Human bodies are weird, man. And at times, they're completely unexplainable. Like, I can link my arms and bring them around my body all the way, without letting go. Don't ask me how I figured it out, but weird, right?!
Turns out, a lot of people experience things with their bodies that sometimes even science can't fully explain. Here are a few examples!
Some of these rare traits can be oddly enviable. At least, for me.
2% of people are vampires???
My armpits never smell. I don't use body deodorant. My ex would comment on how I don't get a body smell despite sweating like crazy. Apparently this is a thing that exists for 2% of people.
Results are in! You're a vampire.
As someone who is constantly cold, I’m jealous.Deep Snow GIFGiphy
My body is just really warm all of the time for some odd reason. No idea why, but I seem to have a tolerance for cold weather. Unless its freezing outside, I can just walk outside in a T-shirt during the winter months and not feel super cold. People look at me mad, but I get too warm if I have a coat on. It has its downsides though - in the summer months I am extremely hot, and whenever I'm not at work I wear shorts at all times.
That’s sick af.
I have vitilligo around one of my eyes. It looks really cool when I'm in a dark room with a black light on!
Same. Except it looks like I'm constantly wearing eyeshadow and I always get asked that. Especially in middle school, I remember girls would be like "omg you're so lucky your parents let you wear make up" LOL
However, other bodily quirks are just plain......well, disturbing, to put it lightly.
Nope nope nope.
I have a short row of eyelashes that grow from the inside of one of my upper lids. I have to pluck them before they get long enough to scratch my eyeball. Just part of my normal morning routine.
My grandma has the same issue, but it takes really long and they grow really weird. So she got a "surgery" where they cut the ingrown side of the eyelashes and a tiny amount of that skin off with a laser so it won't grow back there for at least a few months to a few years, depending on the case.
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I'm partial Situs Inversus. Meaning, some of my organs are flipped on the wrong side. My heart, lungs, and organs in the torso are all flipped to the opposite side and tbh that sh*t is f*cking cool. My heart also consists of 3 chambers instead of 4.
Reddit is the best place for this info.
Having a freckle on both thighs so my d*ck is in the middle which looks like a blob fish, idk why I'm saying this to reddit.
You should watch the Octonauts episode about blobfish. It sounds right up your alley.
That’s some alien sh*t.
I have several halo nevi on my back. A halo nevus is a mole that is detected by one's own skin as not cool so the skin proceeds to remove it my eating its melanin. It first creates a white halo around the mole, then grows inwards until it "eats" the mole. When it's done I'm left with a white circle with no melanin in it.
Usually halo nevi are supposed to re-pigment with time but mine never did so I basically have several coin-sized white spots with zero sun protection. Because of this I was forced to stay away from the sun as much as possible since I was a child. The unexpected positive consequence of this is that my skin is in pretty good condition for my age.
But a lot of the time, these quirks are actually really impressive. Pretty sick party tricks, if you ask me.
I’m nasty enough to do it.comedy central lol GIF by Broad CityGiphy
There's a big dent in my chest where my sternum should be. If I hold my breath, you can put your finger in it and feel it pulse with my heartbeat. It's a very visible pulse too. Or, if you're nasty, you can do shots out of it.
Not me, but my son. You know those people who have a random streak of white hair? Well my son, who is blonde, has a big streak of dark brown hair. It just grows that way, and people used to ask if I was dyeing that part of his hair.
Now THAT’S a useful talent.
I don't feel much pain. My brain does but I don't register like half of it. Had a kidney stone and it felt like I was constipated. Except when I was throwing up every 20 minutes and trying to pass out.
Definitely not to same extent as you, but I'm similar. Often times I'm not in pain until I realise I should be if that makes sense? Like I'll feel the sensation, but until I pin point what's happened it won't feel like pain.
Bodies are so unique and magical, but also lowkey terrifying. But hey, if you got it, flaunt it, right
People Divulge Which Things Their Body Did That They Thought Were Normal Until They Were Told Otherwise
People have varying degrees of pain thresholds or tolerance for odd physical conditions they just pass off as normal.
Until they are told these random indicators are not normal.
These strangers on the internet came forward with their stories after Redditor gentlecrusher asked:
One Redditor mentioned feeling congested after aerobic exercise and was told in the comments they might have "Exercise-induced rhinitis."
Another Redditor mentioned having "visual snow" syndrome in which their field of view is obscured with "tiny pixel-like dots everywhere." They thought everyone experienced this.
Are any of these symptoms familar to you?
These Redditors thought issues concerning their knees and elbows were annoying setbacks everyone experiences.
Until they expressed it to their friends and were met with crickets.
"I thought everyone at school was so crazy in how easily they could kneel on the gymnasium floor. Turns out I have a knee problem called osgood-schlatter disease, which (even now) feels like i kneel on stones."
"Edit: wow, I never realised how many people were in the same boat as me. I only found out I had this growth condition when I was 16 and had an xray on my knees after dislocating one. Hopefully you all have found ways around knee pain and live comfortably with your knee bumps! Stay well, people!"
"One day I was saying how great it is that we don't have feeling in our elbows. You know because we are always placing them on uneven, rough etc areas. My friends looked at me really weird and told me they all have feeling in their elbows."
Constant itchy-eyes and runny noses? That is not way to live!
Unfortunately, these people are not familiar with a life without these annoying symptoms.
"I had no idea I had terrible allergies for years. It sounds dumb, but I just thought horribly watery eyes, constantly itchy skin, and not being able to breathe were normal."
"Thought it was normal to always have a blocked nose. Nope, cat allergy. Lived with cats my entire life and only found out when I was being tested for cystic fibrosis, after a year of constant chest infections. It was actually just my asthma being dramatic."
Some people experiences a constant sound in their ears but have often passed it off as a random nuisance.
But this condition has a name, and it definitely does not have a nice ring to it.
"I didn't know I had tinnitus, I thought everyone experiences it."
"The worst part is there's no cure, so now I just have to sit here listening to 'EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE' until I die. Great."
Mind Over Matter
"I get occasional burst of tinnitus and I can just turn it down by thinking about turning it down. Anyone else experience that?"
Solution Or Hoax?
"I may sound like an idiot, but I lurked on a Fark or Reddit thread about 5 years ago discussing tinnitus. Someone suggested gently thumping the back of the skull with their index fingers. Someone reported immediate relief. I remember it made the front page. Have you heard of it or tried it? Maybe it was a hoax."
Sometimes the body is trying to tell us something. It is up to us to listen or ignore them.
"I thought everyone got searing pain in the back of their head with a sneeze, frequent headaches and tingling fingers. Turns out I have Chiari Malformation."
"I have this! I had to get a duraplasty when I was 13 to correct it. Go get your headaches checked out people."
"My entire body falling asleep when I stand up. Thought it was normal till I passed out a few times. Had to do blood tests go to a cardiologist to find out I'm just dehydrated all the time."
"Edit: it stopped happening after I got my diagnosis."
Our bodies are complex and we are all wired differently. It is easy to assume any discomfort we feel is nothing urgent and to hope it will eventually go away.
Maybe we tend to be dismissive because we're in denial.
Whatever the case may be, discussing our bizarre ailments with doctors might be worth knowing it can be treatable.
Our bodies are miracle shells walking the face of the earth. We are complex entities. And there are many wonders about our bodies that elude us.
Some of us have experienced strange physical afflictions but don't really question it or discuss with anyone.
In most cases, as this thread will reveal, there is a diagnostic term for every weird sensation or abnormal pain we feel.
Redditor brainpain152 asked:
"What is something weird your body does, but you haven't told anyone about because you know it's not normal?"
That Flowing Sensation
"I have this sensation like sand flowing down the back of my head sometimes. It's quite weird."
"I get it too! I had someone tell me it's spinal fluid draining or something like that. I'm not entirely sure if they knew what they were talking about though."
There's A Name For This
"I didn't know how to explain it for the longest time, but it's apparently the tensor tympani muscle contracting when you close your eyes really hard and squeeze, which causes a 'rumbling' noise?"
Who NOSE About This?
"If I press the left side of the tip of my nose the cartilage will often click into place and hold that depressed position until I flare my nostrils and it pops back to normal."
That Shrinking Feeling
"Ever been in an empty room and you get this really weird feeling as if you are super small and everything is massive??? Really strange feeling I would get. I don't know if anyone else has experienced this same feeling."
"Sounds like Alice in Wonderland syndrome maybe?"
"This is what I was going to say. My son had it pretty frequently as a kid. He used to describe seeing stuff that sounded like he was on an acid trip ('the doorknob looks huge, but it also looks far away')."
The Nipple Effect
"Sad nipple syndrome. It's a thing."
"For those who have no idea what this is (understandable, it hasn't been researched and no one really knows why it happens), it's a strange, indescribable sensation that some people get when their nipples are touched. The best way I can describe the sensation is a mixture of dread, homesickness, nausea and, bizarrely, thirst. The feeling goes away after about 20 seconds or so once the nipple is no longer being touched."
"There doesn't seem to be anything obvious that links those who get it (such as past trauma or breastfeeding mothers), although it does mainly affect women."
"I get what's called 'brain zaps' ig, where you feel a burst of electricity go through your mind as you're trying to sleep at night. Mostly happens when stressed. Muscle spasms that occur in some parts of the body such as the legs."
"Edit: pretty sure its exploding head syndrome from what people have commented. A quick electrical current that travels around my brain within a split second, makes a kind of zinging sound then disappears after my brain is jolted awake again. Another comment mentioned the correct name for it though."
"Edit 2: just saying im not a doctor of any kind lol. When this happens I just let the moment pass and I eventually fall asleep as usual. Its not a serious condition, just something that happens every once in awhile and it can be scary."
"I can pop my ankle bone on command when I do this weird circular movement. Only on my right ankle."
"I am always in some sort of pain. It's not a normal pain. My body doesn't rest when I sleep and as a result I always experience muscle fatigue."
"I shake when I'm talking about a topic I find exciting. This is why I'm usually not very chatty."
"Aww this one is actually very cute. It's like your excitement is radiating off of you!"
"I did tell some people in my family, but I have always randomly gotten this stinging pain inside the left side of my chest at random times. Whenever I breathed itd hurt more the deeper I breathed in, but once I breathed in a certain amount, I would be fine until I breathed deeper than the last breath. It rarely happens and has never lasted more than 5 minutes. Its strange."
"Precordial catch syndrome as previously mentioned. I figured out a way to get rid of it - when you get the chest pain, sit down and bend over forwards like you're trying to touch your toes. Hold that position for 30 seconds or so. It stretches out the muscles in your back that are spasming and referring pain to your chest. Sounds crazy but 100% works!"
Remember feeling invincible when you were younger? I certainly did until aging and reality gave me a big slap in the face.
As a dancer, I had boundless energy and felt like I had no physical limitations. But life had a funny way of telling me to slow down.
One day I woke up and I felt my knees creak. Gradually, my joints stopped feeling the same and I started experiencing clicking noises every time I got up out of bed.
When I consulted a physical therapist about the annoying problem, he told me my body was just slowly deteriorating with age. Wonderful.
"I turned 29 this year. A few weeks ago, I noticed that getting up in the middle of the night to pee is a nightly occurrence. Since then, I've tried limiting my water consumption 30 minutes before bed, then an hour, now an hour and a half. I STILL get up in the middle of the night to pee no matter what."
"Put my appendix on the left side. Makes me paranoid about ever having an apendicitis and hoping that I have the capacity to tell them it's on the left side and not the right."
"At 21, I learned I am a literal mutant, but instead of it giving me cool super powers, my body develops tumors."
"Edit to add: It's an SDHB mutation."
"I was just shy of 21 when I discovered I have a disease I shouldn't be able to have. My bone marrow is calcifying and making my spleen and liver a bit too big. It really sucks getting news like that so young. How are you these days?"
When Legs Fail You
"When I used to do a lot of long distance cycling I would do some leg training in the winter so im ready by spring. Well, one time after doing a workout, I couldn't get up from the toilet. Like my legs just stopped working. It was pretty bad."
"A few months before turning 24, woke up blind on one eye. Turns out I have multiple sclerosis"
"Same here, I was about 33. Thought it was because I was outside the day before and it had been super bright outside, but it didn't go away after a day. Optometrist to Ophthalmologist to Hospital ER (because it was a Friday evening and they couldn't rule out something like a brain hemorrhage). Finally got my diagnosis from the ER doc at 3:00a Saturday. He admitted it was the first time he'd done that in the ER before."
"Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. My joints randomly dislocate. Just yesterday, I dislocated my sternum. Yes, that's a thing."
"At 25 years old, I had my first ever seizure. It was a 10 minute grand mal seizure, in a restaurant, no less. Almost 14 years later, numerous med combos, dozens of seizures, side effects, and a brain surgery later, no answers. It sucks to know there is no cure, side effects are monstrous, and people don't understand bc you don't 'look sick,' but after they hear the words epilepsy or seizure disorder- let me tell you, you've never seen people run so fast. However, I am currently 23 months seizure free on my current med combo. I have maintained my career successfully over the last 16 years and I am going back for my second masters degree program in January."
"You don't know what you have until you suddenly can't even breathe."
No More Favorite Foods
"It developed allergies of outrageously tasty foods after years and years of consuming and enjoying them."
"Gluten and dairy for me. I can't eat sh*t but health foods now. Pizza is out of the question now. My favorite food."
The human body is a thing of miracle. However, it's also weird.
Bodies can develop all sorts of strange idiosyncrasies and over time, we just accept that that's what our bodies do.
We can't change it even if we wanted to.
Here were some of those answers.
I have spinal stenosis, basically my vertebra are thickening and pressing against my spinal cord in my upper neck and lower spine.
It causes numbness in my extremities and I have to do special stretches to help relieve the pressure but man sometimes I'll sit for a little bit too long and it's like my feet don't exist. I'll try to walk but it's like walking on stumps.
Back to the stretches and within 10 minutes the feeling returns. I use to do 100 mile bicycle rides, now I'm lucky if I can walk three blocks without tripping and falling.
I have Exploding Head Syndrome, which is a lot scarier sounding than it actually is-- a sleep phase disorder. Basically, when I'm falling asleep I occasionally hear random phantom noises that startle me back awake. For me, I most commonly hear someone shouting my name, an unintelligible brief yell, knocking on the door, or the doorbell. I've noticed over the years that it tends to happen mostly when I'm overtired and/or anxious, and I may not have one for months and then have them every other day for a week.
The Phantom Pain
I have neurological issues that make me have "phantom" feelings.
For instance the last two days I've had a burning sensation, like if I'd rested a hot soup bowl on my thigh, but there's nothing there.
It can feel like little bug bites, scratches or "streaky" burns. It's never severe, mostly just weird to feel a distinct sensation for no reason.
Sometimes I'll ask a family member to check for marks.
The other day I pulled up my shirt, turned around and asked my mom if there was anything on my back.
She was like, "Oh my goodness! There is! Looks like one of the cats got you!"
And we were both so weirdly delighted I'd actually been mauled. lol
Step Out, Step Out Of The Sun
I'm white and pale af. Normally avoid sun exposure due to not tolerating heat well and skin cancer running in the family.
But earlier this summer I spent quite a bit of time in the desert. I got several shades darker, except for a bunch of random spots that are still white.
They weren't covered and had the same amount of sun exposure as the rest of me, but just no color change at all. Biggest spot is on my bicep but there are random spots everywhere.
I've always had a streak like that along my hairline (hair also grows in white there too) that my mom said was a birth mark. I'm guessing these "new" spots have always been there too but never apparent because I avoid sun exposure.
I don't feel dehydrated even though I am. When I was a kid, I've gone whole days without drinking anything.
I've just learnt to force myself to drink water every hour. Until I developed this routine, I never understood how my lips were supposed to feel like as they were always dry.
I get ocular migraines sometimes. They're not terribly frequent, though maybe once in a while they'll be persistent for a week or so. It's a strange experience. No pain, no headache, but an actual blind spot develops in my vision, that 'appears' sort of like a lightning bolt, it hovers there for about 20-30 minutes then gradually subsides. I'll tend to feel a bit weird for maybe an hour or two afterward but then back to normal.
They seem to be triggered by a combination of poor sleep, dehydration and (maybe) caffeine + stress. Have had them off-and-on for about 10 years probably. Consulted with a couple doctors about it and they've said it's probably nothing to be too worried about unless it starts happening more frequently/intensely.
Ribs That Shift
I get sharp intense pains on the left bottom side of my ribs randomly. I just suck in air and hope my rib didn't puncture my lung. Sometimes its when I'm working out, but sometimes I'm literally just standing there and whoops popped a lung.
Left Brain Right Brain
I was born with a disorder that makes crossover motion between both sides of my body more challenging. Riding a bike took me a year to master, for context. The hardest thing for me to do autopilot is stairs, though. If I don't think about it, my body automatically goes one at a time with both feet rather than alternating.
I have Alice In Wonderland syndrome.
Basically, sometimes my brain makes me think that I'm swelling up, like I'm being inflated like a balloon. And I feel all big - like I'm getting too big for the room. That normally happens when I'm starting to feel sleepy. Occasionally I'll go the opposite way and feel as if I'm being squashed down from above, like a giant hand is pressing me down into the road and everything is towering above me. I can normally 'ground' myself by feeling myself and reassuring my brain that I'm normal sized if it's a 'big balloon' feeling, or by staring up at the sky then slowly adjusting to the horizon for a few moments if it's a 'squashed small' feeling.
I get one time hiccups every now and again. Just to make them a bit more noticable they sound like someone stepped on a squeaky toy, or as someone once thought; a ninja bird squawking behind her.
It's a great ice breaker if nothing else, it's worse when I get regular hiccups and it sounds like a puppy going to town with it's new toy.