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People Break Down What We're Living In The Golden Age Of

People Break Down What We're Living In The Golden Age Of
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They say everything that glitters isn't gold, and it's easy to feel like 2022 is just dumpster fire after dumpster fire.

But not everything is on fire.

Some stuff might actually be golden right now.

Reddit user 001135 asked:

"What are we living in the golden age of?"

Here are some of the things that Reddit is still feeling excited and hopeful about.

Sonic Gold

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"The ease of listening to music is pretty incredible right now."

- hypo-osmotic

"I was into punk rock mid-90’s. You had to hunt for records. Actual records. And you had to travel."

"I lived in Northern Virginia, the good stuff was in Georgetown."

- BrownShadow

"Straight up."

"I was chatting with a mate from work last night, and we were swapping all these international artists over Spotify on our phones. Then in a few swipes we were checking out the yearly calendars of gigs in our area."

"It’s actually incredible how easy it is to discover amazing music now."

- Justforfun_x

DIY Education

"Self education."

"YouTube should be remembered as just as important of an invention as the television."

"We can teach ourselves almost anything, watching enough videos and reading about it online."

- Countrydiscipline

"YouTube saved my butt so many times in college when I couldn’t figure out how to do certain types of math problems."

"I could go watch videos of people doing endless examples of the those kind of problems until I understood how to do them myself"

- Wildcat_twister12


"The things we know now about the prehistoric world are mind blowing. More and more is being worked out about the looks and behaviour of dinosaurs and all their fellow extinct organisms. Compared to what was happening when I was a kid we’ve moved on in leaps and bounds."

"If you haven’t yet, check out Sir David and the BBC’s Prehistoric Planet. Awesome."

- cold-hard-steel


"The amount of stuff we know is literally insane."

"We have been able to map sauropod migration routes by locating where the animals got their stomach stones."

"We have a Triceratops and a juvenile T. rex locked in combat complete with skin impressions being prepped and studied as we speak."

"The amount of mummified dinosaurs and dinosaurs with skin/feather impressions only continues to increase."

"Just last year we discovered that the southern continents were home to a whole brand new radiation of ankylosaurs that are totally distinct from their northern cousins and look like they have Aztec war clubs on their tails!"

"The largest megaraptorid known was also just named and the largest abelisaur known is awaiting publication."

"Pterosaur fuzz was just confirmed to be feathers, meaning the common ancestor of dinosaurs and pterosaurs was likely fuzzy."

"We have a whole multi age group of teratophoneus tyrannosaurs that were together in life. "

"The utahraptor block continues to provide insights into the largest known raptors and how they lived, hinting at sociality and also showing us how the animals grew from tiny lizard-bird to hulking ground bear-eagle-dragon (still needs funding btw if anyone is feeling generous look up the utahraptor project)."

"Our knowledge of marine reptiles and pterosaurs are at an all time high and we have been able reconstruct the lives and appearances of both these animals in astonishing detail."

"Pterosaurs in particular have been discovered to have been one of if not the greatest vertebrate flyers of all time, even better than birds, and had astonishing life cycles with bizarre strategies by our modern standards it’s wild."

"The future of the past is so bright it’s nearly blinding."

- EnderCreeper121


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"Disabled person here."

"We live in a golden age of accessibility tools based on technological advancements."

"Just take the car industry as an example. The amount of aftermarket accessibility accessories that were invented in the past 10 years alone, have made driving accessible to many people with disabilities."

- Cristal1337

"Just least month I heard of someone playing and beating a video game, even though they're blind."

"That's when I learned about accessibility options so blind people could play video games, a heavy visual dependent medium. Incredible."

- Hinote21

"3d printers too, if you have one you can create accessibility attachments yourself"

- anotheranonymousredd

"I disagree."

"I’m an occupational therapist and have worked with the med tech 'emerging' assistive device and they are far lacking compared to existing military exoskeleton tech."

"Healthcare tech is always 10-20yrs behind what’s available to the military due to red tape."

"I think we’re on the brink of the golden age though."

- No-Trick7137


"Remote work."

"We got it during the pandemic and now we need to make it the norm. The ability to make good money and live anywhere is a luxury that was hard to imagine just 10 years ago."

- Aldebaran7790

"Businesses that harness remote work will outperform office centric businesses. Imagine all the capital that can go towards expanding the business instead of towards real estate."

- FrickGoogle

"And you seriously save on HR troubles. No chance of work place drama."

- katanakid13

Yes Photos Please


"Now almost everyone has a camera, usually in their phone. And they are so simple to use it's easy to take decent photos."

"It used to be a camera was a dedicated device you had to learn how to use properly and have the film developed by someone, or yourself if you had a darkroom and knowledge."

"And the photos you could take was limited by the film roll. Use up a 36 exposure roll? You'll have to stop and put in a new roll."

"Using ISO 200 film, but you want to take low light photos? You'll have to stop, remove the 200 roll, and put in an ISO 400 (or higher) roll."

- Chrome_Armadillo

"I remember those days!"

"The insidious thing about that is, you were always second guessing yourself, saying 'is a picture of this (whatever) worth using up part of my finite film supply?' "

"The great thing about digital is you just take multiple pics of everything like only the pros at a football game with a bottomless film bag and an assistant reloading the next camera could afford to do back in the 80s."

- Lampwick

Golden Buns

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"The 90s/00s everyone was trying to have small butts. The phrase 'Does my bum look big in this?' was so common it was a cliche."

"Now it's the reverse."

"Plus yoga pants are considered normal fashion. Bikini bottoms have gotten way smaller and are worn way higher."

- privatetudor

"Whoever decided that yoga pants are now considered normal fashion deserves a god damn Nobel prize."

- Lukebekz


"I was just thinking the other day: Juice."

"It sounds weird, but bear with me. My mom LOVED juice but she passed away in '00."

"Not long ago I realized I had a full OJ-sized jug of straight up Watermelon Juice in my fridge, I got sad that she missed out on the ability to have a jug of watermelon juice without having to juice it herself."

"Or even the POM craze. My fridge has been full of a bunch of super tasty juice from fruits that she may not have even knew existed like açai and whatnot."

"Todays juice options are amazing."

- Hambulance

"My mom and dad both LOVED grapefruit, and we live in Florida and we even had a tree in our yard when I was growing up."

"She would peel the grapefruit with a small knife (can't use a potato peeler on grapefruit peel) and then she would cut each section of grapefruit away from the white tough stuff that separates the sections, and then the sectioned chunk of grapefruit would fall into the bowl and when she was done sectioning that grapefruit, she would squeeze the leftover white stuff to make sure she got all the juice."

"Then she would go on to the next grapefruit and fill a Tupperware bowl with grapefruit chunks and juice in advance about once or twice a week, and then she and my dad would eat it EVERY DAY for breakfast."

"She died in 2007"

"NOW Del Monte sells Ruby Red Grapefruit, all sectioned out and in juice JUST LIKE MY MOM lovingly and meticulously sectioned it out each week for my dad IN A 64 OUNCE CONTAINER (they say there is ten grapefruit in the container.)"

"I buy one sometimes EVERY WEEK and power-feed on it. And every time I eat it I think about my mom and how her mind would be blown that she could buy a GIANT container of already sectioned grapefruit in juice, at the store."

- KathleenFla

Going Green


"Never has it been so easy to witness so many people having so many things you'd wish you'd have, so excessively. People used to envy the popular guy in their town, the pretty girl, the rich family."

"The modern world is Hell for the enviously inclined."

- Redditforgoit

".. the Kardashians man."

"People envy billionaires, but their conversations are so dull, their body movements are lifeless."

- hanatheko

"Imagine how bad it must be for dirt-poor third world people who view how billionaires live."

- TripleR_Official

Everything - But Almost Nothing

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"It's literally the Golden Age of Everything."

"There's a good chance that human comfort has peaked in the early 21st century. That in 50 or 100 years there may not be access to enough food, fresh water, jobs, worldwide transportation, access to information, free speech and democracy, or even safety in modern civilization."

"Our global economy isn't sustainable, it's fueled by cheap labor, cheap fuel, and global ecology that may cease to exist in our lifetimes, leading to mass starvation, poverty and war."

"We need to be pushing hard to fix the planet - literally all hands on deck - making whatever sacrifices necessary to ensure that our planet is livable for the 1bn+ humans on the planet at risk of famine / starvation from poor crop production and low fresh water resources caused by global warming."

"We need to start pushing our leaders and governments hard or this whole human civilization experiment is literally going to go up in smoke, possibly during our lifetimes."

- lampposttt

Welp, we're honestly not sure if we're feeling super inspired or super depressed now.

What about you?

Did Reddits responses leave you feeling golden and glowing or like maybe the world is full of fools gold and you're the only one not buying?

Sound off in the comments!

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People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


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"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



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"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

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Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.