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Humans are gross. We do gross things all the time, like checking our used tissue for boogers.

People have a strange fascination with the disgusting. There was a whole show in the 90s around people getting slimed.

Now that seems pretty harmless, but what if you caught someone doing something so disgusting that it made you re-evaluate the way you look at those around you?

If it make you feel disgusted to think about gross things humans do, it's actually evolutionarily hardwired in you to feel that way. We feel disgust to protect ourselves from eating rotten food that could hurt us.


Redditor k1rky25 asked:

"What was your 'people are disgusting' realization moment?"

You're not going to want to read these if you get nauseated easily.

Taking a dump into the trash can.

"Last month, our manager walked into the hallway leading to the break room only to find a customer with their pants around their ankles sh*tting in the garbage can."

- lieslmarie

"I used to clean at Home Depot. One store had a secondary set of smaller bathrooms on the other side of the store from the bigger, regular bathrooms. These bathrooms were mostly used by employees."

"At least once a week (because I only cleaned 4 days a week, while someone cleaned the other 3) I would find sh*t filled underwear in the trashcan of that bathroom. I wasn't that grossed out the first time I found them because, hey accidents happen and that was just a bad day for that dude. But after the 3rd week in a row, I realized this dude was just sh*tting himself for the love of the game."

"I quit soon after."

- Shoddy-Quality-767

Please, don't eat in the bathroom.

"In the navy, enlisted folks clean the toilets on the regular. Depending on the ship and location, they get real disgusting even at the best of times. Some dirty guy ate Spaghetti-Os while he was taking a sh*t and left the can and spoon on the toilet paper rack. People are irredeemably disgusting."

- reactor_raptor

"Guy on my ship soiled his underwear and flushed them. Sewage on a ship goes into a tank and is eventually pumped overboard. The pump got clogged and the Hull Techs had to fix it. We knew who was at fault because all your clothing is permanently marked."

- Shadeauxmarie

Military medic.

Warning, this one is really bad.

"Patient with an anal abscess that he got shaving his a**hole a couple hours before a 45 day field exercise in the New Mexican desert. He hadn't showered or even attempted basic hygiene. His whole body already smelled like a barrel of fermenting jock straps, and he was face down with his rotten a**hole stuck up in the air. PA lanced it and it burst outward, splattering rotten pus all over the other medic, who promptly vomited all over the floor and my boots. I have been severely grossed out by people since then and left the military to do a series of plant science degrees."

- Con5equences

Child Protective Service workers have seen some things.

"Working as a caseworker for CPS."

- the8itch

"Had two friends that were going to save the world via social work."

"One left after three months and has since developed PTSD and Chronic-Fatigue Syndrome and the other lasted a year and went from a freewheeling hippy to the coldest hardest heart you ever met."

- karatebullfightr

"I work in healthcare, doing lab testing. One of my first days doing STD testing we had a 3 year old test positive for GC/CT. Both of them, and we retested them at least twice to confirm. Contracting both at birth is possible, but doubtful. It was definitely a case of abuse."

"I don't think I could concentrate at work for hours after resulting that out."

- Aldroe

Men in the DMs.

"My ex-girlfriend once showed me the messages she receives on a daily basis. It led me to one basic question:"

"What the f*ck is wrong with guys? Outwardly, y'all look and act normal. Behind a keyboard, you send peen pics, solicit threesomes, ask for nudes, hit on taken chicks etc…"

- Slyest_of_Boots

"It's sad that women are even too scared sometimes to dismiss men like this these days, but who can blame these women? They get sexual messages like this, tell the men ''no,' and then the women receive both sexual and life endangering threats. It's the worst and it makes me sick."

- TheBostonKremeDonut

Trashing the bathroom as a trend.

"I work retail, and a few months ago some teenage boys trashed the men's restroom. They left a few movies stolen from the nearby Walmart on the floor, dumped every paper towel into the toilets/urinal, and got either toilet water, urine, or both all over the floor."

- Funny_Alternative_55

"The trend is so f*cking annoying. If I want to go to the bathroom in school, there is no toilet paper, no toilet seats, no mirrors, and even if you can go to the bathroom with have of it missing, you cant even wash your hands because guess what? Mfs took the damn soap."

- IEatBruhMoments

This was a truly horrifying list of things that people have actually done in the world.

If you made it this far, don't feel bad that your curiosity was peaked. We don't know why we are fascinated by the disgusting but there are a few theories. It could be "benign masochism," or the value of learning about a threat to protect yourself in the future.

Whatever your reason, we can agree that people are disgusting.

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