Human relationships are complicated. How do you set boundaries with friends? How do you break up with someone you still love but know would be better off without you? How do you choose a fork to eat your salad with when you're eating at a rich person's house and they set out, like, 14 forks? That's what advice columns are for.
We can write in and ask about the vagueries of the human experience, and let an expert tell us what to do. The person writing gets a weight lifted off their shoulders. The advice-giver gets a feeling of superiority. It's a win-win!
But some of the questions folks write into advice columns with are... yikes. How are these people so messed-up, so dumb, so out of control? Here are some of the most jaw-dropping, uncomfortable, horrifying, and outrageous questions ever asked of advice columnists.