30 Random Bits Of Knowledge People Have Learned That Somehow Feel Illegal To Know

Sometimes I’ll learn something that I can’t believe I know. Like it’s a secret, or something I shouldn’t know. Then I have to decide whether or not I want to share that information with someone else. In most cases, it’s harmless stuff. Like where to find free parking or something.

This thread has people sharing knowledge that feels like it should be illegal and now we’re all in on the secret. See how many of these you already knew.


Well, I’m in med school and funny enough learning how to not kill a person involves learning about a s**t ton of ways to kill a person.



When I was a kid, my dad taught me how to pick a lock. I became very interested in different kinds of locks and purchased a lock pick set. I practiced for years and became pretty good at certain types of locks. So over the years every now and then, if a neighbor locks themselves out of the house or a friend loses the key to a padlock or a lockbox I’ve been able to help. But the reactions I tend to get from people, even while I’m helping them with their lock is mainly one of mistrust. I’m not a cat burglar. I just like locks.



(This is England knowledge, other countries may vary) If you are struggling to pay bills, make water the first one you skip. Access to water is protected by law so the utility supplier cannot cut you off.



You can ask scientists for their research papers that you usually have to pay money to view in a journal. They are allowed to just email it to you no questions asked and they like to do it!




Totally another route of what everyone else is posting but…. the lion at The Animal Kingdom safari ride isn’t chained (Disney World park). He is fed a huge piece of meat every morning and sits on a rock that is changed to the perfect temperature for him every day so he has no reason to attack anyone on the safari ride.



Unionization saves you more money than it costs you, you cannot be punished for attempting to do so, and it is NOT in any way illegal, rude, or improper to discuss your salary with your coworkers.

It feels illegal because every company on the f*****g planet has tried to make people think unions are evil monsters trying to get you to pay union dues for no return. This is false because union dues are much less expensive than a company underpaying you and trying to work you to death, which a union fights against. Unions are there to prevent worker exploitation, stop it if people were being exploited when they got there, and get you a fair wage that will actually let you live off of one job instead of needing 4-5 or to work criminal amounts of overtime.



Creating Nitrogen triiodide. When in liquid form it is stable but once it dries so much as a fly landing on it creates a purple smoke explosion. It’s so unstable that alpha radiation can be used to detonate the stuff.

It’s actually easy to get the materials and create the stuff. Filled my high school hallway stairs with purple smoke on the last day of school.



Police are allowed to lie to you. So are military recruiters.



One thing I learned is in the state of California if you are squatting a property for five years and have been upkeeping it with proof, you can file a claim of ownership with the courts and take over any property as long as it was deemed that the original owner never tried to remove you within the same timeframe.




It is legal to grow opium poppies in the United States, but only if you don’t know they can be used to make drugs.



Read a personal finance book that recommended calling your providers once a year (credit card companies, TV/internet providers, cell phone companies, etc) and demand a lower rate or price. I’ve been following that advice for two years and have not been denied once.

Last week I saw a commercial for my internet provider offering a super low introductory rate so I called to demand that I get that rate. They said no problem and now I save an extra $700 a year because of a 5-minute call. I am a very passive introvert so it’s not the easiest or most comfortable thing but the money I save is worth it. They may so no initially but if you ask a few times or ask to speak to their supervisor they very usually give in.

*Edit the book is called “I Will Teach You to be Rich” (cringey title, awesome book IMO)



Well, I gave my 9th-grade chemistry class a detailed report on diacetylmorphine (heroin) for a project about organic molecules, including how to make them. It was pretty interesting to do and fun to present, but I feel like I broke the law somehow.



Hospitals have but don’t tell you about a program to reduce your bills depending on how much you make. You can go to their website and find a usually hidden link for financial assistance policies and really cut your bill down.



When you have a debt with a collection agency you can pay the debt and then call back a few weeks later and say, “I was told when I called and paid that you’d remove this from my credit score.” And then you ask for documentation saying they’re gonna do it. Apparently, collection agencies don’t keep super good records on stuff like that; they just want your money. It worked for me, and I hope it can work for you if you need it in the future.




There is a book called “100 deadly skills” that teaches you how to do all sorts of potentially illegal stuff.



I don’t know if it’s still a thing, but if you listen to Pandora radio the songs download into your temp folder under your browser. Just add the. Mp4 after it and you can play it.

I spent lots of colleges listening to Pandora, and if I liked a song I’d save it. If you paused the song in time then the most recent song was the top one in the temp folder.



In Canada, you can record any conversation with someone without their knowledge, unless it is in furtherance of an offense.

I had to do this with an auto restoration shop in order to do a Visa chargeback when they did nothing to my car but steal parts for almost a year (Curtis Customs in Nova Scotia – I don’t mind mentioning them because there are already news stories about their scams)

EDIT: A lot of replies from people possibly misreading. If “you” are recording a “conversation with someone,” you are part of the conversation and would be the consenting individual (one-party consent). It’s definitely wrong and illegal to record just any conversation between two or more other people.



How to make explosives with everyday home products.



I worked for a giant tech company and apparently share the same name as a very high up hardware engineer, got put on email threads I definitely didn’t belong on.




Aluminum foil can block the thefts detection signals in super markets.



When companies ask for your name/age/sex/race/occupation/salary/etc. you can just lie.

You’ll never be able to remove the information about yourself off the internet, but you can muddy the water quite a bit.



90% of home locks are easily pickable with a little know-how and a couple of pieces of metal.



Confidence can open a lot of doors. A lot of times, you can get away with more with some swagger than you otherwise would be meek about it.



That in Ireland there is no legal age to get a tattoo. Legally you can tattoo a newborn as long as the parents’ consent. We can get done for bodily harm to a minor if there is no consent. We have an industry-standard of 16 with parent or 18 with ID. I’m a tattooist in Ireland.




You can ask the FBI if they have a file on you.



We can’t see the 4th dimension but the 4th dimension can see us.



someNSFWprofile said:

How to make a few different drugs. Organic chem at uni

xk543x responded:

How to make many illegal drugs

Freelance Pharmacy institute of research and testing.



LittleOrangeBoi said:

When you’re on a jury you can vote for someone as innocent even if you think they did it. The most common reasoning for this would be if you just think that they shouldn’t be punished for whatever they did. I can’t remember the term for it something like Third Option.

rjlupin5499 added:

Jury Nullification. It’s definitely a thing in the U.S.



I had a stats prof who used to work for the US government. I’m not sure exactly what his job was, but it definitely involved evaluating the status and readiness of nukes, both ours and the USSR’s (he was probably at least 70 and had been retired from that job for a while). One day in class he just started talking about the percentage of nukes that fail (ours and theirs) and why they fail and all kinds of other, seemingly sensitive, information. I don’t think he would have told us anything classified, but his personality was boisterous and irreverent enough that I am not sure. I literally expected a team of spooks to bust down the door at any minute and drag us all off for interviews in windowless rooms.




You can say no when cashiers ask for your email or phone number.




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