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We all like to assume that a big old scar has an amazing, hardcore story behind it: maybe a valiant fight or some life threatening-escape.


But despite what Hollywood would have us think, that is so rarely the case.

Usually, some kind of bizarre accident leaves us with the biggest scar of our life. There's no action movie story behind it, just a careful mixture of foolishness and bad luck.

Clearly not put off by some gruesome anecdotes, Redditor fluffybear45 asked:

"People with scars, how did you get them?"

For many, it was the wild antics of childhood that left them slightly maimed. With many years now separating the Redditor from the event, these were pretty hilarious.

Out of Nowhere!

"I was playing on a swing and then my leg got stuck in barbed wire." -- Soviet_God-Emperor

"I feel like we missed a couple steps here, or your local park had some serious issues." -- Henfrid

"Yo that went from 0 to 100 real fast" -- IHaveButt

Classic

"2nd grade, defective slip-n-slide." -- AdmiralAkbar1

"I'm pretty sure the general design of the slip'n'slide was defective. Those stakes weren't covered originally, so you had to be straight down the middle of the slide or else....." -- Q-burt

"Could you refer to this incident in a gravely voice while staring into the middle distance, pausing only to shudder and sip your scotch?" -- CaptValentine

That's Why You Need an Axe Yard

"My dad hit me with an axe (bladed side) in the face. Stupid 10 yo me just had to look over his shoulder while he was hammering in herrings for our tent."

-- Gruuuf

Others talked about freak accidents that came not from the stupidity of childhood, but the bad luck of mistakes made as an adult.

Bad Conditions for Practice

"Dad gave me a folding knife for Christmas"

"I read online that you could flick it open with one hand"

"So I practiced it, after my hands were greasy from eating a burger"

-- AdvocateSaint

Take Your Pick

"Multiple long scars on my back are from falling onto a old soviet steel welcome mat ( i dont know how to describe it in english but its meant to wipe dirt of your shoes with triangle shaped steel beams."

"Medium sized one on my forearm is from a barbed wire fence, another one next to it is from a motorcycle accident and one on the base on my thumb is from a cars hood slipping and cutting me."

-- Iracc1

One Heck Of a Fall

" 'This one is from a skateboard, this one was a truck accident, and this one was a fire hydrant.' "

" 'Oh really? I bet each one has a very unique story.' "

" 'Not really, I skateboarded off of a truck into a fire hydrant.' "

-- Aearly1

Last, some people talked about the medical procedures that left them with the big gash. These stories had some ninth grade words and not nearly as much stupidity.

Google It!

"A rare auto immune disorder called pyoderma gangrenosum twice... Don't google If you don't like gore... I had to have daily wound care and high doses of medical steroids"

-- Parkerthekitty4

Even Longer?!

"My intestines telescoped on themselves 8" scar on my belly." -- Anom8675309

"I never wanted to see the words 'intestines' and 'telescoped' together. Ouch." -- LadySygerrik

Frankenstein

"I was born 2 months premature. I wasn't born with an esophagus so drs. cut my stomach open and used parts of my colon or intestines and created a new one for me. I have a huge scar on my neck and my stomach is one big scar. Also had a stomach feeding tube for quite a bit and heart surgery at 2 days old."

"I love science. I wouldn't have experienced life if it hadn't been for advances in medical science."

-- rev2Arsenal

So if you've been sitting on an embarrassing backstory for one of your scars, feel free to share. You're hardly alone.

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