Score
Title
5916
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASKREDDIT!!
3879
What is a very minor thing you do in secret, but people might look at your differently if they found out?
3263
What show or movie do you hate that you haven't actually seen?
1497
What's the dumbest thing someone tried to brag about?
634
What has become normalised that you cannot believe?
535
What is the scariest, most terrifying thing that actually exists?
11422
Besides Applebees, what is the worst restaurant experience you've ever had?
2068
What’s the most interesting documentary you’ve ever watched?
1157
What song do you fucking despise?
902
What was there a black market for at your school that wasn't drugs?
905
If you found out you were not human, but actually an ultra-realistic android programmed to think you were real, what clue should have given it away all along?
571
Which city are you reading this from, and what does the next hour of your life look like?
227
What is the lyric that resonates with you greatly?
184
How would you feel about a law that requires people over the age of 70 to pass a specialized driving test in order to continue driving?
389
If you were forced to time travel to the Middle Ages and could bring only ONE contemporary item with you, which one would you pick to max out your odds to live a long and prosperous life?
602
What would have been a really awkward moment 1000 years ago that we don't experience?
89
Reddstrodamus: what predictions do you have for this year?
309
Mentally ill people of reddit, what is an “easy” thing that takes a lot of energy for you to do?
5996
What restaurant have you sworn to never return to and why?
1316
Imagine you die in real life only to wake up and find out it was all a simulation that lasted about 5 seconds. You are reborn with the knowledge that you now possess, What would you do differently in your "second life"?
2001
When you first started using reddit, what did you not understand/find weird, but you get it now?
44
What are you 100% sure on nobody in this thread knows?
34
When is bigger NOT better?
43
Like diamonds, what has been artificially overpriced beyond its actual value?
46
Men of Reddit, what is the worst thing a male friend has done to a woman and did you speak up about it?
36
People who have been hypnotized, what was it like?
28796
What was your biggest "shit, my parents were right" moment?
32
[Serious] Have you ever thought about killing yourself and if so, why?
102
Who should be on a list of people not to fuck with?
68
What are some Red Flags at a job interview?
4622
What are you still salty about years later ?
1022
What is the most visually satisfying movie you've ever seen?
20
What Simpsons quote best describes your love life?
64
What is the craziest claim that you can make, that is actually true?
31
What is the weirdest name you call your pet?
34
What sex related thing about yourself you are ashamed to admit non-anonymously?
1270
Women of Reddit, what’s a first date mistake men all too often make?
24
You are now in complete control of any company you choose. However your goal is actually to drive the company to the ground. How do you do this without anyone realizing your intentions?
19
What was the first thing you did/purchased that made you realize "oh my god... I'm an adult now"?
22
What is the most insulting combination of normal words?
41
Who are the most iconic duos?
253 danka595 Pearls. Before farmed pearls, the oysters had to be found and harvested in the wild (and few actually had a pearl inside) which made them rare. Because of the rarity, finding a matching set, especially a full necklace's worth, was difficult, time consuming, and therefore an extreme luxury. Oysters can now be farmed, plus intentionally adding an irritant as a "seed" can make sure a large number of pearls can be harvested. Automated grading also reduces the labor/time costs for finding matching sets.
1434 MolitoGaming TV. You can get a cheap used old one for like twenty bucks where as it was very expensive once
1891 snowyday **RAM** One megabyte of RAM: * 1957: $411 million * 1980: $6,480 * 1990: $106 * 2000: $1.56 * 2010: ~ $0.02 * Dec 2017: ~ $0.0071 [Source](http://jcmit.net/memoryprice.htm)
995 m0le Pepper and spices in general used to be worth more than their weight in gold (quality saffron still is, I think).
1101 MadLintElf Pineapples, [back in the day you could rent a pineapple](https://www.foodbeast.com/news/til-people-used-to-rent-pineapples/) to show off at your dinner banquet but they were too expensive for the average person to purchase. Today they are available in every supermarket and relatively cheap.
261 elmoteca Cotton. Before the cotton gin, cotton was so expensive to process by hand that it would be unthinkable to use it to make common, cheap clothing like underwear. Linen from flax was the everyday plant fiber prior to the 19th century. There came a time around the 1830s where the price of cotton dropped so much that the wealthy stopped wearing it. It became a sign of wealth to continue wearing linen instead. This is also around the same time that you start to see rugged clothing made from cotton, like blue jeans. Before that, cotton was too expensive for work wear.
1050 m0le Knowledge. When I was growing up, a set of encyclopedias could easily cost more than £1000, so they were only for the rich or really dedicated parents. Then Microsoft Encarta happened, and the bottom fell out of the encyclopedia market, and now with Wikipedia and the internet as a whole no-one needs to pay a penny.
467 Bigfred12 Computers. Where I used to work, there was a receipt framed for an Apple Lisa. $5600
226 Ohsoeasy My first boyfriend had a cellular phone in 1989. He paid $2,500 for the phone itself and it was $2 a minute for calls.
106 MrsYoungie Calculators. Back in the 70s I worked for a guy who had a fancy scientific calculator worth a couple hundred dollars. He wouldn't let anyone else touch it. The rest of us were reliant on the old fashioned adding machines.
629 virchau13 Light. Back in the olden days, people used to use a candle - which would normally burn out every night. They used to get a new candle every single night, which as you might imagine can be quite resource-heavy. Now, however, we can get LEDs with the same brightness for less than 10 dollars that could last practically forever and it only uses ~10-15 watts of electricity, which is really cheap.
290 effieokay Mirrors Used to be an investment or a major purchase
271 Depressed-Londoner Refined Sugar. A couple hundred years ago it was a luxury only available to the rich, Now over a hundred million tons are produced each year and it is so cheap it is sometimes used to bulk out cheap foods to make them cheaper.
189 Lil-Lanata Chickens, and eggs. Chickens only used to lay 80/120 eggs a year. Their meat was only eaten on very special occasions. Most of them died during winter because they can't deal with no vitamin D, it's discovery led to a huge revolution. From super fancy food, to the very cheapest.
793 badgers154 The color purple/indigo. Have you ever heard that purple is a royal color? That is because before cheap artificial dyes became available, thousands of [mollusks] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muricidae#Historical_value) would have to be collected, pulverized and processed to create just a gram of purple dye, a process which only royalty/very wealthy could afford.
75 sushinightmare In the same vein as memory/storage, USB sticks. 5, 10, 15GB USB sticks are basically given away now when they used to be wildly expensive.
378 at132pm A day laborer today in developed countries can enjoy luxuries that only kings and queens could expect just a few hundred years ago, as well as some things that are everyday and boring to us, but that rulers would literally have waged wars to gain access to. I used to do day labor to fill in between full time and regular work when I was younger. Get up before the sun was up. Go somewhere I was told to. Pick up rocks or bricks or wood or dirt and move them somewhere else until the middle of the day. Take a short break. Usually get given a box lunch. Do the same thing for a few more hours after the break. Get paid. Same thing people have been doing for thousands and thousands of years. Some differences though. Safety, clean water, and the amount of pay and what it could buy. This was years ago when I did it, but after the labor company fee and taxes, I'd normally get about $80 for a day. What could I get for that? A hotel room that could be cold in the summer and hot in the winter. That had both entertainment and news from around the world. Hot and cold clean running water. Flush toilets. Shampoos and soaps and toothpaste and floss provided with it. A device I could use to instantly communicate with people anywhere in the world, and enough money left over to use it. Even after all that, I could afford to buy sweets or pastries from around the world. Fish from hundreds of miles away. Fresh fruits and vegetables no matter what the season was. I could buy books. Multiple books! Just with leftover change. Even something so mundane to us now...if I had a normal, simple headache or stomach ache or heartburn I could cure it cheaply and reliably in minutes without worrying about poisoning myself.
367 snowyday **Video calling**, especially international video calls which, historically, would have required dedicated satelllite access. Now I just hit FaceTime or Skype and video calls are essentially free along with what i pay for my chosen phone and ISP.
60 JMSadmirer Books. I seem to remember my history professor saying that before printing, books could cost about as much as a house
182 dslyker Microwaves. Things used to be over a $1000 in the 70's. That's like $1500 today. Now you can buy a small one for $25 at home Depot
249 0 danka595 Pearls. Before farmed pearls, the oysters had to be found and harvested in the wild (and few actually had a pearl inside) which made them rare. Because of the rarity, finding a matching set, especially a full necklace's worth, was difficult, time consuming, and therefore an extreme luxury. Oysters can now be farmed, plus intentionally adding an irritant as a "seed" can make sure a large number of pearls can be harvested. Automated grading also reduces the labor/time costs for finding matching sets.
1443 0 MolitoGaming TV. You can get a cheap used old one for like twenty bucks where as it was very expensive once
1891 0 snowyday **RAM** One megabyte of RAM: * 1957: $411 million * 1980: $6,480 * 1990: $106 * 2000: $1.56 * 2010: ~ $0.02 * Dec 2017: ~ $0.0071 [Source](http://jcmit.net/memoryprice.htm)
998 0 m0le Pepper and spices in general used to be worth more than their weight in gold (quality saffron still is, I think).
1099 0 MadLintElf Pineapples, [back in the day you could rent a pineapple](https://www.foodbeast.com/news/til-people-used-to-rent-pineapples/) to show off at your dinner banquet but they were too expensive for the average person to purchase. Today they are available in every supermarket and relatively cheap.
258 0 elmoteca Cotton. Before the cotton gin, cotton was so expensive to process by hand that it would be unthinkable to use it to make common, cheap clothing like underwear. Linen from flax was the everyday plant fiber prior to the 19th century. There came a time around the 1830s where the price of cotton dropped so much that the wealthy stopped wearing it. It became a sign of wealth to continue wearing linen instead. This is also around the same time that you start to see rugged clothing made from cotton, like blue jeans. Before that, cotton was too expensive for work wear.
1050 0 m0le Knowledge. When I was growing up, a set of encyclopedias could easily cost more than £1000, so they were only for the rich or really dedicated parents. Then Microsoft Encarta happened, and the bottom fell out of the encyclopedia market, and now with Wikipedia and the internet as a whole no-one needs to pay a penny.
467 0 Bigfred12 Computers. Where I used to work, there was a receipt framed for an Apple Lisa. $5600
221 0 Ohsoeasy My first boyfriend had a cellular phone in 1989. He paid $2,500 for the phone itself and it was $2 a minute for calls.
107 0 MrsYoungie Calculators. Back in the 70s I worked for a guy who had a fancy scientific calculator worth a couple hundred dollars. He wouldn't let anyone else touch it. The rest of us were reliant on the old fashioned adding machines.
629 0 virchau13 Light. Back in the olden days, people used to use a candle - which would normally burn out every night. They used to get a new candle every single night, which as you might imagine can be quite resource-heavy. Now, however, we can get LEDs with the same brightness for less than 10 dollars that could last practically forever and it only uses ~10-15 watts of electricity, which is really cheap.
292 0 effieokay Mirrors Used to be an investment or a major purchase
274 0 Depressed-Londoner Refined Sugar. A couple hundred years ago it was a luxury only available to the rich, Now over a hundred million tons are produced each year and it is so cheap it is sometimes used to bulk out cheap foods to make them cheaper.
190 0 Lil-Lanata Chickens, and eggs. Chickens only used to lay 80/120 eggs a year. Their meat was only eaten on very special occasions. Most of them died during winter because they can't deal with no vitamin D, it's discovery led to a huge revolution. From super fancy food, to the very cheapest.
791 0 badgers154 The color purple/indigo. Have you ever heard that purple is a royal color? That is because before cheap artificial dyes became available, thousands of [mollusks] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muricidae#Historical_value) would have to be collected, pulverized and processed to create just a gram of purple dye, a process which only royalty/very wealthy could afford.
79 0 sushinightmare In the same vein as memory/storage, USB sticks. 5, 10, 15GB USB sticks are basically given away now when they used to be wildly expensive.
206 0 Knew_saga Aluminum. https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/11/aluminum-was-once-one-of-the-most-expensive-metals-in-the-world/382447/
381 0 at132pm A day laborer today in developed countries can enjoy luxuries that only kings and queens could expect just a few hundred years ago, as well as some things that are everyday and boring to us, but that rulers would literally have waged wars to gain access to. I used to do day labor to fill in between full time and regular work when I was younger. Get up before the sun was up. Go somewhere I was told to. Pick up rocks or bricks or wood or dirt and move them somewhere else until the middle of the day. Take a short break. Usually get given a box lunch. Do the same thing for a few more hours after the break. Get paid. Same thing people have been doing for thousands and thousands of years. Some differences though. Safety, clean water, and the amount of pay and what it could buy. This was years ago when I did it, but after the labor company fee and taxes, I'd normally get about $80 for a day. What could I get for that? A hotel room that could be cold in the summer and hot in the winter. That had both entertainment and news from around the world. Hot and cold clean running water. Flush toilets. Shampoos and soaps and toothpaste and floss provided with it. A device I could use to instantly communicate with people anywhere in the world, and enough money left over to use it. Even after all that, I could afford to buy sweets or pastries from around the world. Fish from hundreds of miles away. Fresh fruits and vegetables no matter what the season was. I could buy books. Multiple books! Just with leftover change. Even something so mundane to us now...if I had a normal, simple headache or stomach ache or heartburn I could cure it cheaply and reliably in minutes without worrying about poisoning myself.
368 0 snowyday **Video calling**, especially international video calls which, historically, would have required dedicated satelllite access. Now I just hit FaceTime or Skype and video calls are essentially free along with what i pay for my chosen phone and ISP.
61 0 JMSadmirer Books. I seem to remember my history professor saying that before printing, books could cost about as much as a house
181 0 dslyker Microwaves. Things used to be over a $1000 in the 70's. That's like $1500 today. Now you can buy a small one for $25 at home Depot