Archive for the ‘reddit’ tag
I love Reddit. While it sometimes gets bad-mouthed for harboring some offensive communities, the meta-community, and the specific experience you can shape for yourself there is in incredible. Randy Olson recently used a copious number of graphs to explain it’s history. It’s a great experience, here’s just one chart:
An interesting little thread from /r/ELI5 about a thing I’d always known but never thought about: I sleep way better in cold spaces. The “five-year-old” explanation:
Sleeping in cold room with a thick blanket is better than a normal room with no blanket because; (ELI5 Answer) it is easier for your body to warm itself from a state of coolness, rather than cool itself from a state of warmth. This is because bodily functions use energy (create heat).
Source: I sleep with the window open every night
The thread also contains a fair number of more detailed and rigorous and not so 5-year-old-oriented answer.
Another case where someone else did a great job summarizing a great Reddit thread. Kottke’s distillation is too good not to pass on, this one is a the most crazy to me:
When pilgrims were landing on Plymouth Rock, you could already visit what is now Santa Fe, New Mexico to stay at a hotel, eat at a restaurant and buy Native American silver.
I really enjoyed this AskReddit thread:
If suddenly everybody in this one profession is dead, what profession do you think would cause most impact to the world?
I initially thought “well, doctors, probably.” But the top answer:
The people running the Power Grid.
convinced me differently. On the whole a really interesting hypothetical, which touches a lot of things I find interesting to think about.
When you get a kidney transplant, they usually just leave your original kidneys in your body and put the 3rd kidney in your pelvis.
Mammoths were alive when the Great Pyramid was being built.
A neat little AskReddit thread, “What is the most complicated thing that you can explain in 10 words or less?” A few highlights:
Alexis Madrigal wrote a mini-history of the Reddit AMA format, along with some thoughts about what the form means. Most notable to me, the author’s fondness for a particular recent example:
Back to the two-penised guy.
You’d expect that particular Q&A to devolve into the worst kind of terribleness. I mean, it’s a guy with two penises answering questions on the Internet! What could go wrong? Everything, that’s what.
Second Largest Religion Map
I’ve recently learned that I’m more interested in maps than I previously knew. And this one’s pretty cool, though the comment thread (linked below casts doubt on some of its specific data points). This is a map of countries shaded by the second largest religion in their territory. You can probably easily guess the first in most of them, but the second wouldn’t have occurred to me for many of these.
(via /r/MapPorn — which is completely SFW; my efforts to find the creator came up empty)
This isn’t the only such building to ever have existed in the world, but this short film about erstwhile fate of Johannesburg’s Ponte Tower — constructed for luxary in the wrong part of town immediately before a period of white flight — is well-shot and compelling.