My mother cannot handle anxiety. She doesn't do feelings well... well sad feelings. She's great with love. So because of this she laughs, incessantly, at the most embarrassing moments. Someone has been murdered, she laughs. Lost your home in a fire, laugh. Your dog was stuck by lightning? Hysteria. It's all a defense mechanism because of her discomfort with emotions. But sometimes it can come off as a tad.... inappropriate?

Laughing is good for the soul. A deep, hearty laugh can save you years on your life, it can even burn calories. And in this day and age Lord do we need some laughter. There is a caveat, some of us do need to be aware of our surroundings when we bust a gut. For instance....

Redditor u/Pegi111 wanted to discuss the times a hearty chuckle may have been a bit ill timed by asking.... What is the worst thing that you have laughed at In public?

In need of Autotune....

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My dad's funeral. My maternal grandfather got very emotional, and when he's emotional, he loses his English and lapses into Welsh. He's also a trained singer, so halfway through one of the hymns he starts bellowing it out in Welsh, which no one else in the church could speak (we live in Scotland). It was funny and awful at the same time.


Just STOP! 

I happened to witness the immediate aftermath of a car accident between this woman and a younger guy who seemed to be a new driver.

The young guy had a STOP sign and the woman was cussing at him, telling him he should be paying more attention and that he will kill someone if he drives like that. The poor dude was practically speechless and still reeling from the shock of the accident.

Just as I was about to go on with my day, here comes a delivery guy on a scooter. He stops for half a sec to take stock of the situation and goes "Hey, lady! Leave the poor kid alone, you were going the wrong way on a one-way street" while pointing at a sign that confirmed what he said.

Suffice it to say, I pissed myself laughing at her as she went back to her car realizing she was at fault after all.


"I just wanna live" 

I pissed myself laughing at my husbands funeral. He had a pretty morbid sense of humor and one of the songs he wanted played was "I Just Wanna Live" by Good Charlotte. In the moment the whole thing just seemed so absurd that I just cracked up laughing. However because most people could only see my back they all assumed I was just crying. But honestly I think that my reaction was pretty normal given the emotional distress that day.


Walking Like Deer....

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One time in college a few friends and I took a couple giggle stamps and went for a walk down the main drag of town, taking it all in.

At about the time that things were really coming to a head, a car crashes into a stone wall on the other side of the street at like 25 miles an hour. Without missing a beat 5 girls who were dressed to go out and were all wearing tall heels hop out and all run in different directions away from this car. They all looked like baby deer learning to walk.

The driver stumbles out seemingly intoxicated and then proceeds to try and reverse himself off the wall and leave the scene but ends up ripping off the front end of his car and then getting stuck.

Anyway I almost collapsed from laughing at all of this and after roasting the driver from across the street instead of helping like the Seinfeld gang for about 5 minutes we decided to leave.


'Come on and Celebrate'

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When my dad died we were trying to sort out funeral stuff. We're a religious family and he had chosen Hymns and Bible readings before he died. One of the hymns was an old school 80s praise song called 'Come on and Celebrate.' It involves some cringeworthy synchronized clapping. We're also a pretty musical family so we sang that song in full voice, clapping away and giggling to ourselves knowing how disappointed dad would have been with us if we hadn't given it our all.


Or so I thought.

I used to be a wedding planner. One wedding was set on a coastal beach. Really great day, I had been working on this for months. Now, the couple decided that the ring bearer would be their labrador and he would have the rings on a ribbon around his neck, fair enough. So a bridesmaid would let him off the lead at the beginning of the aisle and he would trot down to the happy couple. We did test runs and he was really good so he was the least of my problems.

Or so I thought. I'm right at the back with my schedule, ceremony starts but the dog had different ideas, he stormed down the aisle (almost knocking the bride over) past the couple, down the beach and into the sea with the RINGS. Half of the groomsmen running after him ending up drenched in the sea. I literally had tears running down my face with laughter, there was nothing all I could do, had to balance against a wall with my heels embedded in the sand.



After the loss of my sister last year which was my first real experience with death and planning a funeral I will never question anyone's behavior at their loved ones funeral. The brains coping behaviors are weird. I went from hysterical laughter to full snot face crying back to hysterical laughter in 2 seconds over and over flat the entire day. There are no "wrong" reactions. I'm sorry for your loss.



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Clearly tired dad and his, I'm assuming, 5 year old daughter in a supermarket, following behind him pointing out things that she thinks they need in an obnoxious voice.

Girl: Daddy, do you know what WE need?

Dad: silence

Girl: Daddy!! Do you know what WE need? DADDY!! DO YOU KNOW WHAT WE NEED?!

Dad: A muzzle.

Had to duck into the next aisle so fast and burst out laughing, the people in that aisle had no idea what I'd just heard and looked at me like I was laughing at voices in my head.


Sit with Us....

I was out with a cousin that I had not seen in quite a while since she lives in another country. We were at a cafeteria/bar type thing. Since she was staying a few days only, she asked me if it was okay if some friends of hers that she hadn't seen in years came along. Told her sure and 10 mins later they come sit with us.

One of them (they were 3) starts telling us whats up with his life and casually drops "oh my father also died this summer" (as if he had bought a new phone or sth) and I almost spit my drink... I really tried not laughing but he didn't help. I left out a tiny giggle and he continued telling how his father died casually. I had to look at my phone to not lose it.


Kidney Needed....

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I was doing storefront fundraising at a WalMart for the non-profit I'm a part of. I pitched a guy on the way in and his reply was "I'll donate to someone else as soon as someone donates me a kidney."

I expressed my sympathies and moved on.

The guy I was fundraising with pitched the man again as he walked out of the store. The man must've said something derogatory and my partner looked at me, shrugged, and made a funny face. I laughed and the guy wheeled around and started screaming and cursing at me for laughing at a man who needs a kidney transplant.

He ended up calling the store and saying I was mocking his plight and we were asked to leave for the day.


Perfect Plank....

My neighbor (60F) was about to open her gate but then she saw us, and she quickly turned around to say hello. Well, she perfectly face planked to the ground while doing so, got up and acted like nothing had happened and continued talking. I tried to ask her if she was okay but couldn't stop laughing. I must have looked like an butthole, it was the most perfect plank I've ever seen.


the nut job

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A teenager was harassing a middle aged woman in a wheel chair.

The teenager tried to kick her in the face..... she caught his foot so he fell on his face, she held his foot up and repeatedly kicked his nuts with her giant special boot.


On the Floor....

I was in a restaurant and there was this kid a few seats ahead of me just being loud and annoying, so when he got out of his seat to do god knows what, he tripped and fell on his untied show and face planted into the hardwood floor, i laughed out loud so hard and i got a lot of nasty stares but it was worth it.


So Stupid...

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I joked about my friend and said he looked like he was having a seizure before my idiotic self realized he actually was having a seizure

Edit: He was fine. Something happened that triggered a ptsd flashback. He has since gotten counseling.


ya'll know me!

On jury duty for a drunk driving manslaughter case. He agreed to an interview on scene of the accident, drunk as hell. After the officer identified himself on the tape, drunk dude started hollering in a thick southern drawl "ya'll know me! My daughters a street walker down in (nearby town)". I started laughing at that. With the wife and family of the victim visibly upset, staring at me.

Then guy admitted he spent the day drinking at a strip club, with a n open 12 pack of beer in the passenger seat with empties on the floor.

Man, that trial was a joke. Why didn't he plead guilty? No defense to speak of, they even had video of the accident, not to mention he consented to a BAC test. And this was the guys 5th drunk driving offense.


Ashes to Ashes.....

At my grandma's funeral, when it came time for interment, all of us who'd gone to the cemetery were asked to stay some 50 yards away as they were sodding the whole new area of the cemetery we were in. However, my grandpa wanted to sprinkle some dirt on her casket, so they permitted him to do so, with my mom, aunt, and uncle alongside.

A few moments later, we heard a really loud thud--evidently, because of the nature of the dirt there, instead of being able to find a small handful of loose dirt, he picked up a little clod or two and tossed that into the grave. Hearing the thud in the distance, my wife and sisters and I couldn't resist busting out laughing. Luckily grandpa was too far away to hear it.


Sing Out....

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During my graduation ceremony, I was in the front row. We all got up to sing the school's anthem. The song was also gestured (?) in sign language. For some reason I found the person's gestures really silly and I was barely containing myself from erupting into laughter.


An Attack

When the polish president died in a plane crash in 2012 (I think) there was a nationwide minute of silence. For some reason I couldn't stop laughing, it was like an attack of just laughter because of nothing.

Anyways my family got pissed and took me away to a room where I sat alone in the darkness and laughed for few minutes till my whole core started to hurt.


"thou art butt dust" 

My younger sister and I were altar serving on Ash Wednesday. We were probably about 13 and 11 years old.

The priest is making the cross on each parishioner's forehead with ashes and saying "remember, man, that thou art but dust and to dust thou shalt return."

My 13 year old brain decided to interpret that as "thou art butt dust" and I snorted.

That set my sister off and we were both sitting there laughing our asses off and trying to stifle it as much as possible.


One Punch...

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I was working at a McDonald's cleaning in front next door I saw a guy walking and some guy comes on his bike behind and lays him out with one punch.


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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!