Darn, I finally knew one of these.
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.
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.
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.
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!
If your name is Kevin and you have a team member/boss on a flight to Chicago, go and ahead and quit or ask for a raise. She sucks and is very worried about losing you. This woman has taken her mask off and made an already shitty situation (delayed flight after boarding) even shittier by loudly talking about work on her cell for a full hour.
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…)