911 Operators Share Disturbing Calls They'll Never Forget.
"911, what's your emergency?" The answer to that question can be unpredictable and disturbing. You might think 911 operators have heard it all, and nothing phases them. Although, you do have to have a tough skin to handle the job, there are some calls they will never forget.
Here is a list of 29 calls that 911 operators can't let go of.
1. Domestic Disturbance
A few years ago I received a call from a nine year old boy, he definitely sounded nervous and scared, but that isn't too uncommon with child callers. He gave his address and phone number without a problem, and at first would only tell me that he was hiding under his bed. The police were started right away, while I tried to get some more information from him. When I asked if his parents were there, he said they were. When I asked if I could speak to one of them, he told me no. I asked him why they couldn't talk, and that is when I learned the details of the situation. His mother and father had been fighting, he got scared and hid under the bed, and watched from there. During the fight the father stabbed the mother to death, then the father tried to slit his own wrists.
The father survived to be arrested and given a very long prison sentence . I never heard how the kid was doing, other than being told he did have other family he would be going to live with.
That was a rough night.
2. "Weren't Supposed To Go"
Elderly man calls 911. His wife passed away in bed next to him in the night. Per protocol, we're to connect to ambulance. As I connect the call he whispers to her ... "you weren't supposed to go before me". This was years ago and it still breaks my heart today.
I never talk about it.
3. I've Fallen
I worked as a telephone operator in the early 90s. We often got calls for 911 and had to stay on the line while we connected. One poor guy said that he was a quadriplegic and had fallen out of his chair. He had spent 8 hours pulling himself to his phone by his face.
4. I Once Had A Daughter
Some teen called because of possible burglary at her house. She was all alone. The line was cut. I call back and a male adult picks up the phone. I ask about the younger girl. He tells me that he lives alone now, but he once had a daughter...but she's been dead for 10 years. Had to quit my job.
5. "Don't Die Daddy..."
Back in the 1980s a young father called but collapsed before he managed to say anything. I spent the next half hour listening to his 3 year old daughter saying "don't die Daddy, please don't die" over and over while the call was traced and EMT dispatched.
6. Unfortunate Accident
My grandma was a 911 operator. She told the most chilling call of her career was from a father who had accidentally hit her daughter to her chest with and arrow while doing archery. My grandma said the sheer desperation in his voice was something she never forgot. The girl didn't survive. As a father of a young daughter this gives me chills too...
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7. Overprotective Mother
My Mom worked as an operator for about two years. One of those, around Christmas, she got a phone call from a payphone made by a girl who sounded extremely young, by my mom's guess about 5-8. The girl said that her mommy was hurt, there was a lot of blood, and she was scared. She spoke to the responding officer a few days later and he said the girl was violently raped, and had multiple cuts over her body, varying in deepness. When they found the house after a few hours of searching, the mother had multiple stab wounds, was also raped, and was very close to death. They both survived.
This was in a small town of about 2,000 people. My mom was pretty protective of us for quite a long time afterwards.
8. Dying Alone
I had a lady call me from a withheld number. I couldn't find the exact location, and she wouldn't give it. She said she'd taken an overdose and didn't want to die alone. I just sat and listened whilst she slurred her words and eventually stopped.
9. All In The Family
About 5 years ago I took a child abuse call where a seven-year-old was sexually abusing his 4-year-old brother. When the 4 year old told the parents, they beat him to death. They called 911 3 days later when he was covered in ants and claimed he was just fine a few hours ago. The details still haunt me. That 7 year old had to learn that behavior somewhere.
10. No Car Left Behind
On the night shift one evening there was a guy who called in and was very upset because Chicago had long wait times for towing service. I advised to seek shelter as there was an ice storm in progress. He refused to leave his car or accept a ride to safety. I talked to him 3 more times in the next 2 hours. As the storm got worse managing volumes became more difficult and priority went to accident calls and people blocking traffic.
Around 3am I got a call from an agent who had someone on the phone who was just whimpering and mumbling. I asked her for the phone number off caller ID and it was my friend from earlier. He was so committed to waiting for a tow and not leaving his car that he was literally freezing to death. My agent was on the verge of tears and asking what to do. I took over the call and had the other supervisor contact Chicago PD. I stayed on the line until police arrived and pulled him out of the car. He lived and was fine but I have never felt more helpless than listening to someone screaming at me and speaking 100 miles a minute to being so cold they can barely form 3 words that make sense.
11. Burning Down The House
I'm not a 911 operator but work with them. One operator got a call from a couple whose home was burning down around them. There was no hope of escape and they knew it. Operator stayed on with them until the phone went dead. Their bodies were found later. Haven't heard the recording and don't want to.
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12. Bit By A Warthog
Me: 911 what's your emergency?
Man:Yeah, see, my wife got herself bit by a warthog and she's bleedin' real bad.
Me: Ok sir, what's your location?
Man: 305 Eucalyptus Drive
Me:Thank you sir, could you spell that for me?
Silence for about 10 seconds...
Man: Uhhh, I'll just drag 'er on over to Oak Street and you can pick 'er up there.
Got a call from a pizza delivery guy who is delivering pizzas to a house in his car. He's sitting in his car as he's just pulled up but the house he's been called to has been broken into and the thief is actually stealing a car from the house! the thief reverses out of the driveway and backs into the pizza delivery car, with the guy still inside, and somehow the pizza delivery car has hooked onto the tow bar of the stolen vehicle! The stolen vehicle then proceeds to take off, taking the pizza delivery car with him! He didn't get very far before stopping and running off, with the pizza delivery guy giving chase to him.
I got a call from a 12 year old girl who had been raped (for the third or fourth time in her life), worst part was how "normal" the whole situation seemed to her.
15. Gun Shots
One was a five year old girl calling to tell the operator that she thinks her parents are dead because she heard gun shots and there was blood all over the bed.
That was heartbreaking to listen too.
16. Happy New Year
One time this guy called in on New Years eve, him and his buddies were drunk and the pizza guy came to the door. It startled them so they got the gun out they were playing around with and went to get the door, like cops or something. They were "clearing rooms" when something happened in the kitchen. The gun went off and shot the guy holding it in the head.
There were lots of screaming and crying. I was trying to find out where the gun was so officers could secure it. I asked the caller if he could to take a peek into the kitchen to try and scope out where the gun was. He took a step in the kitchen and his voice changed and it sounded like he was going to get sick or faint. His buddies brains were distributed all over the kitchen cabinets. He sounded like he was going to blow lunch, so I just told him he was doing a good job and to go back in the other room.
17. "Oh My God"
I was training and my first call was a guy screaming. He couldn't tell me where he was and then began hyperventilating saying "Oh my god" over and over. I'll probably never forget his raspy voice.
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18. South Tower
The worst call I've ever heard is the call from Kevin Cosgrove when the south tower collapsed on September 11 2001.
19. Under The Bridge
911: Where is your emergency?
Caller: I'm at the bridge on [redacted] outside of [township] and theres a body underneath it .
911: Sir, how do you know its dead?
C: It's face down and not moving at all.
911: Ok sir, is it male or female and can you tell if its wearing clothes?
C: It's a male and its fully dressed
911: Sir, how did you find the body? Does it seem like its been there a while?
C: I was just driving by and saw it and no it doesn't look like its been there long.
911: Can you stay there and meet the officer?
C: Yeah, he should see my truck right on the bridge
911: Ok sir, and what is your name?
C: My name is [redacted].
911: Ok, thank you. Can you-
The call disconects.
911: Sir... Sir...
Several calls back later and still no answer. Fifteen minutes later deputies arrive on scene and find an unoccupied truck parked at the bridge. There is the body of one elderly male under the bridge who had suffered a gun shot wound to the head approximately 10 mins ago. The male had called in on himself. He had planned on taking his life and just wanted someone to find him, but did it in a way that no one would be able to talk him out of it.
20. Stay On The Line
My brother in-law got a call where a woman had her house invaded and she was hiding in the closet. She narrated hearing them walk around the house and when the men found her she screamed. He stayed on the line as they stabbed her to death. She managed to drag herself back to the phone and spoke to him about how scared she was and her love for her family. Her last thoughts were of sadness that she wouldn't make it to her daughters graduation.
21. Can't Live Without You
I was a dispatcher for 10 years. An elderly man called and said, "I've killed my wife. I'll be in the back yard when you get here."
Turned out that his wife was terminally ill and she wanted to die, so he shot her. Then he walked into the yard to shoot himself because he couldn't live without her. This was both the most romantic thing and most tragic thing I've ever heard.
21. Save My Wife
I once was on the phone with an elderly man for 20 minutes telling him to do CPR on his dying wife. I could hear him grunting and doing the compressions. He was getting upset that help wasn't arriving. When the first unit finally got there, they walked in and told us over the radio there was no patient. Turns out the man had dementia and his wife had stepped out to the store.
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23. "He's Here!"
A 13-year-old girl called in a panic saying she needed the police. She had just got home from school and her father wasn't there, but there was a note.
As I'm trying to get her to her local police, I can hear her going through the house, her foot steps going from place to place. She's hysterical. I was just about to tell her to go outside and wait for the police when she let out a blood curdling scream.
"HE'S HERE! HE'S HERE! HES HERE!"
I found out from the police later he had hung himself in the garage. That call still bothers me 20 years later.
24. "Don't Let Them Find Me"
A 21-year-old called me and gave me his address. He was crying a lot and through the sobs said "I'm upstairs please don't let them find me". Heavy crying for 20 seconds before a loud bang and a thud of his body in revolt from the gunshot to the head. I heard 15 minutes of him gasping for breath slower and slower until the police got there.
Next call was his brother calling to say he had posted a goodbye message on Facebook and he was racing home to check on him, but wanted the police to stop by just in case.
25. Suicide In Progress
I had a suicide in progress call two years ago, in which the caller gave all of his info calmly and then told me he was about to die. Without asking for anymore details, I knew how to code it. I then attempted to prolong the call by making small talk in order to give time for emergency units to arrive. After a few minutes of small talk, he said "I have to go now", put the phone down, and shot himself twice in the chest. Luckily, units had arrived shortly after and were able to transport him to the hospital. I really don't know what happened to him afterwards, as I work in one of the largest cities in the United States and I had to focus on the next call.
26. Close Call
I took a call where a woman from a different county called about her nephew. He threatened suicide by turning his vehicle on in a closed garage. I knew how critical this was and of the possible time delay. The unfortunate part? She didn't know his new address in our area. I raced to run his information. It still had his old address. I tried running family members to no avail. The only way I found his new address was by Googling a few associated family members and located his step-father's address in our area. The call went out, the officers raced to the house and found him in the garage, in his car, within seconds of death. The officer said that it it had been any longer he would've passed away.
27. Self Defense
I took a call from a young man fighting with his aunt's friend. He kept telling me he was going to stab him to protect himself. Sure enough he did before help arrived. I heard everyone in the room screaming, while the two of them grunted and fought. The young man stabbed him in the jugular. Guy was pretty much dead before he hit the floor.
28. First Call Is The Hardest
One of my first "real" 911 calls was a lady in her burning trailer house. She was elderly and wasn't very mobile. She was calling from a landline. I stayed on the phone with her for 11 minutes until the line went dead as she frantically struggled to get out of her house. She never made it out and was found dead only 2 feet from the door. Every time I get a call of a house fire this flashed through my head.
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29. Crisis Center
Not 911, but I worked with a rape and abuse crisis center answering calls on the 24-hour crisis hotline for a number of years. Most calls were women who were victims of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence calling just to talk. Pretty emotional stuff most of the time. There's one call that will always stand out to me as being very odd and disturbing.
I took a call once from a guy who said he was calling about problems with his wife. After rambling on about nothing and me reminding him a couple times that this was a crisis hotline, he finally admitted that his wife was a rape victim, and that's what he thought was the root of all of their problems together.
I was on the phone with this guy for about an hour and a half, and I could not for the life of me follow what he was saying. After a bit though, I realized that he had stated, a number of times, things like, "Well, I mean, I'm not sure if my wife is a client there..." and "My wife's name is _______, I'm not sure if you'd recognize it..." and I realized that this guy is trying to manipulate me into telling him whether or not his wife is a client of the crisis center. I didn't take the bait.
He then started going into these stories about how confused he was at his wife's "weird" behavior recently that there was apparently no basis whatsoever for. Stuff like coming over with her brother-in-law to gather her things and telling her husband she was afraid of him, and taking herself off of their shared account. And then I realize, oh, he's trying to manipulate me into thinking she's crazy just in case she is a client here.
Finally, as I started to try to disengage with him and end the call, he starts talking about how he and his wife still have some mutual friends that talk to both of them, and how he's planning on getting them to give him information about where she's staying. He also said that one of these mutual friends had agreed to pick his wife up under the guise of going out to lunch and then drive her out in the country somewhere to meet him. He was planning on meeting her there with flowers and jewelry and a wedding dress, so they could renew their wedding vows.
At that point, I've put 2 and 2 together and realized that this seems to be an abusive husband who is now stalking his estranged wife and is making plans to...(CONTINUED)
Trying to trick people he knows into delivering her to him. The thing I still don't know, to this day, is whether he knew it or not, like, he honestly didn't seem to realize that he was the "bad guy" in this situation, and that tricking his friend into driving his wife out in the middle of nowhere so he would try to force her into renewing their wedding vows was creepy and horrible. He talked like his wife was simply confused and he, as a loving husband, was only trying to help her. His voice was very soft throughout the call and just exuded self-pity with everything he said. He didn't sound cold or calculating, and I could see why he had found so many mutual friends to help him. He honestly just seemed like this pitiful guy who was trying to help his wife who was suffering severe emotional and mental problems.
Except for the fact that his wife was a client, and the organization had records on him and the abuse his wife suffered going back years. And he was calling for the sole purpose of not only finding out what kind of dirt we might have on him if his wife was a client of ours, but also to try to plant seeds of doubt about in his wife's story- legally, I have to make a record of every call I take, including a detailed narrative. Our records can be subpoenaed in legal trials. I was able to end the call with him without letting on that I knew or suspected anything, and immediately got in touch with higher-ups at the organization to let them know what was going on. I suspect those individuals then contacted the wife to let her in on it. The call was, to me, a testament to the fact that abusers take all forms, and are usually incredibly good at manipulating situations and people around them.
Have you ever found yourself in an argument so stupid and/or pointless that you were sure you were being punked? Like you keep looking away from the other person to check your surroundings for places Ashton Kutcher and a camera crew could come popping out of?
You're not the only one.
u/Anti-hollowkid asked: What is the dumbest argument you've ever been in?Brace yourselves, folks. Some of these arguments are breathtakingly bonkers. The sheer number of people who are willing to argue with someone over provable facts and what that other person likes or doesn't like is just ... stunning. It's stunning, you guys. Just not in a good way.
I Know What I LikeGiphy
My wife and I once argued over whether or not I liked mustard on my hot dog. I was for me liking mustard, she was against me liking mustard.
The argument lasted way longer that you could ever imagine it would.
A Stair Step
My brother and I argued if our staircase had 13 or 14 steps, based on an argument about if the floor of the second floor counts as a stair-step or not. We still have no solution.
My dad is a stairbuilder and I spent many summers working at his warehouse, so I can clear this up. 14.
My husband and I have this thing where we only say "I love you" on Saturdays. Every other day it's "I love you, but only on Saturdays." I don't know how it started, but it's been going for 11 years now.
We're both shiftworkers, so sometimes we have to stop and think what day it actually is. We had an argument recently over whether it was Saturday or not. I said it was Saturday, he said it was Friday. It was Monday.
I remember when I was about 13 my parents had an hour-long shouting match that ended with them almost getting divorced. The issue? Whether or not the nation of Iraq has a coastline.
My mother arguing that Iraq had a coastline, while my stepdad argued that it did not. This was back in 2004, and they are still quite happily married to this day. That incident is something they look back on and laugh about, and both of them admit it was really a pretty stupid thing to argue over.
With an ex:
"I owe you $80 for the bills of ours that you pay, and you owe me $40 for the bills of ours that I paid. Here's $40 in cash; we're even."
She did not understand this.
I literally had to go get another $40 out of the ATM, and hand the $80 to her. Then I had her hand me the $40 she owed me.
"Now how much do you have in your hand?"
She still didn't understand.
She somehow has a college degree.
When we were kids my brother and I got in a physical fight because he said I like mini wheats and I insisted I didn't. His argument was that I always sang the mini wheats song and I was deeply offended that he wasn't aware that it was just stuck in my head but I hated the cereal. I actually did like the cereal I'm not sure why I was arguing with him about it but I remember how genuinely angry I was.
I'll tell you about the only legal trouble I've ever been in, the fight that got me arrested. It started over whether we should return a box of crayons or not, and to this day I don't have any idea how it escalated to the point of the cops being called, but they were and I was the one taken in.
My boyfriend insisted that when two people are in an argument and one makes a point so reasonable and logical the other one can't disagree with it - it's unfair. I tried, logically and reasonably, to explain several times why that is just winning the argument, proving your point thoroughly and is completely fair.
His answer was that I was being unfair.
How the ch in masochism is pronounced. My friend caught me saying "masoKism" while he would say "masoSYism."
To be fair, he grew up speaking French, in which the ch in masochism is pronounced in "his" way. But he insisted that I was the wrong one here and that was just infuriating.
A woman was adamant that looking at the big solar eclipse on the television was unsafe unless you were wearing glasses. She wouldn't believe us and insisted on emailing NASA to check.
A Non-Standard Ruler?
I worked for a company that made signs. We had a customer ask for signs that were 7mm wide that were to go on a door. Our sign makers figured the order meant inches because 7mm is pretty small, so made them 7 inches. I got a phone call from the customer who went mad at me for making them the wrong size. So I put a reorder through for 7 mm.
Argued with the sign makers over it but they eventually agreed to do it after I shown them the order in writing. I even had the customer put her complaint in writing, reiterating the size they wanted.
7mm signs went out and a day later I get the customer on the phone literally screaming at me.
Cue the dumb argument - we ended up having an argument over how big a millimetre is, and obviously everyone in the office were laughing, but this customer just wouldn't accept it and said we must be using a non-standard ruler to measure.
Ended up being escalating to the sales department manager who refused to issue a refund. We still don't know what they actually meant.
This Unusual Vegan Argument
Was in a pub with a few friends, and some random Dude dropped an ear, and somehow figured I'm vegan. Well, people like him are the reason I usually avoid mentioning it. He came up to me and insisted on starting a discussion about veganism. He claimed that by the end of it, I would be eating meat again.
He listed some stupid arguments, I told him I was not convinced and then tried to keep on drinking beer with my friends. He followed me, and wanted me to "try to convert him to a vegan." I stupidly listed some of my reasons thinking it would make him go away. He told me he still was not convinced, so I was like whatever. Again, I really just wanted to drink beer with my friends.
That dude followed me all night and expected me to try make him vegan. Doesn't matter what I said, and all the reasons that for me are obviously good enough to be vegan. He'd be just like "No, that doesn't convince me, therefore your argument and how you life is stupid."
Didn't matter how often I told him that I honestly don't care; 5 minutes later he would come up to me again "I'm still not vegan, so veganism is stupid, all your arguments were stupid, now give me a good reason to become vegan!" At one point, I was literally yelling at him that I don't give a single flying f about what he eats and why, that it's in no way my responsibility to "turn somebody vegan" and in no way his business what I eat.
Honestly, for that dude, I would have bought a whole ham, just to shove it up his stupid annoying face.
In college my roommate and I argued about a line in Monty Python & the Holy Grail. The scene with the Black Knight where the line "Alright, we'll call it a draw" is uttered. We argued about who said that line, whether it was King Arthur or the Black Knight.
It went on for hours longer than it should have because I was stubborn and refused to admit I was wrong.
Albert or ArnoldGiphy
Whether Albert Einstein or Arnold Schwarzenegger would be more useful to have around during a Zombie apocalypse. How on earth would Albert Einstein come in handy!?
Below Sea Level
I live on an island and when you go upland and you look out the sea looks like it's higher than or on the same level as the land. It's just a weird perspective thing because of the horizon. One day some kid says that it's because the island is under sea level.
I'm like wtf bro all of us would be with the fishes. He argues that no that's not true and if I just go upland I'll see. We then spend a good 5 minutes of my time arguing about it until I decided to leave this kid in his stupidity. He even said we shouldn't believe everything adults tell us and sometimes we need to think for ourselves.
This kid was older than me and was going to a good school. Lost my respect for him ever since then.
Someone tried to fight with me over how to spell my name.
Now, my name is in a lot of languages with slightly different spellings. I would have accepted any of those spellings, but this one was just... Not even close. It didn't make any logical sense.
An analogous example is if my name was Thomas and someone was insisting it was spelled Tomash. And not just the name Thomas in general, but that me specifically, on my birth certificate, was named Tomash. I know how to spell my own name.
I swear to god, it went on for like an hour.
Whales Are Mammals
I was in an online chat room one day, and we were talking about whales. I commented on how whales are mammals and the next thing you know, someone was arguing with me and trying to convince me that a whale was a fish.
Stupid microwaves. Having a man child talk down to me about how microwaves work only for him to google it and prove me right. He slept on the sofa that night.
My friend keeps telling me that the norm is that a person should shower once a week. This has been going on for years. I'm almost convinced he's trolling me.
No Balloons For Grandma
My cousin and I argued over a balloon going to Heaven. We were at his big sisters prom send off and he let a balloon go and it went high into the sky.
He then said this balloon will go up past space and go to Heaven and reach grandma (God rest her soul). And I was like no it's not and it's probably not even gonna reach space. Releasing balloons is terrible for the environment and kills/harms so much wildlife.
He got really mad and defensive and started telling me to google it and do my research and I'm like I don't have to google it you idiot. He was mad at me for a good week.
Spontaneous Dolphin ExistenceGiphy
How dolphins reproduced. It took me a few solid minutes of explaining to her that dolphins have reproductive organs and that they did not just pop into existence. The argument began with her saying she wanted to work with sea creatures.
Personally, I hope she was messing with me cause I lost a little faith in humanity that day.
I repeatedly had the argument with a friend over whether roosters were chickens. She was convinced that only the females were chickens (hens). We were 18 at the time.
Me and my friend were drinking underage, we ended up in an argument of whether lightning McQueen's eyes were blue or green. Somehow throughout the whole thing both of us never thought to straight up google a picture.
But ... Ice Floats
Woman wanted ice on the bottom of her drink.
Now read that sentence again and try to imagine arguing with that particular brand of stupid.
Time Zones Exist
Coworker claimed that it was the same time of day and the same season on the whole globe. Had to get 4 coworkers to confirm to him that time zones do in fact exist.
My brother is colorblind. And he CONSTANTLY tries to correct me on what color things are.
"Hey could you hand me that red _____?"
"no, it's red"
"YOU CANT EVEN KNOW"
It is the base of our most common and heated arguments.
I'm late, but I saw this question and instantly remembered that I was booted from a Facebook group because I called someone out on a lie that was not only bull, but extremely pointless. She was friends with the moderator and they made the case that my argument over such a little lie was more of a problem than the lie itself (though they didn't refer to it as a lie.)
The woman said that she used to babysit for Andre 3000 and that his name was Andre 2000 - but he changed it after the year 2000 had passed. This was so easily disproven it was ridiculous. Their debut album came out in 1994 and he was already going by Andre 3000 at that time.
The argument wasn't a huge long drawn out thing, but the fact that either of us were on Facebook at separate times meant that the responses were over a long period of time so this argument lasted a few days.
It was stupid.
Stars Like Our Sun
I was arguing with my grandpa about stars he didn't believe that there are other stars like our sun. Basically he thought there is only the sun, the moon and the earth.
I have a degree in history. I mostly focused on nationalism. Wrote a 50 page paper on it and Richard Nixon with around 50 100 sources. Looked at micro film for hours on end. Part of the paper focused on how Nixon being chair of the house committee of Unamerican Activities was used as a powerful weapon to use against political enemies. It also inspired Joe McCarthy. Have had people tell me I was wrong and Nixon was never elected to a position besides the president and Joe McCarthy came before Nixon. I stopped trying to talk history to people.
I also know quite a bit about the history of the Balkans its amazing how many Serbs refuse to believe Tito did anything wrong.
Wrote 100 page paper on nationalism in Israel. Its frustrating to talk about because for some reason a lot of people think Palestinian firing rockets randomly into Israel is ok but if Israel retaliates the people get up in arms over a targeted air strike that kills 3 people.
Balloon to Heaven
My cousin and I argued over a balloon going to Heaven. We were at his big sisters prom send off and he let a balloon go and it went high into the sky. He then said this balloon will go up past space and go to Heaven and reach grandma (God rest her soul). And I was like no it's not and it's probably not even gonna reach space.
And he got really mad and defensive and started telling me to google it and do my research and I'm like I don't have to google it you idiot. He was mad at me for a good week.
I got into an argument with a co-worker over how we were attaching two pages of a letter together: small binder clips or paper clips.
He felt that paper clips would leave a "dent" in the paper when removed, but binder clips won't. He refused to staple them together. I felt that binder clips would also leave a "dent", so we might as well just use the paper clips.
It ended with him saying: "Do what you want [me], I don't care!" and storming off.
Once got accused of faking being Jewish. Why? I have no clue. We argued over the course of a month, any time I'd bring it up and she heard about it, she'd begin going after me for "faking it".
My mother's side is ethnically Jewish. Grandparents were practicing.
3 friends and I once got into an argument about how to pronounce Nutella. It lasted for about 3-4 months. It was hilarious how serious we took it, it'd get heated but never for real serious.
I think someone even called the company that made it to check, or that may have been for the Cheetos company. We were really bored in high school.
Late to the party, but there it is.
I'm a manager at a small store. We're only 4 working there, so my team and I grew very close and we joke around a lot. Once during a slow shift, my employee and I had an argument because we were looking at the lingerie boxes, and I thought that two specific boxes had the same woman on it, but she was 100% positive they weren't the same person.
Looking back, I don't know why it was such a big deal to us at the time, but we even called another employee who lives across the street to come and tell us what the heck was up with that. Turns out I was right, and she was pretty salty about it. It was a great night.
Wicked Witch of the West
I almost got into an argument with an old girlfriend over Glinda the good witch from Oz. She insisted that Glinda was manipulating Dorothy to assassinate the Wicked Witch of the West and convince the Wizard to leave to create a political void she could fill.
I conceded the issue when I heard the whole premise because I thought it was too damn stupid to get worked up over.
Keep Your Hands to Yourself
Just the other day I legit got in an argument with my co-workers on why I don't like my butt being grabbed by anyone (I'm a guy). Seriously.
They went on about "I don't mind it. Mike and I do it all the time and we don't care." Yeah, that's nice dude, but I'm not you, and there's something called "Keep your hands to yourself" (which was taught to a good portion of us growing up). Just like how Karen wouldn't like it if I touched her boobs or her grabbing your crotch or frankly ANY area you wouldn't like being grabbed, keep away. In general, you should not be touching me in any areas after I've told you not to several times before.
So unless you're sleeping me or dating me, keep your damn hands off my toosh.
My best friend and I argued over whether or not telekinesis was possible. Her argument was that humans don't yet know what the human brain at 100% usage was capable of, and that telekinesis was inside the possibilities.
I said the brain does use 100%, just at different times.
We didn't speak to each other for four days.
How dolphins reproduced and whether or not ghost existed (back to back with the same person). It took me a few solid minutes of explaining to her that dolphins have reproductive organs and that they did not just pop into existence (the argument began with her saying she wanted to work with sea creatures).
How it shifted to the existence of ghosts is a solid and reasonable question to ask (I don't remember why). I had to then proceed to tell her that ghost hunting TV shows do not constitute as undeniable evidence.
Personally, I hope she was messing with me cause I lost a little faith in humanity that day. This was in high school SO... hopefully she was kidding.
Dogs and ChocolateGiphy
I told this stupid woman that chocolate is toxic to dogs. She went on to tell me how a little bit will just make them hyper and then they will calm down. I told her to google it. Her and her bf shut right up. Now they have a kid. Good luck, Jeremy and Andrea. morons.
I should also add that this argument started because Jeremy was giving his tiny dog chocolate and I told him it was toxic.
Is water wet?
My roommate and I have a recurring argument over whether or not water is wet l, and whether or not a person is considered wet underwater.
For the record, it is no to both questions.
A kid a church telling me about the mission trip I went on. Not only was I not on that trip, but I had never been on any mission trip. We were good friends, so it's not like he would've mistaken someone else for me.
He insisted I was there as if an entire week long trip would just fall out of my memory. He even had stories of things we'd done together. I'm not sure if he thought I was lying, joking, stupid, or crazy, but I was pretty sure he was some combination thereof.
One time I got into a shouting match with my mom and little brother in the car. The issue? The names of the two-headed dragon from the PBS kids afternoon show Dragon Tales. I swore it was Zack and Macie.
It was actually Zak and Wheezie. I don't even remember why we were yelling about it.
Green Or Yellow?
When I was about 15 or so my mother and I spent about 20-30 minutes arguing about the color of a shirt. We agreed it was blue/green, but to me it was just a shade more blue, while to her it was just a bit more green.
Turns out, your eyeballs yellow as you age and hers were 24 years yellower than mine, so I think that skewed her color vision.
Stars In Their MultitudeGiphy
I once got in an argument over whether or not a line from the song "Stars" in Les Mis says "...but mine is the way of the lord" or "mine is the way of the law".
I didn't even really care what he thought but he was so adamant and cocky that it got me heated. By the end of it we were shouting at each other and I had to apologize, which I think is what he wanted the whole time.
My brother is colorblind. And he CONSTANTLY tries to correct me on what color things are.
"Hey could you hand me that red _____?" "that's orange" "no, it's red" "orange" "YOU CANT EVEN KNOW".
It is the base of our most common and heated arguments.
About five years ago, my girlfriend (now wife) once had a very intense argument about whether or not hot water cleaned things better than cold water.
She genuinely believed that water temperature didn't matter. This is someone who has not one, but two masters degrees.
We argued for something like 2 hours, and we seriously almost broke up over the whole thing.
I had an argument with a girl IN THE MIDDLE OF A BIOLOGY CLASS in high school about how humans are not mammals. She thought a human was a human and we are not mammals because "mammals are animals and humans are not animals"
I tried explaining to her the difference between reptiles and mammals and how humans fall under the mammal category to try and educate her... but she just wouldn't listen.
I still have no idea why the BIOLOGY teacher did not get involved...
Solid Or Liquid?
Some classmates and I got into a heated debate as to whether or not the human body could count as a soup, salad, or sandwich. The teacher got mad at us, but hey! All we were doing was watching a movie.
For the record, my logic lays with soup- Liquid contained within a solid, at a hot temperature.