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People Reveal Which Common Warning Signs People Don't Take Seriously

Listen to your gut... RUN!!

LOOK OUT BELOW!! STOP!!! It seems like the only way humans listen to warnings are if life threatening danger and exclamation points are involved. But there are so many signs, smaller and more poignant, that we ignore that would save us on the everyday. All we have to do is pay attention.

Redditor u/Yesmaybeiagreemaybe wanted us all to share the warning signs we ignore but we shouldn't in order to survive.... What is a common warning people don't take seriously or dismiss too easily?

Hot. Hot. HOT!

"Caution: Hot!"

Source: My tongue. Infranto

And yet every time I'm like, "I'm sure it won't be too ba... OH GOD IT'S SO HOT!" LogicalBike

The Knees Have It! 

Lift with your knees. You'll be fine until the one time it's not and your back will give out. ZhouDa

If you wear your knees out eventually, well, knee replacements these days are pretty good and tons of people have a good quality of life after total knee replacements.

Can't say the same for wrecking your back. hairyholepatrol

Too Loud... 

Wear ear protection if you work in loud environments. A lot of people I work with won't wear ear protection when using the band saw right quick or something. But it adds up.

It takes years and years to really become noticeable. But you're going to regret it if you don't wear it. Hearing loss is exhausting, for you and the people around you. kotkaiser

It takes 7 Years....

Do not walk on black rocks near the ocean. Tourists keep dying at Peggy's Cove because they want to get close to the water, no matter how many warning signs there are. People who didn't grow up near water (me) maybe don't know why this is a thing, but living near here for 7 years now I get it. They are black because they are wet, meaning you could be swept away in a matter of seconds. l23456

Make it Rain....

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Bring water if you go hiking.

It's easy to not think about how important water is when living in easy reach of a tap and a controlled environment. Dehydration and heat injuries are serious stuff. tagged2high

There is a limit to loss....

Sudden, unexpected and especially rapid weight loss.

If you suddenly start losing, and keep losing, body weight despite not making any significant dietary or lifestyle changes then see a doctor as soon as possible. Moratamor

Check on it....

When you're a guy older than 55 and have to pee several times during the night.

I've been with my 2nd husband for 10 years. He's not quite 60. I've told him "get that checked out" a kabillion times. Nope. He just... wouldn't.

He finally did last week. He has prostate cancer. Stabfacenotback

Love is Stupid! 

When more then 1 friend tells you to not go out with someone. DerpysealzVI

Was gonna write the same thing. Dated this girl for 5 months, literally none of my friends thought it was a good idea because of how she treated me. I was in stupidly in love and kept seeing her even if it made me feel really bad. Now that Im over her I think back and get afraid of how stupid love makes me. I should've listened. fiddz0r

The Blind Spot....

Checking your blind spot. ButterfingersIV

Omg yes.

Also if you are in someone's blind spot either speed up or slow down to get out of it. That could save your life. jonquillejaune

Watch your diet.... 

Don't eat before surgery. Seriously. Like you could die. People ignore this all the time. surgerygeek

And don't lie to the anesthesiologist when they ask you if you ate or drank anything. Laser_Lens_4

Don't Stroke out...

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As someone who works in a ER, slurred speech or any other neurological symptom. People think it's nothing and a lot of times it is but I've personally seen too many "he was just having trouble getting his words out" and it it turns out to be a huge brain bleed or a massive stroke. Always remember FAST, Facial drop, Arms (can't lift one arm or feels numb) Speech (slurred speech or talking non sensical), Time (if any of those symptoms are present call EMS NOW). Time is the biggest factor in strokes and other neurological issues. I've seen strokes that come within the golden 3 hours and get reversed with Tpa treatment and have little to no long term deficits. ColeV_2

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

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

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

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

Serena Joy Waterford Is Likely Based On A Noted Conservative Activist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • an audiobook read by Homeland actress Claire Danes that won the 2013 Audie Award for Fiction
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  • a radio adaptation produced in 2000 for BBC Radio 4
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Much has been made, however, of her casting as Offred. Moss was born into the Scientologist belief system, which the German government has classified as an "anti-constitutional sect," the French government has classified as a cult, and the American government has allowed individuals to practice freely though not without considerable contention. Moss also identifies as a feminist.

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

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

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
















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