All families have their peculiar traditions. We all have likes and dislikes, inclinations, and ways that we make each other laugh when no one else can – and sometimes, we don’t realize that everyone won’t “get it” until we start spending time with other families outside our own.
These 15 people definitely had moments like that, and I’ve gotta say, they were probably as hilarious as they were shocking.
15. Why were they eating rice so fast?
Why would you not just slow down?
They had a term called a "rice attack": when you eat rice so fast you have trouble breathing a little because you inhale some of it. No idea this wasn't a real illness until I mentioned it in the dining hall in college.
— GoodGuyGarlan (@SparklyIcicles) September 8, 2020
14. My family still does this.
We are all extremely resistant to changing, too!
On Christmas morning my family took turns opening gifts. Even when we were young kids we still opened one gift per round, youngest to oldest. To this day when I’m around people opening holiday gifts all at once I feel such anxiety!
— Jada A Graves (@jadaagraves) September 7, 2020
13. Definitely not a bad thing.
Though I see how it could weird someone out.
My family says, “I love you.” A lot.
Prior to realizing this isn’t the norm for everyone, my boyfriend (who is now my husband), pulled me aside one time & asked in a confusing & exasperated tone, “Why does your family say I love you every time you leave the room?!?”
— Kiki-Kristen (@kiki40400470) September 8, 2020
12. Just to…prepare?
Reflect? I need some more information, please.
Sitting down for like 30 seconds while fully dressed and with suitcases all packed prior to leaving the house for any and all trips.
— Sentient Fyre Festival ™ (@orneryscientist) September 7, 2020
11. I remember that term so it had to have come from somewhere!
learned the hard way that most people call blowing into your friends’ stomachs a “raspberry” and not a “Zerbert”
— trash jones (@jzux) September 8, 2020
10. They should do those things, though.
Why would you not?
My mom always peels broccoli and cuts the bottom of a cucumber off before rubbing it on the end of itself to draw out the sap. I was in my mid-20s before I learned many other people do not do either of these things.
— Doomscrolling Reminder Lady (@karenkho) September 7, 2020
9. That does not sound appetizing.
We called chapstick “lip goop”. Announcing that “I dropped my lip goop” in middle school was rock bottom. https://t.co/yzHFcLotVT
— Han (@hannah_delia) September 8, 2020
8. That sounds like fun.
I’m getting warm fuzzies just thinking about it.
My family has a Generalissimo Francisco Franco Christmas ornament, and every year when we trim the tree, whoever unpacks that ornament yells "The Chubby Guy!" and puts it on the tree. We also play Twisted Christmas albums and I legit don't know the real words to some carols.
— Alice is Staying Home and You Should Too (@AliSayNew) September 7, 2020
7. Where did this come from?
The word "pusha" – pronounced "puh-sh-a" – was used for pillow. I had to train myself not to use it in public but my sister doesn't give a fuck and uses it constantly.
— Lauren Aitken (@L_Aitken) September 8, 2020
6. The lies go so deep!
Generations of kids made to drink milk!
We asked our mom about why she was lying to us all this time and she said it wasn't a lie it was 100% the truth and she knew it was the truth because her mother said so and then we called our grandmother who confirmed yes, it was 100% a lie to get her kids to drink their milk.
— John Gary (@johngary) September 7, 2020
5. Worried about how many women were taught their vag was called Mary.
That’s my mom’s name!
Oh, it went on and on. No silk underwear “doesn’t breathe,” no wet bathing suits “crotch rot,” no bubble baths “not good for the Miss Mary.” I was literally (still am) paranoid about my vagina rotting or breathing.
— Meghan Leahy (@mlparentcoach) September 8, 2020
4. The Rapture part is a bit strange.
Having an escape plan definitely is not.
Omg I legitimately thought I was the only person who did this
— Brittany Tanner (@BrittanyKTanner) September 8, 2020
3. Pretty sure that’s illegal.
But it’s also pretty funny.
when my sister and I couldn't sleep, my father would make us "special banana drinks" and we would fall asleep soon after. We liked them so much that sometimes we would fake not being able to sleep to get them.
They were banana daiquiris, and not virgin ones.
— James Palmer (@BeijingPalmer) September 7, 2020
2. So glad this way of thinking is dying.
At least, I hope it is.
My mum called it "your little Mary". Probably a Catholic thing.
— Helen Cross (@helenstho) September 8, 2020
1. I guess that’s…nice?
If we saw a bug or insect on the wall we had a little song we sang “little buggy on the wall, ain’t you got no home at all. No mommy. No daddy. *smack and you kill the bug* go to god.”
— im sensitive, yell specific complaints (@sensitive_at) September 8, 2020
I’m trying to figure out what would have qualified for me; perhaps I’ve blocked it out.
What was the thing you thought was normal until you realized it wasn’t? Regale us with the tale in the comments!