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In 1998, this officer saved her life in a devastating fire. In 2016, he watched her graduate from college. by killHACKSInterested in Damnthatsinteresting

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Raya facial test by tyw7 in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]tofudisan 305 points306 points  (0 children)

This is hilarious if you imagine that she's having an epic bowel movement with farts

Car from the movie 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen', 2003 by HellsJuggernaut in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]Tronkfool 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The original comment says Rapped instead of raped. When you are raped you wil probably go to hospital (ICU). But because the original comment spelled it as rapped he combined the two (rapping and hospital). Notorious B.I.G is a popular rapper.

So U.S.A., can we talk about this? Because damn, that's interesting. by Tsupercalifragilisti in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]OGLizard 203 points204 points 4 (0 children)

As a politically agnostic gringo that works in food security, I'm happy to talk about this, but you're not going to like the answer.

TL;DR It doesn't matter at all.

First off, thanks to everyone that posted the IATP link. Most people won't read that full thing, so let's summarize it:

The UN declarations of what is and is not a human right are entirely screwed up. Nothing is enforceable and despite the UN making previous declarations about food being a human right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed by Jimmy Carter, the Senate never ratified a very specific treaty in 1966 making food a human right the first time around, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Meanwhile, the real world doesn't operate like that, and continues to move forward viewing food as a resource.

The wealthy Swiss academic who was the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food at the time proposed a mandatory (as in legally binding) code of conduct to treat food as a human right. So despite there being a 1966 treaty on the books making it a right, he wanted a more prescriptive treaty.

The EU said, "Uh....well, sure, that's cool for you all, but we don't want that to be mandatory. Voluntary enforcement only, please."

The U.S. said, "fuck you all, we didn't sign this before, we're not going to sign this now."

And a bunch of other countries said "uh....sure, whatever, man. We don't care."

Let's look at one region in particular where a drought hit the very next year: Sahelian West Africa. I was there. I drove through a cloud of locusts in Mali and saw more than my fair share of MSF feeding camps. It was horrible.

So the governments of Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, and Ghana all were facing drought and economic refugees like crazy. Did they feed any of them? No. Did they plan to? Not really - but they asked for assistance for a general humanitarian disaster. Not because they ratified a treaty that says food as a human right.

These countries all ratified THREE treaties making food a human right, and they couldn't do a damn thing to make it happen when necessary. As food aid donated by the U.S. and EU - two places that didn't want to make food a human right, mind you - showed up, in Mali and Niger those governments were powerless to safely get the food to hungry people, and large stocks of it were stolen by government officials, the military, and thieves who sold it back to starving people or keep it for themselves. When food did arrive, distribution happened so fast that a 18-wheeler full truck would be empty in hours. So women walking 7 or 8 miles from another village over would show up and maybe get nothing because they heard about the truck showing up by the time it was already empty. In the end most feeding centers did well and saved lives, but not without absorbing the real-life costs of corruption along the way.

Why the story? Because it emphasizes that declaring food, water, internet access, hair cuts, or anything else that is tangible as a human right is entirely impractical and there is no way to make it happen in reality. Especially in places where those things were scarce to begin with. No country that voted for food as a human right seriously considered ever implementing this policy. There's not a noble group of UN nations that are 100% dedicated to human rights and the mean ol' USA is out there grumbling about it - they simply voted for something they never intended to comply with. Consider that food might be a human right on paper, but a lot of these same countries consider same sex relationships, let alone marriage, to be illegal, and will send cops to arrest same-sex couples. They enforce THAT law, but won't enforce food as a human right anyway.

Oh, and did we all miss the part where the civil society organizations that manage food security were super in favor of this? Job security!

I'm sure some people will say that economic disparity is to blame. Maybe some, but not to the extent that it would change the outcome because logistics cost money. Urbanization of populations increase costs to food systems. If you've never been to a densely-packed slum, it has its own rules. A person can't move from a farm into a city, sleep in shifts on a piece of cardboard, and when they can't sell enough belts or steering wheel covers to buy food, expect a government that can't prevent the slum from existing to provide them with food. Did they abdicate their rights by leaving a rural farming community? No. If I move to a spot 200km north of Timbuktu and decide to live there, will the government of Mali feed me? Will they dig a well for me? No. Will they keep me safe from AQIM? Not a chance. "Oh, but they signed a declaration!" Yeah, with no intent of following through, and with knowledge that they are unable to follow though on that commitment. (Edit: I've been - there's nothing 200 meters north of Timbuku, let alone 200km)

Is that noble? Is that noteworthy as a progressive move by a government? (a government where being gay is illegal, porn is illegal despite it falling into a freedom of speech category, and the government does extremely little to enforce UN declarations and laws against child marriage, slavery) Or is it simply disingenuous and dishonest? I'll let you decide that for yourself, but for anyone thinking for a second that declaring food a human right will mean anything in reality for those who need it, please continue to enjoy your privilege bubble fantasy world.

Edit: think about it like, this: I'm sitting in a park feeding live baby chicks to a crocodile one at a time, and you come tell me that everyone is signing a declaration that crocodile owners will humanely kill food before feeding to a croc. And I agree and declare that I'll only feed my croc humanely raised and killed food. You smile and then I continue feeding baby chicks to the croc and tell you, "Yeah, but like.... this is what I was doing already. I don't have enough money to do whatever you told me to do, and the croc likes it." Who was wrong in that situation?

Edit 2: God dammit, don't buy me awards. Call your mom. Donate to your local food bank. Tell your high school math teacher they impacted your life. Go outside and be in the sun.

An astronaut can get stuck in position if they are not near anything to grab onto, it also requires a lot of effort to get out of this position. by Informal-Bit in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]nottrue41thing 4414 points4415 points 2 (0 children)

Fart jet.

Edit: Thx for the shiny silver. I am so proud of my silver earning farts right now that I am sharing free samples of the stuff that got me da silver.

Newly discovered Egyptian city. by Pedrica1 in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]AmishAvenger 29 points30 points  (0 children)

This guy is a hack. He has zero evidence to back up any of his wild theories. Like everyone else who pushes these ideas, he intentionally omits actual evidence in order to advance a narrative.

Let’s take one of the core beliefs of people like him: The Ancient Egyptians didn’t build the Pyramids.

Well, we have a wealth of evidence proving they did. We have a clear lineage of Pyramid design: the flat-topped structure known as a mastaba leads to the Step Pyramid, which is a series of mastabas stacked on top of each other.

Then we have the Pyramid of Meidum, which collapsed. Then the Bent Pyramid, which started to collapse and resulted in the builders shanging the angle to make it more stable. Then the shorter Red Pyramid, and finally the ones at Giza.

We’ve excavated the town the workers lived in. We know what they ate and what kind of injuries they received. We have a papyrus detailing the work of a crew that went back and forth to the quarries to transport blocks.

But aside from all of this — if there was some mysterious culture we haven’t discovered, where did they go? Why is there no evidence that they existed?

Hancock claims they lived in Antarctica, which later froze due to a polar shift. Not only is the ice there far older, but it’s awfully convenient that he’d claim all evidence happens to be buried where we can’t find it.

And would they have left zero evidence in Egypt itself? No buildings, no tools, no skeletal remains?

Claiming the Ancient Egyptians weren’t responsible for the hallmarks of their culture is incredibly disrespectful to an amazing civilization.

The skull of a Purussaurus, one of the biggest crocodiles to have ever lived by anthonyhui in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]CommonSchemeForYou 2156 points2157 points  (0 children)

Interesting info on Purussaurus:

It was about 35 feet long – twice as long as a saltwater crocodile and it weighed around 3 tons, making it about twice as heavy as one as well. It had a large tail which it could swat animals with and had loads of razor-sharp teeth in its 5-foot long skull. It not only looked like a larger version of modern crocodiles but it also probably moved as fast as one. It has been estimated that Purussaurus probably could have moved at a speed of about 16 miles per hour in the water.
Source: https://www.newdinosaurs.com/purussaurus/

A Peruvian elongated skull with metal surgically implanted after returning from battle, estimated to be from about 2000 years ago. The broken bone surrounding the repair is tightly fused together indicating it was a successful surgery. by Dullahen in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]thefirdblu 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Try telling that to all black Americans who don't know their own heritage beyond the days of slavery.

Or try telling that to anyone of indigenous descent whose ancestors were killed in a genocide at the hands of colonialism.

If all some people have is the knowledge we're of a different race than most of the people around us and have been treated as such, then you're God damned right we're gonna hold onto that.

Built and laid in 3 days..unfortunately half of it was made out of plastic 😕 by joonyerr1q in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]joonyerr1q[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I live next to a shipyard so there's a lot of foot traffic and they always throw their trash on the ground..Literally walked out the first day and walked into a plastic net that was hanging down like 2 feet on one side of the nest and clear plastic packaging on the other..I feel bad walking outside because it flies away but then I remember she doesn't pay rent and I don't receive child support..just wondering if its going to start attacking me once they hatch..

Using geometry to create a bigger box by killHACKSInterested in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]RedHeadSteve 766 points767 points  (0 children)

No, she did not create a bigger box, she made an more efficiënt box for the product

A country full of tall people by Miraster in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]Aderhold22 341 points342 points  (0 children)

All i can picture is the white girl with the big black guys meme

Squirrel trolling a chipmunk by killHACKSInterested in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]BrideofClippy 49 points50 points  (0 children)

Why did you let a squirrel get that close to you?

The Tallest Married Couple Ever. Anna Haining Swan, 7' 11", and Martin Van Buren Bates, 7' 9", were wed in London in 1871. The marriage produced a boy who was the largest newborn ever recorded at 23 pounds 9 ounces and 30 inches long, but did not survive. by GaGator43 in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]fckthedamnworld -11 points-10 points  (0 children)

Anna – 2.41 m Martin – 2.36 m Their baby (weight) – 10.688 kg Their baby (height) – 76 cm.

So now it's understandable for the entire modern world. Not only for guys who stuck in Victorian era