People Share the Stupidest Things They’ve Done Just to Prove They Could Do It

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I double-dog dare you!

You know nothing good is going to happen after you hear those words because what comes next is usually someone doing something incredibly stupid or risky just to prove a point.

And we’ve all done it at some point!

Here are some true stories from folks on AskReddit who did just that.

1. All you can eat.

“I proved to myself that it’s possible to eat 5 kilos of shrimp in one sitting.

I also proved that eating 5 kilos of shrimp in one sitting will make you very, very sick.”

2. Impressing the ladies.

“Both times were to impress a lady. First one was I picked up a 2-3 foot long gopher snake, i successfully grabbed it but it also bit the fuck out of me.

The second one i still get anxiety sometimes when i think about it, but i was drunk as fuck and with a girl i really liked and for some reason the subject of climbing this parking garage came up and i felt the need to show everyone that we were with that you could indeed climb the building from a single pipe on the side.

I then without warning immediately began my ascent and was already a floor up before my friends could stop me. I then proceeded to climb all five stories using the wall and the pipe.

Topped out to all the people we were with freaking out and then my best friend slapped the shit outta me… good times, but that could have been bad.”

3. Oh, shit!

“My partner was a heavy smoker, and at the time, I’d never touched a cigarette. I would subtly—and sometimes not-so-subtly, but always lovingly—urge her to quit. She told me I had no idea how hard it was. I decided to take up smoking for about a month and then quit just to show her I could do it.

That was ten years ago. I’m on a pack a day. She no longer smokes.”

4. Worth it?

“I used to work at a shitty movie theatre. As it gets to midnight all the employees hang out behind the concessions counter and shoot the shit, eat the popcorn before we have to throw it out, etc.

One of them dared someone to do a butter shot. But like, the liquid butter for popcorn is way closer to straight oil. So an oil shot. I’m always a slut for attention so I said pass it to me and I downed it without letting myself think about the consequences.

It tasted like liquid plastic and I hated it but everyone was howling and incredulous and I felt cool for a whole minute.

Shat my brains out the next morning. Worth it.”

5. Not cool.

“Punched a giant plate glass window out of a jewelry shop in Palm Springs when I was 21.

Total Drunk Dick energy, window slashed my hand wide open, and all I remember is seeing my buddy sprinting away when the store alarm started blaring. My other friend picked me up in front of the store, blood was literally spraying out of my hand all over his back seat, and he got me to hospital and into ICU.

When emergency room doctor pulled out six inch needle I passed out cold.

Woke up about 12 hours later with a throbbing headache, bandages up hand. Finals started the next week and I couldnt write with my left hand, so had to use my right. Also took me a good year to get my dexterity back to play guitar.

Total asshole move on my part.”

6. You did it!

“Ran a marathon. Did a half marathon with an okay time and pace with training. Got over-zealous decided I was ready for a full marathon with less training.

Oh boy was that a humbling experience. My pace all the way to the halfway point was good (same pace as my half marathon) but the other half of the marathon hit me like a brick.

Almost dead last but still managed to do it.”

7. Don’t try this at home.

“Put a cigarette out on my arm Logan-Style (X-Men) because some dudes in my class didn’t believe me when I told them i don’t feel much pain in the arms.

I still don’t but got a real bad infection, the beating of a lifetime from my mom (first and last beating i ever got – just for my stupidity) and the scar on my Arm is (luckily) not big but kind of ugly.”

8. Making bad decisions.

“Let’s see…

Broke my ankle after intentionally running into a wall because I thought it would be funny

Celebrated the world cup by chugging an entire bottle of champagne using a vuvuzela as a funnel

Making absinthe (~160 proof)

Drinking my homemade absinthe

Got sloppy with grain alcohol while blowing fire at a party and set myself on fire up to the elbow. I was drinking absinthe.”

9. Whyyyyy?

“Licked a car cigarette lighter once it was red hot.

Regretted that one for a couple days after.”

10. Major fail.

“Drank a ridiculous amount of alcohol for my body weight to show off to a date.

She had to drive herself back to her town, with my fwb that joined us for the night in the passenger seat, and me dying in the back of my own vehicle from a rotten case of alcohol poisoning.

Never. Fucking. Again. Not surprised she wasn’t into me after that. Hell, I wouldn’t be into me after that.”

11. Sushi time!

“Ate around 50 rolls of sushi at an all you can eat sushi place.

It was one of my first lunch outings with coworkers at my very first full time job, and they took me to an all you can eat sushi buffet. I had the brilliant idea of buying a whole bunch of sushi so I could share.

I didn’t realize until after I was brought this massive plate of rolls that the buffet didn’t allow you to share. What you ordered you had to eat it. And they watched to make sure you did. Also, if you didn’t eat everything off your plate, you had to pay $1.50 for each roll uneaten.

So after a while, everyone else finished their food and I was left with about 35 or so rolls and my manager asked if I thought I would be able to finish. I had this weird shot of anxiety at that moment that I would appear weak in front of my new coworkers if I didn’t.

And that’s where I had this second brilliant ass idea of impressing everyone with my new found competitive-level eating prowess and power ate through a disgusting amount of sushi in about 10 minutes. I think I forced down vomit like 3 times.

Sufficed to say needless display of dominance worked– I had established my title in the group as the one who eats grotesque amounts of food. It felt like this expectation I was supposed to meet every now and then when we would go out to lunch to a buffet.

For example we’d go to an Indian buffet once a week or so and I’d have three or four HEAPING plates of food. In two months, I had put on almost 40 pounds in and I felt absolutely horrible.

Thankfully overtime I was able to build a genuine form of confidence with my coworkers, the pressure of being the competitive eater of lunchtime waned, and I was able to lose most of the weight I put on.

But it was one of the worst things I had ever done to my body for the sake of getting people to like me.”

12. Doing drunk stuff.

“When I was in college I got drunk one night and punched a pint glass.

It ended up slicing my finger really badly, like there was a flap of skin that came up. Went to the bathroom and ran it under water, but it just kept bleeding. I didn’t know what to do and was too drunk to try to deal with it, so I just wrapped my hand in a towel and tried to go to sleep.

Woke up to knocking at my door and it ended up being security. He followed a trail of blood from the bathroom to my room and wanted to make sure I was alright. I showed him my finger and he was like, “Come on, you gotta go to the hospital.” Dude was a bro and drove me there even though it was like 3am.

Saw a doctor and he had to give me a bunch of stitches. He said I was very lucky because if it was just a tiny bit deeper I would have probably had done permanant damage and lost mobility of the finger.

Now I have this scar on my finger shaped like a Nike swoosh to remind me not to be stupid and try to fight glass.”

13. Doesn’t sound like a good idea.

“Chased black bears. Multiple times.

On foot a few times, on dirt bikes & ATVs a bunch of times. Mostly to show that black bears are basically timid and afraid of us.

Full disclosure: alcohol and drugs were generally a part of the equation.”

14. Breakin’ the law!

“Jumped illegally over the China-Myanmar border, and back again.

This was in 2002. I was in China legally, in the town of Ruili, Yunnan Province. Across a small stream and two thin strings of barbed wire was the city of Musé (“White Elephant City”), Myanmar, which was closed to foreigners at the time.

A group of opium addicts were smoking in the thick bushes growing near the border, and invited me over for a chat. I saw no border guards were within line of sight of me, so I did. We had an interesting chat in a mixture of English and Chinese.

Later I wandered into the closest narrow street lined with dilapidated white wooden buildings, with bearded men in sarongs wandering around. I bought a Burmese noodle dish. No alcohol available in that state. Then I high-tailed it back to the same crossing spot and over, about 90min after I first went over.

Ruili, China is (or at least was) a lawless borderland, with all the vices that lawless border towns typically attract. My crossing was the least of the local authorities’ worries. I wouldn’t repeat it or recommend it to anyone, though.”

How about you?

What’s the stupidest thing you’ve done just to show that you could do it?

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