Everyone has their quirks and their own taste. Whether it’s food, decor, life decisions or fashion- people will live their lives and express themselves the way they see fit. And one of the ways they do that is by decorating their houses with the things they love or at the very least, things that work for them. And that’s exactly why we’re here today.
We’re here because some people’s tastes deviate from what’s well, normal. Visitors have found everything from expired food to creepy dolls and naked paintings to walls filled with cuckoo clocks. But that’s not the worst of them. If you’d like to read about some of the weird things that people do and keep in their houses, just keep scrolling down.
42. Bloody Evidence
When I was 12, a friend of mine invited me over to her friend’s house to swim in her pool. She shows us to her room to change and as I’m changing I hear my friend whisper, “What the hell…” I turn and look and there are about 8-10 used maxi pads lined up on this girl’s desk. The girl comes in shortly after and my friend flat out asks her what the pads were all about.
Apparently, her parents made her do that so they could check she wasn’t pregnant and/or still a virgin. I found out later that the parents were super religious and this was their way of knowing that their daughter was still “pure.”
41. Grandma’s Huge Glass Adult Toy
My wife and I were sitting down for dinner at my grandma’s house; we were all having spaghetti. I get a text and look down at my phone; it’s from my wife who is sitting across me, and for some reason, she’s bright red. The text reads, “turn around, there’s something in the hutch. It can’t be what I think it is.” I turn my head around, confused.
And amidst all the knickknacks, statuettes, and trinkets in the hutch of her china cabinet is a huge glass adult toy. It is definitely what she thinks it is! It’s unmistakably a glass adult toy. That’s when my grandma bursts out laughing and said, “Most people don’t notice it. Your wife got a good eye!”
40. Remains of the Dead
In elementary school, my brother went to hang out with a girl from one of his classes.
In the corner of her room, she kept a water-filled plastic bucket with a lid. Inside were the decomposing remains of her assorted pet frogs and hermit crabs. She started picking them up and talking to them right in front of my brother!
39. Pooping Rules
I had a friend from a hippie family when I was growing up. In their bathroom was a paper bag next to the toilet and a note above it said, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down; toilet paper in the bag for compost, please.”
They were a clean family, but the bathroom always smelled like old pee. I’m not exactly sure what they do if the poop is green or black.
38. A Worshiped Fish
I had a friend growing up whose family believed their great grandfather had died and been reincarnated as this beautiful Koi fish which they kept in a massive aquarium in their living room.
All I can say is that fish had a better life than most of us; their family was really all socially awkward and never talked to me much.
37. Pictures of Babies Laying in Coffins
I was at an acquaintance’s house and they had a bunch of pictures of their dead babies all over the place. All of them were poster-sized pictures of the children laying in a coffin, taken after death.
They had it hanging in their living room above the fireplace in a tiny little apartment. They were closeup shots from the shoulders up and were terribly sad to look at. To me, it seemed so macabre, but I suppose everyone grieves in their own way.
36. An Aquatic Shower Pet
There’s a large catfish in the only bathtub of my friend’s house. When I saw it, I literally freaked out since I have a phobia of being close to living fish.
When I asked him about it, he told me that they fatten them and purify them for a few days before eating it by feeding it a special diet. Oh, and they showered with it.
35. Paper Mache People
Ten years ago, I worked at a Goodwill with a middle-aged man named Kevin. He was single, lived alone, and claimed that he had a girlfriend that had died of cancer. I still believe that he is a good guy and probably nicer than most.
But when I visited his house, I found that there were other people living there, too. They were made out of paper mache, including a woman that he kept in his bed; her breasts were made out of two hot water pads.
34. Rubbers on Carrots
I was babysitting some kids, and I asked the little one to put some paper cups in the trash. I heard him scream, “Why are they throwing out balloons?!”, so I came to check on it.
It turned out to be rubber contraceptives on carrots. It was tough to explain that those “balloons” were up to no good and couldn’t be used anymore, because you know… carrots. Seeing the parents later was very awkward.
33. Coff-Pee Can
My best friend’s father’s room has this large Folger’s coffee can that the father peed in, in the middle of the night.
Apparently, he doesn’t like getting out of bed to relieve himself, so he just flops his thing out from under the covers, pees in the coffee can and goes back to sleep.
32. The Forbidden Carpet Zone
I had a friend in elementary school who was not allowed in the sitting room or dining room. But he had a hamster that he was allowed to put into a ball that would run around the house. One day, the hamster got into the forbidden zone and he freaked out. He was seriously worried, but his parents were not home. He didn’t know what to do, but he assumed they would be angrier if he left the hamster in that room, so he went in and got the hamster out.
As soon as his parents came home, he ran downstairs and apologized for the footprints on the carpet. He said, “I’m sorry about the footprints on the carpet, the hamster went in there and I had to get it out.” They looked like they were going to “talk” to him about it later. It was just.
31. The Foreskin Shrine
When I was in the 6th grade, there was a kid in my class that I was kind of friends with and would hang out with/play with periodically. One day, he invited me and several other kids from class to his house that weekend for his birthday party, so I went, as did most of the other kids. In the house, there was a big, beautiful fireplace with a nice mantle. On the mantle was a shrine to the three kids, all sons.
Each kid had a few pictures of them at various ages, maybe a trophy or other mementos, and a small baby food sized jar that held their foreskins. Somehow, when the kids were born, their mom was able to get the foreskins after they were circumcised and she felt the need to display it proudly in the living room.
30. A Creepy Doll Room
When my boyfriend and I bought our current house, one of the rooms was this giant walk-in closet in the back hallway leading to the back patio door, and it was filled, I mean absolutely filled ceiling to floor, with dolls.
The husband and wife that lived here had two kids that were both adults and moved out and no grandchildren, so they bought lots of dolls and pretended that they were real babies. When they got tired of them, they stored them all in the room. We referred to it as “the creepy doll room,” even though it’s our laundry room.
29. The Cuckoo Wall
My friend’s house has cuckoo clocks everywhere. I mean every inch of every wall is filled with cuckoo clocks. When it hits the hour, it sounds like you’re driving a dump truck through a nitroglycerin plant that’s illegally selling fireworks out of the back.
Also, as an added bonus, if you were walking too close to the wall, you’d get a nice punch to the side from a bunch of birds.
28. The Nude Artwork
When I was in elementary school, I went to a classmate’s birthday party. Her house was littered with nude drawings and paintings of her mother in various positions.
The kids there ranged from ages 8 to 12, but both of her parents were gladly showing us the art. The worst part was that the birthday girl mentioned how excited she was to be old enough for her dad to start drawing her.
27. A Dead Cat in the Freezer
When I was a kid, my mom’s friend lived with a veterinarian. I was over at their house, and my mom’s friend asked me to put an ice-pack back in the freezer. She neglected to tell me that they were keeping a dead, feral cat in there.
Apparently, they were keeping it in there over the weekend until Monday, when they could go get it cremated.
26. A Treasure Trove of Expired Food
I walked into my friend’s kitchen, and he said I could grab anything I wanted out of his pantry. I see boxes and boxes of expired food and I’m not just talking about food that expired a month ago, or even a year ago; I’m talking about expiration dates from 1995!
There were plenty of different snack foods with similar expiration dates. He thought this was completely normal, and that the food “still had taste.” I was afraid of opening anything I found.
25. Pocket and Belly Button Lint Collections
I had a friend in middle school whose family collected lint from their pockets and belly buttons and kept it in a big jar in the kitchen.
He said it was for when someone was feeling sad; they could just put their hands in the lint and play with it to feel better. I was completely freaked out.
24. Erect Statues
My mom took me to her friend’s house when I was 9 or so and they apparently collected fertility god statues, all of which have engorged male private parts on them. There were three in the entryway and more in every room.
She was pregnant at the time, and I still wonder whether they put all that stuff away now that they have a 5-year-old daughter running around.
23. Sharing is Caring, Right?
I was over at a friend’s house — it was just him, his wife and their dog living there. We weren’t doing anything in particular, just hanging out late at night. The time comes for me to head out since they’re getting ready to go to bed. His wife is brushing her teeth as I’m putting my coat on and I hear her walk into the kitchen while still brushing. She calls her dog, leans down, and takes the toothbrush from her mouth and begins brushing the dog’s teeth.
After a good minute or two of thorough brushing, she proceeds to take the toothbrush out of the dog’s mouth and goes right back to brushing her teeth. This is without rinsing it off. I just stood there, mouth agape.
22. Graham Couch Crackers
When I was five, I went over to a friend’s house. She offered me a snack, and I accepted. The snack was cinnamon graham crackers that she dug out of the depths of the couch.
And, I don’t mean a package of graham crackers — she just fished out the bare crackers themselves, and we had a yummy snack. At that time, I just thought that it was very convenient. In retrospect, I can see where I might be mistaken.
21. Her Baby Bottle
I’m at my friend’s house staying the night; it’s my first time there, everything seems normal and her parents seem nice. While we’re getting ready for bed, her mom shouts up and asks if either of us would like a cup of tea. I declined the offer, but my friend shouts back, “Yes, please. And will you put it in my bottle?”
At first, I thought maybe I misheard. But sure enough, her mom comes upstairs with some tea in a baby bottle. Mind you, my friend and I were around 20 at that time. It was one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen.
20. The Sink Pooper Family
One time, I was at my friend’s house and after playing a video game, we wanted to go outside to play. We get downstairs to his washroom which connects to the hallway leading to outside, and the room is flooding quickly. There’s at least an inch of water covering the floor, and we call his parents who run in and find that their washing machine’s water depositing sink was clogged.
It turns out that they also pooped in their sink. That very sink and they did it all the time. It was normal not to have a toilet and just casually crap in the device that was supposed to cleanse you. They said that the drain was large enough to handle it, but I didn’t look like it. About a minute later, I realized that my shoes were sitting in this crap water as well. I walked home barefoot with them in a plastic bag, then I had to give my shoes a funeral.
19. The Almost Naked Pastor’s Daughter
I became friends with a girl whose father was a pastor at one of the local churches. We went over to her house after school, and she introduced me to her mom, her older brother, and her dad. We then went back to her room to hang out. It was a particularly hot and swampy day, so she stripped down to her bra and panties and didn’t put any other clothes on. I thought it was a little weird, but whatever, she seemed comfortable. She asked me if I wanted a snack or something; I did so she said: “let’s go to the kitchen.” I thought for sure she would put on some clothes since we were going out to where her family was hanging out, but nope.
We go to the kitchen, where the rest of her family was and no one seemed at all weirded out by the fact that their daughter/sister was walking around almost naked. She even sat on her older brother’s lap at one point. It isn’t as crazy as some of the other stories I’ve heard, but I thought it was pretty freaking strange at the time.
18. The Skull Collector
My friend’s dad collects skulls. One day, he threw a Halloween party and everyone loved their decor. The next party, I was weirded out because the skulls were in the same place. Apparently, they have horse, cow, deer, mouse, cat, raccoon and bird skulls strewn about their entire house.
His dad also had a really cool bird skull in his truck; half had feathers and an eye, the other half didn’t. Oh, and they would go hunting and bring back animal heads and leave them on their doorsteps. The front yard has around five animal heads buried in it.
17. For the Love Of A Terrorist
I was with my grandmother and decided to have dinner with her friend. So we were sitting in the dining room, and the old lady asked me to grab some orange juice in the fridge. I gently smiled, entered the kitchen, and… oh boy. There are photos, everywhere. There wasn’t an inch without a picture. This was amazing and terrifying at the same time. And the old lady noticed my reaction! She explained that it was a collection she gathered for the past 30 years.
So for the next half hour, she reviewed every single one of them for me, why she picked it, and why she placed it in its exact spot. Mind you, all of the photos were of Osama Bin-Laden because she thought that he was, in her own words, “very handsome and hot.”
16. Lots of Monkey Business
I used to clean expensive homes for a living. A client that I would visit on a bi-weekly basis had a bathroom that was absolutely filled with chimpanzee decor.
Their sink was a bright red flower bowl held by a chimp, the towel rod looked like a chimp holding a stick, and a lovely chimpanzee light fixture hung from the ceiling, which looked like three apes going sky diving. He also had a secret panic room behind his bar. The man was just odd.
15. Saving Cans
My uncle only ever drank soda, and almost always from the aluminum cans. Instead of recycling the cans though, they just hoarded them.
So their entire house had aluminum cans around. There were garbage bags filled with them, located everywhere in the house and none of them found this even the tiniest bit strange.
14. Tea Souvenirs
My friend’s family loved tea. Absolutely loved it. In their kitchen, the oven was in a little inset nook. In the corner of the nook was a pile of teabags, about three feet high.
Apparently, they’d use a kettle to boil water, put water and the teabag in the cup, and then just flung the teabag onto the existing pile once it had steeped. Going through that pile would have been like an archaeological dig.
13. Weird Parenting Techniques
I was playing Nintendo 64 at a friend’s place when I was 13. I farted and he got scared and kept a lookout for his parents who were upstairs. After that, he said that I had to fart in the bathroom from now on.
Also, he and his siblings had been manipulated into thinking that vacuuming was a privilege. They were literally fighting over who got to do the vacuuming while I played crash team racing.
12. Antique Treasures
My friend’s family had been living in the same house for five generations. But it still didn’t make it less weird having his great granddad’s skull on display in the dining room.
Also, one day, I went there again and her parents dug a hole in the back yard that was just full of their dirty diapers. It made everywhere around their house stink horribly.
11. The Topless Mother-Son Massage
I saw my friend’s brother giving his mom a massage in the master bedroom. On the bed and neither of them had their tops on. The door was open a crack and I saw as I was walking to my friend’s room.
This is how the conversation went later. I said, “Um, dude, I saw your topless brother massaging your topless mother in her bed.” Well, his response was, “Yeah? So?” I never brought it up again.
10. A Carnival House
I had an acquaintance in university whose parents had a human-sized hamster wheel in their backyard. When I asked him what was it for, he said that’s where his parents exercised.
But the weirdest part was that every inch of their house was covered in clown stuff and merchandise. Not a room was free of some sort of clown-themed item.
9. Mess Everywhere
I have anxiety and have trouble saying no to people, which is exactly why I ended up going around this girl’s house. I wish I freaking didn’t. There was so much mess and dirt all over the floor that I could not walk. There were tons of plates filled with food and mold on them.
The worst part was there were rats EVERYWHERE. They were all over the floor scurrying around. They were even eating off the plates on the floor. What was even worse? Her parents sat on the sofa watching Eastenders during all of this.
8. The Maggot Farmer
We went to buy vegetables from a guy in Austin back in the early ’90s and the guy turned out to be a maggot farmer. He grew maggots and had them all over his place. He ended up selling me about way more veggies than I needed, even threw in some fruits too, all because he was too preoccupied with his maggots.
I forgot to mention that everything in his place was spray painted hot pink. Absolutely everything.
7. A Room Full of Creepy Collectibles
I went to a friend’s house once and I found something extremely weird. It was a room of creepy collectible porcelain dolls and teddy bears in single file facing the door. And it was no less than 50 of them, if memory serves me right. The door was always kept open so every time I walked past, I would get super freaked out.
Also, they were on the floor, not on shelves. I never asked about them because honestly, the answer would probably creep me out more.
6. A Strange Living Situation
A friend of mine had converted her loft space into a spare room, which her ex-boyfriend moved into after they split up; they were not living together prior to the split.
I always found it a bit weird, because he had to go into her bedroom and pull down the loft ladder to access his own room. It must have been awkward when they had new boyfriends/girlfriends staying over.
5. A Bedroom Urinal
One of my dad’s friends had an upstairs bedroom but no bathroom. To save himself from walking downstairs every time he needed to pee, he installed a urinal on the wall of his room and ran a pipe down to a collection bucket which he emptied into the real toilet presumably every few days.
Literally, every few days. Even if you forgot to flush one time and came back into the bathroom an hour later, the stench would be nasty. I can’t imagine the smell that came from his room.
4. A Recycled Magazine
I went into a friend’s bathroom once and saw poop on a magazine which was lying on the floor.
When I told my friend about it, he goes in, dumps the poop off the magazine into the toilet and then puts it back in the magazine rack. I was overly uncomfortable with the entire situation. Why couldn’t the dog just poop outside?
3. A Gigantic Golden Buddha
My friend from middle school had a massive fat Buddha statue in his living room.
An otherwise completely normal American household, but with a freaking massive, gold-colored Buddha that almost touched the ceiling watching over this white Protestant family. I never asked why.
2. Life with a Raccoon
My friend has a pet raccoon that had free roam of the entire house. I was friends with twins growing up, and their dad owned his own construction business. While demolishing a house, he accidentally killed a mama raccoon and ended up taking her baby home to the family to keep as a pet.
I did not know this when I visited their house one time and I saw the thing emerge from a laundry basket in the hallway; I completely freaked out. The two brothers were trying to figure out why I was reacting that way. I’m still good friends with them to this day, though.
1. No Meal, No Water
It’s not that weird, but I remember hanging out at my friend’s house when I was a kid and I was going to sleep over, so I was there for around 24 hours. His family didn’t drink anything unless they were eating a meal. It’s like they had three drinks a day whereas my family pretty much had a drink whenever we wanted to, even if it was just a warm glass of water.
I was so used to always having something to drink that when I was sitting at my friend’s house, I felt like I was going to die from dehydration. I kept asking for something to drink, but I didn’t want to do it too much that I was annoying. At that time, it was something really strange to me, but they probably thought I was the strange one.