Have you ever watched a guy dive from the roof of a house into a pool, his head missing the pool’s edge by mere inches?
Or a soccer player making an amazing save after accidentally spitting his gum out?
It’s a weird mix of horror and utter relief as you watch someone you are sure is about to die — or at very least, is going to be seriously injured — but they turn out fine. Or even incredibly awesome.
The nice thing about these particular near-misses is that you know, while watching, that everything worked out OK.
And of course, there’s a subreddit for that. It’s called r/NoNoNoNoYes. It’s one of Ben’s favorite parts of Reddit.
This week on Endless Thread, we bring you two stories from Reddit that capture the spirit of "No No No No Yes" — where death seems imminent but then, things take a turn. You will gasp, you will worry, and then... you will pump your fist in the air.
First up is a Redditor named Sid, who nearly got swept down this waterfall in northern California.
And then, the incredible story of a British Airways pilot, who was almost completely blown out of the cockpit when one of the plane’s windshields flew off.
Gasp, worry, fist pump.