The summer 2015 class of Newsmax interns hit the streets of Washington, D.C., to explore, report, and learn. This series features a look at D.C., including monuments, memorials, and museums, through the eyes of a Millennial.
More than 500 people across the United States have willfully shared some of their deepest secrets with the government-run Smithsonian Institute — anonymously.
“PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard” opened officially to the public Aug. 3 at the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., and is slated to run through September 2016. The exhibit showcases part of PostSecret founder Frank Warren’s collection of people’s homemade postcards on which they have written a true secret that they have not shared with anyone else.
Warren started the initiative in 2004 when he began handing out postcards in Washington, D.C., and hiding them throughout the city, asking people to write their secrets on them. Since then, more than 500,000 people have sent in secrets.
“It’s been enormously popular, especially for Millennials,” Smithsonian spokesman Marty Emery told Newsmax. “It kind of swept the nation, to be honest.”
The secrets exhibited range from heartbreaking to hilarious to just plain strange.
Here are some of the funniest postcards included in the showcase:
1. “My landlord kept my $200 deposit. I kept his $2,000 chandelier.”
2. “I’m terrified of hillbillies.”
3. “Sometimes shower fixtures scare me.”
4. “I am a diehard feminist (but I wish I could have been a '50s housewife).”
5. “I just wanna dance!!! I wish I knew how.”
6. “I work at the Apple store and judge you by which color iPod you pick.”
7. “They just made a huge mistake.” -After receiving a denial to an elementary education curriculum program.
8. “When I feel bored or overwhelmed at the office, I sit in the toilet and play videogames until I feel better.”
9. “I work in a Government office . . . And when I get work that I don’t want to do . . . I shred it!! :-)”
10. “I prank call my own mom.”
11. “I have wasted over $5 on PostSecrets I was too afraid to mail in!”
12. “I used to think my whole life was a television show and I was the only one that didn’t know about it! (Sometimes I still do!)”
13. “I print page one at a time because my coworker hates the sound of the printer warming up.”
14. “I definitely wouldn’t have made it though university and become (sic) a teacher without Microsoft Word, Wikipedia, and my grandparent’s money. Thank you!”
15. “I feel strangely seductive when I can see my toe cleavage.”
16. “I used to be embarrassed to be seen singing while driving . . . That all changed when I got this Bluetooth headset. Now, hopefully, I just look like I’m on the phone!”
17. “I told my family that I had a business trip and took a vacation by myself!”
18. “I say random words to get out of strange conversations.”
19. “I never know what to put on standardized tests when they ask for ethnicity because I’m half-white, half-Asian, not one more than the other so I always mark that I’m Eskimo.”
20. “My grandmother’s cooking sucks!”
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