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Let's not lie to ourselves. We've all said something stupid.


It's okay to say something downright silly. It showcases the real person on the inside. Our flawed, imperfect, speech patterns line up to make sense. Maybe we're nervous in a situation, or we're just hitting 'Quick Reply' in our brains and what comes out is a cooky combinations of words that don't necessarily work, but whatever the reason, you for sure are going to remember it, late at night, for the rest of your life. Congratulations.

Reddit user, u/marginalpotato, wanted to know when the foot should have been in the mouth when they asked:

What is the stupidest thing that ever came out of your mouth?

You may not have to change your home address because of these moments, but you should probably reconsider how many public outings you go to afterwards.

Should Probably Never Shop At That Store Again

"When the cashier said "Have a nice day", and I replied with "No, thanks".

"Background: I wasnt thinking straight that day, and thought they said "Do you want a bag"

DreamerScreamers

That's. How. Twins. Work?

"Her: the twins are 3 years old"

"Me: Both of them?"

suspectedlyrabbid

"Oh no this unearthed a memory i had buried from kindergarten lmao"

"We had a set of twins in our classroom and once on their birthday party I said "your brother got such a cool party, i hope yours is nice like this too" to one of them and he was like "yeah, this one"

"4 year old me was not a very bright kid"

Summery_Captain

That's. How. Death. Works...

"Watching the documentary 'The Last Dance' when a Kobe interview pops up -"

"Me: "Wow, they must have filmed this before Kobe died."

"My wife: "Yeah, obviously…."

Pharmer3

Guess You Hadn't Used One Yet

"What's a pen?

-Twelve year old me"

smartinuff

And You As Well?

"My friend said goodbye to me at my last birthday party:

Her: "Goodbye! Happy birthday!!"

Me: "Goodbye! You too!"

And no later did I utter those words did I realize, it was in fact, NOT their birthday, too."

vincentthinks

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The cringe comes out of nowhere, and you're not even sure how you were able to ask something so incredibly stupid, but here you are.

Lounging in the stupid air.

You Should Have Asked What "Nothing" Tastes Like Next

"In my head I was wondering what one pound of water would look like in terms of volume. What I said out loud however was "How much does a pound of water weigh?"

dyskraesia

Keep Up With Me

"A couple of months ago, I got up and drove to work as usual. Later, my girlfriend texted me from home to ask me if she had left her sunglasses in my car. I told her I wasn't sure, but she could grab my spare key and go check."

"In my car."

"Which I had driven to work."

Devonai

A Quick Way To Kill The Mood

"Ugh....even just thinking about this one, I feel like someone should slap me."

"My ex-girl friend and I had just finished an intimate moment. She was flattering my ego telling me it was one her best experiences with a partner. She then asked me how it was for me. I proceeded to say the dumbest thing possible."

"Oh, you are definitely in the top 10."

"So, I'm single now, in case there was any doubt."

v2micca

Black Is White, White Is Black

"I don't understand why people place bets on who wins, why not just place bets on who loses?"

"Yeah took me a minute to register what I said..."

bornagaindumb

Well, You Knew Why You Were There...

"I came back from my grandmothers funeral and walked into the room, literally into the wake, and without thinking I looked around and saw all my cousins and said, "What is wrong with everyone it looks like someone died in here."

hit_hard510

And then there's these stories, where the person is probably better off severing any human contact henceforth going forward, changing their identity, moving to the mountains, and living off a steady diet of nuts, tree bark, and shame.

Should Probably Have A Chat With HR After This

"I was about 4 months into my current job, feeling confident being fresh off the contract-to-hire period, now moved into a coveted full time role. While walking back to my office from the morning kanban I was stopped by my boss, head peeking out of the office:"

"Boss: "Hey TheMediator, do you have a sec?"

"Me: "For you, I've got lots of secs!"

"Boss: wide-eyes, mouth dropped"

"If you're curious why this was incredibly stupid/embarrassing, try saying the phrase "lots of secs" out loud. Preferably, not to your boss though."

TheMediator

...Why?

"The year was 1995, sitting behind Halle Berry at a Braves game….. Leaned up and told her, if she had married Alejandro Peña, (a pitcher on the team) she would be Halle Peña."

Bizemomchacha

You Don't Need College Anymore. Go Home. Bury Your Head In The Sand.

"In my freshman year of college I was dorming next door to a couple cute girls. About a week into the first semester one girl walked from the coed showers to her dorm room in her towel still wet. We were both unlocking our doors to get in our rooms when she looks at me and says…"

"I know I look stunning…(sarcastically)"

"To which I replied, "don't flatter yourself."

"I had to slid a note under her door explaining I was tongue tied as she was beautiful and I meant to say "don't be hard on yourself, you look great." (Or something to that nature). We became good friends."

Strongbad23

It's In The Descriptor?

"Chatting to a homeless guy on the street and he told me he was feeling unwell. I told him he should be at home, resting."

"It's been 20 years and the memory of it still brings me out in a cold sweat."

pigadaki

Oh Good Lord...

"Asked my friend how his mom was doing at his moms funeral."

phil_mccrotch

"Jesus Christ this is the worst one on this thread. What was his response?"

98Ascension98

"He looked at me and then the casket and kind of smirked. I awkwardly started to try and explain and just said "I'm an idiot. You know I love you. Talk to you in a bit." He makes fun of me now and I can't stop laughing. It's a positive painful memory."

phil_mccrotch

Own up to your mistakes. You'll garner more respect by acknowledging the awkward things you say. However, it's perfectly fine to laugh about it in the moment. That's probably the easiest way to escape the deep, deep shame you've brought on yourself and your family.

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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!