We all know that the internet is dark and full of terrors. And few places fit that description as well as image or text boards, such as 4chan and Reddit. Aside from the fact that we’re talking about the internet, where anonymity allows people to say terrible things without consequences, the sheer number of people on these boards only adds to that.
But exactly how often does the internet say horrible things? Well, a redditor with a passion for statistics has decided to make an algorithm that calculates just that, only more specialized. More exactly, simply fueled by curiosity and boredom, a redditor discovered that around eighty percent of Reddit threads mention Hitler or Nazis.
According to the unnamed redditor to which we’ll be referring to by his internet alias, Curious Gnu, determined that in a thread containing one thousand posts there is a 78 percent chance that Hitler or Nazis will be mentioned. And these numbers are after he excluded subreddits focusing on something related, like history or politics.
Still, it’s not just Reddit that seems to have an obsession with Hitler. In fact, ever since the rise of the internet, Hitler has become more and more famous. In fact, Hitler has become a meme. That means that the entire internet is talking about Hitler and Nazis at a very fast and concentrated rate.
You might remember a few years ago, when Mountain Dew launched a campaign to name their new Apple-flavored Mountain Dew. The infamous image board 4chan quickly hijacked the campaign, and the name that won the competition was “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong”. Runner-ups included Fapple, Diabeetus, and Gushing Granny.
Actually, it would seem like a random prediction from 1994, before the glory days of the internet, saw this coming. Known as Godwin’s Law, the adage was posited by Mike Godwin about the then-famous Usenet internet forum. It states that:
“As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.”
Of course, Godwin had no idea that 26 years after stating that a Reddit user calling himself Curious Gnu would make an algorithm that would determine how many times his favorite text board mentions Hitler or the Nazis. And Curious Gnu didn’t expect for the frequency to be 78 percent.
Now, the redditor is working on a new algorithm that would not only eliminate the term ‘Grammar Nazi” from the search, but also analyze the context of the comments and generate a more accurate statistic.
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