Life is full of the unexpected. And there are some mysteries we'll just never know the answer to. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try to dissect, discuss and try to decipher some necessary answers.
There are so many murder mysteries I've given up on learning the truth about, but there is always hope.
History is littered with questions, so let's dig in.
Redditor u/Jackielegz8689 wanted to discuss the dynamics about some quizzical moments in life, by asking:
What are some unexplained events in history?
Most of my questions are about death. Who killed JonBenét? Will we know? How was Hitler able to summon an army? Where to begin?
Eddie's EndAltered Carbon Surprise GIF by NETFLIXGiphy
"Edgar Allen Poe's last days. Where did he disappear to? Was he kidnapped? Did he go on a bender? Why was he found in a delirious state? Drugs? Disease? Trauma?"
"I saw a show where they gave doctors a patient's symptoms without revealing who the patient was. Based on Poe's symptoms and behavior, the doctor thought he likely died of rabies. I thought that was an interesting theory."
"The Late Bronze Age Collapse."
"Even though there's simply not enough evidence left to find a clear answer, there's some pretty solid theories around. The videos from Extra Credits about the Bronze Age Collapse are pretty good for example. Not least of all, because they point to several factors and avoid easy if enticing answers like the mysterious so-called sea people."
Last Day on Earth
"On September 10, 2001, Mohamed Atta and Abdul-Azzia Al-Omari drive from Boston to Portland, Maine. They spent the afternoon at the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, the former home of author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Al-Omari was apparently so taken with the young tour guide that he shook her hand for an uncomfortable amount of time and repeatedly thanked her."
"Why the two of the 9/11 hijackers took a tour of a 19th century New England author's home has never been explained. Maybe they were killing time. They certainly weren't hiding while in Portland as they are also spotted at a Walmart and a Pizza Hut."
"The FBI spent years reviewing possible leads in Portland to try to link any possible al Qaeda sympathizer who may have met with the two hijackers in Portland. They've never come up with anything. Their best explanation is that Atta believed security would be less stringent at a regional commuter airport. That, however, doesn't explain why two Islamist terrorists took time out of their last day on Earth to visit Henry Longfellow's home."
The UncertainBuy a Vowel.Giphy
"The Great Vowel Shift. What happened is pretty well understood but not why it happened. There are some hypotheses but nothing is certain."
Edgar Allen Poe was a genius. I've always wondered about his end. I'm glad I'm I'm alone. And will we ever reach a day when 9/11 isn't always a question?
A complete inventory...sphinx cat GIFGiphy
"How, when and why Gobekli Tepe was built, how old the Sphinx is and how it looked originally, whether there is a library underneath, and how massive stone structures across the planet were built with such precision. And exactly WHAT literature, documents, objects the Vatican holds, with a complete inventory?"
"The dancing plague."
"Ergot doesn't really explain it. People danced for days non-stop in multiple locations. Even if ergot intoxication was present, any psychoactive effect would have worn off within 24 hours. Ergot poisoning also causes physical symptoms (nausea, weakness) which would make it impossible to dance for that long, and it's implausible that every intoxicated person would behave in the same way."
"Upon encountering a group afflicted by the dancing plague, symptomless passers by would feel compelled to join in, and the whole event seems to have started when a single individual started dancing and others joined in. Some kind of collective/mass psychosis or hysteria seems more likely. There are lots of recorded instances of similar episodes."
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"The Norse traveled to North America but they didn't stay, they didn't return back and they didn't tell anyone else, that, hey, there's a freakin' ton of good land over there. Maybe we should all join together and return to fight. Or at least start a trade route like we have with all the people on our side of the planet."
"Why? And if that event was so traumatizing how come we don't have Native American oral stories or at least legends of pale people arriving from the East in ships trying to mess everything and everyone up with weapons that no one has ever seen before."
Out to Swim
"The Australian Prime Minister that went for a swim and never returned."
"While we'll never know for sure what exactly happened, it also doesn't require too much guesswork. Harold Holt was a very competent swimmer and free-diver, and frequently went out ocean swimming and spear fishing. To the point one would argue to be too overconfident."
"The particular day he went out was rougher than normal, even his friends that were going decided to pull out and warned Holt against going as well. Holt was also a heavy smoker, very overweight, drank like a fish, and was also just old. Most likely explanation is that he was caught in a rip (very possible given the day's conditions), got carried out to sea and in his poor health got exhausted and drowned. Unfortunate, but very likely given all the circumstances."
Stories of LA
"The Battle of Los Angeles. One night 3 months after the USA entered WWII, there was an attack by the Japanese on Los Angeles. Except it wasn't the Japanese. After the war, Japan stated that they had flown no planes over Los Angeles in the entirety of the war. No one really knew what the anti-aircraft shells and machine bullets fired at, and there were many varying reports of what it was, from weather balloons to airplanes to a false alarm."
Google Itdance music rave GIF by Story Time with Fat JewGiphy
"Who built Stonehenge?"
So much fascination yet to be discovered. And who and why when it comes to Stonehenge? Now I'm more inquisitive than before.
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Listen, before we even get into this I'm going to set some expectations. We're about to talk about testicles. Like a lot.
Just putting it out there.
That's not to say the whole article is Testes Fest 2021 (please don't, you guys.) but I'm not in the business of lying. This article is not the one for younger readers or anyone who just isn't here for juggling any more balls than they had to.
I'm not sorry for that pun.
Reddit user "SecretariatGodHorse" asked:
Pre"dick"tably, people started out with everything you never knew you needed to know about ... well ... you read my intro. You know what you're getting into.
Let's just go on ahead and get the probing penis questions out of the way now.
New Kinds Of KissesLips Kiss GIFGiphy
"When you use the toilet, does your weenie just hang into the toilet? Do you rest it on the seat? Do you ever get poop splash on your ween?" - misternuggies
"It hangs. Sometimes a splash hits the balls. Poseidon's kiss they call it." - SkeletalElite
"When your tip touches the toilet bowl/rim it's called The Witch's Kiss " - CaptainFeather
All About The ScrunchTrack And Field Dancing GIFGiphy
"What happens to your balls when you run?"
"Are they just banging around? Do they stick between your thighs? Do they end up tucked? I've been dying to know, thanks." - Gettin-liiifted
"The nutsack isn't always floppy. It scrunches up or loosens. They don't flop when scrunched."
"Also Underwear keeps it in place." - LemonWaluigi
"Yeah, this is the answer. Your sack can contract so much, it presses your balls pretty far into your groin area."
"Then they don't dangle. They're just there." - Weikor
An Inconvenient TruthAre You For Real No Way GIF by 1 Play SportsGiphy
"Is it true you really get random boners?" - Kanyesb7889
"Yes. Distressingly often as a teen, but even later on it happens." - SoAngry75
"Constantly... I was told at some point that they would stop... I'm thirty f*cking seven and still waiting for that time I can stand up without having to shift things to hide it...." - kezow
"51 here. Hasn't stopped yet. I'm guessing they won't be able to close the coffin lid when I die at this rate." - gonesnake
A Difference Of OpinionKanye West No GIFGiphy
"Do y'all secretly enjoy when we get you hard at inappropriate times?" - Kaitmyers79
"Oh God yes. When a girl intentionally gets me hard, knowing that I can't do anything about it (and may be embarrassed trying to hide it) that's such a turn on. Which of course makes me even harder."
"Here's the thing: girls get to feel sexy pretty much whenever they want. They have the opposite problem, with guys cat-calling or making inappropriate comments just because boobs and butts exist."
"But there's no equivalent of cleavage or a short skirt for guys. And even if there was, a lot of women just don't comment on mens' bodies, even to their partner."
"It's such that men can be in a relationship for years and never get to feel like their sexy bits are sexy. Hopefully we get compliments on other things, like how we dress or carry ourselves. And that's nice. But nobody ever compliments our dicks, other than maybe the first time you see it."
"So back to your question. If you're getting me hard on purpose, that means you're thinking about it and you like it. And that's a pretty nice compliment." - notme222
"No." - WakandaZad
Great, now that we've gotten all that out of our systems it's important to remember that men, like all humans, are so much more than their crotch-quirks.
Some may not always like to admit it, but there are hopes, fears, insecurities and genuine emotions happening over there. Of course there are!
Human - to - human, the questions turned into something more interesting. We got examinations of what patriarchy, socialization, and expectations look like in the real world.
In short - it got real.
Throwing Away Your ShotGiphy
"Is it true that guys generally hesitate or avoid going up to and talking women that are super attractive?"
"I mean like a 9 or a 10/10? Is attractiveness/appearance something that makes you stall when 'shooting your shot?' " - hoodfairyy
"Can't speak for all guys, but what I tell myself: 'Why the hell would someone like her be interested in someone like me?' " - LiquidGhost8892
"Absolutely. True story:"
"There was this really pretty girl in my friend group (all young 20-somethings) in San Diego. We'd hang out, go to parties, go to concerts, go to the beach, etc. I never even considered asking her out because she was waaaaay out of my league."
"One night she and I were the last of our group at the bar. She has no car so I offer her a ride home. She invites me in for a beer. Cool."
"We're watching late night tv and she leans her head on my shoulder. Eh, fine... we're buds, right?"
"Then her hand is on my thigh. Weird."
"I turn to look at her and she's looking in my eyes. I ask if she's okay and she says she'd be better if I kissed her. WTF?"
"She's like a 9 and I'm a 6 at best (maybe a Scranton 8). But, F*CK YEAH! We make out for a bit, but when I go to cop a feel she breaks it off and says, 'We've both had a lot to drink. Maybe you should sleep here tonight.' "
"I see I've blown it and say, 'Sure. Thanks.' "
"She heads to the bedroom and I kick off my shoes and stretch out on the couch. A couple of minutes go by and she comes back and says, 'Are you coming?' "
"WHAT THE ACTUAL F*CK IS HAPPENING? But I smoothly go 'Um....yeah.' "
"That was Dec 12, 1981. We married April 3, 1982. Still going strong."
"If it wasn't for her, never would have happened." - CharDeeMacDennisII
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For A Smile...Flower Petals GIF by SpongeBob SquarePantsGiphy
"I'm with someone who buys me flowers to make me smile--what would be something I could do similarly for him that is nonsexual that would brighten his day?" - JustFineAnd
"Be the big spoon. Scalp massage. Back rub, not necessarily a massage, either."
"Next time y'all are watching TV in bed or on the couch. Let him lay his head on your chest or lap, and run your fingers through his hair, or just pet his back like a dog. Even better if he's shirtless and you can lightly scratch his back."
"May not seem like much, but it makes a big impact on us, even if we may not immediately show it. For me, it slows my mind. Helps me stop thinking for a while and process the here and now so much better." - Infectious_Cockroach
"Compliment him. He may not show it on the outside, but he's giggling and blushing on the inside." - wamj
ClingySeason 5 Hug GIF by The OfficeGiphy
"How often do men want to be hugged? Does it feels clingy, if a girl offers it every now and then ?" - SpillBeanss
"Cling to me and just never let go. I wouldn't mind. Hugs are great!" - SlamUnited
"I don't know how many guys I speak for but for me being hugged by a girl you're dating or are close with is like getting permission to relax and be happy." - Crionso
"2 situations when someone being clingy has been an issue: when I was going to work and was already late from my schedule and when trying to do a #2."
"Any other time than those, if you're the one I love you could glue or tape yourself to me and I'd be happy." - Betanyymi
What About Your Friends?Season 5 Friends Tv Show GIF by FriendsGiphy
"Do you ever worry about what your friends think of the attractiveness of your girlfriend/wife? Like are you ever worried that people you know don't find her good-looking or judge you for being with her?"
"(This question is obviously coming straight from my insecurities lol.)" - MommaJ94
"I actually did have this fear with my last girlfriend. She was a bigger girl and I wasn't really concerned about what they thought, but just didn't want anyone being judgmental toward her."
"It's hard to explain, I wasn't ashamed of her or anything, just hate the thought of people judging her by her appearance." - saddestclaps
"I have never once asked my friends their opinions on my significant other's appearance, and I have never offered my opinion on theirs. And now that I think about it, I haven't really had an opinion on their looks by means to judge them." - secret-hero
Commitment CommentsRunning Away Bake Off GIF by The Great British Bake OffGiphy
"What makes you want to commit (be exclusive, or get married) does it have anything to do with your partner or more of 'I have to be ready within myself first?' " - Secretly_Uninhibited
"I didn't want to commit to someone who was clearly ready to commit to me if I wasn't ready and could somehow end up wasting their time." - Langhof
"I pushed my wife away for a while, not cut I didn't like her, just wasn't ready for a serious relationship. We've been married for 10, together for about 15." - LostOldAccountTimmay
"When you have a crush on someone, do you get the butterflies too? What is going through your mind when you're with her/away from her? Is there an emotional aspect? Or is it mostly physical for guys?" - majestic_toast
"Yes, it's mostly emotional! In fact with my first crush I didn't even care about the physical part, and keep in mind I was 13 when that happened" - ZaneyTheAwesome
"I try to act normal, oh wait my "normal" is everyone else's weird. How the f*ck am I supposed to bring up a conversation to get to know her without coming off as creepy?"
"Oh God she's making deep eye contact, and she's smiling. Should I mimic her?"
"It's emotional if we've already established a relationship. We know each other and I fantasize about living my life with her. It's physical when I don't know her and am just looking at her for the first time. When it's physical and emotional, that's one deadly combo." - PMmethighhighs
In The Gym
"What do you really think of fat girls when you see them at the gym, or are you so focused on your own workout you don't pay attention to anyone else? 🤔"
"Sincerely, An insecure fat girl trying to get healthy again." - dogandbutterfly1978
"Same thing I think of seeing anyone else. Good on them. Remember it doesn't matter how fast you are, your lapping everyone on the couch." - Timmmber4
"I think it's awesome because you're actively trying to get in shape. There's a ton of people who are so insecure that they can't even bear the idea of going to the gym because they're worried about what other people think, man or woman." - KinglyZero91
There's a lot more in the thread, but there's only so much article time you can devote to erections, hugs, and that one guy whose now-wife is the real MVP.
Shout out to that lady. We applaud you, sis.
When you go on a job interview, the last thing you probably never think about is asking a question.
But we should also be prepared and ready to ask the right questions to have a leg up on the competition.
"What is THE best question to ask on a job interview?"
A company's history or information about a past employee were suggested subjects appropriate for questioning.
"When you were interviewing here, what would you have liked to know before you joined?"
"This worked for me. I asked my interviewer a question about how she had personally dealt with a company policy she had just explained. She bragged about her stellar adherence to the policy. I nodded my approval. I got the job."
A Previous Employee
"One that has always gone over well for me:"
"What were some qualities that the previous employee in this role brought to the job that you would like to see carried forward?"
"Another good thing to do is research the company you are interviewing with and you can ask things about what they may be involved in or you could drop that while reading about the company, you wondered this."
So, What Happened?
"Why is this position open?"
Hypothetical questions were suggested as helpful examples of inquiry.
Indicators Of How Companies Treat Employees
"A question that landed me a job once was: 'If I asked your direct reports about your management style, what do you think they'd tell me?' Stumped a hiring manager and he emailed me personally to tell me about it, no one ever asked him that question but got the job.
"In my current interviews I'm asking 'what did your company do for its employees during [the virus] to improve their day to day, work life balance, etc.' and I ask 'Is there anything your company adopted during [the virus] that they plan to keep post [the virus]?"
"These questions give a lot of insight into whether a company treated their employees well."
Past Performance & Adjustments
"If we were currently sitting in my 1 year review, what would I have done in this year for you to say I excelled in my role?"
"If I could snap my finger right now and change anything about your job or the company, what would it be and why?"
"Perhaps not the best but very interesting. A candidate asked me if it is possible in our company to get a significant raise without climbing up the career ladder in our company. This guy never wanted to be a manager, he wanted to do what he applied for but wanted to know it will be well paid. We hired him. He's introvert, working alone in his 'basement' but he's great at what he does."
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The following questions about a prospective company may not be answered from initial digging on their website.
Measure Of Success & Career Trajectories
"How is success measured in this role?"
"What are some possible career trajectories within the company that could stem from this position?"
Being A Solution
"Ask them what is the biggest problem you can solve for them in your first six months with the company. Similar to 'don't think of a purple hippo,' this forces them to imagine you succeeding in the position."
"What do you like best about working here?"
Simply The Best
"Who is your best employee and why is he/she the best?"
"You will then face 2 situations mostly:"
"panicking CEO who can't answer you 'Bob who works 17 hours a day for a slice of bread' so the fear in their faces must be a big nono for you"
"entusiast CEO who actually follow their business and can tell you who is an added value for the company and why."
A Typical Day
"What does a day to day look like in this position?"
The Office Culture
"'Do you enjoy working here?' or 'What do you like about working here'. If the interviewer is not convincing, consider that a red flag and look elsewhere. Also look at the faces of the employees, if they look miserable, walk back out."
My experiences with job interviews are different than others seeking work in office environments.
Having had a years-long career as a dancer, my "interview" was the dance audition, where hopefuls dance in small groups of people at a time after learning a routine and then awaiting their fate after the panel evaluates their performances.
The question I may or may not have asked in such a scenario earlier in my career was: "Did I make the cut?"
I did not make the cut. And I learned never to ask that again.
The opposite sex can be a bit of a mystery sometimes. Our brains work differently just like our bodies and this can lead to certain sensitive questions. Guys tend to be a little less open but today it's time for the ladies to ask away. Even wondered what they really think or feel about their body, yours? Today's the day to get the answers you didn't know you needed.
Redditor William84000 asked:
“Women of reddit, what question do you have of men that you'd really like an answer to?"
His question started an informative thread for women to ask men the questions they've been wondering and receive honest, real-life answers.
“How long does it take to recover if you've been hit in the balls?” Snowy-avocado
“Anywhere from 5 minutes to literally turning to dust like we were Thanos snapped.” secondhand_organsdust whirls GIFGiphy
“The Big Dumb Object...”
“I've always wanted to know: why do you like loud machinery so much? For older men it's mowers, leaf blowers and such. For younger men, it's modified cars and motorbikes. What's the deal with the loud machines?” marshmellow_bunnyx
“Power and tools. Tools are a thing that gets stuff done, and they are loud because they contain the
natural essence power of violent explosions and fire. Most men like powerful things, instead of powerful people.”
“In sci-fi, this is called 'The Big Dumb Object', and is pretty much a trademark of sci fi books written by men” Connect-Zebra7173
To shave or not to shave?
“Does body hair on a woman bother you that much?" reillydean28
“Leg/arm hair? Don't even notice. Armpit hair? Not my thing but not my choice/decision. Pubic hair? I'd prefer not, but it's not going to stop me from getting the job done." wHUT_fun
It’s a power and control thing...
“Why send a d*ck pic?" stavinlawrence
“I think for most men it's a power dynamic thing. Either it gets them off or it just makes them feel in control."
“Then I assume there's the added bonus of if she likes it she might send a nude back. But these losers have a greater chance of buying a "get bigger penis pills" that actually work before a girl appreciates an unsolicited nude." InertialEclipse
"Do you notice the little things?”
“Do you notice the little things about women like a new hair cut, when they wear makeup or a nice outfit?” xforeverlove22
“I can't speak for everyone but for me, nope. Not at all. My uncle had a moustache for like 20 years and one day decided to shave it off. I didn't notice it. I noticed there was a weird atmosphere around me like ‘come on, say something’, so I small talked with him.”
“A few hours later after he left they asked me if I seriously didn't notice that his moustache was gone. My answer was ‘What moustache?‘ And makeup would definitly fly over my head.” PleaseTakeThisName
Lets just not touch people without permission...
“What things have women done that make you uncomfortable?" charloget
“Had a few grab my junk at random. Even had a couple that just forced a kiss on me. I don't usually experience women trying to pick me up, but the few times I did was never great. It was either negging, overly sexually aggressive and always in a group." bahamabanana
On today's episode of sink of float...
“Do penis' float like a buoy? I heard they do but have never been able to verify it.” TheFantasticV
“I mean it's buoyant but it can't really do much besides lazily sorta half float there. Still amused the f**k out of my wife to learn.” secondhand_organsGiphy
Everyone just wants to be loved...
“What makes you feel loved?” linedizzy
“A compliment, a hug or a kiss we don't have to initiate.” Nuitari8
“Do guys care if women get cosmetic procedures done?” dookieconductor
“I don't necessarily care about the work itself, I'd be more concerned about understanding why she felt like she wanted to get it done and help her feel body positive for whatever work has been done or if she feels like she needs work.” -notjosh-
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Math will kill a mood everytime...
“What does it feel like when you're having sex and you're trying not to 'get there'? Is it frustrating? What do you do/think about to keep it from happening?" uhohoreolas
“I sometimes do math like 333*3... But often I am fine with just controlling things to focus mostly on her pleasure instead of mine. Tho sometimes she is excited and ends up moving in unaccounted ways while I am a hair away and there is no stopping it. I definitely don't find it frustrating. It is still very enjoyable." Fkire
“Why do you all claim to have 7 or 8 inch penises only like 1 out of 8 have that?" black_winters
“Same reason women wear makeup. Either way, everyone sees the truth when you shower together." YsgramorsTits
“Why don't you step in..?”
“Why don't you step in when someone is doing something sexist? Or keep being friends with/interacting with someone you know has assaulted someone? Every women I know has been or knows someone who has been attacked yet no man I know knows an attacker.“ Beccachu100
“I will admit, I haven't always said or done something in the moment when something that is somewhat inappropriate is being said or done. But I will generally for sure say something to the person afterwards, but I am sure I can do better.”
“As for being friends with an attacker, just as the victims of an attack are reticent to speak about it, an attacker is not likely describing an encounter in that lens, if they are talking about it at all.”
“With that said, just as I know victims, I probably know an attacker, but I keep a small circle and I would hope that none of them are, however of I did discover one of my friends was an attacker, there is no way I could continue to socialize with them.” leroyjabari
“How common are random erections?" MCU_Sh*tposter
“Depends on the individual, their age, and exactly what constitutes 'random.' I'd say I'm probably on the upper end of the spectrum for occurrence, and I get them about 10 to 20 times a days now, and I'm almost in my mid 40s."
“However, there are probably times when my body is responding to a thought that has already passed which I wasn't really aware of, so in those cases, maybe those aren't 'random,' though they subjectively appear to be."
“For me, I get erections while I sleep, almost always have one when I wake up, and will also get them if it's cold, which is super weird. I assume other men may get them in response to other factors, too." Iaioren
“"Why do you ghost...?”
“Why do you ghost me after a great date, never respond to my texts asking when we can see each other again, but continue to follow me and watch every single one of my instagram stories? He also deleted his dating app profile. it's great to know I'm benched if his other relationship doesn't work out /sarcasm.” hemeartist
“People ghost for a lot of reasons, unfortunately that's just the nature of online dating. I know it hurts when you think you've made a genuine connection only to get ghosted on, but it's better cutting it off now than further down the line.”
“If it bothers you, just block him on Instagram. I've certainly had to block/unfriend a few people I've met on dating apps.” greatgarbonz
Man face unrealistic standards too...
“Why do some of y'all think you need to be 6ft or over for us to like you?” Far_Illustrator949
“Unrealistic beauty standards aren't just for women anymore...” swashbuckler78
"Why are they so nervous when it comes to feelings or emotions?”
“Why are they so nervous when it comes to feelings or emotions? One guy told me he liked me and ignored me for the rest of the school year basically, and the worst thing was, I liked him back and he kept looking at me weirdly at random times and it was kinda creepy…” Technical_Bell_9267
“We don't get trained on emotional talk. If anything, a lot of guys get it teased out of us. So when we need to start having and expressing emotions there's no way to learn except trial and error. And that's scary.” swashbuckler78
Dealing with smart men...
“Why do smart men talk about themselves day and night and any thing that interests them (when they do this I will ask questions and be interested in what they are sharing). Yet when I share about myself I don't receive the same interest? I get silence or a short response. Are women just boring if they're not on the same level of intelligence as the man?” Snoochocolates4863
“You're going to have to define smart on this one, because if you're looking at, like, engineers, we'll... the prevalence of people on spectrums in engineering fields is surprisingly high. If you're having social/dating issues with them, that's what I'm pointing at as your first possibility.” Socatarius
“how do you deal with such a scratchy beard? does it get soft?” chara_dreemurr69
“I don't really get irritated by my beard. Maybe it's different if it's super long. Anyway after I grew my beard I eventually started using like beard oil, beard shampoo, and beard balm. Keeps it from like splitting hairs and generally makes it softer.” Mental_Bookkeeper658brent spiner thinking GIF by HULUGiphy
How does it fit?
“How exactly do you fit your penis in your pants/underwear? I sort of understand that you tuck it? But for whatever reason I can't understand it.” Crystal_Princess2020
“We don't, if your clothes make you have to tuck it in, you made a bad purchase or wrong size. Mens underwear usually have more space in the front, for your johnson to hang naturally without any tucking.“
“And with pants, again it has to do with size usually, if it's too small then the crotch area will also be more restrictive. If you get something that fits you well, you won't have to do anything when you put them on.” Herazim
Some of these Q&A's were unexpected but now we know! This important thing here though is knowing it's ok to ask questions sometimes.
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Oh America, please think before you speak. Sometimes I wonder why God gave us voices.
I understand curiosity about foreign lands, but more often than we realize we're being rude with our questions, even with a jovial mindset and good intention.
We can't just throw out whatever pops into my head. And honestly, some things are best to simply google.
Also, perhaps we should wonder what we'd rather not be asked about our land and culture and apply it.
Redditor u/esq__ wanted hear from people who have been surprised by American inquiries by asking:
Non-Americans of Reddit, what's the weirdest thing an American has said to you?
I am never shocked by the tone deafness of others, especially Americans. I worked in hospitality in NYC, an international hotbed, and the things I've heard people ask others, with a straight face... makes me laugh.
"A middle aged American was surprised to find out Venice was so old (and an actual city for centuries), and not built in the 20th century for tourist purposes."
"Englishman, living in the US for 15 years now. I've been asked a lot of bizarre things but one of the best was someone who asked what language we speak in England, and how long it took me to learn English when I moved here. They gave me a confused, rambling mess."
"They thought all the English speakers had come to found America and left behind the masses of other people who spoke European. Which, to them, was why America wanted independence, to not be ruled by Foreigners who didn't even speak properly."
Welcome to Sweden
"When I visited a friend in the US they told me about this amazing furniture shop they had there called IKEA. I'm Swedish."
"Why are there so many Americans who don't know Ikea is Swedish? I'm American and am disappointed that I've seen like three or more comments about Americans who don't know Ikea is Swedish. The store is literally yellow and blue and they have at least a couple Swedish flags around the store, also all the products are in Swedish."
"They don't have Guinness there"
"I'm British, was travelling in the states. Got talking to a guy at a bar while we're waiting for service, and he recommended I try a pint of Guinness while in the US. He informed me they don't sell Guinness in the UK. I politely explained that they do indeed have Guinness in just about every pub in the UK."
"He disagreed, adding that he's never been himself but his son in law went to London on business and told him so. I explained I'd lived in the UK including London my whole life. He looked at me lost in thought for a few moments, and said: "They don't have Guinness there," and walked away."
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"I once had an American tell me I need to try the "real" Gouda cheese they have in the US because everything else was fake Gouda… I'm Dutch and actually lived near Gouda."
We really should be walking around with body cams. This way when we go to rest each night we can review our behaviors. And learn and adjust accordingly. I hope y'all are taking notes.
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"Wow you speak American very well for a foreigner." Thanks lady, I'm Canadian and "American" is the only language I know!"
Once in a Lifetime
"An Austrian friend and I were told about about this magical thing they have in America called Fireworks and how we should go see it at least once in our lives."
A lot of countries have centralized fireworks, in the Netherlands a lot of households buy their own and set them off. If you're looking out over a city/town from a bit of height, you just see fireworks everywhere."
"In 2019 Dutch people spent 77 million euros on fireworks for new years eve. (Last year fireworks were forbidden to avoid casualties putting even more pressure on hospitals because corona.) That said, more and more people want to restrict fireworks because it causes a lot of injuries and property damage."
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What about... Lyft?
"Why do you brits (I'm not British) call an elevator a lift when it goes both up and down?"
"I responded that Americans didn't call an elevator a descendevator when it moves down."
"Do you know where the word elevator comes from? The word elevate which means "to raise or lift something to a higher position." It's literally called a lift for nearly the same reason it is called an elevator."
In my teens, a friend and I (both males) had met an American girl while visiting the US side of Niagara from Canada. After some small talk, she asked "What kind of jobs do you have?" I responded "I work part-time at Sportchek." For context, Sportchek is a Canadian sports goods and apparel store and as a teen."
"I had no idea it was Canadian only. After explaining to her what Sportchek was, she responded with "Cool, do you guys have Dick's?" For further context, Dick's is an American Sports and apparel store and at the time, I had no idea. I thought she was asking about my penis."
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"The typical stuff. Do you have cars trees/dogs/in Germany. Another favorite: Is Hitler still alive?"
2 American ladies...
"I was in a bar in Colorado and I had 2 guys call me a liar when I said we don't have bears in Australia.
Also when I was in England 2 American ladies on a day tour to Stonehenge got stroppy when they couldn't use USD in a shop and then told the tour guide that he didn't sound English because his accent 'wasn't English'. He proceeded to explain and perform all of the various accents from different regions of the UK. It was quite incredible."
"Canadian here. I was 7 and in Florida telling my new also 7 year old friend about our money system. I told her we don't have dollar or two dollar bills they are coins and called a loonie and a toonie. She goes and asks her parents and they told her I was lying."
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"An American asked me if he needed a passport to cross the river Thames as he thought it was the English Channel and that south London was France."
oh no, honey...
"A friend was dating an American, and a bunch of us went out for a pub meal (UK). Now, there's a stereotype that Americans can be a little loud. And, unfortunately, this was the case with this girl. Literally everyone in the pub was giving her side-eye, but no one says anything because that would be rude. My friend very subtly tries to make her aware of the noise level, and she talk-yells, "oh no, honey. I'm not loud. All y'all are just too quiet! Such a quaint little country, y'all need to use your outdoor voices!" We were quite clearly inside."
In the South
"I live in the southern hemisphere. Talking to an American online in December, and I mentioned it was summer for me. She kept asking which month I was in (kept insisting it must be June) and couldn't seem to wrap her head around the idea that it was simultaneously December and summer in the southern hemisphere."
"Ah, you're from Denmark. Where in Canada is that again?"
"You speak real good English for a foreigner" - I'm British and she knew that.
"Edit: because a lot of people seem to think that no American could ever say this and mean it: it was a lovely, sweet, older woman who thought she was paying me a genuine compliment. We sat and chatted in her garden for about an hour as she plied me with her homemade lemonade and asked me about my life and what brought me to Washington State. I thanked her, because she was saying something lovely (albeit weird), and we continued chatting."
"So an American lady who stayed in my apartment building asked to borrow my picnic basket and wanted the measurements. I gave it to her in cm and she asked for it in normal standard units. I gave it in inches and explained that normal units are cm."
"Her response was "no trust me everyone uses inches, only the English use cm because they need to be different. American inches, feet and miles is pretty much the way to go everywhere else." I then sent her the link to the invention of the BRITISH imperial system and how only 3 countries use it. She blocked me."
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"I met an American tourist who was adamant that my country was a home ruled territory under the US government. He said this during our nations independence day."
"Poking fun at me with France stereotypes. I'm not from France, my parents are not from France, and I've never been to France. My first language is French, that's enough for Americans to treat me like I'm from France."
When in doubt, don't speak. Also, leave strangers alone unless you're just going to dish out compliments. This is why we have a bad wrap about being friendly.
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