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Plus: Stories from Syria, Coconut Octopus, and the People-Eating Yule Cat!
 

This week, Reddit had some fantastic AMAs.

Comedian H. Jon Benjamin—better known as the voice of Archer from Archer and Bob from Bob’s Burgers—shared his daily intake of wine and his thoughts on removing ISIS from Archer. Meanwhile, in the Hip Hop Heads community, rapper Pusha T talked about his new favorite TV show and what’s on his mood board.

Hateful Eight actor Tim Roth told us about his experience working with 2Pac, and shared with fans what he wants for Christmas. (But if Santa gets him a hippo instead, this is what Roth would name it.) And The Big Short director Adam McKay bragged about fighting a cobra on top of a mountain, and how he would battle a violent news crew.

But the most spectacular AMA this week goes to Erykah Badu, who answered redditors’ questions for over 6 hours—discussing mermen, the meaning of life, and the most important breakfast-related question of all time.

AMA-zing.

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  ASKREDDIT How Do You Spell the Sounds a Lightsaber Makes? submitted by hkh25

Speaking of the sounds of Star Wars, how exactly do you transcribe lightsaber noises? Is it psshhew? Or kksssshhhh? Maybe vvvvuuummmm? These helpful gifs will make you fluent in lightsaber.

  ENTREPRENEUR Founder and CEO of GoPro Shares His Formative Moment

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  PICS Stories From Syria: Before And After submitted by WhiskyBrasil

These days, it’s rare to hear Syria described as “an absolutely beautiful place,” but that’s just how Reddit user ploooopp remembers it when he last visited in 2010. In a recent discussion in the Pics community, redditors shared personal stories—and photos—of the country they loved before it was crippled by war.

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  IAMA Northern Kenyan Group’s Programs Nurture Area’s Wildlife and Citizens submitted by lewawildlife

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  TODAYILEARNED The People-Eating Yule Cat is the Best Icelandic Christmas Nightmare submitted by Atwenfor

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  DIY Man Builds Giant Periscope to View Eiffel Tower From Bed submitted by Lurluberlu (Photo: La Fabrique DIY/YouTube)

Can’t see the skyline from your room? Time to break out the mirrors and wood glue. That’s exactly what one Parisian redditor did—just so he could look at the Eiffel Tower from his bed.

  ASKREDDIT Shitty Watercolour Illustrates: What Is the Absolute Coolest Thing Humanity Has Ever Done? submitted by L_P

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  EXPLAINLIKEIMFIVE Can’t Find Video Games With Sex? You’re Looking in the Wrong Places submitted by TIFUdogdongsinmymom (Photo: 'Mass Effect 3'/Electronic Arts)

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  WOAHDUDE Watch This Bizarre Octopus Build an Armored Home Out of Coconuts submitted by SmileSmileSmileSmile (Photo: ReefID)

The coconut octopus is the only invertebrate that is known to use tools. The aptly named coconut octopus gathers coconut shells discarded by humans and awkwardly carries them across the ocean floor. Warning: This is probably the cutest freakin’ thing you’ll see today.

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