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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So glad I am not the only one.

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Ok some songs are just that good.

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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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ALL the time!!

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Cip IESAN
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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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1 month 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.

Barry Wright
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1 month ago

Or worse when some cashiers take your change and wrap the receipt around it.

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hispanic! at the disco
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1 month ago

Ok but what if they get mad. I mean they probably won't. But what if they're thinking mean thoughts about me. Nah they aren't. But WHAT IF?

Captain Awesome
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1 month ago

Well then, they can suck my balls.

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Shawn LaFramboise
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1 month ago

I'm a cashier & I tell people not to rush. If others are in that big of a hurry, they should have left their house or wherever 10 mins sooner.

it's me again
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1 month ago

{crams everything in purse. Will sort it out later}

Gilda
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1 month ago

I always just take a big step to the side and let the person behind me go while I put everything away

Luisa Vasconcelos
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1 month ago (edited)

At the supermarket when I'm trying to pack, and pay, and 1 kid is crying and other kid is calling me and something fall on the floor and I just remembered I didn't paid for the 15 cent bread I gave kid to be quiet, and my conscience is screaming that the line is getting longer and longer and everybody hates me, all happening at the same time. JUST TO LOOK BEHIND ME AND SEE ONLY A TEENAGER LOOKING TO HER PHONE, NOT EVEN WORRIED THAT I'M TAKING FOREVER AS LONG SHE HAS INTERNET.

Vanta Black
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1 month ago

I tend to wait until I get outside, unless I have a lot to carry.

Magdalena Bone
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1 month ago

I always drop it or can get my purse open so I just shove it in my pocket and awkwardly shuffle away...

Celtic Pirate Queen
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1 month ago

People can just chill the fuck out. I'll be an additional 5 SECONDS.

Fred and George Weasley
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1 month ago

texting someone something you realise they might interpret deifferently than you hoped and waiting for their reply, which could be ok or 'off with your head'

JessG
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1 month ago

I feel this every time. But, when I'm the one waiting behind the money shuffler, I have patience cuz I do it too

NQ L
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1 month ago

I don't mind people paying cash. I hate being behind someone that writes checks and then record it in their checkbook register. When I see people with checkbooks, I go to the next register.

Sharon Hahn
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1 month ago

Like they couldn't start writing the check while waiting in line - the date and store name didn't change!

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earringnut
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1 month ago

Oh my God. This is what hell is going to look like for me.

John Lloyd Entredicho
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4 days ago

#relatable

Pam Davis
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3 weeks ago

When I try to leave my house for an appointment and the phone rings, of course I need to see who it is, I feel guilty when I look at the caller ID and don’t really want to speak to the person because they will make me late if I pick up and talk and because I am too nice I end up picking up the call and that makes me late for where I am going;! I can’t get the person on the end to stop talking and hang up!

TheaterNerd
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1 month ago

walking in front of people

Tezdon Robinson
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1 month ago (edited)

id drop the money and scream pick my money up and walk away with my bag

miley stewert
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1 month ago

my retainer

Hannah Marshall
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1 month ago

In some Aldi stores here in the UK, you legit have FOUR MINUTES to pack your shit, put your change in your wallet, and get out of the queue!

Rachel McFerren
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1 month ago

I find it to be extremely rude when they do this and it makes it worse when they start checking the next person in line before you've even had the time to get all your bags off the carousel!

Tanya Kysel'ova
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1 month ago

always

Aurora Graham-Hayes
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1 month ago

lol so true

CincyReds
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1 month ago

All the time! I just step aside now

Jane Alexander
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1 month ago (edited)

Nobody give any space in those damn lines, many times get me so sick from their 'perfume'. Well now maybe they will? I hope this distancing will become the norm!

I Liek To Cute
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1 month ago

One time when I was coming back from school when I was younger, id always buy some ice cream but one time there were SO MANY PEOPLE IN LINE behind me and I had to count my coins because i was running out and i was SOOOOOOO pressured and so i was taking some time with mah cold sweats and some guy in the middle in the line held out his card and said, i can pay for you if you like? And I felt super embarrassed and said no thanks and grabbed my stuff and left.

Emory Griffis
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1 month ago

This is routine at a store I frequently shop: the clerk hands the change-bills, coins, and the receipt and the purchase itself- all in one gesture, and this exchange throws my sense of order out-of-whack and is the primary reason I use plastic only. American Express for a $4.99 purchase? Yes. Anything to avoid the "what-do-I-do-with-all-of-this-all-at-once-yes-I-know-there-is-a-line-waiting-I-only-have-two-hands" thought jumble. calvinface...d7695e.jpg calvinfacepalm2-5ec2c34d7695e.jpg

okpkpkp
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1 month ago

I tend to sort that out when I leave the store, lol.

Emowan
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1 month ago

In Australia we now have to pack our own groceries after the worker scans them and.....same anxiety

Debra Olafson
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1 month ago

🤣

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Baali Venomax
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1 month ago

I just move to one side if there's a queue and put the money away without holding up the queue further

Laurie Ostergaard-Overbey
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1 month ago

yes, or writing a check....

Khadija Hammond
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1 month ago

I hear you on that one! Let them wait their turn will come! The more day Push the slower I go.

Tara Trainor
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1 month ago

YES!!! I had no idea other people feel this way!! OMG, I have lost money from just trying to get it put away while sweating over it!! TY, this is funny!!

Amanda Hunter
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1 month ago

Commuter traffic, people trying to cut in when there's no room, and tailgating. I slow down for tailgaters.

George Hudacko
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1 month ago

Bills. pause take moment! Coin. Or GO TO hell!

Bobby Sammons
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1 month ago

Change? I'm lucky if I make it out without my card beiing taken.

your_lesbian_friend
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1 month ago

THIS!

Emi A.
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1 month ago

Don't even think about checking accuracy of the change..

Lynda Momalo
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1 month ago

Nah, I just jam the whole thing into my front pocket and deal with it later.

Moezarella
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1 month ago

This. Everytime.

Nerd
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1 month ago

Everytime Damn! Still not able to play it cool😣

Mainecoonsandhuskies
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1 month ago

totally unrelated sometimes I just randomly check my pulse. especially during exams.

deanna woods
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1 month ago

When the other customers think I am taking to long.

Animal lover❤
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1 month ago

I can understand that

Slinkman
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1 month ago

sitting on my bed at night with my feet on the floor.

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1 month ago

Or after we leave a video conference.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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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.

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It's about concentration though.

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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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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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Foxxy (The Original)
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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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hits way harder in quarantine

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Cathelijne van Weelden
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Just to feel the pull of gravity...

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hispanic! at the disco
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omg it actually sounds just like that

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hispanic! at the disco
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My OCD makes me do weird shit like this :( It can be really tough

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

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juice
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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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wow this article is so accurate

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

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As a night worker all the time!!!

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Vanta Black
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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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1 month ago

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

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Nea
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1 month 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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Too often.

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hispanic! at the disco
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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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1 month ago

Trump. Totally Trump.

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😂

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hispanic! at the disco
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haha I always think that this is how I would look if I were pregnant.

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

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