People Share The One Moment They Realized They Were Witnessing A Big Historical moment.


From the space shuttle Challenger disaster, to Tiananmen Square protest of 1989, 24 people share the one historical moment they witnessed.

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1. When Princess Diana died.

I was 8 years old, my parents and I were finishing up visiting their friends, when my mom turned on the radio, and she started to cry, realizing some "Diana girl got in a car accident."

A week later I was upset that I couldn't watch my Saturday morning cartoon because my mom was watching the funereal procession.

I realize later how much of an impact Princess Diana's death had on everyone.


2. The 2011 Tsunami in Japan. At some point, they were just running live video with no commentary. It was horrifying. Watching people scramble for their lives; everything just washing away in a slow, grey, unstoppable wall of water.


3. My Dad just bought a new TV, plugged it in to see if it works.

The moment it's on, the second plane hits World Trade Center.


4. The OJ chase. He was such a beloved figure, always smiling, down-to-earth sports commentator, movie star... next thing you know, he's fleeing down the highway in his white SUV with police in pursuit. So surreal.


5. Radio news: Stalin's death. TV stuff: first TV availability in my hometown over cable laid in street, then first color TV broadcast in that area; regular atomic testing in Nevada (I was in Reno); Cuban missile crisis (every bit as scary as history chronicles show); Kennedy assassination, I witnessed tv coverage of Oswald/Ruby shooting, also saw JFK shot; civil rights struggles; all the space stuff, esp. Moon landings and Apollo 13; Vietnam war coverage; Kent State crisis; basically all the contemporary history you guys think happened 100 years ago.

Old people aren't as boring and limited as you may think. We are the beatniks and hippies of days of yore.


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6. The Frontier Middle School shooting on February 2, 1996. It happened in my hometown it was the first mass media coverage of a school shooting at the time. Watching the T.V. that night every news channel was reporting it, Local, Regional, and National News. About 6:30pm I learned my best friend had died from being shot, while watching the 6 o'clock news.


7. I was touring the CNN building in Atlanta when Nelson Mandela died. Literally right when the story broke.

The creepy part was that they already had a ton of pre-recorded stuff ready to go. They had pre-made scripts for the anchors. It wasn't chaos, it was like they had a pre-made list of stuff to say and do.

That's someone's job. Speculating who will die next and creating pre-death obituaries. Maybe these already exist for all the most famous people and it's someone's job to keep them updated. When a news story can go global in a matter of hours, you can't afford to wait for things to happen before you cover them. Someone else will have better, juicier information than you and they'll get all that sweet, sweet ad revenue unless you beat them to the punch.


8. Going to lunch in high school, looking up, and seeing the solid rocket boosters from the Challenger spiraling down out of an atypical cloud puff in the smoke trail from launch. I thought, "THAT doesn't look right"


9. June 15, 2011. The day that I watched the Vancouver Canucks get so close to the Stanley Cup win, only to watch them lose and our city burn


10. 35W bridge collapse in MN. I was out in public when it happened, and remember seeing the news all of a sudden cut to the story. Then seeing more and more people around me turn and watch the news.

It was that moment when you knew who had family members making their commutes home on 35W, and especially the family who didn't pick up their phones. I'll never forget seeing how quickly people went from their normal 'just another day' attitudes, to sadness and fear.


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11. Anti-Ceauescu protestors on TV holding up the 'flag with a hole' that lead to the Romanian Revolution of 1989.

The break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, ending the Cold War.


12. The november 2015 Paris attacks I guess.

My roommate was in a cafe right next to the one they attacked. I took a Uber when he called me, and went to pick him up. Cops where everywhere, chaos and panic in the streets.

Luckily we acted quick enough ; they locked the area just when we found him. His parents were furious, since we couldn't know if the attacks had stopped.

Then we turned on the TV and we realized what was happening.


13. The tsunami in Sendai, Japan.

I remember a classmate had just done his presentation about Viking mythology and we started watching this boring educational news program. Normally it would be just a recap of the week and some cringeworthy cool guy giving advice.

This time however, the presenter was quite shocked and confused and we saw the same footage over and over again. It was my first experience with breaking news.


14. I watched the Challenger space shuttle explode live on TV in the classroom.

I was a paper boy in middle school when the 1st Gulf war started and the headline was gigantic.

I was late to work the morning of 911, told my boss what I had heard on the radio driving in. He looked at me like I was crazy and told me to get to work or I'd be fired. He lost that tone rather quickly after the news hit him a short time later.

Saddam Hussein being hung live on the internet.

Barack Obama's 1st inauguration.

Trump riding a wave of white anger to take over America.


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15. Covering 9/11 as a reporter. there was a moment that morning when Giuliani was nowhere to be found and a bunch of reporters were gathered around a fireman at ground zero. He couldn't tell us much so at some point someone asked him who was in charge. "No-one's in charge," he said. "They're all dead.


16. Probably the terrorist attack on Utya on July 22nd 2011 when I heard about it on the news. First I heard was my parents talking about the bomb in Oslo but later that day we listened to the news in the car and they started talking about Utya. I remember my parents' reactions and how they kept repeating how awful it was that up to a hundred people (so many of them kids) were dead. (though iirc the final total death count of both attacks was closer to 75.)

It was surreal, I'm Swedish and I know it is stupid but I guess I didn't think those kinds of things would ever happen in Scandinavia. It felt so close and the kids that died were only a few years older than I was.

I remember thinking that those attacks would change a lot of things.


17. The night they caught the Boston bomber. We were near a bunch of hospitals where a blockade had been stationed during the city-wide lock down. As it broke up, we flooded the sidewalks shook the hands of the emergency responders.


18. I was in Hong Kong during the "Umbrella Movement".

Casually went working my shift at a bar somewhere in SoHo. When I went out of there after a few hours, a lot of cops in riot gear everywhere, roadblocks on Queen's Road (imagine the 5th Av. in NYC completely blocked, people sitting on the ground) and other main streets, people marching and signing altogether. God that was intense.

And most impressive of all, despite all the people on both sides (police and demonstrators), not a single window, car, shop or public installation was damaged. After each sitting session, some of the protesters would stay and clean after people. Cleanest, most responsible demonstration I've ever seen.


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19. January 17,1991. Watching aircraft launch from the deck of the USS Saratoga with full bomb racks. Then seeing them land a couple hours later with empty bomb racks. But, not all of them came back. A few days later, a cruiser was steaming off our port side. We all went up to the flight deck and watched them launch one Tomahawk missle after another. When the first one launched, our skipper got on the 5MC and said, "That one is headed for downtown Baghdad.


20. Watching Jack Ruby shoot Lee Harvey Oswald on live TV with my dad. We saw it and both jumped to our feet saying, "Did you see that?!!?


21. This isn't world history, more local, but I was around when a young man gunned down three local police officers and disappeared for almost 2 days before he surrendered. It was in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. This 20-something dude lured cops to a suburb-like area and shot them down as they arrived. He vanished into the treeline and the entire city was shut down. People stayed in their homes, sometimes they saw glimpses of him and filmed him. It wasn't scary for most people, just odd. New Brunswick is the last place you'd expect this sort of brutal violence, especially against police, who are respected. To sit indoors while helicopters buzzed overhead, seeing your city online and on Reddit's live feed...absolutely stunning in a bad way. It was frustrating too. People lined up along the edges of the police cordon to try and get a glimpse of the 'action'. They could've been struck by rogue bullets and they didn't even think of it.


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22. Tiananmen Square. I was in college and had to find summer rooming. There was a room in the grad students' apartment available, and I found myself living with 5 Chinese grad students. We kept fairly friendly, but their English was fair, and my Mandarin is non-existent. As events unfolded in Beijing, no attention was spent on studying. Four televisions were on constantly with the various networks, and anticipation was growing that the student protests in Beijing could be successful. If the Berlin Wall could fall, and Ceauescu could be overthrown, then the same could happen in China. There were rumors of divisions among various governors/generals in China, and that some wouldn't follow the orders of the government. How could the army attack peaceful protesters

Then the Peoples Liberation struck back. It was disheartening to see the dismay in the eyes of these roommates of mine. And within a few days they stopped talking about it (perhaps not knowing if one of their fellow roommates was working as an informant.


23. August 9, 1995

That date probably doesn't mean much to most people, but it should. That's the unofficial "Big Bang" of the Internet. The birth date of the viable, commercial medium we know today. On that day, 22 years ago, Netscape had their IPO.

Before that moment, the world at large didn't view the Internet as a world-changing medium. It was considered a novelty by most. Pre-1995, the Internet was largely non-profit and the realm of academics and early enthusiasts. Commercial applications, in particular e-commerce, were still the stuff of dreams and discussed with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Then Netscape IPO'd and shattered Wall Street expectations, setting the stage for dozens of high-flying tech IPOs throughout the late nineties. In August of 1995, there were only around 12 million internet users. Today, there are 3.6 billion. Even now, when you look up Internet statistics, so many of them begin at the summer of 1995. That was when the world at large took notice.


24. I saw Derek Jeter's last game at Yankee Stadium and it was the most incredible thing I've ever seen with my own two eyes.

He got his big hit in the first inning and the crowd was satisfied with JUST THAT. But also, we were winning! Come the 9th inning.... David Robertson blows the lead. The sold out crowd went from utter despair..... to realizing, a perfect storm could very well be brewing... Jeter would be hitting.

Sure enough, after a couple of batters, the stage was set. All he needed was a hit and the Yankees would win the game.

Jeter comes up to the plate and the entire place goes absolutely crazy. Our hero of 20 years in his last ever game at home has a chance to make history again.

I will never forget how quickly the deafening cheers went to complete silence during the pitch. I swear to god you could hear a pin drop in that massive stadium for that single second.

Then Jeter swings, the ball gets through, the winning run scores, and the crowd ERUPTED IN AN ABSOLUTE FRENZY.

The city had a buzz that night. It was so emotional, rewarding, sad, and bitter sweet, and utterly glorious, all at once.



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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


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


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


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


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



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


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-


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


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


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


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"



It is the base of our most common and heated arguments.

- droneb2hive

Andre 2000?


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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 Chocolate


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.


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.


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.


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 Multitude


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.


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.


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...


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.