27 Reddit Users Share The Most Controversial Objects They've Ever Owned

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Vote up the most interesting objects that these people have ever owned.

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  • 1
    2,586 VOTES

    Oh No

    From Redditor u/nurseofdeath:

    When I was a kid in holiday with my parents and sister, my sister and I found a bone in the bush behind the lodge we were staying at

    I took it home, showed it around at school, and a classmate’s father happened to work at a museum. She got her Dad to look at it and he apparently got really pale and kinda stammered out “where did this come from?”

    It was apparently a tibia (human lower leg bone) and from the looks of it was probably a couple hundred years old.

    After further investigating, it was discovered that the land behind the lodge was, in fact, an ancient tribal burial ground!!

    Some elders were consulted, and as it was taken innocently by a child, it could be returned to where I found it after being blessed by the elders

  • 2
    1,244 VOTES

    Hopefully They Stay Unused

    From Redditor u/i_wanted_memes:

    My great grandpa was a medic in WWII and we own a little chest with his personal belongings, including his diary, some old bandages

    And 3 vials of 1940s morphine

  • 3
    2,123 VOTES

    History In Your Hands

    From Redditor u/junkyarddag:

    A small diary/journal written in Japanese with small letters also in Japanese in it. My grandfather fought in WWII in the Pacific. He gave the journal to my father before he died. He said it was from a Japanese officer that he killed. My father said he was very shaken and seemed deeply disturbed by the memory. He made my father promise that he would never look to return the journal to the family or try to look into it.

    My father has now passed and I have the journal. Creeps me out. Wtf.

    Lotta people asked what it says. I have no idea. It could be anything from a personal journal to a grocery list. I’ve never had it translated. I haven’t had it out in years. I’ve always just kind of avoided it. Many years before my dad passed, I asked him if we should try to have it returned to the family and he was uncharacteristically serious about not doing it, as he promised his father.

    From what I understand, my grandfather was a cook with the CeeBees (forgive my military ignorance; I think that’s the division’s nickname) somewhere in the pacific theater. Something weird happened with this Japanese soldier as my grandfather wasn’t a front line type. My father said his dad always got real weird/freaked out about it.

    I probably should investigate and return it but I've always been hesitant because 

    A. It definitely feels like the start of a horror/revenge movie where I get some dude hunting me to avenge his grandpappy and,

    B. The whole awkwardness of, “Hi how’s Japan? I love sushi. Btw my granddad killed and possibly tortured your granddad, here’s some stuff he stole from him.”

    But you have all inspired me to pull it out later and investigate. I will post a second update with more details or pics of it later after I get home from work.


    EDIT 2 (8pm 1.18.22)

    As promised, I got home from work and pulled everything out. Over time, some of it has gotten mixed in with his other war stuff (I have a whole box of pics, newspapers, flags, etc.) so it’s hard to tell exactly what all went with the journals. But here’s what I have with as much detail as I can provide

    Journal 1: small (about the size of a pack of baseball cards) pages are lined like a notebook. The first three pages are written in handwriting, presumably Japanese. Very neat printing and held up well, despite the age. I will try to Google Translate it with a photo as some of you suggested and post it if it works.

    Journal 2: slightly larger, leatherbound, printing on the cover in Japanese (embossed). Inside the front cover is a map of the North America, South America, and Europe. Inside the back cover is a map of Asia. The next page seems to have four printed photos with Japanese printed words in middle. There's photos of a bunch of men with female dolls, a group praying to a bridge in the distance, a military line up, and a pile of packages that look like shoe box sized. Next page: printed Japanese writing large, like a title page. The next five pages have printed Japanese on them, not handwritten. A few pages look like a calendar. I’m guessing this was officially issued. The rest of this book is blank pages. Tucked in between some pages is a torn piece of paper that has Japanese printing on it. Again, maybe a prayer.

    Tucked in one of the journals, now no longer in, were a bunch of small photos (size of a small post-it). Mostly military shots. Men in uniform. There are three that stand out. One is a family with seven women, a baby, and an older man. It has Japanese writing on back. Another is a close up of a man in uniform (maybe the owner) and the third is of a Japanese man in a suit wearing eyeglasses.

    The final piece seems to be a homemade picture album. About 20 pages, normal sized paper, bound at the top with string, Japanese writing printed on cover, and a tab of paper taped on with Japanese handwriting. Inside are pages of small pictures taped with Japanese handwriting under each. I think it’s handwriting at least, but it’s so neatly written it’s hard to tell. The photos appear mainly of military scenes.

    I think that’s all that is related to the journals. Everything else seems to be newspapers and pictures of our GIs and my grandfather.

    I cannot figure out how to post photos to this thread. If anyone can tell me how, please do.

  • 4
    1,136 VOTES

    "Nobody...I'm Nobody."

    From Redditor u/sloth_the_syd:

    When my sister was in high school she wrote letters to Charles Manson. He wrote her back. My dad intercepted the letters in the mail. He never opened them, but still has them. My sister never knew he wrote back.

    To answer some questions:

    My sister is seven years older. Mental health was left generally undiagnosed and untreated in the '80s. She was a rough kid to parent, and even as a sibling there’s a lot of trauma stemming from her that I’ve had to work through. I haven’t spoken to her since I was in my 20s. She’s estranged from my dad, my other sister, and I. She has worked her way back into my mom’s life as she’s gotten older, more than likely to benefit from her death.

    I do remember her being obsessed with Manson when I was a kid. She was a f***ing menace, constantly getting into some sort of trouble, running away, police calls, etc. As soon as she turned 18, she was kicked out. She turned 50 last month, and according to my mom, "She finally has her life together; she bought her first house."

    My dad told me about the letters approximately a year ago. This happened 30 years ago, I’m pretty sure there wouldn’t be any federal charges brought against him (haha), and he has no reason to make this up or lie about it. I told him I want them left to me in his will.

    To the people messaging me to buy the letters…big fat f***ing NO. If and when I get them in my possession, I’ll evaluate what I want to do with them at this time. I agree they’re worth more sealed than opened.

  • 5
    885 VOTES

    That's Pretty Sad

    From Redditor u/ironviking13:

    Umm mortuary toe tags from an asylum in New York ....like twenty or so of them ... I think they could be the only things left showing that these people actually lived

  • 6
    934 VOTES

    Passed Down Through Generations

    From Redditor u/Klamangatron:

    A propaganda flyer dropped on Manchester UK by The Luftwaffe during WW2. My grandfather was a policeman at the time and all police were told to collect them.