What’s the Most Controversial Thing You Own? Here’s What People Had to Say.

I wracked my brain…and I really can’t think of anything controversial that I own…

Am I boring?


A total dud?

Maybe so…but it is what it is.

But enough about me, let’s hear from AskReddit users had to say about the most controversial things they own.

1. Old currency.

“I have an old Iraqi bill with Saddam Hussein’s face on it.

It’s worth about 17 cents according to Google.”

2. Wow.

“My grandfather went to the World Scout Jamboree in the Netherlands in 1937, and while he was there he traded patches and gear with some scouts from Germany.

By 1937, the German boy scouts had transitioned into the Hitler Youth, so I own a Hitler Youth boy scout uniform with a bunch of swastikas on it.”

3. Interesting.

“A complete ivory and ibony chessboard bought a sale of confiscated poacher stuff to fund elephant preservation. When I lived in Zambia and was on holiday in Kenya.

My dad bought it and I got it as a hand me down. We were friends with someone who owned an animal sanctuary and their security had shot the poachers as far as I remember.”

4. WTF, Grandma?

“I wanted a chinchilla really badly as a kid, but my parents said hell no. One christmas my grandma got me a teddy bear made out of chinichilla fur.

Luckily my parents told me it didn’t hurt the chinchilla its just like getting a hair cut for them, but they were like WTF to my grandma. I now know better and am also like WTF grandma”

5. Propaganda.

“When I was 18, I bought a print of a 1918 German zoo advertisement from a thrift store. I thought the artwork was neat.

It had a leopard on it and I was completely cat-obsessed at the time. Turns out the artwork was by Ludwig Hohlwien.

He would go on to produce N**i propaganda.”

6. Hmmm…

“My family owns a petrified walrus p**is, my grandmother took it to get it identified at the Smithsonian several decades ago. Apparently her grandfather or maybe it was her great-grandfather brought it home after he spent several years on some type of expedition up around northern Alaska and points north.

It has been loaned out to several museums at different times. The family has talked about selling it but everyone has to agree and so far there is no agreement about selling it. So I own 1/67th of a petrified walrus p**is.”

7. Curiosities.

“I have a set of small bone carved snuff bottles from China (dated to the 19C) with explicit images on them.

They’re kind of curiosities in themselves but when my in laws separated my MIL called my husband and asked him if there was anything in the house that he wanted and he said, nothing but the explicit snuff bottles.

She took them and left them with a note that said ‘I’ve left you, please don’t contact me again. I’ve taken the snuff bottles; they were the only things in the house I liked’.

After their separation we got all sorts of controversial hoardings, including a suitcase full of ivory and an abundant collection of Enid Blyton’s first edition books.”

8. Banned?

“An uncut DVD of Caligula.

I am not sure if it is still banned or not.”

9. War souvenir.

“An ornate, Boer tobacco jar from the 1800s.

My great grandfather looted it off a d**d militiaman during the Second Boer war.”

10. Double sealed.

“I have a glass vial/small bottle of pure histamine.

If anyone would be exposed to this they would get a d**dly allergic reaction.

I have it double sealed.”

11. What is that?

“A first print edition of Batman D**ned #1, the one featuring Batman’s “little batman”.

From the DC Black Label featuring more adult content.

V**lence and swearing are totally fine, but a shadowy p**is profile made people flip out enough they removed it from subsequent print runs.”

12. Don’t try that.

“My great grandpa was a medic in WWII and we own a little chest with his personal belongings, including his diary, some old bandages.

And 3 vials of 1940s morphine.”

How about you?

Tell us the most controversial thing you own in the comments.

Thanks a lot!