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Most students are taught how to properly cite sources sometime in elementary school. At the time, it can seem like an arduous task. "Why make us write out the name of the book I used in such a confusing way?" Thanks to the age we live in, an age of disinformation and "fake news," it's more important than ever to make sure the sources we're using are real.

...And then there's these kids.

Reddit user, u/Hummis6047, wanted teachers to rat out the best of their laziest when they asked:

Teachers of Reddit, do you ever look at the cited sources of your students projects, and if you have, what kind of bs have you found?

Not Even The Professor Wants To Read That

Middle schoolers citing 1000 page scientific papers when they probably just looked at the references section of the Wikipedia article they copied


That's how I got through grad school.


The saddest moment is realizing there is no wiki articles on some of the stuff you're studying and you actually have to read through a tonne of articles to find useful ones.


Where's Your Proof?

Had a student once turn in a research paper about Abraham Lincoln's black ancestry.

The source?

A known satire website.


Well... I've never seen Abraham Lincoln's supposedly non-Kenyan birth certificate, so.....


What, You Don't Trust These Guys? Steve and Dave and Jeff and Mike and...

"the data didn't support our hypothesis but our personal experiences do, so we still think this is a thing."

also, one student used author's first names instead of last names for the in-text citation. "steve and dave, 2016." I cracked up.


It's A Harmless Mistake, Right?

Former high school teacher now university lecturer here.

Yes. I once found that a student had cited a legit source to support the completely imaginary argument he was making in his writing. There was nothing in the source material that had anything at all to do with what he'd written. When I called him on it he said he 'must've got the sources mixed up'. We then proceeded to have a rather heated discussion about why it wasn't fair to penalise him for what he saw as essentially a pretty harmless mistake. I mean, anyone could do that, right?

The bigger issue I have is students NOT citing sources and producing these wonderful pieces of writing and analysis which they expect me to believe are their own ideas. Again - when you call them on it, it's not plagiarism, it's just something they 'forgot'.

In my own country that would have been grounds for immediate exclusion from the uni. Where I am now, the powers that be are getting more serious about it, but a lot of people still think I'm overreacting (I'm in Germany).


Ah. That "Google" Guy Again?

I found out that a photograph came from ""


I literally did that once with like 20 images in a project, and I realized right after turning it in that the links to them were like right under them all along.


Well, That Professor Is Just Silly

Not a teacher, but in my first year of Uni I took a history course on Vikings for fun. During one of my tutorials, our professor told us that most of us had done well on our essay, but that it should go without saying that nobody should be referencing "How to train your dragon" in a University level essay.



8th grader's only source for a paper on railway history: My uncle, he knows a lot about trains.


Just Do The Work

I taught an undergraduate course last semester. I checked most of the references the students used. If there were many references in the paper, I normally just looked to see where they came from to see if they were reputable. Most of the time the students just found sh-tty websites as opposed to journal publications. That's BS in my opinion, but I couldn't take points off for everyone.


Respect The Player, Not The Game

This was last year, but a student in my AP Biology class had his main cited source as a quick link that went straight to " Never gonna give you up" by Rick Astley

This was for his final project to pass the class... He still passed the class


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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

What's the most traumatizing thing you experienced as a child?
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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

Redditor u/Mcxyn wanted to discuss some truths about love and our own issues, by asking:

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!

What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."


"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

One such instance involved a little sister who was around 6 at the time. It was the 90s and at the height of the youth-focused PSAs (think the frying egg representing your brain). One type was a safety PSA about stranger danger. The speaker would remind the children that if a stranger tried to take you anywhere to yell “Stop, you're not my mommy/daddy" to raise the alarm.

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