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In which John introduces you to a few of his favorite subreddit communities over at, from places that celebrate beautiful data to communities committed to the cause of the Empire, and some extraordinarily high quality GIFs. (Or, GIFs, if you prefer the other pronunciation.) LINKS:

The Nerdfighter subreddit:

Children Falling Over:

Better Every Loop: featuring the smash-hit gif 4 Girls vs. 1 Rat:

Birds with Arms:

Internet is Beautiful:

Data is Beautiful:

RuPaul's Drag Race:

Empire Did Nothing Wrong:

Nature is F***ing Lit:

Reddit Gets Drawn:

Oddly Satisfying:

Imaginary Maps:

High Quality GIFs:

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Good morning, Hank. It's Tuesday. Well, this is a nice turn of events: they're decorated!

Hank, I haven't been getting a lot of sleep lately, and as you can probably tell puff levels are a little bit high, but I don't wanna talk about that today, I wanna talk about my favourite subreddits.

For those who are unaware, Reddit is a link aggregation site with lots of different communities called subreddits and while I often find browsing an uncurated reddit to be a little bit unpleasant, and at times even kinda toxic, there are also many wonderful corners of Reddit, including, for the record,, where you can follow along with all the happening in Nerdfighteria.

Okay, first we have 'ChildrenFallingOver', which is just a collection of mostly wholesome GIFs of children falling over. I mean, who among us, does not wanna watch this kid fall off a diving board over and over and over again? 

And speaking of over and over and over, another of my favorite subreddits is 'BetterEveryLoop', which is a collection of GIFs that get better with every loop. An example being this gif entitled "Four Girls, One Rat", in which a group of young people devise a brilliant and complicated strategy for ridding their home of a rat.

Wait, wait for it, wait for it, YEEEEEES! Oh, I could watch that again and again, but alas we can't, because we have to move on. 

OH NO! Wait, I just realized that I already said 'GIFs' several times in this video, so everyone is going to be mad at me for my pronunciation and flame wars are going to erupt in the comments. Even though, for the record, both pronunciations are entirely correct. In fact, I'm just gonna use both pronunciation to make sure that I infuriate everyone. 

Right, okay, let's move on to 'BirdsWithArms', which sounds like some kind of weapons-related euphemism, but in fact is a subreddit devoted to birds with arms. They got like owls with arms, roosters with arms, armed hawks with arms, basically all of the major birds, but with arms.

Somewhat more sophisticated is the subreddit 'InternetIsBeautiful', which introduces you to beautiful websites all around the world, from one that allows you to listen to live radio anywhere on the plant to a website where Google's AI tries to guess what your doodles are. Basically, it's like playing Pictionary against Google, and it turns out that Google is very good at Pictionary. That AI still figure out which videos to demonetize, but it's great at Pictionary. 

Also in the 'IsBeautiful' category, 'DataIsBeautiful', a subreddit that shares interesting and beautifully presented data. Like this web tool exploring which countries are emitting the most carbon and from what sources. 

Then we have 'RuPaulsDragRace', which is full of screenshots and fanart and GIFs about the best reality TV show currently on the air.

Another of my pop culture favorites is the subreddit 'EmpireDidNothingWrong', which is devoted to the fan theory that, in the Star Wars universe, the Empire is actually good and the Rebel Alliance are the bad guys. 

Okay, let's move on to 'NatureIsEffingLit', but with the actual curse word. This subreddit explores all the ways that nature is, you know, effing lit, like this crab using two sea anemones to protect himself. 

There are also great collaborative communities on Reddit, like 'RedditGetsDrawn', where people submit photographs and then other people draw them. So that this dog, for instance, becomes this. And this. And this.

That just makes me happy, as does 'OddlySatisfying', a community devoted to images and animations hat are oddly satisfying, like this one is called "Double Dominos" and at first you're like, "Yeah, I don't that's reasonably satisfying but then if you just wait for it for a second, "Oh, now that! That is oddly satisfying.'

I also love the subreddit 'ImaginaryMaps', as readers of Paper Towns will be unsurprised to learn. It does contain the occasional copyright trap map, but it's mostly somewhat fantastical maps, like majority language spoken at home in the Republic of Skyrim. Or really fantastical maps like New York State High Speed Rail 2030. 

And lastly, there is a very weird subreddit called 'HighQualityGifs', in which people devote many, many hours to creating astonishingly, stupidly high quality GIFs. And even more weirdly, almost all of them are so-called 'meta'. Which is to say that they are mostly GIFs about GIFing, or possibly GIFs about gifing.

'HighQualityGifs' is one of those places where longer you hang around, the better it gets, and that's my favorite kind of internet community. In fact, it's the kind I hope we have here.

Okay, Hank, I have to get back to work, but at some point, I will need a break, so I hope you let me know, in comments, what's your favorite corners of the internet are, on Reddit or elsewhere.

Hank, DFTBA! I will see you on Friday.