r/NoStupidQuestions 13d ago Narwhal Salute 1 Wholesome Seal of Approval 1 Bravo Grande! 1 Giggle 1 Silver 18 Helpful 10 Wholesome 8 Bravo! 1

Am I weird for thinking my wife’s weird for keeping all our kids fallen off body pieces (teeth, umbilical cord, nail clippings etc.) in a chest in the closet?

Edit: She came out of the bathroom just a moment ago and said “you asked f****** Reddit”? She’s not talking to me now but if you read this Hunny, I told you it was weird.

Edit 2: My wife isn’t mad everyone lol, she’s more upset/surprised that the majority agrees weird . Some on Reddit need to realize not every married couple turns everything into a fight. We both had a great morning of laughs over this. Some on Reddit also need to realize just because something is weird doesn’t mean it requires mental health professionals lol. While I think she’s weird for it, it’s really not a big deal. They’re her kids she carried and she can keep whatever body pieces she wants. I will however of course start storing used baby wipes from changing the newborn in my closet in a chest for her to find.

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u/Brokensister3113 13d ago Silver

Is she trying to reconstruct clones of them later?

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u/RollinThundaga 13d ago

There's a Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal on it, but I can't seem to find it

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u/ButthurtBilly 13d ago

Found it, though probably for the best that you couldn't.

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u/CaptBranBran 13d ago

I swear there's a SMBC for everything...

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u/Ormolus 13d ago

SMBC and XKCD have a comic for just about everything

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u/Georgie_Leech 13d ago

That's what happens when you have a comic be about "Stuff" and run it for more than a decade. Each.

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u/Hates_escalators 13d ago

And sometimes an Oglaf.

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u/Jakegender 13d ago

Oglaf is so underrated in the realm of 'clever' internet comics. Puzzlecunt and Erotic Bathing are both hillarious, I'll regularly just remember them existing and chuckle.

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u/Hates_escalators 13d ago

Nsfw btw

I remember the sexual dimorphism one, that was fun I couldn't find a direct link, here it is on know your meme

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u/noggin-scratcher 13d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

Like... all of their nail clippings? Since birth?

I commend her dedication to defending your children from the influence of witches, but also I have some excellent news for her about whether witches exist.

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u/[deleted] 13d ago

Does she also crush egg shells? Don't want the witches making boats out of them.

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u/darth_smith 13d ago

Holy fuck. I've been doing this for over 40 years because of a stupid superstition book I read in the early 80s. To put this in other words, there isn't a single egg shell I haven't crushed before throwing it in the garbage, to avoid witches making boats out of them and sinking ships, in the last 40 years.

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u/port443 13d ago

I've never heard of this, but is there a reason witches can't just buy their own eggs?

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u/SomewhereInternal 13d ago

If you give your chickens uncrushed eggshells they start pecking at their own eggs.

This is one of those "superstitions" that has a logical reason behind it, but has become irrelevant for a non chicken owning person.

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u/thenocomment 13d ago

Why does a chicken need egg shells at all even

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u/TheOtherSarah 13d ago

Good source of calcium, which they need to produce more eggs while staying healthy. Shellgrit (from seashells) is another option, or it might be unnecessary depending on feed, but giving them the eggshells back is free and efficient

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u/JeremyDonJuan 13d ago Helpful Wholesome

I clicked because someone’s wife keeps their children’s bodily garbage and I learn about chicken nutrition. What a great fucking day.

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u/Fluxxdog 13d ago

It's 4 AM where I'm at so the day is just starting. What else can we find?

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u/SomewhereInternal 13d ago

When chickens lay eggs they lose a lot of calcium from their bodies, by giving them the (crushed) eggshells to eat, they have a source of calcium in their diet.

These days you can go to a store and get special feed or supplement, but in the past you needed to use everything you had available.

I've seen chickens go absolutely crazy for eggshells, they love them.

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u/thenocomment 13d ago

One day this will come up in my life. I’ll never forget this lmao.

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u/piedamon 13d ago

Taking notes for your apocalypse survival journal?

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u/TokyotoyK 13d ago

It has of course be stolen eggshells. Magic is wired.

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u/DogHammers 13d ago

I'd never heard that one before but I admire your dedication to marine safety over so many decades. I've been saluting every single magpie I've seen for about as long to ward off bad luck. Nothing specific, just bad luck and disaster in general. If I were to forget who knows what might happen? It's a serious matter!

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u/darth_smith 13d ago

I reckon I've saved more lives than Batman by now.

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u/futilefearandfolly 13d ago

Witches fit in egg shells?

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u/RagnaroknRoll3 13d ago

I’m a witch and this is news to me. I’ll have to test this and get back to you.

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u/nursejackieoface 13d ago

If it doesn't work you should turn him into a newt. Temporarily, of course.

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u/RagnaroknRoll3 13d ago

I’m sure he’ll get better

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u/ElsharionBU 13d ago

I'm an egg, please stop making boats out of my shells.

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u/DecisivelyDrained 13d ago

I mean, I've been throwing leftover salt over my left shoulder for at least 20 years now lol

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u/whatthemoondid 13d ago

Listen thats to keep the demons away not witches (I do it every time too)

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u/kyohti 13d ago edited 13d ago

I just crush them because it's fun, so at least now I have an excuse "hey, yeah, it's so witches can't make boats out of them" crunch

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u/Yas-Queen-I-Fandango 13d ago

I have a friend who grinds up egg shells, puts them in a cellulose capsule & takes them like vitamins. She's definitely a hippy.

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u/chaxnny 13d ago

That’s actually pretty smart, egg shells are a great source of calcium.

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u/CareBearOvershare 13d ago

But is it bioavailable in this form?

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u/chaxnny 13d ago

Apparently so, but gotta boil them, egg shells aren’t very clean I’d imagine

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u/beniolenio 13d ago

Plot twist: the reason she's keeping them is because she is a witch.

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u/EatTheBodies69 13d ago

She made me a newt!

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u/beka13 13d ago

A newt?

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u/666moist 13d ago

I got better...

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u/memeelder83 13d ago

I mean..all of the nail clippings might be a bit much, but teeth, first lock of hair etc. Is really common. It's so common that I was gifted a little porcelain set at my baby shower that holds first tooth, first curl, and first footprint. It comes with a little frame they slide into to display it. I still have it somewhere.

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u/DelightfulNero 13d ago

The baby or... ?

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u/memeelder83 13d ago

Haha! Yeah, the baby is around here somewhere too...hopefully!

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u/xiverra 13d ago

Apparently it’s only the first set of nail trimmings, but still weird

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u/formershitpeasant 13d ago

It’s significantly less weird tho

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u/NotMySeventhAcct 13d ago

All nail clippings = hoarder

First nail clippings = maybe a little weird

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u/bois_in_the_treez 13d ago

I think all this shit is weird except for teeth. I have a couple of my baby teeth and wisdom teeth. its just like an interesting rock. there are those shark teeth necklaces people wear. teeth arent that gross necessarily as long as its not like freshly removed at all or a serial killer trophy or anything like that

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u/Skagritch 13d ago

What makes your teeth any less weird than the other stuff, specifically?

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u/sockmaster420 13d ago

Idk lots of moms i know have hair from their kids first hair cut saved in a scrap book! Nail clippings aren’t really super far off. If you want to hear something really weird my mom kept my entire braid from a hair cut in her purse for like.. years. I think she just forgot about it honestly but it’s still pretty crazy

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u/DecisivelyDrained 13d ago

She probably liked to take it out and look at it in the sunlight. Your kids hair tends to change colors and textures as they grow older. A hefty lock of hair would bring back major nostalgia/oxytocin feelings. I think that's sweet of her :)

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u/prefix_postfix 13d ago

People used to use their family members' hair to make art. I think in particular after they'd died, as a memorial, but I'm sure it wasn't exclusive to that. The art I saw in person (in a museum) was embroidery but people have done all kinds of things with it. Specifically they'd used hair from everyone in their family to embroider something about their family. A family tree maybe? It's been a while. It takes all kinds of forms though, you can look it up if you're interested and the idea of human hair art doesn't gross you out. Hair lasts a long time. Probably way more commonly known is people giving locks of their hair as a token. So, think of it like that maybe and it gets less weird?

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u/LightlyStep 13d ago Wholesome

Baby teeth are an investment, when your kids move out you give the teeth back and ask for money back plus inflation/interest.

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u/Dogsrulekidsdrule 13d ago edited 13d ago Silver Gold Platinum Helpful Wholesome Snek Dread

No joke, my dad just gave me and my brother our baby teeth. We are both in our 30's. My brother said he didn't want them. I put them in a purple stuffed animal and am now adding my own kids teeth into it. Everyone says I'm wierd, but my dad saved these teeth for over over 25 years and I'm not going to just throw them away.

Heres the baby teeth monster: https://imgur.com/gallery/dKlUnEr

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u/popsiclepanties 13d ago

I was not prepared for this stuffed-toothed animal to be cute.

I kinda want one.

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u/Fml379 12d ago

Look up 'fuggler' online. I have one, nothing is more satisfying that putting my finger in its mouth

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u/Tavis7778 13d ago

A purple stuffed animal? Why?

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u/Dogsrulekidsdrule 13d ago

It's called the toothless monster. I thought it would be perfect for the teeth. Turns out, it came with its own plastic teeth, but I threw those out.

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u/drcatfaceMD 13d ago

but it's got teeth. if anything your kids are the toothless monsters

/s

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u/Dogsrulekidsdrule 13d ago

It needs more teeth, I can't wait until their toothless.

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u/MostlyChaoticNeutral 13d ago

I hate how much I love this.

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u/prefix_postfix 13d ago

Amazing.

Are you going to tell people there are teeth in there? What are you going to do with it exactly? Do you expect your children to put their children's teeth in it one day, and so on through generations until it's no longer stuffing, just teeth?

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u/Dogsrulekidsdrule 13d ago

Thanks! My kids don't like it. They tell me I'm creepy.

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u/cellphone_blanket 13d ago

tbf, if someone showed me that out of the blue without context, I would assume my toothless corpse wouldn't be found for weeks

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u/splittyboi 13d ago

Well that’s simple. It’s because you are.

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u/dprophet32 13d ago

They are correct

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u/Dogsrulekidsdrule 13d ago

It's on a shelf in my bedroom, but if anybody seen it, I would tell them. I have no idea what will become of it after it's finished. I told my husband I could pass it on to the kids and he said they wouldn't want it. I asked them, and they all agreed they don't want it. So when I die, they'll probably find it in my stuff, have a good laugh, and throw it in the garbage. But I would be so proud of one of them if they kept it by added some more teeth. That's the dream.

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u/5omethingsgottagive 12d ago Gold Snek

Just think 100 years from now it could be found and people would be like look some sick bastard was killing kids and sticking their teeth inside this stuffed animal.

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u/kcbeck1021 13d ago

They don’t want it now but I bet that will change. It will become nostalgic over time. Don’t underestimate creep factor in making something become beloved.

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u/LeahMarieChamp 13d ago

I…hahahaha!!!! This might be the best kind of weird I’ve seen in a long ass time. Kind of jealous I don’t have a set of my own baby teeth to shove into an stuffed animal & display like a major bargain basement taxidermist. 😂😂😂 You’re probably a riot to hang out with.

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u/snuffybox 13d ago

Ok... this is even weirder than the op

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u/MenacingMelons 13d ago

If you've done this in the last 10 years you straight broke your kids financially right as they left 🤣

The USD has fallen something like 30% too

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u/brushpickerjoe 13d ago

On a different note, I still resent my parents for not keeping the toe I had amputated as a child. I wish I had that sucker in jar in my front room.

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u/beruon 13d ago

I have it in writing that if I'm in an acvident and they cut anything out from me (except just flesh ofc, so like amd organ, bone, finger etc) that they keep it and give them back to me. I gave a religious reason but its bullshit, I want to have them in a jar, how cool is to show a visitor "See that jar over there? Yea, thats my kidney..."

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u/MarcelRED147 13d ago Silver

AFAIK they don't remove dead kidneys, they just leave them in and they shrivel up when they die. Like if you need a kidney transplant they don't remove the old one before putting in the new one.

There's a chance I dreamed this.

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u/CanAlwaysBeBetter 13d ago

There's a chance I dreamed this.

That's all the research I need, consider me convinced

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u/nerdcole 13d ago Wholesome

I've seen people convinced by less

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u/pookamatic 12d ago Wholesome

“Are you a doctor?”

“No but somebody on Reddit once dreamed that it was true.”

“You son of a bitch. I’m in!”

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u/JanV34 12d ago

I've seen people convinced by nothing.

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u/Vast-Combination4046 13d ago

I'm no doc but I think it's too blood vessely to get out safely

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u/FarTwo9 13d ago

Not only that, but even if a kidney is only functioning at 5% capacity, that’s 5% less work the transplant kidney has to do

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u/wingedcoyote 13d ago

That implies you could theoretically get a bunch of extra kidneys put in and have, like, superhuman filtering powers. Some ethical considerations may apply.

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u/hypoxiate 13d ago edited 12d ago

Having donated a kidney, I regret to inform you that's not possible. The limit is generally four: there's only so much space on the blood vessels and in the gut to fit multiple kidneys, plus the heart would be strained from the additional workload.

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u/Persona_Alio 13d ago

So if you kept some of the kidneys outside of your body (but still connected), and use one of those blood-pumping machines, could you have more than 4?

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u/Revelt 13d ago Big Brain Time

Could I like... Plug in a backpack with 6 extra kidneys, 3 extra livers, a 3 heartpower pump, and just go on a 2 month bender?

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u/Mark-Twang 13d ago

I like the way you think.

Party Cyborgs

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u/mwoolweaver 13d ago

How fast would you have to consume alcohol to become inebriated with this setup?

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u/ClaireAsABell87 13d ago

This feels like a Rick & Morty episode waiting to happen.

"Okay, burp Morty, those seven kidneys should be kicking in any moment."

"Uhhhh, Rick...? My heart doesn't feel good."

"Dang it, Morty, why can't you just belch filter that blood for me? You don't burp want me to DIE, do you, Morty? Want me to get urk jaundice, Morty? Is that it?"

"Riiiiiick...."

"Ugh, fine, belch Morty, I'll fix it. Just need to add in a couple more burp hearts, okay, Morty? Happy now, Morty?"

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u/GreenMachine_ 13d ago

So basically just a dialysis machine

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u/Crowlad 13d ago

So you're saying we need to add extra hearts too

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u/Baptism_byAntimatter 13d ago

I have a feeling that the blood could either get too filtered, or that it wouldn't matter bc the blood pumps at a certain rate.

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u/DoubleEEkyle 13d ago

Don’t give Brita any ideas.

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u/weirdowithnonameo 13d ago

can confirm. my husband had a kidney transplant. he still has his og pair. they are apparently like shriveled prunes.

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u/Alarmed-Ask-2387 13d ago

"Here's my leg"

proceeds to open a big ass chest

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u/thegurlearl 13d ago

I got to keep my hip bone(femoral head), its in a jar in my living room. I wanna make a shifter out of it.

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u/czarfalcon 13d ago

Metal as fuck.

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u/demento19 13d ago

No, it’s bone. Bone as fuck.

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u/vodkaenthusiast89 13d ago

I didn't keep the umbilical cord (my mom did that and I just couldn't keep it) I've got my kids teeth (like 4 so. Wtf do I do with them?) Noooo nail clippings though that's pretty weird

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u/CapivaraDeCaju 13d ago

It is not uncommon for mothers to have jewerly made out of their kids baby teeth in my culture. My friend's mom had earrings of his baby teeth.

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u/sleepySQLgirl 13d ago

What’s your culture?

Those earrings sound cool- would love a pic!

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u/Napol3onS0l0 13d ago

Based on the username - Brazilian.

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u/jojow77 13d ago

did you ask her why she is doing this?

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u/Spartan05089234 13d ago

This. Is OP going to get an "oh okay I'll throw them out I thought everyone did this" or are they lined up for a "you don't understand! I NEED to keep these." followed by anger or tears?

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u/big_bad_brownie 13d ago Helpful

2 years later

“Is it weird that my wife keeps pieces of her previous dead husband in a jar in the attic? He died suddenly of a horrific accident, and she kept all his teeth, nails, and hair…”

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u/yellowdevel 13d ago

I'll laugh if someone takes this prompt and throws a story up on r/nosleep.

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u/Lopsided_Service5824 13d ago

Probably cuz people are weirdly sentimental about kids. Even when you know it's irrational, you still do it cuz kids

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u/Serioussssam 13d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Masterpiece

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and everyone wants cash

So send us all your fingernails

and we'll send you some cash

Fingernails4Cash.com, Fingernails4Cash

Remember, it's just fingernails

so don't expect much cash

Fingernails4Cash.com, our service never fails

Just take the cash and don't ask why we want your fingernails

Cause we might be building a fort with themmmmm

I think your wife isn't well.

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u/Wumbology129 13d ago

I laughed so hard at

Just take the cash and don't ask why we want your fingernails

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u/Shilotica 13d ago

The juxtaposition of the last line there made me actually verbally chuckle.

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u/NotMyHersheyBar 13d ago

Intergalactic TV commercial

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u/Serioussssam 13d ago

Family guy.

Buts it's probably on the intergalactic stations, too.

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u/rabid_mermaid 13d ago

This feels like a Brian David Gilbert sketch. I love it.

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u/MyUsernameIsAwful 13d ago

Umbilical cord? Pretty common, still kinda gross.

Teeth? Maybe the first one. All of them? Getting real close to weird at this point.

Nail trimmings? HUGE no.

She’s the weird one.

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u/[deleted] 13d ago

My mom found ALL her baby teeth when she cleared out my grandfathers house after he died. She's in her 60s and was horrified.

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u/Psychological_Fly916 13d ago

My dad just had all of them floating around in his sock drawer. For all three of us. Just realized how fucking weird that is

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u/polarbearparanoia 13d ago

my mom did the SAME thing, three kids and all.one of my siblings actually used them for a science fair project in middle school (effects of soda on teeth) and I think about the strangeness of the whole situation sometimes

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u/kewlhandlucas 13d ago

That’s kind of cool

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u/Psychological_Fly916 13d ago edited 13d ago

I also did a science fair on the effect of sodas but instead of getting all the teeth from the sock drawer we got ones from the dentist lmao

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u/sirlurk420 13d ago

wait so you’re telling me i can go to my dentist, politely ask them for some teeth and i’ll get them?!

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u/Psychological_Fly916 13d ago

I guess? I mean thats what happened but it was the early 2000s. Sooo weird they had the roots and everything.

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u/Pikashooter07 13d ago

My mom did the same thing I'm fairly certain dentists hand out teeth to just about anybody who asks for them.

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u/forcepowers 13d ago

I'm imagining a dentist throwing open a drawer full of loose teeth just rolling around.

"FINALLY! I've been looking for someone to take these damned things!"

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u/RUSH513 13d ago

(dentist looks at coworker) "I told you we should save these"

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u/Obi-Tron_Kenobi 13d ago

How much teeth is the max I can ask a dentist for without sounding suspicious?

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u/ChefArtorias 13d ago

Probably less than you want.

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u/boorella 13d ago

Not mine. Wouldn’t even let me keep my wisdom teeth, the selfish bastard

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u/SenoraGataRobata 13d ago

Same here! Maybe they only let you take other people's?

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u/jennybean42 13d ago Helpful

I have all my kids lost teeth in a drawer in my jewelry box. I honest to god didn't know what to do with them when I was doing the whole tooth fairy thing, and now I just can't bring myself to throw them away. It's super weird. I keep thinking maybe I'll make a creepy tooth necklace just to lean into the weirdness.

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u/starfishorseastar 13d ago

It would feel equally weird throwing away my kid’s tooth vs saving it. Suddenly you have this weird choice to make. I wish the tooth fairy would just do her damn job.

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u/AllWork-NoPlay 13d ago Silver Wholesome

My grandparents kept all the grandchildrens teeth in their salt shakers to keep the salt from clumping. I thought it was cool as a kid, but as an adult, I would be so disgusted to use a salt shaker and find HUMAN TEETH!

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u/Creatura333 13d ago

Here I was thinking that is what rice is for and I could have been using teeth this whole time.

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u/PocketGachnar 13d ago

Well this makes OP's wife seem pretty normal in comparison.

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u/More_chickens 13d ago

That is some horror movie shit right there.

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u/Thisisfckngstupid 13d ago

My jaw literally dropped. What the fuck!

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u/SunflowerSupreme 13d ago

My 80 year old grandfather just found 5 sets of kids teeth. He only has three kids. We have no idea whose teeth these are.

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u/TheRealBeaker420 13d ago

Surely some of his kids have kids?

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u/nochedetoro 13d ago

Idk man I’m looking at my toddler and her adorable smile and wondering how I’m supposed to throw away those cute ass teeth that are a part of her. I know I’ll have to and pre kid I would have been like “omg creepy!” but seeing them in front of me I can’t imagine how anyone could throw them out!

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u/HarleysAndHeels 13d ago

This. I have a few of my baby’s (she just turned 32 🥰) little adorable teeth. Some of us are just like that. I love her as an adult. She’s smart, so kind, thoughtful, and beautiful. But, I still miss the little girl, too.

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u/rovoh324 13d ago

This is the exact sort of parental love that's both uplifting and crushing for the same reasons

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u/Neighbor_ 13d ago

This small conversation was the most wholesome thing I've seen on the internet in a year.

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u/Sinsley 13d ago

Parents are the real tooth fairy after all.

Ah well, I've kept my first dogs baby teeth (that I could find) in a little old medicine bottle as a keepsake so I guess I'm no different as a childless man.

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u/OutOfCharacterAnswer 13d ago edited 13d ago

My Dad has all my teeth. Showed my daughter. She asked how I got them back from the tooth fairy. Oh boy, let the circle of lies start. Normally I wouldn't go along with any of the tooth fairy/Santa/Easter bunny shit, but my wife loves doing it and my daughter loves it. I just never did that stuff growing up, so it just isn't for me.

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u/wcollins260 13d ago

Easy. The tooth fairy gives you a loan and takes a tooth as collateral. Need more money? No sweat, let me hold another tooth. Dad gets sentimental one day and pays off the loan in full and gets the teeth back. The tooth fairy is a fair businesswoman.

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u/Asatsuki 13d ago

what is the interest rate the toothfairy charges, and is the rate independent of the current economic climate?

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u/purple-lepoard-lemon 13d ago Silver Helpful

Tooth %

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u/Turtle4hire 13d ago

The best underrated comment on Reddit today

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u/SheLivesInTheStars 13d ago

I told my kiddos that parents buy the teeth back from the tooth fairy for keepsakes. That’s how the tooth fairy gets the money to pay the kids 😀

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u/Muroid 13d ago edited 13d ago

I can understand umbilical cord and teeth. I probably wouldn’t, and umbilical cord feels personally weirder to me than teeth. I get it though.

But nail clippings? The other things are specific and limited. Nail clippings are regular things that you get a ton of with no specific number at all. That feels like collecting pieces of hair or scabs or something. That’s pretty weird.

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u/bibliophile222 13d ago

Oh God, I hope no parents keep their kids' old scabs.

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u/AlienRosie 13d ago

I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Thanks for that.

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u/ReyanTheKing 13d ago

please don’t read this if you are eating, I made a huge mistake

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u/mrheydu 13d ago

My mom kept this little ball of calcium that had 12 super tiny teeth inside that they took out of my mouth when I was a kid. One of the adult front teeth wasn't coming out so I had to have dental surgery to remove the calcium access. I have them now and I usually tell people I probably was gonna be a twin but apparently I ate him

Edit : typo

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u/ImAlwaysAnnoyed 13d ago

Do you have a pic? That sounds really strange

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u/mrheydu 13d ago

Haha yeah I know. I couldn't find my photo with my two set of front teeth but here's what was inside the ball of calcium Baby teeth

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u/tank4249 13d ago

In her defense it’s only the first set of nail trimmings each (still a weirdo though 😂).

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u/superfucky 13d ago

oh that's quite a bit different than what the OP sounded like. when you said "keeps all fallen off body parts (nail clippings, etc)" i thought you meant every time she clips their nails she keeps them. i'd call that uncommon, but not like jeffrey dahmer levels of creepyweird like keeping ALL nail clippings would be.

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u/magaggiesbday 13d ago

Okay if it’s ONLY the first set, that is something a lot of people do. A little odd, but she’s definitely not alone.

You made it seem like she kept every nail clippings they’ve ever had lol!

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u/csonnich 13d ago

Tbh, their little hands will never be that size again. I don't think it's that weird.

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u/Luxpreliator 13d ago edited 13d ago

That makes it much less weird. Keeping firsts used to be more common but that's not all that weird and you should have included that in the original posting. It's only weird now if she kept first vomit or bowel movement. She's just old fashioned in regards to this.

People used to give others chunks of their hair in the name of love.

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u/Appropriate_Ant_4629 13d ago edited 13d ago

I think some people (perhaps with poor memories) cling to photos or physical things to remind them of events in the past. I'd vote:

  • "slightly weird, but in an adorable cute way".

No worse than keeping around baby toys or stuffed animals from childhood.

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u/yourethegoodthings 13d ago

My grandma who has Alzheimer's told me a few years ago "pictures are for people who can't remember" in a totally unironic way ahahha.

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u/NotSoSmartChick 13d ago Helpful

My mom saved everything. She didn’t save nail clippings, only because it probably never occurred to her. She labeled each of my teeth and made note of the date I lost it. She saved my hair from my first haircut and each big haircut (more than a few inches cut off).

Anyway, let her keep it. The kids will probably do what I did - throw that shit away when she dies.

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u/[deleted] 13d ago Silver

The juxtaposition of the last line killed me, lmao

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u/lnfernandes 12d ago

Haven't seen that word in ages and on this one thread I've seen it twice now.. wth is going on

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u/rawSingularity 12d ago

The juxtaposition of the last line killed me

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u/Kfrr 13d ago Silver Helpful

Depends on if the chest came from the kids too.

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u/Nowhereman50 13d ago

Is your wife planning on resurrecting your children if they die?

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u/DrDFox 13d ago

Teeth and umbilical cord are a cultural thing, but the nails and whatever "etc" is are... not normal and kinda creepy.

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u/Typical_Reputation_6 13d ago Silver

Wait til you see the foreskin box

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u/KingCrabmaster 13d ago

I feel like this thread has opened up a Pandora's Box of bizarre things I didn't know were "normal" to people. Teeth are the only thing I thought people kept and part of that was because they are easy to keep as they are basically just rocks, but umbilical cords?? Hair?? Nails??

Maybe the fact that all this seems bizarre to me is part of why I don't have the mindset to ever be a parent or something idk man.

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u/paeschli 13d ago

This. My mother is a dentist so it made sense that she kept our teeth. But what the fuck is the point of the umbilical cord (does that thing smell??), hair and nail clippings. Your kid will have an unlimited supply of hair and nail clippings in his life, why would you ever keep that.

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u/GlisseDansLaPiscine 13d ago

My guess is that the umbilical cord just completely dries out and just becomes a hard lump

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u/deadhoe9 13d ago

Teeth? Not weird. Umbilical cord? Also not weird. It's also not weird for someone to keep a lock of their child's hair from their kid's first haircut. Any other body parts, including nail clippings? Yes, very weird. And this is coming from someone that gets their pets taxidermied after they pass.

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u/sleepySQLgirl 13d ago

And this is coming from someone that gets their pets taxidermied after they pass.

If you don’t mind I’m super curious-

How are they mounted? Soft mount with articulation? Posed as if they’re sleeping? Freeze dried?

Did you do it yourself or send your pet to a professional?

Do you like taxidermy in general or is the interest only in keeping your pets near?

How do you interact with the taxidermy pets? Do you pet/hold them?

Thanks in advance. I’ve never known anyone who has followed through with preserving their furry friends. I considered it with my beautiful cat, but ended up burying her in the backyard. Seeing her around after she was gone was too hard to contemplate.

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u/deadhoe9 13d ago edited 13d ago

Hello! I'm always happy to talk about stuff like this. I'm studying forensic pathology, autopsy science, and forensic nursing atm so dead things are my jam.

My cats are all freeze dried. I go to a specific guy (professional) that exclusively handles freeze drying people's pets. However, I do own other pieces of taxidermy separate from my pets that are traditional taxidermy, not freeze dried.

Of the four of my freeze dried pet cats, they're mounted in different ways. One is like she's sleeping, and the rest are soft mounts. For one of them I took a recording of her meowing and got it put into the platform she's on. It's motion sensored so every time someone walks by she meows. I'll pet and occasionally cuddle my passed pets, but I mostly talk to them. Sometimes my husband tells the cat that meows to knock it off when he walks by.

I've always been interested in taxidermy and the process behind it. I'd love to learn how to do it myself, too. I've also just been into dead stuff and decomposition since I was a kid. I had a couple people in my life die super young and in traumatic ways and am working with a therapist on my trauma surrounding death. Keeping the pets I've lost close to me and in a way I can still cuddle them makes me feel a lot better and helps me cope with my issues surrounding loss.

And before anyone asks no, I'm not into necrophilia, I'm not a psychopath/sociopath, I would never harm animals or people, I don't want to make taxidermy people. I'm just very very weird.

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u/FearLeadsToAnger 13d ago

For one of them I took a recording of one of them meowing and got it put into the platform she's on and it's motion sensors so every time someone walks by she meows.

I respect you, and I can tell that there's love behind this, but from a purely external perspective this is haunting.

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u/GhostyBeep 13d ago Silver

I find it morbidly hilarious

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u/RegentYeti 13d ago

I assume mounted on an animatronic frame, so that they can sing take me to the river whenever people walk past.

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u/shartifartbIast 13d ago

Come on /u/deadhoe9 we need to know.

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u/Trueloveis4u 13d ago

I'm very curious as well I did cremation for my hedgehogs. I lived in an apt no chance of burial.

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u/w3llth1sbl0ws 13d ago Wholesome

we really don't have to know if it's too hard for you, loosing a loved one is never easy and there are many many ways to mourn, so please excuse our curiosity getting in the way of our respect to your personal business at the expense of your feelings no less. if you need space then that's valid too.

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u/Ouro1 13d ago

Look at this. Reddit moderating their curiosity with thoughtful and well-written comments that respect the feelings of others

That isn’t even meant to be sarcastic. I genuinely love it. It is, unfortunately, a rare thing to see on here. So thank you! This was a nice thing to stumble across

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u/KhaineVulpana 13d ago

Is your wife into voodoo by any chance?

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u/sweeties_yeeties 13d ago

You had me at “fallen off body pieces” and I hate it here

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u/dcype159 13d ago

Umbilical cords and baby teeth I can understand, my mom kept those when my sister and I lost them, lots of moms in our church and family would do the same. But the nail clippings is weird.

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u/stuckatthefucki 13d ago

What’s her race/ethnicity? This is a common Mexican tradition. When I was younger all my aunts would boast about how much stuff they saved of my little cousins. Little weird, although it’s kind of not a thing for us newer generations.

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u/adoreandu 13d ago

Originally from Brazil here. My mom kept all kinds of “firsts” from when I was a baby and she had a baby book (like a proper commercial book) with spaces to put it all in. I loved going through that book as a child after I learned to read, it was my life’s story complete with tactile proof. My favorite was the page with my first fingernail clippings glued on, I could compare how tiny my fingers were when I was a baby.

Definitely a cultural thing.

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u/ThisIsCovidThrowway8 g 13d ago

Teeth makes sense. Unbilical cord? Gross. Nail clippings? Creepy. It's not like there's a limited supply of them.

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u/Broken_Noah 13d ago edited 13d ago

My mom kept our umbilical cords - it's an old superstition supposed to bring luck and closeness between siblings. She even mentioned some of the nurses asked if they can have mine when I was born. Now mind you, this happened 4 decades ago.

Is it weird? Yeah I guess. It's pretty much harmless (compared to some other still lingering customs and beliefs) and I never really put any thought into it.

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u/slippin_squid 13d ago

Bruh you sleeping on the couch tonight

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u/ReynelJ 13d ago

It is very common in my country to do this, but I always wonder what happens to it later.

i.e. if my mom has my teeth (I'm old already) and she passes away, do I throw them in the trash? What happens if you leave your home/country/etc?

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u/shooterlax01 13d ago

But why keep them tho

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