People Who Suddenly Got Rich Share How They Made The Money Last
We all work to make ends meet. Throughout those working days, we all have at some point dreamed of winning the lottery, receiving a big inheritance, or just finding a large sum of money some place. We have also dreamed about ways of creating a more comfortable life with that money. But would you know how to make that money double or triple through the years? Or would you blow it all away in less than a year? In this article, people that suddenly got rich share how they made money last.
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My great grandfather was a wealthy man with a lot of cash and estate. Thought that the inheritance would be squandered by his 11 kids. Only 9 were alive at the time of his death. He setup a trust with very complex language that would pay out some amount of money every year and every milestone. (i.e. when someone got married or had a child, or a grand-kid turned 18, etc). Much of the land and property is still held by various parts of our family. Even 3 generations down I got about $6k cash when I turned 18. My dad still gets a lump sum every year. It's not much, but although I've never seen him (we only have 1 painting of him and his wife), we remember him!
Simple living plus investing in real estate and stocks. I inherited about 400k back in 2011. Paid off student loans, spent 17k on a reliable Honda civic, bought a 100k two bedroom condo, went on one really nice vacation then put the rest into stocks and retirement accounts.
I live in the modest midwest and I'm a naturally frugal person, but I can't tell you how cheap it is to live when you don't have a mortgage and car payment. With those first two steps down I can put about half my salary into savings and I am well on my way towards financial freedom.
I inherited $3M. I paid off wifes student loans and put the rest in aggressive growth funds.
I do a withdrawal of about $10-20K per year for vacations or home improvements. Otherwise, we continue to live below our household income and save aggressively.
The goal is to retire at age 50 and pay for the kids educations.
My dad and I set up investments for me and my brother's inheritance. He doesn't even know how much we have coming/available to us right now. It's not huge (not like ... $40-50 million), but it's definitely sizeable. We both live off of our salaries (I make around 60K, and he's around 75K per year), and live modestly. My goal is to retire early, not spend it now. Could I drive around in a Porsche and buy a house? Yup. But I'd rather retire 20 years early.
We're both big gamers, so the only really nice thing we both have is a TV, and he has a gaming rig.
I knew about an investment account my dad set up for me when I turned 18. Every quarter we would go over the investments. It started at $150k when I first learned about it. When I graduated it was $200k and that's after paying for school.
I realized what it could be in another 10 years and decided to never touch it. My now wife and I live way below our means and we are extremely happy. We put $20k in the account each year (even after maxing 401k).
My dad made a point to me by creating an excel spreadsheet. He showed me if I saved $10K per year, how much it would become when I turned 60. Then did it with $15K, $25K, etc. It's amazing what $1 today will be in 30 years if you leave it in investments.
I inherited a significant amount of money when my uncle died a few years ago. It was a complete surprise, and I felt very uncomfortable about accepting so much money when I really hadn't done anything to earn it. I immediately dumped all of it into a retirement account and index funds, and honestly I don't even think about it.
I sold my startup for mid-9 figures. My share was worth low 8 figures at the time of sale.
I knew Id want to go at least a little crazy, so I set aside a small portion for that... the flashy car, expensive clothes, etc.
The largest portion (roughly 60%) I put into a trust to safeguard it.
The second largest portion went into a holdings company that would purchase and manage real estate for me and my family as well as starting my next venture.
The next venture failed, but I didnt lose too much. The following venture was very successful and was sold for 9 low figures. Not only has my money lasted, it has almost tripled in size by making smart investments and working hard since I sold the company that gave me the windfall.
The key is to live well, but dont go all out. I try to not spend more than 1.2-2% of my net worth per year.
I won a sizeable lottery jackpot with a friend. My share was mid-single digit in the millions. I quit working and budgeted $100k yearly salary (I pay myself $25k every 3 months) for the next 40 years, as well as bought a new house and a vacation house. With no mortgage and just naturally being frugal, that salary is plenty for me and my kid.
I got $3M saved from a business I started and sold. I then sold everything, moved to Central America for 6 months and lived out of a backpack. I learned to shed materialism and live simply. Then moved back to USA (way out in the country) and now live a quiet homesteading life while allowing myself and the wife to spend 60k per year total including nice vacations and farm equipment.
I came into a little over $10 million recently and it seems like it will be extremely easy to make it last.
I bought a new Cayman S and a house; the rest of the money is invested in a diverse portfolio of equities that bankers at JP Morgan manage for me. When I hear people saying they would put the money in safe investments like government bonds/savings accounts that seems weird to me. With this amount of money you can take on a ton of risk and still be very safe.
I sold a company for a few million in profit. Invested all of it and only draw a little each year. The most important thing I did was make sure no one (friends or family) knew I had the money. A lot of them know I sold the company but I downplayed it a lot and continue to work so they think I made almost nothing. It stops me from having to worry about people asking for money or expecting me to pay for things because "I'm rich.
I was in a bad accident when I was younger and the insurance money was invested by my parents on my behalf. I didn't find out about it until right before I turned 18. It is in an actively managed portfolio that is well distributed. My wife's father passed away when she was in high school. He left her a trust that pays out every 10 years. We bought our first house with it, a small fixer upper. We have saved aggressively since then and opened many other accounts to further diversify. We also bought a small farm that is already paying well just from the rent payments. Our plan is to retire early to a small farm and live a lazy life and be able to do what we want when we want to.
I came into about 30K from a life insurance policy. I paid off a rental property and used the rest to start spec home construction. I have now turned 20K into another 20K in just about 7 months and plan to continue and expand until I can quit my day job. Making the money last is easier for me when it belongs to the business and is immediately reinvested so it doesn't sit in the account long.
I inherited about 100K from my grandmother. I paid off 50k worth of medical debt, bought a house and bought each kid (6) something theyve always wanted. My husband and I each got Apple watches and new furniture for our house (Ikea). I also got braces. Although I wish I wouldve invested, Im glad I didn't blow it. I was recently diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma so it would have been nice to not have to work but the money came at a perfect time. The rental we were living in was foreclosing and we needed to move and found the perfect 5 bedroom house we could afford.
I inherited ~2.5m in a combination of capital and liquid assets. The liquid stuff I used to pay off bills and loans. With the capital, I hired someone to liquidate it. I lived like a king for 3 months and after that it went all to a consistent growth portfolio.
I have a financial advisor/manager who I pay to prevent any stupidity from happening. I feel like people who come into great wealth think they can manage it themselves but have not proven they can. Just be aware of your own personality and limitations and lead with the brain, not the heart. I got some experiences and now I just work a regular person job and love my life.
It's a blessing to know that one does not have to worry about certain things like retirement so it allowed me to find a career I truly love and make a decent living. I only touch money from liquidated asset sales for fun and excitement but never the whole thing, so I don't feel I'm cheating my self. When I'm ready to buy a home, soon, I know which accounts I can use specifically for that reason. Have kids, pay for their education, etc. It's all just reasonable planning, and taking the control away from impulses.
I made 8 figures from stock options (tech startup that went public). Half of it went to taxes, $1 million to a house that I sold recently for $2.6 million. Probably $1 million over the last 15 years on trips and wine and a nice car. The rest invested in fairly conservative stocks. If you count the value of my current home and the stock, I am still at about where I started, plus all the great memories and fun.
My mom inherited over a million from her mother when she passed and never told us at the time. She just moved us to a new state and bought a big house. Now she's declared bankruptcy not a full decade later and owes me a couple thousand dollars that the government pulled out of my bank account. She opened it with me when I was fifteen so her name was still on it, eight years later. My mistake, I guess.
I'm never getting that money back. She sold her house, downsized, made a five figure profit, paid her debts and bought a car for her boyfriend.
Now she's broke again and still owes me money. Meanwhile I'm in astonishment that at the peak of her wealth she never opened up like a college fund or anything. Well before she went broke, she let me take out student loans when she had money in the bank.
If I think about it, I get angry so I don't think about it. We aren't close.
My husband and I are worth around 17 million, the last time I looked. We are in our early 50s and both of us still get up in the morning for work.
He runs a mid-size engineering firm and manufacturing company. I am a junior high school librarian (Media Specialist).
My big treat for me was getting my pilot license and a vacation home. His treat was buying a horse farm with a 21 room house as our main residence.
When I turn 55 I am done with this career and hope to be a Certified Flight Instructor in my next stage of life. I'm not sure if my husband will ever fully retire.
We live on our salaries while our money continues to grow.
Our only child is living in our old house around the corner and works as our ranch hand/maintenance guy. That being said, no one wants to cut the grass so I pay a retired math teacher from my building to cut the front yard which is about 5 acres. He loves it!
Life is good.
Well for my wife and I, we both come from fairly well off backgrounds. Our parents were both immigrants to our country and did well for themselves despite starting with nothing.
Our families mainly keep their money in real estate, bank stocks and Index Funds. It's a really boring answer but when it comes to these things complex investments are probably detrimental in the long run.
If you live within your means, you only need to do slightly better than inflation which is really easy when you have a decent sum to start with.
Although most of the wealth is still with our parents, I believe my wife and I both could already retire and live very modestly in our mid 30's if we don't decide to have kids. We definitely do not need to worry about saving for retirement.
We both still work because she likes her job. I mainly do it because everyone would think less of me if I decided to quit my stable well earning job and "be a bum."
My father passed away when I was 18 (I'm about to turn 26) and left me a large inheritance set up in a trust fund. The majority of the funds are diversified in low risk investments and a small percentage is in high risk investments with investors at JP Morgan.
I receive a set monthly distribution for the majority of my expenses and the trust will cover certain more expensive living costs. I receive a very good amount every month but my trust generates more money each year than what I'm given in my monthly distributions, so my yearly expenses don't really decrease the value of my trust.
When I turn 30 I'm granted access to one third of my inheritance, at 35, two thirds, and at 40 I'm given access to the remaining inheritance. I most likely will keep the money in investments when I turn 30 but will pull some out as needed to start a business.
I realize I'm very fortunate and am thankful every day that my father worked his butt off to give me what he did. I'm also lucky that my father was smart enough to set the trust up like he did because I surely would have blown through a large amount of the trust when I was younger.
I'd still give it all back in a heart beat if it meant getting my dad back though.
My grandfather left me 250,000 a few years ago when he died. So far I have invested every cent of it and have made almost another 50K. I have a great financial advisor who keeps his eye out for good opportunities and has made some great changes to the account as needed. I pretend that I dont even have it. Im 22 and have a retirement plan that will set me up when Im older.
I inherited over $2 million at 20, at that point my last parent had passed. I paid off my college tuition and used some it for groceries/bills until I found employment post grad, the only serious purchase I made was a new car.
I keep a salaries worth of cash liquid but the rest is invested, I make enough money now so I can pay all my necessities; rent, bills, gas, food and such. Making it last isn't hard, I don't find a desire to spend it on frivolous things and I don't really tell anyone about it. I plan on putting it in a trust/getting a prenup when I get married. Also, My parents were very frugal so I think that has been instilled in me from a young age. I also think it would be so disrespectful to my parents if I squandered all the money they worked hard for away. If I lost all of it I wouldn't have a back up plan, I have very little family to go to for support.
With all that I still max out my personal IRA every year and contribute to my 401k. As I get older I will probably dip into it for a deposit on a house, another car, repairs, etc. Even though I have assets, my money is still subject to the ups and downs of the market and requires a ton of paperwork and taxes. I do plan on trying to retire early so I have as much time as possible to be with my loved ones and enjoy my remaining time on this planet. I would give it all up to have my mom back though, nothing can replace the love, comfort and reassurance I received from her.
I got a windfall of about $2 million in stock from a startup. Does that count as "great wealth" these days? I certainly think so, but my bar might be low. This was around 2009. I was a single guy. I stopped working, put 30% into an S&P ETF, put the other 60% into five or six large cap companies I believed in. Held on, for the most part, through ups and downs, and only withdrew about 5% per year, which I've lived off since then.
I did not increase my lifestyle much. I still have the same car I had before the windfall (a 2004 Toyota). I spend more on travel and food, but overall I live a pretty basic middle class life... except I have time to do whatever I want. And that's the greatest luxury of all. I write and record music. I learn about technology and fool around with it. I travel and get involved in volunteer projects. I watch movies with friends. It's a good life.
I've enjoyed the past 8 years thoroughly and now I have about $3 million. Money makes money. And having money saves you money. Life is not fair. I worked hard for what I got, but I know a lot of people that worked just as hard and didn't get a windfall. I also pay only 15% taxes. It's ridiculous.
At some point I helped my parents out by paying off their house. That money will come back to me when they pass on, so it doesn't change my long term financial picture much. I got married and have a kid now, so I got a bigger house, but kept it within budget. I currently do work at a small non-profit but it's more for the fun of being part of a project than for the money.
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 LikeGiphy
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.
Albert or ArnoldGiphy
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.
Spontaneous Dolphin ExistenceGiphy
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.