People Share Events That Were So Significant It Divided Their Life Into 'Before' And 'After'.

We're all shaped by experiences, and sometimes a single experience can be so significant it splits your life in two. There was who you were before it happened, and then for better or worse there's who you are now.

Here, people share events that were just that; life defining. Enjoy! And make sure to check out the sources at the bottom for even more!

1. Finding home again.

For me, it was moving out of my parents' house and eventually cutting off all contact. I went from a very controlled environment where I had to listen to screaming and fighting almost every night, plus I had to constantly ask for permission to do things like go out and God Help Me if I wanted to have someone over.

Bought a house, moved out, never looked back. Sometimes in the middle of the night and realize I wake up and hear a noise that I think is one of my parents walking around in the hall, and then I realize I'm alone and relief just washes over me. I eat when I want, shower when I want, adopted several dogs, and I never get the third degree about any of my choices, especially now that there's no further contact with that side of the family at all. I feel like it's a huge blessing.

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2. The wake-up call.

Had less than a 10% chance of living after kidney failure, liver failure, septic shock, lactic acidosis, severe dehydration, and severe malnutrition, and severe alcohol withdrawal syndrome all hit me at once.

I was out for eight days from the DT's (delirium tremens) given to me for alcohol withdrawal. When I woke up in the ICU the doctor told me I was a walking miracle. He had no medical explanation as to why I lived. My liver, and kidneys basically did a complete 180 one hour after he told my family I would be dead by morning. Which was 4 hours away.

They had a priest and everything read me my last rights.

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I'm only 24, and was drinking almost 2 liters worth of 100 proof vodka every 12 hours, for 6 months straight. Morning, noon, night. I was never sober.

After I was released after 4 weeks in the hospital, I was left crippled by the lactic acidosis which made everything numb. The numbness, when receded, was replaced by a constant 10 out of 10 pain that lasted for literally 24/7, for 9 months. I lost my ability to walk. (Story continues...)


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Nowadays, because I asked whatever being to save me... I don't drink, eat healthy, and run every night. My liver enzymes are perfectly healthy, and my congestive heart failure is no longer an issue. They've had to re-diagnose me as someone without heart failure.

All of my muscles, and vital organs are healthier than they have been since I was a child. I no longer have liver fibrosis, my legs work, and my heart is as healthy as any average young adults.

SecretAsainMan

3. Better off without him.

I had a boyfriend who ghosted me.

We were in an extremely committed, long term relationship. Literally a week before it happened, he was talking about learning French before we have kids so that they could grow up bilingual. It was and still is a huge shock.

Before he left, I suffered from horrible depression and anxiety, and was having suicidal thoughts and tendencies. I was already in therapy.

After he left, I worked so hard in therapy so that when I went back to school the coming semester, I could do so on my own, and stay focused on that.

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Seven months later and I'm almost done my second year of university with a decent average (75% as of right now, sorry I don't know GPA and yes I know that I should). I am in a major life crisis, but I am getting through it, and I know that I will survive what comes my way. In hindsight, him leaving me may have been the best thing that happened to me.

midnightpatches

4. Courage in trying times.

The day my two year old daughter woke up from a nap and couldn't quite move her arms correctly. At first I thought she slept wrong. Pinched a nerve maybe? Then her legs started giving out and I got really scared. She was taken by squad to the ER and underwent X-rays, CT scans, blood tests, etc. but no one could tell me what was happening. She eventually went into respiratory failure and had to be intubated.

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They took her for an MRI and 4 hours later still weren't completely sure what happened. Sometime later that week they diagnosed her with longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis. She is now quadriplegic and 100% vent dependent. She spent 4 months in the hospital. I only left 3 times for about an hour each to see my own doctor. My husband and I have 4 other children so it was very difficult for all of us. (Story continues...)


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We are still questioning why this happened. We went from a pretty typical family to a completely dysfunctional mess seemingly overnight. While we have had some positive things truthfully it has been a very hard journey. Watching your child struggle to breathe let alone move is a heartbreak I can't describe. Her brain and brain stem were unaffected and thankfully she is able to speak and move her head. She drives her power wheelchair herself with a head array controller.

She will start kindergarten early in the fall and is the happiest sweetest little girl you'd ever meet. The incident happened the day after Easter 2014 so this week will be hard on us. But we'll get through and keep plodding along because we really have no other choice. If there was ever a more defining life changing moment I have yet to experience it.

Karwan79

5. From the ashes.

Lost everything in a fire. Had no money and no insurance. It was definitely the worst time in my life.

But, I can definitely recognize the difference from before the fire and after. I'm much more mature and confident than I was two years ago. I'm in a better job, I have my own place... It was really a kick in the rear that made me a grown up.

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6. You are who you choose to be.

A breakup which I took very badly, is without a doubt, the worst thing that ever happened to me (so far). In the long run though, it was literally the best thing ever.

At first it was ok, it was a mutual decision. But then someone else who was close to me got involved with the ex, like really quick after the breakup. And that really messed me up, got me into a deep depression which lasted almost 18 months, but the worst part was that I could no longer meet up with my friends. They were usually there on the get togethers, and I could not stand looking at them without breaking into tears or howling or something. I could only meet my friends one at a time.

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It was a certain group of friends -always the same people, and I realised I had no one else. No real friends at work, no real friends at the university, of from anywhere else, basically just family. As a guy in early 20s, I felt worthless, broken and alone. I got some self-help books, went to therapy, but I still just wanted... well, not to die... just... to stop existing. I only looked forward to sleeping, because that's when I didn't feel the constant angst. Then, needing to somehow express my uncensored story, I started a journal. I was mostly writing about my depression and myself. I'm naturally introspective, and that was a good way to start looking on my situation in a different way. More importantly, I really started exploring who I was. I found a will to change, to fight. I realized that I'd been lacking certain skills to cope with the outside world. The wide variety of social skills I didn't have, my self-esteem, my life being boring, bleak, without direction. All of that (and more) was a problem.

So after I identified some of the problems, I asked myself - how does one change that? Partly I already knew, partly I researched and learned, and partly it was hit and miss. But that was when I started actively sculpting myself into a person I wanted to be. (Story continues...)


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I can't put to words how hard that is. The number of successes is laughable, compared to the number of failures, but the failures do not matter in the long run. They are the price of getting a bit farther in all this. I might as well not try at all and still be in the same place. It led me to a bunch of travelling, adventures, getting to know new people, trying a lot of new things, changing my view on people, myself and my relationships. It opened my eyes to so much - both the beautiful, and the dark, and all in between.

I think that horrible breakup and the darkness of the subsequent depression made me find my biggest asset. The unquenchable fire of the will to fight no matter what.

My depression had relapsed after that, but that speck of light was always there. You cannot win, ever, if you refuse to fight.

thehorsedogcontinues

7. In the blink of an eye.

Motorcycle crash.

I see this woman pull out in front of me and make a blind left turn across a couple lanes of traffic...and as I'm emergency braking I somehow manage to look in her window and she's looking at her phone---BAM! Leg mangled, concussion, road rash, all for her "be there in a few" text, probably. She didn't even come over to see if I was alright after I stopped rolling. I still don't even know what she looks like and this was 3 years ago. People suck.

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Nowadays my eyes are darting every direction, but it took a long time for me to get back to being okay with intersections. Stay off your phone while you're driving.

ugliestnerd

8. Putting yourself out there.

When I went to a recruiting event for a business fraternity at my school.

Growing up I never really had any friends. My freshman year of college wasn't much different, and I also wasn't happy with my major. By my sophomore year, I switched into the business school and wanted it to be a fresh start. I heard about this fraternity and thought it sounded interesting, so I went to their mixer event.

I remember walking into the atrium and looking around at everyone mingling. I saw a group of guys talking who looked friendly, took a deep breath, and walked right up to them and introduced myself. Long story short, they're now my best friends and I can't imagine what my life would be like if I didn't go to that event and say hi to them.

stateinspector

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9. Calm in the storm.

I was on a plane that lost power in a storm and dropped in mid air before the pilots were able to correct the situation. Nothing news worthy, but enough to scare the anything out of you.

But those seconds that lasted a lifetime are forever burned into my brain. I remember everything about what was going on, even the guy across the aisle who started to rock back and forth praying out loud. (Story continues...)


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I remember being thankful that the plane was over water and that if we went down we wouldn't hurt anyone. I remember thinking about how I wouldn't get to watch my god daughter grow up. It made me so sad that I felt like my life was so incomplete. I never finished all of the goals I had made for myself.

I felt terrible for not being true to who I wanted to be and I vowed the second that plane touched down and we were clear to exit, that my life was going to be different.

It was hard leaving the airport, I was having a huge anxiety and panic attack, my best friend had to coach me over the phone for 45 minutes before I could muster up the strength to leave and head home.

It was an extremely hard week. I played it over and over on a loop reliving it. I had nightmares about it and for almost two years didn't step on board of a plane.

But In that two year span I accomplished a lot.

The first two weeks, I quit smoking, I quit drinking, I quit eating all the garbage food that was a norm to me. I managed to lose 20 pounds in three months.

I picked up my musical instrument I was so shy about and went and played an open mic for the first time and actually had some pretty solid compliments and applause.

I quit the job I had been at (which made me miserable despite the decent wages) and threw myself back into what made me the happiest I had ever been.

I ended up making better relationship choices. I ended up finding an amazing person (when I wasn't looking for one) and have been with that person ever since.

I suppose sometimes life can scare you back into living.

rayeath

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10. Turning over a new leaf.

Getting kicked out of college.

I got booted out after 3 semesters of slacking off and oversleeping for classes that were as late as 6pm. I just didn't care to be there. I was 18, working part time at a pizza place I had been at since I was 15, didn't have a car or license, and had no motivation to do much of anything. I got the axe and started working full time, practiced for my driving test, passed it, then sold my WoW account for the down payment on a used car. I've basically been on an upward trend since then.

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That was 8 years ago now, and a recent breakup has basically had a similar effect. I got dumped and after a few weeks of self loathing and blaming her, I decided to just become the best version of me I could. I started exercising at home, quit smoking, started eating healthier, and have since moved in to a place that I'm happy. I have continued to eat healthier and am working on cutting soda out of my diet. I go to the gym ~5 days a week, and have noticeably lost some weight and build a decent amount of muscle. I'm happy with my progress so far but I have plenty of work ahead of me.

stateinspector

11. The information age.

It is seriously difficult to explain to people who have always had the internet what it was like before there was an internet. It's just mind blowing how different things were.

The simplest example I can give is this. (Story continues...)


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Let's say you're talking with some people and a guy says:

"Yea, it's a fact, cancer is a direct result of too much zinc in your diet. It's a new study of the Netherlands, it's just not made it into American Medicine yet. You'll see it in the news in the next year or two as we catch up."

So prior to the internet you would hear that and... wonder. Maybe start trying to watch your Zinc intake? What's Zinc in anyway? Fish? How do you find out? The library? What book do you look in? After consulting with a librarian and several hours of searching you find out it's in dark chocolate. Great! But where do you get Dark Chocolate? The local grocery store doesn't carry it. So you start calling around asking. No-one has it. If your local stores don't carry something, you have no way to get it short of a mail order service. But you have no way of finding a mail-order service.

Meanwhile, post-internet, before the guy even finished his sentence, 3 people would have whipped out their phones, looked it up and told him he was full of shit.

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What we gained with the internet is so incredibly mind blowing, it improved every aspect of your life in ways so complicated we're still having a hard time pinning them all down.

John_Barlycorn

12. Good advice.

What I have learned after losing my dad a little over a year ago is that, although it may not get better, it will get easier. Take things a day at a time. A friend of mine gave me some advice since he was in a similar situation when he was my age. He said something along the lines that "Your dad may be gone but he will never leave you.

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One day when you are older you will look yourself in the mirror and see someone that looks vaguely like your father. Then you will realize he was with you helping shape you your entire life." I miss my dad but in his passing I gained a clarity in life that i didn't have before. I now really enjoy what i have because now I know how fast things can change. Have a good day today, everyone.

Ulrike01

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 Like

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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.

- AardvarkAndy

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.

- RazerWolf04

My dad is a stairbuilder and I spent many summers working at his warehouse, so I can clear this up. 14.

- Apples9308

Saturdays

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.

- FormalMango

Iraq

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.

- dontcryformegiratina

$40

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.

- Speedly

Mini Wheats

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.

- shicole3

Crayons

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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.

- CorrectionalChard

That's Unfair

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.

- ShyAcorn

Pure Masochism

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.

- argofire

Emailing NASA

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.

- derawin07

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.

- Lovelocke

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.

- onlytruebertos

Monty Python

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.

- Skrivus

Albert or Arnold

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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!?

- Gerrard1995

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.

- -justforclout-

Tomash

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.

- TK-DuVeraun

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.

- kawaii_psycho451

Microwaves

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.

- sun_phobic

Shower Schedule

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.

- LibrarianGovernment

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.

- Dskee02

Spontaneous Dolphin Existence

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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.

- thebeststory

Male Chickens

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.

- bee_zah

Lightning McQueen

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.

- 23071115

But ... Ice Floats

Waiter/Host here.

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.

- FarWoods

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.

- JustARegularToaster

Colorblind

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.

- droneb2hive

Andre 2000?

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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.

- P1ST0L_Wh1PP3D

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.

fox_boi2

Richard Nixon

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.

grumblecakes1

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.

Dskee02

Binder Clips

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.

justantherredditgirl

Jewish

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.

Aslkurloz

Nutella

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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.

vault_tec_redditor

Lingerie Boxes

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.

Meh75

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.

weirdatwork2017

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.

Frisby2007

Telekinesis

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.

dude_bizarro

Ghosts

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.

thebeststory

Dogs and Chocolate

Giphy

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.

KlutzyHedgehog

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.

SFCopperhead

Mission Trip

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.

SirRogers

Dragon Tales

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.

MistalQueensglaive

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.

BugsRatty

Stars In Their Multitude

Giphy

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.

theedjman

Colorblind

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.

droneb2hive

Hot Water

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.

moniker5000

Biology Class

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...

10d4plus8

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.

ScreamingPotoo