Far too often, people seem to always flock to the person who will inflict the most damage.
I don't know if it's the allure or the intrigue, but the older I get, the farther I try to run.
Unless they have great eyes. Then I'm hooked. Which they know!
Everyone alive has crossed paths with a loon or three over the course of life.
We've either dated them, romanced them, befriended them, or worked for them.
We can't escape them.
Redditor TheWeirdestQuestion wanted to hear about the nuts in our lives, so they asked:
"What made you go 'Wow, this person is an absolute psycho?'"
"A dude from an old place I used to work at told me stories about how he was bullied growing up so he resorted to following people home out of passive-aggressive insecurities."
"While I'm empathetic towards his experience growing up, his actions in his adult years have been borderline criminal to stalking levels. He was also a huge kiss-a** that stabbed you in the back once he got chummy with upper management.
He didn't last long."
Down the Hill
"This dude lives in a house with his wife, and the nanny and the kids (and the in-laws when they come) stay down the hill in another house. There’s a big inground pool separating the 2 houses. The children aren’t allowed in their house, and they barely see the kids, just come down for an hour around bedtime (and not even every night). The oldest kid was 7."
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Always an Ex Issue
"My ex-boyfriend of 4 months is still stalking me 8 months after the breakup. He's tried to get me on a 72-hour hold, he's called my therapist's office, and he came and hand-delivered a letter to my house, amongst other things. I had to file a harassment complaint with the sheriff which made him back off in some aspects, but he's still pretty active in trying to get my info, etc online."
"And I don't have enough for a restraining order, so I just have to deal with it. All of this after what I thought was an amicable break-up. I'm still dealing with him trying to Facebook friend the most fringe people in my life (such as my massage therapist) because all of my actual friends know better than to talk to him. Luckily I've since moved and changed jobs, so he has no idea where I am."
A Bad Gulp
"Worked for a staging company that built truss grids for concerts. About 500 steel pins of the wrong size were sent to us. These things were about a pound each with a pointed tip. One of the techs filled a big gulp cup with them and kept it in the center console of his car to throw them at other vehicles if they pissed him off. At highway speeds, they easily could’ve been lethal."
She Did It
"My ex’s mum signed HERSELF up to porn sites and then told people I hacked her. I failed IT in school and only vaguely knew what a VPN is. There’s no way I’m hacking anyone but the fact that she was willing to ruin her own email to make me look bad is pretty psycho, to be honest."
"My ex-BF bit his own arm till he was bleeding mid-argument talking bout 'you made me do this' Noooo Sirrrrrr I was just tryna get my point across then you decided to do thattt💀!!"
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"She had been dressing like me and styling/coloring her hair to be like mine for months. The final straw, the moment I realized she wasn’t okay, was when she pulled me aside to tell me that she doesn’t like my other friends calling me their friend, and I quote; 'Because you’re mine.'"
"Nope! After the friendship ended she took to cyberbullying me and started dressing like her new friend. Big yikes."
"I had an acquaintance that my husband and I call Single White Female because she would be copying everything I did. I dyed my hair green, she dyed her hair green. I shaved my head, she shaved her head. I got a dog, so she got a dog despite being a self-described dog hater."
"My husband proposed, and she proposed to her husband the next week, specifically after telling me she was jealous I got engaged. She ghosted her sister and told me I was the only family she needed, and so I blocked her because I definitely felt like she was going to steal my life."
"Had a friend in middle school, we would text/message on MySpace throughout the night talking about how we were vampires and all the vampire stuff we were getting into (peak Twilight era) - one day she came to school, legitimately angry at me because I had been 'lying' about being a vampire. I remember looking at her and being like 'Uh yeah.. we’re like.. roleplaying, obviously. What do you mean?'"
"And she went on a full spill about how she was not roleplaying, and I was a lying loser idiot who tricked her, and she was a real vampire, dammit. I just remember backing away slowly and thinking 'this Witch is crazy.' Listen, like 15 years later, I can confirm that she was and is crazy as hell."
"Friend's sister was having an affair with a married guy. When she found out he wasn't going to leave his wife for her, she got drunk, drove to his house where his wife was, beeped her car horn for ages until he and his wife came out, and started trying to fight his wife, NOT HIM, his wife. His wife is in her 60s and she is 30 by the way. I had an inkling she wasn't a great person, but finding out about the affair and this was a big 'yeah, you're right, something ain't right' moment."
"When she started sending me pictures of her new boyfriend, half-naked. Then showed up at my work to tell me how he felt about me based on what she told him. I’m so glad I ran far and fast from that one."
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"Told my bestie I was getting a matching memorial tattoo with my sibling -- in order to remember my brother who was killed by a drunk driver. She was offended I wasn't getting my first tattoo WITH HER and tried to pitch matching bestie tats next. She said she couldn't believe I didn't think our bond was 'as special' as the one I had with my dead sibling, and it made her feel insecure.
I lost about 160 pounds that month. Good riddance."
"When I taught 6th grade, during the first week a kid broke one of my coffee mugs, cut their hands, and then proceeded to wipe blood all over my classroom. Perhaps the scariest part was the other kids in the class seemed unfazed as I escorted them out of the room while the admin tried to stop him. He’s about 18 now, and I hope he’s ok and got help."
"Tom Cruise’s 91/2 minute interview about Scientology (he’s in a dark turtleneck for reference). He sounds loco and laughs like a madman."
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We all have to be careful around humans.
We clearly never know when one is a powder keg.
And why do we make so many songs about psychos too?
This list is too much, I may never leave the house again let alone date.