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a 6 pack of half-gallon capacity canning jars. I don't know the first thing about canning or pickling. I bought them so I could use one to keep my sourdough starter in

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/372010.The_Stray_Shopping_Carts_of_Eastern_North_America

 

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This came up here a few months ago in a thread about weird books, and I’ve been brooding about it ever since.

Unless you think an ant farm is weird. Then the answer is ant farm. And you need to loosen up.

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your ant farm is probably the most amusing purchase yet! anyone who says otherwise needs to get their ants out of their pants

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I don't buy much - who has money? But the weirdest Covid-19 non-purchase I haven't made: Since the beginning of the outbreak, I have not purchased one single roll of toilet paper. I have survived off of one six-roll package all this time. 

I realize I mention this at the risk of instigating speculation into my personal habits, but really, there's no there there.

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Not buy toilet paper for the three of us was not an option... being able to FIND toilet paper was apparently not an option either. Finally was able to score a case of janitorial 1-ply rolls that are about 12” in diameter. I decided not to spring for the giant gray plastic toilet paper holder to house it, and they’re not perforated, so this has been humbling. 

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A variety 8-pack of Japanese rice seasoning.

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I got mechanic work done on my car, and had to clear out my collection of baby food, two liters of soda, energy drinks, spam, rice, lentils, ramen, and canned goods.  The baby food might be considered weird, but it is super shelf stable, nutritious, and some of it is ok, like cheap MREs.  

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I started stocking up on TP before people started hoarding (pre-hoarder!) so I haven't bought that much weird stuff.

We got some meat for Toby from the ethical butcher, and you email them, they call to confirm the order and take payment.

Me, looking at their website: Toby, what would you like?

Toby:  Steak, ground beef, three containers of beef stock...some chicken

Me:  I'll get you ground turkey too.  Like what chicken?

Toby:  They have some flat chicken marinated.  Must be chicken breasts.  I'll take three.  (They usually put two chicken breasts per package)

The butcher doesn't tell you on the phone the cost, because they have to pick the specific package and the weight varies.  

I get the notice it's gone through on my visa.  $150.  I was like 'WTAF what did we get?'

Arrive at the butcher two days later to pick it up.  There's three fucking whole chickens.  And the rib eye was super expensive, it's good he doesn't eat that often.  

Now we have THREE chickens in the freezer, I don't eat meat, and he's going to have to eat a fuck ton of chicken.  

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2 hours ago, Fluent In Silence said:

I bought one of these.

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It's a toy gun which fires foam darts. I'm 40 years old. And it's still fucking cool motherfuckers! Pew pew pew!

One of the best parts of playing with my nephew is the Nerf gun battles. He’s got a surprisingly sophisticated grasp of tactics, but he’s a lousy shot.

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15 hours ago, Gearhead said:

One of the best parts of playing with my nephew is the Nerf gun battles. He’s got a surprisingly sophisticated grasp of tactics, but he’s a lousy shot.

My nieces love Nerf guns too. I've got a few and the last time they were round it was like a scene from Reservoir Dogs with one of them lying on the floor while they both pointed guns at each other. I try to restrain my potty mouth in front of the children and the only time I remember swearing in front of one them is when was when one shot me in the eyeball with a nerf gun. It was a sort of Velcro tipped thing as well. Fucking hurt.

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@Fluent In Silence, down near where my nephew lives, there’s a place where you can play laser tag. I am a savage at it. Though I do refuse to shoot the five year olds that lame-ass parents inevitably leave wandering around in the darkened maze by themselves. Clearly their days are already sucking badly enough.

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I bought around 140 lb rice. Not all at once of course. Only when I’ve seen a good price (rice prices are all jacked up now). Also maybe not so strange was an oxygen sensor. I figured if my mom or I got sick I could check levels to see how bad things were. Maybe a few other things too but hard to explain them. 

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my mom got an instant pot. it arrived yesterday and she thinks it looks like a little UFO

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I bought a really deluxe microcontroller programmer, but I haven't done anything with it.  I'm too busy sulking and sitting and staring.  It's kind of funny how all the grand plans for making use of all the time sitting around doing nothing actually do end up being sitting around doing nothing.  

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oh, that is a big mood

9 minutes ago, Banana Smurf said:

It's kind of funny how all the grand plans for making use of all the time sitting around doing nothing actually do end up being sitting around doing nothing.  

 

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23 hours ago, sugarsugar said:

I bought around 140 lb rice. Not all at once of course. Only when I’ve seen a good price (rice prices are all jacked up now). Also maybe not so strange was an oxygen sensor. I figured if my mom or I got sick I could check levels to see how bad things were. Maybe a few other things too but hard to explain them. 

sugarsugar - Here's a little math. 1 pound of uncooked rice yields 5.5 1-cup servings of rice (cooked, ½cup uncooked). 140 lbs. of rice therefore yields 140 x 5.5 = 770 1-cup servings of rice, or one serving per day for one person for 2 years and 50 days, or two people for 1 year and 25 days, assuming that you eat rice at least once every single day. 

I'm going out on a limb here, but I think you probably have enough rice for now.

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16 hours ago, bpladybug said:

I ordered a pair of red wool slip on shoes.  They have not come yet.

Any chance of a picture?

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