The day Joe Biden won the 2020 Presidential Election, people literally took to the streets to celebrate, giving an idea that people weren't so sad to see his predecessor leave office.
Indeed, many think so ill of the 45th President of the United States, that people have a hard time even saying or writing his name.
Throughout his tumultuous, often headline-making four years in office, he was frequently referred to as the "worst President of all time."
But was he?
Redditor Unaball3r was curious to hear who the Reddit community considered the all time worst leader of the free world, leading them to ask:
"Who was actually the worst President in US History and why?"
The 17th, but also an unceremonious "first"
"He only became President because he was VP when Lincoln was assassinated."
"He basically tried to obstruct/reverse as much of Lincoln's policy as he possibly could."
"Inept, regressive . . . the first President to be impeached."
"A President that never should have been . . ."- OutsideSpring
"Andrew Johnson paved the way for the KKK to form in the aftermath of the civil war."- Random_puns
"Andrew Johnson is directly responsible for much of why the US is f*cked up today."
"TLDR: land redistribution after the civil war could’ve set up former slaves to be on equal footing with white people."
"Instead, Johnson made sure they got nothing."- caldo4
So bad they weren't even mentioned by name.
"The two presidents before Lincoln and his successor are usually ranked as the worst ones by historians."- DanSRedskins
"The 'Trail of Tears' guy wasn't great."- RudigherJones
Seriously, how do people like this get elected?
"Grover Cleveland assaulted a woman, got her pregnant, promised to take of her, and had her name the baby after a friend of his that passed away."
"He had a doctor he knew deliver the baby, then kidnapped it and had his sister raise it."
"Then he had the woman committed to a mental institution."
"When all this came out, he painted her to be mentally unstable and a drunk."
"He claimed she didn’t know who the father was and had several men come forward and lie saying they all had been with her."
"He also made it a point to mention that she had named the baby after who she thought the father was, and that wasn’t him."
"The guy was dead so he couldn’t say anything."
"He convinced everyone he had tried to help her by having her put away to get help and by finding the baby a good family because he assumed the father to be his deceased friend who the child was named after and he was just wanting to do the right thing."
"He also married the daughter of a friend and business partner."
"He doted on her as a child and bought her a baby carriage."
"When her dad died when she was 11, he was more like a father figure."
"Until she got older and then he started sending her flowers."
"Everyone assumed he was courting her mother until the two of them popped up and got married."- TheMudbloodSlytherin
A war is never a good way to end a Presidency
"The Civil War escalated to the levels that it did because of his inaction."
"His presidency was by far the most disastrous in history."
"He’s at the bottom of every conceivable list."- LFCSpectre
"Encouraging secession and setting the stage for the civil war puts him at the top without much debate."- jah05r
Andrew doesn't seem to be a name befitting a President
"Jackson and Johnson."- ConnieLingus24
In the eyes of others, maybe there was a President worse than the 45th.
A man with more impeachments than terms as President.
Perhaps its still too soon, and everyone's just trying to forget it ever happened...
Most of us are lucky enough to say that we've never found ourselves in a truly "life or death" situation.
While almost everyone has had a turbulent flight, dangerous experiences on the road, or maybe a deep cut that ended up requiring stitches, we don't usually question whether or not we'll come out alive in those situations.
There are those, however, who did feel like they had come face to face with death once in their life.
As well as others who were in a potentially fatal situation without even realizing it.
"Redditors who almost died, what happened?"
Sleeping Through A Fire
"Slept through a house fire."
"Ended up with 85% burns."
"Spent 14 months on hospital during which I had pneumonia three times, lung collapsed & had a cardiac arrest."- allergic_to_fire
"At 25, roommate had talked me into training for a 10k trail run."
"Started vigorously training, lost some weight, got some decent conditioning, and about a week before the run, I noticed a small amount of blood in my urine."
"Went to the urgent care, they took a sample, didn’t see anything unusual and the doc chalked it up to 'jogger’s hematuria' which is somewhat common apparently."
"Doc said to pause my running for a bit and it would clear up."
"I decided to continue training and finish my run, because I had worked so hard, and would stop for a couple of weeks afterwards to heal."
"I finished my run with a decent time, about the middle of the pack."
"Quit running and waited."
"And waited. "
"Nothing was clearing up, if anything it was getting worse, and then pain started to accompany the blood."
"Then it would get darker and darker until clots would come out."
"Me being dumb was still going off the doctor’s original claim that it would clear up on its own."
"One night, we decided to go watch 'Avatar' in the theaters, and I got a large drink."
"Held the pee during the whole movie because I didn’t want to miss anything."
"After, went to the bathroom and felt dizzy, so we went home and I laid down to rest."
"Middle of the night, had to pee again, so got up, went a lot and it was so much blood it was like a murder scene."
"Finished and walking back to my room I passed out, and luckily hit my roommate’s door on my way down, waking him up."
"He got me up and we went to the ER."
"After multiple tests, a CT scan discovered a tumor in my bladder that had grown to 6 cm, and every time I relieved my bladder, the pressure burst blood vessels supplying it."
"I had 4 units of blood transfused."
"Doc says I was lucky I didn’t die right on the floor of my apartment."
"That roommate was the best man at my wedding a few years later, and is the godfather of our daughter."- ba_cam
Terrifying Car Accident
"I was 20, and on my way to work on a Saturday morning."
"I had a 95 Chevrolet Monte Carlo."
"Driving behind me was a mid 2000s Chevrolet Impala."
"He was swerving all over the road."
"He’d get right up on my rear bumper, swerve, fall behind, swerve, speed up, repeat."
"I tried to ignore him and kept driving."
"Eventually he fell out of sight."
"I finally come up to the parking lot, which is just over the crest of a hill and on the left."
"I’m waiting for traffic to clear to make the left turn."
"I have my wheels turned already so I can hit the gas and get into the parking lot."
"While I’m waiting, I see something fast come up behind me in me rear view."
"It’s the Impala absolutely FLYING up at me."
"I didn’t even have time to say 'oh, sh*t' when the lights went out."
"I woke up being stretchered out of an ambulance in the worst pain of my life."
"I felt like someone was sitting on my chest as I couldn’t breathe."
"Then, lights out again."
"I wake up one more time in what I think is a hospital OR to what feels like my right armpit on fire, then out again."
"I finally regain full consciousness in a hospital bed with a chest tube in my right side, an IV in my left arm, a neck brace on, and excruciating pain in my chest, head, and neck."
"My parents were both there, and one of the first things I remember saying was 'my car’s totaled, isn’t it?'"
"The Impala driver had fallen asleep behind the wheel and pressed fully on his accelerator pedal."
"He hit the rear end of my car at an estimated 75 mph."
"Because I had my wheels turned, I was pushed into oncoming traffic where a brand new Toyota RAV-4 then smashed into my passenger door at an estimated 50 mph, causing my car to whiplash around in the opposite direction it was rolling."
"The impact was so hard, it tore my rear wheel off and sent it a quarter mile down the road."
"They found parts of my rear brakes in a tree."
"The passenger door was touching the center console."
"The front bolts for my seat had sheared out of the floor. "
"Originally, first responders thought the reclining mechanism had broken because I was laid back in the car."
"I suffered 6 broken ribs, a punctured lung, a severely sprained neck, a nasty concussion, a perforated eardrum, and various other relatively minor abrasions."
"Aside from the half-deafness in my left ear, newfound motion sickness, and occasional neck stiffness, I’d say I made a full recovery."- NobiZero
"When I got my wisdom teeth taken out I got IV sedation."
"The next day my IV arm was a little sore."
"The next day it was more sore and a little red, so I called the oral surgeon who said it was fine--just take some Advil."
"The next day it was more red and more sore, same advice from the oral surgeon."
"The next day the redness was tracking up my vein, and the oral surgeon said it was fine."
"The First Nurse on the other hand firmly said to drop whatever I was doing and go straight to the ER."
"When I got to the ER they skipped me ahead of everyone in the waiting room and straight back to put different broad spectrum antibiotics IVs in each arm, and started me on a 3rd one in pill form because I had a blood infection."
"I specifically remember them saying something to the effect of 'we don't have time to figure out WHAT it is, we just need to kill it'." - Reddit
Dangerously Ill Without Even Realizing It!
"December 2019, I bought my first business."
"I'd never owned a business before, but there I was writing checks for 50k each week and watching my bank account dwindle down to a few hundred bucks, only to hope checks would come in the following week."
"Then I did it all over again, but the next week there's a payroll due."
"It took me a couple of months to get comfortable with the routine."
"Well if you do the math, a couple of months brings us to March 2020."
"Now I'm writing checks for 50k each week, but almost no one is paying me."
"All my big customers are in NYC, and NYC is shut down."
"I am stressed AF."
"My wife says that we need to get life insurance because of the business and I think that's a pretty ok idea."
"The Life insurance company says I need to get a physical before they will insure me, so they send a nurse to do blood work."
"She tells me that my blood pressure is high and I should get it checked out."
"Normal me would be like 'Yeah, whatever'."
"But for some reason I made an appointment for a physical at a regular doctor."
"I go and they also do blood work."
"That was a Monday."
"Tuesday comes, and I get the results from the life insurance blood work."
"ALL of the kidney numbers are through the flipping roof bad."
"I call my regular doctor, and they say it has to be an error."
"No one with numbers like that would be living, nevermind being upright and coherent."
"I should come in the next day when their blood work would be back."
"So I wait until the next day."
"Go into the doctors office, and wait to be seen."
"The doctor comes in with an ashen face and asks me if I'm feeling ok because according to what she sees, my kidneys are nonfunctional."
"I spent 8 days in the hospital bringing my blood back from being basically poisonous."
"I was told I had a few days left if I didn't get to the doctor."
"I am now on dialysis 3 days a week and waiting for a kidney transplant."
"My life is completely upside down."
"Take care of yourself people."- TheGrateGooglyMoogly
Life is precious, and we should never take it for granted.
Always stay alert and keep your eyes on the road.
And if you think something might be wrong, call your doctor immediately.
Content warning: The following article contains stories about sexual harassment that might prove distressing for some readers.
Sexual harassment is defined as behavior characterized by the making of unwelcome and inappropriate sexual remarks or physical advances in a workplace or other professional or social situation.
Sexual harassment affects both men and women but women are sadly more often on the receiving end of unwelcome behavior and advances.
Should it surprise us then that so many have stories about really aggressive behavior they've experienced from men, from total strangers to people they actually know?
Women shared their stories with us after Redditor ExpressAware asked the online community,
"Women of Reddit, what is the grossest thing a man has said to you?"
"When I was 18..."
"When I was 18 I worked at a gas station mostly staffed by women. One of my coworkers was pregnant. We had a regular customer who came in a windowless van who would harass us constantly. He would hit on us and leer at us and sit in the parking lot in his creepy abductor van and catcall us if we were out sweeping the parking lot while he drank his coffee."
"The worst thing I heard him say was to my pregnant coworker. He asked her when she was going to have his baby."
"Our manager heard it and came down hard on him. She started screaming in his face (and to paint the picture he was a tall lanky guy and she was a short stout lesbian with a butch haircut) and she banned him from the store.
"He huffed that he'd take his business elsewhere and she scoffed at him that his two coffee refills a day weren't going to break us and that she would not stand for him harassing her girls. That manager was a rockstar, she always had our backs."
Can we all just hug your manager? She sounds amazing.
"I was writing up a menu on a blackboard at a cafe. A regular said, 'Great, that’s where you belong…on your knees.' I wish I had snapped back but I was too shocked to reply to his f**cked remark."
It’s like they all learn the same words through some kind of collective telepathic misogynistic osmosis.
"I worked at an ice cream shop/gas station, they were famous for their peach ice cream, only available in summer. Some old man asked for a peach cone, and he said, 'I'll take some of your peaches too.'"
This is so crude. Why do they think this is okay?! It's maddening.
"Said to a younger me, a skinny little tween in my junior school uniform standing awkwardly nearby at the bus top: ‘You know what you need? A good meal, and lots of sex."
And he sounds like he needs a lot of jail time.
""Toss that kid away, I'll give you a new one," from a middle-aged man in a convertible when I was biking with my then one-year-old."
What exactly is the point of these comments? Is it a control thing? Do they get off on the shock it causes?
"I had been dating a guy..."
"I had been dating a guy for a few weeks and out of the blue he said that he wasn’t actually attracted to me so he didn’t want to date me anymore but that he wanted to keep having sex with me… oh but he wouldn’t be using condoms."
The audacity of some men.
The sheer audacity.
Sexual harassment is against the law. Don't do it. Sadly, this should go without saying but that isn't the world we live in.
Listen to women. Believe them.
RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, help is available.
To speak with someone who is trained to help, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or chat online at online.rainn.org.
Have some stories of your own? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below.
Everyone has wild stories from their workplace.
But the stories that tend to instantly grab people's attention are those about instances which led people to quit.
Be it low pay, unsafe working conditions, or abusive bosses or managers, hearing what finally led someone to leave a job is always fascinating.
But how about moments where not one person, but multiple people, if not the entire staff, all banded together and left?
Far-fetched as it may seem, there have indeed been occasions where an entire workforce was so over their conditions, that they all gave their notice in unison.
Redditor RealSlicy was curious to hear some of these stories, resulting in their taking to Reddit to ask:
"What happened at work that made everyone quit at once?"
"I worked at a bread manufacturing plant."
"This happened in the bagging area."
"A worker tripped and somehow the way he landed his hand slipped underneath the machine guard and into a chain."
"Cut off his arm just below the elbow."
"The supervisor insisted we just wipe off the machine with a towel and continue running the rest of the already baked product."
"Twelve out of sixteen including myself quit."
"I found out later the manager fired that supervisor that day."- Bignona
"Three of us, the engineers, quit the same week and without any discussion between ourselves."
"Man in charge was an insufferable, insulting tw*t."
"This led to the head office losing faith and the whole subsidiary being sold off."- PicardTangoAlpha
Placing Blame on the Wrong People
"Company did a survey of employee happiness."
"It had super limited answers."
"We filled it out and tried to explain that, internally, our team was doing well and we were happy but just about everyone had problems with two other employees outside the team who were bullies in important positions."
"The company asked us instead what 'we' could do better so the bullies don't bully."
"Over half the team quit within a month which is unheard of at that company and our team was/is a corner stone of the entire business."- Butterbubblebutt
"Manager kept pitching Amway to us on breaks and then cut hours of those that didn't sign up under him."
"We worked in retail at the mall."- rayrayrayray
Total lack of sympathy
"Worked in a call centre offering free public transport brochures to people living in a city."
"The place was poorly managed, it was contracted out by the local government and only cared about numbers."
"Early during one shift a spate of bombings on public transport killed a load of people around the city."
"After a few calls of getting abuse from people aghast we were trying to get their details to send them bus/train timetables etc, we collectively stopped making calls."
"We assumed management would pause the project for that week at least, maybe longer, out of respect for what had happened.
"Our manager put her foot down and told us we must continue calling that morning, and as we were only on temporary contracts anyone who refused may face being replaced, then she stormed off."
"The entire team quit on the spot, we just got up and left without speaking to her again."
"We called up the work agency to let them know and they did not blame us."
"We were all replaced but the local government office heard what had happened and pulled the plug on the contract with that call centre within a month."- Husper
No or late payment.
"Not my work, but close friends."
"Restaurant owner wasn't paying his staff and checks kept bouncing."
"So one night, they all said 'f*ck this', closed up shop together and left."
"Owner got ran out of town after Social Media and reg media took over."
"He closed down both of his places, the second also had a staff walk out the week prior to the first and sold the buildings."
Since people keep asking, this was in MD."
"And the 'second place' was his second restaurant, Indian place, that had kitchen staff walk out a week prior, but the walk out didn't close the restaurant."
"He closed it and sold it after his first restaurant was shuttered."
"Good riddance." - Reddit
"One of my first jobs was as a dishwasher at a local steakhouse which was always really busy as it overlooked the waterfalls of the the local river."
"My 3rd or 4th day working the whole kitchen staff just didn't show up."
"Except for me."
"Boss grabbed me and taught me how to cook as we went."
"Not only had I never cooked before, this was a Friday night and I was missing a concert, so I was kind of angry about that."
"Probably not the culinary experience some of the customers expected that night, but I tried my best."
"Then, after we closed I had to stick around for another 4 hours to wash dishes.'
"Turns out everybody went to the concert."
"This was almost 40 years ago.'
"Still mad."- MadonnaBinLaden
Sometimes, when at a loss of how to handle things, the best thing to do is just get up and leave.
Though, one does hope those that chose to skip work for a concert weren't planning on going back to work the next day.
There's little more exciting than an American's first visit to Europe.
There is so much to take in between the famous sights, the delicious food, and the vastly different cultures and ways of life.
Most American tourists have no problem jumping into some popular customs and activities, such as afternoon tea in England, or a soothing sauna in Finland.
Other customs and behaviors, however, some Americans usually choose to leave to the locals.
Redditor Mark-Zuckerberg- was curious to hear which European habits or ways of life were truly bizarre to Americans, leading them to ask:
"Americans, what do you think is the weirdest thing about Europe?"
Where's the kitchen?
"Rental apartments in Germany often come without a furnished kitchen."
"Sink, refrigerator, stove and cabinets."
"Because these are almost always provided in rental apartments in the US, it was shocking to me as an American looking at rentals in Germany that I would have to buy and install those things."
"Having read so many interesting comments about kitchen expectations in different parts of the world, let me ask this question."
"Do any of you know of places where rentals don't come with bathroom equipment either, and it's expected the tenant will purchase and install their own toilet and sink?"- AmbitiousPeanut
Differing levels of intimacy
"Depends which countries."
"I’ve always found it weird that a lot of them think hugging is more intimate than kissing someone on the cheek."
"I know it isn’t actually 'kissing' someone on the cheek most of the time."
"I’m referring to how someone touches your face with their face that is extremely intimate."- LadyValenciaLA
"The way people drive."
"The laws don’t seem to matter at all in Italy, only a little in France."
"Then the Germans are a completely different story."- jesusmansuperpowers
"OMG the toilets."
"In the US every toilet I've ever come across has a flush lever on the left of the tank or, in public restrooms, a sensor or a button on the top."
"In Europe every single toilet has a different flush mechanism."
"Every. Single. One."
"It's like an escape room challenge."
"Foot pedals. Cranks. Pull knobs."
"Things attached to the sink."
"I was once stuck in a bathroom for 20 minutes trying to figure out how to flush the toilet, it turned out to be a pulley on the other side of the room."- Yellowbug2001
Not for Night Owls
"The oddest thing I found in Copenhagen was that when we tried to go get food around 9pm, nearly everywhere was closed."
"We were in a busy part of the city but it took us so incredibly long to find a place open late."
"I don't live in a huge city but I can throw a rock from my house and it will bounce off half a dozen places open until midnight or later."
"This is not a complaint, just an observation."
"I loved Denmark."- Ginger_Chick
Just how old are we talking?
"Can't wrap my brain around that."
"I live in a farm house built in the 1920s and that is considered old."- Necessary_Sir_5079
"The sheer grasp of language I've seen from some Europeans is wild."
"Back in the early days of minecraft I used to play on a server with an English kid and a German Kid."
"The English kid would randomly speak Welsh and the German could jump between German, French, and English all the time and I was there like 'Guys, I can barely English, can we dumb it down for the yankee'."- CYNIC_Torgon
"We've been working on the railroad..."
"Trains go to every major city."- CoolIceCreamCone
Balmy summer nights
"Our hotels had ac but it was just room temp air."
"That heatwave must have been brutal I hate sleeping when it’s hot."- Slowmexicano
Some things that might seem strange at first might just take some getting used to.
Though power to any American brave enough to drive through Europe.
Particularly on the wrong side of the road in the U.K.!