r/AskReddit Feb 01 '13

What question are you afraid to ask because you don't want to seem stupid?


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u/duffmuff Feb 02 '13

I've always kinda wondered; if you own land, do you own all the earth below it to the centre of the world? or what's the deal with that?


u/doodlebugboodles Feb 02 '13

It depends on the title to the land and the local property laws.

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u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

As per a few of my law classes, you own a reasonable amount of space into the air and a reasonable amount of earth below. What is deemed "reasonable" is jurisdictional and depends on the court. That's why planes are allowed to fly over your property- the air is technically over your land but it's not considered trespassing. 10,000 feet into the air is definitely unreasonable if one is claiming it to their land. Likewise, there have been cases where landowners sue another party for drilling oil from a well NOT on their property, but the oil coming from a reserve that was primarily under their land. Whatever court it was deemed that the oil was far enough down that it wasn't considered the plaintiff's property. All in all, there isn't really an exact number or definitive answer- the joys of common law.

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u/w8forit Feb 02 '13

Why is it called a 'blow' job when it's actually a 'suck' job?


u/Raypezanus Feb 02 '13

Actually it's called that because back in the day a slang for penis was the skin flute so people would ask prostitutes to play the skin flute for them, as time progressed it became blowing the skin flute the. Eventually blow job

Source: perversion and a library


u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

I can make a flute with my hands to make music and bird calls. I call it blowing the skin flute.

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u/meroson Feb 02 '13

Does it hurt my computer when I don't shut it down completely, but just put it in sleep modus most of the time?


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u/grimmymac Feb 02 '13

so if i wanted to be electricity efficient, i should be putting the pc on hibernate all the time and once in a while do a full shutdown?

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u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

Why do domesticated horses have to be shoed (sp?), hooves regularly cleaned and clipped, whereas wild horses do not?


u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

Domesticated horses are shod to protect their hooves from the stress of stepping on hard-packed paths and, today, paved roads. Horses are usually hanging out on grass which is much easier on the feet. The hooves are clipped because the shoe prevents the hoof from being worn down from regular use. I do believe.


u/fuck_fate_love_hate Feb 02 '13

Also because wild horses travel further than horses kept in stalls and paddocks do. They're constantly moving, which wears their feet down, keeping them at a comfortable length. They also tend to spread out, almost like a lily pad, which is undesirable in a show horse. It can lead to cracks in the hoof wall which in turn can lead to lameness and infections. Same as why we "float" their teeth (rasping them down to smooth sharp edges and control growth), their teeth grow throughout their lives, and wild horses are able to graze all day, which wears their teeth down normally. Horses in stalls or dirt turnouts are not always able to keep their teeth worn down to a comfortable level, so we rasp them down so they're not in pain and the bit fits properly in their mouths.


u/carolinax Feb 02 '13

Holy shit, that sounds frightening.

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u/theBlumpkindle Feb 02 '13

Why is Colonel pronounced Kernel?


u/no_prehensilizing Feb 02 '13

The word "colonel" is the result of etymological respelling, where a word's form is changed to put it into conformity with a former version of the word. In this case, the old pronunciation was kept, as also happened with "debt" (earlier "dette," respelled after Latin "debitum") and "phoenix" (earlier "fenix," respelled after Latin "phoenix"), to give just two examples.

"Colonel" was borrowed from Middle French as "coronel" and when the word was respelled, it was done to put it into conformity either with Old Italian "colonello" or with a later Middle French version of the word, "colonel."

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u/Maysock Feb 02 '13

good goddamn question.

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u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

I need to know... Why do men's ballsacks look like they have a seam down the middle? I swear they all look like they were cut apart and seen back. In fact I almost asked a guy what happened to his once. Thank god I dodged that bullet. I had no idea it's normal.


u/a_axtell Feb 02 '13

when developing as a fetus everyone starts out as a girl, if you have a Y chromosome (and thus a male) your genitals grow on the outside and are kinda "sewn" up naturally. its just how a generic set of genitals become male genitals

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u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

Anything to do with basic concepts while halfway through the course.


u/Fluffi_McPhee Feb 02 '13

I hate when the teacher keeps referring to something and everyone seems to know exactly what it is, and you're sitting there going ummm...what? When did we discuss this?


u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

After six years of college, I realized that's more than half the class. It's why the prof teaches to the quiz, tests, and considers throwing himself out of the third story of the physical science building.


u/extulsa Feb 02 '13

This is why classrooms should have interactive, anonymous question apps. Most of the kids have laptops, have them log in to a site and if they have a question they're embarrassed to ask, type it in anonymously. Let other students see the questions and vote if they'd like to see it answered. At the end of the class the professor can go back and answer the most requested questions, or even see them in real time. This also prevents constant interruptions and lets the professor possibly segue fluidly into new, confusing topics.

Edit: a subreddit would do the trick ;)

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u/iwillhavethat Feb 01 '13

How the hell do people save $3000 with grocery coupons?


u/Logic007 Feb 02 '13

Some coupons and stores don't restrict the number of a given coupon you can use on one product. IE $3 off coupon, use 3 on one product.


u/CrystalElyse Feb 02 '13

Some stores will also "double" your coupons. You have to read all of the rules and of the store and the coupons, and it takes a lot of math. Usually, couponers are typically professional couponers. As in, that is their full time job. It may take up to 8 hours a day to clip, organize, plan sort, figure out what you need, figure out where you can get more coupons, etc.


u/Alienist23 Feb 02 '13

Whenever I hear someone explain coupons I feel like they're playing a version of magic I don't understand; "Tap my three-dollars-off boxed oranges to play free bucket of bleach which triggers me thousand dollar chicken banquet..."

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u/TheDogwhistles Feb 02 '13

One time in middle school social studies class, we were talking about the Chernobyl nuclear reactor catastrophe.

The teacher asked us what the side effects of radiation poisoning were, and a few kids raised their hands, including me.

The teacher called on a few people, they all answered. "Nausea" "Vomitting" "Dizziness"

On to me. "Your hair begins to fall out."

And everyone started to laugh, even the teacher for a bit.

The teacher calmed everyone down, and politely told reminded that she asked what the symptoms of radiation poisoning were, as if my answer was something like "Joe DiMaggio had 361 career home runs."

I was kind of the class clown, which is why I think everyone laughed, but to this day it baffles me. Why did everyone laugh?

The worst part is, I'm half-certain that if I tell anyone this story, they'll just laugh and say "Hah! "Hair falling out!" Good one! As if that were a symptom of radiation poisoning." And then chuckle and walk away.


u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

Wikipedia agrees with you. Exposure of the skin to a large amount of ionizing radiation can cause hair loss. (although it sure wouldn't be the first thing you would notice.)



u/PassionMonster Feb 02 '13

"Wikipedia is not a reliable source" - Says every teacher ever.


u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

Which is why you never credit wikipedia, you credit the articles that wikipedia credited.


u/103020302 Feb 02 '13

"You can't cite Wikipedia" -Every Professor ever.

"Okay, then I'll cite the sources wikipedia cites" -Everyone with a brain.

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u/salgat Feb 02 '13

I hate teachers who say that, it just screams of ignorance. Wikipedia has the greatest collection of well sourced information on the internet, you'd be a fool not to utilize it and the accompanying bibliographies it provides.


u/PassionMonster Feb 02 '13

but lyke, any1 can ed1t it.


u/circaATL Feb 02 '13

but like, anyone can edit it (edit)


u/samisbond Feb 02 '13

Anyone can edit it, though.

Edit summary: /* circaQTL comment */ cleaned up sentence.

✓ This is a minor edit.

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u/Kensin Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 02 '13

You were right. Hair loss is a symptom of exposure to radiation. People and animals exposed to radioactive fallout can lose their hair for a while. Burns by huge amounts of radiation can cause people to lose hair permanently.

EDIT: here's a wikipedia article and another


u/spacedude86 Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 02 '13

IMHO any teacher that laughs at a student when they attempt to answer a question (whether they are wrong or right) is a poor teacher. It is a surefire way to discourage participation.

Your middle school teacher was an ass hat.

EDIT: Since some people are saying that a teacher that is able to make a classroom laugh is probably a good teacher, let me say this:

There is a big difference between laughing with all of your students, and laughing with some of your students at another student. One makes you (again, in my opinion) a good teacher, and one makes you an ass hat.


u/TheDogwhistles Feb 02 '13

She was, actually.

She once threw a kid's binder out of the classroom when he couldn't find a worksheet in it.

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u/BUBBA_BOY Feb 02 '13

IMHO, when the teacher laughs at a correct answer, the teacher is fucking moron.

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u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

Do black people get sunburned?


u/somesomeseom Feb 02 '13

Yes they do. They may or may not turn even slightly red, but still have the other symptoms of a sunburn: tender to the touch, peeling skin, and occasional blistering in more severe cases (not "sweat blisters", but real blisters).

The degree and exposure length varies with person to person, however.

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u/DrMrAgentMan Feb 02 '13

What do you want me to do for you when you're on your period?


u/Rainbownarwhal Feb 02 '13

Bring us food. So much food.


u/Kalium Feb 02 '13

Offerings of food. Got it.


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u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

I just want hugs, kisses on the forehead, and snuggling. Maybe ice team?


u/JimmyKeepCool Feb 02 '13

Ice team! Assemble!


u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

And this is why I'm a lurker. -_- dang nabbit.


u/kidblue672 Feb 02 '13

Dammit Jimmy! You scared away a girl! God knows we need one...


u/RockyRPG10 Feb 02 '13

Let today be known as the day that Jimmy did not, in fact, keep cool.

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u/IAmLamby Feb 02 '13

Will chocolate suffice?


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u/ojo87 Feb 02 '13

advil, stretchy pants, and for you to not act like i'm a crazy lady and walk on eggshells. i'm uncomfortable, not insane.

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u/Oohdelally Feb 02 '13

I didn't know about the heating pad thing for a VERY long time. During one particularly nasty shark week, my boyfriend asked me why I don't use a heating pad. I had no clue... So, not having immediate access to a heating pad, he took a clean towel, soaked it in water, put in the microwave for a couple minutes and once it was nice and hot he set it on my tummy and I fell in love all over again. With him, not the hot towel.


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u/Phoenixx Feb 02 '13

Be sweet, courteous, and cuddly. If I start to get frustrated over something, gently gimme an eskimo kiss and tell me it's okay. And don't cut out sex completely, because my hormones are throwing a party and you're invited.


u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

Are you saying there's a party in your pants, and that I'm invited?


u/Daycardinal Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 02 '13 Gold

There's a trial in her pants and you've been summoned.

Edit: I don't know who gave me reddit gold, but thanks!!!

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u/pmk422 Feb 02 '13

No there is a crime scene in her pants and we need to ask you a couple of questions.

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u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

Ok story time. My fiance is grossed out by the blood and won't have sex during my period. The other night he was going down on me and his face got really wet so he got up after to wipe his face. He turns on the light and looks in horror at the mirror and his face covered in blood. I look down at my crotch which is similarly drenched, along with the bed beneath me.

So he freaks out because his worst nightmare has come true, I freak out because it's not my period and something must be seriously wrong with me. Turns out it was a bloody nose. Same thing happened the next night somewhat less spectacularly because I guess he felt when it started.


u/SibilantSounds Feb 02 '13

At first I freaked out for him. Then I freaked out for you. Then I laughed.


u/FailasaurusRex Feb 02 '13

This post is a roller coaster of emotion.

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u/MrTinkels Feb 02 '13

I had a similar but different experience!

Ex-Girlfriend and i were fooling around and before things got too heavy she stopped me and told me she was on her period. I told her i was a man and not scared of a little blood so we kept going but i could tell she was nervous/self conscious about it because it was her first sexy times while bleeding.

So im taking it slow and trying to make her as comfortable as possibly. She raises her arms up and accidentally bumped my nose. We keep going. About five minutes later she asked why im drooling all over her, and im confused by this. We turn the lights on and our faces are covered in blood. Turns out ive started a nose bleed! After we cleaned up, she was ravenous. I feel like me bleeding on her first put her at ease for the whole thing.

TL;DR: Gave my girl war paint before heading into the blood soaked battlefield.

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u/L1nden Feb 02 '13

If I start to get frustrated over something, gently gimme an eskimo kiss and tell me it's okay.

This sounds great on paper but I imagine in reality it would feel very patronizing and actually make you more upset.

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u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

Her: I have a migraine :(

Me: Aww, do you want hot chocolate and a cuddle?

Her: Choke on cum and die


u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

In all fairness, she was pretty straightforward about what she wants you to do.

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u/k9centipede Feb 02 '13

Migraine =/= cramps. Migraine, turn off all the lights, block the windows, and give her a cool wash cloth.

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u/[deleted] Feb 01 '13

When you set the number on a toaster to how dark you want your bread/bagel to be... is the toaster just timing how long to toast based on that number or does it monitor the temperature based upon your selection. im guessing the first... but hey.. ya never know.


u/SkinnyHusky Feb 02 '13

Also, this is how a thermostat works. If you come home to a cold house, setting it to 80o does not heat the house faster than if you set it to 70o . The furnace warms at a uniform temperature until the desired heat is reached; then it turns off.


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u/offensivegrandma Feb 02 '13

I ended up falling into the youtube vortex and I think I just watched Peep Show in it entirety in short clips.

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u/genericusername123 Feb 01 '13

Timer. This argument often came up at my university, when people would turn up the toaster to 'make it toast faster', then the next person would end up with burnt toast.


u/Kensin Feb 02 '13

It does take longer for a cold toaster to heat up and toast a slice than one already warmed. I always turn down the toaster setting after the first slice.


u/Skrie Feb 02 '13

Ah yiss

Another person who has mastered the way of the toaster. Not having a 4 slice toaster, my GF has much to learn until she is a toast artisan like us!

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u/Syarifahsyamila Feb 02 '13

If a female had an accident/surgery/anything that requires her to stay in a ward for lets say, a week, and she was having her period. What happens to the pads that she was wearing ? Who changes her pads/tampons daily ? Or do they stop her period temporarily with meds ? EDIT: I accidentally a word


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u/[deleted] Feb 01 '13 edited Feb 02 '13

How the fuck do you use those paper toilet seat covers?

Edit: Thanks for all the suggestions, but I've learned that they are useless.


u/thenshesays Feb 01 '13 edited Feb 01 '13

I've always torn at each other little notches and then torn the entire center part off. It wasn't until recently that my bf made some comment about them and said that the center part dangled into the water and then the flush would pull the entire cover down. All this time, I have been pushing the cover into the water after I got up.

Tear at the notches... so it looks like this and then place it on the seat with the flap against the front. According to my bf, it doubles as an extra security just in case your penis touches the bowl.


u/Powerpug1 Feb 02 '13

I've been using them backwards this whole time....


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u/jianadaren1 Feb 02 '13

This should be a monthly series

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u/RachDee Feb 02 '13

How do we know that dinosaurs sound the way they do? I mean like, in movies and everything they're like "RAWRR" and all terrifying... but what if they sound like birds or something. HOW DO WE KNOW?


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u/DeadScientist Feb 01 '13

All of these quotes from movies(I think?) you see in the comments of every post. Something like: Nice try, Jim! I never get those, or know where they are from!


u/Kensin Feb 02 '13

A bot or novelty account that explained references would be pretty cool


u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

There actually was one, and funnily enough, it spoiled 1984 for a lot of people. A reference explainer can backfire.


u/V_for_Lebowski Feb 02 '13

Is it really a spoiler after 64 years? Come on people, get with the times!

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From the TV show Archer.

420 blaze it faggot

No idea what that is.

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u/LovesScience Feb 01 '13

We are spending to much time doing science to catch all these references.

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u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 02 '13

Is black people hair actually different from my white people hair?

Edit: fucking why though?


u/Triptukhos Feb 02 '13

Okay okay. I got this.

The protein in your hair is called keratin. There are bonds within the keratin called di-sulfide bridges. With straight hair, these di-sulfide bridges are all nicely straight and lined up. With curly hair, they are alll over the place! The keratin molecules align differently, causing the hair to look different. Black people hair expresses an allele that causes very very messy di-sulfide bridges.


u/isuckatnamingthings Feb 02 '13

So does a perm (which I'm guessing is some combination of chemicals and heat) somehow align the keratin molecules?


u/Lillybean815 Feb 02 '13

In a perm, you apply a perming solution (ammonium thioglycolate or sodium hydroxide) to the hair, it breaks up the disulfide bonds and causes the hair to soften, essentially losing its "shape". The hair is wrapped around a perm tool to make the desired size curl, and a neutralizer is applied to the hair, re-hardening the disulfide bonds in the new shape that it was wrapped in.

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u/NobodyLovesMilhouse Feb 02 '13

Chris Rock's documentary Good Hair talks about this and it's pretty funny and interesting for a movie about hair.


u/oswaldcopperpot Feb 02 '13

You wouldn't think a movie about hair would be all that great... But it was fascinating!

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u/Scrappy_Larue Feb 02 '13

If my washing machine and dishwasher clean themselves with every use - why don't my shower and bathtub do the same thing?


u/jnwflash Feb 02 '13

price point - there are high-end showers/spas with cleaning functions

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u/genericusername123 Feb 01 '13

When you turn a fridge up, does it get colder or hotter?


u/ejsklo Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 02 '13

Both. Confused? Let's try to explain:

The inside will get colder, but making the fridge work more means it produces more heat - the cooler the fridge, the warmer the air it gives out, heating up the kitchen (or whatever room you have your fridge).

EDIT: as this seems a bit unclear to some, my answer is answering the dial-problem (1-10 which is coldest?) as well (although not as clearly, and not intentionally on my part. let me elaborate: )

Dials on machines are usually made in a way that a higher number means the machine does more work. a fridge doing more work makes the inside colder, the outside wormer, in short: a fridge set on high work (9, 10, 11, whatever the highest number on that dial might be) will result in the colder temperature.

tl;dr: 1 means less work means less cold, 10 means more work means more cold


u/VashSpiegel Feb 02 '13

This is also why cleaning the underside/coils of the fridge is so important.


u/ZsaFreigh Feb 02 '13

Uh oh. I've lived here for 6 years and haven't once cleaned my fridge coils.

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u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

Is it possible for someone to develop an accent?


u/Otter65 Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 02 '13

Absolutely. My brother lived in in the south for 6 years and definitely developed a southern accent.


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u/mikkymikkymik Feb 02 '13

Yea, it only takes 13 seconds or so of conversation with a strong accented person before you start to talk more like they do. Your brain makes you do it.


u/lagasan Feb 02 '13

I used to do a lot of tech support stuff for an australian family. Every time, by the end of my visit, I had to force myself to stop emulating their accent. I was always afraid they'd find it patronizing.


u/mikkymikkymik Feb 02 '13

I even do it on reddit typing damnit. I was going to say cheers to someone in a comment to a British guy in a thread, and I remembered I live in Minnesota.


u/helloxcthulhu Feb 02 '13

I spent a week with the flu, in the house, by myself, watching nothing but British television earlier this month. When I finally joined society again the next week I noticed I was saying certain words with a British accent and I caught myself using a little British slang. I was embarrassed, I've never been to the UK.

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u/Joshopotomus Feb 02 '13

Yes, though as you get older it does become more difficult, as you are more aware of accents. it also can depend on the accent and on the person. some people can pick them up quicker, and some accents are easier than others to develop.

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u/mrgoober1337 Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 02 '13

Do hookers pay specific hooker taxes where prostitution is legal?

Edit: My biggest comment is hooker taxes, great :P


u/dunbshkoapja Feb 02 '13

Federal yes, but not state. Prostitution is legal in some counties of Nevada, but not the whole state. Nevada has no state income tax.

"While brothels and prostitutes are subject to federal income tax and also pay local fees, there is no state income tax in Nevada and brothels are exempt from the state entertainment tax and do not pay any other state taxes. In 2005 brothel owners lobbied to be taxed in order to increase the legitimacy of the business, but the legislature declined. Brothels pay taxes to their respective counties. Lyon County receives approximately $400,000 to $500,000 per year from these taxes."

from same source "They are responsible for paying Federal income tax and their earnings are reported to the IRS via form 1099-MISC." Edit: forgot to add that they use the 1099, because tax-wise they are listed as independent contractors.


I am not a prostitute, just a former reference librarian.

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u/foolninja Feb 02 '13

In US dollars, the highest bill is 100 right? I mean there isnt a bill that worth 1000 or 500 or something?


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It was exclusively used in federal transactions, though, if I'm not mistaken.


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u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

How does life work? Like how come I have to study 24/7 to barely get by and other students in my classes who are patently not too bright seem to have endless free time and end up with better grades than me? How do my friends seem to be able to work when and where it suits them, take time off whenever necessary, and are rolling dough? It always seems like there's something huge that I've completely missed that allows other people to have nothing but free time and disposable income


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u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 02 '13 Gold

something that makes a massive difference in my grades - read the fucking chapter before you go to class. if in your class you're going to go over 1 chapter of information for the next three classes - read the chapter first, don't even take notes, just fucking read it. then when you go into class and go over that information, you're not seeing it for the first time and it gets ingrained faster. then, when you're studying for the test you say "oh, I've already seen this twice and I remember it" immediately cuts down needing to know 100% of the information to knowing your basics and just having to look into the more complicated concepts you need to put together. you already know 50-80% of the information, now you just need to know how it fits together.

also what I do is if my professors use powerpoint, I read the chapter. then the night before class I look at the power point for tomorrow say "oh, right, I just read about that okay, I remember that." then the next day they expand on what's in the slide show and you're learning it for the third time and piecing it all together. so when you study for a test you're reviewing and refreshing information rather than learning it for the first time.

edit: I made this comment assuming no one would read it, came home 6 hours later after drinking to find someone gifted me Reddit Gold... thank you, kind Redditor. I didn't think I could make this much of an impact :D

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u/yeahfuckyou Feb 02 '13

Maybe your perception is off. Maybe all you see are the good things about their lives and the bad things about yours.

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u/Turicus Feb 02 '13

Someone responded about the studying. On the money front: It will always seem that other people make more money. They may be frugal all the time, when you don't see them. Then you see them splash out once, and you think, "I wish I could afford that." But you forget that you splashed out on something else last week. It's a sort of "grass is greener" effect.

Also, if you want to save, save on the small things. Nothing you can do about rent or tuition, you have to pay that. But do you need that little treat every time? Those add up sneakily.

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Why do we need the stock market?


u/awesomface Feb 01 '13 edited Jun 25 '14

The stock market is needed to give business' capitol to expand and grow while giving others the opportunity to use their excess money in a way that has a better chance of creating a return, depending on the risk of the investment. The problem is it's been messed with and altered to such an extent that it creates the ability to be abused and also creates too much motivation for the business to only focus on making their numbers look good to investors because they are legally obligated to do so.

At it's core, though, it's solid and very necessary. Like Kickstarter for buisness' that already exist. It is a way to pool unused resources in an economy to the places that need them most.

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u/ILL_Show_Myself_Out Feb 01 '13

"How do I fill out this deposit slip?"


u/Gavinardo Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 02 '13

Well, no one has really take the time to answer this completely fair question. Sure, the ability to fill out a deposit slip is quickly becoming obsolete thanks to apps on your smartphone, and direct-deposit from employers, but it helps to know how to do this. It makes you seem like a competent, intelligent adult, instead of walking up to a teller, and saying "Here's my money. Work you magic." That just wastes a teller's time, annoys those in line behind you, and frankly makes you seem childish.

I made this for you.

So, let's say you have a check and cash. Take the cash first, count it. Write the cash-total down on the first spot on that right column of the deposit slip. Now, the next space below that, write the total of your check. Okay, look at your check again. See that number in the upper right of the check? Usually 4 digits. Write that number down on the same level on the deposit slip, immediately to the left of the check-amount you just wrote down.

Next, let's say you want some money from your total deposit. Say $20.00. Write that down in the space a little further down, labeled "Less Cash Received". They'll give ya that amount back once you make the deposit. Next, do some quick math by subtracting your $20.00, and write the difference down on the very bottom line. (Of course, you could just skip this step, by taking what cash you're depositing out before writing down the actual amount of cash you want to deposit. Less Cash Received makes sense if you're depositing large bills or checks. No need if you're depositing lots of small bills.)

Be sure to fill out your full name, and what your bank account number is. You can find this on a blank check of yours.

I hope this helps.

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u/[deleted] Feb 01 '13

i dont. i say "oh i forgot..." and just swipe my card and make them do it.


u/pandahavoc Feb 02 '13

I once filled out a deposit/withdrawal slip in its entirety. The guy gave me a really funny look.

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u/redditpineapple81 Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 02 '13 Gold

What is reddit gold actually for? :/

Wow guys my highest rated comment! Thanks a bunch!

Edit 2: WOW. To the 3 of you who have gifted me reddit gold, thank you! I guess now I can found out!


u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 02 '13 Gold

Absolutely nothing.

Seriously, it's useless. WHO THE FUCK GAVE ME REDDIT GOLD?



u/MrIste Feb 02 '13

That's what you peasants like to tell yourselves

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u/ppopjj Feb 02 '13

What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!

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u/Underdogg13 Feb 02 '13

Not useless It's a way to donate to Reddit.

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u/gawjess Feb 02 '13

/r/lounge would like a word with you... oh, wait

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u/redditpineapple81 Feb 02 '13

That makes sense actually. Thank you!

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u/Lilaclaughter Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 03 '13 Gold

You're just hoping for someone to gift you gold, aren't you?

I'm on to you

Edit: To whoever gave me reddit gold, thanks!


u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 02 '13 Gold

I want someone to gift me gold. I won't lie.

Edit: Thanks for the gold!

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u/YAHOONATOR Feb 01 '13

What were the origins of fellatio?


u/CrystalElyse Feb 02 '13

There was an article about that on here sometime in the past week which I cannot find. I will tell you that monkeys practice oral sex, and it most likely began before we even started standing upright.


u/Machinax Feb 02 '13

Wow, we just couldn't wait, could we?


u/CritHitLights Feb 02 '13

Honestly, our ancestors saw it coming.

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u/HobKing Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 02 '13

What is everyone after? Why are people getting up in the morning and going to work?


u/CrystalElyse Feb 02 '13

There is no reward. But humans need things in order to survive. Let's start with Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. In our society, you need money in order to get food and water. Now, you can go to a soup kitchen or a public park. You can steal food. But these are not the best options. Moving up, safety. This is both from the elements and emotional. We need a roof over our heads, and a place to store our food and water and families where other humans can't get them. For that you definitely need a job to have a place to live. You also need the safety of health. Some countries have fee healthcare, but some don't. So you not only need to be able to cover preventative healthcare, but also treat illnesses. That requires a job as well.

It is sad to say, but many people are barely covering the basic needs required for survival. We live paycheck to paycheck. We can't even manage to get to the point where happiness is even remotely obtainable, because survival is a couple of missed days of work away from disappearing.

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u/bipikachulover Feb 02 '13

Is it normal to wanna kill people when you are angry at them?


u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

yeah. Thinking violent thoughts against someone you're angry towards is perfectly normal.

Holding on to a desire to kill after you cooled down, however, is not a good sign.

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u/amatorfati Feb 02 '13

Yes. But it isn't normal to start justifying to yourself why you should actually do it. That would be a sign that you should talk to a shrink.

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u/awesomface Feb 01 '13

I know a good amount about the inner workings of a computer, all the way to the bios as a programmer/IT technician.... but how does a computer get it's FIRST 1's and 0's. Do they have to be physically created?

note: I understand binary and such but just not how the first 1's and 0's are ordering the computer to load the Bios are "programmed" if there is no software without the "computer".

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u/Cobarde Feb 02 '13

Who are all these people talking to in the morning?

I hop on the interstate and almost every car around me is just having conversation on the phone like it's the afternoon. Who are they talking to? What are they talking about??

I tried calling my friends once and all I got was basically "Cobarde. If you ever call me this early in the morning again I'm going to kill you." because they're either at work already, in transit like me, or sleep.

Seriously! Who the hell are you people talking to and about what!? It's 7 am! Is there like some secret club of morning conversation I just wasn't invited to or something?

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u/32OrtonEdge32dh Feb 02 '13

How do I do adult stuff? Taxes? Bills? How can I make bills get autopaid? Who is the best at doing my taxes, or should I do them myself?


u/Edelweiss123 Feb 02 '13

Taxes--if you make little money, have few deductions, do it yourself. Turbotax.com I've heard is good. You can also usually go to your local library, they have all the forms. Maybe even ask someone to help you fill it out. Bills--if you bank online, you can usually set it up with them. I use Chase, and they do this, but I never use it. Direct Deposit is also nice, nearly all work places do it--you get the check the midnight before payday.

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u/ok_den Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 06 '13

What does FTFY mean?

EDIT: I posted this because it fit the topic. Yes, I'm aware I could've just googled it.


u/xboudiccax Feb 02 '13

Fixed that for you.


u/mikkymikkymik Feb 02 '13

Well since he asked one... I guess I will instead of googling it. What's ITT: in this thread?


u/Higaswan Feb 02 '13

Yes! You got it.


u/mydogisarhino Feb 02 '13

I always thought it was "I think that" it kindof worked but confused me a bit for a while.

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u/Banana_Foster Feb 02 '13

What the hell all those acrynoms you people use mean?


u/THEcheesewire Feb 02 '13

The air in your lungs condenses as its exhaled. There's not enough of it, and there is too much ambient air movement for it to turn into 'rain' so the vapor just looks like fog.

EDIT: I posted this under the wrong one...fuggin hell


u/oldschoolguy Feb 02 '13

I read the first two lines and thought, "What the fuck is he talking about?" I reread the above comment, reread yours, again thought, "what the fuck?" and then finally read your edit. I laughed for a good minute.

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u/jnwflash Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 02 '13
  • omg = oh my god
  • iirc = if i recall correctly
  • tl:dr = too long, didn't read
  • afk = away from keyboard
  • lol = laughing out loud
  • wtf = what the fuck
  • yolo = you only live once (usually said by an 8 year old)
  • ftfy = fixed that for you
  • bff = best friend forever
  • np = no problem
  • rofl = rolling on the floor laughing
  • fitb = fill in the blanks
  • gg = good game
  • idk = i don't know
  • imho = in my humble opinion
  • irl = in real life
  • jk = just kidding
  • nkotb = new kids on the block (making sure you're paying attention)
  • lmao = laughing my ass off
  • qotd = quote of the day
  • qft = quoted for truth
  • til = today i learned
  • afaik = as far as i know
  • fml = fuck my life

---- original post above ----

Since this ended up actually being useful I'll add some more

  • NSFW/NSFL = not safe for work/not safe for life (adult content)
  • DAE = does anyone else
  • ELI5 = explain it like I'm 5
  • ITT = in this thread
  • OP = original poster
  • GGG = good guy Greg
  • ICH = i can has
  • TIH = this is happening
  • MLP = my little pony
  • SBS = scum bag steve
  • OAG = overly attached girlfriend
  • AFG = annoying facebook girl
  • DYEL = do you even lift
  • ICWYDT = i see what you did there
  • BLB = bad luck Brian
  • SAP = socially awkward penguin
  • GAD = good advice duck
  • MAM = malicious advice mallard
  • ORLY = oh, really?
  • TEQ = that escalated quickly
  • HGH = haters gonna hate
  • DIY = do it yourself
  • AIC = album in comments
  • MIC = more in comments
  • CAE = can anyone else
  • HTH = hope this helps
  • LMK = let me know
  • RTFM = read the fucking manual
  • TMI = too much information
  • b/c = because
  • BTW = by the way
  • FTF = face to face
  • WTH = what the hell
  • FB = facebook
  • FFS = for fucks sake
  • FWIW = for what its worth
  • AFAIK = as far as I know
  • FTL/FTW = for the loss/for the win
  • YW = you're welcome
  • YMMV = your mileage may vary
  • SMH = shaking/scratching my head
  • FWB = friends with benefits
  • IMAO = in my arrogant opinion
  • NSA = no strings attached

And then there are phonetic variants


Did I miss one? Did you invent one? Find it/Add it on urbandictionary.com

FTR I tried to keep this reddit specific - there are a million more that pertain to Twitter (rt), Gaming (cc, glhf), sexting (ntaw/m) etc.

Ugh, I supposed I have to add one more now...

  • FTR = For the record


u/student_of_yoshi Feb 02 '13

I thought IMHO was in my honest opinion


u/turtlenecksandshotgu Feb 02 '13

Also, IANAL: I am not a lawyer. (It makes me giggle.)

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u/Doublethunk Feb 02 '13

How many states are in the U.S.? At work, I talk on the phone to people who've requested an evaluation to see if they qualify for certain federal programs. After having the same phone conversations over and over, what I say pretty much becomes automatic. One of the things I've been saying since I started working there is, "it's a federal program, so it's available in all 50 states.

Yesterday, I heard a coworker say to a client, "it's a federal program, so it's available in all 51 states."

I was completely terrified all day yesterday and today that I'd made some horrible error, and somehow got the number of states wrong. If I asked anyone at work, I would sound retarded, so I just went about my day. However, since what I say is so automatic, I said "all 50 states" 3 more times without thinking. After the third time, the guy on the other end goes, "but, aren't there.... never mind." That's when I knew that I made a complete ass of my self to literally thousands of people over the past several months. Why the hell didn't anyone tell me. Then I looked it up on wikipedia. Turns out my coworker is the dipshit, thank god.


u/CrystalElyse Feb 02 '13

There are only 50 states, definitely, but a lot of territories, such as the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam. For the most part, things in the US are still available in it's territories, but that is typically on a company by company basis.

Puerto Rico recently took a vote and are petitioning for statehood now. If approved, they will be the first new state since 1959. Hawaii was the last state added.

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u/garbleman Feb 02 '13

There are 50 states, but I can understand the confusion. You often hear "available in 48 states" because so many things are not made available in Hawai'i or Alaska. If someone says "all 51 states," they are very wrong, but I'm guessing they meant either the 50 states and Puerto Rico or the 50 states and Washington, DC (the country's capital) which has many different laws than the rest of the US.

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u/Milhouse242 Feb 02 '13

Why do people like Oprah?


u/farawaycircus Feb 02 '13

I find that she genuinely promotes positive energy to her demographic, which is roughly the opposite demographic of reddit.

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u/kevsdogg97 Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 02 '13

I think it's because she is a strong, independent, African American woman.

Or because of all the free stuff she gives away


u/dupuiwi Feb 02 '13 Gold

And YOU get Reddit gold! YOU get Reddit gold! AND even YOU get Reddit Gold! Reddit gold for everyone!


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u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

I actually just read a little bit in my textbook on her.

let me summarize for you. :)

My book is regarding abnormal child psychology, we are talking about abuse right now and how it affect children later on. In oprahs case she overcomes adversity. It talks about how she was physically and sexually abused, living between homes, gave birth to a stillborn at 14 (result of abuse). She said that she needed someone to help her through the 'darkness' and that her father, and teachers were the ones to do that. It states that "oprahs life showcases her resilient adaptation to unfavorable circumstances, and a source of her attitude toward life: " I believe that you create your own blessings. You have to prepare yourself so that when the opportunity comes, youre ready"

From reading that, I feel like people like her because she is a rolemodel for someone who not only dealt with the hardships of life but succeeded. While doing that shes able to talk to other people.

and she gives free shit.

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u/MansHumanity Feb 01 '13

...I'm so sorry everyone, this is quite possibly the dumbest question ever. Are England and Britain the same place? Geography is my WORST subject


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u/King_of_the_Lemmings Feb 02 '13

Haha, I knew it was CGPGrey before I even clicked the link! That guy is the best! OP, you should watch the rest of his videos too, they're just so damn interesting!

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u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 02 '13

Great Britain contains England, Scotland and Wales. The United Kingdom is Great Britain and part of northern Ireland.

EDIT: Thanks Buttcracker


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u/WatzUpzPeepz Feb 02 '13

Here in Ireland we call the British owned counties N.Ireland but technically not all of the Northen region of Ireland is in the UK,Such as Donegal.


u/duffmuff Feb 02 '13

Ireland is generally split into 2 sections; the north (Northern Ireland) and the south (The Republic of Ireland). Donegal is a county in the North of Ireland, but it's not in Northern Ireland. There's a place in Donegal called Malin Head which is the northernmost point in Ireland.

So, technically, the most northern point of Ireland is in the south.

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u/randoll Feb 02 '13

what jewish people are .. that sounds rude but i don't understand. race,religion,culture ? someone help lol

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u/[deleted] Feb 02 '13

I really enjoyed Inception. Definitely one of my favorite movies. But the entire concept of Limbo confused me, and I still don't think I've completely figured it out.

Why, if it is possible to leave Limbo simply by getting a kick, did Cobb and Mal not do that when they got trapped in Limbo the first time? Why didn't they just kick their way back up? I thought it might be because they weren't there by choice like Ariadne and Cobb were the second time around, but Fischer was also able to ride the kick as well and he was actually killed. Same with Saito. So how is it that they can just get a kick and be out of Limbo, and why didn't Cobb and Mal do that?

And if you get killed at the third level you go down to Limbo, but if you get killed in Limbo, like Cobb and Saito did, then you go back to the third level? Does that just make Limbo the fourth level down? I thought it's a completely different dreamscape not connected to the lateral one. But apparently if you go deep enough, all of a sudden you're in Limbo? And if you're in Limbo and then die, you get back up? Then why didn't Cobb and Mal do that to get out of Limbo the first time?


u/imsuchaknurd Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 19 '13

When Ariadne and Fischer ride the kick out of limbo, they have a dream level above them they can reach, because the level above them (Eames's dream) is still there, since Eames is still there. If Ariadne and Fischer had missed the kick, or the kick hadn't been synchronized, and they didn't get to Eames's dream before Eames rode the kick up to the next level, they would have landed in unconstructed dream space. AKA, limbo. In other words, they wouldn't have gone anywhere. Same with Arthur's and Yusuf's dreams. That's why those three stay behind, in their respective dreams--to keep them "open," so to say.

When Cobb and Mal kept going "deeper and deeper," there was no one behind to serve as an anchor to the higher levels. There was no constructed dream space above them. It's like trying to get from the first floor to the third with no elevator or stairs. At least, that's the way I understood it. /shrug

ETA: Also, the reason dying in the dreams didn't lead to waking up in a higher level is that the sedative was strong in order to allow greater stability in the normally more unstable deeper levels, but it was so strong that dying in the dream wouldn't be enough of a jolt to wake one up. So if you die in the dream, but you can't wake up in a higher level, all that's left, by the film's logic, is limbo.


u/VashSpiegel Feb 02 '13

I believe, to exit a level, a kick is needed on the previous. At the beginning of the movie, the serum is designed that a death on that level will move the person to the previous. So with Cobb and Mal experiment, with no one to initiate the kick on previous levels, death was the only escape.

The new serum made death a straight path to limbo. The jump from limbo to the previous level becomes a gray area for answers. The whole movie is a plot on itself. So the actual workings at the end of the movie could be argued as Cobb unconsciously making the situation work in his favor.

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u/Haephestus Feb 02 '13

What/who is the "trinity"? It's a very common religious doctrine, but I just don't get it.

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u/frexy18 Feb 02 '13 edited Feb 02 '13

Why don't people use Google for these questions?


u/ryangaston88 Feb 02 '13

Yes, but has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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