The Weirdest Reasons People Have Gone Into Debt

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You Needed Money for What?

Consumer debt in the United States hit a record high of $14.1 trillion last year, according to Experian, led by rises in almost every category, from student loans to credit cards. And while plenty of people are in the red simply because they're trying to make ends meet, that's not always the case. Personal loan comparison site Loanry surveyed more than 5,000 brokers and bankers to find out the strangest reasons they've been asked for a loan. Here are 20 of the biggest head-scratchers.

Related: 30 Money Mistakes You're Probably Making and How to Avoid Them

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To Become a Taxidermist

To be fair, if your kids love stuffed animals, this might save you some cash in the long run.

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To Eat at Every Applebee's in the Country

We'll raise our Dollarita in salute. That's ... a whole lot of mozzarella sticks.

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To Follow David Hasselhoff on his European Tour

He might be a washed-up TV star in America, but Germany still treats David Hasselhoff like the absolute rock legend that he truly is.

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To Disappear

After all, thousands of dollars can buy a lot of trench coats and glasses with noses and fuzzy eyebrows.

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To Pay a Celebrity to Witness the Birth of Their Child

No word on who the lucky celebrity was, but we'd totally shell out for Keanu Reeves. Most excellent!

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To Fly Dates Around on a Private Jet

Honestly, you can just buy us dinner and maybe hold the door once in a while. It's a lot cheaper. 

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To Install a Personal Water Slide

To be fair, no one really wants to splash down in a pool of COVID stew right now.

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To Buy True Crime Memorabilia

Apparently there is a real, thriving market for this stuff. You, too, could own a letter from the Unabomber or a lock of Charles Manson's hair. Shudder.

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To Cover Up an Affair

Sorry, but we have it on good authority from the Eagles: There ain't no way to hide your lyin' eyes. 

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To Buy a Diamond Grill for their Mouth

Talk about putting your money where your mouth is. 


To Build a Working Catapult

Hey, here's one pandemic-proof way to borrow sugar from your neighbor. Now, eggs on the other hand ... 

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To Build a Statue of a Loved One

Step aside, Venus de Milo. It's time for Meemaw to have her moment in the sun.