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What's the most horrendous or surprising thing you've ever stumbled upon?

Asked by McBean (1703points) September 10th, 2008

Have you ever found treasure? An hidden historical artifact? A deep family secret? How did it affect you? How did you react?

My stumbling, years ago, while going through a previously abandoned property that had just been put on the market, led to the discovery of a human body in a closet of the guest house; the only remaining intact door on the entire property, that was not only closed, but jammed shut with a little black comb wedged in between the door and jamb. I assumed it would be filled with something illicit – since it was obvious that kids or transients had been partying on the property (empty liquor and beer bottles and other trash, as well as torn cushions, etc.), but when my boyfriend at the time yanked open the door, there was a man, upside down, crammed in and leaning against the back wall. I surprised us both by shrieking like an idiot, over and over again. It came out of me reflexively. You never know how you’ll react, I guess.

We were looking at the property, itself, because it had its own well and lots of big beautiful mature trees. We were no longer interested after finding the body. It turns out that the man had been partying with his friends – all of whom were on probation – and had overdosed. His “friends” then shoved him in the tiny closet and hit the road. He was well known to the regular patrolmen in that area. Pretty sad and weird.

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sarapnsc's avatar

Omarosa from the Apprentice!!!!!!!

trudacia's avatar

Surprising…I recently found out that my aunt and uncle live in a nudist colony.

rj325's avatar

2 girls 1 cup

JackAdams's avatar

I “stumbled upon” an incredibly friendly slot machine in Las Vegas, Nevada, several years ago, and won $27,000 cash on it.

The only bad thing about the experience, of course, was when I was forced to tell the IRS about it.

Some folks have no respect for privacy!

(To answer everyone’s next question, the money is now gone. I spent the majority of it on “wine, women and song,” and the rest of it was spent foolishly.)

flameboi's avatar

I found out that I have a half sister in the worse possible way:
One day I went to visit my dad at his work and he was like, “son, this is Gaby, your half sister” I remember I said hi, and then ran away :s
I think I was 15 or 16, I’ve seen her only a couple of times since then….

flameboi's avatar

waiting for harps amazing response, as usual

tedibear's avatar

I was in sixth grade when I learned that my two oldest sisters were, techincally, my half-sisters. I was pawing through some stuff in a box and I came across their baby books, in which was written a different last name. I asked my mom about it that night and she told me that she had been married before and that her first husband had died. My sisters had taken my dad’s last name, although he never legally adopted them. Because I was a “late in life” baby, and everyone else knew the story, they all forgot to tell me about it!

I’ve always thought of them as my sisters, not my half-sisters, even after I knew about this. The knowledge never changed our relationship, which I think is a credit to my parents. There was never a difference in how we were treated because of this.

Harp's avatar

My father worked for the pest control division of the health department in a major city. When he would get a call to explore a complaint, I would sometimes tag along.

I went with him one day to an overgrown lot where it had been reported that people were living in unsanitary conditions. We found a couple in their 50’s who had been living for 8 years in a hut made of bundles of old newspapers, among other trash. The couple were dressed in rags, and hadn’t seen anything like a bath in years, apparently.

Some time later, city crews arrived to clear off the hut. As the rotting paper was torn apart, swarms of cockroaches rippled out from the hut like brown waves.

As I recall, the story had a happy ending, with the couple finally receiving housing and some social services which they had been too proud to ask for.

I actually have worse stories from those excursions with my father, but I’ll spare you

trudacia's avatar

@harp, that is so disgusting! I hate bugs! I’m itchy now…..

poofandmook's avatar

When I was in 7th or 8th grade, I went into my dad’s room to get another of his Stephen Kings, as I’d finished the one I was reading. I found, instead, [evidence] that he was in fact gay. He didn’t come out to me until just past Christmas, at the age of 24.

flameboi's avatar

O.k. P&M you win, wow, that’s hard…

JackAdams's avatar

@Harp: You should post pictures..

PupnTaco's avatar

Horrendous: half a kitten.

Surprising: true love.

RandomMrdan's avatar

you think 2 girls 1 cup was bad…there is this one video out there called “kids in a sandbox” holy crap, that was horrifying….(note it has nothing at all to do with kids). If you do a google search for “kids in a sandbox, it’s the first link…YIKES!!!

JackAdams's avatar

I’ll pass…

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qualitycontrol's avatar

when I was like 12 and found out what I could with the organ between my legs…good times.

allengreen's avatar

Eambos—that was really sick shit—I suggest not opening that link

eambos's avatar

Did I not give an explicit enough warning?

My jerk-off friend (former friend now) tricked me into looking at that.

Once again: PLEASE DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK!!!

allengreen's avatar

Saying don’t click this is like telling a teenager not to have sex—it does not work and assures that one will do what they have been told not to do—like Bristol Palin

Skyrail's avatar

Posting the link without any warning however may have caused unwanted repercussions.

I third what has been said. I didn’t let all the images load. I advise anyone who is squemish, easily offended, or not in the mood for it, do not click that link. I’m worried about the people who posted those up on that page.

RandomMrdan's avatar

oh, I clicked the link without hesitation…I always do, even if I know it’s going to be terrible. I just have to see it.

poofandmook's avatar

I clicked and it was quickly filtered out as “Tasteless” by my employer’s web filter.

JackAdams's avatar

I’ll pass, on that link.

If I want to see disgusting and vile things, I’ll view the GWB’s baby pictures.

augustlan's avatar

I have two discoveries in one: While married to my ex-husband I found a months old paycheck in a suit pocket that had never been cashed. Finding it led to a second, more important discovery…the realization that we had finally reached a financially stable point in our lives. We no longer had to live paycheck to paycheck, and hadn’t even noticed prior to this! It was a double cause for celebration.

JackAdams's avatar

I hope you found a lot more money, after your marriage to him ended.

trudacia's avatar

I want to know what it is now (the eambos link)....but like poof I’m unable to view it at work.

Can I have a hint?

JackAdams's avatar

I don’t know (because I won’t look at it) but it probably has something to do with torturing liberal Democrats with a cattle prod, while forcing them to listen to essays written about Herbert Hoover, the inventor of the vacuum cleaner.

augustlan's avatar

@trudacia: DON’T DO IT! I averted my eyes at the last second and I still almost threw up. Here are your hints…cute little pics of animals, followed by a man whose head has exploded, literally. I didn’t get a good look at that last pic, but it looked entirely real and very graphic.

sarapnsc's avatar

DON’T PUSH THE BUTTON!!!!!! It’s beyond horrendous…..... I will never be the same….

JackAdams's avatar

Just out of curiosity, how come that link hasn’t been

Removed by Fluther Moderators

delirium's avatar

Trudacia: Dead things, genital mutilation, cut up things, old people having sex, harlequin babies, yiffing, blood and gore and nausea, flayed people, scat play, more gore, etc.

eambos's avatar

I would be fine if it gets removed. I shudder every time I think about it, so I thought it answered the question. I have found that the longer you had been on the internets, the less freaky shit like that affects you. I’m fairly desensitized(sp) but that still freaks me out.

Skyrail's avatar

I’ve seen my fair share of cut up/mutilated bodies on Heroes (absolutely awesome to watch, good camera work, fantastic score, brilliant graphic artists and the actors are good at what they do) but that link is beyond that by a factor of 10. 100. 1000. All multiplied together! I only saw two of the vile photos on that page. I closed the page quickly and wept. Well. Nearly. Oh. Your description delirium is freaky, no-where near as bad as what the images are, but it makes my mind warp with fear thinking about it. Vile vile people. I’m going to stick with Fluther and live here for the rest of my life ._. it’s safe here. The outside world doesn’t need me…

delirium's avatar

Hahahahahaha. I’m hard to bother. Though, admittedly, genital mutilation makes me twitch uncomfortably.

Melting skin from decomp also nauseates me.

trudacia's avatar

Thanks all, I will not be viewing!

iwamoto's avatar

yeah, i guess the fact that the list was so long made me stop at about 30%, i mean, yeah, i can handle it, just not a truckload of it

RandomMrdan's avatar

I made it all the way to the bottom of the page.

McBean's avatar

Whew! It (sicko link) was removed.

Here’s hoping that none of you/us have personally stumbled across any of the things that were posted on that Web site! I didn’t visit, but I can imagine what it held. Ugh.

Thanks to all who have shared.

JackAdams's avatar

[Removed by me.]

trudacia's avatar

I’m happy it was removed because even after all the warnings… I was still tempted to look. Now I can’t.

sarapnsc's avatar

@trudacia, be glad. Be very, very glad!

trudacia's avatar

I’m thankful. However, deliriums description alone may still give me nightmares…my fault, I asked for a hint.

eambos's avatar

I’m suprised it took so long to be removed. I had hoped that the mods would remove it before anyone was permenantly scarred.

sarapnsc's avatar

I’m scarred…

eambos's avatar

Public anouncment:

I, eambos, apologize for that vulgar page that I posted. It was unessecary, and horribly vile. My you wipe the memory from your brain and bleach the images out of your retinas. I made a regrettable decision, one that you must all deal with the repercussions. Forgive me, as I try to forgive myself.

poofandmook's avatar

@Eambos: Can you send the link to me in a comment? LOL I don’t care what you all say, I need to see it.

MacBean's avatar

I’m with poof. Eambos, will you PM me the link? My morbid curiosity is getting the best of me.

augustlan's avatar

You’ll be sooorrryy…

El_Cadejo's avatar

I think i may have a problem…...Eambos link didnt bother me at all. I was actually eating while looking at it. I think ive officially desensitized myself.

augustlan's avatar

Oh, uber, that is NOT GOOD. Get thee to a petting zoo or something, immediately! You need to get back in touch with the sweet harmless aspects of life. I mean, I loved the movie “Saw” and enjoy being grossed out for fun, but even I couldn’t take that crap!

Tantigirl's avatar

@Eambos – having read the others description, I most definitely do not want you to PM me with the link!!!

Knotmyday's avatar

So anyway, what was the question? retch

El_Cadejo's avatar

@augustlan yea, didnt bother me at all, then again me and my friends were looking at “shock sites” at the age of 13. Trying to see who could look at it without getting grossed out. There just came a time where nothing really bothered me anymore. I did however see a BME(body modification extreme) video where a got took a hatchet and then chopped open his scrotum and popped out his testicles. the popping out of the testicles made me hurt a little but thats just a guy reaction to that lol.

sarapnsc's avatar

I am now going to have to go and get hypnosis, to help erase my mind from the images. I didn’t even look at the whole thing! I am dead serious about this.
That is the most disgusting, most evil thing I have ever seen. Sometimes humans really disgust me. It’s made me want to lock up my child and cage him in…to keep him away from sick society.
It’s my fault though, I didn’t have to click on it. Curiosity got the best of me. I don’t know if anyone will believe this…but I went to the bathroom and threw up. Right now I really dislike myself, because I clicked on that.

Omarosa looks real good right now, after seeing that filth…....

Tantigirl's avatar

@sarapnsc – I believe you, I threw up after I saw two girls and a cup, that was about 6 months ago. There is no way on this earth I’ll look at that link now, especially if you reacted like that. Sounds like I would too.

poofandmook's avatar

the only thing that bothered me was seeing something crushed that had white and gray, soft looking fur :(

The rest? Meh. I sort of have something against humans.

augustlan's avatar

PandM, I think you need a visit to a hospital newborn nursery or a preschool! Get back in touch with the sweet and harmless aspects of human life :)

poofandmook's avatar

@augustlan: When humans stop acting ugly, as has been displayed multiple times even on innocent little Fluther… then maybe :) The problem is, and this is me being a giant pessimist, some of those newborns and preschoolers are going to turn out just like some of the people we’re fighting against (Bristol Palin’s offspring? Frightening.)

MacBean's avatar

@poof—With proper outside influence, kids can rise above their parents’ ignorance and negativity. Be that proper outside influence!

poofandmook's avatar

@MacBean: [edited] If I stumbled over Sarah Palin’s kids… um… I’d kick them in the shins. Except that little baby. First, I’d change his friggin name. Then I’d send him to live with some nice liberal parents :D

rj325's avatar

omg! and to think i saw those from a link in fluther. :(

asmonet's avatar

I’m a bit late to the discussion, but I once found a website of a couple who clearly thought it was 1972 and lived in a log cabin posing with home made robots. In the nude.

In the least erotic way possible.

I really wish I could find it again, creepy at first, then hilarious.

eambos's avatar

That sounds more eww than anything else to me.

asmonet's avatar

Trust me, it got more interesting the more you clicked, it wasn’t so much erotica as nudists just standing, with robots.

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