There’s nothing quite like being in your own company. It’s a pure judgement-free zone⁠—no pressure to show off, no expectations met by reality, no strange looks given as you’re voicing all the nonsense out loud in an empty room.

And interestingly, some of the most unusual behavior happens while we’re on our own. In fact, the things we do are so random, we don’t really talk about them. Ever. Like doing a remote trace or aligning your feet to the tiles so you won’t die.

Bored Panda has compiled a list of all the odd things we all do but never dare to tell, not even in truth or dare. And you know what? It's better off that way.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

So glad I am not the only one.

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Ok some songs are just that good.

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4 months ago

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Humor plays a vital role in younger generations’ communication and media consumption. But Gen Z and millennials are renowned for what’s called absurdist, surrealist, and often dark comedy full of dank memes and observational one-liners.

In order to get this sense of humor, one has to understand the context in which the youngest generations came to live. In the past decade, the world has been bursting with information which is “both more accessible and less reliable,” writes The Washington Post. “Brands pose as a friend on social media to millennial consumers, and the line between real and artificial matters less than it once did.”

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Laugh Fan
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4 months ago

ALL the time!!

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Cip IESAN
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4 months ago

The same for telling jokes!

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Must be polite...must be polite

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Another explanation is that such surreal humor is a response to a world that has stopped making sense. According to Andrew DeYoung, the director of 555 and editor on The Eric Andre Show, the Adult Swim school of comedy is designed to “reflect the frenetic distribution of information on the internet.” And that’s why most of their shows are so chaotic and absurd.

Since there’s no time for a narrative joke to be said online, traditional punchline structure doesn’t work. “Instead, things are funny because they are willfully jarring and strange,” writes Rachel Aroesti for The Guardian. Weird Twitter and bizarre dank memes are perfect examples of how millennials break down the joke, decontextualize it, and create utter randomness.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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That is definitely a hard one but considering the situation I would be in that I had 6mins to live, I would probably listen to Always look on the bright side of life from Monty Python.

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Liam Walsh
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4 months ago

When the cashier gives you the change by placing notes on your palm and then the coins on top... awkward shuffling around of money ensues.

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The Emerald Triangle
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4 months ago

Or after we leave a video conference.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

If a person is there trying to make a decision or taking too long I just say excuse me please and grab what I want.

Rosie Hamilton
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4 months ago

Those were the days...

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RJ
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4 months ago

A woman asked a restocker where the cappucino was and she was searching for it, but I had to ask her something too, so I just stayed there, 2 meter away, waiting til she had what she wanted and I could ask and she said: oh sorry I'll hurry up. No relax. I just need to ask something too. She was so happy that someone wasn't irritated and in a hurry. She helped me search and we even laughed. It's so absurd, all this silent avoiding people and walking away, cause someone's in the way.

Evil Little Thing
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4 months ago

I just stare at them until they move.

monkey hospital
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4 months ago

im too nervous to say excuse me, oops

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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4 months ago

Once again I say this, someone is always in front of the cheese.

Lillukka
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4 months ago

For me, it's always the milk. What is so hard to buy milk. Just grab the same carton you always do an go away.

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Ginny Weasley
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4 months ago

Weird comment, but who puts milk not in the fridge section? Eww!

Kent Fishburn
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4 months ago

I've actually had an Orthodox Jew push me away from the bacon I was choosing. He didn't buy it, just didn't want me looking.

Jasmina Pavlovic
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4 months ago

Wtf??? 🤪

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Anja Schmidt
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4 months ago

I sometimes change the corridor and come back later ... take it easy ...

byeoljari Lyra
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4 months ago

Why is this so relatable?

Nea
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4 months ago

I feel extreme anxiety when people shopping in the same aisle approach me/look at me/ talk to me and i jus wish that i would disappear! But i jus start reading ingredients on anything

Maira Sarwar
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3 months ago

i'm just shy

Isa BR LOL
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3 months ago

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TheaterNerd
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3 months ago

i just walk away

Tim Morris
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3 months ago

Just crop dust them aside. You can usually mentally manufacture an air biscuit.

Christel Nellemann
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3 months ago

Why pretend. I just wait in a relaxed manner. Nope

kennedy longworth
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3 months ago

Once there was a lady at the store and I was looking at yogurt and she shoved in front of me and said times up!

kennedy longworth
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3 months ago

I always do this!

Tanya Kysel'ova
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3 months ago

I thought, only I do it))

Jo Choto
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4 months ago

I just stare at them until they move.

Panda with Heart
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4 months ago

This is me!!

Yoseph Workeneh
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4 months ago

kind of the same thing with teachers 9ee55d9065...4d9473.jpg 9ee55d9065fe69440d0f762dedf75c12-teachers-be-like-the-teacher-5ec69184d9473.jpg

Kathy Brown
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4 months ago

I thought that was just me.

okpkpkp
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4 months ago

Just ask me to move or say excuse me and reach. I wouldn't give it a second thought.

Haleema
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4 months ago

Yes i do that all the time ,

Kerry Ericksson
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4 months ago

When this happens sometimes I will go to another aisle for a few minutes and come back when no one is there..

Carole Strawn
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4 months ago

Especially if it is a slightly embarrassing personal item. LOL.

Caroline Driver
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4 months ago

Nowadays I just stand there looking pointedly at the (usually) guy fannying about trying to decipher what his wife has given him to get on a list before I can move closer than 2 metres to get to what I know already that I want.

1337
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4 months ago

hahahaha I am always doing that hahahahaha

Sue Rogers
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4 months ago

EXACTLY!

rta3rd
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4 months ago

Especially now with the pandemic distancing rules. I've gone to the next aisle to go around and found something else I "needed so bad"...

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4 months ago

this picture makes this one so funny

Debbie Archimedes
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4 months ago

Nope, not me! Excuse yourself and be on ur way!

Emi A.
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4 months ago

But then I want to take time choosing which one I want toooo... so I wait.

Mascha Claessens
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4 months ago

ESPECIALLY now. But yeah, always.

RitaGG
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4 months ago

And you can't cough to get their attention now for fear of the police being called! Ahem! :-P

Jarrod Nichols
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4 months ago

Me getting frustrated when some idiot parks their cart on the opposite side of the item they are looking at so they block the WHOLE aisle

Anne Easterling
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4 months ago

Me in the time of coronavirus!

iblowsheep
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4 months ago

before the current shit storm we are enduring, I would just say pardon me and reach out in front of them and grab it. If they are rude enough to block the shelf, fuck 'em, but I at least try to be polite about it.

deanna woods
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4 months ago

All the time. Otherwise the situation could get awkward.

panda to nobody
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4 months ago

Nope, I just stare at them, and if they don't get it, I say "excuse me" and get what I need.

Roadkill The Brave
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4 months ago

Ope, let me squeeze in there real quick like, You're fine! *proceeds to have 5-10 minute conversation about choices and offers recommendation on choice*. The ironic thing is I won't wait for them to decide before I squeeze on in real quick because I'm usually trying to get out quicker.... so yeah.

sosunlight
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4 months ago

Also when I want to get past but the aisle isn't wide enough to overtake and leave 1.5m between customers

Khloe Ness
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4 months ago

me: stare at some other thing, glance over at them, move, stare, glance. after about two minuites of that they are finnally gone

Trevlig08
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4 months ago

Yup. Me again

Canyon Rider
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4 months ago

“You have to pretend you’re reading the ingredients, and you’re stuck on the milk label!” You dare not ask because grocery stores are a hot bed for pick-ups! You don’t want to be picked up or pinched after two months of quarantine! If the person next to you looks fit as a fiddle! When you look like you left the bass violin at home and wore the case as a jacket!

Cybele Spanjaard
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4 months ago

No I stand behind them...until they see me there with a blank expression and move along

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4 months ago

It's about concentration though.

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troufaki13
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4 months ago

I have a 2m charger cord so I'm good! :)

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Foxxy (The Original)
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Hahaha, I do this all the damn time.

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Peter Korpershoek
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I once got 'caught' by a store manager after the alarm went off, i was 12. I patiently waited right after the sirene, but nobody showed up. I got some angry faces from customers and personnel. I tested the alarm again by swinging my plastic bag trough the gates, it went off again. Nobody showed up... After one minute i started walking back to my bike, and right then someone grabbed me by the neck. He dragged me roughly to a small office where i had to empty my pockets and bag. He checked the receipt and saw that I didn't steel anything. He tested the alarm with my bag, it went off. They seem to have forgotten to remove a tag. I was 19 when i had the guts to enter that store again.

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Kaisu
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4 months ago

It's the best feeling ever, knowing you can have lots more sleep! Like waking up at 7 but then remembering it's the weekend and you can go back to sleep

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That’s a bit dangerous. Although I have walked to the shops and as I am almost half way home I have thought “I don’t even remember walking to the shops”. It’s like I was just suddenly placed there without knowing how I got there. Does that make sense? Kind of like I was on auto pilot.

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4 months ago

hits way harder in quarantine

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Cathelijne van Weelden
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4 months ago

Just to feel the pull of gravity...

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hispanic! at the disco
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4 months ago

omg it actually sounds just like that

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hispanic! at the disco
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4 months ago

My OCD makes me do weird shit like this :( It can be really tough

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4 months ago

*oop time to eat dinner and go to sleep again*

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juice
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4 months ago

also works when you make awkward eye contact with strangers and don't want to be perceived as rude

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Donovan Strader
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4 months ago

wow this article is so accurate

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Nea
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4 months ago

So often i buy things that will eventually be used like kitchen towels just to avoid this...

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Kaisu
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4 months ago

But if it's 135.99 dollars with free shipping, then it's fine!

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Hilary Rudd
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4 months ago

As a night worker all the time!!!

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Vanta Black
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4 months ago

Nah, that's enough for a full 8 hours of sleep.

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troufaki13
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I mean, it's a direct order. No?

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The Emerald Triangle
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4 months ago

Hell you think I actually want my family to know where I am at?

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Nea
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4 months ago

But i am an adult.

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earringnut
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This is comfortable. When I straiten out my back hurts.

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Hehehe😆

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Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago

Too often.

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hispanic! at the disco
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4 months ago

I always put one foot in and one foot out. I remember reading it controlled the temperature of your body.

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tuzdayschild
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I don't care how you get here, just get here if you can...

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It feels nice okayy, sort of relaxing

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4 months ago

Trump. Totally Trump.

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4 months ago

😂

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hispanic! at the disco
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4 months ago

haha I always think that this is how I would look if I were pregnant.

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Kaisa
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4 months ago

It is almost like forgetting that the same thing was posted already

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