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You can never say "never". The possibilities of life are too great.

Such it is when you find yourself in a position of saying, "Oh, that will never happen to me."

You can't know that. In fact, now that you've totally jinxed yourself, it will almost definitely happen to you.


u/barrack_osama69 asked:

What was the "im sure it wont happen to me" but then it did?

Here were some of the answers.


Standards Of Living

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Poverty. It hits you fast, and hard. Both my parents were off work most of last summer. We still haven't recovered and it's just getting worse.

BeanByte12

Oh man this one is too real. All of a sudden dad has no money and I didn't know until our power outage was actually the company turning the lights off. Mom got laid off maybe four years later, aka Dec 31st. Right now, out of 6 people of working age in my family, I'm the only one with a job. It's so surreal to me bc I grew up a pretty healthy lower middle class. I had to learn to be poor as an adult. I help with what I can but I help support my gf through her upper education on a $26k a year salary in California. I can only do so much when I wish I could do everything.

LynnisaMystery

The Bottle Down

Alcoholism. After a breakup a year-ish ago, I wanted to feel numb and now I drink too much too often.

L_S_Morningstar

I feel this. It wasn't a break up for me, it's been my anxiety over the past year, maybe just under a full year now. About half way through last year I just decided drinking whenever I felt like that was just the easiest way to take the edge off.

Spoiler alert - I was wrong.

I spiraled, acted self destructive and now I am just trying to get my sh*t together again.

Please see someone, a counsellor, family/friends or AA (or the likes) because honestly that was the most important step for me and as hard as it was (and how shameful I felt beforehand) I am so glad I took the steps.

I wish you all the best! :)

_catappleinktea

Survivor; Don't Give Up; Don't Stop

My mom getting shot during a robbery/ gang initiation.

This is the story. About 8 years ago my mother was working for a family owned pawn shop with another worker and around closing time just as they had put up the jewelry and other valuables the suspect barged in shot the co-worker dead and preceded to have my mother get into the safe they had put everything in. Once he was done he had her kneel facing forward and planned to shoot her execution style.

However she happened to turn her head towards him as he fired causing the bullet to instead hit her in the eye, it ricocheted and ended up next to her carotid artery. She played dead, he tried to fire a couple of more times but the gun jammed and he left. After my mother felt like she waited long enough she found the phone and dialed 911 and she was rushed to the hospital. They had to put her in a chemically induced coma and got most of the shrapnel during the surgery. She was in a coma for about a month or 2. They did end up catching the guy he was put on trial and my mom testified, he was given life for murder, 30 years for attempted murder and a few other things. My mother is still alive today and is well. I'm very grateful she's still around even after everything that happened.

Germanreaper217

A Chef's Nightmare

My husband was helping cut up carrots for stir fry using a mandolin (super sharp). His mom was telling him to be careful because he could take his finger off with it, and not a few seconds after he says "I'll be fine" I hear "oh crap".

We (his mom and I) were both like "are you joking?" Until he drops the carrot and goes for paper towel.

It was just a sliver of thumb, but it was taking forever to stop bleeding even with good pressure so we went to the ER. When I signed him in I wrote "mistook finger for carrot" in the "Reason for Visit" line.

TheRoseByAnotherName

Poorly Trained Pit

My dog and me getting attacked by two pit bulls. You always hear stories about this, and I never ever thought it would happen. We're both okay thankfully, but, if you'd have seen or heard it, you would have thought someone was surely dying.

jaygunn77

Against All Odds

Having a kid. Years of skateboard and unfortunate freak accidents basically ruined my nads, with doctors telling me I was 95% sterile. My SO was told she was infertile, and on birth control. We are expecting our first child in October.

ac_thepenguin

Favourable New Points Of View

Marriage.

I was heavily against it as a kid and teen since when my parents split up dad ended up getting pretty much all property and paid us a pittance (he transferred cars etc to his relatives etc) and the judge was absolutely fine with him getting super low child support (roughly $50 a month for a kid, in late 90s Czech Republic) etc and we got kicked out of a flat my mother's parents bought for us and so on.

But then you meet the one and you know it is the one.

That was the point when I realised there is a marginal difference when the marriage is because you knocked someone up during a one night stand but her dad is pretty high up in law enforcement and freaking scary dude (father left after my grandfather's funeral, he could not make it more obvious that he was scared shitless by grandpa) vs when the marriage is because you met someone absolutely amazing, caring, understanding and overall the exact right match for you. And suddenly I found myself looking up differences between diamond and moissanite, asking her parents if she has like any rare metals allergy (never seen her wearing gold or silver, only high grade stainless steel, titanium etc) and measuring her favourite ring when she's shaving her legs.

TheTeaSpoon

Luck Is The Only Reason I Got Through This

Car accident. I don't know anybody who was ever in one, and I've only witnessed like 2 or 3 in my life.

Ended up flipping my truck because I was being an idiot. Both me and the person in the truck walked away without a scratch, but the guilt of putting someone else in harms way has haunted me for years.

CarterMT099

Bringing Down The House

This summer the lightning struck my house and started a fire. The walls are still standing but they had to tear down almost every bit of interior and most of the things we owned are now gone. Luckily neither me, my parents or my sister was home, but we had left our German Shepherd so that he didn't have to be in a hot car all day.

It's just something that happens to others, because why would it ever happen to you?

havawastaken

Catfishing Is WILD

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My 'best friend' catfishing me.

This was last year and I'm still kind of shaken up about it now. I wasn't into him (I'm a woman btw) but I told him both my dream guy / girl. He then created this completely fabricated person who fit those profiles and tricked me into falling in love with them.

He was my best friend so I trusted everything he told me, he even created fake friends and bullies for them it was insane. That 'Girl' who we're going to call L tried to pressure me into having my first kiss with my best friend at the time. I jokingly said 'oh maybe Haha' but i still made it clear that i didn't want to. A few days before he went away on holiday he attempted to kiss me and it escalated. A few days later I found out he had been lying about all this and he's now not allowed to be near me, talk to me or even make eye contact with me. Safe to say it was a nuts situation.

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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

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- AlphaLaufert99

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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."

- OAKRAIDER64

"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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