Top 10 STRANGE Addictions
In the modern day and age that we're in, it seems that someone can be addicted to just about anything. We all know the usual ones, alcohol, cigarettes, and biting your nails; but how about some of the more... strange addictions? From bee stings to bleach baths, we're counting down our picks for the top 10 strangest addictions.
Chewing on Dirty Diapers
Queens, New York, native, Keyshia, has an addiction.. or multiple addictions as it may be, to hoarding, sniffing and sucking on soiled diapers. According to the woman, "it has to have pee in it" and "the heavier ones that have more pee smell better". Keyshia somehow finds friends and even strangers that are willing to donate the used diapers. While her fiance is finally fed up with her, now that they have a baby coming.. Yup, that's the deal-breaker.. because you have a baby coming, not because your life partner drinks random child's urine out of diapers... what ever, I quit... this list is over. We just HAD to end this on a disgusting note, didn't we?
Drinking Childrens Urine
Robert Wells believes the secret to everlasting youth lies in urine of children, and he says, the fresher the better. Growing tired of his collected stale urine that he gathered himself. Robert had designed a simple urine collecting system as he called it, consisting of a black tarp, a funnel, some tubing and a few out of order signs. He would pose as a plumber, and tell any children that came in that the urinals were out of service, and that he was fixing some plumbing underneath the tarp with the attached funnel... which he instructed the child to use in lieu of the urinal... and I'll leave the rest up to your guys imagination.
Addicted to Bleach
Birmingham, Alabama resident, Gloria, has an addiction to bleach, going as far as to scrub down her entire house, then her entire self with it. She does not suffer from germophobia, though, but rather she developed the addiction one day during her pregnancy with her third child. Every morning she adds enough bleach to her bath water that is burns her face, and the resulting fumes are enough to burn her eyes. None the less, she isn't worried about any adverse health effect that may arise from this, and expresses no interest to seek help for her addiction.
Eating Husbands Ashes
Ashes to ashes, dust to mouth.. or something like that, right? Well for Tennessee native Casie, whose last name remains undisclosed, it's certainly the case. She had lost her husband, and chose to have him cremated; while she was transferring his ashes from the temporary box they were in to his decorative urn, she got some on her hands. Not wanting to, in her own words, "just wipe him away", she licked the remains off her fingers. Now losing a loved one is never easy, but there are much better ways to cope with the natural, yet harsh constants of life. Casie had enrolled herself into a rehabilitation center, specializing in breaking addictions, in hopes of breaking her disgusting snacking.
Over the years, people have used many ridiculous and stupid methods to obtain a high; from fermenting their feces, to choking themselves unconscious, but none seem quite as bizarre and potentially dangerous as allowing venomous snakes to bite you. In one instance, a teenager from Keralapuram, India, was arrested and claimed that he used snake bites to get high. Mahinshah would pay between 1,000 to 2,500 Indian rupees per administered dose. He would describe the sensation as a "blackout associated with a sense of well-being, lethargy, and sleepiness".
Eating Cat Hair
Meet Lisa, a middle aged woman from Detroit, Michigan, and a self proclaimed eater of cat hair. Appearing on the TLC show "Strange Addiction", she tells about how she eats the cat fur she gathers from around the apartment, off the floor, furniture, and, well, according to Lisa herself, "the best ones come right off the cat". She believed that by eating her cat hair, it would make her pet grow closer to her, an addiction which started over 15-years ago. It would even develop into her bathing her cats with her tongue.
Dubbed the "Real-life Barbie", Valeria Lukyanova, from the Ukraine, has an obsessive addiction to beauty, or the standards set from the "barbie doll". Valeria claims that her look is mostly natural, using make-up and blue contact lenses; she says she has only "gone under the knife" once for breast implants. She maintains her body through daily workouts and a vegetarian diet. Many people have voiced doubt about her legitimacy, claiming Valeria has had a number of other surgeries; including rib removal to achieve her 18-inch waistline. We wish this was an isolated incident, too, but once this seems to be a fad. With a quick Google search of "real life anime girl", you'll see dozens of examples of what can happen when someone becomes obsessed with their appearance.
What's the buzz about Margaret, a woman from Kentucky? Well, she's a 55-year old woman who is addicted to stinging herself, with bees. As odd as that sounds, it's true, Margaret started her addiction when she began using bee stings as a "home remedy" for her arthritis. She keeps her own beehive in her back yard, to support her addiction, as she is currently up to 15 stings a day. To administer the sting, she grabs the bee with a pair of hemostat, creates an indent in her skin with her fingernail, and taps the bee on the abdomen. He husband goes on record claiming worry over her addiction, stating that 15 stings a day is a little much.
Growing Toenails and Fingernails
Ayanna, a woman from Houston, Texas, has a un-healthy addiction to growing her toe and finger nails. She had grown out her fingernails since she was 24-years old, never cutting them as they currently measure at around 23-inches or 58-centimeters as of this 2011 article. Ayanna's nails are of such importance to her, that she walks on the heels of her feet, doesn't wear socks, and won't wear tennis shoes unless she can cut the fronts of them off. We wish this was an isolated fad, but the art of growing your nails seems to be a thing. The person who holds the record for longest fingernails, according to Guinness World Records, belongs to Melvin Boothe, at a combined length of 9.85 meters or 32 feet and 3.8 inches.
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