No such thing as stupid questions

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It's an election year, so it's no surprise that politics are on everyone's minds!

Over the past few months, we've noticed a sharp increase in questions about politics. Why is Biden the Democratic nominee? What are the chances of Trump winning? Why can Trump even run for president if he's in legal trouble? There are lots of good questions! But, unfortunately, it's often the same questions, and our users get tired of seeing them.

As we've done for past topics of interest, we're creating a megathread for your questions so that people interested in politics can post questions and read answers, while people who want a respite from politics can browse the rest of the sub. Feel free to post your questions about politics in this thread!

All top-level comments should be questions asked in good faith - other comments and loaded questions will get removed. All the usual rules of the sub remain in force here, so be civil to each other - you can disagree with someone's opinion, but don't make it personal.

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Why is life in prison not a huge deterrent? nsfw

One thing I struggle to understand is when people commit crimes like murders, especially at a young age, have they already accepted that they’ll spend their life in prison?

For me, the thought of spending 20 plus years locked up is unimaginable. I can’t imagine being in my 20s and accepting that I’ll never do things again like riding a bike, having sex, driving nice cars and so much more that life has to offer.

For context ,I’m from the UK and we have more lenient sentences compared to America.

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Do you shower with your partner? If so, how often?

My (25F) husband (28M) shower together nearly everyday and have since we started dating (4 years ago). While sometimes it can get sexual, the majority of the time we just hang out, shower, and talk about our days. I was wondering is this common? Does anyone else do this?

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Is it a red flag if someone doesn't like animals at all, not even pets?

I had a conversation with myfriends about our love for pets. One of us mentioned a colleague who can't stand any animals, which got us all curious. We started wondering if not liking animals says something deeper about a person's ability to connect emotionally or if it's just a personal quirk.

What does a woman’s version of a man’s “locker room talk” look like? nsfw

What do the gals talk about, that the guys might not know or think of?

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Why do guys gain weight mostly in their belly?

(I've read the sub rules and I don't think this question is loaded)

Is it a bad thing if someone has no interest in current events or news?

Does avoiding news mean missing out on important information, or could it just be a way to avoid stress and negativity? It made me curious about how staying uninformed might affect someone's view of the world and their interactions with others.

What did slaves in the US do when it wasnt planting or harvesting time?

I just visited a historical farm that has a functioning demo field of crops. It doesn't seem like there anything done with the field after stuff starts growing. So what did slaves back in the day do?

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Why do SOAP operas just “look” different than other tv shows?

I don’t even know how to explain this better. They just don’t look like other popular shows out there.

How does Reddit know I’m in Greece if I don’t have my location enabled?

I’m on holiday in Greece and reddit suggested r/2greek4you as it was “Popular in your country”. How does it know I’m here if I don’t have my location enabled?

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What’s a random fear that you have?

I’ll start: smelling bad 😭😭

Why do teenagers of this modern era look like middle 20s girls?

When I see my photos as a teenager, the puberty really hit me hahaha I really look like a girl in her 13s, but now I see photos of my friends younger sisters (13 - 15) and they look like if they're my age (26). I got very impressed by that.

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Sexting gone wrong ?nsfw

I was sexting with a guy and ended up saying I want to taste my 🐱 on your dick and then he stopped responding. Did i scare him away, was that a weird thing to say ?

Why isn't there international outrage towards Saudi Arabia for over 1000 people dying during the Hajj this year?

For a required pilgrimage, it seems odd that Saudi Arabia isn't being held accountable for such a large loss of life during Hajj this year.

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Is there a word for the incorrect way people use "OCD"?

Don't really know how to title this but you know how theres a picture of like really organzied supermarkets or cars in a row that are all the same color or paying exactly 10$ or something. Theres always someone that says something about OCD and AFAIK thats not what OCD actually is. What im wondering is that is there an actual word to describe it instead of OCD?

Why would anyone find celebrating Juneteenth to be “offensive”

I work at the front desk of gym/fitness center in the surrounding area of Houston, Texas. My black coworker decided to post a sign that simple says “Happy Juneteenth” to celebrate the holiday, as we decorate for every other holiday so it’s only fair. I did think a few people would have something to say since it is the South, but one (white) woman blew me away a bit with her blatant racism. She angrily said to who I’m assuming was her father and in front of her 4-5 year old son “this is ridiculous!” grabbing the sign and slamming it back down. She then continued by saying “I can’t believe they’re advertising this” and laughed angrily at me like I was going to agree. I was so taken aback all I could do was sit in disbelief. I don’t understand why anyone would be appalled at celebrating part of American history. Does she not believe freeing the slaves was a positive part of our history? I don’t understand how anyone could justify this behavior. Anyone have people around them or know how people like her and her father justify this kind of attitude??

edit: wow I was not expecting this much discourse to come from this post. I’m glad to see comments as outraged/taken aback as I was. Some other people…y’all need to take a few deep breaths. I find it funny i’m being accused of making this up because stuff like this though shocking, is not unheard of or even out of the ordinary in the south. If you live here but don’t see it, your eyes are closed and you’re not really listening. For everyone saying this holiday is bogus, it wasn’t bogus for my coworker, hence why he put the sign. Many of the younger kids coming in weren’t aware of what Juneteenth was and we got to watch their parents (at least the good ones) explain the history, so that’s one positive thing that came from at least our tiny bit of celebration of the holiday. Hopefully y’all can overcome the rightvsleft bs for a day and look at the goodness that comes from celebrating freedom in a country that calls itself the land of the free

What’s the word for when someone can’t smell?

Blind means you can’t see. Deaf means you can’t hear. Mute means you can’t talk. But what’s the word for when you can’t smell and/or taste?

Is anyone else a bad adult?

I mean, no determination and having a hard time holding yourself accountable. I can’t seem to do laundry from start to finish to save my life, it sits forever. I suck at money management. I have no determination to go to the gym or eat better even though I want to so badly. All around I sum it up as just being a bad adult. Does anyone else feel this way? If so, how do I fix it? How do I give myself the determination to do the shit I need to do because I’m a grown ass woman? The only thing I can give myself credit for is cleaning because I’m a germaphobic.

If beauty standards change through generations, can I change what features I'm physically attracted to?nsfw

Its common knowledge that beauty standards shift from generation to generation. In the 1920s small lips and droopy eyes were all the rage, now, lip filler and foxy eyes are ideal. I am, personally, attracted to modern day beauty standards. This makes me feel like my physical attraction to the opposite sex has been somewhat 'trained' by current societies view on beauty .

Is physical attraction something that can be changed by society / community behavior past adolescence, or is it something that gets stamped into your psyche while going through puberty and will never leave?

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Ongoing Debate in the Kitchen

okay… this has been going on a WHILE between me (F24) and my partner (F25). she INSISTS that you MUST wash your meat before cooking it. she says it tastes better and makes it cleaner. i, on the other hand, totally disagree. i know that cleaning your meat may have been important back before commercial production, but I’ve read/heard just about everywhere that meat now does not have to be washed before being cooked.

that said, whenever i show my partner any evidence saying you don’t have to wash your meat (“or at the very least rinse it” — said by her while i wrote this post, lol) she insists it’s just a cultural difference (I’m white, she’s not). even when I find POC sources she still says it doesn’t count.

it’s just a stupid debate, but also now i’m embarrassed and worried that i should be washing my meat and have just had no idea all along. help!

TLDR: my partner is convinced you have to wash your meat before cooking it. i’m not. am i crazy?

Who's hit on you more? People of the same sex as you, or the opposite?

For me as a man, its overwhelmingly on the side of other men hitting on me way more than women. Curious to see how the numbers play out for others.

can i go to a grocery store, grab a bag of chips, eat the entire bag, and then pay? legally?

like take the bag to the front and pay after ive eaten the whole bag. can they stop me?