What is the strangest mystery that is still unsolved? – AskReddit

What is the strangest mystery that is still unsolved? from r/AskReddit

An unknown group of people broke into an FBI building, and no one has found out who they are. But the best part of the story is, they did it by leaving a sticky note that said “Do not lock the door tonight” and it worked.

Imagine being the guy who left it unlocked

I think that would be everyone that day…

Last one out was the most rotten egg, though.

This is my favorite weird and barely known one:

Back in 2013 an unknown group assaulted a power substation in California. By all appearances it was pretty sophisticated: scouted firing positions, all casings wiped of prints, they targeted transformers so they’d take time to overheat before triggering any alarms, also knew exactly when the police would arrive.

No suspect or motive to this day, they also cut some fiber optic cables in a vault nearby. Conspiracy types think it was a dry run by Russia or possibly China to see how effective an attack like that might be.


What kind of Transformers, Autobots or Decepticons?

Since the mystery was never solved, I’d say it’s the perfect Optimus Crime.

Acts of Kindness, examples

What’s a small act of kindness you were once shown, that you’ll never forget? from AskReddit

I missed my train to go home for Christmas from uni due to a crash near the station. I was completely broke and knew I wouldn’t be able to afford another ticket. Life just got on top of me knowing I’d have to spend Christmas alone in my shitty student house and not being about to see my grandad who was in rapidly declining health. I was bawling my eyes out on the platfrom when a janitor(?) appeared out of a hidden stock room under a stair well and brought me some tissues.

He found out why I was so upset and said leave it to me. Took me to the customer service desk and got them to reissue me a ticket for the next train home. I was so thankful I started bawling again and he went on his way. Then just before I was about to get my train he found me on the platform and gave me some snacks and a can of coke and its just the nicest thing anyones ever done for it.

I broke my foot and was trying to limp my way across campus with crutches in the pouring rain. Someone ran over with their umbrella and walked across campus with me so I wouldn’t get rained on.

I was in NYC taking a lunch break at a job I absolutely hated. I was sitting eating alone at a McD’s and after about 15 minutes this man in his 40’s or 50’s (I’m a 28 yr old male at the time) goes up to me and says something like “Hey man, you look really sad. Things will get better.” and just shook my hand. Takes a lot for one adult man to offer that up to another strange man. Really cheered me up.

After my Dad passed away my depression kicked into over drive. I went to the Doctor and got a prescription for anti depressants. While I was picking up my prescription I started crying. When I apologized to the pharmacist for crying like a child the pharmacist said, ” You don’t have to apologize. You recognize you have a problem and you are trying to fix it. That is a brave thing.” It changed my perspective on treating my mental illness.

At work I was complaining about heartburn once. I was still pretty new to the job. Didnt really have any work friends. Felt like an outsider. My life outside of work was pretty shit as well.

The bartender on shift overheard me and ran to a nearby coffee shop to get me a chocolate milk. It definitely made the heartburn go away but it was such a needlessly kind act. I dont think ill ever forget it. 2 years later we’re still friends and she is definitely one of the kindest people I’ve ever met.

What do Americans think is normal for everyone, but actually it’s not normal for anyone but Americans? – AskReddit

What do Americans think is normal for everyone, but actually it’s not normal for anyone but Americans? from r/AskReddit

Cash bail.

With the discussions going on about changes to bail I’ve seen a few people saying things like “oh so you’re just going to drop cash bail, just gonna decide whether to release people, people are just going to show up to court without the money threat?????!?!?!”

Uh yeah…..as I understand it that’s how it works in places all over the world already….

I’ve been released on cash bail before. I didn’t show up to court because of the cash bail, I showed up because warrants are annoying.

Not putting the final price on the tag. I’m not sure whether it’s still like this, but a few years ago one never knew whether the $1.00 item in McDonald’s or Burger King is actually $1.00 or maybe $1.08.

This one is more on the positive side, because I think we could learn some from it.

Talking and sharing your life with complete strangers. I have met quite a few americans so it seems the norm that you share and engage with strangers in public. The bus, train, parks etc. And then you go on your way.

In Denmark you’d be a “freak” if you did that.

I’ve heard someone say that we are the only ones who drink out of Solo Cups

Canadians do too, and in Europe when some younger people play beer pong they get them for “authenticity”. Other than that. Yes, north americans are the only ones as far as i know.

Yeah we use them for beer pong here in Europe (mostly knock-offs though) but that’s just because the standard here is like 0,2L plastic cups, which are way harder to throw ping pong balls into. Generally you can’t buy them as disposable cups in the supermarket though and you have to buy some sort of beer pong set.

I was in Germany for the 4th of July about 10 years ago. The stores had big Solo cup displays with “American Party!!” advertisements and everyone wearing red, white, and blue clothes. Brought a tear to my eye.

And they say us Americans have no culture smh

Ambulance rides costing money seems pretty absurd to people from other countries

I’ve heard of people getting Ubers instead of getting an ambulance because it costs so much

Yeah, my roommate was really sick once. I got an Uber and took her to the hospital because an ambulance would’ve cost $1000 instead of $15.

Which reasonably priced state do you live in? It’s usually 3 – 5K

Yep. I’m still paying off debt from an ambulance ride that cost me $3,500. I went like two miles. And I have amazing health insurance by US standards.

When I went to New York I was flabbergasted by the amount of people just loitering on the streets or having phone conversations that everyone can hear on the train like npcs from GTA.

People outside of the USA don’t hang out in public or let other people into their business on public transport.

I managed to hear a woman talk about how her baby daddy wasn’t going to her daughters birthday party and I started to pick side’s in her personal life, while walking through Central Park I heard two friends with a substantial age gap talk about everyone in their friend group having mistresses and they were trading information on the mistress facts each of them knew for their respective friends, I got invested in that one so I folliwed them for a while (pretending I wasn’t) because I wanted the tea.

Which job is a LOT less fun than most people expect? – AskReddit

Which job is a LOT less fun than most people expect? from AskReddit

Video game tester.

You aren’t spending your time playing completed fully realized games. You are playing the same level of a game over and over seeing if there are bugs.

Archaeologist. Did it during my twenties and that was more than enough. Long, hot days… living out of cheap motels on shit pay, and you typically find nothing more than some pieces of glass and broken pottery. Every once in a blue moon you find something cool, but those items generally end up getting stored away in a box full of other artifacts never to be seen again.

I went to George Washington’s boyhood home near Fredericksburg, VA, where they were sifting through dirt. I was a tourist by myself, and watched them dig from a distance, nothing amazing. What DID amaze me though was the amount of people that asked “What’chya diggin’ for?” I ended up asking the intern how many people ask that, and she said “too many to count sir…” I felt so bad!

After reading through this thread for 20 minutes I’ve concluded that every job sucks

I think doing anything for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week would probably get tiresome.

After working in 2-3 hour blocks interspersed with home cooking, walks, naps, and little tasks around the house these last few months, I’m having a hard time accepting that I’ll probably have to endure 5 consecutive 8-hour days again.

Seriously though I’m not ready to go back to switching between work and exhaustion with no time to focus on anything else. Even my weekends are just errands and chores. I’ve been taking classes, working out, cooking and I haven’t been this stress free since I was a kid.

Accounting isn’t the adrenaline rush that most people think it is

But the glamour! The perks! The respect!

What would be the dumbest, lamest, most boring super power possible that would still give you a one up over normal people?

What would be the dumbest, lamest, most boring super power possible that would still give you a one up over normal people? from AskReddit

Being able to predict which line in the grocery store will take the shortest amount of time.

The ability to know the intent behind any statement communicated to you.

The ability to stop the hiccups buy yelling “hey stop it.”

Being able to nap instantly Edit: this is not a disorder like narcolepsy, but a superpower that allows you to choose when and how long to nap (airplane trip? No problem. Deadlock traffic? Slam in park, take a nap for a few minutes…)

OK Boomer Digital Assistant

If “OK Boomer” was a digital assistant like “OK Google” what sorts of answers would it give you to certain questions? from AskReddit

“Ok Boomer, where is the nearest gas station?”

“Okay so you’re going to want to drive past that building that used to be the old dentist office. Take a right at the large yellow house. Keep going until you see that sign for the restaurant we went to last year and then take a left. If you’ve reached the place where Tim Hortons used to be, then you’ve gone too far”

This is so painfully true. I ask for the name and general vacinity of a place just to look it up on Google Maps, and instead get a 10 minute explanation from 3 different people about how to get to someplace that’s easily accessible and 10 minutes away.

All the explanations are different too, you end up making the people trying to explain to you where to go usually end up arguing

You made me remember stories people have told about the Indian address system. Apparently it’s so bad one company has used machine learning to figure out correct addresses. https://medium.com/@kabirrustogi/learning-to-decode-unstructured-indian-addresses-c80ffcda2e84

In one Indian megalopolis (I think it was Mumbai) there’s a food delivery company that hires illiterate delivery staff that is not guaranteed to be literate, so they’ve developed their own little pidgin improvised script which is not meant in a condescending or colonialist way to denigrate people of South Asian extraction to direct each driver which gigantic building to go to and which parcels of food to drop off.

Apparently it’s legendary for its effectiveness. So much so that western researchers have started studying it to see how it’s significant in learning and language formation although I don’t have a source for this part and apologize if you have incurred any economic burden due to overreliance on this statement.

The service not only delivers take out food, but more challenging still, it delivers parcels from an office worker’s family (usually his wife) to his office place so he has something to eat for lunch.

You’re talking about the Mumbai Dabbawalas. They’re not illiterate, but they DO have their own system of delivering the ‘dabbas’ – the tiffin boxes from homes to offices and this system is SO effective that they have a 99.96% effectiveness.

“The dabbawalas constitute a lunchbox delivery and return system that delivers hot lunches from homes and restaurants to people at work in India, especially in Mumbai. The lunchboxes are picked up in the late morning, delivered predominantly using bicycles and railway trains, and returned empty in the afternoon.”

Lunch boxes are marked in several ways:

Abbreviations for collection points
Colour code for starting station
Number for destination station
Markings for handling dabbawala at destination, building and floor
A colour-coding system identifies the destination and recipient.

Oh my god, this drives me insane. The most mundane question sets off a 15 minute history of the population of your hometown. “Hey, dad, where did you go this afternoon?”

“Well, you remember John Wright? He’s Big Jim’s daddy. You know Big Jim, he used to work at the gas station right by Delmar’s. Well, it used to be Delmar’s, now it’s a Sears. But Big Jim was Jason’s brother. Jason who’s sister’s daughter was that boy in your class’s mom. The boy who got in trouble when he robbed that feed store. Anyway, John wanted me to look at some land he wants to buy. It’s down right next to Margaret Shore’s old house. You know Margaret…”

He lost me at John Wright, and the guy who robbed the feed store was in my sister’s class, who is 10 years my senior.

Edit: Look, I understand the sentiment from a lot of replies saying, “He just wants to talk to you, he loves you, have empathy” and all, and I agree with that sentiment in general. But please trust that I know my dad, and that is not the place where this rambling is coming from in his case.

Things that seem easy but aren’t

Dancing. I wouldn’t say it looks “easy”, but when I see people do it, they’re so good at it and it flows so well it looks easy. But damn, I just CANNOT get my body to do anything more than a bop and maybe some stupid arm moves.
I’m 25 and dance like a 50 year old at a reunion.
Dancers are so delicate and make it look so easy, it’s honestly amazing. It’s just hilarious when I try to do literally anything and fail horribly.

All smoke and mirrors, friends. As a dance teacher, I can tell you confidently that it feels absolutely silly until you just start to sell it.
90% confidence, 10% squats.
Having fun is step #1. Fake it til you make it!

Whistling with your fingers.

Drawing something from memory. Like a bird or something.
In mind – yep that’s a bird
On paper – that’s… a bird?

Watching tutorial: Oh, this is easy.

Being in your 20’s. As a clueless kid I thought by now I’d have everything figured out and my life on track. I’m still clueless but now I also have depression.

In my 30s. Still clueless.

In my 50s. Not completely clueless, but I sure wish my older generation were still around to bounce ideas with.


What looks easy peasy lemon squeezy but is actually difficult difficult lemon difficult?

Movies retold from a different character’s point of view

If, instead of rebooting movies, it became a trend to retell them from a different characters perspective, what film would you want to see retold and from who’s point of view? from r/AskReddit

The Matrix from Agent Smith’s view. Constantly trying to quell the stupid human insurrection…

Matrix but from the perspective of a regular police detective trying to stop the murder spree of these crazy people who kill everybody without reason. At one point he would interrogate Neo:

“So you believe that nothing is real? That’s why you can kill random people? Because they don’t exist?”

“No. The world is fake but the people are real.”

“And you kill them anyway?”

Mean girls, as told by Regina George

Star Wars from the empires POV: basically telling the story about this terrorist group that was planning the biggest act of terrorism in the galaxies history: the destruction of a military peacekeeping starbase.

We follow the empires anti terrorism unit as they try to find the spies transporting the stolen plans and head off the attack.

Top Gun from Iceman’s perspective. Maverick’s the asshole in that movie.

Maverick is the asshole in the original movie too.

The plot of just about every 80s Tom Cruise movie is that he’s a cocky asshole who meets a hot chick and somehow becomes a better person by the end of the movie.

Things They Should Bring Back …

If you could bring back one discontinued item, what would it be? from r/AskReddit

7 Up Gold would be my vote. Good stuff.

McCormick used to sell a pizza seasoning in their grinder bottles that was delicious and could make any pizza better. I went so far as contacting them about it, and they told me they don’t even sell a comparable herb mix anymore.

Tangerine Altoids

The headphone jack on cell phones. Thank you, Apple, for your “bravery” that slimmed down the phone 0.0 nanometers.

Not an item exactly, but IMDB discussion boards.

Some were toxic and all were difficult to moderate but, damn, was it excellent for analyzing and discussing films, and getting others’ takes and interpretations.

What YouTube channels are genuinely worth watching? AskReddit

What YouTube channels are genuinely worth watching? from r/AskReddit

LEMMiNo is a personal favorite of mine.
Documentaries and list videos narrated by a 20-something Swedish guy.

Dead Meat. Even if you’re not a horror movie fan. They’re funny and solid reviews so I get to be informed and not have to sit through a 90 minute movie.
A horror movie channel celebrating everything great and awful about the genre. Home of the Kill Count series by James A.

Explaining things in an OverSimplified way

Bon Appetit! Especially their Gourmet Makes series.
Bon Appétit is a highly opinionated food brand that wants everyone to love cooking and eating as much as we do. We believe in …

Ask A Mortician. Really anything by Caitlin Doughty IMO.
Mortician in Los Angeles. You got death questions, we got death answers. Mortality + Culture. http://www.orderofthegooddeath.com …

Crash course
Tons of awesome courses in one awesome channel! Nicole Sweeney teaches you sociology, Carrie Anne Philbin teaches you …

my mechanics.
It’s a dude restoring old rusty items to perfect condition without any talking! There are other channels like that, which are just as good, but he has to most subscribers. Very relaxing to watch before bed.
Hello and welcome to my channel. I’m uploading videos all about mechanical stuff, new creations and also restorations. I love to …

TheOdd1sOut. Amazing and very funny contect from every day life. He talks about situations e all know.
What I use: I draw my pictures on Paint Tools Sai and I edit it all in Adobe Premiere. (Really? You don’t use any animation …

Daily dose of Internet!
Welcome to your Daily Dose of Internet where I search for the best trending videos, or videos people have forgotten about, and put …

Ed Hawkes – (My personal recommendation)
3BlueOneBrown – Math and science stuff explained remarkably clearly
3blue1brown, by Grant Sanderson, is some combination of math and entertainment, depending on your disposition. The goal is …

How is your New Year’s resolution holding up? – AskReddit

We are nearly 1/3rd of the way into 2020, how is your New Year’s resolution holding up? from r/AskReddit

I made a resolution to start bringing my lunch to work instead of eating out everyday. I have to say it’s going pretty well.

Resolved to be more positive and to write down at least one thing I’m happy/grateful for each day.

I can legitimately say it has made me a happier person, and I’m actively looking for the good, not the bad.

Haven’t missed a day yet, and usually I write at least 3 examples. Definitely want to keep it up for the rest of the year, or hell, even the rest of my life.

Mine is staying alive. So far all good. Let’s see what May has to offer.

How about we have a game called, “Survival: 2020” ?

I vowed I would stay inside and learn about gay tiger meth cults, so it’s going pretty well.

What is something about yourself that sounds totally made up but is 100 Percent real? – AskReddit

What is something about yourself that sounds totally made up but is 100% real? from AskReddit

I’ve published four peer-reviewed scientific papers on hamster testicles.

I was the best man on both sides of a lesbian wedding because I had dated both the bride and the bride, stayed close friends and introduced them to each other after our breakups.

When my mom was in grad school she took several labs where she worked with cadavers. Because my dad worked nights she often had to take me to class with her, and she’d usually just plonk me down on the table with the cadaver while she worked on it.
“Can I go to work with you?”
“Over my dead body.”

I met the guy who invented the Blue Light Special at Kmart. He said his boss told him to find a way to get rid of a cart full of stuff. So he went to the police auction and bought a used blue light. Bam!

My dad’s name is Luigi and my uncle’s name is Mario. They are brothers.
ETA: I forgot to add that my dad is also a plumber.

I bought a guitar amp from Brad Whitford, of Aerosmith, when I was 17. He and Steven Tyler served up cheeseburgers for me and my friends.