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When I was a child, I used to watch Blade Runner and wonder when we'd finally have those flying cars Hollywood screenwriters love to imagine. Something tells me, now that I'm an adult, that we'd only succeed at creating as much traffic in mid-air as we do on the ground. (Humans can't be trusted with technology––that's another thing I learned as I grew older.)

After Redditor JamperSteve asked the online community, "What invention from a show do you wish was real?" people weighed in with their suggestions.


"How awesome would that be."

Star Trek has these machines that could materialize any food you wanted instantly. How awesome would that be. No need to go to grocery store and buy 27 ingredients you'll only use one time only to mess up the recipe. No need to go to expensive restaurants. Got a picky eater? It can make whatever hyper specific thing they want in a flash.

demonaardvark

"Never pay for movers again."

The Infinite Storage Cube from Jimmy Neutron. Practical, portable, and supremely useful. Never pay for movers again.

Trinnocular_Corvid

"The food gum..."

The food gum from the Willy Wonka movie. Minus turning into a blueberry, though.

Ghostwhale

"It's got a swimming pool..."

The TARDIS, of course. It's got a swimming pool in the library!

PlasticineRobot

"That virtual reality..."

That virtual reality world where you can upload your mind after your death like in "San Junipero" episode of Black Mirror.

cheeky_sailor

"Just a little cupboard..."

The linen closet from Sabrina the Teenage Witch would be cool. Just a little cupboard in your house that you can travel through to another dimension where you can get burger on chips on Mars and stuff like that.

swallowyoursadness

"A non-lethal firearm..."

Icers from Agents of SHIELD. A non-lethal firearm that could incapacitate someone faster than a bullet with no long term damage. Would be an absolute game changer for law enforcement because you could easily incapacitate people and control tough situations without someone needing to die.

ChefDukee667

"Without that..."

Everybody mentioning transporters, replicators, and holodecks from Star Trek, but none of those things would be practical without the warp core creating near-limitless clean energy.

Without that, the amount of energy required to make those possible would likely be far too impractical.

NubEnt

"Honestly..."

Honestly the "What If" machine from Futurama. It'd be cool to see how different my life would've turned out, like what if I had chosen a better object for this question?

12gunner

"Think about it..."

Capsules from Dragon Ball. Think about it, you can take practically ANYTHING ANYWHERE! Your whole bedroom, a car, a freaking house, etc. Capsule Cars would make parking a complete non-issue that I as a part-time delivery guy would HEAVILY appreciate.

SSS_Tempest

"It hooks up to your brain..."

There's an machine in Black Mirror that helps you view memories. It hooks up to your brain and literally shows your memories on the screen. I wouldn't use it though because my memory is basically useless, but imagine the things it could be used for!

deflated

"Don't you?"

Since replicators have already been mentioned, I'm going to go ahead and say "Holodecks".

Want to go to Disneyland, but can't afford the price? Holodeck One.

Want to practice proposing to your girlfriend? Holodeck Two.

Want to watch your douchebag boss and sucky coworkers get eaten by lions in Africa (without actually killing them)? Holodeck Three.

Those holodecks allowed Federation staff to enact (and reenact) their wildest dreams while keeping it all safe. You can even turn the safety off for riskier adventures if you want, as long as you follow the law and not kill anyone, that is!

I wish holodecks were real. Don't you?

cindybubbles

I'm baffled..."

I'm baffled that no one has said the portal gun from Rick and Morty. That'd be my first choice at least.

phillip-harass

"I don't have big dreams..."

I don't have big dreams, I just want that shell-shaped e-reader from the movie It Follows. Is that so much to ask?!

NoirIdea

"Not sure if..."

Not sure if the remote from the movie Click with Adam Sandler has been mentioned yet but that would be a cool one. Without the weird adapting to your tendencies thing it does of course.

youngspuds

"Because if it existed..."

The arc fusion reactor from Iron Man. Because if it existed, we would have clean, renewable, cheap and safe energy.

Luixcaix

"Good times."

In the original Lost in Space (Around 1965 or so), Judy put whole potatoes in a machine the size and shape of what we now recognize as a microwave oven, and in a second or two she opened the door to potato chips. That scene has stuck with me all these years. Good times.

ScaryAlternative

"I'm sure a lot of them..."

Not a show, but with as many sequels its had, it may as well be: Jurassic Park. The DNA replicator. That would be amazing to recreate extinct species. I'm sure a lot of them would never be able to survive in today's conditions what with bacteria, viruses, and general climate change, but imagine the biological discoveries we could make observing our origins in real time.

kauaiboydm

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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

What's the most traumatizing thing you experienced as a child?
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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

Redditor u/Mcxyn wanted to discuss some truths about love and our own issues, by asking:

Why are you single?
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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

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

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- 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

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

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

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- 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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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

One such instance involved a little sister who was around 6 at the time. It was the 90s and at the height of the youth-focused PSAs (think the frying egg representing your brain). One type was a safety PSA about stranger danger. The speaker would remind the children that if a stranger tried to take you anywhere to yell “Stop, you're not my mommy/daddy" to raise the alarm.

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