2017-08-30

[WP] A crazed astronomer undergoes a quest to shut down the entire state's power grid, in an effort to force the population to behold, for the first time, the beauty of a starry night sky.

[WP] A crazed astronomer undergoes a quest to shut down the entire state's power grid, in an effort to force the population to behold, for the first time, the beauty of a starry night sky.

"Pass me the bottle," Martin asked, as they reached the top of the stairwell and stumbled out onto the terrace. Beneath them, the neon-night of the city sprawled into the distance.

"Why are we up here?" asked Isabella, giggling a little as she raised the bottle to her lips.

"Because!" said Martin, before taking first the bottle, then a long swig. He let the bubbles dance inside his mouth until they became flat. It might not be champagne, but it was the best someone like him could afford.

"What do you see, when you look up at the heavens, Izzy?" he asked.

"Oh, not this again," she replied, playfully rolling her eyes.

"Come on. Humour me."

She bit her lip and looked up at the endless darkness. "Well, there's the moon."

"And..."

"And, nothing. There's nothing else up there, Martin. Just, the same as always."

Martin sighed and sat down on the building's ledge, placing the bottle on the ground by his feet. "There is something up there, you know. Our future."

Isabella sat down next to him, resting her head on his shoulder. "I know, sweetheart."

"Did I ever tell you why I became an astronomer?"

"I... I don't think so?"

"When I was six years old," Martin began, "I saw the stars for the first and final time. There had been a power cut where I lived."

"Power cut?"

"Yes. There wasn't enough energy, I suppose, to keep the buildings lit. The city around me blinked twice, and then rested its eyes in the darkness."

"Sounds kinda scary."

Martin smiled and draped an arm around Isabella. "It wasn't scary, because the darkness had revealed something beautiful within it. The heavens."

Isabella picked up the bottle and raised it to her lips. "And... did you see God up there?" she mocked. "In the heavens?"

"No, not God exactly... but the stars up there were so plentiful, it seemed to me that God must have knocked over a jar of sugar, spilling tiny, sweet crystals all over the heavens. I sat on top of the apartment roof for the next thirty minutes gazing open mouthed at the wonders that hung above - until the lights came back on, snuffing out the sky."

"Okay. I guess that sounds kind of romantic."

Martin smiled. "Yes. And it was thrilling, too. Some used to say that looking up at the stars only made you realise how insignificant you actually are. I didn't feel insignificant - I just felt... lucky."

"To see them?"

"To be part of them."

Martin hugged Isabella close to him; she snuggled into his coat, as harp-strings of moonlight bathed them in a pale glow.

"I wish I could have seen them," Isabella said.

Martin nodded. "As the stars above were extinguished, something inside of me was lit. Since that day, I've studied them through pictures taken back when the land had been something other than just a sprawling mass of endless cities."

"It must be frustrating for you. To know they're up there, but always just out of sight.

"Yes. It is. I've often thought of doing something - anything - just to see them again."

For a moment, they were both silent as the cool evening breeze brushed over them. Then, almost abruptly, Martin stood up and reached into his jacket pocket, pulling out a small, frayed box. He flipped it open.

"Will you, Izzy?" he asked, falling onto one knee. "Will you marry me?"

Isabella raised a hand to her mouth. "Yes," she whispered through her fingers. Isabella shook as she took the ring from the case. There was a tiny click as it left the box, but she didn't notice. "Yes," she repeated.

A distant rumble ran through the air like far away thunder. The city around them blinked twice, and then rested its eyes in the darkness.

"What - what's going on?" Isabella asked.

"Look above you," Martin instructed.

Isabella gasped as tiny specks, like a scattered jar of sugar, began to appear in the sea of black. Her tears sparkled with starlight as Martin pulled her toward him, and gently pressed his lips against hers.

Thanks for reading! I also wrote an unrelated dark scifi response for this prompt that most people seem to think was better - you can read that on /sub/nickofnight

Astronomer here! After the 1992 Los Angeles earthquake (I think, one of the 90s ones) multiple people called in to radio stations asking if the silvery cloud that appeared above the city after the quake was responsible for it. In actuality there were just power outages so people were seeing the Milky Way for the first time.

That makes me wonder. Do people in massive cities like LA or New York or wherever never see stars at all? I know the light pollution would kill the majority of them off, but surely there'd be at least a few visible?

I was tempted to write a first person narrative of this but made the mistake of reading everyone else's awesome stuff first. :)

Me irl

Me irl

That is fucking evil. It would backfire though if they said OK. I'd be gutted.

In the end, you two would end up bluffing your way into having an awesome time.

I am the person who panics

What if they say they're currently in the process of doing something and you're left looking desperate for companionship and human contact.

Something something me too thanks.

Found while looking for apartments and am cringing to my core

Found while looking for apartments and am cringing to my core

I have the feeling the room is in the basement.

I've only found worse ones than this. The best are the ones that say they're looking for the roommate to start a romantic relationship with them.

Yeah there are much worse ones, a while ago I saw one where a dude (middle-aged) wanted to rent a room for a young hottie where he expected sex at least once a day including oral whenever he felt like visiting. It's just an elaborate way of saying "be my sex slave for a roof over your head". Brilliant.

"Alright kids, pack your things. Mommy has to take you to go live with a man on the internet who we've never met, cross your fingers we don't get skinned alive!"

Found this on r/TumblrInAction, how delusional can you be?

Found this on r/TumblrInAction, how delusional can you be?

you must give me all your passwords

Aw dang, I'm contractually prohibited from doing that for my job. Guess I'm out.

"You can't be a mouth breather"... wut?

she's a North Korean spy in a fat suit trying to get nuclear launch codes

Some of these are so ridiculous, it's hard to tell if they're real or not.

True Love.

True Love.

The caption of the original tweet looks like the reply

That's because twitter is fucking stupid and backwards about how it posts this sort of thing.

That's because twitter is fucking stupid and backwards about how it posts this sort of thing.

FTFY

From Old English cennan (“make known, declare, acknowledge”), originally "make to know", causative of cunnan (“to become acquainted with, to know”); from Proto-Germanic *kannijaną.

Source: Wiktionary

Bath with mom

Bath with mom

My liver can't handle this much cuteness, you're going be responsible for my death if I OD on this.

Edit: Died, went to heaven, they weren't there, came back.

TIL that your liver is what processes cuteness overload

They look so happy and proud!

Rowdy and Rowdy Jr.?

The tower aggro bug is so easily repeatable that its actually game breaking.

The tower aggro bug is so easily repeatable that its actually game breaking.
The tower aggro bug is so easily repeatable that its actually game breaking.

EDIT 2: I just woke up and some people seem to be confusing this bug with abusing turret shot delays, which is known about and not a bug. For those who don't know, (mainly) top laners abuse the fact only one turret shot from a turret can be in the air at a given time. So if you deal dmg while the shot is in the air, the tower will aggro you, but won't have enough time to shoot off another shot immediately, so you have a small window to leave turret range and not get hit. This bug is COMPLETELY different, in that you simply will not take any aggro in the first place. Hope that clears things up.

EDIT: It works even if the enemy champion last hits the creep. So, you can get an auto off on an enemy while they're csing under their tower.

All you have to do is do damage while the turret is switching aggro and you WILL NOT take turret aggro. I made a video explaining how easy it is. If I had this shit done to me in a ranked game, I would be pissed. I'm posting this because If the bug doesn't get exposure then it wont get fixed. Here's the video:

"Towers have been disabled due to an in game bug."

I FUCKING KNEW I wasn't going crazy and people sometimes weren't being hit by turrets like damn

I never thought it would be so easy to reproduce

oh finally the chinese meta

Ecstasy Was Just Labelled a 'Breakthrough Therapy' For PTSD by The FDA: "It's been obvious for 40 years." - David Nutt

Ecstasy Was Just Labelled a 'Breakthrough Therapy' For PTSD by The FDA: "It's been obvious for 40 years." - David Nutt
Ecstasy Was Just Labelled a 'Breakthrough Therapy' For PTSD by The FDA: "It's been obvious for 40...

Can we make sure we call it MDMA in the headline? Ecstasy is the street name for a mystery amphetamine tablet which may or may not even have any MDMA in it.

A lot of people here are talking about their experiences with MDMA here and the problems of long-term use and street drugs. I think this is missing a big point: what has been approved (and only for trials) is MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, not prescribing MDMA to people suffering from PTSD. The idea is not to micro dose MDMA daily or administer it unsupervised, but to use it in connection with therapy sessions.

Growing up, partying in the '90s and a regular visitor to erowid.org back in the day... If they are referring to what is known as Ecstasy, it's MDMA... If you have tried "both" you can acknowledge the bold similarity between pill and powder.

Nowadays, I have no idea at all what the similarity is.

MDMA is hardly 'safe'. The abuse stories on here are horrific. Most sensible advice is downvoted to oblivion because it's not considered love-y enough.

i.e. take less than 200mg and do it once every three months.

Edit. this post reads way more condescending than I intended. I stand by my point, but didn't have to be a dick about it.

Lord of the Lies

Lord of the Lies

That's not Belial.

To anyone whose a non gamer this is where this comment originates from.

The Prime Evils comprise the Three - the Demon Lord brothers and absolute rulers of Hell. They also are the 3 strongest of the 7 Lords of Hell. Prime Evils: * Mephisto Lord of Hatred * Diablo Lord of Terror * Baal Lord of Destruction. Lesser Evils: * Andariel Maiden of Anguish (sister to Duriel) * Duriel Lord of Pain (brother to Andariel) * Belial Lord of Lies * Azmodan Lord of sin

well shit i cant format reddit style for shit. any assists on this shout me a pm ill have it fixed.

EVERYTHING IN R/CREEPY CAN BE USED FOR METAL BAND ALBUM COVERS

What's cool but lost in some of these comments is that Baphomet is a corruption of "mahomet", itself a corruption of Muhammad, a person the Templars were accused of worshiping. The mundane reality is that some of the Templars probably converted to Islam which wrote their order's death sentence. Also "Belial" the lord of lies is suspiciously close to Bilal, a companion of Muhammad. TLDR: Catholic demons are named after another religion's important figures.

The design is most likely based on Levi's Sabbatic Goat - one must hesitate to use the name "Baphomet" here, as the latter moniker originates much further back in time (9th century vs 19th century). Still.. always nice to see a new taken on it, and maybe some will be enouraged to look into the colourful history of not only the Sabbatic Goat, but the more sinister Baphomet.

The Bread Storage Alignment Chart

The Bread Storage Alignment Chart

I'm pretty surprised by how many ways there are to leave a bag of bread out. And that I'm familiar with every one of them.

If the bag tie is still there I will use it. If the wife opens the bread first I'm a twist and tuck

I am not familiar with this "leaving the bag open" one.

Twist & Tuck master race!

Try one of these subthreads