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U/hate_mail / R/Animalsthatlovemagic

Here are the top 5 best subreddits you’ve never heard of

Spice up your Reddit feed with these über-obscure subreddits.

Jun 30, 2020, 2:06 pm*

Internet Culture

Anna Maria 

Anna Maria

Reddit is a strange, strange place.

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Like most internet communities, it’s equal parts horrible and wholesome. On one hand, you can entertain yourself with animal videos and stories of wild feuds. On the other, it’s a cesspool for racism and toxic politics.

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Ultimately, however, Reddit is exactly what you make it to be—specifically, by joining subreddits, which are niche sub-communities dedicated to both broad topics (like politics) or hyper-specific ones like one fictional character’s fate in a beloved franchise. Most redditors are part of the same mega-popular subreddits like r/relationships and r/aww, but what about the less massive communities?

While there are countless smaller subreddits that are certainly worth your time, we’ve listed out a few of the less famous ones that are great to start off with. Here, in no particular order, are 5 of the best “underground” subreddits.

Top 5 lesser-known subreddits

1) R/dadswhodidnotwantpets

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We’ve decided to start off this list with possibly one of the most wholesome subreddits of all time: r/dadswhodidnotwantpets. This community is “for photos and gifs of fathers cuddling with pets they originally said they didn’t want.”

Each post in this subreddit has a similar backstory—a gruff dad grouched about having a furball in the house. Said dad grudgingly warmed to the furball over time. Now, dad and furball are best friends. It’s a tale as old as time.

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2) R/menwritingwomen

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U/dreamlandblues / R/menwritingwomen

“She breasted boobily down the stairs…..” reads the mocking subhead of r/menwritingwomen. It’s a meme borne out of despair, as each day reddit users upload examples of male authors butchering the physical or emotional characterization of women characters.

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Some amusing (read: not-so-amusing) highlights include: “He watches the way her breasts move so gracefully inside the cotton of her housedress,” from a scene where a mother is being strangled; “An enormous wreck of a woman, aged about sixty, with great tumbling breasts…” from George Orwell’s 1984; and “At fifteen, Lucia had the body of a woman, with round, firm breasts…” from Sidney Sheldon’s Sands of Time.

3) R/GamerGhazi

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U/woweed / R/GamerGhazi
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Gamer Ghazi is one of the few spaces on Reddit curated specifically for left-leaning geeks. Existing at the intersection of inclusivity and geek culture, r/gamerghazi is the perfect place to keep track of what’s happening in the social justice spheres of Hollywood, the games industry, and more.

R/gamerghazi isn’t just a place to drop links, though. It’s also a discussion-based community, so if there’s ever a hot-button topics you want to chat about with like-minded folks, this is the subreddit for you.

4) R/specializedtools

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R/specialized tools really epitomizes what Reddit is all about. Hyper-specific and interesting pictures, videos, and GIFs? Check. Fun and educational? Check. Finding out about things you had no idea existed? Check, check, check.

Some of r/specialized tools’ most iconic discoveries include the cigarette butt collector, chainsaw protective pants, a chair for people who prefer to sit cross-legged, and a tree mover.

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5) R/Animalsthatlovemagic

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What better way to wrap things up than with an unadulteratedly heart-warming subreddit like r/Animalsthatlovemagic? Far more specific than most of Reddit’s other animal-based communities, this sub is dedicated solely to the wonder and excitement that animals uniquely display toward magic tricks.

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While several posts feature perky-eared pups being bamboozled by simple magic tricks, r/Animalsthatlovemagic features critters from every corner of the animal kingdom. Ducklings, horses, and even lions all are delightfully dazzled by human tricks.

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*First Published: Jul 3, 2020, 6:00 am