It's very human to be proud of something. That something, though, does have weird social criteria that determine it to be worthy of other people's praise.
But what if it's not? What if it's weird? Well, at the very least, these Redditors will appreciate (and crack jokes about) it. In a recent AskReddit thread, folks were sharing some of the weirdest flexes they were proud of. In weird, unorthodox ways, but, hey, it counts.
Scroll down to check out the best ones, and why not share some of your weird flexes in the comment section below!
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#1So I (white woman) was a preschool teacher and every morning my female students would want me to do their hair "like Elsa" (braids). I had a black student, let's call her Virtue, that saw this one day and would ask me to do hers like Elsa too. Virtue's hair was never up and always a bit of a mess.
Well, I looked up tutorials and learned how to do a simple style on black/4C hair. Virtue was so happy to have her hair up like the other girls.
Her mom runs over to me after the second day of this and demands to know how on earth I got Virtue to sit still without her killing me. Apparently Virtue had sensory issues with her head being touched and would essentially start kicking and biting and screaming at anyone who touched it... except me, apparently. She begged me to help with Virtue's hair again.
So I, whitest girl in town, became her stylist. Her mom brought in all these products and I essentially dematted her hair over the course of an hour and would do it up. Virtue was totally chill the whole time.
Eventually she grew out of the murder phase and her mom was able to do it herself again. But for a time, my weird flex was that this precious little girl only wanted me to do her hair. I wonder if she'll remember when she gets older how much we adults all cracked up about "Miss Classic does my hair right".
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#2When my daughter was 3 years old I found out she wasn't biologically mine. I left her mom but took her to court.
She just turned 9 and we split custody 50/50. We've been in this scenario for 6 years and counting. It's the best decision I've ever made as she's an amazing kiddo.
She needed a dad... And I was already dad. So why wouldn't it be that way? I taught her how to swim, how to ride a bike, how to ice skate... To read. I've never missed a day with her. I've been to every single parent teacher conference. I take her to all her doctors appointments.
Very few people in my life know about the biology issue... Because honestly it's not really a big deal and I don't advertise it. But I'm proud of myself. She's turning into a wonderful, confident, caring and competent young lady. And I don't think that would have been the case without me.
When she looks at me it's obvious that her eyes don't look like mine. But all the parts of her that really matter... And the thoughts behind those eyes... Are because if me. When things are going to s**t around me... Or I'm stressed or scared. I look at her and know for a fact I got this one thing right.
And I'm proud of that... Even if I'll never be recognized for it or get any credit for what I've done... I'm proud.
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#3I'm not an addict and my kids 8 and has never been in foster care or involved with child protective services. I come from a long line of addicts and unruly white trash, and though I don't have a high paying job, I do work and provide above and beyond what my parents ever did, without government aid.
Also 9 years sober from hard [illegal substances].
I broke the cycle.
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A zebra bit me in my left arm.
Just be glad it didn’t bite you in or around ze bra region.
I don't have boobs, so that is irrelephant.
You better not be lion to me.
Well, I am not a cheetah.
Stop making me laugh or I'll puma pants.
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I can resemble the "moo" of a cow rather accurately with my voice.
I was over 40 when I learned this sound has a name and it’s called “lowing”.
The [hell] it is. The sound has a name, and it's called "mooing."
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If you’re on the internet, you’re probably well aware of what flexing is—it’s bragging, in simple terms. But bragging as a concept and phenomenon is anything but simple. Because people.
And so because people are complex beings, it should come as no surprise that bragging is nuanced. There’s boasting, there’s being proud, there’s humble-bragging, there’s flexing, and then there’s just straight up bragging.
Interestingly enough, not every kind of bragging falls into the same general category of “annoying as all heck” and “avoid it like the plague”, though it’s all essentially on the same continuum depending on the intentions.
Opening beer bottles with my belly button.
Finally, an actual weird flex.
Did you miss the guy who pops his tailbone by squeezing his [butt] cheeks?
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I can squeeze my butt cheeks so tight it cracks my tailbone like cracking your knuckles.
You can also apparently make many redditors flex their butt cheeks with just a sentence.
I did and still laughing.
I did and still crying because I hurt myself.
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At 62, I lost 400lbs in 2 1/2 years.
I lost 800 pounds in about 4 hours. Of course, I was at a casino in England... but still.
Best way to lose weight (pocket edition).
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I'm CURED (not just remission) of what could be considered the most 'aggressive' type cancer known to man (most aggressive is not to be confused with most deadly). Either way, I'm still alive bishes!
Congratulations! I have metastatic colon cancer. They were able to remove most of the tumors but there are metastases that are not operable. after a huge surgery, terrible chemo and 3 hospitalizations, a few weeks ago they told me that the disease is stable, so for now I'm still here. I'm doing sports again, and I can eat and drink normally ??
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I have survived a murder attempt and a run in with a literal serial killer.
[from a follow-up comment:]
Summer of 2002.
My girlfriend calls me in hysterics. "There's a white truck that's been following me for more than 10 minutes. Ever since I left Wal-Mart, it's been right behind me. I've driven all over and even gone in circles - I think it's the killer."
At the time, in Baton Rouge - a serial killer had been at large for a while. The FBI had said be on the lookout for a white male driving a large pick-up truck. A lot of his victims were brunettes that trended toward wealthier neighborhoods. My GF at the time was brunette but wasn't wealthy - but this week she was house sitting for her aunt who was a literal millionaire and was driving her aunt's Lexus.
"Okay..." I say, "...we're on our way." Her aunt lived in a huge house on the LSU lakes. I don't think much of it, it's LSU and stupid stuff happens all the time, this is a prank of some kind, I am sure of it.
A few minutes later and we're at the interstate exit, I call her to say where we are and before she picks up - I see her aunt's car pass by with a white truck right behind. "Go to the house, we're right behind them." She pulls into her aunt's driveway but the car stops and pulls over immediately once she does - parking across the street from her aunt's next-door neighbor, right on the edge of the lake. We pull in right behind her and she's VERY upset - recounts everything she said on the phone and I assure her it'll be okay.
My roommate gives me an assuring nod. "I'm going to hide in the shadows, if he tries anything lead him this way and I'll hit him."
I make myself seen to the truck's cab and approach slowly with my hands visible. There's an African American man in the cab, NOT a white guy - this is NOT the killer we're worried about.
"Hey man..." I announce, and he won't look directly at me - he's just looking at me side-eyed. "...I think there's a mix up or something. You've been following my girlfriend a while here, you're freaking her out and you're going to have to go." Finally turns on the truck and turns to give me a look - he's bothered, or [angry].
And he drives off, and I will not see his face again until next year. When he's on the cover of the local paper, the Advocate, and he's been arrested for multiple murders.
I ran into Derrick Todd Lee.
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On the positive side, for instance, being proud of something is actually a display of self-respect and personal worth. Psychotherapist Richard Joelson pointed out that pride is a feeling of satisfaction in one’s own, or maybe another’s, achievements. It’s a very normal (in fact, inherent) part of what it means to have a healthy level of self-esteem and understanding of what they’re worth as people.
Though being proud can be misinterpreted as bragging, especially if it’s the being proud of oneself part. Or at the very least, it can come off as humble-bragging, which is a form of actual bragging that draws attention to something the person is excessively proud of, though they’re trying to play it down in a fake modesty way.
No, the ultimate goal of pride is, as previously stated, celebrating a thing to keep up healthy self-esteem and boosting confidence and self-worth. But you are now beginning to see how much intentions are at play here.
This month I am going to be paying off my house...after 12 years of a 30 year mortgage.
What's your secret?
what the hell is 'money'?
"Banks don't want you to know this one simple trick!"
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35 and my socks never came out unpaired out of the washing machine! ???
You are either making stuff up or are cheating by having only one foot.
I light up a candle for the socks gods every time I load the washing machine.
I have a sock orphanage drawer.
My youtube account is blessed. I have not received an ad in over a decade, and I do not pay for premium. I don't use ad blockers, and I've tested it by adding my account to my friends t.v's and other devices. They get ads on their account, but I do not.
This is a real thing. It's a statistical control to test things like how many viewers they lose due to ads.
Then I have been chosen! Worry not friends, for I shall make youtube my most used app! I will show them that ads suck.
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#14I can mimic the sounds of birds, get all the birds in the area to start singing, and even get them to seek out the "big bird". It's kinda funny to have them completely change their song when they realize I am not a bird, almost screeching at me sometimes (especially cat birds).
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Everyone ate and finished the food I brought to potluck.
For the longest time I was the one tasked with bringing plates and chips to family gatherings, you know, because they thought I couldn't cook. I even asked if they wanted me to bring food, but they said it was handled, so I let it go, less work for me anyway. Last year my uncle made fun of me for it, and took over "manning grill" because he thought I didn't know how to cook burgers. This same uncle brags A LOT about his dry a*s, bland pulled pork, and I thought, Alright fucker, you wanna play this game? Let me show you something.
Next family outing I pulled out all the stops; brought MY pulled pork, 2 bbq sauces I made, pineapple salsa the wife makes, and homemade blood orange lemonade. There wasn't much of any of it left at the end of the day. A lot of them were surprised to learn that I f*****g love to cook, let alone that I'm actually good at it. I dunno where this "Villa can't cook haha" s**t came from the last decade, but I put it to rest.
I am no longer the plates and chips guy, and my uncle gets the privilege of taking home 3/4 of his dry pork that he still brings. I'm making hibachi steak stir fry on HIS flat top next week at the campground, and I can't wait to serve him some more humble pie. ?
Flexing, on the other hand, is nearly always done for a number of reasons, all of which essentially boil down to self-promotion. A Harvard study from 2012 that utilized five different brain imaging experiments found out that most people have a very strong urge to share about themselves. So strong, in fact, that the level of sensation that it triggers is instinctually akin to eating food or even partaking in sexual activity.
What is more, participants of the study were even offered money to respond to questions about other people, but many passed on the opportunity and preferred to answer questions about themselves instead.
“Looking at areas of the brain that were activated in their study, the Harvard neuroscientists discovered why 40 percent of what we say relates to telling other people about the things we think or feel: ‘Self-disclosure is extra rewarding.’ Not unlike eating food and having sex,” concluded Susan Newman, Ph.D., on the topic.
I swam the gap between Sicily and mainland Italy.
I just climbed the stairs from the ground level to floor 3, and I only got a little bit winded. I'm probably ready for this.
I just got off the toilet and only one leg is asleep. We're going to crush it.
I got off the couch without making “dad noises” We got this!
So, I'm a Fitness Trainer and class instructor at a retirement community in Texas. In one of the Strength classes I do I actually have my clients do what I call "get ups." I have them just sit on a chair with a pair of dumbells in their hands and get up and raise the dB's over their heads. Have em do it maybe two sets of 10-12. I tell them this is a good example of a "functional fitness" exercise that has real world benefits, such as being able to impress others while out in public, by quickly and smoothly rising without making those involuntary grunts that most seniors or out of shape folks make.
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I’ve finished three chapsticks in a row without losing them.
How did they taste I can't seem to get the good flavored ones to chew.
Chewing them isn’t the problem for me, it’s the indigestion they cause.
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I'm a legally blind person, so I have residual vision.
I can still walk around my apartment and find my stuff when there's a power outage using muscle memory.
How did you scroll through Reddit? No offense, just honestly curious! Hope you have a nice day.
I can read it on my phone! I put it real close to my face tho.
I'd say that's really bad for your eyes, but um...
Didn’t see that one coming.
Blindsided, you might say.
Bombastic blindside eye.
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#19I went viral and got a million+ views on YouTube in 2007 for a silly rap about the Nintendo Wii I made out of boredom, before that was a common thing, and before there were ads on YouTube. My video was featured on the front page of YT, on Attack of the Show, and at Nintendo's E3 press conference that year, and was one of the first hundred videos available on the iPhone (since iOS didn't support Flash video at the time)...and while I felt like the coolest kid in town and at my campus for a period, I made exactly $0 for it.
My cursive handwriting is beautiful. Like some thing that came out of an old legal document from the 19 century I get compliments about it all the time even though many young people can’t read it.?. Literally, nobody cares, but it’s certainly something I’m proud of, and I like it when people notice it. My mother had beautiful penmanship and actually worked as a calligraphist to make extra pocket money when she was in college so I guess that’s where I get it from.
Do you write in Spencerian Script? I've been learning that for a few years, after having initially been taught the rounder Palmer Script, because the cursive style from the 1800s is absolutely lovely, It's been hard to retrain my natural hand in a completely different style, but it's worth it to me.
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There’s also a kind of conditioning whereby social media provide a slew of opportunities for flexing. These inevitably tickle a number of very human reactions, including things like the desire for attention and competition.
What’s more, when you compare bragging on social media as opposed to “in real life”, the paradigm of why we brag stays the same, but the means seems to provide a bigger reward and more motivation to do so in the first place.
“It’s not technology that amplifies bragging in itself—it’s the fact that digital platforms mean your bragging has a potentially global audience,” elaborated digital sociologist Mark Carrigan in an interview with Bored Panda.
“The underlying mechanism is the same in that people enjoy being recognized and celebrated by a group for their capabilities, it’s just on social media that celebration can spread far beyond a group of friends or acquaintances.”
#21I once won gold at the Games Workshop "Golden Demon" painting competition, in the 90s.
Quit straight away and never entered again. Go out on top.
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I was in Barry Manilow's backing choir for a few Wembley arena dates.
As a Fanilow, I love this. ?
In the late 1970s, Manilow recruited my high school choir's pop group (12 of the best kids) for the local concert. Apparently he's been doing it for decades. Just a few years ago he did this for another high school, recruited the high school band, then donated a bunch of instruments to the school. A real lowkey, no attention help to aspiring musicians. Manilow is a good dude.
I was Time Magazine's person of the year in 2006. ?
Dam it, YOU got me...
Now check the winner in 2007...
Oof. Thats aged about as as well as their 1938 pick.
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I can lose a remote that I had just searched for and found in under 30 seconds.
I’ve lost a wrench and tore apart the work area looking for it, with that wrench in my hand.
So anytime I leave anywhere I tap my belt holster to make sure my phone is there. The amount of times I had the "oh no" second when my phone wasn't there because it was IN MY HAND is too many to count.
A friend of mine once searched his phone and turned on the flashlight of his phone to look under their couch without noticing.
Have you ever been speaking on the phone to someone and said "oh [crud], I lost my phone" to them?
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#25One of my favourite composers responded to an email I sent him asking for feedback on a cover I did of one of his tracks. It was a lengthy and insightful response and it really did make the 6 month of working on it all worthwhile.
EDIT: for those asking, it was Chris Christodoulou's 'The Rain Formerly Known As Purple' which you can check out my cover of here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKjnfpOzGvo
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Carrigan continues: “It also injects a competitive element into this, with only the most remarkable or surprising flexes being likely to win the interest of a large audience. It taps into something profoundly human which preexisted social media but it draws it out and turbo charges it in a way which can be destructive and off-putting.”
For context, competition and competitiveness aren’t inherently bad or good. At least from a biological and psychological point of view. It’s how evolution works. It does become a problem if the scales get tipped and a person becomes hypercompetitive.
In the long run, this can become a huge burden as the constant need to compare oneself to others might lead to feelings of inadequacy, perfectionism and eventual burnout. Besides that, there’s also the fact that being braggadocious is often viewed as annoying and arrogant, hence it might also lead to isolation.
#26I'm a 32yo female and never had a pregnancy scare.
After 30 years of being a couch potato I started running in my fifties. 11 months later did a half marathon in a decent time for someone half my age.
I'm almost the same. I started running in my late-forties after a lifetime of zero exercise and an absolute hatred of running. It took a lot longer before I decided to try a marathon but at 57 I ran my first marathon and a half-marathon and finished in the top third in my age group.
The thing is, I still hate running. I have never enjoyed one minute of it. But I also never regretted going for a run. I love "having been" for a run. But mostly what keeps me going is that I can just tell what a massively positive change this has made to my life.
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Not that weird but I moved to the other side of the world on my own when I turned 18.
Same here! Chicago suburbs to Australia, not a huge culture shock at all but it led me to more travel and haven't lived in the States since - I'm 29 now. Lived in south Korea, Cambodia, went to university in The Netherlands, first 'adult' job in London, now traveling in southeast Asia again and writing this from Chiang Mai.
I worked my way through all of it. A life experience I'd recommend to anyone who is able and willing to go for it.
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I made a leather shoe a few days ago. It's rather tiny but kinda cool and wearable for gnomes.
Are you making a second one?
Asking the important questions.
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I’ve never lost the "I love you more" game.
That's some serious flex you got here.
It is a weird flex. Not one I wanted but one I got. ?
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With all of this in mind, where does weird flexing come into play? The fact that it’s weird by internet standards makes it fall into the middle ground. It’s where folks are often torn on whether it’s annoying or impressive. Or just plain funny.
Judging by the reactions in the viral thread, most folk view weird flexes lightheartedly, celebrating them as an opportunity for discussion and good old fashioned internet comedy. And, on the other side of the spectrum, we have folks who feed that innate urge to talk about themselves, so, hey, win-win.
Keep on scrolling. Or don’t. It’s a free country. Either case, here’s the link to the original thread if you crave more weird flexing, and the comment section for your weird flexes can be found at the bottom, so do whatever you want with this information. Also, do whatever you want with the upvote button. And the article evaluation thingie.
#31Undefeated 7 & 8 year old little league baseball coach!
Especially proud because I was given what they though was a castaway squad. Our tactics were non conventional but we freaking crushed.
For those asking about non-traditional tactics. Basically all plays are at first. We don't care if there is a runner on 2nd we are throwing the ball to 1st, where we have our best catcher. We always were shifted away from 3rd base to make the throw to 1st as easy as possible. You might get burned 1-2 times a game by a kid hitting it down the 3rd baseline but in general it was rare enough that defending 3rd was a waste of a player. 95% of balls in play are going to be between shortstop and 1st because 7&8 year olds are hitting for contact and do not know where they are going to hit it, so we packed those areas that give us the best chance for a play at 1st and went there every time.
Also I found it benefited the team more to work with making our weaker players stronger and not focusing on our superstars. This allowed every kid to play more because your studs are going to be good no matter what and probably were getting extra work at home anyways. So I always focused on bringing the bottom players up to par with the rest of the squad and I think that was ultimately the difference more that my janky defense.
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My class was working on a short film together with professionals, and I was an editor.
I got to work with the original editor of Lego Ninjago season 1-3 on my class shortfilm.
Okay, THIS ONE made me gasp out loud! What was it like to work with them?
Well you could clearly tell she was very professional and good at her job.
The way she pointed out the small things like the direction people looked and the extras in the background behaved so we could make sure it all made sense was really cool.
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I can turn my arm all the way around 360 degrees and I make some of best shrimp and grits you’ll ever have.
Now I know why my shrimp and grits never turn out right. I’ve been facing the stove.
Well, now is your chance to turn things around.
360 degrees is still just forward though. ?
Yeah I know, but apparently the joke works anyway ?♀️
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While drinking a glass of whiskey and smoking a cigarette I accidentally dropped my phone and somehow caught it on the tip of my foot. No one was there to see it happen. I'm proud as hell of that one in a million catch.
I once dropped my phone on a roller coaster and the person behind me caught it! Not a flex for me, but definitely for him.
There's a weird air flow that goes on in the roller coaster cars that causes things to just hover for a bit. Like when the person in front of you pukes and you can look at it floating in the air for a second before it envelopes your head and upper body.
That's cause of the formation of boundary layers over the top of the car. These boundary layers are sort of in-between area between the cars surface and the freestream air, where the velocity of air inside it is lower than the freestream velocity (the speed of the Coaster) hence it ends up "floating" to our eyes when in reality, it's just moving backwards in our direction at a slower speed.
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I have a WinRAR licence!
Frame it and put it on a wall.
Get OP a key to the city!
I designed a little puzzle and had it 3D printed. From my brain to a thing I can hold in my hand in a couple of weeks. A neat "we live in the future" moment.
My friend made one for me, but failed to check if it was solvable. The pieces all fit together in the final solution, but it turns out there's not actually any path to the solution lol.
[sigh] that hurts as a designer. I've had similar issues in the past with complex assemblies. For instance, I designed a printable blunt roller. And forgot that the screws going through the chassis, into the rollers, would need something of a bearing, rather than just screws tensioned properly. Made it work by using 2 nuts to look against each other at the correct tension, but it was disappointing to realize I forgot something so trivial.
Thank God we can iterate design revisions so much faster now thanks to additive manufacturing
#37I finish 90% of video games that I start.
EDIT: Wow, woke up to so many questions, So yeah, I have a system these days, three or four games at a time in a rotation. I get to add new games from my (huge) backlog to the rotation, only If I finish the campaign of a game. (To me this is finished, not Platinum Trophy or equivalent.) If it gets too stressful I lower the difficulty in the last level or boss, better a finished game on easy, than not finished at all. Honestly, the number may be a bit lower these days, after getting Switch and buying much more indies. But it used to be higher when I just played on PS. If a game do not draw me in, in first few hours then I can delete, or leave it. But if I play approx 50% of a game. I "have to" finish it.
EDIT 2. By the way last game I finished was Luigis Mansion 3 on Sunday, King Boo was a pain of a last boss. I blame the aiming controls, loved the game, but there where some really frustrating boss fights.
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I strongly believe I’m one of the best Minesweeper players on this earth.
After many, many, many... many, many, many tries, I once finished the largest size in sub-minute time.
I was very proud of myself.
Then I looked at the records...
I was still proud of myself, but damn, those people are crazy!
The day I beat Expert in 98 seconds was the day I officially peaked. Never have gotten sub-hundo again, though I’ve come close.
Whoa whoa whee wha!!! My very best is 300 seconds!