Reddit History

Alright boyos, I had a couple ideas for fun facts lined up for this week, but I wanted to take a break from the education facts to explore some purely Seussian thoughts. Naturally, Reddit came to mind…what better way to legitimize the black hole of wit and wisdom that is the front page of the internet than by formally retelling the history of some of the most famous posts on the site — from the hilarious to the miraculous, let’s travel down some rabbit holes. More often than not, I’ll just be linking to stories for these because you need to read them to appreciate it.

Potato Quality

As it turns out, the history of Potato Quality is pretty murky, so we are going to get it out of the way first.

Apparently the first known instance of Potato Quality is this YouTube video from 2008:

The video was filmed in 144p resolution, truly some poverty recording. Just look at the shortcuts, ffs, how on earth is that a reasonably good idea to publish?!?

In August of 2011, there is record of “recording with a potato” as a precursor to “recorded with a toaster” in Urban Dictionary (who knew, more inanimate recording objects…at least potatoes have some inherent electrical potential?)

2012 saw the creation of a Facebook group called “Recording With a High Quality Potato,” which ended up being a bit of a flop on the content side, 0/10 would not recommend.

August 16, 2012 saw the first official entry for “recorded with a potato” on Urban Dictionary, and by 2013 there were over 10,000 search results for “recorded with a potato” on YouTube…

“Notable Examples”

Speaking of Potatoes:

Honestly, this story was so hilarious and ridiculous, I have to share. Read this fool’s attempted long con, “I think she will break up with me anyway”:

Bananas for scale

Naturally, I had to research more scalable comparisons, and arrived at the banana scale.

Banana for scale has a more traceable origin.

Our story begins in 2005, when this picture was posted to the blog RockDogDesigns:

With the following caption:

“I don’t know how big the screen is, we’re moving and I can’t find the tape measurer. But I do have a banana. For scale. Oh wait, my husband says it’s 19inches. Oh well, I’ll leave the banana for interest. Please be interested.”

Evidently the trend didn’t immediately catch on, as it wasn’t until 2010 when the next incidence of fruit scales are recorded. Blogger Andy Herald was documenting his pursuit of opening a locked safe he had found when he posted the following picture to Facebook:

His friends made plenty of fun of him for this (as they should have), and the meme was born.

“On June 11th, 2013, Imgur user KingOPancakes submitted a photo album titled ‘How to win a bet when you lose a bet,’ which contained photographs of a complicated prank lock box containing a $15 Dunkin Donuts card. In two of the photographs, a banana is shown for scale (shown below).”

In one of the creepiest and most popular banana for scale references you’ll find on the internet, imgur user TwoBiteBrownie posted a story about a hidden staircase in his house filled with creepy shit. You should read the wtf story here.

My last two favorite bananas for scale (yes, there’s a banana for scale subreddit) are :

1)The keyboard with a banana for scale with another banana for scale of the first banana.

2)The dude who saw Tom Hanks in a bar, left the bar to uber to a supermarket, bought a banana, and returned to ask Tom Hanks an “awkward question about taking a photograph”:

Evidently also taken with a potato

And we’ve also seen some variants of the banana for scale over time, notably, the “guitar for temperature” over this frozen pool:

And now, random golden threads that you should read before you die.

The Swamps of Dagobah

Honestly, I’ve got nothing for this one. Just read. Very NSFL, by the way.

Naval Laziness is unparalleled: (writing is prime in this one)

Short and sweet, this dude is brilliant.

The Bitch Jenny Story:

Jenny sucks. Somehow this dude finds out his wife and her sister are cheating on him and his brother in law. He hired a PI to investigate and live-reddited the entire weekend’s worth of investigation. It’s a roller coaster, 10/10 would read again (read the google doc version so you’re not reading a novel for ants in screenshots)

with the Google Doc’d version, because this is a must-read:

FFS Kenny:

Everyone knows someone stupid. This teacher thinks Kenny is stupid. I’ll let you be the judge.

Porque no los dos?

A fellow redditor was convinced he changed the settings on his browser to make just Reddit appear 100% in Spanish. Leave it to Reddit to band together when it counts and spend the entire thread commenting in ONLY spanish.

51 hours:

Reddit has a poignant side too. This gentleman battling brain cancer had decided he had had enough, and was undergoing euthanasia in 51 hours. He wanted to use reddit to vicariously travel the world and share his stories. This is his pseudo-AMA.

TL;DR, Reddit is fascinating, rabbit holes are scattered all over the place, know your memes.