I read this strange remark:

Picture a bucket full of crabs with no lid. The moment a crab tries to get out, the other crabs will literally rip its legs off.

It was said as something that is common knowledge. I had no idea about this. What are they talking about? Huh? Why would crabs behave like that? Is this just nonsense?

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    $\begingroup$ No, that's an exaggeration of the "crab bucket" phenomenon. They just pull the other crabs down: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crab_mentality It's also a metaphor for a certain type of human behaviour. See for instance Terry Pratchett (in Unseen Academicals): wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Crab_Bucket $\endgroup$
    – jamesqf
    Jul 1 at 16:38
  • $\begingroup$ @jamesqf Well, I watched numerous videos on YouTube but couldn't find a single one where this actually happened. Very frustrating. $\endgroup$ Jul 1 at 18:13
  • $\begingroup$ I've no personal experience of live crabs, so I can't say whether it actually happens. But as a metaphor, it's perfectly understandable. $\endgroup$
    – jamesqf
    Jul 2 at 5:14

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