People Share Examples Of Amazing Parenting They've Seen in Public.

A good parent makes a world of difference in a child's life. Patience, love and a sense of good humour are important qualities to pass on. It's a thankless task sometimes, but it definitely doesn't go unnoticed.

Here, people share the time they saw an example of amazing parenting. Enjoy! And make sure to check out the sources for even more.


1. Same love.

A couple weeks ago on Fourth of July I was at a family friend's house. These people were extremely devout Catholics. However, when the subject of the two newly wed women in their family came up and a young child asked "Wait.. Isn't it supposed to be a man and a woman? Not a woman and a woman." The grandmother looked at him, smiled, and said "Live and let live honey. People are supposed to marry who they love and it doesn't matter if they're a girl or a boy."

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2. The whole world's a classroom.

I used to hate kids, until I saw the way my best friend and his son interact. Never a raised voice. Never were any commands given, yet never were any requests denied. There was no change in his tone of voice when he spoke to his child - they always talked like adults.

He would give his son quick, simple lessons every day. The one I saw was the meaning of friendship. I had just been kicked out of my girlfriend's house after a breakup, and my friend came to get me immediately. While we drove, he spoke to his son about what it means to be a friend, and how sometimes when a friend needs you, it can be more important to help them than to follow the rules, and that one day he will need to help a friend, and he could count on his father to always support him doing what's right even when it's difficult.

Later on, his son pulled out his toy microscope, and showed me all his favorite slides. My friend sneezed, then, noticing that the microscope was out, said "Hey, want to see something awesome?! Get me a blank slide!" He wiped his sneezy hand on it and taught his son about cells and germs. The kid is 7, and already learning stuff I didn't know until high school.

He never just gave information out to his son. If his son asked a question, he would ask questions in return to guide his son into figuring it out himself. He also wouldn't let his son give up on a question until he had an answer. And if they hit a dead end, rather than just give out the answer, he'd sit down and look it up with his son, to show where the answer really comes from and how to find it.

And what really shocked me, and made me re-think my hatred of children, was just how amazingly consistent it was. I watched those two for about a month, and every day was more amazing fatherhood and awesome child. Hell, most adults I know aren't as well-adjusted and calm as his child.

It's the kind of thing that doesn't just restore your hope for humanity, it actually inspires me to change myself. I count him as the gold standard for good fathers.

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3. 'Lil Mozart.

Sitting in an airport recently that happened to have a piano in the corner with a notice on it saying "go ahead and play it". Got to listen to several pieces of varying quality. My favourite was a little boy of no more than 3 who bashed out a lot of random notes, but after every pause his whole family applauded him. Was adorable. Maybe he'll grow up to be the next concert pianist, maybe not, but he knows that whatever he tries he'll have plenty of support.

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4. Making it easier for them.

I had a parent swing by my classroom today and ask if her daughter could meet up with me before the school year started. They moved and changed schools. She realized her daughter needed reassurance from me, her previous teacher that the new school was going to be a positive experience. That struck a chord with me, she realized change can be frightening and difficult for children and was trying to ease the transition for her daughter.

Arthropody

5. Non-Partisan Parenting.

Vice President Biden came and gave a speech at my college, and there was a mom sitting behind me with her son. She was asking him questions about politics, and he, in turn, asked his own. The kid seemed to be about 8 years old. She explained that Biden was a Democrat, and that there is another party called Republicans. The boy turned to her and asked, "Which one is right?" (Story continues...)


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The woman responded, "That's not for me to tell you. You have to figure that out on your own." I gave that mom a standing ovation in my head for not pushing her own political opinions on her child one way or another.

scarpain

6. No subtitles needed.

One day on the UBahn I saw a man with three kids. One was strapped to his chest and the other two were probably 3 and 5. He was so calm, collected and cool. Spoke calmly to them. Was telling them a story, doing voices, acting goofy... I didn't understand what he was saying because it was in German but it really touched my heart. Those kids could have been bored out of their minds having to sit on a train surrounded by a bunch of strangers yet he kept them occupied with what I assume was an awesome made up story.

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7. The box architect.

My husband used to stop by home depot and collect the cardboard boxes that refrigerators and washing machines came in and build elaborate houses, airplanes, castles, race cars and tunnels for our kids.

He would take hours making these things for them...then sit and watch them play in them until they fell apart just to do it all over again.

I found it adorable.

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8. Just magical.

Last week, I was waiting at a car dealership while my vehicle was getting worked on and there was a mother and her daughter taking turns reading Harry Potter to each other out loud. The mother had to pause several times while her daughter explained the characters to her, even though she definitely knew it all already. But the calm way she handled it was just amazing and so different from what you usually see.

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9. Sunshine and rainbows.

A guy took his daughter to the pool and was just watching. She stopped swimming for whatever reason and she was dripping wet, and then she said something and he gave her a big hug and she went back in the water all giggly and happy.

It was cute how not a single care was given about getting his clothes wet, putting a smile on that girls face was more important.

DanJYutaka

10. You can have my rock.

Shortly after my sons first birthday, we're trick-or-treating on a rainy Halloween as Charlie Brown (he wasn't bald, but his light red hair made it easy to miss). After a dozen houses of cooing older women showering him with candy, we arrive at what had to be a newlywed, younger couples door.

They were out of candy at 6pm, having clearly had a good time enjoying it themselves, and just falling over themselves apologizing to my son. (Story continues...)


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He's too soft spoken and incoherent at this point, so he just smiled and pulled the edge of their candy bowl down to his height, while they tried to explain that it was all gone. He then dumps some 9/10th's of his little pumpkin-bucket into it. Something like a pound or two of mixed candies.

They both broke out in tears and nuzzled and hugged him, but he just didn't understand the fuss. Obviously you share when someone doesn't have any! He tottered over to the next door way and continued very quietly mumbling trick or treat for the rest of the evening. I should add that he didn't realize he was receiving candy at that age, just that he was getting something for knocking on doors and making people smile.

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11. Two good feet to stand on.

While snowboarding in Japan, my GF kept falling and getting frustrated. Upon seeing this, a young Japanese boy said something to his father, and then the father motioned him toward us. The boy came to us, demonstrated how to properly place your feet on a snowboard, and then, smiling, walked back to his father. Probably the most polite 7 yr old I have ever met. And most likely the product of a wonderful father.

rr1252

12. Oh lolli-lollipop.

A long time ago, while on vacation, my cousin dropped a giant lollipop and was rather upset about it. While trying to comfort him, I saw a father give his daughter a similar giant lollipop and the girl walked over and handed my cousin the lollipop. It was really adorable.

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13. Parenting behind the scenes.

I saw a woman with a screaming child at a store leave her cart, take the child to the car, and then come back with a nice, well-behaved child. Nothing irks me more than when children scream and their parents ignore them.

IAmtheQueenofRomania

14. Raised with empathy.

A couple years ago, I was hitchhiking across the country with a friend and we found ourselves in downtown Calgary. There was a homeless man taking up a good chunk of one of the benches at the bus stop and a young couple came up with their daughter, who looked to be around 7 or 8.

They sat right beside him on the bench and started up a conversation. The girl looked uneasy, at first, but I could see that their conversation was going well. (Story continues..)


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It may not seem like a huge deal but I thought it was great parenting. Recognizing that there are people less fortunate, but still deserving of attention and decency. It was great to see parents going out of their way to show others respect in front of their children in a situation where most parents may "protect" their children from the "dangers" of the homeless.

NoWarsNoKings

15. Supermom

At work I listened to a boy excitedly talking about all the superhero action figures, who had done what, what kind of powers they had, and who was an enemy of who. The mother engaged him in the conversation, asking questions and acting surprised by what he boy said. They spent a long time with the action figures and it was nice. A lot of parents are like "YOU HAVE THREE SECONDS TOMMY!" and the kid is tearfully hurriedly picking out his toy like it's a punishment instead of a reward.

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16. The best canvas ever.

I was on the subway the other day and there was a dad next to me that was letting his little girl draw on his arm with a pen. She was saying things like " and this is you and mommy.. and I'm gonna draw my flowers here.. And this is grandma's house.." and he's going "uh huh.. and did you draw grandpa? and where's the puppy?" She had covered his forearm entirely in doodles. It was adorable.

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17. Hopping for joy.

I was walking home after going to a small market close to my house and on the way back I saw chalk on the side walk. Things like hopscotch and Start running here...keep it up...faster!...FINISH LINE." I of coarse did them. 100 yards later I come up to a little girl and what was either her mother or older sister. The girl very excitedly asked me if I partook in the chalk hopscotch and run. I answered I did with a smile and I walked the rest of the way home with the biggest damn smile.

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18. More than minding manners.

Was at an IHOP with a friend of mine about a month ago. They sat us next to a huge family. Three tables pushed together with numerous kids and only one adult - a dad. The kids ranged in ages from what looked to be 3 all the way up to preteen. They were the most well-behaved kids I'd ever seen. Please and thank you and passing condiments about. One of the younger kids was even very patiently cutting up pancakes for the youngest of the group. (Story continues...)


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When they left, there was not a single piece of trash on the floor. We just stared at them in amazement. I would have complimented the dad but they took a different path out of the restaurant that didn't bring them near me.

Kitts

19. The princess and her bodyguards.

I was in a party superstore the other day and I was passing all the "party supplies" aisles to get to the good stuff. As I passed the aisle with all of the traditional fluffy pink party stuff, there was a group of absolutely HUGE, really rough looking guys. Every one of them was at least 6' tall and could probably bench press me one handed, and most of them were covered in tattoos. One of them had his daughter with him. Every single one of those big, tough, badass guys was helping this little girl pick out the best tiara. I later saw them walking out of the store, and the little girl was wearing her tiara and a pink feather boa.

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20. The lion kid.

A mother brings her son into the pet store that I work at every single day. She is extremely nice, and her son is just a regular 10 year old boy with a fascination of animals.

When he was holding a bunny, I asked her why she agrees to bring him in every day, when they never purchase anything (minus hamster food once a month) and she said as soon as he wakes up, he begs to come into the pet store all morning until she brings him in after lunch. He likes seeing the animals, and talking to whoever is working. He has a vast knowledge of many animals, and although it can get repetitive and boring, his mother never gets angry, forces him to leave, or is rude with him.

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21. Getting inked.

My father used to keep a pack of markers next to his bed so on weekend mornings when we would wake up and crawl in bed with him we could entertain ourself by giving him "tattoos" while he caught up on sleep. He'd snooze away- he's a farmer- it was a rarity, and let us draw all over his back, legs, arms, stomach. Then, when we finally covered him he'd wake up, walk to the mirror and admire all of our markings with pride.

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22. There if you fall.

I worked at Subway and a boy with a learning disability and his dad came in. They walked up to the counter and the dad made sure we weren't busy before asking his son something along the lines of, "You ready big guy?" He then waited very patiently as his son ordered the entire sandwich by himself and only stepped in to help him pronounce a few words he had trouble getting out. When the son finished his order the dad said, "Great job buddy" and gave him a high five. I was nearly in tears checking out, thinking if I have a son that's the kind of dad I want to be.

mattlantis

23. Big love.

I was in a fast food restaurant in southern Utah eating and letting my boy play in the play place, when a group of about 6 kids, all from about 3 years old to 11 years old walks in with their dad in tow. From their dress and our location, it was pretty clear they were from a polygamist family. They were a happy bunch and he was really kind to them. While playing, my son lost his little toy down the back of the slide into an inaccessible caged area. He was really sad, and I warned him about taking it on there, but then these 6 kids - every one of them - kicked into gear. (Story continues...)


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They teamed up with one goal in mind - to get my son his toy back. They tried reaching through the cage, using their belts, trying everything they could while the two oldest went and got the manager. The manager came and unlocked the cage while this girl and boy ran in to grab the little toy and bring it out. The kids gathered around my son and presented it to him like a trophy, my son said 'thanks', and they went back to playing. I saw the smile on their dad's face, praising his kids for serving my son.

Later, I saw them at a nearby park. The dad was racing them, playing on the monkey bars with them, and they were having a great time. That dad was doing something right with those kids, and set a great example to me, and a bias of mine broke down.

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24. The times they are a-changin'

Indianapolis has one of the best children's museums in the country, so I decided to take my girlfriend since she has an interest in education. One portion of the museum has a replica 50's classroom with information about school segregation.

A mother walked in with two kids. Both seemed puzzled as to what the classroom was for. Sensing this, the mother said, "If you went to school when your grandmother was your age, you wouldn't have been able to go to your classes with Isaac..."

I just thought it was great that she could put it into terms that they understood while involving details from their own life. I'll never forget that moment and I hope they don't either.

crshank

25. Everyone's feeling bubbly.

I was at a grocery store before a fireworks show getting snacks for a picnic. A lot of other people were doing the same. As I contemplated hummus beside a man, his daughter ran up to him with a pack of bubbles and was all Pllleeeeeaaaaaaseeeee!" The dad says, "I don't know, honey, I don't know if everyone at the fireworks show wants to see bubbles." Without looking up I say, Oh, I don't know, I think I'd like to see some bubbles." The dad just sloooooowly turns to look at me with this huge grin on his face, and says Well, I guess we're getting bubbles, then." Best. Dad. Ever.

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26. The cherry on top.

I was at a restaurant last week with my sister and my niece (3, it was just after her birthday). She wasn't having the best day and just been generally fussy all day.

When we got to the restaurant, I remembered something I used to do for my little cousins and ordered her a Shirley Temple (basically just Ginger Ale and Grenadine). The waiter came out with the drink and a small cherry for my niece.

Instead of eating the cherry, my niece named it (Shirley), and proceeded to play with it for the entire appetizer course. When it came time for the main course, she accidentally dropped Shirley and was devastated. I asked the waiter if he had another cherry that she could have, and he got the biggest grin on his face.

He came out of the kitchen 2 minutes later with a bowl full of small cherries. My niece was ecstatic. She proceeded to take a single bite out of each cherry, suck the juice out, smack her lips and say "ahhhh", then move on to the next one.

Needless to say, that waiter got a good 30% tip.

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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

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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

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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