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19 of the funniest tweets about Trump's threat to ban TikTok.

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This weekend, President Trump revealed that he wants to ban TikTok from operating in the United States...

TikTok, the app that is incredibly popular with dancing teenagers, activitists, comedians, musicians and Millennials hopping on to figure out what it's all about, is usually known for its viral, uplifting and highly entertaining, quick-witted content. Overall, TikTok is a fun social media platform that offers cool editing tools and lip-syncing videos are the reigning genre. Users can split-screen videos with the "duet" feature, share their sound with other users, or respond to comments with a video. According to the New York Times, TikTok is the primary platform used by music executives and talent agents to scout aspiring entertainers.

Sarah Cooper, who has gained a massive following during the quarantine for her hilarious Trump lip-syncing videos might be behind Trump's disdain for the app, according to Vogue. Or, maybe Trump just has a problem with teenagers choregraphing viral arm-movements from their parents' mansions?

Regardless of Trump's reasoning, Twitter had a lot to say about the president's desire to ban the app that has given countless young people their big break in the entertainment business. TikTok influencers won't go down without a fight! So, here are the best tweets about Trump's threat to ban TikTok. Enjoy!

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20 people share stories of when they ignored a bad gut feeling about a situation.

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There are times when a mysterious gut instinct kicks in, and you follow it - all reason be damned, only to later fully realize the danger your brain helped you escape. In these instances, it can be incredible to realize just how much our intuition acts as a protective force.

However, there are plenty of times we feel a gut urge and press on despite our body's warning signals. Sometimes escaping is far harder than pressing through the anxiety, and other times we simply don't trust our instincts. Of course, if you stick around long enough you'll find out why that gut feeling cropped up in the first place, and it's usually not great.

In a popular Reddit thread, people who had a bad gut feeling about a situation but stayed anyway shared what happened.

1. From SpendLessLiveMore:

In 5th grade my math teacher made me and another girl stay after school. He said we did too well on the test. We must have cheated. I always got a weird feeling around him, but when it was just him and us, he was actually smelling our hair. When I finished my test, he told me to leave.

There was no way that I was going to leave him alone with the other girl. I told him my dad said I had to walk home with the other girl. The teacher said I was lying. I was, but I told him to call my dad and tell my dad that he thought his daughter was a cheater and a liar. My dad was super friendly but built like a grizzly bear. He let me wait for her to finish the test.

2. From MarkHirsbrunner:

I had the opposite happen - something very wrong was happening but I was oblivious, and it worked out great.

My friend and I were buying a quarter pound of weed together. We were getting it from a guy my friend knew, but didn't know very well. We went to his apartment to pick it up.

Now, I'm probably a little bit on the autism spectrum, but because I'm from a time where you only got that diagnosis if you were non-verbal, I was "emotionally retarded" and just taught myself habits to seem normal. One of them is "maintain eye contact even if it makes you uncomfortable." This is important.

When we get there, the seller isn't alone, he's got a couple of kinda scary gangsta-looking guys with him. We sit across the table from them and my friend hands him the money. Then the guy chuckles and says "How about you two just leave the money and the weed here?"

I'm bad on reading people, I just maintain eye contact and imitate what I see as a jocular mood, I laugh and say "I think my friend would rather take the weed with him." The guys look at each other a second, then he says "OK" and gives us the weed.

We leave and I notice my friend is white as a sheet and he says "Those guys were going to rob us!" I thought he was being racist and told him they were just joking around, he shouldn't have worried like that.

"Didn't you see the gun?"

Uh, no. I was focused on maintaining eye contact so I didn't look like an autie. Apparently, the guy had pulled a gun after being handed the money. They thought I laughed at their robbery attempt and called their bluff.

3. From FeatsOfStrength:

I got invited to a party by some random guy I met outside a club, I went to said "party" with him as I was drunk and thought "Sure, why not?", this entailed going to a run-down house in a Council Estate (the UK equivalent of a Project I guess), to enter the house we had to climb in through a window where there were five people sat in a circle made of half-broken chairs and a moldy couch. After entering the window the guy locked it behind him, it was at this point I instantly felt sober again and realized that something was wrong.

That's when the Crack Cocaine and Heroin came out, a woman who was part of the circle who apparently owned the house started telling a story about how her husband had hung himself in the stairwell, her kids had been taken away and that she kept a sharpened screwdriver under her pillow in case "they" came for her.

I was well past wanting to leave at this point, I didn't have an escape though and my nervousness showed, that's when paranoia set in within the "circle", the guy who had brought me there had become incredibly tense, the slightest noise and he would flip out. He stood by the curtains peeping through mumbling to himself about the police watching him. I had to prove I wasn't wearing a "wire" at this point.

Before long however the drugs began to run out, this made the paranoia be temporarily forgotten. I saw a chance here and said I had money and I could buy more drugs, the guy said he would book a taxi for us to go in.

About 15 minutes later a taxi turned up, he unlocked the window and I jumped out first and slammed it shut behind me, ran as fast as I could towards the taxi, jumped in the front seat and just shouted "DRIVE!, DRIVE!" to the taxi driver who took off down the street and to the safety of home.

Closest I've ever felt to being murdered.

4. From sugamonkey:

When I was a teenager I was best friends with a girl who had an older brother who had mental health issues. This led to him also drinking a lot and generally being a dick.

One night we were hanging out in her basement and he came home drunk. As soon as I heard him coming down the stairs I knew it was going to be bad.

He walked into the room, looked at us and said “ What are you b*tches doing down here?”

My friend had a big shepherd/ chow mix and the dog immediately got up and stood between him and us growling.

My friend yelled for her dad and that set her brother off. He lunged at her and the dog grabbed him by the arm. Suddenly I was trapped standing on a couch, up against the wall.

Her brother is on the ground kicking at the dog. The dog is clamped down on his arm and not letting go. My friend is next to me screaming for her dad.

Dad rushes in, tries to separate them to no avail. Her Mom had called the cops from upstairs ( not the first time ) and they show up.

I sh*t you not, the second the cops came the dog let go on his own and stood in front of my friend again. Cops arrest her brother and her dad drives me home. I never went over their again unless she could promise me he wouldn’t be there.

5. From DM-Hollens-117:

I was hiking down a trail and I felt like I was being watched. I've read a lot of stories about people going missing in the woods, so I was hyper-aware of every little thing. Instead of going down this one path, I turned around and walked back. I still felt like I was being watched, so I power up my blue tooth speaker, plug in my hiking mp3, and blast some heavy music. A few minutes later the feeling passes.

A day later I heard someone was attacked by a mountain lion on the trail I was going to hike on.

6. From OriginalIronDan:

Not me; my mom. Dad was going to Greece on a golf and gambling trip. He went on these trips occasionally, and always came back a winner. Came home from one with about $5K in 1975. He was packing his suitcase the day before the trip when my mom just straight up told him not to go. His friends had all canceled out for various reasons, so he didn’t know anyone who was going. She’d never done that before; she wasn’t controlling at all. They talked for a minute, and dad got on the phone and canceled. The plane he would have been on crashed into a mountain in Greece. No survivors.

7. From Cutechem:

The family all visited my grandparents, and I always took that time to be rowdy outside with my cousin. We played games inside all day until they told us to play outside. Walking around at night with my cousin, we tried to come back to the house and turns out we got locked out, as it was like 12 and they thought we were in bed. We had his yellow lab, Yoshi, walking with us. They lived pretty deep in the country, so his dog was used to coyotes, bears, etc. I got this awful feeling in my chest, mentioned it to my cousin who just said "Yoshi isn't acting weird, so everything is okay!" I trusted that for the most part, but knew Yoshi could outrun us and we really didn't have a house to bolt back into in case something happened.

We kept walking until I nearly tripped on Yoshi who was just frozen and whimpering. Her tail was between her legs, and she was staring at this huge bush. The feeling I had in my gut hadnt left me, and I just panicked and stared into the bush. I heard a rustle and Yoshi started barking like crazy, before growling. My cousin and I took that queue to take off running back towards the house. I heard Yoshi yelp but we kept running.

Whatever it was didn't follow us, and after about 5 minutes Yoshi came running back to us. She didn't have any scratches on her, but it scared the shit out of me. After we calmed down, I remembered my Grandma telling everyone she could have sworn she saw a Mountain Lion in her garden a few days ago. They were in Oklahoma, so no one took that seriously as a Mountain Lion that far into OK was pretty uncommon. A week or so later, it was all over the news that there was a Mountain Lion in the area. It had been hit and killed a few miles from where we were. I am positive that the awful feeling I had was us being stalked.

8. From LookingOnTheUpside:

I was walking home from the library in college and decided to dip into the bar to see friends. It was about midnight/1am when I left the bar, maybe after one drink, put my backpack back on and decided to call my brother who was three hours behind to walk me home. As we were chatting, I was getting into the more residential part of campus. Few people. Dark streets. And a guy starts walking along the other side of the road from me. I just barely notice. It’s a big two lane rd and he was about five feet behind. I sped up, slowed down, and he matched pace.

“[brothers name] I have to get off the phone and call the cops, a guy is following me” I said as loudly as I could.

The guy f*cking SPRINTS away as I hang up on my brother.

Being 20, I then decided it was stupid to call the cops if the guy was already gone, went back to Main Street and found a sober guy, and asked him to walk me home. Luckily, it worked out. My brother called eight times to make sure I was okay.

There was a string of stabbings on campus that semester and I wish to this day I’d called the cops.

9. From insane__knight:

My old boss was an...interesting guy. He came from a rough part of town and had a bunch of tattoos that really made him look scary but he was actually a nice guy. I asked him about his massive chest tattoo which led him to a story about his younger brother, John.

John was a pretty gentle guy but he started hanging out with blokes from his home town that weren't exactly right in the head. One night they all hanging around drinking, as they did most nights when one of the blokes breaks out some meth, John politely declines and just continues drinking. The energy was getting really weird, guys breaking windows with their bare fists, bleeding all over the place, verbal abuse being hurled, just an all-round wonderful atmosphere.

At one point someone broke out a tattoo gun and started doing home jobs. John really wanted to leave but couldn't because he was quite drunk so he had to stay. Someone ended up spiking his drink so while he was blacked out one of the guys tattooed a swastika on his forehead.

10. From MMXXfan:

My cat died.

I was away for a week, in another country. I never usually worry about my pets like that, but two days in I was finding myself thinking about my cat more and more and being increasingly concerned about him. Few days in I was having dreams of me going back home in a rush. Instead, I stayed and thought I was projecting the stress of spending the week in an unknown place with people I didn't know a lot yet, and just missing my cat.

Now that cat had come to me from the street, so whenever I left for a few days that's where he'd spend his time. He would only respond to my call but not my friend's so I had no one to send to check on him. When I finally came home I just rushed to all his spots and called for him.

I did that almost every 2 hours when I was not working, for 3 days, including at night. Found him 3 days later, hardly breathing, but walking. Took him to the vet in a rush. Turns out he had cancer and the tumor pushed against his lungs etc. In the past week, something had broken and was filling his lungs with liquid. Had to put him down. I'm just glad I found him and he didn't die alone on the street.

11. From SyeThunder2:

At a night out with a bunch of guys from my old school, one of us gets in a fight with three guys. I sat back near enough to make sure nothing develops and one of their guys joins me. He strikes up a conversation and very quickly tells me he's a Neo-Nazi, he even showed me his tattoos of a swastika and the Waffen SS emblem. It was very clear why he was telling me this because I happened to be the most Aryan looking person there.

He ended up telling me everything from how he got into the cult-like ideology to all the different minorities that he hates. One of the guys I was with thankfully noticed and gave me an excuse to leave once the situation had calmed down

Altogether a very interesting night.

12. From KatieLily_Simmer:

My Ex-Boyfriend. It had been my first relationship in a while. Early on I started to get the feeling that he was lying about things, but it was only little things. Like he’d say he had some childhood illness, or had ran into Ariana Grande at a coffee shop. I tried to brush off the thought that he was making things up, because who would lie about random things.

I stayed with him another 4 months, then realized he was also lying about drug addiction, stealing my money I was giving him for rent and not paying our bills. So I probably should’ve trusted my gut and left sooner.

13. From Watsis_name:

I used to work at a theme park as a food and beverage supervisor (this was about 10 years ago).

I knew the place like the back of my hand because I grew up in the area and went a lot as a kid, and had been working there about 3 years.

During the quiet periods of the day we would take it in turns to go for a "cigarette break", our nearest break area was past a nearby rollercoaster. On my way back from one break I stop mid-stride and look down at this coaster going under the path. "That didn't sound right" I think to myself. I check my radio is tuned in, and press on back to my food outlet.

20 minutes pass and I've forgotten about this when there is an almighty thud, the lights flicker and in less time than it took to check the fryer settings were ok my radio lights up, chaos on the waves.

I hear amongst the chaos "Echo 4, code 11, section 8" which roughly translates to "watsis-name, serious incident, emergency service access only, section 8." I respond "Received, on it."

We shut everything down and start redirecting customers around the area, that rollercoaster had crashed, 2 people died and 3 are now permanently disabled.

That turned out to be a rough day.

14. From BreakingGaia:

I was living with a friend and her family. She and I were besties through high school but had grown distant over time. She started hanging out with a different girl and got heavy into drugs. She was going out with that girl and I usually would tag along to take care of her, but that night I had a funny feeling and decided to stay home. In the middle of the night her mom came in my room and said they were in an accident. My friend was in a coma for weeks and has been suffering from debilitating diseases ever since. The other girl had to have a hip replacement. When I saw the pictures of the car I knew I would have died. The whole rear end was wrapped around a pole and crumpled.

To this day, if I have a gut feeling, I listen to it.

15. From paramourns:

I got this feeling on my wedding day to my now ex-husband. Getting my hair & makeup done, putting on the big white dress, listening to how excited everyone was, and the entire time I felt white and sick to my stomach. It was like a burning ball inside me, and I felt cold all over. I kept wanting to hide, and I remember my Dad jokingly saying "We can still make a run for it!" and I wish now I'd of taken him up on it. Not even three months after the wedding, he started picking out what I could wear (you shouldn't be wearing pants, women should wear skirts & dresses!), complaining that I wasn't working TWO jobs instead of just one, and not ever letting me out of his sight when I was home from work (I couldn't even walk to the mailbox alone).

A month or so after that, when I'd had enough and started pushing back, he attacked me and started hitting me, right in front of his brother. I remember begging his brother to help me, and instead he sneered and said "Women like you get what you deserve", and when I yelled that I would call the cops, my husband said "Go ahead, I have many cop friends." The very next day I made a phone call to an old school friend telling him my address and that I would be at the end of the road at a certain time. When my husband was outside working on his boat, I threw a few clothes into a bag and ran.

Filed for divorce and never looked back. Ended up working two jobs (haha) and living with my grandmother until I could get back on my feet. Listen to your gut ladies. It might save you a lot of bruises and maybe even your life!

16. From Marshall-947:

I worked with a girl when I was 18. She was 4 years older than me, and we came from the same small hometown so knew some of the same people. I quickly understood she was not a great person. Narcissistic. Loved to pit people at work against each other by spreading rumors. Backhanded compliments. Dominated every conversation by turning into something about herself. You probably know the type. She didn't like me because I ended up explaining her behavior to our boss after she tried [and failed] to get me fired over a rumor she created.

She didn't last long, thankfully. People caught on, and they knew me well enough to trust that I'm a decent person in that regard.

Fast forward to my later-twenties, back in my hometown. She walks into a bar with my friend. We are awkwardly polite. The night wears on. Drinks. We get to talking and are actually laughing together. It seems like the past is distant. I say I'm going to leave. She looks directly into my eyes and asks if she can come with me.

It was like looking into the eyes of a demon. Every hair on the back of my neck and forearms. Heart rate increased. Cold sweat and the blood drained from my face. But, drunk me, severely lonely from previous years, thinking only of that night's chemistry, said yes. Told myself it was just the anxiety of such a physically attractive woman asking to come home with me.

We ended up dating for almost a year. I have never been more physically, psychologically, or emotionally abused, cheated on, and just destroyed inside. It was severe. My cat's hair started falling out from the stress in the home [he's been a happy, healthy chonk before and after, don't worry]. I won't go into details. But, it was ugly. I was so turned around as a male abuse victim that I had been gaslighted into thinking I was an abuser.

I finally got out, but had to do it alone. With narcissistic abusers, they tend to look for people they can use, that have something, that are unique, stand out, etc. People with potential. I made myself seem thoroughly "pathetic" [what a person like that would think is pathetic], and she casually moved away and found a new victim.

We still shared some friends and she had convinced most of them that I was a bad person. But in time her nature hurt all of them, and while I had moved on and made new friends, they slowly trickled back into my life and related their own horror stories of her.

Ultimately I became stronger and grew in many ways from it, and can even trust, but I'll always have to struggle with thinking no one is ever interested in me so not picking up on it, and confusing boundaries/self-respect for hurting my partner and potentially causing a serious altercation.

That night in the bar I should've just left. Every sense in my body told me to get away from her. But I stayed.

17. From Fuzzy1968:

In my 30s, my husband was having an affair and I was sick of staying home alone, so I went to a dance club in Boise by myself.

I had a fantastic time and met a friendly couple, James and Tammy, ended up spending most of the night with them laughing, dancing, joking. Just really fun, open people.

We shut the place down, and out on the sidewalk Tammy says, "Want to go for pancakes?"

"That's a great idea! I'm starved," I said. "My car's around the corner. Should I just follow you to the restaurant?"

"No, don't do that! We'll give you a ride, then bring you back," said Tammy.

"Thank you!" I said. "I'm worn out from all that dancing, haha."

As soon as I get in the car and it pulls away from the curb, I get this sense of dread.

Just a few blocks down the road, James says he wants to pick something up at their apartment, and asks if it's okay if we stop off there for a minute. I'm ignoring my warning bells, still hoping that everything's okay, don't want to ruin a great night by freaking out unnecessarily. They're both still super casual and friendly, so I say, "Okay..."

We get to their apartment, which is really low rent and scummy, and my alarms are getting louder.

"I'll just wait in the car while you get your thing," I said.

Tammy stays, too, and we talk about this n' that, and I start to relax again. There's no pressure coming from her, she genuinely seems delighted to have made a new friend.

"Let's go check on James," she says after a bit.

As soon as I walk through the door, I know I'm in trouble. I'm miles from home in an unfamiliar area, no friends in town and my husband's God knows where with his girlfriend. Did I have a phone? Was the battery dead? I can't remember.

Tammy's between me and the only door, and James is on the sofa watching TV. She offers me a drink, which I decline, then goes to fix herself one.

"Are we staying here?" I ask. "Let's go to the restaurant."

"You bet! I just want one drink, then we'll go."

All this time, Tammy seems great, but James is silent, staring fixedly at the TV, all tense and excited, but trying not to show it. I'm getting super weird, scary vibes from him and this whole situation.

"Do you party?" Tammy asks brightly.

I'm distracted and have no idea what this means, so I say, "I guess."

She sets up some cocaine on the coffee table and she and James have a toot. I've never seen cocaine in my life. I can't believe what I've gotten myself into. I look away from the coffee table toward the TV and finally realize that James is watching gangbang pornography.

I stand up and announce that I'm going to call a cab.

"Oh, don't! Do you want to go?"

"Yeah," I say faux-apologetically. "I'm just really tired." I start walking for the door.

"We'll take you back. Don't pay for a cab, honey. We'll drive you."

I don't remember how she convinced me to get back in the car, but she and James ended up driving me back to the bar and giving me a friendly wave as they drove away.

I think it was an honest misunderstanding: they thought they'd found a willing third, and if I wasn't down with a threesome, that was perfectly okay. And, cocaine was just a normal Saturday night, I guess.

But, man...when I recall turning to face that TV screen, my heart still drops into my stomach. I always, always trust my instincts now.

18. From drewcantreid:

I was on a camper van trip up the East Coast of Australia and stopped at Bondi for a few nights.

On our last morning there, my friend had some work to get done on his laptop, so I decided to head out for a surf by myself to kill a few hours.

No one else was surfing, the water was murky and anyone that's surfed knows you can start to get a feeling the water is a little 'sharky'.

I left the water unscathed and told my mate about the eerie feeling I'd had. We both headed back to our home towns, only for him to tag me in a news report about a guy that had been attacked while surfing alone at that exact spot one week later.

Have had a few other 'encounters' in that part of the world and every single time you get a bit of a feeling in your stomach beforehand.

19. From DukeBeekeepersKid:

I have always listened to my instincts.

One one occasion a fellow detective and I were hunting a bail Jumper in Pennsylvania. We got a contact who gave us a solid lead and told us where to find our guy. For $50 he would also lure the bail Jumper to the one and only gas station in town. We paid the guy, gave him a time to make it happen. It didn't sit right so not being complete f***king idiots, right after we paid our mole, we told the guy that we skip out town for a few hours.

In reality, we went out of town, made sure the mole saw us go out of town and then we doubled back in another way and set our self up on a bluff overlooking the gas station. About thirty minutes before show time, the locals with their guns showed up and started to hide around the place. The bail jumper didn't show up with them. We noticed our mole was always looking in the same direction when he was on the phone.

Ten minutes prior to the time we given our mole, we decided it was not in our interest to go into town. We called out mole and told him we were running 20 minutes late and to sit tight. We on a hunch went and snuck up on the ridge where the mole was looking and found our bail jumper. We got him before he could alert anybody. After we got him in the car and was heading out of the area, he asked how we heard about the ambush.

Told him nothing. Just let him ramble on.

20. From wanderinggrace:

Coming home from a holiday and got into a cab to take us to the airport, immediately I got a gut feeling of "something is going to go very wrong" as we were traveling a big storm broke out so I was thinking "it must be that, we're going to crash because of the storm" but no.

Arrive at the airport with no drama but still the feeling of something bad won't go away. As we walk into the airport I look at the departure board and see our flight has been canceled, my immediate feeling was one of relief and the feeling of dread disappeared immediately. Like "ahh that was the problem".

Groom asks if he's wrong to have a 'white tie, no dyed hair, no visible tattoos or piercings' dress code.

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While our society still has at a lot of progress to make when it comes to gender equality, an exciting post on "Am I The A**hole?" breaks new ground by showing that men can be just as superficial, petty, and controlling as women are traditionally described to be.

Writing on behalf of him and his fiancée, a groom turned to the internet for help after his September wedding's dress code began causing rifts between the couple on their families.

The couple are demanding more from their wedding guests than just formalwear and possibly exposing themselves to COVID. After explaining just how pumped they are for the wedding shoot with a fancy photographer, they describe the strict dress code:

We have been clear from the very start that the dress code will be fully enforced. The invitations we sent explicitly told our guests what we'd be expecting from them (white tie, no unnaturally dyed hair, no visible tattoos or piercings) and that they were free to decline the invitation if they had a problem with this. We also sent everybody who RSVP'd a reminder over email several weeks ago repeating this instruction.

Nobody is exempt, not even their moms:

This was going fine until one of our mothers has recently posted on Facebook a picture of a 'cocktail' style dress she wants to wear on the day. Of course this isn't included in our dress code, so we informed her right away that the dress would be unacceptable. Another woman (a family friend) asked if she could bring flat shoes to change into after the ceremony, and again we directed her to the 'white tie' instructions.

The confrontation over the "cocktail style" dress has brought in other branches of their families.

Unfortunately, this has caused a lot of unnecessary drama throughout both our families and even some friends. Both sets of parents, cousins, some siblings, and many more people have messaged us privately to ask us to relax our dress code and allow them to be flexible. This isn't happening, so we have just pointed to our 'white tie only' policy and told them they accepted the rules when they RSVP'd.

In our opinion, while wearing knee-length dresses and suits (rather than a tux) might be appropriate for 'day to day life', they will doubtlessly look out of place at a wedding that is supposed to be fully formal. We are hosting a private event where we are able to set the rules. Having been to other weddings over the years, we have fully complied with the wishes of the marrying couple and we do not see why we should not be given the same treatment.

They've been called a**holes by their friends and families, and want strangers on the internet to chime in.

Since we made this clear, we've been called a**holes by people around us. However, in our opinion, this is our wedding and we've been clear about our preferences all along. We have even told our guests that if anyone has a problem with this, they are free to drop out (even though we will still be paying for their seats now) and not attend.

AITA for having a dress code at our wedding?

People in the comments argued that the couple's demands are above and beyond a dress code, treating their so-called friends and family as set dressing and props.

"YTA (You're The A**hole). It is your wedding and you can do what you want, but it’s a wedding, not a photoshoot or a play. The stuff about piercings, tattoos, and hair color is especially ridiculous," PotentialityKnocks argued.

The groom wasn't just an a**hole, he was also called "a snob and a poor host." "This should be an occasion to celebrate with your nearest and dearest. You are making it all about the look," fleabagwannabe commented. "The good news is that with this behaviour you are telling people who you really are."

People also pointed out that demanding women wear heels is both sexist and ableist, as people have health issues that keep them from wearing fancy stilts.

Thanks to a simple Google search, somebody also discovered that the couple is completely misrepresenting what a "white tie" dress code even means.

"White tie" is for state dinners at Buckingham Palace. Royal weddings are "Morning dress."

"White tie dress code does not mention hair colour, tattoos, piercings or women's shoes. You are tacky as hell," fleabagwannabe explained.

Just spitballin' here: if your dress code pisses off "both sets of parents, cousins, some siblings, and many more people," maybe you should relax it? You can get a new dress code, but you can't get a new family.

26 Memes That Perfectly Sum Up 2020.

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"If You're Going Through Hell, Keep Going."

- Winston ChurchillI

2020 has definitely been hellish, but we've got to keep going and keep laughing. These hilarious memes perfectly nail how we're all feeling about this disastrous dumpster-fire of a year.

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19 of the funniest tweets about painfully awkward human interactions.

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Ever had a human interaction so awkward it made you want to crawl into quarantine for 6-months, even before there was a global pandemic? Socially awkward moments are an inevitable part of life. But that doesn't make them any less painful.

Here are 19 of the funniest tweets of all time describing brutally awkward human interactions that the people involved (and now the world) may never forget:

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22 Memes For All The Women Who Could Use A Laugh Today.

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"When the working day is done, oh girls, they wanna have fun."

-Cyndi Lauper

Girls just wanna have memes! This list brings the fun. It's packed with relatable and hilarious comedy for all of us who just really need some laughs today.

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27 Memes To Help Start Your Morning Off With Some Laughs.

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“We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.”

– Bryan White

You don't have to grow up, you know. Nothing's really stopping you from pouring yourself a big bowl of sugary cereal, poppin' on some cartoons, and laughing hysterically at these funny memes. Treat yourself to some fun today.

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16 tattoo artists share the most sentimental and meaningful tattoo requests they've received.

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While not all tattoos need to have any deep meaning or poignant significance, tattoos can be a beautiful way to preserve a memory of a loved one or celebrate an object or phrase that is important to someone's life.

We've all seen photos of tattoo horror stories where people don't think before asking a stranger to permanently ink a quotation in a language they can't understand on their backs, an embarrassing lyric from a band they only listened to when they were thirteen, or an offensive statement piece they thought would be "edgy," but eventually grew up. Tattoos are permanent, but your obsession with dolphins dancing with butterflies might not last as long as you need your forearm. Regardless of the regrettable tattoos, though, there are plenty of stunning works of art that people have tattooed on their bodies, and hearing someone's "tattoo origin story" can often be inspiring.

So, when a recent Reddit user asked, "Tattoo artist of Reddit, what’s the most beautiful/saddest request you’ve ever gotten, or one that has stood out?" artists and recipients were ready to share their most meaningful tattoo experiences.

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Dude asked me to Tattoo his family on his back. His wife and 3 kids had died in a fire recently and I had to recreate their family photo on his back. It took a few hours and I was as meticulous as possible. Normally I would’ve charged him a load of money for this, but I didn’t have the heart to charge him. Boss was fine with it. - CongressPotatoKenobi

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She had cancer. The treatment stopped working, so she got off chemo and decided to live out the last few weeks of her life seeing her favorite places and doing her favorite things. She had been a tattoo artist when she was younger, and hadn’t gotten any new pieces since she was diagnosed a few years prior.

I tattooed her. She got a black and grey sunflower with the outline of Minnesota, close to her chemo scars. It was her last tattoo. - Vextera

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My husband has a tattoo for his previous fiancé who died of cancer at only 39 yrs old. It’s a woman going up a staircase and a clock at the time she died. I always thought it was a really sad, but touching memorial. - HotPink124

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Simple but beautiful story.

Elderly man came in to the tattoo shop for his first tattoo. He wanted his wife’s name. While drawing it up for him - he explained his wife of 45 years had just passed away a month ago. He told me she never wanted him to have a tattoo but he was in the service and always wanted one - of her name - but he never got it because she wouldn’t let him.

He says “I don’t mean to be ornery or disrespect her wishes, I just need a piece of her with me until we’re together again.” - jgorbeytattoos

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My best friend died a few years ago in a car accident. The very last conversation we ever had was a phone conversation of him telling me about his new tattoo. Obviously, he never got to show it to me, but his mom sent me a picture of it a few months later.

With her permission, I went and got the same tattoo a year and a half after his death. The kicker is, I lived a couple hours away from the artist who did my friend’s tattoo, so I went to her. It was so healing to get to talk to someone who had seen him, and now I have a great tattoo with a great story. - EliMac65

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A woman came straight from her father's funeral with his final will and testament and had me put his signature on her arm. She could hardly make out the words and we both cried the entire time. It was such a deep experience I couldn't charge her. - areeemeeyet

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I'm answering for my brother. He's a talented tattoo artist with his own shop in Colorado.

When my first child was born (at 23 weeks super preemie), he was 13. He drew a gorgeous name tag for her incubator in the NICU based on her name: Emily Rose.

She passed away from pneumonia when she was 3 years old. Years later my brother have me a tattoo of a re-imagining of that name sign. All free hand and it is gorgeous.

His art welcomed his niece into the world and his art celebrated her life when she left it. - nightcrawler616

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I tattooed a plus sign on a couple. The air was heavy but it wasn’t my place to ask why. Once we put the stencils on, they opened up.

They had just miscarried. She told me they were excited to bring life into this world, together. And their favorite moment of joy was when she took the pregnancy test and they waited together... for their overwhelmingly positive response: for the plus sign. - allentattoo

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Not an artist, but I work the front desk dealing with clients and scheduling appointments. Last year we had a woman call in requesting to get the tattoo "Daddy's Property" on her stomach just above her pubic area. We quoted her a randomly high price, thinking she'd pass, but she didn't. She paid her deposit and showed up a few days later for her appointment.

We get her signed in and send her off with her artist. About 20 minutes later, she comes down with tears in her eyes, thanks us for our time and says she'll call us back to schedule another appointment. A few minutes later the artist comes down and explains the whole situation to us.

Turns out she was in an abusive relationship and didn't really realize it until she started talking to the artist. She explained that she already had one tattoo she got while she was in a different abusive relationship that she was in the process of getting lasered off.

He played therapist to her for 20 minutes, listening to her problems and helping her realize that she was about to make another permanent mistake she was going to regret.

She did call back about a month later, scheduled a consultation for an entirely new full leg sleeve and has been coming in every 2 months for the past year to get it worked on. He let a pocketful of cash walk out the door that afternoon, but made a client for life by not tattooing the design she came in to get. - thatgirl829

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I managed a tattoo shop and we were about to close when a group of 6 well dressed people came in. I asked if they came from a wedding. Complete opposite, they were coming from a funeral. All of them got a paper plane tattoo. Most people this was their first tattoo. They kept getting calls and 8 more people came totaling almost 16 people getting tatted plus guests hanging out.

I had to ask artists to work over time and stay back but they all wanted to help this family and group of friends go through this tough time.

For privacy I won’t mention how the person they were paying tribute passed but the reason they got paper planes is because she looked exactly like M.I.A apparently and paper planes was their inside joke with her.

We let them take over the music for the shop and blast that song as loud as possible and to see sad broken people smiling and dancing and celebrating this persons life touched me. - demarderollins

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one of my artist friends told me a story about a guy who came in that'd lost his first born at 6 years old to childhood lymphoma. The guy wanted to have a full body suit done of all the kids drawings, the drawings were terrible but he never wanted to forget them. - amalgamas

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My brother passed a little over 10 years ago and one of his best friends is a tattoo artist. He used to be in the military and would write letters to us so we were able to get one of his favorite sayings in his own handwriting from piecing it all together. I also had him mix his ashes in with the ink. My brothers buddy broke down immediately when I opened the urn I have for him, needless to say he had to take a little break before he started. - sanford8645

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Just yesterday I had an old lady cry when I finished her tattoo. She had a letter from her mom that she found while moving. Her mom had passed about 10 years ago and I tattooed a part of it on her arm. Nothing extravagant or anything on my part, I just traced someone’s writing, but it made the entire fucking world to her. I brightened someone’s day by doing something I used to get in trouble for as a kid. - hazard0666

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A snake that was shedding its skin but still having it on, because the person lost a lot of weight and could not get rid of his excess skin. He thinks of himself as a dysfunctional snake. - 2bierlaengenabstand

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I tattooed a portrait of a baby on a young women. During the tattoo she told me it was a picture of her baby that died shortly after she gave birth. 20yrs of pro tattooing and nothing has been as sad. - tatoutkast

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One that was really touching for me was a girl whose dad had passed away. She brought in the last note he had written to her and I tattooed the “love you” sign off on her. I’ll always remember that one. - shivurs

35 pictures of some of the worst tattoos the internet has ever seen.

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Imagine loving a celebrity so much, you get their face tattooed on your skin...forever.

Imagine if the artist doing said tattoo did not know the difference between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Neil Patrick Harris, or Zac Efron and Jeffrey Dahmer.

Limbs across the world are inflicted with Bad Tattoo Syndrome, a syndrome that manifests when it has a god-awful tattoo.

These bad tattoos are bad in many different ways, whether it's bad execution, bad location, bad spelling, or bad capacity for timelessness. Rejoice that these works of art (hopefully) aren't on your body.

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15 reactions to Trump saying 'it is what it is' when asked about COVID deaths in America.

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In a 37-minute interview with Axios on HBO, Trump doubled down on wishing alleged child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell well, "I don't know her"ed the late civil rights hero John Lewis, and whined "you can't do that" when journalist Jonathan Swan presented him with the facts that the United States has the most coronavirus deaths per capita in the world. The special is being compared to an apocalyptic episode of Veep, a trainwreck, and "a cognitive test [he] didn't pass."

It's a dizzying 37 minutes, but the interview can be boiled down to five words. When Swan forced the president to acknowledge that 1000 of his constituents are dying a day, he said, "it is what it is."

"It is what it is" would be an inspiring mantra from a meditation teacher, but is a frightening position coming from the President of the United States. #ItIsWhatItIs promptly started trending on Twitter, as people responded in horror to the president's hot takes.

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Watch the full interview on YouTube.

27 people who voted for Trump in 2016 but won't in 2020 share what changed their minds.

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Donald Trump may be one of the most polarizing presidents in American history. And the past four years have only deepened the divide between the left and the right. But while many of Trump's supporters have remained loyal throughout his presidency, others have changed their minds about the guy who vowed to "Make America Great Again." Change is not easy so hats off to these people brave enough to undergo personal growth and admit their views have evolved. And you know what "hats" I'm talking about.

Someone asked Reddit: "if you voted for Donald Trump in 2016 but won't in 2020, what changed your mind?" These 25 ex-Trump voters share what made them want to vote differently this election:

1.) From goblackcar:

2016 - He ain’t Hillary

2020 - He ain’t sane

2.) From Have-a-Good-Day-Bud:

I thought he was better than Hillary. That f*ck politicians type of thing.

I hate him. I truly hate him and what he has done to our country. F*ck this piece of shit.

3.) From junglegymion:

I was disappointed with a few things that he did here and there but I wasn’t that aware of the scope of some things so it didn’t seem so bad. Then Covid happened. He didn’t wear a mask until recently and suddenly many of his supporters became anti maskers. Instead of leading by wearing a mask and encouraging people to wear a mask, he continued to not want anyone to wear a mask at events. Then he started encouraging bad treatment of protesters. I literally went from a lifelong republican to a Democrat within months. It kinda freaks me out that I changed so quickly but I realized that they’ve been using brute force to do what you think is right despite what’s morally right or what the country wants is just plain wrong. I am less worried about my taxes going up a little if it means preventing a child dying from malnutrition. I am less concerned about making sure there’s no welfare fraud if it helps people that truly need it.

Btw I was always socially liberal, I just felt like most social issues didn’t belong in politics. I’ve always wanted prison reform, equal rights for everyone but I’m realizing most Republican politicians do not want those things.

I feel like my eyes have been opened and I literally used to think liberals were oblivious to taxes going up. I was wrong.

4.) From flannels_n_comics:

My story is a lot like other people's here. I grew up in a small "Christian" town where everyone was conservative or quiet and climate change was a hoax the climate scientists told us so there would be an economic need for them. I was taught basically that the government is out to get you and so we must have as small a government as possible. Had I done any research on Trump I might have known that wasn't even his goal. But anyways, I was 18 and had gone to the big city for school where there were maybe 5 conservatives. I felt like the world was going crazy and for some arrogant reason, I thought I was seeing what no one else was. I voted for Trump without a second thought.

Fast forward a year. I dropped out of that school and moved back to my hometown because I felt like I couldn't handle being around "liberals" for three more years. I started going to community college where I took a macroeconomics class and learned about economic policies from something other than a YouTube video. Once it became clear that trickle down economics doesn't work, I started to wonder what else Democrats could be right about. That ultimately led me to becoming the BLM marching, Bernie Sanders campaign donating, climate change believing progressive outlier that I am.

5.) From slickricksonn:

I was 23. My decision was influenced by ppl around me and I refuse to let that happen again. My family and friends are still on the maga street car. His handling of the different situations these past 3 years has been utter ass. I’m truly sorry and I will not be voting for this pig this upcoming election.

6.) From NeilDenton:

I couldn’t vote in 2016, but I would have voted for trump. I will be voting for Biden this year.

Pulling out and leaving the Kurds to be massacred, never listening to military advisors, committing treason, grossly mishandling a global health crisis at the national level, tear gassing his own people to take a picture with a bible he definitely doesn’t read.

Some things are more important than lower taxes.

7.) From MisterStinkyBug:

I’ll be voting for Biden after voting for Trump in 2016.

Hit politicalization of a pandemic and poor response to it are the main reason for the change. I also strongly dislike the way he deals with Russia and the cronyism amongst his cabinet.

I didn’t agree with everything George Bush or Obama did it stood for, but I believed they were trying to improve the country in the best way they saw how. Trump seems to be only selfishly motivated and has made a mockery of our nations highest elected office.

I am not proud to live in this country as long as he is at its helm. I look forward to November 3rd.

8.) From Dragoncaker:

I was a Republican by upbringing. I watched no other news but Fox News via my parents until I left for college. Once I gained my independence living across the country for college, I started to develop my own views. I started to get my news from more reputable sources like the AP. I started to realise that many of the views I picked up from watching Fox all the time were very one-sided and often didn't result from an understanding of the full picture, and it definitely took a while but once I started looking at multiple sources, the biased wording common in Fox articles is easy to spot and easy to avoid no matter the source (both right- and left-wing bias, I should add).

At the time of the 2016 election, I was on the fence. Unfortunately I still held on to the last shred of "the Republicans are the good guys, therefore I must vote for them and also the Clintons are power hungry tyrants" that I had left over from my childhood. I regret that vote, but that election night marked the last time for at least the foreseeable future that I vote Republican. I'm currently a registered Democrat though I consider myself a fairly moderate liberal, and I find this position much better suits what I actually believe (not just what I'm told I believe like when I was a kid) and what I find important in how society is governed.

tl;dr Fox news is basically propoganda and it's super obvious if you get your news from multiple reputable sources, which changed my views.

9.) From Beanstastic:

Grew up in middle of nowhere conservative town. Took what my parents and others said as fact and adopted their political views. I never did my own research on politics. Since then I’ve met amazing people who’ve helped me see things from a different perspective. Now I see the issues with what I believed before. Happy to say that I do much more research and don’t just go in the voting booth blind. I’m now pretty far from conservative

10.) From thecore22:

I moved out of my parents house, experienced college, people from many backgrounds, and am in a career where I know what a good leader looks like, and he is most certainly not that.

11.) From Bibbitybobbityboop:

I feel like I was flippant in 2016 - I’m in a blue state that doesn’t split electoral votes so I felt like I could do it and it didn’t matter.

Since then, I’ve just grown as a person. I’ve gotten married, watched my husband get diagnosed with a disease that would bankrupt us if I didn’t have a government job and it changed how I saw people. No one should have to decide to go bankrupt to get treatment they need to survive. I’m now willing to pay a little more so no one has to suffer like we were so fortunate not to. I’ve also taken multiple diversity and equity trainings since 2016 that have helped me understand concepts like how saying all lives matter dismisses the point that some lives aren’t being treated like they matter.

Just personal growth and this sense of not wanting anyone to suffer.

12.) From Deftone007:

When he appointed a Goldman executive as treasurer..drain the what? All downhill from there.

13.) From texasmama5:

I voted and then went to the grocery store with a couple of my younger children. There was a very nice young Hispanic kid working and he helped me put stuff in my car so he could collect my buggy. He noticed my “voted” sticker on my child and asked me who I voted for. I was instantly hesitant to answer truthfully and I realized I felt shame. After trump actually won, I said “how much damage can one man really do”?
That 24 hrs has haunted me the last 3 yrs. And now I’m self quarantining w/my family since 3/15/20 and I’ve had too much time to think about what a colossal mistake he was...and voting republican Bc the ones in office now are all a death cult. It’s been eye opening. I’ve told my family if I get covid-19 and die they have to put on my tombstone, “I died Bc I voted for Trump in 2016”.

14.) From pastelmetalhead:

My political opinions very much lean towards the idea that the government should exist to help, protect, and serve the people, not control them. I felt, and still feel like, that is the opposite of how our government runs. 4 years ago I was a month past 18 and excited to finally have a vote! I can do something affect change! I can help the world be a better place! I was full of cynicism and hatred for the way the world worked I wanted to do anything to change it. At 18 years old and prepared with a southern public education and the words of my republican father I was so sure that electing a business man and not a politician would help. I completely bought into the Trump campaign, I believed everything he said. I was young and dumb and blinded by my anger at the world and he was going to fix it. So I went with my dad and voted for my first time with no doubt in my mind that I made the right choice, I got my sticker, I took my selfie, and I was proud. Then he won! I was so excited, something was finally going to change!

So I waited, and I watched, and had things started to happen, and like everyone around me I made excuses, “we can’t expect him to fix everything in one day” and “that stuff is all fake, someone made it up to make him look bad.” Then bad things kept happening, and more information came to light, and they kept making excuses for all of it. Then I got busy, I had a kid, I started my career, I was busy, and I didn’t have time to pay attention to the news or politics, I have a baby for godsakes that’s enough to worry about! Then life calmed down and I started having time to pay attention to the world around me and suddenly we were years into his presidency and nothing had changed. The world was not a better place, the things everyone was afraid of that I laughed off as garbage or impossible had happened. The things I made excuses for never stopped.

Then I kept paying attention, and things kept getting worse and I had to accept the fact that I was wrong, I made a horrible horrible mistake, and it had hurt a lot of people, but those people were still abstract in my mind, no one I knew had been directly affected by these things he had done yet, not in a major way. Then things kept getting worse, and the pandemic started, and the choices he made started putting millions of people in danger, and a lot of those people were people in my life every day, my mom is extremely high risk, my boyfriend had to get tested, my kids are at risk, and the feeling got worse.

I was put in the position to understand just how bad things he’s done have hurt people. I regret voting for him, I regret that it took me having to experience the negative effects first hand to full understand how badly I messed up. I wish I could take it back every time I am reminded Trump was elected in part because of me. I will not vote for him in 2020, I don’t know who I will vote for yet, but I’m going to make sure I’m absolutely as educated on all the candidates as I can be, and I’m going to try again, I’m going to make a choice I am proud of and hope like hell I’m right this time. In the meantime I have spent as much time as I can learning about all the things I thought were garbage in the past, and doing my very best to tell everyone I possibly can that they need to listen.

15.) From iamnicholas:

I was 21 and was tired of nothing but career politician after career politician becoming President. I truly believed that if Trump, someone without political experience, could become President, it would open the door for us to be more accepting of non-career politicians becoming President.

I always believed that anyone could be President, and I always felt that someone further from the time-wasting BS that normally clogs politics would be more representative of the common American citizen.

How tf I thought CHEETO CHEETO BUNKER BOY was representative of the American people, idk. But now I realize that it’s people like AOC who can truly understand what it’s like to be a normal person and can still exist in the political landscape. She’s my new hero.

16.) From TurboNY:

Lived in NY which was always going to go to Hilary who I hated for screwing over Bernie so I figured I’d “protest” vote and go for Trump just out of spite. I really didn’t believe he had a chance honestly. Boyyyy do I regret my decision.

17.) From Mmod19:

Everything! I just couldn’t pull the lever for Hillary but I never thought Trump would be this bad. Gave away national park land; stripped EPA restrictions (mercury for God’s sake!); racist comments. And when did it become ok for name calling? Sleepy Joe and Crazy Nancy. He threw a piece of candy at Angela Merkel and hung up a phone call with the Australian PM! He’s really given America a black eye. A bully that needs to go!

18.) From appleshampoo15:

The pandemic. I’ve never voted blue in my life. Joe Biden will be the first. Get me out of this pandemic hell.

Edit: Black Lives Matter

19.) From Powerful-Rent:

He has failed all across the board. From education to foreign policy he has done absolutely nothing but cripple the systems that people rely on in this country. Friend with an immigrant wife did everything right 6 months in advance and yet her visa paperwork wasn't completed before it ran out. He lets our Kurdish allies die and is a horrible person. I regret voting for this despicable human and his corrupted administration that has made us a shithole country.

20.) From NippleFlicker1:

I'm smart enough to not make the same mistake twice

21.) From LFresh2010:

I did not vote for him in 2016 (I was a registered republican up until his nomination, and then switched), but my Dad did.

My Dad passed in August 2017, and in the months before his death, my Dad and I had long talks about Trump. He said he had made a mistake voting for him, he realized that Trump was not the Christian he claimed to be, and that he was not a good man. I think if my Dad were still alive today, it would be the first election where he did not vote republican.

22.) From gd2go2:

I couldn’t vote in 2016 because I didn’t send a request for an absentee ballot soon enough but I was going to vote for Trump because of his plans for the military; I was out processing from the Army and wanted to make sure they would get what they’d need to win and survive in combat.

But after being seeing him handle COVID and claim he was not responsible for anything, that really, really pissed me the fuck off. In the Army, I learned as a leader you are responsible for everything your element does or fails to do, from the team leader right up to the Chief of Staff. The President of the United States is responsible for everything that happens in this country, whether they like it or not.

I am not voting for Trump this coming election.

23.) From Hayw00dUBl0wMe:

I'm not American but my aunt and cousin both voted Trump because they were sick of shitty politicians running the scene. They thought that a businessman might be able to cut through the pigshit tsunami that is American politics. They are very disappointed in how anti-science Trump is and claim they will not vote for him again

24.) From throwaway_j3780:

what changed your mind?

Long story short: I grew up.

25.) From Saubera:

Gestures Broadly at Everything

26.) From 77moonchild:

I was a much different person in 2016. I thought it would be good to have a business man running the country. I also bought into Hillary being corrupt and Bill being a rapist (although I do expect some Epstein dirt on both Bill and Trump).

I didn’t realize I was voting for a disgusting sociopath who retweets videos of his supporters chanting “white power”. I now recognize MAGA as an absolute cult for really stupid people. I can understand conservatives who think he’s the best option they have, but when I see a MAGA hat, I know I’m looking at an absolute moron (in my opinion).

I have several dinner bets on Trump losing with my friends. If he wins, I’ll be shocked, devastated, and really ashamed of my country.

27.) From missycoy:

I was barely 18 when I voted. I was still a senior in high school. I grew up in an extremely conservative town with opinionated parents and a lack of "access" to the outside world (I wasn't allowed on any social media). Then I went to college and met people of other races/creeds/sexualities and I learned empathy.

I regret my choice and I know that the Trump administration has caused a lot of pain and suffering for a lot of people. I am trying to do my part by educating myself and calling people out on their bullshit whenever I'm in my hometown.

If you haven't already registered to vote, you can DO IT HERE.

Woman asks if she was wrong to tell friend who lost 120 lbs she 'liked her better when she was fat.'

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Body shaming, body positivity, weight loss, and body image can sometimes be difficult subjects to tackle in a conversation with our close friends.

While we always want the people we love to feel confident and make healthy choices, you never know what kind of weight-related trauma people have experienced, and it's always best to be as sensitive as possible. While we often think that telling someone they've lost weight is a glowing, standard compliment, sometimes it can be offensive if the person you think you're praising isn't aware they lost weight, or are even perhaps currently suffering from disordered eating. Then, of course, it can often make someone wonder, "did you not like how I looked before" and that's a spiral nobody wants to send a friend into. Associating self-worth with the number on the scale is unfortunately a common struggle to overcome (thanks, "Victoria's Secret" fashion show), and constantly critiquing or complimenting the size of other people's bodies can cause serious strain on relationships.

So, when a recent Reddit user consulted the moral compass of the internet, "Reddit's Am I the As*hole?" to ask whether or not she was out of line to call out her friend for body-shaming, people were ready to help.

AITA for telling my best friend I liked her better when she was fat?

The title is horrible but hear me out please.

I have been best friends with Lily for 15 years. She has always been overweight, even as a kid. Come high school and college it became like 100 lbs overweight. She has some serious self-esteem issues stemming from this. I have been a little chubby my whole life as well, though not so much in recent years, so I was always able to empathize with her.

So last year Lily hit 25 and gifted herself a personal trainer. This trainer literally changed Lily’s life. It was like a switch got flipped and all of a sudden Lily just became so motivated. I was, and still am, incredibly happy for her. She lost 120 lbs, a whole person, and looks so much healthier.

This real problem is Lily’s entire self-esteem has always been tied to her weight, and that hasn’t changed. It started maybe 40lbs into her weight loss, she started saying pretty rude stuff about obese people. Then it’s just gotten worse and worse. She joined this toxic group of people online who have lost massive amounts of weight. Lily showed me some of the memes and stuff they share there and its all vile fat shaming drivel.

Everything came to a head over the phone the other night. We were just catching up and she starts talking about her brother’s new girlfriend. Apparently this girl is very overweight. She was saying horrible sh*t, like “Brother is way too good for a fat slob like her”, “That kind of fat is just from pure laziness, trust me I know”, “She should know she isn’t worthy of him” etc.

I called her out of being such a b*tch and she gives me this long rant about how she can say all these things because she knows firsthand there is no excuse to being fat. Her mentality is that being fat is a weakness of character and makes you “lesser” than average or fit people. Now that she is “fit” she is better than them basically. It honestly made me sick.

This is where I think I may have crossed a line. I told her in response that I honestly liked her better when she was fat. That her losing weight gave her a superiority complex and I’m sick of it. I told her to get over herself then hung up.

We have had spats before and they never really lasted for more than a day. It’s been three and she hasn’t spoke to me. I tried to reach out to bury the hatchet but she is ghosting me.

I need a third party to tell me if I crossed a line here? I know what I said was harsh but at the time I really thought she needed a slap to the face.

Luckily, internet strangers were quick to offer advice:

Honestly, you gave her a wake-up slap. Her behavior towards overweight people are her own projections of her feelings regarding her older self, and even if she’s slimmer now she still hasn’t got over it. It is toxic behavior and you called her out. You showed her that weight isn’t everything that’s valuable in life. Whether she’ll take this opportunity for some introspection or reject it all and keep being a negative person is up to her, but you did the right thing in speaking up and confronting her about it. - Cadillac-Blood

so I’ll be honest, I lost 50 lbs and became super insufferable for a bit. I didn’t even realize I was doing it, tbh. Some sort of weird switch is thrown. I appreciated when a friend told me I needed to tone it down! - WanderingWedding

Lily shouldn't fat-shame and you told her the truth.

There are so many things wrong with fat-shaming, including that being overweight isn't always just because someone is lazy--there are health issues, economic and social issues, that Lily probably has never thought about. She sounds like she's still insecure and needs to put others down to feel good about herself. - mtnstothesea

YTA (You're the As*hole) but more for the semantics. You could have just said “I liked who you were before you started body shaming.” Someone’s likeability and value isn’t tied to their weight and the way you said it implies that, when I don’t think that’s what you meant. - SweetiePieJ

"I liked you better when you were fat" was absolutely the wrong way to handle this. What she will have heard is "I liked you better when you had no self-esteem."

But, having said that, she clearly needs someone to talk to her about her toxic attitudes and behavior. That might have been you, if you'd been more sensitive about it, but now it will have to be someone else.- KrtekJim

So, there you have it!

While most people agreed that Lily was being incredibly rude to people who were struggling with their weight in the same way she used to, the wording of "I liked you better when you were fat" could've been revised to be more sensitive. That being said, Lily is lucky she has a friend who can call her out on her toxic thinking. Good luck, everyone!

Woman shares list of 20 things to consider before marrying someone and it goes viral.

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Society puts a lot of pressure on people to get hitched, often by a certain age, which may help explain the high divorce rate. But despite what TV sitcoms want us to believe, being unhappy is not a byproduct of being married. And there are ways to avoid marital problems down the line by covering some bases before entering into a legal pact to "have and hold" someone "'till death do you part." And I'm not talking about the NSFW bases—although covering those before getting married is probably a good idea, too.

A woman on Twitter recently, in a service to the community, shared a list of 20 things to do and consider before getting married. She seems to know what she's talking about because her list went viral, and is receiving a lot of praise.

Here are the 20 things on her pre-marriage To Do list, many of them boiling down to open and honest communication:

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She also added a caveat: she's not promising this will "save" anyone's marriage. Only that it could prevent people from entering in to an unhappy one.

After the thread went viral, she questioned if its popularity is due to a general lack of education/awareness about relationships and long-term commitment.

And finally, she closed on some important advice:

Many people are adding some of their own additional words of advice:

Got any of your own words of pre-marriage wisdom to add?! Share in the comments.

18 of the funniest tweets from the past week.

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Oh, Summer 2020...is there a way we can set it on fire, walk away and start over with a new identity?

As we all know, a global health crisis isn't even close to the only problem that 2020 has thrown at us. If you told most of us in March that this summer would be spent on Zoom, scrolling and panic-reading nightmare news headlines, we would've tried a lot harder to expedite the process of colonizing Mars.

Luckily, the seemingly never-ending chaos of 2020 hasn't squashed Twitter's quick and dry sense of humor. As we head into August while it still universally feels like mid-April, enjoy the funniest tweets we could find from the past week.

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19 men share the things they find difficult to explain to the women in their lives.

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According to gender norms and hack stand-up comedians, men be like this while women be like that. Women are presented as emotional messes, while men aren't allowed to have feelings at all.

Well, men have feelings. And thoughts. And problems.

A recent Reddit thread asked men to share what elements of manhood they find difficult to get the opposite sex to understand.

The answers challenge stereotypes about men's interior lives, even though many of them were about testicles, erections, and thinking about "nothing."

1. It has a mind of its own.

Why I'm hard. No I'm not horny, I wasn't thinking of anything, I was reading about the fall of the Roman empire ok. It just does that. -My13thredditaccount

2. That's deep.

We’re not afraid of marriage. We’re afraid of divorce. -BigMilk0

3. Is this a quote from Bridget Jones?

Using rom-com movies as a standard of dating is the same as porn as a standard of intimacy. It's unreasonable, unfair, and at worst unhealthy for your man. -ShivasKratom3

4. Men are zen.

If we say we’re doing nothing, “nothing” is not a void to be filled; nothing is the activity and we love it. -Thirty_Helens_Agree

5. Listen and learn.

When I talk about my feelings I want to be heard, understood and something to change. When we fight about my feelings it only makes me repress those feelings. -ThrowableMicrowave

6. So it's like kegels, for dudes?

How you can actually twitch your penis. All of my lady acquaintances are interested to learn that we have the ability to do so. -mrmadlad90

7. The sound of silence.

I'm not angry, I just don't have anything to say. -CuntGrundy

8. Sad!

Just because I don't have tears running down my face doesn't mean I'm not as sad as you. -mightsdiadem

9. Take turns.

I don't always want to be the one that initiates sex. It makes me feel like a creep. -El_CM

10. They skipped the heart-to-heart.

Why I don't know what the f*ck my best friend is up to in life even after hanging out with him all day. -El_CM

11. Don't take it personally.

It is entirely possible to listen to everything you say, understand it all and still forget it 5 minutes later especially when under pressure. -shambollix

12. It's difficult to express your feelings when you're taught not to have feelings.

Hm... If we're talking [serious] then its how difficult it is for guys to break out of the "real men don't talk about feelings" bubble, it's not a case of "just talk to me" many (most?) of us are conditioned to bottle things up until it explodes and we break a bone doing something stupid.

We can work on it, deal with it, but its a process and its really difficult to even talk about because there's always a voice inside somewhere telling you that it makes you "weak", even with the self awareness that you know its bullsh*t. -Urist_the_first

13. Stick it.

If I'm on a hike and see a good looking stick I must pick it up. -feneralgank1

14. Under pressure.

The societal pressure that comes with being a man to be "the provider", to never show emotions and such things. The mental pressure that comes with such things is not talked about nearly enough. Also male depression is not given nearly enough attention as it should. I just don't know why. -gr8prajwalb

15. Ouch.

For some reason women don't seem to understand why it is not uncomfortable for us to ride a bike. -memewatermelon

16. This too shall pass.

If I'm angry about something then let me be angry and process it out. Please don't tell me to not be upset or angrily ask why I'm upset or that I shouldn't feel that way. -Tyrant84

17. Maybe.

When I ask a 'yes or no' question, i just want a 'yes' or 'no' answer. -ManiacMando

18. It's not you, it's me.

When I get scared, I get angry. I have no idea why. I’m not talking about jump scares or dumb stuff like that. I mean kids running into traffic, learning scary health stuff about the wife, my dogs approaching an unfriendly-looking fellow pooch, etc.

My wife hates it and I always have to explain that I’m not angry at any of them, it’s a general angry-at-the-unfair-world feeling and I can’t direct it anywhere. -ba_cam

19. THIS IS NOT YELLING.

Slightly raising my voice during an argument isn't yelling. My actual yelling voice is a lot scarier. -chewamba

27 Memes That Will Only Be Funny If You're Working From Home.

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"You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life."
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When you're working from home it feels like you're living at work. Make sure to take frequent stretching, snacking, and laughing breaks throughout the day. These funny and relatable memes will bust you out of the monotony of a long workday. Just make sure you mute your conference calls and video chats so no one hears you giggling.

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16 people share stories of the worst times they've ever cracked up laughing.

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We all know there is a right and a wrong place to crack up laughing. Unfortunately, laughter has a way of slipping out at the worst possible time—sometimes from nerves, or sometimes from our friend sending us an impossibly funny meme in the middle of a funeral. Whatever the reason, under the wrong circumstances, a bout of laughter can be mortifying, disrespectful, or even make you seem like a psychopath.

Someone asked Reddit: "what's the worst time you've cracked up laughing?" These 16 people share stories of the times they couldn't stifle laughter in the worst possible scenarios:

1.) From andrew_982_:

When my friend showed me a meme during a drunk driver presentation. I bursted out laughing while we were hearing about someone's tragic car accident. Horrible timing to see a funny meme. I got dirty looks.

2.) From CubingCubinator:

This reminds me of a similar situation, we also had a drunk driver presentation and the guy doing the presentation literally looked like Mr. Clean. During a video showing a guy that became handicapped because of drunk driving, a friend showed us an image of Mr. Clean and we all burst out laughing. At least we were quite a handful laughing, so it wasn’t too bad.

3.) From Sirhc978:

At my grandmother's funeral, my Dad knew my uncle had to say Corinthians during his reading. So my Dad being a troll to his older brother, kept saying Chrysanthemums around him. Sure enough he messed up the word during the reading and my dad, myself and all his brothers and sisters lost it.

4.) From Justareddituser23:

School assembly about school shootings. Everyone was all silent and i thought of some shitty “gen z humor” meme and i laughed my ass off

5.) From SoothingWavesOfBees:

When I was like 18 or 19, I saw a woman slip and fall on her ass and I just lost it.

I feel badly now, but it was like 15 years ago, so oh well.

6.) From Corey8706:

Great grandfathers funeral. They were playing some song he liked over the speaker and the guy singing had a voice like he was huffing helium. Made matters worse when I looked over and my very young cousin was doing this stupid head bobbing thing to the music. I lost it.

7.) From piscary_perry_troll:

Was invited to a photography seminar during college . Took pics of the models and made them into memes . Shared with my classmates . A dude uploads it in the college official site . We both get called to office and the Dean is about to expell us , the classmates starts going crazy and starts begging . Idk why it seemed funny to me and I made a big ha , but stopped myself and acted as if I was sneezing .

8.) From Me--Not--I:

Me and my mom both have a thing where we laugh when we're nervous or uncomfortable. My dad dislocated his hip and was sitting in the ER waiting for the doctor and he was getting impatient, we couldn't stop laughing at him which only made him madder and us laugh more. We had to leave the room

9.) From Finniemc:

We used to have a football coach that loved the drink. He would often show up before matches drunk so his tactics and pre-match speeches were ... interesting to say the least.

One Sunday he walked into our changing room flat out drunk. He slurred something I (and some other players) didn't hear and made this whole speech about doing it for his mother.

We just burst out laughing because we figured it was one of his weird motivation speeches again. Turned out the part we hadn't understood was him saying his mother had died the night before.

10.) From el_pobbster:

Look, I'm not a monster, it's just that the natural human reaction to hearing that someone was hurt in "a grave manure accident" is to focus on the latter part of the sentence and laugh.

11.) From Nutmeg_Ninja_23:

It took all of my strength but I almost laughed hard when I learned someone at my school died. I’m not a psychopath, I just have the uncontrollable urge to laugh when something sad is brought up.

12.) From Me--Not--I:

Me and my mom both have a thing where we laugh when we're nervous or uncomfortable. My dad dislocated his hip and was sitting in the ER waiting for the doctor and he was getting impatient, we couldn't stop laughing at him which only made him madder and us laugh more. We had to leave the room

13.) From scottishgirlsyndrome:

My grandpas funeral. My absolute bitch of an aunt who everyone is NC wirh was 45 and turned up wearing a short pencil skirt and knee high leather boots. I was a dumbass and 14 and said too loudly that she looked like a used prostitute. It made my mum laugh and I couldn’t stop laughing.

14.) ​​​​​​​From jasxjam:

At the Casino. My family and I (yeah we take Casino trips LOL) went and about 30 mins in, some older woman collapsed and a lot of people were huddled, but we didn't hear, and when my family and I go to the casino, we sit all in one row and have little competitions on who can "make the most" on 10 dollars. Well... I won, and laughed and gloated... Security came up to me and told me to pipe down cause a women just died....

15.) ​​​​​​​From mnoman27844:

my mum was on tik tok and some bastard posted a video of a person who had died of corona being taken away with that its corona time song playing, my little brother couldnt see what it was and jumped up excited and tried looking and said "is this a Lamborghini", i died laughing even though he just called a corpse a Lamborghini, why am i still laughing (he couldnt see what was happening and made a random guess)

16.) From Damn_Dog_Inappropes:

Not me, one of my classmates. We were learning how to do injections, and the needle is in this woman's arm. The student who inserted it had a total gigglefest and was wiggling the syringe around with the needle still in the other woman's arm. The worst part is the injectee has a needle phobia and this bitch just made it 1000x worse. I felt SO bad for her!

23 TikTok Memes Teens Will Not Find Funny.

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If you're a teen who loves TikTok, you probably won't find these memes very funny. This list only applies to those of us old enough to have seen popular social media apps come and go (RIP Myspace, Vine, and Friendster.) We may not be all that worked up about the future of TikTok, but at least we're never too old to laugh.

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26 Memes To Make You LOL This Morning.

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"Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone."

-Anthony Burgess

Everyone who's anyone will crack up at this hilarious collection of memes. We've scoured the internet for all of the funnies and conveniently put them in this one hilarious list. So wake up and crack up. More laughing, less snoring!

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Man asks if he was wrong to tell his scared pregnant wife that his mom had 'no problems' with ten-pound babies.

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If your wife is pregnant with a bigger-than-average baby, is it ever a good idea to shrug off her genuine fears about the labor process?

While it's not exactly fair to expect men (or anyone who hasn't had children) to instantly know and understand every single detail of pregnancy the second their partner is expecting, taking the time to learn and provide support and empathy is key. Comparing a woman's body to another woman who had a seemingly simple pregnancy is never helpful, because everyone's body and pregnancy is different.

While we're definitely light-years away from when people had to give birth in the dirt without medication or modern medical technology, labor can still be very dangerous for women. Knowing your options and coming up with a birth plan that works for you and your baby is deeply personal, and unique to everyone.

So, when a soon-to-be dad decided to consult Reddit's, "Am I the As*hole?" about a misstep in "mansplaining" with his pregnant wife, internet strangers were there to deem a moral verdict. Get ready, the title alone is enough to make you wonder how this woman married this guy. Is he Dwight Schrute?

AITA (Am I the As*hole?) for telling my wife that she shouldn't be worried about delivering a big baby because my mother did it three times with no problem?

We had an ultrasound last week. Our son measured over 8 pounds even though my wife was only 36 weeks. She was told that our baby could be a 10 pounder and was upset because her doctor advised her to mentally prep for a C-section if he ends up being that big. She is also worried about having to deliver him vaginally if a C-section isn't required because he will be so large.

She has been upset about it for days and I told her that I thought she was worrying way too much since my mother gave birth to me and my two brothers with no issue and we all weighed over 9 pounds. She even did it naturally.

That apparently was the wrong thing to say and she had a breakdown. I was told I was unsupportive for telling her that she shouldn't be worried instead of acknowledging her concerns, which I don't get.

Those scans from what I have read aren't even that accurate, so it's not worth getting upset over when they could be wrong and even if they aren't there's nothing that can be done about it. The baby is going to grow as much as it grows.

I still suggested that she speak to my mom about her experience because I knew that she'd assure her it wasn't as bad as she was expecting. She said she didn't want to speak to my mom, but I asked my mom to call her anyway when she was still sulking. She also got upset over this.

I was only trying to help her and stop her from worrying, and the best way to do that, I thought, was by pointing out my mom's experience with big babies.

Later, he edited the post to add a detail:

Edit: I just want to clarify that my mom is smaller than my wife so that is why I thought it would make her more comfortable.

Of course, people were quick to weigh in on this disaster:

YTA (You're the As*hole)

Every woman's body is different. Every woman's uterus, cervix, and vagina is different. Every woman's pain tolerance is different. Not everyone can push out a ten pounder and all you're doing is comparing her to your mother.

Jfc pick up a book and learn how to be supportive of your pregnant wife. - PreachyPosterior

Did this guy just mansplain that it’s no big deal to push something weighing 10 pounds out of your body?! Damn. - Marie1420

YTA. And everyone's pelvis is different. You can't tell how narrow someone's pelvic girdle is just by looking at them. Look up birth injuries and what can happen if the baby is too large. OP, you are being incredibly insensitive. Your wife needs a supportive partner, not a bunch of people telling her her feelings don't matter. - FriscoJanet

YTA. Hugely. Just because one woman had a certain experience does not mean it will be easy for your wife and it's certainly not 'nothing to worry about'. Instead of supporting her and acknowledging her feelings you basically just told her they weren't valid. Giving birth for the first time is frightening and knowing about potential complications makes it even more so. Then you got your mommy to intervene even though your wife explicitly asked you not to. You have a lot of growing up to do, and fast. - lightwoodorchestra

YTA. Your mom and wife are presumably different women with different bodies. Also, when in human history has telling someone who is worried not to worry actually helped them not worry? Being supportive is saying, I hear you, it's okay to be nervous, and I will be there with you and support you before, during and after. - yachtiewannabe

YTA

Women die during childbirth.

One woman's experience does not relate to another. And honestly, comparing your wife to your mother is creepy as hell - NorthernRooster

Okay, prepare yourself for this:

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and oh boy are you the asshole. Your wife is having her first child and it's her body that is about to go through the ringer. Not yours.

She is not your mother.

Let me repeat that because it's important: your wife is not your mother. No two pregnancies are the same. Your wife's body is not your mother's body (if it was, that would be gross, right?), and neither one of their bodies are yours to determine what's worth making a fuss about.

I promise you that the last thing your wife wanted to hear was "don't worry my mom did this three times and she's perfect lol stop being irrational." Those might not have been your exact words but that is exactly what you're saying.

Dismissing a spouse's fear - especially about something concerning their own damn body - is not healthy partnership behavior. Comparing your wife to your mother is not the compliment you think it is. Going against your wife's clearly spoken desire not to talk to your mother about it by having your mom call her? Are you trying to sabotage the marriage? Because this is how you sabotage a marriage.

If you want to repair the relationship I suggest some severe introspection, making major attempts to empathize with your wife, and some heartfelt apologies. She is stressed out and afraid from making a gigantic baby. She doesn't need your sh*t. - widowspeak27

So, there you have it!

Not a single person was on this man's side and everyone was unanimously worried about his wife. If your partner expresses a very legitimate fear about something concerning their own body and your first instinct is to dismiss it, that's a flaming hot red flag. This man is about to be a father and he doesn't have the basic empathy skills to support his pregnant wife's very real concerns? Yikes. Plus, does anyone actually believe his mom had "no problem" giving birth to three ten pound babies? Moms love lying to their children about how simple motherhood is to make their sacrifices look easy, but most of the time it's an incredibly difficult (and often thankless) job. I'm sure if she and his wife actually had an honest conversation she would set the record straight. Good luck, everyone!

19 screenshots of entitled people demanding discounts or free stuff.

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While food does taste delicious when it's free, it tastes even better when it respects the labor of the people who made it and pays them properly for the ingredients and labor.

There are plenty of entitled people out there who don't believe in paying people what they're worth, and their begging tactics can be hilariously sad and/or aggravating.

1. This person who might have married their spouse just for the free stuff they don't even get.

2. This person who thinks they should get Uber money from the friend they are so close to, they don't even know where they live.

3. This guy who left a one star review because he couldn't get his refrigerator fixed during a Category 5 hurricane.

4. This bro who wants to keep his friend's car overnight so he can get laid.

5. This gamer who lased out because they couldn't get a PlayStation for 70% off.

6. This fine catch who thought buying a beer meant sex.

7. This gem who paid for a medium pizza and then asked for it to be a large in the notes section.

8. This snob who can afford a cleaner but wants a discount after they took tap water.

9. This "influencer" who tried to negotiate for free food.

10. This classmate who doesn't understand the meaning of the word "borrowing."

11. This dude who basically kidnapped a missing cat.

12. This lady who is rich enough to be friends with Heidi Klum but not rich enough to hire a makeup artist.

13. This creative who made an interesting offer.

14. Hazel.

15. This person who doesn't understand how numbers work.

16. This person who would live their apartment fully stocked and furnished for free according to their aesthetic.

17. This parent who is offering a sitter only $10 for a whole night.

18. This person offering imaginary sex in exchange for a real drawing.

30 of the funniest signs a Texas restaurant has put up during quarantine.

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This year has felt like a decade, and there's still nearly half of it to go.

Between major fires in the Amazon and Australia, the massive COVID-19 pandemic, global protests against police brutality and racism, strikes against climate change, a recession, and a loaded upcoming U.S. election, 2020 has been jam-packed with action - most of it incredibly stressful.

Sometimes, when everything is a mess, the best way to cope is by making jokes about the unfolding chaos.

While the Austin-based Mexican restaurant El Arroyo has been using their signs to make jokes long before the pandemic, their humor throughout quarantine has built them even more of an online (and IRL) following.

So, if you're currently in the market for a commiseration laugh, here is a sampling of their quarantine humor.

1. This shout-out to quarantined married couples.

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Where’d the “he’s my everything” posts go

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2. An added benefit of wearing masks.

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3. Love is love.

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Call (512)474-1222 for inquiries. (And margaritas!)

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4. The 2020 version of quoting Lizzo lyrics.

5. The sedentary quarantine struggle is all too relevant.

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Fattening the curve is going better than expected...

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6. Another cognitive test for Trump.

7. TFW the Zoom meeting isn't providing a compelling emotional arc.

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Time for a “coffee” refill...

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8. We'll always have murder hornets.

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9. The virus has many monikers.

10. An earnest plea.

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Love in the time of COVID 🧡

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11. This sign applies to most of us at this point.

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12. Life came at us fast.

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2021: Avoid 👽s

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13. The real question at hand:

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The alcohol is for... Chemistry class

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14. Quarantine fashion plays by its own rules.

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15. Straight up truth.

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Happy 4th! 🎇🎆

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16. Once the vaccine hits, the invitations go out.

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Have a safe holiday weekend, folks!

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17. Now we all know the feeling.

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18. Streaming services need to read the room better.

19. Please like and retweet.

20. This is the lost Kelis verse.

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I can teach you, but I have to charge 😬

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21. The truth.

22. When you know, you know.

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They can hear us…. 👀

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23. Spiders know how to claim their space.

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It’s the spider’s room now.

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24. None of us are ready for what's next.

25. This call-out.

26. Seriously.

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Coming up on this season of 2020...

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27. This is just the way it is.

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#NationalRunningDay

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28. Pet lovers will relate.

29. Homeschooling requires creativity.

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My kids are the kids that pick grass in the outfield.

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30. True.

22 people on the autism spectrum share the social norms they only recently learned about.

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In addition to learning verbal language, human beings are expected to learn and adhere to a series of complex (and often pointless or contradictory) "social norms" that determine how we interact with others. But learning these rules and patterns is much easier for some people than others. Autism spectrum disorder (aka ASD) impacts a person's nervous system, and one way it can manifest is in difficulties interpreting the social cues and norms that others take for granted.

Someone on Reddit asked people with autism: "what is a social norm that you've just recently found out about?" These 22 people on the spectrum shared the social rules and behavioral patterns they didn't learn until later than some of their peers:

1.) From mother-of-monsters:

I found out that holding extended eye contact is pretty much universally unappreciated. I always thought that giving full attention was respectful, but recently was told it comes off as the opposite. I’ve had to practice looking away at appropriate times. It’s frustrating because I watch people for hyper-detailed body language, but conversations go better when I look away briefly for their comfort.

2.) From RunSpeedStatement:

people talk about the weather a lot with strangers because everyone has it in common, and lots of people have opinions on it and from there it's easy to switch the conversation to something else so the conversation doesn't die

3.) From anthonytweeker:

For the longest time I never realized that when someone asks you a bunch of questions it's because they're trying to make conversation with you. I always just answered as briefly as possible like if it was a q&a or something. It kind of confused me that every new person I met was so interested in my life that they all wanted to know where I was from and what my favorite color of seven was. Now I realize how much of an asshole I actually came off as and why not many people wanted to talk to me.

4.) From triple_hit_blow:

Most recently, I realized that when I look down and hunch my shoulders inward, people think I don’t want to be approached. Apparently it’s not enough to have your body faced towards people, you also have to hold it a certain way or they think you don’t want to talk to them.

5.) From comrade_sky:

I only learned how to respond to "how are you" when I was 21, and I still feel stressed by it every time to this day.

6.) From somecallmelum:

participating in conversations when introduced to new people. i don't really meet tons of new people, but sometimes a friend of mine will bring me to a place full of some friends i don't know. i was always just trying to be polite and not intrude. also drive-thrus. obviously i knew about them, but god do i hate them.

7.) From Trick_Enthusiasm:

I learned a few weeks ago that small talk and the occasional silence are okay and perfectly acceptable. Also, offering my input isn't always appropriate.

Being somewhere without someone talking unnerves me in a way that I don't know if I can ever describe. Like, we could be talking about whatever, sunshine and rainbows or whatever, and we run out of conversation, and they're totally fine with that, meanwhile, I'm about to have an anxiety attack if someone does start talking immediately. It feels like I'm about to be murdered right there and maybe worse.

It happened at a bar a few years ago where everyone had just stopped talking and I was freaking out.

I think the best example is from SpongeBob where he goes to Sandy's house and he starts thinking to himself "I don't need it" over and over again. Just change "I don't need it" to something like "Say something. Anything" and that kinda how I feel. Also, change the person I'm talking with from someone trustworthy and good to a poor Christan Grey and that's how I feel when no one is talking.

8.) From [deleted]:

I found out that when someone asks you to go do something with them, and you sound hesitant, that when they say “Okay fine, don’t come then”... they still want you to go. I thought they changed their mind but apparently it’s just something people say when they’re emotional.

9.) From nixylvarie:

Body language is subtler than I realized. I’m learning to pay more attention to it so I don’t say something stupid at the wrong time. Like, for instance, when one of someone’s feet is pointed at a right angle toward the door and I keep talking even though they need to leave.

10.) From ravenpotter3:

I am on the spectrum (Aspergers) and I can’t really think of anything right now but I’ve been told that saying that I’m sorry about everything gets annoying and sometimes I accidently repeat stuff I’m saying

11.) From yeahhhnoooo:

No so much newly discovered, but as someone who just started a professional "big kid" job, passive aggressiveness and me being expected to do more then asked of me drives me nuts. If I fucked up just tell me I fucked up and I wont do it again. That's how I learn and grow. But subtly hinting at me about something is going to go right over my head. Or instead of coming to me directly about a problem gossiping about me to your co workers. :/ that one sucks.

Also you ask me to do a task I will do said task, I'm not psychic, I can not predict what you need before you need it unless I have been working with you for a long time.

I also dont know how to argue stand up for myself very well. Like if I'm being criticized for something that was actually not my fault I always just nod and take it bc otherwise I feel like I'm just making up excuses.

12.) From Papergrin:

So when I was younger I learned about sarcasm. But there are times when I overcorrect this and I'll hear someone say something offensive to me and I'll just think, "oh, they must just be sarcastic," so I won't really react to it because I assume that I just don't get it, which in turn angers them more because they genuinely meant to insult me.

This, as you can imagine, has given me mixed results. I'm an electrician and I have to say that working in a highly conservative dominated trade filled with older working class guys has made me aware of a whole new kind of individual after living for so long in an accepting, albeit sheltered community.

So I guess what I learned is that there really are grown-ass men who unironically bully you for no discernable reason.

13.) From Sethrial:

“Hey, can we talk?” Is a terrible way to start a conversation with your significant other, especially on the phone. I nearly gave him a heart attack.

My thought process was: I knew he had dnd that day, but his sessions aren’t scheduled beyond what day they’re playing. I had just gotten off work, hadn’t seen him in a few days, and wanted to know if he was free to shoot the shit and catch up for an hour, or if he needed to get back to his game.

Now I try “are you free to talk?” Or “do you have time to talk?”

14.) From casual-stoner:

Apparently you're supposed to verbally respond to everything, even if your response is implied or can be communicated by nonverbal means.

Someone: "Hey do you know where the flashlight is?"

Me: (says nothing, leaves, and returns a few minutes later with the flashlight)

15.) From stendaa:

according to my mum, when people say they don’t want a gift for their birthday they actually mean they do want one and don’t want to sound rude? is that actually a thing? is that how it is? thats stupid, I asked if you wanted a gift, so if you do then just say yes! because I asked you!

16.) From aprog07:

I've recently found out that if someone tells you that has nothing to do, or that is going to do something alone, it is a way to ask you to do something together. Maybe they just don't have the courage to ask directly, so they use this "passive" way.

17.) From MadameBurner:

Autistic living in the deep South. I still can't deal with the fact that passive aggression is the expectation, especially for women. I had someone tear up and call me a bitch because I told them they had the wrong number. Like how much nicer was I supposed to be about it?

18.) From Invertqueen92:

That when a group of people are talking about making plans in my presence, that means I'm invited too! I'm an actual adult and I was just recently filled in on this fun tidbit of knowledge. Made me wonder how many times I missed out on something because no one made sure I knew I was invited, but oh well!

19.) From _uncle_phil:

For example, I've just recently figured out that you're supposed to offer to pay for dinner after someone else offers. I always figured, "They've got it covered!" and never paid any mind to it.

20.) ​​​​​​​From AvleeWhee:

Gender norms? What are those? Specifically...

I'm an autistic woman (hesitant to use the term high functioning) and I was raised in a relatively gender-neutral house.

It sometimes STILL doesn't register that a guy isn't talking to me because he's interested in me as a person - like, flirting and general intent to get into my pants just go RIGHT over my head and I only realize what happened hours, days, or even months later after some reflection.

21.) ​​​​​​​From michii2453:

Rethorical questions. Rethorical questions are really useless and just make it difficult to respond appropriately. Do they want an answer or don't they want an answer...? (It's even more difficult if combined with sarcasm or irony)

22.) From TheLittlestTiefling:

In the south, it's common to say, "its fine" when its really not, or even, "that's nice". I got in SO much trouble with my in laws for not being "polite enough" about things, never realized I wasnt supposed to take that phrase at face value lol

Woman asks if she was wrong to kick boyfriend out for humiliating her in front of her boss.

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It's normal to be nervous and want to make a good first impression on someone who is important to your partner, but being so nervous that you get absolutely hammered and divulge uncomfortable personal details is never a good idea...

Company holiday parties, dinner parties, or any other event where you're expected to represent your partner's personal life in front of people who are incredibly important to their daily life and financial stability can be daunting. It's normal to want to sneak away from the nonstop small talk and grab a shot (or two) at the bar as an escape plan. However, ruining an opportunity or your partner's reputation by making an event or conversation about your own sloppiness and bad manners is a massive mistake.

So, when a young woman found herself in an uncomfortable situation after her boyfriend deeply embarrassed her with a drunken dinner disaster, she naturally consulted the moral compass of Reddit's "Am I the as*hole?" Get ready to cringe in a sea of secondhand embarrassment...

AITA (Am I the as*hole?) for kicking out my boyfriend after he humiliated me at dinner in front of my employers?

I (22F) recently started working as a private tutor for a wealthy family. The job pays very well and really improved my financial situation. I’m fortunate to have secured this role but it’s still the beginning stages and I’m not trying to f*ck things up.

Last week the couple invited me to dinner and said that I could bring someone along. I told my BF about this and asked if he wanted to come with me. He said yes. I warned him that these people can be a bit snobby so I expect him to show good manners.

So the dinner happened and it started off well. I noticed my BF was nervous but didn’t think much of it. Then I noticed that he was drinking more than usual. (He rarely drinks). I kept giving him looks to hint that he should stop drinking. He was completely oblivious and behaving like a nervous wreck.

After a short while he got so drunk that he started talking absolute sh*t. He looked at me from across the table, pointed at me and asked if I was single. For some reason they actually found that amusing so that was a bit of a relief. I quickly changed the topic.

It gets worse. This is so painful to type out.

He started telling them about our sex life. He said that last week I had a sneezing fit while I was on top of him and that it felt good and that he has become a “changed man” since then.

It was dead silent and he was the only one giggling to himself. I apologized profusely to the couple and went to the restroom with him. I was so f*cking upset and angry and told him that he’s an embarrassment. He kept saying that he felt sick and then threw up.

I went back to the dining table and explained to the couple that my BF felt sick and decided to get some fresh air. I was so upset that I didn’t stay around for more than 10 minutes. They didn’t seem too appalled but it doesn’t matter anyway.

When we went home I decided to kick him out. I told him that I don’t even want to see his face at the moment. He went to crash at a friend’s place and that’s where he’s been staying ever since. He keeps begging me for forgiveness but I don’t care

My friends found out and they all agree that I’m a huge as*hole for kicking out my BF. They said that I overacted don’t care about his wellbeing at all & that he deserves someone who cares . Am I the as*hole?

Here's what the all-powerful jury of internet strangers had to say:

His behavior is unacceptable even at a dinner with your friends. With your boss it’s unforgivable. Does he have a drinking problem? - queenoreo

Who gets drunk like that in front of their partner's boss???!? - scarfknitter

Um no NTA I wouldn't tolerate someone close to me sharing intimate details with anyone let alone someone who should see me as a professional. Why would he even get drunk at this thing? - AutomaticCable7

Your boyfriend behaved completely inappropriately.

Getting drunk in front of your employers is inappropriate; telling them about your sex life is even more so. Being inebriated doesn't excuse his behavior, either. - redrosehips

he's G*ddamn lucky you didn't lose your job over this. Your employers are likely familiar with people like him (can't hold their alcohol types) and were more gracious than I would have been given the situation, which is good for you, but I think you made the right choice for your own future with them. It's one thing to act a fool in your OWN circles, but this was a business event, however informal it may have been. - 1014187912

So, there you have it!

Everyone was on the same page that causing a drunken scene in front of your partner's new boss is completely inappropriate, inexcusable behavior and could potentially end the relationship. While of course we all have made mistakes, the fact that he thought it was okay to divulge personal information on top of being a general drunken mess is a big red flag and she should think twice before forgiving him. Good luck, everyone!

21 of the funniest posts about parents who embarrassed their kids.

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There are many reasons to have children: to create a legacy on this earth, to have an outlet for your love and attention, and most importantly, to have an audience you can humiliate at your will. Kooky parents continue to find creative ways to troll their children and it's proof that the family that plays together, stays together.

1. This snazzy dad.

2. This punny mom.

3. This resourceful dad.

4. This dad with the creative vocabulary.

5. This romantic dad.

6. This savage dad.

7. This prankster pair.

8. This beautiful dad.

9. This artistic dad.

10. This group chatting dad.

11. This supermodel dad.

12. This tech-savvy mom.

13. This truth-telling mom.

14. This health-conscious mom.

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15. This TMI mom.

16. This trash-talking dad.

17. This proud pair.

18. This welcoming mom.

19. This peace-loving mom.

20. This popular dad.

21. This deoderant-wearing dad.

People are mocking a ridiculous job listing for a celebrity influencer's personal assistant.

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Influencers: gotta hate 'em! People who make a career out of exposing their lives to the masses are pretty easy to dislike—not only because we're jealous of their fame and ability to make money posting on Instagram. Many times, people who fall in to this "career path" are so out-of-touch with reality, you have to wonder if they're from the same planet as the rest of us.

Recently, screenshots of a job listing for a personal assistant to a "well-known celebrity influencer with 10+ million followers" went viral on Twitter. People are dumbstruck by the extensive list of ridiculous, inhumane job requirements.

The listing for a "part time job" seeks candidates willing to complete "hundreds of tasks at once," while being accountable 24/7, and essentially cutting themselves off from any personal life or even emotions—all for $25-30 an hour. Basically, you have to be a servant who is also a robot and has no personal needs of any kind. All for the very low cost of barely making Los Angeles rent. COOL!

A screenshot of this unbelievable yet very real job listing was shared on Twitter by New York Times journalist Taylor Lorenz with three well-placed "wide-eyed" emojis.

Here are some reactions from the public:

People have a LOT of questions.

Not to mention concerns about the many ethical violations present in this job description.

Others are trying to figure out WHO this "celebrity influencer" could possibly be. There are theories.

Regardless of who it is, this comment pretty much sums it up:

But for those who have actually worked in this industry, this listing is no joke. As this guy points out:

27 people share stories of the dumbest ways someone has broken a phone.

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In the age of technology, it's all too common to break our phones and important tech in mindless ways.

In some cases (pun intended), we get far too confident about the durability of a new model, and decide to play God with our technology by attempting tricks and stunts that would best be suited for a "Jackass" reboot.

While it's a royal pain to realize your own antics ruined a valuable piece of tech, it can be funny to look back on all the creatively dumb ways we've screwed ourselves.

In a popular Reddit thread, people shared the dumbest ways they or a friend broke a piece of technology, and the galaxy is truly the limit when it comes to these gaffes.

1. From RudigherJones:

I always say, "I want to die the same way my first Blackberry died: the bottom of a pint of Guinness."

2. From SpewsALotOfBullshit:

Jumped into a pool with my phone in my pocket. This is right after I had used my phone to take a selfie in front of the pool and placed it back in my pocket.

3. From chuckh8e:

A few years ago, after getting a 3Gs iPhone, I decided I wanted to destroy my old, worthless iPhone 1st gen. I put the iPhone in a plastic Ziploc and took it outside and started smashing it with a hammer. It was pretty exciting, as the battery got really hot and started smoking and I thought it was going to catch on fire. When I walked inside after bashing into bits, I saw my old 1st gen iPhone on my counter...oops.

4. From Aztecah:

There was a water bottle on my desk with a tiny pin-sized hole in the side so that water was dripping out very slowly, couldn't have been more than a drop per minute. At night, I put my phone beside it on the dry desk. When I awoke, the desk was soaked and I didn't have Wifi anymore.

5. From So_Motarded:

My mother spilled juice on her keyboard once. She decided the best way to remove the juice would be to run it through the dishwasher.

6. From mrpoppadopalis:

Drunk texting while taking a piss. I think you know what happened next.

7. From Noooooooooobody:

I was holding my phone and saw a spider on the floor next to me. And I just smashed the f*cker out of instinct. Cost me $80 to fix my screen. In fairness, it was a decent sized spider.

8. From MrPaleontologist:

Literally pulling my old Samsung S4 out of my pocket. I was sitting in a car at the time, so I had to maneuver the phone around a 90-degree angle (where my leg intersected my body). I see a flash of light on the screen when I pull it out, and then nothing.

There was a f*cking deep-a*s crack running down the center. Somehow, I'd bent the screen so much pulling it out of my pocket that I broke through several layers of glass. Phone was unusable after that.

My S5 has held up since I got it, though I am far more careful because of this sh*t.

9. From izzels:

A friend and I went to the beach and we walk straight into the sea with our clothes on. Suddenly she stops and her face goes from "Whoo vacation!" to "F*ck me with a spoon twice daily." Turns out she forgot to take her new iPhone out of her pocket.

10. From Sims4life:

I was at a bar and one of my female friends wanted to prove to me that my new Iphone was in fact waterproof. So naturally, she grabbed it out of my hand and dropped it into my Margarita.

It wasn't waterproof.

11. From atjp6440:

Ugh. Went to a party once and went swimming with friends. I had swim trunks on, mind you, but left my pants on a porch table. Some real fun guy decided everyone should skinny dip. BUT HOW DO YOU GET THAT POINT ACROSS IN A FUN WAY? I KNOW LET'S GRAB SOMEONE'S PANTS AND THROW THEM IN THE WATER. Guess who's pants they were? Guess what was in said pants.

12. From PM_ME_YOUR_WORRIES:

I broke an old CD-drive when I was younger; didn't check that the max safe rpm for the CD was lower than the rotation speed of my drive.

Fast-forward to trying to install a program and having the CD explode and mangle the insides of the drive.

13. From subtlebiscuit:

I was wading in a river looking for pretty rocks. My purse was slung over one shoulder with my cell phone inside. Each time I bent down to pick up a rock, I steeped my purse in the river water like a bag of tea. I didn't realize this until someone pointed it out to me.

14. From CDC_:

I took my phone out of its case to clean it. I went with my wife to dinner and left it out of the case. I was playing on it outside while we were walking into the restaurant. My wife said "uhh, why isn't your phone in its case?" I said "oh I forgot to put it back in. I will when I get home."

She said "You're gonna break it." Me being an a*shole, I said "yep, I'm gonna smash it on the ground right now." Then I faked like I was going to chuck it on the ground, and when I did, it slipped out of my hand, smashed on the the ground and spiderwebbed the glass.

iPhone 6 plus. Had it for 2 months.

15. From al4crity:

After 5 months without a case, my SO finally goes out and buys me one so she doesn't have to panic every time I bring it out. (Never dropped it once in all that time.) Five minutes into our walk out to the local bar, I pull out my phone, with its new grippy rubber case, which snags my pocket and tumbles out of my hands. It bounces on the shock-absorbing material, and lands unharmed, facing up. I am relieved. My SO then steps on the phone with a stiletto heel.

16. From WaxFaster:

I was drunk in my dorm room, sitting at my desk, and texting a FWB hoping for a late night DVD and chill (pre-Netflix). I set my phone down to spruce up the place. She responded and I was pumped, so I ran over to the desk to grab the phone and it slipped out of my hands and fell. I leaned over quickly trying to catch it, and deftly snagged it before it hit the floor. However, I neglected to close my hand and it flew up, smashed into the ceiling, and rained down shattered pieces onto me. I wasn't able to respond to her, so I went to sleep angry and alone...

17. From Desiree_S:

One time I was cleaning & talking on the phone at the same time then my phone fell in the mop bucket full of water. :(

18. From JohnnyFire:

I was the designated driver on a night of drunken debauchery. We were waiting for drunk Domino's Pizza, and someone put on Reel Big Fish. For a laugh, I stepped outside and started doing some over-exaggerated dancing, and proceeded to have my phone fly out of my pocket to the concrete below. Somehow the sober guy smashed his phone with a car full of drunkards, so that was fun the next day to get laughed at about (it wasn't).

19. From -VISA-:

I had just gotten my wisdom teeth removed, I was heavily doped up on the walk in from the car, and wanted my phone, my mom said wait until we get inside, you're going to drop it. I said MOM, I AM A GROWN MAN, GIVE ME MY PHONE. 2 woozy steps later and...

BAM.scrape. The entire screen cracked on the concrete. I'm a f*cking idiot, and I should have listened to my mom.

20. From menevissis:

My time to shine! Was at McDonald's working an overnight shift had speakers and phone on top of a shelf. Speakers fell then pulled my phone down with it into the deep fryer.

21. From HaikuberryFin:

Fishing, phone in lap.

Hook a fish, stand up quickly.

I learned phones don't float...

22. From evan164:

I wanted to go kayaking in University Lake, which is nasty. I couldn't find a launch spot. So, I just found a spot that wasn't that steep and tried to slide in the water. Instead, the kayak just flipped over and I got soaked in sewage water.

My phone was a champ, it lasted long enough for me to make a call to my sister, who lived around the corner, to bring me a towel. I made the call, then it died. It died a hero.

23. From MichaelLGrear:

My friend argued that his Nokia phone could survive anything, so one day in PE to prove it he handed me his phone and asked me to pitch it to him. I pitched it to him and he swung at it with the baseball bat and I hit it fairly hard. He absolutely smashed it to pieces. He hasn't had a phone since.

24. From Porpoiselysealy:

It fell out of my pocket and a car ran it over.

25. From misscoletteandbutton:

I was on a ladder painting the wall. The phone was on the latter too. It started to vibrate. I chose to not answer the call. It kept vibrating and fell into the eggshell paint. Still wondering who it was.

26. From FetchFrosh:

I had a friend who had met a girl, and was trying to woo her. She mentioned she had recently broken his phone, and he decides to go with this as his next big play. He confidently tells her, "my phone's indestructible" and proceeds to throw it across the room. It hits a cast iron dumbbell and the screen shatters. He didn't get laid that night.

27. From WasGudMahNinja:

I ejaculated into my Razer Lycosa keyboard accidentally.

21 funny tweets about what Millennials think are 'personality traits.'

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The battle between Gen Z, Boomers, and Millennials has been pretty intense (and delightfully brutal) for awhile...

First, Boomers had a whole lot to say about Millennials being entitled, lazy, basement-dwelling demons who refused to grow up. Then, Millennials blamed Boomers for the "gig economy" and overall disaster they left us while Gen X hung out on the sidelines relatively unnoticed. While they don't agree on the details, Millennials are now criticized by both Boomers and Gen Z. Unfortunately, Gen Z is still young enough where actually roasting them would be a low blow, but let's just call them the generation of teens dancing on TikTok who have way too much confidence in their comment-clapbacks.

If you're a Millennial who takes pride in drinking coffee all day and wine all night, re-reading "Harry Potter" and having a hard time "adulting," Gen Z is ready to attack. Here are the funniest twets we could find about things that Millennials have decided are their "entire personality" and Gen Z isn't having it!

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Guy asks if he's a jerk for proposing to girlfriend in public without discussing marriage beforehand.

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It might come as a surprise to some people, but it's possible to be a jerk while telling somebody that you love them and want to spend your life with them.

A guy on Reddit asked,"Am I The A**hole for proposing to my girlfriend in a way she didn't like?"

The headline implies that she was being a snob, but the situation is more nuanced that that.

The Maybe-Groom-To-Be wrote:

I (34 m) have been seeing my girlfriend (28 f) for 4 years.

We've talked about marriage and kids in passing, it's always been something we're both open to, but we're both quite career-minded and that's been our focus.

She and her brother both often joke/complain about the pressure they feel from their parents to get married (he's been in a relationship longer than we have and still not engaged), and I've seen as well how it's something their parents drop unsubtle hints about all the time. I don't think they mean it to feel like pressure - they just want their kids to be happy, and they want to be grandparents.

Anyway, I've been thinking about it a lot lately. I've reached that point in my life where marriage is increasingly appealing. I'm ready to make that commitment, and I know she's the one for me.

One problem: she didn't know that yet.

Her parents hosted a dinner party to celebrate us all being able to finally visit each other's houses again - it was me, my gf, her brother, his gf and our 3 sets of parents.

It seemed perfect to me, so after dessert I got down on one knee and proposed. She looked pretty stunned and said "errrm.... I guess" and everyone laughed.

All the parents started celebrating, her mother was crying, her father was opening champagne, we were all hugging.

Errm... Congrats?

We went home later and I told her how happy I was to spend the rest of my life with her, and she started crying and saying she felt like she had no choice.

This upset me, it was hardly the enthusiasm I'd hoped for, and I asked if she loved me.

She said she did, and maybe she did want to get married, but the way I proposed made it feel like her answer was a foregone conclusion and she didn't have time to think about it, and even now she knows that if she were to change her mind, she'd be letting everyone down and disappointing her parents.

The ambush proposal left her feeling undermined and unvalued, which isn't exactly romantic.

She said she wished I'd proposed privately, so we could talk together about what it really means and what our future looks like, and she could be really 100% sure of her decision before announcing it to her family. She feels like I've removed her opportunity to prepare for her parents' reaction and make sure she was saying yes because she wanted to, instead of because of expectation.

She says she's less sure than ever about our relationship because the proposal shows how little I know her or what she wants.

I thought I was being romantic, and even if it wasn't her ideal proposal, I don't see why that should affect her answer. Our relationship's about more than just that one evening.

AITA?

Commenters said that something as substantial as a marriage proposal should not be pinned on having had passing conversations.

"YTA (You're The A**hole) - You really should have been paying more attention to these discussions on how much pressure their parents have put on them to get married, and how uncomfortable that is." HowardProject wrote. "Asking in front of the people who pressure her to get married was probably the absolute worst way to propose to this woman."

VeryVeryTexan compared the dinner party surprise to the "Jumbotron maneuver," as they both involve "[proposing] in front of a crowd that will make denial almost impossible."

"I'm of the mindset that you shouldn't propose unless you are sure of the answer," nan_adams added. "This is doubled if the proposal is in front of friends, family, or the general public."

If this couple makes it to the aisle, I hope they have direct, deep discussions about everything in advance, from the flowers to their future children.

22 people share the most brutal insults they've ever seen someone dish out.

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There are some insults that are so creative and well-timed that you have no choice but to put them in your pocket and keep them on-hand for the future.

In fact, some insults are so perfectly piercing that even if you're on the receiving end you can't help but respect the game.

In a popular Reddit thread, people shared the greatest insults they've heard, and they run the range from brutal to truly artful.

1. From n00rmal:

“You look easy to draw.”

2. From TrishiaH:

When my daughter was little (about 4), we spent the night at my parents and I was brushing her long hair after her bath. My dad told her she had such pretty hair, and asked if he could have a little to cover his bald spot. She didn’t even look up and said “I think you have enough on your back to cover that.”

3. From Big-mood-energy:

"You have the communication skills of an alarm clock."

4. From Deckham:

It's impossible to underestimate you.

5. From _Fengo:

"If she was a spice, she'd be flour."

6. From too-many-critters:

When the toddler I’m babysitting came over, lifted up my shirt to expose my belly, then started squeezing my tummy pudge while saying ‘squishy squishy’. I had salad for lunch the rest of the week...

7. From eDreadz:

A young woman was being very rude to the restaurant staff so an old lady that over heard her said “ Oh honey, you’re not pretty enough to be acting like that.”

8. From El_CM:

Your life is more about regret management than goal achievement, isn't it?

9. From Rysilk:

You couldn't pour water out of a boot if the instructions were on the bottom.

10. From krnoel:

My oldest daughter called me Captain Hook when she was 3. She had run off to her room in a fit of rage and apparently that was the worst insult she could she come up with. Definitely a moment where I tried to hide the fact that I was laughing.

11. From BErtNotBurt:

My brother once drunkenly called someone a non-essential vitamin.

12. From angry_pecan:

You look like someone whose family tree is a wreath.

13. From Aussie-Nerd:

A favorite of my dad's was "of all my little swimmers, how were you the winner?"

14. From Doofutchie:

I don't know what your problem is, but I bet it's hard to pronounce.

15. From RadioMedic:

“I hope the rest of your day is as pleasant as you are.”

16. From tinyywarrior:

Good old England, throwing out the classics. I once heard someone refer to a coffin in the most spectacular way in a sentence something like “Yer mum looks older than my Nan and she’s in a wooden onesie.”

17. From denominatorAU2:

If your brain was dynamite you wouldn't have enough to blow the wax out of your ears.

If your brain was petrol you wouldn't have enough to power an ants motorbike half way around the inside of a fruit loop.

18. From bustead:

I'd mess up your face, but your mama did it for me.

19. From browncoat13:

I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

20. From MacroTurtleLibido:

"I am both surprised and pleased to see you, but just a little bit more surprised than pleased."

Overheard as my grandfather opened the door to see his old college roommate who dropped by after a 40 year absence.

21. From chaoschosen665:

I have neither the time nor the crayons to explain this to you properly.

22. From ironwolf6464:

"Your parents must have fed you walnuts with a slingshot."

27 Memes That Will Only Be Funny If You Have A Dog.

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"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person."

-Andy Rooney

If you have a dog, you know the above quote is true. Pups are pure unconditional love. They're angles wrapped in fur! They make life worth living! Am I getting too carried away? Nah. Dog lovers everywhere will absolutely agree, these dog memes are paws-itively hilarious.

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19 women share stories of strangers who helped them when they were being harassed or stalked.

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When navigating public spaces, it's important to be aware of what's going on around you. Not only for your own safety but potentially for the safety of someone else who might need your help. You never know when your own intervention could help someone else in danger.

A woman recently shared this warning message on Twitter and it went viral.

"If a girl suddenly acts as if she knows you in public and acts like you're friends, go along w it she could be in danger," the woman, who goes by "M," wrote, in a tweet that has been shared nearly 140K times.

The tweet inspired women and girls to share stories of times they were being harassed or stalked in public and a kind stranger intervened to help them.

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Megan Fox's ex accused of mommy-shaming her via pics of their children on Instagram.

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It's been a pretty dry summer when it comes to celebrity romance gossip. There seems to be much more important stuff going on, believe it or not.

But today, Megan Fox, Brian Austin Green and Machine Gun Kelly are serving up some serious pettiness to distract us from all of that, for better or worse.

Fox and Green are the parents to three kids together. Right now, after almost 16 years of dating and marriage, they're not together. Fox is now dating musician and actor Machine Gun Kelly and Green was recently spotted with Courtney Stodden.

Fox and MGK are in the midst of a hot and heavy love affair that started on a movie set. On Lala Kent's podcast last month, Fox announced that they were "twin flames" whose shared soul had "ascended into a high enough level that it can be split into two different bodies at the same time." Cool!

Yesterday, Fox posted a mirror selfie of herself and MGK with the caption, "Achingly beautiful boy... My heart is yours."

About three hours later, Green posted photos of his four sons (three of whom call Fox mom) with a very similar caption: "Achingly beautiful boys...... My heart is yours"

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Achingly beautiful boys...... My heart is yours

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Fans quickly made the connection, as did the Instagram account Comments By Celebs. Most interpreted this as Green throwing shade at Fox and implying that her new relationship is distracting her from motherhood.

Some applauded Green for displaying millennial-esque social media shade skills despite his advanced age.

Others applauded his parenting skills, because posting pictures of your kids online to spite your ex in front of millions is clearly an A+ fatherhood move.

But many called him out for apparently shaming Megan. Can't a gal have a boyfriend and kids at the same time?

Some pointed out that he's apparently been dating, too.

And not for nothing, his oldest child's mom hasn't had the best things to say about his parenting skills.

Fox experienced such a tidal wave of mommy-shaming, she had to turn off comments on her post.

Sigh. Can't we all just get along?

25 Memes To Start Your Morning Off With A Giggle.

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"The best dreams happen when you're awake."

-Cherie Gilderbloom

Wake up, you don't want to snooze on these laughs. This list of memes is a comedy lover's dream come true.

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Engaged couple seeks advice when loved ones question their wedding dress code.

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A wedding is supposed to be all about the couple getting married — but has this couple taken it too far with their strict wedding day dress code?

A groom and bride took to Reddit to ask if they were a-hole for enforcing a white-tie dress code and ban on visible tattoos and piercings. Their family members and friends are revolting against the rules, and they're wondering who's in the wrong.

The couple is getting married in September (good luck...):

Hello everyone. We (29M and 24F) are getting married this September. Up until recently, everything had been going to plan and our months of hard work planning had been paying off.

The issue lies in the dress code. We have been clear from the beginning that this is going to be a white tie event, so of course there are strict rules attached to that.

They're enforcing the dress code because they want their photos to look good:

One thing we are really looking forward to is our wedding shoot. We have spent a large amount of our own money on a photographer, who we hired after weeks of research and shopping recommendations. The photographer is highly, highly sought after in our area and we were lucky to book him last year in advance. So naturally we are taking this seriously.

They told guests from the beginning that they'd have to follow the rules:

We have been clear from the very start that the dress code will be fully enforced. The invitations we sent explicitly told our guests what we'd be expecting from them (white tie, no unnaturally dyed hair, no visible tattoos or piercings) and that they were free to decline the invitation if they had a problem with this. We also sent everybody who RSVP'd a reminder over email several weeks ago repeating this instruction.

But now that people are picking out their outfits, they're getting some pushback:

This was going fine until one of our mothers has recently posted on Facebook a picture of a 'cocktail' style dress she wants to wear on the day. Of course this isn't included in our dress code, so we informed her right away that the dress would be unacceptable. Another woman (a family friend) asked if she could bring flat shoes to change into after the ceremony, and again we directed her to the 'white tie' instructions.

Everyone's asking them to loosen the policy:

Unfortunately, this has caused a lot of unnecessary drama throughout both our families and even some friends. Both sets of parents, cousins, some siblings, and many more people have messaged us privately to ask us to relax our dress code and allow them to be flexible. This isn't happening, so we have just pointed to our 'white tie only' policy and told them they accepted the rules when they RSVP'd.

But they don't want to budge:

In our opinion, while wearing knee-length dresses and suits (rather than a tux) might be appropriate for 'day to day life', they will doubtlessly look out of place at a wedding that is supposed to be fully formal. We are hosting a private event where we are able to set the rules. Having been to other weddings over the years, we have fully complied with the wishes of the marrying couple and we do not see why we should not be given the same treatment.

And they're now telling guests to go ahead and not show up if they have a problem with it:

Since we made this clear, we've been called a**holes by people around us. However, in our opinion, this is our wedding and we've been clear about our preferences all along. We have even told our guests that if anyone has a problem with this, they are free to drop out (even though we will still be paying for their seats now) and not attend.

AITA for having a dress code at our wedding?

The people of the internet have decreed that these two are a-holes for imposing these crazy rules.

PotentialityKnocks says these two are being weirdos:

It is your wedding and you can do what you want, but it’s a wedding, not a photoshoot or a play. The stuff about piercings, tattoos, and hair color is especially ridiculous.

If all you care about is nice pictures, then hire models. That way they’ll look exactly how you want them to look and they won’t complain. If you want an actual party with real people, you need flexibility.

And fleabagwannabe came with receipts:

https://www.debretts.com/expertise/etiquette/dress-codes/white-tie-dress-code/

White tie dress code does not mention hair colour, tattoos, piercings or women's shoes.

You are tacky as hell.

And stormscaper points out that "natural" hair is subjective:

“No unnaturally dyed hair, no visible tattoos or piercings” - are you my old high school?

It’s difficult to give judgement because I usually firmly believe in the “your wedding your choice” rule, but the guidelines dictating hair/tattoos/piercings seem excessive.

Surely for some of your guests, changing hair colours or covering up tattoos will be expensive/a real hassle and would deter them from attending. Additionally: what counts as a natural hair colour, and does that change depending on the ethnicity of a person?

They also add:

Overall I’ll go with [you're the a-hole] - the tipping point being that you won’t allow some poor lady to change from uncomfortable heels into flats after the ceremony is over. I mean, what if you have leg pain/movement disability that makes wearing heels difficult? Does that mean you can’t attend? I’m confused as to where you draw the line, but I think it’s pretty harsh.

Celtic-piskie calls them out all the way:

Also, so much lower class thinking.

You're trying to look better than what you are and it shows.

Real white tie events aren't this strict, and I've been to a lot.

You're putting perception over actual people, which is wrong.

LucidOutwork adds:

I suggest you hire people to attend your wedding so you can make sure they all adhere to your dress code. That seems to be what is most important to you -- how things look. Maybe you could get some cardboard cutouts to pose with.

So there you have it: being this strict about a dress code is an a-hole move.

It's one thing to suggest white tie, and another to do what this couple's doing.

24 funny tweets from the 'reveal your age without numbers' challenge.

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There are always a few television shows, books, clothing stores, and technological devices that end up hilariously defining a generation...

Millennials and members of Gen X fondly look back on the frustrations of dial-up internet, weird AOL chat rooms, playing "Oregon Trail," cassette tapes, and a massive television and VCR being wheeled into the classroom meaning you were about to have the best day ever. While Gen Z might not remember the emo era of MySpace, AIM away messages, or having to drive to Blockbuster on a Friday night to be the first one to rent a popular movies from the massive wall of new releases, if Trump gets his way TikTok might eventually become a distant memory for them to laugh about.

So, when a hashtag started trending on Twitter challenging people to reveal their age without using numbers, a meme was born. Here are the funniest, nostalgic tweets we could find using #RevealYourAgeWithoutNumbers. Prepare to feel old!

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21 funny conversations that happened after someone texted the wrong number.

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Technically these wrong number texts are mistakes, but it was also destiny to bring us these exchanges. The only thing funnier than a text conversation with somebody you know is a back and forth with somebody you don't know.

1. Two wrongs don't make a right.

2. Ages like a fine wine.

3. There's something fishy here.

4. Shrek is love, Shrek is life.

5. If the mule shoe fits.

6. Bros before manchego.

7. And Bob's your uncle.

8. Zero chill, but all the chili.

9. Ashly is missing out.

10. Because...

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12. Why scam one person when you can scam twenty?

13. Bye forever, Steve.

14. Congrats fellas!

15. Drive me crazy.

16. That's what grandmas do.

17. More efficient than medical school.

18. Are You My Mother?

19. Thumbs up!

20. A lovely love story.

21. We all suck.

21 married people share the funny and surprising ways they met their current partner.

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While most of us dream of meeting our "soulmate" in an adorable rom-com level runaway grocery cart meet-cute, usually the story of how couples met is "um...Tinder?"

When you ask a couple how they met, usually they both try to tell the story at the same time while constantly interrupting each other to try and make it seem more interesting than "we were at a bar." Just because the first time two people made eye contact wasn't a fireworks-worthy moment of serendipitous fate doesn't mean a couple isn't meant to be together. Still, a good story for dinner parties is always fun to pull out of your back pocket and when someone says "anyway, we're married now," even the most dead-to-romance people among us can find it difficult not to gush.

So, when a recent Reddit user asked the internet, "what's your 'anyway, we’re married now' story?" couples with unique and romantic origin stories were ready to share. (Shockingly, "he was a vampire and I was a teen with tasty blood" and "he was a boy wizard and I was his best friend's little sister" did not make the list).

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Met him in high school while he was hitting on my identical twin sister. Anyways, we’re married now. - urbancowgirl42

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We met in elementary school.

I transferred schools before high school and we lost touch.

Found out we had enrolled at the same university, in the same program, once university classes started.

Anyways, we're married now. - reneeclaireblog

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he came to the door to borrow my sister's textbook. no one would answer the door so I dragged myself out of bed, and answered the door in nightgown and curlers (hey, it was the early 80's, ok?). he told me was there to see my sister. without a word I nodded, turned around and screamed "SISSS-TURRR", turned back around, said "family intercom system" completely deadpan, and left him standing on the porch while I went back to bed. married me anyway, 38 years on the 21st. - maimou1

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Right after our first kiss he said, “I’m not looking to get married.”

“Neither am I,” I replied.

So anyway, we’re married now. - hey_sjay

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Shortly after we met he asked me “do you trust me?” I said laughed and said no. Anyhow, we’re married now. - thedoughnutAvenger

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I was working at a video game shop, and he was hired to DJ the midnight release of a game I didn’t care for. He comes in, waits in the giant line of people finalizing their preorder before midnight. When he gets to the register, I ask him if he’s here for the premier, but he says he wouldn’t be caught dead playing that game, and proceeds to purchase a different, older game I later find out he already has. He asks me when I finish my shift, and to swing by the DJ table when I’m off. I do indeed swing by, and now we’ve been married going on 5 years with two cats and a recently purchased home. He proposed by sticking the ring inside the case of the game he bought that night. - FallingInTempo

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I met my husband when I got a new job at a grocery store and the guy from the deli came up and yelled at me for hanging up on customers when I couldn't figure out the phone transfer process.

He was that guy from the deli and anyway we're married now. - GoodbyeTobyseeya1

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met a girl online about 20 years ago one summer after college, found out we live in nearby towns, so decided to get together.

Go out on a few dates, drive by local pre-school: me: “hey, that’s where I went to pre school!” her: “that’s where I went to pre school!” That day we find a pre school class photo, there we are 2 feet from each other.

A few months later, my dad finds some old footage of a Christmas play our preschool class put on. We’re standing right next to each other. - pkunk-is-not-dead

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On our first date he tried showing off by drifting down a gravel road and tore through a ranch fence.

Anyway, we're married now. - YaDrunkB*tch

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So when my wife were dating she got pneumonia and didn’t have health insurance. Asked her to elope to get on my insurance and two weeks later we’re married. - jasonvictory86

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I had a cold, and went on a date to an Irish pub. I was eating bangers and mash and had the urge to cough. I tried to keep my mouth shut, but just wound up spraying his face with gravy and mashed potatoes through my pursed lips. I was still coughing, so I took a sip of my drink to sooth my throat. It was beer. The bubbles tickled my throat more. I also spit that all over his face. He stared at me in disgusted horror as gravy, mashed potatoes and beer dripped down his face onto his shirt. I laughed and laughed and laughed, making my apologies sound very insincere. Anyways, we're married now. Thank goodness our booth had high backs so only he suffered! - 2beagles

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So, back in the 70s our families moved to a new farming town. Our church was doing a fundraiser by planting potatoes which would then be sold to help with building costs. Parents were busy and put us toddlers in a dry empty cattle watering tank/trough. Anyways, we’re married 25 years now. - Slewey19

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20 years ago, an exchange student transferred to my school for the year, and although we didn't talk a lot, we had so much in common and it was really nice to be able to talk with someone who had super different views on life. we actually both played the same instrument (we had the same model guitar, surprisingly.) anyways, she went back to her home country after the year was over, and I never spoke with her again. However, she got me fascinated with her culture, so I researched a bit, and eventually a year later I was able to transfer to her country through a program. I got placed in a random school throughout the entire country. I joined the schools light music club, and as I'm walking in on the first day there, I open the door and guess who i see..the same girl playing the F*CK out of her guitar. I kid you not, as soon as we made eye contact, i just sat there with my jaw open in disbelief. I dropped my guitar to the floor (causing a chip that i can still see to this day, haha). anyways, fast forward to today and we're married. [wife asked me to add this, part] We ended up forming a band for the school's summer show, and after our performance backstage, with all the adrenaline running through our veins, we kissed/confessed our feelings. (it's not as romantic as you'd think, from an outside view it was probably seen as two awkward teens pecking, we both were sweaty and smelly, and i had face makeup all over me haha!) she makes fun of me saying that I would've never had the guts otherwise; but seriously, what are the chances?!?!?! - spiritual_aids

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You know that moment at church the pastor says "now stand up and say hi to someone you never met"? Anyways, we're married now. - shaka_sulu

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Met a new coworker and our first interaction was me saying “I don’t believe you” under my breath as I walked by. He thought I said “I don’t like you”. Anyways, we’re married now. - studas*party

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Eight years ago, when I was desperately trying to make it as an actor, I answered an audition call for an unpaid role in a sitcom pilot that two friends had written together. It was in a basement flat in London, my mum warned me to be so careful. The door was opened by a charming guy with a crooked smile, and a video camera was set up facing the sofa. But the audition went well- not only did he NOT murder me, they offered me the role there and then, and we all went to the pub to celebrate and get to know each other! In our first conversation, crooked smile guy and I joked about wanting to naming our (respective) future kids after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Raphael is twelve weeks old today. He has his dad’s smile - fizzywiggles

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So we went downtown in college to celebrate a friend’s 21st birthday. My date for the evening had a few too many cocktails and ended up getting kicked out of the bar because she used the utility closet as a bathroom, I left to walk her home. But anyway, we’re marrying next month - VitaminThoughts

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I was 11 years old, talking to this girl I just met walking to lunch at school. She was cool, we liked some of the same stuff. This jock walks up and asks “what, are you two dating?” We both kind of looked at him confused and said no.

Anyways, we’re married now. - The-Grand-Pepperoni

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Hooked up from Craigslist. Anyway, we're married now. - SidePibble

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During college i got sexiled by my roommate alot (she was on and off with her hs sweetheart) so i went to the common room area of the dorm to knit to kill some time (had a pretty view of the campus). Started talking to an art student who was drawing there and ended up talking for hours and been married for 4 years together for 10. - jhzinger22

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Our first date was a disaster of epic proportions. Ended with me yelling at her, and her paying the check while I was in the latrine just so she could get out of there quicker.

Anyways, we're married now, over 8 years strong. Two kids. - TheGoodJudgeHolden

Woman asks if she was wrong to bring up cousin's infidelity after he judged her open relationship.

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Oftentimes, the people who are most judgemental of someone else's unconventional relationship are projecting. In some cases, they see a set-up they never considered as an option for themselves. So, rather than sitting with that desire, they lash out at the people living it out.

Other times, someone else's free relationship triggers a lifetime of shame and conditioning for the critical party, and instead of challenging that programming, they react in the way they were trained - homophobic, or strictly monogamous, or generally restricted. This judgmental dynamic can create enormous tension that eventually explodes into a scathing feud.

In a recent post on the Am I The A*shole subreddit, a woman asked if she was wrong for bringing up her cousin's infidelity after he loudly judged her open relationship.

AITA For bringing up my cousin's infidelity to his wife when he tried to shame me for my sex life?

OP's cousin found out about her open relationship with her boyfriend a few months ago, after OP unknowingly hooked up with a few mutuals.

Since then, OP's cousin has been on a judgemental tear and even went so far as to tell her parents.

My boyfriend of two years and I are in an open relationship. We love each other and are allowed to sleep with whoever we want, with certain rules. My cousin, J came to know about this a few months ago when I had, unknowingly, slept with two acquaintances of his. He heard about it and immediately told my BF. BF assured him that this was fine. Cousin then decided to tell my parents that I was in an open relationship. My parents are quite conservative and were appalled. I stood my ground, however, and told them I didn't need their approval and they needed to mind their own business.

So, when OP and her boyfriend found themselves at the same party as her cousin, they took care to avoid him as much as possible.

My cousin is friends with one of my boyfriend's friends and when we were invited to said friend's house, he and his wife were there too. For most of the evening, my BF and I avoided any direct interactions with him and his wife and just enjoyed ourselves.

When they finally interacted during a game of pool, OP's cousin accused OP of cheating at pool and then launched into a diatribe about how she was used to cheating in her relationship.

When we were playing billiards, my cousin accused me of "cheating." I asked him what the hell he meant and he went on a ridiculous exposition about how "my position gave me an unfair advantage." When I told him he was being an idiot, he shot back with "I guess cheating is something you're used to doing, since you cheat on your BF all the time". Now my BF stepped in and told cousin to mind his tongue. Cousin wouldn't listen and called us a bunch of names.

Eventually, OP snapped and brought up the time her cousin cheated on his wife, noting that her relationship was open and honest - which is very different from the infidelity of her cousin.

I decided to remind him that he had cheated on his wife once, and was in no position to judge, because unlike him, my BF and I were honest with each other. Cousin's wife now became teary-eyed and told me not to bring it up. She stormed out, cousin followed after yelling "see what you did?".

OP's cousin yelled back at OP while his wife got upset and stormed out of the party.

I don't think what I did was wrong, but I do want Reddit's opinion. AITA?

c8ball thinks OP's cousin shouldn't dish it out if he can't take it.

Mehhh NTA. If he wants to judge your relationship openly, he should expect the same thing back, or at least be prepared.

His poor wife.

TheGoverness1998 is in awe of the sheer hypocrisy.

Yeah, I don't know what he was expecting otherwise. What a freaking hypocrite he is. NTA.

tacobelley thinks OP's cousin is jealous.

He’s not judging, he’s deflecting. I also think he’s envious. NTA.

Waluigi4prez thinks OP's cousin is fully projecting his own relationship desires.

NTA, he's clearly jealous that you get to "cheat" whilst he doesn't due to the different nature of your relationships (open v closed). Just because his marriage means he has to follow certain rules doesn't mean he gets to throw tantrums, tell on you to your parents and other behaviors not dissimilar from an 8yo child just because you can live your life differently to his.

It's clear OP didn't do anything wrong by standing her ground, but unfortunately, it sounds like OP's cousin's wife is the one who got hurt by the exchange the most.

34 of the funniest and realest tweets from parents this past week.

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If you're reading this, congrats, you've survived another week of 2020! If you're reading this as a parent whose kids have not yet left home, double-congrats with a side of an extra large coffee. You deserve it.

Here are 34 of the funniest and realest tweets from parents this past week about the roller coaster of chaos that is being a parent:

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17 reactions to the New York attorney general suing to dissolve the NRA.

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The National Rifle Association is in trouble, and it's not for taunting teen school shooting survivors or bribing polliticians not to respond to said school shootings.

New York attorney general Letitia James has filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the NRA, alleging that the ostensible gun-rights nonprofit has simply been used to fund its executives' lavish lifestyles.

The lawsuit has nothing to do with the Second Amendment but everything to do with embezzlement, accusing the NRA and its execs of "'violating numerous state and federal laws' by enriching themselves, as well as their friends, families and allies, and taking improper actions that cost the organization $64 million over three years."

NRA opponents are rejoicing at this legal nightmare for the powerful organization, but rather than being glad that New York state is trying to hold grifters accountable, NRA members are defending it and its longtime chief executive Wayne LaPierre.

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20 hotel employees share the weirdest things guests have done in the middle of the night.

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When it comes to the rich range of human behavior, hotel employees have seen it all.

They've seen buttoned-up people on business trips, couples consummating their relationships, illicit affairs, rambling groups of youth, writers hiding away to crank out books, and everything in between.

Whether it's for better or worse, people's weirdest mannerisms come out at night, and hotels are a hotbed of people feeling the freedom of not being inside their own home.

In a popular Reddit thread, people who work at hotels shared their best and most NSFW stories about guest antics in the middle of the night.

1. From shelleshock:

Here's a story. Keep in mind I was 17-year-old girl while working at this hotel. I've never seen a naked person in the hallway. But once in the lobby a man at around 3am sat down on a chair and called his girlfriend. I was on the night shift and I was sitting down behind a computer screen so he would have only seen the top of my head if he looked over. But it was Sunday morning and he was extremely drunk from a wedding. He was wearing a suit and I was just keeping my eye on him.

He then started having raunchy phone sex with his girlfriend or wife. And it was so raunchy. My jaw dropped and I honestly didn't know what to do. Then a janitor came over and we were sitting there flabbergasted. He then pulled his dick out and started jerking off. So I got up, walked over and said "Sir, you're in the lobby." He woke up out of his sexual drunker stupor and I'll never forget the look of horror that came across his face. He ran to his room so embarrassed.

2. From Tazay:

I worked night audit at a local hotel. One night/ morning around 5am I was at the desk when the elevator started moving. At the time we didn't have cameras so I didn't know what to expect.

When it stopped in the lobby the doors opened and I see a man with a cart looking slightly shocked. Then from the blind spot from where I was standing out stepped a man with a cigarette in hand and nothing but a small towel around his waist. He looked pissed. He stormed up to the desk and demanded a new room key. All while yelling about how he got lost in the "confusing as f*ck rooms." I confirmed his room best I could given the situation and sent him on his way. The poor man that was in the elevator with him looked like he saw more than I did and didn't want to talk about it.

An hour later the man came down to the lobby to check out and demanded a "full refund for embarrassing him and for not clearly labeling the balcony door and the hallway door." I laughed and told him to call my manager. Which he did later that day.

Kicker is the room he was in had 2 doors. A bathroom door on one side of the room. And the room door was on the other side with a fire map, chain lock, and deadbolt. There was no balcony attached to his room.

3. From FutureBlackmail:

Last week I had to shoo an amorous couple out from behind the dumpster. Our hotel has the worst-smelling dumpster I've ever had the displeasure of experiencing. The thought of anything sexual going on back there is enough to make me gag.

4. From Accorddd:

I used to work as an overnight auditor for a hotel. One shift while I was doing rounds at 3 am, I thought I saw something moving at the opposite end of the hallway and I was like "Did I just see a naked man?" This poor guy was sleepwalking butt naked while hugging himself (our hallways are freezing cold). I approached him closer and said "Hello sir" He turned his head and said hey. I was like is he still asleep? Five seconds later, I guess he realized what was going on, he said "I'm so sorry." I gave him a robe from a nearby housekeeping closet and took him to the lobby to verify his identity (obviously he doesn't have ID on him). I gave him a room key and followed him back to his room to make sure he doesn't sleep on his way back or whatever.

5. From knowhoakx:

I've been working three years as a night manager and it honestly only happened once. I knocked on a room where I suspected that a guest was smoking in the room. He opened the door completely nude and casual.

6. From mcmahaaj:

One time house keeping brought the front desk a bag of sex toys that were left behind. After 5-seconds of checking the system, I find that the guests are here for 2 more nights. Housekeeping ran back to put the bag where they found it before the guests came back.

7. From LasagnaFarts92:

I used to work at Great Wolf Lodge. I’d catch people having sex in the hot tubs quite often. It was always awkward having to go tell them to stop.

8. From Steakpiegravy:

This was about 5-6 years ago, but I'll probably never forget it. A couple was f*cking all morning in a room I was supposed to clean later on. You could hear them on the entire floor.

After lunch, I see them leaving, both in business suits, both very classy, late 30s, both very attractive. I open the door and the room was trashed as if a rock star from the 70s stayed there. Crushed crisps, spilled booze, the sofa, the bed, the bathroom were such a mess those usual 20min they give you for cleaning would never be enough even for 3 people.

They left a £40 tip on the table and a note saying "Sorry."

9. From eatenbyagrue1988:

My brother manages a nice hotel that happens to be near a red light district. One day, he gets this tourist who books a double room for a month, ideally as far away from the main entrance as possible.

Guest checks in, and starting on the third day, there's this conga line of sex workers coming in and out of the guy's room. By my brother's own count, the guy's personal record is 16 different women in a day.

That's not the crazy part.

One day, the guest comes to front desk with a woman on each arm and asks my brother if he could book an Uber. Brother obliges and books the guest an Uber. Guest then tips with a sex worker. As in, full on offers the girl up to him and says "You wanna have a go?"

I sincerely hope nobody ever takes a black light to that room.

EDIT: To answer the important question: no, he did not partake. He was on shift and working front desk at the time.

EDIT 2: To answer the other question: in a lot of poorer countries, cash is still king. A lot of tourists don't want to mess around with tourist sims and the local cellular networks, so they ask the front desk at hotels to call an Uber for them. The Uber gets to the hotel, and the guest pays the driver in cash. And yes, taxis are a lot easier. But in this specific country, taxis are also infamous for running scams, refusing to take passengers, or marking up their fares with bullsh*t invisible charges.

10. From filthycasual928:

I was working morning shift one day and it was almost 3 so I’m getting ready to leave. The business center was right in front of the front desk, across the lobby. I’m counting money and I look up to see Big Booty Judy getting pounded out on one of the computers and a guest with his junk out, going to town! I was in shock. Right then my coworker walks in and sees him too. She said “Sir! This is a family hotel! Get to your room, now!”

If you’re reading this, T...thanks for handling that.

11. From 00110001_00110100:

A guy somehow managed to lock himself out of his room naked and had to come to the front desk to get another key. The front desk is separated from the room since there are five buildings each with a certain number of rooms and he was in the one furthest from the desk. So, he had to walk naked across the property...the saving grace was that it was around midnight so no one was around. Also,I was sitting down and the counter goes to around chest high so I just thought he didn't have a shirt on until he was walking away and I did a double-take as I got a good look at his flabby a*s.

12. From hellguy333:

Had one dude full-on nude walking about but that was boring.

Best was a guy who called down said he was locked out of his room after sleepwalking, go up, he's just in boxers, I let him in then come down to check the cameras. Dude was straight wandering the halls penis in hand slowly stroking it whilst he knocked on doors then comes back down the hallway, pees into a bin in front of the elevators, and then calls down. You can even see the moment he wakes up he looks confused and lost. Was a good laugh. He got charged hazardous waste cleanup fee.

13. From optionalhero:

The Case of Underwear Man and the Mysterious Bathroom Lady.

I worked night audit at a hotel from 11pm-7am. On this night in particular we had a group of Native American construction workers who were excavating a site nearby for fossils. Anyways, during the night shift you normally don’t get anybody coming down except to rummage through our little market for Oreos or other snacks. Well, around 2am I see someone standing in the market in just his underwear. For context, the back office is next to the market but you need a passcode to get through and we have cameras back there hence why I was able to see him.

So I open the door and this guy looks completely out of it. Like 1000 yard stare in just his underwear. Weirdly enough I don’t smell weed or alcohol. He tells me he needs help getting into his room. That there’s some crazy lady in there and he’s afraid.

I ask for some sort of ID to confirm if he’s a guest. He tells me his name and other matching information. Sure enough he’s a guest in room 212. I make a copy of the key and then walk with him. But of course, I ask him about the lady because according to our files there’s no one else in the room. He confirms with me that it’s just him. He tells me that awhile ago he went to get ice (in just his underwear) and when he returned to his room he saw a lady in the bathroom. He tells me that she attacked him and locked him out.

Naturally, I’m calling BS on all this, but just in case I got my cell phone ready to call 911. So we take the elevator and then walk over to 212. The guest looks mildly uncomfortable but I press on. The key card works and we get inside. Immediately I check the bathroom while the guest hasn’t even stepped foot in the room. I check everything and I see no sign that anybody forced themselves in here. The guest looks confused but shrugs it off.

Weirdly enough that was like a month into the job and this guest is a regular. I would see him most mornings and we never acknowledged what happened that night. Never acknowledged that I saw him in his underwear or that he looked like he was on something. Just every day “Good Morning Mr. M” and our conversations never went further than that.

14. From MOABchoochoo:

One time we had a bachelor party and rented a hotel for about 10 of us, one of our buddies got sh*tfaced before it even got dark and we took him back to the hotel because he wasn't about to get in anywhere and kept complaining about being ready to go back. We dropped him off and proceeded to go on with our night.

An hour or two later the hotel called one of our buddies whose name was on the room and told us we needed to get back because our buddy was laying in the hall outside our room naked. I'm not sure what happened, but he lost the room key and for whatever reason decided to get naked so he could go to sleep, the room key was in his pocket.

15. From LupeFiascoStoleMyHat:

I have sleepwalked occasionally, maybe two or three times that I know of.

On one occasion I awoke standing in a hotel hallway wearing just my under trunks. Had no idea which door I'd come out of. No idea where I was. The place was completely silent. I had no idea what to do. Took me a minute or so to realize I was even in a hotel. Terrifying.

Thankfully,

  1. I'd chosen to sleep in shorts that night and

  2. my wife to be eventually woke up, looked out into the hall and found me

16. From uglyslurp:

I work for a very upscale trendy hotel and after every shift we get a detailed report from the front desk outlining every guest complaint or concern. We discuss the overnight report in the exec meeting each morning.

This happened a little more than a year ago, but one evening, the overnight manager at the front desk (let’s call him Bob) gets a visit from a very worried and scared guest in one of our top floors with a balcony - the guest says that he woke up to someone in his room and going through his stuff. When he turned on the light, the intruder rushed out via the balcony doors. Guest wants to call the police, so Bob decides to go back to the room with the guest and a security guard.

The elevator doors open and two very naked and very high women (models? sex workers? party girls?) stumble out asking Bob where they can score more drugs. Bob now has to handle the naked women and the scared guest and a potential intruder in the building. Bob decides to get the girls covered up with extra bellmen’s coats while he figures out what room they came from, and security goes up to the guest’s room to check for intruders.

Apparently the intruder was a crackhead from the shelter down the block, and was able to Spider-Man up the side of the building (and up 7 stories). One of the girls jumps and sits on the front desk, and proceeds to pee over the edge (and onto the front desk’s computers). The other passes out in the storage closet where we hold guests’ luggage.

I love working here sometimes.

17. From lospolloshermonos357:

My uncle was the general manager of a resort up in Pennsylvania and he told me a story about how little people convention had an event at the resort. The next day, the honeymoon sweet was “vacant” again so they rented it out to this newlywed couple, they weren’t in the room but 10 or 15 minutes before screaming was heard.

Turns out the night before there were three little people staying in that room and they all got pretty trashed. So trashed that one of them got naked and the other two threw him up onto the wardrobe cabinet. He didn’t wake up to the cleaning lady and so they thought the room was empty. The married couple screamed because they saw a pair of eyes peek up above the wardrobe as they were consummating the marriage. It’s not every day you go on your honeymoon to find a naked little person above your wardrobe...

18. From Projektmage:

I generally see at least one naked person a month. To be fair, my hotel is in the nightclub area so everyone is usually fairly intoxicated.

I've had my elevator turn into a softcore porn studio on multiple occasions, but the one time that always stands above the rest is one time this guy was going down on this young lady. The elevator was still on the ground floor and someone entered the lobby. After greeting the guest I ran out the back to watch the security camera. This young lady walked in on the other two. He pulls his head out from under the girls skirt, wipes his face and smiles. I'm rolling on the floor laughing my a*s off.

The other enjoyable one was this guy come to reception because he locked himself out of his room. He was completely naked. Normally people try to get my attention in some subtle way, the guy just walks down 4 flights of stairs, walks to the desk and casually says "I left my key in my room." I hand him a new key and he goes to walk back up the stairs, sees a few girls looking at him from outside. Gives them a wave, and a pose, then proceeds back to his room. The level of "I don't give a f*ck" this guy had still impresses me.

19. From nytram55:

I had two young (mid 20s) ladies come to the front desk at about 2:30 am wrapped in towels asking if they could take a swim. I told them the pool closed at 10pm. They dropped their towels and said "How about now?". My reply? "Very nice, but you still can't use the pool."

I still have the footage on VHS somewhere.

:)

20. From KohnerJ:

I've been working in hotels for about 5 years now and have a couple of goodies:

I was like 17 or 18 fresh in the industry working the minibar. So I have to check all rooms to see if they need anything. So I knock on this door like I do every day, knock 3 times loudly and no answer. I go to walk in the room and I see a man but ass naked bumming another dude, hard! Best thing about is they were so in the moment they didn't even me notice me open the door take a step in and hurry out again.

I was doing nights on reception. My duty manager asked me to go for floor check because he was busy, not a problem, happy to stretch my legs. I noticed the pool lights were still on and door was open. (Afternoon shift manager was meant to lock it at 9pm) so I go in and I notice a naked lady sitting the edge of the spa pool with a man performing oral sex on her. I make myself known and they quickly jump back into the water. I suggested they continue in their room and pissed myself laughing as they left in the lift. I then told my manager and we both had a good laugh. That footage is now saved in the "golden moments" file of the security footage.

So many more but those are my two favorites.

20 college students and graduates share the craziest thing they ever witnessed in a dorm.

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Oh, college. Trapping hoards of 18-22 year-olds together in towers of shared-shower hallways with only a fellow student to monitor their behavior is bound to be the setting for some wild and memorable chaos...

We've all heard the stories of students who throw furniture off the 19th floor of a dorm, steal exotic animals, host foam parties in a bedroom with six lofted wooden beds, or operate a secret business out of their suite. College can be an inspiring time for growth and career development, but there's usually at least one party that you look back and wonder how any of those people who took Jell-O shots off a dildo-shaped Ice luge in balloon hats have jobs now.

Sharing a room with strangers, especially a dorm room where they pack as many students as possible into the smallest space imaginable forces people to sacrifice any sense of privacy they once knew. People who you'd never necessarily be close to otherwise suddenly know every intimate detail of your life and there are definitely never any secrets in college dorm of 8 students, all of their casual hookups, and one bathroom.

So, when a Reddit user asked, "College Students/Graduates of Reddit, what's the craziest thing you ever witnessed in your dorm/residence hall?" people were definitely ready to share their wildest dorm story.

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I was an RA. I had 8 residents trap a raccoon and bring it into their dorm to "domesticate" it. Guess what happens when you let a Raccoon in the dorm? It f*cks sh*t up. - StannisIsTheMannis

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Lived in a 21 floor tower, something like 1600 students lived in it. 4 guys decided to have a jam session in an elevator and go up and down the building - had drums, guitar, saxophone, and vocalist. I think every single floor wanted to murder them. - peanutbuttersucks

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One guy peed on a cookie sheet and let it freeze outside in winter. He took said frozen sheet of pee and slid it under another guy's door when he wasn't there. All the rooms in that dorm were carpeted. - ironmaven

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A guy that was wasted and tripping balls went into the wrong room in the middle of the night and was thrown out of said room, across the hall and through the wall into my old room.

Turns out there had been a giant hole there that was cheaply patched up years ago, otherwise there should have been no way he could have gone straight through the wall. It was a cold night, but my roommate and I pushed a dresser up to attempt to cover the hole until someone could fix it. Good times. - JASP3RB3ARDLY

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One day I woke up to a sink sitting in the hallway. Like a sink that is built into a counter top or something. Someone must have just ripped a sink out of a counter top, from a different building, and put it in the hallway...on the fourth floor. - Smalls_Biggie

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I was a sophomore at University of Iowa, on the engineering dorm. The problem was that the main cafeteria of the campus was downstairs, so drunk people would get confused and wander to it even though it was closed, then start having fun on other floors.

It was Saturday night and pretty miserable outside so most people were staying in, when we heard a scream, then a loud crack. When we checked on it, there was nobody in the hallway. There was, however, a large smear of blood along the wall, and the exit sign was broken.

One of the guys decided to investigate and found a huge guy in the bathroom, bleeding from the face and drunk. Turns out he had the brilliant idea of running down the hallway, leaping into the air, and headbutting the exit sign. - TheBrianJ

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one time, my roommate and i hatched quails in our dorm room.

we started out with growing plants, then breeding betta fish, and from there we kind of escalated to birds. ordered a cheap incubator and the eggs online, and kept it in the corner of our room without having any real hope that any of them would hatch.

three of them did...somehow...and they lived in our dorm room for a whole year without the ra finding out. helps that they only grow to be about three inches tall. - spoodr

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My college divided the dorms into "houses" the idea being that you would do stuff with your house and form a community. The problem was that I already had a group of friends and this community was completely obnoxious. So I went to the first required meeting and then promptly did nothing with them ever again.

Fast forward two months and two girls who live down the hall run up to me and ask to take a picture with me which I thought weird but sure. Turns out that it was so uncommon for people in my house to see me that I was an item in a photo scavenger hunt. - KnightFox

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One of my favorites is the kid that got suspended for repeatedly climbing along the outside of the dormitories dressed in full Spider-Man regalia. Everyone thought is was funny when he climbed from the first to the second floor. But, by the end of the week, he was climbing the 7th, 8th, etc.and the school was terrified they would be held liable if he died.

The Dorm Director told him he would be removed from campus if it continued, and his response was, "I'm sorry, but with great power, comes great responsibility." He was kicked out the next day, after making it to the roof. - travishall456

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So last winter in Boston there was about 102'' of snow over the winter. Being college kids, we proceeded to build an igloo on the roof of our dorm and proceeded to hotbox it. Good times. - Slugger767

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I lived on the 9th floor of the dorms my freshmen year. One wing was males and the other wing females. One of the girls on my floor received a giant, 10+ inch black dildo with a suction cup attachment as a gag gift from her friends on her 19th birthday. The guys on my floor thought it would be great fun to periodically steal, then chase each other around with said dildo and beat the living hell out of each other with it. I was in my neighbors room one day when his dorm-mate busted open the door and threw this thing full force at him.

Fortunately my friend was able to react quick enough to dodge out of the way... unfortunately for us though the dildo went careening full bore into the window behind him, smashed through it and proceeded to fall 9 stories. We watched in horror and shock as this dildo fell and hit a freshmen girl on the head, who immediately collapsed and began convulsing. Cops and paramedics came and took me, my two neighbors and the poor girl who owned the dildo down to the campus police station. They put us all into an interrogation room where we waited until a detective came in... with the dildo in hand. He then proceeded slam down the suction cup end of the dildo onto the middle of the interrogation table. We all lost our shit, we couldn't stop laughing due to the fact that this thing was slowly wobbling back and forth during the whole interrogation.

And don't worry, the girl who got conked in the head with this thing was fine in the end. - DrSquidPHMD

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I studied abroad in Australia last semester. We would leave the doors to the residence halls open during the day so they didn't get too hot. One day, I heard a huge commotion in the hallway, so I open my door and THERE'S A KANGAROO HOPPING DOWN THE HALLWAY. It went in the door at one end of the hall and hopped all the way through and out the door on the other end. I miss that place. - assistant-to-the-rm

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The four person suite across the hall from mine managed to spill beer on their beanbag chair, so they threw it in the shower to rinse it off. They forgot about it and flooded their bathroom and it leaked to the room below. I laughed about it for awhile. - Hunglikeababy

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Hall Apple. About to go to sleep when I hear drunken shenanigans in the hallway. Emerge to find our old and squishy dining hall apples soaring down the corridor to be met, baseball like, with a tennis racket. This was not an isolated incident, it probably happened a half dozen nights before the RAs were able to stamp out the practice. - HereticKnight

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These drunk guys were taking buckets of KFC and throwing them down all the stairwells of my building. - HeDiddleBiddle

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Someone stole a cow and brought it to the second floor of a dorm building. Turns out cows don't like going down stairs. - sirleakyboots

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I once witnessed a man snort a poptart (yes an actual poptart) and fall over 2 flights of stairs (not down literally did not touch a single step) and then look up to three passing girls and say "sup *tches". He did not finish his first semester of college. - Moosehammad

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On the spooky-crazy side of things one of the buildings I was in was haunted. I'm not a big believer in it until I was the only one in the building (everyone moved out) and I heard someone running down the hallway but no doors opened or closed. This happened every night at the same time but I always assumed it was someone who lived in the floor. There was also the time a metal shelf that was bolted into the wall, and I mean bolted by like 20 huge bolts, fell in the middle of the night. But when you looked at the wall, it was like all the screws were taken out as opposed to the shelf falling and ripping out the bolts. - LeCanada

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I had some friends cut down a christmas tree from campus somewhere and put it up in their dorm room. The only thing is, real christmas trees are not allowed because they're a crazy fire hazard...They bought one of those things you would put a live plant in (a planter?), some 90 degree brackets, and some screws and screwed the tree down. Then they built a false top and sprinkled dirt and rocks (again taken from campus) on it to make it look like the tree was planted in dirt.

They convinced our RA that they had an uncle who had a tree farm and allowed them to dig up a real tree to use for the year.

My absolute favorite part is that they returned the saw they used to walmart. - TellemSteve-Dave

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This one guy ran out of his room into the hall with a knife and a jar of peanut butter and just started stabbing it against the floor. - Jossau

25 Memes That Will Only Be Funny If You're Married.

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"Spend a few minutes a day really listening to your spouse. No matter how stupid his problems sound to you."

-Megan Mullally

Anyone who's ever said, "I do," will absolutely relate to these marriage memes. They hilariously cover everything from love to sex to snoring. You and your spouse may not be able to agree on tv shows or parenting styles, but you can definitely share the laughs on this list.

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20 people share the things they did that changed someone's life without them realizing it.

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Most of us have a few distinct memories of people who have touched our lives - whether in obviously big moments, or small passing expressions of kindness that stuck with us.

Conversely, most of us have no idea if or when we've left a positive impact on someone unless they directly tell us, and that in itself is a rare and prized occasion.

In a popular Reddit thread, people shared things they unknowingly did that meant the world to someone else, and it's a wholesome boost for your time online.

1. From OP:

A former co-worker of mine shook my hand on the last day of work. He told me I was the only person who had treated him with any respect and that he would always remember me.

Time to set the mood. This was when I was in my sophomore year of college while I worked at a campus dining facility. The cafeteria was mostly staffed with minimum-wage/slave-labor students and you would be lucky to get over 10 hours a week. But there were some students who had been there for a few years and were 'promoted' (I use that term lightly) to sous chefs or managers. The amount of smug given off by these people, who had only worked there for only a year or so more than the rest of the employees, was so thick that it made you sick to your stomach. When in reality all they were doing was defrosting burgers or dishing out french fries. The rest of us had to clean dishes or sweep or some other less than glamorous task for any given night of work. I remember hearing one sous chef say, "I get a break in a half an hour when one of the sh*tty workers takes over for me."

Needless to say, I didn't really care for anyone I worked with and I only talked with people when they would talk to me. The people who were on my pay grade were okay for the most part, but it was obvious that the student managers had favorites. I did my thankless job, got my measly paycheck, and moved on to another job as quickly as I could. I never spoke ill of anyone and when I would talk with people I would try to carry on a conversation and seem interested in what they were saying. I did the same for the guy in question when I worked with him. Over the course of an entire semester he and I talked MAYBE 3 times? 4 times at most.

This guy was in his mid-30s with a good deal of acne and a higher-pitched voice and from the few encounters I had with him I learned that: he was a yellow belt martial artist in pursuit of his black belt, a band major (or something like that), and lived with his mother. Not a bad guy by any means. He seemed to take pride in his work and loved to tell corny jokes. He had worked there for a few years (I am not sure how long he was in college) but they never promoted him so he and I were receiving the same pay and doing the same type of jobs.

At the end of the semester they had to let go most of the student workers because they were closing the dining hall for the summer. He and I worked the final day, which is when he shook my hand and told me how grateful he was. I was very confused at why he would say something like this to me when we had interacted so little. And as we walked out of the building I overheard one of the managers with a bit of a gnarled lip and flared nose say to the other manager, "Shawn and Dave just shook hands," like he had just spread some sort of disease to me.

I would later come to learn how the "non-sh*tty" workers treated him. This guy would hit on all the female workers and apparently none of them would give him a chance. Granted, they were 18-20 and he was a lot older so I understand how this could be taken as creepy. He was always really eager, saying stuff like "We get to serve food to hungry students!" "I can't wait!" This, his appearance and situation in life were fodder people used to ridicule him. I am not sure how much of it was behind his back or to his face. But no one else would really talk to him or eat with him. If I had known all this while I still worked there I would have made more of an attempt to reach out to him.

I'm not really sure where he is now or what is doing, but after a few years I went back and saw the same people as still working there.

TL;DR: I treated someone like a human being.

2. From panicky_disaster:

I can't imagine this meant too much to the person in question, but I always enjoy remembering this story:

I was in marching band in most of high school, and when I was a sophomore a freshman named Kyle joined my section. I don't really remember us ever having any kind of meaningful interaction, but he was new to the instrument so I helped him when I could. He turned out to be the half-brother of the guy I had a crush on, but they had different last names and didn't look alike so I didn't know this at the time. At the end of that school year we started dating, and when he told me about his family I said, "Kyle's your brother? He's in my section in band." The guy replied, "I know. He told me you're the only one who's nice to him." I had no idea.

3. From Swatywan:

Working as a "Sandwich Artist" (read: underpaid Subway employee) one night when a family walks in, I give them all a big smile and start my routine. The older brother (late teens, early 20s) is special needs (don't know the PC term, sorry) and wants to order his own sub. I don't think anything of it, I start talking with him as I would anyone. Took me a bit longer to get through the order, but hey, it's the end of the night, and the kid is smiling, I've done good. I ring the family out, and they go on their way.

The next night, the younger brother (probably my age at the time) came back into the restaurant. I recognized him and welcomed him back. As I'm getting ready to make his meal, he stops me with a hint of tears in his eyes and says "I'm not here to order; I wanted to come back and thank you for the way you treated my brother. He likes talking to people, but mostly they just ignore him. You really made his night and I can't thank you enough for what you did."

My managers and everyone else in line heard him say that; by the time he shook my hand and walked out, I'm pretty sure we all had tears in our eyes. I don't remember the last time I received a compliment like that, but I'll never forget it.

TL;DR: Carried on a conversation with a special needs person, got a heartfelt and tearful thank you the next night.

4. From captcha_fail:

Not me, but my brother Nick, made a huge impact on my Great Uncle Earl when we were little kids. Earl, I guess, had a pretty bad stroke that had crippled half his body. He had braces on one leg and had to walk with a cane. Half his face was droopy and immobile, and after years and years of smoking his voice was really raspy (and so very deep). His speech patterns were also altered because of the fact that he could only move half his mouth. He had one hand that he couldn't really move.

For whatever reason, Nick from age 3 onward thought Uncle Earl was the greatest guy ever. All the other kids (we have a huge family with 20-something grandkids) were terrified of Uncle Earl and would cry or run away from him. My brother used to laugh and run out to give him high fives. He called him "Uncle Popeye man" and Earl called my brother "Tiger". He'd color pictures for Earl and get Earl to play tee ball with us. As a result, Earl would always send my family special treats. I remember one Easter being kind of jealous when Nick got a 3lb chocolate egg with the word Tiger stamped into the side.

TL;DR -- My Great Uncle had a bad stroke and scared all little kids, except my brother who thought my uncle was the greatest guy ever.

5. From 6degreestoBillMurray:

I am a school bus driver, and have been for over 5 years. Every year, I usually end up with a great rapport with my kids--this year, my elementary school group (9 and 10-year-olds) were my favorites, always telling me stuff about their day, making jokes, toeing the line a little more than they ever would with other adults. I always tried to talk to them like adults when I could, and never had to write referrals for any of my kids this year. Today was the last day of school, and I had two of the kids' parents tell me that their children talk about me all the time, and that my friendship means a lot to them.

Kids I drove when I started 5 years ago still wave at me and call me by my name, and that feels awesome--that I made a positive impact on a kid's life. I don't get paid a whole helluva lot to do what I do, which is basically to pilot a huge, hot, 20-ton vehicle with the lives of upwards of 40 children's lives in my hands on a daily basis, but it's compliments and recognition like that that make it the best job I've ever had. Thank your bus drivers, guys. We don't do it for the money, we do it for the kids.

6. From beefwich:

When I was in high school, one day, just on a lark, I walked through the hallways handing out stickers.

They were those silly little 99 cent sticker packets you see at Walmart. I bought about fifteen of them and just perused the halls in between classes handing them out.

I walked past a girl I'd never seen before and peeled off a sticker that said "You're Beautiful!" and featured a chipper little flower on it with a smiley face. I walked over to her and stuck it on her shirt and "Have a great day!"

I took a step to walk away and she grabbed me by the back of my shirt and just started sobbing. I turned around to hug her and she just fell all to pieces in my arms.

We stood there, in the hallway, embracing each other for a minute or so. She took a step back, dried her tears with the back of her sleeve, touched the sticker and croaked a feeble "Thank you."

I saw her a few more times after that but we never spoke. It was an incredibly powerful moment between two strangers... I guess in that moment we lived an entire friendship.

7. From musictomyomelette:

My story works both ways, I and someone else benefited from something.

I volunteered at a senior citizens community during my freshman and sophomore years of high school. My favorite thing to have all the elderly people come to the lounge and I'd tell them about my life whether it be school, relationship problems (they give the best relationship advice), etc. And they would tell awesome stories from their past, reliving different time periods in their lives with each other. I would just sit there and listen and have a good time.

Eventually, my dad got a new job in a different city, so I told them that I would be leaving soon. On the last day, they all wrote me a card, and bought me a cake. Of course, I teared up and so did they as well. We all said our goodbyes and they all left, but as a volunteer, I had to stay behind and clean up. One lady stayed behind, came up to me and kissed me on the cheek. She said that she was lonely after her husband passed and that her children died before any of them could get married so she never got to have grandkids. Every time she saw me, she would think, "my grandchild would've been just like him." I cried even more, hugged her, thanked her for all the experiences.

Half a year later, I got an email from my volunteer coordinator. This same elderly woman was sick and dying and wished to see me. I drove the 3 hours to see her and man, we had such a fun time just chit-chatting. The coordinator emailed me later saying how wonderful it was for me to visit her and she had the biggest smile on her face after I had left until she passed. It was touching.

Those two years volunteering there have changed my life. I've just had a better look on life, learned to embrace the elderly (they've always got the best advice), and somehow changed my view on death. I've just recently been able to accept that we all die, and not to be afraid of it. If it happens, it happens, but live life to the fullest so that one day, I can retell all of my life stories to some volunteer that hangs out with me when I'm old.

8. From ilurksoyoudonthaveto:

Nothing to your scale but: While I was working as a clerk at a grocery store, I took the job very seriously. I always took an interest in everyone that came in my line and always tried to converse with them, when they desired it. (I hardly conversed with my co-workers since this was strongly curbed by management, which is indeed good for the customer). One day I finished with a customer and as she leaves she looks me in the eye and says "every time I come in here you are so helpful and kind, and that means a lot to me." Onions... onions everywhere...

TL:DR; Old lady thanked me for being a good check stand operator.

9. From lounsey:

I went to a pretty Conservative college, and felt very out of place there. As a result, I ended up befriending one of the gardeners that worked there. We'd smoke spliffs and he'd make me tea in their break room so I didn't have to pay for it. He loved my pet ferrets, and I even brought them over to his place one when I visited. He was a rough around the edges kind of guy...had lots of dodgy prison tattoos from his time inside, came from a very deprived area of the city, had a drug-addicted ex who he would throw drugs to over the wall of the prison she was in.

He was really turning his life around, though. He had an apartment he got from the council for almost nothing, and was really house proud. He had me over for dinner once and his apartment was beautiful and nicely decorated. We were pretty different people, and his world was so out of my personal sphere of experience, but he was a lovely person and we always had great time together chatting and smoking.

After I left college we lost touch. I tried calling and texting him a few times, and even gave my number to one of the other gardeners to pass on to him, but never heard back. A few weeks ago, well over a year since we had last seen each other, the secretary of my college called to tell me that he was dead. The reason I hadn't heard from him was because his abusive junkie ex got out of prison and they got back together. She would take his phone and wallet so he couldn't do anything without her permission, and when he got ill and she didn't think he should go to the doctor, he didn't go...the police and his landlord eventually broke into his place, with his brother, and convinced him to go into hospital, but he died.

Apparently, at his wake, where the other gardeners from the college were in attendance, his family approached them to ask about a girl he had been friends with that he spoke really highly of. They said they didn't know her name, but that she was a student in the college and kept ferrets. The college figured out who they meant and called me. I went to his cremation the next day, and his family were delighted to see me and welcomed me as one of their own. I realized when I arrived that there were only about 20 people present.

I hadn't realized that his life was so lonely, or that his ex was abusive until I spoke to his brother and asked about her (since I only ever heard about her from him). I also hadn't realized he thought so highly of me, either, or that he'd ever have cause to talk about me with anybody else. It makes me so sad to think about.

10. From notoriousdad:

Showing my age here...

While in my senior year of high school, several families adopted so-called Vietnamese boat children. They were all in their late teens (>14 YO). One had apparently already graduated in Vietnam but his papers were stolen by pirates as he made the voyage to freedom. He had to retake his senior year of HS to get readmitted to college...one of the smartest guys I ever met.

Two other boys arrived and had 4th and 8th grade educations in Vietnam. For both boys, I was asked to use my study hall period to help the boys with English language. So, I started with picture books and we spent a year learning English (and for me, very little Vietnamese). As we learned, I would take the boys out to stores, parks, churches, etc just so they could associate nouns and verbs to real activities. It seemed to work well...

I learned later that the boy with a 4th-grade education struggled a bit because his age and education created a disconnect that was tough to deal with on a daily