People Who Have Prevented Disasters Describe The Terrifying Moment

Not all heroes wear capes....

1. A second chance on life.

Last year on Memorial Day weekend, I was at a swimming pool and heard screaming. I turned around and saw someone jump into the water and swim towards a boy that was underwater. I swam over and as soon as I got there, someone pulled the boy's lifeless body from the pool. His mother was absolutely hysterical. I've never heard a woman scream like that before. He had no color, and no pulse. I performed compression only CPR for what seemed like an eternity.

No response, so I re-assessed and asked for help. My friend stabilized his head and a bystander gave breaths. After about a minute or two he finally coughed up water and his color instantly returned. I held him against my chest while people were looking at him, in disbelief. As he was looking at everyone, I could feel his heart rate increase until he started crying. At that moment, I knew all was going to be okay. Medics got there, asked me a few questions and they took him to the hospital. Medics told me he was going to be fine. I walked back to my friends, dried off and put my face into the towel. When I looked up, the bystanders were waiting to shake my hand. This was easily the best moment of my life.


2. A man didn't die because my buddy and I pulled him from a burning 18 wheeler.

One of the greatest accomplishments of my life.


3. You need to calm down.

This two year old was waddling around the pool's edge. Their parents were nowhere to be found. The child began to lose their balance and fell into the pool. I was the only one there to swim over and get the kid out of water and to safety. When the parents came back, they were pissed at me because their child was crying. They said I scared the child.



4. "Highlight of my career."

I work as a loan officer at a credit union. An older gentleman and his wife came in frantic asking for a loan. They needed 3 grand immediately. Like in half an hour. I sat down and started to do the loan. It was then he told me that his daughter was a drug addict and was packing up her stuff to move with her boyfriend/convicted child molester out of state with her 6 year old daughter. They needed the money to hire a lawyer to get emergency custody of his grand daughter.

I pulled his credit and when I saw it I knew it was going to come back as an immediate decline. I asked to be excused and walked a couple cubes down. I called our underwriting department and spoke to one. I told him look I don't care if we don't ever get our money back on this loan. This is about the life of a little girl literally at stake. He approved the loan for me. They had their money twenty minutes later and were flying out the door. A couple of weeks later someone told me there was a gentleman up front waiting for me. (Continues on next page!)...

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(Continued)... I walked up front and the same man was standing there with a little girl. He didn't say a word he just wrapped his arms around me and hugged me and cried. The little girl said thank you so much. I started crying. That interaction is still the highlight of my career and probably always will be. I still see him from time to time and I've checked his account and he paid back every penny of that loan even though it took him a little longer than expected. This was two years ago and he still has custody of his grand daughter and she's doing well. So I don't know if this story fits here but I think I had a hand in stopping imminent disaster.


5. 0 to 1,000

Working at a casino as security when I get called to handle a situation in the women's restroom. I get there and a waitress is yelling for help telling me to come into the women's restroom and help her. I walk in and there is a young woman laying in a pool of her own vomit. I noticed the female earlier in the night with four males. Being 21 at the time but having taken many CPR classes I start evaluating the situation and call my manager to call 911 and to find the guys that she was here with. It appeared to be an overdose as the female was unresponsive, foaming from the mouth, and soon stopped breathing. I yelled at the waitress to get to the door and find someone to help me as no other security was on site at that time.

I began chest compressions and giving her air, but nothing seemed to work. I was in pure panic mode trying to get her to breathe. After about my 3rd set I hear a rumbling and she threw up in my mouth. I wasn't even worried about it and began compressions again. This time she began breathing and I rolled her to her side and placed my coat over her. About 5mins later the ambulance arrived and paramedics took her. I went to the men's restroom and cleaned off. As I came out my manager told me the five guys bolted before the paramedics arrived. Luckily another patron realized what was happening and got the license plate. The males actually met her there and tried drugging her to take her back to their place, but they used too many pills and almost killed her. Never found out what happened after, but was just glad she started breathing.



6. The hero we all need.

Was sitting on my motorcycle behind a guy in his car at an ATM. He drove off after a few minutes and when I pulled up to the ATM I noticed it was asking me if I wanted another transaction. I pressed the NO button and out popped his card. I looked up and saw that he was at the light driving off down the street. I pocketed his card and gave chase, after about 3 miles I was able to pull besides his car and knocked on his glass. Cautiously he lowered his window and I presented his card to him. You can imagine how ecstatic he was. Possible financial disaster avoided.



7. Not all heroes wear capes.

My 2 year old son was choking on some food and my wife froze and yelled to me for help. I picked him up, turned him upside down while resting on my left arm, and slapped his back.

Out came the chunk of food. My son was fine.

My wife looked at me with amazement like I was some sort of hero.



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8. Then what happened?

So, in 8th grade, I was at this bus stop with a girl I really liked. Her friend playfully pushes her, too far, into the traffic. I held my arm in front of her, her stuff fell on the street, a car ran it over, she was safe. The following day, she comes to me and thanks me for saving her life.



9. Woah.

I, along with several friends, saved a kid from suffocating to death under several feet of beach sand after he tried to tunnel one hole he was digging to another.

It was such an eerie kind of panic because even though we luckily witnessed the collapse, it was so quiet and calm after it happened. If we didn't see the events take place, no one would have heard or seen the collapse and the kid would have died for sure.


10. At least he had some fun.

Next door neighbour had passed out on his wooden deck waiting for the coals in his hibachi to burn down enough for grilling.

Unfortunately, the coals had gotten so hot the hibachi set the wooden block it was sitting on aflame threatening to ignite the deck of his multi-million dollar beach house-- and him along with it.

I had the fun of not only saving his (and possibly my own adjacent) deck from burning to cinders, I also got to spray the crap out of a prima donna film director with a garden hose.



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11. That would have been bad...

I was at a wedding and they had a beautiful, extravagant cake. During the reception when everyone was giving speeches, I saw a kid reaching out to take a giant handful out of the side. It was on a stand so it would have toppled over. I ran over and jerked him away from the cake and put the fear of God in him. He stayed away from the cake and me for the rest of the night, and everything was smooth sailing.



12. Lifeguards are VERY IMPORTANT

I saved some four-year old from drowning while I was life-guarding.

During summers in between college I worked as a lifeguard for this company that specializes in commercial pools at apartment complexes and town-house style developments.

This one particular pool was a nightmare. It was in a very affluent development that had TONS of kids. There were like 12 rescues at that pool alone halfway through the summer. We had three guards at it daily. To put it in perspective - most pools go the entire summer without an incident and can be manned by a single guard.

I usually didn't work at this pool, but I was filling in for one of the guards who was on vacation. The manager advised me to be on high-alert.

Anyway it gets to be about noon that day so the pool is packed. I had my eyes on this little boy playing with his older brother and friends. He had floaties and a life vest on which is required for kids that young to be in the pool. Anyway I'm scanning the pool and I notice that the lifevest and floaties are just floating at the top of the pool and I don't see the kid in the pool or with his brother or outside of the pool his mom. The pool is pretty packed so I start scanning and I see him right in the middle of the pool clearly in the "active drowning" stage where they are struggling and are about to sink.

In that moment of panic I sort of forgot protocol but I blew my whistle to alert the other guards and jumped in the pool and grabbed the kid and brought him to the side. He was fine - just shaken up and scared. His mom was flipping out and thanking me profusely.

If it had been five more minutes there's no doubt he would have been dead at the bottom of the pool.

I filled out the incident report and got a raise from my boss.



13. PHEW!

I grabbed a three-year-old by the waistband of her jeans as she tried to run out into a very busy street with two cars coming, one from each direction.


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14. DUDE!

Walked into my friends house very drunk 3 am and the OVEN was on fire, my friend passed out with a pizza in the oven and I saved his dumbass life.


15. Bro hugs

I talked an online friend out of a gang. We used to play a lot of BF3, we both are Mexicans he living in USA with his hard working mother. I told him a lot of things including how heart broken and alone his mother would be if he was killed because of the gang stuff he usually did. He moved to another city and started his life over, I feel great every time I think about it.



16. Sounds like someone had a long night

I had a couple of the boys over for a three-day-drinking-spree (students at the time and they came from far away so it got to be worth it).

At one point deep into the night we were on my balcony taking a smoke when we observed a totally wasted guy trying to get into the neighbouring house, failing and falling down. Since he didn't get back up and it was freezing outside, we went down to check on him.

He wasn't able to talk anymore, so we checked for his keys (which didn't work for the house) and his passport (which had a name on it not to be found on the bells there). So, at three o'clock in the night, we proceeded to ring up all the parties living there, asking if their missing a very drunk guy by the name X. As it turned out, we started on the wrong side of the bells :) Eventually his father took him in. (Continued on next page)...

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So while I don't think it was cold enough for him to freeze to death (not sure though), he would surely have been VERY sick come morning.

Funnily enough, the next day when we were again on the balcony drinking beer he came out of the house together with his parents. Naturally we were cheering to him and hoisting our beers, but he pretended not to hear us.



17. Literal disaster avoided

I was working in China, and we had a process to take out Hydrogen Sulfide out of an acid gas stream. Well the customer had this guy who decided to ignore my advice... and we had a severe leak in the discharge gas line. The result was that we were about to spew out about 200,000 ppm out around the unit which happened to be in a major urban area. I had a temper tantrum and left site which stopped all work, and refused to come back to get the unit going until they fixed all the leak issues and started paying attention to my advice.


18. "Your house is on fire."

I noticed a weird sheen coming from my neighbors porch. Called out to my husband and asked if it was the grill. He said no and jumped into action. Ran to their front door like a crazy person and screamed your house is on fire. Then ran to the backyard. I jumped over our fence, into their yard and looked for a hose.

We caught the early stage of a house fire. Neighbors came out confused, told them to dial 911. We got hoses started, flames were 30 ft high. They were oblivious that there house was on fire and could have killed them had we not noticed.



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.