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Some years back I went to a friend's house. Their grandmother was an old lady who'd survived the Great Depression and she never seemed to have learned how to season food properly. She boiled some vegetables and some meat into flavorless mounds that we served to us. It was miserable, but I ate the food just to be polite (asking for a bit of salt and pepper helped). But when I say it was a miserable affair, I'm not kidding.

After Redditor eland_1 asked the online community, "What's the worst thing you've eaten in order to be polite?" people told us their stories.


"It was AWFUL..."

My grandmother cooked up a half a dozen pies for a Thanksgiving or Christmas, so long ago I forget which. She sliced me off a little piece first and had me try it. It was AWFUL, but I ate it and thanked her. Later that night after dinner we were getting ready for dessert and grandma just started crying. She had baked all the pies with salt rather than sugar.

CoachiusMaximus

"Pumpkin pie but..."

Pumpkin pie but the person forgot to remove the wax paper after proofing the crust which caused the filling to not set correctly. So imaging eating pumpkin soup out of a paper bowl but also eating the bowl at the same time.

pussypoppers

"Guy I worked with..."

Guy I worked with gave me an Italian sub he brought back from his house while on break. I told him I was okay but insisted. From the first bite, I could tell something was weird about it but I kept taking small bites to be polite. Eventually, the dude tells me that his mom used to work at the gas station next door and that she'd take the subs about to expire and put them in the freezer.

The sub was 5 years old.

"We all were forced to eat it."

It was a jello mold with a full salad in the mold. Lettuce, tomato, olives, onions, etc. Grandmother made it. We all were forced to eat it. It is still one of the most disgusting things I have ever had to eat.

Snoo_68474

"My grandma replaced..."

My grandma replaced all cooking oils with coconut oil. Olive oil, vegetable oil, butter, all of it was replaced with coconut oil. You know what tastes disgusting cooked in coconut oil? Omelets.

ThePocketPanda

"My parents went to have dinner..."

My parents went to have dinner with friends when I was a kid. They said that their friends cooked a pasta with cat food in it and served it to them. They politely, but begrudgingly, started eating it, bite by bite. Three or four bites in their friends started laughing and explained the prank, then served them the real dinner. I don't think my parents have completely forgiven them for that yet.

Wepoozealater

"I was with the elders..."

Tiết canh - it's a Vietnamese "pizza" that's topped with cold, raw thickened duck blood as the sauce. I was with the elders and didn't want to look like a little bitch.

PussyWhistle

"A guy in my class..."

A guy in my class who was from South Africa brought in a jar of marmite. He was so excited to share it with us. He was asking everyone if they wanted some and they all said no. I decided to try it since I felt bad for him and I liked trying new foods. He was so happy when he handed me a cracker with some on it.

The excitement left his face when he saw my reaction after I put it in my mouth. Didn't help that his friend was laughing as I tried to politely say it was okay.

OrangeTree81

"I once told one of my friends..."

I once told one of my friend's mums that I really, really liked pasta.

Y'know, cus who doesn't?

Well, when I went around my friends for dinner one time, she cooked what must've been 10kg of pasta for me. I tried... I really tried... The vomit-inducing scale of that food is something I remember to this day. And yet, despite my valiant effort, she was pissed that I wasted her food.

Like this is like a month's ration for an entire platoon of fully grown men.

Alundra828

"It was awful."

My friend's mother made something they call "squishy noodles" at his house. It was like a plate of mush on top of overcooked noodles. It was awful. I muscled like half down and she gave me more.

Huck4108

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Typically, I would write an intro about my own experiences with the weird kids at school, but I WAS the weird kid in school. Not in a bad way, more like a “I had a John Waters phase” when I was 16 and everyone knew it. So like, cool-weird. At least I hope so.

Schools aren’t always so lucky to have the cool kinds of weird kids though. The spectrum of weird extends even further than that, and can sometimes end up very disasterous.

U/Imaginary_East5786 asked: What was the weirdest thing the weird kid did at school?

​Let’s start with the grossest of the gross. Because why not.

Was it worth it?

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He heard that you'd automatically get suspended if you peed your pants at school. He wanted to find out if it was true, peed his pants, got suspended.

Memoryduel

Scientific method:

> Observation: 'I've heard that by peeing your pants you will be suspended'

> Hypothesis: If I pee my pants I will be suspended

> Experiment: I peed my pants and I got suspended

> Conclusion: If I pee my pants I get suspended

Glez_fdezdavila_

Uhhh what was the intention here?

He got mad that he didn't understand how to play a game at lunchtime so he started hitting and punching the nearest person to him, who happened to be me. When I shoved him away and asked him what the hell was he doing, he whipped his unit.out, charged at me and when I shoved him away from me again he started crying and ran away with his member still sticking out.

Kurtles12

​Next ones up are the lowkey (or even highkey) disturbing stories. These weird kids can get a little scary.

Boom theret.

At my middle school, someone decided to get a little attention with a good old fashioned bomb threat. Except they thought that a bomb threat meant literally writing "bomb threat" somewhere. Worse yet, they misspelled the f*ck out of it, and wrote "boom theret."

So we had to go on a brief, very awkward lockdown while the police checked the perimeter for booms.

Angusthedangus

I hope there was no overlap in the columns.

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She wrote a list of all the girls and boys she wanted to kiss and murder and then casually passed it out on the playground.

Fun-Acadia-8735

2 separate lists or just the 1?

OppositeYouth

Same list 2 columns lol.

Fun-Acadia-8735

Holy crap.

Had the weird kid in high school ask the teacher to use the bathroom. She said no and this dude legit stabbed his hand with a pencil. Went all the way through then asked if he could now...sh*t was wild.

This was Pearl High School in Mississippi. This was the school Luke Woodham shot and killed his girlfriend and her friend at the school. This kid stabbed himself with the pencil about 2 months after that happened. This was late 1997.

Roberted1982

​Most of the time, however, the weird kids are pretty d*mn funny.

Ok, but this takes a lot of skill.

Had a kid nicknamed "cheeseburger" in the grade ahead of me in high school. He got his nickname because when it was time for his class to go to lunch, he snuck into the roof and crawled his way into the cafeteria, dropped down and proceeded to steal all the cheeseburger put out for lunch. Unfortunately they caught him in the act and sent him to the principal's office.

A year later he was caught stealing a teacher's computer, and in the process of being arrested he bit the officers hand, getting him sent to juvi never to be heard of again.

Theonering1

Every school had the cat girl.

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The weird kid at my highschool tied a string around his pencil case and pulled out around the halls pretending it was a dog. He still lives in my hometown. I think unemployed.

Oh also weird girl in middle school acted like a cat. She would meow and hiss at people, lick the water fountain and rub her body on the teacher's legs. In 8th grade. I have no idea where she ended up.

SendmePMsofyourBMs

Mood.

Weird kid in elementary was a self proclaimed alien. Once, while waiting for the bus, she told me "On my planet we eat people like you" and proceeded to bite me. We later became friends in high school and she used to give me massages during lunch break in the quad. Just realized now she was likely tenderizing me.

Iheartrevolution

I was exactly this kind of weird.

He didn't say much, but if asked, he would go to the front of the class and perform Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with all of the emotion and volume of Tiny Tim, holding nothing back.

The last I heard, he became an energy trader, made a ton of money and married well.

10per

I can definitely relate to that last one. In middle school, my English teacher would let me go to the front of the class and perform monologues or songs from Broadway musicals. Weird, but that’s what happens when schools cut funding for the arts and the theatre kids have no outlet.

As long as you’re not hurting anyone, I say let your freak flag fly, man

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