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Gave Up Reddit For Lent? Here Are 5 Things You Missed

Meghan Coyle |
April 14, 2014 | 2:22 a.m. PDT

Contributing Writer

Actor Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones did an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit this past month (@CNET/Twitter).
Actor Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones did an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit this past month (@CNET/Twitter).
T-minus one week until Easter, and for some brave souls, that means only seven days until their quest to survive 40 days and nights without their favorite indulgences will end. For some, that meant giving up foods such as coffee, sodas, and meat for the season of Lent. For others, that meant more than a month without the memes, odd news, and passionate discussion taking place on the so-called front page of the Internet, Reddit. If you happen to be one of those brave souls trying to live without the upvotes, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what you may have missed on Reddit during Lent:

1. Peter Dinklage did an AMA
The Main Idea: The actor, best known for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister on the HBO TV series Game of Thrones, stopped to be interviewed by Reddit users who apparently know their stuff. Dinklage set out to answer the quirkier questions, and Reddit users got their fair share of quirky answers.
Takeaway: Dinklage loves hummus. Also, his biggest pet peeve is when people try to sneak a photo of him from far away or send their kid to ask for directions so that the adults can get a picture. If you want a picture, just ask!
Sample Comment: IneptSketchAppeared asked the secret to Dinklage’s hair. His reply, “It’s called not owning a brush. Or a comb. That’s my secret. Just don’t buy a comb.”

2. Video of Fire Department Save
The Main Idea: A man is trapped on a ledge while flames blaze from the top floor of a building. Frantic hand signals from a firefighter, oh my god’s from onlookers, and a risky jump ensues.
Takeaway: When it’s between life and death, people can do anything… like suddenly take on the grace of a practiced acrobatic when jumping from a burning building.
Sample Comment: RationalArgumentMan summed it up best: “This video had everything in it-- action, suspense, bewilderment, confusion, surprises, and the ending was just perfect. And all done horizontally, in HD, and captured all the good stuff in 2 and half minutes.”

3. Rainbow Road
The Main Idea: A picture of a young girl coloring the bricks on the path outside her home. She probably filled in about a hundred bricks with different colors of chalk. The caption “I’m impressed by her commitment to an idea.” The rest of the Reddit community discussed her artistic ability, possible connections to Mariokart, their hatred for HOA’s, and the inevitability that it will all get washed away.

Takeaway: This one thing that probably everyone can agree on is that this girl is talented.

Sample Comment: mark_tward “would hate to rain on her parade.”

















4. Pyschological Life Hacks
The Main Idea: A thread on self.AskReddit was seeking Reddit users’ psychological life hacks to give you an advantage in a situation. Some of their best advice included sitting next to your enemies during meetings, call out kids for bad behavior when you’re not looking at them, and look excited to see someone.
Takeaway: Be nice. Usually people will do favors for you and reciprocate the kindness if you’re nice first. Talk about a psychological life hack.
Sample Comment: Manticorp said, “When a group of people laugh, people will instinctively look at the person they feel closest to in that group. Read: wanna know who wants to bone who? Look at who they look at when everyone laughs.”

5. Picture Day or Pajama Day?

The Main Idea: The kid was not impressed.
Takeaway: Check the school calendar.
Sample Comment: "His body language and face is hilarious. He is begrudgingly accepting of his fate for now, but mom is in for some shit when he gets home,” MilosVP said.

Picture day was no formal affair for this kid (KillerKenyan/Reddit)
Picture day was no formal affair for this kid (KillerKenyan/Reddit)

















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