The Internet has brought about all kinds of new opportunities and advancements for billions of people. With the advent of smartphones and portable computers, more people than ever before are now online, learning and sharing with each other. This gives them the chance to participate in all of the benefits that come with internet access.
Chief amongst these is the ability for groups of like-minded people to come together and form their own communities. In the past, it might have been difficult for a selection of people interested in a niche topic to communicate with each other regularly or start up a group, but the Internet gives them the chance to do exactly that. This means that communities that might never have been possible to establish just a few decades ago can now flourish online.
One of the premier websites for these types of communities is Reddit. This discussion site and forum effectively gives anyone the chance to set up their own group, or subreddit, so that they can converse with other people with similar interests. Whilst most of these subreddits are the type of ordinary thing you would expect people to want to talk about, some involve the weirdest and strangest cultures and communities that you could ever imagine. Some, honestly, defy imagination.
A Subreddit For People Who Want To Photoshop Arms Onto BirdsPhoto: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
The number one location on the Internet for people who want to combine their love of birds, muscular arms, and Photoshop is r/bridswitharms. It allows users to test their creativity and artistic skills by making birds (and the idea of arms) look super silly.
With more than 100,000 people (!) participating since its inception in 2008, the subreddit simply asks its users to use image manipulation software to create funny pictures of birds with human arms added on their bodies.1,143369Would you waste an afternoon here?
A Subreddit For People Who Want To Discuss Their Evil PlansPhoto: New Line Cinema
The life of an evil mastermind is often a lonely and isolated existence. That doesn’t have to be the case, though, thanks to r/myevilplan. The subreddit allows people to discuss their evil schemes, whether they want to get revenge on someone or just simply play a prank on a friend. People even offer constructive feedback and advice.
With more than 15,000 members, there will certainly be plenty of help if you want to plan your own evil scheme.902327Would you waste an afternoon here?
A Subreddit For People Who Want To Control The Life Of A Random DudePhoto: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
Considering how diverse Reddit is, it's entirely possible that a group of people would create a subreddit specifically to tell the life story of a fictional man called Norman Tebbutt. Oh wait, that totally happened. The entire community, known as r/lifeofnorman, revolves around the 50,000 members telling small stories about the everyday life of the unremarkable Norman.
So far, Norman has lost his wife to a younger man, seen his son move away, and gotten himself a cat. Riveting.743270Would you waste an afternoon here?
A Subreddit For People Who Want To Tell Pointless StoriesPhoto: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation License
While Reddit has become known as a place for people to share outlandish and funny stories to the rest of the community, one subreddit aims to do the exact opposite. r/pointlessstories is the destination for anyone who wants to tell a story to the world but hasn’t done or seen anything interesting to talk about.
Instead, they simply post about their normal everyday lives that no one in their right mind should even bother reading – yet, plenty of people do. The Internet, ladies and gentlemen.520214Would you waste an afternoon here?