27 People Confess Secrets They’re Taking to The Grave


In 5th grade I cheated on an exam. My buddy and I were the only two people in the grade who got this particular question correct, but I copied him. The worst part was he was considered ‘dumb’ while I was at the top of the class, so the teacher was convinced that he copied me and he ended up getting suspended. Long story short, I was too pussy to admit that i was the one who cheated as my parents would have murdered me if I failed the test and even worse if i got suspended.


I walked in on my then 15 year old male cousin sexually violating my grandparent’s female dog. It was mortifying and I’ll never forget what I saw. I was only 8 or so at the time and I didn’t really know what to do. Time past and by the time I had figured out what to do, I don’t think anyone would have taken my word over his.


I went to counseling for abuse after my parents divorced, and I was never abused so they put me in the regular room with all the people there who were waiting for their siblings. I claimed my father abused me so I could go to the special room with all the abused kids. It was horrible. I had no right being in that room with all those people, they all were really messed up from what their parents had done to them, and I just got in so I could play Yu Gi Oh.


When we were kids, a female cousin and I played ‘doctor’ around the age of 6 or 7. Talked about it a few years ago around the age of 25, became deeply intimate and have had really incredible sex several times over the last few years. She recently got married and we have since ended our relationship. We are both normal, successful, contributing citizens — you’d never know. Hopefully no one finds out, but I miss her and our level of intimacy.

Written by Alex Cogen

Alex is a New Yorker currently living in Austin. She loves cats, grass, and latex but unfortunately is allergic to all 3. She makes mom and dad jokes more than she cares to admit (jk she'll admit it loud and proud). She isn't as funny as she thinks she is. She is the founder of