Reddit user Alynatek asked: 'What is a weird flex you are proud of?'
Whether we want to think so or not, we all have something to be proud of.
We've all accomplished something or are good at something that we can easily say not everyone can do.
But some of those abilities might be a little more strangely received than others.
Curious and ready to side-eye, Redditor Alynatek asked:
"What is a weird flex you are proud of?"
"I’ve finished three chapsticks in a row without losing them."
"I went viral and got a million+ views on YouTube in 2007 for a silly rap about the Nintendo Wii I made out of boredom, before that was a common thing, and before there were ads on YouTube."
"My video was featured on the front page of YT, on 'Attack of the Show,' and at Nintendo's E3 press conference that year, and was one of the first hundred videos available on the iPhone (since iOS didn't support Flash video at the time)."
"And while I felt like the coolest kid in town and at my campus for a period, I made exactly $0 for it."
True Crime in Real Life
"I have survived a murder attempt and a run-in with a literal serial killer."
"In college, my roommate was the RA (Residential Assistant), and a mentally unstable student tried to kill him with cyanide. I got dose strong enough to kill but a sub in my first class of the morning was a nurse and she's the only reason I'm alive."
"I also had a run-in with Derek Todd Lee when he was active in Baton Rouge."
"I'm mostly shocked that the murder attempt and the serial killer encounter were two different stories."
Any Creative's Dream
"One of my favorite composers, Chris Christodoulou, responded to an email I sent him asking for feedback on a cover I did of his track, 'The Rain Formerly Known As Purple.'"
"It was a lengthy and insightful response, and it really did make the six months of working on it all worthwhile."
A Complete Turnaround
"After 30 years of being a couch potato, I started running in my fifties. 11 months later, I did a half marathon in a decent time for someone half my age."
Imitation Is the Highest Form of Praise
"I can mimic the sounds of birds, get all the birds in the area to start singing, and even get them to seek out the 'big bird.' It's kinda funny to have them completely change their song when they realize I am not a bird, almost screeching at me sometimes (especially catbirds)."
Avoiding the Sock Gods
"I'm 35 and my socks never came out unpaired out of the washing machine!"
"You are either making stuff up or are cheating by having only one foot."
"I light up a candle for the socks gods every time I load the washing machine."
The Joy Is in the Journey
"I walked from Mexico to Canada once."
Kicking Some Cancer Butt
"I'm CURED (not just remission) of what could be considered the most 'aggressive' type cancer known to man (most aggressive is not to be confused with most deadly). Either way, I'm still alive, b***hes!"
"Congratulations! I have metastatic colon cancer. They were able to remove most of the tumors but there are metastases that are not operable. After a huge surgery, terrible chemo, and three hospitalizations, a few weeks ago, they told me that the disease is stable, so for now I'm still here."
"I'm doing sports again, and I can eat and drink normally!"
Breaking Generational Cycles
"I'm not an addict and my kids (age eight) have never been in foster care or involved with child protective services."
"I come from a long line of addicts... and though I don't have a high-paying job, I do work and provide above and beyond what my parents ever did, without government aid."
"I'm also nine years sober from hard drugs."
"I broke the cycle."
The Best Shrimp and Grits
"I can turn my arm all the way around 360 degrees, and I make some of the best shrimp and grits you’ll ever have."
"Now I know why my shrimp and grits never turn out right. I’ve been facing the stove."
Increasing the Number of People Who Will Try This
"I can squeeze my butt cheeks so tight it cracks my tailbone like cracking your knuckles."
"A weird flex, BUTT okay."
One of the Greats
"My class was working on a short film together with professionals, and I was an editor."
"I got to work with the original editor of 'Lego Ninjago,' seasons one through three, on my class short film."
Swimming the Gap
"I swam the gap between Sicily and mainland Italy."
"I just climbed the stairs from the ground level to floor three, and I only got a little bit winded. I'm probably ready for this."
"Undefeated seven- and eight-year-old little league baseball coach!"
"Especially proud because I was given what they thought was a castaway squad. Our tactics were non-conventional, but we freaking crushed it!"
While some of these weird flexes were indeed weird or unexpected, some of these were genuinely shocking or impressive.
A fun goal to have in life is to come up with a fun fact about yourself that could start a conversation with nearly anyone, and some of these Redditors have certainly achieved that.
Accomplishments prove we tried to do something and did something.
A little flex every now and again doesn't hurt.
I did this.
I tried this.
It proves we lived.
Just don't be arrogant about your success, but sometimes you want to show off just a little.
Redditor vjts87 wanted to hear about what everyone feels they deserve to brag about, so they asked:
"What’s the weirdest flex you have?"
I brag about nothing.
Except that I can sing word for word every Whitney song.
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"I work the overnight shift and still get eight hours of uninterrupted quality sleep every day."
"I’ve been booed by 10,000 people at once. I know athletes and celebrities have been booed by more people, but I’m neither. I was randomly picked out of the crowd at an NBA game to attempt a 3-point shot, to win everyone a free pizza. I bricked it."
"At least you had a task that only lasted like maybe 10 seconds."
"I was at a radio concert in a venue that size with 6 big acts on the bill. In between acts, they had fans do karaoke. A mother-daughter team got tasked with 'Love Shack' and sh*t the bed hard. One of the DJs told the crowd to give them a round of applause and they got hit by a massive wave of boos."
"I got picked up in a white van as a child by a stranger to get a lift to somewhere 5 mins away, I was in the back off the van for half an hour, then they opened the door at the place I was trying to go. To this day I'm not sure but I think he changed his mind. The guy seemed nice enough at the time but, it was just such a strange experience to think back on, I was about 12ish I think at the time too so definitely old enough to have known better."
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"I can always pick the exact right size container to put leftovers in."
Knowing how to portion leftovers is a MIRACLE gift.
"I can get rid of hiccups on demand. Like without fail if I have hiccups I can just think about it and they go."
"A tree fell on me in 2021 and broke all my ribs, my spine, and popped both my lungs. I dragged myself out and survived long enough slowly drowning in my own blood (and internally bleeding out) to be found and get airlifted to a trauma ward. So I got almost as much metal grafted to my bones as wolverine though I don't flex much because I got so much metal making me rather stiff and rigid."
Kevin! Come back!
"I had to take an IQ test when I was being evaluated for ADHD and apparently I am in the 99th percentile in spatial reasoning. I can’t do math or talk good but I can pack the hell out of a suitcase!"
"This is actually an amazing skill to have! One of my old cooks was the same way. Quiet kid, very bright but not cut out for the restaurant industry. He loved being on prep for EXACTLY this reason. The fridge was never as organized, cleaned, labeled, dated, rotated and stocked properly unless it was he or I or one other person. I miss you Kevin! Come back!"subtxtcan
"I survived 9 heart attacks, before I turned 40. Have 4 stints following 3 angiograms and 1 open heart surgery with vein transfer... that failed... been in heart failure status for a year. But honestly I am healthier than I was a year ago. A year ago couldn't walk half a mile. Now can walk 3 miles without issue. Even survived covid this year after 2 years of isolating."
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"I have donated over 15 gallons of blood!"
"As someone whose life has been saved due to a blood donation: THANK YOU! I love you and hope others will take after your example."
Life is always full of flex. Embrace it.
Do you have anything to share? Let us know in the comments below.
Most of us were taught that nobody loves a braggart or a show off, but let's be honest: if we don't celebrate ourselves, who will?
Weirdly, the answer seems to be "strangers on the internet."
Reddit user tzhumanbean asked:
"What's your biggest flex?"
So listen, just for a minute, forget everything in you that wants to be humble. Toot your own horn. Brag about whatever seemingly-silly thing you're amazing at.
If you need some inspiration, Reddit will go first.
"You know the game at the carnival where you climb the wobbly rope ladder and ring the bell?"
"I've won it twice"
"Nice, I watched a mark rober video about that, and it's supposed to be near impossible because physics."
"The trick is to only have 1 hand and 1 foot on the ropes at any given time and said hand and foot need to be opposites. Get that technique down and you will win everytime."
"Or just walk directly up the center of the ladder on only your feet. That's how the people that run the game do it, and it was the only way I could do it as well. I've won twice that way."
"What’s the secret?"
"I kept my feet and hands close to the edges. I moves opposite legs and hands as close to the same time as possible. Near the top its very hard to balance so I sprinted/jumped for the bell."
"My grandad used to build space shuttles/spaceships."
"The company he worked for would send the spaceships to nasa. The company was doing a private time capsule thing where the workers could send their name to the moon on a piece of paper."
"My grandad wrote my name down, so i’m now on the moon."
"That is f*cking sweet!"
"Aw wow 🥺🥰"
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Rich In Stem
"When I donated bone marrow (stem cells) I had 6 times the normal amount."
"They ran the tests 3 times to confirm."
"You got more stem than a sunflower"
"So, you're like a potent human being?"
"Damn, leave some stems cells for the rest of us."
"You’re probably Force-sensitive and should seek a mentor from the Jedi Council."
"I can flex some muscle in my neck and make myself look like a croaking frog. It scares kids"
"Upvoted for scaring kids"
"flex within a flex"
"My 14 year old son does that to annoy me. Haha"
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Flick Some Cents
"I’m so good at flicking pennies (P E N N I E S) that I can flick them into peoples pockets without them knowing."
"Dude one of my friends is a phenom at flicking pennies. We worked together 18 years ago at my first professional job. He was the underachiever of underachievers, super capable guy but he was purposefully lazy and pretended to be incompetent so nobody would ask him to do anything."
"One day I caught him flicking pennies across the facility, hitting random people in the head from afar just to cause a stir. He could do it so stealthily that nobody else could tell where they were coming from, but I caught him. I wasn't technically in management at the time, but I was the designated engineer for that department, so I had to talk to him about it. For months leading up to me catching him, we had an ongoing phenomenon of "magic pennies" appearing randomly around the facility. Everywhere you looked, there was a random penny. Friggin' everywhere. This was a high tech facility in the medical field, so random pennies laying around isn't a good look... Management was getting aggravated by it."
"Hey, that's a neat trick... How long you been doing it?"
" 'A long time' *Big Smile*"
"As a friend, I have to ask you to stop."
"Ok, ok, but I have one penny left and it's going to be a one in a million shot."
"Damnit... You need to promise it'll stop. The flicking and the random pennies everywhere, I don't want you getting fired over it and there's a lot of eyebrows getting raised right now."
"He flicked that penny through the air right as one of the warehouse guys was driving through on a tugger (it's like half golf cart, half fork truck). The penny popped the driver right above the ear with an audible WHACK. The driver jerked, turning the tugger and crashing it into three large material hoppers and busting a water line off the side of a machine. This caused 4 production lines to get halted and maintenance called in for about 4 hours of downtime."
"I wrestled with it but ultimately said nothing. The warehouse guy said a wasp must have got him and he did not get in trouble at all. My friend stopped flicking pennies after that."
"Sorry for the long story, I type super fast and it gets away from me at times..."
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"In the 4th grade I won one if my countries biggest math competitions. I can also lick my elbow"
"The duality of man"
"Not gonna lie I'm more impressed with the elbow licking. Like how the fuck? Do you have a really long tongue or weird ass ligaments or something?"
"I’m more impressed by that too."
"I actually tried. Could not lick my elbow. Impressive."
The Flex We Need
"I’m a marine biologist and my research has been used in the conservation of both sea turtles and whales."
"That’s the nicest flex on this thread, solely because I have been obsessed with whales ever since I was born. I love talking to marine biologists and expanding my knowledge as well as knowing what I can do to keep whales safe and happy! Thank you for your work!"
"I’m happy that I get to do this work. It’s not all unicorns and rainbows, but it’s pretty cool."
"real life super hero! keep up the good work"
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Kicking Some Serious Behind
"I kicked cancer’s ass"
"Now that's a flex that everyone is happy about"
"So proud of you!💪 hope i can achieve this as well soon"
"F*cking fair play mate, as we would say in my part of the world."
"well done mate."
"Long live you! 👑"
"Throwaway here, I come from former meth addicts. I say "former" because my dad hasn't been using while in prison and my mother is disabled with a heart condition."
"I got a full tuition ride in undergrad, and I'm starting grad school @ Tufts this fall :)"
"Edit: Thank you all so much for your kindness! You guys made me cry. My acceptance was after some time working in human welfare, and being selected to assist in the creation of U.S. policy regarding health initiatives with the feds. I wish I could tell you all more, but I can't be too specific."
"But really, thank you. I'm doing the best I can with what I have, and I'm grateful for all the support. :)"
"Wow, well done! Just from an internet stranger to another, I felt proud of you while reading this comment and I'm genuinely excited for your future."
"That’s awesome! you’ll enjoy Tufts, it’s a great school and fairly fun location."
"That’s where I go! Incredible school, great community, you’ll love it!"
"Going into my 17th year teaching high school physics."
"I would bet money that 75% of all students I've taught would put me in their top 3 favorite teachers of all time."
"What is it about physics teachers? They were always the coolest, in grade-school and in college..."
"My physics teacher in high school used to play Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and stuff from Dr Demento while we were taking tests. He'd randomly quiz us on song names and lyrics for bonus points."
"We had an amazing physics teacher who is a legend, such a hard working dude, used to be very patient with us. After two years of teaching our class, we gifted him an Armani watch which costed like 2400$."
"Did you bring in your collection of electric guitars, dismantled and have us reassemble the pickups while you lectured about electromagnetism and how strumming induced current?"
"That was an amazing day, thank you Mr. Holzwarth!"
"Thank you for your hardwork!!"
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Feeling more inspired to jump in on the participation trophy tsunami? C'mon. You know you want to.
Can you play a dope rendition of Stairway to Heaven on a kazoo? Did you save the day by finding the stray red sock in the load of whites BEFORE you started the wash? What about the time you managed to get all your bra hooks into their holes behind your back on the first try without fidgeting?
Flex your flexiest flex, fam.
There has been a significant amount of criticism of the way Amazon gets packages delivered to customers, but a recent tweet from Ice-T brings a new problem to light.
The multi-talented performer tweeted last night about a recent package delivery that used Amazon's Flex delivery service.
The service utilizes the work of independent contractors to deliver packages.
Unfortunately, Amazon does not provide any sort of uniform or other identifying items for these contractors.
This leads to what seems like a random stranger approaching someone's house. If the package is a small one, it may not even be visible to the home's resident.
If the package is larger, that still doesn't necessarily prevent misunderstandings. Given how common package theft is, it isn't unlikely that someone may mistake a delivery driver for a package thief.
Ice-T cites the recent delivery as an example of the problem with not identifying delivery drivers.
@FINALLEVEL I called @Amazon about this general concern too! Thanks for tweeting this.— IrritatedWoman (@IrritatedWoman) 1558538818.0
@AmazonHelp responded to Ice-T's tweet with what seems very much like an automated response.
@FINALLEVEL Thanks for reaching out with your feedback! I'd like to escalate this to our Logistics Team for review;… https://t.co/nJQWPPRMhB— Amazon Help (@Amazon Help) 1558461180.0
People were... less than satisfied with the communication, and with the efforts made toward driver safety.
@AmazonHelp @FINALLEVEL Amazon has hired robots for social media and people off the streets for deliveries. Shouldn… https://t.co/6AxxoTEmXc— Steve Hughes (@Steve Hughes) 1558545041.0
@AmazonHelp @edgarwright @FINALLEVEL Lol. Can't get a much more generic reply then that. I think I've heard this xe… https://t.co/QPoANdQZ0k— Jacob Sawyer (@Jacob Sawyer) 1558592631.0
@CarrieLGarner @AmazonHelp @FINALLEVEL I see that you're trying, but clearly @AmazonHelp lacks common sense in ensu… https://t.co/DUcgCiCmlU— Nahla (Like the movie) (@Nahla (Like the movie)) 1558476652.0
There were those who said people should just track their packages with the app (including the Senior Vice President of Operations at Amazon).
Aside from some people being too busy to do this, one user made a good point.
@AmazonHelp @FINALLEVEL When you order a package, yes you can track it. But when receiving a gift, not so much. M… https://t.co/C4OAdNJ5Xq— Patricia Frey (@Patricia Frey) 1558553276.0
Several people offered solutions as well.
@AmazonHelp @FINALLEVEL @JeffBezos gig economy keeps profit w/company but places the risk attaining it elsewhere.… https://t.co/ZCcGFNEEop— grabandgoKit (@grabandgoKit) 1558585665.0
@farnorthsider @davehclark @FINALLEVEL The vest could say “Independent Contract Driver for Amazon” that would clear… https://t.co/VI0zRqfzfe— Tabitha Odell (@Tabitha Odell) 1558590654.0
@FINALLEVEL Not for exactly the same reason, but I agree - a shirt, vest, ID badge... something to indicate they ar… https://t.co/2BOhxnjJaz— /grego (@/grego) 1558614986.0
While not everyone is armed, possibly being shot is not the only potential problem facing delivery drivers. Much of the problem does stem from customers not feeling safe, though.
Most folks would be a little creeped out by a random person approaching their house with no sort of identification.
The drivers are independent contractors, but that doesn't mean that there is no way to identify them as delivering for Amazon. Even a decal or magnet for a vehicle, and a hat for the driver themselves, would go a long way toward preventing misunderstandings.