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Brains, Chill, and College: 53 Humans Are Weird arcticfoxbear So there has been a bit of what if humans were the weird ones? going around tumblr at the moment and Earth Day got me thinking. Earth is a wonky place, the axis tilts, the orbit wobbles, and the ground spews molten rock for goodness sakes. What if what makes humans weird is just our capacity to survive? What if all the other life bearing planets are these mild, Mediterranean climates with no seasons, no tectonic plates, and no intense weather? What if several species (including humans) land on a world and the humans are all "SCOREI Earth like worldi Let's get exploring before we get out competed! And the planet starts offing the other aliens right and left, electric storms, hypothermia, tornadoes and the humans are just.. there... counting seconds between flashes, having snowball fights, and just surviving arafaelkestra To paraphrase one of my favorite bits of a 'humans are awesome' fiction megapost: "you don't know you're from a Death World until you leave it. For a ton of reasons, I really like the idea of Earth being Space Australia. crazy-pages Alien: Im sorry, what did you just say your comfortable temperature range is? Human: "Honestly we can tolerate anywhere from -40 to 50 Celcius, but we prefer the 0 to 30 range. Alien:"... I'm sorry did you just list temperatures below freezing? Human: "Yeah, but most of us prefer to throw on scarves or jackets at those temperatures it can be a bit nippy Other human: "Nah mate, I knew this guy in college who refused to wear anything past his knees and elbows until it was-20 at least. Human "Heh. Yeah everybody knows someone like that. Alien:.. And did you also say 50 Celcius? As in, half way to boiling? Human: "Eugh. Yes. It sucks, we sweat everywhere, and god help you if you touch a seatbelt buckle, but yes. Alien: "..... We've got like 50 uninhabitable planets we think you might enjoy. val-tashoth You're telling me that you have... settlements. On islands with active volcanism? Well, yeah. I'm not about to tell Iceland and Hawall how to live their lives Actually, it's kind of a tourist attraction. What, the molten rock?" Well, yeahl It's not every day you see a mountain spew out liquid rocks! The best one is Yellowstone, though. All these hot springs and geysers from the YOU ACTIVELY SEEK OUT ACTIVE SUPERVOLCANOES7 Shit, man, we swim in the groundwater near them. Sounds like the Damned" trilogy by Alan Dean Foster the-grand author And you say the poles of your world would get as low as negative one hundred with wind chill? Yup, with blizzards you cant see through every other day just about." Amazing! when did you manage to send drones that could survive such well, actually. ...what? we kinda.sent... people.. ".. what? we sent- no yeah I heard you I just- what? You sent... HUMANS... to a place one hundred degrees below freezing?" y-yeah and they didn't... die? Well the first few did PEOPLE DIED OF THE COLD AND YOUR SOLUTION WAS TO SEND MORE PEOPLE???1?1712 burntcopper But surely you have records of volcanic activity doing tremendous damage to human settlements Yep. Pompeil is legendary. Entire cities went. Towns buried under lava, peoples' brains boiled in the first rush of heat, loads more killed by falling ah, good, they learned their lesson and didn't build there again ...well.. Are you seriously telling me this volcano is legendary for killing several urban conurbations and you built on top of it AGAIN? In our defence it hasn't actually done it since What about earthquake-prone areas? Tell me you're at least vaguely sensible about those Oh yeah. After the first major earthquake that flattens a city, we build them better 159,505 notes We are space australia