Miscellaneous Rumbles

What’s The Weirdest Normal Thing You’ve Ever Seen?

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I've seen some extremely strange things in my life, but this seemingly unweird thing always sticks in my crawl as the weirdest.

During high school, I walked into my friend's house, and on my way upstairs to get him. I noticed his mom ironing a pile of socks.

Now, I know you might have been expecting something much more odd, and I've witnessed so many of them, but the point is, there's so many of those type weird events, I'll be up all night trying to figure the most bizarre thing. This one, ironing socks, well, I just can't let go of how alien it seemed to me at the time, and still does.

I figured this is what "normal" moms do, as my upbringing was pretty unconventional, how would I have known if it was or not?

So I always made it a point to ask who were, what I thought were, normal moms. They all just laughed at the notion, saying the fold socks, but don't see a need to iron them, then further suggested that it might have been that particular mother's cathartic therapy.

Hmm...well, I have a dish washer, but prefer to hand wash dishes for that very reason, so I suppose so, but I can't say that ironing has ever done it for me.

So what's the weirdest "normal" thing that perplexes you?

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Parades. I don’t get why people want to watch other people walk down the street.

There’s a bunch of things I don’t get that these silly humans do. I’m trying to assimilate but I expect to be returned to the mother ship any time now.

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One would be high school football day on an Indian reservation way out west someplace long ago, cannot remember where. An informal parade, players on their way to the game. Most on horseback, war paint, ceremonial garb, all wearing football helmets.

Kinda stuck in my mind. MD

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Driving home very late - about four in the morning - from a night out one gorgeous summer evening, and as I drove past a friend's house I saw that he was outside - four in the morning - washing his car under a street lamp. Washing your car at four in the morning? I stopped, had to get out and ask him what the hell....he just said he was awake, the car had to be washed so why not do it now. Good answer.

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Cops getting drunk at bars and driving away. Cops speeding for no reason.

People smoking tabacco.

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Sasquatch jogging.

– Curt Wilson

Not so odd. He’s getting up there in age and should keep in shape.

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Not so odd. He’s getting up there in age and should keep in shape.

– Bob Howard

He was wearing shorts.

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He was wearing shorts.

– Curt Wilson

Ok, that is weird.

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Otherwise intelligent people participating in mindless rituals of any variety.

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College students in general. Using a credit card to buy a pack of gum. Crossing guards because they forgot everything they learned. Walking and riding bikes into the side of parked busses. $100 sweatshirts with a losing teams' logo. Going into 6 figure debt for a degree in art or ballet or gender studies. Universities begging for donations from students that graduated with 6 figure debt and no job futures.

Multimilionaire TV preachers and politicians begging for money.

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This is pretty weird. But I guess he thinks it's normal. At least once a week I catch him doing whatever this is....

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People cooking. That's what restaurants and delis are for.

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Growing up in Windsor, Ontario, early in my life my family consisted of mom, dad, sister and both my mom's parents. We'd all sit down for supper and one of my grandparents would say grace and then we'd begin serving ourselves. Suddenly my mother would jump to her feet, almost in panic mode while exclaiming "I forgot the bread!!" and would run into the kitchen, returning with a small plate stacked with Wonder Bread. It wasn't the forgetting to put it on the table that was weird at all but her reaction to forgetting was priceless. You'd think she'd been threatened with being shot if the bread didn't appear in the next 10 seconds. My dad, sister and I just laughed. Having bread and butter with meals, supper in particular is very British and a lot of the population in Southern Ontario had strong British ties in those days along with the associated traditions. No offense folks but thankfully, Ontarians never did adopt the traditional [at that time] diet - excessive amounts of sugars & fats - of the British Isles!

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Otherwise intelligent people participating in mindless rituals of any variety.

– Parabar

This is the single biggest mystery in the history of mankind....the big R, in all it's iterations down through the ages.

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Sports in any form, grown people chasing balls for money , truly baffling.

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Seeing someone faint...and not from heartbreak or panic, just the times when the body turns itself off for little or no reason.

Somebody pulls the plug?

The Matrix?

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I’ve lived in the UK for twelve years now and one thing that I never understood was the British refusal to install mixing taps in their bathrooms. It baffles me. I recently moved into a new house that has a gorgeous mixing tap and I love my new life. Temperate water is a beautiful thing.

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Sports in any form, grown people chasing balls for money , truly baffling.

– Mr Tubs

Oh, I'm a bit surprised. But may I say that the percentage of sports for money is ridiculously small. It's generally about other things.

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Sweet old ladies with cardiac induced Tourettes Syndrome. Weird, but pretty damn awesome.

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The sincere and truly symbiotic relationship between man and dogs blows me away when i think about it objectively. It's so normal that nobody really thinks about it but it is completely extraordinary that our two species would consider each other family members.

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Dogs DO make great pets! Cats make great pets, too! Pigs make great pets. Birds, the last of the Dinosaurs, make great pets. Giraffes make great tall pets like Elephants make great wide pets. Fish, Dolphins and Killer Whales make great wet pets. Snakes and Lizards and really big Spiders also have a place in our homes as have Camels and Llamas and Alpacas. Harder to think of what we haven't kept as pets at one time or the other!

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Helicopter parents... Forget the chestnut about walking 5 miles to school in the snow (uphill both ways), today I sat open-mouthed as three Moms in my neighborhood escorted their separate 7-8 year olds home from school. To the first three houses after the schoolyard fence.

Come one, people. It can't be that bad.

Can it?

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The sincere and truly symbiotic relationship between man and dogs blows me away when i think about it objectively. It's so normal that nobody really thinks about it but it is completely extraordinary that our two species would consider each other family members.

– BuddyHollywood

You don't find it odd that dogs are often times allowed to sit on couches, beds, living room chairs...? Families do treat their dogs as though they are one of the family....forgetting the fact that they are animals.

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She had a bath earlier.

14yo now, doesn't hop up very well anymore.

When young, she could walk the top back of the sofa, ... A CatDog!

And she was an only puppy, no siblings.

She has no idea when around other dogs...

Yes, we treat her like a little person stuck in a bunny suit!


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