With the evolution of humanity also comes the evolution of invention.
From the invention of the wheel to to electric cars, there are countless inventions which have no doubt made the world a better place.
But are there some inventions which we might have been better off without?
Redditor DJWP137 was curious to hear which inventions the Reddit community thought may have done the world a disservice, leading them to ask:
"What, in your opinion, is the worst thing humans ever created?"
I've got nowhere to put anything!
"Fake pockets."- kibalevGiphy
My kids couldn't grow up soon enough
Benefits absolutely no one
"All of them."
"A tool with no other purpose than to inflict misery is about as far from humanity as humanly possible."
"I’m referring to the definition of humanity which means 'humaneness or benevolence'."
"Not 'having to do with human kind'."- Willzyx_on_the_moon
"Chemical and biological weapons."- SuvenPan
Always remember to hold your breath when pumping gas.
"It's believed that in the U.S. alone, leaded gasoline caused the loss of about 824,000,000 IQ points."- DeletedImmediatelygas gasoline GIFGiphy
Just round up the measly penny!
"Items that end in .99 cents."
"Pure evil!"- CarloTheGoat
One less step to damage your lungs!
"Pre-rolled and packaged cigarettes."
"In the 1950’s, a pack of cigarettes was just 25 cents."
"Cheap, convenient, and easily available, even to children."
"While a responsible store might not sell them to a ten year old, supermarket vending machines didn’t care."
"The public didn’t know much about their danger back then and ads even told the public about how Doctors loved to smoke, implying that smoking had the blessing of the medical establishment."- Sxzym
Hours wasted in front of a screen
"League of legends."- _Duckling04
"Social Media in some ways."
"Social media has had an amazing amount of influence, but for all the good that it does, it also creates a 'toxic mirror' effect."
"This is the concept of making people feel bad about themselves by constantly being exposed to information that would make them create negative opinions about themselves."
"The toxic mirror makes anything that isn’t physical, emotional, and mental perfection, ugly and bad for that person."
"Beyond the toxic mirror, many people use social media in ways that hurt the people around them."
"The manifestation of a social persona can often present the opportunity for a user to put out very public misinformation."
"This break from reality further muddies people’s ability to properly identify risk, putting them in harmful situations."
"The Internet is filled with trolls, stalkers, and bullies."
"These groups are allowed to run rampant, as people don’t have a lot of resources to ward against them."
"These individuals hide behind their Internet persona, making civil action against them extremely difficult."
"Cyberbullying, specifically, can cause great harm to people of all ages."- KnotKarmasocial media facebook GIF by weinventyouGiphy
They achieve nothing except making me feel bad about myself
"Credit scores and algorithms that value engagement over quality of content so that sh*tty provocative things which get 100s of hate responses and volatile comments are all anyone sees and thinks we're all the worst of humanity."
"It's like that South Park arc about the Danish trolls coming to fruition, a posts something to get a rise out of b who responds which makes c and d respond and so on."
"Only it's like all the internet is."
"A pyramid scheme of rage clicks."- renaaria
Only time will tell what else modern inventors have in store for us.
For better or worse.
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The world is a dumpster fire right now.
I don't know why I even watch the news.
There have to be brighter tales to hear and share.
There are still good humans left, right?
"What are some good things happening in the world right now?"
We need to hear more good news. I'm so exhausted from the gloom. Cheer me up.
"Scientists have discovered a worm that can digest plastic, and they are currently trying to copy it's digestive system. This can help solve a huge problem."
"An Arkansas school district installed 1,400 solar panels, turned a $250k deficit into a 1.8 million dollar surplus due to the amount of energy they saved, and are now raising teachers' salaries by 2,000 or 3,000 dollars."
"School of dreams!"
"On the surface of Mars, the mars rover was able to successfully separate oxygen from carbon dioxide."
"That's interesting, but if people are hoping for a breathable Mars, it's far from the only hurdle. Mars' atmosphere is much too thin to ever be surface friendly and IIRC has no ozone layer. Still, it's useful potential technology for any subsurface colony."
"The public release of the first images captured by the Webb space telescope is just ten days away!"
"I've been counting down the days for this! I don't participate in astrophotography myself but I'm absolutely fascinated by it and blown away by what we already have. The Hubble deep-field blew my mind when it really soaked in for me. Webb is immensely more powerful so I can't wait to see what comes through in the future from it."
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"Some journalist wrote something based off of one of my tweets and now I accidentally named a movie. Even if it sucks I hope the film gets a release since that's a notch on my belt."
Now this is the news we need to hear. CNN should sprinkle more of this in.
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"Canada and Greenland (Government of Denmark) have just come to a peaceful resolution of the 38 year territorial dispute over the highly coveted Hans Island, where they've agree to share the island and split it right down the middle. This is of course the famed 'Whiskey War.' The main aspect of it (swapping schnapps with whiskey or vice versa), I imagine, will remain in some part as a celebrated border-crossing tradition."
"Several extremely promising treatments for cancer are being developed."
"As someone who lost their dad to cancer, seeing all these breakthroughs is so exciting. He did some experimental treatments, and I know that he helped move some of this along."
"I lost both of mine to cancer… specifically pancreatic cancer for my mom. I heard about the potential breakthroughs with finding a cure for the disease. I’m beyond excited for what this could mean for people suffering."
The kids are alright...
"I was at the Phoenix airport a couple weeks ago. An older gentleman sat next to me at our gate. Both his feet were wrapped in some sort of bandage and he was struggling to get around with a cane. On his other side were a pair of teenagers just giggling over kitten videos on their phones."
"They were strangers but made sure this man got helped to the restroom, had a drink, carried his bag, got to his seat, had access to a wheelchair when he got off the plane! It was seamlessly selfless. The kids are alright. They really are. I'm 47. I am seeing it around me so often."
"Polio was officially eliminated from Africa last year."
"I was in Africa ten years ago and saw it a lot. It's devastating and tragic, and oh so preventable. What a great thing to hear for those people!"
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"More people are seeking to 'break the cycle' of all the crap they had to deal with as children, and I couldn't be prouder."
See there is some good in the world. Let's report more.
Do we ever really grow up?
And many of us relish some special piece of our childhood.
I don't know why we would have to give up what make us happy.
This whole notion that once you hit a certain age, certain parts of life are inappropriate, is silly.
For example, I will always not love riding in a shopping cart.
Redditor taylortaylortaylorrr wanted to hear from everyone about what simple things we really enjoy that are meant for a different age bracket. They asked:
"What is something meant for children that you still enjoy as an adult?"
I also love me some chewable vitamins. They just go down smoother.
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"Swings! Love them."
"Nothing like being forty years old at a public park and kind of feeling like you need to announce, 'I swear I’m not a creep. I just want to see how high I can go on this thing if I pump my legs really hard.'"
"Waterslides. Love that sh*t. In fact maybe they are made for adults only screw bringing kids."
"I used to love them. Until I got stuck in one. I got stuck in the ring and if someone never came down early I could have been in there for ages. Panicked the hell out of me man. Now I can’t use them. Shame, cause I used to love them."
"I grew up watching all the classics like The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Fairly Odd Parents, Dexter's laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Ed, Edd and Eddy, What's New Scooby Doo, SpongeBob SquarePants. I don't care how old I get, they'll never stop being entertaining."
"There are two types of people: people who never totally outgrew cartoons and liars."
"Playing in the sand at the beach."
"I mostly see grown men have the most fun playing in the sand. Most kids collect water and dump it. I don't see much playing unless an adult is facilitating. To me playing in the sand is exfoliating so I'm all for it. I used to hate the sand as a child. I didn't know how to properly clean it off before getting home."
"Water guns are crap nowadays. 90s Super Soaker was peak. Meanwhile Nerf is better than it’s ever been right now."
I miss great water guns. They just fall apart now.
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"I'm 34 years old and I am sitting in my living room, sipping wine, and annoying the crap out of my darling husband by watching episode after episode of The Scooby Doo Show. I love Scooby and the Gang and I will never stop."
"Positive reinforcement. I love it when someone tells me I’m doing a great job."
"I always let my coworkers know they’re doing a great job. Even when it’s not exactly true I like to think I’m the glue that keeps his company together."
"I had positive reinforcements given to me during my military apprenticeship or whatever it's called, it was nice to hear."
"I would like to be able to jump in them like I could as a kid. I could jump in them for such a long time. Now after 2 minutes my a** is kicked, gasping for air, and I feel like I'm going to pee my pants."
"I came here to say this. :) I’m thinking about renting one for my 28th birthday this year."
"Stuffed animals! I still sleep with a couple in my bed lol."
"I sleep with a giant serta sheep. heck, he popped a hole 3 months ago, so i took the opportunity, pulled the stuffing out of him, and ran him through a washing machine a few times before putting new stuffing into him! all nice and clean!!!"
"My partner sleeps with a soft toy dog I bought him years ago. When I have to stay away for work or training, he lets me take it with me and I sleep a million times better with it."
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"I take a quick 30 min nap everyday during my lunch. It’s a fantastic way to boost my energy for the last 4 hours of my shift. And it improves my mood big time. I’m always happier after a nap."
I want all of these things. Forever.
I love pizza.
How in the world could someone NOT love pizza?!
Over the years people have gotten VERY creative with their toppings.
It's a whole new world when it comes to mixing flavors on the dough.
Though some of those choices may be a bit out there.
Why not take a chance?
Redditor MRF1982 wanted to discuss the best and worst of the pizza menu. They asked:
"What’s an unusually good pizza topping?"
I'm not very adventurous with my pizza toppings. But entice me...
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"I don't know about toppings but just wanted to say, re-heating left over pizza in my air fryer made the pizza 5x better than when it originally was. Some type of voodoo in those air fryers."
"Calabrian Chiles. A local place did Calabrian Chiles and Pepperoni which is now my single favorite topping combo."
A place I used to go in Chattanooga had them as a topping. My favorite was ordering it Detroit style and EVERY time the waitress, 'Do you know what Detroit style is….ok do you know what Calabrian chiles are? Ok.'"
"I asked the waitress if those come up as complaints often and she said, 'often enough we always ask those questions to avoid issues later…'"
"Add some different cheese on top of frozen pizza, changes the game."
"I've been doing this since I was a kid. Any frozen pizza with added cheese/toppings becomes known as a 'super pizza' in my family."
"I'm a single dude and I like to grill at least once a week so I have some dank meat to use throughout the week for work lunches, ramen noodles, stir fry, and super pizzas. I buy cheese pizzas because they come with fancier cheese and then I add whatever I got grilled up (usually pork loin or chicken) and I add some extra cheese of my own just to make sure it's a true 'super pizza.'"
Hot Sweet Touch
"I had this one friend who dipped her pizza in honey back in high school, and we gave her so much crap for it. We thought she was so weird, none of us had ever heard of anyone doing that before and she kept trying to tell us that it was a thing other people did too, and we weren't buying it."
"It became such a big running thing that we would be out having a completely unrelated meal at like chipotle or some Chinese food place, and someone would break out a bottle of honey from nowhere and offer it to her, deadpan, then she'd go all red in the face and we'd burst out laughing."
"One time when we were older, she finally got a few of us to try it. The look of vindication on her face at that moment was legendary. The pizza almost tasted good enough to make up for the taste of having to eat all the crap we gave her over the years before that."
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"I had a pear, caramelized onion, and Gorgonzola pizza last night and it was AMAZING!"
Well those are some interesting options. Not sure if I'll try. But hey...
"Potatoes in thin slices."
"Love some loaded Baked Potato Pizza. Sour cream instead of pizza sauce topped with low moisture mozzarella, thin potato slices, bacon, green onions, and cheddar cheese. Our local place makes it."
"So I went to a local pizza spot, and tried a pizza with strawberries on it. It was spicy and sweet at the same time. Super weird but also super delicious."
"This is the first answer I’ve seen that seems remotely unusual. In that same vein, while vacationing in St. Augustine, I had an amazing popsicle flavored with strawberries and local hot peppers. Sweet, ice cold, late heat!"
"I had one with blueberries and goat cheese a few years back - it was really good!"
"Pesto base, roast or confit potato, blue cheese, rosemary."
"I just googled confit potato, thinking 'If this is just mashed potato with duck fat, Imma fight someone.' Only to learn that it is not. It is far more magical. Just when I thought potato had no more to offer the world."
"Really fresh arugula put on after the pizza comes out of the oven and drizzled with EVOO, salt and pepper. Makes any pizza a delight!"
"One of the best pizzas I ever had was arugula and figs. Still paled in comparison to the red baron I ate the first time I smoked. But yeah arugula is nice. I remember thinking 'Why is a salad on my pizza? Oh yeah I ordered it.' 9/10 would try again."
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"Roasted garlic. You don't think about wasting a topping on it but when you do, it makes the pizza taste absolutely amazing."
Some of those sound fantastic. Yum.
While a number of people lost their jobs when the global pandemic hit in 2020, and others had to switch to working remotely, there were those who literally had to show up to work.
Their time and effort thankfully did not go unnoticed for the most part, as they would become known as "essential workers", without whom the world as we know it literally would not function.
If only their value was also noted in their salaries.
Indeed, for far too long it's often been that the hardest working people all over the world are also among the most egregiously underpaid, which in contrast often leads people to wonder if certain professions should be as lucrative as they are.
Redditor kushkakes77 asked:
"What profession is unbelievably underpaid or overpaid?"
Those who help others should be helped with bigger paychecks!
"Basically any job that asks you to assist disadvantaged individuals."- Upstairs_Toe_1402
"Most professions where you're helping people, in my experience, are chronically underpaid."
"Speaking as a social worker, high stress, never ending workload of emergencies, and low pay."
"But, I enjoy what I do."
"I love the clients I support, and can't see myself in any other field."- FoxxyCleopatra75
"Most, if not all, of the human services jobs."
"I have a few friends in social work and they are so vastly underpaid for what they do."
"Like these people work to make the lives of children better and I make more walking around half a block of property."
"It's honestly gross."- Sanguiniutron
Seriously, for the amount they give, they deserve more in return!
"Social work is almost always underpaid."- Witch_Covfefe
"Nursing home workers."
"Minimum wage to clean old people sh*t.'- nedeta
Saving lives, and criminally underpaid
"EMTs make like fucking $11/hour or some sh*t.
"Maybe it's gone up a bit over the last year, but it is alarmingly low considering our lives are in their hands, even if we're just driving nearby while they speed through red lights."- Shermione
"Pays less than McDonalds presently, requires school to do and usually has rough hours."
"Physically demanding, psychologically difficult... the list goes on."- Carpaltunnelsnake
An fancy office should not always mean higher pay...
"Overpaid: hospital administrators and health insurance executives."- titanmd315·
As if the US healthcare system didn't have enough problems...
"When I left 15 years ago, I was bringing in over $120K per year, and on an average day."
"I would work 5 hrs., including at least 45 minutes for lunch."
"Four times a year, I would be flown to some 4-star resort location where we would have sales meetings, dinners at the most expensive places in town, pricey after-dinner drinks in the hotel bars, and hook-ups with co-workers in the room."
"At the time, the industry employed the hottest women to be found because they thought they could command the physician's attention."
"I left because I had a real problem with my employer buying $800 bottles of wine for docs and calling it 'research and development'."- SnooBooks4898
One of the US legal system biggest flaws...
"Public Defenders are extremely underpaid where I live."
"It's still a good amount of money, but you could get a job at a fancy library for around the same salary."
"Kind of sad really since they work their asses off for unfortunate people and aren't paid much."- EugeneVanSnorky
It is sad to think how those who work the longest hours or the most grueling jobs still find themselves struggling to make ends meet.
And it's even more sad to acknowledge this could be a problem that might never change.