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Landfill Workers Reveal The Most Interesting Things They've Uncovered At The Dump

Landfill Workers Reveal The Most Interesting Things They've Uncovered At The Dump

Landfill Workers Reveal The Most Interesting Things They've Uncovered At The Dump

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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure. Who better to comment on that idea than the people paid to collect trash?

Reddit user MortyBingle asked "Landfill workers: What's the most interesting thing you've seen dumped at the landfill, and have you kept anything that was worth keeping?"

Here are the stories from people who worked in recycling centers, landfills, dumps or just dumpster dove in their spare time.

The Mall

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My dad works in his local landfill and has for many years now. We affectionately refer to it as 'the mall' the amount of stuff he's brought home is staggering, including a small 2 person sailboat, vintage sewing machine, camera equipment and so much more. The best times he says are about once a year when an enraged soon to be ex husband or wife will drive up and dump all of their ex's possessions onto the heap. It's usually followed a day or two later by the other half of the relationship with the rest of the house's contents. The pickings of other peoples failed relationships are indeed rich.

Kitchen Remodel

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My dad got around 40 pristine cabinets that were about 15 years old this way and is very happy about this.

Computer Cache

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I work in a plant that recycles most of Scotlands landfill WEEE waste (waste electronics) the working conditions are awful but the perks of the job are insane, I'm typing this on a computer made from bits I picked up at work, Core i7-6th Gen, R9-285, 24GB of ram, two SSD's all with an insane liquid cooling loop an AC wireless card and a corsair 1000W PSU, I have also picked up two 3rd gen Surface Pros with type covers, a 2013 21.5in iMac, two Apple TV's, numerous TV's, a MacBook Pro, two 3D-Printers, a CNC machine, and an X-Box One (with Controller), plus numerous other items over the seven years I have been working there, nearly all the items I have listed above didn't work initially, they needed simple work done to make them operational, Clean OS install etc, It's insane what people throw away but I'm not complaining.

Life Savings

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My brother found a box with gold, $2000, and tons of silver dollars.

It was with a bunch of other stuff from a house. It looked like someone got evicted or died and had all their positions tossed at the dump. He said all the nice furniture was ruined.


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My city has bulky item collection once a year. Basically, it's a time where you can throw away just about anything you can haul to the curb.

I was running in my neighborhood on the weekend before bulky item collection, and found an old oak card catalog from a library. Ran home, got my car, went back and picked it up. After cleaning, I now use it to hold spices in my kitchen. Bonus is that it's the perfect height for a work surface!

Fishing for Cash

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A friends dad works at a water and sewer plant. Someone saw 100$ floating in the gross water and no one knew what to do because yeah it's 100$ but it's also covered in toilet water and who knows what else. I don't remember if he said anyone ever ended up grabbing it.

Lumberjacks in Training

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Not a landfill worker, but one time friends and I would ride our bikes behind blockbuster and look through their trash for games/DVD's or gaming guides. We ended up finding a working gas chainsaw.

Funniest reaction was when his mom came home to her 12 year old son and friend cutting wood in the backyard, wondering "where the hell did you get a chainsaw from?!?"


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Some guy wanted to dump a Commodore 64 in its original packaging, a bunch of cartridges and some other stuff. We weren't allowed to take stuff home and it was being monitored so I told the man to put it on eBay. He was delighted.

Boob Tube

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There is a guy with a YouTube channel who digs old TVs out of landfills and dumps and gets them working again. He's done several that have been sitting in a dump out in the California desert for around 40 years, and are full of mud and have weeds growing out of them.

The Zeniths always wind up working.

Wedding Bell Blues

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I did a tour at a waste facility. They burn non recyclable waste. What remains is then checked on metals. There's a surprising amount of wedding rings they find apparently.


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My Dad was a member of the DSNY (New York Dept. of Sanitation) for 20 years, he found some cool stuff:

  • A brass fire extinguisher turned into a lamp (I still have it)
  • A Nazi dagger from WWII
  • Tons of foreign postage stamps (I collected as a kid)
  • Old books
  • radios, TVs, lots of records, 8 track tapes too.

Dad said the best time was right after Christmas, people inadvertently tossed away stuff. Mom got a nice pair of boots that way.

Console Coup

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My friend worked at the city dump when we were in high school. A lady handed him a ps2 she was going to throw out because it didn't work. My friend sold it to me for $20 (I think at the time the ps2 was still selling for $150 or $200).

Once I got it home I opened it up, cleaned off the laser lens and it worked perfectly fine. Many long nights playing Final Fantasy XI on it.

Free Food

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My brother worked at a transfer station and someone once dumped dozens of those freeze dried Nutrisystem meals. He took them home because you don't turn away free food.

Dorm Daze

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Not a landfill worker, but when I was in college me and a friend heard about a big screen TV that was just left on the curb. It was one of those models that was still huge and clunky, but it looked good and was like a 50 inch screen, so we got it back to his dorm room and plugged it in. It still worked. The only thing that didn't work were the speakers on the TV, but we found out if we plugged in external speakers it worked fine. Was an awesome find for college kids and we enjoyed it for the rest of the semester.

Gamer Loot

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My friend's dad worked at a dump. He used to bring back perfectly working retro consoles for them. She has a few NES', a Commadore, a Vectrex, an Atari 7800, and a bunch of other miscellaneous stuff (like 5 xbox 360s). All in near perfect working order.

Bikes for Cash

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Went to the dump. Dropping off random junk.. couple things were metal so we pull up to the scrap pile. Two matching mountain bikes in near perfect condition just sitting there. I'm an avid cyclist they were some fairly expensive bikes. Asked the guy working there if I could grab them he said 10$ each.. Load em in the truck.. 2x 1200$ mountain bikes for 20$ cleaned them up, tires were slighly waRped not a problem for me I have the tool/understanding to do it.. Sold them for 500$ each...

Payment in Kind

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I used to do some errands for a local businessman who owned a metal recycling and car scrapyard. He would regularly get people drop off cars, collect cash and walk away. The types of people who didn't want their cars back in circulation, if you get my drift. No dead bodies or anything like that, but cars that have been used for dodgy stuff or have no insurance/tax/MOT etc and they just want rid.

Fairly often we would be required to do a "dust down" of the car, which meant donning overalls, gloves and eye goggles and getting inside and looking for anything that might cause a fire in the car crusher, so deodorant cans, lighters, fuel, paper and faulty electronics etc. Whatever we found inside, we got to keep

I found:

  • Pristine box set of Star Trek Deep Space Nine
  • Near mint condition Squire Stratocaster with a case, lead and spare strings (Still got it today)
  • 30 piece swiss army knife
  • Bowie knife
  • Old cassettes from various 90s bands (Texas, Lighthouse family etc)
  • Bags of casino chips
  • Wedding rings & other jewellery

We made a killing off of that before I left the area for University. Wouldn't recommend the work tbf, back breaking and dangerous, no benefits, no insurance, no pay, just got to keep whatever you found. Got the occasional cash in hand for a big job.

Campus Refuse

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My friend worked in the recycling department of his college for a couple years while taking classes, he would regularly find stuff worth keeping. Most noteworthy was a film canister stuffed with a couple hundred dollars in cash. More regularly he'd get nice water bottles, portable speakers, keyboards, etc. Apparently it was pretty common that when students were moving and cleaning out their dorm they'd just throw random stuff in the trash and recycling, then he and his coworkers would have to sort the stuff and could keep whatever valuables they wanted.

Gross job, but the benefits were actually pretty nice. It paid well and was well connected in the community, so once he graduated his boss gave him a recommendation at the city parks department and he immediately landed a great job.

Little Friend

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My mum was a cleaner in the offices of a refuse station. The guy who had to watch the monitors for the crushing room somehow found coins and cash and all kinds of neat things.

He saw a box move a little weird (on a 25+y.o. technology b&w screen) and found a dumped kitten. Mum brought her home and she was my first, just for me, pet. She lived a long, loving life. Bless the eagle-eyed tiny-monitor man.


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I used to drive a garbage truck, and found tons of interesting things, but in the spirit of the question, I found two things in the landfill that I kept.

One was a 20-foot section of heavy towing chain. It probably weighed 40 pounds, but only had a hook on one end. Took it home, put a second hook on it, still use it to drag logs and tow vehicles.

The other was a white ceramic elephant, about 10" tall. It was in the cover fill, the dirt that is pushed over the trash at the end of the day to keep it from blowing away and to hide it from scavengers . I was waiting to unload my truck, looked out the window and there it was. The remarkable thing was, this elephant had been put in the trash, thrown in the truck, had the compactor run on it who knows how many times, dumped out of the truck, and run over by a bulldozer multip!e times, yet was completely undamaged. It was packed into the cover fill, so it wasn't just dropped there.

Took him home, washed him off, and named him Lucky. I was going to donate him to Mr. Ed's Elephant Museum, but not long after my visit there the Museum had a big fire. Lucky might have been destroyed. (Still Lucky!)

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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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.