Wednesday’s Reddit Digest—stalking for science

Want to read Reddit but don’t have the time? Our daily Reddit Digest highlights the most interesting or important discussions from around the social news site—every morning.

  • Looks like I missed the College Humor AMA. Too bad. I was going to ask the humor website why it steals original photographs from redditors. (/r/IAmA)

  • Here’s a discussion for all you germaphobes out there: “Does laying down toilet paper when in a public bathroom dramatically help keep away pathogens?” The answer? Well, let’s put it this way: Have you ever heard of a breakout of butt-cheek infections? No? That’s because, as this /r/askscience commenter notes: “You are incredibly unlikely to ever catch anything, even if you sat in poop, from a toilet seat unless you are immunocompromised (e.g. HIV+, current chemotherapy, on immunosupressants) or you have open wounds in that area. If this was at all even remotely common you’d hear about it. Don’t waste paper.” (/r/askscience)

  • How easy is it to get banned from a subreddit? If you stalk people and try to piece together their biography, it’s incredibly easy. Farisr9k knows. He ran an experiment. Doing this isn’t explicitly against the rules on Reddit, but it does slip into a gray area, and mods deserve commendation for banning the guy. (/r/TheoryOfReddit)

  • “What is one lie your parents told you as a child that completely screwed you up?” Thankfully, Santa Claus is nowhere near the top. But this answer is (warning: NSFW language): “When I asked what a blow job was, they told me it was a snow blower used for clearing sidewalks. The next week I went to see santa at the mall, and I told him my daddy wanted a blow job for Christmas.” /r/AskReddit

  • This redditor took a photo of the moon. When he looked at it later, he noticed the silhouette of an airplane. (/r/1000words)

  • The U.S. tried to purchase Greenland for $100 million in 1947. (/r/todayilearned)

Kevin Morris

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