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In January 2008, r/AskReddit was born. The subreddit has questions that routinely make it to the top of the main Reddit site. Here are the best.

The best threads from r/AskReddit to start you down an internet rabbit hole

If you were in high school or college in the year 2008, chances are you have some pretty complex thoughts around that year. The Great Recession was in full effect, fueled by the bursting of the housing bubble in the United States. 

The world held its collective breath as America narrowly voted its first Black president into office. Bitcoin & Spotify had made their presence known. The world was changing, and big changes led to bigger questions.

At the time, one of the best places to ask those questions was on Reddit. In January 2008, r/AskReddit was born and English-speaking Millennials quickly came to trust it as a focused space to ask more questions of the chin-scratching variety. 

The subreddit has questions that routinely make it to the top of the main Reddit site. The answers to these questions also start conversations of their own. Before we know it, we have gone down an entire Reddit rabbit hole.

Here are some of the best threads of r/AskReddit over the last month that will have you chin-scratching and eyebrow-raising just as much as we are. 

Redditors who have hired a private investigator . . . what did you find out?

This thread is fascinating for the simple fact that apparently, private investigators can be sent to spy on literally anyone, for anything. Some people have spent thousands upon thousands for PI’s to spy on their spouse, business partners, and relatives for matters both dire and mundane. One Redditor even found out that they themselves were being investigated!

If social media was around in your childhood, what embarrassing moment would you be famous for?

One of the greatest things about Reddit is when the older & younger generations converge to discuss topics that show them how they’re more similar than different. In this thread, age is merely a construct as Redditors upvote in the thousands about awkward moments that even we would wince at. Go figure, because we’ve definitely experienced some of these things before ourselves!

You suddenly find yourself on-stage for your own TED Talk. With no prior planning, what’s a topic you can discuss for 18 minutes?

TED Talks have become a meme at this point, for good & not-so-good reasons. If there was ever a platform that had us chin-scratching at the more involved questions in life, TED has proven itself to provide answers in one way or another. The calculated, rehearsed speeches sometimes led to more questions than answers. Clearly, some Redditors feel they’re more than up to the task. Hilarity ensues.

How do you cope with being treated like you are crazy for following covid safety guidelines, when others around you aren’t doing the same?

One of the most difficult parts of 2020 has been digesting the mercurial, ever-changing health advisories given to us regarding protection against COVID-19. As a sign of the times, this question appeared on r/Askreddit. 

With so little still known about COVID, many worldwide are still skeptical about what works and what doesn’t. This incredible thread sees Redditors confront and navigate the nuances of pandemic fatigue by discussing their social distancing practices. 

What’s the craziest butterfly effect that happened to you because of a small decision you made?

This thread is the ultimate “What if?” discussion for anyone who has ever second-guessed their decision making process. For those who have watched the movie The Butterfly Effect, the idea that the smallest changes in life can lead to bigger ones make it all the more important for us to think before we speak and act. For better or worse, Redditors have taken this thread to heights both foreboding and poignant. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to r/AskReddit. What are some threads that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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