Ah, the good old days, before things like product testing and consumer safety commissions.
If someone would buy it, at some point you could probably sell it.
Even if it was a really bad idea or really, really dangerous.
Lawn darts, anyone?
Redditor fishermen4life2 asked:
"What was the most f'ked up thing to come out in stores that’s now discontinued?"
That Radioactive Glow
"I guess radium watches and jewelry that glowed in the dark and gave people terminal cancer." ~ locrianmode81
"Hand painted by the way, with no protective equipment. The workers became known as radium girls, and there’s pictures of them playing with the paint, putting it on their teeth and stuff. It’s messed up." ~ Vicorin
"They licked the brushes to narrow the tip so they could paint those small parts." ~ Thomisawesome
"It's sad that it took quite a long time to establish the link between radiation and cancer, by which time the damage was done. Radium toothpaste was popular for a while, as were radium food supplements."
"It’s odd how obvious we think the link is today, even Marie Curie dying of cancer at a relatively young age wasn’t seen as an indication that the stuff was harmful. In the early days they genuinely did not know." ~ Global-Technician990
Play With X-Rays
"Many shoe stores used to have fluoroscope X-Ray machines for customers to see how well their foot fit into the shoe they were trying on. They were often unshielded and were highly radioactive." ~ doingthehumptydance
"Yep, when I was a kid a local shoe store had one and when you got a new pair of shoes you could stick your feet in and wiggle your toes and watch where they were in relation to the edge of the shoe."
"I think I only got to use it once or twice and then my parents got real nervous about them and didn't take me to that shoe store anymore. Then afterwards I'd go home and sleep right next to a wind up alarm clock that glowed in the dark."
"I'll tell you, if you ever wonder why some boomers are how they are, it's possibly because you have no idea what shit we were exposed to as kids, between radioactive sh*t, lead, asbestos, all kinds of plastics, various powerful insecticides that our parents applied to lawns that we'd then play on..." ~ oldepharte
"...and our pediatricians had them in their offices, too. I used to love to sit on the table and watch my bones move as I wiggled my fingers, turned my hand and see the two bones in my lower arm articulate...they'd just let me play like that while Mom talked to the doctor." ~ Spirit50Lake
"They were particularly hazardous not for the customer, but for the employees operating them."
"If you've ever had chest or dental x-rays done on you (and theres a good chance you've had at least one of these done), after the attending nurse/dentist puts the shielding on you, they will step out of the room while the scan is happening."
"This is because they do these scans several times a day, and while each individual scan's radioactive dose is low, the cumulative exposure to several a day being done can add up and result in cancer or worse."
"These foot x-rays were done at a time when this concept was not well understood, and many employees got sick from the radiation exposure." ~ Metlman13
Bang, Bang, Boom!
"As a UK school boy, trips to France were an excuse to buy explosives. I don’t know if they still sell them or not, but ‘bangers’ as we called them were like little sticks of explosives where you lit the fuse and retired to a safe distance."
"All the souvenir shops sold them. They came in different sizes and strengths. Once you got your bangers home, you blew up as much stuff as you could."
"Apples still on the tree were good. Toys were fun too. The more f'ked up kids would explode live frogs etc. This was in the 1980s." ~ Kirkoid
"As the little sister of a 1980s UK school boy, can confirm. My Sindy doll didn't stand a chance." ~ ThanksMrBergstrom
"In the US, the firecracker laws vary from state to state. I grew up in a state where they were illegal but we had an uncle who was an inter-state truck driver and he'd bring back all sorts of explosive goodies for my brother to potentially injure himself with."
"He'd give them to my brother on the sly, of course. My mom didn't approve." ~ jinantonyx
"French person here, you can easily buy firecrackers/bangers but their size/explosive power is regulated now—you can’t buy really big ones. Those available are the size of a finger." ~ LCSdrd
Light It Up
"I watched some YouTube series about things in the home that could kill you throughout history and apparently when electricity started being common place in homes, nothing was yet regulated and inventors went absolutely buck f'king wild with the products they put out."
"The series specifically mentioned a table cloth with uninsulated electric mesh wiring running through the entire thing which you could plug in, and no, this was not designed to be a heated blanket."
"It was sold alongside other electrical accessories you could just plug right in to the tablecloth by stabbing the prongs through the fabric and the mesh wiring."
"This obviously resulted in electrocution and fires." ~ Korrin
"Why would you even want an electric tablecloth? Like what could be improved by electrifying it??" ~ aMoustachioedMan
"It's like a invisible extension cord for a table lamp or something." ~ piggyboy2005
"Powering lamps on it without the need for cables running across the tabletop (or drilling holes to hide the cables)." ~ alanthemanofchicago
"Fake snow made from asbestos." ~ sublater
"My grandmother had an artificial Christmas tree that in some way made it snow on itself. You’d plug it in and fill the tray with asbestos snow and watch the 'snow' fall on the tree."
"She used that machine in the 80’s when I was a kid. No f'king wonder I have all these respiratory problems…"
"She bought it in the 60’s according to my mother." ~ DogMedic101st
"It baffled me when I found out that asbestos is like, a natural thing."
"With a name like that, I swore it was man-made."
"Though I also never bothered to look into it's history since it all ends with 'yeah it got banned for giving us cancer & sh*t'." ~ vizthex
"They also made Tinsel that was strips of lead foil. Kids used to chew on them and many pets died from them." ~ The_Last_Ron1n
"I found a box of lead tinsel in my grandmother’s attic. I regret tossing it out. It would’ve made for fun conversations about the olden times." ~ jjetsam
"I have a small clear plastic ornament with a little bit in it. It's part of what's left of the tinsel my grandfather used to use year after year."
"My parents kept using it until there wasn't enough left to bother and then made the ornaments. They have one and so does my brother. It's a fun keepsake, and it's all safely within plastic." ~ Hidesuru
"There was a product called the 'worm getter' in the 80s, basically a rod that shocked the ground outside your house that for some reason caused worms to come out of the ground so you didn't have to buy them yourself."
"Yeah there was about 30 deaths attributed to this thing from people shocking themselves and it was recalled." ~ Maximus-53
"My dad just built his own with an extension cord and a metal rod. Stick it in the ground and plug it in." ~ SC487
"That product was safe, and it included safeguards to protect users and anyone else nearby."
"What happened was, people balked at the price and figured they could make their own using electrical wire and pieces of rebar with electrical tape for handles."
"So Washington banned the legitimate, safe product." ~ wufoo2
"Literally the first thing that popped up when i googled this was an article saying 30 people died from copy cat devices that were essentially just rods with extension cords. Not the worm-getter itself." ~ Zappy_Kablamicus
"My great grandfather used get rid of moles in a similar way… several car batteries attached to metal rods in the ground and then flood the yard. My father once ran into the yard right before Grandpa Joe flipped the on switch."
"My dad said Joe never truly yelled at him except for that one time. If it was enough charge for a yard full of moles, I imagine it would have been enough to severely damage a child." ~ janbradybutacat
"The whole reason that tampons today have warnings about toxic shock syndrome was because of a brand of tampons [Rely] back in the 70s." ~ AwfulDjinn
"GODDAMN IT I MISS THOSE TAMPONS! They were the only ones I could wear that didn't make me get up in the middle of the night to change out."
"They weren't made to be left in the entire cycle - it's just that they never. leaked. so people would be stupid and not change them regularly and get sick. And they were the only tampons that I couldn't feel up there all the time."
"They were like little mesh teabags filled with tiny super absorbant sponges that gently expanded in all directions. Personally I only ever used them at night."
"OK, to be fair, I had endometriosis something wicked (although it took 15 yrs to diagnose) and I'm far past the age of menstruation, but those were The. Bomb."
"People who can't use things according to directions are why we can't have nice things." ~ Toirneach
"During the First World War, department stores, including Harrod's, sold kits containing syringes, needles and tubes of cocaine and heroin.
It was promoted as a present for friends on the frontline—shoot up to make life in the trenches more bearable and alleviate the horrors of war." ~ SockpuppetPseudonym2
"To be fair, at the time heroine was still considered fairly tame. People still took opium to sleep at night and cocaine was in cough syrup."
"This ends abruptly after this period, but it’s was a more intoxicated time." ~ midnightword
"Cocaine and heroin were relatively common medicines back then. Also as many have said when dealing with WWI levels of bullsh*t..." ~ whitexknight
"Well the horrors of WWI trench warfare are pretty awful. I’d have appreciated this care package were I on the front lines." ~ schmidthead27
Eating Not-Gummi Worms
"Diet pills from Sears catalog in the early 1900s."
"The first pill was a tapeworm egg."
"The second pill was a drug to kill the tapeworm. You'd take it when you reached your desired weight." ~ Tathas
"In a similar vein, DNP - dinitrophenol, an explosive literally used to burn fat."
"In layman's terms it allows the body to turn stored fuel ie. fat into heat uncontrollably. It'll cook you from the inside out and a fatal dose is not very much at all." ~ Budpets
"My grandfather had a kit for kids to make their own lead soldiers. It came with the molds for the soldiers, a bunch of ingots of lead, and a cooking pot to melt the lead in."
"Then the child could pour the molten lead into the mold, wait for it to cool, then play with their new toy. What fun!" ~ PaulsRedditUsername
"The amount of lead and mercury that got casually played with by kids before about 1980 or so is really quite astounding. My Dad grew up in the 70s and remembers his mother melting lead in an old frying pan so he could play with it."
"They’d also fool around with mercury when a thermometer broke."
"No, my Dad wasn’t abused or raised by morons. That’s just how it was back then, people didn’t think anything of that stuff." ~ r3dd1tu5er
"This one's a double whammy. A poisonous, molten metal... For kids!"
"Looked up the melting point of lead thinking it couldn't be that high, right? It's lead after all."
"Nope, 651.5 degrees Fahrenheit." ~ emartinoo
"When I was in elementary school in the early 1980s, our teacher brought out a large glass beaker (probably three inches by eight inches) about 3/4th full of mercury to pass around. At least she warned us not to touch the mercury…" ~ spect0rjohn
"I was a kid in the 70s and distinctly remember playing with Mercury. It’s so pretty…" ~ FkedupUnicorn
"Makes you wonder what we play around with that we don't think about right now." ~ holigay123
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Being an emergency responder is a high-stress job.
It's a career with long, laborious hours.
There is always a hint of danger. And death is always around the corner.
So we as a society could try to help these people out and not put ourselves in unnecessary danger.
Redditor Diligent-Log6805wanted the rescue workers out there to tell us about the times they rescued people. They asked:
"Emergency responders of reddit, what are some dumb things that have lead to an emergency situation?"
These workers and the world already has enough trouble without my stupid.
"So... was she impressed?"Idiot Reaction GIFGiphy
"Kid driving his new truck down a residential street, wet from a recent rain, lost control and hit a parked car, overcorrected and rolled it once back onto its wheels up onto a lawn. He told the fire chief he had gunned it to impress his girlfriend and the chief just looked at him and asked 'So... was she impressed?'"
"I had a client once who was basically Ricky from Trailer Park Boys, loud, obnoxious, hilarious and every second word was some Maritime slang or a derivative of 'f**k.' He has been on daily eye drops for decades for dry eyes, sure ok cool. I hear screaming down the hall and run in and he's wedged against the wall and the bed just screaming 'I f**ked up boys, I dunno what the f**k is f**king happening but It's f**ked."
"Turns out he mistakenly put Jublia which is an antifungal ointment for toenails in his eye thinking it was his eye drops. The strangest part was the bottle has this miniature sponge at the end so you soak the sponge then paint it on like a gel...he painted this antifungal ointment onto his eye which immediately went red and angry then proceeded to do the other one."
"So he's at the eyewash station and I'm talking to poison control and they are pretty stunned because they have zero data on what happens to a human eyeball when it's painted in antifungal. I can hear the staff at the other end kind of snickering under her breath and she asks can you compare and contrast the eyes? Well... he put it in both eyes. The line goes silent because I can tell she is howling. Guy was totally fine but it was a standout for sure."
Will they show?
"Responded to a call of two minors being kidnapped and their parents being beaten in front of them and then taken someplace else. One was around three years and the other one was six. They were held captive in an apartment out of hundreds of residential apartments which not easy to locate, upon reaching there we found out that the boy six was just playin' with us to see if we would actually respond. Their parents were so embarrassed by all of that and vowed to not give them mobile until they are adults."
"When I was an EMT in NYC years ago we had a call for a man 'unresponsive.' We entered an upscale apartment that was a hoard: floor to ceiling newspapers and magazines, just a mess. The woman who called said her brother was in his bedroom sick."
"We entered his room and it was pretty obvious that he had already passed away. She had placed a bowl under his mouth because he had hemorrhaged which had coagulated the day before it was crazy. We asked her why she hadn’t called sooner and she said thought he’d get better?!"
"The joke around the house was 'if you have to put a bowl under a relative who is bleeding from the mouth, call 911. Don’t wait.' Never thought we’d have to advise anyone to do that. But there ya go. Also, it was Thanksgiving. Didn’t eat any cranberry sauce that year."
God Only KnowsMarried At First Sight Lol GIF by LifetimeGiphy
"Had a guy call because he had the cure to Covid and needed a ride to the local education hospital so he could share it. Dude was so high on meth He ended up having 4 or 5 binders worth of scientific looking notes. God only knows what was actually in them."
Wow, people really need to get a grip. Of their minds.
"Sparky"on fire GIFGiphy
"One of my old bosses once built a new shed in his back yard, to replace his old, worn-out one. He moved everything from the old one to the new one, then decided that the best way to remove the old one was by burning it down. He ended up with no sheds and the nickname 'Sparky.'"
Dead in the living room...
"Paramedic here. We responded to this 54 year old having chest pain. Man was having a heart attack. Dude didn't want to go to the hospital because it too early in the day. That's it. We tried to convince him to go. Got the ER doc to talk to him and he wouldn't budge. He signed a Refusal. Later that same night, his family found him. Dead in the living room. We got to him and started CPR, meds, everything. Dude didn't make it. When we advise you to go to the hospital, go."
"Got called to a shooting. A guy says he received a text message from an anonymous number saying his brother has been shot. He checks all the hospitals with no luck. He goes to his brother's apartment but gets no response at his door but sees his car and can hear the TV on. We get there, attempt to get an answer at the door."
"Eventually we kick the door in to make sure he wasn't dying in his apartment. We boot the door, announce police, and find him asleep in his bed. The guy tells us that he got a new phone number and decided to mess with his brother by texting him he had been shot. He then fell asleep and forgot about the text and was woken up by us. So many wasted resources on his idiotic prank."
"Got called to a priority job. The caller was kayaking in a lake and said that there was an unresponsive male in the water. So off we went, lights and sirens. We requested paramedics and fire to attend as well for the rescue operation. There were about 6 emergency vehicles attending including a rescue boat. We got there within minutes and met the caller who showed us where the guy was."
"He was just swimming, minding his own business. The caller said he was unresponsive, but really he was just ignoring her. Had a chat with the guy, he seemed alright, said he swims here every day and likes the quiet. No issues. Would have been nice if the caller told the operator that he was still conscious and swimming rather than 'unresponsive.'"
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"Well, I was taking a lady home from dialysis and she decided to eat a snickers in the back of the ambulance, and she started choking. Had to do the heimlich, and tell her to finish her food at home."
If it's not a true emergency dial 311. Please.
I hated science classes.
As soon as I could I ran.
But it follows me.
Because science can be downright disturbing.
That's why I blocked out so many of the details.
Redditor Flimsy_Finger4291wanted to compare notes on all the frightening facts that are a definitive. They asked:
"What's the scariest thing that science has proven real?"
As if knowledge isn't scary enough, let's her more...
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"Some tumors have teeth, hair and even eyes."
"My sister had one minus the eyes! It was cantaloupe sized on one of her ovaries before it was found. She named it Terry the Teratoma."
"My best friend and bunk mate from summer camp died from one of those when I was in 7th grade. Happened so quickly, we were a week into camp and he got really sick. They gave us all heavy meningitis shots because they didn’t know what it was and within a few days he was dead. Turned out to be a brain eating amoeba."
"Edit: strangely enough on the same day he started getting sick one of the lifeguards that was sitting out in a boat waiting for the next group of kids for what we called Trojans Vs. Spartans day had a seizure, fell off the boat and drowned. Only deaths they’d ever had in the 50+ years the camp had been open."
Far Far Away
"The size of our galaxy, how many other galaxies there are and how far away they are. When you can actually see something that incomprehensible.."
"The nearest star to us would take the Voyager 70,000 years to reach. The nearest galaxy to ours would take the Voyager 749,000,000 years. If we some how managed to take on the monstrous task of speed of light travel it would still take 25,000 years to reach the nearest galaxy. And it's even further apart after you read this. Wild stuff!"
"How the brain is literally rewired and chemically altered by childhood neglect and abuse."
"It's genuinely kinda freaky, playing a puzzle game, and noticing how quickly you're getting better at it. The kind of puzzles that were a real blocker in the beginning become baby-easy after like an hour of playing puzzles like it."
"My sister faced horrible abuse at the hands of our father, and she has been working through it with multiple therapists over the last 10 years and she is only now starting to get her life back. I feel like she was robbed at a fair chance at life because of our a**hole father."
AwakeBill Murray Im Here GIF by Groundhog DayGiphy
"Prions, horrific and totally unpredictable."
"Fatal familial insomnia is a prions disease where you can't sleep anymore, you just stay awake until your brain deteriorates and you die."
Now I can never UNKNOW about prions. Perfect.
Days gone by...Aging Matt Damon GIFGiphy
"Ageing. I'm content with death but the idea of my body growing old, frail and eventually falling apart before the end game gives me goosebumps."
"Gamma ray bursts. No warning, no escape, no defense, no survivors."
"If you're talking about supernovas if the star isn't too close the gamma burst would probably only destroy some part of our ozone layer. And gamma radiation is actually the least lethal out of all types of waves."
"Entropy. Time shall consume all things. Inevitable heat death of the universe."
"I personally want the 'Big Crunch' to be true. That instead of fizzling out it all gets sucked back into an infinitely small/dense particle and then another Big Bang happens. It’s my explanation for the multiverse. It’s all one timeline. Just infinitely long."
"More like a theory, the 'orangutan paradox,' when we film a documentary on orangutans, they can’t realize that we are observing them, yet they are the most intelligent species of their category, so aliens might be watching us and we are as oblivious as an orangutan."
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"That hearing is the last sense to leave, when dying."
Well that is the antithesis of comfort. Life is so fun.
Ever since Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope opened on May 25, 1977, a devoted fanbase developed.
And that fanbase has opinions.
Lots and lots of opinions.
Redditor Ebo8000 wanted to know:
"What is your most controversial take on Star Wars?"
"LASERS LOCK DOORS. LASERS OPEN DOORS. LASERS KNOW WHAT YOU WANT THE DOOR TO DO."
"But if you get past the door and close it behind you and you don’t want anyone to follow you through it…"
"…you shoot the bloody door panel!"
"Also, f*cking hell, we're in the future (or in the past), whatever, and people have better technology."
"Why put the door control RIGHT NEXT to the door? Put the door control system in a breaker box."
"Build every door so in case of malfunction they all shut closed (after all, they're in space and you don't want to lose air in decompression, do you?)"
"Shoot the breaker box, now the whole floor is closed until someone can figure out what happened."
"Almost look like those doors just exist as dramatic elements..."
"I’d like a film about when the Republic was at its height. 1,000 generations is 25,000 years and we’ve had 9 movies about the last 60."
"Not sure if controversial but they need to take the franchise and yeet it 200 years in the future."
"I'm tired of the Empire era where they need to justify why more than 2 Jedi and 2 Sith exist at one moment alongside knowing everything is pointless until Luke leaves the farm."
Design Fail? No!
"The Death Stars weren't badly designed they were just badly managed."
"Yes, designing them assuming large scale assaults was stupid given the political state of the galaxy but the second Death Star wasn't even finished so that doesn't count, it's all Palpatine's fault. As for the first one that was finished, the Alliance made three runs on the exhaust port."
"The first was called off before they made it to the trench, the second failed and the third was carried out by space Jesus which isn't exactly fair."
"All in all it sounds like a fairly effective defence when you consider the design philosophy."
"The entire universe has a cool factor that outweighs the atrocious storytelling."
"Bro imagine the following movies, but if they were in Star Wars universe."
"Magnificent 7 - A Jedi, Bounty Hunter, Ex-Imperial, Pilot, Wookie, a Droid, and Lawman team up to defend a town against pirates"
"Dredd - Two Jedi climb up an apartment block to confront a new dark side user who has mental control of the entire apartment block"
"Supernatural (T.V. Show) - A Jedi and their apprentice go around and solve and defeat Dark Side Force spots—where the Force consolidates from emotions and creates foul creatures to fight"
"Top Gun - But it's you know, Wedge or something"
"Ford versus Ferrari - But it's podracing or swoop racing"
"Something about the ships in the original series always felt more like real ships than in any of the later movies, despite the objectively better effects of the later films."
"Some of this is probably the use of models (i.e. actual three dimensional objects), but I think there is some critical difference in the design that makes them feel more real (probably because they were designed to be things that would actually work as models)."
"Whatever it is, I LOVED the ships in the original series and never really liked any of the new ones."
"The original trilogy changed the world by showing a universe in space that was dirty and lived in. The special effects from the later movies did not recognize this."
"Boba Fett is an oddly overrated background character, and even after watching The Book of Boba Fett, I don’t really care about him."
"He was never a character. He was a cool helmet."
"He was a cool jetpack too."
Time for the weather...
"Han is actually older than Obi-Wan due to Time Dilation."
"Time dilation in a universe where every planet and moon has the same gravity and atmosphere?"
"And just 1 biome."
"That way they only need one Weather Channel per planet."
"And over to Klaatu for the Tatooine weather report. Klaatu?"
"It's still sunny."
These are the droids we're looking for.
"Star Wars is actually the life story of C-3PO—think about it."
"I disagree. I think its R2-D2's story. He had a much greater presence in Episode 1, 2 and 3, and got the same amount of screen time as C-3PO in 4, 5 and 6."
Fan is short for fanatic.
"Fans ruined the whole franchise."
So, did your controversial Star Wars opinion make the list?
Death is a subject many people shy away from because what they don't know beyond our realm of existence can be intimidating.
Hollywood hasn't helped, as movies and TV have typically portrayed death as something sinister and violent.
How could anyone be convinced death is a peaceful transition, and that what awaits on the other side is actually an unimaginable utopia?
Curious to hear strangers' thoughts about death, Redditor GoodNess2020 invoked a quote by an iconic literary figure and asked:
"Mark Twain once said, 'I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.' Why do you agree/disagree with his statement?"
People clarified what actually terrified them most about death
"I don't fear being dead. I fear dying."
"Yeah, that's usually the issue. It's why that quote doesn't mean much, to a lot of people."
"It's not a fear of eventually dying and not existing anymore. It's the act of dying itself. He didn't constantly die for all of time. He just wasn't alive."
Concept Of Loss
"To have not existed for billions of years is to have spent billions of years never knowing loss. To die is to know loss."
"If you look into a new bank account and see zero dollars, it’s nothing. If you look into a bank account that once had a million dollars and see there’s nothing in there, you’ll know it’s absence."
People provided an analogy to articulate what ceasing to exist must feel like.
It's About Time
"Time is only relevant to you when you are alive. He is right. Have you ever been sedated for surgery? You go under, and then instantly wake up and procedure is done.... or you died so no worries."
Consciousness Is Life
"You won’t be feeling anything in death though is the thing. That infinite/instant sensation was a living feeling, you just weren’t conscious for it - your body experienced it anyways. No body, no experience."
Like Being Under
"That is very true, but for me, that's the closest amalgamation of what it probably feels like."
"No one can tell you what actual death will be like. It's impossible for you to experience nothingness."
"Thinking about death can be paralysing sometimes, and when I remember that the closest thing i can link as an experience I had, being put under, was actually sort of pleasant. I then think maybe death will be like that, and honestly it doesn't seem that bad."
When In Deep Sleep
"Yeah in contrast to sleep where you can actually feel like time has passed when you wake up."
Think Line Between Death And Slumber
"As CGPGrey puts it, your bed might very well be a suicide machine."
"Given our lack of understanding for the fundamental processes of our sentience, it's entirely possible that when you fall asleep, your mind is functionally killed, disassembled, analyzed, sorted, tweaked, and adjusted by your biology, before being reassembled when you wake. Every night."
People opened up about their insecurities around the concept of death.
Fear Of What Comes Next
"I’m just paranoid that something does happen after death and it’s just based on one thing that you didn’t know about."
The Circle Of Death
"There’s nothing to fear in oblivion. Unless, of course, your consciousness survives death. If so, it would be reasonable to fear the sensation of consciousness without senses, suspended alone in the cosmos, with no one to hear you, and no way to make yourself known. No reference point for counting time – a count that does not matter anyway in a literal eternity."
"You might wish that you still had a corporeal form, only so that you could make your mouth move to express your terror, to make the universal form of a terrified scream – the form of a letter O."
"But you won’t be able to. You just won’t!"
"This has been the Children’s Fun Fact Science Corner. Brought to you by shame, loneliness, and the letter..."
When Faith Fails You
"what do you mean I'm going to hell?! I was a good person and attended church regularly!"
"Ah yes, but you failed to put a blue feather in your hat and then turn in circles the times praising God Almighty on the fifth Sunday after your twelfth birthday. To the pit with you!!!"
There is an poignant episode from the Twilight Zone that brought me a sense of peace surrounding the concept of death.
Death was embodied by a handsome police officer who had been shot–played by a young Robert Redford–and begs to be let into the home of an elderly woman who had been living in perpetual fear of meeting "Mr. Death."
As the episode continues, she discovers much to her dismay that she welcomed Death into her home, but he warmly reassures her there is nothing to fear.
The episode ends with her finally offering her hand to Death after much protest, and they peacefully walk out together, arm in arm, into the light.
It was sweet and beautifully done. The 1962 episode was titled, "Nothing in the Dark."
That's how I imagine it to be.
A dashing Prince of Darkness telling me it's time to join him in guiding me to the other side.