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Upvoted Weekly: Pirate politics, Internet privacy's new threat, and death by pooping

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A robot to brush your teeth, pirate democracies, van dwelling across Europe, stunning storms, death by pooping, cats vs goats, and more.
 

This week’s issue covers tons of awesome content from a variety of communities, but first I want to talk about Keenan, whose story rose to the top of r/videos this week (warning: this video is graphic, showing the draining of his keloids).

Normally we try to surface things in this newsletter you wouldn’t have seen on the frontpage, but within a day of the video being posted to the site, redditors from all over the world pitched in to help raise over $30,000 for his keloid removal. I was so moved by your response to his plight, I chipped in myself, and it’s always serendipitous stories like these that make me proud to work at Reddit. I’m hoping we can get a followup from Keenan when his treatment is done.

In other news, Stephen Hawking is in the process of doing an amazing week-long AMA on r/science, we laughed at this hypothesis for how Tom Riddle came up with his evil alias (which must not be named), a redditor caught an awesome photo of Saturn just from his backyard, and this massive squid… egg… blob… thing… captivated us all. We get to see so many awesome stories every week, and it’s only because your upvotes and downvotes make this whole thing work.

Thanks for a great week,

kn0thing
Alexis Ohanian, Co-founder
  ARDUINO simsalapim made a helmet robot to brush her teeth
 
submitted by simsalapim

simsalapim made a bold “contribution to the shitty robots of the world” with this device. She’s not stopping there, either. She’s already discussing future robots to help you floss, put on makeup, and shave. (Yikes!)

In the meantime, if you want to make your own, she’s got you covered with this tutorial.

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  HISTORY Pirate ships operated as true democracies
Apparently being a pirate was a much better (and much more profitable) life than being in the British Marine corps.  higharticon

Apparently, pirates cared about a lot of the same issues we do. Equal votes for everyone, fair distribution of loot, and following some very intricate rules (check out some of the articles from Bartholomew “Black Bart” Roberts’s ship). They also had some pretty crazy political campaigns—read about all the crazy stuff Blackbeard did to keep his crew convinced he was the most badass of them all. Ah, pirates. They’re just like us.

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  PERFECTLOOPS This perfectly looped gif is absolutely mesmerizing
 
submitted by guyinthesky
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  IAMA CISA, a privacy-invasive “cybersecurity” surveillance bill, is back in Congress, and several privacy activists answer your questions
[It] is a dangerous surveillance bill … that is nearly-identical to CISPA due to its broad immunity clauses for companies, vague definitions, and aggressive spying powers.  JaycoxEFF
neema_aclu

It could result in another broad surveillance program that public or even members of Congress don’t know about. The bill allows companies to share virtually any type of personal information, exempt from existing privacy laws. Once the government gets this information, they can stockpile it and search through it for reasons that have nothing to do with cybersecurity.

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  VANDWELLERS oceancalling explores Europe in a van-turned-tiny-home submitted by oceancalling

Check out some of their pics from inside the van and on the road, as well as how they converted it.

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  CONFESSION Exis007 responds to a man’s micropenis confession with great advice for all of us
Even if all of Reddit joins together in a conga-line of “Micropensises are amazing” it won’t make a f***ing lick of difference… Because your dick is not, and has never been, the problem.  Exis007
MuffinPuff

I don’t even have a penis and your words resonate with me.

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  BOOP This kitty doesn’t know her own strength
 
submitted by catsngoats

And on the note of other fierce felines, this adorable baby bobcat is on the prowl.

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  BODYWEIGHTFITNESS r/bodyweightfitness built a free app to help you get started

If you’ve been thinking about getting back in shape or trying something different in your fitness routine, now might be a great time. This community has created an amazing wiki full of routines, video tutorials, and FAQs, which imanateater used to build fitloop.co, a site to help you easily build your routine. When imanateater made that code open source, mazurio then used it to create both an Android and iOS app to help you get healthy. So now there really are no excuses. Sorry…

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  SQUAREDCIRCLE When wrestler Tyson Kidd received a severe spinal cord injury, r/squaredcircle banded together to show their support submitted by CrimsonCub2013

Over 400 redditors, led by cbartholomew, worked together to create this mosaic composed of images from his wrestling career and included over 350 get well messages on the back of it. Needless to say, he loved it (and he’s also recovering well!). You can see more pictures of the final product and the process of creating it here.

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  TIMELAPSE A breathtakingly beautiful timelapse video from a storm chaser
 
submitted by damsteegt

The music from it is pretty epic as well and definitely makes the video even more fascinating to watch.

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  EXPLAINLIKEIMFIVE Ever wonder why the phonebook is full of Mr. Greens or Mr. Blacks but no Mr. Orange*?
The most common color surnames are based on professions… a greensmith (Green) works with copper, a blacksmith (Black) with iron, a whitesmith (White) with tin, etc.  Jogan598

That explains all the Smiths out there, but what about all the Joneses? MacGyverMacGuffin explains here.

*except in Reservoir Dogs

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  AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS    P.S.

If you’re going to die, you’d probably rather not be found dead on the toilet with your pants around your ankles, but apparently that’s actually super common. Farts_McGee explains why so many people die while pooping, and it doesn’t have anything to do with Peter Dinklage or a crossbow.

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