Siblings can be problematic to say the least. And as much as we love our family, they can be the most aggravating people any of us know.
The history of the bond and twisted relationships between sibs is long, complicated and chuck full of family fun.
I know by brother and I alone could fill an anthology. Imagine if we all put our stories together?
That's all anybody would talk about.
Redditor u/lew939 wanted all the siblings out there to share a tale or two by asking:
Siblings of Reddit, What does your sibling do that irritates you the most?
My brother and I have an entire decade between us. There is not much that we can relate to when it comes to our daily lives. What we can agree on are the things that drive one another most crazy. I mainly can't stand his music, his clothes, and his hair. And I know best, because I'm perfect.
"He's always loud, and whenever something doesn't go his way he screams bloody murder."
Sounds like Pop
"One-upmanship. No matter the topic, she knows better and needs to make sure I feel like an idiot."
"That is exactly my father. So frustrating. Makes it impossible to have a non-surface level conversation, and then he gets annoyed that we don't talk that much. When I veer the conversation into topics where I definitively know more than him, he either tries to one up me again or just stops talking entirely."
"When my wife and I were expecting twins my sister was jealous of the attention. She doctor shopped until she found someone who would prescribe a specific fertility drug that increased the likelihood of twins."
"We lost our twins about halfway through the pregnancy. But my sister took the names we had intended to name ours, and used that name for her twins."
"You know that slightly embarrassing thing that happened 30+ years ago? Let's bring that up Every. Single. Time. Family. Gets. Together... for 30+years. We're all in our 40s and the annoying sibling thing never really ends. lol I still see my Mom and her siblings squabble from time to time."
"Edited to add: I feel like I should make it very clear that I dearly love my siblings. Every one has annoying siblings. I'm sure I annoy them as well. Lol."
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"Screams at her kids because they dared to breathe in her presence."
See these people get it. Sometimes you have to let family know when they are too much. Siblings can be the most self centered and obnoxious. And why do they have to be so loud? Ever heard of an inside voice? Damn...
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"Care. If she didn't I'd most likely not be alive right now. It annoys me but she the only reason I feel too bad to go back to my old life style, even when things get bad."
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"I have a younger sibling (around 10 years old) and all they do, all day, is zoom or play mine craft with friends, now this would be fine if they didn't constantly yell at each other."
"DID YOU CHEAT IN DIAMONDS?!"
"YOU BLEW UP MY HOUSE insert no proof other than that kid eating a donut at 3pm or soothing idk "
"I'm so done."
She's a Problem...
"She has absolutely no regard for other people."
"Example: I'm moving to Nashville at the end of the month. After she and my cousin volunteered to help me move, she immediately jumped into planning a "girls' trip". We'd stop in Santa Rosa to visit some famous swimming hole, stop in Cadillac Ranch, spend an entire day in Memphis, etc."
"When I told her I didn't want to do those things, especially because I have a cat and can't just leave her in a hotel room by herself, her response was that I'm "the one who wanted to do this trip". False, sister - it was you from the get-go. When my cousin agreed with me, my sister bailed because it wasn't going to be any "fun."
"Then, she decided she was going to drive up to Nashville from Orlando instead. Then she wasn't and would maybe come visit in July. I told her July wouldn't be a great time because I'll be out of town for a little while and training for teachers usually starts in mid-July. Then she was. Then wasn't. Then it was a maybe as of last week, but she wouldn't know until "like the weekend before."
"I texted her the next day wanting to know if she'd do me a favor if she came up on moving day and she replies that she isn't after all, but is coming up in July with her friend. And when I reminded her about why coming up in July wasn't good, she got mad at me."
"My older sister gets angry and cannot control it, leading her to say some pretty messed up stuff to me or family members. I wish she'd be more self aware and change."
"I struggled with this for a long time. I'd get super angry for no reason and say horrible things. I hated it so much. Turns out I'm hypoglycemic and that's how I act when my blood sugar gets too low. Still not great, but it means I have a way to fix it when it starts to happen."
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"He refuses to use regular toilet paper to wipe his butt, instead opting to use wash cloths and then just leaving his crap rags wherever he pleases. he also takes enormous poops and then doesn't flush."
Feeling a Grudge...
"They're all kind of selfish. I'm the exact middle of 5 kids, and they all really only care about themselves. I feel like I'm the only one to ever check in, and ask how they're doing. I've had conversations lasting hours and very rarely does anyone ever ask how I'm doing. We're all really close, but I've gone through a few major life changes and a pretty big trauma in the last two years, and not one of them called to make sure I was OK. I try not to hold a grudge or make it a fight, but I find it pretty irritating."
Young and Immature
"He's the epitome of a 'younger sibling' mentality. I'll admit, I have a temper, but it doesn't excuse him antagonizing me half the time. I used to get punished all the time when I was younger because he'd provoke me and go crying to our mother. As we've gotten older (we're in our teens now), our family has begun to realize this, and things have gotten more fair. I still get grounded occasionally, but it beats getting punished for things I'd never even done half the time. But now when he doesn't get his way he whines to our mom about how "You NEVER take my side!."
"My little sister will stand right outside my door (open it if closed) and when told to leave goes "but I'm not in your room" but if I walk by minding my own business she's scream "GET OUTTA MY ROOM" every. Damn. Time."
"I just moved in to my own room, and my sister did the exact same thing, I was setting up my pc, and she kept stepping in and out for 5 minutes straight, pissed the hell out of me. On top of that, later in the same day my sister told my mom" (my name) was screaming at me when I was doing nothing."
T. M. I.
"One of my sisters has no damn filter. I know way too much about her sex life. The first thing she said when I told my family my new boyfriend was in a wheelchair was "does his penis work?". Her smarta** comments have gotten her into trouble way too many freaking times. She needs to pipe the hell down."
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"One of my siblings is always dramatic and intrusive. Always fighting or making comments. We are opposites and it kills my mellow."
"My younger brother always asks me to do things when he is perfectly capable of doing them himself. "Can you make me a snack?" "Can you get my phone from the other room?" Usually I'm pretty good about people asking me favors, but he does it out of laziness and it really grinds my gears."
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"Whenever there is a chore to be done that we both have to do is he is suddenly taking a 10 hour crap. So annoying."
"Leaves his hair in the shower drain, leaves his butt lint on the toilet seat when he takes a crap, leaves a mess on the kitchen counter when he cooks, leaves garbage near the pail when he misses a free throw, leaves his dishes in the sink, doesn't spray nearly enough when he takes a crap, slams the dog gate every time he walks through it."
"He doesn't freaking respect any of my belongings, puts his dirty feet up on my desk when I repeatedly tell him not to, and recently he broke my monitor for my windows vista computer because he was watching anime and then he tried to turn it off and he slapped it really hard several times and now it doesn't stay on for more then 2 seconds every time I power it on."
"He also throws around my switch controllers, and has broken one, made the a button stop working on another, and has no sense of respect for me, like not letting me sit on his bed when I come in his room, and usually ushers me out very aggressively yet he comes into my room freely, and without permission. He is 17, about to turn 18, I am 15, about to turn 16. You would expect him to be freaking mature by now but he's not."
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"She breathes.... That's not saying I hate her, I literally mean that she breathes louder than a normal person should, and I'm lowkey worried about her health."
In the end I do love my sibling. But if there was a prize for burning my last nerve? He'd win all of the time. And clearly I'm not alone in this issue. You gotta love family. I suppose...
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Ever see those viral videos of when a newborn meets their parent's identical twin?
Those videos of bewildered babies are adorable! But what can be cuter than a baby? How about... a pet? You would assume most animals could distinguish between people by smell, but sometimes it may take a pet a minute to understand that they are looking at two identical people.
Redditor u/avianthon asked people to share their pet's reaction to their identical twin, and it proved that animals aren't always as sharp as we may think.
20. They become a lap dog
"My sister lives an hour or so away and doesn't see my dog that much but she gets far more excited to see her than anyone else. She's a 70 pound pit and we are 5'1' and gets right in the center of her lap. It's very cute and funny."
19. Cat and dog people
"I have a dog, my twin has a cat. They both treat us like a different human. My dog adores my twin sister and her cat adores me."
18. They listen very well
"Not a twin, but my sis and I sound and look alike. My lab/blue heeler mix will greet her like she's me. Madi (the dog) loves my sister (who tolerates dogs) almost on par with me. My sis lives 3 hours away, so we only see her a few times a year, but man, Madi listens to her like a champ. Madi knows its not me, but she still respects her as a leader of the pack."
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"My cat (died in December) hated my sister. She first met her when she was a kitten and was actually the person who took her to get spayed because I had to work. Up until that point she seemed to tolerate my sister so she blames that on the personality turn. Either way even when my sister lived with me for a few months when she moved back to this state my cat never warmed to her."
17. This lizard was afraid
"My red eyed crocodile skink kept looking at the two of us then ran in it's cage"
16. They can smell who is who
"Idk what happened to others, but I have 2 friends who are identical twins, they own a golden retriever. One of them, Quincy, owns the dog. They lived separately and when they reunited, me and the dog were there. And the dog was ok, he could smell who's Quincy and who's not. But at the end turns out, the dog likes me the best."
15. This cat loves everyone
"I'm an identical twin and adopted a cat 3 years ago. She's had no different reaction to my brother than me. She's super chill and loves all people."
14. These pets are very welcoming
"My cat doesn't see my brother too much, but if he sees us on the couch together watching football or something, he'll alternate between the two of us like we're the same person. He doesn't really freak out or anything. I just think it's hilarious that my cat doesn't even really know my brother and he still treats him like family, but won't give my roommates the time of day. He either knows we're twins, or thinks we're the same person."
13. This dog was confused by matching outfits
"Our sons are not twins at all, but people mistake them for one another all the time. Oldest son left for 2 years during which time we got a new dog. New dog did not like oldest son when he returned, but adored youngest son from the get go. One day both sons walked in the door wearing the same outfit (not planned) and the dog stood there not knowing who to bark at and who to go to for loves."
12. This dog had to pause
"His dog Pablo the pitbull lost his freaking mind when I walked in, then my brother walked he just.. froze"
11. Like having another dad
"Our dog loves my husband's twin! He went crazy for him immediately, and jumps on him like he does my husband."
10. The cat didn't know who to trustGiphy
"My mom is an identical twin. My childhood cat Linus was a total scaredy cat, abused at an early age and terrified of new people, but an absolute sweetheart with us. When my aunt came to visit for the first time, Linus walked right up to her and snuggled against her leg. She started scratching him and all was going great until he saw my mom. Cue very quick back-and-forth head turns, followed by running up the stairs and hiding for hours! Poor baby!"
9. Pups and kids can't tell the difference
"Rusty was a good boy and was ecstatic there were two of us. More to play with, I guess. He learned to tell us apart though, and I kind of felt like an indulgent uncle with him. It's even more fun as my brother and I have had children in our own families and they can't tell us apart until they are almost two."
8. The birds wouldn't fall for itGiphy
"My dad and his brother were identical and same voice, too. My dad rescued a nest of bird babies whose mama never came back and he would feed them. He would go outside and say 'where are my babies?' And their little heads would pop up, chirping and chattering and he would feed them.
One day his brother came over and my dad told him to go out and say 'where are my babies?' And the birds stayed silent. Not a peep.
He tried again to no avail. My dad said it and instantly the babies popped up and chirping.
They couldn't see him, and his voice was identical yet they just knew. It was uncanny!"
7. An evil twin
"Identical twin here. It's weird because my dog loves me but HATES my sister. Like, when she comes around he growls at her and barely lets her touch him. I have no idea why, he isn't like this to the rest of my family or friends. Maybe he thinks she is an imposter? Lmao we have no idea!"
6. Poor pup...
"My dad and my uncle were identical twins - their voices sound so similar even my mom would get confused before the invention of caller ID. My dad passed away last year, and when my uncle came over the family beagle didn't notice, but when my uncle spoke he perked up. But then he would go and sniff him and get sad again."
5. They can smell the difference
"I'm an identical twin, my dogs had no issues distinguishing between me and my sister. They could tell by smell."
4. Cats don't mess around
"My twin and I have lived separately and together several times. My dog treated my sister and me like two separate members of the same family, but both our cats (one is mine, one is hers) have made it clear from the beginning the other twin is a second class citizen. We have exactly the same voice so when we visit each other there's about 1 minute of 'why are there two of you' and then it's business as usual."
3. The voice was confusing
"my grandfather had a younger brother whose voice sounded indistinguishable from his own, to all us humans anyway. they were not twin like in appearance (nor scent, one assumes).
one day our big studly master of his domain German Shepard catches Uncle Reggie on the front porch and starts going at him and Uncle Reggie says, 'oh Scout, now stop that.'
And Scout did the full cartoon stop, head sideways, and that whimper that sounds like a question mark.
So his appearance wasn't mistaken by the dog at all - but he did confuse the hell out of him with the identical voice."
2. I feel so bad for this loyal dog
"Long time ago my grandfather had a dog that went with him to work the fields on his farm. He passed away and dog stayed with my father and his mother. G-father's brother came up the driveway one day to visit, walking and looking like my g-pa. The dog went crazy in the house. She was barking and going from window to window. They finally let her out as he was walking up the steps to the porch. She ran up to him all excited until she saw it wasn't her master. It was like someone had kicked her. The tail went under and she slowly walked over to her bed and laid down in her sadness."
1. It's thrilling to have two owners
"The first oddly-specific ask reddit I am qualified to answer. My dog lost his mind when my twin came to visit. He excitedly dashed back and forth between the two of us thrilled to see us both.
Then again, he's a golden retriever so he does that with everyone."
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Six-Year-Old Boy Sings Justin Bieber Love Song To His Newborn Brother With Down Syndrome In Sweet Video
This is the adorable moment a six-year-old boy sang a Justin Bieber love song to his newborn brother with Down syndrome.
Little Tripp Grieve spent his first month in hospital after being born with the genetic condition.
His big brother Rayce, six, assured his mom Nicole Powell, 29, he'd always look out for his precious brother - and asked to give him a cuddle one morning.
And the mom-of-five was left smiling when the schoolboy started singing "their song" — "10,000 Hours" by Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber.
Nicole Powell / SWNS
She captured the touching moment on her phone, to send to husband JJ, 39.
Police officer Nicole also posted it on her Facebook - where the clip amazingly racked up more than 8 MILLION views.
Nicole, from Cabot, Arkansas, said:
"It's amazing. I had wondered our purpose - of why now do we have a baby with Down syndrome. I think maybe it was to bring love and awareness. People are so terrified of what can happen. But he's perfect. It's super scary, but parenthood is scary in general. I'm so proud of my sons."
Nicole and husband JJ, who owns a car sales business, found out Tripp would likely have the condition during scans before he was born.
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She admits they were "not educated" about Downs syndrome and said doctors warned he could have major heart problems.
"Honestly I was really terrified because I wasn't educated at all about Down syndrome, and I hadn't been around anyone with Down syndrome," she said, adding:
"I had this horrible picture in my head and I was thinking the absolute worst. My biggest fear was I was afraid of the future. I was uneducated and didn't understand. I thought 'I have four other children, they all love each other, I just want them to love him the same way they love each other.'"
"We explained to them early. I didn't know much but I told them what I did know. We told them it just means he will be different but he's still your brother. The boys answered and told us 'but we're all different.' And we were like 'ok, this is going to be fine.'"
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She said later scans revealed his heart was healthy, and when she finally saw him when he was born via c-section on November 21 he was "absolutely perfect."
After a month in the hospital he came home to the family - including Jayce, nine, Rayce, six, Grayce, two, and Reese, one, on Christmas Eve.
On the way home in the car the love song "10,000 Hours" came on the radio, and Rayce started singing it to his little brother.
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"Both the boys love music," said Nicole.
"Rayce was saying 'this song is about me and you' - he doesn't know it's about a husband and wife. He decided it was 'their song.'"
She woke up on December 30 and took Tripp in to see Rayce and Jayce, and the eldest was listening to the song on YouTube, and asked to hold his brother.
Nicole Powell / SWNS
He cradled him and stared into Tripp's eyes while he sang the song:
"I'd spend ten thousand hours and ten thousand more. Oh, if that's what it takes to learn that sweet heart of yours. And I might never get there, but I'm gonna try. If it's ten thousand hours or the rest of my life.I'm gonna love you."
Nicole Powell / SWNS
She posted the video online before she went to bed, and was surprised when it received 90 likes before she fell asleep.
But she woke up to see it had been viewed a million times overnight, and a week later it has more than 8,000,000 views.
You can check out Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber's official "10,000 Hours" music video below:
Being the oldest also means bearing a ton of the responsibility. Usually, responsibility you never asked for.
And that's tough. You need to have your 'you' time! But when you grow up as the oldest sibling, sometimes that can be totally difficult to come by.
Here were some of those answers.
Chasten Buttigieg has won the hearts of tons of people as his husband, Pete Buttigieg, campaigns across the nation for the presidency.
People have fallen for Chasten's charisma, his intellect, his "realness" and his warmth.
Recently, Chasten opened up to The Washington Post about how this new-found popularity has affected him and how that popularity hasn't exactly translated to his family life.
As far as potential "first spouses" go, Chasten is unique. He's still in his twenties, the campaign is happening in the first year of his marriage, he is the first in his family to graduate from college and he and Pete are a same-sex couple.
Chasten Buttigieg is a story of firsts.
One of the major firsts in his life has to do with his family. Chasten is the first member of the LGBT+ community in his working-class, mid-western, conservative Christian family. Coming out didn't come so easily to him, but Chasten Buttigieg insists nobody was entirely surprised.
He told The Washington Post that he was entirely different from his two older brothers his whole life. They were athletes; Chasten preferred reading, theater, and Celine Dion ballads.
In their small High School, about 500 students total, there were no openly LGBT+ students - but that didn't prevent Chasten from standing out enough to be bullied, called homophobic slurs and get flung around by his backpack in physical attacks.
Eventually, Chasten applied to an exchange program that sent him to live in Germany for a brief period of time.
It was there that he finally confessed that he had been:
"scratching and itching and clawing to try to change whatever brain chemistry was making me the way I was."
Rather than reject him, the friends he made in Germany just gave him a word to go with how he was feeling - gay. Chasten Buttigieg accepted his homosexuality for the first time while in Germany. He knew it would change his whole world back home.
He wasn't wrong.
When he told his friends, they mostly responded by telling him that they loved him. However, there was a sharp divide in that love. Some loved him just the way he was, but others loved him by telling him he should turn to God to fix him.
That sentiment was later echoed in his family by his brothers, but we will get there.
First, he told his parents. He sat them down in the living room and handed them a letter filled with words he couldn't bring himself to say aloud.
After reading it, his mother's response shocked him.
"I remember my mom crying, and the first thing she asked me was if I was sick. I think she meant, like, did I have AIDS?"
His father opted for silence and Chasten spent what felt like ages getting the cold shoulder from his once warm and loving family.
Then he heard his brother utter the words that convinced him he wasn't safe at home:
"No brother of mine …"
At that point, he made the difficult decision to leave, feeling safer homeless than he did with his family. Chasten spent time couch surfing or sleeping in his car in the parking lot of his university.
It took months, but eventually his parents asked him to come back home. Their next conversations on his sexuality clearly went better than their first.
When Chasten and Pete fell in love, his parents were thrilled and proudly walked Chasten down the aisle to his future husband.
That loving acceptance hasn't come from his brothers, though. According to Chasten they just never got past it.
To this day Chasten has no relationship with either of his older siblings. One declined to be interviewed for The Washington Post piece.
The other, Rhys, who is now a Christian minister in Michigan admitted that Chasten coming out was not at all a surprise. Everyone had known since childhood.
However, knowing Chasten was born this way didn't mean the minister could accept it.
He simply stated:
"I want the best for him. I just don't support the gay lifestyle."