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You've likely seen at least read the book or seen at least one of the adaptations of Mary Rodgers' Freaky Friday, the story of a mother and daughter who can't get along and through magic switching bodies and quite literally seeing the world through the other's eyes one, well, freaky Friday.

That inspired today's burning question from Redditor CryoTraveller, who asked the following question: "You're allowed to body swap with anyone on earth for 24 hours (as in the movie Freaky Friday). Who's life do you swap with and what would you do?"

We actually wish we could see these swaps happen.


"Any astronaut..."

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Any astronaut on the International Space Station so I could float around and see the universe from that perspective.

geekyspacegirl420

"Swap with someone wealthy..."

Swap with someone wealthy and "forget" a nice chunk of money somewhere. I'd probably feel bad after but if they can afford to lose it I can afford to gain it.

ElongatedSmokeStacks

"He or she gets 24 hours..."

Hmm, I would try to reach out to a wealthy individual, paralyzed from the waist down or at the very least able to lucidly communicate. Such that his or her conscious consent is unquestionable and can be further authenticated by lawyers and verified by reporters.

He or she gets 24 hours to do what they like, provided that they return my body in good condition, without long term repercussions, and with a trusted loved one to keep them company throughout. At the close, an agreed sum will be transferred to my account.

GanjinChan

"I would swap with someone..."

I would swap with someone trapped in their body. I know it would suck for me, but maybe they could do something amazing instead of me wasting a day. I recently listened to Lock In and Head On on Audible, so the idea is fresh in my mind.

scratchfury

"Swap with some crazy mass murderer..."

Swap with some crazy mass murderer and abuser. Time out the 24 hours to the minute. Find the tallest building I can find. Jump off seconds before the swap back.

Radthereptile

"My husband..."

My husband who is going through chemotherapy, so he could get up and feel good for a day and I could better understand what he is going through on a daily basis.

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"I would switch with my mom."

I would switch with my mom. She has a nerve disease and is going through it rough right now so I'd switch really just so she can spend the day in my body and have fun running around pain free for a while.

miquelle44

"I see no downside."

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Stephen Hawking.

I die and he comes back to life and into a somewhat functional body.

i see no downside.

bastugubbar

"I'd like to know what it feels like..."

Somebody in a loving relationship. I'd like to know what it feels like to be cared about.

NotABurner2000

"Disband their stable..."

Swap with an ex, and turn their whole sh*t around.

Disband their stable of sidepieces, make amends with good friends they cut off for dumb reasons, let their s/o (if any) go have fun with their friends, throw out their hard recreational drugs, buy healthy groceries and meal prep for the week, and maybe sign them up for some hobby or fitness program.

Hopefully that overhaul puts them in a more positive space. Otherwise I just Netflixed my own Truman Show lolol

RewindYourTapes

"Someone who isn't pregnant..."

Someone who isn't pregnant. I'd go to town on some wine and some sushi and just bask in feeling normal and good.

hippiehoppie69

"I have a lot of negative judgements..."

I have a lot of negative judgements about fatness. I'd swap with an obese person in order to understand what it's like and grow my compassion.

thundorable

"I'm a private caregiver."

I'm a private caregiver. For three years I have gotten the pleasure to hang out with a couple that is approaching their 70th wedding anniversary. They are the coolest youngest old people I have ever known but with ever advancing dementia they are more and more frequently forgetting their favorite adventures. Not to mention the general aches and pains that come with being ninety. I would switch places with either of them so they could spend the day looking at their photos and hopefully remember their children again or at least have one day not riddled with arthritis. I could spend the day in a comfy chair watching animal planet, win win.

beeoakly

"I would swap with an Instagram model/influencer..."

I would swap with an Instagram model/influencer or a socialite to see what it would be like living as someone in a different social class. The experience would be eye opening or fun provided the conditions of the swap allow me to retain my basic "personality" or intelligence and vice versa with the other person.

I could go on all sorts of wacky adventures around the world or hold discussions about topics I would normally refrain from partaking in.

Ascribed_innovation

I'd swap with a person who is extremely unfortunate. Maybe someone experiencing poverty and a debilitating condition. I'd come back to myself and it would open my eyes as to how nice I've got it. I always get myself into a self-pity party because of things that have happened, but at least I have a roof over my head, a comfy bed, food to eat, a job, the ability to go to school, and my health. I'd probably reach out to that person I swapped with and try to help them.

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All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

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Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

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