Who knows what things you can find in another person's house?
The place we call home can easily be a base for the strange, the bizarre and the unexpected.
Reddit user Aura_Blaze_Official asked:
"Redditors who have a job where they go into other people's homes (plumbers, electricians, etc) what's the weirdest most disturbing thing you've seen while working in a customer's house?"
At least she has a hobby.
"Was a firefighter another time in my life."
"Had a middle of the night call to a mobile home for an elderly lady once."
"We walk in and it's dark but as my eyes start to adjust I think 'oh that's weird wallpaper'."
"I keep looking around 'huh, it's on the ceiling too'."
"Weird inconsistent patterns and rectangle shapes."
"Eyes adjust some more while we are talking to her. "
"Wtf? 'Are those puzzles?!'"
"'She had hundreds of puzzles that she had glued when completed and then glued them to every surface of her mobile home'."
"Walls, ceiling, living room, bedroom'."
"'Every square inch covered'."
"'But you do you'."
"Especially in your own home."
"Certainly not as bad as most ITT."- WhilstTakingADump
Look at all these chickens.
"Used to deliver oxygen to people's homes."
"Saw plenty of weird things."
"Lots of hoarders, but this one took the cake."
"He didn't want to let us into his house, but I had to do a home safety assessment before I could set up the equipment."
"He was anxious about letting me in because his house was mess."
"He kept telling me about his messy house."
"Come to find out, it wasn't just messy."
"It was filled with 200 chickens."
"He was proud of his show chickens and wouldn't let them live in a barn or coop."
"The smell was unbearable."
"Other than that, he was a super nice guy."-Good_Looking_KarlGiphy
What an awful sight.
"A few years back I worked as an electrician."
"I found a guy with a rifle laying next to him where he had tried to shoot himself, but he had 'missed' the vital parts."
"Blood was all over the bed but he was still breathing, he was in coma state of mind, heard later that he died that day."-dude_above_me_is_gay
"Long ago I did estimates for fire and water damage repairs for a restoration company."
"This couple had a smallish fire in their bedroom."
"When I enter the home it's seemingly normal, smells like smoke (there was a fire, makes sense)."
"They take me to the bedroom and it was the mattress that had endured the majority of the fire, along with some of the wall above the head of the bed and smoke damage to the ceiling."
"Next to each side of the bed are 10 gallon buckets FILLED TO THE BRIM with cigarette butts, and hundreds of spilled over butts all over the floor."
"I was just in awe how they could live like this in their bedroom, especially since the rest of their home seemed tidy and normal."
"Also completely beyond me why they wouldn't clean it up after the fire if for no other reason than insurance adjusters being able to blame them (rightly) and possibly not pay out."
"'How did the fire start,' I asked. (required to ask)"
"'No idea,' the husband replied."- Living_Kumquat.
"I was a paramedic in Oakland and once I was in a home where a child has been bitten by a rat in her crib."
"As we were standing there talking to the mother about her options a rat walked up to one of the firefighters and bit his boot."
"The firefighters stomp to the rat to death and the rat was taken to the health department for testing."
"That was a strange situation."-HenryRNGiphy
"Fire Alarm Inspector."
"Working in a cheap long term hotel and knocked on a door where a larger man dressed in essentially a purple bikini opens the door half asleep."
"Enter to test the smoke detector and tried to keep my eyes off the bed but I knew I had seen something."
"Tried not to look but I did and there's a big old purple adult toy next to the tv remote."
"The detector then decides to not alarm in a timely fashion so I'm just staring at the wall hoping it will alarm so I get out of the room."- Karlen89
Probably the right move.
"Bunch of used pregnancy tests on the floor of the teenage daughter's closet."
"I didn't say a damn word to anybody."-stupidlyugly.
"Just read a post in another subreddit about a girl with social anxiety who hid under her bed when the plumbers came and then the plumbers caught her under there."
"And then she ran and hid in the bathroom until they left."
"Wonder if those plumbers are on reddit."
"I most definitely want to hear their side."- killthecactiGiphy
"I use to do flooring and when we had to get up the sub flooring due to water damage."
"Underneath it there was a black garbage bag."
"When I opened said bag it had a bunch of women's clothes in it."
"Didn't think anything about it until we dumped it out and found ripped underwear and torn dresses."
"Told the owner we had forgot some stuff at work and wouldn't be back until tomorrow."
"Called the police and never went back."
"The house was soon up for sale a month or so later."- Rzr117.
That's kinda wholesome.
"Food bank delivery to home bound elders."
"I always fill two banana boxes (around foot and a half by 3 and a foot deep) of all types of food and deliver to his house."
"One time after delivering to him for 3 years I have to come inside because he hurt his foot."
"He had never thrown out a single box."
"They lined every wall and entrance."
"He built a castle around his bed, and a series of paths through his house. It was like those pillow forts you would make as a kid but with boxes."
"I asked him if he wanted help getting rid of them and he said no."
"That it was fun and helped with his dementia. He's super fun."- DirtyMartiniMan.
Who left the window open?
"I used to work for a exterminating company I went to exterminatw a house it was scheduled with the owner."
" I knocked no one answered ."
"I heard a woman screaming for help, so the door was unlocked I opened it went in followed the screams coming from the bathroom."
"I asked if she was ok, she said the door knob had come off and she was stuck so I got the door open."
"Sure enough she was stuck half way out the window, head first a** sticking out naked so helped her out she was so embarassed I'm just glad I could help."- dennyntx.
We've got a surprise for you!
"I am a plumber and I got a call to do an ice maker line in a small condo in my area."
"I arrived and met the couple and performed the work."
"After I wrapped up and collected payment, I was having casual convo with the couple and the guy says 'you haven't met someone yet'.
" And I said who?"
"He then moves a curtain that was in the doorway of a closet and the craziest f*cking bird."
"May have been a cockatiel started attacking me and chased me out of the door."
"The couple just laughed maniacally and I just got in my truck and left."
"No "'have a nice day' no nothing."
"F*cking weird dude."
"I have a ton of them lol."- PipelineKingJon.mother nature parrot GIFGiphy
A memento of a special occasion.
"I am a housing officer."
"I visited a house last year where a lady who seemed completely normal, very nice, very together, was keeping the 'dropped off piece' of umbilical cord from her 9 month old baby, i.e. it dropped off 8 months ago or so on her bed side table!!"- Blackbird04.
It left a lasting impression.
"My father works as a plumber for 15 years."
"I live in a small town, where everybody knows every about each other."
"Once, a woman, who lived in my town for a long time called my dad to repair something."
"As I had holidays, my dad decided to take me with him."
"While he was working, I decided to look through the house."
"One of the rooms was full of Barbie dolls, but their heads and bodies were separated."
"It has been 10 years, I’m 23 now, and my family still live in that town."
"I’m married with that woman’s son."
"He doesn’t know what THAT meant."- thehornoftheunicorn.
One way to deal with the problem.
"Back when I was in the install department my coworker and I were in the middle of a repipe."
"We have to Swiss cheese the home to get to all the pipes."
"The wife could not handle what was happening in the home seeing all the holes."
"Everyday we were there wanting to know why we had to cut so many holes yelling at her husband."
"Every single day the husband was dressed in a suit for work and would apologize for his wife."
"We showed up one morning and the husband opened the door in a robe, not closed, and a pair of boxers."
"And was Drunk as a skunk."
"Said he sent his wife to the beach house until the job was done with and the house was ours to do as we pleased."
"Job went smoothly after that."- MrJon0053.guy perfect loops GIFGiphy
One and Done.
"I am a plumber of 20 years."
"I could go with serval stories."
"For example cat piss ladies home where the entire first floor was the cat litter box and the entire first floor smelled like cat pee."
"The basement, which was a relief, smelled like weed and cigarettes, from the son living in the basement."
"The owner had a leak under the kitchen sink so I had to lay down on the pee covered, dryed, floor to get under the sink."
"Long story short, I caused a minor flood which I contained."
"Owner however demanded a manager come to the home to look at the damaged I caused."
"When he showed up she took him to the spot I damaged, he looked at her and said 'you'rw complaining because he cleaned your floor?'"
"'House was put on the do not serve list after that.'"
"'Never went back.'"
"This was about 15 years ago.'"- MrJon0053.
"You're trying to seduce me... aren't you?
"Started as a furniture and appliance delivery driver and nothing too serious."
"Took an old guy a tv and he had pornhub open on his old one and a bunch of anal dvds laying around."
"Only other one worth saying is we took a really cute chick a bunkbed and after we got done building it, I told her i was going to grab my clipboard for a signature."
"I come back in the room and she's on all fours on the top bunk spreading the sheets in daisy dukes where I could, lets just say, see more than i should have."
"As I walked into the room her, a** was about 2 feet from me and i nearly choked on my own words."- VeilOFMayaa.
Hanging on to those we love.
"My mom was a parole officer in the 80's and they had to do house evaluations to be sure the guys could be sent to live with their family and/or relatives."
"Lot of gross and disturbing stuff."
"My favorite: went to visit a guy's mom to see if he could go live with her when he got paroled."
"The woman hated him since he was a failure (jail)."
"On the other hand, she loooved her other son and kept talking about him during the interview."
"He was some kind of magician and would do a show with his python in bars all over the province (Québec)."
"He would lay down in a casket with it and taddaaa! "
"Survive the thing."
"Except one time he didn't and the snake suffocated him during the show."
"The woman pointed her finger up and my mom lifted her eyes."
"She had the python stuffed and hanged along the upper part of the walls."
"It made almost the entire room."
"Looking down she realize the coffee table was, in fact, the "casket" the guy died into."
"Nice place."- sunforrest.python GIFGiphy
A long uncovered secret.
"In my hometown, the landlord of a basement apartment noticed that the water pipes were getting backed up all throughout his house that he lived above from this basement apartment."
"Decided to call a plumber, hoping it'd fix the issue."
"Plumber finds mushy bits of human organs and dismembered limbs."
"After the police were involved, it was discovered about 6 months later that confirmed the human remains belonged to a 15-year-old girl who went missing months ago."
"So f*cking twisted."- erind22.
On the other hand, may it is best to just stay home, right?
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The key to any successful relationship is communication.
The ability to be open and receptive to what a significant other has to say, as well as the ability to be able to convey something weighing on one's mind, can be healing.
But depending on the circumstance, some things are better left unsaid.
Curious to hear examples of what those might be, Redditor FamiliarFarmer8356 asked:
"What's something you wish you could tell your partner without upsetting them?"
If there is conflict, there is a way to discuss and address the issue in a civil and respectful manner.
Things Just Happen
"Every bad thing that happens doesn't require someone to be blamed for it. And that someone doesn't always have to be me."
A Cornerstone Of A Successful Union
"One of the cornerstones of a good marriage, is knowing how to argue. I’d actually say that before a couple get married, they should check how their potential partner behaves in an argument. What are they like when they get angry. It’s important because no two individuals are going to agree all the time. And on those occasions, it’s important to remember not to belittle the other. Deal with the issue at hand. And especially, don’t argue in front of the kids. You have no idea how much lasting damage this causes."
"All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principles of equal partnership."
It's Not That Deep
"please stop complaining about everything."
"If you keep seeking out reasons to be miserable, you will find them."
"I'm tired of being dragged down with you."
There's no need to get defensive when there's something to discuss.
It's Not About You
"That some days I’m just tired from class and work and just want some me time, it’s not that I hate you my social battery is just running out."
"Her first reaction to something adverse doesn't have to be anger."
In The Words Of A Pirate
"In the wise words of captain Jack Sparrow sometimes:"
'the problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude toward the problem.'
It Takes Two To Tango
"That I wish she’d be more independent so she didn’t need my help for everything outside the house."
"That it’s a little disturbing how aggressively he drives when he’s grumpy… heavy on both gas and brakes, zooming in and out of traffic, swearing at people who make mistakes… very unlike him."
Sometimes the truth hurts when talking about members of the family.
A Real Assessment
"That her mother is not a good person."
"I told my husband that it's not that his family is nosy and overbearing, it's that I hate watching him cave and negotiate as if they have a right to behave like this, and I really hate when I'm the bad guy for wanting reasonable limits."
"It got worse, then it got better, FYI."
"His parents are greedy, selfish people and treat him like an atm."
There's definitely a fine line between withholding your thoughts to protect the person you love and being brutally honest.
If coming clean isn't going to resolve an issue, then it might be better to suck it up and deal with whatever frustrations you have about the other person.
It's up to you, but make sure the delivery doesn't come from a place of rage if you do decided to be totally transparent about your negative thoughts.
Every family has a black sheep or every family in its entirety are black sheep.
What is a "black sheep" anyway?
It used to mean a person who brought shame or embarrassment to a family, but it's more often used now to mean the member who is just very different from everyone else—sometimes in a good way.
Redditor Frozen_yoghurt123 asked:
"Who is the 'black sheep' of your family?"
I'm the black sheep or at least I'd like to think so.
"Probably my dad's cousin, who went to prison for murdering his lover's husband."
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"My Dad. He is the only one of 6 siblings who wasn't a huge f**k up. And yet, before my Grandma died she stated that he was her 'biggest disappointment.' He is estranged from his surviving siblings... not by his choice. It honestly blows my mind."
"Toxicity is often a group mindset thing; people don't want you to leave because they are dysfunctionally co-dependent on each other and need each other to justify their own shortcomings in life. A lot of the 'family loyalty' stuff is typically shouted loudest by those who are the least good idea to stay loyal towards."
"My great uncle who stole my great grandfathers identity, stole a couple million dollars, and ran off. No one even knew he was alive until my great grandfathers funeral in 2009. No one has seen him since. My grandma started to cry because she honestly thought he was dead."
"Everyone else just kind of nodded on his direction and went on with the rest of the funeral. I just remember being very confused because I was 9 and I had never met this guy who my dad pulled me aside and told me he was my great uncle. It was a few years later that I got the full story."
"According to my mean aunt, the 'matriarch' in her own mind, it's my twin brother because "he doesn't care about family now that he's a doctor." (He's a resident. Chief resident. He works ridiculous hours and spends the rest of the time recovering from work.)"
"According to my ex-MIL (who still counts because she's Son's grandma), it's me, for divorcing her son."
"According to everyone else, it's Mean Aunt. The rest of us are warm and caring and compassionate. We have our moments; all of us have been accidentally thoughtless or done something selfish once in a while, but we're not deliberately mean and snarky all the time."
"My immediate family are the black sheep of the entire family."
DarthDreganJohn Stamos Cheers GIF by GrandfatheredGiphy
Sounds like everyone has a little black sheep in them.
"By now, my brother for cutting off everyone because he prefers his rude, selfish, paranoid, narcissist wife over all of us."
"My wife is the black sheep of her family in the sense that she's the only one who isn't a rude, selfish, paranoid narcissist."
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"Me. My granddaddy told me 'I’ve only had the sheriff knock on my door two times in my 80 years, and both times he was looking for you! 'I did some dumb sh*t, caused a little trouble, burned a few bridges but always managed to stay out of jail. Partly because my sister has kept an attorney on retainer for me since I was 16."
"My younger brother (2nd of 4) is a compulsive liar and it got him in a lot of little trouble as a teen, then he told his wife he graduated a big college when we're not even sure if he got his GED because he failed to graduate HS, went to some GED school and eventually just stopped going."
"IF he graduated college, he never mentioned he was going in the 4+ years it takes nor mention graduation or have a diploma. He's not a bad dude, but now family time is super awkward when he and his wife are talking about 'their' college team."
The NOT good girl...
"My aunt's daughter. She’s been in jail for drugs, stolen money from my aunt and other family members to use on drugs and physically abused my aunt. My aunt has tried getting her help, but nothing has worked. She’s just not a good person, and everyone in my family, except my aunt, doesn’t want anything to do with her. I haven’t seen her in 8 years now, and I’m happy about that."
"A former nun - my great aunt - left the religious life and got married. She called herself 'the black sheep of the family' because her habit was black."
Back2BachExcited Julie Andrews GIF by The Rodgers & Hammerstein OrganizationGiphy
Well the black sheep sound like the most interesting family members.
Sex is great, but there are more ways than one to accomplish that euphoric feeling without sex.
There are so many small, ordinary aspects of life that can just send a person and we come across them daily.
A good steak.
A home repair.
The things that make you say...
"I tingle all over."
Redditor OldAboba asked:
"What is the best non-sexual physical feeling you’ve ever felt?"
Adele. Adele live. She sends me.
FloatingRelaxed Exit Strategy GIF by Hannah Bronfman Giphy
"I got a professional full body (everything but my man parts) massage a few years back for the first and so far only time at a spa after the recommendation from a coworker. I felt like I was floating on a cloud for the next few days."
Through your nose...
"Sneezing when you're sick. Then you get that about 20 second feeling of breathing through your nose again and you like ahh that's what I aspire to at the moment."
"Or the very last sneeze of your illness. During a fire drill in high school, I was ambling out after fighting a head old for a few days. The alarm was killing my head which was already throbbing from the sinus pressure."
"I was nearing the field, well away from my classmates, when I cough/sneezed out a huge, green loogie - cleared it about three feet, no icky trail - and by the time I was walking back to the building I was feeling pretty much back to normal. No more head cold after that. Never had something like that ever happen again where there was such an abrupt end to the head cold."
"Right after a migraine goes away. It's almost a spiritual experience."
"This was going to be my answer. I was in the ER one time for a really bad migraine. They gave me what they called a 'migraine cocktail.' When they pushed it through the IV I could feel the cold liquid make its way through my body, up to my head. Once it hit my brain, the migraine was gone. It was pure ecstasy. Even better was that cocktail had Benadryl in it so I fell asleep not long after and slept so good."
"That stretch til you shake when you wake up."
"I once stretched too hard in the morning and got the worst calf cramp ever... it looked like a prune and I thought I would die from the pain. Couldn't stretch in bed for months afterwards out of fear it would happen again."
"When you move over 50, it turns into that stretch til you put your back into a muscle spasm that lasts days."
The ItchScratching Feel Good GIF by 60 Second DocsGiphy
"I had a cast and splint on both my legs for 2 months. When they cut it off, they scratched my legs for me and the itch was just top notch! Yeah."
Itching an itch can change a life.
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"When you're starving all day and devour a bomb a** meal."
Sleep for Life
"When you’ve been up for 20 hours+ and finally get into bed and you just know it’ll be the best sleep of your life."
"But man, after 36+ hours, the body sort of aches and it's hard to fall asleep despite being completely exhausted. Then the restless legs kick in... ugh. I do agree that a 20hr-ish stint is amazing to cuddle into, especially if you don't have to get up at any specific time the next day."
"Makes it better when you’ve been sleep deprived for weeks and know you have NO PLANS tomorrow and can sleep as much as you need."
"When you're absolutely busting for a pee and you can finally go!"
"Apparently there’s a thing called a 'pee-gasm' that people (usually women) have that causes an orgasmic feeling when you pee after holding it for a while! I’ve definitely experienced this and I’ve intentionally waited a while so I could have that good feeling... lol."
I Can Hear!!
"The feeling of water leaving your ear after being there all day."
"I had some impacted earwax for a week in one ear, and when it finally got removed it was the best feeling in the world. Initially it was like having a tv or radio in my ear that only had static, but then I could hear. Good god, I could hear. It was amazing."
"Oh man, and it’s WARM from being in your head, and the warmth makes the sensation of leaving even better."
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"Sleeping in a warm blanket in winters."
"Or sleeping in a cold blanket in summer."
I am enthralled by all of those things.
People need to stop throwing out unwanted advice.
And when it is requested, think before you speak.
People with mental disorders don't need everyone telling them they have a fix like "exercise" or "herbal supplements."
Redditor Gold-Ad-2827 asked:
"People with mental disorders: What do you hate being told the most?"
I hated being told to just smile. You smile and go away.
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"It's all in your head. Where else would it?! My colon?"
"Everybody goes through that."
"This saying makes my blood boil. Or the 'I was that age once too ya know' yeah no sh*t you were that age once. And just because you were that age once doesn’t mean we have the same experience."
"They try to minimize it."
"You're worried? Just stop."
"You're sad? Just don't be."
"You're compulsively binge eating? Eat less."
"Thanks for that stellar advice."
"Or even better, 'Just do it!' As if ADHD paralysis can be stopped with a can-do attitude."
"I get so frustrated when people treat the idea of 'holistic medicine' as some kind of woo. How does it escape so many people that the body works holistically? Even a lot of doctors seem to ignore this. It's very frustrating when you have 2 or 3 or 4 illnesses that are all affecting each other, and your 'physical health' is held distinct from your mental health, and nothing anyone is doing to treat you works because no one's looking at the whole system."
"I just got a lecture from a psychiatrist I am seeing about nutrition, and he apologized to me for doing so but I told him, 'No, I appreciate it. Do it for all your patients.' because it told me he's trying to look at the whole picture and actually fix what's wrong. It gave me faith in him."
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"You need to calm down."
"Never is the history of calm down has calm down ever caused anyone to calm down."
Calm down. I hate that one. You calm down.
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"When they try to give me tips on what to do, like bruh as if I didn't already try that."
"You don't look sad. No crap... that's so I can avoid having this conversation. Also depression isn't 'being sad' like people think."
"God, I hate this. It's because saying 'I'm depressed' has been standard for people expressing that they're slightly unhappy about something dumb like not getting enough croutons on their salad or some crap. Now that's just what everyone assumes you mean when you say you have depression."
"'Stop being lazy.'"
“'Lazy' is when you don’t want to do anything at all. 'Executive disfunction' is when you can do everything at all, but that one easy quick thing that you do want to do just makes you and your brain freeze completely days ahead. I’m tired of people not understand that even when I explain and look at me like I’m bullshitting instead."
Ways to Cope
"Maybe you should try praying harder. I did, He prescribed medication."
"Praying is a way to cope for a lot of people, I think. That's totally fine, but insisting on praying in lieu of getting real help or actually addressing the issue is when it is not only unhelpful, but dangerously detrimental."
"Religious people will bypass everyone’s cultures, identity, views, and feelings just to be right and make a point. it’s disgusting. I read somewhere that real so called Christianity is all wrong. The real faith is from the Aramaic history and all the meanings were misinterpreted and the stories and all were made up by Catholics wanting to control their people. Yuck."
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"As someone with OCD with a lot of attention to 'contamination', having someone try to explain contradictions in why I'm doing something that is technically unclean when I wouldn't do something that is technically clean due to OCD. There are a few doorknobs that I will not touch no matter how much you clean them in front of me and I know it makes no sense, if it made sense I wouldn't have OCD i'd just be cleanly."
Stop trying to be an armchair therapist. Be empathetic to people first.