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People Share Their Best 'That Actually Worked' Moments

I can't believe it! I'm a genius!

Everyday in life, heck in breath in life can lead us to moments of shock and awe, especially when in comes to moments of chance or capabilities we thought we'd never possess. Much like Tom Hanks in 'Castaway' we too can make fire, often we only just have to try. Sometimes the surprising successes come in tiny instances that make us smile or life changing events that keep us shooketh! The shooketh moments are the most fun. We all yearn for the stunned realization of "I have NO idea how I did that, but I'll take the credit and run!" Those are the moments that make us... invincible.

Redditor u/Nest-egg wanted everyone to regale us with.... What's your top "wow, that actually worked?" moment?

I'm V.I.P Darlings!


I met a girl in Thailand who bragged about her family and how her dad is a record exec. She said if I ever dropped their name at a BA lounge they would let me in.

I was in London 2 years later and at the airport I asked them to look up the name at the lounge and they let me right in. lookitskeith

Hands to yourself... 

When I was about 11 and computer monitors were all just becoming flat screen, we bought a crappy little LCD. Just my luck, the plug didn't have a third pin and short circuited within a week of getting it. The monitor's colors were all messed up, flickering between distorted, random colors, and outright all becoming one solid color then going back. This happened momentarily every few minutes. My parents refused to buy me a new one because I broke my new monitor. It wasn't my fault!

So being the bored kid I was, I just did my best to use it anyway. I remember it so very clearly. I was playing Warrock, and the screen blacked out right before a firefight and got me killed. I was like alright, if my parents won't buy me a new one since this is half working, so I'll just break it completely. Without a second though, I punched it in the center right then and there. This fixed the monitor. There was discoloration around where I punched it and a line through the middle, but no more random colors, no more flickering.

A few years later I got a new monitor and my dad was going to take my old one. I moved it from my computer to his, and when I first set it up, the colors were all messed up. I told him I knew how to fix it. I punched it again expecting it to break, they all looked at me like I was insane and asked what the hell I was doing. It worked. It still works. 12 years later and he's still using the same monitor with the line going through it where I punched it. -Cokeman

Just Ask...

Went to check into a hotel, and I asked him if there was a parking fee.

He replied with yes, it's $15 a night.

I asked, any chance you could waive it?

He replied with: Yeah sure.

I was like: Ok, thanks lol. Saved me $60. 1mrlee

Keep Walking.... head down! 

I walked into a festival at midnight, no ticket, showed the security guard my wrist, he flashed his flashlight at my wrist and pushed me through the gate. JeromeMixTape

Amateur Sleuth....


Had a then-friend whose behavior was kind of sketchy and suspicious. All kinds of red flags with this guy, but no real proof of his sociopath nature. Just several suspicions.

So one day I checked up on one of his stories. He'd have brand new vehicles for a while, then they'd mysteriously vanish. He claimed to be rich, from Mafia money, and he just "got tired" of that new Corvette or motorcycle or whatever.

So I called the dealership where his last expensive car had been "purchased" and pretended to be a private detective, working on behalf of a rich client, who was thinking of doing business with my then-friend. "Just checking out his reliability," I told the guy. "We see he bought a Corvette..."

The guy told me everything about how my friend put some short money down on the car then failed to make even a single payment afterwards, and successfully evaded the repo man for MONTHS until they finally caught up to him.

I couldn't get away with it today, with everyone suspicious of phishing/social engineering. Back then people were more naive and would spill the beans easily if you sounded legit on the phone. clit-eastwould

The 'Learned' Wizard...

Pressing the 'Learn' button on my garage door opener to program it with my car universal remote yesterday. TheJadedSF

Holy s**t, same here. I remember maybe 15 years ago as a kid thinking my dad was some sort of wizard for programming it in under a minute. When I got mine, I thought it would be crazy difficult but it was literally press the learn key on both sides hahaha. ColonelAverage

Wax on... Wax off...

I polish tile floors with a propane buffer. We were unloading the machine from the van when wind slammed the door shut. The door hit the oil fill tube and shattered it. Needed to find a way to fix it so we could do the jobs for the night. It was 2 in the morning and the only place open was Walmart. Walked around the hardware and automotive department for about 20 minutes trying to find something to fix it. Ended up with a pack of rubber feet for a barstool, self taping screws, and had a roll of universal metal strap in my toolbox. Plugged the hole with the rubber foot. It was tapered and fit perfectly. Then ran the metal strap over the foot and screwed it into the frame off the machine. Took a week to get a replacement part and that held the whole time. Just couldn't check the oil for the week. DCxMiLK

Do you hear the people hum.... 

Fans on my old Macbook had stopped working. Searched on YouTube for a fix and found a video that said "Sometimes there can be lint/dust/etc. clogging up the spinny mechanisms. A good thumping can get them back in order."

The guy in the video proceeded to hammer the computer with his fists and the fans came back on. I shrugged, gave it a shot, and to my surprise, they hummed back to life and I was back in business. Still can't believe it. Mckavity

Cool as can be.... 

I repair slot machines for a living. One was frozen in game state with well over a thousand bucks on it. All the doors were closed, no jams in the dollar acceptor or the voucher printer, all the lights were on and the software just stopped mid-spin. I was thinking the game finally died and we'd need to reimburse the guest for their lost money, which can take a while if it's a ton of money like this.

The guest jokingly asked if it just needed it's butt kicked to work again, and I figured that since this game is old and durable, I'll indulge him. I kicked it, and the game came right back up, and the guest proceeded to win another $500 or so from that spin. Game was good for the rest of the day, too; no errors or anything.

I played it off as gracefully as I could, but I think that was my life's peak and I'll never look that cool to anybody ever again. slappadabassplz

Bend and Snap for life! 


I was 12 and didn't know how to swim. I wound up in the deep end of of a pool with dozens of other people who didn't realize I disappeared underwater. I struggled for a second then remembered something my childhood friend told me: "All you have to do to float is bend over in water." I never had the guts to try when she told me, but I was 'bout to die, so, I just let my body relax, and bent over in the water by my waist and floated to the surface, alive. I couldn't believe it was as simple as she said. pixel_ate_it

Find the Flashes! 

I was a photographer in the Army, and I had tickets to see this music festival called VirginFest. I showed up with my work camera (Canon 5DMkii) and went straight to media. I acted confused as to why my name wasn't on the list, and answered every question they had with "I don't know, I was just told to be here and shoot, this should have all been taken care of already."

I then pretended to make some phone calls off to the side.

10 minutes later, this lady pulls up with a golf cart and hands me a media sticker and wristband. That was the say I shot my first concert which included Weezer, Blink 182, Taking Back Sunday and Public Enemy.

I used that day to make friends with other photographers shooting and used those contacts to end up shooting hundreds of concerts and festivals and nearly all of my favorite bands. punkrawkisneat

Turn it off and on...


Apparently the normal fix for computers fixes cars as well.

My friend and I were going to the mall in her car. She started the car and everything seemed fine. She put it in reverse but all it seemed to do was put the car in neutral. No amount of pushing on the gas made the car move. The only reason we were moving back at all was because of the incline of the driveway.

Once we've rolled back on flat ground she puts it in drive hoping that it'll fix itself but nope. We're not moving at all. In a moment of what is either brilliance or sheer stupidity, I said, "why don't you turn it off and turn it back on." Like it was a computer.

Sure enough, she turned it off and turned it back on and everything was fine. It was like nothing was ever broken. So we drove to the mall and nothing like that ever happened to her car again. SilverQuill828


Convinced I would bomb my AI final exam, I went out drinking the night before, I show up hungover, circle some answers and left after 30 minutes. I got the second highest grade in the class. Sileem

The Flying Shoe....

I worked in a grocery store as a manager and there was wasp that was freaking everybody out. One thing led to another and while my intent was for it to be a joke, I flicked my shoe off my foot and smashed the wasp against the ceiling with my shoe landing flat on the ground in front of me. I just stepped back in and kept going about my day. Everyone was standing in awe of my happy accident. Skiddy_Underpants

Free time... 

Got a Free Watch offer from a decent company I'd bought from before. But you had to spend over $300. I added 4 of the "free watches" which were usually $75 into the cart, which registered as $300.

I went to checkout and a green -$300 appears in the bill. Added my shipping address and two weeks later they came. DigNitty

The Inferno.... 

In college, I took a literature review course that included Dante's Divine Comedy. I had read it at 16 (because it was mentioned in 'Se7en'...I was an edgelord dips**t, not a literature connoisseur). 'Inferno' is great and 'Purgatorio' is more interesting than I'd thought, but 'Paradiso' is boring as hell. 21-year-old me declined to re-read any of them prior to the essay test for this class. I just decided to fake my way through based on what I remembered from years before.

Got an A. nookienostradamus

Just Asking....


I was flying... somewhere. After everyone else was boarded I went up to the gate agent and asked about being upgraded to first class. After a bunch of typing on her computer she said sure and asked how I would like to pay for it. I said "By asking nicely?"

To my amazement she gave me a boarding pass for my new first class seat. dev_c0t0d0s0

The Baby Whisperer... 

The first time my wife and I went out to eat with our new baby, he was sitting in a baby seat next to the table, and he started crying. I picked up a salt shaker and set it right in front of him, and said, "Watch this." And he looked at the salt and stopped crying. snoweel

It's just a condiment....

Once when I was a kid we picked up McDonalds for lunch on the way home from somewhere. I got settled in at the table and realized that I forgot to grab ketchup. I didn't want to stand up again, so I turned to my younger sister and said "Ughhh... I wish we weren't out of ketchup...." to which she replies "Huh? No we aren't!"

We go back and forth a few times with me vehemently denying we had ketchup, until she angrily stomped to the fridge, grabbed it, and slammed it down right in front of me. She still gets mad when I bring it up to this day .... lol. fluffkin

Face the Music! 

A baby deer got trapped in our back yard and was throwing itself into the chain-link fence; couldn't think to look behind and see the open gate. I remembered reading Cicero's Pro Archia, where he mentions that sometimes animals react to music. So I told my wife to grab my guitar and play a few chords. Sure enough, the deer calmed down and started walking towards the music. She stopped for a second and it instantly freaked out again and started running into the fence, but as soon as she started again it calmed down and walked towards the sound. Once it got about half way, it saw the gate and ran out. Wife thinks I'm a damn wizard now. sandscript


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While we still have a long way to go before we can find out what's next for June/Offred in the Republic of Gilead, we can, at the very least, regale you with some cool facts about one of the most enduring stories of the last three decades.

The Trailer for Season 3 Plays Off a Slogan from the Reagan Era

Perhaps the best thing that came out of the Super Bowl––aside from the memes haggling Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, that is––was the trailer for the third season of the Hulu series.

The trailer lampoons former President Ronald Regan's 1984 "Morning in America" political campaign television commercial.

"It's morning again in America," you hear over a soundtrack and images that resound with boundless optimism. Things turn dark from there. Soon the camera freezes on Elisabeth Moss's face: "Wake up, America," she says.

Margaret Atwood's Follow-Up Will Be Released Later This Year

Margaret Atwood will release a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale titled The Testaments in September 2019. The Testaments is unconnected to Hulu's adaptation and will feature the testimonials of three female narrators from Gilead.

This literary device keeps with the metafictional epilogue that follows Offred's story in the original novel. The novel ends much in the way Season 1 ends: with Offred entering the van at Nick's insistence. The epilogue explains how the events of the novel were recorded onto cassette tapes after the beginning of what scholars have come to describe as "The Gilead Period." An interview with a noted academic implies that a more equitable society, one with full rights for women and freedom of religion restored, emerged following the collapse of the Republic of Gilead.

Serena Joy Waterford Is Likely Based On A Noted Conservative Activist

As the series goes on, we learn more about Serena Joy Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski) and her beginnings.

Serena was a conservative activist who, along with her husband Fred, spearheaded the Puritan movement that ultimately gave rise to Gilead. Inspired by women whom she perceives to have "abandoned" their families in the name of female autonomy, Serena Joy delivers impassioned speeches at venues around the nation calling for policies that would place women back in the home. She even wrote a bestselling book, A Woman's Place, that served as the vessel for much of her conservative dogma and inspired many of the Commander's Wives who become her friends and neighbors.

Serena was likely based on conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, who established herself over many years as one of the fiercest antifeminist and anti-abortion advocates in the United States. Schlafly was also a vociferous opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment, which she considered an attack against traditional gender roles.

The 1990 Film Adaptation Had a Messy Production

A film version of The Handmaid's Tale was released in 1990. It starred Natasha Richardson as Offred, Faye Dunaway as Serena Joy, Robert Duvall as Commander Waterford, Aidan Quinn as Nick, Victoria Tennant as Aunt Lydia, and Elizabeth McGovern as Moira.

The film was not well received and had a messy production. Director Volker Schlöndorff replaced original director Karel Reisz amid internal bickering over a screenplay by Harold Pinter. Schlöndorff asked for rewrites, and Pinter, who was reluctant to do them, directed him to author Margaret Atwood, who was one of several who ended up making changes to Pinter's screenplay.

Pinter told his biographer years later [as quoted in Harold Printer, p. 304] that:

It became … a hotchpotch. The whole thing fell between several shoots. I worked with Karel Reisz on it for about a year. There are big public scenes in the story and Karel wanted to do them with thousands of people. The film company wouldn't sanction that so he withdrew. At which point Volker Schlondorff came into it as director. He wanted to work with me on the script, but I said I was absolutely exhausted. I more or less said, 'Do what you like. There's the script. Why not go back to the original author if you want to fiddle about?' He did go to the original author. And then the actors came into it. I left my name on the film because there was enough there to warrant it—just about. But it's not mine'.

Star Natasha Richardson reportedly felt "cast adrift" when much of Offred's interior monologue was sacrificed as a result of cuts made to the screenplay.

The Film and TV Series Aren't The Only Adaptations of This Seminal Work

There are several different adaptations of Atwood's seminal work, including, but not limited to:

  • an audiobook read by Homeland actress Claire Danes that won the 2013 Audie Award for Fiction
  • a concept album by Canadian band Lakes of Canada
  • a radio adaptation produced in 2000 for BBC Radio 4
  • an operatic adaptation that premiered in 2000 and was the opening production of the 2004–2005 season of the Canadian Opera Company.

Elisabeth Moss, the Star of the Hulu Series, is a Scientologist

Between The West Wing, Mad Men, Top of the Lake, and The Handmaid's Tale, Elisabeth Moss has a reputation for starring in critically acclaimed television shows.

Much has been made, however, of her casting as Offred. Moss was born into the Scientologist belief system, which the German government has classified as an "anti-constitutional sect," the French government has classified as a cult, and the American government has allowed individuals to practice freely though not without considerable contention. Moss also identifies as a feminist.

Asked by a fan about the parallels between Gilead and Scientology (namely the belief that "outside forces" are inherently "evil") Moss responded:

"That's actually not true at all about Scientology. Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me. The most important things to me probably. And so Gilead and THT hit me on a very personal level."

An Episode During Season 2 Highlighted President Donald Trump's Border Crisis

Last summer, President Donald Trump and his administration created a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border when he and Jeff Sessions, his former attorney general, announced their "zero tolerance" family separations policy. The president blamed Democrats for the policy, imploring them to "start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration."

As images and stories of children ripped away from their parents at the border began to circulate, the Season 2 episode "The Last Ceremony" showed just how timely the show really is: After Offred is raped by the Waterfords, Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) allows June/Offred (Elisabeth Moss) to visit her daughter, Hannah, in an undisclosed location. June is given 10 minutes with her daughter before a guard forcibly separates them again.

The episode, written well before the crisis was initiated, premiered just as Homeland Security admitted that more than 2,300 children had been separated from their parents.

Another Episode During Season 2 Appeared to Predict Canada-U.S. Relations

The fallout between the United States and Canada during the G7 summit appeared to have reached its peak once President Donald Trump refused to sign a joint statement with America's allies and threatened to escalate a trade war between America's neighbors. He also referred to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as "weak."

The Season 2 episode "Smart Power"––in which Canadian diplomats ban Gilead's representatives from the country and choose to stand with the women imprisoned in the totalitarian nation in a nod to the #MeToo movement––was written and premiered before the G7 blowup, but is no less prophetic.

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Pray God you can cope
I'll stand outside
This woman's work
This woman's world
Ooooh it's hard on a man
Now his part is over
Now starts the craft of the FatherI
know you've got a little life in you left
I know you've got a lot of strength left
I know you've got a little life in you yet
I know you've got a lot of strength left
I should be crying but I just can't let it show
I should be hoping but I can't stop thinking
All the things we should've said that I never said
All the things we should have done that we never did
All the things we should have given but I didn't
Oh darling make it go
Make it go away

"It was shattering and perfect," said Bruce Miller, who created the Hulu Handmaid's Tale adaptation. "One of the things I really like about the song is that on its face, there's a bit of very interesting lyrical play. It's nice that that's going on while you're watching."

"The Handmaid's Tale" Was the First Streamed Series to Win the Best Drama Series Emmy

Hulu beat out Netflix and Amazon to become the first streaming service to win an Emmy for Best Drama. Unfortunately, because the third season doesn't premiere until June 5, it's ineligible for the 2019 Emmys. Guess we'll see the show back onstage in 2020!

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