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People Share The Most Interesting Facts About Living In The Desert

I've always wondered about what life would be like if I packed up my city life into a U-Haul and drove yonder toward the desert.

It always look so serene in movies. The people live a quiet existence, gardening and sipping fresh Zinfandel. Desert living feels like a wonderful way to commune with the Earth in peace.

People have written books and poems about how they went off and found themselves in the silence of the desert.

I need to find myself for sure. So sometimes I think... maybe.

But then I watched 'Nomadland' and I decided to stay put. That mess, like once the Zinfandel is gone, does not look fun.

To each their own.

If you like a nice desert life, my hat is off to you. I need some lights, loud cars and a Target nearby.

RedditorCasual_WWE_Referencewanted to hear all about life among the sand and heat, they asked:

"People who live in desert towns or cities, what are some everyday 'facts of life' about living in the desert that people who live in other places wouldn't know?"

I see a lot of sand in pictures of the desert.

And that is a red flag for me. When I'm in Florida I don't even frequent the beach.

So I should've known the desert wasn't for me.

Change my mind.

Spooky Times

"Tumbleweed is not just in the cartoons. And they are really freaking annoying. Roadrunners are also around, and are pretty cute. Coyotes party and sing in groups at night, and sound creepy as hell." ~ sonic_tower


The best things?

"Grew up in a town slash city in the middle of the desert. biggish town, but a lot of outback. The best things?? It's easy enough to just drive somewhere and go camping. you're never too far from just getting away from it all for the weekend. The bad?? The dust storms are the worst."

"Having the entire sky go black in the middle of the day is one of the strangest experiences of your life. Oh, the flies. Come summer if you're out bush they are relentless. Snakes?? They're more afraid of you. as long as you back off, they'll leave you alone." ~ tmofee

Water is Necessary

"Always wear a wide brimmed hat. Long sleeve T-shirts are underrated. Sunscreen. Lots of sunscreen. Always have water on hand. Watch for snakes. Learn about heat exhaustion, heat stroke and their respective symptoms." ~ ClickBang911

"Yeah, without daily sunscreen, you'll end up looking like an old catcher's mitt. You'll see a lot of people, ranging from suburban Karens to redneck desert rats, who've got that look." ~ ColossusOfChoads

'green space'

"The air is so dry that it removes moisture off your skin like a sponge sucking it immediately away. You have to constantly drink water, it just becomes a normal habit. You go blind/lose your vision faster because sun bouncing off the pavement and ground hits your eyes worse, as there is usually not as much 'green space' to scatter sun. Dust storms. Checking your shoes for venomous creatures, and/or having them crawl up your bath tub drain and not realizing theres a massive scorpion in the shower until you're soaping your head 10 inches away from it." ~ MakeShiftJoker

The Sting

"Always paranoid there might be a scorpion or tarantula lurking somewhere out of sight." ~ RogueLieutenant


Coyotes and scorpions?!


I don't even have the words.

Scorpions! In my home?!

I'd never sleep again.

It's quite the... BOOM!

"You can never wear a short flowing dress unless you want everyone to see your panties. Long hair is best in a braid or you get repeatedly whipped in the face with your hair. Your windshield will crack for no other reason than it's hot as f**k."


"Pulling tumble weeds of the side of your house that have stacked all the way to the roof is an semi-annual chore. Gathering all of the neighbors trash cans and putting them back in front of their house because the wind has blown them down the street is how some trash days are. Hearing sonic booms from EAFB all day long are completely normal & nobody reacts." ~ _iron_butterfly_

Big Bend National Park

"A couple years after college, my friends and I spent a week in Big Bend National Park. It's a large park in SW Texas on the Mexican border, mostly desert with mountains, and the Rio Grande river. To give you an idea of the size of the park, our camp site was 70 miles from the park entrance."

"After a few days driving around out there, we noticed that people were on another wavelength from what we were used to in the city/suburbs. Folks you met at a store would give you a five minute conversation. People driving by would wave. We would wave back, because you could go half an hour without seeing another soul."

"People are wired to be social, and being completely isolated changes how you see others. The loneliest I have ever felt was in downtown Tokyo on the streets of Shibuya, surrounded by thousands. Alone in the desert, people start to see each other." ~ Thompson_S_Sweetback

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It Costs

"Getting your house sealed from scorpions costs but is 100% worth it. I hate those lil f***ers, they hurt. Oh and dust storms, you can usually see them before the alerts on your phone, and you better get the heck out of wherever and get home. But don't drive in a dust storm, if it's too close just stay where you're at." ~ CreatureLD1

"I visited a friend once in El Paso and was told to search for scorpions in the sheets before getting into bed. I did not sleep well while I was there." ~ Extra-Ordinary-Joe

Southern California...

"If you play in the Southern California desert, you can see jack rabbits, road runners, coyotes, a king snake or a rattle snake. Lots of scorpions and somehow they can get in your house. plenty of stink bugs. You'll be sweaty just standing around, you'll be sweaty in the shade also. If you're a true desert rat hose water taste good."

"Cops are far away, ambulances are just as far. Swamp coolers don't do crap if it gets even the slightest bit humid. If its a windy desert you will have to replace your windshield every few years. They get pitted with sand and it's hard to see out of them. This is more rural desert, not Big city desert." ~ lookssharp

'plant in full sun'

"When you're choosing where to place your garden, remember that 'plant in full sun' means full sun in the Midwest. That's really not the same in southern New Mexico, where opening the front door is like checking if the lasagna is ready. I have shade cloth over everything in our vegetable garden." ~ DanYHKim


The Ring

"Drink water before you’re thirsty. Your shirt isn’t sweaty, but it has a huge salt ring on the back." ~ Single_Charity_934

"Omg yes. I'm in my freshman year of college, and I was really worried about the freshman 15. Turns out, the opposite happened because of how much more active I am. I was a little chunky coming into my first semester, and I'm down like 20 pounds lol." ~ SantanaSongwithoutB

AZ in the 70s...

"Grew up knowing how to act when encountering snakes, spiders, scorpions, or chuckawallas. We’d get a refresher at the beginning of every school year before being allowed out on the playgrounds. Logistically, unless you have cloth seats in your car or seat covers of some kind, you need a towel to sit on your car seats or you’ll burn your legs. Using oven mitts to drive is not needed now but was crucial where we were in AZ in the 70s."

"Wild burros would walk through your yard at night, and sometimes would let you hand feed them. Carrot tops were especially liked! Other than annual monsoons, rain was scarce and would generally dry quickly. It wasn’t unusual to only see evidence of rain on one side of your house (it’d rain in the backyard or the front - rarely both!)" ~ ReadontheCrapper

Just Bark

"Recently moved to the stix and we have scorpions everywhere. My pupper was acting strange playing with something on the kitchen floor. Bark scorpion. Found one when unpacking- moved a box in my living room to sort it and the thing ran across the floor. Another in my flower bed as i was putting in some plants. I lived an hour from here for the last 20 years and never saw one. Might need to burn this place down." ~ LJJ73


"You will definitely step on some devil horns if you walk barefoot. That's a guarantee." ~ rhnegativehumanoid

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"Biggest issue is decent fruit/veg and meat. Either doesn’t exist or is very expensive. Car needs cleaned all the time, window and basically anything left outside gets covered in dust/sand. Always have water in your car, I’ve broken down once without it and you feel quite weak after an hour of no AC. Oh, and light blue shirts are a no-no with sweat, and white ones turn yellow under the armpit so need replacing regularly!" ~ theDoodoo22

ranging temps...

"Just like there are snow plows, we have tractors remove sand from our roads. There are frequently 3-6 month periods with zero rain. Lightning/thunder happens maybe twice a year Temperature swings from high to low in one day can be 40 degrees. 80 during day, 40 at night. If you spend a lot of time in your car you will get sunburned if you don’t have tinted windows."

"Dry is actually very different, the shade is significantly cooler, and 100 degrees isn’t terribly uncomfortable. But 120 is an absolute nightmare Rolling power outages because the power grid can’t keep up with the AC demands Roadrunners are small, grey, and rarely have a coyote nemeses." ~ 123DownByTheRive

See you at Midnight

"Shake your shoes out before putting them on. Scorpions like to hide in dark spaces. The little ones are more venomous than the big ones. Always have water wherever you go. Dehydration is a witch. Lots of outdoor activities are best enjoyed after dark. We regularly grill at midnight." ~ Hungry_Example


"Sweat feels different. You’re never drenched in it unless you were wearing a ton of clothes because it’s evaporating so quickly." ~ PoorCorrelation

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Hiding Out

"I grew up in the PNW and now live between Death Valley and Las Vegas in a rural low-elevation area. I can't really safely go outside for what feels like half of the year. The temperatures where I live are insane, and they're getting worse every year. I lost count of how many days we had over 120°F this past summer. I have to physically pick up my dog to take her to the potty area."

"Some very cheap shoes will melt on the pavement on particularly bad days, so you can only imagine what that must be like for dogs feet. Ground temperature is always much higher, especially asphalt. My rule of thumb is to usually take my foot out of my shoe and test it if I'm not too sure, if I wouldn't walk on it then I won't make my dog walk on it." ~ Almadenn

Yeah, I'll stay put.

None of this really sounds appealing.

And again... SCORPIONS!!


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People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

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Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


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"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



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"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

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Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.