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Historical Events That Sound Too Ridiculous to Be True

There are a lot of moments from history that not only sound unbelievably coincidental, incredible and stupid, but also so contrived that if it were to happen in fiction you wouldn't be able to suspend your disbelief. There were baboon railway controllers, great molasses floods and foulmouthed parrots. Here are some more history things, like the importance of mundane people in history, the spikey insanity of the lantern shield, and crazy "I'll do it myself" moments in history.

Historical events that are so ridiculous they seem fictional | eannasheridan 42.4k points 24 days ago 3 2 During WW1 German navy built ship and painted make look like British ship called RMS Carmania order infiltrate and destroy British convoys. On ships first outing first enemy encountered real RMS Carmania, which promptly sunk .
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If it wasn't already made obvious by all the signs and people literally telling you not to mess with bison, these people went and messed with the bison. They're colossal. Leave them alone. Anyway while running away in terror, this visitor tripped and played dead. Luckily for them this bison didn't want much to do with them, so it ran off. Don't mess with the bison.

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Applicant's Mother Barges Into Interview, Costing Him Job

From this hiring manager's perspective, it seems like a good reason to discount an applicant if their mom keeps answering the interview questions. For another tale of an overreaching parent, here's a parent who hired a private investigator to check out their nanny. On the other side of things, here's an applicant who got to call out a company's horrible interview process.

Job applicant's mother ruins job interview | r/AmItheAsshole Posted by u/apartmentroublee 1 day ago AITA telling this college guy's mom her coming into his interview cost him job? Not hole am hiring manager at tech company and hiring summer internships little while ago had guy, about 19 years old, applying summer internship between his freshman and sophomore years college virtual interview over Zoom because covid.
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Stuff That's Getting More Expensive and Somehow Worse

Every industry has its sketchy secrets, and once tons of companies realized they could use their popular brand to leverage their loyal customer base into paying more for less, you can find yourself looking at a creme egg going "whhaaaaa???". It's also easy to fall into the nostalgia trap of "remember the better olden days" when that product wasn't much better to start with, but shrinkflation has definitely attacked a variety of products and things from all sides.

Products that are more expensive and somehow worse | lunari_moonari 30.2k points 18 hours ago Cable television. More commercials, channels upon channels crap, ridiculous billI.
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Entitled Parent Thinks School Bus is a Private Chauffeur

Anyone who's ever waited for a school bus knows that the bus is under no obligation to come directly to your front door. This parent had a hard time understanding that they're not the only person whose kid goes to school. Entitled people show up everywhere and push demands onto everyone, like this customer who chose the wrong free glasses and got a response from the owner.

Entitled parent doesn't like school's bus policy and gets a response | 2 years ago This school is pretty new and lack organization. Also school is very inconsiderate their students safety feel as if having protest better bus transportation. SMH school Transportation director insist on picking my 6 yr old up mornings across street busy intersection near plaza parking lot. instead putting her up front my apartment complex entrance. No one showed any concern or care about situation Share
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Karen asks Grown Man to Mow Her Lawn for $10

Apparently you don't even have to be in a store for a Karen to look down on you. Seems like Karen saw this dude mowing his lawn, decided he was a kid working for a lawn mowing service and went from there. For some more Karen stories, here's one about a Canadian giant humbling a grocery store Karen as well as a Karen customer who got defeated with kindness.

Story of Karen who thought guy mowing his lawn was a kid at a lawn mowing service | r/IDontWorkHereLady Posted by u/Alyksandur 6 days ago not lawn mowing service. XL (First time poster and usually listen these on YouTube don't have clue formatting works. Also, this may not be perfect sub this story, but still has right kind vibe This one actually happened last year, but short enough still remember pretty clearly live very small town where everybody can more or less recognize everybody else by si
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Entitled Folks and Their Frustrating Demands

The earth is filled with a huge number of reasonable and kind people who wouldn't think to return a Christmas tree in January. That said, there are a small number of entitled people with preposterous demands who feel like people should just give them stuff. It could be a bad boss, a self-centered influencer, or a complete stranger. The world has a small but persistent supply of entitled folks with ludicrous demands.

ridiculous entitled people and their demands | Hi Just wanted let know loved cleaning last week and wondering if could come back every month Also wondering if could give us discount next time saw refilling water bottle our sink seems not big deal but our water bill is high specially with our new pool looking forward seeing again! Thank
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IV Tech Lets Absurd Patient Think He's the Janitor

This one is partly on the patient and partly on the hospital. It's like that classic joke where a patient gets poked and prodded by random dude in a doctor's coat. Sometimes people's expectations and rudeness precede them, like this customer kept asking for a man, and he ended up in the legal department.

Qualified Hospital employee gives patient care, she thinks he's the garbage man | r/MaliciousCompliance Posted by u/Truthislife13 22 hours ago Medical care provided by garage man oc M finished my PhD middle terrible recession, and having hard time finding permanent job stayed afloat financially by adjunct teaching (low pay, no benefits) and by doing whatever odd jobs could find volunteer EMT at time, and friend able get night shift job local hospital as an IV technician. Strictly speaking should
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Things that Happen to Look like Other Things

Sometimes it's too hard to fight your brain, and you just have to accept that you thought the top some lady's head looks like Oscar the grouch. These and other double-take-inducing photos of skewed perspective are enough to make you think about whether or not your eyes are actually on your side.

Stuff that looks like faces and other things | slice of banana with a shape resembling the face of a dog | woman wearing a headband and sunglasses over her head looking down so that her head looks like a muppet's face
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Weird and Cursed Junk from the Corners of the Internet

You can't be sure of what kind of weird images you'll find on the internet. Some would be helped with context, and for others that would just make it worse. You can't tape shut the internet's valve of weirdness without getting covered with cursed food from the devil's pantry and other freaky cursed images to just feel weird about.

Strange cursed images and other weird pictures | funny tapir looking at a half eaten sandwich held by the person taking the pic | power cord floating on top of flip flops in a pool
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Ridiculous Reasons People Wanted a Divorce

Every once in a while a divorce attorney hears a real stupid reason for a couple wanting to get a divorce. Sometimes there's a straw that breaks the camel's back, sometimes someone is extremely petty, and other times someone is trying to cook up a legal scheme that would never actually work.

stupid reasons people wanted a divorce | reddit posted by ragnarockette 12.0k points 15 hours ago She saw him bike shorts and said she could never be sexually attracted him again.
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Dad Doesn't Explain Underwear, Sabotages Daughter's Relationship

This dad found himself in a predicament when he didn't speak up about some underwear his daughter found. Did this dad just want to see the world burn? The internet weighed in. For some better parent/child relationships, here's a dad who's instinct saved his daughter and some wholesome and chaotic "don't tell your mother" moments.

Dad doesn't mention source of underwear, lets daughter start a huge fight | r/AmItheAsshole Posted by u/Ridivoe 1 day ago 4 &3 D 5e S 2 2 AITA not saying anything about underwear? Asshole My 20 year old daughter and her fiancé are currently staying with us love my daughter but she is very difficult and can't stand her fianc gave them deadline move out because can't take this anymore.
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Freaky Things That Happened to People Home Alone

Imagine being in your own house minding your own business, then you look out the window and realize someone is staring at you. And you can't know how long they've been watching. It's happened before, and it's freaky as hell. For some extra creepiness, here's the story of a dad's instincts as well as some creepy facts to feel unsettled about.

Scary things that happened to people when home alone | Bobbiejo29 14.9k points 16 hours ago edited 9 hours ago like 14 home alone one night around 10pm stood my kitchen making some cereal s dark outside and then all sudden loudest sound. Some drunk woman literally launched hammer through my kitchen window so loud and glass everywhere followed her down street whilst calling police. Pretty strange.
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An investigation is underway after two ships collided on the Welland Canal in Ontario in what looks like the largest game of chicken ever played by two boats. It looks like someone might lose their job over this one.

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Various Skeletons and How Aliens Would Reconstruct Them

One of the biggest problems with archaeology is having to make enormous guesses about what things must have looked like with no meat on them. Sure, Jurassic Park's visual effects were cool but there's constant reinterpretations of what dinosaurs actually looked like, and mistakes like having bones backwards and not realizing it for decades. Tumblr has a vivid imagination of how aliens would interact with earth's wildlife, and these memes do a fun job of combining our own archaeological difficulties with the sci-fi-ness of an alien who has no clue what they're looking at.

animal skull alien reconstruction memes reconstructing how an animal would look just from looking at its skull | original skull how aliens would reconstruct animal actual animal: ferret elephant
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Tumblr User Gets Schooled on Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal can reduce the effectiveness of certain drugs, so medical professionals advise not taking it if you're on certain heart medications or antidepressants. When one Tumblr user got overzealous touting the effectiveness of natural remedies, some other folks jumped in to clarify the situation. This can happen, like this tumblr user who got schooled on physics and car safety or this person who got schooled on horses. 

Tumblr user gets schooled on activated charcoal | Natural remedies are good. They do work. And shouldn't make fun them. phoenixonwheels Follow know they give activated charcoal dogs and cats if they get into meds or drink coolant or anything else toxic s because binds with meds and carries them out system without them interacting with body. If on meds and drink this bullshit not on meds today, champ may as well have flushed them down toilet. So kiss goodbye blood pressure meds/antidepressants/an
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