Almost immediately, the thread was upvoted to the front page and more than 10,000 people commented with funny, interesting, and amazing facts about life on earth.
“I want to thank each and every one of you for giving me the best night I’ve had in a while,” AaronM97 later wrote in the thread. “There’s not a single comment in the thread that didn’t give me a smile or make me laugh, or give me hope and motivation.”
Reading the entire thread will instantly make you feel better, but here 13 of our favourite facts, which we independently verified.
There is a group of nine women in West Tennessee who call themselves the 9 Nanas. They bake cakes together and leave them on the doorsteps of the needy, unemployed, or those who have lost family members.
They’ve been doing it for 36 years. (via Reddit user kOOby)
The man who does Winnie-the-Pooh’s voice spends some of his spare time calling children in the cancer wards of hospitals and telling them in Pooh’s voice how much he loves them and how brave they are. (via Reddit user SirNerd)
An island in the Bahamas lets tourists and locals swim with wild pigs and feed them. The pigs jump into the water to cool down, and even climb aboard boats to hang out. (via Reddit user QuelqueChoseRose)
Guide dogs are provided free to those with disabilities through Guide Dogs for the Blind and Guide Dogs of America, among other groups. Plus, guide dogs are awesome and have uniforms. (via Reddit user Streetmix)
At this exact moment, there are probably tens of thousands of babies laughing around the world. (via Reddit user yardnome070)
36 years ago, at the height of the Cold War, humans launched the two voyager deep space probes. On those two probes is a golden record, which includes a visual representation of a man and woman, the location of Earth relative to several pulsars, and binary instructions for the playing of a record with human music.
At a moment when all life on Earth was almost annihilated and we were fundamentally divided, human kind sent a message in a bottle into space as a universal hello. (via Reddit user WilliamtheV)
The fact that you’re alive right now means that your bloodline stretches all the way back to the first humans. Your ancestors survived long enough to reproduce, and so did their children, and their children, all the way until your biological parents were born.
You then raced tens of millions of other sperm and were the first to reach your biological mother’s egg. Each and every one of us is a genetic winner. (via Reddit user kjata)
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