People Who Quit Their Job Late In Life To Follow Their Passion Share How It All Turned Out.
When you're young, it's hard to know exactly what career path you want to follow for the rest of your life. The task seems so daunting, and sometimes the career chosen is not the on you want. But just because you've been working in one field for a long time, doesn't mean you can't make a change.
Here, people reveal what it was life to quit their job to follow their passion.
1/23. I was a store manager at Game Stop. It was terrible. I decided I'd rather make games than sell them, so I quit with no real plan. After about a month of being unemployed, I got a customer service job at Blizzard. Through that job I met J Allen Brack and decided I wanted to do what he did (Producer). Now I work at BioWare as a Development Manager. Everything went better than expected.
2/23. I've been in IT for 19 years. It was really fun in the early and mid-90s, before everyone "discovered" the interwebs. Before Y2K, before idiot managers destroyed the enjoyment of technology.
I just walked away from a $75K job that was going nowhere, but going "well." It provided for my lifestyle, and involved interesting technologies. However, the managers were tools and the customers clueless.
I now live at 9500 feet of elevation at a world-class ski resort. I am making $60 a night tending bar and waiting tables. I eat and drink extremely well. I ski nearly every day. The summer mountain biking is world class.
Yes, I am struggling on the financial side. However, clarity of thought, fitness of body and lack of anger and hatred toward my fellow man make up for the moderate income I was struggling with. 15 years of wage stagnation. Simply not worth it.
3/23. I spent a good part of my twenties working at a pizza place. It was an after-bar type place, which meant loud music, lots of drunks, parties that started when we closed (4 AM) and raged until we opened (11 AM), drugs, close friendships, hilarious incidents (like a bum barfing on a cops shoes while singing AC/DC), getting invited to private parties, etc.
Basically it was an amazing job, but the more I made pizza, the more I loved it, and wanted to explore it as a culinary art form. The realization that my skills were being wasted came fast and hard, so I quit and opened up my own pizza place.
Best decision of my life. I work hard, I play hard, and I get to spend my days thinking up delicious and unique pizza. The last one I made I designated "Christmas in the Trailer Park." Instead of tomato sauce, I use gravy. Cover in sliced turkey breast, stuffing and onions, and ham. Serve with a side of cranberry sauce. Yeaaaaaaah.
4/23. An acquaintance I met worked for a corporate law firm. He was tired of the workload and quit. He went to Alaska to be a fisherman for a year. Two years ago he opened up a bodyshop where he converts school busses into RV's and now makes almost as much as he did being a lawyer.
5/23. I went to art school, ended up working in IT support for 5 years. It was a fun, interesting, challenging job, and it paid well allowing me to live up my 20's. A lot of my company's clients were design firms, and so I spent a lot of time around designers, and always felt sad that I didn't make it as an artist or designer.
I started teaching myself 3D modelling as part of a side project, and I got pretty good at it. A few years ago I made the jump to working as a freelance 3D modeller. I've found a specific niche within the field, which is modelling vegetation and landscapes. I get a good amount of steady work from landscape architects, city planners, and architecture firms.
It's been hard leaving the security of steady pay checks, benefits, paid vacation, etc. I have to supply my own disability, health insurance, and the scariest time is when there's no new projects on the table. Still, I've survived and even thrived over the past two years, and so I am starting to feel secure in knowing that more work will show up.
The hardest part is that it's all up to me - every dollar I earn comes from actual hours of work. No more goofing off and still collecting a pay check. The days are unstructured and I have to make myself do things like not work in PJ's until mid-afternoon. I get envious when I see people come home from their jobs and I know that their work is over, while mine is always there, and there's always some project I could work on for a few hours. Client management is a bitch as well. I write a lot more emails than I would have expected.
The best part is that I've never once looked at the clock at 3:00 p.m. and thought "two more hours until I'm done". I enjoy absolutely every moment of my work, and it's addictive. I give myself a little happy hour on Fridays and work while drinking beer as I close out the last day of the work week. I can even decide that Friday is a day off if I want to, or Monday for that matter. The path I've chosen is as hard as it is rewarding, and I'm not sure I'd recommend it to someone who isn't prepared to spend countless hours just getting started from nothing, but I am mostly glad I decided to strike out on my own.
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6/23. I left a job in venture capital to move to LA so my wife could pursue her dream job - being on the team that sends robots to Mars.
Since then, I've been trying to build tech companies myself. After a year and half with no income on my side, my 4th attempt is taking off.
The hardest part of the experience - besides the negative cash flow - is having the conviction to keep at it, even when filled with self-doubt. Being ready for the inevitable ups and downs is probably the most important thing when you take the leap because there will be days that cushy job your friends have looks pretty nice. Often many, many of those days in a row.
7/23. After college I worked at Apple computers headquarters. In 2008, when the economy tanked, I had to get a job at a deli. I worked there for years. While I was there I started making these little films with my flip cam. Then I saved for a $400 Nikon p500 so I could make a music video for my band. It turned out really well.
So I saved every penny and bought some editing software, some lights, and started doing video jobs on the side. Every morning I would wake up at about 5am and tackle the adobe classroom in a book series learning after effects, premier, photoshop and illustrator. Then I spent 6 months saving for a real camera. Then, right after the new year, with a nice portfolio of demo work (all done before the sun came up every day) and about $1000 in the bank, I started working on my own production company full time. I started with low paying jobs but I made sure that every day I was doing something. I did a ton of jobs in my first year and got all my bills paid. I did weddings, birthday parties, tons of music videos, and corporate spots. I even was contracted to work on a few projects for major companies like chevron and del monte. I was able buy a new camera, the canon 5d mark ii along with some new audio gear. I created great relationships with my local camera rental place, where I rent all my big lights and extra gear. It's been a year since I quit the deli. I didn't make a ton of money, but I made enough to pay all my bills, get new gear, buy my lady a new MacBook and an engagement ring. I have a business license and have to pay a ton of taxes. But my worst day doing this is still better than my best day at the deli.
8/23. I'm currently running for State Parliament. I left a very decent job to campaign unpaid for 6 months to win a marginal seat.
9/23. I made a complete change from teaching to working for a surgeon at Johns Hopkins. I have never regretted that decision for a single moment. At the end of the day, you have to do what feels right to you-- no one will be able to guarantee your satisfaction.
10/23. In 2009 I felt like my work was contributing nothing to the world, other than helping some stockholder's dividends increase, so I decided to give up my corporate job of 10 years and go somewhere abroad to work with children. I found a small organization that funds one small orphanage and school in Rwanda, so I offered to volunteer there for six months. I donated everything I own to a battered women's shelter, pulled out everything from my savings and retirement and headed out to Rwanda (story continued on the next page...).
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A month after arriving I found the local staff was misusing funds and mistreating the kids, so I wrote back to the donors in the US to inform them of what I was seeing. They asked me if I was willing to take over managing the program. I had no previous experience running an organization, managing people or working with children, but I saw this as an opportunity to really make a small difference in the world, so I accepted.
Now, three years later, I am the executive director of the project and have been elected to the board of directors. Early in 2010 I met another volunteer from another nearby orphanage. She was from London. We became friends and eventually fell in love. Now we work together running the program and we have nearly 100 children who look at us as their parents. Together we make very little money but we are very happy with our lives.
Running an orphanage in Rwanda, hell just living here, is very hard. The poverty is heartbreaking, the government is difficult to work with and trying to keep our little charity from going under due to lack of funds are all issues that cause endless stress. But seeing one of our boys, who when he came from the streets was filthy, malnourished and hopeless, change into a clean, happy, hopeful child who works his butt off in school is worth every trial and tribulation.
11/23. I spent 30 years in high end construction and am now working for a nonprofit for at risk youth. Major switch at my age. I went from dealing with the rich and famous to their polar opposite. It's difficult coming from a place where you have so many years of knowledge and experience to one where you need to learn something new almost daily. It's easier to do without a family (kids are grown) to take care of.
I've left my resentments of the wealthy behind and have gratitude for being able to make this change. Should have done it sooner. I encourage anyone considering it to do it now. Its better to regret something you have done than something you haven't done.
12/23. I worked for county government. I moved during the recession, when county governments weren't hiring. Went to school to be a motorcycle mechanic, got a job as a service writer. I realized it wasn't a good fit and now I'm back in county government.
Not all career changes are great, but they're also not irreversible.
13/23. I quit a cushy consulting job to start my own web design firm. Had everything in place and ready to go. Was really excited.
I am now jobless and near broke. Barely keeping up with my bills, looking for another 9-5 job.
Make sure if you do it, you do it right and for the right reasons. Make sure you have adequate income and a long term plan.
14/23. For as long as I have used a computer I've enjoyed creating websites. My dad worked as a programmer for a major Canadian bank, so I got a lot of my interest from him. When I was little I would tinker with tools like Homestead and Geocities to make whatever I felt like to show off to people I knew. It's always been something I've liked doing, and over the years I taught myself a lot about the different things that go in to making and maintaining websites, from both the development and server administration side.
When I started working, I jumped around trying different jobs out, to see what I liked doing. Eventually I found comfort at an Apple call center, because I liked helping people solve their problems, and I was able to learn a lot through their training programs. When OS X Lion was released, call volume got so ridiculous that I was getting very stressed out at work. A lot of the issues people were having were because Apple made significant changes to OS X that people didn't like (like removing power pc support). I started looking for an out, but I didn't want to quit until I had a new job (story continued on the next page...).
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For as long as I have used a computer I've enjoyed creating websites. My dad worked as a programmer for a major Canadian bank, so I got a lot of my interest from him. When I was little I would tinker with tools like Homestead and Geocities to make whatever I felt like to show off to people I knew. It's always been something I've liked doing, and over the years I taught myself a lot about the different things that go in to making and maintaining websites, from both the development and server administration side.
When I started working, I jumped around trying different jobs out, to see what I liked doing. Eventually I found comfort at an Apple call center, because I liked helping people solve their problems, and I was able to learn a lot through their training programs. When OS X Lion was released, call volume got so ridiculous that I was getting very stressed out at work. A lot of the issues people were having were because Apple made significant changes to OS X that people didn't like (like removing power pc support). I started looking for an out, but I didn't want to quit until I had a new job.
Around that time an online friend of mine offered to work with me in creating Flash games on contract for a fairly popular website. I jumped at the chance, and we went to work on 3 different titles. Because of how unique the situation was to both of us - relying on another person living in different countries, we both kind of started off poorly. Of the 3 we started, 2 were finished with the third still sitting waiting for completion.
When 2012 rolled around, the two of us stopped really consistently working together, I spent my time alone working on the programming while he attended to other work he was doing. The whole arrangement kind of fell apart, which was bad for me because I didn't have a backup for income. I put aside the games and started doing periodic websites for clients I would get through word of mouth. I've never really advertised myself as such, so these were low-paying starter jobs.
This last summer was horrible. My girlfriend and I moved from our apartment last winter, and we were already struggling to make rent at our new place. I was dodging bills for months, chipping away at them with whatever income I made. I couldn't just get rid of the internet, because that's what I was doing to make money.
I came close several times to giving up programming and going back to Apple or some other job, but each time something would happen that would make me push looking for jobs back a week or so. Just recently in September, another online friend recommended me to his friend who runs a small California-based clothing company. They wanted someone to overhaul their entire site, and wanted me to do it based on the recommendation of my friend. It wasn't a small-paying job, either.
This helped me achieve semi financial stability. While working on that project, I was contacted by another online friend who had recently done some work for Riot (the guys who make Leauge of Legends), and he wanted to pay me me to work with him on a new site he wanted to make. The site he wanted to make is also the same kind of site I've always wanted to make.
One thing lead to another, and I'm now completely stable working daily doing what I love on a project that's going to last far into the next year. I've been able to set myself up with a decent home office and I'm no longer stressed out all the time. I'm still learning this whole game as I go, but I feel like I'm getting better at being self-sufficient.
15/23. I'm a social worker by profession and I took a three year career break from 2004-2007. I ended up doing some design work for a very small company, travelled China sourcing an ethical factory and then helped to get a product on to the shelves of a major UK supermarket. Great fun but didn't pay the bills, so I went back to social work.
I now manage foster homes - the majority of my carers had previous careers, including civil service, a truck driver and a brick-layer. They came into foster care for a variety of reasons, perhaps the main ones being redundancy or simply wanting to feel a sense of achievement and doing some good in society. All would say that foster care is the most demanding job they have ever done, but none would want to change what they do.
It's never too late to change career... and it could be the greatest thing that you'll ever do.
16/23. I haven't left my corporate job..., but I've witnessed a lot people in my industry do it.
I work in a pretty niche job market. It involves knowing one particular piece of software really well that also happens to be old and crappy. A lot of the people that know it are getting old and retiring. It's used by investment banks. As a result, there's few people that know it and we all get paid well.
I personally know of 6 people that got totally fed up with it (it does suck) and left for "their passion". There were 2 attempted chefs, an attempted start up, an attempted record label, a guy who wanted to go to Thailand and live/work as a muay thai fighter/coach.
They were all super happy when they left. And they all came back in under 2 years because they weren't making money doing the other things.
I'm not saying people shouldn't "go for it" when they have something they want to do... it's just quite often hard to find a thing to go for that will actually involve you making money. I think about leaving quite regularly. I'd love to leave my job. But I don't know of anything that I would really enjoy doing that I could realistically expect to be paid for.
17/23. Came into college as an engineer, dropped out to switch to a separate community college in order to transfer to the college I wanted to be at.
Needless to say, nobody was proud of me when I did it, everyone ridiculed me for coming back a quitter, and my father talks crap about me all the time. It also added an extra 3 years to my "4 Year Plan".
But I don't regret having decided to become a teacher and being able to be the change that I wanted to see.
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18/23. Went from lawyer to software developer at 31. I'm a digital nomad now, and for the past year and a half. So.... it went well.
19/23. Graduated with a BSc in math and physics. Was hired as a product development engineer by a large manufacturing company where I was one maybe 40 engineers working on similar products. It was a bad fit and I hated it. My dad, three uncles and grandfather were all engineers. Somehow I didnt get the gene.
After two years I quit with no other offers on the table and only a vague idea of what to do. In spite of my family pushing me to the sciences, my interest had always been in art. I took my savings and opened a small art gallery where I could paint and sell my art and that of other local artists. I went broke.
I spent a few years as a starving artist working temporary part-time jobs to pay for rent, food, and supplies. Then I drove cab for a few years but the long shifts were killing me. I worked at a small company that prepared pre-press graphics for the advertising industry and was there when everything transitioned to digital. I got to learn how to use the Macintosh with Photoshop and other graphics and design programs. The company restructured and I was turfed.
Unemployed, I spent a year teaching myself graphic design from all the information online. I soon got a few freelance jobs, built a reputation and was working full-time as a graphic designer, having more fun and making more money than I ever had. I have had a good career, but it was a bumpy and uncertain road.
Even during the hardest, darkest times I never looked back wishing I had stuck with engineering. It was a long, strange trip.
20/23. I quit my full-time job in radio to be a stand-up comic. So far, I've moved back into my mom's place, work at a grocery store to pay rent, I'm a student at Second City, and so far I've made... 40 dollars telling jokes.
21/23. Was working for a think tank in DC. Had a disagreement with my boss, got fired. Threw everything in the car and moved to LA, now work in the healthcare industry, have a nice apartment, perfect weather all the time, and a beautiful girlfriend. The move and having some crappy jobs to stay afloat when I first got here was hard, but definitely worth it.
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22/23. I have actually made several.
I didn't graduate from college so I went right into the workforce post high school.
Obviously, I started at the bottom with retail and serving. I wanted a normal schedule so then I graduated to call center work. It was for the DMV, would not recommend.
Then I got a job as a receptionist at an Internet marketing firm and eventually got promoted to account rep, then to department leader, then got cross trained for their magazines and branding departments.
I then started my own "promotional marketing" company (free pens and magnets and shit). Aaaaaaand that went belly up because at 21, I had no clue what I was doing.
So then I got a job as an assistant to the director of nutrition for a food company. She taught me how to read scientific studies and promoted me to research assistant.
I actually had this "crisis" that I wanted own success, not for it to be the success of someone else so then I went back to marketing and got a job at a local magazine as an advertorial copy writer. Then got laid off from that job.
Went back to serving for awhile then got a job at this very old school company run by dinosaurs as a social media manager. The old guys that fought my position is very existence won and the guys who hired me mercy fired me.
I did freelance writing for websites for awhile, did lots of freelance social media consults, and landed and huge client for whom I provide the branding, copy, operational decisions, and social media strategies.
I've also picked up some modelling on the side.
My dad was a jack of all trades, growing up he was a land surveyor, a draftsman, a house painter, a freelance artist, and now he's a real estate agent... It's what I know.
23/23. My father was an auto mechanic. Then I was a mechanic. That wasn't for me, so I switched to auto parts sales. Eventually I decided I wanted to go back to school and get into corporate finance. Graduated December 2014 with a 3.93 GPA.
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.
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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.
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.
My dad is a stairbuilder and I spent many summers working at his warehouse, so I can clear this up. 14.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
But ... Ice Floats
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.
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.
My brother is colorblind. And he CONSTANTLY tries to correct me on what color things are.
"Hey could you hand me that red _____?"
"no, it's red"
"YOU CANT EVEN KNOW"
It is the base of our most common and heated arguments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ChocolateGiphy
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.
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.
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 MultitudeGiphy
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.
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.
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.