Sometimes it's the little things that light the biggest fire in us.
Forget healthcare, economic policy or foreign affairs. What about the minute annoyances of speech? What about the proper way to eat cereal?
We find ourselves in a chaotic historical moment. The pandemic continues to rage and the peaceful transfer of power in the United States has never felt so threatened.
Perhaps a little exhausted by those macro-level, swirling debates, some Redditors took a moment to name the tiny minutiae that always grinds their gears.
wetspider asked, "What's the most meaningless hill you'll die on?"
Mind Your O's
"People saying 'loose' when they mean 'lose' upset me so deeply. I don't correct people, but it hurts my head."
"Wanna loose weight? I'm afraid I'll loose her and I love her so much. Sometimes I think I'm just a looser."
Writing Off Whole Swaths of the Population
"Oxford comma is best comma."
"Anyone who says otherwise is categorically wrong, and I respect them less as a person."
Know Your Negatives
It's 'I couldn't care less,' not 'I could care less."' -- homevp
"That one did piss me off.
"If you couldn't care less, then you could not care less, dipsh**. - Sounds like you don't give a F about it. Cuz you couldn't care less."
"If you could care less, then, it sounds like you care more about it than the saying is meant to intend." -- Etil9
It's Fun, But WRONG
"Reese's rhymes with pieces, not feces. It's f***ing obvious." -- sjmp75020
"I ate too many Reese's pieces and it gave me explosive Reese's feces." -- jerrythecactus
"100% agree. Didn't even though this was a thing until I was an adult. Not sure where such appalling pronunciation came from." -- Elation18
"Drinking age smoking age etc should be 18 not 21" -- threadgrinder
"If you are old enough to join the army you should be old enough to have a beer." -- Mandelbrotpizza
"I don't care what arbitrary number is chosen so long as it's consistent. If you're old enough to vote or join the military then you're old enough to decide what to do with your own body." -- FeatherShard
A Short, Sweet Denunciation
"It's 'by accident' and not 'on accident.'"
"Yes, language is living, but 'on accident' lives in the mouths of the irredeemable. Thank you for attending this talk."
Let's Be Civil
"Barbeques lit with commercial firelighters and cheap charcoal will make all food taste like commercial firelighters and cheap charcoal"
"Use good quality charcoal and use home made firelighters (twisted kitchen-roll soaked in veg oil)"
"Enjoying professional wrestling is no different to enjoying a TV show like game of thrones."
"Tell people you like wrestling and you get the 'you know it's fake, right?' And then go on to rave about whatever tv show they are enjoying."
"It's the same damn thing!"
Digging Craters With Each Pour
"Cereal before milk" -- i_need_allthehelp
"Never even considered it could be done any other way,people are monsters." -- Mandelbrotpizza
Hot Take on the Tots
"Tater tots are the superior fried potato." -- NotHisRealName
"This comment really hashed my browns." -- StalinsPerfectHair
"My man, this is the winner right here." -- xDecenderx
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"What’s the scariest town/city you’ve been to, and why?"
"Bullet holes and burn marks could be seen on pretty much every building."
"I took a look via Google Earth, at some of the towns people mentioned and I found it!"
'Definitely not a place I'd want to go back to."
"Everyone talks about Gary, IN, but there is a town over the border in Illinois called Harvey, IL."
El Alto, Bolivia
"El Alto Bolivia."
"This was 15 years ago at least."
"It's above the habitable zone, and locals were openly fighting in the streets."
"Good times."- ooo-ooo-oooyea
Somewhere in New Mexico...
"I stopped at some gas station out in the middle of where-the-f*ck, New Mexico, only to pee."
"Parking lot not even completely paved.'
"Some David Lynch level sh*t."
"First of all, this place was huge for no obvious reason."
"As far as I know, there wasn't a town nearby."
"I mean, it was isolated out in the desert."
"When I entered, there was a store in there, like a convenience store."
"I passed through that, and entered a hallway."
"There was a restaurant in there, completely empty."
"I follow the signs to the restroom, and go down this hall."
"I could hear this sound echoing down this crazy hallway."
"The hallway has a bend in it, and I'm starting to wonder how f*cking big is this place?"
"A group of young boys are there, crowded around the machine."
"They just play the game with inscrutable faces, silently, like cats surrounding a mouse."
"The hall continues, and so do I."
"Where the g*ddamned f*ck is the toilet.'
"This hallway is disturbingly long and I've been driving for two and a half days."
"I like my bathrooms simple and direct."
"This does not seem to be either of those things."
"It is now silent, but for the stench so bad it was nearly foggy in there."
"Somebody's feet under the sh*tter door."
"I get out quick."
"Walk past those seemingly soulless and bored boys."
" Why the hell is this hallway even here?"
"So I do."
"I get in the car."
"'Do you feel better now?'"
"'No. Actually I don't'."
"'You shoulda seen this place'."- Alternative-Amoeba20
"No, it's not a story of how dangerous it is, or how cops tell you to run red lights ."
"That happens, but it's mostly myths that get perpetuated by people who never visited."
"Gary is just desolate."
"It's almost post apocalyptic."
"It's one of the few places in America that actually feels heavy to be in."
"My mom and most of her family is from there and the town is just so damn sketchy."
"People being shot the next street over seems like a daily thing."
It's sad to hear about these places, and the hard times they've fallen under.
Listen ... we're just gonna be totally honest with you.
The answer is "not much" IF loved ones can come too.
Reddit user benharper09 asked
Whole Squad Comes With
"This is a big one. Our entire support system is either here in town or within 2 hours away."
A Jobhomer simpson job GIFGiphy
"Um, job opportunities? Europe doesn't let you just up and live there if you want to."
"There are obviously a few exceptions, but as a general rule I don’t see it happening."
Are We Even Wanted?
"Do they even want us?"
"Not if you are old without money. Or young without skills."
Pros Over Cons
Language Barrierseason 10 friends GIFGiphy
Once You Understand, It Makes It Hard
"Being able to guarantee my safety as a practicing Jew."
"I love Europe, have loved my time in Europe, but the track record on that score .....is not great."
MoneyThe Simpsons Money GIFGiphy
"Particularly thankful today to be "somewhere else" with my teens and twenties daughters."
"All the help you need is on Reddit. Lots of helpful people and resources."
Marketable Skill Or Marriage
"That can be expensive or daunting even if you're just doing it to change jobs and stay in the US."
AS Long As There Is No Dragonsstop motion horror GIFGiphy
"The castles look nice, but the threat if dragons keep me away."
"Did the smith and the cobbler survive the dragon strike? Or did the plague do them in?"
"So you have 'dragon season' like we have Hurricane season and Tornado season. Got it."
"We have sorted that problem in Wales and advertise the fact on our flag."
"The dragons you see coming. It's the rats that get you"
You've seen what Reddit has to say, so now it's your turn at the mic.
Americans, what would it take for YOU to head across the pond to live in Europe?
Men have this reputation for being simple, straightforward creatures.
At least as far as the women of Reddit are concerned.
Reddit user Theunknowndud asked:
"Women, what do you find the most confusing about men?"
These fine femmes saw an opportunity to vent and ask questions and they absolutely ran with it.
Here's what they most wanted to know about.
Not Going To The Doctorperry cox whatever GIFGiphy
"It's like reading my own mind."
"Wall is permanent mess is temporary"
"English is not my first language and I'm kinda tired but hope what I wrote makes sense."
Breath, I Forgot To BreatheBreathe Schitts Creek GIF by CBCGiphy
"Dude it's so fukin true that i was taking a deep breath as i was reading ur comment."
"Are you ok? Anything you need to talk about?"
"Damn you really hit the nail on the head there."
- User Deleted
Going Into Screensaver Modelooking homer simpson GIFGiphy
"I actually do this a lot."
"Also when I’m in the shower I will just stand and think."
"I’m usually thinking how to solve a problem that will probably never occur."
"It's a way to trick your brain to go idle long enough to enter screensaver."
Power Saving mode
"My gf is still baffled at the fact that I can just turn off my brain and not think of anything"
"No Cowboy, we don't all do that. Y'all have some magic happening. Sounds nice."
One Of The Worlds Mysteries
"Can confirm, i got a got a penis and im still confused how it works at times."
Forgive And Forgeti forgive you hug GIF by Kim's ConvenienceGiphy
"I also find it weird how men will fight each other and then be best friends the next day."
"Coincidentally, just yesterday I was reminiscing on a friend and me getting into a fight. I hit him over the head with a glass bottle and he gave me a really clean two-piece in response."
"Some women feel more like an actual criminal record that never gets expunged."
I Am OkayAnimated GIFGiphy
"A serious answer is because we don't want to panic and cause an issue"
"This is it right here. As soon as a calm guy starts panicking, everyone is panicking."
"TLDR: Someone will have to fix it, and panicking makes problems harder to fix."
They Jiggle Jiggle...
"I gotta tell you, the penis doesn't weigh much."
"A boob weighs more, and you ladies have two of them."
"I'm a guy and I didn't know this, lol. Neat."
... at this point I might be more confused than I was going into this article.
Australians shared some information with us after Redditor emchmu123 asked the online community,
"There are more wild camels..."
"There are more wild camels in Australia than the Middle East."
"In some parts..."
"In some parts of the country you are closer to space than the nearest town."
That's another way to hammer this point home.
"While I was working..."
Wow, you guys have everything.
Why do you get all the good stuff?! What about the rest of us?!
"I've never had..."
"I’ve never had shrimp on the barbie - ever!"
I love magpies. They are the mascot of chaos and destruction.
"That there are..."
"That there are vast areas of rainforest as well as the better-known desert areas."
And it's beautiful! You forgot to mention that it's incredibly beautiful.
"The last confirmed death..."
This is exactly the kind of propaganda a deadly Australian spider would spread.
"It was a conservative government..."
"It was a conservative government that introduced gun control laws."
"You're supposed to eat Vegemite toast..."
Hang on a second!