What’s Your Favourite Subreddit?
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Away from the Trump supporter spam and creepy fake celebrity porn, Reddit is still home to uplifting conversations, useful information and weird-arse videos. The key is, and always has been, subscribing to the right subreddits. The Lifehacker team shares our favourites below.
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is full of creative (and, yes, often beautiful) data visualisations.
Beth Skwarecki, Health Editor
I only read one subreddit: /r/RuPaulsDragRace
. The fans here are obsessive
. They dissect trailers frame by frame, they have conspiracy theories. Immediately after each episode airs, it’s already filled with memes from that episode
. It is a required resource for any Drag Race
Joel Kahn, Senior Video Producer
I just discovered r/wheredidthesodago
, and it’s currently my favourite thing on the internet. It is “a subreddit for ads taken out of context in animated images”. Start with this post
and you’ll get the idea. Then check out this one
and this one
and this one
. I mustn’t give away too much.
Michelle Woo, Parenting Editor
I love AskHistorians, where anyone can ask a history question and (if people upvote it) a credentialed historian will answer. Some of the all-time top posts cover the history of toy guns
, why country music is so white
, and whether The Crown was right about JFK
. The subreddit is strictly moderated, so the top answers are usually both well-researched and accessible to normal people. The historians usually point to further reading. Browsing through the top posts
is a great way to correct your misconceptions and make history feel “real”.
Nick Douglas, Staff Writer
I read r/personalfinance
when I need inspiration, or to see what people are talking about in the money community.
Alicia Adamczyk, Staff Writer
are quality video essays to find on YouTube. Sometimes its the latest Kurtzegast, others a mini doc on campaign financing. There’s no specific theme, just vids that are good to play at dinner.
is just the best in nature gifs, memes, and the most amazing photos and stories about animals.
Adam Powers, Video Producer
is one of my favourites. Redditors post tips that strike them as interesting and essential to living well. (Now that I type that, I realise this could describe Lifehacker
.) Each post begins “YSK” followed by what is essentially a life hack. For example, a recent thing You Should Know is that “There is a completely free, highly detailed 3D map of the human body available online”.
Another Lifehacker-ish subreddit I’m into is r/TodayILearned, which is like r/YouShouldKnow, but for facts. There’s even a post you can read all about the difference between the two subreddits, which will save you from getting in trouble with your fellow know-it-alls.
Melissa Kirsch, Editor-in-chief
I feel like this is one of the most popular ones, but I love r/XXFitness
. A lot of varied and interesting workout advice, moral support and so on, away from the sometimes bro-ier lifting culture of the larger r/Fitness subreddit. I don’t spend a ton of time in it, but this is inevitably where I go if I’m looking up a question or trying to solve a problem, and it almost always delivers.
Virginia K. Smith, Managing Editor