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You would think family gatherings are predictable. But add a little alcohol and things can get interesting.


Even if you are not tipsy, being around relatives can bring out lively conversations where one involuntarily utters or does something they might regret later.

One thing is certain –when it comes to weddings, reunions, or a holiday feast, there is never is never a dull moment.


When Redditor KingNicodemus asked – "What's the stupidest thing you've done at a family gathering?" strangers on the internet had plenty to say.

There were some doozies – including someone who made a NSFW joke in front of their grandparent, while another missed their intended target while hurling a water bottle at a wedding.

Are any of the following scenarios familiar?

No Kids

"Tell my sister-in-law that her kids, my nephews, are why I don't want kids."

CaptainGanny

Great Grandma's Got A Sense Of Humor

"Got drunk in front of my great grandmother and started to sh*t talk my entire family in a baby voice to my baby niece; while the entire family thought I was out of line my great grandmother thought it was hilarious and that I had valid points."

SpiritedSoul

The Favorite

"got drunk and told one of my grandmas she was my favorite....in front of my other grandma."

fucktheroses

Game Names

"It was thanksgiving last year. I was playing quiplash with my family. I entered my name and the next thing was my aunt asking 'Who is Rock Hard? '"

RGSF150

Ice Breaker

"In my defense I have epilepsy and was having a 'partial' (aura/mini) seizure which caused this."

"I go into the kitchen and a few cousins are standing there with my aunt. I say 'sandwich' (I think?) but my brain was literally just reset about 20 seconds ago and I'm operating at an ultra-dumb level. I remember this primarily because there was aftermath to recollect. I took mayo out of the fridge and just throw a spoonful (I think?) at the fridge. I then take out cheese and throw it on the mayo, followed by turkey at the ground and bread somewhere. I look at it and just walked away."

"...my family did not know I had epilepsy at that point in time. That was the ice-breaker."

donutshopsss

Airborne Water Bottle

"I wanted to throw an empty bottle of water at my cousin and I hit my sister instead."

"It was a wedding."

"My sister was the bride."

GallopingAstronaut

How Grandpa Died

"Not me but at Thanksgiving last year my dad once brought out photos of the car crash that killed my grandpa and passed them around to my mom and her family (it was her dad that died) and he talked for like an hour about how bad his death must have been. It was painful to watch as he had only died recently."

moody4foody

Strip Club Pizza

"I inadvertently went to a strip club with my parents when I was 22 years old. My Mom had been ordering pizza from the new 'bar' down the street and was raving about it one night, so we decided to go check out the new restaurant and try their pizza just me and my parents, instead of having it delivered."

"As soon as we pulled into the parking lot my spidey senses went off, as I knew this place was known for having some seedy people hanging around, and it's always been some sort of strip club, but I thought, 'no way, my dad would know if it was a strip club, he's gotten pizza from here several times now!' I couldn't have been more wrong. That voice in my head was telling me to turn around and run as soon as we parked and two men were standing at the door sharing a pretty raunchy story with all sorts of lovely details as we walked up."

"We walked in the door and as soon my family entered, it went silent….every waitress and bartender stopped and looked at us, the strippers even stopped and stared at us! I turned to my dad and before I could say anything, my Mom says 'IT'S A STRIP CLUB??' My Dad, being the stubborn man he is, says 'I don't care, I want pizza.' Never in my life have I heard of a strip club even selling pizza, let alone offering delivery!"

"We sit down, I strategically place myself so my back is to the strippers, and and we place our order. 45 long, painful minutes waiting for our pizza and having small talk while two very overweight, out of shape homely girls take off their tops (thankfully that's all they took off) danced a few feet behind us, my Mom finally asks where our pizza is and the waitress comes back and tells us she forgot to put in the order. That was the last straw for my Mom, who quickly paid the tab and we left….hungry and scarred for the rest of our lives. We still laugh about the day we went to a strip club together for pizza. They shut down a few weeks later, so I never did get to try the 'amazing pizza' my parents raved about!"

akashsinghOP

How Dad Was Doing

"I asked my brother-in-law how his dad was doing (had significant health problems) forgetting that he had died 6 or 8 months prior."

tastethepain

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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!