The desert: vast, dry, barren, and dangerous stretching miles. In the day, blistering hot, in the night, temperatures reaching nearly freezing. There are some of the most menacing creatures you could encounter.
Often times, if you just leave these animals alone you're not going to get yourself hurt, but the chance is still there.
Not only are there treacherous conditions and wild animals, there's also just the devastating climate that is desert living. Redditor oppositewerewolf wanted to know what's out there from people's first hand experiences.
Redditor oppositewerewolf asked:
"Desert dwellers, what's the strangest/scariest thing you've seen out in the sands?"
Check out these incredibly scary encounters in the ruthless terrain.
"Turned on a black light at night while camping. Scorpions. Scorpions everywhere."
"I can second this. It was a huge mistake."
"I have coworkers that have been stung inside their homes by scorpions. Seem to hear a story about a scorpion sting about once a month. Most are in the garages but several have inside the house proper."
"Also don't pick up round rocks that have a hole in them where you can see sparkles (i.e. a geode). Scorpions will crawl out and sting your hand. Kick the rock first. Service announcement from 6 year old me."
"I work in the desert. The scariest thing I've seen in the middle of nowhere are people."
"Creepiest f*cking thing when people exist where you aren't expecting them to."
"When you live in a city, and someone knocks on your door, it's not alarming. When you live miles away from anything and someone does. It's not good. I've lived in both super urban and super rural areas and that's my go to safety measure. I never answer my door either way, but out in the middle of no where, I get my gun."
The road was moving.
"Mom, grandpa, and toddler me were driving through rural West Texas at dusk. Mom noticed the road looked like it was moving and something was crunching under the tires. She asked what it was. He told her she didn't want to know. She insisted. Turned on the brights to reveal it was a tarantula migration."
"Tarantulas are harmless."
"They are the gentle giants of the spider world."
"If you somehow managed to piss one off enough for it to bite you, anti-venom doesn't exist because an ibuprofen will work just fine. You won't even be able to call in sick to work."
"Think of them as eight legged kittens that are terrified of the fleshy trees known as humans."
"Imagine just trying to get to a new area and some asshole runs over you and all your friends."
"Not usually scary but in this instance it scared the sh*t out of me and my friends. We were making camp, it got dark and my friend was fiddling with his flashlight. He says, 'Wouldn't it be crazy if a donkey was in our camp when I turned this on?' Sure as sh*t his light worked and a donkey had ninja snuck in between all 4 of us. Scared the sh*t out of all of us."
"This might not sound so scary until you have seen it in person. I was out camping in the desert and some idiot in the campground left a large cooler of beer unlocked. Javelinas (wild pigs) got into the cooler and proceeded to get drunk on beer. Wild pigs are not the nicest creatures and when they get drunk they don't get happy drunk they get angry drunk. They rampaged through the campground tearing apart everything they could find, squealing like tortured banshees, and sh*tting everywhere. Then they all collapsed in a heap in the middle of the campground, passed out."
"It was a scary ten minutes."
"Javelinas scare the f*ck out of me. I had the misfortune of meeting a big one and some babies eating out of a trash can in a neighborhood when I was walking home drunk, I took the long way home because I did not want that thing to charge at me."
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"My grandma's dog is an amazing little chihuahua - she's an old blind diabetic lady now (the chihuahua not my grandma... my grandma isn't blind) but anyway - the only time I've ever yelled at her was when she was about 2 and we were in the front yard enjoying the sun and a javelina came out of nowhere and ran passed us and this dog started chasing it! I've seen the damage those things do to big dogs and I didn't want to find out what it can do to a tiny one. I freaked out, a screamed, cried.... she finally came back and I yelled at her and she stayed mad at me all day lol."
Doing a grass survey.
"Use to be a wildlife biologist for the USFS. I have come across most things that live in the desert. I haven't been intimidated by most until the day I was out doing invasive grass surveys and a swarm of Killer bees moving the hive flew past my partner and me. It looked like a dark cloud floating above the ground and sounded like prop jet. Hands down the most scared I have been in nature. My body flashed with heat and I was completely frozen. When bees move they all surround the queen in flight. If they had picked up on us as a threat (allergic or not) they could have killed both of us easily."
"I'm familiar with someone who accidentally went over a nest with a lawn mower. Had 2200 stings as per the autopsy. When you consider the average human has 2,800 square inches of skin, well you get the picture. Yes, it killed him."
"A good thing to keep in mind when you see a swarm, which is a group of bees establishing a new hive, is that this is the least aggressive they will ever be. They have none of the brood or stores that they would need to defend so they are quite passive, even usually highly aggressive bees such as 'killer' bees. When beekeepers move or capture swarms many don't wear protective equipment or just wear gloves as they push piles of bees into cardboard boxes."
Not your average tumbleweed.
"An 8'x4' piece of sheet metal tumbling in the afternoon wind. F*cking decapitator."
"This is incredibly horrifying. I worked at a hardware store as a kid and watched a display of aluminum flashing tip and do some amazing slicing damage to a nearby aisle."
"I can only imagine with an 8' piece of tumbling sheet metal would do."
Predators of the desert.
"I live in the Sonoran desert (idk if this counts) but apparently a few Mexican grey wolves somehow got into our area a few years back. I looked out my back window (I was seven) and was staring straight into the eyes of an enormous grey wolf. I was used to seeing coyotes, but not THAT! Thankfully, all our usually outdoor pets were inside. They (3 of them) checked out our yard for a while and then left."
"For a couple of years after that, people in the area reported that apparently they took over the local coyote pack and were leading them to do some pretty bold stuff."
"Coywolves! They are reportedly very smart and better equipped to deal with different terrains than either coyotes or wolves alone."
"Apparently most of the coyotes where I live (Northern MA) are coywolves. The puritans drove out the biggest predators, so a true wolf or a mountain lion is very rare, but the wolves who bred with coyotes had children small enough to stay out of humans way, but still cause damage."
"Turned the corner on a walk to take a piss away from the camp site and there was a Mountain Lion (Puma Concolor) just watching us from the darkness."
"I had a similar interaction with a bear. Just standing there with my pecker out while a bear was staring me down. Thankfully it left me alone. Getting attacked by a bear while your dick is out doesn't sound like a good time."
Sounds in the dark.
"Taking your dog out at night and hearing an animal yelp followed by the laughing of dozens of coyotes immediately after in the pitch black."
"Lol I live in Kansas in a heavily suburbanized area. There's a forest behind my house and I hard all types of Coyote caterwauling feet away from my house. I stepped out onto my porch and could see the shadowy forms of coyotes running up and down the golf course. I must say I'm very fond of those tricksters. They are one of the only creatures whose population surged after humans: the master genociders, attempted to eradicate them."
"Bones from a hand in the Outback. Turns out it was a kangaroo bone, but not something you want to casually pick up."
"A friend of mine from Australia told me that lots of people go out just disappear on the outback never to be seen again. Is that true?"
"It's a bit of a misinterpretation. People don't 'mysteriously disappear' that often, but lots of people choose to disappear into remote Australian desert communities."
"There are a few remote towns known for having cash/barter economies, no police presence, unspoken agreements to not follow up on identities (or request things like licenses), and limited neighbours who mind their business for one reason or another. People choose to go to these places to 'disappear.'"
"Yep, I know a few places near where I grew up (Far North Queensland) in which police don't go near, standard laws don't apply, and people highly respectful and turn a blind eye of whatever their neighbours are doing. I've heard stories of people going to these places to try and kick up a stink only to end up in a way worse condition then they arrived in. There was also a time when I guy was killed by an auto shotgun trap when he tried to steal weed from someone's crop."
The Salton Sea.
"The Salton Sea. From a distance and overhead, it looks like any other refreshing lake or reservoir. An oasis in the desert sands. But it is landlocked with no outgoing River, so the salts and minerals just keep building up every year."
"You head toward the beach, there is a beach of sand and ancient, crushed-up shells, and the blueness of the water gets darker and darker until you realize that the blueness just the reflection of the sky, and the water itself is black as tar and the smell…like rotten fish and spoiled eggs. Dead fish everywhere, and flies. You don't even want to get close to the water nowadays, but if you did swim in it you would float…the salt in it is so concentrated."
"The Salton sea is a trip. I was looking on an old map and saw a huge body of water in southern California. Weird that I had been living there for a few years and never heard of it, so I drove out there..."
"Apparently, there used to be resorts and such out there at one time. It was eerie seeing all of the abandoned buildings and such, but everything was cool until I went to the edge of the lake. The sand was crunchy! Huh? I looked down and there was not sand, but millions of dead fish bones. Maybe even billions. The entire shore was nothing but bones from dead fish. I looked out at the water (no waves!) and realized why it was like that. Algae blooms. Apparently, the farm runoff goes into the Salton sea and provides nutrients for algae to grow and they take up all the oxygen in the water and kill off most of the fish. Something did move out in the water at one point, but the ripples were muted quickly."
"I left the area while in a weird mental state. Humans really f*cked that area up badly."
Human or something else?
"I live on the edge of the Mojave desert. It gets to 115+ in the summers so I like to go on long walks by moonlight in the early hours of the morning out in the desert. I was at least 6 miles outside of town when this happened. I know, it's not the smartest but I kinda like being alone out there. It kinda makes me feel a little more alive in a primal way. It's difficult to describe the feeling."
"Anyway a few weeks ago I was out there doing my thing, when I hear a screeching noise. Like an inhuman high pitched whining scream that slowly increased in pitch and volume. The source was within 10 or 15 yards. I fumbled around to turn on my phone's flash light just in time to see a something's leg disappear into the brush."
"It was like that scene in signs in the corn field where mel Gibson's character shines his light around just in time to see the the aliens foot disappear into the corn."
"I don't know what it was. I assume it was a tweaker or something because I can't think of any animals in the area that sound like that. If it was a human though, they would have had to be scrambling on all fours to be able to disappear into the sage brush like that. Needless to stay I didn't stick around to find out exactly what it was."
"This was in Washington county, Utah if anybody has an idea of what it might have been. Second best guess is a cougar w/ severe nasal congestion"
Camping, or simply living, in the desert sounds like a death wish. Still, people are out there. And with changes in climate, it seems it's only getting worse out there.
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Not all television and movies are loved by all.
A story and its characters have to appeal to you in order for you to be engaged.
It can take next to nothing for us to lose interest and let the screen go black.
Redditor BarooTangClan wanted to compare notes on all the entertainment we've said "that's enough" to.
"What will make you instantly stop watching a movie or show and why?"
I hate bad acting, writing, storytelling... I hate bad anything.
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"Fight scenes with a million visual cuts. Gives me motion sickness. Contrast the absolutely masterful work in John Wick. long cuts, realistic use of weapons (mostly), 100% skill."
"When the actors whisper the whole movie and you have to crank the volume to hear what's being said - but the soundtrack or some other misc noise starts blaring at a higher volume directly after."
"I basically had to watch Stranger Things up in my attic with the windows and doors closed. I was worried the neighbors would think something was wrong or be annoyed if I watched it downstairs in my single family home. It was ridiculous."
"spice things up"
"Love triangles out of no where in a second or third season to 'spice things up' because studio writers are hacks and their idea of relationship drama is 'potential infidelity' at all times. It's the most tired trope on the go**amn planet and the second I see it rear its head I dip right the hell out."
"The whole concept of a love triangle to begin with an incredibly juvenile. Any healthy functioning adult who found themselves in a love triangle would soon choose to find themselves single."
Save your lips...
"When couples in a movie/show have a fight and one of them instantly goes to a friend and end up kissing her/him after talking for 5 minutes. I cringe so hard i turn it off and never watch it again."
"This pissed me off so much in Manifest. Girl is desperate to get back her ex-fiancé, he finally breaks up with his wife to get back with her and she's like 'nah, it's not fair to your wife, let me do this other dude I just met through a calling and be pissed at you for being jealous.' Michaela was the worst and everyone acted as if she were a saint the entire time."
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"Shows where a single polite conversation could fix everything."
We are going overboard with the witty repartee. Talk normal...
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"Annoying main character, especially if it's a kid."
"Kids who have a quippy, sassy retort to everything, and everyone just kind of crumbles before their wit."
"Shows where kids in high school talk like they are 30 years olds who have done everything, been everywhere, know it all and use a ridiculously flowery and extensive vocabulary in every conversation. Like, have any of these writers ever been to high school? Literally no one talks like that. Even worse is when, in addition to this, all the adults talk normal or are just plain stupid, like so weird parallel universe."
"If the movie is too dark. Not graphic, just literally dark. I lose all sense of intensity in dark scenes and I'm not straining my damn eyes trying to figure out what the hell is going on."
"I've seen about 10 percent of all DC movies recently. I've seen all of the individual films in full, just actually saw 10% of each of them."
"Movies in the late 80s had a lot of dark but you could see the depth because of different shooting techniques. Now you cant see crap because its a CGI fest drowned in black color so you can't see crap because you have no depth in a scene. Compare night scenes in dark alleys in 80's movies and movies now. Utter crap show in the new ones."
Pay Attention Storytellers
"Bad editing would be a big one. A lot of modern horror movies can't help but edit the movies like they're trailers, with added noises to scare the audience because they are afraid the script alone isn't enough to keep people watching."
"I remember this is where the first transformers movie lost me. When the transformers are fighting at the end, it's all a big, jumbled mess of metal and I can barely tell what's going on or who is who."
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"When they go straight to relationship drama right away when it wasn't the selling point of the show."
Do better, Hollywood. It's not that hard.
I fear death.
I wake up in cold sweats dreaming about it.
I think about it in my waking hours.
It's an obsession and clearly, I'm not alone.
But there are more preferred ways to exit.
All we can do is hope to be lucky enough to skip the mercilessly awful.
Please just let me go quick and in my sleep.
RedditorCallMehRiverwanted to hear about all the ways none of us what to leave this life.
"What Do You Think Would Be The Worst Death Imaginable?"
My list of the worst deaths is long. My imagination runs amok.
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"For me? Being trapped in a small tube or cave (like the ones you have to wiggle through) and getting stuck to where you can’t move your arms. And all you can do is wait to die. I’m getting chills just thinking about it."
"The more I hear about cavers that get stuck, the more I think that's a crap way to go."
"There’s a great YouTube channel called Ask a Mortician and this was her #1 worse way to die. I can’t remember the exact details or their names, but two well-known divers went into an underwater cave."
"One of them became entangled and died. Years later, his friend dives back down there to try and retrieve his body, the body itself is rotten and his head comes off and the other guy also becomes tangled and dies. Really sad."
A Long Process
"Believed to be in a coma but coherent through the whole 20 year process until they pull the plug."
"Oh man this just reminded me of a story I read on here about a guy who lost the ability to move and speak but was completely conscious. Had to just lay there and be awake but trapped in a useless body. His family thought he was brain dead or something and he couldn’t communicate to them that he was 'all there.' Crazy"
Slow & Steady
"Being slowly impaled by a growing bamboo. It was a form of torture probably used by the japanese during WW2 against Allied prisoners."
"The scariest part is that once you have symptoms, you 100% will die. A 100% mortality rate has to be a psychological torture in itself."
"Not only that, you feel irrational fear. Your brain is literally being eaten apart by the virus and it fu*ks up everything on it. You can't drink water because it hurts you. You feel dizzy, present a fever, excessively salivate, everything hurts and it only gets worse. I'd rather take a bullet and die when the symptoms are still tolerable."
Why can't we all just go engulfed in calm and quiet?
"Some pulpy sci-fi book I read a while back had one of the best deaths of this real piece of crap bad guy. Left to die in a drowning sea lab under the Antarctic ice, he freezes himself in a state of the art suspended animation pod with some kind cold fusion power source that would keep it running for millions of years."
"But he forgot to inject himself with the drug that would put him to sleep. So basically he is in suspended animation at the bottom of the Antarctic ocean while his mind is perfectly awake and conscious in a near unbreakable machine that won't run out of power for millions of years and nobody knows about it."
"As an RN I have always thought that the worst way to die (natural process) is ALS. Lou Gehrig's Disease."
"My mom and grandmother have Huntington's disease, which is essentially ALS, Alzheimer's, and Dementia combined into one really messed up genetic disease. I have a 50% chance of inheriting it and if I hit 40 and there's still no cure I can't promise I'll feel like continuing on with my life because that disease is absolutely freaking miserable."
"The fact your chromosomes can be so destroyed your body basically lost it's genetic code and with it the ability to make any new cells. It's literally a 'dead man walking' and you slowly rot away in agony. Stuff is so unimaginably f**ked up."
"What's also bad about radiation is that it affects your nerves and brain cells last, so you have everything in place to feel all the pain of the rest of your cells being destroyed."
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"I want to believe anything that slowly kills you painfully to be the worst. Such as slowly being crushed or something where the pain is beyond compare and yet not enough to throw you into shock or unconsciousness."
"Alternatively, being rapidly crushed into goo would probably be the least painful. I'm talking one of those massive industrial hammers they use for large steel work. Basically smooshed before the nerve signals make it to the brain."
Now I'll never sleep again without nightmares of death.
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/
Most Americans think nothing of their humdrum daily activities or amenities available to them.
However, others with a different perspective might romanticize the things that are otherwise commonplace ideas and concepts for US citizens, like going to a diner or riding the school bus.
One Redditor looked to foreigners to hear of their American desires to respond to the following:
"Non-Americans of Reddit: what is an American thing you have always wanted to try?"
The things depicted in film really captivated foreign audiences.
"To visit a diner like in the movies. In the middle of the night, it’s raining and just a few people there with great music from a jukebox."
Iconic Student Transport
"Ride a yellow school bus even if I'm too old. Growing up I always loved seeing them on TV."
Just Like The Ones We Used To Know
"A white Christmas."
"Living in an Australian state where I've never even seen snow in our winter, let alone experiencing that classic Hallmark movie moment of waking up to a street full of it and sitting around a fireplace while opening gifts/preparing a feast."
"Guess it's not strictly American, but the imagery and trope is something I've only really seen from American Films."
They may be ubiquitous for us, but they sure seem to be novel ideas to foreigners.
Let's Be Frank
"One of the hotdogs from those little street cart things."
"A friend of mine from Indonesia said, 'the food chewer in the sink.'"
"Apple Pie made by white-haired grandma, placed near window, who says 'oh dear...' as I levitate towards it."
"Proper tailgating before a ball game, the kind where there's ribs and stuff."
"Deep fried foods at a state fair. I'm from Scotland and we love to deep fry everything and I wanna know if it's just as good or better."
There are places to see!
Places To See
"America’s greatest invention!"
Backpacking In Nature
"I always wanted to hike The Appalachian Trail if that counts. Or see Yellowstone."
"Being able to start a whole new life 'elsewhere' without having to leave my country and going through an arduous immigration process."
My cousin told me she looks forward to visiting a Trader Joe's someday when she visits America for the first time.
Her bucket list option was hardly surprising. My parents used to bring treats from TJs as a novelty souvenir gift item, and my relatives ate it up. Literally.
Let's face it. The snacks at TJs rocks.
Even store locations in New York City would have ridiculously long lines during busy hours because the West-coast-based grocer was a novelty on the East Coast.
Many people work hard from the moment they are on the clock until their respective shifts are over at the end of a long day.
For many of those in the workforce, the wages barely sustain a comfortable living, especially for those who are raising a family.
Yet, there are jobs that are known to pay a higher salary without requiring extreme physical labor, or the requirement of higher education.
Curious to hear what those jobs might be, Redditor ImAMasterBayter asked:
"People Break Down Which Professions Are Completely Overpaid"
Extensive training requirements are not a thing, apparently, with these professions.
Daily Dairy Duty
"I watch milk powder go into a bag and out on a conveyor and get paid $37 an hour."
Eyeing Dirt In Motion
"Mine? I get paid $20.50 a hr to watch dirt go by on a belt all day."
The Handy Man Is Happy To Help
"I am a handy man that charges $50/hr with a 3hr minimum, a couple months ago I got a call for service that consisted of changing 9 smoke detector batteries, 2 light bulbs, and rehanging a picture. I felt bad taking the money but the guy couldn’t have been happier to have that stuff finally done. He asked for my card and is now a very good client."
Words From An Appraiser
"I make about 40 an hour after tax in the US as a real estate appraiser. You just need a college degree and a year of training and there is a huge shortage of appraisers right now."
"Edit because this post blew up: I only perceive this job as being overpaid because I used spent most of my 20's making pizza for minimum wage and imposter syndrome is a thing. Also, OP said he was looking for a possible career, and I felt like my job post was better than a troll post."
"Appraisers are not real estate agents or brokers. I do not buy or sell property."
"I do not, 'look at zillow and copy the number' and I don't just, 'make the number' in valuation. While I agree there are some appraisers who may lie or exaggerate, the same could be said of nearly any job. However, if I were to intentionally try hit some goal and got caught fudging the numbers, I'm looking at permanently losing my license and possible jail time depending on the severity. It's actually pretty common for me to, 'tank a deal' if someone is paying too much. This isn't the wild west of valuation anymore; FIRREA is a thing now. Appraisal reports aren't just 3 pages of photos with a cover page anymore; my typical appraisal is 30-50 pages with long boring typed pages of market data that I type and research myself."
"Let's talk about the appraisal gap. In most of the US, we are experiencing a, 'sellers market' meaning houses are selling for higher than what they normally sell for. A lot of people at this thread are blaming appraisers for driving housing prices up. Let me be perfectly clear about this: appraiser's valuations are based off of past data. That is it; we look at closed sales from the past. Realtors and brokers speculate on future markets, because they are motivated by profit. If anyone is driving this current market trend, it is the people buying properties over listing price, local government/laws willingness to allow foreign investors, the people who are raising rents, and the people who are making big risky developments. The appraisers have little to nothing to do with market perception of value; in my area at least many market participants are paying over 30% of listing price. Trust me when I say these people are not satisfied when my appraised value comes in less than that."
"The hardest part of the job is definitely the occasional angry phone call. Let's look at an example. Say someone lists their house at 100k, and they accept an offer for 150k, or 50% over listing. Well the appraisal is based off of past closed sales. The bank will only finance up to the appraised value. So if the appraisal comes in at 110k, meaning the subject in relation to comparable sales from the past year in the subject neighborhood equate to roughly 110k, they will either need to renegotiate the price, or be willing to put up 40k of their own money."
"In a sellers market, it's often better to accept a deal with better financing than a higher price. Let's say in this situation instead of taking the 150k offer with a mortgage, you take a smaller offer for 140k that is all cash, no financing. Well if there is no financing involved, meaning no bank, than no appraisal is needed."
Landing work in software seems to be like hitting the jackpot of success.
"I’m in software sales, software sales. Coworker got 100k commission on a deal."
"There are an incredible amount of 'analysts' who just 'own' automated excel sheets they received from developer teams."
"Low to mid six figures is common in HCOL areas."
The Successful Client
"I do the tax returns for a guy who paid 20k for demographic research software and made something like 40M over the last 3 years. His costs are almost nothing and admitted he does like 5 hours of work a week on it."
"I got more likes and comments than I thought I would, and wanted to add some more detail. The guy himself is super nice and easy to work with. It's hard not to feel jealous even though I make good money myself. His business and personal returns are super simple so we don't even charge him that much for them."
"The software is something proprietary he paid a third party for, and I don't know the name of that developer. The data output is sold to political campaigns and he's compensated more if the campaign wins. He did have some clients on both sides but now exclusively works on one side of the aisle."
Salaries in the world of academics got a closer inspection.
"University administrators and board members."
A Stark Contrast
"I'm a professor. I love it. But the 'president's office' contains a staff of 5 people with a total payroll of just under $500k/year. Meanwhile, all the PhDs, MFAs, and DMAs who teach all the classes, advise all the students, and serve on all the committees bring home a whopping $50k-$65k/year, dependent on rank, tenure, etc. It's real fun...
"The president of my institution makes a approximately $500k/year and is provided a house on campus alongside reserved parking if he so chooses to use it. He also gets a country club membership. Meanwhile I have to pay $200 to park at the school where I TA and do research, and I get paid maybe 1/20th of what he does. I genuinely do not understand why the f'k the dude who makes six figures doesn't pay for parking, but I do."
"Edit: that should be half a million."
Some of the cushiest jobs that require less time actively toiling away seem to be paying significantly more than the average livable wage offered in the US.
Perhaps the biggest indicator of what that might be was summed up best by Redditor iadasr, who said:
"Whatever you guys are all doing that lets you browse Reddit all day..."