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These hit home for a lot of people. Unfortunately, the way we feel about our body affects how we interact with others. With too much focus on the physical in society, intimacy can be a challenge. Especially when we feel like we are always hiding a part of ourselves, literally.

The good news is as isolated as we might feel sometimes, no one is alone in our imperfections. We often exaggerate these 'secrets' in our minds and blow them way out of proportion. It turns out that most of the time, these embarrassing secrets don't matter to the people who care about you, and if they do, then these people shouldn't matter.

Redditor u/HalloumiBus asks:

What's the embarrassing secret about your body?


God Shave The Queen

My back and stomach is really hairy. Hell, my whole body is veeery hairy. I'm a girl and it makes me feel really self-conscious whenever I have to take of my clothes in front of others.

owergine

I have a really hairy stomach to the extent that i need to wax it or thread it out. I have really hairy legs and thighs too. Its not fine/soft hair either, its thick MAN hair!! A day into waxing, if you brush your hand against the hair growth, you can feel the stubble. Until a few years ago i thought this was fairly normal and all girls have it till I realized what hirsutism was!! Then I was really sad that i was one of those few 'lucky' ones who has to wax every couple weeks!!!

momopopopo

As a woman with PCOS, I totally know how you feel. If you ever wanna talk feel free to reach out to me.

-Urbex-

A Tail As Old As Time

I had a 4 inch vestigial tail until I was 10 years old, when I had the surgery to have it removed. To this day, I can still feel it phantom waggling behind me, especially when I'm happy about something. And in my dreams, I sometimes still have it.

Sylvester_Scott

This is cool in a weird way actually.

Sylvester_Scott

Thanks For The Mammaries

I have two extra nipples, and my beard is red ( but I like that one).

It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out they were nipples.

grapefroots

I have one! Where is yours?

juicervose

Above my rib cage. Where are yours?

grapefroots

Right under my boob!

juicervose

Scarlett Johansson

I had a severe lazy eye as a kid and had a couple surgeries to fix it cosmetically that ended up messing up my vision, now i have terrible vision and a lazy eye similar to Scarlett Johansson

corazondegelatina

Love The Skin Your In

My stomach skin is crepe-y and loose from both pregnancies. I'm trying to be ok with it because it is, after all, normal. But I won't let anyone see my stomach except my husband. I feel pretty terrible about it. It's why media representation for different bodies is so important, even though it is normal... I have never seen a single other person with a loose stomach showing it. Makes it feel shameful or weird.

henbanehoney

I've seen a lot of people with loose stomachs on YouTube and instagram! It's really awesome to see different bodies represented through everyday people (especially since they usually document their lives and I kinda get to know a bit more about them and see them just being carefree and open-- it really helps me to see that)

subeam

And the Whole Tooth Comes Out

I have a 3D scar. It's not too embarrassing as it's under my hair.

When I was in 3rd grade, a 5th grade boy ran into me with his mouth open. His two front teeth ended up in my skull and he snapped them both when he fell down. They fell out of my head on the way to the school nurse, but I still have a bump where it happened. It's actually two bumps, from each side of the teeth.

ShortNerdyOne

So Full Of Secrets

I got so many body secrets.

So the first one isn't a secret but I'm stuck on it. Half the hair on my face grows blonde so my eyelashes, eyebrow, peach fuzz, and a streak of blonde hair all grow on one side of my scalp whereas the other is brown*.

I discovered today that if I wear steel toe boots and stand on one of my feet with the other I can disconnect my hip. So that was neat.

I have a weird amount of movement in my nose.

My jaw pops out of the socket but that hurts a lot and I should probably do something about that

I can't make a 3 sign with my hand because all the muscles sieze and cramp and I don't know why

I can cut off the majority of my pinky toenail with little to no pain and no blood.

I have a weird hole between one of my pinky toes and my other toe.

jizzabeth

Not Embarrassed, But Proud

My liver isn't mine! I take meds twice a day to keep my body from realizing it isn't my original liver.

Woo transplant life!

Although I don't find it embarrassing in any way, I'm quite proud of surviving that.

I guess I have weird flip flop toes. They're good for climbing trees and stuff.

greffedufois

This One Is Actually Cute...

I have two somewhat large moles around the base of my d*%#.

One on each side.

I like to think it's an elephant sometimes.

afresz

This one is actually cute.

explorersoftime

Sounds like you could have real fun with that one. Invent a character with a backstory about how he left the savannah to pursue his dreams in the big city only to...

LCranstonKnows

Red Rose

It's not really a secret, but for some reason my skin is kind of red. Not like sunburned red, but it's pretty noticeable, and I'm sick of people making fun of me for it. I have no clue why it's red, however.

Deathbrand7King

Could it be rosatia?

x0Gilgamesh0x

I'm honestly not sure.

Deathbrand7King

Try and ask a dermatologist. I don't know enough about it to give you an answer.

x0Gilgamesh0x


No Judgement

I have really noticeable self harm scars on my left arm and inner thigh (only did it once there so I could hide it)

Even though I haven't harmed in a couple years, it's still embarrassing as f*ck when I meet people for the first time. I always go on dates and to public events with long sleeves because I don't want to deal with the judgement that comes with it.

ratchnad

I know that it's difficult, but don't be embarrassed by your scars. They don't make you any less attractive.

Grem-Zealot

Marilyn Monroe

I have a beauty mark on my mound.

olives1234

Same same!!! Mines like to the side like a beauty spot.

ratsting

Yes, just above the lips like Marilyn Monroe.

olives1234

He Really Got The Shaft

i have a tiny wiener when soft. hard is not a problem. soft is like "C'mon, bro. She's laughing at you!"

MagoLopez

You're a grower, not a show-er.

Moderatelyhollydazed

I concur. I swear to god it's 10x bigger when it's go time.

HSCaribou

Most guys are like this, though, right? Isn't this the norm for men?

I thought it was, but I'm a clueless lady who's only slept with one man (who is also a grower) so I could totally be wrong.

LampGrass

The More You Nose

My nose has no cartilage in it. It's a fear of mine that one day I'll press it down and it won't spring back up to its regular shape and will just become a floppy, weird flesh lump.

Prescottio

I thought I was the only one! My friends growing up always bugged me to smush my nose into my face because I could, and it looked funny. Nice to know I'm not alone!!

TakeAnotherSpin

This Is Nuts

Pretty sure I have a third testicle.

And yes I looked online for other options with reason to believe it's actually a third nut.

giraffewhisperer2

I would seriously check that out. Could be a large cyst that could cause a cutoff of blood flow, or a cancer of sorts.

Throwaway87443578846

Goes on askreddit answer a question.

you might have cancer.

parthvader4

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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!