Sometimes, it’s easy to believe you’re the only one in the world who’s ever had a particular idea or opinion. Or that nobody else does things in the manner you do, for the reasons you do. But whether it’s a specific way you listen to music, get out of bed in the morning, or generally approach life, it can feel isolating to think you’re different from everyone else. The chances are, however, that at least one person understands what you're going through. They're only sometimes a bit hard to find.

If that’s the case, then you’re in luck! There’s a 2.3 million-member powerhouse over on Reddit dedicated purely to this cause. Aptly titled "Does anybody else...?", this online community invites people to anonymously ask burning questions they’re curious about. Then it helps them find-like minded individuals to share experiences, spark rich discussions, and make them feel less alone.

We’ve scoured the group to find the most interesting posts you might relate to all too well. So sit back, buckle up, and get ready for a wild ride where "DAE" was only the start of the conversations that followed. Keep reading to also find in-depth interviews about our desire to feel unique with psychologists Joshua Klapow and Jesse Matthews. Be sure to upvote the entries that hit close to home and share your thoughts with us right below in the comments!

#1

DAE still not have tiktok downloaded and isn't planning to?

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#2

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE restart a good song if they are distracted and not appreciate the song enough?

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Hooked
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yup. Some things need your undivided attention

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#3

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE really love extreme stormy weather—Dark clouds, lightning, rumbling of thunder?

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Jennik
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love it. The more electrical storms the better. One of our cats is scared of heavy rain but if we let her sleep on the bed at night she copes. She brings us catnip mice all night long because she's so grateful.

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To learn more about what’s going through our minds when we feel different and alone in our thoughts, we reached out to Joshua Klapow, Ph.D., a psychologist and creator of Mental Drive. He started this well-being initiative to help people live healthier, more fulfilled, and successful lives by teaching them about psychological tools they can use every day. According to him, every single one of us holds beliefs we see as unique to us, and the same is true for behaviors we believe are strange, odd, or quirky.

Klapow pointed out this happens because of our ability to have a wide range of thoughts and yet at the same time, we understand that some of them are not appropriate or consistent with social norms. "This is the amazingly complex nature of being human," he told Bored Panda. "We have the ability to think in creative, abnormal, destructive, obscure, odd ways and yet also have the ability (most of the time) to not share those thoughts we believe are not appropriate or will be misunderstood."

In these situations, sharing our views may feel dangerous as we may expect to be laughed at or judged by others. But the psychologist also mentioned that while we tend to keep our odd thoughts to ourselves, knowing that it's not just us is fulfilling. "In fact, when perchance we share or discover that someone else has had similar thoughts, beliefs, and/or odd behaviors, we often feel incredibly validated."

#4

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE sometimes get halfway through writing a comment or reply, only to say "eh, screw it." and just move on?

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erica joi
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Only when they're negative. Life is too short to argue with strangers over nonsense, but I'm not above the impulse to start those comments in the first place!

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People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE get so anxious about the stuff you need to get done in your day that you end up just wallowing in a cesspit of procrastination as your anxiety continues to grow while you sit there doing nothing, rather than just getting up and doing it?

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DisMamih
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's the worst.. because you even get more anxious because you didn't do the stuff 😖

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#6

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE hate having to make an account for pretty much everything online these days?

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We also managed to get in touch with Dr. Jesse Matthews, a licensed clinical psychologist based in Chester Springs, PA, who agrees with this line of thinking. "Most people probably overestimate how different they are," he explained. "If we consider being original to be cool or better, we may have a bias toward seeing ourselves this way. Confirmation bias may lead us to pay attention to what fits our view of ourselves while overlooking or ignoring what doesn’t. But in the context of the world, past to present, chances are whatever weird thought you’ve had or unique viewpoint you hold, someone else has too."

Still, most people have a desire to feel one-of-a-kind. "This can start from as early as birth if we grow up being told how different and special we are," he argued. "In a literal sense, we are all unique, even in a world of nearly 8 billion people," Matthews added that uniqueness is considered positive in many cultures and can be a great source of self-esteem. "As such, being different or seeing ourselves as not following the crowd can be considered cool, better, being a leader, and it can become a large part of our identity.”

"However, we are all born and raised in a cultural context and conditioned in the same ways, so there are probably more similarities. Even across cultures, human beings have been found to be similar in many ways."

#7

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE stay up too late despite needing to sleep because you don't want your free time to end?

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#8

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE ever just suddenly loose interest in everything and everyone and just want to spend your days alone in silence with no human contact ?

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Mystery Egg
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I used to think I needed at least one human free day per week to recharge. If I didn’t get it, I would become irritable and quick to temper. Since WFH the last two years, I have discovered that actually, my optimal setting is 5 human free days per week.

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#9

DAE actively not want to use a product if it’s advertised too much or forced down your throats?

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T'Mar of Vulcan
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same with TV shows. The more awesome someone tells me it is, the less likely I am to watch it.

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Interestingly, recognizing that you share similar views with others is helpful in several respects. See, many people Matthews has worked with cherish feeling different but also report that it can be isolating. "Knowing you aren’t alone is powerful, particularly if depressed or lonely, and it can give you hope that you just need to find your people."

"This often happens when people go off to college, travel, or leave a small town for the city. They often find friends they never thought they would, people to date, or even whole communities of like-minded people," he said, adding this also applies to the online world as well.

#10

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE say to themselves, “Wed-nes-day” when you’re writing down Wednesday?

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#11

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE have in-between clothes? I wake up, put on hang around clothes...but if I have to go out in public I have another level of clothes for that. Then when I come back home I change back to the crappy comfy clothes. Anyone else?

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Jennik
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Totally. But I actually bought "hang around" clothes that are 100% comfortable but still look respectable so that I can go out to grab a coffee on work from home days without having to change into pants that won't scare the public.

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People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE check their pee color and feel proud of themselves when they see that clear hydrated urine?

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"We are social beings, and the connection we have with others is what keeps us thriving. So to connect on deeply personal thoughts, intimate behaviors, and things we might keep very close gives us a way to connect to a larger social network and this is critical for our psychological well-being," psychologist Klapow said.

"It’s validating and gives us a sense of security to know others experience what we experience and do what we do. But it’s also validating sometimes just to know others know what we are thinking and experiencing and they respect and care about us even if they don’t hold the same views."

#13

DAE intentionally look away from those video ads that they force you to watch for 10 or 15 seconds before you’re allowed to click “skip ad” in order to not give them the satisfaction that they got you to watch?

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Péter Rózsahegyi
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A lot of advertisers are so dumb they show stg like lifestyle images in the time before I can click skip so I have no idea what the ad was about.

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#14

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE not feel comfortable if they have things to do later in the day?

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#15

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE feel attractive when they look in the mirror, but feel hideously ugly when they see/take a photo?

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Of course, we should still strive to become knowledgeable, rounded, and well-informed human beings. "We shouldn’t fall into the trap of thinking that we can or should only associate with like-minded people," Matthews added. "Often, this isn’t possible or realistic, but it’s also a rigid mindset that can rob us of opportunities to get to know, appreciate, or understand people who we see as different."

"Many people even hold a dichotomy that people like them are good, and those not viewed as like them are bad. This doesn’t apply only to things like racism, but everything from politics to where you live to what kind of music you are into. It’s nice for any of us to find like-minded people. We just want to be careful not to believe that they are the only people who hold value," Matthews suggested.

#16

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE get weirdly anxious before a planned phone call, video call, or meeting even if it is very casual and even your friend?

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Jessi Lovely
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I watch it ring until it stops. Their fault for calling, super rude, send a goddamn text like a normal human, GAWD 😂

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#17

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE think the elderly should have to take periodic driving tests to insure they can still safely drive?

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Angela B
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think every driver should have to take a 5 yearly test under 60 and every 2 years after 60. Myself included.

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#18

DAE practice fictitious arguments in their head in order to be prepared in case the imagined situation manifests itself for real some day?

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A girl
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes. On a positive note, these prearguments are usually worse than the actual confrontation.

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Moreover, participating in discussions you care deeply about online or in real life can spark new ideas and even change your perspectives. Aside from that, it can even help us create validating emotional connections, Klapow said. "Once that happens, we have a level of trust that we might not otherwise have. And with that trust, we are safe to explore new ideas, new thoughts, new ways of seeing the world."

#19

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE when your pet is cuddled with you, try to explain to your pet the reason you’re getting up and that you will be right back and not to move?

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Kevin Garren
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I do this with my cat, he seems to only try to come lie on/over/with me if I'm about to do something or go to the bathroom, etc. I'll pick him up and tell him what I'm going to do. Sometimes he goes back to the spot he was in before, but sometimes he'll either follow me or wait like he understands the time it's going to take.

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#20

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE rarely take breaks when doing physical labor around the house because the second they stop to rest they lose all momentum and won't start up again?

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Petro Roos
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nope, I take frequent breaks as "rewards". Have a smoke before I start "because you'll be busy for a while" then go in and start, then "oh look, the bathroom's clean, good job, let's have a smoke before moving on to the next room." And so, cleaning my house that could easily be done in an hour (I have a very small place) takes me about an hour and a half to 2 hours.

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#21

DAE find it almost impossible to fall asleep without at least a sheet covering you

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SobyKay
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

yep, I need something, no matter how hot it is.

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"Knowing you aren’t alone and aren’t 'crazy' for what you think or how you feel is a core element of therapy," Matthews added. "This can be especially powerful in a group context. The same is true in support groups, clubs, other organizations, and so forth. And this is why finding your people is so important." And if feeling different equals feeling isolated for you, look for people and find sources of support. "A therapist, in particular, can help you to feel validated and to increase your self-esteem, also to cope with difficulties and to find other means of support and belonging."

#22

DAE try to catch actors “breathing” during scenes where they’re supposed to be dead during movies/shows?

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#23

DAE get annoyed when looking at recipes online and before they get to the recipe you get this whole backstory about growing up in Kansas and every Sunday......

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JJ
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4 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh, yes. And before that you have to switch off permission for every single possible cookie and no, you don't want to receive the newsletter and gnaaahhh, where is that friggin "X" to get rid of the video-pop-up, and noooo, I clicked X and not open, and where is that "Jump to recipe sign"?, ah, there, and nooo, why the heck is there another ad right where I want to see the whole ingredients list?, and why am I suddenly on Amazon shopping for extra organic fair trade, superfood sort-of green grass seed?

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#24

DAE say 'Hi' to their pets whenever you walk by them around the house?

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Jenny K Anderson
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It would be rude to ignore the little guys, wouldn’t it??

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"We ALL have thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that are odd, strange, out of the norm. The more we can remind ourselves of that, the more we can feel connected to society. And if we get a chance to connect with someone who shares these oddities, we have a chance to build trust. Be careful, but be willing to share. You never know who needs to hear that they are not the only ones," Klapow concluded.

#25

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE get pre-annoyed before someone starts talking because you already know how annoying they are?

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BadCat
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All the time. Especially when it's certain people who tend to be very predictable and love to talk on and on without giving anyone else a chance to say anything.

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#26

DAE pay attention to how long the driver's eyes are off the "road" when they are talking to a passenger in a movie/ tv show?

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#27

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE get sad because you feel that everyone else is closer to each other than anyone is to you?

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#28

DAE occasionally come across a distinct smell that immediately takes you back to some vague childhood memory that you can't quite put your finger on, and you're overwhelmed with a beautiful sense of familiarity and nostalgia for a few seconds until it vanashes?

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erica joi
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Our olfactory sense is closest to the portion in our brain where memories are accessed. That's why it's such a salient experience :)

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#29

DAE sleep better when they hear rain or know its raining out?

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DennyS (denzoren)
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Rain is the only weather that I almost always fall asleep and stay asleep in.

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#30

Does anybody else's blood run cold when someone says "we need to talk" to you?

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Cactuar Jon
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have a boss who will occasionally message or mention casually "I need to talk to you later", but then he just completely forgets and the 'talk' never happens 0_0 You've no idea the level of anxiety that gives me!!!

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#31

DAE sometimes try to use a word you don't use very often in a post or comment but quickly google it first to make sure you are using it correctly and don't look like a dumbass?

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#32

DAE always say "ouch" whenever you bump into something even though it didn't hurt?

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Bee she/her
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I got stuck on a door with my backpack strap and I yelled “ow”. My friend came back to help me.

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#33

DAE get into random spurts of motivation to be productive and just starting doing things that need to be done all at once and if you stop for even 5 minutes you go back to procrastinating/laziness?

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Szirra
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And losing motivation because I couldn‘t do everything at once.

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#34

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE have their phone permanently on silent?

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SobyKay
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yep. No one seems to understand it. Whenever I dont text back right away or miss a call and say my phone was on silent, ppl look at me like they cant figure me out, lol! It's a sensory issue a little bit. I cant stand constant noise and msg dings are the worst.

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#35

DAE eat the worst parts of a plate of food first so you can enjoy the rest of your meal?

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Nimues Child
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

YES! I always save the best for last so the best taste lingers after the meal.

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#36

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE get lost in nostalgia while cleaning out storage and then spend the whole time looking at old photos, playing with old toys, etc instead of actually cleaning?

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#37

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE like sleeping with a fan blowing on them but being burried under the covers?

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Piper Panda
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cold room, comfy blanket over my lower leg zone, lighter blanket with a satin trim, fan, white noise machine, and one foot out. Joy.

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#38

DAE think that it's not "tomorrow" until you go to sleep, no matter how late you stay up?

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Kevin Garren
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's not "tomorrow" until the sun comes up, I don't care what the calendar says.

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#39

DAE, when packing, take at least 2 times more underwear then you would ever need for that trip, 'just in case?'

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Petro Roos
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I pack underwear as though I'm planning to Sh*t my pants every day, twice a day.

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People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE used to count the people in front of them when reading out loud in class to see which sentences you had to read and practice before it got to you?

u/piefordays , Thought Catalog Report

#41

DAE wait to eat their meal until they have found the right show or movie to watch on tv?

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Mayra
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Heck yes! Food tastes better when you’re watching TV

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#42

DAE when they notice someone's typo, look at their keyboard to see if the wrong letter is near the correct letter?

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#43

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE get frustrated when watching someone Google something less efficiently than you would?

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#44

DAE feel like they can’t enjoy their day if they’re expecting something or doing something later in the day?

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#45

DAE just allow people to repeat something they’ve already told you without saying “you told me this already”?

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Kevin Garren
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I let them say it then I say "yeah you told me."

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#46

People Use This Online Group To Ask "Does Anybody Else" Questions, And Here Are 50 Of The Best Ones DAE think the music they listen to is really good while listening alone, but when showing it to others, they get extremely self-conscious about it?

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DisMamih
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes! I do love my playlists but when I have guests or just someone around I will put one ine that's titled "guests". :)

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#47

DAE purposefully not look at a flashy car so the driver doesn't get an ego boost?

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#48

DAE feel guilty when a repairman is over and you're not helping him/her, even though the reason you're paying them is to do a job you don't want to do?

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Anthony Nizza
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I usually hang out and watch or talk to them about what they are doing lol

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#49

DAE imagine what the exact location you are at looked like thousands of years ago before it was discovered by humanity?

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#50

DAE ever hear their alarm go off in the morning and immediately start rationalizing quitting your job or dropping out of school in order to stay in bed?

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Anthony Nizza
Community Member
4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

YES! Or if I have some kind of appointment I think I will just skip it.

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