It became apparent to me very early on in my school career that my family was unlike others. We didn't have a set time for dinner every single day, and it seemed weird to me that some of my other friends would have supper at 6pm SHARP and be in bed by 8:30. And that they were allowed to wear shoes in the house.
But then again, we had some unspoken rules in our home that just weren't broken. We couldn't play pop music loudly, video games were strictly played on the weekends, and you could never, ever, watch anything on TV that could be remotely smutty — like even if people were kissing on screen. And musicals and sitcoms couldn't be watched when my dad was in the room, this included Disney movies. He wasn't about that (though he softened up with age, I still hate musicals by virtue of conditioning).
And while I feel like I've come across some weird rules whenever I visited a friend's house (corn on the cob had to be shorn off onto a plate with a butter knife, not eaten directly), some of these crazy house rules that popped up in the comments section of this wonderful AskReddit post has got me thankful that I grew up around comparatively normal people.
1. The tough guy.
My friend David was a tough guy... which was all the more cool that he chose to hang out with a scrawny nerd like me.
We went back to his house, once (and only once)... which was literally four houses down the street from me.
It was a small, normal house, with a small comfortable living room.
When I plopped into the big easy chair, David went white as a ghost.
"That's my dad's chair." (pause)
"No one's allowed to sit there." (pause)
"If he sees you in his chair, he'll bring the belt."
Well, I was a small kid, but even I knew that some other person's parent wasn't going to be allowed to beat the s--t out of ME with his belt. So I said, nonchalantly, "So what? He can't hit me."
My tough guy friend (and, truth be told, a bit of a bully to other kids) just got paler and paler.
Then he said (very quietly)
"He might not wallop you. But he'll wallop me instead."
I hopped off that chair like a shot.
And learned a s--tload that day.