Pilots And Flight Attendants Share The Scariest Thing They've Experience In-Flight
Flying can sometimes be a horrifying experience, especially if you're the one in charge of flying the plane or taking care of passengers as an attendant. In this article, pilots and flight attendants share the scariest thing that happened to them in-flight.
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Private pilot going for his CPL and this happened when I was in training for my PPL. I was doing circuits early on in my training with my Instructor who didnt really have much patience but lots of experience. We were practicing circuits and he decided we would do a touch and go but at the last minute we were told by Tower to go around. I decided to pull up without adding power and retracted the flaps up a bit. Needless to say my instructor took control and added power right away and pushed the nose down and very sternly asked me Are you trying to kill me today? Never made that mistake again.
Took off at night, right alternator light comes on right after takeoff. The aircraft instrument lights start flickering. My first officer is flying the airplane. I tell him to continue as normal until we reach a safe altitude to run the checklist.
As we're climbing through 500', I see a bright shower of sparks from the right engine. Passengers start gasping and talking. My first officer kind of freezes up. I say, "turn back." He starts to turn the airplane the opposite direction of what we had briefed in case of an emergency situation.
I say, "I have the controls," and take over, and turn us on a right downwind. I tell him to tell air traffic control we need to return immediately. I turn the alternator off but the sparks are still flying. The engine is running fine though.
We were only in the air for a couple minutes, but the adrenaline was high for sure. Seeing sparks flying from the front of your engine is never a good thing. I was glad it was just the alternator though because it didn't cause any power loss.
Turns out one of the mechanics that put the engine back together after an inspection forgot to tighten the alternator wire bundle down completely, resulting in loose wires contacting each other.
I'm not an airline pilot, but I fly small planes as I build my hours to get to that point. Me and a copilot were hired to fly a Cessna from Arizona to Florida. We stopped for fuel in New Mexico and on takeoff we got to only about 100 ft when the plane stopped climbing and started doing the exact opposite of that. We turned and lined up with a different runway but we were still coming down very hard and very fast. The plane hit the runway and then went off the side into the dirt and stopped only 70ft from where it first hit the ground, which isn't much considering we were going at highway speeds. I broke 8 bones in my body including 3 vertebrae and was in the hospital for about 3 months as well. But despite this I still want to get back in the plane and fly again though.
Couple years back I was flying an instrument approach down to Melbourne, Florida. I forget the name of the approach exactly but we were supposed to circle to 09R. Coming down ATC hits us up about a storm cell thats making its way to the field and asks if we still want to continue the approach. Anyone familiar with Florida in the summer knows these types of storms aren't exactly rare. We figure we can beat it in (we could see it painted on our radar) so we continue. About 600ft above minimums it has become VERY clear that its moving faster than both we and ATC thought. Not 5 seconds later ATC hits us up again to tell us just this and mentions the winds have flipped. We ask if we can just circle to 27L instead which he approves. We get in the thick of it and barely broke out of the clouds above minimums before touching down into a wall of rain after battling some of the craziest winds I have flown in to date. Palms were definitely sweaty after that one.
I'm just a private pilot getting my hours to be a commercial pilot, but the scariest would be an engine failure at 1200 feet, after failing to restart the engine we declared an emergency. Luckily I was with my instructor so in that case he handles controls and I do communications and checklists.
The scariest experience I've had while flying would have to be when one of my instructors ordered a go around maybe five feet above the runway for practice. I took out the flaps first, and then put in power. Let's just say I'm surprised that the thing didn't slam into the ground!
Flight attendant here. Honestly, our planes are extremely well maintained and our pilots and air traffic controllers very well trained so the odds of something horrible happening in regards to crashing or malfunctioning are very slim. The worst thing that has every happened to me was being punched in the face by a very horrible four year old girl. That was genuinely pretty scary because I had never felt compelled to punch a child in the face before, really had to restrain myself that day.
And walking in to the bathroom and finding massive piles of poop in the toilet. I fly on prop planes and our flights are never over two hours, please just poo beforehand, I beg of you!
I was flying with a student on a nice, clear day. We were doing ground-reference maneuvers (flying fairly close to the ground and snaking over roads, etc). I was pretty pleased with my student's execution of the maneuver when out of the coroner of my eye I saw movement above the tree-line. On second glance it turned out to be a stunt plane flying directly into our path. I punched the throttle, pulled the yoke back and climbed out of there like a homesick angel. I checked the Multi-function display (Moving map), and there was no indication of another airplane with his transponder on, there were no radio calls to the area. Fine, I thought, he doesn't have to do any of those, despite the fact that they are the smart thing to do. And then this jerk starts shadowing us really really closely. I couldn't descend to redo the maneuver for fear of getting too close to this hotdog.
I was training for my private license and had to do what I believe was ten stop-and-go's (this was nearly ten years ago) at Port Columbus. All was well and going nicely until on one of the stops, the wind shifted a little right as I was floating before touchdown. Lifted one of my wings up and I was cruising on one tire and my wingtip had to have been inches away from striking the ground.
Definitely a pee in my pants moment.
I was getting my glider pilot license and one of the pilots in training went on his first solo flight at the end of the day. It was the last flight of the day so the rest of us were watching his approach and we all saw his glider suddenly disappear under the trees of the forest that's right behind the runway. We were told to go back to the dorms while the people in charge were to investigate the crash. The guy who crashed walked into our dorm a couple of hours later, completely fine. He got really lucky to leave that situation completely unharmed. I've heard of cases where people crash into forests and get impaled by branches.
We almost crashed coming into OHare. The copilot was pretty inexperienced and tried to touch down during an insanely fast moving crosswind. He should have circled around again. I was seated in the back of the plane (CRJ900). Both passengers next to me had a death grip on my hand or knee. Was covered in bruises. Ive never seen a pilot so pissed off. He was cussing out the copilot the whole way to the hotel.
On one of my earlier solo flights during my training, I lost a magneto only a few moments after rotation. I was already too far along the runway to abort the takeoff, so I kept the power in and managed to climb up to pattern altitude. I informed the tower and they gave me clearance for a short final, so I flipped her around and got her back on the ground as fast as I could.
Even as I was taxing back to the parking, I could see my instructor vigorously arguing with the head of maintenance - it turned out that the plane had been in the shop the previous day for the exact same issue and the techs had been unable to reproduce the problem so they green-lit it for flight again.
I never found out exactly what the cause was, but the mags showed no sign of issue during runup, or during any of the mechanic's tests. I'm assuming it was a loose or corroded connection somewhere.
Probably not the scariest story you can imagine, but as a relatively new pilot with only ~30 hours on my log, it sure scared the life out of me.
In flight training on a go around the engine went to full power then dropped back down to nearly idle. There was no longer enough runway to land immediately. Somehow we managed a 180 degree turn and landed in the opposite direction.
As an airline pilot on a smooth day in clear skies at cruise suddenly heard a bang and got bounced so hard I nearly hit my head against the window next to me. No idea what that was. There was no damage to the plane.
Also as an airline pilot a flock of geese coming right at us on short final. I dove the plane down a little bit but there's only so much you can do with that little warning. Somehow we missed them all.
I was flying at an unmanned airport, just doing some touch and gos. I was really new to flying at the time, and I think it was my third time flying solo. Anyway, the frequency was shared with another port nearby, so we clarify where we're flying. As I come in for landing, another plane says they're on the same part as me. I immediately panic and state again where I am, trying to find them by sight. I safely land and take off again without response from them. I'm really rattled, but continue on.
They keep on stating they're on the same part of the flight pattern as me, and I finally ascertain they're elsewhere and just being careless with their callouts. scared me quite a bit, though.
I was on my cross country flight as a student pilot, it's something you have to do to get your license. Leaving Chicago going to Ohio we were flying under storm clouds with some bumpy conditions. This was my show so I was at the controls and my instructor was basically just watching. Little turbulence kicks up. It was expected, no problem, little airplanes actually handle turbulence well. It's less 'bumpy' and more 'leaf on water' kind of feeling. Boom, out of nowhere we end up getting shoved and shaken like ice in a cocktail shaker and zipped up right into a storm cloud. This is before I got my instrument flying certification and there is no visibility, I can't hear anything because my headset cord came unplugged and I am FREAKING OUT. I am proud I didn't piss myself.
My instructor just put his hand calmly on top of mine, plugged in my headset and said, "Relax, watch the artificial horizon and altimeter, and don't kill us." Thanks, Rick. To make a long story short we survived and I got to learn what lightning looks like from inside a cloud.
Airline pilot here, but this happened flight instructing. I agreed to test fly a 70-year-old airplane after its 90-year-old owner had the engine rebuilt. He was a retired car mechanic so I had my suspicions that he had been involved more than would be appropriate in putting it back together. We ran up the engine on the ground. All seemed normal. After take off the airplane wouldn't climb above 300 ft and we couldn't get more than 2000 rpm out of the engine- normally 2400. I took the controls and slowly did a 180 back to the runway, landing in the opposite direction of takeoff. Turned out some valve came out of place, pumping hot air into the carb. Spooky because we were right on the edge of living or dying. 50 less rpm and we would have slowly descended into a house or tree.
As a student private pilot on a solo flight- flying over Blackpool, England. The aircraft didn't feel right, smelled incredibly hot, panel was hot to the touch, temperature gauges up. I think "oh no, I'm on fire." I call a mayday from about 3500ft about 3 miles from the circuit. Then I put the aircraft into a 2500 glide circuit, shut the engine down and glide it in to RWY 28 to be met by fire crew. Turns out it wasn't a fire but better to be safe than sorry.
The first solo flight is supposed to be traffic pattern only (in essence, you're flying boxes around the airport). I take off and do a couple touch and go landings without issue. Coming in for my third touch and go, a formation of aircraft was taxing out onto the threshold. No big deal, I thought. I pull up the gear handle and execute a go around, only the gear does not properly raise and I have unsafe (red) gear indications. I end up having to declare an emergency and I am unable to lower the gear, as the left main wheel is jammed between the up and down position.
Another T-6 comes and forms up with me to check out my gear. He informs me that my landing gear is jammed against the landing gear door. After cycling it multiple times, eventually the gear comes down, but the left main is still red (possibly unsafe) even though it appears down and locked to the other aircraft.
I come in for a straight in and hold pressure off of the left wheel as long as I can while I land the aircraft. Thankfully, the wheel held when it finally touched down and didn't collapse, which would have sent the plane possibly careening out of control (possibly forcing me to eject). Since I had declared an emergency, the fire trucks all rolled out to the runway to meet me.
I'm a Naval Aviatior and my scary story happened earlier this year. It was my second night landing on the boat in over 6 months, so I was a bit rusty. The ship was in bad weather and rough seas. I had a decent amount of night traps before this, but I didn't have a lot of pitching deck experience. We were the first plane to come down from the marshall stack to land on the boat. At about 4 miles, we pick up the ACLS needles (ILS for the ship) and we are still in the weather. Normally, at 3/4 mile behind the ship, approach control hands you over to paddles (the guys standing on the back of the ship to help talk you down if you need it) and you would take over visually to trap. On this night, the weather was particularly bad and we see nothing, so we call "clara ship" (meaning we can't even see the ship). Then we hear paddles tell us to turn our taxi light on, which means they couldn't see us either. We turn it on and hear "paddles contact" (they can see us but we still can't see the ship). Finally we break out of the weather and about 5 to 7 seconds later, we trap on the ship. The rain was so bad that people on the ship said that we caused a wave of water to roll over the landing area when we trapped.
Private pilot here.
Scariest moment was one take off when I lost my engine. (I only have one). It was a rainy night, I just had flown to get some dinner at portillos. I was by myself, having just got my license. I took off normally, and at about 200 Fett above the ground I was still over the runway. I immediately lost all power. I was too low to turn around and land on the 10000 feet of runway behind me. I had to land straight ahead. It was also then I remembered that some jackass had put a rock quarry off the end of the runway. I settled the plane down on the runway watching the lights at the end get closer and closer. The plane squeched to a halt, one tiny fence and about 20 feet to falling into a deep rock quarry.
The second most scariest moment I had was on a clear weather, bright sunny day. I was taking my brother out for a flight, it was his first time in a small plane. All off a sudden every single piece of electronic equipment failed while I was in busy airspace. Every instrument, radio, and light failed on the plane. And to top it all off, my iPad shut down too. (I have backup instrumentation that the iPad can provide). I turned the plane around and watched for the control tower to shine a big ass light that would clear me to land. (It's one giant light gun that can flash green). Got the light, and while I was taking off the runway all the electronics came back at once. Will never figure that out.
Former flight attendant here, I've had a few hairy incidents but the one that stands out for me was a time we were cleared for take off out of SFO, I was flying B in back and just as we started down the runway the engines cut off and suddenly breaking hard and a quick turn off on to a taxiway. As they made the turn I look out the window next to me (no I wasn't in my proper seating position) I look down the runway trying to figure out what's wrong and see a rather large 747 cross on one of the runways ahead of us.
We sat there stopped for a little while and our captain calls back asking if we're OK. We eventually made our way back around and took off. When we deplaned later I asked the pilots what happened and they told us we were wrongly cleared for take off and due to some work being done next to the taxiway there was some fencing and construction vehicles that obscured part of their view to the right and as they cleared the fencing the FO saw the approaching 747 coming in on one of the crossing runways and initiated an abort and diverted down an exit on to an empty taxi way. They had some choice words for ATC and were obviously very upset considering they said nobody in ATC called for any kind of abort or seemed aware what had just transpired. That was my worst in my opinion. Of course skidding on ice landing in DEN in winter and feeling a 737 fishtail makes you feel uneasy a bit.
Just a GA pilot but here's what I've got.
I have a couple hundred hours so I'm not a total buffoon. And I'm based out of a small airport in MD where the end of the runways is literally next to a major highway.
So one time I was taking my friends up with me, one of them has a horrible fear of flying, but I convinced her it's fine. Just a day trip to the beach.
Everything was looking good, little gusty, clear skies -the works.
Anyways, so in a 172SP loaded, I'd rotate around 60-65, just in case. About 25ft off the ground, we're hit with an intermittent wind shear, a big one.
For those wondering, a wind shear is an unexpected (basically) mega gust of wind.
This shear caused my nose skyrocket upwards, air speed was dropping to 40, stall horns blaring, and we were over the highway. I take the full force of body and push the yoke as hard as I can inward to try and put the nose down. Luckily, we recovered with about 75ft of clearance before plowing into oncoming car traffic.
My friend still brings it up and although I'm going off to the AF to become a pilot, she's still hesitant to fly again, even though it was a freak accident.
Im still a student pilot working towards my private pilots license. One of the requirements towards your PPL is a cross country solo. I made mine from KAPA to KPUB to KLHX.
Being in Colorado, we can get bad winds and updraft over the plains, causing turbulence. My first leg to Pueblo was fine (except making myself look like a jerk on frequency) and the leg to La Junta was ok. I decide to stop there to use the bathroom and stretch. With my luck, the starter on the 172 I was renting failed when trying to start the engine. After waiting for the mechanic to fly down and fix it I was on my way about four hours later. The wind at the airport was barley below the minimum so I was allowed to take off in. I decided to fly myself back. That flight was the longest, most turbulent flight I will probably ever have. I was hitting my head on the roof of the plane, and getting really sick. I was outside the range of flight following so I could do nearly nothing. Getting back to my home airport, I have never been that happy to land.
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.