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    [–] How did you almost die? bmelche 2 points ago in AskReddit

    I was swimming in the Pacific with a group of friends when out of nowhere, three huge waves came one right after the other. The first one slammed me into the ocean floor and before I could get back to the surface, the second one hit. I was slammed back to the ocean floor again and this time I didn't really know which was up. Then, the third wave hit, spun me around and threw me once again into the floor. By this point I was completely out of breath and had no idea of how many more waves might be coming. For the only time in my life, I felt totally powerless and thought I was going to die. (Obviously) I made it to the surface and back to shore. Unfortunately, my friend Austin who had been right next to me during all of that wasnt as fortunate. We found his body two days later and it turns out that he had fractured his skull when he slammed into the ocean floor like I was. Ever since then, I have wondered why he died and not me. I have used it as motivation to live a life that is worth living and that honors Austin's memory.

    [–] What is just a placebo effect but most people don't realize? bmelche 1 points ago in AskReddit

    True story... I used to work at a (fancy) taco shop and one day we had a bridal shower party come in with the mother of the bride that would put all other such monsters to shame. She tried to reserve half of our dining room (without making any reservations) 2 HOURS before the rest of the group even got there and got pissed when we wouldn't let her... anyway, when the rest of the group got there they all ordered margaritas. Our margs are pretty labor intensive (because they're damn good) and we often make a batch of the juice (just squeezed lime and sugar) the night before or during the slow parts of the morning. This day, one of our newer employees grabbed the pre-made juice and served it, thinking it was completely premade (with triple sec, tequilla, etc). So we served the whole party non-alcoholic margs and all of the young 20-something girls were raving about how good they were. Little did they know they were straight lime juice and sugar ha! The best part about this was we had no idea until we cleaned up that night.

    [–] People of Reddit who speak a language they don’t look like they would speak, have you ever had someone talk bad about you in your second language? What happened after? bmelche 6 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago) in AskReddit

    Not me, but my grandmother... She always told me this story where she was riding a bus during WWII (when she worked as a morse code operator). Two young, male soldiers got on and noticed her (she was quite the looker back in her day!) and started talking to each other in morse code (assuming she wouldn't understand it) about how beautiful she was and wondering if she was single. She then looked right at them and "said" in morse code right back to them, "I'm happily married to someone much better looking than you two!"

    [–] I thought it’d be cute to get a photo of my cat with fairy lights.... bmelche 149 points ago in aww

    There are few things that make me happier than cats looking like idiots. Thank you, OP.

    [–] To those demanding photographic evidence of Nazi regalia in #charlottesville, here's what's on display before breakfast. Be safe today bmelche 3 points ago in pics

    It will hopefully blow over after this weekend. Most of the rioting took place on/around the Downtown Mall. UVA grounds should be fine. And I'm sure all sorts of extra security will be put in place. I wouldn't worry!

    [–] To those demanding photographic evidence of Nazi regalia in #charlottesville, here's what's on display before breakfast. Be safe today bmelche 30 points ago in pics

    At least one person has been reported as dead from this incident. Thankfully they've already caught the driver.

    Please pray for my beloved country, city, and that poor person's family.

    [–] To those demanding photographic evidence of Nazi regalia in #charlottesville, here's what's on display before breakfast. Be safe today bmelche 212 points ago in pics

    Just so everyone knows, this group is NOT from Charlottesville. They've come to town to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. They are evil, neo-nazis who are a disgrace to this city and this country.

    Source: I live in Charlottesville. Please pray for us.

    [–] Burning a Grand Piano in the Adirondacks. bmelche 6 points ago in pics

    That would be an upright piano... very different from a grand piano.

    [–] Heart with donor cells stripped away, leaving only connective tissue. It is then reseeded with the patient's cells bmelche 116 points ago in interestingasfuck

    Biomedical engineer here... This is a pretty misleading post.

    While yes, that is a heart with the donor cells "stripped away," there has been no successful attempt to reseed it with the patient's own cells. The heart is far too complicated to simply "reseed it." While we have been able to do this with much less complicated structures (such as blood vessels), we are years away from being able to tissue engineer something as complicated as a heart. When we do though, there are almost limitless opportunities that will come from it. This is absolutely the future of medicine!

    [–] How to stop kids from fighting in the car bmelche 4 points ago in funny

    Further proof that it sucks being the middle child.

    SOURCE: Am a middle child and it sucks.

    [–] Over inflating a basket ball. bmelche 8 points ago in oddlysatisfying

    One of my biggest irrational fears is of one day having one of my car tires explode in my face while I'm filling it up with air... This gif didn't help with that...

    [–] Lemon Drops bmelche 39 points ago in oddlysatisfying

    Shouldn't he be wearing gloves???