Twitter users share all the weird things their family does
Is your family very weird in their own unique, specific way? Well, join the club. Twitter users are sharing all the quirky family traditions that they once thought were very normal and then realized were definitely, definitely not. One of them involves exclusively storing potatoes in the dryer. Another involves a family “cuss out” meal. Hopefully, you’re already feeling much, much less alone.
The sharing circle began when podcast host Georgia Hardstark took to Twitter and put out a call-to-action. “What’s a weird thing your family did that you thought was normal till you moved out? We kept birthday candles in the freezer,” she wrote.
What’s a weird thing your family did that you thought was normal till you moved out? We kept birthday candles in the freezer.
— Georgia Hardstark (@GHardstark) April 19, 2018
Well, ask and you shall receive. A lot. 2,000 responses and counting poured in, which means a huge swath of the Twitterverse had some pretty bizarre tales to tell (in the most loving way possible, of course).
For example, it turns out that a lot of families use their dishwasher/oven/laundry appliances as a very useful storage space.
The dishwasher was used strictly for storage. Not dishes either, just random shit— Philip Stroh (@Strohbo32) April 19, 2018
Omg, my grandma used to keep potatoes in the clothes dryer. She would only hang dry clothes.— Rebecca Koch (@BeccingtonBear) April 19, 2018
My family kept stuff in the oven - nearly every baking pan plus all the snacks like chips and crackers and the bread. We had to unload it all onto the clothes washer to use the oven. We accidentally melted stuff on occasion. Miraculously no fires.— dreadedjaws (@dreadedjaws) April 19, 2018
In one household, Santa Claus was unseated by some beloved animals, both past and present.
Once my brother and I figured out the Santa thing, all of our Christmas presents suddenly started to be from living AND deceased pets. It isn't really Christmas until I've received a wrapped gift from, "Ghost of Eeyore the parakeet."— No Shoes (@noshoes039) April 19, 2018
Speaking of holidays, there were some pretty unusual celebrations out there that you’ve probably never heard of — but definitely will want to adopt immediately. Like, we should probably all insist on getting gifts from the Valentine’s Day Frog from now on.
My sister and I got gifts from the "New Years Baby" every Jan 1st. (we still do) Usually a calendar and another small item. It wasn't until my now husband got a new years baby gift and was like "um what is this?" that I realized the New Years Baby doesn't visit everyone.— DDunn (@DGreenfieldDunn) April 20, 2018
We had a “Valentines Day Frog”. Like the Easter bunny or Santa. My mom just really liked giving us presents.— Noremac Nolab (@cameronsxxx) April 19, 2018
Jesus got his very own dessert in this household.
We always sang “Happy Birthday” to Jesus and blew out candles on cupcakes for him on Christmas. We are not religious. 🤷🏼♀️— Cece Bett (@CeceBett) April 19, 2018
Lots of families came up with their own unique names for the television remote.
Called the tv remote the channel changer— susan (@emiliestrange36) April 19, 2018
Parents occasionally call it the zapper— Mary Trecek (@MsMaryT13) April 19, 2018
We called it a flipper.— Jessica Speegle Dark (@jessicaldark) April 19, 2018
Also, the family that curses together definitely stays together.
Family Dinner "cuss out" we could say whatever horrible words we wanted for 3 minutes 1ce a month at dinner (simultaneously), then couldn't curse the rest of the month— BeccaPants (@BeccaHandel) April 19, 2018
And, honestly, who hasn’t drunk from the water faucet at some point? Though, maybe this is a tradition best done in the bosom of your own family.
We stick our heads under the faucet when we want a quick drink of water. The HORROR on my new college friend's face when she took me home and I did it in front of her parents.— hannah reis nation (@hannahrreis) April 19, 2018
Flatulence had a lot, a lot of different creative names. “Pimp” definitely takes the cake.
My mum really doesn't like swearing or rude words of any kind. Instead of fart, she taught me to say "pimp." For example, I'd say "he pimped" instead of "he farted." I started saying fart when I was 10 and classmates were questioning me about it😂— Niamh Adams (@NiamhHA17) April 20, 2018
My mom called them "windies"... 😂— Jenni Jordan (@JenniJoRex828) April 20, 2018
My Polish father would say "prootz" and for YEARS I thought that was different than a fart.— Stacey Andeen (@CurvesAndNerves) April 21, 2018
So, basically, we’re all a bunch of weirdos and should probably just embrace it at this point. Also, the world might be a happier place if we all implemented other people’s weirdness into our own lives. Count me in for the family cussing session.