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Controversy: Hoarding: is it a disease? Why do people hoard? Get the inside truth!

Hoarding: what is it and why do people do it?

Compulsive hoarding (more accurately described as “hoarding disorder”) is a pattern of behavior that is characterized by the excessive acquisition of and inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress or impairment. Compulsive hoarding behavior has been associated with health risks, impaired functioning, economic burden, and adverse effects on friends and family members. When clinically significant enough to impair functioning, hoarding can prevent typical uses of space so as to limit activities such as cooking, cleaning, moving through the house, and sleeping. It can also be dangerous if it puts the individual or others at risk from fire, falling, poor sanitation, and other health concerns.

Researchers have only recently begun to study hoarding, and it was first defined as a mental disorder in the 5th edition of the DSM in 2013. It is not clear whether “compulsive” hoarding is a separate, isolated disorder, or rather a symptom of another condition, such as OCD.[7] Prevalence rates have been estimated at 2-5% in adults,[8] though the condition typically manifests in childhood with symptoms worsening in advanced age when collected items have grown excessive and family members who would otherwise help to maintain and control the levels of clutter either die or move away. Hoarding appears to be more common in people with psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Other factors often associated with hoarding include alcohol dependence as well as paranoid, schizotypal, and avoidance traits. Family histories show strong positive correlations.

In 2008 a study was conducted to determine if there is a significant link between hoarding and interference in occupational and social functioning. Hoarding behavior is often severe because of poor insight of the hoarding patients in that they do not recognize it as a problem. Without this insight, it is much harder for behavioral therapy to be the key to the successful treatment of compulsive hoarders. The results found that hoarders were significantly less likely to see a problem in a hoarding situation than a friend or a relative might. This is independent of OCD symptoms as patients with OCD are often very aware of their disorder.

Hoarding is a general term for a behavior that leads people or animals to accumulate food or other items during periods of scarcity.

Civil unrest or natural disaster may lead people to hoard foodstuffs, water, gasoline and other essentials which they believe, rightly or wrongly, will soon be in short supply. Survivalists, also known as preppers, often stockpile large supplies of these items in anticipation of a large-scale disaster event.

Some hoarding in humans may be a form of an anxiety disorder such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), where the perceived importance of the hoarded items far exceeds their true value.[citation needed]Humans may lose the desire to throw away unneeded items because of a feeling of attachment to these items. In severe cases, houses belonging to such people may become a fire hazard (due to blocked exits and stacked papers) or a health hazard (due to vermin infestation, excreta and detritus from excessive pets, hoarded food and garbage or the risk of stacks of items collapsing on the occupants and blocking exit routes).

That gives you a couple definitions. However; I believe there are 2 types of hoarders! Well maybe 3.

The 3rd being the Doomsday Prepper.
That’s a cool hoarder and not the topic of discussion!

The 2nd Hoarder is the popular Hoarder as of late: the Extreme Hoarder what they boil down to is a feeling of self worth! They believe everything is worth money and you can’t get rid of their possessions! The Super Extreme ones you see on tv on shows like Hoarders, American Pickers and occasional Storage Wars they get so extreme that they start collecting everything even junk like candy and food wrappers! That’s crazy and also not the topic of discussion, although it is sometimes fun to watch.

The Hoarder I am talking about is the average everyday Hoarder! What is that? Well it’s probably your mother or father or close relative! Why do they Hoard? What’s wrong with them? Why do they clutter up the house and hold on to junk? Will you please throw that crap out!

I have recently emptied my storage shed that I have had for many years. In doing so, I have learned the root cause of the Hoarding and why they do it! It wasn’t easy to do it, let me tell you!

First of all they are not hoarding junk! They are not hoarding garbage! They are not cluttering the house with useless stuff!

You say hold on! Yes they are! The place is a mess! I don’t believe you! I can see it with my own eyes! No, no you really can’t!

So; if they aren’t Hoarding junk what are they doing?

They are Hoarding Memories! I can tell you when emptying my storage shed except for all the empty boxes I had; (yes I had a bunch of empty boxes, I’ll get to that later lol) everything thing in there I can tell you a story about! “Do you see this Tshirt? I got it at the first concert my uncle took me to when I was a kid! We had a great time and he was actually like an older brother! I love him so much!”

You see they are Hoarding memories! So next time you want to yell at them, think about it first and ask them about their items! They may be able to tell you why they have it and in sharing the memory they may be able to let go of the item and throw it out.

Then again you have the combo Borderline Hoarders like myself! Who I like to refer to are collectors! I have a few collections: Guns, Swords… Weapons that’s due to my military and martial art background. Popular collections such as: Star Wars toys, baseball cards, comic books, autographs etc… That stuff is the extreme hoarder side: it’s worth money!

I did however; learn a few things along the way: baseball cards and comic books are anal! It must look like it’s never been touched by human hands in order to be worth real money, so don’t go overboard! One little dinged corner and it’s shit! If it’s a little discolored… Shit! I hope you have an air tight vacuum sealed vault!

The solution is this: look at my previous posts for example the Restaurant Review: One Lucky Duck in there I share a quote: everything in moderation!

It’s ok to do all the above, but do it in moderation! Save some memories, save some monetary possessions and be a Doomsday Prepper! But, when it starts to consume your life, remember everything in moderation! Don’t go to extremes!

This goes for everything! Collections, sex, religion, politics, food all the taboo subjects lol

Anything and everything!

Remember what I learned from the Dalai Lama: compassion! Have compassion for the hoarder in your life! Try to understand why they do it and have a little patience! Share in the memories! Unless it’s a memory of a past lover, in that case you can ignore the Dalai Lama and kick their ass! Lol

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

Bonus: Why was my storage shed loaded with empty boxes? Because; I am a little OCD and I knew I was going to be moving again, so I kept the original boxes to put it back in when I move so nothing gets damaged.

History Channel’s Cross–Country Cookout hits Union Square in NYC

HISTORY®’s Cross–Country Cookout hits the road again this summer with the 80–foot long Ultimate Smoker and Grill, bringing its tasty BBQ sausage to more summer festivals. The giant grill has the capacity to cook up to 2,000 pounds of meat at once! Finger lickin’ BBQ provided by pit master Trace “The Rib Whisperer” Arnold of 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House located in Frisco, TX.

Check out the schedule below and make your way to one of our events. This year we are bringing new games on tour–the American Pickers® Claw Game and the Swamp People® Gator Tag. Don’t miss your chance to win great prizes, taste free sausage, and enjoy HISTORY entertainment. You might event spot some of your favorite stars along the way.





The event was awesome! Free sausage infused with spices and cheese. It was delicious! The Spicy flavor was quickly extinguished with the sweet cheese! There’s also the motorcycle giveaway, which I will hopefully win!

If you are nearby stop in and catch a free quick bite!

They even had a giant claw machine and ride on bull! But the lines were too long and it was lunch time!

TV Show Review: The Hatfields vs the McCoys

“Hatfields & McCoys” is the story of a clash of clans that evoked great passion, vengeance, courage, sacrifice, crimes and accusations, and includes a cast of characters that changed the families and the history of the region forever. The Hatfield-McCoy saga begins with ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy. Close friends and comrades until near the end of the Civil War, they return to their neighboring homes – Hatfield in West Virginia, McCoy just across the Tug River border in Kentucky – to increasing tensions, misunderstandings and resentments that soon explode into all-out warfare between the families. As hostilities grow, friends, neighbors and outside forces join the fight, bringing the two states to the brink of another Civil War.

The movies star: Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Tom Berenger and Powers Boothe

It’s actually pretty good. The events are pretty close to the events listed on Wikipedia. The Civil War Scene with Kevin Costner was cool. It seems like they are rushing the storyline though. There’s a whole lot of filler, and the attacks are rushed. There were 2 murders with little to no aftermath and then 20 min of courtship between Johnson Johnse Hatfield and Rosanna McCoy.

In the movie, her brother want to shoot him at dawn, but Rosanna gets his father. Then Kevin Costner forbids the marriage.

According to history (Wikipedia lol) they arrest him on bootlegging charges, but before he is transferred Rosanna gets his father. Johnse then abandons her for her cousin.

It was a really good movie, but there were a lot more deaths in the movie, then on record. Also it says they were illiterate, but the movie shows Devil Anse and Old Randall reading.

A little glorified things movies do.

As far as the movie, they all did an amazing job acting!! The movie was awesome! All 6hrs of it!! It truly does the story justice!

TV Show Review: Full Metal Jousting


The coaches and judges:


The competitors:


The armor:


The joust!



There are 2 teams the red team and you have already seen the black team’s armor above.

I actually like the red team better, because they are the under dogs! There is an effeminate contestant (not sure if he is gay, but he is definitely effeminate.

In a macho sport like jousting, they kind of wrote him off as the worst of the worst! He was picked last and discarded. Anyway, the first episode I saw, he came out of nowhere and kicked the crap out of his opponent! I was actually rooting for him to win! There is also a couple ex military on the team, so they get my vote!

The black team is filled with theatrical jousters, a professional champion rodeo bull wrestler, and other strong riders.

It’s more fun to root for the underdogs!

Check this show out! It’s nice refreshing and different. Especially for nerds like me lol!

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Pawn Stars legal thieves!

Pawn Stars is an American reality television series on History (formerly known as The History Channel), produced by Leftfield Pictures. The series is filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it chronicles the daily activities at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, a 24-hour family business operated by patriarch Richard Harrison (or “The Old Man”), his son Rick Harrison (who opened the shop with his father in 1988), Rick’s son Corey (who has worked there since childhood), and Corey’s childhood friend, Austin “Chumlee” Russell. The show, which became the network’s highest rated show, and the No. 2 reality show behind Jersey Shore, debuted on July 26, 2009. Reruns can be seen on History as well as its sister network Lifetime, which added the show in December 2010.

The series depicts the staff’s interactions with customers, who bring in a variety of artifacts to sell or pawn and who are shown haggling over the price and discussing its historical background, with narration provided by the Harrisons and occasionally Chumlee. The series also follows the interpersonal conflicts among the cast. One reviewer referencing these conflicts described the show as a version of Antiques Roadshow “hijacked by American Chopper’s” Teutul family. TV Guide has offered a similar description, calling the show “one part Antiques Roadshow, a pinch of LA Ink and a dash of COPS”.

Numerous local experts in a variety of areas also regularly appear to appraise the items being sold or pawned, one of whom, Rick Dale of Rick’s Restorations, is the star of the series’ first spin-off, American Restoration, which premiered in October 2010. Cameo appearances have been made by Bob Dylan, Jeremy McKinnon, Meredith Vieira, the Oak Ridge Boys and George Stephanopoulos.

I really HATE this show!!
These guys are legal thieves!! The most they usually give is half the value, if he doesn’t get 100% profit he doesn’t want it.

Most of the time they call in professional appraisers ahead of time.
I just saw an episode where Rick (the biggest and rudest thief of all of them) bought an Indian infants vest for over a thousand dollars. He looked at it with a magnifying glass and thought it was authentic, thinking he totally ripped off the client he then called in a professional, only to find out it is a replica. Hahahahahahahahaha serves you right you fucking Thief!!

He bought a Cy Young card from a guy and told him the expert was unreachable! All of a sudden he miraculously shows up!

It just makes me sick that people give in to these people, especially with eBay and other avenues of sale now available!

Do not bring your valuables to a pawn shop! If you want to get something appraised, learn from these shows (pawn stars, storage wars etc) and go to their experts not to a pawn store!! They typically deal with people who need money and people with stolen merchandise.

A guy brought in 3 giant Pinocchio marionettes

Valued at 6k each

He swindled the seller down to all 3 for $9,500

Before Rick called in the expert he went on camera saying that Disney memorabilia is highly collectible and he had the people to sell it to. When it came time to talk money he told the client that no one will buy it and he can’t give him anywhere near 6k each! He totally lied and robbed the guy! That pissed me off! I hope he gets his ass beat with the Karma stick!!

Don’t be lazy! Do your homework! Research online, take it to professionals in the field of the item. Pawn Shops will rob you!

P.S. Chum has one brain cell and his family says the same thing all the time! How can you sell anything at all to that guy! seriously!! C’mon people!!

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TV Show Review: Only In America – With Larry the Cable Guy


Larry is back! This season, the blue-collar comedian and his faithful television crew are on a coast-to-coast road trip hunting down all the things that make this country great—the people, the places and everything that makes you say, “Only in America!”

Whether learning moose mating calls in Alaska, pursuing a mythical beast with the Kentucky Bigfoot Research Group, interning with the “Naked Cowboy” in Times Square or struggling through Army sniper school, each of Larry’s adventures shows that great things can exist in unexpected places. No matter where Larry’s cross-country journey takes him, everyone he meets is a bona fide American original, and the surprising history he uncovers is delivered with a fun, down-home twist.

This guy is HiLarryous! His name should be in the word!!

Naked Cowboy Intern lmao

Ps the naked cowboy was cooler/funnier with the long hair!


This is a must watch show if you need/want a laugh! The things that come out of his mouth are even funnier than the crazy stuff he does in the show!!

Watch this show!!!

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