Creativity comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, it's art. Sometimes, it's mathematical prowess and the ability to see the world in numbers. Sometimes, it's the answers to your French quiz that you wrote on the bottom of a coffee cup.
Here, teachers and students alike share epic stories of ultra-creative cheating. If you'd like to read more, check out the source link at the end of the article.
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I would write down notes in pretty handwriting on bright post-its and blatantly stick them on the wall near where I would be sitting to take the test. The teachers who taught the class would be out in the halls in case there was a problem with the exam, so the observers would be unfamiliar with the subject, and assume the notes were someone's project that got put up on display. I did this for every single exam in year 11 and wasn't caught once.
I had a teacher who would grade part of your exams based on your lab partners exam grade. The girl I was paired with just didn't get chemistry.
It was multiple choice, and I'd signal the answers to her through pencil clicks and finger taps. Written portions were more difficult, so I just learned to replicate her handwriting, would fill out her answers and mine simultaneously, then substitute the exam book I filled out as she was turning it in.
She aced chemistry, I aced chemistry. Still friends to this day.
There was a girl in my high school who graduated ranked 3rd our class. She was always the first one in the room on test day. Every time she'd finish a test, she'd erase her entire desk top. I did not notice until I had to sit next to her, but she'd write notes/answers on her desk before the test and then erase them after she handed it in. No one ever believed that she'd cheated because she was always so well behaved, would snitch on anyone out of line, and was such a quiet little mouse that they thought it impossible that she would do such a thing. Bullcrap, I was on to you.
About 10 years ago, during a final exam, I noticed an LED board attached to the wall was scrolling math formulas. Students had installed the banner-board under the actual scoreboard in the gym. Even though it was large you could barely see it. The only reason I was able to notice it was because I was walking around squinting (I left my glasses in my office). The board was very dim, but when you squinted the numbers/symbols just jumped out.
We never officially caught the person that installed it. The entire class had to redo a 4 hr exam.
During high school none of my teachers spoke or knew Spanish, but almost everyone took Spanish class. I would write down notes in Spanish in a notebook with a clear cover and title the page "Spanish homework" and just have the notebook on the floor right next to me. Never got caught.
When I taught fifth grade, I caught one of the kids trying to teach his friends alphabet sign language. He learned it from his high school aged sister, who apparently used it with all of her friends during exams.
I thought it was clever, and encouraged the kids to learn it - but I was a little more careful of seating placement during the couple of multiple choice quizzes they did that semester.
At the university where I used to study, the court transcripts of every academic major offence is made available to the public.
While I was bored in class, I went through a lot of these. Best one I found:
There was a guy maintaining 3 serious relationships with 3 different girls. Those 3 girls were covering 1-2 courses each - they would write essays, exams, attend lectures, attend tutorials, do everything on his behalf. He would tell each of his gfs that he was under a lot of stress and he would have more time to dedicate to the relationship if they could help him out. After almost the bulk of his education was completed (this guy literally almost got a degree), two of the girls finally found out and eventually discovered the third girl, and all three girls disclosed the extent of the cheating (suffering academic penalties themselves) in court. The guy was expelled and had all his credits turned over, but damn I can only imagine how much dedication he put into this scheme.
In math: creating a program on a ti84 calculator that consists of nothing but answers. The program doesn't do anything, but if you go into edit, it's just essentially a notepad you can type into. Need to memorize equations? No problem! Bonus points for archiving the program and then pulling it out of archive after the test starts, so it looks like their are no programs in the calculator.
I had a clear mechanical pencil. Part of the body was shaped so that a portion of it acted like a magnifying glass. I inserted a blank piece of paper with just a narrow slit that lined up with that side. I'd then print the answers in super small font and attach it to the eraser. Just rotating the eraser would pull a different line up.
I had a class in which the teacher always gave tests from the back of her "Teachers Edition" textbook. Some bright kid orders the same teachers edition book from the internet. He shared the answers, too.
I was TA that helped the professor during tests. The student brought in a vitamin water. No big deal it was a final. Halfway through the test, the professor noticed it was weird that the student kept look at the bottle, twisting it around but not really drinking. The student had printed a vitamin water label but with all of the texts parts in the label being helpful reminders for the exam. The professor thought it was so ingeniously creative that the student was not reported to the academic board but received a 0 for the final.
This one kid spent the entire night before reading over everything he'd learned. When he showed up, he already had all the info stored in his brain. There wasn't anything I could do about it. Can you believe it?!
Not a teacher, but my teacher gave us index cards once that we could put all our notes on.
I found a pair of 3D glasses and two pens that were the same colors as the lenses. If you put on the glasses and closed one eye, the marks from the pen that was the same color as the open eye's lense would be filtered out. It effectively doubled the space I had to write on.
Miraculously, my teacher was A-okay with it.
When I was in grade 8, we had a math test on Halloween. I went to school as a cardboard box and wrote a whole bunch of notes and formulas on the inside. My plan was to turtle when the teacher wasn't looking and it worked like a charm. I also won the classroom costume contest!
Each corner of the desk represents a letter...a, b, c, d...multiple choice test. We'd signal the number we needed help with, and my friend would place his hand near a corner to signal the answer. True and false was open hand palm down for true, fist for false.
In the 90s, a student I knew set the address book in his digital watch with the test answers and set it to scroll.
Not a teacher, but in one class, someone put answers on the actual wall in the classroom. People got up, looked at it, and then sit back down to write them down. This happened repeatedly.
Teacher never noticed.
I'm a teacher, but this is MY cheating method. At GCSE languages you could have a dictionary, mine was on the list of allowed dictionaries but it had a few sheets of explanation in it. I used the schools computers to print mock letters, key answers, descriptions in the same font and format and then I unbound it, slid in my new pages on top of the explanation pages and then rebound it. It just looked like everyone else's battered dictionary.
I went to university with didn't finish his essay on time, so he stapled 7 blank pages to the back of the 2 actual pages he'd managed to write so far and handed that in. He then went to the library that afternoon, smashed out the rest of the essay, waited until the department had closed for the evening, broke back into the office and filing cabinet, found his essay and replaced the blank pages with the finished ones.
Got away with it too, the clever dude.
In high school a few friends and I tried to learn morse code to help each other on test but it didn't work out how we wanted it to. We found more success placing math formulas around the room in plain sight about an hour or two before a test.
I'm a proctor. It's literally my entire job to ensure that students don't cheat. You can't have a drink at your desk because of that printed-out-label-with-answers one. You can't use your own calculator unless I've inspected it first. You can't wear a hat or baggy sleeves without showing me if you've got anything in there. If you're too fidgety I can investigate you. If you're not fidgety enough I can investigate you. There are some exams we proctor where they're so gung-ho about making sure cheating never happens that we have to look at your ears, your tattoos, the inside of your glasses. It's ridiculous.
All that being said, I'm vigilant about all of this. If someone still managed to sneak a cheat past me, knowing that it would absolutely get them expelled from school, maybe I'd be willing to look the other way. If you're that desperate to cheat, you clearly need it more than I need to uphold some weird moral code.
In 7th grade I found that the way my teacher graded scantrons was by putting a clear projector sheet with the correct circles filled in on top of our copy. If there was a wrong answer there would be two circles and she'd mark you wrong. For whatever reason everyone else in the class was bent on answering every question but Id just leave the ones I wasnt sure about blank. Since there was only bubble filled in I got a perfect grade on every test!
For the first 3 weeks of school I did random things like stare at my sleeves for 15 minutes during tests, stare at my desk for 15 minutes straight etcetera. The teacher thought I was cheating at first but when she came to look she couldn't find anything. After a while she stopped checking and just assumed I was weird. THEN I wrote my answers on my sleeves and desk and nobody noticed.
To the students looking for ideas in this article nice try.
Do your homework!
This was not necessarily creative, but intelligent: I had a few classmates who knew Morse code. The teacher never caught unto what was going on. They all got bad grades because none of them studied for the test. It still is the biggest question in my life, if you're dedicated and disciplined enough to learn Morse code, why not just study for a geometry test???
Writing the answers on their nails
Stretch an elastic band over a big book and write useful info on it. Then place it around your wrist, it looks like a grubby rubber band but when stretched out contains loads of information.
I did this a few times....
We got a copy of our 100 question multiple choice history final out of our teachers desk. We went home and got all the answers laid out in ABCDBBDCCAA etc. format. At the time "Got Milk?" was a big advertisement campaign and one of our friends had a silk screen machine for an art project (this was a rich kid school). We were all really into surfing as a hobby and the teachers knew this, so we made several shirts that said "Got Surf?" on the back of them in large font then right underneath that wording just rows and rows of the letters "s, u, r, f" where "s" corresponded to "a" (as a multiple choice answer) and "u" corresponded to "b" etc. So rows of "SSRFFRUUSFRRU" etc.
We all wore these shirts on the day of the final and sat in a row behind each other in class so we all could just look at the person's back that was seated in front of us. We just gave an extra shirt to the guy who wasn't in cahoots with us who sat in the first chair of the row. We were kinda seen as the "cool guys" so we gave it to him and got him to wear it as though it was part of this "cool shirt thing", since we were all wearing the same shirt too. We all agreed to just get like 5 random questions wrong, so it wasn't too shady........ I know this may seem kinda far fetched but I swear it's true. When I snagged the copy of the test, we had like a week to answer all the questions and devise a plan that was fool proof. It was a bit of work, but we were stoners and surfers and idiots who put more effort into this rather than just studying. Oh well. Needless to say we all got A's.
I made a system with my friends in 8th grade, my teacher then would format his tests where it starts out with a page of multiple choice, then in the back some short answer questions and maybe a diagram or something (Science).
We made it so we would move our foot up and down and the amount of times ='d a number, 1 up and down = A, 2=B etc. If no one knew the answer no one did anything.
We did it a few times and made sure to got one or two questions wrong and it worked well. It only works if all of your friends who are in on it sit close together.
Also my brother once was wearing his Apple Watch and had sent notes or something to it. It was pretty new at the time so at the start of an exam the teachers took his phone but not his Apple Watch. He went to the bathroom and got all his notes and read them, then went back.
One girl also took some masking tape, similar to the colour of the desk and would tape it on the desk and write formulas on them, but she got caught since she's an idiot and used duck tape one time.
One of my fellow students literally brought the entire answered exam into class with her. Our teacher told us the two or three written exam questions a few days in advance so that we could study/prepare, and we were to regurgitate our best answer to each in essay form in about 2 hours. Each student was to bring in a blank 'blue book' notebook to write in. This girl just wrote hers the night before. She sat there for 90 minutes fake writing and then turned it in when enough other students had done so. I noticed the fake writing, and was more mad that I hadn't thought of it than mad about the cheating - she did as much prep work as any of us, and took a risk of getting caught just because she didn't trust her short-term memory to write the essays again. I didn't turn her in, but I told her I knew. She felt really guilty about it and I thought that was punishment enough.
For German class in high school, I invented my own sort of Runic character set to replace normal letters, and then before a test I would draw an elaborate fantasy/scifi scene on the cover of my notebook (which would just be sitting on my desk during the test), embedding all the German words I needed to have memorized into the scene using my Runic characters. So all the verb declensions would be written on dudes' swords and shields or tattooed on the dragon etc.
The teacher never had a clue, and neither did I, really - I now don't speak German fluently.
This is a story about my friend and I.
I was terrible at math (probably have undiagnosed dyscalculia), but was pushed into advanced classes regardless due to my mom- she taught at my high school and insisted. Plus, I had to start cheating in math around late elementary or get severely punished (swearing at me, yelling for ages, no computer for months in the golden age of IM, isolating me from any friends), because I just could not make the grade. Mom insisted on not even a B+ being good enough. So, my grades were decent enough once I figured out workable systems to cheat.
I was in waaaaaay over my head by age 14 or so. But I couldn't stop or I would wreck my GPA for college in a non-math field. Around that time, I also had a problem with my brother constantly trying to read anything I wrote (I did fiction and poetry and sometimes journaled).
I grew up bilingual and so I looked into what languages have different alphabets. Passed over Arabic and Hindi because they lacked some letter equivalents common in English. I chose Russian.
I started writing anything I could in a simple cipher. I replaced each English letter with the approximate Cyrillic equivalent, modifying slightly to make letters that fit "c" and "w", which don't exist in that alphabet. It took maybe two weeks, until I could write in it fluently.
I realized the cheating potential, and taught my best friend. We would either look up math answers and formulas online for similar problems as would be on the test, as close as we could get them, and use that to answer, or she, who was a solid A- student, would have the same class before me, use scratch paper to cipher down the answers. Shove it in her bra, then pass it to me in passing period.
I would then relabel the paper as "Russian practice", write some extra nonsense on and around the page so it didn't look the same, and drop it on the floor by my desk.
She is a first generation immigrant, so she needed help in spelling and grammar tests. I am freakishly good at those. Same method in reverse.
By the time precalc rolled around, we even modified the hell out of the alphabet to accommodate mathematical symbols. Nobody at the school even taught or could read Russian. I was known for being smart, math aside, and would just tell people, "Oh, we are learning on our own." I even got some exchange students to teach us basics because we loved languages and needed to look legit.
I programmed my calculator with equations. Eventually, I taught myself the programming language for my calculator and instead programmed it to solve the equations for me.
I'm now a professional programmer.
I was unable to remember all the trigonometric formulas, so I decided to put up a chart with trigonometric formulas in place of binary codes (which was already hanging on the wall) chart in my class.
Guess what, I got away with it.
This is a story from someone I know. He told us that in university, he knew people that would go to the bathroom midway through an exam where they had hidden their notes or stuck them on the back of the door.
People in my school would write answers on an index card and tape it to the back of their ties.... it worked really well.
I got the inspiration from Pokemon Emerald. I Taught myself Braille, poked the letters through a line of tape and then stuck it to the bottom of the desk. Would just read it under the desk with my eyes on the test the whole time.
Not really a cheat, but a amusing story: For the dynamics and vibrations course in my final year engineering, we were allowed to bring anything. One guy brought in a bicycling wheel, which he used to verify his answers by conducting rotational torque experiments at his desk during the exam.
Thanks for reading!
There is so much to learn in life.
And once you acquire certain things mentally, you regret it.
How much 411 have you come across over time that made you think... "How can I unlearn that?"
Yeah, not possible.
Knowledge is power and sometimes it's a nightmare.
Don't we have enough to keep us up at night?
Well let's do some learning.
Redditor RedBoyFromNewy wanted to shed some light on creepy issues we need to be discussing. They asked:
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So who is ready to spill, and where do you find the info?
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"Without mucus your stomach would digest itself."
"The reason you body produces more saliva before vomiting is your bodies way if protecting your mouth from the acidity of the vomit before you actually throw up."
"There are more suicides than homicides in the US every year."
"60% of all gun deaths in fact are suicides. It is estimated that someone offs themselves with a firearm every 20 minutes in the US. And 80% of them are males."
"And what's worse (knowing, as my family just went through this.)... 70% of suicides have no note. It's a common misconception that most people leave a note and it just isn't true. Mainly because a lot of people who write notes realize they don't want to go through with it. Those who are 'successful' just do it."
"You can give still 'birth' if you die while pregnant. The decomp process will force the baby out. It’s rare but it does happen."
"This is usually what ends up happening when a pregnant woman gets murdered. They usually find the fetus either completely separate (like in the Lacy and Connor Peterson case) or in the same location as the mother, but clearly birthed (like with the case with Shanann Watts). It's something I never knew happened until very recently and I think it's one of the most horrifying aspects of death."
"The deadliest ship disaster was the MV Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship built during the Nazi Regime. In January 1945, she was evacuating 10,000 German citizens ahead of the soviet Invasion when (albeit ironically) a Soviet Submarine spotted them, and fired three torpedoes. The ship was on the freezing cold Baltic Sea, and the davits (ropes) for the lifeboats had frozen over."
"Not only that, but the ship was only meant to carry 2,000 people normally. These two factors, coupled with the harsh angle the ship was sinking at, meant only half of the lifeboats could be deployed. 9,400 people drowned to death that night, and nobody knows about it."
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"Your eyes have a separate immune system than the rest of your body, and if your normal immune system ever learns about your eyes, it will target them and you'll go blind."
Oh my eye. How do we protect them? As if I don't have enough stress.
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"Penguins can launch their poop out of their butts like 5-6m far."
"Cotard's delusion, also known as walking corpse syndrome, is a neuropsychiatric disorder in which the person is in eternal damnation. They literally believe they are dead or dying [or don't have organs], the amount of despair is unimaginable and simply can't be grasped by people not suffering from it."
"It may seem like we know a lot about the human brain, but our standard way of studying brain activity is an fMRI, where a single pixel contains over 3 million neurons. That is more than many vertebrate animals' entire brains. The truth is, we really have no idea how the brain gives rise to consciousness."
"Edit: Even if we somehow perfectly worked out all the neural correlates of consciousness so we could say a mental state happens if and only if some exact pattern of brain activity happens, we would still have the 'hard problem' of consciousness: Why do these physical processes give rise to raw subjective experience, rather than just happening 'in the dark?'"
"If your esophagus closes and you cannot swallow, you have about 2 minutes before saliva starts reaching your windpipe. It is not a long time, but it is long enough to panic..."
"I have Eosiniphillic Oesophagitis and have had food stuck in the oesophagus for up to 24 hours before. And it’s horrible. You don’t realise how much saliva you swallow, to be constantly choking and vomiting that back up isn’t the best experience!"
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"You’ve probably been closer to dying multiple times in your life then you even know. Just got lucky, or unlucky depending on who you are."
Well that's enough to disrupt sleep for life. Thanks y'all.
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The best stories are ones with exciting plot twists.
But the next best type of stories are the ones that continue spiraling out of control.
Curious to hear examples of this, Redditor _Mitnix_ asked:
"What's your best 'oh you thought this was bad, it gets worse' story?"
It's story time. You may want to buckle up.
It All Started With A Cat
"This is a long one, but I promise it's worth it:"
"A buddy of mine was cat-sitting for a friend of his while the guy was out of town on a vacation. My buddy didn't have a car, so the dude told him that if he needed to go out and pick up more cat food or anything, he could borrow the car."
"At the time, my buddy was living right down the street from this guy, staying at his parents' house. So my buddy was just going over for a few hours each day to feed the cat and keep it company, then going back home."
"Meanwhile, he's also been flirting with this woman online. She lives several states away, but he feels like they seem to be getting pretty serious. So he decides to take some liberties, really push the envelope on where he'll pick up cat food from, and he takes his friend's car on a little multi-state road trip."
"This is insane, right? Just atrociously bad judgement, especially since someone does need to feed the cat. To solve this, he left his parents a note. It read, 'I am camping in the woods behind our house. Please go over to ____'s and feed his cat. I'll let you know when I'm home.'"
"Boom. Problem solved, right?"
"Except that the 'woods behind our house' are about 20 yards deep. It takes less than five minutes to walk through them and come out into the neighboring housing development. So his parents went looking for him, calling out for him, and couldn't find him. They got worried and contacted a family friend, a local police officer. He subsequently got a hold of the fire department. There was a full-on search party combing through about 1/50th of an acre of woods. Unsurprisingly, they were coming up with nothing."
"This was before cell phones were common, so my buddy was completely unaware that his plan had fallen apart. He was cruising along on his 12-hour drive, expecting to get to this girl's house just in time for dinner. Except he didn't have a GPS. So he got lost. Very lost. Like, by the time he turned up at this woman's house, it was almost midnight."
"When he got there, she was crying her eyes out. He assured her that it was okay, he was fine, wasn't hurt or in a wreck or anything, he'd just gotten lost. And she said, 'No, no, I wasn't worried about you. My dad just died in a motorcycle accident.'"
"So he bailed on his cat-sitting duties, stole a car, and inspired his parents to file a missing-persons just so he could awkwardly watch a woman cry for a few hours and then drive back home."
The Beekeeper's Nightmare
"I will try to keep it short. I am a beekeeper. My 3rd year of beekeeping, I suddenly developed a severe allergy to bee stings. It was spring and I was installing bees for the beginning of the season. I was up to the last hive, went to install that package of bees and one stung me right in the top of my head."
"I finished up a few minutes after and went up toward the house to do some other things. I started feeling flush and I could feel my heart racing. After I few minutes I realized I was having an anaphylactic reaction."
"If you’ve never had one, aside from the physical symptoms, they also say you will get a feeling of impending doom. That was spot on. I absolutely felt I was going to die and people do die from these reactions."
"So I am now in the house and desperately searching for Benadryl of which I have none. I am also having trouble breathing, my body is going haywire and I feel like I’m going to black out shortly."
"I call my mom, who lives an hour away, to call 911 because I feel like I will be unconscious soon. She says okay, phone rings 30 seconds later. It’s my mom, she goes 'I called 911 but they said you have to call'. This was my first wtf."
"So I call and it’s a very typical 911 call she is trying to keep me talking and I essentially started vomiting and she is still on the line and I am waiting and waiting for this alleged ambulance."
"A full half hour goes by. At this point I am actually coming out of the reaction. So I go to sit at my kitchen counter. I’m still on the line with the 911 dispatcher. I see the ambulance pull up and I say, oh they’re here. She’s like great, are you okay? I’m like yes and then she says goodbye and hangs up."
"I see the EMTs outside but my driveway has a gate so they are just standing there and they ring the bell on my gate and I am just looking at them, dumbfounded. Like I called for an emergency over a half hour ago, and they’re gonna roll up here and ring my bell and wait for me to come out when I more than likely could be unconscious or dead on the floor."
"I literally had to go out and let them in. Then they basically talked me in to going to the hospital to get checked out. Another huge mistake because this took place in the 2 months in my entire life when I didn’t have health insurance. So I ended up paying $4000 for a late ambulance and some IV Benadryl and epinephrine."
"Oh which also reminds me, a paramedic also showed, put the IV in when I agreed to go to the hospital. Then I felt something dripping and turns out he put it in my artery rather than a vein and it was just pushing the fluid out of the IV."
"0/10 would not go through any of that again…but I did 10 years later when I had another anaphylactic reaction due to a bee sting. However this went a lot smoother and I had epi-pens and a responsive ambulance."
"Arrive home from work, my house reeks of oil."
"Go in the basement, and there's a pool of oil, with my stuff floating in it. The oil filter on my burner rotted out (it was defective and recalled, but the tech never bothered to notify me or replace it). Call up the tech, he throws a new one, charges me the emergency call fee, and advises I call HO insurance before running away (it was his fault, I didn't know it yet)."
"This was February in NY, about 13F out, and obviously the burner wasn't on while sitting in a pool of oil. But, they get there pretty quickly soak it up, and get things running so my pipes don't freeze."
"Only way to get the smell out is to dry clean everything I own, then shampoo all the carpets, run deodorizers, etc. Takes weeks. Had a headache the whole time."
"Turns out, my basement has cracks, most of it leaked through. They had to cut out my foundation and dig out the contaminated soil."
"Oil in soil means DEC gets involved. Whole new can of worms as they now had to monitor the process, test at every step. Big enough deal I have a spill number in their database."
"A 20 yard dumpster, with 20 yards of oil soaked sand, is so heavy that it broke through my driveway, destroying it. They did that twice, took out my entire driveway."
"Remember how I said this was in February? March brought the COVID shutdown."
"I spent over a year with my basement in shambles, holes in my driveway, plastic sheets taped up, no washer/dryer, and all sorts of equipment kicking around."
"The next spring, they're back and working, and screwed everything up. Not going to get into every detail, but after a big fight, I managed to get rid of them and bring in a new company to fix their screwups and finish the job. Old crew got very difficult when the new crew requested permits and reports. Turns out, they never bothered. Had to do all that before they could start working again."
"New company dropped a storage crate on my yard to store my stuff while working, destroyed my grass, took out a sprinkler, took out my neighbor's driveway curb, got concrete all over my brickwork, but at least the nightmare was finally over."
These Redditors have been dealt with some major blows.
People who say that things will always get better, are partially right. Things do come around, eventually.
But you never know how many curve balls life has to throw at you until there's a resolution.
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Life is full of disappointments. We lose out on a job opportunity or the one designer article of clothing we really wanted is not available in our size.
But we go on.
But the biggest letdowns are the ones we never see coming but must contend with.
Redditor Frequent-Pilot5243 asked:
"What is a depressing truth you have made peace with?"
No matter how much you prize a friendship, not all of them are for forever.
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
"A friendship you thought would last forever can end in an instant."
The Best Mate Who Quit
"My best mate of 20 years, said that he didn’t want to be my best man and just said he didn’t want to be my friend any more. Hurt like hell."
It's Okay To Let Go
"Sometimes people you care deeply about will choose to drop out of your life and all you can really do is have the grace to let them."
"edit. to everyone struggling with being left behind, and to everyone struggling with having to be the one to leave- I hope the pain eases for you soon."
Restarting The Process
"I have a really hard time with this one. Every friendship I've had in my adult life has only lasted a couple years tops. Rarely a falling out or anything, but just drifting apart or sh*t happens type deal. It's hard for me to make friends in the first place because I'm pretty shy, so having to regularly restart that process is really discouraging. Right now I don't really have any friends because I've just kinda given up trying."
The harsh reality of losing the people we love hits home for these Redditors.
"My grandpa just wanted to get to know me and the man I was becoming during his last year of life. Which I was too young and too selfish to realize."
"Yeah, this hits home. I spent 90% of my childhood with my grandparents. I was at their house almost everyday. When I got into my teens and obviously found friends, discovered women, all that stuff and then I just stopped seeing them. They’re both gone now and they died with the memories of me as a child. Although they seen me sometimes while I was older, they didn’t know me because I didn’t give them the chance."
"My dad passed away 6 weeks ago and I will NEVER see, hear, chat or get to hug him ever again & that forever is a long time."
These sobering facts were huge disappointments.
Truth About CPR
"This is coming from a firefighter:"
"If you have to perform CPR on them, it's most likely over for the patient."
"I'm not sure if I've made peace with it completely, but I've accepted it at least."
The After Effects
"I've taken CPR training twice in the past 10 years. The instructors were so completely different... The second one flat out told us 'you're giving them about a 15% chance of living, and even if they live, they will probably have some kind of severe trauma that will dramatically decrease their quality of life.' Wow..."
Despite Having Good Intentions...
"No one is coming to help."
That Train Has Left The Station
"I'm aging nonstop."
Innocence Is Gone
"My childhood is gone, and I have no good memory from that phase of my life."
No matter what, life goes on with or without us.
The best that any of us can do while we're passengers on this giant spaceship is to take life as it comes and pick up the pieces the best we can when things don't pan out as we'd hoped.
Sometimes, it's about celebrating the small victories–like finally finding a store that has your shoe size.
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The truth matters.
Something one would think was a given in modern society.
Yet all over the world, there are people so unbelievably stubborn, that they simply refuse to believe the facts.
Sometimes even when presented with evidence.
This could be for something menial, such as refusing to believe that a cotton candy was actually invented by a dentist.
But sometimes, refusing to believe the truth could have serious consequences, up to and including climate change, the effectiveness of masks, and the disproportionate amount of gun violence in the US.
Redditor Lady_Of_The_Water was curious about the many things, both frivolous and serious, people refused to believe were true, leading them to ask:
"Whats something someone thought you were wrong about and ridiculed you for it, but it turns out you were right?"
What's that smell?
"That there really was a gas leak in the apartment building."
"Thankfully, the fire didn't cause much damage."- yamsnavas2.
There's a reason the bill is so high.
"Our water usage at work went up a lot."
"They checked all the toilets, sinks for leaks, couldn't find anything."
"I mentioned that it seemed to coincide with the new water cooler system installation, maybe that should be checked."
"They basically laughed at me."
"That stupid water system never worked good and the guy came in 3 different times and said it was just the filter."
"Every month it needs changed???"
"Didn't seem right."
"Finally a different technician came in and result was it was never installed correctly."
"I asked, 'could that have anything to do with the increased water usage that started when this got installed?'"
" He smiled 'I wondered if anyone caught that, yes the valve was not correct and water has been running'."
"For 5 months!!"
"If only they had listened."
"Total redemption!"- McTee967.Nbc Jump GIF by SuperstoreGiphy
Have you ever looked at a map?
"I had a coworker doubling down repeatedly, claiming that new Zealand is north of Australia."
"I even told her about how I had lived there and she just assumed I was such a huge idiot that I didn't know where on the globe I was living."
"Brought the smartphone out and put an end to that."
"Let me just say, it's ok to not know where all the countries are."
"The problem is if you heavily assert you are right and others are stupid."- PlopPlopPlopsy.
Is it supposed to hurt this much?
"My husband told me that I was a 'baby' about my IUD insertion and insisted that it wasn't painful."
"That my concerns about entrusting a stranger to shove a foreign object into my body were paranoid."
"I listened to him because really, the info you'd find online is overwhelmingly positive."
"Long story short: the provider placed it wrong, didn't check/fix it when I asked her to."
"I spent 4 years in pain that I eventually 'got used to."
"It expelled half way out my cervix, had to get it yanked out at the ER."
"That's when I was told that copper IUDs are notorious for breaking inside the uterus."
"Because it broke inside me."
"The cherry on top?"
"The female gyno with three kids I saw to get the broken piece removed told me that 'cervixes don't really feel pain' and that I didn't really need to remove it."
"Goes without saying, I was in severe pain for 2 weeks straight before this appointment."
"Tons of women came out with their stories about lawsuits over IUDs, how they got pregnant with an IUD."
" Stories similar to mine."
"And how women should really be offered anesthesia or pain pills for this procedure."
"And when my husband was surprised to learn about the pain I endured I reminded him 'You called me a baby and everyone else told me it was all in my head'."
"Which is why I didn't talk about it."- PopK0rnAndMMs.
Seems like you could learn something from me.
"In sixth grade chemistry a teacher asked us what element was a gas that was lighter than air, and extremely flammable/explosive."
"I grew up on science because of what my dad does for a living and Bill Nye."
"I knew about the Hindenburg, and so I was really proud of myself when I raised my hand and said 'Hydrogen'."
"The teacher laughed at me and said that no, it was Helium, and the entire rest of the class proceeded to laugh too."
"Almost three decades later I work in a lab now, and f*ck that teacher I was right."- vanyel_ashke.Season 8 Teacher GIF by FriendsGiphy
The dictionary is your friend.
"I have worked as a translator and a proofreader."
"For one of my translations, it went something like 'and he piqued her interest'."
"My proofreader docked me for an inaccuracy and switched it to 'and he peaked her interest'.”
"I’m still salty."
"I tried to get the agency I was working for to remove this person as a proofreader since I question his/her command of the English language."
"Had a similar problem with the phrase “lynch pin” used metaphorically."
"I stopped working with that agency because it pissed me off so much being 'corrected' incorrectly."- spot_o_tea.spelling GIFGiphy
No, that's just an illusion.
"When I told my mom that the clouds were moving and she laughed like I was crazy."-
Did you even read the menu?
"I was in the passenger's seat at a Carl's Jr Drive Thru with a friend."
"He asked what I wanted and I requested the Fried Zucchini."
"He puts half his body through the window to the voice box and goes on this 'My friend here thinks you have some kind of food I know you don't have so I am just going to say it for laughs because you will get a kick out of this'."
"She wants FRIED ZUCCHINI' and starts laughing."
" Well guess who ends up eating fried zucchini."- User Deleted.
And how do you spell that?
"Believe it or not, the pronunciation of my own middle name."- ThePlantie.
We have standards in this community...
"Not me but my Mom tells a story about how she wrote a paper for school about how tough her small town makes it for any new people moving in."
"Basically if you didn't grow up there you were a social outcast for decades and were excluded from a lot of things."
"The teacher didn't agree so she got a bad grade and scoffed at."
"A few years later a news paper reporter essentially wrote the same thing and won a local award for calling out the same small town BS that was going on."- Jberg18.
It's pretty amazing that anyone in this day and age would jump to tell someone they're wrong without having any authority.
Particularly when someone can quickly look up the truth on their phone in less than a minute.
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