."
"He got dumped by his model 17 years younger wife for a 26 year old. He has impossible standards and it's making him miserable. He's into these flashy shallow women. Overall he's doing really well and his business is thriving."-RunRevolutionary9019
Always Take The Risk
"I sat next to the popular guy every day pretty much for five years and I was so afraid of speaking to him. I'd watched him and his friends picking each other up and shoving the chosen one into lockers, or chasing each other round into a pile on and throwing their shoes at each other. Typical school sh*t."
"They were rowdy and loud and intimidating, but he was the quiet yet seriously funny one and I crushed on him HARD for years. He remembers me as the little blonde girl who didn't speak to anyone (because I was so anxious all the time)."
"He also protected his sister from some a**holes every break time and she'd come to find him for safety from bullies."
"Should have spoken to him sooner when school finished, because we have the same music taste and we get on well enough now at 26 that we have a 6 month old daughter together, my daughter from a previous relationship and we just got engaged last weekend. I adore him, he's handsome, charming and funny and I would do anything for this man as he would for me."-hospital-flowers
High School Never Ends
"I married the Student Council President/ Prom King. He jokes that he peaked in high school. Graduated 20 years ago. He dropped out of three colleges and hasn't found a career path he is passionate about."
"He hates his job, but he's actually really good at it. He's kind of trapped in it because it would be incredibly difficult for him to find a new job without a degree."
"He's a good husband. He's an amazing father. He struggles with anxiety and some depression. A lot of self-doubt. He's incredibly social and the pandemic hit hard."
"He's put on weight and hates his body. He admits that he worries about what other people think of him and wants people to like him."
"He's introspective and wants to be a better person, but anxiety gets in the way sometimes. He married a theater nerd lol, but we didn't meet until college. I felt a little intimidated by his popular past, but he's very down-to-earth."-madestories
We really want our lives to fit neatly into these stereotypes, but at the end of the day, we are all just people repeating a cycle of wanting more for ourselves over and over again. We can't shove that into a stereotype.
Even the student council president, the prom king, the homecoming queen, and the jocks can't run away and hide in a single identity forever. Life makes you into a more rounded person whether you want to be one or not.
Movies' strong focus on creating drama through conflict inevitably has lead to countless on screen deaths.
Some of those movie deaths occur to minor characters we don't care much about (enter Wilhelm Scream). Nonetheless, they can still pack a punch if the manner of the death was gruesome or sad enough.
On the other side of the coin, a death doesn't have to be spectacular to create drama if it happens to a character we've grown to love throughout the film.
And sometimes, a beloved character faces a gruesome end. That's the double whammy.
Redditor Boston_Strong_CQB241 asked:
"Out of all the deaths you seen in movies, which one really stands out to you as the worst?"
Many Redditors recalled the deaths that drew their intensity from the connection they'd felt with the character who did the dying.
And, yes, sometimes the manner of death only heaped on the drama.
"The soldier in Saving Private Ryan that had the knife slowly plunged into his chest after a hand to hand fight and he was begging the other soldier to stop. Intense."
That Etched Wooden Beam
"The old man (Brooks) who hangs himself from The Shawshank Redemption."
" 'Get busy living or get busy dyin.' "
A Very Different Boxing Film
"Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby. Almost becoming World Champion, then paralyzed, her family only caring about the money she won from boxing, then having her limbs chopped off because of bed sores that got infected."
"All this just to be put down as a act of kindness like the story she foretold of her dog she grew up with. I will never watch that movie again."
Stoic Until She Wasn't
"Vesper Lynd drowning in 'Casino Royale.' That moment when she goes serene and calm, to a panicky and frenzied last gasp for air.... that really bothered me."
Others were spooked by the pure violence of some onscreen deaths. They could barely watch the gruesome moments when they erupted.
But now they can't forget them.
Slam, Slam, Slam
"That f**king wine bottle scene in Pan's Labyrinth. The casual brutality is so horribly realistic." -- Darth_Mufasa
"My jaw dropped the first time I saw it and it still haunts me. In fact, that movie gave me nightmares for two weeks" -- TheSilverCrystal
"The curb stomp." -- AUTheatreNerd
"American History X. The curb stomp. It haunts me." -- DigitFisher
"Ryan Reynolds getting his insides eaten out by an Alien in the horror movie Life. It still traumatized me."
And some people recalled the deaths they witnessed as children movie-watchers. All grown up now, they still can't unsee those old images.
"That shoe from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, it was so happy and friendly and then it gets slowly dipped to death. The smoke and its cries of pain are burned into my mind 25+ years later."
"Artax in the swamp of sorrows. Made me cry so much as kid, Atreyo was so hopeless." -- kirby60
"Don't you dare do this to me right now" -- OmgOgan
Multiple Movies' Worth of Sadness
"Stoick from How to Train Your Dragon 2, I still cry every time I even think about it, and the flashbacks in the third movie just break me, great trilogy. Full of emotion and great everything, best Dreamworks movies, in my opinion"
The worst part is that this is only a small handful of the tragic movie moments that are out there. And we have so many unknown future deaths we'll see too.
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It might feel like a challenge to come back at someone who has just insulted you, but it's easier than you think.
What's the most memorable comeback you've heard in your life?
No one knows you like your family, hence why they're usually the one who know the best way to eviscerate you using only their words. Anyone with an older brother and/or sister knows what's going on with these comebacks.
She Can Stay
"My son and his newlywed wife were poor college students living out of state. When I went to visit them I took them to the grocery store and let them fill up a couple of grocery carts that I paid for. As we were leaving the store I said, "Now, when your kids are poor married college students trying to get by, don't forget this". My new daughter-in-law piped up and said, "Oh we won't forget. We're going to tell them to go get grandpa!" Haa haaa haaa...I love that gal."
Got That Sacred "Dad Laugh"
"I don't care if it's self-congratulatory, I'm proud of this one:
"Having dinner with my dad and older sister. I got straight As in school or something, and she's doing the older sibling thing."
"Sister: You may have gotten the book smarts in this family, but *I* got the street smarts."
"Me: The corner doesn't count."
"Dad: *chokes whiles laughing*"
Oh, Good Lord...
"My uncle to my husband. "When are you guys having a kid?"
"My husband. "Please don't ask me about my sex life with your niece"
Like, in public. Where people are. Other people. People you don't know, who might just be going about their day-to-day business, and they just so happen to hear someone being roasted alive?
What's Keeping You Alive, Grandpa?
"Was standing behind these two older adults and this teen girl at the gas station last year. She was on her phone and the guy snapped at her for "not knowing how to live without technology" and without looking up she went "don't you have a pacemaker?".
When The Store Hates You...
"Someone yelled out in a Walmart , "I'm not ashamed of who I am".
"Another voice echoed back, "that's your parents job"
You Would Really Walk Up To Someone You Don't Know And Say This?
"Young pregnant co-worker had a stranger stare disapproving at her in a restaurant, then walk up and say "pregnancy isn't very becoming on you." She replied, "well, being a nosey rude bi*ch isn't becoming on you, but here we are."
And then there's these clapbacks. Unplanned, zero preparation, and with little prior knowledge, there needs to be a call placed to some local medical center with how much damage was done with these comebacks.
If You Pantsed It, Fix It
"My friend got pantsed, underwear and all at a party. Instead of pulling his underwear and pants up, immediately, he just kept going about his business, while hanging dong. Those of us that knew him already thought it was hilarious. The people at the party that didn't know him, looked really uncomfortable due to this dude having his pants and underwear around his ankles, with his wiener hanging freely. Our friend/the host said "dude, why don't you pull your pants up?" Pantsed guy said "I didn't pull them down." Then took his turn in beer pong. The host then found the guy that did pull them down and made him pull our friend's pants back up."
Definitely Seems Like You Got Tricked Here
"When I was working as a bartender one Halloween, I came dressed as an old Western style bartender (complete with mustache and accent). We had the evening split up into a little costume party for kids and families in the earlier hours, and then an adults only costume piss up later on."
"One of the regulars laughed at my costume and said I looked stupid, so I told him"
"You should probably come back after the kids have gone because you've come dressed as a c-nt".
"He didn't talk to me for weeks after that. It was blissful."
That's A Mom Burn! Those Don't Heal!
"I asked my mum out of curiosity what she would do if she found a used condom in my brother's room."
"Her response: "I would remind him that you can't get HIV from your own hand"
"For context, I live in South Africa where HIV is very common"
If you have some ice nearby it might be a good idea to go and grab some.
These burns spread.