The Earth's endless mysteries continue to fascinate us and make us realize we are all specks of dust even as occupants of the blue planet.
And newsflash: Contrary to some people's belief, the earth is not flat.
Did you know the Amazon River has 1100 tributaries? Or that you can walk from Gibraltar all the way to either South Africa or Malaysia if you so desire?
It's okay if you didn't. There's a reason why some geography facts are considered useless information.
Curious to hear more trivai from strangers on the internet, Redditor IcelandSushie asked:
Bodies Of Water
The following factoids tend to sink beneath the surface.
"The Nile River flows North."
"There was an island originated by volcanic eruption below southern Italy. Different countries argued about which one should have been its rightful owner, but some time later there was another eruption and the island disappeared."
Land O' Lakes
"Canada has the more lakes than every other country combined."
"The United States has more land area than canada, but not if you count the lakes."
"The United States has more land area than Canada even if you include all the lakes. Because the land area of a lake is zero."
"Lake Baikal contains approximately 20% of the world's surface freshwater."
"Holy crap, it would take over three years for the Amazon River (discharge of 6500 cu km/yr) to fill Lake Baikal (volume of 23615 cu km)!"
"And the Amazon River is f'king huge, more discharge than the next seven rivers combined."
Don't think too hard. You might break your brain from these statistics involving size, direction, and borders.
"If someone were to travel in any of the four cardinal directions from anywhere in Los Algodones, Mexico (due north, due east, due south, or due west), they would cross a U.S. border."
"France shares its longest border with Brazil."
"Yup. People forget that French Guiana and also the island of Reunion (Indian Ocean) are not mere overseas territories... they are actually France on the same basis that Paris and Bordeaux are France."
The Biggest State
"Alaska, the largest state in the US, is almost 3 times larger than the second largest state in the US which is Texas."
Beyond Our Borders
Were you aware about these interesting tidbits from abroad?
"not exactly a geography fact but some cool wordplay."
"the first three letters of Sweden and Denmark spell Sweden while the remaining letters spell Denmark!"
Thing About Switzerland
"Switzerland is a third world country. Third world simply means not a NATO aligned country (first world) and not a Warsaw pact aligned country (second world). Other neutral countries are also third world - Finland, Austria and Ireland being capitalist examples and Yugoslavia being a communist example."
"Because Finland is .2% of the global population, and the number of people in the world is always at +/- .2% of the number, there is a chance that Finland doesn't exist."
"Australia is wider than the moon."
While these alleged "useless" geography facts will not increase your chances of getting a high-paying job, your now increased awareness will make you the talk of the town.
So the next time you're at a dinner party and you don't know how to start a conversation, try saying: "did you know Alaska is three times larger than Texas?"
Either you'll be frowned upon as a crazy person giving unsolicited information OR you could bring life to that party. It's worth a try, right?
There are still good people in the world; good people who want to do good things. It's hard to hold onto that hope when everytime you turn on the TV or even have a phone call with someone you thought you knew better makes your mood nothing but gloom. But angels are amongst us, and we can all be one ourselves. Just try.
Redditor u/my_man_44 wanted to hear about some of the bright spots in humanity in these gloomy times by asking.... What is the most wholesome act of kindness you have ever experienced/seen?
Covid Timesmr rogers its a beautiful day in the neighborhood GIF by Won't You Be My NeighborGiphy
When my sister and her husband had Covid all her friends set up a schedule on who would drop off lunch and dinner and groceries on what day. They filled up 2 weeks. It was sweet. It really was.
Especially because my brother in law landed in the hospital for 7 days and they took care of my sister from the moment they found out and even took care of us too with that schedule. We didn't have to worry about food. My bro in law didn't go back to work until almost 2 months since he was so weak. When something bad happens everyone comes together to overcome it. It's beautiful.
My mom moved us from Chicago to Florida the summer before I started high school. Freshman year a buddy I met in the neighborhood and I joined the Wrestling team. My mom worked day shifts and we had a meet scheduled for Saturday morning about an hour away so my buddy's mom agreed to drive us.
Saturday morning comes and my buddy is sick and decides not to go but his mom still offered to take me. We drove the hour, I got destroyed by a senior in about 45 seconds and we head back home.
On the way back my buddy's mom asked if me and my younger brother had gotten our library cards yet. I said we hadn't due to school, sports and my moms day shifts limiting our time. She said we should get them soon.
She dropped me off at home where the neighbor was keeping an eye my 7 year old brother. 15 minutes later I was getting ready to make us some sandwiches when there was a knock on my door. It was my friend's mom and she said she wanted to take us for library cards and lunch. We went to local library and she signed for our cards then took us for burgers.
Didn't seem like much but 23 years later I stood as best man for her son at his wedding, my buddy from wrestling team and told this story during my speech. She had passed on 10 years earlier. I cried. He cried. My little brother who was also there cried.
To this day I am still best friends with my buddy. His mom treated me like her own anytime I was at their house and I'll never forget the day we got library cards.
I really love Chicago....
I was on a plane in Chicago going back to Los Angeles after visiting with family. As we were about to pull back from the terminal to go take off I checked my phone for messages one more time before turning it off. My mom had sent this message while the plane was loading and I thought she was just saying good bye. The message actually read my Dad had just had a heart attack and was being rushed to the hospital.
I panicked for a moment and a stewardess saw my face and asked me what was wrong so I told her. 2 minutes later the captain came on the PA and said we were going back to the terminal for a moment so a passenger can go take care of her sick father. I was surprised and a little embarrassed. When I got up to get off the plane, people clapped and shouted out good wishes. I really love Chicago.
Francis, I will forever be grateful to you....
When I was in fourth grade I had pretty severe dyslexia. I had a first graders reading level. My best friend in my class was named Francis. She was the smartest person in our entire class. We got along so well. I remember her talking to our teacher after school and then asking me if I'd like to come to her house to read stories together a couple times a week. She never made me feel bad, never appeared to be frustrated and always acted like we were having the most fun ever. We started reading stories the teacher had given her but it was way over my head.
I would leave feeling frustrated and stupid. This went on for like 2 weeks then she told me to bring that Shel Silverstein book "Where the SideWalk Ends" over. That was it. Everything clicked. A fourth grader, taking her own time to better a friend struggling.... Francis, I will forever be grateful to you. ( icing on this cake- I ended up getting a job as an editor for a Hearst publication right outta college!)
When I was 15 I went to the hospital because my appendix bursted. I got so sick I almost died. During a rare moment while I was awake the cleaning lady came by and I smiled at her. She said something to me in Spanish as I drifted back to sleep. When I got discharged she ran to find me and gave me a get well card with her name and a smiley face inside. I still have that card. I don't know who she is or even remember her face but I'll never forget her smile. That small act of kindness changed the way I thought about the world.
Can I hug you?
When I was 16, I landed myself in the ICU after a suicide attempt. I don't remember much about my time in the ICU, but I do remember the nicest thing anyone ever did for me. The paramedic that brought me to the hospital the night before came up and asked to see how I was doing. This perfect stranger that had known me for all of 45 minutes took time out of his day to see if I was doing okay.
It was the most thoughtful thing anyone has ever done for me.
A few years ago (right around the 10 year anniversary of that night) I had my 2 kids with me at my daughter's community night at her school. I went up to him and introduced him to my 2 awesome kids and told him who I was. He remembered me and we shared a very special hug.
It was around November/December and I was behind a woman at the grocery store who did not have enough money to buy her groceries. She had 3 young kids with her and she was having to pick and choose what they would take off. I was living paycheck to paycheck at the time myself but felt so terrible for her since she had kids. Couple gets in line behind me and realize what's going on.
I hear them have a little convo and one of them asks to get by me real quick. Couple behind me payed for all her groceries and added $200 gift card for future groceries. She started crying, I started crying, and cashier got weepy. Definitely took that life example and have helped others when I can now too.
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One time when i was a kid, our priest from school took our class to the church to rosary and I accidentally dropped mine and it broke so the priest gave me his that he got from the Pope, I still have it to this day.
A simple compliment....
Well once this guy posted a picture of himself smiling because he reached 200 karma. All the comments were people shaming him for only having 200. I commented that I really liked his smile. He responded and said that he had been needing that and thanked me. Thought about that for a good week.
The Favoritesan francisco giants win GIF by MLBGiphy
Random guy at a baseball game gave me autographed baseball card of one of my favorite players. He wasn't a fan of my team so he gave me the card. I forever love Giants fans despite being a Diamondbacks fan now
After the widow died in her house across the street from where I grew up, my parents found a loving home for her beautiful black & white cat, Tompkins.
They knew how much Miss Laney loved Tompkins and wanted to make sure he was provided for. It made me think even more highly of them that they would care enough to find just the right new home for him.
The Replacementice cream cone eating GIFGiphy
I was on a boardwalk and a little girl dropped her ice cream and was so upset but her parents were distracted with their other kids (handing out cones) and some old dude in another line just handed his fresh cone over and walked away smiling.
It's ok to Cry
I got a call that my grandfather was rushed to the hospital while I was at school (him and I are very close) I broke down sobbing out of fear that something would happen to him. My friends sat around me and my bestie said "you don't have to talk, you don't have to do anything right now. We're just gonna stay right here." They got me to stop crying eventually.
Thank you Mrs. Panopio!
The left side of my pants was ripped by my best friend when we were having fun in the classroom, resulting to other people seeing my underwear. My teacher advisor asked me to get the sewing box at the faculty room. So while we were doing the Math exam, she made me sit with her on the right side of her table and sewed my pants.
Thank you Mrs. Panopio! You deserve a long life of happiness! As a student, that was the best experience of my high school life.
Quack....ducks running GIFGiphy
We were stuck in traffic at a intersection and it was busy and there was this group of ducks (with a lot of ducklings btw) and they looked kinda confused to me and this lady pulled over her car and guided the ducks to the sidewalk. If the ducks continued they would have most definitely gotten run over. I just found that really cute and wholesome.
because you're you....
I got out of an abusive relationship several months ago. I had to completely restart my life with very little in savings. I finally found an apartment that was in my price range (barely) but couldn't afford to furnish it yet. A guy I had just started talking to came over to see the place and hang out for the weekend. He had some errands to run so I got home before him. When he finally got there, I opened the door and was greeted with him holding several boxes and 2 weeks worth of groceries for myself and my daughter.
One of the things he bought was a brand new tv (the one I had was the size of a computer monitor). No one has ever done anything like that for me before. I kept asking, "why?" He walked up to me and said, "You're a good person and you deserve good things to happen to you. I want you to look at the home you're creating and be proud of how far you've come." This man has asked me for nothing in return since the day we met. We're taking things very slow but I am grateful everyday for his patience, friendship, and kindness.
The Long Drive....
When my dad died, three of them drove 6 hours to my family's home. They pulled up, gave my mother a plant & their condolences. We got in the car, one of them lit a joint, and we drove around the countryside for who knows how long. They didn't poke or pry or ask if I was okay, they knew that what I needed was to share a joint with my friends and cruise along in the afternoon sun, shooting the crap and listening to the radio. To not be constantly reminded that my father was no longer here.
They just let me be - which after dealing with the sudden diagnosis & decline of my father's health over previous 4 months, being surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins 24/7 since we received the diagnosis, and an unending wave of "I'm sorry for your loss" - was just what I needed. Years have passed, we've all grown up into very different people and I don't keep in touch with them anymore, but I'll never forget what they did for me.
In 2008 my job ended, but I had the option of continuing our health insurance for another 6 months, as I remember. I was often late making my payments and would call the lady managing our account to ask for more time and to reassure her that I would pay. She was very patient and almost off-hand, in our conversations and we would talk about our families a little. By December 2008 I owed them $10,000. Both our cars had been repossessed. My wife had had uterine cancer and a hysterectomy while I owed thousands of dollars to the insurers.
That December was our last month of coverage, and I called our account manager to figure out a way of eventually paying the $10,000. I was still unemployed. She listened to me for a moment and then said, very quietly, "Don't worry about it." I wasn't sure I heard her right, so I said, "Did you say, 'Don't worry about it'"? She said yes, and then said, "Be safe."
I will always remember her remarkable kindness. Still get tears in my eyes thinking of her kindness.
A waitress at a local restaurant and I got to talking and she lived in the same community as I do. I had volunteered at the local elementary school with struggling readers. It turns out I read with her daughter and she said that I completely changed her daughters life by taking the time to read with her. Three years later the girl loves reading. It was the most wonderful thing anyone has ever said to me.
It's the most important meal....breakfast pancakes GIFGiphy
Between my junior and senior years of college, I was basically homeless (dorms were shut down and I didn't have an apartment). I was shuffling between lounges in the grad student area. One day, when I was walking to work, I saw a homeless guy on the street. I bought him breakfast. The next day, I saw the same guy helping an old lady cross the street after he bought her breakfast. I thought it was cool how he passed on the good fortune.
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Why do you love your country?
Patriotism is important for a healthy community and society. It allows for people to care for their fellow countryman, and to care about the welfare and quality of the environment around them. While it is easy to complain about where you live, it's nice to take a step back and consider what you are grateful for. After all, no place can be 100% bad.
Redditor u/schaapdejoopheffer asked people, "What is something about your country you're actually really proud of?" and answers poured in from all around the world.
20. It's not perfect, but...Giphy
"USA- our music. Jazz, Blues, Rock and Roll, Hip-Hop, R&B, Country. All started here. Even the concept of MIDI originated in California.
Yes USA is in shambles politically, economically, socially, etc- but thanks to my country, I also have some of the things that get me through it!"
19. Great sense of direction
"That in the UK you can direct people mostly using pubs as signposts. 'Yep, turn left at the Black Swan, go a mile past the Coach & Horses and then is 100m past The Eight Bells. I miss pubs. Damn this lockdown."
18. Scary beautiful weather
"I live in the USA, and I love the weather. There are amazing lightning shows here and stunning supercells and tornadoes, sometimes these things are destructive, but when they aren't, they really are beautiful, and amazing."
17. Fast and yummy food
"Im from america and our fast food restaunts rock"
16. Cash that's way ahead of its time
"I know I'm late to this feed but I'm Aussie and really proud of Australian cash. When I went to America, It really drew my attention towards how good Australian cash is because I collected SO MANY AMERICAN COINS. Also, all the notes are waterproof and the new design as braille on it."
15. Mountains for days
"Nepal: we got the gorgeous mountain ranges."
14. You can experience the best of nature
"Siberia for sure, it should be the defenition of seasons, in winter it can get to -50 C°, in the summer it can get to 30 C°, in spring and autum there are a lot of berries and fruits that grow everywere, I think it is everything right about a place, you get to experiance everything."
13. Perfect place for vegetarians
"Indian here and it's gotta be the food. We have the most varieties of delicious vegetarian food. And the lowest consumer of meat in the world, pretty good for a country of 1.3 billion"
12. Incredibly well made dams
"I'm from the netherlands, and i would say our dams. Most of our land is below sea level and the dams do great work, including at the tv-tas islands. (Not the carribean islands)
It can take the biggest storms. But sadly once in 10 000 years there is a superstorm that can break them."
11. A bunch of quirky states
"I like having a bunch of small states in America so it's easier to distinguish where somebody is and every state kinda has their own quirk. Most countries have their own variation of this but I think America does it the best."
10. Protecting small businesses
"As an Aussie I'm proud that when Burger King tried to expand out from America into Australia, we made them change their name to Hungry Jacks for all their stores in Australia because of 1 really small fish and chip shop that already had the name Burger King"
9. A lovely gesture during a crisis
"Kenya, when the Maasai tribe donated 14 cows to US in sympathy after the 9/11 attacks"
8. The food is really, truly goodGiphy
"As a Mexican, I have to admit that our government has gone to ****. But, we do have an amazing food culture."
7. Perfect place for skiing
"Austria. Don't need to drive/fly far away for some of the best skiing resorts in the world."
6. It's all about the landscapeGiphy
"I'm from Iceland and I have to say that I'm super proud of its nature. I mean it's definitely special and so unique!"
5. Internationally known
"At one point LEGO was almost 1% of denmark's global exports."
4. The best dams
"Our ability to control water. The work the Dutch put in to make this land livable with the dam-systems earns my respect."
3. You can find all of the habitats
"As an Aussie, our diverse land of deserts, rainforests and bushland. The Australian outdoors is incredible."
2. Who hasn't had to read Russian literature in school?
"Яussian literature probably. It serves as a great example of our natural ability to turn our suffering into art and base our national culture on it."
1. Cave cheese
"Switzerland. That cheese that aged for 5 years in a cave"
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Life outside of the USA is different.
The small things are different. The day-to-day is different. The social contracts are different.
So after a long time living outside of the USA, it stands to think you might change, too.
Here were some of those answers.
More Of A Shift
I've lived in several different countries so the changes were different in each one. The one major/constant one is that I travel a lot more now. Not because I have some sort of passion for travel or because I feel like I missed out on it living in the US (I traveled a lot as a kid). It's just so damn easy, that it's not even much of a thought. Traveling outside of your state is a hassle but outside of the U.S., that's a major trip. Traveling to a neighboring country now is a 1-2 hour train and I am in a completely different culture, with a different language, different food, etc.
That Last Bit...Might Wanna Rethink?
I'm still American but living in west/central Africa since 2007.
Negatives about being here: there's not the variety of restaurants found in the states. Health care often isn't very good, though it is really cheap (root canal $80 for example). Many cities don't offer a wide range of activities either.
Positives: I can afford a housekeeper twice a week to clean the place and do laundry. Restaurants and bars are really cheap. 24 oz. beer is a dollar. People are very social and easy to meet. There really isn't a lot to spend money on so I save quite a bit of my salary. I can piss along side of the road if I need to and nobody cares.
Moved to Switzerland 5 years ago. The biggest difference is that there is more vacation time and higher salaries. This causes lower stress in general—people are always talking about their next holiday. In fact it's hard to get together with friends sometimes because someone is always on holiday!
Less road rage and better drivers and public transit goes absolutely everywhere. We drive much less here and didn't have a car for the first three years.
Subsidized pre-school (spielgruppe). No school on Wednesdays. Two hour lunch breaks. All the shops are closed on Sundays and holidays.
No Mexican food :(
We cook a lot more because eating out is incredibly expensive. We also lost about 10 lbs each from walking everywhere / eating better.
Minor Things Get Fixed
I've lived in a few countries outside of the US: Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, and Georgia (the republic)
Main everyday benefits are public transportation is really easy, convenient, and cheap to use every day. I also eat out a lot more because it's much cheaper and more relaxed.
I haven't had to deal with health stuff much, but when I have, it's awesome and life changing. For example, I recently partially dislocated my shoulder and am able to afford out of pocket service at one of the best physical therapists in my city. In the US, I can't afford insurance and would just not see a doctor since it isn't extremely painful or life threatening.
Not me but my brother. He moved to Austria and loves it there. One thing that's changed though is that it's absolutely messed up how he speaks English. He's learned a lot of German but English is so widespread over there it's still what he usually uses. But all the people he talks to have a somewhat thick accent when they speak it which he's kind of adopted over time. He has to put a lot of effort into how he talks when Skyping with our mom or she can't understand a word he says.
It's Always About The Healthcare
I was living in Hong Kong for a few years but returned due to the protests.
The best things were public transit, having fast, reliable public transit and just getting on a double-decker bus after work and spacing out on my phone or jumping on a train and being on a beautiful mountain ready to hike within 40 minutes was amazing.
The food was incredible. I think a lot of westerners go and get pizza or pasta or whatever they're used to but it's expensive and not very good. The little dumpling shops and random Sichuan noodle places though can't be beat.
And of course healthcare. There's an inexpensive public option that you have to wait for and also an expensive private option that still has to compete with the public option. So the prices aren't bad at all even with the private doctors and you get something for the extra cost. I never waited more than a couple minutes for a scheduled appointment and the care was far superior to anything I've ever dealt with in the US.
A visit for food poisoning and flu ran me $45 USD with prescriptions. $80 USD for the dentist. $700 usd for 3 months of concerta and a meeting with a specialist. Now I'm back in the US, my wife had to go to an appointment at the nicer local hospital. We waited for an hour in a dirty waiting room with furniture that's falling falling apart for a scheduled appointment that lasted all of 15 minutes, and talked to the doctor for just 2 minutes. $650 without any medications.
Living Got Easier
Still American, been living in Barcelona for 17 years.
On balance it's been a great experience. Mostly as a result of sheer luck I wound up in a place where my shortcomings weren't as big of a problem as they were back in Seattle, and I really came out of my shell. I discovered new talents, started a successful business, met a nice boy, fell in love and got married.
How has my life changed? Well, I have fairly severe ADD, and that kept me from being successful in my chosen IT profession. Here I found a passion for hospitality and opened a burger place that has now become a top-rated mini-chain in the country. Due to the high cost of opening a business like that in the US, I never would have been able to manage it. Here I did.
Quality of life is better in general: good free healthcare, public transport everywhere, awesome food and wine, great climate and weather. Cost of living is generally pretty low compared to the US, even though I'm in one of the most expensive real-estate markets in the country.
On the other hand, something I've noticed and discussed with my American friends is that by comparison, life here is harder than the US (depending on where you are there). By hard I mean so much is a hassle. Those cute mom-and-pop stores here are great until you actually need to buy something and have to go to six places and they are all out of it because they only stock one so you've wasted half a day and still won't get the thing you need until next week. So much paperwork and bureaucracy, city governments and state agencies with entire hierarchies of functionaries who only exist to prevent you from doing what you need to do. Sooo many lines to stand in. Supermarkets that are anything but super and keep bankers' hours. Sky-high taxes. It costs thousands of Euros and the better part of a year to get a drivers' license here, but everyone drives like a drunken toddler so what was the point? I could go on.
Life here is great, but I suspect we'll wind up back in the US in a few years.
Capitalism Hasn't Taken My Life Away
I'm still an American, but I have been living outside of the US for the better part of the last decade.
It's nice to have affordable medical insurance and to be able to go to the doctor without worrying about the price. It's also nice to have amazing and affordable public transportation, not just in my city, but throughout the whole country. Other positives include low crime, clean cities, not a ton of aggressive homeless people. Apartments are also extremely affordable, even in the most desirable parts of town.
On the downside, I'll always be a foreigner here, and the air pollution is way worse here than in the US. Also, fresh produce is way more expensive here than it is back home.
My Life Isn't Dependent On My Wealth
I am a Norwegian-American and I have lived in Iceland, Norway, and the Faroe Islands. I am now living in Moscow, Russia, waiting for my residency to be processed. The main change from moving from the States to Russia is the availability to great health care without buying health insurance. I had an MRI done for $20 and they gave me a thumb drive of the scans so I can take it to whichever other clinic I might want to. Then I had 3 ultrasounds during one session, with blood work, and it all only cost around $45 dollars. These appointments were all done on the same day I called to make them and within a 5 mile radius of my home. This was all with a private healthcare clinic too, which is more expensive than just the State run healthcare. So yeah, it's amazing to have that. It's also nice to be able to buy a nice apartment and Summer house without taking a mortgage. I'll just add that life in Russia is much more similar to the United States than it ever was while living in the Nordic countries that I had lived in.
It Really Is All About Healthcare
I no longer have to determine if I'm sick enough to go to the doctor or ER because of costs. Medical treatment here is almost entirely covered by taxes, and it's an amazing feeling after living in the US. I won't lose my savings if I get cancer or have a car accident. If I don't feel well, I just pop down to my doctor for a free visit. (Yes, I know nothing is truly free.)
I have more free time and less stress. Work-life balance is valued more here. No one questions or cares if I take a sick day or need time to go to an appointment. I'm able to pursue hobbies and have a decent social life without other areas of my life being impacted. Life is just more laid back. It took me about five years to adjust to it, but I've fully embraced it now. When I visit the US, I'm always very glad that I no longer live there.
If you think for too long about anything, it's going to start sounding weird. The process of giving birth, unspoken social cues, and our daily practices are all familiar to us, but under a microscope they may sound illogical or even scary.
Redditor u/blooper607 asked people about normal things that weird them out, and people talked about the every day occurrences they just can't get past.
20. Say no to PDA
"People kissing. If it's a couple kissing in real life or on the Tv or in movies etc. I literally have to look away or cover with my hand as I get the most uncomfortable feeling and it gives me a horrible anxious feeling. I've been in a relationship for 3 years, so kissing should be a normal thing. I can do it, but I just can't stand the sight of people doing it. And I genuinely don't know why."
19. The great big rock
"The Moon. Especially when it's HUGE. Scares the **** outa me!"
18. It's just not for everyone
"Being turned on.
I'm asexual, so i can't make sense of it. Being turned on is something i simply don't do.
But it still get's awkward, i rationally know how explicit things are."
17. You can almost imagine the brain freeze
"People biting popsicles.
I know this can be common but I get this feeling in my head, almost like a system shut down. If I see some one take a big old bite of their popsicles (ESPECIALLY FUDGE) I cringe really hard and sometimes I'll lose ability to speak or formulate sentences."
16. I can't stand the sound of coughing
"Hearing others cough. The sound of that creepy meat tube designed to suck in wind.."
15. Seeing those bones working
"Seeing bald men's temples on the side of their head when they chew their food."
14. Now think about if you're spine could wiggle...Giphy
"Dogs wagging their tales. The day I found out that a tail is just extra spine is the day I began to rethink everything. It's just strange to me that they wag their spines when they're happy or intrigued..."
13. I rather not reuse towels
"Using a bath towel or washcloth/bath sponge twice. I have to put them in the laundry after one use. I just can't stand the idea the the thing I used to wash or dry my butt yesterday is going to be washing or drying my face today."
12. A lot of words in the English language don't make sense
"The fact that 'exploded' is a real word. I don't know why, but it just does not sound grammatically correct to me"
11. Is there such a thing as a clear FaceTime image?
"Facetiming with poor connection. For some reason I can't possibly imagine finding this normal, it's so awkward when you just see your friend all pixelly and frozen, and you just have to pretend that's everything's fine"
10. How are bodies just do what they need to do
"In general I'm always amazed how my mind controls the movements of my body: going down the stairs very fast, cut something fast, driving a car,... so many things where you don't think about it but your body performs anyway. And if you would overthink too much, you would probably fail the movements."
9. This is too deep to think about
"I get really freaked out when I think about consciousness a little too long"
"Someday your body will perish but where will your consciousness go if it doesn't perish. How long will it exist?"
8. That winter morning work flowGiphy
"Commuting to work on dark winter mornings. It's just a bunch of people crammed in a train, it's pitchblack outside, people look tired and sometimes miserable, some of them are coughing. Yet it's not like we work on a farm and really need to get to work that early. Most of us just get off the train and walk into offices and do various tasks that we might as well have done a few hours later."
7. Back in my day, it was "dangerous" to share your kids' pictures on Myspace
"Documenting your baby's entire life on social media."
6. This very specific feeling
"The way cotton balls feel between your fingers when you pull them apart..
5. The way sunlight seems to control us
"Our sleep cycle being governed by sunlight. The giant ball of rock has rotated sufficiently that the radioactive emissions from the giant ball of fire are no longer reaching us, so my brain has decided it is time to start slowly shut down until I pass out."
4. ... Excuse me???
"Does sucking the snot out of my baby's nose with a tube count? It's normal when you have a kid, but it still makes my stomach turn."
3. Everyone doesn't want to know about your personal life
"Couples taking about how they're trying for a baby. I don't need to know you're dogging it on the regular, k thanks"
2. Sloth nails do look threatening...Giphy
"Sloths. Those creepy ******* look like demons, and they are going to slowly but efficiently dig out your eyeballs and your soul with those long claws"
1. The miracle of life
"Pregnancy. Another consciousness just casually grows inside of you and bursts out screaming after nine months."