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The men and women of Reddit shared their sob stories

Breakups can bring the worst out of us. In an effort to say what we’ve long been holding in, we may go too far, delivering a third-degree burn when we meant to singe at most. (Is it any surprise that women handle breakups better than men?) Truth bombs can be devastating, and reddit has shown off the collateral damage by asking users, “What’s the cruelest thing someone said to you as one of you was being dumped?”

The top-rated answer is brutal, but not exactly unheard of. “My wife of 23 years said she never loved me,” a user said. “The life we built was a lie.”

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Just below that is another sort of cliche, as one user shared, “‘Your brother is better in bed.’ She’d been cheating on me. Yes, with him.”

And here’s a painful tale with an unexpected happy ending: “The day before she broke up with me, I didn’t get into Grad School. That was the kicker, me not getting into grad school apparently. She basically said I was a loser and I’m ‘not the writer [she] fell in love with before.’ Fast forward a week later, the rejection was a mistake. I actually got in the masters program! Fast forward to now: I start the PhD program in the Fall!”

Note the brackets; the user really does know how to write.

This story’s just baffling, though.

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And, finally, one that’s just pure evil: “‘I’m really sorry, but I only had to date you for a week.’ She lost a bet on a football game.’” Ouch. As we all know, breakups just plain suck. But here’s the best way to recover from a broken heart, in case one of these tales ever happens to you.

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