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Disgust is in the eye of the beholder.

For some, even the littlest, most common things can raise neck hairs and trigger a gag.


And as if that disturbing physical response wasn't bad enough, the whole experience can be totally alienating too. After all, something which grosses one person out entirely may be absolutely normal to another.

Some Redditors gathered to shamelessly name the things they cannot stand, whether that's normal or not.

TheLuckyMinecrafter asked, "What is one completely normal thing that really disgusts you?"

Those Drops  

"Re-heating food from the fridge and having to peel back the disgusting cling wrap with little cold droplets of condensation stuck underneath it."

"It just grosses me out and sort of turns me off wanting to eat the thing I'm about to microwave, haha"

-- flameylamey

A Sssssspectrum 

"It's so dumb. But the way some people pronounce their S's drives me insane. I feel like there is a spectrum for the S sounds."

"On the far end, you've got a lisp. Somewhere in the middle, you've got an average sounding S. Then, waaaaay on the opposite end, people pronounce their S's with this resounding ZING that just pierces straight through me and stabs me right in the eardrums."

"Long story short, it hurts my ears when people's S's are too... Essy? Ess-ish? I'm probably nuts."

-- Lost_Condas

On the Surface 

"'Disgust' might not be the right word for it, but...I get super squeamish about anything touching my scars."

"Sex is really awkward because I have surgery scars all over one side. They don't hurt, but anything touching creeps me the hell out because of the stretching/slightly numb feeling. These scars are over twenty years old."

"It's so ridiculous, too, because I've suffered a lot of pain and it's just whatever to me, but this is what I'm squeamish about."

-- DidntWantSleepAnyway

Picture It!

"That crust that forms around the nozzle of a mustard bottle, especially if it falls onto your food."

"Get off my meal, you gross-a** mustard plug!" -- BarracudaImpossible4

"Mustard Smegma" -- Takashiari275

"I can't bring myself to drink milk anymore because of that" -- Mighty_Meatball

Dried Juices 

"When little kids get food/snot on their face. Makes my stomach turn." -- DrMantisTobogan96

"Worked in childcare. I used to have a running ranking system with my non childcare mates for the nastiest things I'd ever seen/experienced. Was good for a laugh."

I have been covered with every imaginable kid substance but the worst thing I ever experienced... A grandparent put their mouth over a babies nose and sucked all the snot out."

"She asked me for a tissue to spit it in and all I could see were the strings of snot between her teeth. My childcare poker face slipped for a fraction of a second." -- LikeASpectre

Homemade Quicksand 

"Soggy food in the sink" -- bigdolph13

"I have found my people! My tribe! The absolute thought of touching soggy bread in the sink makes me wretch."

"Yet I could happily microwave cheese, tomato and butter on bread and let it sog and swim in a pool of butter! I would even eat it!" -- RachelArcus

Polarizing

"Fat in meat." -- ItsYourBoyReckster

"This pisses off my brother because 'that's the best part of the steak!!'"

"I usually just remove the fat part and feed it to my dog. Something about biting into a glob of pure fat makes me gag." -- AnimalLover38

Walking a Fine Line 

"I love dogs. I HATE being licked by dogs." -- IdleParsley

"Dogs trigger my extreme hatred for mouth noises. Its why I refuse to own any. I can't stand it." -- Eris8510

"My friend has two very lovely friendly dogs that I adore... but one of them LOVES to sneak up and slurp your hand while you're not paying attention, just standing doing something else and I f***ing HATE IT." -- freckledjezebel

Bodily Changes 

"I hope I don't get a ton of hate for this as a woman, but I don't like the way pregnant bellies look. I'm talking about the ones that are like 8-9 months along."

"Pregnant women are beautiful, it's just their bare bellies that creep me out. Somethin about knowing there's a whole @ss human growing in there gives me the heebie jeebies! GROSS."

-- ShaheeraSharmouta

Alone at the Table 

"I can't explain why, but the smell of mashed potatoes make me nauseous. My senses are just all over the place and for some godforsaken reason, one of the triggers is the smell of mashed potatoes."

"My family likes them a lot though, and sitting at the table within smelling distance of it is just torture."

-- privlaged-and-white

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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.

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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!