It might surprise you to know that the last Civil War widow died near the end of last year.
Yes, you read that correctly. Her name was Helen Viola Jackson, and she married James Bolin in 1936 when she was 17 and he was 93.
"He said that he would leave me his Union pension," she later told historian Hamilton C. Clark. "It was during the [Great] Depression and times were hard. He said that it might be my only way of leaving the farm."
Jackson never remarried and kept the marriage secret for decades.
Hard to believe, but it happened. Here's the report from Smithsonian Magnazine.
History is full of some wild facts, as we were so kindly reminded by Redditor day_tripper96, who asked the online community:
"What's a bizarre historical event you can't believe actually took place?"
"In 1920, President Paul Deschanel of France fell through the window of the train while traveling on the Orient Express. He stumbled up to the nearest signal box in his pajamas and told the signalman that he needed help and that he was the President of France. The signalman reportedly replied 'And I'm Napoleon Bonaparte."
Cue laugh track!
This is a moment worthy of a sitcom.
"In AD 897..."
"The Cadaver Synod - In AD 897, Pope Stephen VI had his dead rival Pope Formosus exhumed and put on trial. Stephen had a deacon speak on the dead pope's behalf. Naturally, Formosus was found guilty. Stephen ordered that two fingers Formosus used for blessing people be cut off and had his corpse thrown in the Tiber river."
Well, it's not like he could defend himself soooo... no one is surprised. Deliciously petty.
"Good old Operation Mincemeat.
Basically, during WWII, the British find some dead body of some poor guy, dress it up like a British officer, attach some fake intel onto him, then throw him into the ocean, hoping he floats to enemy territory to mislead them.
The chances that this would have worked must have been miniscule. Talk about a victory!
"The astronomer Tycho Brahe had a pet moose that he used to get drunk with. One time he brought it to a dinner party at a friend's house. But sadly, the moose did not survive the night. Once again the poor moose got drunk on beer and died from a nasty fall down a set of stairs. Tyco Brahe also lost his nose in a duel, so he wore a prosthetic nose made out of metal. Some sources say brass, others say it was a gold/silver alloy. He was also employing a small court jester named Jepp that he believed to be clairvoyant."
"100 years ago..."
"The Halifax Explosion. 100 years ago two ships did a shit job of passing each other while entering / leaving Halifax Harbour, in Nova Scotia. One of them was LOADED with explosives destined for WW1. They collided and one of them burned for a while, then exploded. The blast was a ~2/3 again larger than the one we saw in Beirut last year.
Thousands died or were blinded by shattering windows. There was a local tsunami (which followed a brief moment where the seabed was exposed to air), and then a monster snowstorm covered the relief effort in snow.
Largest human-made explosion even until the nuclear bomb, and I think it remains the largest maritime accident ever."
This is one of those historical events that continues to horrify me and fill me with morbid curiosity. I went to Halifax some years back and never got a chance to visit the museum. Looks like I'll need to!
"Alexander the Great named..."
"Alexander the Great named (or renamed) 70 cities after himself. Some still have the name or derivatives of it - Alexandria in Egypt being the most obvious, but also Iskandariya in Iraq and Kandahar in Afghanistan."
"Hannibal marching elephants..."
"Hannibal marching elephants over the Alps to attack Italy."
And the fact that he left Spain to do this just before Roman forces arrived to take him on, and then Rome was just like "meh" and continued south when they figured out where he was going. They didn't care because they thought there was no way he could do anything. Polybius's account of Hannibal is fantastic, especially if you read what he says about the First Punic War and the Carthaginian Civil War as a context. The petty hatred between Rome and Carthage was insane, and had been going on for an insanely long time. Makes the 100 Years War look like nothing."
"The only time in history..."
"The time when Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the island where he was imprisoned on after his army was defeated, he snuck back into France under the nose of King Louis XVIII and literally every royal guard and roadblock from Marseille to Paris, and when he was actually caught just outside Paris, he managed to persuade the soldiers (who just so happened to be former Bonapartists) to escort him into Paris where he managed to successfully cause the king to flee, on top of raising a FULL ARMY to wage war against Europe AGAIN. The only time in history an emperor took back an entire country just by waving his hat."
Honestly, Napoleon's entire life story would qualify. That man just would not quit.
"The Great Molasses Flood, Jan.15, 1919. Massive wave of molasses from a broken tank flooded the area. It killed 51 people and injured 150. 2.3 million US gallons."
"During the siege of Tenochtitlan, the conquistadors built a trebuchet. However, the conquistadors, being an exploratory expedition, had not brought any military engineers with them. So they winged it. Surprisingly, they did build a trebuchet, which fired exactly one shot, directly upwards, which promptly came down and smashed the trebuchet. This event is chronicled in both the journals of the conquistadors present as well as the Aztec records."
History isn't boring
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As if life isn't difficult enough, why spend extra time being angry about the little things?
And this vitriol is pointed at all of the most random things. But when you think about it, this psychological behavior isn't new. It's easy to set a person off, always has been.
There are just so many things that are disliked, it makes no sense.
Redditor u/IntrovertedOutcast1 wanted to understand why people are so fast to get irritated over every little thing, they asked:
What's something you think gets more hate than it deserves?
Teletubbies. I hate teletubbies, and I know I'm not alone. They're freakish and give me nightmares. Yes, I know they're merely toys.
Go HomeAnimated GIFGiphy
"Tourists taking photos. Not everyone taking a photo and posting it online is an "influencer!"
What's your point?
"Those ADD cheap toys. Remember digit spinners or now the pop boards. People hate on them and I don't know why."
"I don't hate them, I just find them mildly annoying. I understand, you need to fidget, but seriously? We have the clickers on pens for more reasons than one, y'know. "Oh but the pens get very loud and annoying." And? What's your point?"
"I know for a FACT that you don't have ADD, Veronica. Your reason? "Oh but they're fun to play with!" And a massive and loud distraction in class too for the people who actually have ADD. Even for the people who don't, it's still a pain. In conclusion, as a teacher, I would ban them unless the person has proof it actually focuses them."
"Vegetables. They can be delicious if they're cooked nicely and put with the right things."
"In the US we don't so much have a veggie grilling culture. I mean some people or regions might but in general grilling is all about the meat. My roommate is from South Africa and they do have a great veggie grilling culture, even sandwiches directly on grills. I've legit never tasted veggies in such a deliciously appealing way than grilled. Now every time i go to grill some chicken, eggplant steaks come right along with me."
"Spiders. They eat things you don't want in your house. Try and leave them alone."
"As someone who lives in Australia, we really can't afford to just "leave them alone". However, my family is also Buddhist so most of the time we just move them outside rather than kill them. But at one point we found 6 redbacks in our garage in one day, and one of them had laid eggs so we really didn't have much choice but to call an exterminator. General rule of thumb is that if it scurries, it's harmless. If it stays still or curls into a ball (edit: in general, doesn't back off) it's venomous."
Nice GuyGIF by Food NetworkGiphy
"Guy Fieri. He comes off as annoying but he does a lot of great charity work."
Oh, tourists, they are on the top of my lists. And Guy Fieri, who is he hurting? And spiders, they are the work of the devil!
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"Carbohydrates and fat. Your body literally would die without them."
"Pull up diapers. As someone who works in daycare with potty training children I am very well versed in diapers and all things potty. Despite all the marketing and ads the most common advice when potty training is, don't do pull ups. Now I generally agree with this advice."
"However, I work in daycare with an 8:1 toddler to adult ratio. Parents who tell me no pull ups sometimes want me to sit their child on the potty completely naked, distract them for upwards of 20 minutes, throw a damn parade, and repeat this every hour. With 8 toddlers this is impossible. So we inevitably have a ton of accidents. Which is fine."
"But when it's week 3 and this child has yet to pee in the potty and just keeps soaking themselves it's a problem. You know what solves this problem? Pull ups. Yet I have been yelled at, cursed at, one Mom put a dirty diaper in my car. They act like the child wearing a pull up is going to send this 2.5 year old back to infancy."
The Best Questions To Ask During A Job Interview | George Takei’s Oh MyyyWhen heading to a job interview, many candidates only prepare to answer questions about qualifications or past experience. But they should also be ready to a...
Complex & Misunderstood
"Hyenas. They are not evil or dumb creatures, they are actually very smart, with a complex social life and not more aggressive or evil than other kinds of predators. Yes they kill lions occasionally, but so do the lions to them. And it might be subjective but hyenas are not ugly at all IMO."
It's not art!
"I wanna say emojis so bad just so Reddit destroys my account."
"Personally, I hate how hyperbolic and juvenile they are. A lot of times it's not just a simple smiley face, it's crying laughing face. A lot of times it's not just one emoji, but several in a row mixed in with others. I hate when people put emojis for a thing after typing the word for that thing, as if they're writing in hieroglyphics. It's like the modern equivalent of using a thousand exclamation points with 1s mixed in."
Bad Wordsschitts creek comedy GIF by CBCGiphy
"The word moist. I've been around people who have actually gagged when they heard it. Just... grow up. Besides, how else does one describe well-baked cake?"
"People in general. Everyone is so quick to go negative but I feel like most people want to do the right thing and just get by. But that doesn't generate clicks."
"My favorite conspiracy to believe is that there is no conspiracy and a lot of governments are just genuinely incompetent. Almost everything that's happened comes more from mess ups than ulterior motives."
"Pineapple on pizza. I don't like it either but people should chill a little."
"I'm convinced half those people secretly, shamefully, enjoy it. Personally, I think it's bomb when paired with the right ingredients. Pineapple, bacon, jalapeño and onion* = Spicy Hawaiian. It's dope, try it. *onion is optional."
Vaccinate your kids...
"Autism. You're either born with it or you're not. Many people manage quite well with it. You have probably passed many autistics on the streets and had no idea.Autism can be like a mountain of quirks that makes life a harder. Essentially, it's like playing life on hard mode. Yet autism is used as an insult and some people think it's better for their kids to be dead than to have autism. Vaccinate your kids. Vaccines does not cause autism (and if it did, it's better to be autistic than dead)."
Dip ItAngry Birds French Fries GIF by Angry BirdsGiphy
"Mayo and fries, babbyyyy looking at you chic-fil-a."
"My wife loves this combo and she says she picked it up when she studied abroad in Denmark. Don't think it's picked up much steam on this side of the Atlantic."
"Celebrities with opposing viewpoints from years ago Like why let what they think in the past bother you these days?"
"A lot of every day people probably do the exact same thing but don't get trashed for it since they aren't being quoted every time they go out in public. Make some political opinion or viewpoint/opinion in general that is not even political."
"Then over time (no specific amount of time) their viewpoints might evolve differently and they could say something completely different from their original viewpoint from the past. I personally have viewpoints different now from the view I had 15 years ago and I suspect a large portion of the population does as well."
Out of Control
"Children in public places. Not all parents and kids are perfect, some aren't so great, some are even terrible. The hatred for kids simply existing in public spaces is outrageous though. They are people in training, and at one time so were you."
"Makes me feel a combination of nostalgia for when my son was that size and schadenfreude at their misery. Plus they're adorable with all their rage and squinched up little faces! You know that all they need is a good nap, but they fight it tooth and nail! It's hilarious! From the outside at least."
"Owning a cat."
"Men owning cats is a big plus on dating sites. It demonstrates they can handle an independent housemate that's not as devoted to them as a dog. My personal bias and that of my friends is that cat guys make better partners."
"Not gonna lie, I hate cats but that's mainly because they keep crapping in my garden and coming into my house. I wouldn't harm one, but if I wanted to clear up poop and breakages in my home then I'd have my own damn pet."
Poor EdEd Sheeran Television GIF by The VoiceGiphy
"Ed Sheeran. Not his biggest fan but I don't understand the hate he gets."
"And why they don't get the respect they deserve."
"Fun Facts - I used to have a different outlook, but have changed my view on them. I leave them alone now."
The scale tells me I should hate carbs, but that is a personal relationship. And moist is one of my favorite words. I find this entire topic moist.
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Life in full of the unexpected and all things that cannot be explained. I don't know about the rest of you, but déjà Vu is a daily visitor in my life. I am constantly wondering... "Did that just happen, again?"
Strange happenings abound in all of our lives. And finding ways to properly describe phenomena has never gotten easier.
How do you relay the details about dreams within dreams within nightmares that happened while we're awake? It's all part of the mystery.
Redditor u/TheCornishGameHen wanted to hear about some things that have occurred in life that we'll never properly define, by asking:
What is an experience you've had that you cannot logically explain?
I swear I've relived moments of my life. I'm convinced of it. Like... "I swear I already paid that bill." Does anybody else have that issue?
Hello?Disappointed Talk To Me GIF by Dark IglooGiphy
"My twin sister died suddenly at the age of 50. Two weeks after her death I get a text from her apologising for our last argument, which I didn't get at the time nor responded to. She died with us still estranged."
sorry for scaring you...
"Had a dream where someone interrupted my dream to tell me I only had 6 months left, 6 months after I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was the harmless type, and this was 15 years ago, but it still freaks me out to this day."
"There's actually another case like this. A lady who heard a voice told her to go to the hospital and get her brain scanned. Sure enough, there was a tumor. She got surgery to have it removed. In recovery, the voice said "sorry for scaring you. This will be the last you hear from us."
Call me Coco
"We were in a town outside Puerta Vallarta on holiday. In the middle of the outdoor market was a small church that we decided to check out. For some reason I felt really connected to it. I felt compelled to pray and light a candle. As we were leaving the church courtyard a little girl across the small brick road was pointing at me, pulling her mother towards us, and she was calling me"Coco Coco". The mother was pulling against her saying, "¿Quien? no la conocemos. quien es Coco?" (Who? We don't know her. Who is Coco?)"
"I froze. I locked eyes with the little girl. She was so excited and happy to see me. I didn't know her either but I smiled to be polite. And in that moment it dawned on me. My little sister used to call me Coco when she was very little. I hadn't heard anyone say that name to me in over 30+ years and had not thought about that nickname or told anyone about that nickname ever."
"It was alarming yet comfortably familiar. The little girl's mother pulled her along up the street and we went on our way. Years later my sister is getting really into genealogy and tracing our roots. She says 4 generations back, our dad's family is from that small town outside of Puerta Vallarta."
"I was taking my kid to a doctor's appointment and as we were walking from the car everything around us just stopped. It was only for just a brief moment and then everything went back to normal. What was weird was everything went silent too which never happens there since it was right by one of the busiest intersections in town. I could also blow it off as just my imagination but as soon as it happened my kid asked me if time just stopped."
I hear it...Spike Lee Radio GIF by MauditGiphy
"The other day I heard the radio station without turning on the receiver. I turned it on and it was exactly what was playing in my head."
That radio thing happens to me five times a day. Or... I'll be thinking of a random movie that is YEARS old and then... BAM, it's on tv. Like, I made it happen.
In NashvilleGIF by OpryGiphy
"In the mid nineties (I was about 14) my family took a weekend trip to Nashville to go to Opryland. The night before we go, I had a terrible nightmare that the shoulder harness on a rollercoaster we were riding was faulty, and I fell out. So the next day at the park, my mom, sis, and I get on the exact same rollercoaster. I sat in the car in front of them by myself and the shoulder harness would not lock in place!!"
"I freak out! The ride is about to start. I start screaming! A ride operator comes over and manually locks the harness in place so the ride can begin. When we get off the ride, they shut off that car so no one else can ride it. I will never again ride an upside down rollercoaster."
People Break Down The Strangest Rules Their Parents Enforced Growing Up | George Takei’s Oh MyyyThe rules we follow growing up are often rooted in culture and circumstance, but that doesn't mean they always make sense for the world we live in. Or at lea...
The Power of Christ
"My parents got the house exorcized by a priest (my mom claimed that seeing demons and being manic were unrelated, we just didn't argue). As the priest walked around the house, suddenly a flood of roaches spewed out from behind the priest, emerging from cracks in the pavement and fanning away from him like a wake, instantly disappearing as soon as they'd materialized. I've never seen insects act like one perfectly coordinated hive."
"Roaches scatter erratically, and come in different sizes. These roaches were all exactly the same size and color, and moved in perfect unison. It happened in seconds. My sister, also an atheist, saw it too, but everyone else had been walking alongside the priest. We later went back to investigate. We never saw a single roach in or around that basement before or since. Obvious explanation would be weird roach coincidence, but... I just don't know. It was weird."
Then the phone rang
"One summer when I was a teenager, my cousin came to visit with her then infant son, and my mom took the two of them to the zoo. My mom told me to call on my cousin's phone if I was going anywhere, since my mom wasn't bringing her phone with her. About an hour later I decided to bike to my friend's house. I instinctively called my mom on her phone to let her know, forgetting that she didn't have her phone with her."
"Once I remembered, I hung up and started to dial my cousin's number. Then the phone rang. It was my mom's number. Somehow, her phone called me back on its own, even though it was in her car, which was locked and in front of the house (I ran outside to confirm this). To this day, I have no idea how her phone was able to call me back. And no, I didn't answer the call."
In a Haze
"I was driving to a running workout at 4:30am and and passed the high school stadium near my house. There was a football game being played with a stadium full of fans. It made no sense at all, I kinda wonder if I was hallucinating. To this day I don't know why that was happening then."
NumbDifficult People Comedy GIF by HULUGiphy
"I once forgot how to read, speak and comprehend stuff for like an hour and half my body went numb. I called the ambulance cause I got freaked out, but they found nothing wrong."
Still haunts me...
"11 years old. Driving 1.5 hrs away on a school trip. I see my (very uncommon) name, first and last, spray painted, in reverse (like to be read in a mirror) on a train overpass. I have pictures of this to this day. I wonder if it means something, but not sure what. I'm 42 now. Still haunts me."
"Edit: for those wanting to see the picture. - https://twitter.com/michaelvannette/status/1445821275163615239?t=jayMB2iZPG0q-fdL63SjPA&s=19"
Dad sees it too!
"When I was a little kid, my dad and I would often sit on the front steps just before my bedtime. He'd just let me rattle on about whatever was on my mind. I always looked forward to it. So one night we're sitting there and a a big ball of light, sort of a pale yellowish color, flies over the house. It was moving fast and made no sound we could hear. It was headed straight north and quickly vanished over the trees across the street."
"I was predictably excited, jumping up and pointing at it. Dad calmly took me by the hand and herded me into the house. He had a brief, hushed conversation with Mom and I got put to bed. Next morning when I brought it up they said I must have dreamed it. Years later Dad admitted that yeah, he saw it too. But he still wouldn't talk about it."
In a Dream state...
"Little late but… When I was younger I always saw the same person in my dream. It wasn't the generic man picture all over the internet. The person was hunched over, much more than normal and had massive teeth and eyes. These dreams slowly turned to nightmares and I was very scared."
"One morning I woke up after having a normal, not scary dream and there it was, for a split second. After I had that experience I never had a dream of it again… so that's good I guess? TL;DR - I saw my nightmare when I woke up and then I never saw it in my dreams again."
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"Was in a kitchen with a few kitchen implements on the wall. A funnel fell off it's hook, unlikely but not impossible, and flew 6 feet into the open oven. It was really weird."
"I love/like milk too"
"I remember it was during a drought in California around a decade ago, I woke up one morning and our entire backyard was overgrown with grass and weeds, when the previous day it was barren completely. We had no milk in the fridge, but had gained a jug of fruit punch, an entire untouched gallon."
"My dad drove me to the store to go get more milk, and we were talking about how much we loved the stuff and how it's one of the only things we ALWAYS keep in the house and never let go empty. We pull into the parking lot of our nearby Savemart and look at the license plate of the car in front of us as we're finding a spot."
"Something along the lines of "I love/like milk too" (cant remember the exact sequence of digits, I was a kid). We both were stunned speechless and brought it up in shock for years to come."
"Woke up in the middle of the night one day. My eyes were still foggy from sleep but I could see the shape of a person standing in front of me. It looked like they were half crouched, with their hands on their knees and their head kind of tilted, as if they were trying to get a good look at my face."
"I remember being confused because I thought it was my mom, and I was wondering why she was just looking at me like that. My eyes then adjusted and I realized this "person" didn't have any features. It was like a shadow person, but was grey and static-y looking."
"I got scared and closed my eyes hoping it would go away. I guess I must have fallen asleep after a while because next thing I know it was morning. Definitely really weird. I have a ton of other weird experiences too that seemingly have no explanation. That was one of the creepiest."
Quivers...don't care ugh GIF by Adult SwimGiphy
"Saw my late grandfather's lip moving. Seems normal but this happened to me during his funeral, after he had been pronounced dead for 5-6 days."
"I wear a sun symbol necklace, it was handmade out of a single bit of metal and has a loop at the top to thread a cord or chain through. I was walking along with my daughter on my shoulders, when I hear a "ting" on the floor in front of me. I look down and my necklace sun symbol is on the floor. I check the cord around my neck. It is still tied and in one piece, so I check the symbol, the metal loop is still solid. WTF...? how did the symbol detach from the cord, without breaking the cord or the loop? To this day I have no clue."
What's so Funny?Golden Girls Lol GIF by HULUGiphy
"Was driving home at night and heard 2 little girls laugh in the back of my car. Pulled over and checked the whole car. I just blamed it on my mental health but I never had a auditory hallucination before and haven't had any since that night."
The human body is beyond explanation. That's why they say doctors don't know everything. But so is life, beyond explanation.
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No matter how much therapy I attend there are just some issues from childhood I'll never be fully free from; in particular, crippling fears and specific haunts. And I know I'm not alon. I'm still no fan of the dark and I always give sufficient credence to any and all superstitions, there is no reason to tempt fate; especially since I've made it this far.
I loathe most insects, snakes and anything that resembles a rat. And I actually think those are healthy issues. Some fears are just unshakeable. Do you agree?
Redditor u/Chaelaminsky1990 wanted to hear about details of the past that so many of us just can't seem to outrun, by asking:
What irrational fear did you have as a kid that you thought you'd grow out of but never did?
I grew up in New York. When I was about six, I was walking up the stairs from the train when a rat fell from the street onto my head. I don't remember the rest. Need I say more?
Look AwayScared Dog GIF by MOODMANGiphy
"Mirrors, I'm always have a thought that I'm going to see something that I shouldn't. lol"
Deep Blue Sea...
"Sharks in the pool at night. Can't see 'em but I know they're there."
"Came here to say this, but it goes beyond pools. It can be any body of water. Sometimes when I'm in the shower I just start thinking about sharks and have to shower real fast and get the freak out of there."
"Sometimes I get freaked out when I'm not even around water thinking I'm just gonna wake up and realize I've been passed out in the middle of the ocean with a shark about to attack me. Kinda weird. I watched Deep Blue Sea when I was really little and it freaked me out, and I've always blamed it on that."
"The dark, I'm 48."
"My caution meter goes up. Not like I can't walked around my house in the dark but hearing or watching horror or thriller stories, it's quite rational to be cautious and recheck all the doors are locked."
"It's not just 'the dark' for me, I'm fine in the dark outside or in rooms of my house. It's dark in unfamiliar places/rooms."
"The fear that something under my bed will grab my foot if it hangs off the bed."
"Yo... I specifically store a bunch of stuff under my bed so it is all full up under there specifically so I can know. NOPE NO MONSTERS HIDDING IN THERE. and if they are. They much smaller than me so I could overpower those smurf sized monsters grabbing my feetsies. Not tonight non-existent underbed gnomes. Not tonight."
Mighty Watersloud house animation GIF by NickelodeonGiphy
"As a child every time a toilet clogged I would start crying because I thought it was going to overflow, flood the house and we would all drown. Now I don't cry, but the fear is still there."
I hate toilets. I've been involved in too many floodings. It's like I'm cursed when I go number two. And that under the bed thing, that's real problem.
EntanglementsJazz Seaweed GIF by The ItchywormsGiphy
"Swimming in the ocean in the sections that have sea weed and are consequently dark."
"I absolutely cannot under any circumstances fall asleep if the closet door is open. I've tried so many times. I KNOW there's not demons in there but at the same time like what if there is???"
"I can't sleep with my bedroom door closed. Closet and my en suite bathroom doors HAVE to be closed, but the door to the bedroom HAS to stay open. I blame my being a mom. WhAt If SoMeTHiNg HaPpEnS tO tHe BoY aNd I dOn'T hEaR iT!? He's 11 now and in no risk of SIDS or anything else I panicked about when he was a baby."
"It took a long time to grow out of but propane tank and torches used to freak me out I thought everytime one was turned on it could possibly explode."
"Me too! I was probably 8 hanging around in the basement of one of the "older boys". I was helping him with something and he was using a little propane torch."
"Well I guess he didn't tighten the tip onto the propane bottle well enough, propane escaped creating a second flame that went spewing out the side. He freaked out and threw it and we both BOLTED out of the house - his Mom in tow. Luckily a larger fire didn't start but I was quite fearful of those things for a long time. Now I know how to handle them and I can sweat pipes with little anxiety."
"I'm 27 and I still smack the light off and run up the stairs like a dog ASAP."
"I'm 32 and still jump in bed and hide under the blanket for a minute until my eyes adjust. Thankfully I only have to do this at certain relatives houses as I have a light with hanging switch above my bed so I can do it while partially under cover already."
Who is there?
"Always checking behind the shower curtain before using the restroom. My dad used it to scare me so much as a kid, that I now get relatively extreme anxiety from a closed shower curtain."
"Yup I have my own apartment now and only clear shower curtains are allowed lmao. Nothing happened to trigger this fear, except possibly a movie or something where the killer was hiding behind a shower curtain? Idk but at my parent's house I still check under and in anything in my room a killer could be hiding in before I go to sleep so I guess I'm just paranoid. lol"
Let me Poopsteve irwin snakes GIF by BustleGiphy
"A snake swimming through my plumbing lines and biting me in the butt while I'm taking a poop. It went away after a while until I saw a video of this exact scenario happening. Now I will never be able to poop in peace."
What did I tell you about snakes? See! And it's wise to always check every corner of the house when you can. You never know.
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No one would think twice about certain food pairings like chocolate and peanut butter.
Curious to hear about what strangers online came up with in their kitchens, Redditor Paiman55 asked:
"What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?"
You won't find these sandwiches and pizza on a menu anywhere.
Fruit And Cheese
"My mum has eaten jam and cheese sandwiches her entire life. No one else I've ever seen consume them."
"I asked her about it a few years ago, and she explained that a) jam isn't too dissimilar to a lot of chutneys, and the salty and sweet balances perfectly; b) I enjoy cheese with fruit in it, such as Wensleydale with cranberries, so the idea of 'fruit and cheese' as a combo isn't so strange in theory; and c) it's her sandwich, not mine, and I could f'k off."
Peanut Butter Pairs With...
"peanut butter/pickles sandwich."
"First time I saw my dad making a peanut butter / pickle sandwich I asked if he was pregnant. Then he made me try some. And now I eat them myself. And have spread the love to at least two friends who also enjoy them."
"Sh*t, sometimes I just take a spoonful of peanut butter and a fork to the pickle jar …"
"Kimchi and pizza. The acidity of the kimchi cuts through the pizza grease wonderfully. You can probably use anything pickled honestly."
Blue cheese is delicious by itself. But other than on salads, these Redditors thought the creamy dressing worked well on other dishes.
Blue Cheese Dressing Makes Everyone Delicious
"Microwave taquitos and blue cheese dressing. Yes, I know it's gross and yes, I am ashamed."
Perfect For A Snowy Christmas
"Gingerbread and blue cheese."
"ooh, I can actually imagine how amazing that tastes!"
If you think outside the box, salt might be a free-for-all flavor enhancer.
"Apparently salt on fruit is weird but it's something my family has always done."
"My mother only ever did it with Cantaloupe. It does draw out the the sweetness somehow."
Creamy, Savory Delight
"Salt on ice cream. Especially single flavor. Brings out so many different nuances."
Milk with cereal is so early 80s and 90s.
Milk 'N Pop
"If you want weird, try mixing some milk with some diet coke, it turns into this tea like substance, my family member used to like drinking that when I was a kid and I used to like it too, now I cant stand it."
Try At Your Own Risk
"Alright. I'll confess. Ramen noodles and warm milk."
"I know. I know. I get it. It's f'king nasty. I understand. My mom used to put milk in Campbells chicken soup I when I was a kid, and when I evolved into Broke College Student I started making my own milky chicken soup out of bouillon and bulk ramen noodles. I started cutting corners by simmering the bouillon cube in the milk while the noodles boiled in their own pot. I thought it would amplify the flavor, but I honestly just lost the ability to give a f'k somewhere in there."
"Then one day, when I was deliriously sick and just struggling to survive, I forgot the bouillon part and just flopped a bunch of ramen noodles into a bowl of warm milk. Wasn't actually all that bad. It's become a kind of comfort food when I'm feeling low."
"Don't try it for yourself though. It's a fondness born out of early 20's suffering and is Not worth it."
Crisps And Ice Cream
"Plain Potato chips and Vanilla Ice Cream is oddly good together. Also when I was in Army basic training I would put Peanut Butter on Pancakes because it was easier and faster than putting syrup on them."
When I was a kid, I tried a homemade dressing I thought was gross while visiting my parents' friends house.
Because I was taught to eat whatever was placed in front of me at the dinner table served by any host, I had no choice but to oblige.
The dressing on the cabbage was a mixture of Hellman's mayonnaise and soy sauce. I was used to having those condiments individually, not together.
But when I reluctantly tried it, I braced myself, expecting the worst. I was actually pleasantly surprised how much I really enjoyed it.
Milk and ramen, however, is something I would never try, no matter how well my parents disciplined me to eat whatever was served. I have my limits.