I definitely don't endorse gossiping. Do it all you want, just keep me out of it. Like many people though, while I definitely don't like being involved in drama, I get a vicarious thrill from hearing about it. Hearing juicy gossip is like watching an actual soap opera unfold in your own town. It's truly something.
It turns out that people are sitting on all sorts of secrets.
We heard some of them after Redditor jonhart989 asked the online community,
"What's some juicy gossip you just found out in your personal lives?"
"One student a few years back..."
"I teach kindergarten! One student a few years back was acting off, super hyper and behaving in ways she never had. When asked if she had taken her peanut butter at home (code for her ADHD medicine, as it was administered in a spoonful of peanut butter), she told us that her mom sold all of her peanut butter to some guy in their trailer park named Steve."
Oh dear. This tells you a lot about the environment that young girl lives in.
"I've heard so many stories."
"Hairdresser here, I've heard so many stories. People truly tell their personal business to their hairdressers as if we're therapists."
"Had a client, sweet middle aged woman, she brought up Scientology. Having heard and watched that show about it I went in about it. "Oh they're absolutely crazy, blah blah blah..." And, she blurts out that her son is a Scientologist."
"I wanted to sink into the floor, then had to backtrack and, agree about all of these "nice" things that they do and how, yeah, you're right, DEFINITELY not a cult. Yikes."
It's totally a cult.
Shame she doesn't see it.
"A local CEO..."
"A local CEO of a telecom company secretly disappears every winter for two weeks. He doesn't tell anyone where he goes. He's married and has children. One of my department's paramedics is gay and goes on gay cruises in the Caribbean. He spotted the CEO on one of the cruises during one of his disappearances."
That Atlantis Cruise sure wakes up people's inner desires, doesn't it?
"The mayor's wife..."
"The mayor's wife cheated on him with a member of the town council and then they got into a fist fight during a council meeting."
This is definitely juicy! Well, the whole town definitely found out what was up after that!
"My friend just dropped out of university to become an escort. He's happier, apparently."
Hey, if they are, more power to them!
Sex work is real work.
"My parents aren't going to lend out anymore..."
"That my brother asked my mom for a $1000 for rent, she gave him $1400 so he could also pay back a loan. Then he turned around and also asked my dad for $1000 for rent which he also gave him. He then turned around and used the money to buy tickets to Burning Man."
"My parents aren't going to lend out anymore money without talking to each other first."
I find it odd that a spouse wouldn't bring up that they'd lent money to someone...
"I just found out..."
"I just found out my neighbour has been having an affair with another one of my neighbours and the kids figured it out."
Nancy Drew and the Oh No Our Parents Are Banging.
"My ex after one week of being single started dating this SoundCloud rapper and now she’s pregnant with twins. We’re still in our teens."
But do his songs slap, tho?
Seriously, though, this is a wild ride.
"My dad is having an affair..."
"My dad is having an affair. Just found out 30 mins ago. Mom is devastated although I had my suspicions. They've been married for 46 years. Dad is 73."
This is so heartbreaking, especially after such a long marriage.
"That my uncle..."
"That my uncle left my auntie for the phone sex line worker he was calling for the last three years."
This is somehow so existentially sad...
There's no doubt that if you prick up your ears, you'll hear something juicy. Just don't gossip yourself. It definitely won't end well.
If there was one thing every high school has in common, it's gossip.
Be it about two students who were secretly dating, a teacher who was up to no good behind the scenes, or that the girls bathroom on the lower level was haunted, every high school had their share of outrageous rumors.
But, did any of the truly unbelievable rumors from your high school actually turn out to be true?
Redditor Sam_21000 was eager to know of any high school gossip previously assumed to be fiction but later proven to be fact, leading them to ask:
"What was 'the big rumor' in your high school, did turn out to be true?"
Poaching the best atheletes
"Athletics coordinator was fudging documents on kids’ addresses so they would be able to go to our school instead of others in the district."
"We won like five state championships that year."- SL1Fun
That's "Doctor" to you!
"'Dr' Palermo, the band teacher never received his doctorate in music like he claimed."
"It was weird, he use to force all his students to address him as 'Dr', but when he came back from his leave of absence we all called him by 'Mr' like nothing happened."- googlyevileye
An underground operation!
"When I was a freshman some seniors were counterfeiting money."
"This was around 2004-05."
"They made some pretty convincing bills and spent them around town (including the school cafeteria)."
"That year I learned that the secret service has a counterfeit investigations department."- DLun203
Not fit to be a teacher
"That one of the English teachers used to physically assault kids."
"No one believed it because he was elderly and very kind."
"One day he told our class that back in the 80s when he was teaching any time a kid got mouthy or started a fight in his classroom he would pick them up physically and throw them out of his class."
"He gave a kid a concussion once because he bounced his head off a locker."
"They sent him to anger management classes but he stayed teaching at the school until his retirement."- dopiesarmy
Horrible acts never to be erased
"Not nearly as exciting as some of the replies, but at my old high school I was always told that if you go to school after dark, in certain conditions you'd see a bunch of swastikas painted on the brick walls of the building."
"I thought it was fake bc 'if they're really painted on there why cant you see them at all times'.
"One night I stayed late for an art club meeting."
"We were studying photo exposure and playing with some light tubes to make cool pictures, so we were having the meeting outside in the dark."
"As we were messing around I approached the building from a certain angle and saw them."
"Idk if it was spray paint that got scrubbed off and left some kind of residue/chemical on the bricks, or if someone sprayed them with clear coat or something, but there were very obviously swastikas on the wall."- CliffLanterns
The line that should never be crossed.
"That the English teacher had been sleeping with students."
"I found out when I was a freshman in 2008."
"Fast forward 8 years later, the chemistry teacher got caught and decided to bring the English teacher down with him to get some heat off his back."
"A total of three teachers went to jail."- backyardkinny
21 Jump Street?
"That a new student was actually a police officer."
"He was and the idiots were busted for selling drugs."- LilMissStormCloud
A truly heartbreaking story
"There was an 18-year-old freshman who was pregnant, and there was a joke spread that this was her 4th kid."
"They said she was first pregnant at 12 years old and that was why she never finished 9th grade."
"I actually made friends with her because we both walked the mile in PE, and I felt bad that people were spreading this rumor and making fun of someone who obviously is trying to better themselves for their baby."
"Well, turns out, it was actually her 5th kid."
"She had one set of twins at the age of 13."
"Then at 14 she was trying to be a mother of 2 and finish 9th grade, but she got pregnant again and dropped out."
"I realize now that the entire situation was very concerning."
"I hope she got some guidance."- zapsquad
A hard lesson learned, which he can continue to teach
"That an english teacher was using heroin."
"It’s pretty sad actually."
"He was just a regular guy who destroyed his knee."
"So after surgery he got painkillers, got hooked on them, and then eventually started using heroin."
"Nobody really believed it until he abruptly went on leave."
"He was gone for most of the school year and when he eventually got sober and came back, he told his story to the students to try to show them how dangerous that stuff is, and confirmed everything to be true."- Mirraco323
Who did they think they would fool?
"On a ski trip, the PhysEd teacher allegedly porked the science teacher."
"Someone saw him go in to her room in the middle of the night."
"They denied it but years later they got married."- PlanetOfTheAprons
How did he get the job in the first place?
"Coming into high school as a freshman, one of the first tips given to me was 'if any of your classes are taught by Mr. J, request a transfer out of that class immediately'."
"Luckily, I never had him as a teacher but a few of my close friends did."
"During my first year I heard he was a creep, touching girls in ways that made them uncomfortable, making weird comments, etc."
"I remember one day walking past his class with my friend, who had him as a teacher, and he yelled out to her 'why were you gone yesterday?', to which she replied 'it was my birthday, I’m 15 now!'"
"He winked at her and said 'so close to being 18!'"
"My friend and I turned the corner away from his classroom and stared at each other in disbelief."
"One day close to spring break we heard a rumor that his classroom had been mic’d up, and police were investigating him."
"I guess they found something, because Mr. J never returned after spring break."- fvcksoff
Rebellious at a depressingly young age
"Not in high school but in middle."
"There was a sixth grader on my friends bus who was vaping while on the bus."
"The faculty didn’t know who it was, so they called all kids on bus 2, the bus the kid was on, down to the office to question them like it was some police interview."
"Eventually, some kid tattled and the kids bag was searched, they ended up finding 7 vapes and a couple pocket knifes."
"About a month later there was another 6th grader, on the same bus but that’s not really relevant, who brought booze to the high school football game."
"No one knows how he got it, and he was taken in a cops car."
"That same kid also apparently set fire to a public bathroom but there was no proof and it was probably just a thing people were saying."- Remarkable-Rule-4423
What sort of "guidance" was she really offering?
"Guidance counselor, woman, sleeping with one of the drama students, boy."
"Rumored to be happening during high school and came out to be true after he graduated."
"She divorced her husband, and they were supposedly seeing each other for a time."- matty_the_demon
Let's hope she was dared to do this...
"That a girl named Victoria, in my grade but not my classes, put a hotdog in her hooter at a party."
"That tube of mystery meat broke off inside her and they had to remove it from inside her at the hospital."
"It was indeed true and she was called 'Icky Vicky' until graduation."- ReferenceOk7943
A loophole if there ever was one...
"That the daughter of the band teacher, born again Christian family, was all about anal because she needed to save her virginity for marriage."
"Apparently it was absolutely true."- fluffy_navel
Where do you even begin?
"That a dude was selling e-cigarettes."
"He was in second grade."- Diamondtrolis164
Barely even tried to hide it...
"One of the girls from my class was dating the biology teacher. "
"They were never explicit about it in school, but he had a clear favoritism for her during class, and after she graduated they let it out officially on Facebook."
"The bonus: the girl’s mother was our language teacher, so the girl was dating her mom’s coworker."- lenalc
"Freshman year, someone called a threat in."
"Someone said it was a fellow Freshman my friends and I were close to."
"Police raided his locker."
"Someone said they found a 'punch' list."
"Bout a week later he texts me."
"Apparently he called two upperclassmen girls stupid so they started the rumor to get back at him."
"Police figured it out cause their answers were rehearsed, scripted."
"They still tried to expel him."
"Nothin happened to the girls though."- YaHoomanFlame
The people they let teach children...
"One of the teachers called a student a disgrace because of the way he read a sentence."
"I was at school, 1st period, we had RS with a teacher that we will call Mr. A**hole."
"We were halfway through the lesson when Mr. A**hole called out one of my classmates to read to the class."
"This kid had a very strong accent so when he started reading, Mr. A**hole stopped him and called him a 'disgrace' for how he spoke."
"We told our form tutor what had happened but he still teaches us to this day."- TheManicCat2
At least not a rumor anyone should hide.
The big rumour was I will be a doctor and it came true."- Hungry-Theme-5031
It must be said, most rumors begin from an element of truth.
Even though I'm sure there are many people who still can't believe these rumors weren't just the work of devious children.
Secrets have a way of coming out.
No matter how hard someone with privileged information tries to suppress the truth, they almost always wind up spilling some serious tea.
At least that's how it unfolds on dramatic television.
Curious to hear about people in real life on the verge of "accidentally" slipping and revealing a secret, Redditor Redheadedthembo asked:
"What is your dirtiest secret you’re dying to tell someone?"
Some people's hygienic routines are better off unrevealed.
Bad Gag Reflex
"When I brush my teeth, I sometimes stick my toothbrush a little further down so I gag a little."
Two Functions In One
"I don’t shower, because I’m too tired."
Do Not Try This At Home
"I will just say bleaching your butthole is best left to professionals."
These Redditors seemed to have never let go of their active imaginations from childhood.
"That I talk to myself as soon as I know that I'm alone. I pretend that fictional characters I like are watching me and that they're listening to my conversations. I've been doing this ever since I was little and I actually don't know if this is normal or not lmao."
"When I was in high school, Me and my friend would write really random made up stories to each other in class. She would write a bit, than I added onto it, etc. One of our characters was a crocodile, for some weird reason. And she thought it was funny to just randomly write 'crocodile' in a textbook."
"I agreed it was funny (we were 15 and weird) and wrote the word "crocodile" in one of the toilets. We continued for a little bit, writing it here and there. Somehow, it caught on, other people started writing it everywhere, and it snowballed. it went from me writing the word crocodile really tiny in ballpoint pen on a toilet stall, to people vandalizing school property. At that point, I didn't find it funny anymore and wanted it to stop. But nobody could find out I was one of the ones who started it, because they threatened to expel if they ever found the person behind it. It went so far as the school principal threatening to question every person in school to find out if someone knew who started it. I was scared to death someone would find out, because I've always been a goodie two shoes. To this day, nobody outside of that friend knows I was involved, but I've always felt really guilty about starting it.
Some secrets are not harmful but can still be scandalous.
The Employee Who Crossed A Line
"I’m a delivery guy and I actually had that corny porn trope of sleeping with a customer come true. I can’t tell any of my co workers cause it WILL lead up to my boss and I fear I’ll lose my job about it. It was a few years ago now so maybe not, but I’m not really willing to take a chance on it"
Oral Spray Paint
"My fourteen year old has a new beau. He’s lovely. Yesterday they were riding in the back seat of my car. He was being polite & it’s clear he wants me to like him. He was eating those li’l neon orange peanuts butter crackers called Toasted Chee. Mid-bit he laughed & sprayed Toasted chee all over the front seat, the dash, the navigation system, my hair and my face… I had to act like I didn’t notice… And then reassure the poor kid 500 times that he didn’t need to be embarrassed. But it was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen and I can’t tell anyone."
Beware, The Supermagnet
"So this one time I was younger and got a pair of 'supermagnets' not really all that super, but super painful and tough to get them off my junk... True story that only this reddit thread knows."
The Silent Protest
"I don't buy toilet paper in years, because I'm stealing it from my workplace. I would steal more things If they had, but the only useful for me is the toilet paper. It's my small, silent protest against my sh**ty salary. At least I save enough to buy pizza sometimes."
"I embezzled 20k from my work and no one ever noticed. I mean, the place was a complete f'king sh*t show, but I can’t believe it actually worked."
The following users had dark secrets they were willing to share through the anonymity of Reddit
"Sometimes I think about how much easier my life would be without my kids. I love them and I would never give them up but parenting can be A LOT and there is no way to prepare for it."
"having depression, last time i said that ppl laughed at me."
"I had a dream last night, I was having sex with my brother. Can't look at him in the eye today. I feel gross."
"I had a sex dream once that I was having sex with my dad. It's been years and I still feel gross whenever I think of it, even though there was nothing I did/ could do about it."
"Once a guy robbed our farm. We worked hard on that and I was devastated. We had camera recordings, police came and collected the evidence then left to find the guy."
"We found him before them and waited for him. We trapped him. He came back because he thought noone is at home. We got him. Authorities beat him badly, even a dog was involved. And I felt so happy. I'm afraid I'm a sociopath."
And that's why these are called secrets.
While the urge to reveal them can be powerful, it's a test of our will to make sure our dirtiest little secrets will never be revealed at a social gathering where alcohol is involved.
Because that may or may not happened to me. But that's a story for another time. Shhh.
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