Reddit user orried-Stable-9963 asked: 'What's the most iconic thing where you live?'
Those living in the world's most well-known cities might be lucky enough to be in the vicinity of iconic landmarks, such as the Empire State Building, Big Ben, or the Golden Gate Bridge.
Then too, some people might live in a town that might not have any places that are popular photo ops, but have a distinguished legacy all their own, such as Salem, Massachusetts or Bentonville, Arkansas.
Of course, even if they don't make the travel guides or the history books, just about every city or town in the world has its own claim to fame.
Some that residents proudly promote, others that people hope never get any major attention outside of town lines.
Redditor Worried-Stable-9963 was eager to hear the biggest claim to fame of people's hometowns, leading them to ask:
"What's the most iconic thing where you live?"
Think Carefully Before Taking A Group Shop...
"The giant blue horse sculpture that killed the sculptor."
"It has shining red eyes and is NOT helping the DIA conspiracy rumors."- BeastmodeBallerina
"The [Place] Where It Happen[ed]"...
"Alexander Hamilton was shot in the famous duel in 1804, right down the street from where I live." - Reddit
"'Anne of Green Gables'."
"But the cruise ships of Asian tourists ain’t here for the spuds."- Blue_Moon_Rabbitmartin sheen marilla cuthbert GIF by PBSGiphy
Doesn't Have Quite The Same Ring To It!
"A Golden Gate bridge that is orange."- CalGoldenBear55
Talk About Nickel And Dime...
"We have two actually."
"A Giant Nickel and the World's tallest Smoke Stack that I refer to as the world's tallest cigarette or 'dart'."- GrungusDnD
"My Kind Of Town..."
"The Sears Tower and Lake Shore Drive."- Acceptable-Yak7968Beer Pong Chicago GIF by BPONGofficialGiphy
For Writer's Needing Inspiration
"Cannery row."- Zealousideal-Bug7138
"Driving there from San Jose is a nice drive through Steinbeck country."- kathatter75
The True Spirit Of St. Louis
"The Gateway Arch."- NowForMy2ndAct
"That’s the only thing here besides the Cardinals."- Andrew_The_Soviet
The Air Is Full Of Spices...
"Old Bay seasoning."- AlmostSane67
"Natty Boh too?"- i_love_ankh_morpork·old bay japan GIFGiphy
All Roads Lead To Oregon...
"Mt. Hood, probably."
"Any part of the city with a bit of elevation you can look over on a nice day and see a snow covered volcano towering 11,000ft / 3350m over you."
"Doesn't quite compare to seeing Tahoma (Mt Rainier) from the Seattle area, but still cool."
"Also on a crystal clear day, driving north across the Saint John's Bridge, you can see Mt Hood, Mt Adam, Mt St Helen's, and Rainier all at the same time."
"Also the Portland 'White Stag' billboard."
"Hard to miss that one."- Beekatiebee
How Many People Run The Steps, But Don't Go In The Museum...
"Rocky steps."- Bulky_Ad_3608
"I was more impressed by imperfect love when I visited."- Brok3n_wind
He's Out There Somewhere...
"No recent sightings that I know of."
"But Point Pleasant does have a yearly Mothman Festival that’s really popular."- Deputy_Beagle76Giphy
"Birthplace of the Wright Brothers, Air Force base, uhhhh."
Don't Forget Your Beignets...
"Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras."- The_Pug
Jolly Old England!
"I live in the oldest town in England."
"We have the oldest church in the world."
"My house dates to the 10th century."
"Come at me bro."- schnitzelvkWorld Cup Football GIF by Manne NilssonGiphy
Every town and city in the world will be remembered for something.
Even if some might only be remembered by its residents.
"Reddit user Beneficial-Course69 asked: 'You have one day to spend with one celebrity of your choice. Who do you choose and what will you do?'"
One day with a celebrity.
How could that not be a good time?
To be able to spend one entire duration of 24 hours with one of the people who inspires you most is a memory you take to the grave.
So if given the chance, how do you pick?
Is there that ONE person, or are there several?
It may be hard to pick just one.
Redditor Beneficial-Course69 wanted to hear about how everyone would share time with their favorite famous person, so they asked:
"You have one day to spend with one celebrity of your choice. Who do you choose and what will you do?"
Dear Adele... if you're listening...
You and me... and gelato.
Well that is for starters.
Let's Pumparnold schwarzenegger vintage GIF by Okkult Motion PicturesGiphy
"Arnold Schwarzenegger, we'll go to a gym and he's gonna teach me how to really do everything properly. Then go over to his place and watch 'Predator' or something."
"Paul Rudd and I play disc golf."
"I was thinking Paul Rudd too because he seems nice and easy to talk to."
"This but Ryan Reynolds dressed as Deadpool."
"I don't really go into celeb culture."
"But I want to be with Robin Williams. Just bring him back for a day and let him decide what he wants to do... He was just the voice of my childhood and teens. His shows and voice were always on replay."
"If he wants to just talk about his life, or go surfing (I can't surf) or go bicycling (I can't cycle). I'll be cool with it. RIP Robin, you will always be Genie."
"Bruce Campbell. It doesn’t matter what we are doing. It’s Bruce Campbell!"
"One magic evening about a decade ago, me and several friends attended a conference in Southern Oregon. We were out at a local Oasis, and frankly, throwing down. After a few rounds, the door opens with a flood of light into the dark bar. A shadow fills the door, then comes into focus."
"Because it could not possibly be Bruce Campbell walking into a bar I'm getting s**t-faced at, I say 'Hey, it's Bruce Campbell' he walks by, makes eye contact, and gives me the 'sup nod. It's actually Bruce. He lives nearby. My drunk starstruck a** is stunned into silence. He gets a table with some women he comes in with. I try to play it cool, but I'm sure my furtive glances are noticed."
"My group continues pounding drinks and somehow manages to leave him alone. I wish I could tell you he came over and partied with us, but the truth is he left after 90 minutes, as he probably recognized the vibe was going to shift to him at some point. I didn't slobber on him, and that's probably for the best. My wife saved the progressively drunker voicemails I left about seeing 'brooscamblll.' Fun time."
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"Keanu Reeves, we'll go motorcycling."
"Keanu was my pick too, but since I don't know how to ride a motorcycle, I figured we'd just go do something good like go volunteer at one of those pet adoption events or give people free ice cream or something."
Long live Keanu.
We love you Keanu.
Does it Fit?Happy Jeff Goldblum GIF by Apartments.comGiphy
"Clothes shopping with Jeff Goldblum. I can imagine he'd be so positive and share his style too so overall would be a great hang."
In the Track
"David Gilmour (Pink Floyd). Would love to sit and talk and play guitar. He’d teach me some stuff. Now that would be a great day."
"I was Gilmour in a decently popular Floyd tribute band. We played Shine On You Crazy Diamond as our opener every night. I can substitute for him in a pinch if you don’t hear from him. In all seriousness, no one else sits 'in the track' as far as spatial awareness and attack as Gilmour has. Ever."
"We can talk about Clapton, page, and Jimi soaring above the mix and right in your face, but no one ever knows exactly when to play, what and how to play like David. His genius is in the spaces. It took so long to realize that gear isn’t going to get the job done alone."
"Chase Utley. I feel like I can call him Chase because he and I are so alike. I'd like to meet him one day, it would be great to have a catch. I know I can't throw as fast as him but I think he’d be impressed with my speed. I love his hair, he runs fast. Did he have a good relationship with his father? Me neither."
"These are all things we can talk about and more. I know he hasn’t been getting my letters because I know he would write back if he did. I hope he writes back this time, and we can become good friends. I am sure our relationship would be a real homerun!"
"Bryan Cranston. We spent the day with him pretending to be my dad. He makes me breakfast. We play catch, and some board games, ice cream for lunch, and go on rides at West Edmonton Mall. Pizza for dinner. Then get drunk on shots at a dive bar where we swap work stories. It ends with him telling me he's proud of me then we never speak of it again to anyone. We are both old men so it will be ridiculous."
Just HangingHappy Stephen Colbert GIF by The Late Show With Stephen ColbertGiphy
"Pedro Pascal. I wanna take him hiking. I don't know why, he just seems like he'd be a fun hiking buddy. Then we can hit a diner in the middle of nowhere and have the best food of our lives because an old lady runs the place and uses all her family recipes."
Pedro is the future.
Who wouldn't want to spend the day with him?
Well, dear readers, who would you want to spend the day with?
CW: Assault and abuse.
Everyone loves a good true crime mystery.
The number of documentaries and podcasts reporting on murder and mass madness has tripled over the years.
People still make Dateline NBC, 20/20, and 48 Hours must-see TV.
Some cases should be too brutal to watch.
Yet we can't help ourselves.
We just can't seem to get enough.
Redditor Electrical-Lemon187 wanted to discuss the true-life horror stories that keep us all awake at night, so they asked:
"What crime was so brutal you get chills just thinking about it?"
The following piece may be too much for some people.
The details are definitely NC-17.
"The murder of James Bulger, an English 2-year-old abducted, tortured, and murdered in 1993 by two 10-year-old boys. I can't get that sh*t out of my head."
"I remember this popping up on Reddit again some point after I had my little boy. He was almost 3 at the time, and I couldn’t sleep that night imagining that happening to my little guy. That and Albert fish, I was so f**ked after hearing the full morbid podcast on it I hugged my son an obscene amount of times that day."
Who are they?
"Really, really upset me more than a lot of others for some reason."
"Although it is almost certain that the murderer(s) can no longer be identified, all authors of the report [2007, very detailed] independently agreed on who the main suspect in the case was. However, his name was not mentioned out of consideration for his descendants. I don’t know how I feel about that choice."
"The David Parker Ray's murders. The transcript of the tape he played for his victims was one of the hardest things I've ever read."
"The worst part (in my opinion) is that on the FBI’s website, they have pages and pages of pictures of his trophies. Hundreds of photos of items that they believe belonged to women he tortured."
"None of the photos are of gore just items like pins and earrings. FBI’s photos It pains me that each of those items belong to someone who suffered the unimaginable. There is a large amount of Native American-made jewelry, Harley Davidson memorabilia, and even a medical alert bracelet."
"Not the most brutal I've heard of, but one that affected my parents heavily. In Pennsylvania 20ish years ago, a man had his head blown off on live TV. 2 bank robbers put an explosive collar on a friend's neck, then made him rob a bank or they'd blow him up."
"Police catch and begin to arrest him, but he warns police about the bomb. Police wait for a bomb squad/orders on what to do, and reporters show up and start recording. Then the 2 robbers see their 'friend' on the news, and hit the detonator before he gives them away."
One Dark Night
"Susan Powell and her children destroy me. Her husband axed the two boys and set the house on fire and they all died. Susan had gone missing a year(s?) earlier and it’s just figured at this point the husband did it but her body was never found. Horrific."
"Agreed. This makes me sick to my stomach."
"Physically ill. We all know what he did to his wife and kids but I get sick when I think about the fact they dated. They had everyday interactions. They spent years together. Years of conversations, jokes, intimacy, etc… and for him to brutally murder them all one night? Especially because people knew him as this passive guy. Really f**ks me up."
What is wrong with the world?
How do some people become such monsters?
"Everything surrounding Jonestown. Once as a kid I caught a documentary about it on PBS, just straight over the antennae TV at maybe 8 pm and it was one of the most graphic things I've ever seen on TV."
"I listened to most of the tapes and they are a hard listen. I go wrong with trying to put myself in that place during the whole ordeal of living in Jonestown. The sad, climatic end to life there, as told through the death tape... it's very horrific. What's crazy is that there are still questions surrounding that awful day in November."
"The death tape was edited, notice that it goes from killing the children to Jim Jones announcing that they performed a mass suicide. Morbid curiosity would want me to know what happened during the whole ordeal. Then there's the day after tape, where it sounds like a man and a woman are watching a news report on the murders. Where did that come from and who recorded it? It's very strange and we may never know the answers or the full story."
"The Vegas shooting. It's hard to imagine being in a killing field, I wouldn't know where to hide or run. Stuff like that creeps me the f**k out because nutbags seem to be everywhere."
"I was just in Vegas in March. I smoked some weed for the first time in years because hey it's Vegas and it's legal. I sat in the chair that looked out of my hotel window and could NOT imagine what that would be like."
"When we walked towards Mandalay Bay later on that evening the feeling of dread hit me so hard that my wife and I turned around. Being a little high didn't help but either way, it felt like Vegas was acting like it didn't even happen. So wild."
Take the Bus
"As a New Yorker, I get chills every time I see a story about some crazy person just shoving a random person onto the subway tracks, for no apparent reason. I've seen footage and security camera video, and the person is just standing there, minding their own business, and some psycho just jumps up and shoves them onto the tracks for no reason at all."
"Kids too. and if not for fast-acting well-meaning strangers, these people would have been killed instantly. In one video, the little girl was saved by a whisker. Gives me the creeps that there are psycho's out there that do these sorts of things."
The OG Evil
"I know this is bland, but Ted Bundy, how the hell did he manage to get away with 99% of the murders he committed."
"Just imagine being around back then. He escaped during one of his trials and during the manhunt to find him he murders people. It must've been such a crazy time."
"Absolutely, and the fact he was charming made people think no more of him, and that was one his best perks, the fact he could lure you so easily is what made him such an effective killer."
Ted Bundy will never not be a part of the conversations surrounding the worst of the worst.
This list will kill my sweet dreams forever.
All of us have found ourselves forced to lie at some point in our lives.
In most cases, it's been just a little white lie that didn't lead to any serious repercussions and may have even spared the feelings of others.
Other people's lies, however, end up causing unexpected ripple effects, making an already bad situation even worse.
Of course, lying is something of a gift, as some people's lies are as clear to detect as the nose on their faces.
While some people are so good at lying, they manage to have everyone fooled for the rest of their lives.
Some of these lies are so spectacular, that they've even earned a place in the history books.
"What is the most successful lie in history?"
They Couldn't Detect It For Years
"Have you ever heard of a radar detector?"
"How about a radar detector detector, which the police use to see if you have a detector?"
"Ever wonder how they work?"
"I mean, a radar detector is a receiver, how could the police possibly know you have one?"
"Until recently, practically every radio used a concept called superheterodyne."
"Basically there’s a tiny radio transmitter in your receiver, that signal is mixed with the one from the antenna and the result is what your receiver tunes to."
"It's one of the most important inventions of the 20th century, and you most likely never heard of it."
"The problem is that sometimes the tiny transmitter is poorly shielded and some of it leaks back out the antenna."
"If you know what that 'intermediate frequency' is you can listen for it."
"The Escort radar detectors, which were super-popular in the 80's, leaked like a sieve.""Presto, radar detector detectors."
"Takeaway: if you know what you're looking for, you can actually detect someone else's radio receiver."
"In 1942 RAF planes began using VHF radar to look for German submarines leaving port in France at night."
"All of a sudden they were getting sunk en mass."
"The Germans were familiar with other British radars working around this frequency and were able to find the new radar's frequency around August."
"They built a receiver, Metox, which was tuned to this frequency."
"When a plane using this radar was anywhere in the area, Metox would play a sound into the radio operator's headphones."
"By October most of the fleet had it and the RAF pilots were returning with stories about how the uboats would always dive as soon as they turned toward them to attack."
"But the RAF had prepared for this moment, they knew it was only a matter of time before the Germans found the frequency."
"Earlier two grad students had come up with a new device called the magnetron that produced very strong radio signals from a device the size of a breadbox."
"And the signal was REALLY short, about 10 cm, whereas their older radars were 150."
"So Metox was completely incapable of 'hearing' it, it was tuned way too far from the frequency of the new signal."
"They rushed the new system into production and the first sets started arriving just in time for the uboat campaign to start up again in spring when the weather got better."
"By March it was clear to the Germans something was up."
"Their boats were getting sunk en mass again, and the ones that escaped attack said there was no warning on their detectors."
"They tried everything to detect the new signal, but they just couldn’t find it."
"This was because they were missing one extremely important bit of electronics, the crystal detector, and simply couldn’t hear the signals no matter how hard they tried."
"And now the lie."
"Knowing something was up, uboats were on high alert all the time."
"One got lucky and shot down its attacker, and captured the crew."
"During interrogation they asked why they could no longer detect the radar."
"The pilot told them they no longer used radar. Instead, he claimed, they had a receiver for Metox and under perfect conditions they could pick it up 90 miles away."
"They only turned on the radar at the last minute for range measurements so they knew when to drop the depth charges."
"By that time the U-boat was too busy exploding to notice."
"The Germans didn’t believe him, but it was technically possible, once can indeed make a receiver to detect your receiver."
"And Metox was known to be 'leaky', as it was deliberately built quick and cheap from a pre-war French radio set."
"So they built their own Metox receiver in the lab, and sure enough, they could detect it."
"So then they put it on a plane and detected one of their boats 60 miles away."
"Orders were sent out to all boats: turn off Metox."
"And so not only did the RAF get to keep using their fancy new magnetron radar without the Germans even trying to detect it, but then they turned off their perfectly good Metox detectors and all the RAF planes with the older radar suddenly started working again too!"
"And THAT is the greatest lie ever."
"By the end of June, the uboat fleet was on the bottom of the ocean."
"This was not due entirely to this trick, there were a number of things that all arrived at almost the same time that did it."
"It was the combination of the new radars, huff-duff, larger numbers of frigates dedicated to the taskand the lack of any detectors on the uboats that made even the old radars work again all arrived within two months."
"And that was that."
"The Germans finally figured it out some time around November. November!"
"Apparently the pilot made the whole thing up on his own."
"This little white lie helped open the Atlantic to the convoys of 1943 that led to the end of Italy’s involvement and ultimately dday."- maurymarkowitzPoint Pointing GIF by Sarah & DuckGiphy
Elizabeth Taylor Had Us All Fooled
"That diamonds are valuable."
"Made one family really really rich though lol."
"Gotta love how many people try to defend their artificially inflated value."
"Just shows how well the lie continues to work lol."- sfPanzer
All Talk, NO Truth
"Frank Abagnale Jr., the inspiration for 'Catch me If You Can', apparently wasn’t as big of a con man that the movie leads you to believe."
'He conned people into thinking he was a bigger con man than he actually was."- rickejohn
Surveillance, Or Just Profiling?
"'We are using mass surveillance to help catch terrorists'."- Salty_Cantaloupe4926Giphy
All It Takes Is One Click
"'I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the above Terms and Conditions'."- SuvenPan
Maybe Not A Lie, But Pretty Misleading
"Iceland and Greenland."- Technical_Put_9173
...Might Have To Think About This One...
"I before E except after C."
"Unless your foreign neighbor Keith offers you eight counterfeit sleighs from feisty caffeinated weightlifters."
"Weird."- BigJDizzleMaNizzlesNicksplat Nickelodeon GIF by Hey ArnoldGiphy
It's Easy To Believe Most Rumors...
"In the 90s kids spread the rumor that Marilyn Manson had a rib removed so he could suck his own d*ck."
"We spread this rumor across the entire country without the use of cell phones or the internet."- Solid_Science4514
They Really Weren't The Least Bit Suspicious?
"Trojan horse comes to mind."- riphitter
All ISN'T Fair In Politics...
"That lobbying isn't just bribery with extra steps."- fentownCorruption Lobbying GIF by Transparency InternationalGiphy
There's No Way Of Knowing
"One that we'll never know was a lie."- Rare_Cause_1735
Oldest One In The Book...
"It's not you, its me"- read110
It's All In The Balance...
"That fat is harmful to your diet."
"That was just false information."
"And by trying to replace fats with sugar, obesity became an epidemic."- Mangobonbon
Some lies are easily spotted from miles away.
Others are so convincing, the world will never know they were duped.
I love famous people.
I've met quite a few and have had overall great experiences.
I think they enjoyed me as well.
There is a level of fame though that can change the game.
Some celebrities are just too high on the list to meet without your knees buckling.
If I cross paths with Adele, my life is over.
And I'm ok with that.
Redditor mymiddlenameswyatt wanted to hear about all of the famous people run-ins we've had, so they asked:
"Who's the most famous person you've ever met?"
I once hit LL Cool J with a video camera while being an extra on set. And nobody could've been kinder.
He just laughed it off. Thanks LL.
Sporty HarryDaniel Radcliffe Chaos GIF by The Roku ChannelGiphy
"Daniel Radcliffe worked out at my universities rec center for about a month because his girlfriend used to work at the rec back in her college days. They were in town visiting her family."
"My wife was a PA on a Bollywood movie filming in Chicago years ago. I met this dude Amir Khan at a party and he ended up inviting me over to his temporary condo a bunch to basically be his drinking buddy. I think he enjoyed the fact that I didn't really appreciate how famous he was and just talked to him like a normal guy, because he's basically like the Tom Cruise of India."
"Ringo Starr. He and his wife were my passengers on a flight many years ago. They were both awesome!"
"Ringo will always be my favorite Beatle. Not because of anything in real life but in this weird a** druggie movie featuring the Beatles there was this weird looking guy and Ringo was the only one who wanted to be his friend."
Sir Yes Sir
"I met Tom Cruise way back in the Days of Thunder era when I worked event security. I was 19 he was easily the most recognizable famous person I'd dealt with and was a fan of at the time. I kept calling him Sir while escorting him to the sky box at a stadium. He told me if I called him Sir one more time he was going to deck me."
"To which I immediately said 'Yes Sir, Tom Sir, sorry Sir, sorry tom, Sir Tom, sorry' he stopped gave me a tap on my shoulder flashed that smile and laughed his a** off. Somewhere I have a autograph he had passed back to me addressed to sir from Sir."
HOLLER!!Carol Burnett GIF by Golden GlobesGiphy
"Carol Burnett. I even asked her to do the Tarzan yell, and she did!"
"That's awesome. I've always liked her but that definitely moves the peg up the board."
I love Carol. How could one not?
I KnowHappy Star Wars GIFGiphy
"I met Carrie Fisher at Comic Con once. She gave me a big hug and I told her I loved her. She said, 'I know.' I got to pet her dog."
On the Job
"Alice Cooper at the Quiznos I was working at."
"The woman he was with wanted a sandwich. But he only wanted to empty our cookie rack. He got like 10-12 of em lol."
"Apparently I just missed Stephen King one day at another job."
"And I worked on Halle Barry's garage door once. But she wasn't even in town at the time."
The Good Guy
"Kobe was a regular at a restaurant I worked at. He was super nice and very engaging. It was a counter service place, which usually had a line out the door on weekends. He would sign autographs and take pictures with anyone who asked while he waited in line. I once offered to bring his food out to the back door so he didn't have to deal with all the fans. He declined, said it was all part of the job, basically. Super good dude, so sad he is gone."
"Ben Affleck... I met him like 10 years in Las Vegas. He came up to the bar and just sit down right beside me. We talked for a few minutes. He was asking me about what I was studying in college. I never let on that I knew who he was. He got up and told me to keep being kind to people and study hard and get that degree. When I got up to leave the bartender told me that Mr. Affleck paid for my drinks. Super nice guy.
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"Sylvester Stallone. Due to the circumstance I had to pretend it was totally normal to be chatting with Rocky. He was very chill and professional, and he acted as though he didn't know he was 10000x richer and more famous than anyone else on that set."
Famous people... they're just like us. Well, mostly!
Do you have any amazing experiences to share? Let us know in the comments.