Going to a friend’s house is supposed to be fun when you’re a kid, but sometimes, you wouldn’t know how weird or different their family was until you got there. A Reddit thread digs into this topic by asking, “What’s the strangest rule you had to follow when at a friend’s house?”

More than 4-thousand responses have come in and these are some of the craziest:

  • "Your butt must be in the dinner chair at 6 p.m. sharp, even if dinner is not quite ready. No speaking at the dinner table unless asked a question by an adult. No leaving the table before the Father (you could hear the capital F) dismisses you. Coming from a family where dinner was a joyful affair where everybody talked about their day, I was shocked."
  • "I had a friend whose dad was obsessed with the vacuum lines in the house and would vacuum multiple times a day. We weren’t allowed to walk on them because it would mess them up, so we had to tip-toe around the edges of rooms if we wanted to go anywhere in the house."
  • "I wasn’t allowed to throw away any 'female waste products' in the house, aka I’d have to wrap my tampon or pad and throw it out in the outside trash. I went home."
  • "I stayed at a friend's house one night, and the family communicated exclusively through whispering — not just hushed voices, but full-on hand to ear. It was a serious mind f*ck."
  • "I had a friend in elementary school who had a controlling father who also worked some wacky hours like he had to be at work at 3 a.m. God bless him for providing for his family, but he forced everyone to adhere to his schedule. He needed to go to bed at 4 p.m., so 'dinner' was at 2:30 p.m., the landline phone was taken off the hook at 3 p.m., and everyone was expected to complete their evening baths/teeth brushing, etc, and go to bed at 4 p.m. No TV, nothing."
  • "No one was allowed to swim in the swimming pool because it was 'only for decoration.' Other than that, they were normal parents."
  • "'Nobody feels up my wife.' They had a plaster casting of his wife's stomach and (large) breasts from her pregnancy on display in the living room."
  • "At a friend's house, I was asked to pay for dinner. I thought it was a joke, but they legitimately asked me to bring money next time if I expected to eat."
  • "Children could only drink warm Kool-Aid or water. You couldn't put it in the fridge, and you couldn't use ice cubes. It had to be room temperature."

Source: Reddit

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