Everyone collects something in one way or another. Whether it's a massive arrangement of Star Wars figures behind a glass case or an extensive library of the collected works of The Smurfs, we all have something in great numbers. Eventually, you'll come across the holy grail of that thing you collect, sitting on a shelf or at a garage sale, and you have to get it. There's no ifs about it.
And, finally, you have the rarest Smurfs book of them all.
Reddit user, u/Kov01b0t, wanted a look behind the glass cases when they asked:
- Dante's Divine Comedy, 1536
- Chronicon Saxonicum, 1692 (Anglo-Saxon Chronicle)
- Works of Virgil, 1697
- War of the Worlds, first edition
- Malleus Maleficarum, 1928 (numbered edition)
I also have a leaf from the Book of Hours (illuminated manuscript), made in Paris, c1370.
May The Force Be With Them
Some negatives from original cuts of the original Star Wars trilogy.
You Take Away...
The rarest CD I own in my CD collection is a copy of Staind's Tormented. I spent about 2 years searching before I found a copy at a local record shop!
I also have said cd. The one i have you had to order off of their website.
One of the reasons Tormented is so hard to find is because they only sold it at concerts or on their website. I don't think it's been in print for a very long time, and even if you try to find it on ebay, there are very few listings and the existing listings are quite pricey! I love Staind's early heavier stuff, it's the best!
It's The Brass That Sells It
Lee Young "Sea Captain" painting.
You can find them online for a couple hundred but mine has an original brass cornered frame and a detailed map background. I saw one online with my frame that sold for $800 but I've never seen one with the map background.
"It's also the loudest thing I own that isn't a firearm."
Fender Super Six Reverb. It's a huge amplifier.
It's essentially a 100W silverface Twin Reverb chassis in a hilariously impractical 6x10 cabinet. Think of a super reverb, but with two more speakers stacked on so that it stands almost chest high. Mine was made in '74, but I think they made them from '72-'76. They didn't sell many because they're f-cking heavy and do almost the same thing a twin does—but the cabinet does make them sound unique and it kills with a telecaster or steel guitar. It's also the loudest thing I own that isn't a firearm.
An Underrated Classic
My Nazi German Shepherd puppet from the TV show Danger 5.
I dropped $1,000 for it at an auction the producers of the show put on a couple of years ago and since there were only 2 puppets made, it's rare.
For those of you unfamiliar with the show it's a hilarious Australian comedy about a group of spies who are trying to kill Hitler, but the show (at least the first season) is shot like it's from the 1960s.
A Survivor Of History
I care for a >400 year old family wakizashi sword from my father's side of the family. It survived many bearers, wars, and the bombing of Nagasaki.
I'm not really a collector though.
The King Had To Make Sure His Shirt Was Tucked In
A LeBron James signed high school honor code.
I went to high school with LeBron. In each class at the beginning of the semester you had to sign a generic "I won't cheat" honor code. In math class we were passed out scrap paper one day and the teacher had repurposed a bunch of students' honor codes from her other class to use as scrap paper for our class. I got Lebron's. I've kept it ever since. I have other LeBron memorabilia, but this is my favorite and most unique.
Do They Even Sleep?
Got a first edition of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep that was a real find. I found it at a thrift store for a quarter. At that same thrift store I found a copy of Where Robot Mice and Robot Men Run Round in Robot Towns, signed by Ray Bradbury.
I See Through The Lies!
Probably my LEGO Star Wars Anakin Skywalker minifigure with a light up lightsaber
HOLY SH-T THOSE WERE REAL?!?!?
I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST A FEVER DREAM!
That's Not A Knife. THIS Is A Knife.
Before I got robbed I used to collect knives. I had a Spyderco Spyderfly, a cold steel arc angel, but the rarest was probably my Benchmade model 43. They only made a few hundred.
Did he pull it from the wreckage or something of a plane that crashed in the water?
It came from a captured POW as far as I know. He passed away at 90 something a couple years ago
I have a friend who is terrified of moths.
She's an adult, but the fear has been there since she was a child. Interestingly, as is the case with many phobias, she is fully aware that moths are pretty much harmless. Especially to her as a fully grown adult human.
Still - she has that involuntary panic reaction every time she sees one and finds herself regularly screaming and sobbing her way through "moth season" (she means Spring.)
Reddit user BlueberryJingle13 asked:
"What is something harmless you were scared of as a child?"
Most of us outgrow those irrational childhood fears, though that doesn't mean they didn't have us in their grips when we were younger.
Here's what freaked Reddit out.
"The drain in the bath tub. The tiny whirlpool of water would suck me down with it"
"Apparently when I was a toddler my dad told me spiders would come out of the drain if I stayed in the bath after the plug got taken out. I still feel uncomfortable taking the plug out the drain if I'm still in the bath, even now I'm 28"
"I seem to remember being a daredevil with that and sticking my finger in it while holding onto the side of the tub to make sure it couldn't actually pull me in."
"I had a children's book about a baby crocodile that was sucked into the drain and was crying alone in the sewer system because it didn't know how to get back to the zoo and it's parents. Also scared me for a while after reading that."
"38 years old and I’m still frightened I’ll get sucked down the drain."
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"Fidgeting at a livestock auction and accidentally buying a cow."
"This one made me lol. This is exactly the brand of anxiety I would have as one-off fears as a kid."
"I went to a house foreclosure auction in my 20s and I had the same concern. I was convinced that I'd make the wrong move and end up buying a house that I couldn't afford."
"2000$ to that little kid that scratched his head. SOLD"
Sinkhole De Mayo
"I had an irrational fear that a sinkhole would randomly open under me. I would walk around grabbing onto nearby objects just so I'd have something to grab onto when the Earth inevitably tried to consume me."
"I was scared a hole would open up under me just to swallow me then close up as if nothing happened."
"What’s ironic is that I’m 34 years old and moved to a town 2 years ago and there’s been 4 sinkholes already! Like why?!"
"Holy sh*t! I thought that I was the only one with that fear!!!"
"I'm not alone. Yaaaay"
Draft Or Giraffe?
"Giraffes. Not because of what you think. I lost a fair amount of hearing due to a compilation with my tonsils, so when my dad tucked me in at night and said “I’ll close the window, wouldn’t want the draft to get you…” Well, you can assume what I heard."
"I thought there was a rabid giraffe that would step over backyard fences and eat kids if their windows were open."
"That’s too funny and somewhat wholesome. It was sloths for me. I used to have nightmares of a sloth slowly chasing me. You can never run fast in dreams."
"Bro, same f*cking thing. My mum used to say wow the drafts coming from there at a cold dark place on the house and I used to imagine like a giraffe hiding there or an invisible giraffe and it was kinda scary lol"
"I literally had the same fear!! "
"I was in a car when I was told to close the windows so that the draft doesn’t get in and I also heard ‘giraffe’, I then envisioned rabid giraffes trying to break into the car.. I thought I was the only one with this experience!"
You Too Will Have A Mullet
"My brother told me someday I too had to get a mullet haircut"
"I have a mullet currently. I'd be scared too"
"Such an older brother thing to say"
"I mean, mullet families are a thing. I used to see at least a few day when I lived in the midwest. Granted the oldest son usually has a buzzcut."
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"The THX sound before movies"
"The audience is now deaf…”
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"Convinced that's why I have tinnitus."
"Same, little me would run behind the couch and plug my ears. Now I've just learned I have sensitive hearing, and that urge to run and hide when it comes has never left."
"When I was really young, like 3 - 5 years old, I thought the vacuum would come to life at night and try to suck out my lungs while I slept."
"So, I insisted that the vacuum be kept in the basement, locked in a closet, because clearly it couldn't climb two whole flights of stairs."
"Imagine you wake up one night and the vacuum is just in the middle of your room LOL"
"Lol. My sister was terrified of the vacuum as well but it was because one time it caught the edge of her nightgown and I guess she thought it was going to suck her up. She was scared of vacuums until a pretty unreasonable age"
"Automatic flushing toilets in public places."
"Not me, but my 2 daughters when they were young (like 3y-6y). I had to stand next to them with my hand over the sensor so they could escape the stall before the toilet flushed."
"Loud toilet flushes still scare the crap out of me, even if they aren’t automatic and I’m prepared. I have no idea why. I’m 27, and I still have to sprint from the washroom at once I flush."
"It’s only when I’m alone though for some reason. During shifts when lots of other people are around, I have no issues. I have no explanation for this fear."
"As a former daughter who was petrified of auto flush toilets, I want to thank you on their behalf."
"Pro tip for if you become a grandparent. Carry a pad of post it notes. Stick one to the sensor so the toilet won't flush unexpectedly."
"The bald head of my uncle"
"Bald heads used to freak me out too when I was a kid, they just looked weird to me."
"As a teen, I thought going bald would be the worst thing imaginable. Now that I’m 40, lost most of my hair, and shave it down every day, I couldn’t be happier. I love the easiness of having a bald head."
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"My grandparents robotic pool cleaner 😂"
"Oh man I can't believe the first comment is one I can actually relate to. I totally forgot about it until reading this. Yeah that 'creepy crawly' thing sliding around the bottom of the pool was unsettling, especially since when in the water at the same time of it you could hear it 'ticking' every second through the water. I remember asking them to pull it out before I went in. This was a fairly brief phase but it happened."
"Lived in a house for years with a pool vacuum. Many adults are scared of those too lol"
"I actually have an irrational phobia of that thing it's wack"
"Stupid Barracuda/Creepy Crawly pool cleaner it looks so creepy"
"I came here to also say pool cleaner! We had one with two long “tentacles” that sprayed water out of the tips and swirled around the bottom of a pool….like a creepy robot octopus ."
Do you and Reddit share similar phobias?
Is there something you want to add to the list?
Want to hear about my (completely understandable when you know the backstory) severe distrust of clowns that USED TO BE a childhood phobia?
Let's get into it in the comments.
Did you know that it's illegal to hold salmon under suspicious circumstances? That's per Section 32 of the Salmon Act 1986, meaning salmon are safe from your sick ideas in England and Wales.
It's a little less weird though once you dip into the legalese. Specifically, the law penalizes any person "who receives or disposes of any salmon in circumstances where they believe or could reasonably believe that the salmon has been illegally fished."
The punishment? Two years in prison. You better respect all the salmon you see, okay?
People told us all about other weird laws that are on the books after Redditor Professional_Watch87 asked the online community,
"What’s the weirdest law in you’re country or one you lived in?"
"In Argentina, by law, the seventh son (or daughter, since 1973) of a family will have the President as his godfather, to give him magical protection and prevent him from turning into a werewolf."
Traditionally, the president is the godfather of the seventh sons or the seventh daughters. This tradition came from Tsarist Russia and became law in 1974. A similar tradition is attached to the king and queen of the Belgians.
"Delaware was one of the last states..."
"Delaware was one of the last states to ban judicial whipping as a punishment, mostly reserved for spousal/domestic abuse. They didn't want the wife to suffer lost income/separation from the husband's incarceration, but wanted to convey the seriousness more than fines/community service."
Oh dear. Sounds positively medieval.
"By law the national anthem is played at the start of every movie in cinemas in India. Because of the hyper national atmosphere you're expected to stand up for it too. Beyond farcical."
I wonder if some people have stopped going to see movies because of that.
"It's illegal to drive a car..."
"It's illegal to drive a car in Puerto Rico without a shirt on. I got pulled over by the cops for this a few years ago and got a lecture."
Okay, noted... never go shirtless in Puerto Rico.
"In Finland alcohol commersials are not allowed to associate drinks with manliness or strength."
Can they associate drinks with femininity and beauty? Just curious.
"The interesting thing is..."
"In my city it is illegal to tie your pet alligator to a parking meter. The interesting thing is that obviously such a thing had to OCCUR before anyone thought to make it illegal."
Why do I get the feeling this is from Florida? You're from Florida, aren't you?
"It is illegal..."
"It is illegal to let your pig run free in Detroit unless it has a ring in its nose."
So if you like it then you should a put a ring on it.
"It's illegal to get a fish drunk..."
"It's illegal to get a fish drunk where I'm from, and it sucks cause what else is there to do in Ohio."
I have no idea how you even enforce that, but it's hilarious.
"In Oklahoma it is illegal to go whale hunting out of a moving vehicle with a harpoon gun."
Thankful to hear that someone stood up for all those poor Oklahoma whales... wherever they are.
"In France it is forbidden to name a pig Napoleon. And an old law (cancelled in 2013) prohibited women from wearing pants unless they had a horse or a bicycle."
How specific. Now imagine if you killed and ate a pig named Napoleon. That would not end well.
Humans have an amazing capacity to weird us out. What in the world inspired some of these laws? There are no actual whales in Oklahoma, right?
Is everything we know a lie?
Have some other weird laws you know about and would like to share? Tell us more in the comments below!
Remember the Dreamcast? If you don't, then you've been missing out. Sit down, sweet summer child, and listen up.
The Dreamcast was a console so ahead of its time that console has been a Dreamcast since there was a Dreamcast. Too advanced to match its competitors, not appealing enough to be considered part of the next generation. I have fond memories of that console. Crazy Taxi was a gem.
Not everything comes out at the right time. We heard about a few other examples after Redditor rentinghappiness asked the online community,
"In your opinion, what’s something that flopped because it was way ahead of its time?"
"It was vastly overhyped..."
"The original Segway. It was vastly overhyped, but now, we're seeing rental scooters and e-bikes change the way people get around urban areas. If the company had offered a Lime-style rental system from the beginning, the product might've become ubiquitous."
The problem with Segway seemed to be that they could not make them cheaply enough to fit into a reasonable personal transportation niche. They were the price of a small, used car. Not great.
"This was before major smartphones..."
"In 2005, two guys tried to create a service called “MyMobileMenu.” The idea was you could order food using a cell phone, similar to DoorDash."
"This was before major smartphones, so When that flopped, they later tried a new adventure and created a company you might’ve heard of: Reddit."
They actually started Reddit from the same code base and haven't updated the video player since.
"Brilliant show that perfectly toed the line between history and fiction. Extremely compelling characters and kick@ss cast. Wasn't very accurate but always authentic."
"Got way too expensive and was canceled after two seasons. If it had been released after GOT or any other epic show in this day and age and it would have been a smash hit."
James Purefoy as Mark Antony is one of my favourite performances from any media ever. What a show. We were robbed of so much further glory!
"An airline called Muse Air failed in 1985 largely in part because it was the first all non-smoking airline. Now everything is nonsmoking. It was purchased by Southwest and dismantled two years later in 1987."
And look at airlines now! Poor Muse Air.
"Those poor bastards waited..."
"Apparently Skype. Those poor bastards waited for the TV Guide channel to slowly scroll for years and just when what they were looking for showed up, they got distracted by the infomercial in the top right corner."
Somehow Microsoft bought it and despite consistently overwhelmingly negative feedback from users, its new director went forward with his own personal vision, and not only put in changes that no one wanted or asked for, but started stripping legitimate preexisting functionality out of the program.
"Sega Channel was such wizardry for the mid-1990s. It was like Christmas every month when they cycled in new games."
I remember this! It was so ahead of its time. It felt like being in the presence of actual magic!
"The movie tanked..."
"Videodrome '83. The movie tanked, but it was so spot on about people being addicted to media, ultraviolence becoming the norm, people adopting online personas, etc."
Truly... David Cronenberg is a twisted genius.
"It was the first commercial film to be shown in stereo and it used an early precursor to surround sound. WWII, high production costs, and the burden of building the sound equipment for showings prevented it from making any money at the time."
This is true! It's a spectacle that was definitely not appreciated at the time of its release.
"Smirnoff has been the laughing stock of alcohol for years. Now all of sudden everyone and their mother wants to drink fermented sugar drinks."
Funny how people came around – seemingly overnight.
"I distinctly remember..."
"The TV show Arrested Development. I distinctly remember the commercials for it and thought, Jesus that looks moronic. Fox chose the more obvious jokes to highlight and tried to make it seem like a zany hijinks type of comedy. They practically added slide whistles and “boing” sound effects to the commercials for it."
"Once I finally watched it I realized it’s brilliant. It was the first American show to do that style of comedy. Hand-held camera work, flashbacks, cutaways, etc. Which is ironic because later everyone would do it."
They made a huge mistake.
Arrested Development is a cult classic, a show made for streaming years before streaming was a thing.
You don't always realize you have a great thing going – and so much of success comes down to timing.
Have some examples of your own to share? Tell us more in the comments below!
Consumers who have money to burn often buy things they don't really need, like travel accessories, specialized sports equipment for an activity they've only done once, or even cookbooks, when plenty of recipes can be found online.
They might be missing out on buying things that could actually make life so much easier because it never occurs to them.
Curious to hear recommendations of items that can improve your life, Redditor icandoitw asked:
"What are some life-changing purchases that are 100% worth it?"
People thought it was worth spending a little extra for a better quality of life.
"Sounds simple but honestly, something as basic as a good pair of shoes that fit you well."
"A good mattress and pillow. We spend a third of our lives lying on it, why not invest in it? Anything that you use a lot, you should seriously invest in, like I have a $400 custom mechanical keyboard. People say I am crazy, but I use it every day, for hours on end, it’s my job."
"If you have trouble sleeping, a weighted blanket. I’ve gone from about 5.5 hrs average sleep per night to 7 hours average which is incredible for me, and I wake up feeling so well rested"
Better In The Dark
"Blackout curtains. Especially in the summertime, they help you sleep so much better."
"Good quality re-useable ear plugs. Soooo much better than the cheap foamy ones."
"They will definitely improve your life if you go to loud concerts. Filter our overtones so you can hear the music better at a loud punk show. Also hearing loss is irreversible and there's no cure for tinnitus."
Clear The Air
"For blind/visually impaired people: A smartphone. They literally are life changing, and can function as numerous separate and extremely pricy accessible devices and can do things like color and money recognition, text recognition, the uses are amazing."
"In general though, if you have allergies, especially seasonal or pet, AIR PURIFIER. When we bought our hous a few years ago, my allergies got so bad, we were almost considering moving, but then i bought an air purifier and it was so life changing, i got one for each floor of our house. One of the best purchases ever."
Life can be made easier with the help of these items.
"A second monitor."
"Suprised i didnt see this yet, but it improves productivity so much as you can have tabs open and type whatever you want on the other or even watch youtube etc."
Taking Stock In This
"3+ gallon stock pot. Boil pasta, potatoes, or whatever without a boil over. No more starch water burning all over the burner."
"a fully functioning computer."
"many people don't have one, they exist in phones or tablets, and holy sh*t they are missing out."
"Washer and dryer. No planning days and accumulating quarters for laundry. Just dump a load in a go about my business."
Save your back and your money by hiring people to do hard labor.
Refrain From Heavy Lifting
"paying for movers to do everything from pack to move all of it."
"never doing that sh*t again."
You Deserve It
"People really underestimate the power of this."
"At least in my social circle, for a long time it was just understood that if someone was moving everyone was showing up that day to lift and lug from house A to house B with the rich reward of beer and burgers after, as if it had all been some fun party everyone loved. This persisted even after people could conceivably afford movers."
"I personally think it is A LOT to expect of friends do that for you. Yeah, when you're young and you have three bags of clothes, two boxes of books, and a futon (and no disposable income at all), it's understandable. But paying for movers and then packers is something I did as soon as I had any money to pay for it. That is what money is for, it's not necessarily what friends are for."
The best pandemic purchase I made that was worth every penny was for several sets of free weights.
Once I canceled my gym membership, I invested in some dumbbells so I could follow YouTube workout videos in the comfort of my home.
They are not cheap; however, I'm saving more money in the long run without having to pay a monthly gym membership fee.
I've seen more gains from using the free weights and following an instructor on a monitor, and my motivation to work out is higher than ever.
If you find yourself plateauing at the gym, you may want to invest in making some changes to your exercise regimen that works for you.