"NOPE. You couldn't pay me enough to try that." - we've all thought it at least once... but what were we thinking it about?
The idea of a bucket list has been popular for years now; things you really want to try before you kick the proverbial bucket. We want to talk about your anti-bucket list. We want to know about those things that people couldn't pay you to do, things you'd never try even if death was standing right there like your impatient mom trying to leave Chuck E. Cheese when you were a kid like: "I'll wait if you want to try this, but otherwise we're leaving right now."
Reddit user CultureShock_ posed the question "What's something you refuse to try even once?" and we'll be honest, a lot of the answers were really reflective of people's phobias and biases.
Personally, my anti-bucket list is pretty short (but always open for additions) and it revolves around my fear of airplanes and one very late night watching the National Geographic Channel. A fear of flying pretty much crosses out anything like skydiving, wing walking, those zero-gravity flights to the "edge of space" seem like one big expensive NOPE.
But even those pale in comparison to watching a man purposefully give himself intestinal worms so that he could rinse through his poo and show the viewers what sorts of intestinal worms were common in that region of Africa.
I don't do worms. Especially not parasitic worms. I don't know how much that guy was getting paid, but I promise you it was nowhere near enough to get on a plane, give himself worms, rinse through his waste, show those worms to viewers, get treated for those worms, get on more planes to go home and face his family and friends who can, presumably, now only see him as "wormy poo dude."
Here are more things you couldn't pay people to try even once.
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As someone who has done meth, i can get behind this one. Once you do it you realize how not scary it is. Which is horrifying.
I had a significant pain killer problem in my late teens, and had fentanyl injected in me by an EMT in my mid 20s. I can understand how heroin can be so addictive. It feels like you are flying. I can't imagine what that painkiller craving x100 would be like.
My guess is that's true if all extremely deadly drugs - you feel fantastic and become desperate to get there again and again and again and...
Drunk driving. I live in Wisconsin and the number of people who do it is astounding to me.
Perhaps not coincidentally, Wisconsin has some of the most lax drunk driving penalties.
Its easier in Wisconsin because they can't tell if you're drunk or just trying to avoid the pot holes.
That stupid amusement park ride where you look like you're bungee jumping to your death. No, thank you.
Do you mean the one where you and some other poor chump are in a bench that's between two tall poles, and the bungees are attached to the poles and to the bench? I assume there's a third cable that allows them to winch the bench back down and acts as kind of a guide to keep the bench moving straight instead of flying wildly off course.
Anyway there's a video where the bungee on one side snaps right before they're about to release the bench. Nope nope nope nope.
Used to work at an amusement park where the owner was cheap, under-paying his mechanics. So you can say maintenance was "just the basics and that's it". I notice there's a little play in the shoulder bars of their famous rollercoaster, so I pop them open. Almost every-single-one had a VISIBLE crack in the metal bar connecting to the frame of the seats. If those went the only thing holding you in was the seat belt, which was connected to the shoulder bar. They immediately pulled it for the season and never acknowledged I'd found anything.
I'll never go on another thrill ride again, just in case.
Spelunking! I'm so claustrophobic that even thinking about being in a tight cave gives me the chills.
Did you ever have a look at the diagram of the guy who got trapped and died in the Nutty Putty Cave? I never particularly wanted to go caving, but that really cemented my decision.
I also read an article about cave diving, and this particular cave you can only reach by first diving down into pitch-black tunnels with scuba gear, and then slowly swimming back up for hours cause if you go back up too quick you'll die. All that time in complete darkness. That is the stuff of my nightmares, and people do it for fun!
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Deep sea diving. I know whats down there, and I'd rather not go say hi.
I don't know what's down there, and that's the scary part.
Not deep sea diving, but fishing a few miles out from the coast. My brother was in the USAF for 23 years, and spent almost 2 years at Diego Garcia which is an isolated island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. He and some buddies would go way out and do some deep sea fishing. They caught all kinds of neat looking fish. He said sharks are aholes. He'd be reeling in a nice fish and a shark comes along and bites off most of the fish. He had pictures of some of his wooden lures that had chunks taken out of them and other bite marks. He avoids swimming in the ocean, too. There are things in the ocean that are hungry with huge teeth.
A Giant Fan
My wife is a skydiver. She often says the most dangerous part of skydiving is driving to and from the drop zone.
I did it, the scariest part is how much money it costs to feel like you're in front of a huge fan.
Still glad I did it.
Casu marzu. You couldn't pay or bribe me with anything.
Ahhh the cheese wheel aged by maggots ingesting and crapping out everything but the rind.... Delightful.
There's some cheese that is supposed to be delicious, except it has maggots in it. You must be out of your GOD. DAMN. MIND.
Having children. I'm not passing on my fibromyalgia or any of my sucky genes. I have my own under control very well, but I just can't put someone else through that. I refuse. Plus I'd rather have freedom, than take care of children. I don't hate them or anything, but mom life isn't for me.
Climbing mount Everest. Too cold, not enough oxygen, too many dead bodies. I don't get why people feel the need to do it/try, but I sure don't, ESPECIALLY after watching Everest. Nope.
Climb Mt. Everest- zero interest, I never understood the obsession and there's literally nothing about climbing it that would make me feel accomplished or fulfilled.
I'm above-average adventurous and up for trying almost anything. This is also one of the few things I refuse to do and have no interest in.
Even before that picture of the huge line for the summit came up, I read Something Awful's threads about Everest season every year, where they tend to talk about how many people died that year and in years past, and how exactly they died.
There are tour companies that will take you up there with little to no climbing experience, as long as you pay your money you get to go. It's a big reason there is a line there now, and why it's much more dangerous.
I would like to hike up to the main Base Camp one day, that I am totally up for. But no farther.
I'm with you on this one, even though I love climbing, and I love the mountains. Everest has no appeal to me anymore at all. It's pretty much a great place to spend 40,000 dollars to get stuck in a jam of people behind some under-trained rich ahole who is trying to check something off their bucket list. I think the only reason I would go there would be to help clean the mountain up. There's so much trash now.
The more I hear about the dead bodies and human waste the more I think "hard pass I'm good".
I have straddled the genders when it came to romance.
But it's been a pretty long time.
So I don't recall a lot about the girls in the intimacy department.
But I've always been intrigued by the people who live in the "I love everyone" arena.
What's the same?
The people want to know.
Redditor sencecore wanted to hear from all the bisexual people out there who felt like sharing.
"Bisexual people of Reddit, what would you say is the main difference between dating women and men?"
Let's discuss the WHOLE menu.
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"Women are more neurotic and men are more emotionally unavailable. Dating women tends to make me feel like I’m not good enough while dating men tends to make me feel alone and unheard."
"go with the flow"
"There's a few differences that i've noticed at least in my experiences. Women- whenever i'm with women, either romantically or just hooking up, it's always softer and more sensual. the dates are more relaxed and the sex lasts longer, and is seemingly softer. They take their time to get you to your peak and will always take care of you after the act is over."
"Men- more excitement definitely. dates can range from getting dinner to going out and doing random activities. i don't have to worry as much about what i'm doing either as the ones i've encountered have been more 'go with the flow' types. when it comes to sex with men it's always slightly faster, less emphasis on foreplay depending on who i'm with. it's always rougher too (which isn't a bad thing)."
"There's not as much aftercare after the sex unless you're dating them. I have fun with both men and women despite the differences that i've noticed between the two. it's always something different depending on who you're with. never truly a bad thing."
"ETA: Forgot to add that I'm a woman lol, for the few who wanted to know."
Woman hear me roar...
"I'm a woman..."
"In general when I’m around/interacting with other women, even just friends/acquaintances I automatically take on a more dominant and masculine energy. I even notice I tend to use a deeper more monotone voice with women vs men that’s very unintentional."
"Men is opposite, I always feel more submissive energy wise, like I allow them to take lead sexually. Personally I like this more, it’s less work for me mentally and emotionally to not be the dominant presence although I do feel like I’m more dominant and assertive in nature."
"I don’t know if any of that made any sense."
"Women are easier to connect to emotionally, men are easier to connect to sexually. I don't like that it is that way, I'd love to have better sex with women and more intimacy/love with men. But that's been my experience so far."
"ETA: I'm not saying my ex-gfs were bad in bed or my ex-bfs didn't love me; they did and they were great!"
"Just saying that, as a woman, it's easier for me to get into deep trust and emotional connection with another woman, and it's easier (and faster) to get into the hot sex stuff with a man. I imagine this is a socialization issue. They're both wonderful, though."
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"Men say they are cool with hooking up with no emotional attachment. They aren’t. I’ve found women are more able to do that."
Everyone has hook up issues, no matter what they say.
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"So, I think being a man, being with men it’s easier to put my guard down and be more myself. I don’t have to always 'be the man.' I can be vulnerable sometimes. If I’m with a woman, I can never be vulnerable because I feel like I have to be the strong one."
Just for me...
"Bi woman here. Pros of being with a man: I don’t get judged for it, I feel more protected, we can have kids. Pros of being with a woman: we relate to each other more, we don’t have to use protection, we can share more things (like clothes and makeup). And honestly just being attracted to a man vs a woman is very different, for me at least."
"Dating a girl for me feels like a more level playing field. I feel like we can get each other on a whole other level. We both have girly bits, periods, we relate to each other’s struggles more easily, and I know my way around so I can always be sure I can please her or at least know exactly what she’s talking about if she corrects me."
"With men, the connection is definitely still there, it’s just different. Don’t get me wrong, men are very much capable of sharing the weight of your struggles, they can please you if you teach them how, they are great partners, but it’s not as automatic or natural as my connection to women."
"I find that it takes longer for me to connect with men than women, but the connection I do have with my boyfriend now is deeper than I’ve ever had with anyone before. Moral of the story, both are great, they both have strengths and weaknesses, but they are different."
"Bi woman here, casual sex with women is great. You can go out for brunch the next day and just be friends. In my experience, casual sex with a man is impossible. They either treat you like garbage right after, I assume due to not wanting you to catch feelings. Or they get weird because they have caught feelings and don’t know how to act."
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"The men I've been with tend to be emotional, insecure, touch-starved."
"The women tend to be flaky, overly confident, impassionate about anything."
It sounds like no matter the gender, there will always be issues.
Do you have similar experiences to share? Let us know in the comments below!
Photographs hold a special place in our society. They remind us of precious memories with friends and family, they let us share the ridiculous things our pets do with the world, they teach us about the state of the world far away from us, they've even become a form of shorthand communication in the form of image macro memes.
The phrase "A picture is worth a thousand words" is definitely a cliche for a reason.
Content Note: This article contains some very disturbing imagery.
Redditor Curlaub asked:
"What do you think is the single greatest photograph in history?"
"This one makes my heart race every time."
"A pickup truck flees from the pyroclastic flows spewing from the Mt. Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines."
"The photo of Bruce McCandless floating untethered in space:"
"That is f**king terrifying."
"Imagine skydiving and the chute fails, but instead of having a couple of minutes to contemplate your fate as the ground rapidly approaches, you have hours as you slowly drift off into space, wondering whether your suit radio will go before your oxygen does, knowing there's nothing you can do but watch everything every other human has ever known drift away from you for all eternity."
A bomb disposal expert walks to defuse a potential explosive device in Northern Ireland (1970)"
"The first Hubble Deep Field"
"Context for anyone who doesn't know what the Deep Field is:"
"Back in the day, NASA asked 'hey, what do you reckon is out there where there's no stars?'"
"So to answer this, they pointed the hubble telescope at a spot in the night sky where nothing was visible. No stars, no galaxies, no nothing. To our understanding on that day, there was nothing there. Maybe one or two galaxies would shine dimly in the distance, with light so faint from so far away that we couldn't pick it up with conventional imagery."
"But instead of hubble giving us an image of darkness and emptiness (Which is ostensibly what most people though was out there before this image) it beamed back THAT."
"THAT is what is all around us. Pick a tiny speck of the night sky between any two stars, and zoom in far enough, and this is what you see. Galaxies, thousands of them, stretching off into infinity."
"Every speck of light in that image is a new galaxy, comprising millions to billion of stars."
"And when Hubble first looked there, we thought it was empty."
"This isn't the night sky. This is past the stars. This is in between, beside, and behind every single star in the sky. Galaxies stretching off into infinity, innumerable to count."
"Close your thumb and forefinger into a circle, so there's a tiny gap you can look through. Now hold your arm out to the sky and look through the gap. That picture would fit in that gap (probably, I'm not a mathematician or an astronomer but just go with me on this)"
"Now move your hand back and forth across the sky and remember that picture every single time your hand moves."
"That is what we discovered the day that image was made."
"More recently, NASA released the 'ultra deep field' which is much the same thing. An image that is one ten-millionth of the sky."
"The following link is to that image and is 60 megabytes (so be warned if you're on mobile) http://zebu.uoregon.edu/hudf/hudf.jpg"
"That, times ten million is what is around us."
The Burning Monk
"My vote would go to the burning monk"
"David Halberstam wrote:"
"'I was to see that sight again, but once was enough. Flames were coming from a human being; his body was slowly withering and shriveling up, his head blackening and charring. In the air was the smell of burning human flesh; human beings burn surprisingly quickly. Behind me I could hear the sobbing of the Vietnamese who were now gathering. I was too shocked to cry, too confused to take notes or ask questions, too bewildered to even think… As he burned he never moved a muscle, never uttered a sound, his outward composure in sharp contrast to the wailing people around him.'"
\u201c\ud83e\uddd8\ud83c\udffd\u200d\u2642\ufe0f The Burning Monk, 1963\n\n\u201cNo news picture in history has generated so much emotion around the world as that one.\u201d \u2014John F. Kennedy\n\nLink: https://t.co/c7tryYWcHs\u201d— RAHH (@RAHH) 1663754108
Horror of Horrors
"This photo came to mind as well. World War II is such a bottomless well of history."
"It was arguably the first truly "'modern' conflict (although that title is sometimes awarded to WWI, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War, depending on context), and was thus the first time in history that war could be captured in such remarkable detail. Widespread photography allowed moments of unimaginable strife, conflict, and horror to be preserved indefinitely, and thereby permeate public consciousness. It was the point at which the focus of war journalism shifted from large-scale statistics to the experiences of individuals, whenceupon newspapers could show an entire nation the fear in one young man's eyes, or the inhumanly thin, spindly limbs of a woman who starved to death. Looking back, this seems like the moment the world realized, 'why are we doing this to ourselves; this is horrible.'"
Aid From the Padre
"The priest and the dying soldier by Héctor Rondón Lovera"
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"The priest was known in the town and so neither side shot at him. He spent the battle picking up the wounded and giving last rites to the dying. Here are more: https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/priest-dying-soldier-1962/"
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"For me it's this picture of a nuclear blast a fraction of a second after it detonated, by Harold Eugene Edgerton"
"Is there a size reference for how big this is?"
"I had a presentation about this once, really interesting stuff. This is about 100 ft / 30m in diameter."
Oldest Photo of a Person
"And the only reason they got it was because the one guy was getting a shoeshine, so they were pretty much motionless for a while. It's interesting how you can become famous completely unexpectedly--and in this case, presumably even unknown to you yourself. This guy probably got his shoes done, paid, and went about his day, and he had no idea that people decades later would be seeing it happen and that it'd be one of the world's most significant images."
Lunch Atop a Skyscraper
"I really like this one picture where workers in New York (I think) are doing construction on a skyscraper and they're all sitting on this giant steel beam that's just hanging hundreds of feet in the air. It's called lunch atop a sky scraper. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunch_atop_a_Skyscraper"
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"Almost every lifetime journeyman Ironworker I know has this picture [in] their home somewhere"
Photography can expose us to knowledge and experiences far outside our own lives, but it's important to remember that a photo never tells the whole story. Context matters.
Breaks aren't meant to be comedy fodder.
But if you don't laugh you'd only be crying.
I've never thought of throwing in a little wit when dumping someone.
Maybe it would've eased the pain.
Or gotten me punched in the face.
Let's hear some relationship humor for the bitter end.
Redditor Jamicandude69 wanted to hear all the creative one liners people have used to drop someone.
"IF people used 'break up lines' instead of 'pick up lines' what would some of them be??"
I've only broken up or been broken up with the old fashioned way.
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"I will always cherish my initial misconceptions of you."
"That is so good. Wish I would have thought to say that as a parting line to my ex-wife!"
"Hahahahaha haha this is cold!"
"If you take the 'L' out of LOVER. It's OVER."
"Gotta hold up the thumb and forefinger 'L' as this is said, of course."
"You droppin' Ls."
"Raise your hand if you have a boyfriend. Not so fast."
"A private was at boot camp when his father died. The mother asked the drill sergeant to let him know. So he had all the privates line up, and said, take a step forward if you have a dad. When the boy stepped forward the drill sergeant said, 'What are you doing stepping forward private, your father’s dead.'"
"We need to cover more ground so we should split up."
"Shaggy, you and Scooby check the basement, Velma check the library, Daphne and I will check the bedrooms."
"NEVER SPLIT THE PARTY!"
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"I checked my heart and it seems to be pretty broken down and my love for you is pretty empty so I’ll go investigate my thoughts."
The gym destroys everything.
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"Hey babe, I think it's about time we cancel our gym membership. We're not working out anymore."
"Damn, I left my ex after a fight involving me taking her off my gym membership. I should have used this."
"A boyfriend when I was 14 and I agreed if we ever broke up we would text the other 'I break up with you.' He broke up with me and didn't use the line. Weak. I loved him more than he loved me and it was too much for him. We stayed friends for years after until he got another girlfriend and she didn't like me and told him we had to stop talking, 10 years later they're still together and we haven't spoken since."
"Girl you're looking like a snack and I'm going on a diet."
"Girl, you look like a piece of lettuce and I'm going off my diet."
"This reminds me of some meme I saw years ago that said 'Your pants say yoga but your butt says McDonalds.'"
"You remind me of Halley's Comet. I don't wanna see you again for another 74 years."
"Sometimes goodbye is a second chance."
"So a long distance relationship? I don’t know. I’m just not ready for that level of commet-ment right now."
"Are we tectonic plates? Because we’re drifting apart."
"The use of tectonic plates could also be used as the pick up line for the same person. For example..."
"Are you a tectonic plate? Cause I'd love to to ram into you with force resulting in tremendous friction and heat."
"They say opposites attract, but you’re just too negative for me."
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"Hey, are you an anchor? Because you've done nothing but weigh me down."
"Our relationship is like my financial status: Broke."
"That wouldn’t be good for me I would owe her $25k in debt if the relationship was like my financial status."
"I knew this girl in middle school who would break up with boys by saying: roses are red, violets are blue, trash is dumped and so are you."
"When I was in middle school I told a boy I was dumping him. He confidently yelled 'You can't dump me, I'm not garbage!' Respect. Allan was, and probably is, a very awesome dude. Sorry I dumped you in middle school."
Wow... people are ruthless when a relationship ends. Just say goodbye.
Some things are deceptively simple.
Oh, skydiving? That's easy.
Love yourself? Simple.
Who can't open a can of pickles?
ME! ME! That's who. I can't do any of the above simply.
It's all hard. And you know it too.
It's just designed to" look" easy only to bamboozle us.
Approach everything as a burden and live by a motto...
Redditor pterv2112 wanted to hear about the things that are truthfully not so simple.
"What looks easy peasy lemon squeezy but is actually difficult difficult lemon difficult?"
Monopoly. For the life of me, I can't get the hang of that game. I don't care anymore.
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"Playing the triangle. A lot of my non-musician friends joke about how easy it is to play it. Then they actually hold the damn thing and look stupid."
It's A Lot!
"Work. I'm a lawyer and had a client call saying she needs a help with a merger, but 'don't worry, it's super easy peasy lemon squeezy.' That project took 6 months and I almost had a breakdown. She didn't understand why the bill was so high since it was SO easy."
"Gotta love how the layman lumps all lawyers together as the sleazy snakeoil salesman type without realizing or appreciating the sheer complexity of the legal work involved."
"Dancing. I wouldn't say it looks 'easy,' but when I see people do it, they're so good at it and it flows so well it looks easy. But damn, I just CANNOT get my body to do anything more than a bop and maybe some stupid arm moves. I'm 25 and dance like a 50 year old at a reunion. Dancers are so delicate and make it look so easy, it's honestly amazing. It's just hilarious when I try to do literally anything and fail horribly."
"Whistling with your fingers."
"My cousin taught me when we were in our tweens. It's come in very helpful whistling for the dogs and horses at feeding time."
"What I always wanted to learn was how my grandpa whistled without having to stick dirty fingers in my mouth. Nothing like cleaning stalls, then trying to whistle for horses with sh*t-covered hands. Washing them in near-freezing buckets of water wasn't a first choice either."
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"Drawing something from memory. Like a bird or something. In mind - yep that's a bird On paper - that's... a bird?"
Drawing birds is impossible; mine look like mules.
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"Digging. Anytime it's shown in movies or TV it looks easy AF but the second you have to grab a shovel and break dirt... bleh."
"A basic physical exam at the doctor. Looks like a simple 'look at the throat' - 'listen to the chest' - 'yup they have a heart all right.' When in actuality Doctors spend thousands of hours practicing it so that when you come in with a murmur or 'Funny-looking-kid-syndrome' they can recognize it immediately."
"And yes, there are entire class sections on how to respectfully ask your patient to turn their head and cough as you push on their testicles (they're looking for hernias)."
"Street names. Everyone thinks it's great fun and likes to offer suggestions but every tree, lake, and other natural feature has at least a dozen variations which you can't repeat for emergency service reasons. That and you get cities which want a street name change anytime the road changes direction regardless of a logical break point like an intersection."
"'Natural' makeup. More work than 'regular' makeup."
"To be honest this reminds me of a video I watched of a visual effects artist explaining his job, If no one notices your work on the footage you've done your job well, its only when you mess up do people notice."
"This is painfully true for a lot of jobs. When nobody notices, it means you did an excellent job but no one will give you credit because they aren't even aware there is credit due. But the moment you slightly f**k up, you're the worst person in your profession."
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"Making lemonade. Sure squeezing one lemon is easy peasy, but do you know how much juice that makes? Not a lot."
I love Lemonade... the drink and the album... but I have no patience to make it.