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:
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.
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!!!
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.
This is cool in a weird way actually.
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.
I have one! Where is yours?
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
This one is actually cute.
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...
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.
Try and ask a dermatologist. I don't know enough about it to give you an answer.
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.
I know that it's difficult, but don't be embarrassed by your scars. They don't make you any less attractive.
I have a beauty mark on my mound.
Same same!!! Mines like to the side like a beauty spot.
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!"
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Goes on askreddit answer a question.
you might have cancer.
Some people, like me and Fetty Wap, only have one eye.
Some folks are "allergic" to being hungry or full.
Some people have visible limb differences that their partner calls their "lucky fin" (hi babe!)
Some people have hair birthmarks! Yep, those are a thing.
Reddit user red2one asked:
"What’s an unusual body feature of yours?"
So many people have weird and wonderful things about themselves that the comments turned into a celebration of strange.
And we loved it.
"Because of a blood disorder, I have extremely acidic tears. My face swells, burns, and I get hives or an allergic reaction."
"A couple tears are annoying. Serious crying will eat away at my contacts, I’ll have to use cold compresses, and take antihistamines"
"Can you collect them and throw them at other people when they make you sad?"
"Do you find that this has made being emotional more difficult? Do you find yourself suppressing the urge to cry when you may think you might?"
"What blood disorder is that?"
"It’s a genetic mutation similar to sickle cell and thalassemia."
Big Calvesbart simpson GIFGiphy
"I have massive calf muscles. It looks like every day is leg day despite not doing weight lifting."
"My dad had the same."
"There’s a medical condition that can cause this, but if you had it, you would know. (Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy)"
"I realized my calves were big when watching a plastic surgery show and this guy got calf implants and his circumference was still less than mine."
"I have this too, the first time I sprained my ankle in high school the doctor wanted to check my calves for tumors, and I told him I could pop them, like popping pectoral muscles on buff people, and he had never seen something like that."
Scent DetectiveCan You Smell The Rock GIF by WWEGiphy
"I have a pretty ordinary sense of smell, with two glaring exceptions."
"I can tell when I’m about to get sick because all water smells very metallic all of a sudden, and without fail i start feeling sick within a day of that happening."
"I can accurately tell my wife’s cycle by smell to a crazy degree of accuracy. It spooks her and she didn’t believe me for the longest time until one day I said she smelled different like I have never smelt before."
"I joked she must be pregnant, and I was right. The absurd part is that we backtracked the dates and I made that comment about her smell within a day or two of the egg attaching to her uterus."
"It’s kind of fcked up"
"You have to use that for science!"
"I would love to. How?"
"Science probably knows better than me ._."
"Hello, is this science?"
"Yes, I would like you to use my nose"
"I was born with tumors inside the bones in my one of my feet, that grew so quickly, they permanently disfigured it."
"Also, my penis is two different colors, brown and vitaligo, yet the rest of me looks like a white guy. It's like my Hispanic side and white side decided to fight it out on my member"
"Haha. Not the feet, but the other thing, kinda cool."
"So did you have to amputate the foot"
"No. They just removed the bones that had tumors, and hoped that as I grew, my foot would go back to normal. It didn't. Instead the other bones grew to fill the space. Doctors in the 80's yo. Lol."
"I can walk just fine. Only pain is if I happen to stub the toe that can't bend. You'd be surprised by how much more it hurts when your toe can't curl when you stub it. There's really nothing that can be done. All of the tumors were removed by the time I was 3. I just have the same chances of cancer returning as anyone else that's had cancer."
Weird Sneezing TimingBaby Eww GIF by America's Funniest Home VideosGiphy
"At some point I gotta sneeze when I‘m very hungry…."
"Every now and then I’ll feel nauseous then sneeze, and the nausea goes away. I think it has something to do with the vagus nerve."
"Yes! I also get 'hunger sneezes'. Nobody believes me."
"Lolol my brother starts sneezing when he gets full. It skips generations in my family so we usually get some runny noses during the holidays after the meal lol"
"This is me and my family. Anytime we eat beyond the bare minimum, we just get sneezing attacks where we sneeze 10-15 times in a row"
"My stomach is two different colors, split right down the middle"
"Maybe you are a chimera?"
"(That’s where you started out as two fertilized eggs with different DNA but merged early on to be a single organism.)"
"Is it as if you fell asleep at the beach with a towel over half your body, or are they wild colors?"
"More like the first. One side is darker than the other and it’s a pretty distinct straight line down the middle"
"Me too! Same on my back, straight down my spine"
"My Dad had 4 nipples. The extra two were on his abdomen on either side of his belly button. As a kid I just assumed all men had 4."
"Was he ever a cow for Halloween?"
"lol i have 4 nipples"
"I think I have almost that. I don't grow a lot of chest hair, but my nipples sprout hair like bamboo. On the bottoms of my rib cages I have two hairy patches with callicks to match my nipples. It's a bit darker but no nipples."
"My sternum is concaved, so there's essentially a divet right between my breasts (I'm a guy)"
"Apparently it's has an actual medical term (Pectus Excavatum) which is most definitely not a spell out of Harry Potter and way more common than I realized. It even has it's own subreddit (r/pectusexcavatum) There's an opposite condition where the chest convexes outwards (Pectus Carinatum)."
"If the 2 hug, they fuse into one superbeing. There are surgeries to repair them but hurt like hell and have a long recovery time. Only recommended if it is a problem in your daily life."
"Common uses include cereal bowl (not that I have done it), cell phone holder, candy dish, cuddle spot."
"When I was on the swim team in high school, there was a kid with a sternum like yours and another kid who was protruding. We made them hug. It was magical and unlocked Narnia"
"I have this. Also a guy. It really affected my confidence growing up especially after a few incidents of people staring. Not so much now, but I never go shirtless in public and avoid swimming pools to this day."
"I grew up being extremely self-conscious of my chest to the point where I’d also never take my top off in public and always try to cover my chest with my hands when swimming - until I was about 15 and I saw another much younger kid at a swimming pool also trying to hide it. That’s when I realised that the only person who gave a sh*t about my body was me - I let my guard down and he smiled at me and did the same! I’m 22 now and if anything I find it to be a great conversation starter - I used to hide it because I was different but now I show it off because I’m DIFFERENT!"
"Let em stare, king."
"I have a bifurcated uvula. That teardrop thing in the back of your throat? Mine is shaped like a butt."
"Mine is long as sh*t and sits on my tongue. Sometimes if I get crazy with a drink and chug too fast I'll swallow it and it tugs and hurts like a mf."
"My doctor called it a heart too"
"Me too! ONE OF US ONE OF US!!"
You're up, lovelies.
Step up to the mic and tell the world what's weird about you!
As much as we all try to make sure there is an abundance of good in the world, there will always be people or acts that are classified as profoundly immoral and wicked. Another word for this is evil.
The word evil often makes us think of the monster or villain of a fantasy story. However, there are evil people in the real world as well. Corrupt politicians, people who crave power, and those who have a tendency toward violence all count.
When it comes to evil people and acts though, their motives ought to be given just as much thought as their actions. The root of all evil is different in everyone's mind. Some people think it's a person's environment. Others think it's a feeling or emotion that gives way to evil. Whatever the case, everyone has a different opinion.
Curious about the varying opinions, Redditor Rude_Acanthisitta626 asked:
"What do you believe is the root of all evil?"
A Cartoon Villain
"Had to scroll way too far for this reference. Have some fool's gold"
"OP asked root. Not square root. Could also be the cube or quad root"
We May All Be Evil
"Ham. Dangerous sh*t."
"Damn. In that case, I'm a f*cking supervillain."
"Ham is delicious, fear my (apparent) dangerous insanity."
"The first track of Octavarium by Dream Theater. Next question?"
"Nutritious and disappointing..."
"Hardy, but evil. Especially the roots."
"The square root of 666..."
Others took the question seriously.
One Deadly Sin
"I think it’s impossible to boil it down to one root but if you had to, yeah. Greed."
"Nailed it. Was having a discussion with some buddies and offered the following question. What would happen if greed was universally replaced by altruism?"
"Fear. Fear creates hatred and all negative emotions, but there’s no way to get rid of fear so"
"I think it's fear. As far as I can tell fear is the root of greed."
"Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering."
Power and Control
"The desire to control other people."
"Yup, the need for power."
""Power! Unlimited power!" was the motivation of Palpatine, one of the most evil villains in cinematic history. He's basically the Devil."
Is Anyone Better?
"Us vs Them mentality."
"Be it war, racism, politics, religion etc. It's all the same. My people are better than your people. Forgetting that we are actually all the same. People."
"Ignorance. In all its possible meanings."
"Ignorance leads to fear of the unknown. Fear leads to hatred. Hatred causes violence. Violence is the basis for conflicts. Conflicts lead to death. And death causes only more fear, hatred, and conflicts."
"Ignorance causes withdrawal. Withdrawal can lead to dogmatism. Dogmatism breeds intolerance. Intolerance leads to hatred. And once again, hatred causes violence and conflicts, which cause death, etc."
"Ignorance leads to decline. Decline causes frustration. Frustration leads to hatred. And once again, hatred causes violence conflicts, which cause death, etc."
Evil can be contained if the cause is known, and that's why knowing the root is so important.
But again, the root cause of evil is different depending on who you ask.
They don't tell you that you need money to fund the dream.
Nothing is free, not even our imagination.
So what jobs would we take if money didn't matter?
The list is endless.
RedditorJust_Replacement3989 wanted to hear about what jobs we dream of if anything was possible.
"If money wasn't an issue, what would be your profession?"
I'd be so many things. I'd actually have to time to find out what I was capable of doing.
Bang HardLoop Drumming GIFGiphy
"Drummer in a crappy band."
"Is there room for a second drummer in your crappy band? I'll even settle for being like the guy in Slipknot who just hits a keg with a bat."
"I would want to be a florist."
"I worked at an indoor farm that mainly sold edible flowers. My favorite part was making edible flower arrangements for fancy restaurants. They would just order their flowers and I could arrange them however I wanted. Good times."
"I worked as a florist for 4 years, to this day it’s my favorite job I’ve ever had. I wish it paid the bills!"
A Language Field
"Field linguist, studying, documenting, and preserving endangered languages. That’s why I spent years getting my PhD in linguistics. Unfortunately, there’s not really any jobs in field linguistics outside of academia, which is incredibly competitive, and there’s limited grant money, to boot. But I’d love to work with interested communities and speakers, and be able to say, hey no need to worry about where you’re getting the money for that."
"If you haven’t heard it already, highly recommend listening to the Nat Geo Overheard podcast episode 'Scuba Diving in a Pyramid' as well as 'Cave of the Jaguar God.'"
"Checkout the David Gibbins books. He's a legit underwater archeologist, and the books are very much Indiana Jones meets MacGyver adventures. Lots of fun."
The Beauty of It AllBob Ross Art GIFGiphy
"I'd be an art guy. Not make art but be the dude who finances artists, opens a local gallery, gives money towards fostering local theatre and film talent. Basically try to turn the area in which I live into a creative hub."
"Wonderful quote on the wall of Seattle’s Museum of Museums 'There is no version of a great city with a declining artist population.'"
Loving art full time is not cheap.
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"Cottage dweller and personal chef for myself."
"This is my dream too. Been doing as much research as I can to make it a reality. I learned food preservation, gardening, woodworking and basket weaving, I already hunt and fish, I can make soap, cheese and bread, beer and mead. I just need to learn how to build a cabin now."
"I have/had several friends that do/did that. I have a buddy that was a writer on News Radio. I have a friend that runs Bloomberg in Bulgaria."
"He also has several director credits for B movies you've definitely heard of. I have another friend who produces a huge show in NYC. Bottom line- They are absolute workaholics. Like 7 days a week, no time off. Yes they make tons of money, but missed most of their kid's childhood travelling and working. Not for me, I'm not a workaholic at all."
"Stay at home dad, so I can spend more time with my son."
"That is the dream. To have everyone home at the same time goofing around. I look forward to the weekends, the three of us chill out in bed in the morning watching either toy story or minions. It’s great."
"That’s like my dream. Hoping I make less money than who I’m put with."
"Permanent Student. I want to learn how to do everything!"
"Yes this is it for me. Being able to study and not worry about the actual result, but have it structured etc. - the dream. I’d still try, I just wouldn’t stress that a less good mark will impact my career or opportunities. I’d not feel the need to be competitive. I’d just cruise in and out and have a good time!"
By the SwordDungeons And Dragons Pathfinder GIF by SeesoGiphy
"Hosting and teaching Dungeons and Dragons games. Would be nice to have the ability to learn all the books cover-to-cover and use that info 4+ days a week as a job."
I just want money. I'll do anything. That is all.
Who doesn't love adding to a story?
We've all watched a film, a tv show, read a book or played a game that once it was over, our hearts sank.
We wanted more!
What happens next?
You never want great stories to end.
And sometimes, the continuation surpasses the original.
It's rare, but it happens.
And I will die on this hill.
Redditor FireSwarm21 wanted to know what sequels and beyond were a step above the originals.
"What sequels are better than the original?"
I love sequels to my favorite stories. The characters never leave.
Rescue Methe rescuers worry GIFGiphy
"The Rescuers Down Under."
"Wow! I haven't seen this movie in likely over 20 years!! Used to be one of my favorites... does anyone know if it's on Disney+?"
"Uncharted 2: Among thieves."
"I think is extremely common in games since the first one usually doesn't just have to set up characters and story but also the style, engine, etc... With the second the studio can invest way more into the actual game."
"The even numbered Uncharted games are my favorites even though 1 and 3 are good too."
"Silent Hill 2. The game, to be clear, not the second film."
"Even though I wouldn't call the first Silent Hill a good movie, I do really think Cristopher Gans cared about Silent Hill and tried his best."
"You can see he made some changes to the characters and story to male it a more 'palatable' movie for Hollywood. Maybe those changes shouldn't have been made but you can see the reason why it was. If nothing else that movie looked like Silent Hill."
The Next Generation
"Wrath of Khan."
"The movie that saved Star Trek. And over Gene Roddenberry's objections, I might add. Also, it still kind of blows my mind that only 5 years passed between The Wrath of Khan and The Next Generation. They feel like completely different eras."
"Wrath of Khan has a late 70s feel in a 1982 movie. What most people think of as the 80s hadn't quite hit its stride culturally yet. Meanwhile, if you look at the early episodes of TNG they feel a little dated, although not as much."
Star Storiesthe empire strikes back GIF by Star WarsGiphy
"The Empire Strikes Back."
"Rewatching the trilogy with my girlfriend and the fight scenes are way waaaay better! The pacing, too!"
Ah the drama of the Star Wars series. A neverending saga.
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"The Dark Knight is leaps and bounds better than Batman Begins."
The Through Line
"I agree but what is interesting about T2 is that the world-building and plot of the original Terminator plays a major hand in making T2 amazing. Having the antagonist from the first become the protagonist in the second sets up for an amazing plot and throughline."
"𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙍𝙤𝙖𝙙 𝙒𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙤𝙧 is better than 𝙈𝙖𝙙 𝙈𝙖𝙭."
"I watched mad Max recently for the first time and was so confused. I was like, 'where's all the post-apocalypse stuff?' I thought I was watching the wrong film and had to double-check. To be honest I didn't enjoy it that much but I did love all the sequels."
"Shrek 2 = better."
"Shrek 1 was very good but Shrek 2 was an improvement in many ways. Shrek 3 was definitely the weakest of the series but not a terrible movie by any means. Shrek 4 was at least as good as 1 and 2."
"Actually Dreamworks does sequels pretty well as the major companies go. Kung Fu Panda 2 was just as good as if not better than the first. The third was not actually that good but they can’t all be winners. The tv shows are pretty good. How to Train your Dragon 2 tore out my heart and stomped on it but it was still a good movie. The Madagascar movies are all of similar quality to each other."
Talking to the Spirits...Ouija Board Movie GIF by Ouija: Origin of EvilGiphy
"Ouija: Origin of Evil was surprisingly better than Ouija the original. Now Ouija was pretty bad so it didn’t take much but usually these off brand horror movies go from bad to worse if they attempt a sequel."
Sometimes more of the story is always better.