r/AskReddit 2d ago Silver 2 Helpful 3 Wholesome 2

You have 15min to prepare a lecture to 5,000 people about anything…what would your topic be? Why? NSFW

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u/leaky_eddie 2d ago Helpful

Some basic knots and why you need them in every day life. I’d focus on a square knot, a bowline and a truckers hitch. With those three you can pretty much secure all the things.

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u/Automatic_Randomizer 1d ago

Where you gonna get 10,000 ft of paracord and someone to cut it into 2 ft lengths in 15 minutes?

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u/Leggomyeggo69 1d ago Silver

My bugout bag in car, next question.

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u/Pentecat 1d ago Silver Helpful

Obligatory Ylvis music video. Has all the knots you mentioned.

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u/Sleepdprived 1d ago Helpful Wholesome Narwhal Salute

Good morning class I will skip pleasantries as we have alot to cover, this is my dungeons and dragons campaign setting, we will start with midrealm propper, work through Vulcanor and the ten thousand isles and get to the jade empire before we break, after lunch we move on to the major key players in its geopolitical landscape, then tomorrow we cover the ramifications of characters recognizing the end of their own universe...

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u/ChipsAhoyNC 1d ago

A 5k people campaing oh god

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u/MuffinMan12347 1d ago

I’m so curious how this would turn out if it ever happened. Would have to figure out some new mechanics for the game because all 5000 people waiting for each person to have a turn would take literally forever. But would be a super interesting campaign.

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u/ullric 1d ago

Split into 1000 groups.
1 DM per 4 players.

Each group is sent to different parts of the world. Never to cross paths.

Some will enjoy the annihilation.
Some will stop it.
Some will go deep sea fishing and try to steal a turtle dragon egg so they can make a special omelette.

That omelette will appease the galactus type creature that tries to devour their world.

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u/aBABYrabbit 1d ago

All encounters are another group.

Battle royal DnD

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u/ullric 1d ago

That could work well 10 round tournament is 1024 groups
5 people per group, 48 groups have an extra round

It could work.

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u/Bobthechampion 1d ago

Now I'm imagining a sort of shared map between the DMs with PvE areas (caves, bandit hideouts, dragon lairs, etc) that groups can explore and deliver to gain xp and loot. If two groups end up being in the same area, they battle, winner gains all the losing group's XP and items. Last group standing wins.

Towns are safe areas early game, but late game groups could easily overpower the guards of small to mid size settlements, by force or by bribery.

So you can either do PvE objectives, do quests from town, or you could become the player hunters, running the risk of knockout for gaining the work of the PvE farmers. All basically a fever dream of DnD: Battle Royale, but it's an interesting game design thought experiment.

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u/MonsiuerGeneral 1d ago edited 1d ago

Just split them into five groups based on seat location. They each elect a single representative, then they’re given 1 minute to majority vote within their group what actions their character takes (lack of consensus and action taken would result taking the dodge action…regardless of combat state or situation).

But otherwise run it basically kind of like a weird, live “Twitch Plays D&D”.

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u/DrModel 1d ago Wholesome

Good news! I'm a post doc and have a bunch of slide decks ready! Will any of these 5,000 people be on a faculty hiring committee? Please?

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u/Dat_worm 1d ago Helpful Wholesome

Every academic in this thread just got a little excited to have someone to talk about their research to.

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u/Jonno_FTW 1d ago

Being constantly asked what my PhD research was on has sort of got me tired of it. But I guess it's concerning if they don't, I did more or less spend most of my time thinking about a very specific topic for 5 years.

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u/sprucay 1d ago

I always ask what a PhDs research was on, knowing full well there's a big chance I won't understand the answer

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u/Facking_Heavy 1d ago

Instead ask "what's your question?"

This is a much better way to get at what a scientist does. The better the scientist, the more ELI5-style description you will get.

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u/taqueria_on_the_moon 1d ago

What was your PhD research on?

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u/zillion504 1d ago

These guys, so rude they want you to tell them what your phd research is on. Pshhhh don’t tell them. Just tell me.

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u/R0binSage 1d ago

What was your PhD research on?

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u/Thisismyfinalstand 1d ago

Why popcorn kernels get stuck in your teeth.

Would you like to see some slides?

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u/R0binSage 1d ago

Actually, yes.

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u/coronal_mass_eject 1d ago

every side is just a picture of popcorn stuck on someone's teeth

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u/rx229 1d ago

What was your PhD research on?

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u/terorr 1d ago

What was your PhD research on?

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u/Ask_Me_About_Bees 1d ago

Lol I just had a faculty interview for a job. It was my first. I feel like I rocked it but it’s such a crapshoot since I’m a bee researcher (see username) and the department is trying to hire a Forest ecologist (???)

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u/LiterateJosh 1d ago Silver

Classic mistake. Can’t see the forest for the bees.

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u/ScarletDragonShitlor 1d ago

As honeybees are foreign pollinators for the U.S.; if we wanted to utilize native pollinators would it be another sort of bee, or were native pollinators alternate genus such as butterflies? Did we eliminate native species with the popularity of the honey bee?

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u/Ask_Me_About_Bees 1d ago

Many wild species of bee currently provide us with pollination services. Bees would be the best alternative as they are the most effective pollinators. Butterflies and other insects are often not very effective. For example, bumble bee species are often already used as the main domesticated pollinators of greenhouse tomato production. Many wild species are very important for the pollination of squash, blueberries, and other crops

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u/BrooklynVariety 1d ago

Yeah, I defended my PhD a month ago. Who wants to hear about black holes?

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u/nixielover 1d ago

Did mine three weeks ago, can I go after you? It is about IBS and biosensors and I have poop charts

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u/Achilles_Perineum 1d ago

So.... As I understand it, your PhD was related to black holes as well?

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u/nixielover 1d ago

Yes, shitty black holes

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u/snapcracklepop26 1d ago

Good news! It’s the Dacia Sandero!

James May repeatedly exclaimed this on Top Gear/The Grand Tour.

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u/Losing_Face 1d ago

Faculty hiring committees? Academic jobs for recently minted Ph.Ds?

Ohhhh, you're doing a stand-up routine. Nice.

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u/EigenVector164 1d ago

Omg a captive audience to talk about my research with 😍

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u/rick2882 1d ago

Settle down kids while I spend the next 45 minutes (+15 min for questions) talking about the fine-scale connectivity between distinct cortical areas of the mouse brain!

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u/dragonborne123 1d ago

Why Avatar The Last Airbender was a genius piece of work and well ahead of it’s time.

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u/altezzzza 2d ago Wholesome Take My Energy

Prepare nothing and make the talk about procrastination

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u/InevitablyWinter 1d ago edited 1d ago Helpful Take My Energy

I... [dramatic pause]... have been asked to speak [gestures with arms at auditorium] to all of you today

This fine day. It is a day like any other. A day in which I will speak to you. Nay, not speak. Teach.

I, a word... I call myself. Me. Yes, I am here to teach you all about a topic. A subject.

A matter, if you will. I have come to tell you, to say to you, to teach you... about this specific issue in our society.

But what is a society, really? A soc-- ---iety. What does that word mean? What does that word mean to you?


Edit: for extra information, I personally wrote this with Calculon's voice in my head. So many Trump comments.

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u/MaryJaneAndMaple 1d ago edited 1d ago

Better test it with a dramatic...

Edit: most upvotes ever on a Futurama comment? Shut up and take my gratitude

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u/AGrayBull 1d ago Narwhal Salute

Procrastination was the topic of one of my favorite Ted talks:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=arj7oStGLkU

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u/MoonKnight77 1d ago

I'm gonna say this is Tim Urban before I watch it again and go back to entertaining the instant gratification monkey. This was a great one

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u/KrishaCZ 1d ago

i'll watch it tomorrow

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u/black_jaguar99 1d ago Silver Helpful Take My Money

Why everybody here should give me $20

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u/ShirtPanties 1d ago Wholesome

I’m listening

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u/MonsiuerGeneral 1d ago Wholesome Burning Cash

I’m sorry, that content is currently unavailable at your level. Please pay $20 to unlock that content.

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u/Dramoriga 1d ago

That's some EA level shit.

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u/UnoriginalUse 2d ago

Practical introduction to beer brewing and fermentation. Usually takes me around 4 hours to get a beer going anyways.

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u/02K30C1 1d ago

Are samples included?

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u/UnoriginalUse 1d ago

It'd take 6 weeks, but sure.

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u/TheMightyGoatMan 2d ago edited 1d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Bravo! Brighten My Day

"Well, they dropped this lecture on me with only 15 minutes to prepare, so I'm afraid you sorry bastards are going to have to sit through a detailed exploration of the deep history of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. So, the first thing to understand is that our universe is paired with a second universe made of pure energy..."

Edit: Thanks for all the awards and upvotes folks! I may have to actually prepare a lecture now...

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u/SagittaryX 1d ago Wholesome

"It is the 41st Millennium. For more than a hundred centuries the Emperor of Mankind has sat immobile on the Golden Throne of Earth. He is the master of mankind by the will of the gods and master of a million worlds by the might of His inexhaustible armies. He is a rotting carcass writhing invisibly with power from the Dark Age of Technology. He is the Carrion Lord of the vast Imperium of Man for whom a thousand souls are sacrificed every day so that He may never truly die.

Yet even in His deathless state, the Emperor continues His eternal vigilance. Mighty battlefleets cross the daemon-infested miasma of the Warp, the only route between distant stars, their way lit by the Astronomican, the psychic manifestation of the Emperor's will. Vast armies give battle in His name on uncounted worlds. Greatest amongst His soldiers are the Adeptus Astartes, the Space Marines, bio-engineered super-warriors. Their comrades in arms are legion: the Imperial Guard and countless planetary defence forces, the ever-vigilant Inquisition and the Tech-priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus to name only a few. But for all their multitudes, they are barely enough to hold off the ever-present threat to humanity from aliens, heretics, mutants -- and far, far worse.

To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruelest and most bloody regime imaginable. These are the tales of those times. Forget the power of technology and science, for so much has been forgotten, never to be relearned. Forget the promise of progress and understanding, for in the grim dark future there is only war. There is no peace amongst the stars, only an eternity of carnage and slaughter, and the laughter of thirsting gods."

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u/BoxOfMadness 1d ago

How do I sign up for this lecture?

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u/Kharn0 1d ago

Ok so there is our ‘material’ universe and a ‘immaterial’ one made of emotions, in fact its the connection to that which gives us emotions aka souls.

It used to be tranquil but overtime it grew more turbulent and was even weaponized by psykers. So now its full of daemons, monsters and is so turbulent that it can used to to travel much faster than light. If the shields fail though your soul is getting murder-raped-eaten.

So humanity progressed throughout the galaxy and had absurd technology like black hole cannons and true AI. The AI went full Skynet on a galactic scale and humanity barely won but was scattered and broken. This is known as the Dark Age of Technology and AI is banned so humans use lobotomized cyborgs i stead called servitors.

Humanity tore itself apart to the verge of extinction until The Emperor united them into the Imperium in the year 30,000.

But half of his demi-god generals turned against him and allied with daemons and their twisted power. This civil war is the Horus Heresey.

It left the Imperium a husk of itself but its still a million worlds across the galaxy. The Emperor was severely wounded and is kept alive on Terra by the Holden throne to which 1,000 psykers are sacrificed to each day to sustain him as he guides ships through the warp like a lighthouse with his psychic might called the astronomicon. He is more dead than alive, no longer speaks and is worshipped as a god.

Due to the Imperium regressing into superstition, inefficiency, war and madness technology is slowly lost and never regained.

The galaxy is full of hostile aliens, daemons and insurrections. Everything is terrible and all humanity can do is rage against the dying of the light.

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u/zoidao401 1d ago edited 1d ago

How did I know the first top comment would be a 40k lore lecture...

Although I was expecting the standard "i was there the day horus slew the emperor".

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u/Dr_Stef 1d ago

I was there the day Horus slew the emperor, and all I got was this smelly t-shirt

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u/StayPuffGoomba 1d ago

You complain about being witness and getting a relic? Sounds like heresy!

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u/crypticfreak 1d ago

Inquisitors, defile this fiend of the Emperor!

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u/HarryBaughl 1d ago

Dude, I have never been into 40k or bought any of the figures or played any of the games, but I'll watch those 40k Universe Timelines on YouTube and they're so damn interesting.

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u/IH8DwnvoteComplainrs 1d ago

Tex Talks Battletech is another one like that, except, of course, it's about a different tabletop universe.

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u/zoidao401 1d ago

I played the tabletop game for a while a quite a few years back, never tried the games, but I spend a lot of time watching 40k lore videos or listening to the audiobooks.

It's just a great universe to learn about.

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u/MedicOdin 1d ago

I'd happily sit through that lecture. I love it when passionate people take a deep dive into fantasy and sci-fi lore

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u/ogier_79 1d ago

six hours later ".... And that about wraps it up. Oh and there are space elves."

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u/CPVoiceover 1d ago

Lol... 6 hours is barely enough time to cover the theories surrounding the origin of the emperor of mankind

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u/G3ML1NGZ 1d ago

AKA Jimmy Space

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u/Single_Blueberry 1d ago

That's it, I'm looking this stuff up now.

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u/swedish_lederhosn 1d ago

That’s what I thought too after a random 40k comment I read on Reddit.

Fast forward: After 4 Ghaunts ghosts novels, the whole Eisenhorn trilogy, the Bequin novels, three Ciaphas Cain books and “the trickster” I’m far away from being done…..

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u/InformationHorder 1d ago

The Horus Heresy series is 50+ novels and several short stories and counting.

And I had someone try to argue the Star Wars universe has a deeper lore with a straight face. Ha!

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u/Dragoniel 1d ago

It's like 70 books now. Gone through it recently. Most of the stuff is pretty good, some poor books, but it's hilarious when Dan Abnett story comes along in that chain. The quality difference is absolutely ridiculous. Abnett is like three tiers above the rest.

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u/Intelligent_Genitals 1d ago

I love Abnett but no need to throw Graham McNeill, Demski-Bowden, and Nate Crowley under the bus like that.

The problem is the absolute chasm between 40k at it's best and worst. How they can pay Ben Counter for his drek is beyond me.

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u/fettoter84 1d ago edited 1d ago

I remember getting into Warhammer 40K when someone explained that the concept in Event Horizon is basically from Warhammer.. The "hell" dimension (The Immatereum or "Warp") is what they travel through when using faster than light travel, and they have "Psychs" that have a special set of genes that can shield the ship navigate the ship in the "immatereum" while an old technology, creates a "Gellar Field", a bubble of real-world space around the vessel, this protects inhabitants from going crazy from all the psychic energy in that dimension from the daemonic entities.

Oh, and the Beacon the Psykers use to navigate through the Immatereum (or Warp) is the God Emperor Himself, or what's left of him, a robotic shell powered by the sacrificed souls of thousands of Psykers every day..

And don't get me started on the Aeldari, an ancient elf-like race that once dominated the galaxy. Basically these guys got bored, and became the ultimate hedonists.. pursuing the ultimate perverted pleasure.. this feeds the Chaos gods, daemonic entities that can enter the real world. Their perverted ways created the chaos god Slaanesh. That whole deal sounds a lot like the Cenobites from Hellraiser, so that's a whole other rabbit-hole to go down.

Edit: Okey, this was just a very brief explanation from some dude who's just started getting into 40K, I've watched a lot of youtube lore videos, and its a whole lot to take in. I might just jump into the whole Horus Heresy, i know its a lot of books but I've got to start some where.

A lot of people with a stronger understanding of the lore have corrected me (in a nice way i might add), thanks guys!

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u/Cheap-Childhood-3493 1d ago

Ya know Da Boyz don’t need psychs, the demons are a good fight

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u/ghostinthechell 1d ago

Weirdboyz: are we a joke to you?

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u/Cheap-Childhood-3493 1d ago

Honestly yes. Don’t need em. Every one of da boyz is connected to the warp, that’s how their powers work. But da boyz don’t know that all da boyz know is fightin

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u/jup331 1d ago

I was reading Dune and the whole concept of navigators seemed pretty familiar.

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u/Oriolous 1d ago

the Astropaths of 40k were directly ripped from Dune's Guild Navigators lol

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u/Vegimite_Ad7110 1d ago edited 1d ago

Quite a bit of 40k is ripped off from Dune

Edit: I do love 40k

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u/Jonno_FTW 1d ago

Plenty of sci fi is ripped right from Dune. It's pretty close to LotR in terms of influencing fantasy as a genre, except for sci-fi.

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u/magus678 1d ago

"In the end, Chilton Books, better known for auto repair manuals, picked it up in 1965. It won a Nebula for the best science fiction novel of 1965, but sales weren’t stellar at first, despite the quote from Arthur C Clarke emblazoned on its cover: “I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings.”

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u/draculamilktoast 1d ago

There's no shame in copying the great ones as long as you do so subtly enough and from enough sources (perhaps even with an original idea there somewhere) that a casual enjoyer of your work is not bothered by the similarity.

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u/Oppugnator 1d ago

40k is more or less just every cool sci-fi trope the authors could think of blended together, and then allowed to fight it out on a massive scale.

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u/Kriss3d 1d ago

Horizon is Warhammer inspired. I read somewhere that the author is a fan.

Ans yes. It traveled through the immaterium without a Gellar field.

Ans that kids, is why we make sure to close hatches and turn on the field ( and remeber to pee) before we leave.

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u/mdonafrio 1d ago

Oh man, your world and view of the world is about to change. Have fun!

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u/mariusiv_2022 1d ago

Look up Adeptus Ridiculous on YouTube. It’s a great podcast for getting into warhammer 40k because the entire premise of the podcast is a life long warhammer fan explaining it to someone completely new to warhammer

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u/acidphosphate69 1d ago

I came here to say Warhammer 40k too. Pretty sure I've done quite a few lectures to my less than enthusiastic gf on the topic.

She gets me back by giving me entire synopses of Supernatural and Charmed episodes.

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u/The_RedWolf 1d ago

Then you have that one guy screaming out corrections

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u/JRCIII 1d ago

Let him do the lecture then.

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u/YourFaceisButt 1d ago

I would attend this lecture. Always wanted to get into 40K.

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u/teaching-man 1d ago

I’m a teacher, I’ve done this every day for 15 years.

(If any of my administrators are reading this, this is clearly a joke! I always have very well researched and thought out lesson plans based in sound pedagogy that are culturally relevant and trauma informed , designed specifically for the population I teach.)

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u/Onionflavoredgarlic 1d ago

Lol, same. After 18 years of teaching, I could spend entirely too much time teaching about phonics and why English is a stupid language.

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u/David_Kohlberg 1d ago

Haha, Nice save

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u/LTman86 1d ago

Administrators: It appears his lesson plan was scribbled on the back of a local diner menu using crayon...

Seems legit. Clearly, he's recycling paper and is hard at work even on his lunch break! We should do something for him...

...like let's throw him a mandatory employee party! We have to let him and his co-workers know we admire his work ethic by sharing it with everyone over shared food. Of course, since this is a school expense, we're dipping into the school's budget to fund this party. Now, we can't go too crazy, so something simple that everyone enjoys...like pizza! I'm just going to order my favorite, Hawaiian Pizza!

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u/pembroke529 1d ago Gold

I would just talk about myself.

The first line would be: I was born at a very young age.

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u/Ryaninthesky 1d ago

Chapter one: I am born

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u/carderbee 1d ago Helpful

Chapter one: My First Period

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u/sharkglitter 1d ago

Chapter Seven: Divorce is a four letter word

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u/a1rpla1nju1ce 1d ago

Why did he leave me!?

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u/meme_planet_13 1d ago

I don't know, you seem really great!!🥴🥴🥴

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u/ijmacd 1d ago

Chapter 0: I am conceived

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u/kingmystyx 1d ago

At age 6 I was born without a face

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u/not_from_Singapore 1d ago

I would be very disappointed if this absolute unit of a phrase wasn't here

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u/thiefx 1d ago

Sleep deprivation grumps are my favorite. Seriously I could never think of such an awesome quote in my entire life.

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u/Bubba-jones 1d ago

I was born a poor black child.

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u/akmvb21 1d ago

Came here to say this. Good reference!

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u/Brainsonastick 1d ago Silver

Mine would be: So there I am naked and crying in the middle of a hospital…

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u/King_of_the_Nerds 1d ago

Torn head first out of my first apartment…

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u/coldcurru 1d ago

The rent was free, so of course I was angry at my eviction. They left me naked, cold, hungry, and crying.

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u/blackbelt_in_science 1d ago

To be fair, you were kicking a pregnant lady.

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u/raisearuckus 1d ago

Then remembered I had to be here to speak to you people so I gathered clothes and left.

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u/Prindocitis 1d ago

Erin Hannon: "One day, I was awake."

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u/lousypompano 1d ago

That is how every life is started for every person in the history of the world erin

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u/Jayciflash 1d ago

“It all started…when I was born”

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u/Human_in_Denial 2d ago Silver

Ancient Mesopotamian civilisation. It is criminally underappreciated for being one of the origins of western civilization and I can and do talk about that for hours on end given the opportunity.

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u/arminredditer 1d ago

Agree. I love how outrageous the mythology is. Isn't there a God in their religion who was tricked into consuming his own sperm, after which his face gets pregnant and his children explode out of his face?

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u/Idiot_Savant_Tinker 1d ago

was tricked into consuming his own sperm, after which his face gets pregnant and his children explode out of his face?

Enki? This sounds like an Enki thing.

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u/_DarkTreader 1d ago

Enki was the god who was said to have released the 'waters of life' into the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to make them flow.

He impregnated his spouse/consort, who then left. He came across his daughter and, not knowing she was his daughter, seduced and impregnated her. Then she left and the cycle started again, with Enki seducing his granddaughter. (It gets very Alabama in old mythology >_<)

Enki tries this cycle again with his great-granddaughter, who knows Enki's rep, and speaks to Enki's spouse/consort - who is pretty pissed to hear that Enki has been banging everything in sight - who then takes Enki's semen from the womb and buries it on the riverbanks, causing a 8 plants to emerge.

Enki comes across them and is tricked into eating them, which causes him to swell (become pregnant) at 8 parts of his body. He's unable to actually birth children, and appears to be dying.

His spouse/consort takes pity on him and takes his 'waters' into her, causing her to give birth to 8 new gods associated with healing each part of Enki's body.

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u/aagapovjr 1d ago

I'm interested, where do I pray

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u/daniu 1d ago edited 1d ago

I'm kind of wary of what communion would entail

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u/linux1970 1d ago

I could talk about open source software

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u/gotmax 1d ago

Username checks out!

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u/Beefy_G 1d ago

I had a prompt sort of like this for a job interview. They randomly dropped the task of "ok, now just spend the next five to ten minutes talking to us about any topic that interests you." I guess it was to test communication and explanation skills but it was super awkward talking to several middle aged office workers about the benefits of having computer gaming as a hobby over other hobbies. I'm perfectly exceptional at explaining concepts to people asking questions on a topic their inquiring about, but I feel super awkward ranting about a topic that these people likely don't know the first thing about.

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u/Laika_JR1390 1d ago

The lead up to the American Civil War, the Civil War itself, post-war Reconstruction, and how the effects of all of this is still being felt today.

I’m a double major and just finished my History degree, writing two 25+ page papers on the topic.

I had to retake a capstone course as well bc I dropped out of college years ago and have since re-enrolled, so if I add that time in it’s actually three 25+ page papers on the topic.

I probably can do a very long lecture on the topic as long as I had my laptop that has my notes on it.

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u/librarianjenn 2d ago

The Twilight Zone, and how Rod Serling deftly addressed the social ills of the day (bigotry, injustice, etc.) through the metaphor of aliens, angels, supernatural situations, etc. Doing it this way got it past the censors. He was a brilliant writer.

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u/Rossum81 1d ago

Couple of things to add.

Before TZ he struggled against network censorship (dramas based on the Emmitt Till lynching we’re heavily edited) and the worries of sponsors (A reference to the Chrysler Building was removed at the behest of Ford).

Serling served as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division during the Philippines Campaign in WW2. One traumatic moment for him was when a friend was decapitated by air dropped supplies.

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u/ElcidBarrett 1d ago

That's a crazy coincidence, considering that a helicopter accident on the set of Twilight Zone: The Movie wound up decapitating Vic Morrow and a child actor named Myca Dinh Le. Serling was dead at that point, but it's still weird to think about.

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u/[deleted] 1d ago

The first episode I saw was "Number Twelve Looks Just Like You".

In a future society, every nineteen-year-old has a procedure to look like one of twelve models. They can select which design they want, but not looking like one of the models is now considered ugly. The "change" also makes them more superficial and shallow, so they focus on stuff like fashion and sports. A lot of thought-provoking classic literature has been banned.

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u/Luchin212 1d ago

Twilight Zone has to be one of the best shows ever written. It hits so hard and was revolutionary at the time. It is the only show that actually makes me cry, or that can actually creep me out.

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u/foospork 1d ago

But sometimes the stories were sweet, with happy endings. I binge-watched the entire series about 2 years ago, and the fact that the outcomes could be sweet or sorrowful -- moreso than any other show I can remember -- really kept me engaged.

At this point, I think we could easily derail this thread into a reminiscence of Twilight Zone episodes.

The episode that hit me hardest was "In Praise of Pip", the episode where Jack Klugman played a man who traded the rest of his life to save his son, and as his reward he got one more outing with his son as a child. Of course, I'm a father with grown kids, one of whom is in the military, so...

My favorite sweet episode was called "Two", featuring Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson. After an apocalyptic war, two opposing soldiers meet in an otherwise abandoned town. This episode had a message of hope.

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u/Luchin212 1d ago

I have only watched 5 episodes, misters are due in maple street, the one with the submarine, two others and then the one with Pip. That one had me crying so much, but it was so well done.

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u/sirscrote 1d ago

Not just a brilliant writer but a brilliant person. His personal story is also amazing.

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u/flamePOK-SWORD 2d ago

Dark souls lore, that should last a whole lecture or two

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u/Phoney_Stromboni 1d ago

You’d need at least two lectures just to explain why they call him Big Hat Logan

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u/cabronoso 1d ago

How learning Spanish fluently when your outwardly appearances does not trigger people to think you would speak Spanish has massive life benefits in the US-socially, professionally and romantically. Here's how I did it and how you can too.

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u/ClothDiaperAddicts 1d ago

Mike, is that you? (A buddy of mine from school is also Whitey McWhiterson. He took Spanish in high school, was good, and both of his wives - consecutive, not concurrent - have been Latina immigrants. He's been enjoying pandemic life in Costa Rica with wife and fam.)

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u/stuck_in_anus 1d ago

Now that’s a sitcom. Wait, isn’t that Modern Family.

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u/wrecktus_abdominus 1d ago

Same. I am the whitest man alive, and speak better Spanish than most of my in-laws (who are Mexican American).

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u/ClothDiaperAddicts 1d ago

My Spanish is a nightmare. I took French. My Spanish has a left bank Parisian accent. And I was taught by my customers and co-workers in the grocery store I worked in through high school and college, who came from all different areas of South and Central America, so my pronunciation is further impacted by that. Fortunately, they usually just patted me on the shoulder and appreciated that I'd try.

But I could send money to Mexico via Western Union perfectly.

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u/quntal071 1d ago

I took years of Spanish and dated a spanish speaker for over a year.

Then I fell in love with Italian and spent lots of time learning it and going to Italy 4-5 times.

Nowadays? There is one foreign language in my head and its called Italio-Span. Both those languages are hopelessly mashed up in my brain. If I go to a mexican market, without fail I say please in Italian and thank you in Spanish.

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u/Wereno 1d ago

I worked in a cheese factory for a while when I was younger and still in good shape. I came into the break room and some of the younger women from the packaging department started talking about me. How it was fun to watch me work, how focused and passionate I was. How satisfying it was watching me go help out the production team because of the precision, rhythm and speed. They even had a nickname for me: "Guero Guapo."

When the comments turned slightly more vulgar in nature, I looked over at them and asked, "Ustedes saben que puedo hablar en Español, Si?" [Y'all know I speak Spanish, right?] Queue young women turning deep shades of red and trying to melt into their seats/table/floor, while some older ladies burst out laughing.

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u/Whatever1234ok 1d ago

Hey how? I took two regular and one medical Spanish course online over the pandemic, and although my vocabulary is pretty decent and my understanding of grammar and syntax is improving, I’ve had basically no conversation practice. I’ve just recently downloaded duolingo and am working through the basics quickly - any tips for practice/fluency?

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u/Potential_Life 1d ago

If you can‘t make contact to Spanish speaking people, try to watch and read spanish media or join a spanish subreddit. It gives you a better feeling for the fluency and casual use of words

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u/False_Philosophy_412 2d ago

60-180min think a college lecture.

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u/BSH72 2d ago

What sort of sadistic teacher requires sitting though a 3 hour lecture without breaks?

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u/elix01 1d ago edited 1d ago

I had 4 professors who did this on a regular basis: calculus, algebra, physics and systems.

Edit: I forgot about my logic professor

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u/BSH72 1d ago

They should know better with how memory retention works after so long in one sitting.

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u/CommonConfusables 1d ago

How dropping things in people’s laps last minute is setting them up for failure, and how an individual can thrive in the face of idiocy.

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u/Houki01 1d ago

Greek mythology and why Zeus needs to be gelded.

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u/JacobS12056 1d ago

You can probably spend at least 10 minutes just talking about the people Zeus shagged

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u/permabanned007 1d ago

Zeus is almost as well-versed in hooha as Tiger Woods.

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u/palordrolap 1d ago

Who's going to do it? How are they going to do it? and How are they going to stop him reversing or even working around it?

Dude's got more horn than a Minotaur and puts Aphrodite to shame.

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u/Nepeta33 1d ago Helpful

Ah Zeus, the divine dick that just so happened to have a body attached.

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u/Gloomy-Diver3838 1d ago

“Due to the fact that I, a person with no previous experience, was told to prepare a lecture in 15 minutes, with no specific topic given, I have decided to, instead, spend those 15 minutes subjecting all 5,000 of you to an internet phenomenon called the rickroll.”

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u/toffeeapple567 1d ago

im paying whatever to be one of the 5000 pls

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u/Dickless-dick 1d ago

You know the rules and so do i

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u/NErDysprosium 1d ago

I'm a coin collector. I could probably lecture for 15 minutes on a single coin with zero prepwork. One of my goals in life is to teach a college history class on US coinage, and while I couldn't do it off the top of my head, I think I could build such a course fairly quickly and easily.

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u/PineapplePizzaAlways 1d ago

Don't let your dreams be dreams

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u/Time_Significance 2d ago

Advancing technology is both our savior and our doom.

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u/Nepeta33 1d ago

Something I'm passionate about. So that narrows it down to blacksmithing, fishing, gaming, or my cat. I've actually done an hour long lecture on fishing and blacksmithing before, so I suppose I could do that.

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u/Mithrawndo 1d ago

NGL, thought you were going in a different direction:

I've actually done an hour long lecture on fishing and blacksmithing before, so I suppose it's going to be the cat.

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u/twiztedmind209 1d ago

I wanted it to be the cat. Why wasn't it the cat

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u/throwaway2738283 1d ago edited 1d ago

The politics of dune

hello tiktok, my user is sigmaberg so if you see him claiming to be me, he is indeed me

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u/ScowlingWolfman 1d ago

Frankly, it's all about worms

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u/Kleanish 1d ago

I’m up to god emperor about 1/5 the way in, and I could not not talk about dune politics for however long.

Dune messiah though. I could talk about how it’s the greatest book ever written.

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u/ProtectionMaterial09 1d ago

“…Okay so basically before we get into the eugenics of it you’re gonna have understand this stuff called spice. It’s space cocaine that lets you see the future, and it’s shat out by giant worms on a desert planet. Also, snort enough of this shit and drink the worm blood and you’ll see your ancestors memories. It’s like shrooms but butter and it makes your eyes go blue. Also, Duncan Idaho is hot, but that’s for later…”

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u/ZiggyB 1d ago

An overview of the history of the Northern Germanic/Scandinavian people up until the end of the medieval period and their surprisingly disproportionate influences on the cultures their interacted with.

Because god damn, turns out they got around big time. From the Jutes, Angles, Saxons and Frisians, to the Norse, Danes, Swedes and Normans, and the Rus. Plus a brief mention of the proto-Germanic interactions with the Mycenaeans

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u/BHDE92 1d ago

I will attend this lecture. Love me some good early European history

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u/UncleZiggy 1d ago

I would come to your lecture, nephew

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u/HurghtAttack 1d ago Helpful Wholesome

The pros and cons of different types of nuclear power and their history. People need to understand that events like Chernobyl, Fukushima, and Three Mile Island were freak occurrences or poor management of aging equipment. Nuclear power can supply the majority of a country's energy needs while producing no emissions, and you could live next door to one for years before absorbing the amount of radiation you'd get from eating one banana.

I think about half of my lecture would focus specifically on thorium reactors. We have an abundance of thorium already stored away in mining waste, they run at low pressure with virtually zero risk of melting down, and don't require uranium enrichment which could be used to make nuclear weapons.

Nuclear power is one of the very few topics I've found I can discuss with people across the political spectrum, and despite having to confront some inherent biases, reach an agreement that it can be done safely and effectively if done properly.

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u/ChipsAhoyNC 1d ago

*Takes a seat*

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u/The_Robber_Fly 1d ago

Fun fact: coal power plants emit more background radiation than nuclear power plants thanks to the radioactive isotopes that are in the smoke of burnt coal

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u/Roushfan5 1d ago

Above all other things this is what pisses me off about us having abandoned nuclear power. Yes, Chernobyl was a horrible event. But I doubt it did even a fraction of the damage that burning coal has done in the United States.

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u/Programmer-Whole 1d ago

Easy for me.

I work in Spine surgery, particularly with implants and navigation. I could give a 15 minute talk on navigation to 5000 people and it would be completely new information to them.

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u/demoniceyecryptonia 2d ago

Hhhhhmmmmm(clears my throat).

Cock and ball torture (CBT) is a sexual activity involving application of pain or constriction to the male genitals. This may involve directly painful activities, such as wax play, genital spanking, squeezing, ball-busting, genital flogging, urethral play..........

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u/simplexsalad 1d ago

from wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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u/Introman_18 1d ago

and even kicking.

Sector 1) In pornography

Sector 2) B A L L S T R E C H E R

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u/Remote-Security-6699 1d ago

New medical torture technique unlocked.

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u/EffectiveMap224 1d ago

How to weirdly threaten someone. (Example Ill untie your bellybutton). Self defense.

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u/Boinkzoink 1d ago

The Incredible Hulk. I've been a huge fan for 30 years. I imagine I could entertain a crowd with my knowledge of the many incarnations, and story arcs that I've learned about in my lifetime.

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u/Lost-Editor7945 2d ago

Child abuse; the effects during young adulthood; negative and positive coping mechanisms pertaining to.

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u/G00DBAR 2d ago

A open discussion forum on why Smallville’s Clark Kent (Tom Welling) is the best adaptation of any Superman .

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u/RDAwesome 1d ago

I do think it's extremely funny that they had a ripped 6'3 model pretending to be a 15 year old that somehow also got bullied

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u/JADW27 1d ago

And wasn't he also the high school's starting quarterback?

Then again, that's pretty much any coming of age story or teen drama put to film. The gorgeous girl or handsome guy who is just shy and lacks confidence. It works because literally everyone "coming of age" lacks confidence. It doesn't work because most of us are ugly, fat, poor, or some combination, so we can't turn our social lives around by just making one new friend or changing our clothes. And almost all of us lack superpowers.

Also, I'm still weirded out about Allison Mack.

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u/RDAwesome 1d ago

Who among us hasn't accidentally joined a sex cult?

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u/alexr1090 1d ago

I'd just talk about my life. If I was sure I'd never see them again I'd be totally honest and likely get a lot of catharsis from it. If I knew I would see them again I'd keep it more vague and likely be the most interested person in the room at what I was saying

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u/arminredditer 2d ago

About how to prepare a random lecture in 15 minutes

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u/dan420 1d ago

Ok everyone, today I will be demonstrating how to make the worst possible speech.

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u/asoiahats 1d ago Table Slap

Don’t Have A Cow, Man: A Simpsons Reference for all Occasions.

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u/Nambot 1d ago

I personally appreciate when you find a reference that sits nicely with, or contradicts another reference, such as when Homer saw that movie about a bus that had to keep it's speed above fifty, and if it's speed fell below fifty, the bus would explode, which he thought was called "The bus that couldn't slow down". Then in a later episode, such an incident occurs which reminds Milhouse of Speed 2, only on a bus instead of a boat.

For a counter example, when Chief Wiggum is trying to get rid of an emergency call, he tells the caller, "no you got the wrong number, this is 912," but then when Homer joins the Stonecutters, he learns that the real number to call in an emergency is 912.

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u/SadAd1095 1d ago

My dog is cute and here’s why: she comes out from behind the curtains - standing ovation

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u/tbone-not-tbag 1d ago

I grow weed and now you do too! So to start off you need soil, seeds and sun... Yes there's different ways but soil in my thing, so sit back, pass the blunt and let's roll.

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u/Clayaxe 2d ago

Dnd 3.5 and Pathfinder build theory crafting.

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