The best of Mumsnet 2016

The best of Mumsnet 2016

2016's been quite the year – and before we venture into 2017, here's a look back at some of the brilliant and baffling discussions we've loved over the past 12 months

"My colleague has thrown my sushi in the bin"

Forget Star Wars – it was Office Fridge Wars that gripped Mumsnet in May of this year. DidYouBINmysushiyouTWAT took to the forums after a colleague binned her lunch so she could fit her daily family-size shop in the office fridge. What followed was truly amazing.

"My colleague has thrown my sushi in the bin" Read the thread

"Found a toy bunny outside the House of Commons"

One lovely MP/Mumsnetter found a lonely-looking bunny outside the House of Commons, and took to Mumsnet for help in reuniting him with his owner. While it doesn't look like bunny ever had that reunion, he did at least enjoy a very special parliamentary internship – and WestminsterBunny was kind enough to provide (very cute) photographic evidence.

"Found a toy bunny outside the House of Commons"

"Right now bunny is taking some notes on the Chilcot inquiry while I prep for the Finance Bill Committee this afternoon."

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"Penetration man"

Cameron2012 asked her fellow Mumsnetters about the reasons they've ended relationships in the past – and from the cringe-inducing to the outright bizarre, the responses were brilliant. Folding your underpants neatly on a chair before sex, anyone?

"Penetration man"

"I went out with a man many years ago who was very kind, interesting and handsome, but I ended the relationship because he seemed to think whispering 'penetration' in my ear was sexy."

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"Worried about elderly neighbour"

A concerned CaptainCastillo took to Mumsnet when her elderly neighbour's usually placid dog wouldn't stop barking. The full story is completely heartwarming, and conclusive proof that dogs are bloody lovely creatures.

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"I've had a try with a sachet of sex lube and a fish slice"

Faced with a dire situation, CripplinglyStupid decided to resort to drastic means. That's right – sex lube and a fish slice. We couldn't do the explanation justice if we tried – you'll just have to brace yourselves and read the OP's post for the full story.

"I've had a try with a sachet of sex lube and a fish slice" Read the thread

"I slept with my best friend last night"

In a thread so much like a romcom it might as well have been written by Nora Ephron, AVirginLitTheCandle came to Mumsnet for some relationship advice. So how did it turn out for her and her best friend? It's all in the thread.

"I slept with my best friend last night" Read the thread

"Fanny condensation"

Sometimes a thread title alone promises so much – and ClopySow delivered a home run. Step this way for a complex, considered discussion of fanny condo – its causes, effects, and how to combat it. You can thank Clopy later.

"Fanny condensation"

"I definitely get a steamy fanjo when the bathroom is cold."

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"Somebody has stolen my username!"

Identity theft is real, people – just ask QueenMortificado, who found herself up against the great pretend, TheQueenMortificado, and turned to her peers for support. Unfortunately for Queen, it quickly descended into a Spartacus-esque “No, I'M the REAL QueenMortificado!” situation. Absolute scenes indeed.

"Somebody has stolen my username!"

"I sent her an awfully formal private message basically issuing a cease and desist letter."

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"Ridiculous things you've only just realised you've been wrong about your whole life"

There's nothing like a bit of group therapy, and Mumsnetters were quick to confess their errors to Seasidedolly – from believing their Dad wrote all The Beatles songs to thinking fog lamps were called frog lamps.

"Ridiculous things you've only just realised you've been wrong about your whole life"

"Until I was 20 and visited the sealife centre, I thought seahorses were fictional."

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"My house/Zoflora"

When TheLionQueen posted asking for a bit of advice about the many uses of Zoflora, who knew she'd start a Mumsnet revolution? This miracle product seems to have an infinite number of users – and MNers know just about every one of 'em.

"My house/Zoflora"

"I have been known to put it in the washing machine with my husband's pants so they come out fresh..."

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