For people that do or behave in any way that departs from the "norm"--whatever that is--conversations with strangers can be exhausting. Whenever that atypical attribute rears its head, someone demands a complete description.


For the person asking, that might be an interesting couple of minutes.

But for the person answering, that is the thousandth time they've had to offer up an explanation for something so commonplace in their own experience.

A recent Reddit thread allowed users to set the record straight, once and for all.

Sarazar asked, "What are you sick of explaining?"

Science Lessons

"The difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes and that I was born with it and didn't get it from eating sugar." -- joe_bogan

"And for me, that there are more than two types of diabetes." -- bopeepsheep

Computer Stuff

"I'm a programmer, I write programs. I do not know how to fix your laptop that won't turn on." -- -PM_me_your_recipes-

"I am an analyst. I'm not a programmer. I don't code. I don't program. I don't know how to make space in your android phone." -- Lasdary

"You are lying, I saw the Mario bros movie I know that gamers, hackers, programmers, and computer engineers are basically the same thing." -- that_guy_you_remembe

Farm Deets

"Hobby Farmer here."

"A chicken is not the female. That's the name of the animal. The hen is the female."

"No you don't need roosters for hens to lay eggs. They've been bred over hundreds to thousands of years to lay a lot of eggs."

"Yes an animal needs to become pregnant in order to produce milk, just like a person. They don't just one day become mature enough and become a perpetual milk factory."

"Hay and Straw are two different things. Hay is dried grass or other leafy plants. It's what a lot of ruminants and horses eat. Straw is the dead stems of a crop like barley or wheat. It is inedible and usually used for bedding."

"Goats don't eat trash but they are the cats of the livestock world and will get into and destroy everything you know and love. There is a reason they are associated with the Devil."

-- soline

What's It to Ya

"Why I use a wheelchair/sticks."

"No, I didn't have an accident, I didn't break anything, my body just doesn't work very well. Go away."

-- suspicious_niffler

A Classic Annoyance

"My colour blindness. Basically as soon as anyone finds out, they point at something and ask "what colour is this?" Before anyone asks, I have Deuteranopia which is red/green." -- dimensional-scream

"I have deuteranopia also -it's annoying. People expect me to be able to tell them HOW what I see is different to what THEY see. How the f*** am I to explain it to you, I can't see how you see?" -- tandem_biscuit

It's Invisible, Just Trust Me

"Allergies, e.g. against pollen or food."

"Pollen is flying around not only in summer and the symptoms are not always red eyes or sneezing. So just because you cannot see, that someone is not feeling well it still can be the case."

"Or food allergies and you are judged as being picky. Please just accept, that some people cannot eat everything."

"Probably there are other allergies and explaining at some point is just sooo tiresome."

-- Kapuzenkresse

Burger Routers

"That Bluetooth does not use your mobile data. This has been explained countless times to my dad." -- Pigrs

"And that the 5GHz channel on my router isn't the same as 5G mobile data. I've given up on explaining this one..." -- Fl4shbang

"Look, they both have 5 and g in the name. They also make 5 Guys Burgers in there right?" -- BasroilII

Quiet Does Not Mean Upset

"Why I don't really talk, I am so sick of being asked 'why are you so quiet' because I just am. I can talk to people and understand social cues but I don't speak unless I think I'm adding something." -- BrainDead14

"Oh boy does that hit home. I think most people don't feel comfortable with silence, but I f***ing love it. I don't see what's wrong with just being quiet unless you actually have something to say."

"It's even worse with my parents. For some reason I barely talk with them, just the thought of talking to them makes me feel tired, and I sometimes feel bad about it, but it's just the way it is for me." -- joergio6

Just Don't Like the Stuff

"Why I don't drink alcohol. I mean, I don't feel like I need to explain that one, but other people want me to. Is it really such a crime?" -- BlueBlanketsareBest

"Hate this. Especially because I don't really have a reason for it, I simply don't want to" -- i-just-carry-on

Cultural Narratives

"I have Schizophrenia, and usually when I get to know someone I tell them I have it just as a little warning and what to do if it gets out of hand, but before I can even explain that they always say 'omg u have schizophrenia! So you have two personalities and kill people like that person from that one tv show?!'"

"no, no I do not kill people, the media has a sh** representation of the condition. So I always then have to spend the next 20 mins explaining what it is."

-- f***ing_lumpy_toast

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Sixth sense, hunch, spidey senses tingling, or gut feeling: no matter what you call it, we all have had that feeling at one point or another. Not everyone is as in tune with that feeling as some, but when we have that feeling it's important to listen to it. It could be life or death.

Science tells us that there's actual physical feelings associated with the gut feeling due to our gut-brain connection. Signals from our brain can actually cause intestinal signals to bubble up. It can come in a moments notice. Sometimes feeling a little like anxiety or even "hearing" a voice in your head telling you something might be off.

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"Research links these flashes of intuition to certain brain processes, such as evaluating and decoding emotional and other nonverbal cues."


We might need to listen to our gut specifically to protect ourselves. It's that intuitive knowledge that keeps humanity alive for centuries.

Antonia Hock, global head of The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center said:

"Instinct is a powerful data point that can be a treasure trove of untapped generational knowledge in decision making."

Redditors shared their life-saving moments when they listened to their gut and trusted it.

Redditor TheGaySussyBaka asked:

"What's a gut feeling that saved yours or someone else's life?"

Intuition could save a life. Let's read some true stories about gut feelings that made all the difference.

It was worth being late to the party.

"Years ago, my wife and I were driving on the expressway that was under major construction. Traffic had slowed quite a bit and I saw a plume of smoke ahead. As we drew closer, I could see it was the beginning of a Carbeque, but the driver was still in the vehicle."

"I did a death defying move to cross multiple lanes of traffic to pull over, despite my wife's protests about being late to the event we were headed to."

"I approached the car, which was just starting to produce visible fire from the wheel wells and opened the door to the car. The guy was conscious, but in obvious shock and was unresponsive. I had to reach in to unbuckle him and pull him out of the car. Within seconds of me getting him out, the driver's compartment was completely engulfed in flames."

- TheSpatulaOfLove

"In that moment, that's what your wife was thinking about?"

- Nooseents

"I don't think she had malicious intent. She's just nuts about being everywhere 5 minutes early. She assumed the guy would get out of the car and all would be fine. I didn't get that feeling."

- TheSpatulaOfLove

"Tipsy" driving is still drunk driving.

"Do not get into a car with someone who says 'they are just a little tipsy.'"

"The guy who was trying to convince us that he 'was totally fine to drive' didn't die that night but he did have to spend a two years learning to walk again."

- fruit_cats

"My story isn't as bad as that but I'm pretty sure I saved a friend from getting arrested for drunk driving. She'd been hanging out at my fraternity and had at least a couple drinks. She said she was going to drive to the bar, but I told her I wasn't going to let her and would find someone to drive her. But everybody else had been drinking. I hadn't, but I also didn't have a driver's license at the time (not for nefarious reasons, I just didn't get one until I graduated college)."

"Refusing to let her drive, I told her I would. She got in next to me and even though I hadn't driven in awhile, I drove slowly to the bar. After I pulled in to the spot, I finally noticed that there had been a cop right behind us. Luckily he drove off. But the cops in our college town were notorious jerks and even if she had been below the legal limit, she probably would have been arrested. But she was fine and I drove her back to her apartment after we were done."

"Also later found out that the car I was driving wasn't even hers - it belonged to her sorority sister. So there's a good chance I prevented her a) from getting arrested, b) getting into a bad accident, c) damaging her sorority sister's car or d) all of the above."

- PAKMan1988

"You're really burying the good part."

"You prevented her from possible troubles by driving a stolen car without a license right in front of a cop."

- yourmomlurks

Listen to your parental gut feeling.

"My son has leukemia and is on chemotherapy. He was just...off. Looked paler than usual and something just felt odd. Turns out chemo had obliterated his blood so much it might as well have been water and he would have died within days. Two blood transfusions, five days hospital and two weeks off chemotherapy and he was on the mend."

"I went into traumatic shock and the one thing that pulled me out was a debrief with my doctor, who told me I had just saved my child's life with my maternal instinct and never doubt it. Fast forward a few months and he got an infection and that same odd feeling woke me up. He spent a week in hospital that time."

"Parental instinct is there for a reason. Don't doubt it. When you feel it, it's not like feeling a concern or worry that something might be wrong... it's a deep primal knowing."

- belltrina

"My wife had the same thing happen with our 3rd kid. 3 days old. Something was off for her. She had a feeling, called the pediatrician and tested his blood sugar with her kit since she was a gestational diabetic. It was in the basement. Like the oh f**k basement. Verge of coma basement. Doc had us call 9-11 and they would have life-flighted him to a bigger hospital had the weather not sucked a**. Spent 9 days in the NICU. Now he's a wild 5-year-old boy. She 100% saved his life."

- Fleadip

"When I worked in peds, this was the mantra among the nursing staff. If mom (or dad) thinks something is wrong, something is wrong! You know your kid better than anyone else in the world."

- vanillabeanlover

"This is so true! When I had appendicitis, my doctor tried to send me home saying it was the flu. If my mom hadn't insisted something was seriously wrong, I might be dead. It was hours from rupturing when they removed it."

- hotairballoons

A near miss.

"Scenario- driving myself and 2 coworkers back from lunch. Didn't immediately go when my light was green as I got this weird knot in my stomach like something was gonna go down. Car next to me went forward and got slammed into a brick building and post by a speeding car that went thru his red. Some debris rained on my car but basically was left unscathed. Shook but unscathed."

- tokoloshe_noms_toes

"My friends make fun of me for this, bc the 'light is green lol' but I've been involved in that type of accident, and am only alive because my dad, who was driving saw it in time to slam the gas and make them only hit the bed of the truck."

- marshal231

The man in the truck.

"This is before cell phones (think beepers). I went out one night and was meeting my bestie half way between my house and hers. I noticed this truck drive by me and he slowed down to a crawl. Another car was coming so he kept going. My spidey senses were triggered though. I saw my best friend and I grabbed her and pulled her into an old shed at an abandoned house. I shut the door quick and told her to be quiet. There was a space so we were able to see this truck coming."

"She is whispering rapidly to me asking what is happening. I told her that I had seen that guy a few minutes before and he made me nervous. He slowly crept down the street, pulled over and got out with a flashlight. That's when we saw the gun. The most terrifying thing, it was only moments, but felt like hours. He finally took off, but I was hesitant to leave yet. We stayed there for about 15-20 minutes and he came back 4 or 5 times."

"Finally we heard our names being called, her older brother and his best friend had come looking because it typically takes 10 minutes to get from my house to hers. I am convinced that she and I would both be dead if it wasn't for that shed and me trusting my spidey senses."

- Right-Mind2723

Caught it just in time.

"Was hanging out with my brother who was visiting from a few hours away. We went to one of his highschool friends house to shoot the sh*t."

"My brother's friend had a kid who was literally bouncing off the walls. After one bounce I heard a little scrape behind me. I looked behind me to see the 8 point deer head mounted to the wall just in time for another bounce."

"I snatched that head out of the air just about 3 inches from giving the kid 4 stab wounds to the skull."

- piratecheese13

"I was at a party my house was hosting back in the day. We had a back area that had a door leading to the backyard, the door swung inwards. Someone was bent over putting their shoe on and I heard someone coming up the stairs to come in. As soon as the handle started turning, I put my hand over the door to stop it coming in. The person putting on their shoe was so shocked because no one else noticed the door opening and their head was right near the handle. Maybe not exactly saving a life, but a solid concussion at least."

- Subject37

"Peacefully riding my motorcycle."

"'I don't think that guy is going to stop for that stop sign. I'll slow down just a little bit so he'd miss me if he didnt.'"

"Guy flys through intersection at 100km/h."

"'God wanted me to live this day, I see.'"

- shrapnullvxvsa

There are a few things you'll need to do to learn how to trust your gut. Part of it is recognizing when your gut is trying to send you signals. Body awareness, emotional awareness and cognitive processing is something that can happen intuitively, but we have to know how to recognize it.

Pay attention to when it is intrinsically emotional or when it might be clouded by bias. Know the difference so you can make choices that make the most sense for the situation.

And practice! Find ways to listen to your body and emotions and put the skills to the test.

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