I once met a guy who, by all accounts, appeared to have given up. And by that, I mean that they had pretty much decided that life basically ended in the 1970s and early 1980s. He had no interest in modern technology, was remarkably out of the loop when it came to technology or even current events.
This was all very frustrating to witness, but he was actually proud of himself! Proud to not know much–if anything–about the modern world. (And then he complained about how he kept having trouble finding a job.)
It was quite the flex–an unimpressive one at that.
People shared some of their thoughts with us after Redditor metallicmuffin asked the online community,'
"What unimpressive things are people idiotically proud of?"
"Missing breaks at work for a company that wouldn’t care if they died the next day."
This is a big one. It's not cute. Take your break! There's more to life than work!
"Not eating any vegetables. Known a few people state it as if it's some kind of achievement giving themselves constipation."
Knew somebody like this. They wanted to go out on a date.
We did not go out on a date.
"Going into work while sick. Had a coworker who bragged on social media about having strep throat, but was still working because she 'values hard work.'"
Some people appear to have missed the memo that risking other people's health is not a bragging right.
"I know people..."
"Drinking a lot. I know people, grown @ss people in their late 20s, who will brag about passing out on their lawns because they couldn’t make it from the car to the front door."
To be fair, they're in their 20s and most people are idiots then. They might grow out of it!
"I once had..."
"I once had a coworker brag about how dark his pee is."
Are you seriously telling us that they bragged about their kidneys not working correctly?
"I've heard that..."
"Driving better when drunk. I’ve heard that ridiculous statement more times than I should."
If some people seriously believe that, then they should not be allowed to drive.
"I overheard a co-worker recently brag to a girl that he'd already had COVID three times and during his most recent bout, he went to the gym every day that he had it."
There are so, so many things wrong with that person's statement. Can you imagine? "Sure, I got COVID, but at least I didn't miss leg day!"
"I keep hearing people..."
"Not being able to cook. I keep hearing people bragging about how the only thing they can do is boil water."
If you've made it to adulthood and you don't know how to cook for yourself, there's something gravely wrong with this picture.
"Nothing surprises me..."
"Nothing surprises me more than when people are proud of their ignorance."
Knowledge is no guarantee of wisdom but prideful ignorance is proof of its absence.
"I worked with a guy..."
"I worked with a guy who, otherwise very smart, was extremely proud of the fact that he could remove the foil from the neck of a wine bottle without cutting it. He brought it up so many times I lost count. I just let him have it, though, because he seemed to need it."
Of all the things in this thread this is the most reasonable thing to be proud of.
Let's face it, it seems like a lot of people have made over-compensating a part of their personalities.
Sadly, they don't even seem to be doing that all too well, which means we'll continue to be largely unimpressed.
Have some observations of your own? Feel free to share them with us in the comments below!
Every now and then, we find ourselves sharing a story with a friend or family member which people might actually think is "too good to be true."
Even though you are sharing something that did indeed, happen to you, parts or all of it might seem so outrageous, that those on the receiving end simply can't, or won't, believe it actually happened.
And might demand pictures for proof.
Redditor MochaMario99 was curious to hear people's memories which others found to be literally unbelievable, leading them to ask:
"What’s a funny memory you have that if you told someone, they’d think you’re lying?"
"Across a crowded lane..."
"This was a couple years ago but I pulled up to a stop light, and another vehicle in the next lane also comes to a stop."
"The car is filled with what looks like high school kids."
"The kid in the passenger seat notices me, taps on his window and starts doing the universal sign for rock, paper, scissors."
"I look at the light, which is still red, and immediately think f*ck it and play along so we start. 1..2..3..shoot and we tie."
"1..2..3..shoot, we tie again."
"This keeps happening."
"All the young kids in the other car are involved and are screaming like 'WOOOOOAAH' every time we tie."
"We literally got off like 15 rounds of rock, paper, scissors and tied every single time until the light turned green."
"I'm still high from that and hope all those guys are doing well."- djbabel207
Do I know you?
"I once checked in at a restaurant and gave the hostess my name to hold my slot, she then asked for my last name since the person below shared my first name."
"When I told her my last name, she looked at my like I was lying."
"The person below had my first and last name."
"She laughed and introduced us, and we took a pic."
'I’ve never met someone with my same first and last name since."- ghperry
The (odd) beginnings of beautiful friendships
"Saw my brother's best friend on campus, from a distance."
"Hard to miss: Nate's 6'6", skinny, long brown hair."
"Fitting of our childish friendship, I straight up open-field tackle the guy."
"It's not Nate."
"I apologize, and sheepishly run away."
"Three hours later, a girl friend from high school introduces her new boyfriend to a group of us."
"It's the guy I tackled."
"Super nice (and forgiving) guy."
"We've been friends for 15 years."- The_amazing_T
"I was in elementary school."
"During recess, just kinda daydreaming and looking at some ravens flying overhead, when one of them suddenly took a nosedive... right into an open trash can."
"So of course I rush over there to check it out, but the raven was just gone out of nowhere."
"I was not the only me who saw it though, another kid came rushing over as well, and thats how i met my best friend for the next 4 years."-Best Friends Bff GIFGiphy
Who knew they even sting?
"I got stung by a platypus."- --bedevil--
Wrong place at the right time!
"A friend once called the wrong number, got the wrong house, and had the right person pick up."
"So, I was at work, replacing a modem for my boss."
"I'd removed the modem and connected a telephone to test that it had dial-tone."
"Soon after, the phone rang."
"It didn't make much sense, because that phone line had only been used for outgoing calls from the computer."
"When I picked up, the person on the other line just said 'Hey man, you want to see a movie later?'."
"I recognized the voice, too."
"It was a friend of mine."
"I was really confused for a second and said something like 'Josh? How did you get this number?'."
"He said he called my home phone number."
"He must have misdialed my number, and accidentally dialed the number for my bosses modem line, at work."
"He called the wrong number, got the wrong house, and the right person picked up, on a phone that had only been connected for 2 minutes in the past 2 years."
"The odds must be astronomical."
"It's just a weird coincidence that I'll always remember."- User1539
I married a star!
"Before my husband and I were married, but had been dating for a long while, I was watching Portlandia and BAM there’s my husband on screen."
"Dumbfounded I called him and he casually said 'oh yeah I forgot about that'."- upornicornfred armisen pickle GIFGiphy
One wishes we could prove that these truly extraordinary things happened to us when people raise even the smallest hint of doubt.
But then too, one person's disbelief can't erase actually experiencing these hilarious, unforgettable memories.
And, it will always make a good story, whether others believe you or not.
Every now and then, we find ourselves watching a film or television show, and can't help but raise an eyebrow over something we just saw.
With all the jumps and dangerous situations he's found himself in, would Tom Cruise really have lived long enough to appear in eight Mission: Impossible films?
Or would Bridget Jones really get a job anchoring a news show with no relevant experience, and only her innate charm?
True, these just require the basic suspension of disbelief we're expected to bring with us to movie theaters.
Even so, we still find ourselves shaking our heads at inaccurate depictions of real life jobs or hobbies which could have been easily solved with a little research.
Redditor Itchy-Ingenuity6833 was curious to hear what inaccurate depictions in film and TV constantly frustrated the Reddit community, leading them to ask:
"What’s something that’s always wrongly depicted in movies and tv shows?"
Unless you're Superman or the Hulk...
"People who pop out of a sewer system in the middle of the street by easily pushing aside the manhole cover."
"Those damn things are heavy."- p38-lightning
Not even a scratch? Really?
"Apparently you only have to worry about the flame and the concussive impact is really minimal."- bootorangutan
"Court questioning, and police interrogations."- Gromit801Cecily Strong Fun GIF by Saturday Night LiveGiphy
It's not like it's a rare condition!
"How to properly use a goddamn inhaler for asthma!!"- MrSubterranean·
If only it was that easy...
"The way that apparently crime labs solve crimes with DNA tests and unlimited access to every camera in every building in the city."
What was that?
"How absolutely loud gun fire is especially in enclosed spaces."
"Hero in a concrete stairwell, no hearing protection."
"BANG BANG BANG."
"Then hears footsteps as someone sneaks up on them."
"You'd be deaf and ears ringing for a day after."- EditorNo2545Season 2 Ugh GIF by The Lonely IslandGiphy
Is anyone that strong willed?
"When their entire family or friend group dies, but they're absolutely fine after a minute or two and just move on."- h0tmessm0m
"To boldly go where no man has gone before..."
"That the only thing to worry about in space movies is if a planet has oxygen or not."- SleepyMage
"It always bothers me how long people look over at their passenger when driving."
"KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD."- Quillboy14Driving Run Run GIF by Young Wolf HatchlingsGiphy
"When do these people work and where does the money come from?"- Graceland1979
It's safe to say that very few people watch films and tv shows just to see a perfect depiction of their own, possibly humdrum lives.
But one can't help but wonder how many millennials were more than a little shocked by the type of apartment they could afford in New York after growing up on Friends or Will & Grace.
Or worse, that there is no Central Perk.
I had to stop watching talent shows years ago because while I got to see some really enjoyable acts—especially singers, of which there are a seemingly endless number—I grew sick and tired of how scripted everything felt.
For one thing, I hate overt sentimentalty because it can ring very false, and that's how I've felt whenever I've had to sit through any sob stories. Everyone has a sob story.
The music swells and immediately we'll hear about someone's cancer diagnosis or the fact they lost their house due to foreclosure or that their father died and that afterward they found bodies in his shed and learned he was a notorious serial killer...
Okay, that last one might have been made up. But my point stands.
People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor TheCheeto4 asked the online community,
"What is something that you find incredibly cringe, but you think other people wouldn't?"
"You just reminded me..."
"You just reminded me of those Facebook posts that give instructions to prove who is/isn't a "real friend", always ask you to share afterwards. Like a copy-paste friendship test."
I never bother with those. I always ignore them and I'm okay with that.
"People exaggerating how quirky, different or relatable they are."
You just described every manic pixie dream girl in Bushwick.
"People singing at me. I have no idea what to do and feel cringe the entire time. Some people love just having people sing to them though."
Many people feel super awkward when this happens... especially when it happens in a restaurant... on their birthday.
"Starting a Go Fund Me..."
"Starting a Go Fund Me the second news of a tragedy gets out. There was an accident by me, and there were two competing GFMs fighting over who was closer to the victim."
They do that so they can skiff the funds. People have no shame.
"I couldn't fathom..."
"Public vlogs. I couldn't fathom walking around the city holding a camcorder on a stick and talking to myself."
I hate them and don't understand why people would watch some rando walking around, going about his day. No thank you.
"The judges crying on those talent shows on TV."
Sob stories always increase your chances of entering and lasting longer on those shows.
"I love that unspoken thing where talent show judges act all surprised that the ugly person actually has a great voice!"
The Susan Boyle effect (and she wasn't even all that great to begin with, but it's the perfect example).
"Dating profiles and bios. I just can’t not feel weird about advertising my self to randos."
Always awkward. Even worse when you meet someone interesting and they are nothing like their profile at all.
"Turning on music/singing loudly in public places. I always listen to music in my headphones."
I would never. It's the height of rudeness.
"If someone is going..."
"Filming yourself doing acts of kindness. If someone is going to do something nice for me, and they film me and post that online I’ll be pissed."
It's everywhere. Social media is a pain.
Remember the last time you cringed to some of these? You probably do. It's the worst, isn't it?
Have some cringeworthy moments of your own to share? Tell us more in the comments below!
Two people getting together for the first time and feeling the undeniable chemistry between them is an enchanting discovery.
Without anything being verbally communicated, a person feeling a mutual romantic passion is the spark that potentially can ignite a long-lasting relationship.
However, that spark can also burn out when passions are too high, and that gut feeling indicating a fling was over before it started is never a welcome feeling.
Curious to hear about the negative dating experiences of strangers, Redditor LynxExplorer asked:
"What made you realize the relationship was over?"
Sometimes, the inner voices of reason doesn't register, and outside indicators sound the alarm to let scorned lovers know that romance is dead.
A Third Party
"When I got a Facebook message from another dude saying 'your wife is cheating on us.' He thought we had one of those open relationships."
"Editing to add: this happened a little over ten years ago. I got custody of the kid, I’m remarried, great job, new house, I’m doing good. And I also laugh about it when I think back on it."
"I once googled 'how do you know when a relationship is over' and the top suggestion was 'you google it.'"
"When I finally learned to listen to her actions, not her words."
These Redditors reflected back on their relationships only to realize the love in their relationships have disappeared some time ago.
"When contempt enters the picture. Hard to explain what contempt is, but once it's there it is done for."
"There's nothing like having someone you had an amazing time just have disgust for anything you do. Oh and the glare is deadly."
"Luckily by the time I got there I already made up my mind and stopped playing her victim blaming. We both had rough lives but you cut yourself to manipulate me."
Alone In Love
"when i was crying more than laughing. constant hurt and confusion, didn’t feel like the love was reciprocated."
Waiting For It To End
"I realized that I wouldn't care if he cheated on me and would've been quite happy if he left me for someone else. I felt trapped and didn't know how to leave at the time"
"Edit: We have a child together and share custody, so he will always be in my life, but it's still better than having to walk on eggshells in my own home."
"I'm very sorry to those of you going through this now. I hope you find happiness one day."
A Powerful Yearning
"When I started fantasizing about what it would be like to be completely alone."
These are just downright cruel and unforgiving discoveries.
Sliding Into DMs
"When I found sexts between her and my 'friend.'"
"He kept breaking up with me and then making up with me. Broke up with me on my birthday (because he wasn't getting my undivided attention as my best friend was there), called me for 6 months after trying to get back with me. Called me a 'f'king weasel.' His family still tries to reach out over 11 years later."
Whatever happened to communicating with your significant other when something is off in a relationship?
Sure, this is an uncomfortable conversation to have, but it's far more effective to discuss solutions or compromises.
Isn't it worse to let resentment build to the point where regrettable actions or words further destroy relationships?
Talk it out. You'll be a better person for it.