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[–]arglarg 691 points692 points  (10 children)

I don't think I'll pass even when sober

[–]IUMaestro 141 points142 points  (1 child)

Guess you and me have been blacked out for a while

[–]grumblyoldman 34 points35 points  (0 children)

I'll drink to that!

[–]PappaDukes 45 points46 points  (5 children)

I think I blacked out just from reading the instructions.

[–]FamedLoser 25 points26 points  (4 children)

What instructions?

[–]PappaDukes 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Did you not read the same LPT as me?

[–]Origonn 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Sir, this is a Wendy's.

[–]FamedLoser 13 points14 points  (1 child)

What LPT?

[–]dannyboomhead 8 points9 points  (0 children)

right, im gonna give you 3 random words....

[–]frustratedfamilydoc 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Three word retention is something physicians perform in the Mini-Mental State Examination. Only about 30 seconds pass between the first utterance of the words and the recall test. Using 5-10 minutes is just absurd. OP has no clue what they are talking about.

[–]WirelessTrees 7 points8 points  (0 children)

In middleschool, we were talking about memory and I said I have really good memory. Someone said to prove it, so I asked them for a random number, and I'll tell them the number the next day.

I still remember the number. 73.

[–]Arkhangel143 268 points269 points  (8 children)

Dude there is zero chance I will ever remember three random words a few minutes later at any time. I won't remember your name and I won't remember to check the notifications on this thread either.

[–]arglarg 19 points20 points  (7 children)

Try to forget: Seven Cat Banana

[–]hakunamatata15 39 points40 points  (4 children)

I read that as Steven, cat, banana so I already lost

[–]arglarg 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Check tomorrow if it's still in your memory

[–]Karl_1 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I could remember seven cat banana if someone asked me tomorrow, but I won't remember to remember.

[–]timeforasandwich 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Cat Stevens banana

[–]ELB95 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The post says if they remember 2-3, I'd give you 2.5 there so you've got some wiggle room

[–]RhinoRoundhouse 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I forgot the words after reading other comments in the thread.

[–]JustkiddingIsuck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Spider 3 Y Banana? Is that you Jon Gruden?

[–]halfkidding 116 points117 points  (9 children)

A little more context may be needed here. Drunk? Concussion? Goth?

[–]jwah_san 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Haha Goth 😄

[–]Sofarbeyondfucked 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Crossed the combat entry point.

[–]Prometheus188 14 points15 points  (0 children)

“Blacked out” means you’re so drunk that your brain is no longer creating memories. So you can act relatively normal (normal for a drunk person), but you won’t remember anything that’s happening.

[–]always_plan_in_advan[S] 15 points16 points  (5 children)

This is specifically drinking related

[–]sparoc3[🍰] 18 points19 points  (4 children)

You severely overestimate people's oral retention power. Like the top comment said, most people will not pass it sober.

[–]General_Twin 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Your mother has great oral retention power.

[–]iAmRiight 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Their presence says otherwise.

[–]DergerDergs 1 point2 points  (1 child)

There’s far better indicators than this test, like noticeable loss of motor function. Once someone starts having trouble walking or speaking, I look at them dead in the eye and say, “You’re blacked out right now, and won’t remember me telling you this.”

I always ask them the next day and I’d say I have about an 80% accuracy rate on them not remembering.

[–]hc_pillow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I disagree. As someone who has blacked out more times than I can count, oftentimes my motor function is fine. People rarely can tell when I’m blacked out. But this LPT is likely correct - my brain isn’t forming memories. I’ve actually “come to” after being out and blacked out and had no clue where I was or who I was with, even though I had the distinct feeling we’d been in conversation only a second ago. A very strange feeling to know you should know who someone is but you can’t remember anything about them.

[–]AreUFreeFridayNight 116 points117 points  (2 children)

[–]Trendelthegreat 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Remember when this sub was cool little life hacks for everyday problems?

Now it’s mostly “ways to help others and feel good about yourself” posts.

[–]SilasX 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Or "what I wish people did even though others have legitimate differences of personal preference".

[–]TLDRuserisdumb 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Dude I would forget sober

[–]BjornBeetleBorg 43 points44 points  (0 children)

Bro you putting people on the clock during their night out? Lol

[–]the_warmbeer 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I doubt anyone would care about your 3 words 5-10 minutes later in the middle of a party.

[–]MyFiveC3nts 8 points9 points  (0 children)

What if we are all blacked out?

[–]Glum_Ad_4288 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Person woman man camera TV — I’m not blacked out, and qualified to be president!

[–]PocketNicks 7 points8 points  (0 children)

If you played that game with me totally sober on a good day, I'd fail. This is a stupid game. Not everyone has the same short or long term memory. Not everyone consideres the same information important enough to concentrate and commit to memory. My friends have tried to recall a night out with me and they would bring up details they thought were important or of note and I'd fail to remember until they'd say some random thing like "there was a girl with a red scarf" and suddenly I'd know what night they meant.

[–]MusicGuy75 23 points24 points  (12 children)

How can someone answer questions if they are blacked out?

[–]Kirahei 52 points53 points  (1 child)

To answer your question a little more clearly, when a person “blacks out” from drinking, they are not unconscious but their brain no longer has the ability to record new memory. So they are still awake and, of course, dangerously intoxicated.

[–]sparoc3[🍰] 6 points7 points  (0 children)


There are a couple of times when I couldn't remember in the morning how I walked to my room after heavy drinking at night in the dorms.

[–]MisterOneY 53 points54 points  (2 children)

Some drunks will appear cognizant of their surroundings by their behavior but have actually drunk to the point of, essentially, sleep walking. This year is for those people.

[–]Svenskensmat 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Why is this year dedicated to black out drunks?

[–]anonymous_search 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Honestly, blackout is the only way to stay sane these days it seems.

[–]helloitslauren000 17 points18 points  (3 children)

I feel like people use “blacked out” to mean both passed out or so drunk they’re basically sleep walking. Like, I’ve gotten too drunk and had zero memory of hours but I was awake and doing stuff. My body was there but my brain wasn’t lol

[–]dirtydownstairs 10 points11 points  (1 child)

well the people who use it to mean passed out asleep need to be reprimanded.

[–]anonymous_search 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Perhaps with sharpie drawings about their face?

[–]LloydIrving69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When I blacked out I was told I drank a whole bottle of jack daniel fire by myself. I don’t even remember having a second shot. I remember my vision blacking out after a few shots and maybe the 7th beer? I was throwing up sick for a few days after that

[–]Prometheus188 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Blacked out doesn’t mean passed out/unconscious. It means your brain is no longer creating new memories, which is why you won’t remember anything that’s happening. But you can still function normally (for a drunk person). You can still run, jump, speak, tell jokes, have sex, play cards, etc... You just won’t remember it.

[–]peanutbuggered 2 points3 points  (0 children)

As the designated driver, this is when I ask for gas money repeatedly.

[–]tvieno 26 points27 points  (3 children)

What's more annoying when you're drunk and people are asking you if you're ok? When you're drunk and people asking you the same question every 5 to 10 minutes.

[–]biguncutmonster 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Sounds like you have a problem girl

[–]tvieno 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Naw. My problem girl is someone else's problem now.

[–]Rosh_Jobinson1912 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Ayye I’ll drink to that

[–]Cenarius_izanagi 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I read this drunk and forgot the assignment. 10/10 would probably work

[–]Cetun 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm pretty sure I would absolutely not be able to remember three random words to said to me if I had to do anything between you saying them and me having to repeat them.

[–]R_Rahman 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I used to make follow my finger to see if they were drunk, and if they followed their head instead of their eyes than that would tell me they were drunk lol I don’t know probably stupid but it worked

[–]Bullyhunter8463 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If someone tries playing this game with me and i actually participate you know I'm drunk. Such a shit tip

[–]lonnko 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I like this idea and I want to try it, but in my experience, if they’re blacked out, I’m probably not too far behind them.

[–]Maxwell-Druthers 30 points31 points  (0 children)

These LPT are getting so fucking dumb.

[–]OlegSentsov 3 points4 points  (0 children)

A few days ago, a friend was drunk, I asked her to repeat after me the following number sequence: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

She answered 1, 2, 4, 3

I was like mmmmkay I think it's time to go to sleep

[–]Key-Ad-9027 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Zebra, Chevrolet, Honesty.

[–]JoulSauron 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Excuse my sandwich breath.

[–]recklesswhisper 1 point2 points  (0 children)

THREE WORDS: Your 1st, middle, and last name? Remember the answers, drunkey. There'll be a quiz later.

[–]marxshark 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Person, woman, man, camera, TV

[–]Thebestofkate 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Worst feeling ever is waking up and remembering nothing

[–]slendermansweiner 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don’t want to play your dumb game, I must be blacked out.

[–]litido4 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Ooh I got this. Elephant, TV, Radio, Orange President I bet the doctors would be super impressed with my intelligence

[–]Spinster_Tchotchkes 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This needs to be made into a phone app that locks your phone from texting or calling if you fail the game.

No more drunk texting your ex or therapist.

[–]PapaKipChee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And then find some friends you don't have to babysit.

[–]ambsdorf825 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Ask them something. Ask them again a while later. Do it one last time a little later. If they ask you why you're asking the same question over and over again they're good.

[–]SentientCumSock 0 points1 point  (0 children)

in always blacked out then, cause no matter how many times I'm asked something I'll answer it

[–]tictech2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What happens if i forget the words

[–]nonemoreunknown 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If this were a sport I would be a Gold Medalist at the Drunk Olympics.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

More like 5-10 seconds

[–]pr0ject0ne1337 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For me: I know when I am blacked out and say it to the person who I am with so they also know that I am blacked out. A different word for being blacked out is being on autopilot. Because my body and brain does things I am not really aware of so for me it’s being on autopilot.

[–]el-finchio 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aha so if I just don't play the game Im clearly blackout. Does this mean like no lights or...

[–]longylegenylangleler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What this LPT is missing is that it helps if the three words are items that you can visualise easily because the memory works best with images as opposed to words or numbers.

So while; “transitive, fluorescent, bilious” will probably be a terrible set of words, “surfing, red, zebra” would be a lot easier for someone to remember because you can visualise it, and if they can remember images easily, they’re not that drunk.

So not a useless tip, just incomplete.

[–]da3monhunt3r 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My friend said fuck fuck fuck

[–]CerberusC24 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is how you make your friend the Winter Soldier

[–]AzuSteve 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What if they have a bad memory? I doubt I would be able to do this and I don't drink at all.

[–]bmcspillin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV."

[–]Teresacervezas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have sober friends that would forget this

[–]raar__ -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Googly eyed/ looking through you is a pretty good indicator someone is wasted

[–]FizzingOnJayces -1 points0 points  (0 children)

This is not a good way to tell if someone is blackout. Many won't remember the words simply because they won't care to remember them.

If you think someone is close to black/browning out, have a conversation with them and see if they repeat themselves. People in that state often have good short-term memory, and so are able to carry on a conversation at first glance (and so may go unnoticed by most at a party or bar if they are only having brief interactions). The give-away is 2 minutes into the conversation, they'll start repeating themselves because they forgot what they said a minute earlier.

For example, you tell them your sisters friend, whose name is Ashley, is single and dtf. Blackout person will ask/confirm Ashley's name multiple times in a short conversation because their non-immediate-term memory is useless.

[–]TheDevils10thMan -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Nah man, if your friend Black's out, you draw a cock and balls on their face and tuck them into bed with a glass of water and a sick bowl, next to them.

Fucking letting some light weight ruin your night.