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The strangest things people found in their parents' homes after they died

Good Housekeeping logo Good Housekeeping 27/02/2017 Lauren Smith
The Strangest Things People Found in Their Parents' Homes After They Died © Getty The Strangest Things People Found in Their Parents' Homes After They Died

Think about the one thing in your home you would hate for anyone else to see. That's precisely why you probably have it hidden deep in your closet. But in a way, those secrets are just waiting to get out. For example, a lot of people don't even expect what they find when they have to go through their parents' belongings after they pass away. These people on Quora shared their most surprising discoveries, which were shocking, to say the least.

1. Liquor bottles hidden in the walls.

We're talking at least 300 of them. Quora user, Cardinal Robbins, explains that this was her dad's solution to his drinking problem. "Most of the bottles' labels had deteriorated, but they were almost all identical in shape and size," she says. "Once he switched to drinking a fifth of Jim Beam (and a six-pack of Schlitz) per day, he found a different way to dispose of the bottles."

2. Stacks of dirty magazines.

When Quora user, Katelyn Robertson, cleaned out her grandfather's home, she discovered he wasn't who she thought he was. "My grandfather was a straight-laced, proper gentleman," she says. "He cared deeply about appearances, both with grooming habits and relationships, which is why we were so surprised when we found [them]." We're talking a huge stack of '70s dirty magazines, guns, marijuana and stacks of 100 dollar bills.

3. Pills for, how do we say this, romantic occasions.

Unfortunately for Quora user, Ann Silberman, she learned her dad liked to keep pills all over the house, including in the living room, kitchen, bathroom and, of course, the bedroom. "The strange part (for me) wasn't the product, just the locations and how much. It was like he never wanted to be more than a couple feet away from it," she says.

4. A very revealing marriage certificate. 

Even though Quora user Ian Halliday says his mother had unfavorable things to say about people who got pregnant out of wedlock, it seems she was the product of it. At least, that's what Halliday discovered on his grandparents' wedding certificate. "Her parents were married in May 1926 and not in May 1925 as she had always insisted," he says. "She went to her grave either in ignorance or denial. Her birthday was in October 1926."

5. Countless jars of canned food.

It wasn't the food in his grandparents' home that surprised Quora user, John Sergent - it was the sheer amount of them. "Closets that had seemed to be only a couple rows deep turned out to be arm depth, and there were more under the bed and in the back room of the shop," he says. The dates ranged from the mid-1970s to the 1990s - even his last grandparent died in 2002.

6. The truth about a first marriage.

Even though Quora user Andie DeLuca knew her mother was married twice, she always thought her second marriage ended in divorce. "When she died and I got the death certificate, I found out that she was widowed, not divorced from her second husband," she says. "I knew he had died when I was a child, but I thought they were divorced before that. He died of multiple myeloma."

7. Love letters to other women.

It wasn't the fact that these letters weren't to Quora user Adrienne Dawn Lawrence's mother that was the issue, it's that he was a Catholic priest. "He had a brief intellectual relationship (never romantic, but occasional sex … obviously) with my mother, a student in one of his classes," she says. But it apparently wasn't just Lawrence's mother in the picture: "He was in his mid-fifties when I was born and had romantic relationships with at least half a dozen women since his 20s."

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