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Geography Nerds Debate Where Earth's Capitol City Should Be

If you took part in Model U.N., or some variation of a fictional United Nations, in school then you have some idea of how a worldwide, super government would work. While that thought may be "Parks & Recreation" character, and noted libertarian, Ron Swanson's worst idea, participants in the programs take those beliefs out into the world. We aren't just a gaggle of separate borders, but rather a unified world filled with similar human beings. It makes the mind rush with questions:

What could we accomplish as a worldwide unit?

What problems could we solve?

Reddit users responded to r/acidteddy, who asked for solutions to the following thought experiment:

If Earth had a capital city, where would it be and why?

Three Words: Floating Island Fortress

I'm personally in favor of building an artificial island or offshore station at zero degrees latitude and zero degrees longitude.

vadlmaster

Journey to the Center

It should be located at the earths core so every nation is equal distance.

DeweyCheatamAndHowe

SOOO Cold

In the middle of the Atlantic on an artificial island.

nobody99356

Snoop Dogg, World President?

Plastic Beach?

Picobit04

This Is How Science Works, Right?

The Moon, because

a) it's cool and

b) free cheese at meetings

SomeHairyGuy

WE FORGOT THE CRACKERS

HotPocketDisaster

I'm so happy I'm not the only one who thinks of Wallace and Gromit with "moon" and "cheese" references.

SgtCheeseNOLS

Honesty Would Be The First World Policy

Lets be completely honest.

It would change from city to city throughout the years because we would constantly fight over where it should be.

RedShirtDecoy

Awful

Lets make it like the Olympics! Every 4 years, the most corrupt government gets to host world policy!

theolcollegetry

With great corruption comes great responsibility.

_commander_nice_

Get Them All In One Place...

Let's do the good old Canberra thing and find somewhere that is equidistant from all of the cities on earth.

Added bonus because now we can push all of our politicians into a big hole.

_S-IVB_Upper_Stage_

Symbolism?

The floating island of trash in the ocean

cronindt

The Punny Government

The town of F-cking, Austria so we can call it 'the f-cking government'

Guruxion

We already call them that.

Prof_Lava-Hot

Yes, but now it's a pun!

The Unexpected

Reykjavik. Iceland would be about the right size to accommodate a world government, it's energy independent, outside of any one country's exclusive sphere of influence, a place that any major power could get to unhindered, and also GDI established major underground complexes and built the Mammoth tank there, so it must be good.

FriendlyDespot

Let's Rethink The Moon

The Moon. The ultimate safe space.

_dr_w_

The moon shall join your coalition

_Peng_Munch_

You hear that, Peru? We got the fricken moon. What are you gonna do without tides?!

Aviator8989

Let's Hear Their Thoughts On Trade And Holidays

North Pole so the Elves can take a role in politics

ArchieReddit

Share The Wealth

I think if the UN ever did become a world government they might do what South Africa or the European Union did (or the Federation from Star Trek did) and have different branches of government be in different cities. Like I could see New York, Beijing, and Paris housing the Montesquian branches of government (executive, legislative, and judicial) with Nairobi and Rio holding additional, major administrative offices like a central bank (like the ECB in Frankfurt) or the office for a global ombundsman.

WhiskeyCup

Third Time's The Charm?

New New York

_PresterJohn_

My fellow Earthicans...

_Three_Headed_Monkey_

Ahhroooooooooooooo

bananastanding

I Hear They Have A Great Councilwoman

Pawnee, Indiana

J-F-K

First in friendship, fourth in obesity.

_CLEOPATRA_VII_

Guys, Antarctica...

Antarctica. Yes it's neutral ground, that's all well and good, BUT that's not why I think it would be perfect.

First, I don't think government should be something people aspire to be a part of. It should be a dull, boring slag with no perks except that you get to be a bigger gear in the machine. The capital should be hard to get to, and inhospitable. This deters half -ssed coups as well as narcissists who only want power from wanting to be a part of it, as is dull hard work and they don't get the opportunity to schmooze.

It's also unfarmable, so the capital would be utterly dependent on supplies from its constituency, a good reminder of who you are working for as a leader.

Finally, make all government servants wear tuxedos as their uniform, and be required to keep a penguin as a pet. This is non negotiable.

If you can't take care of a penguin, you can't take care of a country. This would also serve to humble our leaders, as they would be constantly aware of how ridiculous and funny they look.

So yeah, Antarctica.

chronocaptive

Circle Station Moon Alpha

A space station that acts like a ring around the planet.

Maybe if we got the math right, you could jump down to the surface really easy using space elevators, if it's rotating fast enough you could be all "eh, I'll descend into NYC, or wait 15 minutes until we are over London.

suchalovelyplace

Start From Scratch

In Australia, there was a problem; Melbourne and Sydney were both really awesome, and totally viable candidates for a capital. Since nobody could decide, a new city was built.

I think that's the most likely outcome; Earth has too many great cities. No matter who you choose, you'll be passing over some Great candidates. Constructing a city specifically meant to be a capital is a way to bypass that.

[username deleted]

And With The Most Votes...

Antarctica. Because politics needs to chill the f*ck out.

T2112

H/T: Reddit

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Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

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- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

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"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

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- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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