If you think about it, most of us have learned something at one time or another that will in no way help us navigate or improve our lives – and in some cases, might even make it worse. We just learned it and never forgot it and now we know it even though we really shouldn’t.
If you’re curious what sorts of knowledge have lodged in other people’s brains, these 15 people are still scratching their heads over theirs.
15. I wish I didn’t know this now.
When my great grandfather came back from fighting in the Somme in the 1st world war, he could never eat beetroot again.
He said it smelt exactly like the rotting bodies in no man’s land.
14. Some people are so selfish.
My brother told me in an argument that I should have died when I was in coma for a week (initiated by the doctors after they couldn’t stop a post surgery bleeding) because I wasn’t grateful enough for the gift his gf has bought me while I stayed in the hospital.
Note that I was in pain, and in shock after waking up from coma, and while I really wasn’t ungrateful for the gift, I really had other worries atm.
I still wrote her thank you, and she was sad that I wasn’t more excited so my brother went bat s*%t why I didn’t write a “more excited” text to her.
13. Better than nothing.
My aunt started dating my uncle on the rebound from the love of her life. When she realised she didn’t love him she tried to call it off but he threatened to kill himself so she went through with it (she was also quite a bit in love with the idea of getting married so I think she felt he was better than nothing).
Many tolerable but not particularly happy years of marriage later they are still together and their youngest child is named after the former love of her life.
12. So it all worked out, then.
My old Italian teacher slept with the school finance woman to persuade her to run a school exchange programme for the class.
We went to Palermo and had a pretty good time.
11. Well that’s just awkward.
Who the real father of my former managers child is. I was the one who caught the pair having an affair at work and while I didn’t report them… it came back to bite them both in a big way.
My manager later drunkenly told me her new born wasn’t her husband’s child.
10. And he got away with it.
That my summer job never pressed charges against my friend who stole 12,000 dollars from them over the time of a year because not every closing manager did their audits.
9. Poor Mom.
My mom got romance scammed for $300,000.
I had moved out and she turned my bed room into her office. I had stuff still in the room and checked on top of the dresser. There was a printed form of a FBI report that she had filled out which stated she got scammed for the mentioned amount.
I confronted her about it and she told me. She went into debt to give that scammed money. She told me they were caught in Italy but the money was not recoverable.
8. Who’s shocked?
I worked for a local 501c3 org who claimed their mission was to “donate funds to the neighborhood.”
They actually just laundered money into local political campaigns.
7. Yeah it’s best not to look.
I guessed my son’s Reddit account name.
Regrets. So many regrets.
6. The only witness.
As a kid I’ve witnessed my raging aunt trying to kill her husband with a glass shard from the door window while they were arguing. She stabbed him in the chest, but glass ended up hitting the bone and she gave up to the next attepmt.
They didn’t divorce, they solved the issue and live about 25 years further together (she died this year).
I am the only witness.
5. Time to send an anonymous message and move on.
My company doesn’t have enough money to pay people next month.
4. No one needs to know that.
My old boss told me about her ex husbands death.
Him and his best friend died in a house fire. His kids were told that he died in his sleep due to the smoke. She told me that’s not what happened.
They found his body inside the closet of his room. In his last moments he had been trying to claw the drywall to get out. The ME said he didn’t have enough smoke in his lungs to have died from it. They believe based on the state of his body inside the closet that the fire got so hot around in the other rooms he cooked alive. They said that his lungs were filled with fluid consistent with the air being so hot they were burning inside and he drowned.
To this day his kids have no idea he died a agonizing death.
3. I have questions.
My dad wanted my mom to swing with him but she didn’t want to. He took her to a swinging party anyway. She walked out. He stayed and swung I guess?
Mom told me. I shouldn’t know it.
2. How could it not?
That my grandmother used to sell my mom out when she was a young teen (not age of consent) and when she fell in love with my father, she refused to sleep with the men my grandmother wanted her to for rent, so she kicked her out of the house.
She was 17 at the time, my sister was born just over a year later and me right after.
It f**ked her up for life. I’m thankful my grandmother died before I was ever born.
1. That’s pretty tempting.
I just overheard a master access code at my work by accidentally eavesdropping.
There are a lot of places I am not authorized to go that I could theoretically get into now.
I love stuff like this, because it happens to all of us and it is so random and weird.
What do you know that you shouldn’t? Tell us about it in the comments!