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15 people share the worst advice they've ever received.

15 people share the worst advice they've ever received.


Receiving wisdom and advice from other people can be a true gift.

But it's all advice is equal, and some people aren't equipped to give anyone else guidance on how to give a meaningful or healthy life.

In a popular Ask Reddit thread, people shared the worst advice they've ever received, and it's truly a wild ride.

1. From BrobdingnagLilliput:

'Don't study computer programming. The market is probably going to be saturated by the time you graduate.'

From a computer science professor in the mid-80s.

2. From shmoopiefunk:

My husband needed a medical card after his heart failure from viral cardiomyopathy. The social worker told me I should get pregnant so we would qualify for help with his medical costs. I was 24 and lived in Ohio. I was horrified. She listed all the 'help' we could get if I could get pregnant. He was in an ICU ward recovering from heart surgery. I walked out of there just disgusted

3. From oh_jaimito:

In my early 20s, my stepdad encouraged us (us = Me, Sister and Brother) to max out our credit cards. Then file bankruptcy. My sister did it. My brother did it. I didn't. He insulted me for years, for being stupid.

4. From BrownEyeGivesPinkEye:

From my father: don’t go to the doctor’s office if you only have one problem. Wait until you have four or five; that’s how you get the most bang for your buck.

5. From TaborlinTheGreater:

'Family over friends, because friends won't always be there for you, family will.'

Fat load of crap that was.

6. From murdie_t:

Me: I’m depressed and struggling with low s*x drive

Therapist: 'Haha, I have the opposite problem! But have you tried watching a romcom? They always gets me in the mood.'

I am much better now and I found a different therapist! Turns out being bi and growing up Mormon made me really repressed - the therapist was Mormon so that didn’t help. 'She was licensed and told me she had special training specifically in s** therapy. I've found an ex-Mormon therapist who thankfully undid the damage!

7. From jittery_raccoon:

Invest in DVDs because you can pawn them for cash when you need money.

8. From FenHarels_Heart:

'Just find a girl you don't like. Once you get married you'll just hate her anyways.'

God, I hope he was joking.

9. From BurlHopsBridge:

I was told by a sailor of five decades that the best way to get rid of a sunburn is to take the hottest shower possible. Not only did that cause immeasurable pain, but didn't help in the slightest.

10. From Sonnyboy1990:

I remember reading a thread about a man who told his girlfriend everyday that she stinks. She washed two or three times daily, tried everything she could to get rid of this smell. Until she cracked and started screaming at him asking wtf was he smelling. Apparently, his father told him 'tell a woman she smells everyday and she'll be constantly clean.' He just took that as normal good advice to live by.

11. From Back2Bach:

'As a temporary measure, it's ok to insert a copper penny into a screw-in fuse box circuit until replacement fuses can be obtained.'

That dangerous 'advice' almost caused a house fire due to an overheating circuit.

12. From ISnortBonedust:

'Put some butter on it' -My father to me directly after getting a 3rd degree burn on my arm (cooking accident).

13. From revchewie:

'Ignore the bullies. They just want a reaction. If you ignore them they'll get bored and leave you alone.'

This is my answer every time this question pops up. It is such unmitigated bullsh*t! The adults who gave me this advice (when I was a kid, in the 70s) must have had softer bullies than I did. Because yeah, my bullies wanted a reaction. And they'd keep going until they got one. Note: They considered 'tears of pain' and 'blood' a reaction, as they beat the crap out of me.

14. From SexyOldManSpaceJudo:

'Just get a degree. It doesn't matter which one.'

$40,000 and one unused degree later....

15. From GavinBelsonsAlexa:

My grandmother told me that if I wanted to stop being poor, I should find a job in logistics or warehousing. I was literally managing a warehouse at the time.

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