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    ok where to start with ex inlaws!

    - my ex SIL used to charge people for coming to her house for dinner - including her own mother - "thank for coming everyone - that works out to be $21 a head please"
    - ex FIL keeps the plastic on the TV remotes that they came in, always, not easy changing chanels through plastic
    - ex FIL refused to allow mil to use their stove at home as it would get too dirty so she cooked in a camp oven thing in the back room
    - he had a sports car he bought in 1985 that has 2000 kms on it ( as of 2004) as he didnt want to wear it out - so it was never driven

    my current in laws are great but keep everything - all their wedding presents are still in the boxes (dinner sets, glass wear etc ) as they are too good to use - they were married in 1970!

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    Default What are the strangest things your relatives do?

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    My XMIL is weird. She is so so lovely and helpful but is oh so weird.

    She's another who uses empty containers for leftovers. Oh and leftovers get used for a good couple of weeks.

    She cooks things to death.
    Then she will leave it in the oven turned off for when the rest of the family come home. Or she will leave it in the oven turned off for hours until it is room temperature so she can put it in the fridge.

    She makes mayonnaise out of sweetened condensed milk.

    She puts hair ties, rubber bands, hair ribbons, etc around door handles. But not just one door handle, every door handle in the house. She does it at my house too.

    She uses wool and/or sticky tape to fix EVERYTHING.

    She puts things in things. Hard to explain. But for eg, she will pick up little things like Lego pieces, pen lids, anything little, off the floor and put in in one the aforementioned containers. Then she'll put that container in a bowl that she's just washed up. Then that one in a bigger one, then those in a saucepan, then all that on a plate. Then she'll put more odds and ends like pegs, screws/nails, on the plate. Then she'll add more bits and pieces into another small container and stack it on top.
    Repeat for another pile of things in things, then place these all over the house.

    She hoards everything. A couple of years ago XFIL threatened to leave her, because she had kept a very old broken down fridge that was rusty and mouldy. Her reasoning was that it was a gift for their wedding (30 years ago), so she couldn't throw it away. She hid it at her mum's house. Then her mum needed the room so she had it delivered to my garage. Then I moved house so had to give it back. It stayed in their dining room in the walkway and XFIL begged and begged her to get rid of it but she refused. She desperately asked me to have it in my house but I said no. Then she moved it outside and said it's ok FIL, it's now a potplant holder so we don't have to get rid of it. That's when FIL threatened to leave if she didn't organise for it to go to the tip. She still didn't but he ended up taking it when she was out.

    Oh forgot about this one- she moves furniture around in the middle of the night. I would constantly wake up in teh morning (we lived with them after ex left me, for 2 years!!) and furniture would be in different places. Alot of these things were hutches and cabinets that were stuffed to the brim with junk, so very heavy. She also moved my beautiful dining table around so much that she ripped the screws out of their fittings and it had to be repaired.

    She never uses the handbrake on her car.

    Oh I could go on all night....
    My nan makes mayonaise using a tin of condensed milk, a bit of mustard and some vinegar. Tastes like having a rice pudding minus the rice poured on your salad. It tastes pretty good but so unhealthy and she will drowned your salad in it.

    She uses superglue to fix everything. She has stuck her fingers together several times and then tries to bite them apart and sticks them to her lips.

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    Default What are the strangest things your relatives do?

    My mum cooks everything in the microwave - roasts, potatoes, carrots, broccoli (half the time they turn out as green tasteless mush) despite the fact she has a great kitchen and analon pots. I only learnt how to cook potatoes on the stove when I stayed at a friends house a few years ago, Up until then I was a tastless, microwave protege of my mothers!

    Oh and mum will always forget about her tea and warm it up in the micowave, sometimes she'll do it repeatedly with the same cup of tea through out the entire day!
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    Default Re: What are the strangest things your relatives do?

    Quote Originally Posted by jez View Post

    She uses superglue to fix everything. She has stuck her fingers together several times and then tries to bite them apart and sticks them to her lips.
    Omg that's something I would do.

    I have more about my grandma, she tells the absolute most randomly inappropriate stories. Like at dinner (more than once mind you) starts listing off how each of her children were conceived and birthed. Or one time told this long story about a boy who lived next door 40 years ago that ended very suddenly with he was hit by a car and died on impact.... and then his parents had another baby and lucky that they had a girl because if they had a boy they'd have spoilt him.

    Or she says things like "you should not hit kids with your hands, hands are for loving, it's confusing for them.which is why you hit them with something like a wooden spoon"

    The scary part is she is totally serious and doesn't see the issue.


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    My great grandmother (my mum had me young so I had my great grandmother in my life for 20years) grew up during the depression. She washed and reused tin foil, glad wrap, plastic bags and whatever else she could. I found some old toys at Xmas time that were stored in one one of my great grandmothers old Lollie tins. The tin must be at least 15years old.
    My great grandmother and my nan put all food scraps out for the dogs (the dogs were so fat it was disgusting) and would say "whatever the dogs don't eat the birds will".
    my Nan's drinking glasses are a collection of old Vegemite glasses. You get about 3 mouthfuls out of them.
    My nan keeps all the little bits of shampoo that get left in the bottom of shampoo bottles she uses and then upends them all in a bowl, mixes them together and fills a shampoo bottle back up so as not to waste any.
    My MIL and FIL are very well off yet are so stingy with money. They buy cheap **** that falls apart, buys crap stuff just because it was cheap or on sale and stores it away in a cupboard, usually gives some of it for crappy gifts. for example MIL gave me a cheap and nasty body lotion pack and a way too small satin nightgown for Xmas. Not only is it horrible and won't fit me usually but I'm pregnant so it seems like an odd thing to give.she also gifts me a cookbook every year without fail even though until recently I have always hated cooking and rarely cook (she doesn't cook either). They offered to buy DD a swing set for Xmas a couple of years ago and it is the cheapest, nastiest piece of junk and DD can't even sit on the swings because the plastic seats are so narrow and tip up under her and the ropes frey. yet they go over seas for holidays every few months, own 3 expensive cars, boat, caravan, motorbike,businesses,rental properties etc etc.

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    My dad keeps lots of birds and he feeds them mealworms. It's not unusual to go grab a drink from their drinks fridge and there's several containers of live mealworms watching you. Not entirely sure why they have to live in the fridge ...

    Form mum and dads 30th wedding anniversary my bro and sis got them a big fancy cutlery set. This year will be their 38th anniversary and the set has never been used. Instead mum uses her old, mismatched sets.

    Mum once had a bunch of nearly empty sauces (ie, barbecue, sweet chilli, etc). She poured all of the dregs into one container and made her own mystery sauce!

    They also say "pardon me" in burp

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    Every time I see my aunty (usually on weekends) she gives me a lecture about how my DH shouldn't have married me because he is a Christian (Pentecostal) and I am Agnostic. She then goes on to say tell me I should go to church and how DH is living in sin and blah blah blah.

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    Default What are the strangest things your relatives do?

    My MIL puts Nivea on all bruises, cuts, abrasions ect. I have tried explaining that's its moisteriser and apart from doing nothing it could infect the cut but she doesn't listen...she thinks I'm the weird one?!

    She has a bath like twice a week and every other day just has a wash. This involves a wet face washer. Ugh

    In the 9 years I have known her she has swapped or sold nearly every item of furniture or appliance in her house. At on point her lounge had one arm chair and a small coffee table because she sold the rest to her friend?! We also have her our old BBQ cause it wasn't big enough for us (was about 1 year old) and ten we found out months later she sold it.

    I could go on all night.....

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    You know I used to think my relatives were really wierd.

    Then I read this thread...

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