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It can be a scary world out there––and there are plenty of things that can bore themselves into your brain if you think about them long and hard enough.

There are all sorts of unsettling statistics out there––go look up how many serial killers are active in the United States at any given time––but that's not the only thing that could worry you. Job situations and family troubles are common stressors. And then there's always that embarrassing thing that happened when you were eight!

After Redditor marchionetta asked the online community, "What keeps you up at night?" people shared some of their thoughts with us.


"Even though I know..."

My brother died suddenly 9 years ago. None of it seemed real until they opened the casket. He looked like he was asleep but it sunk in at that moment that he was really dead.

For some reason the other night, I was thinking about basketball, and Kobe popped into my head. Even though I know how he died, I pictured him the same way until I read the autopsy. If you haven't read or seen it, don't.

Because of the Kobe thought, I started thinking about my brother lying there. Extremely sobering moment for me.

Snadadap

"The sense..."

The sense of impending doom, the amount of responsibilities I have, the fact that the day isn't over if I don't sleep, knowing I'll have to do the same exact thing day after day until I die....

Psych_Riot

"The inevitable end..."

The inevitable end of my athletic career and whether or not COVID will end mid level professional sports.

chips_winnie

"Turns out..."

My unhealthy eating and drinking habits. Turns out drinking 3l of Coke keeps you wired.

345tom

"Now I can't sleep..."

I had three dates with a really awesome guy, i asked him for another date and he said that the spark just wasn't there for him. Haven't talked to him since then. I miss talking to him, because over a two month time period we exchanged 10k+ text messages and he was just the first person I really felt comfortable talking to. I wanted this to work.

Now I can't sleep thinking about all the things that I think are wrong with me and why it did not work out...

Moonlight_916

"So..."

I can't sleep right now because my partner pissed me off because of a lack of understanding that a relationship is a partnership not just what works for one person. So I'm filled with slight anxious rage.

oceanhigh

"Tonight specifically..."

Tonight specifically, found a tick and my first reaction was to flick it across my room. Now it's in my room somewhere waiting for me to go to sleep.

modestpigeon

"But there's still many more people..."

All the people I've wronged and things I haven't been able to fix. I've made a ton of mistakes in my life, but I had a life changing event and decided to change for the better. But there's still many more people out there I've wrong and need to set straight.

Berblem

"I'll be laying there..."

God, so many things. The stuff I've done wrong. My best friends doing things that have resulted in so many trust issues and pain. The people I let in who ended up just being idiots.

But most of all homesickness. I've been debating on venting on a subreddit about this. It's getting really bad. My home state is on the other side of the US and it's tearing me apart. When I say that it's constant, I mean it. I swear to you a minute doesn't go by that I'm not thinking about being there, seeing the sky there, seeing my family there. It's eating me up. These things really do keep me up at night. I'll be laying there at four or five, sometimes six or seven, just trying to get some sleep and then I'm thinking about it and I haven't slept so I'm way more emotional than normal and I just get so bad. Im starting to worry myself. :( And also the cringey things I've said and done, but I'm pretty sure everyone feels that way.

Dogcheese04

"The constant thought..."

The constant thought that someone I considered close at one point leaving me and pretending like we weren't friends for years was somehow my fault, and thinking of everything that could have driven him away. And also going through any sort of depressive episodes where I feel I don't deserve the right to sleep.

Mozza_Stick

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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