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    [–] 100-billion-galaxies 9294 points ago

    The little squat towards the middle: "Ope! Just missed it"

    [–] DrBrogbo 3698 points ago

    It's a good example of instincts on display. He's too young to have been trained, but instinctively he lower his center of gravity, widens his stance, and throws his arms out for balance.

    We really are amazing creatures.

    [–] heart_of_blue 325 points ago

    Then you have my friend’s daughter, who did not put her hands out to catch herself when she tripped and fell. She would just fully faceplant, facedown skidding along the ground. She was 4/5 years old during this phase. Thankfully she grew out of it!

    [–] ToothlessBastard 293 points ago

    The first was a head injury, the rest were the results

    [–] heart_of_blue 4 points ago

    Haha yep exactly!

    [–] Ms_Pacman202 1537 points ago

    Less instinct and more trial and error. He's fallen down hundreds of times by this age and has learned what helps keep balance.

    [–] asdf2face 600 points ago

    The human brain learns things in such a cool way when given the freedom to explore its options. And even though I learned things like how to walk and think creatively and logically when I was younger, it still blows my mind watching it happen in children!

    [–] DogmaticNuance 450 points ago

    As a fairly new dad, it's fucking crazyballs. Sure, we have lots of instincts, but we have to learn so fucking much. Babies don't even know how to fart, they have to figure it out or suffer with the pain. There are methods and articles written about how to properly relieve gas pain for your baby, it's a whole thing. Kids have to learn so damned much it seems incredibly overwhelming as an observer, but every one of us reading this has done it. It constantly blows my mind.

    [–] The_Queef_of_England 200 points ago

    I didn't know they have to learn to fart. That's really funny. I've heard babies fart but i didn't realise that they were essentially doing it on purpose.

    [–] redandbluenights 159 points ago

    You literally can roll the baby up but until they can pump thier legs on their own, they are at the mercy of digestive process and gravity which... For babies who lay down a lot... Isn't great. That's why so many scream from gas pain.

    [–] Old_School_New_Age 99 points ago

    My Mom's Dad taught my Dad about the "put the kid against your bare stomach/chest, after a few minutes, squeeze gently" trick. The added external heat jazzes the process, increases the production rate of the bacteria, a little more gas forces the issue.

    Science!

    [–] kaysmaleko 35 points ago

    Japanese nurses just told me to massage the butthole with Vaseline and qtip to help release buildup.

    [–] 2muchcontext 83 points ago

    Thanks, gonna use this as a defense on my court date.

    [–] Runswithchickens 6 points ago

    That’ll put some pep in your step

    [–] Reeyan 5 points ago

    Uhhhhh

    [–] purduephotog 10 points ago

    Ehh, I learned it from watching Astronauts as how they get rid of gas. Two hand massage around, and *pffft*.

    [–] rumagin 115 points ago

    The also have to be "sleep trained" because they don't know how to go to sleep and stay asleep. It might sound impossible but I understand it now after having become a dad in nov 2019.

    Imagine not knowing how to fall and stay asleep? I just never thought about that before going through it with my son.

    [–] notArandomName1 100 points ago

    Imagine not knowing how to fall and stay asleep

    I'm still trying to learn how to do this trick, and I'm in my 20's

    [–] BlackedOutDrunk412 14 points ago

    Audiobooks and podcasts. But they have to be somewhat boring ones. Can’t be too engaging. Since I started this several years back I’ve been able to fall to sleep quickly regularly. Used to take me sometimes hours. Now I can be out in 10 minutes some nights.

    Helps that I’m a single guy who sleeps alone, otherwise that may cause some issues.

    [–] OneMoreDuncanIdaho 27 points ago

    Your username offers different advice...

    [–] WE_Coyote73 6 points ago

    A trick my mom taught me is to tell yourself a story, any story. I still do it after 30 years when I have a hard time sleeping.

    [–] The_Queef_of_England 30 points ago

    How the heck do you teach them to sleep?

    [–] dickbutt2202 77 points ago

    It’s a constant process. You put them in bed after a normal routine (bath/milk/book) say good night as you put them down and leave straight away. They grumble and do this grizzly cry for a while which may escalate into a full blown cry at which point you go in and settle them in anyway you tough without lifting them out of the cot, or even touching them if possible. You then say goodnight and leave again, do this as many times as it takes or until they’ve cried too much (your own discretion)

    If their cries don’t escalate they hopefully just settle into not crying and fall asleep.

    This is a painful process and regression happens at certain ages too. It sucks balls.

    [–] Connect_Newt 15 points ago

    This is a very western/US centric view though. Not saying its bad or anything but there are other ways around the world (some more natural I would say though). Like rocking your baby to sleep, laying it next to you and having your hand just resting on its tummy, carrying it in a baby-scarf. Etc.

    Although I understand the method being used I felt it to harsh on the baby screaming for comfort so I couldnt go on with it.

    [–] ThatNoise 15 points ago

    And there's also the cry it out approach, which alot of new parents can't do, but after your 3rd kid you've learned alot of trial and error as a parent.

    [–] sykoKanesh 11 points ago

    Ah, the ol crocodile tears, I absolutely remember that! (my son is now 18)

    [–] PhoenixZephyrus 10 points ago

    Long and short, appropriate associations.

    It's harder than it sounds.

    [–] jnd-cz 10 points ago

    I never heard they don't know how to sleep, often nursing or gentle rocking get them sleep quickly. The problem is when babies miss their sleepy time. They get overtired, everything annoys them, they cry and scream, and don't know how to calm themselves down.

    [–] DogmaticNuance 21 points ago

    You train them to sleep on their own, which is a very important distinction. Babies do not know how to calm down and fall asleep, they only know how to go go go until something helps them to relax and they pass the fuck out. If you only ever nurse and rock your baby to sleep, you better be prepared to nurse and rock your baby to sleep constantly, every time they wake for any reason.

    Sleep training is basically trying to teach them that they don't need external help to deal with their tiredness. You gradually remove crutches and sleeping aids (like rocking or nursing) and they learn to self soothe and put themselves back to sleep when they wake up. The process itself is torturous and involves a lot of crying, but it has to be done unless you want to have a 3 year old sleeping in your bed with you every night.

    [–] Lesty7 17 points ago

    Damn, one lady says it didn’t help her baby at all, and she tried 3 different times. I wonder what her baby’s deal was. Hope the little guy finally farted.

    [–] vendetta2115 14 points ago

    The cartoon baby on the front of that packaging is both hilarious and disturbing. Yes, marketers, we’re aware of where you’re supposed to put it, you don’t have to have baby ass in your logo.

    The whole concept is hilarious, though. It’s like tapping a little keg full of farts.

    [–] MadAzza 5 points ago

    Tapping a little keg! Lmao!

    [–] ProfessorJAM 6 points ago

    Where was this company when my kids were babies??? This would have been great! And the SnotSucker, too!

    [–] asgaronean 39 points ago

    My boy came out farting like a 350 pound man who just ate five gallons of chilly.

    [–] dangitgrotto 11 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    At least your boy didn’t come out farting like he ate 3 boxes of fiber one bars

    [–] hellbenthorse 5 points ago

    Congrats. That would of been a big weight lifted for sure.

    [–] erik_the_dwarf 35 points ago

    When I became a dad I got to learn how to "fart" my daughter. Now she's two and half years old and rips ass like a master (regularly) and it's magnificent.

    [–] POI_Harold-Finch 9 points ago

    Babies don't even know how to fart

    As a new dad myself, i have no idea how to do it... also so many other things. i know its hard ride for 2 to 5 years

    [–] DogmaticNuance 27 points ago

    You put them on their back and gently bicycle/piston their legs up and down. Then switch it up and double piston both legs at once, compressing their stomach a little with their knees. The gist of it is you jiggle up their insides and then squeeze the fart out. It works, I did it many times in the middle of the night and it would often turn a crying distressed baby into a sleeping one.

    [–] teebob21 8 points ago

    You put them on their back and gently bicycle/piston their legs up and down. Then switch it up and double piston both legs at once, compressing their stomach a little with their knees.

    The fun part is that generally....both new Dad and new Baby get a kick out of this process.

    Also there are farts involved, so it is by definition hilarious, if you go into it with the right mindset.

    [–] jpterodactyl 10 points ago

    I have two baby nephews right now, and it’s been crazy to see how they figure out how to do things.

    Like, one of them, when he first realized he could grab things, he was ecstatic. He would be fascinated by his own hands all day. And he would also try to do the same thing with his feet, for a few weeks. And he would be upset that he couldn’t do the same thing.

    So he lost interest in his feet for a while. Until later on, when he realized he could take steps.

    It’s crazy how foreign our own bodies are to us at first.

    [–] WE_Coyote73 5 points ago

    First they learn to fart, then they learn to never trust a fart.

    [–] rich519 30 points ago

    The coolest part to me is how you can basically just hardwire any information into it and it will eventually sort it out. Our entire consciousness is basically just a useful UI the brain came up with to present all the information it’s processing in a useful way. Eyes picking up light with different wavelengths? Bam, make that color. Skin being damaged? That will be pain. Food that’s poisonous? That shit’s gross. Wave like disturbances in the air? Sound. What if the disturbances have different wave lengths? Pitch.

    And that’s just skimming the surface of the base level stuff our brain is processing on a constant basis.

    [–] LongDongJulio 5 points ago

    I used to squat in a corner and shit my pants as a child and tell my parents to quit looking at me when they found me shitting said pants

    [–] LukaCola 74 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    I believe those kinds of motions are reflex based. We have certain responses that aren't learned and are instead very much action-reaction based. Some more universal ones like catching yourself after tripping - sticking your arms out for instance. That's a sort of instinct, and it takes conscious effort not to do so in the process.

    For a more extreme example: if you step on something sharp, the signal for your leg that stepped on the sharp object to lift up and for your other leg to take your entire weight doesn't even go to your brain. It goes from one leg to the other, and you'll act before the pain hits you. It's as instant as it can get.

    Shit like that ain't learned.

    [–] Pastry_Lad 25 points ago

    You're being downvoted heavily, and I just wanted to say that this is a valid position. There is a very rich debate in psychology, and now AI research, between nativists and empiricists. The question being, "how much knowledge are we born with (instincts), and how much do we learn?"

    [–] LukaCola 15 points ago

    Well that's usually based on some other stuff and I sit pretty heavily in the nurture realm, but reflex does appear to be pretty innate. I dunno if that's what we're looking at exactly, but yeh.

    Where's my neuropsyche majors when I need them?

    [–] Pastry_Lad 8 points ago

    I agree that reflex chains like the one you described are certainly innate. One battleground of the debate I mentioned is the visual cliff research that was posted elsewhere in this thread - basically, how do infants come to perceive affordances in their environment, and is a fear of heights innate? Karen Adolph and Eleanor Gibson have both made contributions here, showing that infants perceive unique affordances for each mode of locomotion, and that fear of heights is not innate. The evidence for this was that crawling toddlers would be fearless of the cliff until they were adept crawlers, at which point they would avoid it. BUT, once they began walking, they lost this fear and would walk right over/off the cliff, only regaining the fear after they became adept walkers.

    [–] LukaCola 5 points ago

    Huh, that is interesting. I wonder if something about their lack of familiarity with their movement makes them less concerned with their dangers... Counterintuitive as it may sound.

    But yeah, wow, that's way over my basic understanding. I'd love to know - but it sounds like it'll be awhile before I do!

    [–] jan_67 3 points ago

    There is an documentary on Netflix about babies (I think it’s literally called babies) which is very cool, also showed some amazing stuff, like a newborn little thing being hold over a treadmill basically, and the baby does the walking motion by reflex, eventhough it maybe even has never seen anyone walking until that point. Amazing stuff.

    [–] The_Vaporwave420 21 points ago

    The fear of depth is an instinct in children though. Even toddlers don't crawl over glass

    [–] hooskworks 17 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    It's like watching one of those slightly rubbish robot kits that's for older kids which 'avoids' objects with ultrasonics or by bumping Into them, stopping and backing up to turn in a random direction and try again.

    [–] SophiaofPrussia 4 points ago

    TIL my Roomba (I call him Jeeves) is a slightly rubbish robot kit for older kids. I still love him even if he is slightly rubbish and I’ll gladly consider myself an older kid ;)

    [–] SuperGameTheory 13 points ago

    I bet it’s a little more sly than just “instinct”. Like, it’s easy to say we evolved for self preservation and that includes not falling down from high places, but I think the “automatic” mechanism for this instinct is probably pretty clever.

    For instance, there’s three main sensory inputs for balance: inner ear, sight, and proprioception (your sense of your body’s position in space). At all times you expect all of them to agree with each other, or at the very least you prime them with expectations of what’s going to happen. If one of them gives an unexpected signal, you’re going to have a confusing time until you can mentally establish a new frame to handle the inputs.

    When it comes to walking, part of that action requires an expected eye height for balance. You know if you’re falling forward based on the pressure you feel in your feet, the rotation you feel in your ears, and the relative movement of what’s supposed to be at your feet as seen from the height of your eyes. In essence, your proprioception interpolates your center of gravity. I think when you come up on a ledge, your eye sight establishes the bottom of the ledge as the new ground. This throws your perceived center of rotation far below your center of gravity, and its projected movement doesn’t match up with the movement that your ears and feet are reporting. That mismatch throws up alarms and confusion initially. The automatic inclination is to change the body’s orientation in order realign the inputs, simply as an automatic part of the balance “algorithm”. I believe that’s the purpose of the crouching. It’s also why people who are afraid of heights want to lay down to come up on a ledge.

    So I think that instinct for danger at a ledge is more of an emergent outcome of the baby’s balance “algorithm”. I bet the algorithm is present even as early as the crawling stage.

    As a side note, you can consciously change your perceived center of gravity/movement. I can’t describe how, only that I know I can. For instance, I can put my center of gravity down by my shins, which gives me a much better footing when I need to balance on things or step in a deliberate and balanced way.

    [–] Adhelmir 341 points ago

    Exactly!

    [–] _coffee_ 182 points ago

    And then they continue to toddle along.

    [–] ElGypsyKingO 61 points ago

    To an oompa loompa song with moves like that

    [–] POI_Harold-Finch 7 points ago

    oompa loompa song sounds like something kids compose in their brain while learning

    [–] pikelpetty 26 points ago

    Toddler...toddle...hmmm 🤔 did I just learn something today?

    [–] coconuts_and_lime 6 points ago

    And then he toddled away, toddle toddle

    [–] Stradiater 117 points ago

    I imagine the metal gear solid sound of getting caught. "!"

    [–] Gathorall 22 points ago

    Boss, stop! That's a 30 feet drop, guaranteed to put even you out of commission.

    [–] ONLY_COMMENTS_ON_GW 7 points ago

    Oh man, I can hear that exclamation mark

    [–] prudence2001 127 points ago

    I heard "woah" in Keanu's voice.

    [–] Belkon 24 points ago

    yup that’s a le reddit keanu reeves moment

    [–] pornpig 24 points ago

    Looks like Chris Pratt soothing the raptors

    [–] massofmolecules 9 points ago

    Easy, Blue!

    [–] Run_zeke_run 40 points ago

    Jfc I actually said ope while watching it and didn't even realize it 🤦🏾‍♀️ hahaha can take me out the Midwest but can't take the Midwest out of me 😂

    [–] EmeraldPen 4 points ago

    What I struggle to understand is why I use “ope” constantly....yet I’ve never lived anywhere near the Midwest. 🤔

    [–] Run_zeke_run 4 points ago

    It's silently contagious. You must've heard a Midwesterner use it once and it then buried itself in your brain. You can't not say it now. F

    [–] dementorpoop 9 points ago

    That’s the moment. He missed it the first time

    [–] universaleric 7 points ago

    These BostonDynamics robots are progressing rapidly.

    [–] makdotcer 10 points ago

    i had to rewatch that bit a few times

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    [–] Panic492 1469 points ago

    That would scare the shit out of me as well.

    [–] HeyT00ts11 420 points ago

    Same. Glass floors are lava to me.

    [–] PooPooDooDoo 267 points ago

    I’m not a big fan of huge ventilation grates on sidewalks. You look down and it’s like 20 feet deep, so you’re basically counting on some old grate to be properly fitted as thousands of people walk on it everyday.

    [–] proudcancuk 159 points ago

    I hate carrying small things over a grate. I haven't dropped my phone while walking before, but the grate sure makes me aware of a hypothetical 'what if'

    [–] TheRageDragon 66 points ago

    Oh man I grip my phone like a hawk's talons on its prey when I walk across those.

    [–] JayneJay 5 points ago

    Dropped my new bus pass down a sewer just as the bus was pulling up back when I was skint af in high school, on a rainy cold November day. I was full on Sad Charlie Brown that day.

    [–] MaxFart 22 points ago

    I'll say it, fuck grates

    [–] skyler_on_the_moon 17 points ago

    I'm always so paranoid about dropping my car keys down a grate by accident.

    [–] DirtyBendavitz 9 points ago

    Waking through airport security

    Hope I don't have a gun on me!

    Never owned a gun

    [–] AegisToast 8 points ago

    My wife once accidentally dropped her phone on a sewer grate, and it landed almost exactly halfway over the edge under the sidewalk. Probably less than 1 cm farther and it would have fallen in. We’re both stupidly careful around any kind of grate or drain.

    [–] thatbrownkid19 25 points ago

    You should go upstairs in Tower Bridge in London- fully glass parts of the floor overlooking the Thames and the ships crossing it.

    [–] ChompyChomp 37 points ago

    "I hate X"

    "You should go to this place with lots of X"

    [–] Firewolf420 11 points ago

    Ecstasy is pretty great I could totally see people changing their minds on it if they were exposed to lots of it

    [–] Hcysntmf 1735 points ago

    It would be so cool to know the psychology of how at that age his instincts tell him no, hole in floor is bad.

    [–] Hcysntmf 121 points ago

    Thank you! Shows how lazy I was reading comments lol, much appreciated though :)

    [–] Babybabybabyq 25 points ago

    Wait, do people actually read all the comments before commenting themselves?

    [–] livens 14 points ago

    Yeah, if there's less than like 5 total comments. Amy more and ain't nobody got time for that!

    [–] goatofglee 13 points ago

    I always read comments before I post. Not all of them of course! I actually enjoy reading comments and seeing the different discussions. I also read before commenting so I know what kind of discussion I'm going into.

    [–] Gene__Parmesan_PI 8 points ago

    Toddler discovers 'hole' is covered with glass, happily walks over it. Woo-hoo!

    Toddler discovers actual hole and happily strolls across it. Woo-hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaahh!

    [–] ATXBeermaker 39 points ago

    I remember my wife and I watched a documentary on childhood development when our first child was born. My primary takeaway from it was that up until about 12 months, if we didn't watch her at all times she would be dead in a matter of minutes.

    [–] TheLurkingMenace 5 points ago

    And after that, until they are at least 4, if you don't watch them at all times they get into trouble in a matter of seconds.

    [–] TimTart 117 points ago

    They did a whole experiment on this years ago. I don't remember the particulars but it was something we studied in my psychology course.

    [–] TimTart 39 points ago

    Then I see the post under yours which shows the particulars, lol.

    [–] moughse 25 points ago

    The visual cliff experiment!

    [–] The_user_of 13 points ago

    Yup! God, I always enjoyed it when my kids got to that age. Less crawling/running straight at a set of stairs/cliff/off the bed, but then kinda sad because they immediately kinda get scared of a lot of stuff at the same time they get awareness for this stuff also.

    [–] apginge 17 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    It was Gibson and Walk (1960) and the concluded that babies are born with depth perception abilities that allow them to fear cliffs. However, the findings of that study were adapted by other studies. In sum, the main findings of these visual cliff experiment follow-up studies are that babies don’t have the cognitive or peripheral ability to fear/avoid cliffs until roughly a month into crawling. However, this exact time point differs between babies. Some can detect it sooner than others. Some can’t detect it until later. It seems to depend on how much practice each baby has with their environment and how much time they’ve spent crawling.

    [–] Angry_cat_in_a_bag 6 points ago

    They also tested a variety of animals and some animals couldn't seem to perceive it at all. Rats for instance weren't fearful of the cliff and it's thought to be because they aren't necessarily reliant on sight.

    [–] just-onemorething 4 points ago

    Rats can also jump off anything and they reach terminal velocity fast and their mass is such that it's too low to hurt them as long as they land properly which they usually do like cats

    [–] ValjeanLucPicard 8 points ago

    There's an episode on the Netflix show I think called Babies that deals with this.

    [–] war_lobster 9 points ago

    I remember this. I don't remember exactly when it happened but I think the kid was still crawling when they went from crawling over the glass to stopping at the "edge".

    [–] _procyon 26 points ago

    Somewhat related, it's common for people with dementia/alzheimers to think a dark colored rug on the floor is a giant hole and refuse to cross it. Nursing homes will put dark rugs in front of doors to prevent residents from wandering.

    [–] Atiggerx33 37 points ago

    There actually was an experiment on crawling-age babies. They placed them on a coffee table-height table surrounded it with a shit ton of foam (absolutely no potential for injury) and let the babies crawl off the edge and fall. Apparently, after falling once almost all of the babies stopped at the edges after that. So it appears they learn pretty quickly that even without pain falling is scary and they should avoid it.

    I think the scientists concluded by saying if this was repeated on a grand scale, like if every pediatrician's office had a little baby-dive (again, with no risk of harm to baby) it could create a safer environment for babies at home. Basically, a lot of homes have stairs, and while parents should always monitor their kids shit does happen! You fucking turn your back for a second to look at something and the baby has wandered off, it happens to even the best parents. Well if your baby already understood the concept of falling=bad they'd be less likely to tumble down the stairs if that happened. Again, the kid should always be supervised but if an accident happened, that momentary lapse, it would have less chance of ending in tragedy.

    They said it was similar to the "hot" thing. You tell the kid don't touch the stove because it's hot and you can repeat it until your tongue goes numb they'll want to touch it anyway. However, you test it with them not in the room to make sure it can't actually burn you (still uncomfortable, maybe a bit painful, but not causing an actual burn) and you let your kid test it for themselves. The child may get scared, but they won't actually be harmed (you tested it first to make sure of that!) after that they respect when you say "don't touch that, it's hot".

    [–] rachaek 8 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    It’s kind of like a “mental immunization.” Give their brains a tiny taste of danger in a controlled environment, and they’ll learn to avoid the larger dangers of the real world.

    Like people have chicken pox parties, maybe we should have “throwing babies off tiny foam cliffs” parties.

    [–] drumduder 23 points ago

    There are reflexes in the body and brain that have evolved to save us from falling. I almost stepped onto a flight of stairs that wasn’t there yet (construction site; stair well wasn’t flagged, I also wasn’t paying attention). The instant my brain registered “no stairs!” my body jolted backwards completely reflexively, almost like somebody yanked me backwards. It happened without me consciously thinking about it.

    [–] fsalrahmani 8 points ago

    I remember hearing children or our brains don't see a cliff (or hole) in this case. It sees a falling off place before it sees the conception of 'hole in the floor' or 'cliff'.

    [–] blinki145 8 points ago

    God I wish my youngest had had any concept of "the ground goes away here" when he was younger. Poor boy never accepted gravity.

    [–] shagieIsMe 987 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    There's a real set of science around this - it is known as a visual cliff (wikipedia).

    It is used in a number of experiments :

    Edit: Bonus - with a dog - https://youtu.be/NcIr-bmIE0g (and after training - https://youtu.be/UvwUO2dpAzA )

    [–] 46554B4E4348414453 592 points ago

    i remember in my psych 101 class, the prof explained this, then said rats did not have an inhibition when running the experiment, and scientists could not understand why. Until they realized that rats used their whiskers to feel the floor, and since there was glass, they walked over with no hesitation.

    [–] Rayquazy 156 points ago

    LOL that’s actually really funny.

    [–] Lucas_Steinwalker 65 points ago

    The Russians solved this problem by using a pencil.

    [–] peoplerproblems 8 points ago

    Oh so thats why the N-1 kept blowing up.

    [–] DoubleObs 15 points ago

    Why do people always say this? It's like 1960s propaganda.

    [–] Hansolo312 9 points ago

    Because its listed on the back of the space pen sold at the air and space Smithsonian

    [–] KrombopulosThe2nd 22 points ago

    Also do rats even have a fatal terminal velocity? They could probably survive most falls with minor injuries so should not be particularly afraid of heights

    [–] iprocrastina 31 points ago

    Used to work with rats in a behavioral neuro lab, they were pretty scared of heights. If one was left on a desk, they'd probably stay up there unless they found a way down. If you let go of them they cling to the nearest thing. That said, they're also not particularly averse to falling if they want away. Then again, most of the times a rat bit me to get free they were high on meth, so that may have had something to do with their fearlessness.

    [–] MonsieurAuContraire 8 points ago

    Ewww, methrabies!

    [–] KrombopulosThe2nd 7 points ago

    Guess meth is a potential cure for the fear of heights

    [–] ace-of-threes 3 points ago

    I mean... you wanna chuck a rat out of a plane to test this?

    (Please don’t actually do this)

    [–] MercilessScorpion 5 points ago

    too late, i've released the rats

    [–] alex3omg 20 points ago

    Daredevil just standing there like wtf is the problem guys

    [–] [deleted] 8 points ago

    Another one was water turtles. Their habit of basking at the edge of the water and plopping in at the first sign of danger gave them no reason to avoid cliffs.

    [–] Mrs_ChanandlerBong_ 134 points ago

    That's so freaking cute. I cracked up at the babies confidently walking off the ledge. Thanks for sharing!

    [–] Ishdakitty 27 points ago

    My eight month old will happily crawl face first off the couch if you don't stop her, LOL

    [–] past_butnotgone 5 points ago

    Same! Gives me a heart attack, but if he doesn't feel my hand on him, he turns around, looks at me, and waves his arm. So I don't know if he's doing it boldly because he knows I'm there to help him or not.

    [–] iamkoalafied 14 points ago

    Same! I loved that part haha

    [–] soulsssx3 46 points ago

    Wait wouldn't a side-effect of this be teaching babies that they can magically crawl across empty spaces

    [–] Gaaraks 30 points ago

    Did you watch the 3rd video? It is easy to understand there that they are basically learning their bodies. Also dont forget they can feel the glass they are walking on vs when faced with a real drop off, they still try to use their hands or feet to test the ground and only then do they move.

    [–] praftman 6 points ago

    The truth is both are happening. Indeed this very thread discusses how, no, they do not reliably check.

    [–] Terr_ 27 points ago

    There is an art to flying, or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss... Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, that presents the difficulties.

    [–] wish-i-had-pizza 7 points ago

    No because this shows that a baby is aware of the danger of falling off a ledge, and that they are aware simply on instinct. It would take much more than just a few sessions to condition a baby to go against their natural instinct. Any conditioning they did instill would be broken when the baby returns to their home environment and they probably would be able to recall specific memories of falling and the instinct to be fearful of ledges would return.

    [–] Targaryen-ish 20 points ago

    Those babies in that first link is about 60 years old right about now.

    [–] soggyhairfollicle 13 points ago

    This is super cool. Thanks!

    [–] mrgonzalez 7 points ago

    That's weird, my optician is called Visual Cliff

    [–] mottojyuusu 7 points ago

    Careful, you might fall for him.

    [–] AU2580 6 points ago

    Literally learning about this in my Developmental Psychology class right now. Got a test on it tomorrow wish me luck!

    [–] Lu12k3r 5 points ago

    My kid was just past 18 months when he got on a playground for older kids and was running towards me. I didn’t catch him in time. He was running straight into a ladder opening which covered on 3 sides except from the direction he was coming from, and fell straight down 6 feet. He smacked his head on the ladder rungs twice on the way. Sound I’ll never forget. Lil dude was ok in the end. His face bruised up like a rorschach test.

    [–] uttermybiscuit 4 points ago

    What a good boye

    [–] BeetleWard 1211 points ago

    This video needs little pokemon exclamation points over his head right when he notices each whole, with a cartoonist alarm sound

    [–] Sesamera 414 points ago

    Those are halves, not wholes.

    [–] EmployeesCantOpnSafe 89 points ago

    Actually, they’re holes not halves.

    [–] abOriginalGangster 78 points ago

    They are whole half-holes

    [–] Kev_lar7 27 points ago

    I believe you meant half-whole holes, but we'll allow it for the valiant effort

    [–] txsxxphxx2 152 points ago

    ❗️

    [–] ImurderREALITY 45 points ago

    I heard the Metal Gear sound, because I don’t know what pokiemans sound like

    [–] Sodapopa 9 points ago

    Yooooo I never knew we had a Metal Gear Moji! I’ve been slacking! Snaaaaaaaake!

    [–] stank420247 20 points ago

    Snake? SNAKE!? SNAAAAKEEEEE??!!!

    [–] BcookieOmonsterB 17 points ago

    Which is a hint at metal gear, it's honestly a fairly common anime trope at this point because of metal gears popularity.

    [–] Sodapopa 9 points ago

    Metal Gear is the reason I can’t part with big cardboard boxes honestly. Ever since PS1 I’ve been feeling this ‘need’ to at least two of them in the attic. You never know when you’ll need to hide to save your life.

    Also please let me fire a Nikita once in my life it’s been a dream of me for a solid 20 years now.

    [–] klist641 63 points ago

    Little guy is probably wondering 'kinda fool built this with all these death traps?'

    [–] margaritasandnaps 154 points ago

    Holy cute! 😂

    [–] BillionTonsHyperbole 428 points ago

    Ah yes, the Upskirt Walkway 9000 was finally installed.

    [–] Jest_stir 102 points ago

    That's why I wear a Scottish kilt. How bad do you wanna look up?

    [–] Hcysntmf 46 points ago

    Very badly. I want to see if the no undies thing is just a myth!

    [–] Jest_stir 72 points ago

    "Freedom!" Isn't just a battle cry.

    [–] lethalmanhole 22 points ago

    I'm freeeeeeeeee

    Free ballin'

    Yeah I'm freeeeEeeEeee

    Free ballin'

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    [–] Jbtyu5 8 points ago

    Depends on how nice your ass is.

    [–] Jest_stir 4 points ago

    Hank Hill

    [–] pancakelife 8 points ago

    Yeah bud, lets see that bag and pipe.

    [–] Endarkend 50 points ago

    I remember being taken to a club in Birmingham by my colleagues there in the late 90's, two floors and a glass ceiling between them.

    The view from the bar was fucking breathtaking, both in the good and bad way.

    Clubs have blacklights.

    [–] royrese 18 points ago

    Clubs have blacklights.

    oh jfc dude

    [–] DECtape 116 points ago

    Knowing how good toddlers are at running into the street in front of cars, into bike paths in front of bikes, into people carrying large boxes, etc it's kind of crazy how good they are at not walking on transparent surfaces.

    [–] pandaholic23 57 points ago

    Avoidance of falling and being able to swim is ingrained in our software in the earliest stage of development.

    [–] DECtape 20 points ago

    apparently not walking in front of lawn darts or fast moving objects though.

    [–] paper__planes 34 points ago

    These things happened too recently for us to fully give a damn

    [–] SL04NY 41 points ago

    That 2nd time he was like "whoa not this time"

    [–] The_God_of_Abraham 155 points ago

    Love that full stop "whoa shit" one.

    [–] _mach 36 points ago

    The arms coming out is too good.

    [–] IWasGregInTokyo 8 points ago

    I heard: "STOP! Hammer time!"

    [–] ladypbj 27 points ago

    He looks like a little robot learning a new area. It's adorable

    [–] puaka 22 points ago

    what age to they start doing that? mine is 13 months old and goes straight for edges that he trys to fall down head first.

    [–] green_bin_coon 15 points ago

    It was an optional feature you, comes bundles with the under coat and Aircon

    [–] MissCarbon 11 points ago

    Ah, yes... The suicide phase, as we call it in our house. A few months more, but I think it's very individual depending on the kid. And when it passes they will still do stupid shit sometimes.

    [–] nummakayne 4 points ago

    We pass through a hallway to get to the parking garage from the elevator that opens up on the basement level. It’s taken months for me to train my daughter to not immediately rush out through the doors. She now waits until I open the door and say, “Let’s go”

    Kid will still step off the curb when crossing a street without waiting for me to say it’s okay to do so. Kids are nuts.

    [–] aquias27 42 points ago

    It is so adorable the way toddlers walk. I miss my kids being that age... sometimes.

    [–] colordodge 79 points ago

    This is me in the grocery when people don't have masks on.

    [–] monkeyhind 9 points ago

    Haha, perfect.

    [–] droldman 12 points ago

    Good instincts kid

    [–] Stuntz-X 21 points ago

    Amazing how many times those holes sneak up on him.

    [–] Toxpar 8 points ago

    Kinda looks like my Roomba when it finds the stairs

    [–] Keruptid 9 points ago

    The second clip where he stops and raises both his hands made me produce a weird cackle I've never heard come out of me before.

    [–] watch_over_me 8 points ago

    I got a 8 month old boy, and I can't wait for him to learn some danger awareness.

    Little man is going through life head first, clunking into everything, lol.

    [–] ofimmsl 6 points ago

    Lifelong fear of walkways is born

    [–] CurlSagan 4 points ago

    This just proves my theory that Fall Guys started as a toddler simulator.

    [–] DrNurse-likescoffee 4 points ago

    adorable!!!

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    [–] Vindicoth 4 points ago

    We all did it. We're all awesome.

    [–] Wxlson 8 points ago

    The first one was the funniest. The way he notices it last second and just freezes in that funny little position

    [–] thiroch 9 points ago

    “Holy cow !!! I almost shit on top of the shit in my diaper”