So many of us go to extremes to appear one way, while knowing that we are really completely different behind closed doors. As much as it sucks when others learn things about us that we had hoped to keep secret, at least we can take solace in knowing that we are not alone in this experience. It has happened to many, many other people before us—and sometimes in some pretty epic ways. Here are 42 stories of some of the juiciest pieces of gossip that individuals have ever learned about other people they know.
1. If At First You Don’t Succeed, Ram Ram Again
One of my sister's friends from her sorority had a mental breakdown on her two roommates. Of all the crazy stuff I overheard, the best part was when she got in her car and proceeded to ram directly into the back of one of the other friend's cars, over and over again, for almost TWO FULL HOURS. Like, they got security camera footage of her ramming the car, backing up, and doing it again for literally two hours straight before finally getting bored and driving away. Amazing.
2. Sounds Like It’s Time to Cut Back
My barber got two different girls pregnant, neither of whom was his girlfriend. Prices at his shop have gone up a little bit recently, but the phone calls I overhear while I’m there make it well worth it.
3. Now That’s What You Call Doing a 180
Some girl from my high school graduating class made a Facebook post the other day about how her boyfriend had supposedly cheated on her. The two of them then proceeded to have a full blown argument in the comments section on the post, for everyone they know to just witness and enjoy. Then, yesterday, she posted a picture of a set of keys and tagged her boyfriend in it, along with the caption: "Just bought our first house together, so excited!!!"
4. A Star Is Born
I work at a fairly small company in the city. There's one particular coworker of mine who is a fairly attractive young woman. We recently found a video of her that was posted on a website of a sexual nature. In the video, many things happen to her that I don’t think she would be happy to know that our whole office has now seen. I can't look her in the face anymore without seeing the mental image of what she was doing in that video.
5. Wish You Weren’t Here
I just overheard one of my work colleagues talking about how he had just returned from an expensive two week holiday with his wife in Iceland—and about how he had just found out that his wife had run up about £50,000 worth of debt on numerous credit card charges along the way.
6. Well, This Changes Everything!
One of the girls in our group of friends has never really gotten over her ex who left her three years ago. She will often bring him up when drunk and it has really hampered her dating life. He lives thousands of miles away, and today he posted a picture of himself sitting with an attractive dude getting coffee. They were holding hands and their legs were touching. We were all sitting around the TV hanging out when she saw the picture. Shell shocked is the most accurate description of her face...
7. There’s No Business Like Fraud Business!
I recently found out that my great grandfather kept my family’s farm in business purely through blatant and repeated acts of insurance fraud.
8. Three’s Company
I know about a guy who got his friend to marry him just so that he could get a Green Card to live in the United States. The only problem was that this friend was already in a relationship. So, not only did this guy get married, but he also inherited a boyfriend in-law. Now the three of them all live together in the same house.
9. Some Things Never Change
My soon to be ex-wife and I separated back in August 2018. She decided to end things with me because she concluded that I would never be able to trust her again after finding out that she had been having an ongoing affair for more than half of our 15 years of marriage. We tried to reconcile for over two years, during which time she repeatedly told me that she had changed and that she would never lie to me again. Nevertheless, I still kept catching her in lie after lie just as before. Now, she is seriously dating a new guy, since at least this past December. Annnd she's cheating on him with another guy. Remember folks, she has changed!
10. Biting the Bullet
I recently learned that my next door neighbor's own cousin once broke into her house and stole 37 guns. I also recently learned that my neighbor has had at least 37 guns in her house for as long as I’ve known her...
11. All in the Family
I was just informed by a close friend that my wife’s openly gay brother is secretly having an affair with his own husband’s half-sister. The friend who told me about it also says that the half-sister is desperate to get pregnant, and my wife’s brother has no idea. This could get interesting…
12. There’s a New Sheriff in Town
We got a new HR rep at my workplace about a year ago, and every single person who works there hates her. People are constantly getting written up by her for petty nonsense. Some have even gotten suspended or lost their bonuses. I'm a good employee, but this stuff finally caught up to me as well recently. I got written up for the crime of having gotten injured at work—which is a long story in itself, and irrelevant for our purposes here.
Now, I don't play around, so where it said "Employee Comments" on the write up document, I said "Please see attached"—and stapled on a typed up three page defense, explaining about how I thought that this whole process was unfair and how I thought that everyone in my office had been getting treated unfairly for over a year now. The next day, I got called into a meeting with my boss, and his boss, and his boss, and an HR rep.
As I expected, they all proceeded to grill me about my report. However, by the end of the meeting, we had all figured out that the HR rep had indeed been unfairly screwing with people for a year now—and the collective anger in the room shifted completely away from me and onto her. I went around and told everybody about it afterward. We're going to make this jerk pay!
13. An Unhappy Ending
My roommate in freshman year of college was the “forever alone” type. He always tried, but things never seemed to work out for him. One day, I was chilling on my computer and started to get hungry, so I asked him if he wanted to go get food. He replied no, and told me to guess why. I guessed that he had already eaten, but he surprised me and said that he had a date with this cute girl from a class of his. So, I congratulated him and asked about her. He described her as that ideal blonde type—the perfect girl-next-door that every guy dreams of meeting someday.
So I go to get dinner on my own and give him some space. I take my books and laptop and go study for a few hours at the library. When it started to get late, I texted him and asked if it was ok for me to come back to the room yet. He said yeah. Unfortunately, his date had not turned out so good. After him buying her dinner and ice cream, she suddenly dropped the bomb on him that she's actually a lesbian and had apparently just thought that the get together was going to be a friends type of thing.
He wasn't very happy about it and made it very clear to me that he was not at all interested in discussing it further. So, I let it go and went to bed. Then, at around four in the morning, I woke up and wasn’t sure why, because I am usually a very deep sleeper. I roll over and hear this kind of thudding noise. I glance over without getting up, and there I see my very hefty roommate, fully naked, vigorously making love to his dresser. Yes, it was exactly what you think. I immediately rolled over and pretended to be asleep, but it took me a while to actually get sleepy again after trying to process what I had just witnessed...
14. So Many Questions...
Although neither of them realizes it, I am fully aware that my ex is secretly having sex with my dad. And that’s all I’m going to say about that…
15. A Bossy Young Lady
The receptionist at my work is having an affair with my boss. She doesn't do anything required for her job and essentially has a free ride in life. The other day, while aimlessly scrolling through Facebook, I came across her husband's profile through a friend of a friend. She has never once come to work with a ring on her finger and has only ever alluded to having a casual boyfriend. She took three weeks off for a vacation last summer and said she was going to Hawaii with her mom. Turns out, that was when she got married and had her honeymoon.
16. Woman’s Best Friend
One night, a girl I went to high school with got drunk and let slip to me that she had been having sex with dogs since the age of 13. Later, as an adult, I jokingly alluded to this in a conversation with her—and it was more than clear from her reaction that she had no idea that I knew about this. We're still pretty close and see each other on a regular basis. Most the time, I never think about this fact, but every now and then, we'll be talking and it will just pop into my head. If she ever fully realized that I knew about this, I'm not sure she'd be able to face me again.
17. It’s a Small World After All
I know that my male cousin, who is currently engaged to a female, secretly had sex with a male flight attendant on the plane to Disney World.
18. Well I’ll Be a Monkey’s Uncle!
My secret gossip story is that it turns out my uncle (through marriage) molested both of my older sisters for a number of years when we were kids. When my sisters told my mom and dad about it, they didn't believe them. It eventually stopped. When my sister grew up and had kids of her own, she told him that they would never be left alone with him. My sister just told me about it this past Christmas, 40 years after the fact. My uncle has no idea that I know.
19. Father Knows Best
I have two sisters and our mom died more than 20 years ago. A few years back, my father was going into the hospital for high-risk surgery. The night before he went in, he told my oldest sister that he was not really her dad. It turns out that, before they had gotten married to one another, my mom and dad had actually broken up briefly. During this time, my mom had hooked up with some random other guy, getting pregnant in the process.
She told my father about it and the two of them ended up eloping. For whatever reason, they never told my sister and my father promised to keep the secret before my mom passed away. After telling my sister, my father asked her to not tell anyone else. However, she has since talked to her husband, to myself, and to my other sister about it. My dad has no idea that we all know now. He also has no idea how much I respect him for raising another man's child without any animosity or resentment, and for always loving her like the daughter that she was.
20. The Apartment of Brotherly Love
My younger and more outgoing brother indulges in drink and drugs to an excess on a regular basis. Never a weekend goes by in his life without a party of some kind. One week, he disappeared from a party unusually early after getting high. After he had been absent for a little while, I started to worry and eventually decided to go look for him. Ten minutes after setting off on my journey home, I got a call from the guy he shares a house with saying that he needed my help right away. He would not say what exactly my help was needed for, just that he needed me to get over there as fast as I possibly could.
I arrive to find an unbelievably messy scene, which my brother’s housemate makes immediately clear that he is absolutely not interested in dealing with. I enter the door to get a better grip on what exactly was going on. Once inside, I find my brother lying sound asleep on the couch, butt naked except for a snarky grin across his face. I try and wake him up gently, but it doesn't work. I then give him a thorough shake and I even start to shout at him a bit to try and get him up, but he just turns his chin over to his shoulder, lets out a little tired groan, and then rolls his head right back onto the cushion.
After a while of this, I grab my brother's duvet blanket from his room, cover him up, and leave his phone on the covers so that I can start calling him once I'm out of there to check in. On my way out the door, I asked to borrow the housemate’s cell phone to make a quick call. I checked it to make sure he hadn’t taken any blackmail pictures, which he indeed had not, and then called a cab to take me home and never spoke of this experience again.
21. Taking a Second Job
My dad is not aware that I know that he is a sex worker in his spare time, and runs his "business" out of our home. I have even gotten excuses from him like, "Sorry daughter, I'm breathing heavily from a game of tennis" on several occasions, when I have secretly been well aware that he was not actually playing tennis.
22. Holy Cow!
I used to be an IT worker, and would often fix computers for churches...Let’s just say that the Episcopal bishop liked to watch women kicking guys in their private parts, the Baptist minister had a penchant for big butts, the Catholic priest liked big chests, and the Methodist minister liked young school girls. God, the things people do in church sometimes these days!
23. Living a Double Life
My cousin has been married to his wife for 14 years, and has had a girlfriend for just as long! Neither of them knew about the other until recently, when he got caught tagged in a photo on Facebook. His wife’s sister posted a family picture, which my cousin was in, and got recognized by his girlfriend’s sister’s acquaintance. He got away with that for FOURTEEN YEARS until this!
24. He Can Dish It Out, But He Can’t Take It
To my dear coworker, David: I know that you are constantly browsing Reddit and watching pornography links at the office, the window behind your desk reflects everything! Maybe stop to think about that the next time you feel like walking around the office and whining about how other people are using Gmail or taking excessive coffee breaks.
25. I Think You’re Hanging Out With the Wrong Crowd, Buddy
I don’t know what it is about me that has made this the case, but I seem to have a knack for finding out when people I know have been secretly having sexual encounters with their pets—which, both surprisingly and disturbingly, seems to happen in my town way more often than anyone would think. I know this may sound hard to believe, but I have actually known of no less than five people who have gotten sexual with their dogs at some point or another.
First of all, I once overheard a girl in my high school biology class flat out ask her teacher in all seriousness whether it was possible for her to get pregnant from her dog. Another time, also many years ago, I was spending the night at a friend’s house and we were both sleeping in different rooms. I went into his room to ask him if I could go grab a second blanket from his closet because I was cold. Lo and behold, he was going at it with his dog. His response when I walked in on this? He just said "What? A lot of people I know do this!"
And, as if nothing was wrong, he didn't even stop what he was doing. That was the last time I spent the night there. Then there was my old roommate who also used to fool around with her dog. The dog was older and getting close to dying, so she wanted him to feel as excited and youthful as possible in the last few weeks of his life.
I also saw my old next door neighbor making love to his dog in the backyard one day after school. Then there was my other roommate, who had dated a guy who often had sex with his dog on the side and openly admitted to it. I don’t want to get into the graphic details of what he once described to me, but let’s just say I stayed the heck away from that dog from that point on...
26. A Dollar Is What I Need
My coworker always complains and looks for sympathy because she only makes $10 an hour, works part-time, and pays both rent and child support for her live-in boyfriend who is still married to someone else because he is totally broke. I secretly know that she just found a bank receipt of his, showing that he has over $17k in his checking account…
27. Acting in Real Life
A local celebrity here in Scotland who is known for loads of charity work recently attempted to fake his own death in America because he has 24 counts of rape against him back home. It definitely came as a bit of a surprise.
28. Pleasure Before Work
I know that one of the teachers at the school where I work is having an affair with a married security guard. They’re not very careful about hiding their flirting, though, because most of the sixth graders have figured it out by now. I can’t wait to see what happens with this…
29. History Repeats Itself
A former friend of mine from back in high school is now in the middle of attaining his second divorce. His second wife was a woman with whom he had cheated on his first wife, while she had also been married to someone else. They had both left their first spouses to be with one another. Apparently, this second divorce is now happening because she recently cheated on her second husband, i.e. my friend, with her now current boyfriend, who she plans to marry soon. This is the second time she’s cheated on her husband, and I’m curious as to whether she’ll cheat on her current boyfriend as well once the two of them tie the knot. Perhaps with one of her ex-husbands? As they say, old habits die hard!
30. Never Judge a Book By Its Cover
A couple that my wife and I have been friends with for a few years now recently took a trip overseas that was supposed to last for one week. For as long as we’ve known them, they have both been very ordinary people with vanilla jobs, nothing that stands out in particular or raises any red flags. Nothing unusual about any of that, am I right? You’d think so, but nah.
After no one in our circles had seen or heard from either one of them in close to a month, we all began to worry. Not too long after, we found out that they had been arrested on the other side of the world for trying to smuggle close to a million dollars worth of cash across an international border on behalf of a notorious international drug cartel who operate out of the country they were visiting. When we first heard the news, we just sat there quietly in disbelief for a solid five minutes at least.
31. Oh Brother, Where Art Thou
I found out that my boyfriend once tried to hang himself around three years ago, and his brother saved his life just in time. This is something that I know he would never tell me himself, and I will never let him know that I know. At the same time, it scares me and I worry constantly about whether it could ever happen again.
32. Keep Your Frenemies Closer
I recently found out that one of my "closest friends" has been paying someone to perform some witchcraft/voodoo rituals on me because she doesn't want me to do well or succeed in my career. There are some crazy people out there…
33. He Moves in Mysterious Ways
This quiet, clean-cut woman I have known for years is now dating a very shady guy. She's nearly 40 years old and fairly desperate, so she tends to overlook a lot of the obvious red flags. Here’s a list of just a few of them:
Every single one of her friends thinks he's a jerk. He disappears for a few days every now and then because—get this—he claims that he works for WikiLeaks. He is married to someone else. He claims that they only got married for immigration purposes and that they only had sex a few times. He has citizenship now, but they still aren't technically divorced because of some paperwork issues and complications involving—you guessed it—WikiLeaks. He vacillates between having her attend his family events and declaring that he doesn't believe in marriage and kids. Though, of course, he is married already. He also recently suggested that they be in an open relationship. She has always wanted marriage and kids, so it really surprised me to see that she actually got on board with this relatively easily. I suspect that it's because she just wants to hold on to him at all costs.
34. Sister of the Bride
I recently got my ancestry DNA results back and found out that I have a half-sister of a different ethnicity. It turns out my dad has some explaining to do…
35. Pissing Off the Wrong People
In high school, there weren't very many girls in our grade, and this one girl dated a whole bunch of the guys and somehow stayed cool with everyone in the end. Well, almost everyone...I don't really know all the details of exactly what happened to her, but I know that this one particular guy from our school, who wasn't really a part of my social circle so I didn’t know him too well, got her alone in a room one time and physically abused her. And when I say abused, I mean bad. Like, hospital level bad. Nevertheless, she didn't want to turn the guy in for some reason. I guess she was scared.
But either way, the dark secret in all of this is that two of her exes and two other friends of theirs decided that if she wasn't going to turn him in, they would have to take matters into their own hands. We didn’t see the guy at school for the next little while and, a few days later, one of the guys from that group got really drunk at my house and admitted what they had really done to the guy.
It turns out that they physically confronted him, held him down as the group literally castrated him with a knife, and then finally dumped him off at a hospital on his own. The story was later confirmed to me by another one of the guys who had participated when he too was under the influence of alcohol. I am still in a constant state of shock every time I remember that this happened—and I can only imagine what those guys would think if they realized what they had confessed to me while they were drunk…
36. I Know Where You’ve Been...
I am aware that someone I know had a child who died. I do not know anything about the circumstances, but I do know that he spent time in prison because of it. It's not common knowledge, obviously, and I do not think he would be happy if he found out that I knew.
37. Your Money or Your Life
I overheard my uncle telling my parents that he needed some money because he had borrowed from the Chinese mafia to pay off his house, and they were now threatening to kill him and his family if he didn’t pay them back right away. My parents sent him some money and then two weeks later, he posted a pic with a brand new car on Instagram. Lo and behold, he did not actually borrow from the Chinese mafia. He didn’t even get a new house. He just wanted a new car.
38. The Long and Winding Road
When I was a Teaching Assistant, my professor once told me (after a few too many glasses of wine) that when she was 16 years old and still learning to drive, she once accidentally hit and killed a homeless man. The local cops showed up at the scene and she confessed to them that she had hit him. After some internal discussion of the situation, the cops told her to just go home and never speak of it again. They said that the man was “probably just some homeless drunk who wandered into the road and won’t be missed by anyone.” She's been having nightmares about that day for many years ever since.
39. Oh, What a Night!
My roommate back in the day had a good friend, who was this cute girl we'll just refer to as Mel. Mel and my roommate, who was also female, were heading out on a Thursday night to have some drinks with a few other friends. Their intention was to return to our apartment at the end of the night to crash. Mel had a bit of a crush on me at the time and, before she left, she told me that she was going to be sleeping in my bed that night and that I didn't have a say in the matter. Fine by me, I thought. After all, I was single and she was cute.
Fast forward to three in the morning. I wake up to the sound of my roomie asking for help in getting Mel upstairs to the second floor where our apartment was. So, I get out of bed, look over the railing, and see this girl lying absolutely out cold at the bottom of the stairs. Well, I think to myself, looks like I'm not getting any action tonight after all! I then help carry this girl upstairs to the living room, where she gets tucked in on the couch and I head back to bed.
I awake the next morning and head over to the kitchen for breakfast before work. As soon as I walked into the kitchen, the smell hit me right away. I immediately started looking around, and it didn't take long to find the source. There, in the middle of the kitchen, is one of the kitchen chairs, and on the floor right in front of it is a cupcake tray. Sitting on top of this cupcake tray is a steaming, nightmarish pile of what appeared at first to be beer and some kind of food.
It was not. It was human urine, accompanied by one of the largest and most disgusting pieces of drunken poop I had ever seen in my entire life. It was so big, it would have made a grizzly bear proud. I kid you not, it was one of the single biggest piles of anything I have ever seen, and the kicker was that it belonged to a cute young lady! A dainty, petite lady who, at some point in the night, in some state of partial consciousness, had apparently wandered into the kitchen looking for a bathroom and had the wherewithal and courtesy to place a cupcake tray on the floor when she realized that she couldn’t find one, before pulling out a chair and bracing herself on it as a makeshift toilet in order to comfortably go to the bathroom on the aforementioned tray. In case you’re wondering, by the way—no, sadly the chair did not survive this episode unscarred by the fecal matter that was passing by.
As soon as I discovered this, I just immediately walked out of the room and could not look back. I didn't see much of Mel from that night on, but my roomie who worked with her said it was obvious that she had no clue that this had ever happened. She was blacked out drunk that night, so I'm not surprised that she has no recollection of any of it. I guess the couple of people who did know about this started calling her cupcake around the office, which she thinks is just a cute nickname…
40. Your Secret Is Safe With All of Us
I have a friend at work who I'm pretty close to, and he tells me about most things that happen to him. Let’s just call him Paul for our purposes. Paul is unaware that a few people from another department in our office know his flatmate through a mutual friend. A little while back, these guys told me that Paul had picked up some Greek girl one night and went back to her place.
He turned up back at their flat the next morning with what his flatmates called "a haunted look" on his face, and they asked him what was wrong. It turned out that this girl was a very big fan of some very extreme stuff in the bedroom, and had decided to make him her little guinea pig for the night. He did not enjoy it quite as much as she did, to say the least.
I found this out about a year and a half ago, and I never mentioned anything about it to him as I'd been sworn to secrecy. However, a few months ago, I was having a conversation with him and I accidentally alluded to it in passing. He was shocked, and said, “How did you know about that??” I managed to convince him that he had told me about it ages ago. I didn’t have the heart to let him know that most of his office is fully aware of the time that he was embarrassingly taken advantage of.
41. A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
My boss's son had borrowed our office camera and hadn't given it back for about a year. My boss finally finds it, brings it in, and asks me to take some pictures of various items on it to put up for sale on eBay and Craigslist. I turn the camera on and it's asking for the date and stuff, so I enter it all in. Then, all of a sudden, the very moment I finish entering the information, the screen loads up the most recent picture taken on this camera: a clear shot of my boss's son's private parts. One of my co-workers happens to be standing nearby, looks at it, and says "Well, isn't that lovely!"
My boss walks out of his office and asks what's going on. My co-worker takes the camera and shows it to him while laughing. My boss takes the camera and starts cycling through, having trouble believing what he is seeing. The camera contained dozens of pictures of my boss's son, fully naked. At least half of them involved him engaged in unusual sexual activities of various kinds.
My boss immediately takes the camera over to his wife and says, "Wanna see what your son has been doing with the camera?" She starts yelling and screaming about how that's disgusting, and angrily asking why he let us look at that. He's just repeatedly saying "How the hell was I supposed to know that these were on here!!" I've never been able to look at his son the same way again, and I doubt he would be too happy if he ever realized that his dad’s whole office saw those photos...