Usually, questions about superlatives are difficult to answer. “What's the best," “What's the most," “Who's your favorite," etc. are all so tough to come up with because too many possible options makes narrowing down to one nearly impossible.
But answering which is the worst experience of one's life is dreadfully simple: the event is unparalleled and the answer is obvious.
But it's difficult all the while, for a different reason. The moment was
rockonyou717 asked, "Redditors, what is the worst thing you've ever had to experience?"
"I was stung by a Tarantula Hawk once and it was 5 minutes of the most excruciating pain I've ever felt.”
“Like, it sucks so bad the official medical advice for getting stung is to lie down and scream until it's over so you don't accidentally hurt yourself."
When a Child Mourns it’s as Confusing as it is Sad
"Good friend of mine committed suicide. We were 13. Just walked into a dead quiet school. Seat next to me was empty in 5th period. Nobody sat there the rest of the year."
"Still have the sticker she gave me a few weeks before she passed. I miss her so bad still."
A Gradual Slipping Away
"Taking care of my wife as she suffered from Alzheimer's. She was beautiful to the very end." -- OldGeezer
"Your answer broke me." -- _i_want_to_go_home
"That's one of the most beautiful statements I have heard in my life.
"As an older guy myself, who has struggled w the thoughts of 'poor me, poor me,' it's uplifting to know there are people like you and relationships that exist, where love or commitment or compassion, last until the end." -- norfolk-gentlemen
First Sadness, Then Rage
"My best friend was murdered when I was a kid. He had a twin sister. We were like the 3 amigos."
"After he was killed I fell into a deep depression and started having sleep paralysis. Killer was caught and felt zero remorse at trial. I wanted to kill the guy."
"His sister and me never recovered our friendship."
Pragmatic, Often Unmentioned Details
"Pulling my grandpa's life support 2 days after Christmas. He gagged for air for 30 minutes until he died. My whole family was there."
"He had a massive brain hemorrhage in his sleep the night before. Brain dead on arrival at the hospital. Totally healthy until then."
"I had a shot of whiskey with him 2 days earlier."
Plugged In and Powerless
"I woke up during an upper endoscopy while intubated. I didn't fully wake up, I just became conscious. Couldn't move or open my eyes."
"Had about 2 hours of feeling like I was suffocating while they finished the procedure."
"Had nightmares for a month and still don't sleep well."
“Well I’ve Had Quite Enough of That.”
"I was on a fire department for a few years after high school."
"A decapitated 3yr old at a car accident, dad through the windshield, basically eviscerated, and the mother with barely a scratch but screaming bloody murder."
"It broke me and I quit a few weeks later."
The Great Scism
"In 2016 I had a tooth removed in the back of my mouth and the hole got infected causing an abscess that pushed my teeth apart."
"When I went to the hospital they told me if I had waited a few more days it would have split my face and broken my jaw."
Dinner for Two
"5th grade, had a parasite for 9 months. Didn't know I had it or what it was, but it was just awful. I skipped nearly that entire school year."
"I didn't eat anything except an applesauce every other day or so. Barely any water. Always had an upset stomach but nothing to throw up, so I often threw up bile which made my throat and mouth feel all burnt."
"I didn't do anything but puke and try to sleep. Didn't talk, didn't watch TV, nothing like that. It hurt way too damn much."
The Poison Cure
"Being diagnosed with cancer and going through chemotherapy during this pandemic. I am young, and was healthy and extremely active before all this. I never got sick."
"The cancer was tough enough, but now I can't even see my friends or family who kept my spirits up."
"I'm terrified I won't make it out of this mentally the same, if at all. Each chemo decimates my immune system. Even a regular cut that gets infected could be life threatening."
Do you have something to confess to George? Text "Secrets" or "" to +1 (310) 299-9390 to talk to him about it.
Tradespeople have some of the toughest jobs that often involve physical exertion.
Hard No<p>Adverse working conditions and difficult people can determine if a job is worth sticking around for. </p>
Flying Roaches<p>"I am an automotive tech, the only jobs I utterly refuse to work on are cars that are filled with trash and filth. I have literally had roaches fly out of the ac vents when the ac came on. Y'all would be disgusted at the way some people keep their cars."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvr4im/electricians_plumbers_and_tradespeople_of_reddit/gpdota5?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Environmental-Wrap-5</a><br></p>
Wild Accusation<p>"I used to work on a crew that built additions on houses. One lady got upset that we were cutting a hole thru her wall for the door. She called her husband who came home from work, he told our boss that she was accusing us of trying to break in and assault her. My boss had us pack up and leave and we never went back."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.comhttps://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvr4im/electricians_plumbers_and_tradespeople_of_reddit/gpdyvj4?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3/user/Sigg4444/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Sigg4444</a><br></p>
Too Much Wood<p>"Work in a lumber mill, a loader operator knocked 4 bundles of 2" thick by 6" wide by 16' long into the river, so over 1200 pieces and a boss told me to get it out of the river... during a thunderstorm."</p><p>"F'k all that noise sir."</p><p>"Edit: the wood wasn't 2 feet by 6 feet by 16 inches, that would be weird just fixed it lol not American my bad."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvr4im/electricians_plumbers_and_tradespeople_of_reddit/gpdawrt?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Suka_Blyad_</a><br></p>
Unsanitary Wasteland<p>"Mechanic here.""</p><p>When I used to work on cars, I had to pull the front seats out of a horrendously dirty smelly car to remove the center console."</p><p>"Proceeded to removed the front seat, and found the whole area under the seat was stuffed full with Dirty used tampons and pads."</p><p>"I nearly threw up and I yeeted the f'k outta there. We had to call up and get biohazard guys in because she wouldn't come and clean out the car."</p><p>"'Karen' then proceeded to have a screaming match with my foreman about the bill....."</p><p>"I've seen alot of sh*t but hands down this was the worst."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvr4im/electricians_plumbers_and_tradespeople_of_reddit/gpe6mc8?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Wheresma10mmsocket</a><br></p>
When Life Matters More<p>These people prioritized their lives over their jobs. Because they should be alive to cash their paychecks. </p>
Wobbly House<p>"Got hired to do a vapor barrier job in a crawl space. Old 1920's home. I suited up and got in about 15 ft and saw that the center load bearing beam had rotted out near the footer. Somebody took a cinder block and a 8 ton harbor freight bottle jack to shore it back up. Whole thing wobbled as folks moved around in the house. Got the f'k up out of there."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvr4im/electricians_plumbers_and_tradespeople_of_reddit/gpdrl83?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">dreamweaver121</a><br></p>
Project Of Peril<p>"I was called out for a termite inspection. Homeowners said they had been told for years they had a problem but it took one of their bedrooms floors collapsing to finally do something about it."</p><p>"I hauled a** out of the crawl space when I found the only thing that was keeping the floor from fully collapsing was a single electrical wire that at any moment it could snap and collapse the floor on me."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvr4im/electricians_plumbers_and_tradespeople_of_reddit/gpdzf2o?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">dahopppa</a><br></p>
Unexpected Shower<p>"I was working in a newly restarted 130 year old paper mill, they hadn't worked out the kinks in the pulp mill yet. The short version is my toolie and I got coated in black liquor that flowed from an uncapped pipe 70 feet in the air. It was outside, in December, so luckily it wasn't boiling lava hot when it hit us but we still had to make a trip to urgent care. And we lost our work truck because it was white and after the spill was black. We came back the next week, but refused to work on that end of the digester."</p><p>"Edit: I'm an electrician."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Turquoise_Tentacle/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Turquoise_Tentacle</a><br></p>
The Unexpected<p>These tradespeople found that unforeseen circumstances can be enough of a reason to peace out.</p>
Saying 'No'<p>"Landscaper here. Honestly it's about 50% of the meetings I go to. Learning how to say no is essential in this business. You can go out of business doing not good jobs quicker than you can not working."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvr4im/electricians_plumbers_and_tradespeople_of_reddit/gpdbhrs?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bvswcaveman</a><br></p>
The Panicked Landscaper<p>"I hired a landscaper once, small-time guy doing it as a sideline. We talked about all kinds of plans, seeding grass, cleaning up overgrown parts of the yard, and taking out two giant, ancient bushes that were crowding the house."</p><p>"He shows up to take out the bushes, and a few hours later calls be, all freaked out that the bushes have roots that go down to hell and it was taking a lot longer than estimated to get them out. I made it clear to him that I had half expected that, and that I had no problem paying for however long the job actually took. He was absolutely in a panic, though. He got the bushes done, then noped the hell out on the rest of it and never got back to me."</p><p>"Somehow, I couldn't make him understand that I was way more pissed that he bailed on the rest of the work than the fact that he underestimated the job initially."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvr4im/electricians_plumbers_and_tradespeople_of_reddit/gpe000r?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DMala</a><br></p>
The Clog<p>"A bit late to this but.... I'm a plumber, went to unblock an old ladies toilet, she'd tried to flush her dead cat, it was stuck, and very wet, and soggy...."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvr4im/electricians_plumbers_and_tradespeople_of_reddit/gpe8rj9?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">tootsmalloy</a><br></p>
Result Of Depression<p>"I noped out of a job back when I was a sparky. We had ~100 men onsite at a uranium enrichment facility; pay was good, but the conditions weren't. It was way out in the middle of nowhere New Mexico, with nothing to do beyond go to work then go back to the camp and drink. I got depressed after spending 6 weeks onsite, as did a lot of others. The straw that broke the camels back for me was when we found one of the apprentices dead in his trailer. His girlfriend broke up with him because he was never home anymore, he turned to the bottle.</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lvr4im/electricians_plumbers_and_tradespeople_of_reddit/gpdyohx?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">dad_sparky_engineer</a><br></p>
The legal system isn't always fair, let alone just. Consider how many people out there commit serious crimes and get off with a slap on the wrist. Remember Brock Turner, the Stanford rapist? He was sentenced to six months in jail followed by three years of probation for raping college student Chanel Miller (and was later released after serving only three months). I haven't even gotten into how cruel the "justice system" is to survivors of sexual assault, which complicates matters further.
After Redditor maekeyisn't cool asked the online community, "What crimes do you think should have a more serious punishment?" people shared their opinions.
"Compare that to a guy..."<p>White-collar crimes that result in many people losing their life savings. Compare that to a guy robbing a single house, who will probably get a harsher sentence.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltksoi/what_crimes_do_you_think_should_have_a_more/gozd0ro?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3"></a><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltksoi/what_crimes_do_you_think_should_have_a_more/gozd0ro?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">ChronoLegion1</a></p>
This is a big one.<p>Seeing the rich and powerful get away with slaps on the wrist for full-blown Ponzi schemes is demoralizing.</p><p>Bernie Madoff committed the largest financial fraud in American history, receiving a 150-year prison sentence. He's the exception to the rule. Then again, his crimes affected a lot of his fellow wealthy people...</p>
"So much garbage everywhere."<p>Littering. So much garbage everywhere.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltksoi/what_crimes_do_you_think_should_have_a_more/gp0isx8?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">zaphodbeebzy</a></p>
"Yet it gets dismissed..."<p>Perjury.</p><p>It happens alot more than people realize. Yet it gets dismissed so much that almost no one can really do anything about it. The courts are so clogged up as it is, it would have to be extremely severe for anyone in power to take notice.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltksoi/what_crimes_do_you_think_should_have_a_more/gozga63?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">TraditionalLiving44</a></p>
"All crimes against those..."<p>All crimes against those who are likely to be taken advantage of/can't defend themselves properly: children, the elderly, and animals. Especially Sex crimes and abuse and to lie about it, as it hurts alleged offenders and real victims. Crimes based on discrimination of gender, religion, and race.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltksoi/what_crimes_do_you_think_should_have_a_more/gozfgm0?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">tweedtone</a></p>
"Honestly..."<p>Animal cruelty. And attempted kidnapping. Honestly how many kidnapped children do you hear of coming home alive or ever being found again? Not friggen many.... so anyone attempting to kidnap a child should be felt with more severely, they aren't intending to take these kids to a nice place.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltksoi/what_crimes_do_you_think_should_have_a_more/gp0bhsc?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Looneytooney1505</a></p>
In 2019...former President Donald Trump signed legislation making animal cruelty a federal crime.
"Humanity as a whole..."<p>The punishment seems to never match the crime, a drug dealer will get 40 years yet a sex offender will get 3-5.</p><p>This is completely backward in my opinion and should be reversed.</p><p>I also do not personally believe in incarceration for most crimes, I believe if you get more than ten years you should just be killed, as life in prison is a fate worse than death.</p><p><span>Humanity as a whole should be focused on fixing this instead of taking the easy way out by handing out life sentences.</span></p><p><span></span><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltksoi/what_crimes_do_you_think_should_have_a_more/goyur1n?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Chestmynutz</a></p>
"If you are a cop..."<p>Tampering with evidence. If you are a cop, lawyer, or judge,and you fudge stuff for a conviction, and it's found out?</p><p>Bam - all you in prison for the length of sentence you handed out.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltksoi/what_crimes_do_you_think_should_have_a_more/gp1fo4f?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Squigglepig52</a></p>
"This crime is not only extremely dangerous..."<p>Kidnapping.</p><p>This crime is not only extremely dangerous at the time of its commission, but carries huge delayed consequences. Changes in the child's psyche and, as a result, possible future crimes.</p><p><span></span><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ltksoi/what_crimes_do_you_think_should_have_a_more/gp039jo?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">moseich</a></p>
How do we fix this?<p>It's distressing to think about all the cracks in the system, particularly when the discussion focuses on the harshest crimes. That we live in a world where child abusers and rapists often walk away with a slap on the wrist is unconsionable.</p><p>Have some thoughts of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments below.</p>
Just to put this out there: Making movies is hard.
The Headscratchers<p>Starting off, there's those simple story beats that are missed. The obvious ones, the ones you would have thought multiple writers with multiple passes at a script would have caught.</p>
...Oh Yeah, That's True!<p>When parents in Christmas movies don't believe in Santa but don't seem to realise the gifts that he left their children</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwp28o/what_is_a_massive_plothole_in_a_movies_storyline/gpirizu?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">creativeusername2468</a></p><p>Part of his magic makes them remember buying stuff they didn't is my guess.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwp28o/what_is_a_massive_plothole_in_a_movies_storyline/gpiv779?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">queendead2march19</a></p>
Counting Numbers Is Hard<p>How Rocky's son ages like 7 years between Rocky IV and Rocky V. Rocky V is set a week after Rocky IV. I've said Rocky too much.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwp28o/what_is_a_massive_plothole_in_a_movies_storyline/gpijxmz?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">JosephMack99</a></p><p><em>Laughs in Friday the 13th movies</em></p><p>Part 1 explicitly takes place in either 1980 or 1979. Part 2 takes place 5 years later, and 2-4 take place over a few days. Fine. But then 5 takes place far enough later that Tommy Jarvis ages up to a teenager, 6 has him as an adult, and 7 takes place far enough after 6 that a little girl grows up with Jason still sealed in the lake after part 6... and now in part 8, we're still somehow in the 80s. What the sh-t.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwp28o/what_is_a_massive_plothole_in_a_movies_storyline/gpj08mk?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">PotentialRegister8</a></p>
Oh Yeah! Why Not?<p>...In Cinderella, after midnight everything magic the fairy godmother makes for her changes back to what it was before. So why didn't the glass slipper the prince have change/ disappear?</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwp28o/what_is_a_massive_plothole_in_a_movies_storyline/gpikqoi?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3"></a><a target="_blank">That-shouldnt-smell</a></p>
Wibbly Wobbly...<p>In Back to the Future 2, Marty and Jennifer travel from 1985 to 2015. In 2015, old versions of Marty and Jennifer are there. This isn't possible. Since they jumped forward 30 years, and weren't there to live it out, they would be missing in 2015.</p><p>Now, before you say "but they returned to 1985, as if they never left!", in 2015, old Biff creates the Hell Valley timeline which Marty and Jennifer go back to. So they never lived out the 30 years leading up to 2015 in that timeline.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwp28o/what_is_a_massive_plothole_in_a_movies_storyline/gpit604?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">YodasChick-O-Stick</a></p>
The Weird Ones To Leave Out<p>Then there's those oddities in your stories, the ones that are playing alongside the rules of the world you've created...until they're not. These are the story bits that go against the world order you've established for your audience.</p>
Stronger Than He Looks<p>Ant Man has many. Most memorably, "You retain your mass when you shrink." To explain why you can kick a-- as a tiny dude. </p><p>[Proceeds to pull miniaturised tank out of pocket]</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwp28o/what_is_a_massive_plothole_in_a_movies_storyline/gpj78n7?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">BelchMeister</a></p>
...Timey-Wimey Nonsense<p>Not so much a plot hole but in Tenet there are times where it doesn't follow its own internal logic and it's super frustrating the movie just treats you like you won't notice or won't care or you're just not smart enough to notice and it's really disappointing as a movie</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwp28o/what_is_a_massive_plothole_in_a_movies_storyline/gpiktl1?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">kurushimuchan</a></p><p>Like why doesn't vision and hearing work in reverse too?</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwp28o/what_is_a_massive_plothole_in_a_movies_storyline/gpixh82?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">etaco</a></p>
Tell Me About It, Stud<p>If Frenchy was <em>so</em> awful at beauty school how the hell did she make Sandy look like that at the end of the movie! </p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwp28o/what_is_a_massive_plothole_in_a_movies_storyline/gpjcp8t?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">horedchub</a></p>
The "Come On It's So Obvious!" Ones<p>Finally, there's the plot holes so obvious people watching the film for the first time in movie theaters probably cried out in frustration that that's where they were going.</p>
Maybe She Didn't Know How Pens Work? Wait...She Signed Her Name...<p>Why didn't Ariel just write Prince Eric a note?</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwp28o/what_is_a_massive_plothole_in_a_movies_storyline/gpijs0g?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">bob_rob_III</a></p><p>I have often wondered this. It's not like she didn't know how to write. We see her sign her name on Ursula's contract.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwp28o/what_is_a_massive_plothole_in_a_movies_storyline/gpikujb?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">dyingpuffpastry</a></p>
Never Let That Man Near Superheroes Ever Again<p>Batman, the World's Greatest Detective, being stupid in Dawn of Justice and not investigating Superman. </p><p>Plot hole or just terrible writing?</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwp28o/what_is_a_massive_plothole_in_a_movies_storyline/gpikxwz?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">PMForDickGraysonPics</a></p><p>Terrible writing</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lwp28o/what_is_a_massive_plothole_in_a_movies_storyline/gpiwqg8?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">GerardMcN</a></p>
This One Could Have Been Solved If You Think For More Than Seven Seconds<p>Looper.</p><p>In 2044, the mob uses time traveling hitmen because future tracking systems have made it impossible to dispose of bodies.</p><p>The hitmen are paid in silver bars which are strapped to the backs of their victims until one day they're sent their "future self" who has gold bars strapped to his body, thus closing "the loop."</p><p>There are so many plot holes here I don't know where to begin.</p><p>Why use a hitman at all? Beam them back to a time when the area was covered with water. Strap a cinder block to their body instead of silver bars.</p><p>Hell, just beam them back to when the dinosaurs ruled the earth and cover them in barbecue sauce.</p><p>Okay, you don't want to risk someone finding a human fossil.</p><p>Beam them into a volcano.</p><p>Okay… the platform won't work in temperatures over 60 degrees centigrade.</p>
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