Reddit Asks: What's The Weirdest Thing You've Seen At Someone's House That They Thought Was Normal?

03.18.14 4 years ago 48 Comments
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With all of the Hoarders, Intervention shows and the entire TLC network mixed bag of freaks, it’s hard to find shock value in much nowadays. This Ask Reddit thread, however  — What’s the Weirdest Thing You’ve Seen At Someone’s House That They Thought Was Completely Normal? — makes a valiant effort with varying degrees of success.

Once again, I’ll go first. I used to babysit for this family with two boys down the street from me as a teenager, and these people were hands down the nastiest people I have ever met in my life. Plus the kids themselves were only like four and five years younger than me, respectively, so that was kind of weird.

At any rate, here are just a few of the gems I picked up over the years that I babysat for these kids:

  • They only used disposable plates, utensils and Styrofoam cups, because cleaning? Who’s got time for that?
  • The aforementioned Styrofoam cups? Littered almost every surface of the home. Many of them were filled with chaw spit, because the dad was a chewing tobacco user. I came dangerously close to drinking from one of them once.
  • In my time there I saw milk in the most solid form I have ever seen and will ever see.
  • The kids room was filled knee-deep in toys and trash. They told me that the one brother had once thrown up in there and since the mom refused to enter the room, it never got cleaned up and was buried somewhere under the rubble.
  • One time the family dog, a large standard poodle, urinated a large amount of pee all over the kitchen floor. While I looked for something to clean it up, the kids took cookie sheets and places them on the floor to walk across. Apparently this was a common occurrence.

OK, now it’s Reddit’s turn. As usual, I’ve culled through to find the best ones — hope you enjoy!

Paramedic here!
100 two liter soda bottles filled with urine “because the toilet is broken.” But where was he pooping? Where was he pooping??

Hey, compost is expensive. This guy might have had a whole operation going. I guess if that was the case, maybe he’d fix the toilet though.

A 5-year old in diapers.

I was an adult literacy volunteer and I went to this couple’s trailer. A kid walks in shirtless, wearing a diaper. At first, I thought it was a joke. Then I thought maybe developmental issues. Then the mother says “’bout time ta change ‘at diaper ain’t it?” And the boy said defiantly, “You ain’t gonna change my diaper.”

This just makes me think of that Steve James documentary, Stevie. Which you should totally, watch, by the way, if you enjoy documentaries about horrifying sadness, poverty and dysfunction. I give it an A-.

Spent the night at a friend’s house in 6th grade. He lived with just his mom, dad wasn’t in the picture and he was an only child, so they had a close relationship. We were having a great time, until his mom called him for bath time. With her. Like, together. They even left the door open like it was nothing.

I have a childhood acquaintance on Facebook who broadcasts a seriously inappropriate relationship with her son and I can TOTALLY SEE THIS. Also this is why Facebook is absolutely the worst, ever.

I went to a friends house and they had their halls lined with grandfather clocks. This was a little weird but nothing major. The weird part came when his dad told me and my friend “don’t you kids go around telling anybody about my clocks”. Now Ill never forget about his precious clocks.

Are you kidding now I’m never going to forget those clocks. WHY THE CLOCKS?

This is me reposting from the last time this question came up, but I feel like these people deserve the double shame.

They keep a sewing needle/pin stuck into their hand towel. I found it by reaching to use the hand towel to dry my hands and putting the pin through my finger. I was like wtf guys and they just shrugged as in ,’you don’t have sharp objects hiding in towels?’ They then went on to explain that it was used for draining pimples.

I hope West Elm is reading this, because apparently there is a real market for a functional yet stylish pimple-popping needle containment system.

My friend, Todd, and I were both 10 years old. I spent a lot of time at his house, but always had the feeling that things were just off in some way. I didn’t know what his mom did for a living, but I did know she slept until 2 PM daily. Todd told me that the overwhelming urine smell in the basement was from his cat, but I couldn’t understand how one cat was capable of that stench.

His mom and stepdad eventually were caught and did prison time for manufacturing crystal meth.


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