10 of the most bizarre subreddits on Reddit - from r/BreadStapledToTrees to r/HaveWeMet?
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It goes without saying that the internet can be a very, very strange place.
For those looking to explore some of the more unusual facets of the world wide web, Reddit is often a gateway site that allows users to discover some pretty odd stuff.
If you’re not familiar with Reddit, it’s basically a website which has different forums (called subreddits) dedicated to various topics - from things like specific TV shows, to the news, art, sport and more.
There is a subreddit for almost everything under the sun, but with such a wide scope of topics to cover, things are bound to get a bit weird...
Here are 10 of the most bizarre subreddits that you can browse on Reddit.
This subreddit is exactly what it sounds like - the whole forum is simply dedicated to pictures of bread stapled to trees. That’s it. That’s the whole subreddit.
The r/BreadStapledToTrees description states: “Pictures of bread that have been stapled to trees.”
The rules of the subreddit mandate that a submission must include bread, staples and trees - however young trees, bonsais and/or cacti are not accepted as they can be damaged by staples.
Some of the top posts of all time in this subreddit include:
- A timelapse video of a piece of bread stapled to a tree being devoured by cockroaches (27.3k upvotes)
- A picture of Jesus Christ nailed to the cross with the caption “Jesus’ body is bread yall. It counts” (22.1k upvotes)
- A picture of pieces of bread cut into letters to spell out “homecoming?” and stapled to a tree, with the caption “My homecoming proposal. She said yes!” (16.1k upvotes)
This particular subreddit was created on 22 March 2017, and has amassed 290k members.
At first glance, the r/SubredditSimulator sub might appear quite normal, but after a moment you’ll realise it’s quite bizarre indeed.
There are no posts by real people on this subreddit (minus the “What is r/SubredditSimulator?” post). That’s because r/SubredditSimulator is a fully-automated subreddit that generates random submissions and comments using something called “markov chains”, with bot accounts creating text based on comments from a different subreddit.
It’s explained that a markov chain is “a random process that’s ‘trained’ from looking at real data”.
“If you’ve ever used a keyboard on your phone that tries to predict which word you’ll type next, those are often built using something similar,” the subreddit explains.
Any comments in any thread made by a non-bot will be removed automatically by the AutoModerator, but users are allowed to vote on submissions and comments made by bots.
Some of the top posts in this subreddit are posts are:
- Redditors of Reddit, what’s the most common mistakes my mom makes in bed? (43.7k upvotes)
- If this gets enough upvotes it will be the first result when you search best mustache ever (38.2k upvotes)
- Hi I’m Meryl Streep, I want to secretly take a photo of Trump’s Cabinet Nominees (37.3k upvotes)
- The end of Top Gear was the leading cause for Britain to leave the EU, the union has some free space (35.5k upvotes)
- Ketchup makes bad food taste good and good food taste good and good food taste good and good food taste good and good food taste bad (32.5k upvotes)
This subreddit was created on 6 June 2015 and has 418k members.
This is how one user explains this subreddit: “The first world is as you would think it is, where we worry about our petty troubles.
“The second world is the Soviet side of the cold war, so they worry about their dictatorships and their non-existent freedom of thought and have no time for petty first world problems.
“The third world are developing countries, they worry about survival and have no time for petty second world problems. The fourth world are tribes and settlements that are not currently part of modern society, so they have no computers.
“In the fifth world, the inhabitants have torn down the walls of physics, and are messing with the fabrics of space-time.”
If that sounds confusing, it’s because it is.
Some of the top posts of all time on r/FifthWorldProblems include:
- My daughter told me she now identifies as gender fluid and I was fine with it. It was getting cold out so I turned on the headter, now she’d become gender gas and can’t return to her liquid form. Any ideas on how I can get her back to normal? (4.5k upvotes)
- The grass is always greener on the other side. I’m twenty-five sides in and holy f**k this is green as s**t my dudes (3.4k upvotes)
- My doctor gave me a year to live. So I killed him and the judge gave me 20 years. How else can I prolong my existence? (3.1k upvotes)
It doesn’t just stop here as well - r/SixthWorldProblems, r/SeventhWorldProblems, r/EighthWorldProblems and so on, all exist as well, getting progressively weirder and weirder.
The subreddit was created on 26 April 2011, and has 156k members.
r/HaveWeMet is a subreddit that functions as if it was a forum for a small town called Lower Duck Pond, where - as is usually the case for small towns - everyone knows each other.
Essentially, it sets the stage for one big improv group, as users can post and interact as characters of this village. Users will act as if they’ve known each other forever, and reference past events and experiences, and everyone else has to play along.
Characters of the subreddit will gossip about the town and its residents, and while the posts might seem banal at first glance, there is usually always some kind of twist to them - such as a post begging for residents to stop dressing one poster’s cat in formal wear because he’s becoming “an unbearable snob”.
Some of the top posts of all time on r/HaveWeMet includes a disgruntled person being plagued by a faulty printer, a bad review of a sandwich shop and a poorly drawn picture of a lost cat.
The subreddit was created on 9 February 2017, and has 143k members.
r/TalesFromCaveSupport is similar in a way to r/HaveWeMet, however this forum is set in caveman times. The description of the subreddit states: “Tales from everyday Cro-Magnons about their struggles with those who are ‘evolved’.”
‘Cro-Magnons’ refers to the name scientists once used to refer to what are now called Early Modern Humans - people who lived at the end of the last ice age, alongside Neanderthals.
In the world of r/TalesFromCaveSupport, there are 12 different tribes, all with their own beliefs and rules and chiefs. The tribes are: Oog tribe, Agor tribe, Club tribe, Almost Ocean tribe, Rock market, Nose-horn, New tribe, Tribe of Bro-Magnon, T’Maka tribe, Shaman tribe and Beast tribe.
There is also a map that outlines the world and showcases the land and where all the tribes reside.
Some of the top posts include “Thog see big hairy spider in cave when Thog wake up. What do?” and “Korg find big think plant now Korg have many question”.
This subreddit was created on 15 July 2014, and has 44.7k members.
The r/Amish subreddit is entirely devoid of posts, because, generally speaking, those from the Amish community do not have computers, smartphones or any other access to the internet.
The subreddit was created on 19 July 2010 and has 150k members despite having no posts whatsoever.
Did you ever feel that it was unfair that Grandpa Joe, from the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, was able to spend 20 years in bed only to hop up all fine and dandy when Charlie brought home a golden ticket?
Well, r/GrandpaJoeHate might be the subreddit for you - as the name might indicate, this subreddit is dedicated to hating on the character of Grandpa Joe, and anyone who posts anything positive about Grandpa Joe can expect a swift banning.
One user boasts the top two posts of all time on the sub thanks to their dedication of hating Grandpa Joe.
The second highest upvoted post states: “If this gets 2k upvoted, I’ll get a F**k Grandpa Joe tattoo.” The post has garnered 17.3k upvotes.
The top post of all time, is a picture of said tattoo. The tattoo is a portrait of Grandpa Joe with a golden ticket that says: “F**k Grandpa Joe”. The caption of the post reads: “Here’s the tattoo everyone! May our hatred of Joe reign forever!” It has 22.5k upvotes.
The sub was created on 20 June 2016, and has 138k members.
A similar subreddit also exists which is dedicated to hating the character Stuart Little, from the Stuart Little franchise, called r/F**kStuartLittle, which has 9k members.
The r/OneTrueGod subreddit is dedicated to worship of none other than Nicolas Cage, known for films such as National Treasure, The Wickerman and Face/Off.
The subreddit description states: “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 temptations of John Travolta. Come, come and hear the truth!”
The forum is full of Nicolas Cage related images, from photographs to drawings, gifs, memes and more.
One of the top posts of all time is a card from the game Cards Against Humanity that simply says “Nicolas Cage”. The post has 8.5k upvotes.
The subreddit was created on 23 October 2011 and has 137k members.
While shower beers, the practice of drinking a beer in the shower, has become somewhat mainstream, r/ShowerOrange encourages users to try eating an orange (or any other orange coloured citrus fruit) in the shower.
“We are dedicated to the consumption of various citrus fruits whilst taking a shower. I know, I know, it sounds weird. Just give it a try and post about your experiences,” the description of the sub states.
While a variety of citrus fruits are encouraged, the rules very firmly state that submissions containing grapefruits are not allowed.
It says: “No grapefruits. We have strict rules regarding which fruits are suitable in this subreddit.
“Oranges, clementines, tangerines, tangelos, blood oranges as well as satsumas are all acceptable.”
The top post of all time on the sub details how one user may have managed to convince singer Pharrell Williams to eat an orange in the shower.
While the other subreddits listed here are all still, at least, relatively active, this one is effectively deactivated, but it’s still available to view.
Much like the title suggests, this sub is dedicated to pictures of a person called Ian, sleeping.
The sub was created by Ian’s roommate, and when Ian moved out, the sub's only focal point disappeared.
Some of the top posts include:
- A picture of Ian sleeping at a new years party (12.4k upvotes)
- A picture of Ian sleeping on a futon (9.6k upvotes)
- A picture of Ian sleeping after a dinner party (7.6k upvotes)
The sub was created on 17 October 2011, and has 43.9k members.