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Ask HN: Weird, curious or bizzarre subreddits that you would like to suggest
174 points by maremmano on March 11, 2017 | hide | past | favorite | 60 comments
Sometimes I like to rediscover the good old days of the Internet, and I think I can find some of the frontier spirit on reddit (or maybe other communities like 4chan?).

What are the subreddit (or other forum) that you sometimes follow and that you would like to suggest to the HN community?

They can also be super niche but not necessarily inherent to technology or computer science.

(sorry for my english)

The nth world problems series of subreddits. You can start with the second world problems (https://www.reddit.com/r/SecondWorldProblems/), and climb all the way to the thousandth world (https://www.reddit.com/r/1000thworldproblems/).

Lots of amusing content on the Fifth World: https://www.reddit.com/r/FifthWorldPics https://www.reddit.com/r/FifthWorldProblems

I can't believe this slipped under me. In all the years I've been on reddit I never once came as far as 4th world, let alone 1000th.

https://www.reddit.com/r/theocho ... Weird and wacky sports you've never heard of - funny and genuinely interesting

https://www.reddit.com/r/shittyrobots ... Fairly self-explanatory - makes fun of shitty robots

https://www.reddit.com/r/listentothis ... In my opinion, the best way to discover new music

https://www.reddit.com/r/MachinePorn ... Pictures of really cool machinery

https://www.reddit.com/r/EngineeringPorn ... Pictures and videos of neat engineering technologies

https://www.reddit.com/r/mechanical_gifs ... Animations of cool mechanical devices

https://www.reddit.com/r/UrbanHell/ - basically the exact opposite of /r/CityPorn

https://www.reddit.com/r/trippinthroughtime/ - especially older posts

https://www.reddit.com/r/FellowKids/ - advertising and media (bad) attempts to appeal to younger audiences

https://www.reddit.com/r/CrappyDesign/ - self-explanatory

Here are a few less-known subreddits I've been enjoying:

https://www.reddit.com/r/ArtefactPorn/ -- active subreddit, lots of interesting miscellaneous images of old historical items

https://www.reddit.com/r/heraldry/ -- coat of arms, etc

https://www.reddit.com/r/imaginarymaps/ -- good for worldbuilders

If you enjoy historical artefacts, you'll probably enjoy the 'History of the World in 100 Objects' podcasts:



A bot-only subreddit where the bots post content based on Markov chains. There are bots for many of the more popular subreddits so, essentially, each bot has a "personality" that reflects a specific subreddit.

Is the creator of this sub anonymous?

https://www.reddit.com/r/VXJunkies/ is fun, but can be a bit hard to follow if you're not well versed in the field.

I just wish my local VX vendors would get their act together, I can't for the life of me find anyone selling a Baltovsky chamber.

I once saw a 3.60 on eBay, but was outbid before I could confirm shipping. Not just any transport company is certified for Baltovskys - and just remember never even to breathe any hint that it might be a used one that could be a bit out of tune.

That was the last I saw on the public market. I think it's just a matter of the carriage insurance - it's just not worth it.

I've heard you can fake one up with a modified Verona cavity and a good capacitor, though. Have you tried that route?

Today I clicked on a random story off the HN front page, then found a random comment on that story.

Then I clicked on the subreddit linked from that HN story. I saw a submission in there by a guy I sub to on Youtube... referencing a reply to a video he made that I watched like two days ago.

The hell? How does the Internet work?

I've heard it's some kind of weird webby thing

Is this one of those things where all the terms are made up to sound really technical and the whole thing's a joke? I don't get it.

It took a while for me to understand Yalgeth's Limit, but once that piece of information cracked itself open, the rest of it all really falls into place.

Edit: Check out the wikia to get started (http://vxmodules.wikia.com/wiki/Getting_Started) Be careful though, the first time you ever calibrate a wide-angle spectrograph, you'll be hooked!

I just looked through this subreddit and I still have no idea what this is all about. Please explain.

It's basically high quality shitposting. You make up technical terms (remember "flux-capacitor") and bring up elaborate ideas.

jeez. I was going crazy trying to figure it out. thanks :)

The ingenuity of some people coming with titles is uncanny!


Paths created by people walking off the intended paths


Words or phrases without analogs in other languages


Does what it says on the tin


Trippy, heavy art


Pics that make you go, "hmmm"


Artists who think they are more qualified than they actually are


People who are a little too proud of their intellect

I just spent way too long on /r/delusionalartists


Meta-subreddit designed to introduce you to new subreddits


Amusing, often insightful thoughts


Pleasant pictures that make you feel nice about the world


Tales from the auto mechanic


Tips and stories for lucid dreaming


Because /r/trees was taken


Recreating old pics in present day

/r/PlayItAgainSam and /r/youtubehaiku

YouTube videos that get better each play

The /r/trees and /r/marijuanaenthusiasts are a very funny bunch. That's like their tagline. XD There are two other such pairs but I can't remember (something to do with potatoes maybe?).

Yep, that's it! XD


Weird encrypted messages, or just data dumps, or something else. The mystery is the fun part.


Strange things you can buy on Amazon

/r/bench and /r/fence

Originally spawned from amusing comments, these subreddits still get traffic




Cool staircases

Protip: Only visit links on r/AmazonWTF from an anonymous tab or bad things will happen to your future Amazon recommendations.

I recently found this one: https://www.reddit.com/r/hmmm/ It's very good.

/r/enlightenedbirdmen/ VS v/r/MadMudmen/ Two communities locked in an eternal battle


If you break a rule of the Mao game you get a 24h ban, but nobody knows what the rules are.

http://reddit.com/r/starterpacks/ ... reduces entire cultures and sub-cultures to one pithy image. Some memes just pass over your head and this is a great way to get yourself familiarised with the context those memes operate in.

I like to periodically browse through the top submissions of https://www.reddit.com/r/unity3d to see what neat sorts of game prototypes people come up with. There are always some very interesting little unpolished gems to see.

You do need Reddit Enhancement Suite installed to enjoy it to the fullest. XD

That was fun.

there are some really great ones listed in this thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/31qe8n/what_is_t...

Depending on your comment history, this recommender can suggest some pretty weird ones. A warning, some of them can be NSFW.


https://www.reddit.com/r/shittyfoodporn/ and the rest of the shitty network

https://www.reddit.com/r/PeopleFuckingDying/ for when you want to see kids or animals falling over (no gore or death!)

/r/mistyfront ... subreddit where a bot posts top posts of other subreddits. Very varied, good content.

/r/tulpas ... People who try to make a sentient being inside their mind using practice and self hypnosis. I don't really follow it, but it's a weird and cool idea not many people know about, and it seems to work for some people.

About tulpas...it's basically ego manipulation. When combined with immature ego development (most practitioners are 14-24 it seems), this is how Otherkin happen.

I'm curious...how you define "ego manipulation" in this context?

The flexing of one's self-consciousness? Like meditation, submission, or shadow work.

Came here to suggest http://reddit.com/r/Tulpas. I accidentally joined the community a month or so ago as the result of research into how gender identity works. Now, I have a female voice in my head along with my own & we're studying the potential therapeutic/developmental reasons one might choose to create a Tulpa.

https://www.reddit.com/r/onebag/ - for the traveling hacker nomad

https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex - for rabid space geekery

https://www.reddit.com/r/ArtisanVideos/ I love binging videos of people that are masters of their craft.

https://www.reddit.com/r/BearJokes/ ... get your funny bone mauled!


The premier subreddit.


Another favorite: r/HighQualityGifs


Oddly satisfying pictures of very neatly arranged cables.



Also r/ChildrenFallingOver



Some of my favourite examples of the best and worst of Reddit.






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