The Redditor who accidentally spent a year talking to himself
By Tom Gerken
BBC UGC & Social News
"I just thought I was dull."
Reddit user Andy Bowen could be forgiven for his frank assessment of his online presence.
I'm sure we all know the feeling of posting something quite clever online only to feel a bit rubbish when nobody seems to notice it.
But what separates Bowen from the rest of us is that he kept posting when faced with silence for an entire year - only to find out he'd been mistakenly "shadow banned" the entire time.
In other words, though the 34-year-old could make posts and comments on Reddit, absolutely nobody could see them.
After getting in touch with Reddit support about the problem, discovering the mistake, and then publicly posting about what has happened, Andy has become an overnight sensation with the most "liked" post on the website on Wednesday.
More than 123,000 people have "upvoted" his post (Reddit's version of "likes"), with many more paying to give him special rewards - which at the time of writing amount to roughly three and a half years of the website's premium service.
"I'm having a very strange day," Andy told the BBC. "I felt quite amazing when someone noticed one of my posts.
"I didn't realise it was going to blow up like that - and I had a very frantic quick search in the morning to see if I had to delete anything embarrassing.
"People were quite shocked why I wasn't more angry about it, but a moderator contacted me to explain I'd been caught up in an attempt to stop attacks on the website.
"They blocked an IP address or account they thought I was linked to, that's it really. I was just so glad it was cleared up."
Andy said that for a long time he didn't understand why people weren't commenting on his posts, and highlighted one that he was disappointed nobody saw at the time.
"There were a couple of posts on the diabetes forum," he said, "where people had asked questions that I had the answers to.
"There's one specific one where someone was putting out a cry for help. Mine was one of only two responses.
"It's gone now, they obviously never saw my response, and I don't know, you never know what's happening to the person behind it.
"I wonder how would my contribution have changed them during that time."
Andy explained he kept posting simply because he enjoyed contributing to discussions, even if he wasn't getting anything back.
"Rather than just sit around and look at social sites I like to do something a little more active and - ironically - interactive.
"In the end it took me a long time to contact Reddit support, and they solved it within six hours really."
Comparing his year of social silence to his day of fame, Andy said it was "absolutely worth it".
"I've had a really funny day of content," he said. "I've had lots of good interactions with people, really good conversations about real lives.
"What I don't want to do from this is make any money, so I'm going to contact a charity to see if I can do anything with crowdfunding.
"I'm going to try and turn this strange situation into something real."
The Weirdest Subreddits Of All Time That You Can’t Help But Click
Here at Student Problems, we’re cracking open the wide world of Reddit and exploring the weirdest subreddits of all time. The social community is our go-to site for picking up bizarre news, out-there theories, and generally passing time when you can’t sleep at 3am.
Reddit can be a dark and dangerous place at times, but it’s also somewhere you can share your thoughts and celebrate all things weird. Ryan Reynolds even wanted to make his own horror movie based on a Reddit story. With this in mind, here are 15 of the weirdest subreddits of all time that you can’t help but click.
If you’re looking for quality content, you probably shouldn’t come to r/Amish. Instead of a subreddit celebrating the Amish community or sharing a variety of hilarious Amish-centric memes, this one is completely empty.
The gag is that because the Amish aren’t allowed to use the internet, they can’t post in it. This is one Reddit thread that will remain forever a barren wasteland, however, there’s something kind of wholesome about the untouched purity of it all.
What makes this even more worthy of a place on the list is the fact r/Amish started trending in 2018 when an adorable post in a different subreddit blew up and someone linked out to r/Amish.
Taking a literal dive into the ocean of Reddit content, r/ScreamingFish does exactly what it says on the tin. Posting images, videos, and gifs of those finned friends with their mouths open, this subreddit imagines fish screaming in rage/agony.
There’s a plethora of fishy content here that includes everything from video mash-ups to images of open-mouthed fish. Although it’s simple in its conception, Screaming Fish has netted itself 11.4k members who love the briny deep.
If you’ve got an irrational fear of the ocean or hate fish, this one definitely isn’t for you. At least the average goldfish hasn’t grown legs…yet!
What appears to be just a random collection of four words has turned into a subreddit giant of its own. Created back in 2016, the ruled of AssPotatoCucumberDog are relatively easy to understand. Patrons simply post an image featuring one or more of the above words — often mashed together in a freaky hybrid.
As one redditor bizarrely confesses, “I actually haven’t visited since day one. It surprised me too. I’m even a moderator.”
Even though there’s plenty of wholesome content, there’s also A LOT of posts referencing shoving a potato up your butt. Oh well, it’s Reddit, what else did you expect?
If Christopher Nolan and Lisa Joy’s Westworld didn’t have you fearing robots are uprising and preparing to go full Terminator, r/SubredditSimulator will have you smashing your electronics to pieces and heading off to the Amish subreddit.
Using something called Markov chains from a variety of subreddits, the bots are each assigned their own subreddit and spout (sometimes) nonsensical garbage. However, the real pull is the fact all the other Subreddit Simulator bots start replying. It’s a bit like how your phone uses a predictive keyboard.
Things often get heated as topics range from everything including the Trump Administration to whether you should buy a used car. The results are hilarious — if a little terrifying. The scariest thing is r/SubredditSimulator implies it’s only a matter of time before the bots band together and decide to eradicate the human race.
The whole idea of an egg is a weird concept in itself. Whoever decided eating something that comes out of a chicken’s backside was a good idea probably deserves sectioning/knighting, but here we are.
Much more than a breakfast staple, eggs can be used for a whole variety of meals and are never more famous than Easter time. Still, there’s a niche subreddit that culminates in r/WeirdEggs.
The images represent a smorgasbord of ‘cracking’ egg pictures for redditors to gawp at. From triple-yolked terrors to something known as a “Fart Egg”, they’re all here!
Birds With Arms
As we head to the gym and try to get ‘swole’ by pumping iron, there’s a whole subreddit dedicated to birds that have done it better. Obviously, bird have wings instead of arms, but what about a weird Rick and Morty-inspired world where they swap their flappers for a pair of biceps?
The subreddit of r/birdswitharms is a firm favourite of many, and it isn’t hard to see why. Imagine if Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson got merged with a bird — yep, you’ve got r/birdswitharms.
There are some quality Photoshop edits on here and a couple of clever spins on the theme. It’s no surprise r/birdswitharms has nabbed an impressive 247k followers.
Mirrors For Sale
While selling a mirror might seem like an easy thing to do, the internet has proved time and time again this isn’t a case. If you want to shift a mirror, it’s important you get that great shot to show it off in all its glory.
Anyone who’s ever tried to escape the curse of being trapped in a mirror, you’ll know r/Mirrorsforsale is the place your eBay dreams come to die.
The problem is, photographing a mirror often has the photographer appearing in a variety of hilarious poses. As the post above shows, it isn’t just mirrors than can cause the hilarity. Anything with a mirrored surface is primed and ready for this subreddit.
WTF Stock Photos
Stock photos on their own can be a weird and dark corner of the world, however, imagine bringing the wackiest together in one place. Enter r/wtfstockphotos.
You’ve likely come across Hide the Pain Harold during your meme-worthy searching of the net, but believe us, he’s got nothing on WTF Stock Photos. Expect puns aplenty as “Asian woman spits on cock” takes a whole new meaning in this context.
Everything from shooting goldfish to hanging yourself with a noose has been gathered in one glorious dump of stock photos that will undoubtedly haunt you late at night.
We all know those Hollywood Walk of Famers have some great assets, but armpits don’t usually top lists of people’s most desirable features.
Fetishising celebrities is nothing new, however, a subreddit dedicated to the armpits of the rich and the famous is taking this up a notch.
Whatever floats your boat, but we imagine the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Zendeya, and Britney would be very impressed with this one. In fact, the former Friends star, Spider-Man favourite, and singing starlet appear time and time again on r/CelebrityArmpits.
Don’t ask us why because we honestly don’t know with this one. More worryingly, it seems that the subreddit is only aimed at perving on women.
Where Did The Soda Go?
Everyone loves a good cheesy infomercial, but taking them out of context opens up a comedy goldmine. Roll up, roll up to r/wheredidthesodago and live your infomercial nightmares.
There are some golden oldies in here, begging the questions of how some of these products ever came into existence. If you’re still a little confused, the description sheds a little more light on r/wheredidthesodago:
“Infomercials out of context. A subreddit for infomercials taken **out of context** in animated images. This subreddit is for ads that show real aspects of life but in a completely unrealistic way.”
Take a deep dive into this twisted TV world and we promise you’ll never look back.
Even though I love a cheese-stuffed toastie as much as the next person, I can’t say I’ve ever fantasized about taking my relationship with kitchen appliances to the next level.
A particularly NSFW subreddit sees people buttering their toast to sexy toasters. This one gets pretty raunchy pretty quick with plenty of crumb puns on r/ToastersGW (toasters gone wild).
It’s hard to tell whether the subreddit is a genuine fantasy or just some sort of joke, but if people out there are getting their rocks off to a Breville toaster, we aren’t going to kink shame them for that.
Beans In Things
Beans don’t just mean Heinz over on Reddit. There’s a foodie subsect that can’t get enough of those baked, orange, beauties.
Sticking with toast (sort of), who doesn’t love a winter warmer of beans on toast that’s topped with cheese? The ever-popular r/BeansInThings is going from strength to strength.
In 2017, the Facebook group �Things Full of Beans That Shouldn�t Be Full of Beans� hit headlines and soon spilled over into Reddit. Here, the pictures and memes took an even more bizarre turn and rocketed up the ranks of Reddit.
The musical fruit that makes you toot is something you’ll either love or hate, so a community dedicated to baked beans being put in weird places will be pure nightmare fuel to some.
Be warned, the robots are evolving (again). While Furbies on their own were a pretty weird concept, how about a subreddit dedicated to their evolved from where they’ve been bred with snakes to create horror hybrids? Voila, r/LongFurbies came to be.
There’s an actual market for taking those freaky Furbies and sewing them onto Dachshund bodies to create Long Furbies. If you don’t know where to start, fear not, there are tutorials and everything on how you can craft your own long bois.
It’s a lot more mechanical than you’d think and the subreddit suggests you have to build an actual spine for your Frankenstein’s monster. There’s something a little Human Centipede about these and I’m not sure you’d want to cuddle up to one late at night.
Former Pizza Huts
There’s nothing like a hungover Sunday tucking into a Pizza Hut, but when did you last actually go to a Pizza Hut restaurant?
As a huge part of the ’90s, Pizza Hut restaurants and their signature rooftops dominated retail parks around the world. These days, the iconic Pizza Hut is vanishing from our skylines to be replaced by a variety of other stores and franchises.
Picturing some desolate Blockbuster future where all Pizza Hut locations are stripped of their business and bastardised into something else, enter r/FormerPizzaHuts. The cute little subreddit even includes (plot twist) a former Pizza Hut that’s been turned into a Dominos Pizza!
One True God
Rounding off with a subreddit of truly epic proportions, it’s time to honour the legend that is Nicolas Cage. It’s all here on r/OneTrueGod as Reddit pays tribute to Cage’s impressive Hollywood career.
From Face/Off to The Rock, Con Air to Kick-Ass, Nicolas Cage has done it all. Just don’t mention The Wicker Man or Ghost Rider. The community description reads:
“Here, we worship and collect all content relating to the Cage, through which we hope to discern His Holy Word. We welcome all, as the Lord would, but still fight against the temptation of John Travolta. Come, come, and hear the Truth!”
With memes and gifs galore, this one should have you bookmarking it in a heartbeat. While it’s not that weird to bow down before Nicolas Cage, the content in r/OneTrueGod rightfully earns it a place on this list. We’re not worthy.
[Featured Image: Reddit/Fox/Universal]
NSFW Reddit: The Most Freeing, Surprising, and Sexy Communities
Anonymity is a great enabler for self expression, and Reddit is arguably the online world’s anonymous playground.
If there’s one particularly beautiful thing about Reddit, it’s the way it encourages communities to gather, sometimes because of the safety found in showing a username instead of a face. Of course, this can play out in both good and bad ways. Reddit has definitely fostered a space for trolls to worship Donald Trump, and given misogynists a bonding opportunity, but it’s also created a huge, supportive network of users that are just waiting to answer literally any question you have about anything. And that includes sex.
From empowering to just plain weird, we’ve picked out a few of the more interesting, educational, and tantalizing subreddits that have to do with the big wide world of sex.
While there are subreddits aplenty that offer endless images of sex positions, states of undress, and body types — unfortunately, predominately positioned for the male gaze — there are also a lot of community-driven subreddits that rely on their users to set the vibe. For this list, we’re more interested in those kinds of subreddits.
This list is by no means complete, if anything it’s just a sprinkling of the kinds of kink and conversation available on Reddit. Writing a list like this is kind of loaded in the first place; we want you to know that the choices below aren’t an endorsement of any one kind of play, fantasy, or community over any other, it’s just what we found that peaked our interest. Reddit is kind of like sex anyway — there’s always more to discover.
Subscriber count: 127,050
A good place to start. Maybe you’re looking for Christmas Hentai or videos of synchronized orgasms? NSFW411 is a great place to go for all your very specific porn requests. Write a query, and porn enthusiasts will do their best to direct you to the right subreddit. Or scroll through the thousands of people wondering if there’s a thread for their favorite kink.
Subscriber count: 28,831
Yup, just what it sounds like. Discussion threads, reviews, and answers to questions about probably every sex toy that exists in the universe.
Subscriber count: 3,712 readers
I really like this subreddit; users here have taken common pornographic images and video and “glitched” them. In other words, they’ve distorted the visuals to make something new, beautiful, and often times still erotic. There’s a lot of cool stuff to look at and watch in this subbreddit.
Subscriber count: 11,71337
This is an audio-centric subreddit devoted to home recordings of individuals or couples engaging in pillow talk (cute, cuddly conversation and general niceties), or vanilla, erotic talk, along with some ASMR. Some of the audio here describe entire scenarios that you can listen along to, (“Come Camping With Me? Friends to Lovers,” for example. There are also a lot of audio files that are just meant to be soothing like, “Long Day? Here’s a Massage (ASMR),” and themes in multiple audio files like “Comfort for self-harm,” “Comfort for Panic Attacks,” and “Quiet talk.”
Subscriber count: 78,557
This is the subreddit for everything BDSM. Topics of discussion include “Explaining BDSM or handling criticism related to it,” to “Need help coming up with weekly challenges for my locked sub.”
Subscriber count: 105,453
This subreddit exists to connect users for “creative writing and erotic conversation.” If you are looking to strike up a particular scenario on the page, this is probably the place for you.
Subscriber count: 22,617
A lot of the girl-on-girl porn on mainstream sites is awkwardly over-acted and straight up not intended for a gay, female audience. This subreddit is tries to be opposite of that. It’s a “sex-positive, trans-positive, kink-positive” space full of imagery, comics, and curated porn vids meant to be enjoyed by a female-identifying audience.
Subscriber count: 19,254
This is a great forum for men to talk — and learn — about gay sex. One of the rules here is “No politics and religion and shit,” so the discussion here is just sex, sex, sex. Which is great! Almost all of us could stand to learn more about sex.
Subscriber count: 26,763
Touting itself as the subreddit that’s “Enabling the over thirty crowd to try everything from butt plugs to bitmoji since 2015!” conversation here a lot of legit questions that plenty of people have about their sex life, (“Do you show your face in nudes?” “Improving Sex in Second Marriage?”) Basically, this is organized to be an easy and accessible space for sharing and learning, especially for older folks, and also promotes itself as being queer-pos.
Subscriber count: 38,307
This is just a very nice subreddit. While r/LadyBoners is a little bit basic — although that’s not necessarily a bad thing — this spin-off subreddit is just amateur photos of men hanging out with cute animals. Because why not?
Subscriber count: 294,436
Here you will find every erotic depiction of a cartoon character to grace the internet. Teen Titans, Pokemon, Zelda, ad nauseum… it’s all here. Unfortunately, much of the content in this subreddit overwhelmingly panders to the male gaze.
Tentacle porn of the enjoying, consent-based variety. Travel here if you have a “love of erotica and porn of all things squiggly, grabby, and penetrating,” as the subreddit description goes. If you’re looking for anything other than female animated characters, however, you’re out of luck here.
Honorable mention goes to: r/ScaryBilbo (click if you dare) and r/NSFWSpacePorn, which hasn’t been updated in a few years.
For further reading, here is Reddit’s complete list of all of its NSFW subreddits.
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12 bizarre corners of Reddit that prove it’s the oddest place on the internet
Those who use the website Reddit know it is a gateway online to pretty much any kind of content, from sports and news to science and videos of cute puppies.
f you’re unbaptised in Reddit usage however, there are some channels on it, known as subreddits, which might make you think the place is totally bonkers.
It’s those bizarre corners of the web on discussion today – here are 12 of the very weirdest subreddits.
A subreddit dedicated to trees that have melded with nearby inanimate objects, this little beauty does what it says on the tin.
Spot a tree sucking on something and think it’s a work of art? Well there’s a place, with over 41,000 subscribers, where others will understand.
This avian enclosure for Photoshop wizards adds limbs to our feathered friends. Because why not?
The channel’s rules state: “Make sure it’s a bird with arms, and not a person with a bird head! If it has a humanoid body, it needs to have some other visible birdlike features to be allowed.”
They point this out, of course, so people don’t get confused with their sister channel…
With around 170,000 fewer subscribers, it’s less popular than sibling r/birdswitharms, but there’s just as much anthropomorphic bird action.
So, imagine there was a next level of consciousness and being – one beyond our three-dimensional universe.
Well, it turns out beings living such an existence have problems just like the rest of us, and it’s these this subreddit is dedicated to.
Also consider checking out r/fourthworldproblems, r/sixthworldproblems and r/seventhworldproblems.
Visually, this one is actually very pleasing.
It delves into the undisturbed world beneath the lid of a vat of paint before the painters have given it a stir.
A subreddit dedicated to chairs that are underwater, and with over 41,000 subscribers it’s got a following too.
Its rules state: “Chair(s) must be at least partially submerged in water. (No holding water over a chair and calling it ‘under water’)
“If the chair is not fully submerged, flag post as NSFW (Not Submerged Fully in Water)”
This subreddit gained its name from this meme.
The memes posted to the channel have to follow the same format, roughly following the lines of the “roses are red, violets are blue” rhyme.
Put simply, this is a place where people share wicked but innocuous things they are plotting.
The most popular post on the subreddit “My plan to take a cookie” exemplifies this perfectly.
“A subreddit dedicated to gathering evidence that Stannis Baratheon, the one true king of Westeros, is in fact a gigantic praying mantis in disguise.”
Yep it’s a Game Of Thrones subreddit, but even fans may struggle to understand this one.
With a whopping 113,000 subscribers, it might come as a surprise to you how many people enjoy seeing pictures of pieces of bread stapled to trees – but they do.
Humans don’t post on this channel, instead bots comment on them while people upvote or downvote what they come up with – thus teaching the AI to create more successful posts – such as this reaction GIF.
Or this intriguing thought.
Finally, who wouldn’t like to spend their online time looking at men of the cloth perusing a fine ale?
Like this classic from German 19th-century painter Eduard von Grutzner, for example.
This subreddit has over 32,000 subscribers.
Truly, human ingenuity and advancement has peaked.
The Weirdest Subreddits, According to Reddit
Someone asked Reddit to list the “REALLY REALLY weird subreddits.” They did. They also listed a lot of cute but not actually weird subreddits. I’ve collected the actually weird ones, plus some of the cute ones. NSFW subreddits are marked as such.
Many of these subreddits were small or abandoned before this Reddit thread, but they’ve been revitalized with fresh new redditors, and you can soak up the sweet new content.
- Fedlegs (NSFW, for sexy lady pictures): Pictures of women with bare legs, but their legs are yellow. In a post that’s supposed to explain this subreddit, the moderator says: “Years ago, I had a weird recurring science-fiction-esq dream where girls who showed off their legs had them turned yellow by means of a permanent paint.” I’m not sure what level of irony or fiction this subreddit is operating on, and it might be the most actually confusing subreddit on this list.
- BreadStapledToTrees: Literally that. Photos of bread stapled to trees. There are new pics every day. Sometimes there are variations, like how the crucifixion of Jesus technically counts, if you believe in transubstantiation.
- unexpectedthreefifths: If you see anyone mention the number 3/5, you can show it to this subreddit.
- Gregfuckedarock (NSFWish for implied sex): Memes about being horny for rocks. There’s some kind of Steven Universe motif and I don’t care to learn why.
- DeepIntoYouTube: Weird-ass videos from YouTube’s bargain bin.
- Lithuaniakittens: A meme subreddit that’s occasionally weird enough to be funny.
- Ooer: I AM NOT GOOD WITH COMPUTER
- ooerintensifies: That but more
- FourthWorldProblems, FifthWorldProblems, SixthWorldProblems, SeventhWorldProblems, ZerothWorldProblems: All parodies of FirstWorldProblems. See also: SecondWorldProblems and ThirdWorldProblems. It actually goes up way past seven worlds, but I stopped counting after 21stWorldProblems.
- SubredditSimulator: Bots try to imitate real Reddit posts. There’s another subreddit with a more advanced algorithm. Both reach a linguistic uncanny valley that will make you worry you’re losing your mind.
- BetterHoagieDown: There’s only one post in here. The story, if true, would be tragic and disturbing. But is it true?
- longfurbies: Furbies that have been turned into snakes, sandworms from Dune.
- FearMe (NSFW for horror): Legitimately upsetting (but usually not gory) horror fiction images.
- honeyfuckers (NSFW for porn): For people who wanna bang a bee, or wanna joke about banging a bee.
- upvoteexeggutor: Honestly more fun than weird, but you deserve a break after the horrors above. This is the only subreddit I’ve seen where all the post images combine to make one long image: Exeggutor, the palm tree Pokémon.
Not That Weird, but Good
- picturesofiansleeping: Ian’s roommate used to upload pictures of him sleeping. Maybe once I would have found this weird, but I’m on the other side of all those truly bizarre subreddits and frankly I find this one cozy and cute.
- WtWFotMJaJtRAtCaB: “When the water flows over the milk jug at just the right angle to create a bubble.” Not weird, but relaxing.
- VXJunkies: Every hobbyist knows the fun of custom-flitexing your first VX, and the frustration of hemoglobbing the SATDOS into overskid!
- HaveWeMet: Of course we met! We’re old friends, [usernamehere]! How’s the fam?
- grandpajoehate: These people really hate Grandpa Joe from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
- IsEricWearingShorts: This subreddit tracks whether a certain guy named Eric is wearing shorts or pants every day. According to its sidebar, this subreddit has two internal factions, but not the ones you would guess.
- FormerPizzaHuts: It’s pretty easy to spot when a business takes over an old Pizza Hut. What with the roof and all.
I’ve omitted some suggestions that are just weird porn, because frankly weird porn is not hard to come by online. But go read the full Reddit thread for more.
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