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The Internet has brought about all kinds of new opportunities and advancements for billions of people. With the advent of smartphones and portable computers, more people than ever before are now online, learning and sharing with each other. This gives them the chance to participate in all of the benefits that come with internet access.

Chief amongst these is the ability for groups of like-minded people to come together and form their own communities. In the past, it might have been difficult for a selection of people interested in a niche topic to communicate with each other regularly or start up a group, but the Internet gives them the chance to do exactly that. This means that communities that might never have been possible to establish just a few decades ago can now flourish online.

One of the premier websites for these types of communities is Reddit. This discussion site and forum effectively gives anyone the chance to set up their own group, or subreddit, so that they can converse with other people with similar interests. Whilst most of these subreddits are the type of ordinary thing you would expect people to want to talk about, some involve the weirdest and strangest cultures and communities that you could ever imagine. Some, honestly, defy imagination.

A Subreddit For People Who Want To Photoshop Arms Onto Birds

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The number one location on the Internet for people who want to combine their love of birds, muscular arms, and Photoshop is r/bridswitharms. It allows users to test their creativity and artistic skills by making birds (and the idea of arms) look super silly.

With more than 100,000 people (!) participating since its inception in 2008, the subreddit simply asks its users to use image manipulation software to create funny pictures of birds with human arms added on their bodies.

A Subreddit For People Who Want To Discuss Their Evil Plans
Photo: New Line Cinema

The life of an evil mastermind is often a lonely and isolated existence. That doesn’t have to be the case, though, thanks to r/myevilplan. The subreddit allows people to discuss their evil schemes, whether they want to get revenge on someone or just simply play a prank on a friend. People even offer constructive feedback and advice.

With more than 15,000 members, there will certainly be plenty of help if you want to plan your own evil scheme.

A Subreddit For People Who Want To Control The Life Of A Random Dude
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Considering how diverse Reddit is, it’s entirely possible that a group of people would create a subreddit specifically to tell the life story of a fictional man called Norman Tebbutt. Oh wait, that totally happened. The entire community, known as r/lifeofnorman, revolves around the 50,000 members telling small stories about the everyday life of the unremarkable Norman.

So far, Norman has lost his wife to a younger man, seen his son move away, and gotten himself a cat. Riveting.

A Subreddit For People Who Are Immortal Transdimensional Beings
Photo: via r/fifthworldproblems

It’s difficult to explain r/fifthworldproblems with a tiny, four-dimensional consciousness. See, the subreddit is dedicated to the hypothetical problems experienced in a world that exists outside of normal reality.

The posts are surreal and sometimes incomprehensible, dealing with cosmic-scale events that mere humans couldn’t possibly hope to understand. It’s sort of like a super dark collective conceptual art project. Oh, it’s also hilarious.

A Subreddit For People Who Want To Tell Pointless Stories
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While Reddit has become known as a place for people to share outlandish and funny stories to the rest of the community, one subreddit aims to do the exact opposite. r/pointlessstories is the destination for anyone who wants to tell a story to the world but hasn’t done or seen anything interesting to talk about.

Instead, they simply post about their normal everyday lives that no one in their right mind should even bother reading – yet, plenty of people do. The Internet, ladies and gentlemen.

A Subreddit For People Who Want To Remix The Thomas The Tank Engine Theme Song With Hip-Hop
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Anyone with children (or who was recently a child themselves) will likely be familiar with the theme tune from Thomas the Tank Engine. For those who don’t fall into either category, the song is apparently very versatile and can be modified or remixed with all types of different music.

Over at r/thomasthedankengine, users specialize in altering the theme song with hip-hop tracks to create brand new musical masterpieces.

A Subreddit For People Who Want To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse
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With the increasing popularity of zombies across all forms of media, it should come as no surprise that there has been a subreddit set up to discuss ways to survive any possible outbreak of the monsters. The subreddit r/ZombieSurvivalTactics aims to have its contributors post various tips and strategies for how they would tackle a zombie apocalypse.

This goes from ways the enemies could be fought off in an attack to survival advice if you’re trapped in the wilderness. The administrators also make it clear that they only accept posts about realistic zombie situations. You know, none of that fantasy crap.

A Subreddit For People Who Want To See Slavs Squatting
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For some inexplicable reason, there are 46,000 people on Reddit who apparently enjoy nothing more than posting and looking at images of Slavic people squatting. It’s unclear whether these Eastern Europeans are expert squatters or just do it more regularly than the rest of us, but r/slavs_squatting has a steady supply of images and gifs of them almost sitting down in a variety of different locations and environments.

A Subreddit For People Who Think Birds Are Fighting A War Against Humans
Photo: Universal Studios

Technically, r/enlightenedbirdmen is not about an actual war between birds and mankind, but rather a group of 41,000 people who like to pretend that there is. The various members are essentially playing the parts of birds, posting as if they were an avian being that is attacking people as part of a larger campaign to defeat their enemies.

Even stranger is the fact that the posters all submit their messages with various bird noises in the text. A typical example: SCRAWWW!! I HAVE DESTROYED A MUDMAN SCREE!! SCRAW.

A Subreddit For People Who Want To See Sexy Pictures Of Toasters
Photo: Donovan Govan/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

Reddit has shown a lot of love for toasters over the years, whether it is members trying to get toasters to have equal rights with humans with r/ToasterRights or people showing off toasters that have stopped working with r/PicsOfDeadToasters.

One subreddit, r/ToastersGW, takes it one step further. See, it’s a repository of “sexy” images of the cooking devices, giving subscribers the chance to admire them in all their beauty. “GW,” for newcomers, stands for “Gone Wild.”

A Subreddit For People Who Like To Watch Dragons Bang Cars
Photo: IvanStroganov / via Imgur

Sometimes the name of a thing tells you everything you need to know about it. Like “scrambled eggs” or “wheelchair.” You can pretty much tell exactly what you’re going to get. Such is the case with r/dragonsf*ckingcars, a subreddit that readily delivers on the promise of its title.

The community is replete with (surprisingly) well-done illustrations, image manipulations, and even the ocassional “real world” example of winged reptiles gettin’ it on with motor vehicles. Be warned, some of the images are very NSFW.

A Subreddit For People Who Want To Count Really High
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Counting is something that we learned to do at a very early age (probably while in school) but don’t consciously think about in our adult lives. Well, The r/counting seeks to change all of that. The premise of the community is simple (even if it is one of the strangest online). Basically, users reply to previous comments with the next number in the sequence.

They aren’t counting to any particular number, and as a whole the group has now reached more than 1.5 million.

A Subreddit For People Who Love Airport Carpets
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r/CarpetsforAirports is a subreddit all about carpets in airports from all over the world. So, exactly what it sounds like, apparently. Although it is primarily used as a place for people to share pictures of various examples from airports they have visited on their travels, they aren’t afraid to include trivia about the carpets or pictures and information about the manufacturing process.

Some contributors even put extra effort into their submissions by including videos of their favorite airport decorations.

A Subreddit For People Who Want To Drink While Showering
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There are few things in life as enjoyable as having a cold, refeshing beer or a warm and relaxing shower. The users of r/showerbeer have decided to combine these two pastimes together into one wonderful experience.

Users generally use the odd subreddit to share their favorite beers and recommend new drinks to others while they post pictures of themselves enjoying the alcohol in a shower. Obviously, this means that some of the pictures end up being not safe for work, but it’s far from a place for smut.

A Subreddit For People Who Think Trees Suck
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Do you think that trees are just not very good at doing their job? Then r/treessuckingatthings is the place for you. This community of 33,000 people are all hell-bent on showing trees in a bad light whenever possible.

Users are encouraged to send in genuine pictures (and even Photoshopped images) of trees sucking at what they are supposed to do. Photos of them doing things well (photosynthesis, presumably) are strictly prohibited.

A Subreddit For People Who Really, Really Like Electric Fans
Photo: Hans Olav Lien/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

Some people just cannot get enough of electric fans in all their glory. For these people, the perfect place on the Internet for them to discuss their love of fans and post pictures of various examples would be the subreddit elegantly called r/fans.

Despite its small size, the community is still rather active and you’ll be surprised at how many different types of electric fan there are in the world. Whether new or old, ceiling or window, all electric fans are welcome there.

 

 

 

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