Chances are, you've been told to try new things ever since you were a little kid. I know I was.
Sometimes, certain activities or experiences seem crazy, and you don't even want to give them a chance.
This could be true of some things. For example, there is no reason to ingest tide pods.
Sometimes an activity or experience that seems crazy only seems that way because you haven't tried it yet.
I thought nothing good could come of mixing buttery popcorn with Swedish Fish, but now it's my favorite snack!
Redditor TheUnthinkableVids wanted to know about other things that seem crazy, but should be given a chance.
"What’s a “don’t knock it till you try it” experience that you would weirdly recommend?"
Having Fun Doing You
"It has a bad reputation of power tripping nerds deluding themselves in public with seemingly no self awareness, but give it a go."
"I found it was more like sparring with a stunt troupe. It was harder than it looked, and everyone was having fun doing their thing while ignoring the haters, which was pretty cool I must admit."
The Perfect Sauce
"Balsamic glaze on pizza."
"Have it on Vanilla ice cream. Amazing."
"Basalmic on watermelon is refreshing!"
"Climbing onto your roof"
"I like how most of the responses in this thread are "try psychedelics" or "go skydiving" or "see a therapist" but you're like, "have you ever been on your roof?""
"Gotta admit though, I've been on my roof and it's strangely satisfying. You get a vantage point to see something that you see everyday, just a little higher up."
"A lot of computer noobs think that they would never use more than one monitor, and they don't see the purpose behind it. Bruh. It's magical, trust me."
"I could use a third tbh"
"I was one of those computer noobs for the longest time. A second monitor changed my life. Then I eventually got a third.... And I can't lie if every now and then I didn't tell myself "a fourth monitor would be quite convenient in this situation....."
Cheese And Everything
"Fresh Mozzarella and honey"
"Or really any cheese and honey. I love eating sharp aged cheddar with hot honey."
"Cheese and jam on toast"
"Cream cheese and grape jelly sandwiches! (On toast)"
Pampering Is Always Good
"Pedicure for men."
"My mom made me get one with her when I was a teenager. It rocked. Adult me gets a pedi at least once a month now. $25 to sit in a massage chair while someone cuts my toenails and massages my feet/legs? Yes please!"
The Magic of Salt
"Black pepper and salt on watermelon"
"Salt on pineapple!"
"A little sprinkle of salt in your coffee"
"Salt in Fanta"
"Draw a bath, turn the shower on, turn the lights off, prop up an umbrella, have a headlamp, a beverage and a good book."
"You look crazy, but try it, you’ll like it."
Be Your Own Best Friend
"Go to a restaurant on your own. Cinema on your own."
Jumping Out Of A Plane...Safely
"Skydiving. I did a tandem for my 60th I wish I had of done it when I was younger and learnt to do it solo."
"Tandem skydiving instructor here - I wish everyone would try it at least once, it isn't as bad as most people expect, and is much safer than the general public is willing to admit! Glad you had fun :)"
You don't even have to try something if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, but sometimes pushing boundaries and stepping out of your comfort zone can be the best thing for you.
Give seemingly crazy things a chance, and who knows what could happen? You could end up finding a great new hobby... or at least something delicious to eat!
Have you ever done something new or scary and decided once is enough? For me, it was ice skating. The first -- and only -- time I went, I made it out relatively unscathed. However, my friend, who was an experienced skater, ended up needing ankle surgery after a fall. I never went ice skating again.
Life is made up of experiences, good and bad, and we can only get those experiences if we're willing to try something new. Of course, it's totally okay if you tried something and decided never to do it again. The important thing is that you tried.
That was probably the thought process when Redditor Scouseuserman asked:
"What is something you have done only once but never want to do again?"
Too High for Comfort
"Paragliding. Realised I have a fear of heights after we took off. Was so relieved when we finally landed."
No Turning Back
"Spelunking. We were crawling in a cave where you couldn’t stop forward progress or turn around once you started. I survived, but I’ll never do it again."
Too Much Pain
"Passed a kidney stone. The morphine was nice for a while, but only softened the pain. No thanks to twice!"
"Removed roof shingles."
"Replaced roof shingles."
That Was My Shoe, Not Me
"Farted in a board meeting."
"Leaned over to get a pen out of my purse on the floor. Completely unexpected BRRRRRAAAAAPPPPP"
"Shocked silence from a group of uptight executives."
Helping People Is Hard
"Work in retail and hospitality."
"People are c*nts and can f**k off."
"Mistaking a pill for an m&m and biting straight down into it. Nasty and terrible"
Sniff It First
"Drank out of an old milk carton to see if it was spoiled. It was."
The Worst Idea Ever Award Goes To...
"Shot a moose with a BB gun from a tree fort we built in the woods. Thing was huffing and puffing mad and trapped us up there for hours."
Lost In The Sky
"Hot air balloon."
"It was cool and the views were nice but you really can’t go anywhere but up or down. We ended up not being on a good path for a suitable landing spot, ran out of fuel and landed on top of a parked car."
And all I did was go ice skating. I'm clearly not as brave as some of you guys!
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Reddit user CaneToDefeatYou asked:
Always Swim Parallel To The Shore
Not paying attention to currents when swimming in the sea (and going anyway when there's a red flag and no guard)
Dumbest sh*t ever. I was with my two brothers and my father, happily splashing around. Suddenly we turn around and the shore just got very far away. So we start swimming back but the sea is stronger than you. If you stop 5 seconds to catch your breath you lose the progress you did during the last minute, and that's precious.
I was young so I don't remember it as a legit life-threatening situation, but my bros and dad still got chills when talking about it
It Technically Worked?
Put pizza wrapped in foil in the microwave when I was 10 thinking it will warm up quicker. It surely did by lighting on fire 3 seconds after I turned it on
Maybe Stay Out Of Caves
Spelunking / cave exploring. For starters, it begins and ends with going through a million bats. And the journey in between is just too dangerous, in the last place in the world you'd want to get hurt. And super tight squeezes are freaky.
the story of the guy who got stuck upside down in the Nutty Putty cave system will have me never ever getting into spelunking. his body is still stuck there because it was too unsafe and difficult to get him out. it's so disturbing and sad.
Every single time cave exploration or spelunking is mentioned on Reddit, the Nutty Putty cave gets mentioned. And for good reason.
Hard pass. Not a fan of being eaten by the planet.
Climb Of A Lifetime
Climbed the stairs up the CN Tower. It's a twice a year thing for charity. My friends and husband were all like "Yeah, come join us! It's so fun!!"
No, 144 flights of stairs is not fun. I've done it once. It's crossed off. Never again.
Edit: okay, it's "only" 144 flights of stairs, and 1776 steps. Sure felt like a billion, but this post has gotten some traction and I feel guilty.
Accidental Theft Is Surprisingly Common
This one time I was getting a drink that was only for a dollar, so I sped-walk my way into the mini shops, quickly grabbed one and ran out. I was running to my friend with the drink until I felt something in my pocket, pulled it out and it was the dollar...
I quickly ran back to the mini shop to see the shop owners scanning the outside of their shop, I gave them my dollar and said "Sorry", they looked at the dollar, looked at each other, spoke in a different language, and went back inside.
I'm pretty sure they called me an idiot, as I went back with shame.
My dad told me this story. In the 70s he and my mum stopped at a Little Chef (motorway services restaurant) for lunch. After they finished, they got the bill, then left. They drove for half an hour before realising, they didn't actually pay the bill.
Being honest people, they turned round and went back and paid. The staff said "We though you'd be back".
In the days before pre pay gas pumps my buddy and I stopped at a station to fill some jugs up with 100 something octane race gas before heading to the drag strip. We forgot to pay. About a half hour later we were sitting in the pit area getting the car ready when a sheriffs deputy rolls up and told us. Both of us thought the other had paid. Whoops. He gave me a ride back to the station and I paid and bought pops for everyone including the deputy. He hung out with us for a while at the track. Felt dumb.
Let's Stick To Proper Toilet Paper
Ran out of toilet paper when i was 11, saw alcohol wipe cloths and thought that would work just fine... nope, as soon as I did that first wipe it was as if the sun teleported into my a**hole and i was hopping around the bathroom trying not to squeal. Mom opened the door to check on the noise and saw me jumping around with an alcohol pad between my cheeks.
Keep alcohol away from your anus.
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Jungles Aren't As Fun As They Look
Hiking through jungles. They look so beautiful in movies. In reality they are some of the most brutal hikes I've been on.
Let's start with the humidity. It's so bad it drenches you to the bone, and there's no escaping it. Being under a jungle canopy is like being in a pressure cooker. The heat and humidity beats you down harder than any environment I've been in.
Then there's the swarms of biting bugs. From never-ending mosquitoes, giant spiders on everything, ticks jumpung on you from everywhere and colonies of aggressive fire ants criss-crossing the trails, you can expect to have more bug bites than you've thought possible to survive.
Once-in-a-lifetime Was Enough
Went to Times Square for New Years Eve in New York City. I live in NYC and I figured it was the kinda thing I wanted to see but didn’t need to see again. Went in 2000 when I was 18. Got there 11am and stayed for 13 hours in the freezing cold but with close spots to the ball drop and screen. I’m glad I did it. I’m also glad I’ve never done it again.
Peer Pressure Sucks
Did heroin for the first time and wasn't into the sensation at all. The same roomate that talked me into herion talked me into smoking some crack to even out. Luckily I wasn't a fan of either and never did either ever again.
Sometimes It's Just Not Worth It
Removing paint from a table. I still need to finish sanding the thing but that was a nightmare, who paints a table with like 30 coats??
Edit: Used Citristrip Safer Paint Remover, then scraped the flat surfaces with a scraper, then used steel wool on the other parts, rinsing the chunks of paint off in between as it gunked up the steel wool real quick. Then repeated the process a few weeks later, then used a belt sander on the flat surfaces, now just need to hand sand the other surfaces.... It's like you want to quit but you are too invested at that point.
Beware The Bar Brawls
Tried to intervene during a street fight. Got shot for my troubles.
Was at the bar with my ex wife. Two regulars (one of which I considered a friend) started arguing. My friend went outside to go home and end the problem. A**hat decides hes gonna continue the fight in the parking lot. There was a group of us that followed and when he went to pull A gun my drunk a** thought it would be a good idea to step in and try to stop it all. F**ker shot at me three times. One of then hit my leg.
Yeah... still not good enough reason to try it a second time.
Running In The Desert Sounds Like A Bad Time
A marathon in the desert.
Do you try to find new ways to die every day?
Well I'm an epileptic with brain cancer who still cooks.
Can't Lose Money If You Don't Play
Bought a $20 lottery ticket.
Shoplifting Is Maybe Not The Best Idea
I stole a tester eyeliner from the makeup section at a store when I was 17. The security guy took me aside in a small room and "questioned" me, asked for my information, and to scare me, he said this would always be in my record and companies won't want to hire me anymore and I burst into tears and had a panic attack. He said he'll let me off if I pay double the price of the eyeliner, so I did and he let me go.
Now, I don't know how much of what he told me was real and if the resolve was legitimate, but if he tried to just scare me into not becoming a serial swiper, it worked.
Pretty sure he just pocketed the cash after.
Hot Things Are Hot!
Grabbed the hot grill as a 5 year old. Learned my lesson.
Put my face on a just unplugged iron.
This is my earliest memory. I was younger than 4. My mother was ironing the clothes and i was in the same room. She finished, unplugged the iron and left the room for a second. I was curious how hot it was so i went to check it. Why with my face? Because whenever i had a fever my mother used to check if i had a temperature by putting her cheeky against my forehead and well... Monkey see monkey do.
Wrong Kind Of Lube
When i was 14, i accidentally mistook bike chain lube for sex lube. At first, i wondered why it was blue, but that thought was almost immediately overpowered by an intense burning sensation.
Definitely Not Avocado
Asume the green stuff on the sushi tray was avocado...
More Like Bed And Social Anxiety
Stayed at a bed and breakfast. I’m not social enough to socialize with people during breakfast.
Same. Came downstairs at 9:15 because they said breakfast was served until 9:30. The owner said, "there you are!" and showed me to a table with a little card that said Mrs. Whinecube (in fancy script) and then proceeded to scold me that all the other guests were already done eating.
Why Do So Many Kids Do This?
One time (I was around 12 or 13?) I suddenly took interest on my sharpener, since my pinky finger was small enough I decided why don't I sharpen my finger? Like why the f**k not?? So I plunged it in and twisted (hard). Took nearly a week to heal.
One of the most stupidest things I ever done
I did this as a kid too, it’s like some sort of whack childhood intrusive thought that you actually act on.
It's often good to try new things and get out of your comfort zone, but it's perfectly okay to head right back to that comfort zone immediately afterwards.