Former Anti-Vaxxers Talk About Why They Changed Their Minds

The fierce debate over whether to vaccinate or not vaccinate has been going on for years at this point.

And, as you know, there are very strong opinions about this on both sides.

But it does seem like a lot of anti-vaxxer people do eventually make their way over to the other side for one reason or another.

Let’s take a look at these stories from AskReddit users who did just that.

1. Young minds.

“I was a teenager and used to believe that if I got sick, my immune system would handle it and make me stronger. Like most youth, I believed I was invulnerable. I figured, thousands of years of ancestors had survived without vaccines, and so could I.

It was years before I realised that before vaccines, people didn’t just “heal the viruses away” – most of them died or were crippled by illness their whole lives.”

2. Reading is good for you!

“Hard to say, but, reading. Honestly.

I was on the elderberry/colloidal silver/whatever natural bullshit flavor of the week in my late teens – early twenties.

Could dig up some obscure study from the 1960s to support it, “well flu shots aren’t 100% effective, what’s the point? Have you see all the people who get sick from it?” etc. etc.

Simply put, I had bad advice from some of my father’s vitamin shop, Libertarian, naturopath, whatever friends.

In grad school I took more statistics classes, keep reading about data analysis, started to learn what significant sample sizes meant, common logical and statistical fallacies and…surprise…most antiscience nonsense doesn’t hold up empirically at all. There’s just no data to support it, and requires torturing of statistics and misrepresentation to defend their case.

Luckily I don’t have some epic story of a family member dying from a preventable disease, but it’s still embarrassing to think back how arrogantly I was convinced I was more clever than the actual doctors and scientists.”

3. Yeah, that’s a good idea.

“I don’t really know why I didn’t like the idea of vaccines but I didn’t until my girlfriend had gotten pregnant and then I stepped on a rusty nail.

Like the only way to stop tetanus is the vaccine.”

4. Listen to grandma.

“Kind of boring, but I have a whack job grandmother who believes in all the pseudoscience health BS. Crystal healing, electromagnetic communications cause cancer, vaccines are bad, eat apricot pits to cure cancer, the whole 9 miles.

When I was a kid she tried to teach me all of this stuff like it was gospel, and I believed her because I was a kid and why would my grandmom be wrong about something?

Unfortunately for her the minute I turned like, 7, I got a huge hyperfixation on biology and quickly learned that all the stuff she spouted was utter bs.

I’m autistic, and I was like the stereotypical autistic kid where they just know a fuckton about one particular subject and devour any kind of learning material related to it they can get their hands on (I’m actually still like that… except now I can get a degree for it).

It was not hard for me to realize that none of the things she believed made any sense, even as a kid.”

5. Crazy ex.

“My ex husband was a very controlling person and did not want our kids to get vaccines. I was always so scared knowing my kids had no protection. One day one of our kids scraped themselves on a fence and the school called me.

I snapped and took them straight to an urgent care for a tetanus shot and just started secretly getting all my kids vaccines. We eventually divorced and now all my kids are fully caught up.”

6. Living the natural life.

“I was a stereotypical, naturalistic vegan type. Didn’t believe in essential oils or crystal healing or anything. Just believed (mistakenly) that you couldn’t beat nature and that vaccines were messing around with my baby’s natural immunity growth.

I believed they were an unnecessary risk. I knew my decision was controversial so I kept it quiet, I wouldn’t have been out campaigning or splashing it all over social media, it was a private decision.

I held off until he was 2. We don’t routinely vaccinate for chickenpox here in the UK so he got it which is expected. However he got a bacterial infection on top and had to spend a night in hospital.

Nothing too traumatic but I realised I didn’t have the balls to play nature vs. medicine anymore.”

7. Radicalism.

“I read an article about a mom who changed her view on vaccinations because of how radical the anti-vax groups were. A lot of them were anti-gay, anti-abortion. And so crazy about all of it. Pro the dumbest shit, like oils. Pushed the agendas of things that were obviously false.

It made her step back and change her entire outlook on the anti-vax movement. I wish I could find this article, it was pretty interesting. Probably on Facebook. But she made great points against them.”

8. Feeling kind of dumb about it.

“I wasn’t really an antivaxxer by today’s standard and definition, but back then I did question the validity of it. I used to wear my tinfoil hat back in the Facebook days and delved into some wacko shit like the usual Illuminati, lizard people, hollow moon and other shit.

I guess after I grew apart from my friends who were also into all that I gradually came back to reality and realized how dumb it all is.”

9. The result of anxiety.

“I realized my reasons to anti-vax were actually rooted in anxiety (result of childhood trauma) and not because I was against vaccinating. The process started a little over a year ago, I just had my 3rd, and I was homeschooling my eldest (kindergarten).

The initial push to dealing with it was the regret of not being able to enroll my eldest in public school, and my newborn being at risk by having unvaccinated siblings. I took a hard look at my choices and why I hadn’t vaccinated my first 2, and every last one was because of fear and guilt. I found a rock star pediatrician who didn’t once judge me, and got all my kids caught up.

I have 3 fantastic kids that are now fully vaccinated, and I am successfully on the road to recovery so I can be the best person I can be for my kids. They deserve it!”

10. Hit the wall.

“Well, after years of deluding myself into the belief that vaccines were evil, I finally hit the wall. I learned more about vaccines and why they were really necessary.

I think it was my fear of the unknown that prevented me from seeing that science saves lives. I had a really good teacher in that regard and it ended up being a pretty great time in my life.

I mean, on top of realizing that shots weren’t bad things, I started getting an allowance and my 10th birthday party was fucking lit.”

11. A bunch of propaganda.

“I was caught into the antivax propaganda after my younger sister was said to have autism.

Reddit helped me change my mind, with People providing evidence of antivax’s stupidity.”

12. Stop listening to your parents.

“I grew past the age of 12 and realised how stupid my parents have been.”

13. Maybe they’re not out to get you…

“I had a phase in my early 20’s where I hopped on the alternative-everyone wants to secretly poison you train.

Mostly because of some people that influenced me that time and it’s fascinating how easy you can slip into that mindset mostly because it is indeed partly true, like big pharma or other mostly money-motivated people/companies do actually do a lot of shit that is not helping people but quite the opposite but it’s not like single doctors or scientist want that, they mostly want facts and the truth and for people to gain knowledge.

An education with simple medical basics quickly made it clear to me that a lot of anti-vax and all the other shit people believe is either total nonsense or only a small part of the truth that ignored anything else from a medical standpoint.

There is a reason why there are rules in place to determine if a study can be taken as meaningful because if you only know part of the truth it’s easy to mistake plain coincidence or correlation for causation.

But I think with these hardcore conspiracy-theorist it has nothing to do with facts or truth it’s about their mindset that anybody is out to get them, they are basically a constant victim to their own mentality.”

14. Mom was wrong.

“I grew up and realized my mom was wrong thanks to my now husband convincing me. I got many vaccines in college and I’m doing just fine.

My mom gave us some vaccines like the tetanus vac, but that’s about it.”

15. Learned your lessons.

“My now wife was an anti-vaxer. I generally go with what she says most of the time because I cannot be bothered to argue. However, when we were discussing getting married and having kids I was surprised at how strongly I felt about.

I was prepared to walk away from the love of my life rather than not vaccinate . I gave all of the reasons (I’m from a third world country and she is European. I have seen too much shit from a lack of vaccination program to sit on the fence on this).

She came around. When our first was born he was quite ill. I don’t think we were in danger of losing him but just that tiny bit of danger reiterated the point of protecting them and others from illnesses. My wife is now more on top of the vaccination dates for our kids than I am.

A friend of hers had a baby recently and expressed some anti vaccination sentiments. My wife calmly told her that not only would she be putting her own kids in danger but that she would be weaponising her child against others.

Quite a turnaround.”

Wow. These people were pretty honest about why they changed their minds about this issue.

How about you?

Did you used to be an anti-vaxxer and now you believe it’s the right thing?

Talk to us in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!

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People Shared McDonald’s Restaurants That Are in Very Weird Locations

We’re used to the prototypical McDonald’s restaurant over the years. Golden arches, red and yellow color scheme, maybe a play area for the kiddos outside.

They’re all pretty uniform for the most part… or are they?

Well, we’re here to give you a reality check, friends! Because here are some photos of McDonald’s from all over the world that are totally unique.

Take a look and enjoy!

1. That one is certainly interesting.

It really does look like a retirement home.

2. This is a cool one.

Glad this one wasn’t demolished.

3. You had to do it.

Have a presidential Big Mac.

4. Art Deco!

That’s really awesome!

5. Definitely looks like a bank.

Deep in the heart of Ohio.

6. Charlotte, North Carolina in the house!

Hmmmm, very strange…

7. Cool! I hope it’s still around.

Look closely and the pic is from 1993.

8. This is my favorite.

First-class seating!

9. Wow! Looks like a fairy tale.

In the City of Lights.

10. A medieval style.

Douth thou have a Quarter Pounder?

11. A beautiful McD’s.

Take it all in…

12. That building looks very old.

And I love the color!

I guess not all McDonald’s restaurants are created equal, huh?

Have you ever been to an unusual McDonald’s location?

If you have, please tell us about it in the comments and share a photo if you have one.

Thanks!

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Internet Trolls Share the Biggest Sh*t Storms They’ve Caused Online

Online trolls are everywhere. At this point, they’re just a part of the fabric of social media and they’re not going anywhere.

And they get a big feather in their caps when they start fights and arguments online that spiral out of control.

Seriously, this is what some people do for fun…

Trolls opened up on AskReddit and talked about the biggest shit shows they created online.

1. That’s actually pretty funny.

“I got into an argument with some guy on an Australian friend’s Facebook status (I do not live in Australia). It escalated and he ended up private messaging me, saying he’d beat me up and so forth.

I looked at his profile to see where he lived and worked, and looked on Google Maps to find a supermarket or something in that area. Told him to meet me there and settle it like a man.

About 20 minutes later he starts asking where I am and cussing me out for being a pussy and not showing up. I’m sitting in bed (it was like 10 pm my time) in an entirely different country laughing my ass off”

2. Cheap Potions.

“Back in my WoW raiding days I was in a guild with weekly donation requirements for raw materials used in potions/food. The guild would then hand all of us consumables on raid night.

The idea was to prevent people from being cheap on raid night by making sure people actually used them. The problem was that the potions we received most of the time were the cheap ones.

I figured they were selling the materials for gold and then selling the gold for money. So I logged into my brothers account and sent the GM a message about buying some gold from him. He sent me his Skype info and I took screenshots of the whole discussion.

I dropped the bombshell during raid night in Ventrilo with the screenshots and 50+ people in attendance. People were LIVID and you just saw “so and so has left the guild” as well as 30+ minutes of the GM and his wife being berated.

The GMs wife yelled at me in Ventrilo and I said “that’s what you get, you cheap potion having ass”. We made a new guild called “Cheap Potions”.”

3. Causing trouble.

“When I was in middle school, I made a fake facebook account of a pregnant teenager. I added a ton of people who went to this one random ass high school in Indiana (I’m nowhere near Indiana) and ended up with maybe 400 friends from there. People kind of just assumed that I was from their area.

I posted regular updates (headless belly pics I found on the internet) and would make statuses about the progress of my pregnancy. I even posted a baby picture at the end of all of it and got soooooo many comments congratulating me. Even the high school gym teacher commented saying she couldn’t wait to meet my little one.

But this is the sauciest thing that happened from all that…. This one guy who had a girlfriend messaged me that he’d never been with a pregnant chick before, wink wink, and so I forwarded that message to his other half. She broke up with him.

A real-life couple that was together for one year broke up because of a bored 13-year-old more than 700 miles away lol.”

4. Fighting penguins.

“When I was an edgy little 14 year old I’d put my dad’s laptop beside the family computer, log into different Club Penguin accounts on each one, and have my two penguins stand on opposite sides of a room having an argument with each other. Gradually, other penguins would join in.

Eventually I could leave the room, play some games, and come back to find the argument still in full swing without either instigating penguin.

This was especially entertaining during the 2008 presidential election.”

5. Fake spoilers.

“Before Star Wars Episode III came out, I posted some BS “spoilers” on TheForce.net message boards. I found some German magazine site online article about the movie, linked to it, and made claims about battle scenes on Kashyyyk, a scene with Chewie delivering babies, etc.

I got on IMDB and looked up the name of some production director for Episode II and said he was the guy who provided the magazine with the info, as well as Peter Mayhew himself.

I guess nobody on that site actually read German, so everyone just believed my BS.

Well it got so much attention that it got posted on the sites’ home page, and then got referenced on other Star Wars sites. Then, in some interview with Rick Macullum (EW I think), they asked him about the rumors and he got really confused and defensive.”

6. It doesn’t take much.

“I once commented on a neighborhood facebook page on which someone named “Jose” was flexing his salary and pickup truck. All I said was, “No way Jose” and it collapsed into racists death threats that got 25 users banned, the group admin quit and the cops called.

Thats a lame joke for such good results.”

7. Started a war.

“Back when I was around 12 years and roblox wasn’t that big. So I was in this Germany nation group (basically a robloxian group where you can role play as being a citizen of Germany) which had like 10k members.

I had a pretty high rank in the group. There was tensions between Germany and another Italian group but things were settling down.

I eventually decide to go to the Italian’s place and begin killing everyone.

I started a full scale war which lasted for around 2 months.

Would do it again.”

8. Try to keep up with this one.

“A few years back I came across a UFO/alien abductee survivors forum whilst at work. A couple of co-workers and I had a good laugh at some of the stories and blurry photos of frizbees believing it was all BS. Later that evening I decided to set up a troll account.

I made up a story about mystery UFOs flying over my home town and posted it in the forum. I decided to play the long haul game and spread it over a few days, then drop the act and reveal the hoax.

The next day at work props were made and the following evening blurry out of prospective photos were taken. I worked at a small brewery at the time and brewery equipment can make some rather convincing sci-fi props.

It was then decided (at thus point it grew into a team effort) that some fake social media accounts needed to be made for even further “proof”. Wikipedia pages were made, threads on random boards like mums-net were made, and photos galore were posted.

People starting joining in the fake accounts. People we didn’t know started “seeing” these imaginary UFOs. The lie suddenly just took off.

Then a local news website caught wind and posted an article which escalated the hoax to the next level. We had bona fide proof!

After around 10 days I was ready to drop the bombshell on the original community. The problem was they didn’t believe me! Apparently I had been “gotten to” by some MiB types, or had been “re-programmed” following an abduction, or some other equally ridiculous conspiracy.

The joke had gone full circle. No matter what proof I posted that I had made the whole thing up, I was seen as the idiot who didn’t believe the truth. The photos I had saved of the actual props in real perspective were passed off as fake, the fake social media accounts were seen as suddenly hacked, it was crazy.

I could do nothing but walk away. I learnt a good lesson though – don’t try and troll the truly insane people.”

9. Sounds kind of legit.

“I made a website called twotowersprotest.org which protested the movie the two towers saying that it was disrespectful to the victims of the twin towers collapse.

That generated 1 million views and thousands of angry emails as well as interview requests from many reputable news outlets. It’s amazing how gullible people on the internet are.”

10. All fired up.

“One time my friend and I posted a lengthy post on The Walking Dead subreddit about how Judith doesn’t contribute to the group and doesn’t deserve to survive if  she doesn’t help more.

For anyone who doesn’t watch, Judith is an infant and was born during the zombie apocalypse. People were PISSED and stating the obvious again and again like…WTF IT’S A BABY SHE SHOULDN’T HAVE TO WORK SHE’S AN INFANT.

I’m still cackling.”

11. Got everyone fighting.

“Not me, but one of my (American) friends is a world class troll. He told me he went onto a Youtube video relating to an election in Alabama a few years back and commented something like “Americans! This is not your country! Stay out of Albanian politics!”

Then went to sleep. He said he had 500+ notifications, mostly people saying “fuck you, you commie” but also plenty of people saying “hey leave him alone- he made a mistake! English isn’t his first language!” Then those people started arguing with each other and so on.”

12. People got arrested.

“When I was in college I invited my entire friends list to a party that randomly showed up on my news feed a mutual friend was going to. I also said to bring friends!

Apparently a horde of like 30 dudes rolled in and started drinking all the beer and the host flipped out when he realized he knew like no one at the party at his house.

Apparently they tried to throw out my Facebook friend horde and they in turn threw him out of his own party. Dude then called the cops and like 7 people got arrested.”

13. A divisive subject.

“I questioned whether or not The Wizard of Oz was a musical and someone created an entire subreddit to discuss it (and make fun of me).”

Jeez…that’s why I don’t engage with trolls EVER.

I don’t even want any part of it.

Have you ever had a bad experience with a troll online?

Heck, maybe YOU were the troll?

Tell us all about it in the comments, please!

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People Who Work Unusual Jobs Talk About How Folks React When They Tell Them About It

Not every job is 9 to 5.

A lot of folks out there work jobs that some people don’t even know exist.

It’s always interesting to learn about the different vocations that people have and you’re about to hear about a bunch that you might not be familiar with.

Let’s dive into the responses from AskReddit users who opened up about how folks react to their unusual occupations.

1. Wow!

“I had a brief stint as a “junior cheese evaluator.”

People loved hearing about the cheese tasting part, but what is less known is the business analytics side of things — we have to know what good cheese is and what consumer tastes are like and how to influence those tastes to make room for company products that maximize profits for the cheesemaker and retailer.

There’s a whole national certification exam I was studying for before I decided to take a drastic career shift because the whole cheese thing wasn’t paying the bills and it was too much work holding down three jobs.”

2. That’s pretty cool.

“I produce subtitles, for TV and now for online learning at a university. It’s been amazing how many people have thought that either A, a computer does it or B, I’m a sign language interpreter.

I was also a teleprompter / Autocue operator for a while, when I first left uni, and it was one of the best jobs I’ve had. Though again, people thought a computer did it. And I’ve had likes of actors literally laugh in my face because they consider it beneath the lowest of the low apparently (until it breaks…)”

3. That’s interesting.

“Train Controller.

People ask me if I drive trains. I am in the habit now of just pre-empting people and saying “It is like air traffic control but for the rail network”.

In the U.S.A. I believe it is called Train Dispatch. People are generally sort of impressed and want to ask questions about the railway.”

4. Get out the mannequins!

“I work on a truck doing simulated emergencies with high fidelity mannequins . The mannequins have pulses they breathe, you can listen to lung sounds, and their eyes move back-and-forth.

We take the truck to fire departments and critical access hospital‘s in our state to provide emergency training at no cost to the fire departments and hospitals. There are only five states that I know of in the nation that do this training.”

5. Still around?

“Chimney sweep

Usual reaction: that’s still a thing?”

6. Could you do this?

“A friend of mine is a harbor pilot.

Brings huge ships in and out of harbors. Makes mid 6 figures. A lot of boredom with high stress in the middle.”

7. If you’ve got the guts…

“Once upon a time I worked at a boarstud. I got hired in the lab preserving semen for sale. Dull, morning headachy work staring at semen under a microscope.

Buuut the shed often needed help collecting semen and a fun, well paying, easy job. Go get the pig, get him to mount, grab a penis and then nap as they ejaculate for ten to fifteen minutes. Repeat.

I got paid $27 an hour to sit on a stool and hold a curly penis three days a week. I now work 6-7 days, collect blood samples, monitor surgery, take phones, do inventory and handle angry clients with a smile for $16 as a vet tech. Hmm.

If you’ve got the guts, consider pig wanker.”

8. Never heard of this.

“I was an enucleator.

When people passed and wanted to donate their corneas I would retrieve their eyes from their body and take them to the lab to process for transplant. When people found that out they were either completely grossed out or thought it was really interesting.”

9. Sounds…erotic.

“My boyfriend’s parents own their own erotica publishing house. They hire ghost writers to churn out the kind of smut you can get for $2 on kindle.

My boyfriend narrates the audiobooks.”

10. Make it look good.

“I was talking to a food stylist and there is one lady who does all of the sour cream commercials because she can make perfect dollops.

Apparently they call her “The Dollop Queen of Georgia”.”

11. Sounds like a big job.

“I’m a procurement officer for an airline, I order parts for planes.

No one seems to realise my job exists but everyone gets it when I tell them what I do.

Reaction is generally wow that’s so cool! In reality I raise purchase orders all day. But it’s pretty cool to wander out to the hangar when a plane is in.”

12. A lot of cash.

“I work for a pond and water garden company specializing in Japanese koi fish sales.

Nothing too crazy, but people always seem a little surprised when I tell them I sell imported koi fish for way too much money.”

13. This is a job.

“One of my best friends’ husbands job was to read Bill Gates’ mail with the intent to prevent crazy people from showing up at the Microsoft campus demanding to speak with him.”

14. Espionage.

“I was an industrial espionage specialist for a year. Basically companies would pay the company I worked for to gain intel on their competitors, their distribution chain, expansion plans, contracts etc.

My job was to gather intelligence, sometimes I would go undercover as a low level employee, sometimes I would go undercover as a headhunter & interview current employees, carefully using questions to elicit information, sometimes I would use a “discretionary fund” to “purchase” intel from employees, once I even went undercover as a reporter to interview a logistics manager.

Sometimes I would just spend hours reading information on the stock exchange, government planning departments etc.

It was a weird job, but I could usually piece together a good amount of info.”

Do you work an unusual job that most people don’t even know exists?

How do people react when you tell them about it?

Please share with us in the comments. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Movie Theaters Are Giving Us the Giggles With Their Hilarious Lockdown Signs

Would you go see a movie anytime soon? It seems so strange that just a couple of months ago, it wouldn’t be weird to go see a flick with a friend in a crowded theater and load up on snacks. But now…well…

In the meantime, though, movie theaters are using their marquee signs to help make folks laugh and I think they’re doing a pretty damn good job. Here are some good signs that we think will bring a smile to your face.

Enjoy.

1. With Kevin Costner?

Only dance with yourself right now?

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Favorite one yet #pandemichumor #parkwaytheater

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2. Time to hunker down.

Do it at home with some good movies!

3. How all relationships are starting now.

Zoom it up, folks!

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New marquee Friday 👀

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4. Feels like an eternity…

But it’ll be over at some point!

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The Parkway is still on-point with their marquee.

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5. Bring on the summer!

Let’s all get outside and play..at a safe distance.

6. Me, too…

But, it is what it is.

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Update marquee ✅ #stayhomemn

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7. No encounters at all.

At least, not for now.

8. Very hope, we hope!

We need movie theaters in our lives!

9. Giving out a good recommendation.

Hey, thanks a lot!

10. All the appropriate titles.

Going stir crazy…

11. Nothing going on at all.

I can’t wait until this ramps back up.

12. Amazing! Marty McFly!

And posted by Michael J. Fox himself!

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Thanks #bobgale and @kigginstheatre

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Funny stuff, right?

Have you seen any good signs from businesses during the shutdown? If so, please tell us about them and share a photo in the comments if you have them.

Please and thank you!

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A New Jersey City Hall Renovated and Found Awesome Hidden Details Within

Renovation projects can be a nuisance, but that’s why the Jersey City took advantage of shelter-in-place orders to renovate their city hall.

The city’s government probably expected to make some repairs, but they found some cool things along the way. Mayor Steven Fulop explains:

Let’s take a closer look at what people had to walk on in Jersey City’s city hall.

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This grey linoleum floor does the job all right, but it’s kinda meh. Workers removed it and obviously had to get the glue off.

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At first glance, this looks sloppy. But a nice polish revealed a hidden treasure!

Photo Credit: Steve Fulop

This beautiful floor looks like a work of art and gives the city hall a more regal touch. Many tweeted replies in response to this new finding.

Many rightfully criticized the decision to cover up this amazing floor.

One person shed some light as to why some gorgeous architectural accents have been covered up over time.

Here’s yet another great explanation that can help us understand what people in the 1960s were thinking.

But others in social media chimed in with findings of their own.

Check out this vivid description.

And here’s yet another treasure found after removing some carpet.

This person replied with another story about what they found as well.

One person summed up this find nicely:

Looks like Jersey City has a popular new find. Architecture fans are probably clamoring with the city already.

Have you found anything interesting when doing home or business renovations? Our comments section is a great place to share your findings!

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Things About the U.S. That Would Sound Crazy If You Explained Them to a Non-American

America is very…complicated.

It’s also the only home that I’ve ever known, so I don’t really know any different.

Sure, I’ve traveled outside the country, but you never really know what a place is like until you actually live there for a while.

My brother-in-law is from rural Australia and he said that before he moved to the U.S. he assumed that every single one of us carried guns at all times because he watched a lot of episodes of Cops.

Of course, that isn’t true, but there are a lot of things about this place that are uniquely American.

AskReddit users opened up about the things about America that would sound crazy if you tried to explain them to someone from another country.

1. Sugar and painkillers.

“I studied in Chicago for a month at 17, and I was so confused as to why all your bread was sweet. I get migraines if I eat too much sugar and I basically lived off of chips, mac and cheese, and the salad bar in our accommodation.

On the Fourth of July I just ate a bowl of carrots dipped in ranch dressing as I didn’t eat meat at the time. It still had enough sugar to knock me out.

Also your painkiller bottles are HUGE! I had to buy ibuprofen and the smallest bottle was like 100 pills, I haven’t finished it yet and that trip was two years ago!”

2. Howdy, stranger.

“Complimenting strangers. But I like it though.

Some of you have said that you received compliments in Europe too. I said this because it was a first big difference I’ve noticed visiting America.

People there are usually very communicative and easy to talk to. I live in Slovakia and everyone just minds their own business here.”

3. Tell me about the jerky.

“I was on a night train in Italy from Rome to Venice.

I explained beef jerky and he asked me why we would do that to steak, and I was like blame the cowboys.”

4. Mind the gap.

“I don’t care if someone said it already, I’ll repeat it anyway because it’s so important:

That gap next to the doors in toilet stalls!!! I don’t want eye contact with strangers when doing my thing!”

5. Time to mow the lawn.

“Mowing the lawn.

So, I told my friend in China I had to mow my lawn….she had no idea what it meant. I went on to say …”you know …a lawnmower…it cuts the grass ..” …she looked at me like I was crazy. She didn’t fully understand until I linked her some videos of folks getting their lawn. Perhaps not the MOST American thing but not many ppl there have gardens or yards to maintain so she had never seen or used a lawnmower in her life.

I was thinking damn I had to mow the lawn as part of my chores just about every week growing up.”

6. We think it’s insane, too.

“Health insurance.

Premiums, deductibles, coinsurance, copays, out of pocket maximums, in-network, etc.

It’s an insane amount of knowledge that you need to have to make a good decision about your health coverage. And no one teaches you any of this sh*t. You have to go and learn it yourself on the Internet.”

7. Totally ridiculous.

“I honestly couldn’t believe people had to worry about calling an ambulance because of the fees.

Like… wtf? Imagine being seriously hurt or sick and hesitating to call an ambulance and having to think about how much it will cost.

Can’t imagine it.”

8. From Sweden…

“From the perspective of a Swede”

Not including tax in price tag

Shoes on inside

Healthcare prices

Gun laws”

9. Doesn’t seem right.

“The fact that there’s no government-mandated maternity/paternity leave?

In Canada, we get 12-18 months so it sounds crazy to me when I hear stories of people giving birth and going back to work in 2 weeks.”

10. Tipping is hard for foreigners.

“I always wondered why in the US it’s obligatory to tip people like you already got your meal in the restaurant for example and you get the check you just leave the amount in the check and leave the place what can they do to stop you from doing that you already got what you requested right? Is it a moral thing ?

Or you will be blacklisted or something like that?”

11. So did I…

“As a French person, I’d say the president swearing on the bible, i thought you guys were a secular country ?”

12. It’s a twister!

“Tornado chasing.

The high majority of the world’s tornados happen in the US. Where I live they only happen about once a lifetime.”

13. A lot of time on the road.

“I had a friend from Europe who could not get over the fact that I regularly drive 30+ mins just to go to dinner.

I live in DFW. There are closer things but it isn’t unusual to pick a restaurant across town just to try it.

Really just the amount of driving in general was shocking to them.”

14. Sad, but true.

“That the plot of Breaking Bad was completely plausible.

A public school teacher could face bankruptcy because he got cancer.”

15. All Hallow’s Eve.

“Asked my foreign language classes / students this question once. They all agreed: Halloween

Halloween is a bit more international now but at the time they were like, “So you get dressed up… and go around at night knocking on strangers’ doors… and randomly ask them for shit? Y’all crazy.””

It’s always interesting to try to look at your country from an outsider’s perspective, that’s for sure.

What do you think about this question?

Please talk to us in the comments and let us know what you think.

Thanks! We look forward to hearing from you!

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People Talk About What They Think Is Expensive, but Is Only Owned by Poor People

Why do people who don’t have muchf money buy expensive things?

For status? To show off? To make themselves feel better?

Who really knows…I think every person is different and probably does it for different reasons.

People on AskReddit were asked the following question:

“What is something that is expensive, but only owned by poor people?”

Here are some interesting responses…

1. Cars are pricey.

“I remember I had an old Chevy truck that cost so much to maintain and keep fuel in that I couldn’t afford to save for another car.

I literally kept me broke until I eventually joined the military and could afford a different vehicle.”

2. Doesn’t always work that way.

“Rent-to-own. Spoiler: you never quite own it.

Places like Aaron’s just make me mad. It seems like you’re getting a good deal, but you aren’t. You’re paying like twice as much for an item.”

3. It’s better to buy in bulk.

“Single items of things that should be bought in bulk. Like single rolls of toilet paper.

Barely scraping by paycheck to paycheck means buying bulk is sometimes impossible.”

4. It adds up.

“Laundry.

The poor don’t own the machines. But they pay a lot more overall to do laundry at laundromats.”

5. Food deserts.

“In food deserts, things like meat and fresh vegetables are sometimes actually more expensive than the boxed stuff.

That’s when you look at total yield of food stuff that will fill your stomach over time.”

6. This is true.

“A lot of kids.

The poor are often very fruitful.

I have 6 siblings. I am the only one to have gone to college and graduate. I can’t remember a time when any of my family hasn’t lived off food stamps :/ “

7. Fancy cars.

“The amount of privates in the army who have just enough money to pay for their 30% interest 2018 ford mustangs, but not enough money to buy literally anything else is pretty ridiculous.”

8. In the long run…

“Just paying rent.

Where I live mortgage is waaaaaaaaaay cheaper then getting a house but they dont give me a mortgage because I dont earn enough… so I have to keep renting expensive places making it take even longer for me to save up.

And in my situation getting a better paying job is difficult… I swear this world is made for the rich and middle class. Poor people are straight up fucked in every way possible…”

9. Is it worth it?

“Lottery tickets.

Sure not individually but over time it must get expensive.”

10. You do see this a lot…

“Tattoos.

They’re not cheap, but somehow they’re inked from head to toe.”

11. A mystery to me.

“Designer handbags covered in the brand logo.

Louie Vuitton Louie Vuitton Louie Vuitton Louie Vuitton Louie Vuitton Louie Vuitton.”

12. Bling bling.

“Bling, for the most part.

Yeah celebrities sometimes like to show off a bunch of bling but the rich people I’ve known don’t aggressively flaunt their wealth.”

13. Showing off.

“Designer belts.

Dudes will pay $300 to hold up their pants but can’t afford linens for their mattress that’s on the floor without a box spring.”

14. A bad habit.

“Cigarettes.

I know more poor people who smoke than other groups.”

15. The shoe game.

“Jordans.

Not exclusively owned by poor people but everyone in my “2 family one bedroom apartment neighborhood” is obsessed with who owns the most expensive Jordans as if it’s a status symbol.”

16. Two things…

“Starbucks and nice shoes.

In the Philippines some folks might earn equivalent of $5 a day, but they’ll get their Starbucks and nice shoes to give the impression they aren’t as poor as they are. They will take great care of that Starbucks cup, so they can re-use it.”

17. Branded items.

“Really expensive branded items that look horrible and have high price tags just because of the label like yeezes and other crap like that like someone with money and common sense wouldn’t spend money on or wear.”

18. In my neck of the woods.

“I’ve noticed a lot of the poor around the US do a lot of expensive things. At least in my neck of the woods…they smoke, drive gas guzzlers, have many animals, drink excessive alcohol, many do drugs, go to “pain management clinics,” etc.

Obviously a lot of these people I know have lots of debt, rent a home or apartment, make ridiculous payments on the unecofriendly vehicles they drive, but have the latest cell phones, tennis shoes (or whatever you call them where you’re from,) designer bags (ok mostly knockoff….but you’re trying to look the part!), fake fingernails, dyed hair…..I could go on…but I won’t.”

19. That sucks.

“Paying for public transportation to get to work.

I live in Portland. It costs me $100 a month just to get to work.”

20. A great point.

“Poverty itself.

It can be mind-bogglingly expensive to be poor. Everything gets put off until it becomes catastrophic.”

What did you think of those answers?

Are they on-point, or do you think the folks offering up these opinions are wrong?

Tell us what you think in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!

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These 10 Compelling Facts Will Make You Think

It can be very difficult to impress people these days.

And when I say that, I mean that it can be hard to impress them with anything.

But we think our fact sets knock the ball out of the park on a regular basis. Because we work hard to curate our facts day in and day out.

So, without further ado, dive into these facts, let them sink in, and enjoy!

1. The effects of corporal punishment?

I have a feeling many parents don’t do this anymore…

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2. I really wish this wasn’t true.

There’s no such thing as “alternative facts”, people.

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3. Try to keep it separate.

If you can, that is…

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4. All hail the Ravenmaster!

A tradition that goes way, way back.

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5. Take that, Boomers!

Hey, leave those young people alone!

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6. Flatter than a pancake.

The verdict is in.

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7. That makes sense to me.

God bless Texas!

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8. A terrifying real-life killer.

The inspiration for a lot of movies…

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9. Next on the list.

Scary to think about.

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10. A total accident.

But we’re all glad it happened!

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There are some damn good facts in there, if I do say so myself.

Now we’d like to hear from all the readers out there.

In the comments, please share something interesting with us that you think we’d all enjoy: an interesting fact, a story, a unique photo, etc.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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These Juggalo Dating Profiles Will Make You Say “Whoop Whoop!”

Juggalos need love, too.

Also, they are very unique human beings.

For those of you who don’t know what a Juggalo is, here’s the definition:

“A Juggalo is a fan of the group Insane Clown Posse or any other Psychopathic Records hip hop group. Juggalos have developed their own idioms, slang, and characteristics.”

They’re a very interesting subculture and you better believe that they’re out there on dating sites looking to find a Juggalo partner for life.

Let’s dig in to these dating profiles and meet these colorful characters.

Whoop whoop!

1. Maybe he’s a catch?

You’ll never know until you give him a shot, ladies.

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2. An open and honest man.

Deal with it.

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3. That’s all you need to know about this guy.

Seems like a decent fella.

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4. Grandma seems happy.

No diseases, please.

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5. The total package.

Take it all in, people.

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6. Trying to read his profile gave me a headache.

But his hair and face paint really seal the deal.

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7. Okay, this one is a little bit…odd…

Any takers out there?

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8. I get the feeling he enjoys sexual intercourse.

“I’m not currently doing anything with my life.” Amazing.

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9. Read below to see her credentials.

I’d love to introduce her to Mother.

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10. Short and sweet.

We’ve got a sensitive one, here.

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11. He has lofty goals.

But he’s still livin’ that Juggalo life!

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12. All dressed up.

Would you like to join him on his typical Friday night?

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Whoop whoop!

So what did you think of those profiles? Hey, don’t hate the player, hate the game, okay?

Tell us what you think in the comments.

And if you’re a Juggalo, we’d REALLY love to hear from you!

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