On reddit, there was an AITA post, where I responded with "Tough decision, but ..." and I proceeded to give the overwhelmingly popular opinion. It got a bunch of downvotes, presumably for no reason other than the "tough decision" part. Someone responded and said "I don't see how you find it a tough decision", and I responded with
"I had to think about it for a minute.
I'm seriously being downvoted for this? So it looks like people downvote not just things they disagree with, but things they agree with but not strongly enough. Damn."
Somehow people interpreted this as me asking why I was being downvoted. Someone "answered my question" that it shouldn't be a tough decision at all (so basically the same reason I gave myself, but portrayed in a more positive light), and when I argued, people got upset that I asked a question and refused to accept an answer. People even told me that I should've thanked them.
Is it reasonable to interpret that as a request for someone to explain why you're being downvoted, even though I gave an explanation myself?Other - Social Science1 month ago
A while back a mathematician told me that the square root of 2 can't be written as a fraction exactly no matter how big of numbers you're allowed to use. I told him that was clearly nonsense and he then proceeded to give me an argument for his case. I really didn't want to admit I was wrong and I still think it's crazy, but his argument was simply irrefutable and I had no choice but to concede he was right.
This happens a lot. Mathematicians present claims I disagree with, and then I'm forced to admit they're right after they give me an absolutely irrefutable argument. How are they so good at it?4 AnswersMathematics8 months ago
Do women feel scared/uncomfortable that they are usually surrounded by people who are way stronger than them?
I read a reddit post where a man suggested this. He proceeded to give an analogy for men where half of society is silverback gorillas.
I m a man who for some reason never got the extra strength that s supposed to come with being male, so I m effectively in the same situation as women here. But I don t feel scared around other men because I know they won t do anything to me. Do women actually feel this?
I guess it might be different since I don t have to worry about sexual advances from men.3 AnswersGender Studies10 months ago
When I was a kid I was warned by a teacher not to fake sick, because if you fake sick too much, and your parents find out, then one day you might wake up and you really are sick, and your parents won't believe you and make you go to school.
Has this ever actually happened to anyone?1 AnswerPolls & Surveys10 months ago
Some guy told me a story where he was in an intense verbal argument with a woman. He started walking home, and five minutes later a police officer approached him and told him that they were arresting her for scratching herself up and claiming it was him. (She still had skin under her fingernails, so it was easy to tell.)
Is that something you go to jail for like that, and for how long?4 AnswersLaw Enforcement & Police10 months ago
When conservatives talk about transgender women, they make it clear than being a man or woman is solely your biology/chromosomes and not your role in society whatsoever. But they change that when it comes to gay men, who suddenly aren't men to them.
So if you're man and like men, then you're not a man. But if you decide that you want to become a woman, then suddenly you actually are a man. How does it work?2 AnswersPolitics11 months ago
"An icecream shop offers three different cones, ten different flavors, and four different toppings. How many different two scoop cones with up to two distinct toppings are possible, if order does not matter?"
Evidently the answer is 2295. The answer key to the test says there are (10C2)*3 combinations with no toppings, (10C2)*3*4 with one, and (10C2)*3*12 with two, which add to 2295.
But I'm confused. 10C2 doesn't allow the two scoops to be the same flavor, and why are there 12 options for two toppings instead of 6 if order isn't supposed to matter?3 AnswersMathematics11 months ago
I tried rock climbing a few Sundays ago and got absolutely nowhere. Even when I did the easiest possible paths, or just ignored the colors, I always went a few steps and just couldn't do anything else. Do I have bad form or could I just be too weak?
Note that I am *incredibly* weak. I am a 21 year old male who never got the basic strength I was supposed to have (the strength you should naturally have just from being well-fed). I used to think that my strength was the same as an average female my age, but after the rock climbing session it seems I'm even weaker than that, as if that wasn't bad enough.
If there's anybody who is too weak to do it, barring physical disabilities, it's me.3 AnswersClimbing12 months ago
I imagine it's something that would bother them, but women don't seem to mind the double standard.
I'm guessing it's because most women don't want to be showing their bare boobs anyway.23 AnswersGender Studies12 months ago
The whole reasoning behind that rule is that men are so much stronger than women and can easily injure them without trying to, but even in cases where the man isn't stronger, society still goes by that rule. I've noticed this when my dad tried teaching me not to hit females even in self defense, even though my "male strength" never came and never will. Not that I get into physical confrontations regardless, but I still find it annoying.7 AnswersGender Studies12 months ago
About a week ago I was lying in bed awake (or so I thought) without sleeping, and at 6:00 a.m. my mom called and when I answered she asked "Is this an okay time to talk?" and I said yes, but then was too tired to say anything else to her, but tried and kept making a few humming noises and eventually dropped the phone to sleep again. 20 minutes later I was "awake" again and checked my phone to see if the phone call was real and saw it in my phone history.
At around 8:00 I woke up for real and checked my phone again; there was no phone call from mom and she never told me she called me and I wouldn't speak.2 AnswersDream Interpretation12 months ago
I've heard stereotypes that gay men are weak, but also that they love going to the gym and build up perfect bodies. How can people believe both?7 AnswersLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender12 months ago
I know when someone hits their spouse the first time, they say "I won't do it again" but they almost always do it again and again, beating them up worse and worse.
So are they lying when they say it the first time, or do they actually believe they won't do it again but find themselves doing it?6 AnswersOther - Family & Relationships1 year ago
People say they send things through text that they'd never say to their face, but for me I say things to people's faces that I'd never text them.
If I send a mean text to someone, waiting for the response is like waiting for a bomb to go off. And I just get nervous about texting usually.1 AnswerSingles & Dating1 year ago