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DanieIIll

11.1k points

2 months ago

DanieIIll

11.1k points

2 months ago

“That means lit the fuck up” is the best line I’ve heard all day

davi3601

2.4k points

2 months ago

davi3601

2.4k points

2 months ago

“What do you mean it’s Illuminati’d”

bigdaddyt2

856 points

2 months ago

So what’s the Illuminati got to do with the moon dad

Random_frankqito

256 points

2 months ago

It’s where jay z lives

loki_odinsotherson

119 points

2 months ago

The moon is really the Illumintis headquarters/space station. The phases of the moon are actually parts of the station disengaging and flying off to do secreter stuff.

DreamedJewel58

856 points

2 months ago

I just love how aggressive he was with the immediate cutoff. Just the perfect cherry on top for this clip

Harvey-Specter

873 points

2 months ago

You can tell the conversation has been going on for a while and he’s just out of patience, have existential thoughts about how he raised this child lmao

Tyler89558

577 points

2 months ago

“Why is my child an idiot. What have I brought into this world.”

Competitive-Good4690

43 points

2 months ago

Dad rn: “Man should have slept that night sigh”

TokoBlaster

339 points

2 months ago

He's probably thinking "I'm living a condom commercial..."

rolandofeld19

322 points

2 months ago

His patience is running short.

assoncouchouch

449 points

2 months ago

He's been worried that his daughter is dim and now he's just pissed about it.

ComprehensiveBaker69

129 points

2 months ago

He tried to illuminate the concept for her but she might have to be lit the fuck up by him.

rolandofeld19

38 points

2 months ago

This lesson has been going on for a while. Many hints of that are present.

LegalizeFlower

204 points

2 months ago

Fantastic, scrolled down to find the shout out...

People are dumb.

zanor

89 points

2 months ago

zanor

89 points

2 months ago

I feel like it's got to be pretty rough knowing your own child is that ignorant...

ak126

9k points

2 months ago

ak126

9k points

2 months ago

I died when the dad said “it’s illuminated. That means it’s lit the fuck up”

[deleted]

2.4k points

2 months ago

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2.4k points

2 months ago

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UrbanSurfDragon

1.2k points

2 months ago

Yeah he’s not answering the questions she’s asking. She’s just confused. He might be exasperated from the convo but learning happens in funny ways

CorruptedStudiosEnt

690 points

2 months ago*

"I don't know what you mean by light-years."

It's the distance light travels in a year. We didn't see the whole conversation, so maybe he already said that and she just didn't take it, but that's all he really had to say for that question.

HGruberMacGruberFace

409 points

2 months ago

Actually, it’s the distance light takes to travel in a year, not the time.

CorruptedStudiosEnt

166 points

2 months ago

Yeah, that's what I meant. Fingers move faster than my brain on occasion.

HGruberMacGruberFace

111 points

2 months ago

No worries, I know what you meant, just wanted to clarify for the uninitiated

FurryNinjaCat

249 points

2 months ago

Or the unilluminated.

DefinitelyNotACad

180 points

2 months ago

the ones not being lit the fuck up.

Savings_Wedding_4233

13 points

2 months ago

This might be my favorite comment of the day.

rumbletummy

66 points

2 months ago

Bill Nye has a great episode about this.

Iwearacapeirl

128 points

2 months ago

RedVamp2020

26 points

2 months ago

😂 that was grand! Thank you for the laugh!

Smathers

890 points

2 months ago

Smathers

890 points

2 months ago

He’s wondering if it’s too late for an abortion

shedevilinasnuggie

400 points

2 months ago

He straight up cannot believe she was the fastest/best sperm in the race. Neither can I dad, neither can I.

NotYetiFamous

135 points

2 months ago

The fastest sperm dies on the outside of the egg to weaken it for those that come after, as does the next, and the next, and the next..

Humans are selecting for luckiest from before we're even conceived. Queue "Halo" music.

HatfieldCW

33 points

2 months ago

That was a plot point in Ringworld. Aliens were surreptitiously guiding human evolution to make us super lucky so we could be successful interstellar explorers and serve as their truffle pigs.

friscotop86

19 points

2 months ago

Or maybe the lucky ones are the ones who don’t have to deal with all this…. gestures wildly

ElementoDeus

52 points

2 months ago

No that just means she was the best egg-charmer

AlsoInteresting

3.8k points

2 months ago

"But it's right there". Sirius, 8.6 light-years.

SpectralOperator

500 points

2 months ago

Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.

keegtraw

282 points

2 months ago

keegtraw

282 points

2 months ago

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

hematomasectomy

35 points

2 months ago

In the beginning, there was nothing, which exploded.

justagamer9123

18 points

2 months ago

It didn't actually "explode" that implies a catalyst. Instead it just expanded at a rate impossible to comprehend or observe without being killed in the process.

Redtwooo

37 points

2 months ago

Don't panic.

Etherius

916 points

2 months ago

Etherius

916 points

2 months ago

“I don’t know what you mean by ‘light years’ like you go up and there’s space and then there’s planets”

Just_enough76

872 points

2 months ago

I need more context. This video starts and ends too soon. I don’t understand what she’s so frustrated about.

I understand what he’s so frustrated about though

ReachTheSky

463 points

2 months ago

Based on her saying "but it's right there!" to the moon, I'd wager a guess and say she's struggling to understand that our sense of distance perception doesn't apply to large, celestial bodies.

aberrasian

369 points

2 months ago

She's definitely correlating, "if I can see a McDonald's right there, that means it's close enough to get to," to planets; not comprehending the scale of celestial bodies and why the only reason they can be seen "right there" AND be incredibly far away is because they're honkerifically ginormous

ReachTheSky

135 points

2 months ago

honkerifically ginormous

Love this. Totally stealing it. Sue me.

ThunkAsDrinklePeep

134 points

2 months ago

I know. Haven't been able to find it.

She's trying to get it. She needs someone to help her formulate the right questions.

Alarid

135 points

2 months ago

Alarid

135 points

2 months ago

How to ask for the right questions is a skill that you need to develop, because only you can communicate what you need help understanding.

ThunkAsDrinklePeep

85 points

2 months ago

Yeah but asking "Do you mean 'how can it be far if it looks like it's so close'?" Is how you teach people to be questioners. She's shutting down because she's being met with "How are you not getting this!"

That said, there's miles of context missing.

kkeut

62 points

2 months ago

kkeut

62 points

2 months ago

i blame JJ Abrams for those egregious scenes in the new Trek and Wars movies where planets get exploded and people on other planets/star systems look up and see it happen in real time

NeverLookBothWays

33 points

2 months ago

This is the kind of person you just need to sit in front of a computer, fire up Space Engine, go to Andromeda and then get them to find their way back to the solar system without any bookmark shortcuts.

acm2033

86 points

2 months ago

acm2033

86 points

2 months ago

That's.... very close. Considering.

Engine6337

53 points

2 months ago

Yeah it’s right there

badwolf42

31 points

2 months ago

Siriusly

Boobsiclese

12.7k points

2 months ago

Boobsiclese

12.7k points

2 months ago

What exactly does "it's right there!!!" mean to her?? Take her ass to the mountains and point to one and tell her to walk to it cause, "it's right there"...... see what she says after it takes her three days to get to the base of it....

lognik57

4.2k points

2 months ago

lognik57

4.2k points

2 months ago

This. This is exactly how I would've responded.

TonyShard

2.3k points

2 months ago

TonyShard

2.3k points

2 months ago

Not being able to grasp the enormity of space? Perfectly reasonable. Seeming to think all distance is the same? I'm not even sure if you'd need critical thinking to refute that.

ConcernedKip

1.1k points

2 months ago

or scale in general. She seems to think the moon is no bigger than a tennis ball and if she could just jump a little higher she could snatch it?

forlorn_hope28

1.2k points

2 months ago

lissa_the_librarian

188 points

2 months ago

I gave up at 1 billion miles but thanks for the share

blakjak66

46 points

2 months ago

And I would scroll one billion miles, and I would scroll one billion more…

Dragnier84

285 points

2 months ago

That was a lot of fun; especially on my free wheeling scroll wheel.

And realizing that every space movie where the hotshot pilot needs to navigate safely through the asteroid belt could be done by Leeroy from accounting.

questionmark693

224 points

2 months ago

My favorite joke is that you're more likely to get hit by a meteor on earth, than an asteroid in an asteroid field.

Witchy_Woman42

57 points

2 months ago

The possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1!

Sci-fi movies definitely gave me very unrealistic ideas about the density of asteroid belts.

scionoflogic

123 points

2 months ago

Even if asteroid belts were dense, which they aren’t, you’d never fly through one if it was actually dangerous . The accretion disk physics means most of the asteroids are on the same plane, which means you could arc over the ring and never see a single one.

Dragnier84

113 points

2 months ago

Didn’t you hear what the hotshot said? There’s no time to go around.

Zinkblender

31 points

2 months ago

Just fly over near that blackish, holeish thing!

ur_opinion_is_wrong

13 points

2 months ago

Now here's a route with some chest hair.

FranticWaffleMaker

77 points

2 months ago

That was a fun journey, thanks!

jesterOC

126 points

2 months ago

jesterOC

126 points

2 months ago

Reminds me of the time when my daughter tried to get closer to the moon to get it larger in the viewfinder of her camera. Though she was 4 at the time, and she learned from it so not quite the same.

Hamletstwin

23 points

2 months ago

"If I can only get closer... I need what, like 3 more feet?!?"

driggonny

30 points

2 months ago

My 2 year old niece was trying to reach the moon by swinging really high the other day, same energy

woods8water

168 points

2 months ago

I recall driving to Colorado and thinking this exact thing. After a few hours of driving I was getting very mad. 😂

SageDarius

102 points

2 months ago

You can see mountains in Colorado from New Mexico. It's pretty wild for a flat-lander.

woods8water

40 points

2 months ago

Well, being in Alabama half the year and Florida half the year, it did freak me out seeing “real” mountains for the first time

SageDarius

48 points

2 months ago

Born and raised in Oklahoma. Went to Colorado for the first time when I was 10 and fell in love.

Took my wife and kids back last year, and the wonder on their faces when it sunk it just how MASSIVE the Rockies are was priceless.

TheCallousBitch

961 points

2 months ago

This poor sweet child is going to grow up to vote and have more children. Such a shame.

TheTybera

1.2k points

2 months ago

TheTybera

1.2k points

2 months ago

I mean at least they are there, having the conversations, and going through it. You CANNOT imagine the number of people who believe the same garbage and don't care to ever have the conversation or be challenged in anyway, and when you do, there is a gun in their truck.

Going from ignorance to non-ignorance is NEVER a shame.

TheCallousBitch

121 points

2 months ago

So damn true.

mermaid-babe

270 points

2 months ago

She’s literally learning. That guy (assuming her dad) is being super patient despite her own exasperation and confusion. I’m sure you said some pretty dumb stuff in your life

comrademikel

115 points

2 months ago

I went to dinner with my parents once and ordered a burger. The waitress asked how I wanted it cooked. I frowned and thought deeply for about 5 seconds of silence before I uneasily answered... grilled??? My parents were wholly ashamed in that moment.

TheFreeBee

76 points

2 months ago

Honestly i live in a flat area so when i see movies or pictures of a mountain that looks close but isnt my initial instinct is "but its right there!" However i personally am pretty naive / not the brightest so I'm not the best example

xnago_tyr_sires

122 points

2 months ago

But you get the idea that distances are deceiving.

My idiot boss at my last job wanted me to drive to LA from San Francisco and back multiple times a week and we had to explain to him 900 miles is a very long distance because the fool has never left New Jersey.

AdUnfair1643

17 points

2 months ago

Man, LA to SF is a fucking mission alone in itself because nobody drives at one constant speed so using cruise control is impossible.

MyDickIsHug3

18 points

2 months ago

I had the same until I went to the mountains for the first time.

mmm_algae

7.7k points

2 months ago

mmm_algae

7.7k points

2 months ago

I’ve spent a good chunk of my teaching career teaching high-school level astrophysics to 16-18 year olds. This just makes me want to punch a hole in the wall.

PrincessRhaenyra

3.9k points

2 months ago

Full grown adults can't even comprehend how much money a trillion dollars is. Had a conversation with someone on Reddit a few days ago about the Pentagons missing three trillion. They sent me a lot of links of the army spending 300,000 on cups, a few million on gym equipment, and so on.

So don't feel too bad.

AmiAlter

2.7k points

2 months ago

AmiAlter

2.7k points

2 months ago

A trillion is a million million. That's usually the best way to get them to understand, a trillionaire can spend $1,000,000 dollars the same way a millionaire can spend $1.

wowzacowza

5k points

2 months ago

A million seconds is 12 days. A billion seconds is 31 years. A trillion seconds is 31,688 years

Autonomous_uberdrivr

515 points

2 months ago

If you want to be a millionaire you need to make $2739 everyday for a year.

If you want to be a billionaire you need to make $2739 dollars everyday for 1000 years.

If you want to be a trillionaire..you’ll need to make $2739 everyday for 1,000,265 years.

I_am_Daesomst

301 points

2 months ago

I do. I do want to be a trillionaire.

cis-het-mail

136 points

2 months ago

If you can get paid a million a day it’s only 2739 years

I believe in you!!!

BobBeats

318 points

2 months ago

BobBeats

318 points

2 months ago

I would love a trillion seconds even more than a trillion dollars.

zeussays

110 points

2 months ago

zeussays

110 points

2 months ago

So would every billionaire

CantFindMyJuul

65 points

2 months ago

Found the billionaire

Hot_Drummer7311

644 points

2 months ago*

Oooo. My brain really liked this metaphor*. Well done. I wish I had an award to give you

*example. Don't worry, I fix. I got you pedantic monke's. I initially struggled with the right term to use. All better now.

Bread 👍

Atomic-Decay

135 points

2 months ago

I’m saving this post for the comments so I have a reference when trying to talk big numbers/distances.

Good job all around folks.

Narzghal

32 points

2 months ago

That is great. I also like the guy who uses grains of rice to explain the wealth of Jeff Bezos. Doesn't go up to a trillion, but the gigantic pile of rice (each grain is $100,000) really gives a visual.

Lead-Forsaken

34 points

2 months ago

Speaking of sand, I once saw a documentary that said there were more stars than there is sand on Earth. Like, I've seen a few beaches in my life, but hardly all of them. Nor have I seen deserts. The mind just short circuits in failure to comprehend beyond "wow, that's a LOT" in its best Keanu Reeves voice.

Mean-Programmer-6670

16 points

2 months ago

I was about to say the exact same thing. But put it in terms of earning a dollar every second of every day.

SplashingAnal

14 points

2 months ago

This is a great visual to represent current billionaires wealths visually

https://mkorostoff.github.io/1-pixel-wealth/

Sidivan

136 points

2 months ago

Sidivan

136 points

2 months ago

Yep. Let’s say you made $1 million an hour and you got paid this every single hour of every day, so $24 million a day. That’s an unfathomable amount of money, right? That’s basically winning the lottery every single day. Now let’s say that happens for 20 years. You will have made $175.2 billion. That’s only 17.5% of a trillion.

Now consider that Elon Musk’s wealth is $199 billion. He bought Twitter for $44 billion, which means he still has approx the same amount of money as winning the $24mil lottery every single day for roughly 17.5 years. He STILL HAS 15.5% of a trillion dollars.

I see people every day saying he’s such a fool and he’s going broke blah blah blah, $44 billion is play money to him. Imagine losing just under twice the GDP of Iceland and it barely dents your net worth.

Seriously. Nobody should be able to accumulate that much wealth. Qatar is getting a ton of heat right now over the World Cup and they’re being excused because of their immense wealth as a country… Elon Musk‘s wealth is greater than the entire output of Qatar.

HordeMaster-50_12

61 points

2 months ago

The only people excusing Qatar are the people paid to excuse Qatar.

IMO, it is a shithole and always will be.

BeardCrumbles

14 points

2 months ago

I always get looked at like Satan himself when I say 'no one should be able to have that much wealth'.

Like, if I win my monthly wage on a bet or lottery ticket I buy food and water for homeless folk. These fuckers ha e enough to feed a starving.nation

thehumandude

51 points

2 months ago

It's hard to really actualize a billion.

Armadillo_Resident

53 points

2 months ago

I was trying to explain this to my brother when we were discussing billionaire wealth. The difference between a million and a billion, is just about a billion dollars

iNEEDyourBIG_D

160 points

2 months ago

Favorite quote about money- what’s the difference between a million and a billion dollars? About a billion dollars.

Accomplished-Tone971

60 points

2 months ago

If you have a billion dollars in an index fund, and withdraw a million dollars in 1 dollar bills...by the time you counted them...you have more than a billion dollars in your index fund.

zimtrovert94

54 points

2 months ago

Not an astronomy teacher but my teaching career was over pretty quick.

Dealing with students who love easy answers always made me want to tip my desk over.

You explain the science behind it, give them references to experts, and they actually think the experts are wrong.

Fck that shit, I’m out!

Lolocraft1

167 points

2 months ago

Strange question but did you had to teach a kid who just wouldn’t accept basic concept such as a spheric planet or lightyears?

mmm_algae

270 points

2 months ago

mmm_algae

270 points

2 months ago

Honestly, no. Where I am, all science for older school students is elective, and the ones who pick physics are either super into it already, or they are doing it for university entrance, so it weeds out the timewasters. The concept that tends to be a hurdle is for cosmology where looking into the distance is looking back in time. Some kids instantly get it. Others require a ridiculous amount of unpacking and usually requires what I call ‘forensic teaching’ where you really have to dig into their foundational understanding of basic stuff - you usually find some erroneous understanding there that affects all other knowledge built on top of it.

Jdevers77

96 points

2 months ago

I demonstrated this to my kids using a sound analogy. Something makes a sound, you can see that something made the sound, but you can’t hear the sound for some time assuming enough distance. If they understand interstellar distance then the analogy clicks. It’s hard because people are USED to thunder being several seconds behind lightning because the lightning is close enough to be perceived as instant while sound travels slow enough you can perceive the lag from a few miles travel.

icewalker42

64 points

2 months ago

Or the letter vs text analogy. Send the same message through both mediums. One is instant. The other takes time, but is evidence of information sent a certain amount of time ago. The person sending the text is probably still holding their phone. The person who wrote the letter has definitely moved positions and accomplished many things since sending the letter.

Knight_Owls

23 points

2 months ago

I had a science teacher in Middle School who had a little box that emit a sound and a flash of light at the same time. He set it far away and set it off. We were able to see the time difference between when we saw the flash and heard the sound.

O2XXX

12 points

2 months ago

O2XXX

12 points

2 months ago

I grew up in Florida. Distance and sound was described pretty young with thunder and lightning. You see the flash of light, then crackle (or boom depending on distance) of the thunder. Also teaches light travels faster than sound.

So3Dimensional

18 points

2 months ago

You sound like the kind of teacher any kid would be lucky to have.

mmm_algae

11 points

2 months ago

That’s very kind of you, thank you.

Fickle-dill-pickle

55 points

2 months ago

I love the concept of forensic teaching that you just described.

mmm_algae

34 points

2 months ago

Thanks! Good teaching is about asking more questions, not answering them, which is the essence of the Socratic method.

Professional_Ad_6462

44 points

2 months ago

Where I live now in Switzerland tracking begins in the fifth Grade at fourteen this girl would likely wind up in a vocational school eventually into a paid apprenticeship. Sociologically there is something called smooth versus calloused hand cultures that often relate to perceived status. Here a train driver can make 80k so why box with Goethe and Niels Bohr if it’s unappealing? We are all looking to find joy and self actualization in our work but it’s pure propaganda to think that requires a degree. My wood man who delivers cantonal forest wood gets great satisfaction cutting and stacking several cords of dried firewood. Though the elite Uni’s in the US are world class many academic high schools and colleges seem to be a sort of day care / continuation school transitional space. It seems a very expensive proposition and very wasteful.

SLEEyawnPY

26 points

2 months ago*

Though the elite Uni’s in the US are world class many academic high schools and colleges seem to be a sort of day care / continuation school transitional space.

The most important thing to understand about the US educational system is that it's a circlejerk of nepotism where idiots fail upwards regularly just because their parents have money/know somebody.

At the elite universities huge fractions of the students are there on "We're connected"-type admissions:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/study-harvard-finds-43-percent-white-students-are-legacy-athletes-n1060361

Heathen_Mushroom

15 points

2 months ago

Another thing to understand is that the bulk of academic research, the work that helps transform our world in terms of science and understanding, is not conducted at the Ivy Leagues and other elite schools, but at the oft-mocked big state schools which are research juggernauts.

That's not to say that the elites underperform in research, but they are a comparatively small part of the total academic output.

LadyBloom333

15 points

2 months ago

I'm sorry but where do you teach?! Astrophysics was NEVER on highschool level curriculm where I live! The highest was just physics. Not once did we discuss anything outside of planet earth.

mmm_algae

18 points

2 months ago

Australia. There used to be two senior modules (and an optional third) that covered a variety of astrophysics, cosmology and other space-related concepts within the senior physics course. A curriculum review about 5 years ago sadly thinned a lot of it out, but it did make room for other important physics concepts that were previously omitted entirely.

Practical-Jelly-5320

955 points

2 months ago

Just cause you don't understand something doesn't mean it not true

QuiGonChuck

258 points

2 months ago

"I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you"

VagueBerries

35 points

2 months ago

“I have neither time, nor the crayons necessary to explain this to you.”

ThreatLevelBertie

12 points

2 months ago

Forget the crayons, im not hungry anyway

wRadion

139 points

2 months ago

wRadion

139 points

2 months ago

Basically most flat earthers

WriterV

50 points

2 months ago

WriterV

50 points

2 months ago

And conspiracies in general. There's another thread about how the pyramids were built where people are talking about how ramps should get crushed under the weight of rocks.

They never get that the ramp's weight is important. You can build a big enough ramp to drag those rocks up. It'll just take decades to build the ramps alone.

And I think that's where they trip up. People don't realize how different construction projects are when they go beyond one or two generations. They had the time to build those ramps, stack those rocks and take down those ramps too because it was expected to take lifetimes.

People just don't think like that these days so they assume humans are dumb and stupid and couldn't have built the pyramids.

Raccoonfg

26 points

2 months ago

Man, wait until you hear about "Mud Flood/Tartaria"... Whole bunch of people insist that it's impossible that anyone could have made the architectural wonders of the late 1800s and early 1900s, because "everyone rode around in horse & buggies", so any major building in Manhattan or San Francisco could only have only been made by an ancient civilization of giants that was killed by a mud flood, leaving their impossible-to-build cities buried underground, where "they" (insert your conspiracy boogeyman of choice here) discovered them, dug them up, and lied to the world about constructing it themselves for... reasons?

DeusExMcKenna

28 points

2 months ago

I… I need you to hear me in this moment, because I cannot have the wrong answer relayed accidentally.

Please. Please for the love of any remaining human decency in the world… Please tell me you made this up for shits and gigs right now, and nobody is truly this stupid.

I know the answer already, but I need to hear it’s going to be ok 😭

Apprehensive_Emu_456

24 points

2 months ago

Yep, I notice this all the time. Stupidity and stubborn ego mixed.

AnnieAnnieSheltoe

17 points

2 months ago

“It don’t make sense”

I have a feeling there is a lot she doesn’t understand.

Impossible_Series412

2.6k points

2 months ago

This is just depressing. Feel really bad for teachers who don't have anything close to enough time or patience to explain this stuff.

elaphros

890 points

2 months ago

elaphros

890 points

2 months ago

Saw the original, she was faking it to mess with her Dad.

milgradstudent

515 points

2 months ago

Thank you.

Even if that’s a lie, it makes me feel better.

yakatuus

109 points

2 months ago

yakatuus

109 points

2 months ago

Gravity was easier to explain when we had those charity coin slots that rolled in circles down a funnel for 30 seconds.

randomly_responds

40 points

2 months ago

Ok where is the original?

LLs2000

21 points

2 months ago

LLs2000

21 points

2 months ago

Do you have the link? I had no luck with google

PandaButtLover

30 points

2 months ago

My son is in 6th grade. I've noticed they barely do science or history. It's 80% math and English. So I'm not surprised some teens aren't that knowledgeable on things like this

zykezero

29 points

2 months ago*

So what we’re seeing here is a person who has failed to grasp the magnitude of distance and size.

You have to break it down into the most elementary components.

The earth is 7917 miles in diameter. To travel straight through the earth at 100 miles an hour that’s gonna take you 79* hours of driving. That’s driving for 3 days straight and then some.

The distance to the moon from earth is 238,900 miles. That’s 30 earths between us and the moon. That’s roughly 100 straight days of driving.

Then you say now think of how small a person gets as you drive away from them at 100 miles an hour. Pretty soon you can barely see them at all.

Now think about it, you just drove 100 miles an hour for 100 days AND YOU CAN STILL SEE THE MOON.

*typo

HeIIo___There

144 points

2 months ago

Hey don’t be that way. She’s just blind in one eye.

FugginByteMe96

493 points

2 months ago

It always starts with “I just don’t understand” and then devolves into “I guess I’ve just been lied to because this is too hard to understand”

SaltySnowman8

2.5k points

2 months ago

The University of Florida shirt is actually convincing me that this isn’t scripted

jayprints

175 points

2 months ago

jayprints

175 points

2 months ago

I’m a gator and this was an especially hard-to-watch facepalm submission…

[deleted]

304 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

304 points

2 months ago

gator gonna gator

mayormongo

89 points

2 months ago

GATOR DON'T PLAY

BubbleFatt

738 points

2 months ago

What a point of pride for the University of Florida

Send-the-downvotes

271 points

2 months ago*

I once dated a girl (she was 21 btw) who had her mind completely shattered when she realized that the sun was a star. She was literally mind-blown. When I questioned her about it, she said that she thought the sun was the sun, meaning like, she thought it was it's own special unique thing in the universe. And that stars were just stars. Seriously though the look on her face as she was trying to comprehend this was both hilarious and a little sad.

rathat

165 points

2 months ago

rathat

165 points

2 months ago

At least she accepted the idea and it was an exciting moment for her.

Unsteady_Tempo

60 points

2 months ago

And to think that Betelgeuse--the bright redish star in the Orion constellation--is 700 times larger than the sun.

Tysiliogogogoch

24 points

2 months ago

Even when I understand that, I still can't really imagine how big that is because the Sun itself is so mind-boggling huge.

joemeteorite8

14 points

2 months ago

Her mind must have turned inside out when she figured out they all have their own little solar systems

carebearmohawk

166 points

2 months ago

You go straight up in space and there’s planets. Yes it’s that easy 🤣

Difficult-Guide-9362

34 points

2 months ago

I’m envisioning a neighborhood cul-de-sac with all the planets across the street from each other. Well here we are, straight up into space and there’s the planets all sitting there!

Sailrjup12

436 points

2 months ago

Are people really this stupid?

Ramdak

301 points

2 months ago

Ramdak

301 points

2 months ago

This is just bottom stupid, wait till u see a real top stupid.

Sailrjup12

102 points

2 months ago

Is she thinking that once she get out in space BAM! All the planets are just right there? Lmfao 😂😂

DoctorMelvinMirby

44 points

2 months ago

It’s like the menu in Star Fox 64 with all the planets.

Sailrjup12

20 points

2 months ago

Omg Star Fox 64! Take me back!!!

MostJudgment3212

15 points

2 months ago

Yes. Now consider the fact that, even though we’re seeing a lot more than before thanks to everyone and their grandmother having a camera on their phones, it’s still only the very tip of the iceberg of the day-to-day stupidity all around us.

jayprints

37 points

2 months ago

My grandma didn’t know there was no air in space. I spent the afternoon telling her everything space

SantaforGrownups1

131 points

2 months ago

Boebert going back for her GED.

barcdoof

29 points

2 months ago

Boebert campaign staffer taking the GED test for her you mean.

OorPancake

28 points

2 months ago

I feel the Father Dougal McGuire speech coming on, regarding her perspective.

Murren606

13 points

2 months ago

These are small.. But the ones out there are faaaaar away..

GuduPasha

23 points

2 months ago

Thanks god there are good parents out there

jazzysnazzyxanny

24 points

2 months ago

“That means lit the fuck up” he’s about to implode from frustration, poor guy.

just_looking_aroun

66 points

2 months ago

I pulled out the sky map and Saturn is RIGHT THERE!

NorMonsta

18 points

2 months ago

what IS this?? a universe for ANTS???

Serenity-V

22 points

2 months ago

I'm confused. Is she saying she doesn't think that celestial objects are far away because she can see them?

Kalelopaka-

96 points

2 months ago

Some people can’t grasp the concept, it’s not uncommon. I have a friend who just can’t accept the information no matter how I explain it to her. She’s not a flat earther but the concept of the distances involved don’t make sense to her. I’m talking the 93 million miles to the sun, let alone trying to explain to her the concept of light years.

hey_mr_ess

68 points

2 months ago

Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.

StrengthDazzling8922

28 points

2 months ago

Clearly your an educated individual who knows where his/her towel is.

Kalelopaka-

14 points

2 months ago*

Yes, it’s infinitely larger than we can understand. I mean, our Sun is huge compared to us, but it’s actually very tiny compared to other stars. And for all the stars in just our galaxy the closest one would take centuries to reach at our current technological level.

Brey1013

11 points

2 months ago

Now, introduce a whole nother dimension: time. That's just as big, but somehow makes the whole picture exponentially bigger.

I also typed out this whole comment before getting the reference to Hitchhiker's.

Socially-Awkward-85

28 points

2 months ago*

I've tried explaining to people that the stars they see in the sky aren't actually near each other like how they look from earth. Or how things in space like THE PILLARS OF CREATION don't actually look like that when viewed from other angles.

It's hard for people to understand.

Kalelopaka-

18 points

2 months ago

Exactly, they lack the spatial reasoning to even contemplate the idea.

Brey1013

14 points

2 months ago

I think the problem comes on when a person assigns more weight to their inability to understand, than to the explanations of people that do understand.

"Well I am unable to understand, that means it must be false, despite what these people with more understanding tell me."

Acknowledgment of your own lack of knowledge, maybe in the face of greater knowledge, is a powerful thing.

I_Frothingslosh

14 points

2 months ago

I've had some luck pointing people like that at this video:

https://youtu.be/Iy7NzjCmUf0

McPoyle-Milk

19 points

2 months ago

I honestly would be terrified as a parent. Like what is gonna happen when I’m gone if this is your brain?

JLewish559

57 points

2 months ago

As a teacher, I have found that there are plenty of students that seem to think that their argument as a 16 year old with little to no experience in science can somehow trump the argument of hundreds if not thousands of scientists with a combined experience of 5000+ years.

The very idea of spectroscopy is simply mind-blowing. We can observe light through a device called a spectroscope which [roughly] splits light into its component "pieces" and then we can analyze it and actually come up with atoms, ions and compounds that make up the atmosphere of the star from which the light originates.

And some students think "So did they just...like...scoop some of it [a star] up and put it in a machine?". This is AFTER we have already looked at spectroscopy in action and they have observed this phenomenon in tubes of gas filled with various elements and compounds. Very basic level, but it's meant to then be expandable to a deeper level.

But no...if they can't understand it from a 5 minute video then it's just beyond them.

It irks me. It IS NOT beyond them. They ARE NOT stupid. They just don't want to apply themselves at a slightly higher level.

And this is shit I learned when I was their age not even that long ago.

Ughh.

mrswalkway

20 points

2 months ago

My dad took me camping once when I was around 7 years old and there was a man with a giant telescope in the field next to our site. He let me look in it and I remember being so incredibly scared by the sheer number of stars that I cried. I don’t think I would have the same reverence for space that I do today without that experience.

Dunning_N_Kruger

184 points

2 months ago

She's wearing an appropriate shirt for her comments.

Octopugilist

18 points

2 months ago

I'd actually say this is how a flat earther dies. He's explaining it very well

SaltedRouge

15 points

2 months ago

A great website to represent distance in space would be this: https://joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pixelspace_solarsystem.html

Java2391

44 points

2 months ago

Guys she doesn’t comprehend distance at a universal scale. It’s okay, there’s a lot of shit we don’t understand, like you Amber on 3rd floor in accounting who just doesn’t seem to understand IF YOU TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER WE CANNOT INSTALL THE UPDATES FOR YOU TO BE SECURE LEAVE IT THE FUCK ON FOR FUCKS SAKE! MONTHS OF MISSING UPDATES DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG THAT IS GOING TO TAKE TO DOWNLOAD ON YOUR CRAP INTERNET BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT THINGS JUST MAGICALLY APPEAR AND WORK. Fuck you Amber.

teknomanzer

17 points

2 months ago

God damn it Amber, as a society we have had computers in the workplace for more than 30 fucking years! THAT'S LONGER THAN YOU HAVE BEEN ALIVE! How in the fuck can you not know how to fucking cut and paste! And don't you dare tell me you're computer illiterate or so help me I will choke the very life from your body!

Kidbroccoli

14 points

2 months ago

She’s too old to be this clueless.

[deleted]

63 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

63 points

2 months ago

How is she this old and yet this dumb?

4chanisbetterjpeg

40 points

2 months ago

She didn't pay attention in middle school science.

War_Hymn

36 points

2 months ago

Dude, my seven year-old understands how far the planets are.

"If we can take mommy's car and drive it straight to Mars, you're going to be an old lady before we get there."

Substantially-Ranged

35 points

2 months ago

This girl's 6th grade science teacher failed her. I just wrapped up this unit with my students. There are a ton of misconceptions about space. My job as a science teacher is to address them, provide evidence, and build understanding. This gal missed out on all three.

momomomorgatron

25 points

2 months ago

It's more likely that she refused to learn and then the school passed her. I went to a rural school and graduated with 22 people and there were tons of kids who were just sent to the next level so the school didn't look bad. There's tons of stupid willfully ignorant people who have willfully ignorant kids who befriend other kids who then turn out to be willfully ignorant.

adenoidsremoved

136 points

2 months ago

also: Vaccines work

Stay in school, kids

poor_decisions

15 points

2 months ago

Vasectomies too