The Best 'Just To Be Safe' Precautions People Have Taken That Actually Saved Their Butts
Some of us always err on the side of caution.
And as such, we will triple check dates of our travel or dinner reservations, take a picture of the stove before leaving the house, to ensure we didn't leave it off, or check in with our babysitters every half hour (or less!) to ensure that the kids are alright.
In most cases, we needn't have worried, as everything was fine, and was always going to be fine.
It was just our own, neurotic instincts getting the better of us.
In other cases, however, doing what seemed like a simple little dummy check may have been far more valuable than we would have thought, as it may have ended up being a life-saving measure.
Figuratively or literally.
What "you know what, just to be safe..." thing you did ended up saving you later?
Clarity Is Important
"I was an expediter at a restaurant."
'It was super busy and I was trying to get runners for food."
"Was about to send out a stack of dim sum when I looked at the ticket again with a note that said 'no peanuts on the tempura tofu'."
"I had read it earlier and didn't sprinkle peanuts on it."
"Another server was about to run it to the table when I told him to wait and get the actual server for the table."
"We were slammed and he was kinda pissed but went and got him."
"The actual server comes back and he's all frustrated when I ask him 'Does your 'no peanuts' guy not like peanuts or is he allergic to them?'"
"Server responds with 'he's very allergic to them, that's why I put no peanuts on the ticket!'"
"He was all being sh*tty with me."
"I told him 'well the f*cking tempura tofu is fried in fucking peanut oil!'"
"Didn't realize the head chef was behind me and heard the whole thing."
"Server didn't know we only used peanut oil. It was an Asian fusion really nice upscale restaurant."
"Needless to say she, the head chef, f*cking reamed this guy."
"I was a half second from sending that food out too."
"Would have been bad."- Leftpawpeanuts lol GIF by gifnewsGiphy
"Safety" Is Not Just Part Of Their Name...
"When working away it's easy to talk yourself into doing something really quick without them and there is always a voice in your head yelling at you to put them on."
"Stopped grinding the thing I was working on got my glasses came back, and then this chunk flies up and cracks the right lense."
"Spidy senses 1 Murphy's law 0."- Turtlemonk92
Being "Itsy" and "Bitsy" Makes Them Good At Hiding
"I knock out my shoes and squeeze the toes for good measure."
"Hi Mr. BROWN RECLUSE!"
"Only happened once, but once was enough to convince me it was a good habit to have."- ilikeitsharp
They Should Really Think Of A Different Name Than "Dummy" Check...
"Arrive in San Francisco a week into a trip."
"As we gather our things during a moment of downtime I go back to check the bus cause, you know, it never hurts."
"Found my passport, which I had no idea I'd dropped."- gy6fswyihgtvhivrCelebrate 90 Day Fiance GIF by TLCGiphy
Not So Different Than A Cave, If You Think About It
"Was about to put a new load of laundry into my washing machine in the dark, saw what looked to be a large sock still in the washing machine"
" Put my hand halfway into the washing machine then pulled my hand back up and thought huh, I usually don't leave things in my washing machine."
"Turned on the light, and it was a bat sitting in there."
"Never touched him, put him in some Tupperware and brought him outside."
"Left the container open and left him a bag of Doritos and he was gone in the morning."- mikechief411
Machinery Can't Always Be Trusted...
"I had a car sitting on jack stands because I needed to do some transmission work."
"Before climbing under it, I thought it'd be a good idea to rock the car around."
"One of the jack stands was not in the right spot and the car slipped off it, slamming down on the front disk brakes."
"Would have killed me."- Goyteamsix
A Sneaky Test...
"This is from 30 years ago, so some details may be different these days."
"After enlisting in the Army recruits get a list of everything they must bring to boot camp."
"On this list was a padlock."
"During 'processing', the five or so days before the real training starts, recruits are given their military equipment including duffel bags and told to put their things, they brought with them, in the duffel bag."
"After finally getting everything in I was left with just the padlock."
"I had no idea what to do with it, but I noticed if I closed my duffel bag in a certain way, I could close the lock on the hook."
"So when we get to the training unit and off the 'cattle trucks' and a few hundred drill sergeants are yelling and screaming and telling us to line up, which we do, with our duffel bags in front of us."
"The drill sergeants then proceed to check if the bags are locked and if not they grabbed them at the bottom and whirled them around flinging the entire contents on the ground."
"Everyone in the entire company had their stuff dumped except for me and one other guy."
"Only because locking my duffel bag was the only thing I thought of doing."
"Putting it in my pocket was not an option because they were very clear about not having any 'civilian' items in our uniform pockets."- Berlin_BluesSafety Security GIF by DrawifyGiphy
You Never Know When You Might Need It...
"I was going on a road trip."
"We packed everything in the trunk."
"Then I realized that I forgot to check the air in the spare tire."
"Faced with unpacking the and repacking, I thought 'What are the odds? We've had the car for years, never had a flat, we probably won't have a flat now'."
"Then I thought 'screw that' and tossed the floor pump I use for my bicycle into the trunk, 'just in case'."
"Got a flat in the middle of f*cking nowhere."
"Spare was too flat to drive on."
"Floor pump saved my a**."
'It gets packed on every trip now."- Zorkeldschorken
It Helps To Have It In Writing
"Saved an email where a lead developer told me to do something stupid."
"A couple years later, him, now a manager who liked to yell at his subordinates."
"We were talking about this stupid behavior and he yelled, 'Well, why did you do that?!'"
"I pulled up his email, clearly instructing me to do just that."
"He sputtered and walked off, speechless."
"This guy is one of the reasons I still have trust issues with management, even after a string of really competent, caring, trustworthy managers."- thuktunWorking Hurry Up GIF by SNICKERSGiphy
"Take 10 before you send has saved me countless times."
"Means take 10 seconds to re-read your email/post/whatever written communication before you send."
"Emails, especially in the workplace, last forever."- Meaningless_Is_Life
You Never Know When It Might Work In Your Favor...
"I bought a used Subaru Baja that was 5 years old at the time and had 75k miles for $12k."
"The salesman offered an extended warranty that covered the engine for $2500, would last 3 years/36k miles."
"That was kind of a lot, and I usually don't buy those."
"I don't know what got into me that day, but I said sure."
"One month and 750 miles later after an oil change at a mechanic shop, oil started shooting into the pistons?"
"I'm not good with cars, oil went where it wasn't supposed to go."
"Completely ruined the engine and turbo."
"The dealer had to keep it for 3 weeks, the warranty company flew someone out to inspect the car, and eventually approved a replacement engine, turbo, and any other affected parts."
"Total repairs cost almost $11k, and the warranty then applied to all the new parts too."
"Car drove like it was brand new! "
"Later discovered the car had 5 previous owners before me, but I couldn't find any accident or serious repair history."
"This is probably the only time buying an extended warranty on something actually worked out in my favor."- Comicspediahomer simpson road GIFGiphy
There are those of us, myself included, who are almost never able to let our minds rest easy and are constantly worried that we forgot about something.
However, next time someone accuses you of being a worry wort, think of all these stories.
And every time your instinct to double, triple or quadruple check ended up paying off for you.
People Share The Biggest Friendship Red Flags That Folks Tend To Overlook
You got to have friends.
There are shows about the beauty of friendships.
There are shows about the downfall of those connections.
I think we should focus more on the downfall.
We often turn a blind eye to the people we can and have called friends.
That can be a big mistake.
Don't let loneliness lead you.
Sometimes people just have to go.
Redditor dragonXgal wanted to know what signs we should look out for when it comes to certain "besties."
So they asked:
"What are red flags in a friendship most people brush away?"
Friends who never ask about you... or ask but then only listen long enough to turn the convo back to them.
I hate that.
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"Continually feeling like you want to say something but should hold your tongue."
"This, have to walk on eggshells around them. Can't really communicate with them because they will take everything personally and blow it out of proportion."
Tick Tick Boom...
"When you hang out with them it feels like you're defusing a bomb when theres nothing going on right then."
"I had to let go of my 'best friend' because of this. With my real friends I could always just respond to a text message with the first thing I thought of. With this girl I felt like I had to carefully consider what I was saying and then reword it several times before I could hit send because I didn’t want to be dismissed or berated in any way. That’s not friendship."
"Really jealous and possesive friends. I'm a jealous person by nature, and even though my jealousy flares up when I see my friends hanging out with other people, I would never let them know. Why? Because I don't want them to feel bad about doing the things they love (eg. having a social life outside my little world)."
"If a person tries to box you up because they want you all to themselves, it's not a proof of love or companionship. True love (in any kind of relationship like friends, family, lovers) is shown by respect and allowing the other person to have free will."
"Friends who are good to you when one on one but constantly put you down In group settings. This is a big sign of insecurity/jealousy. Other signs: inappropriate attention seeking behaviors, trying to twist the situation on you when confronted about things, not respecting your boundaries, is super friendly with new people but in a disingenuous 'I wanna be liked the most' way."
"Then constant gaslighting, getting mad at you for not going by the exact same moral playbook as them, when in group settings they get really uncomfortable and try to change the subject or put you down extra if attention is on you, acting they like can take constructive feedback but actually taking it out on you in small ways throughout the rest of the day."
And Now?Oh No Anger GIF by KingfisherWorldGiphy
"You see you got a private message from them and your gut reaction is to start getting nervous or anxious."
"'What is it this time...'"
There is a very informative list.
Guess what?Nick Offerman Popcorn GIF by NBCGiphy
"Friends who gossip excessively. If they're talking about other people, chances are they're talking about you."
"And people that send you screenshots of private messages with other people. Guess what? Your private messages are being sent around too."
"Being dismissive of all your interests and achievements. Meanwhile everything they do, no matter how mundane, is amazing."
"And then you bring this issue up and they give bs reasons like 'it’s hard for me to care about something I don’t know about” or even further “you’re being sensitive/erratic/emotional' and you just sit there thinking 'I’m sure glad I still attentively listened to all those times you bored me with your financial spreadsheets you made to decide what car you would buy...'"
"They only talk to you when all of their other friends are gone."
"My 'best friend' in high school did this with boys. If she was dating someone I was invisible. I can only think of one guy she dated where this didn’t happen."
"Same. I 'broke up' with her after 10 years of being best friends cause I couldn’t handle the emotional turmoil of the intense loneliness of hanging out with someone almost every day to nothing at all for a few months till she was single again. Every time I would get right again she would become single and I would fall back into it so I just put a hard stop to it. It’s best that we aren’t friends than settling for being her placeholder."
2 Way Street
"Always asking for favors but never there when you need them to return one. It's the fact that they act like you are the best of friends when they're around you because they want something, then Immediately blow you off once you've helped. Had a few so called friends like this. They weren't around for long."
"Yeah a friendship is a two-way street and ones that only go one way are not healthy."
100%Fuck You Season 4 GIF by FriendsGiphy
"Friends that don’t let you have any other friends and require 100% of your time when they can’t give you the same."
All of these signs are IMPERATIVE! Trust!
What things would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below.
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People Share The Places You Should Never Have Sex
There's a time and place for things. Generally speaking, that's a valid sentiment.
Making love in the shower can be hot and also convenient after climax. Getting busy inside your boss' office after hours can be risky but highly erotic. And there's always the mile-high club for those unconcerned about being claustrophobic.
While some like to think there's no limit to having discreet sex anywhere, others believe there are places that should be off-limits.
Curious to hear where those are, Redditor scriptdog1 asked:
"Where should you never have sex?"
There are safety concerns.
Pounding The Pavement
"in the middle of the streets at 2pm?"
Doesn't Get Any Dirtier
"In a dumpster."
"The one behind the Wendy's?"
"In a horror movie. You're #2-3 to die."
"Exactly, there’s a very simple formula for surviving a horror movie."
- "Don’t have sex."
- "Don’t do drugs."
- "Don’t say, 'I’ll be right back.'"
You Gotta Hear This One
"In the ear."
There Will Be Blood
"On a roof."
"Shingles are not good wingmen. They will cut you the f'k up."
"Friday The 13th" Fans Know About This
"Camp Crystal Lake."
"You don’t know how many videos there are of students f'king in them…"
There were consequences.
"At a psychiatric hospital. Two students from my med school just got expelled for being THAT horny."
"Chief of police in my town got fired for having sex in the township court room… so…there."
Waking The Dead
"Twice removed Sheriff of my county was dismissed for having sex in a graveyard with a realtor. That's a pretty good place not to too."
"In another specific food answer, in a room where you ate hummus before sex. The smell combo of sex and hummus is not good."
It seems hot on paper but disappoints in execution.
Going Nowhere Fast
"A rowing boat. I promise, it is not romantic."
"Even if you go gently….down the stream?"
It May Look Hot...
"Sandy beach without a blanket."
"Oh the friction. Yeah, don't do that."
In Space, Nobody Can Hear You Orgasm
"Space station, spheres of juices floating around could be a problem."
It's All Relative
"My Aunt Joan’s house when you’re visiting. 25 years and it’s still not forgotten."
"No I did not have sex with my Aunt Joan. I had sex with my ex. wife in Aunt Joan’s house while taking a nap."
"My ex and I were visiting elderly out of state relatives. We all ran around a lot in the summer heat one day and so we all decided to rest for a couple of hours."
"Ex and I closed the door, climbed into the guest bed and went at it quietly though not quiet enough it would seem. They had elbow to elbow figurines on every flat surface of their house except for their dining room table (Not exaggerating; over every square inch). That included the bed side tables. I suspect the rattling little bedside figurines gave us away."
"When we came out of the room later they acted strange particularly my Aunt Joan. It was very awkward. You could tell they knew. They acted that way for the next three days. We’d be at a bbq place eating together and the looks on their faces said it all: 'You had sex in our guest room.'”
"We never got another invite to their house for a vacation."
"In a bed where somebody just ate crackers."
"In a confessional booth in a Catholic Church."
I may or may not have engaged in an intimately sensual act while inside a car.
But if I were to impart wisdom based on whether or not I had this experience, I would suggest the safest way to do the deed in the driver's seat is while the vehicle is parked–not when it's cruising over 55 mph.
As you were.
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There are hidden dangers in a lot of activities we consider pretty harmless…but are they really? Painting is a relaxing past time but it can become dangerous for the uninformed. When using oil paints turpentine is a must... also a must when using turpentine, excellent ventilation. It can be extremely hazardous if used improperly.
The same goes for cadmium paints. Those beautiful reds and yellows that come out so vibrant come at a cost. Cadmium is poisonous so if you have young ones or pets that could get into your paints or wet canvas you're going to have something much more serious on your hands than a simple mess. This goes for many different supplies. So don't go jumping in to become the next Bob Ross yet until you do your research or those trees won't be happy for long
Wanting to know more examples Redditor TheBaileyCaine asked:
"What is something that sounds safe but actually isn't?"
The answers gave us things to be scared of we never thought of before and now we have to share.
Farming isn’t all quaint countryside…
“Farming- everyone thinks about bucolic pastures, pretty red barns and cute little critters running around , but farming is the sixth most dangerous occupation in the United States, higher than law enforcement, firefighters, powerline workers and ironworkers."
“Most of farming deaths involve accidents with machinery, but grain storage deaths are high as well, if a farmer falls into a bin of canola he sinks to the bottom and suffocates fairly quickly as well as the unfortunate ones that fall into pig manure pits and drown in liquid sh*t."
“ Farm animals also kill a lot of farmers too because a 180lb man doesn't have good odds going up against a 1200 lb cow. Plus the fact that no one talks about is the mental health-related deaths farming is incredibly stressful and suicide deaths in the farming community are rising steadily." Tanglrfoot
“You are one awkward landing from lots of potentially life changing injuries.”
“Well, I don't know if this actually sounds safe, but trampolines! People think by putting the netting around them, etc that you won't get hurt. Think again. You are one awkward landing from lots of potentially life changing injuries. I have personally gotten to view the inside of an adult foot/ankle because of a trampoline.” Juniper-Sand
They aren’t floofy cows…
“Bison. Like the wild big cow looking animals. I grew up around them and I see too many tourists in Yellowstone going to take a selfie with one. Those kill you without batting an eye" root-rot-racoon
“Yeah and the thing is that there's no stopping it short of climbing a tree or shooting it in the head with a shotgun or large caliber rifle because unlike a predator that's just hungry and is trying to eat you, the herbivore isn't gonna stop to consider whether or not you are worth the trouble of killing because quite frankly you've pissed it off and it wants you dead." bacontime2angry yellowstone national park GIFGiphy
“Going in a car without a headrest on your seat. It's not just a pillow for comfort.” Schoollow48
“Internal decapitation. When the car gets hit your body starts moving immediately because the back of the seat pushes you forward. If there isn't anything pushing the back of your head it lags behind until your body pulls it forward. It separates the base of your skull from your spinal column, the only reason your head stays on is because of how elastic skin is.” passwordsarehard_3
Just leave the dangerous challenges alone…
“Everybody should rightfully know that tidepod challenges were unsafe, but the more innocent one was the cinnamon challenge. Cinnamon powder does not mix with water, so the instant reflex from the body was to cough to get rid of this unknown substance, but the inhale of air to cough with could cause you to inhale the cinnamon into your lungs. And that could cause serious harm or even death if severe enough.” GoabNZ
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It’s like being in limbo…
“Anesthesia. I don't feel like people have enough respect for how complicated and dangerous it is to put people to sleep. I have patients all the time ask me to put them under for routine procedures that don't require sedation and I always think to myself that you wouldn't be asking that if you knew how much training and monitoring and intensive effort it takes to keep someone asleep safely without them stopping breathing” OneMDformeplease
“Grain Silos. People die every year because they explode with static electricity.” Time_Capt
“For sure. We had a very large explosion in my home state. I remember my chemistry teacher explaining to us how it happened. During his demonstration he managed to create a small explosion and also catch his podium on fire. We were all sworn to secrecy and I have never spoken of it until now. (Approximately 23 years later.) Mr. May, I hope you've retired by now and I don't get you fired!” GrinAndBearIt_1981
“If I'm honest fair rides, you'd think it'd be safe, it's surrounded by a lot of people, so if anything were to happen help would be there straight away, and there's all these safety precautions , but the amount of things that have gone wrong way too often is scary." DevotionGoesBrrrrrr
“When I was a teenager, I got stuck on a Witches Wheel at a fair. It shorted out and got stuck in the ON position. It ran for about half an hour, maybe 45 minutes before they figured out what was wrong and got it to stop. It ran full tilt at a 45 degree angle for the entire time."
“I have never been sicker in my life. My friends took me home and I couldn't walk to my front door. I laid in the backyard puking. My mother yelled at me because she thought I was drunk, but my friends explained what happened. I will never ride another spinny ride again. Ever." BoredBSEE
“I went on a ride called the "fireball" goes around in a circle and it would stop upside down and go in reverse order. Well one time me and my cousin go on it, the seat belt came completely undone, I was feeling too much gravity until my cousin grabbed my shoulders before I flew towards the ground. Scary place to be and you won't catch me on any rides anymore.” Tongue-OSRSFun Catapult GIF by Bayerischer RundfunkGiphy
Good to know!
“Cleaning a cat's liter box with bleach. Don't mix ammonia and bleach. You'll be committing a war crime.” Kdog122025
“I was try to be helpful as a kid and clean the bathroom. I kept the door closed so the rest of the house wouldn't be hit with the fumes, but didn't think to open a window. Ended up mixing two cleaners that were primarily bleach an ammonia.”
“Ended up spending that evening and the next day in bed writhing around feeling like I was going to die. The next Monday at school we found out in science what common household chemicals can be mixed to create more dangerous chemicals.
I felt like a dumb a**.”Atypical_Mom
“Boating. I'm a boat mechanic, but I didn't have much boating experience before I started working on them and I was pretty caught off guard to discover how dangerous it can be. Everyone thinks of boating as this idyllic family activity, and it usually is, but a staggering amount of things can go wrong on the water and leave you stranded or worse."
“There are submerged objects like rock formations and logs that can cause you to get ejected and/or sink your boat. It's fairly easy to forget a plug and sink your boat; it happens frequently. Most boat owners have no idea how to operate a boat safely or even competently (it's trickier than you might think. It takes some experience and technique)."
“Alcohol abuse among boaters is rampant. People often don't secure their trailer correctly to the tow vehicle (not latched, wrong ball hitch size, unsecured/improperly secured safety chains, etc). People don't service their trailers. Wheels fall off from lack of grease."
Humans, really does sum it up…
“How has nobody said vehicles of any type yet. More people die in automotive accidents per year than any other death not related to medical issues. But in reality let's all just say it, this is the real truth...Humans... I don't think any other information is needed about that.” LAB_Spirit
There’s a reason for safety gear!
“Riding an ATV. It's ridiculously easy to flip one and be killed/paralysed from the neck down.” SickularPlunkett
Bro don’t do it…
“Telling my wife to calm down.” abajasiesuBbc America Television GIF by The WatchGiphy
“Safety glass. Sure, it doesn't shatter like regular glass, but those tiny pieces are like razor nuggets. And they get everywhere during an accident. You could even swallow/inhale a few pieces and that's very no bueno.” BlottomanTurk
Not everyone realizes that this interferes with it functioning properly.
“Letting your child wear their winter coat in the car seat.” jbea456
“Transporting pistachios. Very high value to size ratio so they are sometimes targeted for heists. Even when they aren't being attacked by criminals they have a tendancy to spontaneously explode when being transported in large numbers.” PeirsPlay
“Writing this with blood on my face…”
“Riding lawnmowers. Writing this with blood on my face because while cutting my in laws grass I hit a bump which knocked the controls forward which sent me into a branch and knocked me off the lawnmower.” truck-nuts
An unlikely encounter however…
“Quicksand I know it's a weird one but people don't know how dangerous it really is and think that they can just walk out of it but you can't. Once you're in it, you're in it and you can't get out.” ghost_blanket
We’ve all had a fall or two…
“Stairs: they are the most dangerous mode of transportation (average vs how many trips)”IanHSC
"I'd conservatively estimate that 30% of trailer brakes don't work (% goes up logarithmically with age of the trailer)--give boat trailers a wide berth on the freeway. Often people don't follow basic safety like life jackets and kill lanyards. You can hit a big wake/wave and get knocked away from the controls and your boat is now a self-guided missile."
"If you're swimming behind a running boat you can pass out from the fumes and drown. You can get chopped to bits by the propeller. You can get hit by a boat being driven by a drunk, inexperienced, or incompetent person. A fuel leak can cause a buildup of fumes in the bilge that gets ignited by engine electronics. It goes on and on." F*ck_the_Bunk
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