All knowledge is good knowledge.
Book knowledge and "proper" education are not all the knowledge we need to know.
Street smarts, trusting your gut, understanding human basics... that is all knowledge, that is all power.
Every simple fact can be a powerful tool. Time to start thinking outside the book.
RedditorJamestusk007wanted to hear all about everything it takes to keep going in life, they asked:
"People with street smarts what is your most street tip?"
Street smarts aren't about fighting and hustling, it's about the day to day survival. Lessons sorely lacking in our school systems.
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"If you're in an argument with somebody and they get in your face and then look away, there's a good chance they're about to try and knock your head off." ~ personpickerupper
"I'm my experience the first 60 or so seconds of this clip from Atlanta are the most realistic media depiction I've seen of how a real life mugging goes down: https://youtu.be/u18_b2KjIvI. The distraction throw is something I've seen irl. Most muggings I've seen the mugger will hit you in the face with as little warning as possible to throw you off balance and make you compliant."
"The rules of the road are 'friendly conversation to enter their personal space, then an explosion of unexpected violence, then take their stuff.' If you've never been mugged you should know there's not usually people going around telling people 'I'm mugging you, give me all your stuff or get hurt.' They're going to hurt you first and then take all your stuff."
"If you are walking alone and someone says something to you you its a good idea to respond politely but do not stop walking. Allowing a stranger to control your actions with only a word is as good as painting 'mark' right on your forehead. If you stop you're vastly increasing the likelihood of getting mugged or worse. If they follow you, start running. Don't worry about your pride, run." ~ 5Volt
"Keep an eye on their hands. This might sound obvious. But they start telegraphing their intentions way earlier than swinging an arm. Stretching their fingers or balling and unballing their hands are a not so subtle way of telling you they are planning to take a swing and not just talk crap."
"Edit: a couple of people pointed out that they do this behaviour regularly anyway. And yeah that's a thing, I've got a wicked case of PlayStation thumb from my youth and do it a bit too. Don't punch someone just cause you see them do this. It's really just an indicator that something might be up. Not something to act pre-emptively on." ~ Forward-Village1528
"I was mugged when I was 18. I was stupid and walking around at like 3am with headphones blaring. All I remember is something hit me HARD in the back of the head and I went down. I was small too, about 100lbs. My headphones fell out and I felt these hands searching my torso, as well as someone on top of me."
"I immediately just started screaming at the top of my lungs and writhing and moving around as much as possible. We were in a residential area so someone would've heard me eventually, hopefully. I kept doing that and the person got up, and so did I. That is when I screamed at the guy and started to chase him down the street in flip flops... he ran."
"Probably not the smartest move. Scariest experience ever. I do not do that anymore and I never walk late unless I have too. I am always aware and never stop to talk to anyone either. I learned my lesson... he didn't manage to take anything though." ~ messyemotionalgirl
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"Never talk money on public transportation, and never count money in a parking lot." ~ Sn0wpooka
All I'm hearing is truth. Never count money publicly! Why would you even trust the world that way?
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"Trust your gut. You see people acting normally your whole life. You know what it looks like. If you see something that makes you uncomfortable, there’s a reason, even if you don’t know what it is yet." ~ Grindler9
'there's no free lunch'
"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." ~ Galloping_Scallop
"I hate this saying and 'there's no free lunch.' it might be wise to distrust things that are being pushed on you as free (because why would they care about you using it if they don't get anything in return), but i feel like it's also abused by the very people trying to get something from you. they want you to use their 'free' thing over another thing that actually is free. like libre software vs proprietary freeware, or altruistic help vs a help service." ~ uuuuuuuhburger
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"Act like you're in a hurry and less people will want to bother you." ~ Itsnotaboutthefiat
"Similarly, don't break your stride. If someone comes up to you, don't be rude or aggressive but don't stop walking. If they want to talk they will have to walk next to you. Its a hell of the lot harder to casually get in-front and in the face of someone who who wont stop moving. That said I give this advice as > 6 foot man with a naturally quick stride, so your experience may vary." ~ mad_cheese_hattwe
"If you're walking around a big city and someone walks up to you and asks you your name or is anyway friendly, they're about to try to con you. I was just I'm NYC where the CD scam is prevalent (con artist asks you your name, they your name on their hip hop CD and when you accept the CD they intimidate you to pay for the CD). Just keep walking. Don't even smile at them." ~ TMdownton916
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"You don't owe anybody anything, including conversation. People who want to take advantage of you will usually start by initiating unsolicited conversation." ~ apatheticnihilist
"The single most effective, simplest suggestion for staying safe on the street. Staring ahead is also good because your peripheral vision sees movement better. You don't catch all the details, but you're ready for everything. Staring ahead also gives you a kind of driven, restless b*tch face that people don't want to mess with. People move out of your way instinctively as well so they're not even mad/don't notice that they acquiesced to you." ~ gray527
Use your Hands
"Also in a really dense crowd, use your hands like knifes and point in the direction you plan to go, it helped immensely when I worked at Disney and had to get through peak day crowds. It gave a good visual queue to anyone around me that I intended to go a specific way. Not too helpful and also awkward feeling to do so in a less crowded place, like a busy-ish store though lol." ~ miuaiga_infinite
Or even just run...
"I dunno if this is street smarts but so many people lack situational awareness. By that I mean they are not being fully aware of their surroundings. Which has been made even worse with phones and headphones.If you sense anything dodgy trust that instinct and do something about it. I’d rather cross the street and look paranoid that get mugged."
"Or even just run. This group of guys were following close behind me when I was walking home from the pub alone. They could have just been walking the same way but as soon as I hit a corner I sprinted a hundred metres or so and didn’t see them again. I don’t care how strong you are you are losing 99% of the time versus 3 people." ~ qt-uwu
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"Look both ways crossing a one way street... there may always be one idiot." ~ Sanooksboss
"My driving teacher stressed it so much, I still think about him from time to time. I've saved myself at least two major accidents by doing this." ~ Hedgehog_Owl
Be on guard...
"Never underestimate anybody, and I mean both ways, good and bad." ~ Reddit
"It doesn’t matter how big or small they are: crazy is a powerful thing stronger than any muscles. You never mess with crazy and it’s often invisible." ~ Noggin-a-Floggin
"Never go to a secondary location." ~ Amedeo_Avocadro
"Women especially, if you are grabbed and he says he has a gun or knife, take the chance right there. If you are taken to another place you may be tortured and slowly die anyway." ~ zoomiepaws
"This goes for any time someone tries to force you into a car, building or whatever. If you go where they want the odds of you coming back freaking plummet." ~ MrC99
"Decoy wallet, fam." ~ ZeroKidsThreeMoney
"People were amazed that I had that. I bought a new wallet and kept the old one in my purse. They were different sizes and material so I could easily tell which was which when reaching into my bag. Leave a few dummy credit cards in there (the fake ones they send with applications that have a bogus name on them) and maybe a dollar and coupons."
"Someone tries to mug you and they won't even know there is nothing in there until you are long gone. I worked and went to school in NYC. So I had money stashed on myself in different locations just in case. If my whole purse got stolen at least I have money to get home."
"I'm talking pockets, bra, socks, shoes. Anywhere you can stash enough money to guarantee safe passage home best to put it there. They even sell money belts with a zipper so you can hide money." ~ bunnyrut
Where are You?
"Act like you live wherever you are -- like you know the place. Like you know exactly where you are going. I use a wheelchair and do this whenever I travel. I figure out where I am going before I venture out. If I am lost, I duck into a store or restaurant in order to look at my phone or ask directions. Be focused on the direction you are going and don't act like a freaking tourist."
"Ironically I feel much safer by myself when I can act like this instead of when I'm traveling with some clueless friend or relative who has to stop for pictures every 20 feet. I rarely, if ever, get approached for money or anything when I am by myself. But throw in my dumb aunt Susan and we're brushing off weirdos all day long." ~ on-the-h
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I used to teach traffic school.
So trust me when I tell you, our lives are at risk on these roads.
People either don't care or don't get it.
I try not to look, mostly because I should be driving not looking all over.
But I always wonder, what do career drivers see?
Like truck drivers, they're on the road everywhere!
Redditor Is_That_A_Euphemism_ wanted to hear some road warrior stories.
"Truck drivers, what is the craziest thing you have seen looking down into passenger vehicles?"
I've seen everything from sex to cooking on a hot plate. Top that...
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"There was a dude playing the violin while driving in rush hour traffic."
"Probably driving to meet the trumpet player."
What haven't I Seen?
"SO MANY people hitting a bowl and even rolling joints while driving."
"Women doing their makeup at 80mph."
"60+ year old man reading the newspaper on the steering wheel."
"Guy in a beat to crap mini van with a MASSIVE pig in the rear. Like at least 300lbs."
"Man on motorcycle with dog in backpack."
"Young boy in the backseat with a tablet on Pornhub."
"My friend was a truck driver. He said once he was in a traffic jam, so he was looking around, and the guy next to him was pleasuring himself. What's even crazier, he said the guy waved at him with his other hand."
"Lady in the car ahead of me kept looking down at the seat beside her, literally every 10 seconds or so. I was thinking, 'geez, how often do you need to check that map?' (This was way before cell phones). She pulled into the right lane to get on the expressway, and as I pulled up on her left and glanced over, I realized she was KNITTING! Needle in each hand as she (loosely) held the wheel, paper pattern lying on the seat!"
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"Saw a lady reading a book.... at night.... with a flashlight... by laying it on the steering wheel... while doing 70mph on the highway."
"My grandma rides on the back of my grandpa’s motorcycle and reads. Just so casually. 75mph? Oh, perfect time to pull out the book."
Y'all know books are on audio now right?
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"I was on the second floor of a double decker bus and saw a goat in someone’s living room through their window (you didn’t ask me but I have nowhere else to share that)."
"If I'd seen that I would assume my brain was messing with me and like 4 years later I'd be laying in bed trying to decide if it was real or not."
"My personal favorite was a man in a nice dress shirt and tie who was not wearing pants, eating cereal out of a large tupperware container. My theory is he didn't want to spill milk on his pants while driving."
"Was driving, passed a car and had to do a double take. 4 colleges aged guys all wearing onesies, and either had a pacifier or bottle in their mouths. And it looked like they were wearing diapers too. I was like 'Huh. There’s something you don’t see everyday.'" From what I could tell, they were all loving it, and the onesie’s they were wearing were serious ones. When it’s a bunch of frat boys doing hazing, it’s looks kinda cheap. LOL."
"I remember a similar question was posted before and the truck driver mentioned seeing somebody hit like a four foot long bong from the driver's seat. The best part is that the guy who was smoking out of it responded to the truck driver on Reddit and provided some kind of proof to show it was him (can't remember what, but I'm assuming it was a pic of the bong)."
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"Not a truck driver, but once saw a dude playing the trumpet while driving. Not a euphemism. Actually playing an instrument."
"I saw a woman in a convertible scratching like she had an ant nest in her knickers. We were stopped at lights. She stopped and really slowly looked up at me. I just smiled at her. I'm sure that was the longest wait at a red light in the history of traffic lights."
This is why I just look forward and play Adele when driving.
Some people just don't have the gift of cooking.
I've been known to burn water and make eggs explode.
I've learned and grown, others may not.
Yet, my greatest tool is still my microwave.
If you view cooking as an important part of a relationship, there are signs to look for that someone you're with may be lacking the basics is cuisine prep.
People will perform certain actions that will give you the hint to run or say...
"Let's just order in..."
Redditor cowbelljazz wanted to discuss signs to look for when sharing a kitchen.
"What is a cooking related red flag in a relationship?"
I'm a so-so cook, but I try. Let's see how the rest of you try.
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"My ex thought that 'browning' ground meat meant leaving it in the fridge til it turned brown."
"Oh God this is the first reply that's really freaked me out."
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"There was a letter to an advice column years ago, from a woman convinced her mother in law was slightly poisoning her every time they went to her house for dinner. After every meal she grew violently ill and threw up/had diarrhea. When she told her husband her suspicion he said she was crazy. His mother was a saint who adored her and would die before hurting her."
"The advice columnist urged the wife to swap her plate with her husband’s during the next dinner. The woman wrote back saying she followed the advice and it was her husband who became violently ill after the meal. When she told him what she’d done she said he looked at her with such loathing she realized he’d suspected what his mom was doing all along."
"But, instead of standing up for her, he decided to gaslight her about her suspicions to avoid upsetting his mom. Talk about your red flags."
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"I knew a guy who dropped his $1 bottle of spaghetti sauce, jar broke in the bag. He goes and makes spaghetti… With sauce. We ask if this is the same sauce… Yup! He just pulled the chunks of glass out of it 😳. I do not eat that spaghetti or anything he cooked after that."
"You can't waste that $1 bottle of sauce! It's a lot of money!!!"
"My ex wife wanted to make meatloaf when we were first married. I was like cool I love meatloaf. So she pulled this meatloaf out of the oven when I got home. It was a slightly charred sad looking meatball floating in grease. She was apologetic about it but I didn't say crap about it. I have never complained about her cooking anything. I made meatloaf a few weeks later and she loved it and wanted to know what I put in it."
"I told her and asked her how she makes meatloaf. She said you take some meat and put it in a pan. No egg, salt, pepper, ketchup. Just meat. I was like yep this is going to take some work. Turns out she was overconfident about everything and just winged it."
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"When they put your best knives in the dishwasher."
"My friend’s ex-girlfriend used his ceramic knife as a screw driver. It’s not the only reason they’re exes, but it was a contributing factor haha."
I'm guilty. I put everything in the dishwasher. I've been yelled at plenty.
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"Being a full grown adult that waits to be cooked for. Knowing full well, his spouse might also be working full time. But they won't lift a finger to grab dinner on the way home or if already home toss something in the microwave."
"Touching the oven when I'm cooking. Had a friend 'fix' the oven while I was reverse searing ribeyes a few years back so they'd cook faster. You know what happens to a ribeye when you leave it in the oven at 375 for an hour?"
"She did the same to a rack of ribs on another occasion. Saw that the grill was set to low and thought 'That can't be right.' Jacked it up to high without telling anybody, and treated us to a nice rack of charcoal chips for dinner."
"I once decided to cook for a girl I was dating. It was pretty fresh at the time, third time I had seen her. I thought it might be nice to cook, have a wine and chat etc. as you do. While I was cooking she told me to stop talking so much and hurry up because she was hungry in a rude, annoyed tone. That turned me off to the point I didn’t see her again after that night!"
"Not having any spices at all in your kitchen."
"I dated a guy (BRIEFLY!) who had nary an herb or spice. He didn’t even have SALT OR SUGAR. 🤪🤪🤪🤪 One morning he made me oatmeal. Ingredients: oats and water. I was looking around to see if we were hanging wallpaper that day. No, that was breakfast. He was equally imaginative in bed so we didn’t last long."
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"I have a roommate who puts applesauce on everything he eats. So yeah that’s probably it."
"My old roommate did this too and her favorite was dipping Mac and cheese into apple sauce."
That's a lot of mess but, I do love apple sauce though. #justiceforapplesauce
The worst sin a movie can commit is be boring. If it's a bore, there's no saving it. But that doesn't necessarily mean that those films are the "worst" I've seen, usually because of some other merit I can give it.
Now, if any of you have ever seen 2002's Ben and Arthur, directed by wannabe Renaissance man Sam Mraovich, then I salute you for somehow still being alive and surviving that trainwreck.
I hope I can get the memory of that movie out of my brain at some point (though yeah... wriiting about it isn't helping).
People shared their thoughts about some of the dumpster fires they've had the misfortune to watch after Redditor [deleted] asked the online community,
"What is the worst movie you've seen?"
365 Days (2020)
"365 Days. This movie was made for the sake of some sex scenes, nothing more."
That is pretty much what I've heard about it and when a couple of people I know ranted about it, I laughed and laughed and laughed.
Highlander II (1991)
"I'm going to go with Highlander II. The original never needed a sequel, and incredibly, they kept making more even after that. Hadn't we suffered enough?"
No, no... clearly we hadn't.
Unfortunately for us.
Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (1996)
"Did you know there was a sequel to Lawnmower Man? Well, now you know.
For the record, I didn't pay for it per se: my friend bought the first Lawnmower Man on DVD, and the sequel was included as a bonus because absolutely no sane person would buy it otherwise."
Oh dear... I wanted to forget that that movie existed. Now I've been traumatized all over again.
"Without a doubt, Incubus.
William Shatner, in the only movie ever filmed in Esperanto.
As good as you'd expect based on those two facts alone."
You never thought you'd hear William Shatner (of all people) speak Esperanto, did you?
Well... Here you go.
Artemis Fowl (2020)
"The Artemis Fowl movie was AWFUL. I loved the books as a kid and had such high hopes. The plot was changed SO much it's barely the same story."
They changed the story so much that it's a wonder it was even made in the first place.
Tack a different name on it if you're going to torture people like that!
Disaster Movie (2008)
"Disaster Movie, 2008. Had a rare opportunity to visit with my dad and that was the movie we decided on. Should've gone to the park. We love most of the parody movies, but there wasn't a funny bit in it. Genuine waste of time/money."
It stuns me that anyone would want to sit through any of the parody movies that came out after Not Another Teen Movie and maybe Scary Movie 3 (which is iffy enough to begin with).
Son of the Mask (2005)
Son of The Mask.
I saw it at the movies at age 12 with my mom and cousin. There was a man sitting in front of us just loudly guffawing the whole time. At the end, he turned around towards us and told us it was the best movie he had ever seen."
Forgot this existed until now. I did not see it but the trailer was bad enough! 2005 called and wants its terrible memory back.
50 Shades of Grey (2016)
"50 Shades of Grey.
I thought it would be so bad that it's funny. It was kind of funny for the first 10-15 minutes, but then it was just reallyyy boring and poorly made. Not outrageous enough to be entertaining, but bad enough to be frustrating."
This movie is single-handedly responsible for so much misinformation about BDSM.
Took my girlfriend at the time to see it with me because we were both biology nerds. We had recently watched The Pianist with Adrian Brody (a great movie in my opinion) so we were pretty excited to learn that he starred in Splice.
That movie just got more and more awkward as we sat in the theater watching it. A group of high school kids started making funny commentary out loud in front of us, which honestly was the most entertaining part of that experience."
I actually enjoyed it––it just dips in quality because it goes from serious to schlocky.
Movie 43 (2013)
"Movie 43. It is almost fascinatingly bad. It famously only got made because one dude pooled together decades of favors to get it done, and he basically blackmailed a couple of the actors (I believe Hugh Jackman was one of them) into working on it."
I still do not understand how this was even made.
Well, there you have it. You're not seeing any of these anytime soon, are you? Or maybe you'll surprise us with your um... eclectic taste.
Have some suggestions of your own? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments below!
What one does in their downtime is no one else's business.
But we can look and wonder... "Why?"
It's fascinating to understand what makes people feel fun.
But to each their own.
Redditorcowbelljazz wanted to discuss everyone's humdrum ideas of fun.
"What is the most boring hobby a person can have?"
I like to watch "Buffy the Vampire Slayer... the tv show" and study it as a hobby. And I have no shame.
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"Reading obituaries in order to cross out the names in the phone book."
"Using magic erasers to clean grunge and dirt off of anything and everything. Hand me a pack of them and I will have the entire house looking like it was just built. I literally don't stop until either I run out of erasers, or if I'm told to take a break. My boyfriend said he watched me for hours straight scrub our railing on our stairs and couldn't understand how I wasn't bored by ten minutes in. I didn't even know that much time had passed."
"Involuntary collections. My grandmother had a bunch of white porcelain cats when I grew up, later I found out the only reason she had them was because people kept giving them to her thinking she collected them. She just didn't want to be rude."
"I've learned that even if you do collect something, never tell anyone because that's all you'll get for the rest of your life."
"Having no hobbies is the worst. Hobbies make people interesting."
"I'll never forget a girl I worked with was upset because her boyfriend broke up with her and she said how she's always bored because she didn't really have any hobbies."
"Then she asked me what my hobbies were and I listed them, she's replied with, 'those are all dumb hobbies.' I just replied with, 'those are some big words for someone who doesn't have a hobby.' She pretty much immediately realized it was a dumb thing for her to say."
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"My dad likes to sit in the garage for hours on end in a lawn chair, drink beer and watch traffic go by. Boring as hell but he's zen as f**k."
I like to sit. If I can count it as a hobby... I'm in.
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"Sometimes I stare at my guinea pig and attempt to predict when she will yawn. Audiences are profoundly bored by this."
"My parents both read the newspaper 4 -5 hours a day. And then discuss the articles they've read with each other. They're very happy doing this, and I'm glad they have this common interest. But for me, phew, that'd be a tough one to get into!"
"Yeah, super weird. Anyway I'm gonna browse reddit for the next 6 hours and send links to my sibling chat for discussion."
"Calling the police repeatedly for no good reason. There is someone in the neighborhood who absolutely enjoys calling the police for no reason."
"I can already see him in his pajamas, lying in bed on his stomach, feet dangling in the air behind him and rolling the curly wire from the phone as he calls the cops, facemask on and towel on head, going; 'Hi' and they respond with whatever the police responds with, and he's going 'Nothing, I just wanted to talk... What'cha doing?'"
"Every hobby is subjective. To billions of people watching another human being kick or throw a ball is practically a religion. If you’ve not part of that religion though it seems utterly absurd and a complete waste of a life. Same is true of Stamp Collecting or Kite Flying or whatever hobby is that is fascinating to some but utterly pointless to others. What’s interesting is how diverse human beings are in terms of what they can become passionate about."
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"Envelope collecting. Not Stamps, just blank envelopes."
"Imagine the love story between a stamp collector and an envelope collector and the debauchery that would go on behind closed doors between those two."
Well how people have their "fun" is their business.