“No enemy is worse than bad advice.” -Sophocles
Everyone loves doling out advice to other people. As adults, however, rarely do we take it. But when you are young, ignorant and impressionable, you tend to believe your elders. Especially in the days before the internet was so accessible, it was hard to find out if something is fact or fiction. While we’ve all received terrible advice from friends, family and randos, the good folks at Reddit shared their hilarious stories of guidance gone wrong.
Some of these guidances borderline on cruelty…
“In the early 70s I decided to major in computer science. I was visiting a friend, and his mother asked… ‘What are you studying?’ I said computers, and she replied, ‘That’s a mistake, there’s no future in computers.’ Evidently she worked in old-school data processing and her company was having lots of layoffs.”
“Wear lots of underwear so if someone tries to rape you it’ll take them a while and you can escape.’
I think it was my mother’s broken-english attempt at telling her teenage daughters to dress modestly. Something in there got lost in translation.”