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14 Episodes Of My Strange Addiction That Will Straight Up Ruin Your Appetite

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Part of the appeal of reality television lies in its ability to show viewers the rest of the world gets much stranger than they may realize. When it comes to the best My Strange Addiction episodes, TLC gave the world a fascinating look into the peculiarities many people deal with on a daily basis. Of the numerous TLC reality shows out there, the most bizarre My Strange Addiction episodes truly gives viewers a "reality" entirely separate from the one they're used to. Each episode features a regular a person addicted to something truly strange, and usually their family and friends know nothing of their addiction. They also typically feature a big 'reveal' where the person admits their addiction to a loved one, and viewers see their reactions.

Of the most unbelievable reality TV episodes out there, the most outlandish My Strange Addiction episodes manage to literally shift your perception of what "reality" means to another person. For the subjects of this show, real-life includes relationships with inanimate objects, consuming synthetic materials, and/or living as an entirely different species. Like the best episodes of True Life, the greatest My Strange Addiction episodes serve to both entertain as well as educate. You may find it sad they live unorthodox lifestyles, but they likely find it equally sad that you haven't managed to embrace something that makes you truly happy, no matter how weird it might seem.

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    Addicted To My Husband's Ashes


    26-year-old Casie, a widow, constantly carries around the urn containing her husband's ashes. Casie and Shawn married only ten months in to their whirlwind romance, living together for two-and-a-half years until Shawn passed away unexpectedly from a severe asthma attack. After his death, Casie finds comfort in being close to his ashes, and now takes them with her everywhere she went. She even talks to and cooks for her husband's urn.

    Why It Was So Over-the-Top

    When Casie transfers Shawn's ashes into his urn, she gets some on her fingers. Not sure what to do, and not wanting to simply brush away her husband, Casie instead licks her fingers clean. After that, she continues to slowly eat the ashes of her dead husband.

    Strangest Quotes

    "I'm eating my husband"

    "When I go grocery shopping, I buy the foods that he likes. When I cook, I cook what he likes. I don't eat it, but I cook for him."

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  • 2

    Addicted To Drinking Urine


    53-year-old Carrie loves to drink her pee. Carrie, who suffers from cancer, drinks her urine as a form of treatment. Her doctors originally gave her one year to live if she underwent chemotherapy. Carrie refused chemo and began drinking her own urine instead. She began her 'urine therapy' four years ago, six years after her initial diagnosis. Though she started with just one glass in the morning, Carrie now drinks up to five glasses of warm pee each day.

    Why It Was So Over-the-Top

    Since the start of her treatment, Carrie has consumed over 3,000 liters of urine, or 800 gallons of pee in four years. At this stage, she finds comfort in drinking pee she says she can't find in other beverages. She even brushes her teeth with pee.

    Strangest Quotes

    "I drink it like I'm in a beer drinking contest."

    "It's easier to drink than water."

    "I like warm pee ... it's comforting."

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  • 3

    Addicted To Eating Cat Hair


    43-year-old Lisa, a Detroit native, spent over one-third of her life eating cat hair. Drawn to the fur's texture and taste, Lisa sucks and chews on the hair before eventually swallowing it. She estimates she's eaten nearly 3,000 hair balls in her life, yet has never coughed one back up. To gather together a furry little meal, Lisa picks up stray hairs around her apartment or takes them while grooming her cat.

    Why It Was So Over-the-Top

    If eating cat hair fails to satiate her appetite, Lisa also grooms her cats with her own tongue, licking her cats like an ice cream cone. She says it helps her bond with her kitties.

    Strangest Quotes

    "The best ones are right off the cat."

    "I groom my cat with my tongue, like a momma cat would do to her kitten."

    "I don't get as involved as another cat would, I'm not licking her butt."

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  • 4

    Addicted To Eating My Mattress


    Jennifer eats mattresses. Her strange addiction started at just five-years old when she decided to give an exposed portion of the backseat of her parents car a taste. From there, she moved on to couches, chairs, and box-springs before eventually landing on mattresses. Going on 10 years now, Jennifer eats about one square foot of mattress each day.

    Why It Was So Over-the-Top

    Not only does Jennifer eat her own mattress, she sneaks into her mother's room to steal bites of hers. Since her addiction started, Jennifer has consumed more than eight mattresses. She ate more mattresses in 10 years than many people own in their entire lives.

    Strangest Quotes

    "I like my mattress plain and straight up, no mayonnaise... butter, nothing like that."

    "I've eaten couches, box-springs, chairs, but for the last 10 years, mattresses have just been my thing."

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