We can all attest to how awesome Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter are, but seeing as we don’t know them on a personal level, we can’t be sure how they are in real life. This story, posted nine months ago, definitively answers that. It turns out they’re both as amazing as expected because they both changed Redditor greenorangegreen’s life. Via Reddit:
I’ve been lurking reddit for a long time but this topic finally made me want to join and contribute because I’ve never forgotten this story but never knew where to share it.
Basically, as a kid, I had very conservative (yet also neglectful) parents. They told me to wait outside a store (I think it was 7/11) when we were visiting NYC. They said they’d be gone for just an hour, but it came and went and they still hadn’t arrived. I started crying.
All of a sudden, two guys came out of the store and saw me. They were HUGE, especially to my tiny 6 year old self, as in tall even for Americans. One was skinny and the other was more on the pudgy side. They noticed me, and sort of nudged each other. I was scared at first, but they talked to me in very gentle voices and started asking me questions (like where my parents where) and comforting me. I can barely remember what they said since it was a long time ago, but I know at some point I took a brush out of my backpack and asked them to brush my hair. They held a mock fight over who got to brush my hair first, and it made me laugh a lot. They joked around a lot.
Eventually, I saw my parents coming. I felt so bad because my parents just sort of took my hand and pulled me away, not even paying attention to the two guys. Still, as I looked back, they both waved at me, smiling, and went on their way.
I went back to my home country. Like I mentioned earlier, my parents are very conservative. They were extremely homophobic and tried to inundate me with their beliefs. But I grew up thinking about those two men and how they were probably a gay couple and they weren’t bad, and how they had taken care of me. That was how I started seeing through my parents’ BS; it was the first step to realizing how close-minded they truly were. BTW, I never found out why exactly my parents had to leave me and why they were gone for so long. But it doesn’t end there.
13 years later, in 2009/2010, I was watching a news channel from the States. It featured a clip from a show I knew nothing about. When I saw them, I didn’t recognize them. To tell you the truth, I don’t remember their faces because it was so long ago. But I recognized their voices right away, because they were both so distinct and they had very characteristic speaking styles. A weirdly intense feeling came over me… Like I didn’t know whether to shit myself or cry.
Turns out it was Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter who comforted me. I am 99% sure of this.
We all have those certain relatives that haven’t realized that it’s not 1950 anymore, and it sucks. How this kid thought Conan and Richter were a gay couple is hilarious, but it helped change this kids mind away from how their parents tried to make him or her think. Sometimes a small act can make a huge difference to a person. Now excuse me, I have to go buy more tissues.