Reddit's Wildest 2021 Posts—From Being Inside a Whale to Surviving a Heist

Reddit is a hub for some of the wildest posts on the internet, the kind of obscure tales TikTok and Twitter could only dream of.

As 2021 comes to a close, Reddit rounded up the highlights of the site's year, featuring some of its most popular posts.

Reddit saw a 19 percent year-on-year increase of posts, coming in at 366 million. With an average of over one million a day, that can only mean some wild stories have been birthed.

With over 90,000 votes, the story of a lobster diver who survived being inside of a whale became the site's most popular "Ask Me Anything" where, as the name would suggest, Redditors are invited to ask any questions.

In June, veteran lobster diver Michael Packard was swallowed by a whale after entering the water for his second dive of the day. The story headlined the news but it was Reddit that got the exclusive, as his son posted to the site his dad's responses.

"I was almost convinced I was going to die that day," wrote Packard, adding that being inside the whale wasn't the only dangerous part. "I could've suffocated, or drowned if I didn't retrieve my regulator in time," he wrote.

In response to a much-asked question of what the whale's tongue felt like, Packard explained he "couldn't really tell" because he was in a dry suit, and the whale's mouth was filled with water that surrounded him.

In April, video of an attempted armed heist went viral on Reddit when drivers of a cash transit Leo Prinsloo and Lloyd Mtombeni managed to escape a planned robbery in South Africa.

Prinsloo, who is a former police sniper-turned-private security escort, was praised on Reddit after the viral video showed his movie-style reaction to the attack.

After cars came from behind and shot at them, Prinsloo fearlessly continued to drive, swerving in and out of traffic. He then halted the car and turned it around the other way, driving the wrong way down a highway. The car drove straight through the shooting from the cars, but he still appeared unfazed.

One worker's epic text resignation went viral with over 273,000 votes after being shared to the popular "Anti Work" subreddit.

"Quit my job last night, it was nice to be home to make the kids breakfast and take them to school today! Off to hunt for a new opportunity, wish me luck," they titled the post.

"I was working for a healthy living fulfillment warehouse (I'm not going to be specific because I value mine and my family's privacy). I packed orders, just as simple as that. Pay was ok for the area (16/hr), although the COL [cost of living] is fairly high here," explained the worker.

The shared text messages showed the interaction between the Reddit user and their boss, after they were criticized for the apparent "unacceptable behavior" of sitting down for most of the shift—despite having two broken bones.

"I cleared it with [lead] that I have 2 broken bones in my left foot (doctor documents)

"Aside from that - I packed 240+UPH for the entirety of my shift, 12 full hours. I'm not sure if you're aware, but we do have a ranked list for packing displayed directly above our station. My efforts earned me first place today.

"So just to be clear - my impressive performance was overshadowing by the fact that I wasn't uncomfortable enough while doing it?," wrote the worker in their response.

The boss responded: "I'm really not appreciating your attitude. You could have just said the first part where it was cleared with another lead instead of being disrespectful. This type of behaviour isn't going to get you anywhere here."

"Hey, thanks for wasting my previous off time with some garbage you didn't bother to investigate beforehand," retaliated the worker.

"Seriously - 240+ UPH- what you claim to be the pinnacle of performance there, I achieved it, and I get grief because I was sitting while doing it. You guys need to get your priorities straight. It is no wonder that you have such difficulties retaining staff.

"I'm not concerned with going "anywhere" there. It's a toxic environment with ignorant people at the helm. I won't be in tomorrow or ever again."

The viral exchange resulted in the worker quitting their job, after being told she didn't need to and could discuss it in person. "No thanks. Have a good life," they wrote.

Sharing to the company dedicated Subreddit, a Starbucks barista shared what can only be described as a nightmare order—60 Frappuccinos costing $279, with no tip.
The image of the hundreds of the 60 drinks gained 8,500 votes, making it one of the most popular food-related posts, with users outraged at the lack of tip given to the workers making them.

"It was a mobile order and they came in when we had eight left to make, it took 30 minutes," wrote the barista in a comment. "It was great when we finished because we could tell he wasn't going to top, so we let him carry them all into his trunk by himself. I honestly thought I only saw this stuff in this subreddit but it actually happened to me."

Of course, Reddit's wild year couldn't ignore the Wall Street Bets' GameStop saga of January, when the subreddit of amateur investors soared the dying store GameStop's stock and essentially played the whole global stock market.

The most popular post of the year belonged to Wall Street Bets, after a user reposted a TikTok video showing a Times Square billboard. "$GME GO BRR," read the huge screen in the middle of New York City.