Dedication to something, anything is a trait that should be admired, but then you have people who are so dedicated that it borders on the insane, people whose dedication is more like an obsession with being awesome at something, people like…
5. THE GIRL WHO LENGTHENED HER TONGUE TO SPEAK KOREAN
Learning a new language is tough and anyone who manages to do it is someone you should congratulate, if only because them liking you decreases the likelihood of you being punched by a foreigner for accidentally calling their mother a cow.
Rhiannon Brooksbank–Jones, while learning Korean, found that her tongue was just too short to properly enunciate some Korean words correctly. Note that she was perfectly fluent in speaking and understanding Korean to a very high level; she just had a weird way of pronouncing certain words. When it dawned on her that her accent could affect her being able to talk like a native Korean, she did the only logical thing, she got elective surgery to have her tongue lengthened
, which yes, is a real thing doctors apparently do. Meaning that Rhiannon can now talk with a native Korean accent just like a real Korean person. Because when you’re a white female teenager, the first thing that would tip off a Korean that you were foreign is how you pronounced words.
4. THE MAN WHO PERFECTED PAC-MAN
Billy Mitchell is well known in the videogame world for being the first guy to perfect Pac-Man. Doing so required Billy to play the game for 6 hours straight
, which doesn’t even start to take into account the hundreds of hours spent practicing. Along with the perfect Pac-Man score, Mitchell’s also held ridiculously high scores on four other classic arcade games. All of which, again, took hundreds of hours worth of practice to achieve.
So the next time your parents say nothing will ever come of playing videogames for hours on end, tell them they’re right, but something will come of playing them for hundreds of hours on end. Then point them to Billy Mitchell’s Wikipedia page.
3. THE MAN WHO WAS IN THE NEWS, ALL THE TIME
Greg Packer is the quintessential “man on the street.” No, really. Packer, for a reason known only to him, has spent decades being quoted by hundreds of news sources, seemingly, just because he can. The New York Times, Fox News, CNN, you name a news source, Packer has been in it and given a quote about something.
He’s also dedicated to being the first in line for buying things, which increases his chances of being interviewed, to the point some simply call him “the stupid guy who’s first in line for everything.”
Because he really, really is. He was first in line to get an iPhone and would have been the first in line for an iPad, but he was kicked out of the queue for not having a reservation.
2. THE GUY WHO WENT TO EVERY SPORTS GAME EVER, IN A RAINBOW WIG
Have you ever wondered why people hold up John 3:16 signs at sports games? The reason is all due to Rollen Stewart, who made it his mission in life to spread the Word of God
, so he grabbed a signboard, a marker and a giant rainbow afro wig and started going to every sports event he could. Stewart became so infamous for this that Sportscasters actively tried to remove him from any shot he was in, which proved difficult because Stewart was always in shot. Mainly because he spent every penny he had to make sure he had the best seats.
It wasn’t all fun and games for Rollen though because in 1992, out of nowhere, he went crazy and took three people hostage. Wow, maybe the guy who spent all his life savings on wearing a rainbow colored wig wasn’t that mentally stable after all. Still, the guy was pretty dedicated. Since then he rejected a 12-year sentence for life, just so he could spread his message in court. Balls. You have them, Rollen.
1. THE GUARDS WHO NEVER LEAVE THEIR POST, EVER
The guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns have never once left their post since 1937. Nothing in American history has ever caused them to abandon their duty. When Hurricane Irene reared its ugly head, the tomb guards flipped it the bird and did their shift anyway
. In addition to this, every guard spends 6 hours preparing their uniform for their next shift and has the location and occupant of 300 graves in Arlington memorized. Being a guard for the tomb is such an honor that the official guard badge is one of the rarest awarded, behind only the astronaut badge.
When the only way you can serve your country in a more badass way is to be strapped to a piece of metal and punch God square in the dome, dedication is kind of a job requirement.