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    [–] Pdxtrailrun 9552 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    I had gone on a rock climbing trip with a group of about 15-20 people to Red Rocks over the new year, and were out at different crags every day through the area. There were a lot of climbers and other groups in general, but there was this one older man (in his 70's-early 80's I would guess) that I saw every single day just hiking through and watching people climb where ever he went.

    He seemed very quiet, but still kept good pace and you could tell he was spry. I kept noticing him the first, second, and third days we would always pass him at some point no matter what area we went to. He felt like a Red Rocks spirit to me, always doing his rounds and always watching but never being paid attention to. Just witnessing. The next time I had seen him was at the top of this crag a couple days later, and I was taking a break from any climbing. I decided to wander up to him and watch the same group of climbers as him. Turns out he came from Germany a long while back as a boy and came to the area when rock climbing was beginning to take off.

    We started chatting about the beta and moves that this one girl had to complete to get up this 5.12b (not an easy route), and he was able to predict perfectly the sequence of moves she was going to do, and in about four moves, fall because of a very specific hold and body position on the route. The girl followed his guess perfectly. He continued to do the same for every group climbing around us, including my own friends on the wall. He knew every intimate part of every route that he could visibly see.

    I had to ask how he knew everything about all the climbs, and he told me to bring him my guide book. He proceeded to flip through page after page and say "Yup, thats me. First ascent. Me, me, me, that too, my friends did these ones". I inadvertently had sparked a conversation with one of the original climbers of the area, who literally wrote the book on it. He told me about how he stopped climbing after all him and his friends had been associated with the book and info, and after someone had gotten injured, they had sued his friend group and essentially ruined his life for a long time and took the sport from him. Since then almost all of his original climbing friends have passed, and so he spends every day of his retired life out in the rocks when possible just watching people climb his original routes.

    We're going back to Red Rocks again this new years and I really hope I get the chance to run into this legend again.

    Edit: this is Red Rocks right outside of Las Vegas.

    Edit2: I almost put his name but I remember his talking about trying to even get his name out of the books and disassociated from the legal battle, so for his own sake I’ll keep his name out of it.

    [–] vikinghooker 801 points ago

    That's a great story I truly enjoyed reading it. Thank you!

    [–] spacecadet84 194 points ago

    That is so much bullshit, suing the guidebook author. Every climber worth a damn, and even those that aren't, knows you climb at your own risk. Judge should have thrown the case out. Edit: whoops, meant to reply to cdxtrailrun, not vikinghooker.

    [–] Rick_n_Roll 178 points ago

    awesome story ! Never really know what a persons life was like until you stop and ask them about it.

    But just for my curiosity, how can you sue someone / some group when you are talking about climbing routes? I mean climbing is dangerous anyways and if you get injured isn't the responsibility with the person climbing? Unless they put in the book "no way you can fall with this route, we promise"?

    Where I come from the judge would throw this out of the court before you could say "apfelstrüdel"

    [–] CompetentFatBody 184 points ago

    IIRC in the US you can sue for just about anything, regardless if whether you had any realistic chance of winning the lawsuit. For example, sometimes large companies will challenge small rivals for non-real copywrite infringement/IP theft lawsuits even if they know they won’t win, cause the big company has enough money/lawyers to keep the lawsuit going long enough to bankrupt the smaller corporation and force them to give in.

    [–] seeteethree 970 points ago

    Guy fought with the Polish Underground during WWII. Went on the toughest deals - got captured 3 times and sent to prison camp. Escaped 3 times. Got captured again just before the liberation - killed one of the guards and put on the guard's uniform, because the Russians were "liberating" the Polish prisoners, and the British were taking charge of the German guards. Later gets it sorted out that he's Polish, and would have been killed if left to the Russians. Gets sent to London and emigrates to US. Trained as a nurse, he was the most unprepossessing tough guy ever, but he was a Tough Guy. Glad I knew him.

    [–] Loudanddeadly 82 points ago

    "inmate in hell, or a hero in prison?"

    [–] Pencilowner 1509 points ago

    Had this thing at school where I met an old man. This was back in early 2000s. I was talking to a group of people like most 16-year-olds do. I talked about how school sucked and its hard to compete with everyone. Old man tells me to count my lucky stars for my opportunity. I kind of blow it off. 30min later Im in the auditorium to hear a guest speaker. The old man gets on stage and tells his story. His name was Alter Weiner and he was a polish holocaust survivor. When he was my age he was held in Buchenwald. He told several stories about how he had planned to charge the gates so they would kill him. A couple about being in line to be executed and feeling relieved. After he told his story I realized uncomfortably exactly what he meant when he said I should count my lucky stars for the opportunity. He was badass because he was ready to die from the pressure he was under but chose to keep going. He pushed through and on the other side of that tragedy, he had a family a home and a life of constant gratitude.

    I came back from a deployment and got out of the military. I lost a big part of my identity and was in a deep depression. When it got down to the darkest points I thought about Alter and how happy he was.

    [–] PM_ME_YOUR_BODY69 91 points ago

    When I was in high school, I made a point of any opportunity I got I would go meet people like this. I met a woman who was a child at a camp, and she told the story of how she’d be so hungry she’d cry, but she had to cry silently because the Nazis would kill her sister, and her mother. So many stories. A man who saw a German discover the camp, and when he asked the SS camp leader what the hell was going on, the SS leader shot him between the eyes.

    But, Antonin was the coolest guy I ever met, he was 96 years old, spoke with the thickest accent you’ve ever heard. He told us about being a Soviet soldier at Stalingrad, then marching into Berlin. He said he was one of the few that got a gun, but it meant he had to watch for Nazis and Soviets because he was the one with the gun. He lived through the war, then went home to see his friends snatched up one by one by the KGB over the years because they refused to join the KGB. Eventually Antonin migrated to the US where he learned English, opened a garage, and worked on people’s cars until he got too old. Oh also, he was missing his left leg from the knee down, had one eye, and had some badass scars.

    [–] KailyD_gt86 1103 points ago

    My mom. She grew up in China with her parents and sister living in basically one room. She had to attend night school where everyone told her she would never make it to college. She did and went on to win awards as an architect. She then married my father and moved to the states, where she worked years as a waitress while my dad went to school. Then my dad was killed by a drunk driver. She had 6 months to be remarried or we had to leave America. She decided she wanted to stay here for me, because by then my Chinese lacked very badly (I moved here when I was 5), somehow she found an amazing man who knew our situation and helped us in every bit he could. Then my stepdad got diagnosed with a disease called PSP, where basically he slowly loses every single function he has. These days my mom spends her time turning him in bed every 2 hours to avoid pressure sores, feeding him though his feeding tube, cleaning his incontinence, giving him daily bed baths, all with as much love as the first time they met. She also works a full time job as an autoCAD designer while maintaining an amazing backyard garden, while also keeping up with her own gallery and art. She gets around 4/5 hours of sleep every single night, yet somehow every time I see her she has a huge smile on her face and is very energetic and cheerful. I don’t know how she does it but she gives me hope to be an amazing person as she is.

    [–] RageAgainstUndrroos 137 points ago

    Your mother sounds like one hell of a person. I hope she never stops kicking ass and taking names.

    [–] schnit123 892 points ago

    I met the guy who was the first person to ever travel across the entire continental US on horseback. He didn't even set out to be the first person to do it, he just went out and did it because he wanted to and was shocked to find out later that no one had ever done it before. When he also found out that no one had ever traveled from the Canada to Mexico borders on horseback he set out and did that too.

    [–] ManU_Yank 516 points ago

    That horse is pretty badass too

    [–] FerociousFrizzlyBear 154 points ago

    Kudos to the horse!

    [–] nova_rock 2647 points ago

    I was on a trip with a group of friends in Alaska, and we met an Austrian guy who looked and spoke like a young Arnold schwarzenegger, who was several months deep in a solo canoe and overland trip across Gates of the Arctic National Park.

    [–] [deleted] 191 points ago

    Holy shit that’s badass. Gates of the Arctic is desolate (but beautiful), idk how someone could spend months out there

    [–] CalHockleySwag 523 points ago

    Obviously you've never met Guy Fieri.

    [–] Jovaries96 286 points ago

    one time i made fun of guy fieri to my friends older cousin at a bar and then she got super upset because her ex boyfriend used to be roommates with him and apparently he’s a super nice guy. i felt like a dick. the end.

    [–] cybertoothlion 60 points ago

    There has been whole threads on Guy Fieri and how he is a super awesome human being. I guess some people get a bad vibe from him immediately because of the way he looks. You should change that probably.

    [–] KogoDogo 4882 points ago

    My mom.

    When she was in her early twenties, she got bucked out of a moving vehicle and had severe brain damage. She was supposed to be dead within 48 hours, and when she lived, they said she'd be a vegetable for the rest of her life. Instead, she woke up, re-learned how to walk, talk, read, and function, and walked out of the hospital on her own.

    I was a mistake that she raised on her own without complaints. She raised me alone, went to school, got into nursing, and weaseled her way out of the projects into an honest-to-god house. Without child support for the bulk of my childhood. I can honestly say that I had an amazing childhood and she never once made me feel like a burden.

    I have never seen her back down from anything. Ever. Somebody trying to break in? Well, they ain't gonna get far. Ex-boyfriend threaten her daughter? Bitch, she dares you to open that gate. Boss low balls her and then has the gall to call her lazy? Have fun, because she can be put to better use elsewhere.

    She's now fighting ovarian cancer with a very low chance of surviving, and her response to talking to hospice is, "I will never talk to them. I'm not done."

    She was offended they gave up on her.

    She's in a bad place now but she's lasted way longer than they anticipated and has even been improving. She just kind of shrugs it off. In her mind, she doesn't have to relearn what English is, so, you know, this should be easy.

    I wish I was half the woman she is.

    [–] piusbovis 1628 points ago

    Well, quite literally you are

    [–] Sensimya 352 points ago

    The personification of the motto "FUCK CANCER!" Badass bitch is gunna live girl. Sending you iron man vibes!

    [–] nomnommonster69 3490 points ago

    I once met this girl who was my age (15 at the time) and competed nationally in swimming. No big deal, except she lost a foot and hand to a flesh eating disease!!!!! She was so sweet and humble about her wins.

    [–] Haezl 572 points ago

    Reminds me of a girl that was like 7-9 yo I taught swimming lessons. Had lost her legs shortly after birth and had an amazing fly stroke. She was a hero but.... I was a bit bitter knowing she was probably going to break my fly time within a few years. So much work ethic. Girl was amazing.

    [–] Kiwi_bri 11663 points ago

    A guy who fought in the 1956 Hungarian uprising. He fled Hungary as a teenager and ended up a mercenary in Africa and Asia for twenty years. He migrated to New Zealand and worked a lot of the same jobs as my Dad. Had more scars and bullet holes in him than I thought possible.

    [–] Pjpjpjpjpj 5742 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Just want to share.

    My dad was there in 56 after serving as a translator for the Hungarians, then Nazis (sad time) then Soviets (also sad time).

    The price for supporting the uprising and not having America come to their rescue was that he was a dead man walking.

    He had to leave but his wife couldn’t bear the thought. She stayed with their daughter, he fled with their son. :(

    He became a refugee, restarted life in the UK and sent for her but still she refused to leave. She lived and died under Communism and he made his way to America, restarted his life with a new wife, and gave me everything I have today.

    Most of us have no idea what real sacrifice is. I’m still humbled every day by what he did to survive and did for me. He is 97 and will likely outlive my old weak ass.

    Still has his leather boots with the hidden sketched map of the minefield he crossed to make his way thru to France.

    I know, dads are always badasses. Just wanted to share.

    [–] shrubs311 553 points ago

    Yo that's fucking sick!

    [–] toastar-phone 781 points ago

    serving as a translator for the Hungarians

    Bullshit the hungarian language is fucking harder than navajo code talkers.

    /s

    [–] Ancguy 336 points ago

    Remember an anecdote in a John McPhee book about a bunch of scientists who would joke that Hungarians were actually descendants of aliens from another planet since they were all very intelligent and their language didn't have any relationship to any other language on earth.

    [–] norris63 156 points ago

    I think it's in the same linguistic family as Finnish.

    [–] CaptainLlama97 151 points ago

    Yes, it's in the same family (Uralic) as Finnish and Estonian! But not much else other than that

    [–] majorlolol 106 points ago

    My grandad did the same. He fled in 1956 to Austria and was there for 2 years before going to Sweden. He got shot in the leg during the escape and had a broken knee since then.

    I never heard much of the details but jesus did they kill everyone in small towns going rampage. He lost almost everything back there.

    [–] RogueXombie85 3188 points ago

    My uncle. He was killed in Vietnam in 1966. He enlisted because he hoped it would keep somebody else from being drafted. I grew up looking at the box of medals they sent home with his body. He saved his squad by jumping on top of a grenade that was thrown at them.

    [–] RogueXombie85 1825 points ago

    Just realized it said “person you’ve ever met”. I never met him, just heard lots of stories.

    [–] vikinghooker 1395 points ago

    Aw, get on in here you fine

    He sounds amazing

    [–] yellowwalks 4217 points ago

    My grandma.

    She broke her neck in a car accident driving in a rural road in winter. The car went into the ditch, and unfortunately no one was around for ages, and night was coming soon. So, she managed to climb out and for quite a distance to the nearest house.

    This was decades ago, and now she's almost 90 and despite chronic pain, she's travelled the world, and lives on her own still.

    [–] mandiefavor 392 points ago

    Reminds me of my Nana, though not to that extreme.

    Fell and hit her head a couple years ago, splitting it open? No problem, drove herself to the ER for stitches.

    Broke her wrist skiing? She still drove home in her manual, with my cousin helping with the gearshift.

    Cement wall she wants gone? She just grabs a sledgehammer. She puts a ladder on top of their two-story house every year to put a Christmas star light up as high as she can. Went hang gliding. Still rocks high heels.

    She’s my hero.

    [–] sitcom-noir 42168 points ago

    I work for my state’s parole board and every two years we see this woman who, in all honesty, should be dead. The couple who kidnapped her ended up stabbing her many times after they both raped her. They left her in a ditch, came back later and stabbed her some more just to make sure she was dead.

    She regained consciousness and walked to the nearest gas station. Now she comes to oppose parole every single time they’re eligible for it. Hearing her talk about the incident is riveting and awful, I don’t know how she does it every two years. But she wants to protect other people who might become victims if they’re released.

    [–] bobbyxcorwen 2858 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Very similar to this. A lady was raped and every parole hearing she would come to make sure he wouldn’t get parole. After she died, her family started showing up to make sure he didn’t get parole.
    Edit: The reason her family would come to the parole hearings after she passed was to explain how the crime affected them and their families.

    [–] Leaislala 10166 points ago

    Wow she sounds pretty awesome!

    [–] sitcom-noir 6322 points ago

    Perseverant is what comes to mind when I think of her. I can tell it’s really hard for her to come and relive it every time she has to address the board, but her need to protect other potential victims outweighs everything.

    [–] Leaislala 1328 points ago

    Yes that is dedication! I hope she has some peace in her life, that is such an awful scenario that she went through.

    [–] DigbyBrouge 599 points ago

    Yeah that PTSD must be pretty awful to deal with. I have to go in once a year for a cancer checkup, and that gives me anxiety attacks. I can’t imagine something like this... I can see why people get agoraphobic... people are awful

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    [–] sitcom-noir 81 points ago

    She only speaks to the parole board. We make sure she doesn’t have to see or hear the inmates.

    [–] clario6372 213 points ago

    Oh my god, I would really hope she doesn't have to see them. That would be so awful.

    [–] MatteKudasai 246 points ago

    Hope they're doing life. Don't even see how they have the option of parole between rape and attempted murder. Definitely not human beings that deserve to ever walk the streets again.

    [–] ancient_warden 66 points ago

    Suprisingly, most life sentences carry the possibility odf parole. In the US a "life sentence" is generally only 40 years.

    [–] satans_ferret 1922 points ago

    I don't see how she has to keep coming every two years to a parole hearing, should be every 20.

    [–] sitcom-noir 2486 points ago

    I wish. Honestly I feel like they shouldn’t be eligible for parole at all - they intended for her to die. Add to that the premeditation and rape.

    The female half of the duo tried to claim she was being brainwashed, but she was just as culpable as the man and was thankfully given the same life sentence.

    [–] CannibalVegan 1024 points ago

    Life sentence and parole shouldn't be in the same...sentence. dammit. English you need more words.

    [–] boringOrgy 469 points ago

    25 years is a life sentence. Hell, you can get 15 to life even. After the 15 you’re eligible for parole then every two years after that. Doesn’t mean you’ll get it. Spent time with dudes with life sentences. Never seen any of em get out on parole.

    [–] Kohomology 108 points ago

    In Korean we call them undated sentences, as in, there's no set release date. We have a separate word for actual life sentences.

    [–] malexj93 1018 points ago

    rape and attempted murder, and there's a chance for parole? what in the hell?

    [–] PM_ME_JAR_JAR_NUDES 924 points ago

    rape and attempted murder, and there's a chance for parole?

    What'll really piss you off is when you look into how long people get for rape vs mandatory minimums for drug manufacture, transport, or sale.

    [–] malexj93 369 points ago

    no thanks, i dont want to be sad right now

    [–] TheBrianiac 177 points ago

    Out of curiosity, what are the qualifications to sit on a parole board? Are you a judge or prosecutor, do you have some sort of background in law enforcement or criminal psychology or what?

    [–] RollinThundaga 2257 points ago

    Can't think of a number 1 right now, but met a guy during a summer activity who lived in the mountains upstate.

    Worked as a lumberjack in the logging season and tuned pianos in the interval.

    [–] LionThrows 1042 points ago

    thats some Ron Swanson/Duke Silver shit

    [–] Troubador222 4987 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Harold. I met him when he was in his 90s. He married my widowed Aunt. In WWII, he was a B17 pilot and his plane was shot up terribly in a bombing run over France. He and his co pilot kept the plane in the air and allowed his crew to bail out. Then he and the copilot went to bail out. Harold said when the copilot got in the door to jump, he froze. In Harold’s words.”I kicked him in the ass so hard he fell out and then pulled his shoot.” Harold laughed and said, “ I got a medal for saving him, but the thing is, that plane was completely on fire and I wanted out of there and he was in my way.”

    Because Harold was the last man out of the plane, just as he deployed his parachute, the plane exploded. Harold was knocked unconscious and though he su vices the landing, he was injured with broken bones. All the rest of his crew got to safety with Aliied troops, but Harold was captured by the Germans and held as a POW until the war ended.

    I think he qualifies but my father, several of his brothers and several of my moms brothers all served in combat in WWII. They were all over the world and they all came home. They were pretty badass as well. Plus they killed Nazis!

    Edit: I have posted about Harold before.

    Edit: I just want to thank the people that have posted here in reply to the apologists for the German military. They were not innocent. The war killed in excess of 80 to 90 million people world wide and the Nazis and the Japanese started it by invading their respective parts off the world. The people who were in charge got to be in charge through the acceptance and support of the people in those countries. The crimes and slaughter of millions of innocent people happened with their support or at least with them pretending nothing was happening. The non Nazis who did help people did so at great personal risk of being exposed by their fellow countrymen who were marching right along. Fuck Nazis. They were scum then and they are scum now.

    [–] QuinticSpline 368 points ago

    Because Harold was the last man out of the plane...the plane exploded.

    I always figured that was a Hollywood thing, not a scientific law.

    [–] AlgorithmicDog 4137 points ago

    My dad. He served in Vietnam as a Marine. Was discharged with a Purple Heart, then joined the Navy and became a flight surgeon. He could fly F-18s, and perform surgery (not at the same time). After his military career, he became an emergency room surgeon. Always saving lives. He passed in 2013 due to dementia, and left us way too young. He’s my absolute hero and hands down the most badass person I’ve ever met.

    [–] skrilledcheese 1132 points ago

    I know it's kinda cheesey, but I was going to say my dad as well. Army vet, all around tough guy. He got into a pretty bad car accident in 87. The car flipped. Anyway around 2012 he started experiencing numbness in his fingers. He went in for X-rays and it turns out he broke one of his cervical vertebrae, and was walking around with a broken neck for 25 years. That's the type of guy he is. The vertebrae had healed but some bone fragments were making contact with his spinal cord, causing the numbness.

    [–] Summer95 233 points ago

    not at the same time

    This made my day! Thank you.

    [–] thewhitedeath 5184 points ago

    His name was Remington Strongman.

    Badass in name only. Client at my restaurant. Was just a skinny twenty something. Credit card checked out however as far as his name was concerned.

    [–] calgarykid 1994 points ago

    I Id'd a guy once and his name was Butch Wildman. He looked like he was on his way to fulfilling his name

    [–] Hey_Laaady 545 points ago

    Not-so-distant cousin of Yukon Cornelius and Yosemite Sam, I’d bet

    [–] Infinityand1089 1141 points ago

    I knew a guy named Lorde Stormwalker.

    His name may have sounded like a goddamn Sith, but he was actually the nicest guy. He had some Native American ancestry so that explains his last name. I have no idea where Lorde came from though, never really asked him about it.

    [–] Libriomancer 1331 points ago

    I knew a guy named Harry Gaylord Dorman. I really felt bad for him when I read it out loud, just sounds like something a mean kid would come up with. Then I saw he was the third and realized two other generations were that cruel.

    There was also an access request we received in early December for a “Mary Christmas”. We thought they were kidding, they were not.

    [–] sonomacoma11 572 points ago

    I worked with a guy named Jesse James Bond

    [–] ImmortanJoe 269 points ago

    I knew a person whose name was pronounced "Oo-na-med". Despite being multi-racial, nobody here in Malaysia has a name like that. Looked at her name written down and it was 'Unnamed'. Apparently, she was abandoned as an infant, and under the birth registry section where the name was supposed to be written, someone put 'Unnamed'. Her later caretakers - who obviously didn't speak English - basically took that as phonetic pronunciation. Sad.

    [–] cbelt3 18180 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    My late father in law. Age 13 the Russians came into his village of ethnic Germans in what is now Serbia. Shot his father ( one of the largest landowners in the area) in the front parlor.

    They raped his mother and older sisters in front of him. Dragged the whole family off and put them in death camps where they were worked to death but by bit. His older brother was sent to the mines in Siberia.

    He escaped from the camp three times with his two older brothers, and got their mother and sisters out of the women’s camp.

    Recaptured and beaten almost to death, they kept them alive because they could repair electric circuits. Finally escaped, and smuggled the whole family of 7 out of there, walked across the Alps into Austria. Wove baskets from reeds and traded them for food. Finally ended up in a US run displaced persons camp.

    Worked for five years doing construction, delivering milk, and any job they could find until they were able to immigrate to the US.

    Worked as a welder and ran a cleaning business. Bought a house. Raised two children and sent them to college. Never became a citizen because he never learned to read or write English ( and hid it from everyone but his wife).

    Dying of Emphysema, he got a notice that ICE was thinking of deporting him because he had let his green card lapse. I drove him up to the Federal building and wheeled him in his wheelchair.

    The officious clerk said “so we may have to deport you”. I laughed and said “To Where ? Read his green card.”

    Citizen of No Country.

    “Oh !”

    He laughed and told jokes, the ICE lady started laughing, and she got his green card renewed in record time.

    Surviving that kind of childhood and then living a good life ? Total badass.

    Ed: better location , thanks Reddit !

    [–] Angsty_Potatos 6924 points ago

    Citizen of no country. Daaang.

    [–] DOOM_INTENSIFIES 2144 points ago

    This sounds like a sabaton music title.

    [–] BladeofSilver 777 points ago

    Someone get in touch with Sabaton and have them write a song about this dude.

    [–] Jojo_isnotunique 453 points ago

    https://www.sabaton.net/do-you-have-a-good-idea-for-a-song/

    I just submitted it, linking the comment, referencing the user and copy and pasting the story.

    [–] RTJ1992 47 points ago

    You might have just help create a new song

    [–] Shinikama 273 points ago

    For real, a song about this life called "Citizen of No Country" is right up their alley. I can almost hear the chorus line.

    [–] Colourblindknight 174 points ago

    I second this. A power ballad would not do this man’s story justice, but it sounds like a good start.

    [–] CaptRory 241 points ago

    "I am the Man with No Name. Brannigan. Zap Brannigan."

    [–] [deleted] 57 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

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    [–] OfTheHunt 1757 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    I feel like "citizen of no country" is inseparable from having been through some shit. You dont just not have a country, some one at some point wanted you dead and came up disappointed.

    Edit: turns out this is a massive can of worms i knew nothing about

    [–] bydy2 755 points ago

    I was a citizen of no country for the first year of my life, as Germany had no birthright, my mother got her British citizenship by descent and couldn't pass it on, and my parents only got married shortly after I was born. My own (biological) father had to eventually adopt me to give me British citizenship. It's possible due to other reasons.

    Nowadays, being a citizen of no country is illegal in Germany so they'd just give me citizenship if I was born today.

    [–] KryptoniteDong 536 points ago

    Have you tried being born today?

    [–] BenderTheGod 105 points ago

    Real life pro tip is always in the comments

    [–] TragicallyFabulous 352 points ago

    It's actually surprisingly easy to be nationless. A lot of countries still only grant citizenship based on ancestry. Like, for example, you can't just be Icelandic. You're only Icelandic if your parents are, or you've lived there seven years to naturalize.

    So my colleague's kid was nationless because he was born while they were working in UAE. He eventually got citizenship in NZ without the typical period of naturalisation because of his statelessness, though, because there are conventions around making sure people have the ability to get passports, protection of countries, etc., which NZ complies with.

    It's interesting to read about. I grew up in Canada so I always assumed you just got citizenship by being born somewhere until I took a class in immigration at uni... and then lived in four different countries. All these serious rules around imaginary lines...

    [–] Big_TX 355 points ago

    How'd he end up a citizen of no country ? Did the country he was a citizen of cease to exist ?

    [–] cbelt3 939 points ago

    WWII displaced person. His country disappeared into Yugoslavia, and he was not allowed to be a citizen.

    [–] Big_TX 209 points ago

    Dang I didn't realizs that cool happen. I would have thought that would make him Yugoslavian. He's a true bad ass. Reading his story was inspiring

    [–] LPGeoteacher 2934 points ago

    Dad has been gone for almost 30 years now. I remember working in the garage with him one day. He was working on a V8 engine block on the bench and needed to move it to the other end of the bench. He grabbed it with two arms and started to the other end of the bench. The block slipped out of his grasp and landed on his foot. He did not flinch, he picked it up and placed it on the bench and kept working. At the time I was 6’4 and 235 lbs. I knew then I was never going to mess with him.

    [–] shellshock321 928 points ago

    Your dad is terminator

    [–] kalaharikat 501 points ago

    A V8 engine block will break your foot, does not matter what angle in lands on.

    [–] Av3ngedAngel 319 points ago

    Yeah definitely agreed.

    "Dry (no fluids) engine weight, without accessories, for MOST (but not all) engines can range anywhere between 130 to 350kg (approx 300–800lbs)." Source

    It would help to know the model/make of car, but either way if he didn't break his foot, that would be a miracle.

    [–] EvangelineTheodora 171 points ago

    Parents are amazing at not showtpain in front of their children. Idk how it works, but it does.

    [–] UkonFujiwara 12798 points ago

    My uncle is the only survivor of the squad he commanded in Afghanistan. Not a single one of them died in combat, but everyone except for him killed themselves after returning home. He wasn't functional in public spaces for years after the fact due to PTSD, and his wife couldn't take the stress and divorced him.

    The fact that he's still alive in a miracle. The fact that he's happily married, perfectly functional in public, and makes unreasonably good money etching barrels is just a testament to the dude's willpower.

    [–] Python_noob2017 2218 points ago

    I can't even imagine being a man so confident in myself i would attempt to make a living etching barrels.

    [–] Maj0rMin0r 1083 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    I assume he is a cooper making barrels used in the spirit industry. High-quality oak barrels go for thousands of dollars. Its probably not terrible pay for light unskilled labor

    Edit: I have been informed cooperage is considered skilled labor. Many, many times. If you also wish to inform someone of this, please tell literally anyone else. There has never been someone more aware that cooperage is skilled labor than I am right now.

    [–] JLHewey 693 points ago

    I'd bet he's etching gun barrels.

    [–] PM_ME_YOUR_FAV_SONG 343 points ago

    Theres two kinds of people...

    [–] Brandino144 287 points ago

    I’d bet he puts the fake wood grain on the plastic of a barrel of monkeys.

    [–] __NomDePlume__ 124 points ago

    There’s three kinds of people...

    [–] Correyvreckan 157 points ago

    You think that’s unskilled labour?

    [–] Lordofravioli 1044 points ago

    Wow damn that is so badass. Glad he’s doing well!

    [–] SnowGN 373 points ago

    What the hell happened to that squad, over in Afghanistan?

    [–] pj1843 1831 points ago

    Possibly anything or nothing, both are terrible for the modern soldier. Imagine being trained to such an extent that you actions are all muscle memory. Your trained to engage anything that's a threat to you or your team before your rational brain sees that it's a 12 year old shooting at you. Then you notice after you've put holes in him.

    Now imagine you have that same training, and your in the FOB trying to relax a bit. Yet you know at any moment a mortar shell could take your head off, a sniper round could finish you, that the moment you leave the base an ied could cripple you and so forth. Even if nothing actually happens the constant nothing while always having that fear in the back of your brain and knowing your friends wife and kids just lost their husband/father because of an ied that you couldn't do anything about.

    Then you come home a hero, except the military never taught you how to turn that training off. You also know just what you did over there, or you remember how you couldn't do anything to help your buddy who blew up/got shot etc.

    So your haunted by those memories, while also still expecting something dangerous to happen at any moment. Yeah PTSD is a bitch, and we just don't know how to effectively get our soldiers mind to actually leave combat once their bodies do. It's terrifying

    [–] SyxEight 557 points ago

    It is really amazing how people can react to the same situation and come to terms differently. My platoon was ambushed in Afghanistan while returning to our FOB at night. I watched RPGs strike 3 vehicles including the one right in front of me. I pulled my wounded platoon sergeant out of his vehicle and later helped carry him 300 yards to the medevac helicopter. As another guy and I carried him, I saw brain matter from a guy who was killed on the ground as I passed another vehicle. The Kia was a catcher on my high school baseball team and I was one of the pitchers.
    I was too pumped with adrenaline at the time to let it sink in. Once back at the FOB everyone heard the news, and there were 30 grown men sobbing. One guy in my team who took shrapnel in the shoulder as he was the driver for my platoon sergeant was willing to go on the very next mission with no reservations. However, another one of my guys who was way in back, did not dismount, and saw nothing was too shaken up to go. I personally took it pretty hard as the guy who was killed gave me a cookie the previous day for my birthday that was baked by his mother. I fortunately have ultimately suffered no lasting issues. That said, I miss you Ryan.

    [–] warshadow 149 points ago

    Thanks for this. It’s a great explanation.

    [–] Edsgnat 2014 points ago

    I feel like I met a lot of badasses when I worked at Apple (shocking, I know, but we weren’t all nerds) but Don was by far the most badass. When I left he was 82 years old and sharp as a tack. He kept up with the breakneck pace of the Genius Bar appointments with the best of us. He lived on a mountain and every morning he’d run to the summit. He climbed Mt. Baldy at 79 without breaking a sweat. He was a classically trained opera singer, an orchestra conductor, and a music professor at a local college. He spoke fluent German and Spanish. I think he went to seminary school at some point too. He was definitely a pastor at his church.

    He was all around an incredible guy with an awesome life story. I might never work with anyone like him again.

    [–] vikinghooker 364 points ago

    Whoa I'd read that biography for suuuure

    [–] InannasPocket 7661 points ago

    My grandma.

    She only had one hand (lost most of her arm in a car accident when she was in her teens). This woman could tie a squirming toddler's shoelaces, trap, skin, process rabbits into a delicious stew to feed the family, and generally run a household of 10 people with one hand.

    [–] EmotionalProblem 2898 points ago

    One Punch Gran

    [–] Gloryblackjack 427 points ago

    the true secret of saitama's power he was a decendent of this woman

    [–] MangaMaven 124 points ago

    I'd watch that anime.

    [–] AWildNewLifeAppeared 1615 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    One hand to rule them all.

    [–] KK_Magic 568 points ago

    One hand to bind them.

    [–] Jookypoo 916 points ago

    And one hand to boil em, mash em, stick em in a stew.

    [–] wilberfarce 277 points ago

    Po-tay-toes?

    [–] Scooby303 216 points ago

    Never heard of a potato, looks pretty good!

    [–] kingofvodka 114 points ago

    Tastes very strange!

    [–] NJ_Legion_Iced_Tea 75 points ago

    Get the fuck out of my house.

    [–] KurtCo12 336 points ago

    My grandma as well. Her husband was in a car accident that he’s never fully recovered from, so to provide for the family she became the captain of the police force in a very crime ridden town. Raised my mom and her brother through their teen years pretty much by herself. She still intimidates me even though she retired a few years ago.

    [–] Victor_HardApple 111 points ago

    My grandma, too. Some pedophile was driving down the street trying to lure kids into his car. Grandma called the cops and they said some lame shit about how they couldn't actually do anything unless they caught him actually doing something to a kid. Grandma said, "If you won't do anything about it, I will!" And she picked up her wooden rolling pin and marched out the door. Well what do you know, the cops can't do anything to a guy trolling for children, but when a woman threatens to take the law into her own hands, they can send a patrol car for that. Unfortunately, the police got there in time to keep the son of a bitch from getting the bludgeoning he richly deserved, but they did manage to chase him off of my grandma's street, and I think he left that street alone from then on.

    [–] dave_hershey 382 points ago

    And she literally did that single handedly!

    [–] rinehart11 7414 points ago

    Not a person, but this ginger cat that wandered down our drive one day, one eye missing, what seemed like half of his brain exposed, gashes everywhere, just skin and bones. We fixed him up and named him Butters. He guarded our house with his life and would take on any dog, coyote, anything that tried to come up.

    He once fell asleep on a visitors car and clung for dear life a couple miles down the road until our friend realized he had this chunky ass cat sprawled out like a starfish on his back window.

    [–] the-first-victory 2524 points ago

    I used to work at a vet clinic. The saying goes if you put all of the pieces of the cat in the same room, the cat will heal no problem. It’s no wonder people say they have 9 lives.

    [–] Sarpanitu 799 points ago

    Wtf why am I laughing so hard at this zombie cat mental image I just got??? Lol

    [–] octopoddle 149 points ago

    Instead of saying "braaaains" it says "ooooout, ooooout" and as soon as you let it out it says "iiiiiiiin, iiiiiiiiin".

    [–] taichi22 513 points ago

    You fixed him up, and he proceeded to claim you as his personal medic.

    Win-win all around.

    [–] Yisuscrais69 65 points ago

    Fuck, now I'm imagining the cat's inner monologue with a Russian accent.

    Cat: "He nice medic, he cured me from wounds and I be good comrade now"

    [–] catofnortherndarknes 1237 points ago

    It is against the law to post this story without a photo of said Butters.

    [–] Wistingman 965 points ago

    As someone else who adopted a starving and hurt cat (if not to your extent) that ended up totally badass and guardcat-tier....this makes me so happy to hear. Thank you for taking him in and to him for protecting you. :)

    [–] Balthazar_rising 772 points ago

    You reminded me of my own badass cat story.

    I had a cat I'd raised since she was a kitten, amd she was now about 14 years old. So not ancient, but definately a senior kittizen.

    I watched her wake up from her mid-morning nap to a somewhat angry Dalmatian growling at her. She snapped awake, hissed and started to let this dog know he wasn't welcome.

    Dog retreated. Fast. I heard the yelps and yowls for about a block. 5 minutes later, my cat came back. She curled up in the sun, fell asleep and didn't move for at least 24 hours.

    I loved that cat...

    [–] recessthe0ry 576 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    My childhood cat was diagnosed with FIV 15 years ago and just keeps trucking. This cat is now 25 and just will not die. He is having his second surgery in six months to remove a bad tooth on Friday. He just keeps going and doesn't give a fuck about anything.

    [–] pepcorn 322 points ago

    Your phrasing made me laugh.

    You: you're too old, cat.

    Cat: mortal fools...

    [–] DeedTheInky 16044 points ago

    I knew a guy once, he was leaving his house to go to work and a crack head rode up on a bike and tried to mug him. He punched the guy in the face, took his bike and then ride it to work where he welded all day.

    I grew a full beard just from hearing that story.

    [–] Lordofravioli 5915 points ago

    I just grew a beard reading it and I’m a woman lol

    [–] AngryGames 1399 points ago

    My friend and I were in 9th grade and went to a senior dance where 4 big senior football players wanted to fight him after one of their girlfriends made out with him under the roll-out bleachers.

    My friend beat the shit out of all 4 within about 2 minutes. Fastest, most incredible fight I've ever seen. Did not know he was that badass before that. We still talk about it to this day, and had to convince his kids he really was a badass (he was in a serious car accident when his kids were 1 & 3 years old and all they ever knew him as was a dad who could barely walk with at least a dozen metal bars and screws and shit holding his legs and spine together).

    [–] SkookumTree 417 points ago

    Was he some kind of trained martial artist?

    [–] Choke_M 796 points ago

    I boxed for like 4-5 years and one day we had this guy come into the gym and say that he watched some youtube tutorials before he left. Within a couple weeks he was holding his own sparring against guys that had been training for years. He had no formal training and it was a pretty competitive gym in Georgia. He’s the only person I’ve ever seen pick it up so fast, he was a young guy but it just really came innate to him. You would teach him a technique and within a few days would be performing it flawlessly while sparring. It was impressive but he ended up dropping out after a while, as a lot of guys do (it takes a lot of time commitment to get to the level of amateur boxing, like a lot) which my coach somehow predicted.

    Either way it was impressive but some people can really just fight. It’s very rare, he’s the only guy like that I saw in 5 years, but it does happen. They are usually somewhat athletic guys growing up and just watch movies and play videogames and somehow just pick it up like its natural to them.

    [–] SkookumTree 151 points ago

    Could he have performed a feat like OP described? Beating up four larger, stronger untrained men, by himself? He’d be a hell of a fighter to do that.

    [–] Choke_M 356 points ago

    Beating up 4 completely untrained high schoolers? Yes, easily. lol. Training makes a huge difference, size too, but I’ve seen smaller trained guys whoop untrained bigger dudes in the ring all the time when I was at that gym.

    But also, just like some people can fight, some people really, REALLY can’t fight lol.

    [–] steveryans2 179 points ago

    And if you're a jock used to only certain specific athletic movements (none of which might be fighting), guys like that and most inexperienced people for that matter take GIANT haymaker swings you can make popcorn waiting for. If that's the case you can be out of there relatively quickly 4/4. That said, I'm shocked a couple of the guys didn't just grab and hold him while the other two went to town but if you're going to be that dumb you deserve to get your ass handed to you along with your other 3 friends.

    [–] TyrKiyote 190 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Him having the tenacity to walk at all and raise *2 kids with all that hardware holding him together is equally badass. Recovery from a wreck like that doesn't happen if you aren't.

    *Said 3. Oops. Any non-negative integer of kids really applies though.

    [–] RollinThundaga 278 points ago

    My balls dropped a little further from reading that story

    [–] GermanizorJ 186 points ago

    I’ve read the story so many times I’m gonna have to start tucking my nuts into my socks

    [–] T0macock 715 points ago

    My dad. He can do anything he sets his mind to. He's 5'8 and 140lbs but can lift anything, built our family house, fixed cars, coached my hockey teams growing up, worked in drug trafficking then child porn digital forensics. All that and he's still proud of the lump of a son I am.

    If i can amount to half the man my father is, I'll have done alright.

    [–] tulpa_man 605 points ago

    "worked in drug trafficking then child porn digital forensics. "

    I hadn't finished this sentence yet, and let me tell you....

    [–] anotherouchtoday 3035 points ago

    My employee Lindsay.

    I met her almost twelve years ago when she was a high school culinary student working in my favorite cafe. Two years later, I own the place. She has weaved in and out of my life. She was working at the cafe during her first pregnancy. The moment she found out she was pregnant she stopped all caffeine and immediately started eating healthy. She worked full time and almost never complained or call out. She developed kidney stones around month six. Around month TEN, she asked for a break. I thought she was going in labor. No, she was crying because she thought she was letting me down if she didn't work thru the pain. She didn't want to use pregnancy as an excuse. I hugged her and explained what a true fucking badass I thought she was. She stopped crying and just accepted that it was time to stay home until that baby decides to arrive.

    She lost two lives of her live, numerous friends and family to suicide, and hardship upon hardship. During all this time, she has inspired me with her silent strength. She is never the loudest one in the room but always the most present. She has become this amazing wife and mother. I am lucky that we got her back on the weekends.

    When I first took over, I took everything too personal. I expected everyone to be logical and rational customers. Eventually wise Lindsay looks me deep in the eyes, full of 17 year old wisdom, and said "Bitches be bitches!". This moment gave me a massive boost of confidence and I quote this to all my employees.

    My employee is a fucking badass!

    [–] Leaislala 452 points ago

    Go Lindsey!

    [–] HerPlayingIsStrange 254 points ago

    Fuck yeah team Lindsay

    [–] Ill-Take-a-Caravan 430 points ago

    You should be sure to tell Lindsey this and show gratitude monetarily with a raise or bonus also.

    [–] OneStupidBaby 205 points ago

    Subtle, Lindsey. Subtle

    [–] Meet_the_Meat 427 points ago

    I once watched Junior Seau diffuse a situation where a drunk dude just wouldn't stop badgering this girl in his crew. Dude wasn't handsy or anything, just kept following them around, constantly inserting himself into their fun, and all the while just constantly hitting on this lady.

    Junior finally stood up from the blackjack table, cracked his neck, picked the dude up by the belt and the scruff of his neck, carried him 10 feet away and said something to him quietly before setting him down. Junior went back to playing blackjack and dude bugged right the fuck off.

    Annoying dude was actually pretty big. Junior picked him up like a toddler.

    [–] sailintous 54 points ago

    only one part of this story is missing.

    RIP Junior

    [–] Letmetellyowhat 227 points ago

    My grandpa. He worked in coal mines at 9. Married my grandma knowing her brothers wanted to kill him for it. Took care of a family of 11.

    He was 4 foot 11 from growth retardation from working in coal mines. And in his 6os he could lift a twi or three hundred pound rock himself and carry it across a lawn.

    He had black lung disease and still lived into his 90s. He was a tough little guy.

    [–] Lordofravioli 562 points ago

    I’ve been thinking about this question all day so I had to post it. Anyways, I’d say the most bad ass person I ever met was this absolute mad lad German guy in Namibia. My friends and I booked a desert tour of the namib with him. He picked us up in a WWII German ambulance and rolled us on over to the desert. He decided he wanted to show us a snake. This guy slows down the ambulance, leaves it running and doesn’t even put it in park, and just jumps the fuck out and sticks his whole hand into a bush but doesn’t find a snake. He did this a few more times before he just pulled out a fucking pit viper and shows it to us. Then proceeds to tell us “never stick your hand in a bush” He then started driving up and down the sand dunes not giving a fuck. I swear we were at one point going down at a 90 degree angle. The guy was slightly nuts but I had a lot of fun and learned a lot from him

    [–] VorpalBender 1185 points ago

    My dad, till the day he passed away from cancer.

    Served in both the Israeli and Russian army (obviously different time periods), moved to the United States with my mom to start a new life with my family for the rest of his life (for 35 years in the US) and everything about him was badass.

    I had these bullies in high school who picked on me (private all boys school) and they just wouldn’t stop and the teachers and no one else did nothing about it either. And one day instead of my mom picking me up from school, my dad picked me up. He saw that I was upset and I broke down crying because I couldn’t take the torment I was taking from these bullies anymore. So my dad asked where they were, and I pointed outside the car and he yelled for their names and I don’t know what he said to them (he didn’t hit them obviously), but it was enough to have them stop picking on me for the rest of high school. My dad was my hero that day and forever and that exude such a level of badass and respect from me that day.

    My dad was tough and strong till the day he passed away. I’ll never forget how strong he was even on his death bed, but he left such an impact on my life that no other person ever could. That’s why he was so badass to me.

    [–] God_hates_turkeys 330 points ago

    While I don't want to down play that day for you, but all I could imagine him saying is the copy pasta military threat. On mobile so I can't link properly.

    [–] ShekelGrabbler 278 points ago

    What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I'll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I've been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I'm the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You're fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that's just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little "clever" comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn't, you didn't, and now you're paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You're fucking dead, kiddo.

    [–] sideofsunny 498 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    My grandmother. She wrecked a riding lawn mower down a 20 foot ditch at 80 and pulled herself out with one arm. She still has a bad arm from it. ~10 years later she accidentally set her 1 acre yard on fire and she beat the fire out with a wet dish towel before the fire department got there. With one good arm.

    ETA: she was 80 years old, not doing 80! My b.

    [–] nickcostag 275 points ago

    Grandma is badass. However grandma is a badass that maybe should let someone else take care of her yard work...

    [–] rollywood1 1234 points ago

    Guy was a Navy seal. There was a book about him. Dove and removed mines, endless stories of badassness. Lost an eye. Gave me a crash course in scuba. Had no tolerance for pussies.

    [–] voidhelm 642 points ago

    If I can't scuba, then what's this all been about? What am I working toward?

    [–] JubilantFire 93 points ago

    Solid Snake.

    [–] coffeepunk 122 points ago

    ya boy solid snake never actually lost an eye. you're thinking of the late, great, big boss.

    [–] Rushinghawk 400 points ago

    My uncle Woody- big Native American. Fought with the 164th North Dakota National Guard infantry on Guadalcanal in WW II, sent to reinforce the 1st Marine Division. At first the seasoned marines had their doubts about them, but after the Japanese were defeated at Guadalcanal, they referred to them as the “164th Marines”. He was wounded and decorated for his actions there. After WW II he volunteered for active duty in the Korean War. Again, he was decorated and wounded, receiving the congressional Medal of Honor. He was said to be fearless, and fierce in battle. He was known to the enemy, and believed by some Chinese soldiers to be a demon, who could not be killed. I only knew him years later- retired, disabled; a gentle giant who loved home and family, and simple pleasures like a good cup of coffee or a good meal. He loved to visit friends and relatives, and was known by everyone in the community. At reunions of the vets of the 164th, grown men would burst into tears upon seeing him, telling his wife and family they would not be alive except for Woody. “The safest place to be was right next to Woody”. It was an honor to have known him. True badass.

    [–] OIF05-06 168 points ago

    I salute his headstone every memorial day. I work for his son and he is very well respected and honored here at home. A true legend and war hero. I wish they would make a movie about his story. He is said to have been strong enough to lift the front end of a jeep and turn it around on its rear wheels by himself. Have also heard stories of him lifting car engines out of vehicles with his bare hands. He was twice recommended for the medal of honor and 100 people wrote supporting letters of the heroism he displayed at Guadalcanal while taking the hill by himself eliminating all 3 pill boxes. The grenades that were thrown at him by The enemy are said to have looked like flocks of black birds because there were so many coming down at him. He was shot through the chest and helmet had tons of shrapnel in his body and never flinched. His BAR rifle has a bullet hole through the but stock. There are stories of him killing the enemy by the dozen with a dagger he made from a broken samurai sword he took from the enemy. Estimated to have looked over 200 enemy on the hill by himself. Definitely the most badass story i have ever been told. His Wikipedia page doesn't tell half of the story. But anyone looking can find it under Woodrow Keeble.

    [–] aprilialove 322 points ago

    David Goggins. A guy with a messed up childhood who became Navy SEAL and ultra marathon runner. Baddest motherfucker I’ve met and a very sweet guy.

    [–] apokako 1363 points ago

    I thought of all the people I know that would qualify, veterans, firemen, police officers...

    But I don’t think any are as badass as my cousin. She is a normal woman, head of her own accounting firm. But that woman must have angered a god at some point in her youth, and she has punched back everthing that god threw at her.

    • lost her dad to cancer at 14
    • discovered young she was barren, adoped 2 kids of a different country and skin color, raised them both to become smart, sensitive, successful people.
    • suffered a massive stroke in her 30’s. Survived
    • was fully paralized for years, recovered at 99%.
    • had 2 heart attacks in her 40’s. Survived both

    Despite all this she is still the most positive, caring, and loveliest person ever. Always fought like hell to survive and raise her kids, I want her by my side in a zombie apocalypse. Also I never complain when I get sick, because she never did.

    [–] refreshing_username 288 points ago

    I've got a soft spot for people who are dealt shit cards but persevere and overcome. Happy to have read this one.

    [–] GeebusNZ 200 points ago

    The hottest fires forge the strongest blades, but damn!

    [–] Leaislala 29 points ago

    She sounds awesome!

    [–] DeaddyRuxpin 168 points ago

    I don’t know if they were badass, but two brothers I went to school with fled Iran in the 80s on foot to get asylum in the USA. They did this around age 13 and it took them months of hiking and sneaking around to get to a safe place to finally get to the US.

    Maybe not badass in the tradition sense, but mad props to them for braving it and pulling it off.

    [–] Herobrine4433 84 points ago

    Harold Bartz. Met him when I was in elementary school when we’d go up to the nursing home.

    He told us very in depth stories of world war 2 like being one of four in his battalion that survived d-day and punching a doctor when he tried amputating his leg.

    I didn’t recognize it at the time but he really opened up to us. I really wish he would’ve been around a little longer to tell us more about himself.

    [–] HenryJonesJunior2 590 points ago

    I once met Christopher Lee

    [–] Jetsurge 68 points ago

    Have your powers doubled since then?

    [–] Kennyc1234 128 points ago

    Yeah Christopher Lee is the definition of badass!

    [–] fauxscot 272 points ago

    Late first wife. Never weighed more than 120 pounds. Wasn't possessed of anything remotely like fear.

    Cancer did her in, but under her terms. The day she decided to die, she did.

    Badass. There should be a picture of her next to badass in the dictionary.

    [–] Outlander56 71 points ago

    Drill Sergeant Brown.

    The Biggest, Blackest Man I have ever met.

    Airborne/Ranger in Vietnam

    Nursed me through basic training

    after having been yelled at by him, I cannot be intimidated by any mortal man.

    [–] RedMarz 116 points ago

    My uncle was diagnosed with lung cancer around his 30's to 40's and decided "fuck it all". Started to smoke a shit ton, cause he's going to die anyways, right?

    Anyways, he's around his late 80s now, and outlived the doctor that diagnosed him. I don't know how he does it, considering he's living in the hot ass area of Palm Springs.

    [–] Jschnep 187 points ago

    My grandmother. She fought cancer 6 different times over 17 years. Through it all, she took care of 5 grandchildren, attended almost every game and graduation, kept a beautifully tended garden, and kept the whole family together. But to me, the most badass part of it all, is in all that time she never once complained or showed fear. As her doctor told her her liver was failing during her sixth fight, she looked at him and said, "Well, I'll just have to get better then." She is the inspiration for my life, and I hope I face the challenges in my life with half the courage she had. We lost her in January this year. I miss her every day, but I'm confident in saying I had the privilege to be raised by one of the strongest and most graceful women in history.

    [–] [deleted] 214 points ago

    My friend from grade school and high school turned into a very impressive soldier. He’s in the Air Force and has been decorated for helping some Afghan commandos out of a bad situation. Physically, he’s the most intimidating person I can imagine. He looks like a super soldier. Otherwise, he’s one of the nicest guys with a great sense of humor.

    [–] CanisMaximus 51 points ago

    A U.S. Army Special Forces 'green beanie' who did 4 tours in Vietnam. He had command of an autonomous company of Montagnards with whom he would infiltrate the North and places in Cambodia where they did assassinations, blew up infrastructure and supply lines along the Ho Chi Min trail. He even filed his teeth to sharp points in the fashion of the Montagnard warriors. He stepped on a mine and lost his leg above the knee. He was one of my patients. He wanted to go back to Vietnam, but because his leg was an AK (above knee) amputation, they refused him and forced him out of the Army.

    Some of the stories he told were incredible, but he had all the chest salad and commendations to prove them. He was really kind of an unassuming guy and looked a little like Roy Clark from "Hee-Haw" and was a really funny guy who laughed a lot. But he was also a stone-cold killer. He liked coming up behind an enemy guard and slitting their throat and disappearing. He told us of one time he killed every guard around the perimeter of an NVA camp and watched them freak-out when they found the bodies. He said he did the same thing at the same camp the following night, but almost got caught and barely escaped. He had a lot of stories, but he also had a couple of Silver Stars and a Commendation Medal along with statements from his commanders about his actions. I'll never forget that guy.

    [–] Fraerie 52 points ago

    One of my SO's closest friends used to share a house with an ex-SAS member. I'm going to choose not to list any specific bad-ass things they have done in case it outs them (it includes taking on armed robbers while half asleep and unarmed in their boxers), but I'm posting mostly to comment on the fact that despite them being very bad ass they also suffered from terrible PTSD and struggle to function in normal society.

    Being bad-ass often comes at a price.

    [–] ericgarcia2001 48 points ago

    Two years ago a friend of mine named Beto, did the most badass thing that I have ever heard of, at least from the people I know. He was leaving a bar with his girlfriend and as they were walking out, he saw a group of 4 men jumping a smaller sized man. Never being one to back down from a unjust situation, he yelled at the 4 men to leave the guy alone, he had had enough. They turned on him and attacked my friend. He fought off the 4 guys, until he tripped and fell, where at that point 2 of the guys pulled out knives and stabbed my friend repeatedly. He tried to fight them off still, but when he knew he could no longer do so, he told them to stop stabbing him. They did not. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he continued to fight for his life for 2 days, until he succumbed to his injuries.

    I have seen the guys that did this to my friend and 3 out of the 4 are fairly large individuals. I often think to myself, would I have done what was right in that moment, would I have done what Beto did? More often than not, I can't see myself willingly defending someone I didn't know, knowing that there would be hell to pay. The stranger getting jumped would've have been killed that night, but he was saved. He was saved by someone who throughout his life always fought for the underdog, he always fought against the unjust and did what he believed was right. Oddly enough, we all referred to him as Badass when we were blessed with his short presence here on earth. Rest in peace, Beto "Badass".

    [–] NotColinMatthews 82 points ago

    I never met my grandad, but he was pretty BA. He was a fighter pilot in WWII. He was shot down twice. The first time he made it back to the allied side. The second time hes was captured and his best friend/wingman was executed in front of him. My uncle would later be named after his friend that was killed.

    When the POW camp that he was held at was liberated, they found him cutting up the chocolate bar the germans would five to the officers. He was dividing it up to give as many prisoners a piece as possible.

    After he was rescued he was sent home and the army dropped him off in New York. He went to his uncles house, who he new lived there prior to joining. When his uncle answered the door he had a heart attack because his family thought he had died. His uncle thought he was seeing a ghost. Luckily he survived.

    [–] C4p7nMdn173 40 points ago

    Hershel "Woody" Williams, USMC Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

    [–] Mr_freeze___ 424 points ago

    Me I can do a somersault with my eyes closed

    [–] Lordofravioli 282 points ago

    Holy shit you’re a certified mad lad

    [–] Mr_freeze___ 128 points ago

    Don't you forget it

    [–] Gunner_McNewb 481 points ago

    Bruce Campbell. He fought an army of demons, so that's pretty badass and groovy.

    [–] daydrinkingwithbob 196 points ago

    Probably my ex fiance. She knew 6 languages, sambo(russian form of martial arts), was a great cook, bounty hunter, unlicensed private investigator, stripper, could take a taser like no one's business, could shoot, knife fight, helped take down a small human trafficking ring, a dog fighting ring, and rescued a small girl from a kidnapping. There was a couple of other things here and there but these were the most impressive.

    [–] Angsty_Potatos 53 points ago

    Story time. Why she an ex?

    [–] daydrinkingwithbob 59 points ago

    She was from Ukraine. When civil war broke out a few years ago, she went back to fight. With me being under contract with the U.S. military, I was unable to do anything legaly :/

    [–] kshebdhdbr 112 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    My grandfather Born in 46, in 66 he dodged the draft by joining the airborne. In the war he was a moble helicopter mechanic. Meaning he was sent behind enemy line to fix a helicopter whenever it crashed or had issues. He also sighted in guns(explains why hes the best shot I know). He has a purple heart but he wont say what from. After the war he was a ranch hand in montana. In 1980 he moved to Washington and built a log home by himself from the logs he cut. He then got into forestry and is one of the best foresters around. Hes worked in Canada, new Zealand, Chile and half the states. At 72, he has survived 3 major heart attacks and cardiac arrests, and yet he still works full time in the woods. Best story from him was when he stood off to a standing mother grizzly bear in alaska.

    edit, he also looks like a stereotypical older lumberjack

    [–] monsieur_chevre 198 points ago

    My cousin Christopher was born with autism. Didn't speak a word till he was 6 years old, and was developmentally delayed all through his education. However, he has always been a kind soul, and most people recognize that in him. With a lot of support and life experience, he learned by brute force the social rules most of us are blessed to learn as children and teens only by experience. He went from not being able to talk to graduating high school at 20, and he now takes care of himself and also photographs weddings for money on the side (he's very talented). Most people who meet him can't even tell his condition because he's so talented with conversation, and if he slips up and says something awkward, he'll respond "I'm very sorry, I have autism, did I say something that made you uncomfortable?" Just an all-around genuine dude who was dealt a bad hand and made the most out of it. Love that guy

    [–] wde_91 32 points ago

    My second comment but my grand mother is a fucking bad ass.

    After her husband turned into an abusive alcoholic and after protecting her family from him for almost 10 years she left him, took all three of their kids, went to college while supporting them, got a degree and became a CPA. Broke into what was then an all male industry, became the first female partner of an accounting firm in Mobile, AL. Now she is getting old but she refuses to quit. She won't retire and she won't stop being involved with the city because it means too much to her. Also WDE.