This History Buff Defends Millennials After Someone Says They're the Worst Generation of Students

When I moved across the country a couple of months ago, I was trying to find a short-term place to stay while I looked around for an apartment to make my home. I’ve gone through my share of shady sublets, and was so worried I wouldn’t land a spot that I started looking for one to book months in advance. On my first day of browsing, I came across a gorgeous and affordable one-bedroom in a really convenient location, but was super skeptical of the post because of how traumatized I am from my previous experiences. 

I’ve dealt with creeps who ask for a cash deposit then claim they’re in the hospital on the exact same day they’re supposed to meet me for the keys. I’ve had people cancel my reservation once I’ve already landed in their city… Needless to say, I’m a seasoned subletter. When I found this lovely one-bedroom on Craigslist, I was sure the listing was too good to be true. So I took a proactively defensive stance when I reached out via email. I asked for boring specifications on the apartment and went over payment details with exhaustive thoroughness. I even asked if a friend could stop by to make sure there were no secret squatter tenants, or anything sketchy like that. Then, I got an email back. 

TWIST: I recognized the address from the gushing fan mail I had sent it years ago. The apartment belonged to my favorite living writer and here I was, casually emailing with her directly. Flash forward a few months and we’re friendly and occasionally email each other or meet for coffee to catch up. And that’s how my nightmare sublet search turned into a friendship with one of the best and most famous writers of our time.

I live for real-life plot twists like this. They keep us on our toes while we cruise through this journey of life. Which is why when u/whytho37 asked Reddit to share their most insane plot twists, the results were incredible. 

Scroll down for twists so good, you wouldn’t believe they actually happened if you saw them in a film.

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Dad Has Bathroom Emergency and His 4-Year-Old Becomes His Toilet Cheerleader

When nature calls, all must answer. Even if you’re at a gas station. Even if you’re at a gas station with a child in tow. Even if it’s going to be incredibly embarrassing — it will still be less embarrassing than ruining your pants in aisle four.

Blogger Clint Edwards writes about being a dad and a husband. He’s also now known as a guy who writes about bowel movements, because his hilarious post about getting caught in a difficult situation has gone extremely viral.

Clint posts most of his family trials and tribulations to Facebook; he presented an opened packet of diarrhea medicine as proof of this escapade, and this story that will make you drink a bottle of Imodium before every family outing.

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We stopped at a gas station in nowhere Oregon, two hours into a 12 hour road trip to a family funeral, when the diarrhea struck. My wife and two older kids were in the van, while I was inside looking for cornflakes with my 4yo.

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We b-lined into the restroom, making it just in time. I had no choice but to take my 4yo into the stall with me. Aspen watched as I struggled, Moana light-up crocs on the wrong feet, blue eyes wide and supportive, hands clapping. “Good job, Daddy! Good job! You make two poops! Now three poops! I’m four!”  

“Yucky, Daddy. It’s stinky.”  

I’m not sure what happened exactly, if I’d eaten something wrong, or if it was the stress of traveling with kids, but what I do know is that my 4yo daughter is the Richard Simmons of pooping. I’ve never felt so supported in anything in my whole life. 

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She commented on the size, smell, and sound. “Wow!” She said. She commented on my work ethic. “You’re trying so hard!” At one point I had to actually push her face away from the business end of things as she clapped and cried “You’re doing it, Daddy! You’re doing it!”  

She’s potty trained, sure. But she’s also easily distracted, and prone to potty accidents. I suppose she’s gotten used to the positive reinforcement Mel and I give her each time she goes. And when I’m cheering her on in our family restroom, it seems normal, even appropriate. 

But when the roles are reversed, it’s just, well, awkward. Particularly in a public restroom where the man in the stall next to me was obviously holding back tears of laughter. Laughter that busted loose when she called me a “pooping-farting robot.”  

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Naturally it all passed, and as I buckled Aspen into the car seat, a small package of anti-diarrhea pills held in my mouth, Mel asked what took so long, and I rolled my eyes and mumbled, “You don’t want to know.”  

It was then that Aspen was kind enough to recount the story to her mother, clapping the whole time. I sat in the driver’s seat. Mel patted my leg, “Nice work, Daddy.”  

All I could do was say, “Thank you.”

Well, we now know way more about Edwards than we wanted to know, but it’s still a great story. Who doesn’t love a kid encouraging their parents to be the best they can be?

And it turns out almost every parent everywhere has a public restroom story to share, so get the popcorn if you can stand to eat while reading these:

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All the diaper changing, potty training, and accident clean ups are worth it for the day when your kid is all grown up and able to finally embarrass you while you’re on the toilet.

That’s what being a parent is all about.

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Firefighters Want to Warn People About the Danger of Leaving Water Bottles in Cars

Firefighters Want to Warn People About the Danger of Leaving Water Bottles in Cars

You’ve turned off the oven, unplugged the toaster and the space heater, blown out the candles, and you never smoke in bed. The alarms are charged, and you’ve got your exit route planned and labeled. Seems like you’ve done all you can in terms of fire safety. OR HAVE YOU?

It turns out there are still more ways to start a fire that you’ve probably never even considered, and this new way involves one of fire’s only natural enemies: water.

This video of a hunky battery technician from the Idaho Power Company named Dioni Amuchastegui is gaining traction again as summer temperatures threaten vehicles. Amuchastegui was walking by a truck on his break when he noticed a little smoke inside a parked van, WYFF 4 reports. And you know what they say—where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

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Amuchastegui did a helpful dramatic reenactment in a Facebook video for the power company, in an effort to warn people that the water bottles they leave in their cars on hot days pose a potential danger to their belongings.

The water bottle acts sort of like a magnifying glass, refracting and focusing the light. If you’re a little psycho who burned up ants in the driveway as a kid, you know exactly how powerful a focused beam of sunlight can be. If you weren’t, you had that classmate, and avoided them.

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What’s especially scary about it is that the bottle was just casually tossed on the seat. You don’t have to be a mad genius engineer to start a fire in a car, MacGyver-style. Amuchastegui showed how the bottle looked when he saw it smoking out the van:

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And the very real burn marks that were starting on the seat:

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You can see his entire process in the short video:

What’s funny about this potentially devastating occurrence is that it’s been a rumor for a long time that water bottles could start car fires, but the rumor had been dismissed as an urban legend.

The Midwest City Fire Department tried to prove it to everyone with a test, igniting a fire using a water bottle that went up to 250 degrees, KFOR reported at the time.

“The sunlight will come through, when it’s filled with liquid, and act as a magnifying glass as you would with regular optics,” said Firefighter David Richardson.

“It uses the liquid and the clear material to develop a focused beam and sure enough, it can actually cause a fire, a combustion.”

But there was also a post from Hoaxslayer in 2008, in which they experimented with a variety of bottle shapes and sizes to see what the likelihood of water starting a fire really was. In their determination, they tried a number of different bottles and discovered it was indeed possible with any clear bottle in the right lighting conditions.

So, what to do? Well, you could throw your bottle under the seat, cover it up so the light won’t hit it, or carry it with you. Or buy a dark reusable container if you don’t trust yourself to do any of those things.

Though I like this survivalist angle:

Instead of seeing this new potential for starting a fire as a negative, see it as a positive! You may someday want to start a fire with a water bottle.

But most people are seeing the negative, because we all prefer to live in terror:

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Except this guy. He gets it:

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When life gives you car fires, make lemonade and offer it to the cute guy who puts it out. Just don’t put it in a clear plastic bottle.

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Single Dad Who Went Viral After Mom Abandoned Baby Says the Family Is Done Posting Updates

Single Dad Who Went Viral After Mom Abandoned Baby Says the Family Is Done Posting Updates

I kind of feel like single dads get the short end of the stick. It can be awkward to take your kid to a playground full of moms, or to host a playdate when you know some parents are uncomfortable with the thought of leaving their daughter with just you, a single man.

It’s also true that we’re members of a society that puts single moms on a pedestal while kind of looking down on dads who do the parenting thing on their own. That’s probably why we love stories where single dads triumph over hardship and come out on top. Plus, who doesn’t love it when dads go above and beyond to be loving, caring, and devoted to their kids?

Richard Johnson’s story was one that many parents could identify with, and one that touched many hearts.

Back in 2015, Richard introduced himself to the Facebook group Life of Dad. He wrote,

Life of Dad,

My name is Richard Johnson, and I’m a single father to a beautiful little girl named Persephone. Her mother left about a month after she was born. We still don’t know exactly why, but we suspect post-partum depression played a part. In the first few weeks of it being just her and me, I stumbled upon your page by accident. I was so nervous and scared about being a father in general, but now I was a single father and had to fulfill two roles. I wasn’t sure I could do it.

I had read every “new parent” book I could find and clocked in over 1000 hours in YouTube videos from everything to braiding hair and painting nails to theories on how to deal with common parental issues. I then started to watch your page more closely and saw that there were other fathers out there who were in similar predicaments as me. The page started to turn into a major confidence booster and really helped me through all of this.

I always look forward to photo submissions and reading the stories of some of the awesome dads out there in this community. You truly helped my daughter and me through a very difficult time.

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We’re both very happy now and continue to grow together everyday. She’s now 10 months, and I now get asked by my friends for parenting advice constantly. We’ve come a long way, my daughter and me, and we definitely owe part of that to this page and the people within it. So from both of us, we wanted to thank you.

Sincerely, 

Persephone & Richard Johnson

The post got close to 100k Likes, and it opened up a conversation where other parents shared their stories. 

A strong community is crucial when it comes to single parenting. After all, as Richard himself explained, it was reading about others in a similar situation that helped him persevere with Persephone in the months after her mom abruptly left. 

In fact, the Life of Dad post got so much attention that Richard posted a heartwarming and vulnerable follow-up about how humbled he was by the internet’s comments. 

“You truly can’t understand how much everyone’s words mean to me. I am constantly criticizing myself on how I can be a better father and this was just the right medicine I needed,” he shared. 

He continues, “The days have been rough and at times I wasn’t sure I could make it another day. I spent more then a few nights holding my little girl as she slept, weeping because I wasn’t sure I was going to be a good enough father for her.”

*cries silently into computer*

The internet displayed such a tenderness and affection for Richard’s story that he decided to start a Facebook page exclusively dedicated to documenting their father-daughter journey.

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Over the years, Richard has opened up about medical hardships Persephone endured, and how she came out resilient.

“I am proud to announce after a 3 hour long ultrasound, grunts and groans from our Doctor. Miss Persephone Lilith Johnson’s heart is now at 100% health,” he wrote one day.

He even shared some funny memes, proving that he’ll no doubt be a pretty cool dad to grow up around.

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They celebrated her birthdays in the most adorable ways possible, with her dad — who has an obvious knack for moving us to tears with his words — sharing updates like this one:

One year and 24 minutes ago. My beautiful baby girl was born. She changed my entire life. Breathed new hope into a broken man. Gave me hope for a better future. You calmed a storm within me. I can never understand how such luck was bestowed upon me. I certainly did not deserve it. 
 

Miss Persephone Lilith, you are so deeply loved by so many people. You sparked an incredible amount of hope and love. They say the child learns for the parent, however I feel I am learning more from you than you ever could from me. I look at you and can’t just help feel like everything will work out the way it should. Oh princess, this year with you has head so much for us. We have met so many wonderful and beautiful people. You’ve captured the heart of each. Persephone, I haven’t been the greatest guy for a majority of my life, I was a man you would have not been proud of. I strive everyday to make sure I can be one you’ll be proud of. So you will know without a single doubt in your mind that you are severely loved. 

 I love you so very much. You’re painfully perfect and I just cannot express how grateful I am to have you. 
I’m going to give you the world one day Miss Lilith. I’ll work myself to death to do it. Everything you can ever want will be yours or I’m going to die trying. 
Happy birthday my angel. Don’t ever lose the joy you hold in your heart and never forget to smile.

Love, Daddy.

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In the two or so years since she was born, over five thousand people around the world have followed along as she took important calls, put on cool outfits, and ate very delicious food.

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We even watched as precious Persephone (Percy, as they occasionally nickname her) got a new mom. In a heartwarming post about a year and a half into running his Facebook page, Richard posted:

“This lovely lady is my girlfriend and Persephone wonderful and gorgeous Mother Jennifer. We’ve waited a while to have anything on this page however Jennifer has been an amazing mother to Persephone.”

He shares how the two met at a mall when she helped him pick clothes for Persephone.

I explained that I wasn’t sure what actually matched and need some pointers considering my own closet had consisted of nothing but black, faded black, and dark black clothes. We had talked for months before I allowed her to meet Persephone. Upon meeting her Persephone had made the choice that this would be her mommy.

Since then, we’ve been witness to some fun family caricatures, Halloween costumes, and hockey games. To all the thousands of followers who have been there from the beginning, the Johnsons feel like family.

Which is why many were sad when Richard revealed earlier this month that he would stop posting on the page.

“It saddens me to announce that we will no longer be updating this page nor responding to anything. We have decided to let the page go silent. I will certainly save everything so Persephone can see everything when it’s finally time to tell her the story,” he wrote. 

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Most of you have been here from the beginning and all our your heartfelt messages have meant so much to us. However it has come time to let this page go. After recent events, we will not be continuing with the page. We have had an extraordinary journey thus far and it’s certainly not over yet. I’m purging our lives of a few things and realize that would have to include this page.
It’s possible we will pick the page up again some other time down the line. You have all made a “chapter” in the book we call life.

I thank you all again for everything. Take care and keep writing your own story! It’s never truly over.

As Richard shared on his page years ago, “Life isn’t about when the book ends, it’s about how you decide to start the next story in your series.”

We wish you a great next story, Richard and Persephone!

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Someone Asked the Internet to Share Their Craziest IRL Plot Twists and the Results Did Not Disappoint

Someone Asked the Internet to Share Their Craziest IRL Plot Twists and the Results Did Not Disappoint

When I moved across the country a couple of months ago, I was trying to find a short-term place to stay while I looked around for an apartment to make my home. I’ve gone through my share of shady sublets, and was so worried I wouldn’t land a spot that I started looking for one to book months in advance. On my first day of browsing, I came across a gorgeous and affordable one-bedroom in a really convenient location, but was super skeptical of the post because of how traumatized I am from my previous experiences. 

I’ve dealt with creeps who ask for a cash deposit then claim they’re in the hospital on the exact same day they’re supposed to meet me for the keys. I’ve had people cancel my reservation once I’ve already landed in their city… Needless to say, I’m a seasoned subletter. When I found this lovely one-bedroom on Craigslist, I was sure the listing was too good to be true. So I took a proactively defensive stance when I reached out via email. I asked for boring specifications on the apartment and went over payment details with exhaustive thoroughness. I even asked if a friend could stop by to make sure there were no secret squatter tenants, or anything sketchy like that. Then, I got an email back. 

TWIST: I recognized the address from the gushing fan mail I had sent it years ago. The apartment belonged to my favorite living writer and here I was, casually emailing with her directly. Flash forward a few months and we’re friendly and occasionally email each other or meet for coffee to catch up. And that’s how my nightmare sublet search turned into a friendship with one of the best and most famous writers of our time.

I live for real-life plot twists like this. They keep us on our toes while we cruise through this journey of life. Which is why when u/whytho37 asked Reddit to share their most insane plot twists, the results were incredible. 

Scroll down for twists so good, you wouldn’t believe they actually happened if you saw them in a film.

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The Altruistic Cheater

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My sister’s boyfriend decided that he wanted to do more with his architecture skills so he gave his two weeks notice and moved to Haiti to help rebuild after the earthquake. They stayed together. He had bad phone service so they mostly kept in touch through emails. He would send her long emails with photos and stories of what they were doing. This went on for a couple of months.

One off-handed tip from a co-worker and a week of sleuthing later, and it turns out he never went to Haiti. He moved to Seattle to be with his fiancée and partner of nine years.

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The Delusional Grandpa

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During the last year of my grandfather’s life he had dementia and was having trouble keeping track of reality. Before he was placed into hospice he kept complaining about a man that was in his house, he would say that he would come around at night and that he was taking his things and using his stuff. Grandma of course kept reassuring him that she was the only one there. His doctor increased his medications because he was losing touch with reality so badly.

Fast forward to my grandfather’s funeral and a man showed up that wasn’t known by more than a few people in the family. Turns out he was an old friend of my grandmother’s who showed up to give his support. In a small town like that it wasn’t exactly an unusual thing to have random people show up to the funeral home who knew the person at some point.

Well about a year later my grandmother lets slip that she is seeing someone, the guy from funeral. At this point nothing too odd, they got to talking at church and we thought it was sweet.

Then a bit later sweet innocent ol’ grandma mentions that it’s their 3rd anniversary.

Grandpa died two years prior. This man was the person that grandpa saw in his house every night. He was the reason that everyone thought grandpa was going crazy, he was the reason that my grandfather was medicated to the point of being a vegetable for the last horrible year of his life.

TL;DR Grandpa thought he saw someone in his house before he died, turns out it was grandma’s boyfriend.

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The Simultaneous Victim-Perp

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1991, I’m 19, just signed the lease for my first (solo) apartment, just got the first paycheck from my new job, I deposit the paycheck at an ATM (another first! I’d always gone into the bank to do it). Two weeks later, I get my bank statement in the mail, and see with horror I have only $ 1.87 in my account. Way wrong, I should have at least $ 200, I’d been very careful with my spending. I’m freaked, I came within $ 2 of bouncing my first rent check.

I’m literally reaching for the phone to call the bank when the phone rings. It’s the police, asking if my ATM card was stolen. I check my wallet and the card is missing (my job at a theater pub came with cash tips so I didn’t use the card often), and tell them I was going to call them anyway because I was missing $ 200 from my account. “Well, we’ve got your card, and your $ 200, so come down to the police station,” they tell me.

I can’t figure out how they have my card AND the cash. Doesn’t make sense. I drive down there.

Detective says someone (let’s call him Bob) pulled in to use an ATM and saw a man acting suspiciously while he was using it, moving back and forth as if trying to dodge the camera. Bob says the man then left the ATM, got into a car, and drove away at high speeds as if fleeing. Bob then went to the ATM and put his card in, which popped out. Bob then withdrew $ 200, and then another ATM card popped out. My card. Bob’s card had popped out because the crook had left my card in the ATM before speeding away. Bob realized he had withdrawn the money from my account and not his, so he brought my card and the cash to the police and reported the attempted theft.

The detective gives me the description of the crook. According to Bob, it was a man 5’7″, brown hair, round gold-rimmed glasses. I say out loud “So, about my height, my color hair, and glasses like mine,” before realizing Bob was describing me.

I’d never deposited a check in an ATM before, so I was moving back and forth, following the instructions on the screen, filling out the envelope with my account number, punching the amount in, etc. I then forgot to take my card out and just left because I’m a fucking idiot. I drove away at high speeds because I was 19 and that’s how I drove everywhere.

Worried the detective might be annoyed, I didn’t tell him I was the crook, I just thanked him and left with the money I stole from myself. Somewhere in a box in my closet I still have the police report where I’m both the victim and the perp.

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These Mile-High Flirts

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 Was on a flight from Paris to Boston. I had the aisle seat across from a little hall of bathrooms in the middle of the plane. At one point a man from a few rows up goes into a bathroom and after a couple of minutes comes out and is just standing in the aisle so it gets my attention. He keeps going in and coming back out looking up towards where he is sitting. I see a woman who is sitting next to his empty seat shake her head at him but he doesn’t give up. Finally after like 5 times of coming in and out he finally gets the woman to come back there. The lights are out and most of the plane is sleeping and once she comes back to him they start making out in the bathroom hallway before he goes into one and pulls her in with him.

They are in there for quite awhile and then he comes out and goes back to his seat and a few minutes later she comes out and does the same. They are really flirty in their seats and about an hour later repeat it. The man goes in and then she joins him. They end up doing this three times throughout the flight. My husband who is sitting next to me has caught on to what they are doing as well and we made a joke about how they must be newlyweds on their honeymoon.

We get off the plane and the woman is standing at the gate waiting and the man is nowhere in sight. As the people from the back of the plane get off a completely different man goes up to her and gives her a kiss on the lips and asks her if she was able to get any sleep on the flight and calls her dear. Then they walk off towards the luggage area with their arms around each other. So apparently what we thought was an adventurous newlywed couple was actually a woman hooking up with her seat mate while her husband was sitting in the back of the plane.

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The Aesthetician With Commendable Self-Control

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My esthetician was giving a Brazilian wax to a new client. New client goes on and on about this new guy she is dating, and how he’s a bartender at XYZ. Estheticians boyfriend was the bartender.

Always fun to find out you are knee deep waxing the p–sy of the woman you are being cheated on with.

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The Guy Who Just Wanted a Passport

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I used to work with a guy in his early 20s that at the time of the story was getting ready to go with his family for his first out of the country. He was pretty damn excited and we were getting the play-by-play of all the things —  where they were staying, what they were going to do, he was preparing…

Specifically he would need to get a passport, but his birth certificate had been lost. When the replacement one arrived, ‘mom’s’ name isn’t the woman he’s called mom his whole life, it’s his ‘sister.’ Turns out his ‘sister’ had him super young, and his grandparents basically took him on and raised them as their son and no one ever told him the truth. So Sister was actually Mom and Mom and Dad was actually Grandpa and Grandma. Real dad is unknown.

He took a few days off work to sort himself out, still went on the trip, still apparently had a blast.

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The Girl Whose High School Memories Came Back to Haunt Her

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 When I was a senior in high school, there was freshman girl that “Single White Femaled” me. She would follow me around and tell me how cool and funny I was. She asked what hair product I used, what body spray, where I bought my clothes, etc.

I was not funny or cool, and honestly it was flattering at first. She styled her hair like mine but it was high school in the 90’s and we all pretty much did our hair the same. Then she started dressing like me. Then she got involved in all the activities I was in. Then she started telling people we were cousins. She found my home number in he phone book (again, the 90’s) and would call me all the freaking time. It was weird. I just went out of my way to avoid her.

After my graduation ceremony, she found me on the field and hugged me. She was sobbing — big ugly snotty sobs — telling me how she was going to miss me and school wouldn’t be the same without me there. I peaced out and then completely forgot about her.

Flash forward nine years and I’m just beginning to date the man that is now my husband. We’re going through old pictures and I see this girl from high school. And I’m like, “Hey! I know this girl! She was this weird chick that stalked me in high school! Why do you have a picture of her?”

It was his ex-wife.

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This Mixed Canberra Connection and Subsequent Meta-Twist

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I graduated law, and got engaged to the girl I had been with through university. We both applied for the same graduate program and ended up working in the same office in Canberra.

Three months before our wedding I found out she was cheating on me with our mutual boss, and I broke it off with her. Long story short, it got really, really ugly and the two of us ended up in a very bitter court case over property.

Canberra is a pretty small city and the legal world is pretty bloody small there, too, and everywhere I went I bumped into my ex. It was beginning to seriously get me down (her too, as it transpired), and I applied for an Australian government overseas development job in Tuvalu, a Pacific island with about 11,000 population. It’s quite a prestigious job to get, with only two positions offered for a two year contract on a rotating basis.

I was successful in the application and moved on-island to start my posting. To discover that my ex was the other successful applicant.

I spent the next two years sharing a tiny office on a tiny island with the person that I quite honestly loathe more than any other in the world.

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And if that wasn’t crazy enough, twobynight wrote this in the comments:

You left in 2006. I was one of the guys who replaced you on this program.

You story was told to me at the bar at the Funafuti about 100 times in the first month I was there.

I cannot believe that I am now seeing this on Reddit.

Holy f**king sh*t.

Which larriedbutmooking responded to with

Yep, that was me. I hid out in the Funfuti Lagoon Hotel about 5 nights a week 😀

Small world!

Before withoutthes cracked the joke that was on everyone’s mind:

One of the smallest plot twists is seeing Canberra mentioned anywhere other than r/Canberra.

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The Elderly Woman Who Got Her Cosmic Revenge

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 An 85-year-old woman, the widow of a hero soldier in WWII, neglected by her friends and her children, having to sell her house that she could not afford and move to a much smaller one, but always helping people and looking after others, unfailingly polite and kind…

…Suddenly announced to the sensation of the the entire village in Scotland where she lived, that the new tenant of the castle on the fringes of which was her small cottage, had asked her to marry him. He too was an elderly man but he was — and indeed is — a brilliant geneticist (the man who cloned ‘Dolly the Sheep’), he’s a knight, a professor at Edinburgh University and a multi-millionaire many times over because of all his patents.

They were married last year. And all her rich, grand friends who neglected her and only invited her round to their nice manor houses because she would pour tea and act like a maid, must now defer to… Lady Wilmut.

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The Love-Struck Starbucks Barista

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I was a Starbucks barista before the whole “names on cups” thing was big —  or at least, it wasn’t really practiced in my tiny store.

There was this very cute guy who came in maybe 4-6x a week. A little often, but nothing out of the ordinary. I flirted like mad. He flirted back. It was all great. Then he comes in with his fiancée. I was betrayed and treated him coldly from then on.

A month later, two of him come in together and I find out that he–uh, they–are twins and I’d shot down any chance I had with the single one.

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The Busy Grandfather

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My grandfather’s funeral. He was always a fairly reserved and distant father as far as I understood. Would fit the stereotype of a northern dockworker who comes home expecting dinner to be in the table and then goes to the pub all evening via the bookies.

Anyway, an unsurprising heart attack later, we’re all gathered for his funeral. We’re a big, but close family so we know everyone, including his friends. However, one guy turns up, about the same age as my dad and his siblings who nobody knows.

Long story short, turns out it was my grandfather’s son. From another family. From another marriage. That went on for as long as his marriage to my grandmother. My grandfather had maintained two marriages over 40 years, having 7 children with my grandmother and just the one with this other woman. They knew about our family and kept away and apparently my grandmother knew about them but kept quiet.

Turns out he wasn’t going to the pub every night.

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The Motorbike Rebel

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A friend of mine, apparently he was sneaking out for a trip outside the city with his friends since his parents didn’t let him go. They were on motorbikes, already on their way outside of the city suddenly he got into an accident with another bike. It was his dad he crashed into.

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The Couple That's Too Good to Be True

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When I was in college, I worked with a really young guy in two-person office for 40+ hours a week for just under two years. I was pretty close to 30 at the time and I think he had just barely turned 20, so he sort of saw me as a mentor. Needless to say, we talked about a ton of things and became pretty good friends.

Anyway, a few months into knowing the guy, he got a new girlfriend. I heard about every date, their first kiss, their first fight, their first trip, their first time in bed. Pretty soon, the kid found himself in love. I had been married and divorced, so I shared many of the things I learned during my marriage (and life in general) so that this kid could make better decisions that I had made.

My girlfriend and I double-dated with him and his girlfriend a quite few times and despite being mistaken for parents more than once, both of us thought they made a wonderful couple. Since something had come up last-minute and prevented him from taking her home during Thanksgiving, he was super excited to take her home to meet his folks over Christmas break. Much of his extended family was going to be there.

Within a few days, it all unraveled. He told her about family members that were going to be attending and she started recognizing people. They drew out family trees on paper and learned that they are first cousins — by blood, not by marriage. As neither were from Alabama, they ended their relationship. He had been saving up for an engagement ring.

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The Diabolical Pregnancy

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The one guy I worked with was having a baby. He told me about his gf, “yeah she’s pretty big but she’s amazing, she’s the one for me.” I didn’t know him very well but as he talked about the pregnancy and so forth and I gave him encouraging words and how his life was going to change so much we bonded a bit. His baby was going to be born right before Christmas, he missed our work xmas party because his baby was being born! We expect him to be gone for paternity leave, but he shows up a few days later. I feared the worst, that the baby had died.

It turned out his girlfriend was lying about being pregnant to spend more time with him. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but the fact that he brought up she was fat for no reason must have meant she was so fat you couldn’t tell whether she was pregnant or not. She showed him someone else’s ultrasounds, they talked about what they would name their baby, how they’d handle taking care of it, all that shit.

I don’t know what she thought was gonna happen when nine months passed and no baby. I guess it’s good she came clean though, a more diabolical person would have faked a miscarriage or something. But that was seriously messed up. Shortly after the dude left so I don’t really know how he handled it.

Oberon_Swanson

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The Tale of Two Doppelgängers

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Met a guy online, he was cool, found out he lived less than two hours from where I live.

We meet up. First time seeing each other’s actual faces.

f**king doppelgangers.

Turns out his father is my bio father’s older brother. Both our bio dads bailed before we were born. We both were sexually abused as kids by teachers (him at 15, me at 13). Both us have soy allergies and Lysinuric Protein Intolerance (it’s genetic).

and both us joined the army and failed out during BCT due to undiagnosed mental health issues.

Our lives had run parallel to each other. He’s only a year older than me.

WeirdWolfGuy

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The Womanizer's Karma

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My friend in college was such a jock. Worked out constantly, total womanizer, had posters of women in swimsuits. Also pretty conservative politically. Few years later he’s in a relationship with a black guy and also converted to Judaism. They adopted a baby girl from Korea.

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The College Mentor Turned Birth Father

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I was adopted from South America to the US when I was a toddler and have no memory of my birth parents. I had an older friend/mentor I met in college. I knew him as Mike. When I learned that my birth mother passed away I got a few of her belongings including some pictures. Who was in these pictures? Mike. 

He was my birth father.

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The Thief Who Hasn't Done His Research

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I had my four wheeler stolen years ago, and the thief tried to sell it to my father, because he didn’t know we were related. 😂

Edit: He didn’t even bother to remove my Deadpool decals 😂

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This Family Misunderstanding

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 I never tried to have a girlfriend because I was certain that my father would be mad and ground me for years, if not something worse. He secretly worried why I “never had any luck” with girls. I avoided and rejected them because I was afraid of him.

Wonderdull

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The Family Run-In

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Was out with a friend of mine, who ran into her dad….and his OTHER family.

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The Abusive Husband With a Good Excuse for his Behavior

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I knew a woman who was going through divorce proceedings with her husband. He was always argumentative and borderline abusive towards her, certainly always shouting and demeaning.

Then, just as the divorce was entering it’s final stages he very suddenly died.

His autopsy showed that he had a massive undiagnosed brain tumour, which had been physically altering his personality. His wife felt all kinds of guilty afterwards and took it out on everyone she talked to and lost a lot of friends in the process.

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The Painful Crush

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One of my good friends in high school started hanging out with this guy from the other public high school in our city & before long they were basically joined at the hip. She had a HUGE crush on him and was pretty sure he liked her too, but she’d never had a boyfriend before & was too shy to make the first move. One night they were hanging out and he told her he had something huge to confess… he was gay.

They remained close friends. Then a few months later at a party, the guy introduced all of us to his younger (by one year) brother. The dude and his brother looked similar, had similar personalities, and the exact same sense of humor. Fast forward 20 years, and my friend is happily married to the brother, her best friend is her brother-in-law, and he and his husband are godfathers to her kids.

Sometimes the painful crush on the gay dude pays off.

Basketeetch

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The Airport Mixup

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Waitress Throws Gross Customer Like a Sack of Potatoes After He Gropes Her

There’s a certain type of creep who’ll go out of their way to harass or grope waitresses and waiters

I’ll never get people who think that they can invade someone’s personal space without being annoying, rude, or disgusting. Like people who slink up to you and put their arms over your shoulders, or nudge up in your business to see what you’re eating, or look at your computer screen when you’re working when they have no idea if what you’re looking at is something you’d rather people not see. No, I’m not just talking about weird NSFW videos, but yeah, those totally fall under that umbrella as well.

Even worse are those who think it’s OK to just touch/grope you out of nowhere, especially in situations where it’s completely uncalled for. If you’re drunk in a club, and you like the way someone’s grinding on you, you grind back. If you’re partying and vibing with another person, and they start getting handsy and you like it, then get handsy back.

But if you’re a patron at a restaurant, then I’m sorry, but the only thing you should be putting your hands on is a chicken club sandwich, not your server’s butt. 

And because I’m well-endowed in matters of the posterior, I’ve gotten my fair share of booty slaps, and each one got me angrier than the last. People always have the same dumb grin on their face after they do it, too.

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And as much as I want to knock whoever out unconscious after they put their hands on me, I don’t. It’s a combination of fear and just convincing myself that “it’s not worth it.” But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to see them hurt or watch their hands get eaten by a trash compactor.

That’s why it’s extremely rewarding to see how young waitress, 21-year-old Emelia Holden, takes matters into her own hands after a grabby customer thought he could be slick and pat her butt as he walked by.

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Holden was busy taking a customer’s order, with her back turned to the grimy groper who tried to cop a feel as he passed by.

Then, this happened.

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It takes Holden only a matter of seconds to grab the man’s shirt, put him in a headlock, and then slam him to the floor. His back hits the service cart and gets the attention of other customers in the restaurant.

It didn’t stop there, though. Holden talks to her co-workers and asks them to call the police. 

Holden says that she purely reacted on instinct and did what she felt was best. She also says that she has a message for other women who are subjected to harassment in the workplace:

“I just did what I felt was best. I took the guy down and had my co-workers call the police. All that I want from my experiences is for women to know that it’s okay to stand up for yourself. You have every right to wear what you want and you most certainly have every right to defend yourself.”

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Holden’s actions led to the perv ultimately getting arrested for his behavior. Once the police arrived and took a look at the surveillance footage in the restaurant, they cuffed him.

“As soon as the cops saw the CCTV footage, they immediately arrested the man. He sat in jail until Monday so in my opinion, he got what he deserved.”

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Holden isn’t the only waitress who made headlines recently for standing up to a sexually harassing customer.

65-year-old Clarence H. Locke Jr. slapped 23-year-old Denny’s waitress Jayme Adair on the behind after being seated in a booth with his wife. After his spouse went up to use the restroom, Locke went and did this.

The woman from Rome, NY said that she had never encountered sexual harassment in the workplace before and was in “shock” over Locke’s actions.

“I was in shock. I have never had anything like that happen to me before. The customer and his wife came in together. I didn’t recognize him by his face but when he walked in he said, ‘Hello Jayme.’ His wife went to the restroom and I went over and got the couple’s drinks.”

“As I went over to take his order, he reached as far as he could just to reach me and smack my butt pretty hard. I froze up. It was degrading and embarrassing, and completely out of the blue. I froze up. It was degrading and embarrassing, and completely out of the blue.”

“So many women go through this and it is not fair. I did nothing wrong and I did not deserve that.”

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Locke Jr. could face up to three years in jail as forcibly touching someone is classified as a Class A misdemeanor.

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Some Nerd Got Fouled so Hard in a Game of Basketball, He Actually Called the Cops

Some Nerd Got Fouled so Hard in a Game of Basketball, He Actually Called the Cops

There have been a lot of petty people in the news recently calling the cops on folks for doing the most frivolous of things.

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It seems like there’s a never-ending list of nonsensical reasons people are using as an excuse to call the popo.

But this one definitely has to be one of the nerdiest—because the amount of self-delusion you must live with, along with the gallons of pride you have to swallow in order to carry this out, is purely unfathomable.

A man actually called the cops because he felt he was fouled too hard in a game of basketball.

Yes. The grown man, who can be seen in the black clothes talking to the police above, is trying to explain, with a straight face, that the good-faith rules of the game were violated so harshly that law enforcement needed to be called. That, and the fact that the tax dollars spent on cops’ time, should be devoted to hearing his grievances.

The look on the man’s face in blue pretty much sums it all up.

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Twitter user @_togs relayed the events that led up to this ridiculous moment.

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It all started with a game of basketball. A hard pick (defensive move) sends the man to the floor. It happens all the time, it’s part of the game. You get back up, and if you feel like it was a dirty foul, you speak up about it.

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This guy, however, got up and threatened to call the cops. Which everyone else probably thought was a joke.

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Until they realized that no, this man is actually that petty.

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The man with the sleeves was the individual who set up the screen that sent the dude in black to the floor.

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When the cops did arrive and address the mess they were presented with, they were clearly not happy to be there.

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They left without taking any action against anybody (I wonder why) and nothing was resolved. Except for the fact that everyone knows to never play basketball with this dude ever again. God forbid you don’t let him score on you and you’ll have the cops running over to the gym.

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The worst part is that the foul wasn’t even that bad. Screens are screens—if you bump into someone, you will fall down.

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People began noticing similarities between his expression and the expressions of other famed petty cop callers.

Someone even captured video of the incident, so you can see the lameness in all its petty glory.

Unbelievable.

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This Guy Paid a Restaurant in Quarters and Got Upset When They Called Him out for It

This Guy Paid a Restaurant in Quarters and Got Upset When They Called Him out for It

We’ve all encountered things that are technically correct but still very annoying. Like when someone points out that there’s a difference between a blanket and a duvet. Or that in France, perfume is a fragrance for both men and women, as is cologne — it just depends on the time of day you’re wearing it. Or when someone calls a watch a “timepiece.”

All of these people are technically correct, but they’re still going to frustrate the ever-loving heck out of someone who just wants to be warm for the night, or buy some perfume for an evening out, or is curious to know where you got your watch.

“Oh, this timepiece? Let me think…”

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People who insist on paying with exact change are annoying too. 

They’re holding up everybody’s time by making sure they’ve got the correct cash denomination on hand while buying groceries with the coins they found lying around. One could easily take all of one’s quarters to a bank and get some nice crisp bills. 

Or, just deposit them in a bank account and pay with a credit card to rack up some sweet, sweet rewards.

I mean who wants to walk around jingle-jangling anyway? 

Apparently this dude does. Meet the Quarter Boy.

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He thought he’d go out with a few friends for some food at a local restaurant, and pay for the meal with the quarters he had lying around.

The thing is, it was a lot of quarters. So you can visualize it, here’s what they left on the table:

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Now, if I was a restaurant server, I’d be pretty upset. I’d grumble about it with my co-workers, maybe snap a photo to send my friends, and then go with my day, joking about it.

However, Beer 88, the restaurant where Quarter Boy ate, decided to take it a step further by posting about it on their social media page.

And they quarter-shamed him in the process.

Quarter boy didn’t take too kindly to them making him feel self-conscious about the way he paid for a meal, so he decided to get his revenge.

By being super kind and offering up a selfless act of generosity in response.

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He screengrabbed the restaurant’s message and shared it to his “Quarter Boy” Facebook page. Here’s his full message below:

The Quarter Boy
THE QUARTER BOY·MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018
Took a few friends out to lunch and only had enough to pay for theirs meal with quarters. Though it was enough for the meal and a great tip, I was blasted on FaceBook by the restaurant for paying in quarters. It was not a good day. Then I had a great idea. I love paying for people’s meals even if I have to scrape together my last quarters to do so. This whole thing made me realize how much I love doing this and why… Even if I get made fun of for it!
Everyone had bad days now and then. A bad day can make you see the world in a very dark and depressing way. But, one little act of kindness can change a person’s entire prospective about their life. I love picking up the tab for others and seeing what it does for them.
I decided that I would find restaurants out there that didn’t mind being paid in quarters and treat a patron at least once a week, just to see what this simple act of kindness could do for them! We will post videos so that you can see too how big a change just a little “change” can make.
If you are a restaurant that wouldn’t mind a register filled with quarters at the end of the night and a special treat for one of your patrons now and then please post so I know who I won’t offend by coming by.
If you would like to join the fun and see what a few quarters can do… go to my fundraising link and donate today! 

After feeling down and out about being made fun of for paying for his meal in quarters, Quarter Boy decided to turn his embarrassment into something productive: paying for other people’s meals — all in change!

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He set up a donation link where people could help fund unsuspecting strangers’ meals, which he would cover with quarters.

He hit up local restaurants asking if they would mind being paid in quarters and plans to, once a week, visit them to give diners a free meal.

Quarter Boy already has his first success story: a lovely couple at Bootleggers who appreciated his kind gesture.

He’s already got his sights set on other restaurants and doesn’t show any signs of stopping. You’ve got to hand it to this kid: He definitely turned a horribly negative feeling into a positive one.

I mean, it’s still annoying as heck to get a bunch of quarters for a meal, but at least he’s doing some good with it.

Beer 88’s Facebook page is no longer public, and I have a sneaking suspicion that Quarter Boy’s post has something to do with it.

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Although it’s hard to argue that he’s doing some good for peeps by offering to pay for their meals, I can only wonder the kind of messages Beer 88 received that caused them to shut their Facebook page down. 

I’d be upset too as a waiter or business owner if someone came in with a whole bunch of quarters to pay for their meal. Sure, they’re technically not wrong, but there’s also a reason why we get happy to see people paying off tow-truck companies with wheelbarrows full of pennies — because we know it’s a total frustration-inducing move.

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The Obscure Rules Got These 'Jeopardy!' Contestants A Second Chance

Growing up, I watched Groundhog’s Day about a million times. My favorite part about watching movies when I was younger was imagining what I would do if I was in Bill Murray’s situation reliving my life again and again and again.

The film did an amazing job of playing out all of the mundane scenarios involving daily reincarnation. But my favorite part is Bill Murray’s deadpan delivery of crushing absolutely every single Jeopardy! answer while his fellow Bed and Breakfast mates looked on in horror.

Whenever I watch Jeopardy!, I think of that movie. In fact, I kind of hated all game shows, except for The Price is Right before watching Groundhog’s Day — it made me actually appreciate Alex Trebek and his throwback mustache.

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Now if you’re a Jeopardy! fanatic, then you’re probably aware of all the show’s rules, but there are a few not-so-known ones that even the most avid watchers would appreciate.

Which brings us to Ryan Fenster, a 4-game winner who’s returning to the show after questioning an answer incorrectly.

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Fenster’s last game saw the bespectacled contestant faced with a Double Jeopardy! question worth $ 1,200. The answer was “St. Thomas died traveling to Lyon, France while attempting to heal this rift between the Latin & Greek churches.” 

Fenster answered, “What is the Great Schism?” which was ruled as wrong.

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Fenster’s dismissal after answering the question incorrectly caught the attention of Matthew Sherman, who started his career working with the Jeopardy! team some 13 years ago as a researcher. 

Sherman now works on mobile game versions of the show, but he still pays attention to each episode and Fenster’s “Great Schism” question troubled him, because Sherman was quite sure that was the answer.

“I was watching the show that day and I saw that question come up. And I also thought the response was ‘Great Schism.'”

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After heading to Google, Sherman discovered that Fenster was indeed, correct. ‘The Great Schism’ could refer to the East-West Schism of 1054, but also the Western Schism of 1378, which was Fenster’s Double Jeopardy! question.

“I thought that was curious, so I emailed Billy Wisse, the head writer over at Jeopardy!,” Sherman said. Wisse contacted Sherman after reviewing the clue in question, and welcomed Fenster back on the show to get a crack at winning his fifth straight Jeopardy! contest and officially joining the hallowed ranks of ‘Streaker.’ 

Not that kind of streaker, you pervs.

Now Fenster isn’t the first contestant in Jeopardy! history to be brought back onto the show.

India Cooper, 1991

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Cooper was brought back after answering a Shakespeare question “incorrectly.” The clue? “The name of the character who says, ‘The evil that men do lives after them’.” India was brought back after the faulty clue and won 5 games after the show discovered its error.

Tom Morris, 2008

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Tom ended up losing to Paul Thomas in game #5454 in 2008, but when Paul was allowed extra time to write his answer down after his tablet malfunctioned, Morris was invited back on because the hiccup caused him a disadvantage.

Ashley Wilson, 2015

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This Final Jeopardy! clue did Wilson in: “The first woman space shuttle pilot shares this surname with a man on the 1st manned lunar landing 26 years earlier.” She bet all of her money on the clue and ended up coming in last place. However, upon further review, the show’s judges informed Trebek that there was a problem with the phrasing of the question. At the end of the episode he said, “Our bad, folks. Today’s Final Jeopardy! should have referred to the entire Apollo 11 mission rather than to just the lunar landing part of it. We feel that Ashley might have been disadvantaged and so we have invited her to return to play again later this week.”

She came back to the show to win on December 31st, 2015.

Vincent Valenzuela, 2018

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A spelling error got Valenzuela invited back on the show. The Final Jeopardy! question was supposed to read “this” and not “his,” which could’ve been responsible for Valenzuela’s incorrect response. It was reported that he was invited back on the show.

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Pikachu Has Bangs Now — So Pokémon Is Basically Cancelled

If you thought your favorite Pokémon was exempt from bad hair days, you were wrong. Just look at Pikachu, who is rocking some serious bangs right now — and fans of the anime series are less than thrilled by his makeover. The new look was revealed in the trailer for Nintendo Switch’s Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, where a feature allows users to customize Pikachu and Evee’s hair. You can also create matching outfits, but that’s another conversation. 

So many theories surround Pikachu’s unfortunate bangs — was he inspired by Beyoncé? Did he just go through a major breakup and need a change? Whatever the reason, fans are hoping Pikachu’s bangs grow out sooner rather than later (but we all know how long that can take). 

More importantly, Pokémon loyalists just want to know who is responsible for the drastic cut. “I just wanna know who’s responsible for giving Pikachu terf bangs,” one concerned fan tweeted before another added, “Who is responsible for this? Isn’t life hard enough for you bad people?” 

But seriously, there is no excuse for ever giving Pikachu, or Evee for that matter, bangs, Switch users. You’ve been warned. 

Back to those theories. Fans are convinced someone broke Pikachu’s heart, prompting the spontaneous trim. 

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Or even worse… a mid-life crisis.

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However, Pikachu does have some pro-bangs supporters. 

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But they are few and far between. 

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Is this the end of the world? 

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But we all know how Pikachu really feels about the bangs. 

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