Teachers Share Their Best 'This Kid Is Going Places' Stories.

Teachers who have spotted the early potential in their students share some heartwarming and inspiring tales about certain youngsters that they just knew were going places.

Source available at the end.


One of the kids at the school I worked at started doing everyone else's homework for pay. The thing is, he was smart enough to ask for samples of the other kid's handwriting and copy their handwriting as best as he could while doing their homework for them. It took about two months for him to get caught, and in that time, he had made over a grand doing homework for other kids.

The only reason he even got caught was that he was spending so much time at home doing homework. He was a fifth graders, so he should have been receiving around 30-minutes of homework a night on average (outside of any big projects), and his parents went to the school to complain about how much homework he was doing every night.

partofbreakfast

Preschool teacher here. We have a three (almost four) y/o at my daycare who wows us with his interest in numbers. He is obsessed with telling time and can read an analogue clock. As an extension of this, if you say to him, "It's 4:10 right now. How long until 5:20?" He's able to rattle off 70-minutes. He's also extremely interested in traffic and has memorized most of the highways in our city. He often tells us if there is an accident on one.

It's not only that he can do neat "tricks." It's that you can plainly see on his face all of the gears turning in his brain. He's so personable, open to learning, and quick to catch on. I find it very interesting and gratifying to see a child clearly so full of potential at such a young age. We work on mathematics with him whenever we can, and we dearly hope that he continues to pursue his passions as he grows.

cheshirecanuck

I taught a kid who saved up his paper route money in the seventh grade to buy a lawn mower. He started mowing lawns as a summer job. By the tenth grade, he already had three lawn mowers and was subcontracting mowing work out to other students.

The summer after eleventh grade, he had saved up enough money to buy an old truck. He then worked bringing junk to the dump for people who didn't have one (Meanwhile, his workers kept mowing lawns).

By the end of twelfth grade, he had bought equipment to seal and repair asphalt driveways and paint lines. The equipment he tows around using his old truck.

Three years out of high school and he's getting municipal contracts to paint lines on the roadways and parking lots. Work that he's partially subcontracted out to others while he goes to school full-time working on a business degree. He still contracts high school students to mow lawns. He also has contracts to mow grass and clear brush with several municipalities in the area, as well as, local businesses. 

He's currently saving up to buy heavy equipment such as dump trucks, loaders, backhoes, etc. to further expand his business opportunities.

I've never seen a kid with such self-motivation, drive, and determination. It's enviable!

pennyxroyalty

I go on visits to high schools for recruitment purposes (to come to our college).

I met a student who had not only taken it upon himself to self-learn creating android apps, but he had already made a game and was selling quite a few copies on the Google play store.

I was thinking that this student could just skip the college bit and go straight to working for somebody by showing them this app. Or better yet, he could just continue making games and placing them on the market.

Terratoast

I was privileged to have a true "prodigy" student who (at 11-years-old) had already worked through and memorized many of Bach's two-part inventions and several well-tempered clavier, preludes, and fugues. He was also working on Chopin preludes, etudes, and waltzes (among other literature).

I told his parents their son was "going places," and that they should fully support a special accelerated course of music studies for him.

He recently earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (performance) and is getting offers playing solo piano works and concertos with orchestras.

Back2Bach

I had some college students in my speaking class (ESL). I asked them an opinion question about the Industrial Revolution, and they had no clue what I was talking about. Even when I broke it down to dates and inventions, they remained lost. My goal was for them to be able to express an opinion, not deliver their turn of the century expertise, so we moved on.

Well, the next day, one student took it upon himself to research the Industrial Revolution and told me all about it the next morning. He ended it with, "It was really interesting, thanks".

An inquisitive mind can take you to so many places.

CWHats 


One student has gotten into podcasting, and he did a few projects in podcast and webcast form. He has a bit of a speech problem with pronunciation (think Ric Flair or Dusty Rhodes), but his hearts is in the right place, and I see him working towards that goal.

betterplanwithchan


I tried to emphasize creative problem solving and entrepreneurship last year with my sixth graders. We did a lots of small activities leading up to a big project wherein they would come up with a product to sell to their classmates (picture Shark Tank style). Tons of kids showed potential, but there were these two girls in particular who started making things at home and selling them to other students and teachers at school. One made these amazing chocolate pretzel things. The other made and sold slime, which she had learned how to make in science class.

danielsexbang

I had my students create a debate where they had to research different topics. For example, between cell phone usage vs. no usage, the effects of television and games, the implications of torture for military use, etc. One of the student, who sided against torture, gave a rich and detailed paper with sources from both sides of the political spectrum to create a well-rounded debate. Her written portion was excellent but her actual classroom debate was even better. She had appealed to everyone emotionally and logically. I remember telling one of the other teachers, "Holy smokes, she's my new attorney."

betterplanwithchan

I was a grad student who was teaching adjunct classes for the local community college. She was in one of my night classes which was held at a BAD local high school. She was a 16-year-old student there in her junior year. Obviously, she was a little scared being surrounded by college students. Tiny little girl who barely said a peep the first few class meetings. After the first week or so, she came to me after class to ask for reading recommendations on a subject in the textbook.(Mid-Atlantic sectionalism in the 1850's). The thing is that was only covered in the last chapter of the book. She had already finished the textbook and the outside reading, all in a week, while attending two other college level night classes and high school.

I made it my job to keep her engaged after that. She asked incredibly thoughtful questions and had a first rate analytical mind. Bear in mind, this was the worst school in the city, and she lived in one of the worst neighborhoods (This was right as the drug epidemic went into high gear). That girl basically lived in a war zone.

I eventually asked her where she wanted to go to university and she said, "My mom will only let me go to an all-girls college." I thought about it and asked her, "Do you think your mom's has ever heard of Radcliffe?" She broke out in a grin and said, "Nope! But we could never afford Harvard."

What she didn't know was that my best friend was on our local Harvard/Radcliffe review board (The folks who personally interview applicants in each city.) She also didn't know about the size of Harvard's endowment, but I did. I convinced her to apply and wrote her the most enthusiastic rec'd that I could conjure. I even paid the app fee and called my friend to give her a heads up that this girl was special.

She graduated from Radcliffe College in 3 years with a Double major, and her mother didn't figure out a thing until graduation day.

ChillingMarmoset

A 5 -year-old girl in my class came in with a "Girls Just Want To Have FUN-damental Rights" t-shirt. I told her that I liked it, and she started explaining feminism to me.

pure_christmas

I teach elementary school, and I run ultra marathons and organize trail races in my free time. We had an outing for my science class to find trash around the school. I was walking by the track with a kid who is pretty lean and tall and challenged him to a race (one lap). The plan was to let him stay close and then school him at the end. When we got around the last turn, he slowed a bit, so I did too. Then, he took off, and we ended up about even. He told me that his plan was to stay with me and then school me at the end. Few months later, I got him on the youth track team, and he's keeping up with the high schoolers. I can't wait to see how he does if he keeps up the drive.

corylew

I'm a tutor. This kid was really creative. He would draw a ton of pictures that were detailed and awesome. He once built a video game out of cardboard. His imagination was just unreal.

He couldn't concentrate and didn't like doing real school work. I never worried much because I always knew that he was going to solve some problem that no one had ever even thought of yet.

The moment in question, he was asking me a bunch of questions when I was overwhelmed by work and getting other kids out the door. I told him to go draw a picture. He asked of what, so I said a polar bear cause it's my favorite animal.

He goes away and comes back in like a minute and hands me a piece of paper with what looks like a keyhole on it. I asked him where's my polar bear. He told me it was a polar bear blinking in a snowstorm.

I just kind of laughed. Kids going places.

itsonlyliz

I am a former music teacher. I had a student write me an eight page song. She played and sang it on the piano with such poise. It was called "Always Follow Your Heart." She is going to be amazing at whatever she decides to do.

GivesMeTrills

This kid used to make announcement videos for his church by quick pressing the record/stop buttons on an old VCR camera and did some amazing stuff with Star Wars figures. Some local video editing guys had him show them how he did it (this was in the late 90's), and they told him that what he had been doing wasn't even supposed to be possible with a VCR camera. He's a movie producer now.

Highball2814

When I was teaching students (I had around 30 assigned to me once a week on Friday), we were doing math and learning how to add double digit numbers like 12+11 and double digits with single digits 12+9. Everyone took their time counting on their fingers, but this one girl who had transferred in from Japan finished in less than 10 seconds by doing it in some special way that she had learned in Japan. I stood there astounded at how it was all correct and at how fast and efficiently she had done her math.

BurtonsProtege

I was teaching a course where students had to apply to get in. A student on the wait list really wanted to get into the course. He attended on the first day of class with my permission and reminded me at the end of class that he wanted to take the course. He showed up on the second day of class with the course book. I let him in because he showed commitment. He did really well in the course too.

throwawayredmaple

A kid sat next to me on the bus on one of our field trips and said, "Miss S, have you ever heard about Pangea?" He then proceeded to tell me all about the shifting continental plates and the current position of our continents. I was curious as to how much he knew about geography and began questioning him. He knew all of the continents, and he could name every country in Africa and South America (pronouncing every one correctly). This kid was so smart. It wasn't even just memorization. He actually understood things that he shouldn't of yet in the first grade. 

Shress

 I work with kids with autism. A few years ago, I worked with a 6-year-old boy who was a genius at Lego. He saw how everything fit together and could make the most amazing structures. In kindergarten, the teacher did a unit on robotics. She ended up creating a robotics corner, for the rest of the year, for that boy to use. He would show all of his classmates how to build super cool things.

He went for IQ testing about a year or so later. He scored off the charts for math and visual perceptual (I believe it was 98th percentile for both). The psychologist said she'd never seen such high scores in her entire career. His mom was crying when she told me this and was thanking me for believing in her son and always telling her that he was a really smart kid who could do anything.

He's only 8 now, but I'm still sure he'll be a famous engineer or architect one day.

Halo98

I am a tennis teacher. We had a kid, who at 5-years-old, we could already tell was going to be pretty damn good. By 8, we had to play him against 12-year-olds that were like the top in the state. It was like a joke how good he was.

He is now basically the best in the world for his age, and I'd say his chance of winning a major is at least 25%. We teach a lot of kids who are the best, or close to the best, in their age groups. The odds of the next best kid winning a major I would put at 0.1%.

Sydney_Gamer

Not a teacher, but there's a senior in my school that's currently running for Senator and making headlines for himself. He's been our student union president for the last few years or so.

DaVinnChenz

I taught at a summer camp for kids in homeless shelters in New York state last year. There was this one girl, we'll call her Gabrielle. Gabrielle was 9-years-old, and she was one of the smartest and kindest kids that I've ever encountered. She wrote a letter to the charity that ran the camp to try and encourage them to hire someone who spoke Spanish, for those like her father, who couldn't speak English.

My colleagues and I agreed that she should be working for the UN or something similar.

Jonster123

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Have you ever found yourself in an argument so stupid and/or pointless that you were sure you were being punked? Like you keep looking away from the other person to check your surroundings for places Ashton Kutcher and a camera crew could come popping out of?

You're not the only one.

u/Anti-hollowkid asked: What is the dumbest argument you've ever been in?

Brace yourselves, folks. Some of these arguments are breathtakingly bonkers. The sheer number of people who are willing to argue with someone over provable facts and what that other person likes or doesn't like is just ... stunning. It's stunning, you guys. Just not in a good way.

I Know What I Like

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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.

- AardvarkAndy

A Stair Step

My brother and I argued if our staircase had 13 or 14 steps, based on an argument about if the floor of the second floor counts as a stair-step or not. We still have no solution.

- RazerWolf04

My dad is a stairbuilder and I spent many summers working at his warehouse, so I can clear this up. 14.

- Apples9308

Saturdays

My husband and I have this thing where we only say "I love you" on Saturdays. Every other day it's "I love you, but only on Saturdays." I don't know how it started, but it's been going for 11 years now.

We're both shiftworkers, so sometimes we have to stop and think what day it actually is. We had an argument recently over whether it was Saturday or not. I said it was Saturday, he said it was Friday. It was Monday.

- FormalMango

Iraq

I remember when I was about 13 my parents had an hour-long shouting match that ended with them almost getting divorced. The issue? Whether or not the nation of Iraq has a coastline.

My mother arguing that Iraq had a coastline, while my stepdad argued that it did not. This was back in 2004, and they are still quite happily married to this day. That incident is something they look back on and laugh about, and both of them admit it was really a pretty stupid thing to argue over.

- dontcryformegiratina

$40

With an ex:

"I owe you $80 for the bills of ours that you pay, and you owe me $40 for the bills of ours that I paid. Here's $40 in cash; we're even."

She did not understand this.

I literally had to go get another $40 out of the ATM, and hand the $80 to her. Then I had her hand me the $40 she owed me.

"Now how much do you have in your hand?"

She still didn't understand.

She somehow has a college degree.

- Speedly

Mini Wheats

When we were kids my brother and I got in a physical fight because he said I like mini wheats and I insisted I didn't. His argument was that I always sang the mini wheats song and I was deeply offended that he wasn't aware that it was just stuck in my head but I hated the cereal. I actually did like the cereal I'm not sure why I was arguing with him about it but I remember how genuinely angry I was.

- shicole3

Crayons

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I'll tell you about the only legal trouble I've ever been in, the fight that got me arrested. It started over whether we should return a box of crayons or not, and to this day I don't have any idea how it escalated to the point of the cops being called, but they were and I was the one taken in.

- CorrectionalChard

That's Unfair

My boyfriend insisted that when two people are in an argument and one makes a point so reasonable and logical the other one can't disagree with it - it's unfair. I tried, logically and reasonably, to explain several times why that is just winning the argument, proving your point thoroughly and is completely fair.

His answer was that I was being unfair.

- ShyAcorn

Pure Masochism

How the ch in masochism is pronounced. My friend caught me saying "masoKism" while he would say "masoSYism."

To be fair, he grew up speaking French, in which the ch in masochism is pronounced in "his" way. But he insisted that I was the wrong one here and that was just infuriating.

- argofire

Emailing NASA

A woman was adamant that looking at the big solar eclipse on the television was unsafe unless you were wearing glasses. She wouldn't believe us and insisted on emailing NASA to check.

- derawin07

A Non-Standard Ruler? 

I worked for a company that made signs. We had a customer ask for signs that were 7mm wide that were to go on a door. Our sign makers figured the order meant inches because 7mm is pretty small, so made them 7 inches. I got a phone call from the customer who went mad at me for making them the wrong size. So I put a reorder through for 7 mm.

Argued with the sign makers over it but they eventually agreed to do it after I shown them the order in writing. I even had the customer put her complaint in writing, reiterating the size they wanted.

7mm signs went out and a day later I get the customer on the phone literally screaming at me.

Cue the dumb argument - we ended up having an argument over how big a millimetre is, and obviously everyone in the office were laughing, but this customer just wouldn't accept it and said we must be using a non-standard ruler to measure.

Ended up being escalating to the sales department manager who refused to issue a refund. We still don't know what they actually meant.

- Lovelocke

This Unusual Vegan Argument

Was in a pub with a few friends, and some random Dude dropped an ear, and somehow figured I'm vegan. Well, people like him are the reason I usually avoid mentioning it. He came up to me and insisted on starting a discussion about veganism. He claimed that by the end of it, I would be eating meat again.

He listed some stupid arguments, I told him I was not convinced and then tried to keep on drinking beer with my friends. He followed me, and wanted me to "try to convert him to a vegan." I stupidly listed some of my reasons thinking it would make him go away. He told me he still was not convinced, so I was like whatever. Again, I really just wanted to drink beer with my friends.

That dude followed me all night and expected me to try make him vegan. Doesn't matter what I said, and all the reasons that for me are obviously good enough to be vegan. He'd be just like "No, that doesn't convince me, therefore your argument and how you life is stupid."

Didn't matter how often I told him that I honestly don't care; 5 minutes later he would come up to me again "I'm still not vegan, so veganism is stupid, all your arguments were stupid, now give me a good reason to become vegan!" At one point, I was literally yelling at him that I don't give a single flying f about what he eats and why, that it's in no way my responsibility to "turn somebody vegan" and in no way his business what I eat.

Honestly, for that dude, I would have bought a whole ham, just to shove it up his stupid annoying face.

- onlytruebertos

Monty Python

In college my roommate and I argued about a line in Monty Python & the Holy Grail. The scene with the Black Knight where the line "Alright, we'll call it a draw" is uttered. We argued about who said that line, whether it was King Arthur or the Black Knight.

It went on for hours longer than it should have because I was stubborn and refused to admit I was wrong.

- Skrivus

Albert or Arnold

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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!?

- Gerrard1995

Below Sea Level

I live on an island and when you go upland and you look out the sea looks like it's higher than or on the same level as the land. It's just a weird perspective thing because of the horizon. One day some kid says that it's because the island is under sea level.


I'm like wtf bro all of us would be with the fishes. He argues that no that's not true and if I just go upland I'll see. We then spend a good 5 minutes of my time arguing about it until I decided to leave this kid in his stupidity. He even said we shouldn't believe everything adults tell us and sometimes we need to think for ourselves.

This kid was older than me and was going to a good school. Lost my respect for him ever since then.

- -justforclout-

Tomash

Someone tried to fight with me over how to spell my name.

Now, my name is in a lot of languages with slightly different spellings. I would have accepted any of those spellings, but this one was just... Not even close. It didn't make any logical sense.


An analogous example is if my name was Thomas and someone was insisting it was spelled Tomash. And not just the name Thomas in general, but that me specifically, on my birth certificate, was named Tomash. I know how to spell my own name.

I swear to god, it went on for like an hour.

- TK-DuVeraun

Whales Are Mammals

I was in an online chat room one day, and we were talking about whales. I commented on how whales are mammals and the next thing you know, someone was arguing with me and trying to convince me that a whale was a fish.

- kawaii_psycho451

Microwaves

Stupid microwaves. Having a man child talk down to me about how microwaves work only for him to google it and prove me right. He slept on the sofa that night.

- sun_phobic

Shower Schedule

My friend keeps telling me that the norm is that a person should shower once a week. This has been going on for years. I'm almost convinced he's trolling me.

- LibrarianGovernment

No Balloons For Grandma

My cousin and I argued over a balloon going to Heaven. We were at his big sisters prom send off and he let a balloon go and it went high into the sky.

He then said this balloon will go up past space and go to Heaven and reach grandma (God rest her soul). And I was like no it's not and it's probably not even gonna reach space. Releasing balloons is terrible for the environment and kills/harms so much wildlife.

He got really mad and defensive and started telling me to google it and do my research and I'm like I don't have to google it you idiot. He was mad at me for a good week.

- Dskee02

Spontaneous Dolphin Existence

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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.

- thebeststory

Male Chickens

I repeatedly had the argument with a friend over whether roosters were chickens. She was convinced that only the females were chickens (hens). We were 18 at the time.

- bee_zah

Lightning McQueen

Me and my friend were drinking underage, we ended up in an argument of whether lightning McQueen's eyes were blue or green. Somehow throughout the whole thing both of us never thought to straight up google a picture.

- 23071115

But ... Ice Floats

Waiter/Host here.

Woman wanted ice on the bottom of her drink.

Now read that sentence again and try to imagine arguing with that particular brand of stupid.

- FarWoods

Time Zones Exist

Coworker claimed that it was the same time of day and the same season on the whole globe. Had to get 4 coworkers to confirm to him that time zones do in fact exist.

- JustARegularToaster

Colorblind

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.

- droneb2hive

Andre 2000?

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I'm late, but I saw this question and instantly remembered that I was booted from a Facebook group because I called someone out on a lie that was not only bull, but extremely pointless. She was friends with the moderator and they made the case that my argument over such a little lie was more of a problem than the lie itself (though they didn't refer to it as a lie.)


The woman said that she used to babysit for Andre 3000 and that his name was Andre 2000 - but he changed it after the year 2000 had passed. This was so easily disproven it was ridiculous. Their debut album came out in 1994 and he was already going by Andre 3000 at that time.

The argument wasn't a huge long drawn out thing, but the fact that either of us were on Facebook at separate times meant that the responses were over a long period of time so this argument lasted a few days.

It was stupid.

- P1ST0L_Wh1PP3D

Stars Like Our Sun

I was arguing with my grandpa about stars he didn't believe that there are other stars like our sun. Basically he thought there is only the sun, the moon and the earth.

fox_boi2

Richard Nixon

I have a degree in history. I mostly focused on nationalism. Wrote a 50 page paper on it and Richard Nixon with around 50 100 sources. Looked at micro film for hours on end. Part of the paper focused on how Nixon being chair of the house committee of Unamerican Activities was used as a powerful weapon to use against political enemies. It also inspired Joe McCarthy. Have had people tell me I was wrong and Nixon was never elected to a position besides the president and Joe McCarthy came before Nixon. I stopped trying to talk history to people.


I also know quite a bit about the history of the Balkans its amazing how many Serbs refuse to believe Tito did anything wrong.

Wrote 100 page paper on nationalism in Israel. Its frustrating to talk about because for some reason a lot of people think Palestinian firing rockets randomly into Israel is ok but if Israel retaliates the people get up in arms over a targeted air strike that kills 3 people.

grumblecakes1

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.

Dskee02

Binder Clips

I got into an argument with a co-worker over how we were attaching two pages of a letter together: small binder clips or paper clips.

He felt that paper clips would leave a "dent" in the paper when removed, but binder clips won't. He refused to staple them together. I felt that binder clips would also leave a "dent", so we might as well just use the paper clips.

It ended with him saying: "Do what you want [me], I don't care!" and storming off.

justantherredditgirl

Jewish

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.

Aslkurloz

Nutella

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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.

vault_tec_redditor

Lingerie Boxes

Late to the party, but there it is.

I'm a manager at a small store. We're only 4 working there, so my team and I grew very close and we joke around a lot. Once during a slow shift, my employee and I had an argument because we were looking at the lingerie boxes, and I thought that two specific boxes had the same woman on it, but she was 100% positive they weren't the same person.

Looking back, I don't know why it was such a big deal to us at the time, but we even called another employee who lives across the street to come and tell us what the heck was up with that. Turns out I was right, and she was pretty salty about it. It was a great night.

Meh75

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.

weirdatwork2017

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.

Frisby2007

Telekinesis

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.

dude_bizarro

Ghosts

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.

thebeststory

Dogs and Chocolate

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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.

KlutzyHedgehog

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.

SFCopperhead

Mission Trip

A kid a church telling me about the mission trip I went on. Not only was I not on that trip, but I had never been on any mission trip. We were good friends, so it's not like he would've mistaken someone else for me.

He insisted I was there as if an entire week long trip would just fall out of my memory. He even had stories of things we'd done together. I'm not sure if he thought I was lying, joking, stupid, or crazy, but I was pretty sure he was some combination thereof.

SirRogers

Dragon Tales

One time I got into a shouting match with my mom and little brother in the car. The issue? The names of the two-headed dragon from the PBS kids afternoon show Dragon Tales. I swore it was Zack and Macie.

It was actually Zak and Wheezie. I don't even remember why we were yelling about it.

MistalQueensglaive

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.

BugsRatty

Stars In Their Multitude

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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.

theedjman

Colorblind

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.

droneb2hive

Hot Water

About five years ago, my girlfriend (now wife) once had a very intense argument about whether or not hot water cleaned things better than cold water.

She genuinely believed that water temperature didn't matter. This is someone who has not one, but two masters degrees.

We argued for something like 2 hours, and we seriously almost broke up over the whole thing.

moniker5000

Biology Class

I had an argument with a girl IN THE MIDDLE OF A BIOLOGY CLASS in high school about how humans are not mammals. She thought a human was a human and we are not mammals because "mammals are animals and humans are not animals"

I tried explaining to her the difference between reptiles and mammals and how humans fall under the mammal category to try and educate her... but she just wouldn't listen.

I still have no idea why the BIOLOGY teacher did not get involved...

10d4plus8

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.

ScreamingPotoo