“What is the Most Memorable, in a Good Way, Random Encounter You have had with a Stranger Whom You Haven’t Encountered Since Then?”

Here are some answers:

1) mutantmother wrote, “At Universal Studios years ago. Was dragged by my parents on a tour group filled with old people. I was the only person under 40. [With me s]itting on the tram waiting for the tour to start there were people all dressed up as characters from movies. I was miserable and must have looked it. Frankenstein came up and shook my dad’s hand, growled at my mom, and looked at me. Then he walked away to the hill beside the tram. He came back a few moments later with a tiny bouquet of wildflowers. He bowed in front of me and handed it over. I didn’t stop grinning for the rest of the day. Frankenstein made my 13-year-old heart stutter :)”

2) Songspark wrote, “When I was 11, my dad was in the hospital dying of cancer. I spent all day everyday at the hospital when I wasn’t in school. One day a man delivering flower arrangements saw me and obviously could tell how depressed I was. He pulled a red rose from one of his deliveries and gave it to me.”

Hometowngypsy commented, “People showing kindness when they know you’re sad, but don’t know why, is one of the purest things in humanity, I think. A person sees someone they don’t know who is obviously suffering and takes a second to try and do something to make it a little better. I think that’s beautiful. They aren’t trying to get a story out of it, they’re not trying to turn it around and show how great they are, they’re just trying to show someone that they’re not alone.

“I’m so sorry about your dad. That’s a terrible thing to have gone through at that age. But I’m glad you have at least one good memory from that time.”

3) 1432101232103231 wrote, “This is a group instead of a single person, but anyway: One time there was a bee on the bus, and one person was super terrified. A few people got between her and the bee while another person and I shooed the bee off the bus.

“I feel like we all really bonded that day.”

Leera07 commented, “This one makes me smile. That frightened person could have been me — an honest-to-god phobia does weird things to a person, even when we can rationally understand that it’s nothing to be afraid of. I literally can’t respond appropriately to a bee (of any kind) coming anywhere near me.

“It was kind of you all to help shoo it away, but also to not make fun of her (at least I’m hoping no one did) for being afraid of it!”

4) segmentedcat wrote, “As a little kid, on my first-ever field trip to the zoo, I got separated from my group. I was looking at the lions one minute, and when I looked up everyone was gone.

“I wasn’t supposed to go up to strangers, but I needed help, so I walked up to a woman who was nearby with a little girl about my age and told her I was lost. She took me by the hand and led me back toward the zoo entrance, where we found my group, and being four years old I’m pretty sure I just ran off without saying thank you.

“But I do still remember that, really well. Four was a strangely tumultuous age for me, so the moment of kindness sticks out.”

5) ladydece wrote, “Not exactly a stranger, but I have a person in my life who I am convinced might not be real, but is instead my guardian angel.

“We went to high school together, and he works at the local CVS. I rarely see him around. He isn’t on any kind of social media.

“Demeanor-wise, he has the most soothing presence in any situation. His voice is calm and soft. His smile and laugh are warm. When he looks at you, you can tell he’s listening. When he speaks, it’s genuine. Comforting.

“He appeared in a pinstripe suit at my senior prom, and he showed me how to swing dance. A year later, I saw him outside CVS while I was on my break from work at my sh[*]tty summer job. He talked to me while I shoveled ravioli in my face and he surprised me with how much he remembered. It was over two years until I saw him again, on a train coming back from the city. He was taking classes at a community college. He remembered that I had just graduated, that I had wanted to be a writer. He got off at the same stop as me, but before I could point him out to someone, he’d more or less vanished into the night.

“I’m hoping I see him again soon. But if not, I’ll assume he’s taken his talents and moved on to guard another spiritual realm.”

pithyplatypus commented, “Uhhhh, get his number if you see him again, dude!!”

ladydece responded, “Haha, during our last conversation I kind of picked up that he had a girlfriend… plus I think it would kind of ruin the magic if I could summon his special presence on the phone.”

6) ZugTheMegasaurus wrote, “When I was in college, I woke up one December morning after a night of tossing and turning with horrible back pain and started throwing up. When I saw blood in it, I called my dad and he came to take me to the ER. They concluded it was a stomach bug and sent me home with a prescription for anti-nausea medicine. (Nine hours and another hospital admission later, [the problem] was determined to be my appendix getting ready to burst.)

“My dad and I stopped at Walgreens on the way home to fill my prescription, and when I stepped out of the car, I started throwing up again. Over and over. I waved my dad away and he went sprinting into the pharmacy. I was alone in the freezing parking lot, bent over a pile of steaming vomit, my insides feeling like fire. I couldn’t move without getting covered because it was still coming out of my nose; my glasses had fallen off and I was just standing there crying.

“Out of nowhere, this guy walks up with a huge gallon bag full of individually-wrapped wet wipes. I tried to shoo him away because I was really embarrassed, but he just gave me a kind smile and said, ‘Looks like you’re not feeling too good!’ He started unwrapping the wipes and handing them to me so I could clean myself up. He even picked up my barf-covered glasses and cleaned them for me.

“When my dad came back, he was falling all over himself thanking this guy and tried offering him $20, but the man kept refusing it. ‘We all need help once in a while,’ he said. ‘Get well soon, okay?’ He went back to his truck and I never saw him again, didn’t even catch his name. One of those random acts of kindness that I don’t think I’ll ever forget.”

7) hometowngypsy wrote, “Right after my dad died, my car broke down. Irreparably. I had just graduated college and I had to buy a car quickly so I could load it up and drive 10 hours south to move into my new apartment and start my new job. My dad had always helped me through stuff like that so I was really missing him that day. I got through the car dealership / car loan stuff and got in my newish, and unfamiliar, car to drive home. Traffic was really bad on the way home, and I was uncomfortable in this car and was getting really frustrated because I couldn’t change lanes when a police officer pulled in the lane I was trying to enter and slowed down to make the other cars let me in. I just broke down crying. It was such a small thing, but so needed that day. I just needed someone, somewhere, to show me an ounce of kindness and that officer did.”

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AshLyn32, “What is the most memorable, in a good way, random encounter you have had with a stranger who you haven’t encountered since then?” AskWomen. 28 April 2016

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Harleen Quinzell, aka Harley Quinn: National Anthem and Theme

The JokerXHarley Quinn – National Anthem

By SydneyAmber S.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_1174927889&feature=iv&src_vid=GEZKeD_-IWY&v=lC8UqnPTtEU

‪Harley Quinn’s Theme (“Chick Habit” by April March)

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The Joker and Harley Quinn – Bad Romance

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fiucj, “How to be a gentleman.”

ngentleman

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Victorious-Take a Hint (lyrics+video)

Victorious-Take a Hint (lyrics+video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ankcc4OQ8BU

Why am I always hit on by the boys I never like
I can always see ‘em coming from the left and from the right
I don’t want to be a priss, I just try to be polite
But it always seems to bite me in the –

Ask me for my number, yeah you put me on the spot
You think that we should hook-up, but I think that we should not
You had me at hello, then you opened up your mouth
And that is when it started going south
Oh!

Get your hands off my hips, ‘fore I’ll punch you in the lips
Stop your staring at my— Hey!
Take a hint, take a hint
No you can’t buy me a drink, let me tell you what I think
I think you could use a mint
Take a hint, take a hint
La, La, La….
T-take a hint, take a hint
La, La, La….
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Lesbian Songs

The Gay Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5wfLcJd3LE&nohtml5=False

The Gay Song

Hey, I’m coming out closet kept me in.

In terms of gay, there’s so much don’t know where to begin.

No, I don’t like boys they’re too much man and men.

I’ll admit that I’m a girl that wants girls for the win.

Sue me if I’m different or sue me if you can.

Sorry that I’d pick KStew over any man.

I’m Ellen when she’s younger, I’m Lindsay without Sam.

I’m Rosi’s homo fanny pack, I’m Spashley’s biggest fan.

I’m gay I’m really gay, I’m super duper gay.

I’m gayer than a rainbow, I’m gayer than I’ll say.

I’m gay I’m really gay, I’m truly very gay.

You caught me I’m a lesbian and I like it that way.

Girls, I love their hair I love the way they move.

Nope, not questioning I got nothing to prove.

Why, force myself to forget what I love?

I’m here, I’m queer, dyke pioneer, I’m all of the above.

Maybe I’m not a hipster but boy do I love cats.

There’s little things us lezzies do no matter where we’re at.

Like tell ourselves that maybe, straight girls must be gay.

And we won’t buy denial no matter what you say.

I hope by now you realize I hope I’ve made it clear.

My gaydar bounces of the charts I’m lez from ear to ear.

This may be too much homo but darling gay means cheer.

So smile if you’re homo, hell smile if you’re queer!

Ally Hills: In Love with a Straight Girl

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihh-EuRUwa0

Ally Hills: In Love with a Straight Girl

So you’re in love with a straight girl

I see, the problem all the time

Is for you, that keep asking me

What do I do to change her mind

Absolutely nothing ’cause it’s probably a waste of time

After time I see it again

You’ve got a crush

You’re in love with your straight best friend

so, What can I do to change your ways

Because a straight girl will come

But a straight girl will never stay

Why, oh why do you think it’s okay

To pursue when you knew she wasn’t gay

Why, why are you coming to me when it’s

five word to learn let the straight girls be

Let’s rewind to the time when you first came out

When a guy would imply that you had a doubt

It’s on the cycle and you’re part of it too

Every group is guilty, now the blame is placed on you

Should move on, it’s not happening here

If she tells you that she’s straight

That doesn’t mean that she’s queer

What can I do to get it through your brain

Just don’t fall in love with the only one you can’t obtain

Why, oh why do you think it’s okay

To purse when you knew she wasn’t gay

Find the right girl for you

When you’re done the right one will

Love girls too

Don’t do it stop what are you doing

Don’t do it stop what are you doing

Find the right girl for you

When you’re done the right one will

Love girls too

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British Police Inspector Kelvin Shipp: Hero

British Police Inspector Kelvin Shipp, age 55, of Southsea, Hampshire, England, who is an officer in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s stabilization unit, became a hero after being deployed in war-torn South Sudan from September 2014 to September 2015. Sometime during that year, a female United Nations colleague was involved in an accident in which she was in a car that collided with a motorbike. The woman stayed inside the car as an angry mob formed and tried to get her out. Inspector Shipp helped keep her safe by dragging rioters off her car until South Sudanese police could arrive. Helping him was a Dutch officer from the UN, but the mob targeted the Dutch officer and forced him to flee for his safety.

Inspector Shipp said, “My conservative estimate was there were about 60 people around this vehicle. I thought, ‘I can’t leave her here; if they get her out of the car, she’ll get probably quite a beating.’ My guess was that they’d rape her and there was a pretty high probability they’d kill her — and it was all over a minor accident. They were banging their fists on the windows; they were on the bonnet [car hood]. Not surprisingly the woman was in there pretty distressed on the phone. I got out of the car and pushed my way through the crowd. At the same time a Dutch officer arrived and he was there. We were pushing these people back and then six or seven singled him out. He had to run to get away. And it left me in there with this mob. They managed to smash the windscreen of this car trying to get in to this woman. All I was trying to do was drag them off and push them off as best I could, getting pushed and shoved. Luckily they weren’t really focused on me.”

He added, “It was quite a frightening situation. I knew I was isolated. Here in the UK it might be frightening, but you can hear on the radio the control room and units being called up.”

John Wallace, police function manager at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s stabilization unit, said, “He showed a lot of courage by going out and going to the aid of a UN officer, who probably would have been lynched. They were going to cause her serious harm.”

For More Information: Julian Robinson, “British police inspector, 55, is hailed a hero after saving woman from being raped and murdered by 60-STRONG mob in wartorn South Sudan.” Daily Mail (UK). 3 April 2016

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“What is the Creepiest Thing that has Ever Happened to You?”

Literarylunatic wrote this: “[As I was w]alking home from 7-11 in San Diego, guy parks across street and starts walking behind me asking me incoherent questions, I apologize, ‘I’m new here,’ keep walking. Guy slaps beer out of my hands, puts one arm under my right armpit, uses the right boob as a kind of handle and [puts] the other between my legs and gropes the lady zone and starts dragging me into bushes. I’m awkward and shocked so I start forcefully scolding him: ‘Sir, no, no, sir, nooo.’ Not loudly enough until I realize he’s successfully kidnapping me and likely for nefarious purposes. I yell louder ‘NO!’ Thankfully an off-duty cop was jogging and came running at the guy who dropped me, grabbed my purse, ran, then dropped it and kept running. They found him a few months later, I testified and he went to federal prison. I think he’s out as of last year.

“EDIT: I think my lack of reaction was mostly shock. I honestly did not believe at first there was a threat. When my feet were dragged off the sidewalk and I felt that wet, slick grass under my toes, I figured — ‘Shit, he’s gonna rape & murder me, but I’ve already politely asked him to stop so I guess I’ll have to scream.’ Then it took everything in me to vocalize the scream because I didn’t want to bother the neighborhood with this drama.”

ChewbaccasHairbrush wrote this: “I’ve posted this story before, but I think it definitely fits here so I copied and pasted:

“I used to have a sh[*]t job at a casino that got me working some pretty weird hours. Some days I would work a normal 9-5, others I would go in at 6 PM and not leave until 2 or 3 AM. Not a big deal except by that time in the morning, all the parking spaces around my apartment building would be taken, so I had to park a few blocks away and walk to get to my building. I would park, get my pepper spray and keys in hand, lock my car, and walk the block or two to my building. I never felt like I was in any way unsafe until one night when I found a parking space across the street from my building that happened to be in front of a bar. I pulled into the space and got my keys ready. I noticed a guy smoking in the doorway of the bar, about 5 cars down, but he was looking in the other direction and didn’t seem to care that I was there. I got out of the car and was about halfway across the street before he noticed I was a girl and I heard him yell, ‘Hi, sweetie!’ I ignored him, and that must have p[*]ssed him off, because he yelled, ‘B[*]tch!’ I started sprinting to my building when I heard the sound of him running up behind me. The building I lived in at the time had been built a long time ago, and everything was outdated, including the security system. After 10 PM the doors would lock automatically, and you would have to put a key in the lock and turn it for the doors to open, and it would take FOREVER. I finally got the door opened and had just shut it before he got there and was yanking on the handle and screaming at me.

“My skin was crawling for a few days after that.”

Someone asked if she pepper-sprayed him, so she added, “Honestly, I should have. I always imagined that I would be so calm and bad[*]ss and stand up for myself in a situation like that, should it ever arise. But when the time came, I was so freaked out that all I could do was run.”

Convince-me-please commented, “Years ago I used to run a self-defense-for women class. One of my primary lessons was whatever it is that he wanted to do to you, if you prevent that, you win.

“You performed the most basic lesson. He wanted to catch you. You got away. You win. Whatever other measures you had at your disposal were not needed because of the fleetness of your feet. No need to go all Gladiator on him. Well done.”

 Source: nwhitey12, “What is the creepiest thing that has ever happened to you?” Askreddit. 3 April 1016 <http://tinyurl.com/gmymqpd>.

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