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The world is big enough that anything is possible. However, if you let your mind wander into the unknown, you'll eventually stumble across something that couldn't actually happen.


Reddit user, u/chkn-bcn, wanted to hear what's so unbelievable when they asked:

What do you believe, but cannot prove?

Tough To Read

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That you can read in dreams.

Everyone believes you can't and it's such a dumb, baseless myth. I know for a fact that you can because I have, many times, and it bothers me that I have no way of proving it.


Well......Okay, Go On.

That 2020 is the result of future folks going back in time to change things, and REALLY f-cking it up even worse!


The Universe Is Keeping Track

That life for me is a series of checks and balances. If I have too much happiness, something bad will happen to bring me down. If too much joy is had for too long a period of time, I start to get really worried that a major disaster is about to happen to balance out the happy.

On the flip side, if I manage to stay calm and somewhat content or indifferent to what's happening in life, then things stay pretty calm and stagnant too.

Theory of equilibrium but with life experiences 🤔


Might As Well Keep Putting It Out Into The World

I believe that love and caring is an actual force that can manifest itself in the physical world and genuinely change people in the short or long term in inexplicable ways. I have no idea how one would prove or measure this but I regularly see it happening.


Doesn't Everyone Already Think This?

That phones listen to everything I say during the day, stuff I type on messaging apps, phone calls I make with people. I already know they track my online activity but I had a very heated argument with a friend (we're both fresh IT grads) and he vehemently refused the fact that phones could listen while idle.

I've tried doing a ton of research but nothing shows up. I've done experiments when I've taken a friend's phone and we had a casual conversation about stuff that I'm interested in and he's not (make-up, fashion, etc) and within 5 minutes, he opened Instagram and got ads for those very things. I really believe there's some big revelation coming in the tech industry within the next 5 years and it's not going to be pretty.


No One Knows What Future Apps Will Be Capable Of

In the near future an app or social media site will be created that essentially functions the way labor unions were meant to function.

It will cause upheaval. Places like WalMart and manufacturers will suddenly have to deal with flash-strikes.


A Vindictive Ex

Around 1995 I was away in college. Broke up with a girlfriend and when she left she took the remote for the TV. I just figured I misplaced it. I moved back to my home town a month later. Soon I bought a new TV and never thought about it again.

About 4 years later we get back in contact (We were from the same geographic area). She drops by my new place for a coffee and after she leaves I can't find the remote for my, now new, TV.

I search everywhere and in a crack under the back cushion on the couch I found the remote for the old TV. Never did find the remote I needed for the new TV.

I'm sure she stole both of them and pulled the switcheroo years later.


Here Today, Gone The Next

One of my best friends from middle school up and disappeared with his entire family.

Seriously. There one day, totally empty house the next. No phone calls, no texts, no social media.

I'm convinced the whole family was in witness protection.


Makes Sense, Right?

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There are alien civilizations out there that are a million years ahead of us, a million years behind us, and everything in between.


Let's Get Cosmologically Crazy For A Second

I believe that energy=consciousness. I believe that we don't understand consciousness, only what it means, subjectively, to experience our ability to process consciousness through our senses. I believe there is only this consciousness, as energy, and in order for it to be self aware, it must evolve into further understandings and representations of itself/ourselves.

I believe the entire nature of reality is a torus, and we're on the precipice of discovering this. The universe is toroidal and it appears flat to us because it is so vast, it would be like an ant trying to measure the circumference of the earth.


We Could Really Use Heroes Right Now, Super-Powered Or Not

That there are real people on this planet that have super powers but choose to stay in hiding.



The Clippers threw the 2013-2014 divisional round on purpose to devalue the team so that Donald Sterling would get less money in his forced selling of the team.

Chris Paul was dribbling the ball out for a win in game 5 when Durant made a really weak steal to steal the lead. Either Chris just forgot to protect the ball or he let Durant do it on purpose to quietly steal the series.


Psychologically, most humans have empathy chips that prevent one from causing great harm and pain to others. It is a varying spectrum on the sociopathic scale, and some other aspects, that lend others to not feel this and in turn not have a "stopgap" toward bringing harm.


Something Is Just A Little Off

I went to a Guns n Roses aka Axl Rose concert during the barrelhead days, around 2006 I think. Anyway I'm about 99% sure that the singer on stage was NOT really Axl. I was such a huge fan so I'd seen them on this tour a couple times already. He looked like Axl and sounded like him but there was something off about it. Can't put my finger on it but I really think that it was a very good impersonator.


Is This True Or Do Tastes Change?

Subway was much higher quality 20 years ago.


Fast food in general was higher quality 20 years ago, with some exception. The largest exception is probably chicken nuggets. 20 years ago they were more like deep fried chicken bone milkshake. But since they were largely marketed towards kids, no one cared what kind of quality they were.


Silently Stalking...All...Day...Long...

That some people wait around until they see someone sitting or parked by themselves and then go sit or park close to them.

I don't know what their goal is but it happens so many times there has to be something going on.


This happens to me all the time. I purposely park far away from the store, usually with in the last few rows. And a usually have plenty of empty spots on both sides of my car. Inevitably when I come back to my car there is someone parked in a spot right next to my car, even though there are lots of empty spaces in the same row.


You Know What That's Worth Now?

Childhood friends stole my copy of super smash bros melee.

Haunts me to this day. Did they do it? I'll never know



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People in general across the world want to live in peace.


I've travelled a lot, and you're right - 99% of people are like you and me; go to work, go to the shops, sit in a cafe, just getting on with life.


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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!