HMP Addiewell in Lothian, Scotland
Some prisons are focused on simply housing inmates under the lowest-quality conditions they can get away with while they serve the length of their sentence. Instead of focusing solely on punishment, HMP Addiewell in Lothian, Scotland is set up as a learning prison.
Here, inmates don’t spend their time just sitting around in plain cells. Instead, they participate in counseling and learning, and there’s a significant focus on familial contact and spending time in nature.
Black Dolphin Prison in Sol-Iletsk, Russia
Not every prison is as focused on offering inmates ways to grow as they’re incarcerated, preparing them for the outside. Black Dolphin Prison in Sol-Iletsk, Russia is one of the harsher prisons on this list.
The prison is made to house the offenders with the harshest crimes. Black Dolphin Prison was covered by National Geographic where it was made pretty clear that the inmates housed there weren’t there to be rehabilitated and released.
Bastøy Prison in Horten, Norway
When you think of the term “prison cell,” you probably think of a single room that the person incarcerated can’t leave except under certain, strict conditions. That’s not quite how Bastøy Prison in Horten, Norway is run.
Instead of a prison as you might think, the facility is set up as its own small community. While these conditions are often criticized by some as “too cushy,” if you look at the reoffending rates here versus the rest of Europe, you’d be impressed.
Halden Prison in Halden, Norway
Maximum security prisons make many people think of harsh conditions, barbed wire-topped fences, and other intense security measures to keep prisoners in place.
That’s not quite what it’s like at Halden Prison in Halden, Norway. Instead, they try to make it as much like life outside of the prison as they can. The focus here is heavily on rehabilitation, not just the punishment of inmates. It’s received rewards for both its interior design and humane practices.
Penal De Ciudad Barrios in Ciudad Barrios, San Miguel, El Salvador
If there’s one prison where the term overcrowding just doesn’t seem to begin to cover it, it’s Penal De Ciudad Barrios in Ciudad Barrios, San Miguel, El Salvador.
A 12-foot by 15-foot space isn’t a lot of space for one person, much less 30 or more people! The prison wasn’t originally meant to hold prisoners for more than 72 hours but some have spent over a year in these nearly unimaginable conditions.
Norgerhaven Prison in Veenhuizen, Netherlands
You might not think of a prison cell having some of the amenities you have at home. For instance, the average prison cell in the movies doesn’t have a private bathroom, fridge, furniture, or TV.
That’s what prisoners in the Norgerhaven Prison in Veenhuizen, Netherlands have access to in their cells. This is partly thanks to the low crime rates in the Netherlands, which also led to some Norwegian inmates serving their sentences in Norgerhaven.
San Diego Medium-Security Women’s Prison in Cartagena, Colombia
This is another case in which we aren’t talking about your typical cell. In fact, this is actually a restaurant where the women incarcerated there work near the end of their sentences.
The idea here is to house the women in a new less cell-like area and help them transition back into life outside of the prison. At the restaurant, named Interno, they serve as the entire staff for both back-of-house and front-of-house functions for the restaurant.
Aranjuez Prison in Aranjuez, Spain
When incarcerated in Aranjuez, Spain in the Aranjuez Prison, there are certain conditions in effect to consider incarcerated people with family on the outside.
No matter what their parent may have done, the idea here is that the child doesn’t need to know when they’re young. So, some rooms are equipped to be more child-friendly with Disney designs, a nursery, a playroom, and a playground outside. That way, families can stay together easier through a sentence.
Luzira Prison in Kampala, Uganda
The degree of responsibility incarcerated people are given can vary depending on which facility you’re at. Luzira Prison in Kampala, Uganda is noted for the key roles it gives the people incarcerated there.
This includes helping run the units, handling food growth and preparation from start to finish, and more. On top of that, there’s a big push to teach inmates new skills, often taught to each other. The result is a lower rate of recidivism than both the U.S. and the U.K.
Onomichi Prison in Onomichi, Japan
In Japan, there’s a large elderly population. That means, in turn, there’s been a response to a larger elderly population incarcerated in the country as well.
As a matter of fact, the Onomichi Prison in Onomichi, Japan is a dedicated prison that houses only senior inmates. The prison is equipped to accommodate older inmates, including doing so by offering accessibility features and low-impact activities popular among the older generation to fill their time.
Champ-Dollon Prison in Geneva, Switzerland
The Champ-Dollon Prison in Geneva, Switzerland is only meant to house inmates until they have the chance to go to trial and receive a sentence if found guilty.
The prison has been in operation since 1977 and despite the fact that these inmates haven’t been found guilty yet, the conditions aren’t comfortable by any means. The prison has been noted for having a horrible overcrowding problem that seems to only grow.
Skien Prison in Oslo, Norway
In Norway, the approach to prisons is a bit different from what people in the United States might expect. They’re made to house inmates and mimic life outside of the prison.
This is meant to help people who are incarcerated better prepare for life after they’re released from Skien Prison. They have access to three rooms rather than a single cell. These spaces are for studying, living, and working out. Plus, there’s access to a computer, TV, and video games as well.
Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee, California
This facility doesn’t use the term prison in its title like many that we’ve looked at so far. That might have to do with their approach, which isn’t as common in the United States.
The facility uses the name Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility. This facility in Santee, California is trying to change the game in the United States by offering the people incarcerated there access to both behavioral and environmental therapy.
Landsberg Prison in Landsberg Am Lech, Germany
There are some prisons around the world that have been around for quite some time. During that time, there have been some memorable criminal names passed through the halls.
The Landsberg Prison housed one of the worst people in history. Today, the prison is still open and operates in Landsberg Am Lech, Germany. Now, it offers a variety of courses to help train inmates for jobs once they’re released.
CPDRC in Cebu, Cebu Province, Philippines
You may have seen this prison online for surprising reasons. Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center — often shortened to CPDRC — is located in Cebu, Cebu Province, Philippines.
This facility is a maximum security prison, so you might not expect dance classes to play a major role in their daily exercise. The prison often posts videos of the routines online for people to see. However, the prison is now also noted for problems with overcrowding and a lack of resources.
ADX Florence, Colorado, United States
We’ve looked at quite a few prisons so far that have been focused on rehabilitation as well as incarceration. The goal here is so that when back in society, the people released have a chance to stay out of the system. That’s not the case at ADX Florence in Colorado, United States.
It’s also known as the ADK Supermax, a reference to its super-maximum security level. The cells here are single-person and prisoners spend 23 hours a day in here. When they’re let out of the cells, it’s only in restraints.
Otago Corrections Facility in Milburn, New Zealand
In Milburn, New Zealand, Otago Corrections Facility, the focus is on making sure that inmates still feel like they’re still a part of society while they serve their sentence. As such, the prison is known for having rather good conditions.
It even has a nickname thanks to those conditions — “The Milton Hilton.” Other than more comfortable cells than some of its contemporaries, the prison also offers access to both a library and health facilities for its inmates.
The Maula Prison in Lilongwe, Malawi
In Lilongwe, Malawi, the conditions aren’t nearly as nice compared to somewhere like the Otago Corrections Facility. This is largely due to severe overcrowding.
If a cell is made to hold 60 inmates here, odds are you’ll probably see up to 200 people trying to coexist in a minuscule space. Alongside sleeping space, this also means sharing basic amenities like toilets and taps — which leaves hundreds of people to share just one.
Haiti’s Civil Prison in Arcahaie, Haiti
Speaking of overcrowding in prisons, it’s a problem in a lot of prisons, all around the world. By nature, overcrowding leads to horrendous conditions.
This is the case in Hait’s Civil Prison which is found in the town of Arcahaie, near the coast. The prison is noted as horrifically overcrowded and, in 2016, it came to a head in a riot that left one fatality and 174 escapes.
San Pedro Prison in La Paz, Bolivia
The first thing that is often noted about San Pedro prison is that the hierarchy inside is strict and violent. That includes officers working as guards to an internal hierarchy among the prisoners there.
There are some more luxurious cells featuring cable, TVs, and private bathrooms but you have to be able to buy your way into them. For those without money, more cramped conditions await. Somehow, the area still attracts tourists.
The Justice Center in Styria, Austria
The Justice Center is located in Styria, Austria and it’s made strictly for nonviolent offenders. This also means there’s a lower level of security than a prison for violent offenders.
The European prison has notably better conditions than some of the prisons we’ve looked at so far. Each inmate has access to a cell with a private bathroom as well as a TV to watch and a kitchenette to make their meals in. The outdoor exercise facilities have also been praised.
Rikers Island Prison in New York, United States
If there’s one prison that’s pretty famous — or, rather, infamous — it’s Rikers Island. This prison is located in the United States, in New York, specifically.
This prison often ranks as one of the worst prisons in the world but, as of 2018, talk started to close the prison’s tarnished legacy. This comes as the prison’s population starts to fall for the first time in a quarter-century. Plus, wave after wave of increasing criticism against conditions there has pushed this decision along as well.
JVA Fuhlsbuettel Prison in Hamburg, Germany
The JVA Fuhlsbuettel Prison in Hamberg, Germany is made to house inmates who are serving long sentences. The prison puts livable conditions on its list of priorities, too.
When serving a sentence in this Hamburg prison, the inmates are offered larger-than-average cells as well as a separate bathroom. Their cells even include a sofa and a healthy supply of natural light. Outside of their cells, they can use amenities like conference rooms and leisure areas.
Neve Tirza in Ramla, Israel
There’s only one women’s prison in Israel and it’s located in Ramla. This prison is called Neve Tirza and conditions aren’t roomy by any means.
Here, cells only measure about 13 square meters — or about 43 square feet — in total. With less space than the average bedroom, these cells are shared by an average of six women who are left to share access to a toilet, shower, and sleeping space.
Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, California
Pelican Bay State Prison is a high-security facility in Crescent City, California, in the United States. However, it houses a mix of both minimum and maximum-security inmates.
Almost half of the inmates here serve life sentences and the facility is designed to handle violent offenders who are sentenced to maximum security. As for the minimum security offenders, they’re often put to work in outdoor maintenance and firefighting.
Pondok Bambu Prison in Indonesia
In Indonesia, the Pondok Bambu Prison is a women’s facility with a number of amenities that most people would be surprised to hear about in a prison.
There are, of course, some basic things to make living conditions better such as refrigeration and air conditioning. On top of that, there are a variety of recreational options from structured programs to nail salons and even gardens with art.
El Buen Pastor Women’s Prison in Bogota, Colombia
Another women’s prison that has quite a different reputation is El Buen Pastor Women’s Prison. You’ll find this prison in Bogota, Colombia.
In this Colombian prison, conditions are harsh and corruption and violence are something that inmates often deal with. Overcrowding is a problem as well as 10 or even 20 women are forced to share a cell originally made for two. We’re not sure a beauty pageant would fully make up for this.
Bordeaux Prison in Montreal, Canada
The stay for most inmates at this prison isn’t long. Those housed at Bordeaux Prison in Montreal, Canada are only there to serve two years or less.
In all, the prison houses between 1,000 and 1,500 men at any given time. This makes it the largest provincial prison that you’ll find not just in Montreal but in all of Quebec. The prison has been criticized after a 2022 incident where an inmate passed away.
Quezon City Jail in Quezon City, Philippines
In Quezon City in the Philippines’ capital city of Manila, people who break the law may find themselves in Quezon City Jail. This is another prison with an overcrowding issue.
In a cell that’s meant to hold 20 inmates, there are often between 160 and 200 vying for space in them. This leads to horrific living and sleeping conditions that inmates do their best to try and make more space in.
Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina, United States
Another prison in the United States is in North Carolina. Butner Federal Correctional Complex is a low-security federal prison that’s received praise.
Business Insider once said that Butner Federal Correctional Complex was “considered the ‘crown jewel’ of the prison system.” This was a particular reference to their advanced medical and cancer centers. As for the cells, they don’t offer a lot of room or privacy.
HM Prison Dartmoor in Princetown, England
To some, Dartmoor is known as a high-security prison that prisoners have no hope of escaping. Yet, it mostly houses white-collar criminals who aren’t guilty of violent crimes.
This prison in Princetown, England is dedicated to trying to rehabilitate prisoners through a plan thanks to HMP Whatton. The program is one that multiple prisoners have voluntarily undergone during their time at HM Prison Dartmoor.
Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison in Georgia, United States
One look into life on death row at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison in, of course, Georgia, came from Brandon Astor Jones.
Jones was once known as the oldest inmate on death row in the facility. He wrote an essay about his experience there that was briefly summed up here by a reporter named Liliana Segura. The idea of this much sensory deprivation is unimaginable.
Petak Island Prison in Vologda, Russia
Alcatraz is a rather notorious prison. While that prison may not be functional anymore, one compared to it is Petak Island Prison in Vologda, Russia.
The cells are small and made to house two men that inmates spend most of the day in. To be exact, 22.5 hours a day are spent in these cells. As if this isolation wasn’t enough, the inmates are only allowed two visits per year. Much like Alcatraz, this prison is on an island as well.
Sark Prison on the Island of Sark in Guernsey
This is another prison that is situated on an island. You can find Sark Prison on, as the name suggests, the Island of Sark in Guernsey.
If you blink, though, you could almost miss Sark Prison. This prison is famous for its size — it’s the smallest one in the world! Sark Prison is built for exactly two prisoners with a cell each. One cell is six feet by eight feet while the other is six feet by six feet.
Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran
Evin Prison is infamously awful to be housed in and violence is a part of the bill. In addition, just existing in the prison is hard enough thanks to its sweltering conditions.
This leads to inhumane living conditions in more ways than one. Even clean water and edible food seem hard to come by here and there’s not a lot of help available if you need medical care. Any outside contact is completely forbidden as well.
Bois D’arcy Detention House in Yvelines, France
In Yvelines, France, the Bois D’arcy Detention House isn’t made to hold people serving long sentences. Rather, inmates here are housed for a year or less and it serves as a pre-trial detention center.
However, the conditions here aren’t really ideal. Like many prisons, this one has an overcrowding problem, which naturally brings down the quality of living for inmates housed here. As we’ve seen, this puts a huge hurdle in open access to resources and even space.
Mendoza Prison in Argentina
Speaking of overcrowding, that’s something that this Argentinian prison is known for. The capacity here makes living conditions for inmates downright abysmal.
Mendoza Prison is at about triple the capacity it was built to hold. This leaves five inmates vying for space in a cell that’s only 43 square feet in total. Without proper sewage systems or enough resources for all the inmates, the conditions are nothing short of awful.
Desembargador Raimundo Vidal Pessoa Penitentiary in Manus, Brazil
We’ve seen so far that there aren’t many prisons that are “safe” to be in. This one is a particularly unsafe place for people to serve their sentence, though.
Desembargador Raimundo Vidal Pessoa Penitentiary in Manus, Brazil has a reputation for the violence that inmates face. Some of this has happened during uprisings in the prisons, which happened at other prisons around the city of Manus as well.
Sollentuna Prison in Sweden
Another Swedish prison to make the list is Sollentuna Prison. As the name suggests, you’ll find this prison in Sollentuna, Sweden.
The prison is often praised for its better-than-average conditions for inmates. The inmates inside can watch TV as well as have access to a gym in the prison and a kitchen to cook their food. As you can see, there are rec spaces in the prison as well.
The Federal Correctional Institute in El Reno, Oklahoma
The Federal Correctional Institute is located in El Reno, Oklahoma. All in all, the medium-security facility houses about a thousand men.
The thing that really stands out about this prison is that it’s one of the few farm facilities still run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. If you aren’t familiar with this term, it’s when inmates are used for farm labor during their sentence.
Kashimpur Central Jail in Gazipur, Bangladesh
Kashimpur Central Jail is in Bangladesh, in Gazipur to be exact. This central jail is home to about 1,200 inmates at any given time.
As you can see in this image, the cells in question don’t offer a lot of privacy. It seems like prisoners share a large communal room rather than having individual rooms or cells.
San Quentin Prison in San Quentin, California
We’ve talked about a few infamous prisons in the United States at this point but we’d be remiss not to take a minute to discuss the San Quentin Prison in San Quentin, California.
The maximum-security prison has long been noted for its famous prisoners and a long list of death row inmates. This is because it serves as the only death row prison in the state for men. It’s also the largest in the country.
UN Detention Unit Just Outside The Hague, Netherlands
This prison stands out a bit from the others because it’s a UN Detention Unit — not just a state or federal prison. The UN-administered jail has been in the Netherlands since 1993.
As you might guess, this jail is made to house criminals who have committed international crimes. They’re only housed here until their trial. Here, they have access to a cell with some washroom amenities and access to a personal computer, given to inmates to work on their cases before trial.
An Interesting Combination
We all had favorite snacks when we were kids. Some snacks are concoctions you find so tasty, you carry them into adulthood as well.
When this person shared mac n’ cheese with their boyfriend for the first time, the way they topped their plate left their boyfriend shocked. After all, not many people pair apple sauce with instant mac n’ cheese. But, hey — if it tastes good to you, enjoy.
Plenty of people have nicknames for body parts. For instance, it’s pretty common for kids to refer to their stomachs as their “tummy.”
In another instance of related words, this person’s mother used to refer to their teeth as “fangs.” So, they didn’t think much of it when they said this. As for their partner who hadn’t grown up hearing the phrase, they were a bit startled by the wording.
A Different Name
There are plenty of things that go by more than one name. We just looked at one example when talking about the teeth!
This person’s story was a bit more involved with the kitchen, though. What do you call the first and last piece of a loaf of bread? For many, the answer is the “heel” of the bread. This family had a different approach and this person eventually realized it wasn’t a common nickname outside of their family.
What Is That?
Speaking of more than one name in the kitchen, it’s probably best to clarify these questions before dinner starts. Otherwise, the serving will surprise some!
When this person said they wanted to make pigs in a blanket for a cocktail party, their spouse couldn’t quite see their reasoning. If they were referring to stuffed cabbage, we could see why their husband thought they’d made a mistake in planning the snacks for the guests.
An Easier Method
Plenty of siblings share many arguments throughout their childhood. It’s a by-product of spending so much time together, after all. These siblings seem like they got the hang of sharing better than some.
That, or they just found watching someone else play a video game just as enjoyable as grabbing the controller themselves. Either way, it seems like gaming was rather peaceful in this household, at least among these siblings.
A Change in Approach
People play board games with kids differently. In this person’s case, their family was more prone to letting the kids when rather than playing harshly.
As for their partner’s family, they fostered a competitive spirit from a young age. So, they weren’t quite ready with their A-game when they were invited to their first family game night. It seems like no one was about to give anyone a break!
We all have different family recipes that we pass down. After all, parents often are the first people to teach their kids to cook. This family recipe was a little odd compared to the way most people prepare spaghetti.
You can add protein, of course, but most people opt for meatballs or some sort of ground meat or substitute. It’s not as common to reach for the tuna to finish off your spaghetti.
Differing Snack Preferences
We all have a meal we fall back on when we’re having a hard day and need a little comfort. These dishes can vary depending on what you grew up with. This person’s meal is simple but still a bit unique.
All you need is a bit of rice, a boiled egg, and some sauce. It makes a pretty low-effort meal but the flavor might not be for everyone. That’s what this person learned when they suggested their favorite snack to their partner.
A Weird Concept in Retrospect
There are some traditions that you really don’t question as a kid but when you look back on them as an adult, you have to wonder where the tradition came from.
The memory that this person was wondering about when they tweeted this was one many people can relate to. However, when you think about it, it’s a wonder how something like “birthday spankings” caught on. Naturally, this person’s spouse was perplexed.
Where to Keep the Bread
One thing that spouses or partners may find surprisingly conflicting when they move in together is how they both organize the home.
Some small things you don’t think about might vary from person to person or family to family. To this person, it was the norm to toss the bread in the fridge when you were ready to store it. On the contrary, their girlfriend saw it as one of their stranger habits.
Sounds Pretty Good
If you stay up late, you’ll probably feel yourself getting peckish after dinner. In fact, sometimes you’re so hungry that a snack isn’t quite enough.
This family had a simple answer to that question. If you’re hungry for another meal at the end of the night, just make another one. According to this family, at least, this “night lunch” is essential. We have to say, it sounds like a pretty good idea to us!
Of course, if you’re still hungry after dinner, dessert is another option if you have a bit of a sweet tooth. There are plenty of dessert options, too.
Running to your garden for a fresh tomato to throw on a sandwich probably wouldn’t stand out too much. However, most people choose to top off their tomato sandwich with a condiment like mayo or by adding some salt. Sugar is a much sweeter choice.
An Interesting Preference
There are sometimes that you see someone grab some bread and it makes sense to eat it with butter. Toast comes to mind as the first and most immediate example.
This person was shocked to see their spouse adding butter to bread anytime they ate it. Whether it was for a sandwich or toast, the butter was always there. We have to wonder if they liked the butter-free sandwiches more or if they prefer their original recipe.
Out of Habit
There are some things that are really ingrained in you from a young age. For instance, many learn that saying “bless you” when someone sneezes is the right thing to do.
If a stranger sneezes when you’re out in public, though, it’s not always appropriate to intrude on their conversation to offer a “bless you.” This person kept it quiet but their husband still picked up on the habit and didn’t find it very welcoming.
Learning Something New
There’s a lot that goes into good cooking. The right spices can go a long way and save a lot of dishes. Without any spices at all, you’re not going to have a lot of flavor in your meals.
Tacos, specifically, need the right seasoning to make the protein get the taste you’re expecting. This person’s wife was probably opened to a whole new world of flavor during this dinner.
Eating It All
When you’re feeling hungry, sometimes a juicy piece of fruit is just what you’re craving. If you’re this person, it’s a snack that leaves nothing behind either. For the most part, people skip out on eating the apple cores.
The strawberry leaves may surprise some but the apple seeds and cores really steal the show here. We’re glad to hear that they don’t eat the stem but it seems like the core of the apple must not be quite as enjoyable.
A drive-in is a great family outing if you have a family of movie lovers. Plus, a drive-in makes it much easier to bring your own snacks as compared to a traditional movie theater.
So, what’s the perfect movie snack to bring? For this family, the answer was plenty of spaghetti. To be fair, it doesn’t sound bad to come to the movies with dinner as well as snacks, although spaghetti, in particular, seems a bit messy.
On Adding a Step
When you jump out of the shower, you probably have a routine just as much as you have one when you get up in the morning or get ready for bed. You might not even think about it either.
After all, how much thought do you really put into drying your hair after you get out of the shower? This person wasn’t thinking about how they dried their hair until someone pointed out that it was a bit strange to them.
A Bit of a Dark Joke
There are some things you hear over the years, especially if you have a parent in the medical field. Blue lips, for example? Usually not good.
Well, that is unless you have blue lips because you were enjoying blue candy. Still, it’s an opening for a joke if you’re okay with a dark sense of humor. It’s the type of joke that really gave this person’s partner’s family pause the first time they heard it.
Grab the Cutlery
Table habits are one of those things that vary a lot. From place to place and even family to family, different practices, preferences, and habits are noticeable.
What about cutlery? This family opted for knives, forks, and spoons for their meals and they did mean every single meal. While it’s a great way to keep your hands clean while you eat if that’s your preference, it might confuse some like this person’s spouse.
There are some habits that parents pick up after they have kids. In response, sometimes the kids pick up these habits too.
It wasn’t until this person was much older that they realized how jarring this habit must sound to some. Unlike many of the stories we’ve seen here so far, this one didn’t end in a change of habits. While their spouse was surprised, they couldn’t argue that the trick didn’t work!
An Extra Ingredient
Like we said before, family recipe books are a great place to learn some of the cooking habit differences between your family and your spouse.
This person was shocked when they watched their girlfriend make chili for the first time. Now, chili is a recipe that can vary a bit depending on where you are and your preferences but ham isn’t usually heavily featured in a chili. We wonder how it turned out.
Dogs come in all forms and breeds and some are definitely sharper and quicker to pick up on training than others. It’s hard to tell until you meet them.
Even then, it’s their behavior that usually tells whether or not they’ll be considered “smart” or not. This person grew up learning that if a dog had a bump on its head, it meant they were smart. But, as they asked about it, they realized it wasn’t as familiar a tale to everyone.
Not Remembered Fondly
There are some chores you dread when you’re a kid. After all, chores are usually part of your responsibilities growing up and they aren’t always the most fun. This person clearly doesn’t remember their childhood chore fondly.
In fact, they don’t quite remember the salsa “substitute” their family used either. We can’t really blame them — adding ketchup to your tacos doesn’t quite have the same flavor as salsa. They were surprised to learn these weren’t universal experiences.
Which One Is Which?
There are some games that a lot of people are familiar with from their childhood. For many, a duck-duck-goose was a go-to game. However, you may not know it by that name apparently.
The game actually has a few different names, depending on the locale that you’re from. For this family, the game was known as Duck, Duck, Gray Duck. We have to say, you’d have to pay close attention if you were playing a version with a different name!
A Difference in Toppings
We all have our own preferences when it comes to food. This might be influenced by what foods you were introduced to when you were younger.
This person was clearly used to pancakes coming with maple syrup — especially living somewhere like Canada where maple syrup is so popular. Yet, as their spouse was quick to prove to them, there are other options for your pancakes, even if this person thought it was pretty weird.
Everyone Has Their Preferences
The volume on the TV is something some people are pretty particular about. Like many, this person prefers to leave the volume on an even number. On the other hand, their girlfriend thought it was weird.
That’s okay, though, because this person found some of their girlfriend’s habits weird too. Although, while it might seem weird, there’s something impressive about an ability to drink hot sauce as a genuine preference. Even spicy-food-lovers might hesitate before trying this method.
Noticing a Pattern
When you watch shows as a kid, you probably don’t think about them too critically. As a matter of fact, you might miss some of the things to criticize until you get older.
Rewatching their favorite childhood movies as an adult, this person realized that those movies had a startling trend in retrospect. In case they’d missed it on their own, it was a trend their husband — who is German — noticed pretty quickly.
Fun and Games
As a kid, there are few things more powerful and fun than using your imagination to come up with entertainment. Sometimes, it sticks! This person seems like they came up with a fun one.
With only a hand mirror, they could pretend they were walking on the one part of the house they couldn’t! It seems like their spouse didn’t come up with the same idea, though. At least this one seems fun and weird.
We already looked at one couple who surprised each other at the breakfast table when the pancakes were brought out. It seems like this person was ready for the usual toppings like syrup.
So, they were more than a little surprised to see their spouse looking for the peanut butter. This one isn’t too weird, though, and it seems like a good way to add a bit of protein to your pancakes.
How Do You Say It?
Not every number is referred to by name. For instance, you might refer to $1,000 as a grand rather than saying the full term. Or, more apt to this scenario, a dozen refers to 12 of something.
So, by this person’s logic, describing six of something as “half a dozen” made sense. While still correct, their friend saying “two threes” rather than “half a dozen” definitely introduced them to a new phrase.
He’s Just a Pet
There are some animals that shouldn’t really be kept as pets. We can’t imagine that catching a mountain lion and keeping it in the backyard counts as an ethical pet.
As if the idea that the neighbor has a mountain lion wasn’t scary enough, it was allowed to roam free enough to bother the neighborhood kids too. This person was floored when their spouse shared this story and how normally everyone treated it at the time.
Sweet and Savory
Some flavor combinations are classic and they’re hard to pass up on. There are some dishes where sweet and savory flavors come together brilliantly. On the other hand, some sweet and savory flavors really clash.
For this person, while we can understand the jam and pancakes, we can see why the first combination caught them off guard. Honey and scrambled eggs are a combination not everyone would come up with or want to give a try.
One Way to Say It
A lot of things have technical names that not everyone uses. Especially among families, nicknames for everyday concepts and objects are quite common.
We can see how this family got to this name. After all, if you lock a car and set the alarm, it makes a chirping sound. So, it makes sense to say “chirp the car.” Still, that doesn’t mean everyone will know what you’re referring to the first time you say it.
A Little Sweeter
Tacos are one of those dishes that come with room for customization. From the protein you choose to the toppings you add, you can create the perfect taco for you. That said, not everyone’s perfect taco is the same concept as the next person’s.
This person definitely wouldn’t trade tacos with their ex. That is, as long as no one wanted something as sweet as pure sugar on their tacos. We wonder what prompted this person to try it for the first time.
It Makes Sense
For most sandwiches, you probably grab a couple pieces of bread and the fillings you plan on adding.
If you’re just looking for a snack, you can make a smaller sandwich by using one piece of bread just folded on itself down the middle. Most people just still call this a sandwich but we can see why this person’s family would refer to it by a more specific name. It’s just definitely not a name the people around them recognized.
Oh, Maybe Not
There are some instances in nature when mothers feed their babies rather directly. Most people think of birds right off the bat.
Apparently, it’s not a practice all humans shy away from either. As for this person, they were shocked to see how surprised everyone was by this statement. If you grew up with it, we can see why it might seem standard but it’s not a super common practice.
On Using Titles
There’s some family you call by their titles. For example, you probably call your parent some variant of “Mom” or “Dad” or use a moniker like “aunt” in front of your aunt’s name.
This family decided to drop the formalities on aunt and uncles, which would be easy enough to adjust to. However, this person was surprised to see the respective titles added to family members who don’t usually use them, like cousins.
Do You Want Some Round Beans?
Kids come up with interesting names for things. If a child called peas “round beans,” you can see why they’d come to that conclusion.
Without anyone telling them that the nickname was… well, a nickname, they missed the memo on peas. In fact, they weren’t even sure that “peas” was the real name before someone pointed it out to them. We guess they must not buy peas that often.
Siblings tend to make up their own games, habits, and traditions over the years. It’s part of filling the time as you grow up together and form bonds.
You might even have odd practices with your siblings that you might not think about but surprise other people. This person said their friend was shocked to learn one of the strange traditions their girlfriend and her siblings came up with. We wonder if he ended up with marshmallows on his face, too.
Never Thought About It
When you put a shirt on, how do you start? Do you put your head in and then your arms? Do you just throw it on all at once?
The person who shared this story didn’t think too much about how they put their shirt on until someone pointed out to them what they were doing. Instead of putting their hands through the sleeves first, they went with their elbows. Doesn’t this stretch their shirts out?
Sounds Harder to Spread
There are some things that most people find annoying. Trying to butter toast with butter that won’t spread is a morning frustration that annoys many.
Interestingly, this person disagreed in a big way. The butter melting into the bread is exactly what they wanted to avoid. How do they avoid it? Just freeze the bread! We’re glad this person is following their preferences but it seems so inefficient.
A Learned Skill
When you live in certain areas, you might pick up on relevant knowledge. For instance, if you live around a lot of animals, you might know which ones to avoid at all costs.
Growing up on military bases, this person could hear different types of aircraft with a bit more of a refined ear than most people. For the most part, while people recognize the sound of a plane or helicopter but they probably can’t tell you what type of aircraft it is beyond that.
There are some cases in which you have to change the volume on the TV. For others, it’s left up to preference.
With the volume of shows changing so frequently, we can’t blame this person for keeping the remote close while they watched their show. Their girlfriend, on the other hand, didn’t seem to seek this same consistency and thought it was a lot of extra trouble for her partner to go through.
What Did You Do?
There are some treats that you grow up enjoying but when you offer them to someone who hasn’t grown up trying them, they aren’t sure how to eat them. This can really put a damper on how much they enjoy the sweets they were offered.
Not to mention, these friends were probably floored to offer their friend gum and notice them snacking on it. At least the thing about it staying around for seven years is just a myth.